Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Brunswick to Rocky Mount

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

We're at the Comfort Inn in Rocky Mount. After a nice dinner at Chico's, we settled in for the fastest internet of our trip—over 9Mbps up and down! Not as fast as at home, but pretty damn good. The drive from Brunswick to Rocky Mount was uneventful—fortunately. We're listening to "Dead ...

White Christmas Forecast at D-7: 30% Chance of “New” Snow

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Or is it D-8? I guess it depends on how you count. "How" is an important question. How exactly do you define "White Christmas"? Does that mean that the ground is white — regardless of how long ago it snowed? Or does it mean that it has to snow on Christmas ...

White Christmas Forecast at D-9: 10% Chance of “New” Snow

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

What a difference a day makes. Today, the December 25th forecast at TWC calls for a 40% chance of "Rain/Snow Showers" during the day, and a 60% chance during the evening. The Christmas Eve forecast calls for a 60% chance of a snow shower. The bad news is the forecast highs ...

White Christmas Forecast at D-10: 10% Chance

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

TWC's 10-day forecast has my zip code as "mostly cloudy" on December 25th, with a 20% probability of precipitation (POP). The forecast high and low for my zip code are 42° and 32°, respectively. Right now, I'd say that those temperatures + mostly cloudy + 20% POP translate into about ...

Latin for Dummies

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

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Thursday, October 1—Belfast to Skowhegan, and back

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

This morning, we decided to drive to Skowhegan, via Waterville. In Waterville, we visited the art museum at Colby College. They have a very extensive, if eclectic, collection that includes the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe. No pictures there. However, we did see a couple of interesting sights around Waterville. I ...

Wednesday, September 30th—Belfast and Boothbay

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Yesterday morning, I went for a walk around Belfast to see a few of the sights close to the house we're renting. Here's what I saw along the way. East meets west… There are a lot of interesting choices of house colors. There's an interesting-looking Episcopal church across the street from our rental ...

Tuesday, September 29th—Biddeford to Belfast

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

On Tuesday, we drove from Biddeford to Belfast—the long route, coming up around Lake Sebago. We stopped at the Maines' Audubon headquarters—Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Yarmouth, Maine. It's a beautiful wooded site with lots of trees suitable for climbing. Climbing isn't consistent with my health insurance, so I declined. ...

From Billerica to Biddeford, via Poland Springs

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The drive from Billerica to Biddeford is only about 90 miles, so we decided to drive a bit west and north first. We drove around Lake Sebago and up to Poland Springs, and then headed down to Biddeford. First, though, since it was already after noon, we stopped at a ...

The weekend

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This weekend has not been easy. It's been the source of comfort as well as renewed grief and pain. I lost count of how many times I cried last night and today. Yesterday afternoon, we met up with Katie Uva, Mark, and Julia at Arlington Street Church in Boston so ...

Two, baby! Yeah, two!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Now, here's something to think about: http://gizmodo.com/5346996/gscreens-dual+screen-spacebook-coming-soonish While it might seem clunky, it's actually less clunky than what I often do when traveling by car—which is to take along an external second monitor to connect to my laptop.

The sting

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

I can't catch a break... I was hiking in Huntley Meadows this morning, and I suddenly felt this stinging burning on my right hand. I instinctively jerked my hand and brushed it against my shirt. By the time I looked at it, whatever had stung me was gone. Three hours ...

A tiny tribute to Katie

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Here's a chat I just had with Verizon. I'll bet Katie is smiling proudly at me from her cloud of energy (note what I wrote at 16:24:56). Technically, if we were French, I suppose that ' could be a substitute for "vertisement". However, we're not French, and ad is now ...

Getting to know you thing for Facebook

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

1. What time did you get up this morning?7:20am2. How do you like your steak?Medium rare3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?Don't remember… maybe Men in Black 2 (don't like cinema, too much side noise, movie volume usually too loud, and can't pause the movie to ...

A different kind of vision…

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

So, I got up this morning, put on my glasses, and came to the computer. Everything was beyond focus. I had to sit back an extra foot from the screen, and it still wasn't right. I thought "Did my vision suddenly improve overnight?" After several minutes of worry and concern—having read ...

How I’m doing…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

When I was in graduate school, my first job was in the sociology department's graduate library. It was a moderately large space on the 4th or 5th floor—and I don't believe anyone ever came into it when I was working there. It was a very lonely and depressing place—so far ...

Katie’s computer

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I got up the nerve to try to boot Katie's computer—it booted. However, we were unable to learn from her Outlook calendar and contacts the name of the dental surgeon who was going to extract her wisdom teeth later this summer. We would like to cancel the appointment. I guess ...

Katherine Anne Windau “Katie” Tyson

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Katherine Anne Windau Tyson, 21, a student, rights activist, environmental activist, and young adult Unitarian Universalist leader, died on July 2 in Colorado when her car was struck head on by another car just south of the Wyoming border. Katie Tyson, as she was known to friends and family, died ...

Wanted: padded sidewalks

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

The sidewalks are out to get me. I thought I'd take a short walk to try to clear the cobwebs from my mind and body. A sidewalk discontinuity rose before my left foot, and I tripped and fell... chest first. I now have a bloody left elbow and bruised (only ...

Preventable Tragedy

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I don't have all of the relevant statistics, but quotes in the Coloradoan say that the stretch of Highway 287 between Laramie and Fort Collins has been the scene of a large number of fatal crashes. This is where my daughter was killed on Thursday afternoon. We have not visited ...