Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Putting silicone sealer on the mouse wheel to add traction had very good results, even though it didn't go on very smoothly.

Actually, it's an acrylic sealer. I previously had a silicone-based one, but when it ran out, the store no longer had it, so I got the acrylic one, which was listed as non-toxic and low odor.

Today it occurred to me that: 1) The insects are spelled 'beetles', 2) the cars are spelled 'beetles', 3) but the band is spelled 'beatles' 4) because the music has beats. It's a word-play, and it's possibly the first time I recognized it as such. I guess I always just thought they named themselves after the insects or maybe the cars.

The fig tree is growing little fig leafs again! The young leaves that died earlier haven't fallen off yet.

Just as I had driven up to my driveway this evening, I looked left out of the car window and saw a light moving across the sky in a straight line. In a direction from the south towards the southeast, sort of. Just a single white light, small, not blinking. It wasn't moving very fast, nor slow. The light flickered out for a moment, then came back, still moving, then flickered out again and stayed out. I thought it might have been a meteor, but the Lyrid meteor shower isn't supposed to start until the 16th. And my visibility here is poor. So it was probably a plane after all, maybe disappearing behind some clouds.

I like this song & video:

Video title: Space Unicorn - Parry Gripp and Brianne Drouhard
Posted by: ParryGripp

And these songs:

Video title: Imagine Dragons - Believer
Posted by: ImagineDragonsVEVO

Video title: Wardruna - Wunjo (New Album Runaljod - Ragnarok)
Posted by: Tatiane Akemy Oshiro
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My mom called to tell me that she heard that Jupiter is bright tonight - at opposition - and that it might even be possible to see its moons using binoculars. I thought, fat chance of that for me, but I went and looked. First I had to figure out how to adjust the focus on the binoculars; it's been a long time since I used them, and I was turning the diopter adjustment by mistake. Then, when I was looking at Jupiter, I did see another fainter object to the west-south-west (ie, left-bottom-left) of it, about 8 Jupiter-widths away. Could that be a moon? Based on this diagram, it's probably the star Theta Virginis.

Tonight, I kept having a problem with the binoculars, seeing double. I'm not sure if it is an issue with them or my eyes. To begin with, it wasn't double. Then, when it was, every once in a while, the double vision went away.

Since the moon is almost full, I looked at it through the binoculars too. Wow! Maybe I've never looked at it through binoculars before? That is the clearest I've ever seen the moon, that I can recall. The craters and lines/rays and texture/contours (towards the bottom) are visible, and even a crater sticking out on the left edge between light and dark.

Curiosity rover shows new signs of wheel wear - it's still sending back photos from Mars!? Wow, I didn't realize we still had contact with it.

By the way, it's weird that the moon always looks black & white / grayscale, when the rest of the universe is in color.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 09:27 pm
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Wow. Forestfen just called me and said she noticed a lunar eclipse was happening, even without having heard about it on the news or anything. And she's right.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 11:52 am
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Quadrantid meteor shower tonight - best viewable from western Europe and the Eastern U.S./Canada.

This page has a sky-chart of the radiant location.

It's going to be vewwy vewwy cold here tonight though, not sure if I will venture outdoors long to peek at the sky.

hair milestone

Monday, November 19th, 2007 12:18 am
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Today was the first day since I started growing my bangs out that my hair felt comfortable enough not to have to pin it back out of my face. In other words, it wasn't scratching my eyeballs or tickling my nose.

It sure is nice to be able to pull shirts over my head again, without it messing up the pins in my hair. And it looks much better without the pins.


I can see the sun as it rises from the yellow room window.

(The sun below the horizon is a window reflection.)
It is surprising how fast the sun rises - on the day I took the above photo, the sun was only halfway over the horizon when I first looked out the window, and that is what I wanted to capture. But in the minute or so that it took me to get my camera from the other room, it had already risen all the way over the horizon, as can be seen in the photo.

I will take a photo every week or so until the solstice, so I can see how the sun moves along the horizon, and what the southernmost sunrise point is... Maybe I'll try to figure out where it should rise on the solstice, based on this data, and then see if I'm right or not.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 09:15 pm
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I noticed that one of the quarters I have is dated 1972. It is as old as I am. I wonder where it has been in its lifetime, what many places it has travelled to and from, how many pockets and purses and cash-registers it has been in, how many hands it has touched.

Light from the setting sun was giving things a golden tinge as I got out of my car in a store's parking lot this evening. Then I looked at the sky, and saw a wonderful rainbow appearing - a full semi-circle, from close to the horizon on one side, to behind the store building on the other. There were dark clouds in the sky in that direction. It had been sprinkling while I was driving, but had stopped. There was even a faint 2nd rainbow, too.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 06:39 pm
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Someone at a neighboring house started blasting music this morning around 2:45am, awakening me and keeping me from falling back asleep for at least half an hour. But the thing is, I really liked the music. It was in Spanish, and dancy, and neat-sounding. I might buy it for myself if I knew what artist/CD it was. So I lay there in bed, slightly annoyed but also choosing to simply take pleasure in it.

This morning I heard that there had been a lunar eclipse, and wondered if perhaps my neighbors had been having a lunar-eclipse-party?! Perhaps they were celebrating while the earth's shadow crossed the moon's disk? So I looked up the time of the eclipse, but they were a couple of hours too early for that.


I wonder how much of my gender identity has been influenced by the book-reading I did as a kid. Many of the books I read had male protagonists. Yet many of those books' authors were female. Therefore, perhaps the male characters whose personalities I identified with, weren't exactly masculine in a real-life sense, as they were written from an arguably feminine perspective. And perhaps that gave me somewhat of a not-quite-feminine, not-quite-masculine gender identity myself?

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 08:15 pm
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I can hear my neighbors having an argument from my bedroom. Sounds like they are both tired and irritable.

I will have to call a different electrician up. If the other guy doesn't want my business bad enough to even call me back with the estimate like he said he would, he won't get it.

Maybe I should do some of the work myself. I've grounded an outlet before. I guess I could do as good a job as they would do, perhaps. I can put the pull-switch on the kitchen light myself, so I guess I'll do that part myself at least. I just want the wiring done right. But there's no guarantee that anyone I hire would do it right. They might do as amateur a job as me.

Oh dear, now I can hear them from this room too. She is shouting. He wants her leave him alone while he finishes the yardwork.

I have to decide on a washer and dryer. I need to fix the floor in the washer/dryer area first, because the linoleum is torn. Or should I just leave it torn? I don't want to. But I don't want to buy a vinyl floor product. And I don't want to deal with adhesives. And tile is complicated too. Why is it all so complicated???

Maybe I will need to hire a plumber to replace all the shut-off valves, so I can at least turn them.

I've felt vaguely moody, like crying. I notice it mostly at work... then I finally come home and don't find the time to relax and cry.

Oh, look. The moon.

I was wondering, what is more important in a romantic relationship. Feeling comforted by the other person's presence, or feeling excited?

Tired. Hungry. Should go cry. Should go eat. Should go do pushups.

I was going to go jogging yesterday, but then didn't feel like it. I just sat instead.
I was considering going jogging today, but didn't feel like it. I walked a bit instead.

Should go install locked handle on bedroom door.

Maybe I should just put some thick plastic on the floor, and some of the big leftover tiles over that, without any adhesive or grout. Or maybe I should just tape shut the torn part of the linoleum, and put the tiles over it. Even though they won't fit right in the space. Would need to cut them to size. That would be difficult.

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