Small Sampling of What I read Today

After two weeks of being good about posting on a schedule I blow it again. Thankfully, I’m only a few hours late rather than days.

I don’t have much to say today. That’s not true I have lots to say but none of it is in a format that would make sense to anyone but myself right now. So, I’m going to take the bloggers’ easy way out and construct a post out of random links!

First though I need to come up with a theme… think. think. think.

Man, that’s a lot of work…  Worse, I’m not coming up with something compelling.  Damn, this easy way out is working at all like I assumed it would.

Let’s start this post of with something… depressing.  It appears that 2010 isn’t the future people thought it would be.  I’m not even talking about the ridiculous stuff either, like flying cars and floating cities.  We haven’t even cured cancer yet!

We should be grateful it isn’t a full on dystopia yet, seeing as some people really think we’re heading that way.  That is only Kunstler’s latest post read his archive which goes back years, all of which are just as cheery.  Some people will be ready if and when collapse does come, it seems (I’m not talking about militias either those people are just silly.)

If civilization doesn’t collapse in the near future then we’ll be left dealing with the institutions we all know and love.  Sadly, the possibilities these days in government seem to be limited to two flavors of the same drink.  Which is it nice to see such vibrant alternatives as full-blown socialism.  I might not agree but at least it is something different, something to get excited over and talk about.  Not that it seems to matter, seeing as even when the government delivers no on seems to notice.

If you really want to dig into things you can always read Government Code.  It is dry but you’d be fascinated by what you’ll learn that in California stealing a gilt or a barrow is considered grand theft (CA Penal Code Sec. 487.)

Finally I’ll leave you with how much privilege I don’t always recognize I have and this quote by Epicurus:  If you wish to make Pythocles rich, do not give him more money, but diminish his desire.

Real updates resume Wednesday.

Random Discontent


This is a good thing...



I bought the Playstation in 1997 and its successor console in 2001.  I loved both of them and their respective libraries.  When the Playstation 3 was announced I was excited and had planned on purchasing it, until I saw the cost and the tiny library that was available at time the time of launch and for almost a full year or more later…  So, I picked up an Xbox 360.  Not only was it cheaper than the PS3 but the library for the console had everything I wanted, except MGS4 and after seeing that game I decided I didn’t really want it anyway…

Overall, I’ve been very happy with my purchase.  The 360 has been workhorse of my entertainment system, delivering not only the vidja games but movies as well!  There have been a few hic-ups, like two red-rings of death, both of which were covered by the warranty.  Now though the disc reader has stopped working and the warranty has expired.  So now I’ve got this very expensive, technologically advanced brick in my entertainment system just sitting there mocking me.  I can still use it for Netflix or XBLA games but I’ve got at least five 360 games that I’ve yet to play yet and are sitting on the shelf mocking me.

So, that’s my discontent.  It will only last for about a month until I pick up a new one and transfer everything over from the old one, which will of course be my new discontent.


I'm lusting over this for now



Out with the Old, in with the New: Winter Garden

Despite what the weather is doing right now (acting as if it is summer) my calendar confirms that Autumn is in full swing…  Since that is the case and my garden hasn’t produced much in the last few weeks I spent half an hour last week tearing everything out…  It looked something like this:


Garden sans Garden


The evicted plants looked like this:


that pile is at least 4 feet tall...


Once the old garden was out the soil had to be turned over and new nutrients put into it.  We have a composter and after about a year of use it’s actually produced some compost and that went into the garden:


Wow, I do not look good there turning soil over...


Once the bed was prepared we had to get the plants put in.  This is our first time with a winter garden so we didn’t have any experience to build on, so we looked at the winter crops we enjoyed eating and bought a little of everything:  cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, chard, lettuce, celery, onions, arugula, and bok choy.


It's easier than growing from seed...


When everything was put in (including the slug traps and the cages over the seeds (arugula and carrots) it looked like this:


Let's hope some of it grows...


If the winter garden is a productive as the summer one I’ll consider this year of gardening a smashing success!