Tuesday, January 29, 2008

An eagle in flight

Well, someone once said that it is better to be lucky than good. I'd rather be both, but when the shutter release grabs this, I'll settle for lucky (click photo for full-size):

A bald eagle, probably a male, takes flight from a tree, on the Big Horn River in Thermopolis, Wy.

Well, it looks like this particular eagle has been wounded, judging by the gap in his feather coverage on that left wing.

//Edit 080129@2145: Added the blurb about his possibly having been wounded, and the photography tag.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Last ditch computer repair

Being a (semi) reformed computer geek, I get the occasional Hail Mary pass computer question: my system is on the brink, all hell is breaking loose, what's the Nuclear Option?

I fielded such a request just a moment ago, and thought I would share it with all of you. I would sit here and give it to everyone as they requested it, but being a Friday night, it's time for my local tavern. (Hat tip to the Thermopolis, Wy, VFW: they earn the first "local tavern" tag since my relocation.)

So, here it is, straight from my "The Protocols of the Elders of the Anonymous Anarchist Computer Support Technician Network" (2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, unfortunately, out of print):

//BEGIN
//SHORT TITLE
||||COMPUTER REPAIR PLAN `Z`
//LONG TITLE
||||PLAN `Z`: NOTIFY USNORTHCOM, NORAD, BEFORE EXECUTING
//MESSAGE READS
||||Step 1: Notify USNORTHCOM and NORAD that they will be recording a small nuclear event (likely Level IV, but not to exceed Level VII). Assure them that the event will not infringe upon the terms of NPT, INF, and most importantly, CTBT (as this will NOT be a test)
||||Step 2 (OPTIONAL): Notify the Russians. Don't want them to think we're lighting candles for 'em. (Eh, don't bother: they already know.)
||||Step 3 (OPTIONAL, RECOMMENDED FOR MEMBERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC FAITH): Light candles.
||||Step 4: Drink. (If any further explanation is required, see [obfuscated in original].
||||Step 5: Repeat step 4.
||||Step 6: Continue repeating steps 4 through 5 until you are no longer able to understand the logic behind step 5.
||||Step 7 (NOT RECOMMENDED): Sleep it off.
||||Step 8: Reinstall.*
||||(*: The notification to NORAD, USNORTHCOM, and, perhaps, the Kremlin, was about your hangover -- had nothing to do with your computer.)
// ENDS

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Talk about a babe...


Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies

David Bransby, Office of War Information (Defunct), photographer.


Reading Newsweek, I think, I came across this place on Flickr that hosts a bunch of Library of Congress photos from the early twentieth century and a second collection from around World War Two, from which this photo comes.

All I can say, is: wow. And this is just one of the fantastic photos that they've got.

Here's the link: http://flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/ Yowzers.

//UPDATE: If you follow the Flickr link to the LOC website, you can download the full size "archival" version of any of these pictures. The photo above is available ... as a 141 megabyte download! Great Scot!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My god, they're everywhere!

There buffalo, Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wy.

Yea! More scary furry things.

You lookin' at me?


A buffalo cow, Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wy

I'm glad I'm not on the menu. New tag: photography. Duh.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

UPDATE: Weather

It is a cozy -16 here. Oh, damn.

WyoDOT, the state road department, says that the roads into town are "slick, with black ice, and snow." Interestingly, WyoDOT differentiates between slick and slick in spots, but doesn't have an ice advisory beside black ice. It must be the mountains: according to the DOT, all ice in Wyoming is black. You should see the cocktails.

I imagine black ice and bourbon is what a politician looks like when he's all wet.

New tag: "weather". I'd bet that weather will be something to report on around here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Back from hiatus


A view of the Wind River Canyon, US. 20.

Well, it snowed here today; actually it continues to do so. What a thought: snow in Wyoming!

I've been here a fortnight now, and have gotten just about everything done that I've needed to. Another post will deal with everything you need to know to relocate, but I thought I would throw in a few notes about how things are going.

First, a few photos of the new place. The apartment has a few quirks, but I've more or less settled in.
Here is the living room. The previous occupant, Jeff, whom I have replaced at the newspaper, has said that the green monster in the corner is a favorite. I can't complain about it, but neither does is strike me as that comfy. Maybe it is the cheesy throwback to 1970's furnishings.

That said, the whole place is a throwback. Check out the carpet. Also, please forgive the laundry all over the place; I've been struggling mightily this last week to catch up. I've done nearly 30 loads so far, but I think I'm about done. I just need to do my bedclothes again, and a few more loads of stuff that had been stored for six months, and I'll be there. Why so many loads, you may ask...


It might have something to do with the puny little washing machine I've got. You've got to plug it into the sink, and it is a cripple, let me say. That said, it gets stuff clean. Just really, really, really slow. And don't even ask about the dryer.


Look mom: the bed is even made!! Well, it was until I just stripped it to do the sheets this present moment. But you get the idea. The bedroom is decent, I just wish there were more room to hang stuff. But that's always been a problem for me: I'm too lazy to iron most of the time, so I just try and hang everything.

Here's another view of the living room. I wish more of the walls were wood panel. I think I'm going to hang a sheet or something from one of the walls, all of the white is driving me nuts. Again, please mentally crop the dirty laundry laying all over the floor out of the above photo.

I'm not going to give you a photo of the bathroom, because it is too tiny to get any decent shots of. Oh, and it is too ugly to get any decent shots of. White to about four feet, and yellow above that. The bathtub is fine, an old cast iron claw-foot, but the shower head has to go at some point. I feel like I'm bathing under an almost empty canteen. And the bathroom sink does not drain worth a damn.

But other than those complaints -- well, there are a few more I can think of -- the place is pretty nice. The heat works well, which is good, because it is damned cold outside right now. Unfortunately, the place is about as energy efficient as a ... well, we just won't go there.

One more photo, just to show that my priorities are in order:


Cheers!
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