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Heavy Clouds But No Rain

I am back from the farm. I was back yesterday, but so overplowed/tired that things didn't get done in the order I wanted them to.

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu! Hopefully I will see mrshellion this week so I can give her well wishes in person. There was nobody on the road today. I should have taken the bus, I would have made it on time, instead of 30 mins early.

The farm has come a long way. My brother did a ton of work upstairs, and my dad cleared a huge amount of brush and scrub around the house. The barn is still a shambles, but they did a lot of renovation downstairs. The basement was power washed and cleaned out, and the side room is now stocked with hardware and rack shelves. The kitchen has been totally re-done, and the cat carpets have been ripped up and replaced with vinyl tile. Much more livable, but still pleasantly rustic. I bought a new knife, and carved a walking stick, which I intend to trick out next visit up. It is black birch. I forgot how pleasant carving/whittling was. It was still a shit load of work. I am going to buy a camera soon, so there will be more good pic collections of my journeys.

I may also look into getting a PA bow hunter license for next season. Less because I am gung ho about killing a deer, and more because of my longstanding fascination with archery, bowyery, and fletching. If I do go through with all this, I will probably end up buying or trying to make my own longbow (I may buy one first, then learn how to make them with a working example). Lord knows between my brother and my father, there will be enough feathers around to try a hand at fletching. (Damn, in doing prelim research, I found someone that killed a Kodiac with a longbow. You better be damn good to go on THAT trip!) This is all a long-term project, but something I am definitely interested in.

In other news, I settled my monitor woes. Instead of spending 1000+$ on two 21" flat screen monitors, I found an excellent supplier of refurb 20" Dell 9E249 UltraSharp monitors, which were about the same price as a 19", but can do 1600x1200 resolution. Soon I will be back to 40" of desktop, for about the same price as if I had settled for the two 19 inchers.

I didn't do a queez last week, cuz I was leaving a little early to go to the farm. I will see if I can maybe do a midweek one, and a friday one this week. I need to update frankandeddie, but have no idea if that will realistically happen. I have a series of posts I want to write based on a snippet I put together this weekend while everyone else was sleeping. We'll see if that happens...

Happy Tuesday.

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delascabezas
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
an interesting theory
nunchuck skills may get you laid, but i doubt they will get you a girlfriend.

hacking skills could get you a date, but probably not a girlfriend, unless you hacked away a lot of money, then you could get a girlfriend, but only one who loved your money.

bowhunting skills probably haven't gotten anyone shit since maid marian.

though, the skills will come in handy when society falls apart, as opposed to the hacking skills. i'm not much of a nunchuck fan - i prefer things that have long reach with lots of momentum, as opposed to in close and the possibility of breaking your own nose.
techtraum
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: an interesting theory
Didn't you see Napolean Dynamite?
delascabezas
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
nah
i still haven't - apparently i saw the best part that last night out at korova. i have had people tell me i would love it, and people tell me i would hate it. i've heard most of the "good quotes" (liger, whatever i want duh, etc) in context... i figure as long as i don't see it, i won't have to defend my opinion on it.
techtraum
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: nah
"i figure as long as i don't see it, i won't have to defend my opinion on it." That's extremely un-Bernie of you...

The monitors you're talking about are flat screen not flat panel right? Who's your hookup on refurbished monitors?
delascabezas
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
lcd twenty inch
this place called eagle computing i've used in the past for refurb UPS parts. I called to ask if they had monitors, and they said they had a crapload of dells around - i am getting them for ~320$ a pop (with shipping) all said and done.

i always experience things that i _want_ to have conversations and opinions on. because there is such a strong bipolar reaction amongst my friends on the love/hate, and pretty much everyone knows i haven't seen it, it is easier to just keep saying i haven't seen it. love it or hate it, the movie is not going to change my life, so i can live without the experience, at least i think i can =)


techtraum
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: lcd twenty inch
What's the web address (or aren't they online?) for Eagle Computing?


Bah, you and your goats. Don't you know maltese goats look like this?:

delascabezas
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
wow
that poor maltese goat is surrouded by all those partially shorn sheep!

if you had to choose between the second and third week of november, which is better for you guys? (i am leaning towards the second atm).

http://store.yahoo.com/saveateaglestore/de9eulflpalc.html?ovchn=OTHER&ovcpn=Price+Watch&ovcrn=2000FP&ovtac=CMP
techtraum
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: lcd twenty inch
Test
techtraum
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: lcd twenty inch
Odd, I got an email alert about your reply comment but I couldn't see it on here until I posted the 'test' message. Not sure if it's a refresh issue or something weird about the way your style customization handled the tags in my previous image post...

As for the second or third week:
I'll assume that if you come for a week, you will also stay for the weekends on either end of the week (i.e. Nov. 4 - 13 or Nov. 11 - 20) or some portion therein. We are participating in a fundraising walk for breast cancer research on Nov. 6 which will involve us heading down to San Diego. You are more than welcome to join us (you'll get to meet Christa's family), so I'll leave the decision up to you. The week of Nov. 11 - 20 is completely free.

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