Thursday, February 22, 2007

Department of Really Bad Ideas

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has mandated that, beginning this year, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin three weeks earlier than it has in the past and will extend one week later. This year daylight saving time will begin on March 11 and end on November 4.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Saturday's Post, Early or Late: All Things Bridge

Bay Bridge
San Francisco
September 2005

Train Bridge over the Potomac
Washington, DC
July 2005


I've been remiss on my Saturday's Post: All Things. So here's one for a Wednesday.

Monday, February 19, 2007


And what did you do this weekend?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Subject Line of a Recent Email from my Work: Exsponge your Criminal Record

Yes, you too can exsponge your Criminal Record. I received this flier in my email box at work. The subject line was from the sponsoring organization, but thankfully it was spelled correctly (flier below).

EVERYONE IS WELCOMED TO BE A PART OF

{name changed to protect the innocent} COLLEGE

A PRESENTATION ON

“HOW TO EXPUNGE YOUR

CRIMINAL RECORD”

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IN THE

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WITH A PRESENTATION ON

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Lots and lots of fun especially for us un-exsponged criminals.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Banana-leaved Shadows
Oceanside, CA
January 2007
(click to enlarge)


Birds and Blue Window
Oceanside, CA
January 2007


Oceanside Library Pool
Oceanside, CA
January 2007

I had an occasion to trip down to Oceanside, and today, when the light has been so gray here in town, I remembered the brilliance of that direct light and its resulting crisp shadows from gangly plants. Or maybe I was remembering the brilliance of some of the quilts I saw in the exhibit.

Quilt Detail

Friday, February 09, 2007

Finished the first batch of English papers, so could get back to the Kaffe Fassett quilt I'd been working on. Today, I attached the inner pink border, then the wide grey-blue jungle print that I fell in love with at the Quilt Show.

I don't have a name for it, but we keep saying "It's pretty wild," around our house. I'll have to go and look in my Victorian Quote book for something blowsy, overblown and suitable.

At first, I wasn't so sure about all these fabrics thrown together, but it's grown on me.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I couldn't resist this picture from an article published this morning in the New York Times about an alarm clock that runs away.

Yes, after the alarm goes off, it rolls off your nightstand and out of reach, so you have to get out of bed. According to the article by John Biggs: "The clock can survive a two-foot drop and the alarm beeps randomly, ensuring that its frantic squalling won’t be easily forgotten."

It does have a snooze time that can be set from zero to 9 minutes. "When it’s set to zero, Clocky skips the grace period and immediately starts rolling around."

The origins came from "a conceptual design project by Gauri Nanda, then a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is now an actual product, available for $50 at www.nandahome.com."

But Mr. Biggs notes that while "this clock can survive small bumps and falls, it is not guaranteed to withstand an assault by someone who has had to drag it out from under the bed."


While driving home on Monday, I noticed a whole row of rose-lavender cacti, colored that way from the recent cold snap. On some you can see the burnt edges, etched by the freeze.