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Thursday, September 17th, 2015
2:28 pm
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
12:03 am
Just About Ready to Move In!


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Every home needs a library.


"Cozy" seating for four.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
7:54 pm
More Painting This Weekend


Got most of the major areas of the wagon's main room done. Cabinets and lots of fiddly little bits of trim left to do.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
12:24 am
Painting!
I finished the bedroom of the gypsy wagon tonight:

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
8:25 pm
NRAO Visit
In New Mexico for a lab, I realized I was passing by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, so I stopped in to check it out. That's the hub of the VLA behind me. I also got a look at the LWA and the "Barn" where they build the dishes. Much astronomy geek-love ensued.

VLA
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
10:28 am
Mythic Parallels
I surely can't be the only person to have noticed this:
redbull
redbulll
A lot of people complaining about how Twilight defeated Tirek in the season four finale, don't seem to grasp the concept of metaphoric storytelling.
Friday, May 9th, 2014
6:59 pm
Ya Turn Yer Back and....
Back from the jobs in Florida and there are darned thistles everywhere!

choke

Guess it's time to break out the line mower and dilled mayonnaise.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
10:04 am
Want to get a copy of my book, Coyote Run, for free?
My publisher, Fast Foreword, is running a special promotion on Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/fastforeword

Coyote Run is near the end of the list, but all the other books are also free! Can't beat a deal like that!
8:57 am
The Difference Between Agnostics and Atheists
An agnostic and an atheist are sitting in a pub when a man rushes in from outside and says, "I've just seen the most incredible thing! There was a black dog walking down the street that had wings and two heads! He was all green and floated in the air about a foot off the pavement, and was reciting Chaucer in fluent Aramaic!"

When the agnostic and the atheist go out to see this amazing animal they find the street deserted, but the third man assures them that the dog had been there just moments ago.

They go back inside the pub and order another round.

The barman delivers their drinks and asks, "So do you guys believe all that about the weird dog?"

The agnostic says, "I have no idea. I could be true, I suppose. There's no way of absolutely telling for sure."

The atheist says, "I can't disprove his story, but based on what I know of the way the world usually works, and the fact that two of his claims are self-contradictory, and a third is based on knowledge he doesn't posses (he doesn't speak Aramaic), I consider the probability of his claims being true to be vanishingly close to zero. In short, he's almost certainly lying, though there is also a chance he was hallucinating."

Were you expecting a joke? Sorry; no punch line. This is just the most succinct illustration I could come up with to explain why I'm an atheist and not an agnostic. Unfalsifiable assertions are not a 50/50 coin flip.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
1:18 pm
The Thousandth Night
Carol's one-man show is going up again in DC! April 3rd to May 18th:

http://www.metrostage.org/the-thousandth-night.html#.Uu_8ELSJK24

We will be going out to the premier and then doing a little East Coast vacation.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
9:34 pm
New Lambs at the Circle C Ranch
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Now, that's an odd-looking sheep!

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Rim-lighting makes anybody look good.

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Not much of a challenge....
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
11:15 am
Solstice Fire
We decided to do something a bit different than the usual bonfire, it being still a bit too dry up here to safely kindle a gigantic conflagration.

Fire ships!

Loaded with all the things we wanted to burn away before the new year:

FS1b

FS2b

FS3b

FS4b

And...
...they're gone.
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
2:10 pm
Looks Different Out There, This Morning
windo

Frozen Pond:
pondd

Happy Dogs:
durgsz

Sad Tomatoes:
tom

Stoic Manzanitas:
manz
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
8:01 pm
Summoning Review
A great review from Charles de Lint in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine for Carol's book!

2/3 of the way down the page.

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2013/cdl1309.htm
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
1:35 pm
Concept Car
Look what I found lurking in the bushes:
bugvan
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
9:42 pm
Getting to Third Base
Or, third dan, in this case!

third dan

John Martin, Carol, and I received our certificates for our third degree black belts today!
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
5:00 pm
Additive Woodworking
Doing some remodeling for a friend. A steel I-beam becomes a nice paneled post. Three more to go, and dark stain to come.

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Thursday, October 17th, 2013
8:19 am
Majority, Majority, Who's Got the Majority?
Something even more horrifying from the political cesspit of Flatland!

Here are all the states in the country with the congressional districts divided in a "fair" manner:

e

The Purples at 60.5% of the electorate get 10 congressmen, and the Greens at 39.5% get 6. Pretty obvious and expected. But, with the usual jiggery-pokery applied, we get:

f

The Purples at 60.5% of the electorate get 6 congressmen, and the Greens at 39.5% get 10. Just the opposite of what it should be! The more complex the system gets, the easier it is to completely subvert it! Fun, huh?

Wait...wait... this is just an example, right? Things like this don't happen in real life, do they?

Do they?

Uhmn... kid... sorry to do this to you... but, about Santa Claus....
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
9:52 pm
Gerrymandering 101
This subject came up in conversation because of the latest comedy to come out of DC and I was somewhat surprised to discover that the people I was talking with could not conceive of how congressional districts could be wildly misrepresented when the proportion of voters in those districts was fairly obvious.

One pencil, one bar napkin, and two minutes later things were clearer.

I thought I'd rebroadcast it here just because this is something that everyone in the US should know:

In the nation of Flatland is the State of Cubonia. Cubonia has enough population to be apportioned four congressional districts. The picture below is a map of Cubonia showing the population divided into the two main political parties they are registered as, Green and Purple. The exact proportion is 71% Purple, 29% Green.

a

The question is how to draw the boundaries of the congressional districts. The obvious way to do so fairly (remember, the population in each district must be the same) is the following:

b

This gives Cuboinia three Purple congressmen and one Green congressman... fairly close to the percentage of the population that is divided between the two parties.

But wait! Remember I said "fairly" above? No politician wants fairness, they want to win!

So, after some typical back-room legislation by the Purples, who have more votes, the boundaries are re-drawn thusly:

c

Cuboinia, without any change in the population or their voting habits, goes from three Purple congressmen to four, losing the Greens their single congressman and leaving them completely unrepresented.

But wait! The Greens are swept into Flatland national office in a landslide. More power politics ensue, and Cubonia's districts are re-drawn, again, thusly:

d

Now Cubonia elects two Purple congressmen and two Green... still out of proportion to the number of voters in each party, which remain unchanged.

Fairness has nothing to do with it. The above example is very simple and it's easy to see how it's been rigged. Actual congressional districts in the US look like diagrams of bacteria clusters and are drawn by very sophisticated computer algorithms to ensure "safe" districts.

Wouldn't directly proportional representation be best? Bite your tongue! That's only in the interest of the citizens, and is un-American!
Monday, October 7th, 2013
5:00 pm
If I Had a Dollar...
...for every time someone on the web stole my old werewolf illustration,

ww1

I'd have about $5,805. Evidently.

In other, totally unrelated news, Google's drag-n-drop image search thingie is pretty cool.
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