Hat off, to the great ones

§ March 29th, 2015 § Filed under badass-ness, reads § Tagged , § Add a comment

Adam winked at Dog.

Dog ran through the hole in the hedge. And, shouting clearly, loudly and distinctly, “Dog, you bad dog! Stop! Come back here!” Adam squeezed through after him.

Something told him that something was coming to an end. Not the world, exactly. Just the summer. There would be other summers, but there would never be one like this. Ever again.

Better make the most of it, then.

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends.

And if you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot… no, imagine a sneaker, laces trailing, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick, to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it; imagine a tuneless whistle, pounding some luckless popular song into insensibility; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human…

Slouching hopefully towards Tadfield…


Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett


§ March 28th, 2015 § Filed under From the Quote Box, life around us § Tagged , § 1 Comment

Deep listening, compassionate listening is not listening with the purpose of analyzing or even uncovering what has happened in the past. You listen first of all in order to give the other person relief, a chance to speak out, to feel that someone finally understands him or her. Deep listening is the kind of listening that helps us to keep compassion alive while the other speaks…During this time you have in mind only one idea, one desire: to listen in order to give the other person the chance to speak out and suffer less. This is your only purpose. Other things like analyzing, understanding the past, can be a by-produce of this work. But first of all listen with compassion. — Thich Nhat Hanh

Unhappy Geek Moment

§ March 28th, 2015 § Filed under geeky stuff § Add a comment

Here’s a thought – whoever you are out there making UI decisions that many people have to live with afterwards…

Unless you have only ten or twenty files or photos or whatever, I cannot imagine any good reason in the universe to have the default (and possibly only) arrangement of said things to be with the oldest on top and the newest on the bottom. I’m just going to put it out there that this is definitely not a good arrangement if you have several or many thousands of something. And it’s definitely not a good thing if there is no freakin’ way to adjust the sort order of all those things.

Not a happy camper.

Warez MB? aka Friday already?

§ March 27th, 2015 § Filed under life around us, life on the web, weather § Tagged § Add a comment

Hey, it’s Friday and where’d MB go to?

Well, truth be told, I came home with a goodly cough, some sleep deprivation and sleep confusion from the weirdness of time-travel and air planes and so had a little R&R to do to catch up. Yesterday I did go to the grocery store to replenish the fridge and get a little kitchen action going again. Because you know… eating.

Today though… Today, I cleaned out two drawers of **stuff** and took it all out to the bin before it knew what had hit it. Out! Out! Old stuff.

Tonight I’ve been reading. As in, reading a book. Because today I read a lot of news and current affairs stuff that mostly was scary and sad and futile to think about. Maybe that’s why television news has gone all social-media-meme and insta-reporting stuff because they can’t handle the big stuff either. That’s cutting them way too much slack but hey, I’m tired.

There’s for sure signs of spring setting in around these ancient, flattened hills but it’s gonna still be awhile for it all to unfreeze and start greening up for real. But the signs are there and that’s got everyone holding on.

Peeps anyone?

§ March 26th, 2015 § Filed under birds and chickens, food § Tagged § 1 Comment

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