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As planned, we got Dylan and Lady groomed today, picking up dog food along the way.

And as expected but still good news, Nat did make the UH cheerleading squad, along with Lindsey.

The garage will have to wait until a cooler day, and I didn’t make it in the pool. But I’m well on the way to getting all the CDs reorganized, instead of occupying the wrong cases and scattered in various places (like under my bathroom sink).

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Written by macheide

31 May 2008 at 6:29 pm

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Kitty Magician

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kitty magician

Kitty performs the classic magic trick of sawing himself in half, casually napping below while he airs his tail out above.

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31 May 2008 at 12:51 pm

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Pleasing Cheesy Chicken

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cheesy chicken enchilada soup
Lunch today was at Rachel’s Cottage Tea Room, always a relaxing delight well worth the drive down to League City. Mango tea for me, plain tea for Susan.

A cup of cheesy chicken enchilada soup for me, and I was only sorry I didn’t indulge in a full bowl. I did walk out with a take-out order of the soup which I was to have for lunch come Monday, then was only sorry I hadn’t asked for two or three take-out orders. Very nicely spiced!

Susan had tomato basil soup. Which she chased down with their “Bachelor’s Button” sandwich (pistrami and cheese on a croissant) while I had a tuna (chicken?) salad sandwich on whole wheat, both orders accompanied by a delightful fruit salad and veggie chips.

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Written by macheide

31 May 2008 at 12:05 pm

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trimming grass

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trimming th edges of th grass above th driveway of th frederick house. went to get th mower to mow some patches. at th driveway had one finger clipped by a boomerang. kelly was in th garage laughing at having startled me. told him it wasn’t funny. he continued laughing. i told him he was to finish up th lawn

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Written by macheide

31 May 2008 at 4:04 am

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Spring Cleaning the Garage

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Today Natalie should learn that she’s made the UH cheerleading squad.

Today we’ll put up with Houston’s humid heat as long as possible to bring spring cleaning to the garage. Which inevitably means I’ll be found in the pool before too very long.

Today Dylan and Lady are getting groomed — haircut and bath. And I’ll steam clean the ground floor carpeting. Those two events together should alleviate the severe allergy attacks I’ve had this past week.

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Written by macheide

31 May 2008 at 2:00 am

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Who Erred Here?

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 7.90 today, closing out a tempestuous month at 12638.32.

So what’s wrong with this screenshot from Yahoo! (as always, click on image for larger version, then use magnifying glass above upper right corner for an even larger view)?

Clue: The mistake is exactly the same one made by Google, as illustrated by this screenshot (ditto earlier parenthetical):

I’m puzzled. Do these Internet giants get their data from some back-alley source other than the obvious authoritative one? And despite all the technology they represent, do they place their data on their websites manually instead of using the automatic routines of a program (which presumably should not repeat the opening price for a day as the closing price for that day on just one day without doing so for all days)? And did they both pull their data from the same negligent third party non-authoritative source that made the same ad hoc error in the same market average on the same day, or is Google simply copying its answers from Yahoo! (or vice versa)?

That’s the very last time I’ll rely on either for any reliable market data. One such error (and as would be expected, further review does in fact reveal that yesterday’s close is not the sole error) for either would be one error too much, since one would never know when or where another might occur. But I don’t believe in coincidence quite enough to suppose there to be no connection between these two simultaneous blunders.

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Written by macheide

30 May 2008 at 7:49 pm

Posted in calls & puts

Reuters Off Reuters Off

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Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~12:40pm

Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~10:00am

OK, Reuters has finally convinced me to turn my cell phone off to its tweets. I got the news the first time; I don’t need to get hit with it again. Cluster-bombing twitter for news delivery is the same spamlike methodology that had me turning BreakingNewsOn off in favor of Reuters, which now only seems to be learning the same bad habits. Sure, Reuters’ tweets at least have more meat to them than MSN‘s SMS alerts’ nonsense, but I really don’t care to chew the same meat twice, at least not on my cell phone.

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30 May 2008 at 12:52 pm

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