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red air over th wall

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over a high wall running endlessly in either direction two mobs of opposing peoples of th same village were locked in violent conflict with historical roots long forgotten. often splatters of blood would fill th air like in a quentin tarantino movie

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31 May 2015 at 7:02 am

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Texas-Size Leak

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Leak

They’re rioting in Africa
They’re starving in Spain
There’s hurricanes in Florida
And Texas needs rain

         — Sheldon Harnick, Merry Minuet

As in, this part of Texas needs only about 2 more inches over the rest of the month to set a new record for the wettest May in recorded history. At the rate our skies have been leaking the past few days, that should take no more than an hour or two. Luckily, I know how to hold my breath underwater.

But I should find a spare minute to turn off the notifications from my Night Sky app. At least, until they improve their notification sensitivity so the app only bothers me on those rare days when the stargazing conditions are expected to be fair or better. As is, they’ve been notifying me something I already know.

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27 May 2015 at 4:46 pm

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Don’t Do So For Me

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I’m told a boycott is being organized. On behalf of me and a friend.

Please don’t.

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26 May 2015 at 10:34 pm

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New Special Projects Hat

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Starting on this year’s Memorial Day holiday this coming Monday, I will be wearing a new hat for our community: the Special Projects Group (SPG) Coordinator.

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22 May 2015 at 8:24 am

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Naa Naa Nano

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nano
 

Naa naa Nano, Naa naa Nano, Hey hey hey, Hello . . .

iPhun . . .

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20 May 2015 at 8:46 pm

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Sharing It Too

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“well, you can’t eat your cake and have it too”

         —Theodore Kaczynski, in his Unabomber’s manifesto

“I want to eat my cake and decorate it too.”
    me, in cake decorating 101

wanna lick the mixing bowl?

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10 May 2015 at 8:02 am

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Tweet Tweet 2015 April

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3 May 2015 at 5:08 pm

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Oh, Geocache

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of Geocaching.

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3 May 2015 at 12:43 pm

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Singular Expression

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“To improve your readers’ comprehension and ensure they take the appropriate action:

  • Use a singular noun rather than a plural noun. Address one person rather than a group.”

              —IRM Style Guide

Cute, eh? The IRS Style Guide uses the plural noun readers and its plural pronoun their to advise an individual IRM writer to use the singular. I only wish I could find that to be the only instance in which the IRM Style Guide openly violates its own style advice.

Perhaps the IRM Style Guide excuses its violation of its own rule by mistaking the audience of an IRM to be a group of more than a single individual reader? Eh, maybe, except that is generally the case of just about any bit of writing other than this weblog. Like, the mere act of publication of any content with an intent to distribute versus placing the matter in a private correspondence to a named person by definition presumes the plural. But that doesn’t mean that we read an IRM in the aggregate, even when studying it in a professional meeting. Nor do we generally take our “appropriate action” in the collective unless that collective (e.g., an employer) is cited as a singular. All in all, if the Style Guide has some justification for its own violation, then it ought at least state the exceptions to its rule, with its own advice fitting one of those exceptions.

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1 May 2015 at 7:00 pm

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