Archive for April, 2011

Groanin’ n’ Mona

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Summer in April in Texas. A string of days in the 90’s. No wildfires here, nor would I assume any at this location as of yet. It’s too close to the river and too mowed by hay bailers.
But I’m still dealing with fever, 7 1/2 weeks and counting. In short, I lost my entire spring to forced idleness. It would have been great as a vacation, but to being sick, it sucks. I manage ten, fifteen minutes of labor here and there when I’m close to normal, but it never lasts long enough to get much done.
New puppy on the premise, about 5 to 6 months old. Part German Shepard (markings), part hound (not sure which kind), and part mutt mix. She got the name Mona for her vociferous demeanor. The other two dogs cornered her a couple of weeks ago in the garage, and they have started warming to her, though not as warm as what Mona offers them. (“Please! Show some dignity! PLEASE! Grrrr.”) Her full name – Her Royal Knuckless, Miss Mona Lott. At least she learns quickly enough, though chewing is a bit of a given that will persist at some level until she loses her puppy teeth, even with plenty of toys. Odds are, from the looks of her paws, she will be the largest of the knuckle-heads within a year.

4/20 – Post 150

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Faux twinny ->
“This is my brother, and we were born on the same day, and we’re not triplets.”
“No, he’s not. You don’t have any siblings.”
Have a very happy April 20th.

Still fevered

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

A month has passed since I came down with a fever, and I still haven’t shaken it yet. Grrrr. It’s not something antibiotics can cure, so I just have to ride it out.
Worst part of it is that I haven’t been in any shape to generate income, and bills are due.
It has made me a little sensitive at times to those defending the nuclear industry in the wake of the Fukashima Daiichi incident. Their arguments that nuclear energy is 100% safe are often so closed-minded. Some of my pet peeves are:
1 It can’t happen here.
2 Tsunami 28,000, radiation 0
3 The ocean always dilutes the radiation to where it’s harmless.
4 There is only wind and solar panels as non-carbon alternatives to nuclear.
5 No immediate health risk.
6 Criticalities can’t take place in shut down, even with damaged fuel rods.
7 Cl-38 can’t form from saltwater without Na-24 also being present, despite the presence of large quantities of boron in the water.
8 Profit margin plays no part in nuclear plant safety shortcuts.
9 Man is clearly superior to nuclear power.
10 Man is not arrogant to assume that he is superior to nuclear forces.
11 Modern nuclear plants can’t fail.
I could go on, but these are the fallacies I am hearing most often.