January 2018 archive
Sometimes a new technology makes you appreciate how good the status quo was. Emojis--often illegible at the point sizes suitable for text--remind me of how nice and practical the alphabet is.
Pianist Yuja Wang, in conversation with Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian's classical music critic:
Rabbits eat your plants.
So do other creatures, and not always predictably. I had an incense cedar tree that went untouched for 14 years, then we had a drought and somebody ate all the foliage off it. I mentioned this a while back, saying "I think a career as lumber is in its near future." I only recently got around to machining some of its wood and found it surprisingly tough, the hardest softwood I've ever worked with.
Arizona cypress must not taste good. I didn't bother caging an AZ cypress sapling I've been growing (mentioned in the same blog posting linked to above) because nobody ever eats that stuff. But just this year a jackrabbit has taken to, well, not so much eating my cypresses as pruning them. The rabbit chews off pieces and leaves them scattered around. I think it's his idea of an art installation. The cypress sprigs do enhance the look of my driveway, not that the pic below does them justice--but that's the nature of installation art, it always comes across better in person.
From Politico a few days ago:
CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story misidentified the fictional character name Bannon uses to refer to Jared Kushner as Frodo, a “Lord of the Rings” reference, rather than Fredo, a reference to “The Godfather.”
Jupiter, Mars, and Zubenelgenubi before sunrise this morning, with clouds lit by moonlight. Jupiter and Mars will appear closer in the sky over the next few days.
I exchanged New Year's greetings with friends today and that's cool but it was also refreshing to spend time with a four‑legged friend who has no truck with calendars.