Eclipse: 2017

Great post, Sher! It is my favorite of all the eclipse ones I’ve read. Thank you for sharing and for all the photos, Bruce’s included.

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Bruce and some of our musician friends from Alaska left around 6 a.m. to reach the point of totality, so they could have the full 2017 Eclipse experience. I was mostly interested in what the eclipse would be like at the farm, and whether or not the animals would show any difference in behavior. So, I stayed here and hiked up to the top of our property on Razorback Ridge. The dogs, Skookum and Gypsy, and the donkeys, Chippo and Ziggy, accompanied me.

IMG_3435 View from old stagecoach road close to top of Razorback Ridge

Here are the notes and a few pictures from my Eclipse experience.

845 a.m. almost to the top of Razorback Ridge. Should I go on up to the highest point of our property? The eclipse will only last 45-60 seconds here, so if I want to be higher, I won’t have time to move. If a…

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A 127th. Birthday Postcard for H. P. Lovecraft!

I prefer the ghostly one, Will. Other worldly.

Happy Birthday to the Old Gent.

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A 127th. Birthday Postcard for H. P. Lovecraft!

I wanted to make a special Birthday Postcard for H. P. Lovecraft’s 127th. Birthday, which is tomorrow, Sunday, August 20, 2017, but I couldn’t decide whether the Postcard looked better with his face Fully-Fleshed, or Ghostly; so I’m sharing both versions with all Lovecraftians to use for any purpose they like.

All I ask, is that you tell me which you prefer; and why, if you’re willing to comment further.

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Will Hart
Fullerton, California
19-August-2017

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Letters to Madame Hanska

La Comedie Humaine by Balzac

To Madame Hanska.

Paris, January, 1833.

Madame,—I entreat you to completely separate the author from the man, and to believe in the sincerity of the sentiments which I have vaguely expressed in the correspondence you have obliged me to hold with you. In spite of the perpetual caution which some friends give me against certain letters like those which I have had the honour to receive from you, I have been keenly touched by a tone that levity cannot counterfeit. If you will deign to excuse the folly of a young heart and a wholly virgin imagination, I will own that you have been to me the object of the sweetest dreams; in spite of my hard work I have found myself more than once galloping through space to hover above the unknown country where you, also unknown, live alone of your race. I have taken pleasure in…

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Books Are Dangerous

Readers unite!

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Bookmarks from The Last BookstoreBookmarks from The Last Bookstore

The wording is ominous:

Books are dangerous!
Report to The Last Bookstore
To sell or trade your books
While you still can!

Founded in 2005, The Last Bookstore claims to be California’s largest bookstore, and it may very well be. “What are you waiting for?” its website asks. “We won’t be here forever.”

This is what I call a Filboid Studge marketing campaign, based on the Saki short story entitled “Filboid Studge: The Story of a Mouse That Helped.” I’ve included a link because the story is very short and outrageously hilarious.

The bookstore at the corner of West 5th and Spring Streets in Downtown Los Angeles was one of the highlights of yesterday’s safari by Martine and me. I took eleven books to donate to the store and wound up buying four titles, including Eve Babitz’s Eve’s Hollywood, which I am…

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Missing Squirrels

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There are two huge trees in my yard, but alas, no squirrels. I think the neighborhood dogs must keep them away. When I lived in Missouri near the river there was a large population of squirrels. The largest number I ever saw visiting the feeder in my front yard at one time was fourteen. This included the young ones.

When I lived in Arizona, there were no squirrels anywhere near my home and I frequented a couple of online squirrel cams which have disappeared over the years.

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Automattic Worldwide WP 5k

Go for it!

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It wasn’t just a one-time event! The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2012! Set your timers for April 29th!

At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness.

We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 79 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

A year later, and there are now 105 Automatticians we hope will take part in the 5k all around the world in 2012.

We want…

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