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    The sky is clear and I can see the lunar eclipse!
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    Obscured by our mountain, we drove down the highway a bit to a lakeside park. -4°F, too.
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    Today dawned rainy and clouded over, but it cleared and we were able to see the sunset and then the eclipse!
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    I saw the back of my eyelids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I saw the back of my eyelids.
    Me too. Even if I had gone outside I would have seen clouds and snowflakes. Not to mention it was about 5F, I had been shoveling snow all day and was very tired, and I had to be up early for work today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    ... and I had to be up early for work today.
    Me, too. They should really plan these things to be more convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Me, too. They should really plan these things to be more convenient.
    I may have to talk with management about it.
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    I got up near midnight hoping I could see it without going outside into the cold and wind, but it was too high in the sky.

    So, I went outside (briefly)to see it, but “super” or not, the moon looks small when nearly at zenith.


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    I should have posted this here when I told everyone what I didn't get about the Ren Fair I'm part of.

    I had my first weekend as costumed "staff" at the local Renaissance Fair, and it was fun. I had a blast, even though it was exhausting. I got to interact with patrons and vendors in costume and my terrible version of "Fair Speak" (basically, bad accent and a sort of mishmash of pop-culture "Ye Olde English", with shalts and thees and thous and such. I also helped with keeping some of the infrastructure in order, especially Sunday, as it was windy!!

    I'm off this coming weekend, as I have a prior commitment at the local birding and wildlife festival, then I'm back at the Fair for the final weekend. We've been workshopping since July for this, learning aspects of theater and acting, along with character development. It was intimidating at first, but I'll get the hang of it.

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    I'm so glad you're enjoying it!
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    Today, 26 January, is Australia Day. In Perth there is a big fireworks show on the Swan River in front of Central Perth. There is usually a crowd of around 250,000 watching around the foreshore. Rather than fight for a spot we drove a few minutes to the banks of the Canning River.It is about 8 km from Perth but the views across the river and a fairly flat part of Perth are pretty good. And there was only a few thousand people there with plenty of parking. We obviously missed the low fireworks but it was still a good view.

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    Happy Australia Day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Happy Australia Day.
    Thank you - had a very quiet one - except for the fireworks of course. But we are going to small gathering tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    I still don't know what "zeroeth law" means.
    Oh... It is a condition when you have a rule which has an assumption that you are unaware of because its baked right in. Such as saying shopping happens at Wal-mart, therefore Wal-mart is a good indication of what all shopping is like. It really isn't.

    I had a student with a learning objective of matching correct quantities of shapes to written numbers. That was changed immediately when I asked "how many tries?" and "which numbers?". Now it reads three tries for digits 0-9. It sounds silly, but sometimes it happens. Especially if someone is has a massive case load and is overworked.

    Heck, in the business world, I had a group of people who's sole job was to add written instructions to instruction sheets and they'd try to send out blank sheets because they made the proper edit but didn't know what server to drop the file on. Someone would change the process they did know and didn't tell them because they were instruction people, not IT people. Then there were 3 groups of people finger pointing and all of them actually had at least one right idea, but that idea wasn't all that good. Ugh.
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    We put down an offer on a house this week. I don't love the part of town, but the house would be great for us. And we would be close to a lot of things--shopping, bus lines, and my best friend--even though we'd be farther from most of the things I regularly use--the fabric store and our specific branch of the library. Still, it's in our price range, and the actual layout of the house is really good for our needs.

    Also, this morning, the sunlight was hitting the tops of the trees while the bottoms were still in shadow, and it was beautiful.
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    Congratulations! I hope it all works out for you and the family.

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    good to hear Gillianren.
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    Good for you.

    Get an inspection. The seller should pay for it but your agent should choose the inspector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF
    I still don't know what "zeroeth law" means.
    Oh... It is a condition when you have a rule which has an assumption that you are unaware of because its baked right in. Such as saying shopping happens at Wal-mart, therefore Wal-mart is a good indication of what all shopping is like. It really isn't.
    Isn't that just what we call a "stupid assumption"?
    A zeroth law needs to be both true and more fundamental than other numbered laws. Your example doesn't seem to meet those criteria.

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    Good luck Gillianren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Isn't that just what we call a "stupid assumption"?
    A zeroth law needs to be both true and more fundamental than other numbered laws. Your example doesn't seem to meet those criteria.

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    Right. If I am remembering correctly, Asimov's "Zeroth" Law of Robotics was/is "A robot may not harm humanity or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm," which is both more fundamental and sometimes seemingly in contradiction to the other Laws. Recall that the First Law is "A robot may not harm a human or, by inaction, allow a human to come to harm."

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    Right. If I am remembering correctly, Asimov's "Zeroth" Law of Robotics was/is "A robot may not harm humanity or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm," which is both more fundamental and sometimes seemingly in contradiction to the other Laws. Recall that the First Law is "A robot may not harm a human or, by inaction, allow a human to come to harm."
    And Asimov, of course, was nodding to the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics. (The word zeroth started out as an adjective meaning "of order zero" about half a century before it got co-opted into thermodynamics.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Good for you.

    Get an inspection. The seller should pay for it but your agent should choose the inspector.
    We're now officially the backup offer; one of the advantages we'd be giving people is that we can pay all closing costs. Saves us from getting into much of a bidding war, which we're just not interested in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    We put down an offer on a house this week. I don't love the part of town, but the house would be great for us. And we would be close to a lot of things--shopping, bus lines, and my best friend--even though we'd be farther from most of the things I regularly use--the fabric store and our specific branch of the library. Still, it's in our price range, and the actual layout of the house is really good for our needs.

    Also, this morning, the sunlight was hitting the tops of the trees while the bottoms were still in shadow, and it was beautiful.
    Sweet! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    We're now officially the backup offer; one of the advantages we'd be giving people is that we can pay all closing costs. Saves us from getting into much of a bidding war, which we're just not interested in.
    Some more good luck wishes for a new adventure in your life.

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    Just had first night in new house. Woot. Feels good.

    Well, it's a rental, but in a tough market it fell in my lap as a workmate who was going overseas (OZ) wanted to rent it out at about the time I was looking.

    And the old house is still for sale, because the ex Wife has super-unrealistic ideas of how much we can expect someone to pay for it. Oh well.

    But the "new" place ... all mine.

    Squeezed my bed into one of the smaller rooms so I could make the "master bedroom" my computer/arduino/hobby room.

    Maybe I'll put the T.V. in the laundry and the dining table in the attic. Just because I can.
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    I had a girlfriend once who had a bath in the kitchen. It made for an interesting social dynamic round about dinner time.

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    Did she eat in the tub? Lots of bubbles, I hope.

    Meanwhile, I got rick-rolled at the eye doctor yesterday. The had "Never Gonna Give You Up" playing on their music system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I had a girlfriend once who had a bath in the kitchen. It made for an interesting social dynamic round about dinner time.
    Had a bath, or took a bath?

    Apparently all homes around here are required to have a bathroom (or at least a "powder room") on the main floor.
    While shopping for homes last year, we spotted some awkwardly placed ones.
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