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    Congrats, Swift.
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    Over the past month or so one of our cats has become an enthusiastic lap-sitter. We haven't had a lap-cat in more than 20 years, now we do!
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    Congratulations Swift!

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    There were several movies I watched all the way through because my last cat was a lap-sitter, and it was watch the movie or disturb him by getting up to change the disc. I stream enough now so that wouldn't come up anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Back to some happy work news...

    I have over 20 publications, but I've never had a patent published. I've had several that were working their way through various parts of the patent system, but either were rejected and/or got abandoned by the company (a couple because that part of the business went out of business). Well, I'm finally getting a patent, it has been granted by the European Patent Office and should be officially issued middle of next year (the whole process took about 4 years). And though I am one of several authors, I personally wrote large chunks of this one myself.

    It ultimately isn't a big deal, but it has been a personal sore point for me for a long time that I didn't have one.
    Congratulations Swift!
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    We had early Thanksgiving dinner yesterday with my niece and her husband.
    Turkey was probably the best I've cooked, company was great, we've got lots of leftovers (as do they), and there's a kettle of stock in the fridge waiting to become delicious soup. Lots of stock, actually, I'll have to freeze a bit of it.
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    Just went into town to pick up a few things (I hate shaving), and went to subway because I thought it they were having buy a gift card a few subs, get 2 free gift cards and a sandwich for me and mom. I one day buy on get on free deal because it was the local franchises 25th anniversary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Just went into town to pick up a few things (I hate shaving), and went to subway because I thought it they were having buy a gift card a few subs, get 2 free gift cards and a sandwich for me and mom. I one day buy on get on free deal because it was the local franchises 25th anniversary.
    Do you mind re-phrasing this? I just can't make sense of it this time.

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    Basically instead of getting a 2 subs for 50 dollars I got 2 for the price of one just by luck, I didn't know it was their anniversary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Basically instead of getting a 2 subs for 50 dollars I got 2 for the price of one just by luck, I didn't know it was their anniversary.
    Agamemnon. I don't think I've every been to a Subway, but that seems like some pretty expensive fast food. How big are these subs?

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    Christmas presents bought, wrapped and labelled. Christmas cards written, addressed and stamped. Mission accomplished, and a day ahead of schedule. Now I can spend December safely out of reach of the enforced festive cheer in the town centre.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Agamemnon. I don't think I've every been to a Subway, but that seems like some pretty expensive fast food. How big are these subs?

    Grant Hutchison
    I trust BRA added a zero to the price. Even Canadian prices aren't that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I trust BRA added a zero to the price. Even Canadian prices aren't that bad.
    Ah, that would make sense.
    I actually have been to a Subway, I now realize - in Nome, Alaska, bizarrely enough.
    I can't remember a single thing about it, which is maybe a bad sign.

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    I got my insulin and a meeting with a dietitian/diabetes councilor. I don't have a lot of bad food habits, but man, before this, I felt like I was spinning the "bad food choices" wheel. When I think "healthy foods" I want to revert to vegetarianism. Not a bad choice, but you need a great diet plan to do it successfully. I'm not sure I'm going to make that hop yet, but maybe if I can get these numbers under control I can make it a goal someday.

    I feel a little more in control, now. Time to get that blood sugar down from an A1c of 12. Basically, the medicine I was taking wasn't the right solution. I was zig-zagging from 36 mg/dl to over 475 in a day. That's exhausting.
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    The apparent success of the Cosmoquest fundraising effort. This is one of the very few online communities in which I participate, so Iím glad it looks like it will be around for a while.


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    One more CRT tv headed to the recycling center, not mine still have to wait and get the flat screen fixed.
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    Musing today...

    On my desk is a coffee mug that my wife gave to me shortly before I retired. It says:

    "Not my circus. Not my monkeys."

    Yeah......

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Musing today...

    On my desk is a coffee mug that my wife gave to me shortly before I retired. It says:

    "Not my circus. Not my monkeys."

    Yeah......
    Wow, "not my monkeys" brings back memories of role playing in training sessions at a company where I worked 30 years ago. I'm very happy that it's a distant memory.

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    We have a cat and a dog. The dog is a mutt, but I suspect she has some Pitt Bull lineage. She weighs 70 pounds. The cat is normal size at around 8 pounds. They usually ignore each other, but the other day the cat was acting particularly feisty.

    We were preparing for bed, and I was already upstairs brushing my teeth, while Mrs Extravoice had just let the dog inside from a final potty run when I heard what sounded like the most viscous dog attack ever. At first, I thought a raccoon or something snuck in.

    As I ran down the stairs, I could tell from my wifeís shouts that the dog and cat were battling. From the sounds, I expected to find a dismembered cat. At the bottom of the stairs, the cat shot past me, with the dog in pursuit.

    I grabbed the dogís collar and escorted her outside. I then searched for the cat, expecting a late night visit to the emergency veterinarian.

    I found her under the bed, physically fine, except for fur matted by dog saliva. It turns out that the cat ambushed the dog upon entry to the house. Iím happy she restrained her response, even though it didnít sound that way.




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    Tonight one niece was in the local Santa Claus Parade marching with the cadets. The other was in Elf The Musical based off of the movie, really enjoyed it but the best part of the evening was the reactions from a six year old who was sitting besides my mother.
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    I found this video a little bit ago and have been watching it. I spent years having engineering responsibility for most all the mechanical claptrap you'll see, including the throttle stand, control columns, and mechanisms under the floor. Kind of nice to see it again after 10 years.
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    This evening we went to our 5 (6 in 8 days) year old Granddaughters end of year concert at her school. She is just finishing Kindergarten and starts Grade 1 next year. The concert was held outside. The kindy kids are allowed to go home straight after their performance instead of staying for the whole concert like the other kids. As her group was first up this meant that the event started at 6:00 pm and we were on our way home by about 6:20 pm. It is a Government School with just under 500 pupils.

    They actually did quite a good job of organisation. Off-road parking was available on their main playing field, with staff guiding you in. There were food vans on-site - Ice Cream, Sausages in buns, Burritos Burgers & Fries, Bao Buns with various fillings and Cappuccino. The temperature today was around 38 C but of a breeze had come in so by the time the show was starting it was very pleasant outside - probably in the mid 30's C.

    (There might have been a spot of dirt on my lense)

    The food vans with some typical Australian trees behind them

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    The two kindy classes doing their bit. The "cowboy" costumes had no relevance to their performance as far as I could see, but the kids seemed to like them. People on chairs were meant to be on one side and those sitting on blankets on the other side. You can note the very formal dress that we are all wearing.

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    Yesterday I skipped exercising and was out of sorts all day. So today I knew I must do it but was faced with a choice: Go to the gym or watch the Blue Origin launch at 9:00 (my time.) I went to the gym.
    When I got back, the launch had been delayed and had 15 minutes on the countdown. Awesome!
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    So, is that a perk of Amazon Prime, or does Jeff really, really like you?
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    He should, considering how much I've spent there!
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    ozduck, it looks like a really pleasant way to end the academic year.

    By contrast, here the parents will be driving their children to the school in the dark, at sub-freezing temperatures, for their evening performance. At the school they'll be changing from heavy outdoor winter clothing to whatever costumes they are assigned, leaving their stuff strewn all over the classrooms, snow melting off their boots and water all over the floors. Oh the memories!

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    This morning someone asked "Is there some kind of Star wars movie coming out?"
    Me, "Yes next week."
    So now the Christmas trip is put off a week so I can see the movie. And given how plugged I am I am happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    ozduck, it looks like a really pleasant way to end the academic year.

    By contrast, here the parents will be driving their children to the school in the dark, at sub-freezing temperatures, for their evening performance. At the school they'll be changing from heavy outdoor winter clothing to whatever costumes they are assigned, leaving their stuff strewn all over the classrooms, snow melting off their boots and water all over the floors. Oh the memories!
    Luckily we never have snow here.This is the sort of weather we always associate with Christmas. The one year we spent it in a cold climate, London, it seemed very strange - and grey and miserable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Luckily we never have snow here.This is the sort of weather we always associate with Christmas. The one year we spent it in a cold climate, London, it seemed very strange - and grey and miserable.
    I kind of think that was a reason Christmas is in December. All the decorations, lights, parties, and such make things a bit less miserable in the cold, dark north this time of year.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I kind of think that was a reason Christmas is in December. All the decorations, lights, parties, and such make things a bit less miserable in the cold, dark north this time of year.
    My understanding (I'm doing this from memory and am going to skip my usual digging for references) is that a lot of cultures have Winter solstice celebrations that involve lights, fire, etc., as a counter to the cold and dark of this time of year, and often associated with the idea of getting the sun to come back and bring warmth and light to the world (at least in the non-tropical parts of the world).

    There is also considerable evidence that the historic Jesus was actually not born around the Winter solstice (for example, records of when the Romans actually did the census), but at some point the celebration of the birth of Jesus got tied to the Winter solstice celebration of various Northern Hemisphere cultures.
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