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Bumming for change...

Anyone got any spare $130,000.00 they want to give me?

I was curious about housing prices in the neighborhood where I'm working - Hey! I've got a job now! One month in and still kicking! - even though I'll get an apartment, I like the neighborhood - so I looked at homes for sale. (Besides, I like to look at these things and dream.) Anyway, so I came across this:


Isn't it cute as a button?

So if any of you have any disposable wealth just laying around, I'm just saying... :)

Goodbye, Lis

The amazing and wonderful Lis Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) is gone.

Many blessings as you journey to the worlds beyond, Lis.

Remarkable actress, and way too young and sexy to leave this world.


Happy Vernal Equinox!

and Happy Ostara!

Here are some bunnies:


Reposted from facebook

For my St. Louis brethren: Kind of an emergency situation... I have a friend who is in the hospital, likely for some Time... he is about to be kicked out of his apartment... he has 2 large calico cats, 7 years old, brother and sister, who desperately need a home... If you can take them in or know somebody who can, please contact me...



I couldn't find my phone before leaving my apartment today, so if you anybody needs anything, email is the best method. :)

I know it's in the apartment, it's just a question of where. :)


They're saying that the Brig is dead. :(


Just a damned shame. :(


Happy Valentine's Day!

To All My Friends:

Bad omens

Is it a bad sign when your milk goes bad a day before Imbolc?

I bought a half-gallon jug of milk last week, with an "best by" date of 2/5/11. I used to get organic milk all the time, but it's 2-3xs the price of regular, even though it has insanely far away expiration dates. The regular milk is always within the next week or two, but organic milk is generally a month or more off.

So anyway, I had a bit of milk last week, but with having company this weekend, I didn't consume any. I went to pour myself a glass last night and it was as if someone had poured a teaspoon of vinegar into the jug. It had completely curdled, with almost a week to go on its printed expiration date. :( Yuck.

I think I'm going to have to go back to organic milk. Even if it's 3xs as much, I won't be wasting more than 75% of it when it goes bad early. Well, when the blizzard goes away and I can get to the grocery store again, that is. :)

At least I've got a box of dry milk for Imbolc. :)

ETA: I just did the math. For 64oz (one half gallon) of milk, the regular costs $0.028 per oz, while the organic costs $0.069 per oz. But if 80% of the regular goes bad, then only 12.8 oz are usable, so the effective price of regular milk is $0.141 per oz, or about twice the cost of organic milk. :)

Oh and yes, blessed Imbolc all. Hope your milk stays sweet and creamy!



Reminder to those involved/wanting to be involved in HSA - the deadline for $20 membership is the 31st of this month. After that it goes up by $10 each month (i.e. $30 in Feb, $40 in Mar, $50 in Apr). Online registration is at kchsa.org


Spaces and Typography

Sam told me about this article on Slate, about this typographer who describes using two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence as both "arbitrary" and "inarguably wrong". Because that makes so much sense. :) Here are my thoughts on using one space versus two spaces:

Typographers don't get to make "the rules" for anyone but themselves. I don't see why it's such a fuss. Language changes and evolves as people use it. Grammar changes, vocabulary changes, and punctuation conventions change.

With the advance of the written word, and as ordinary people can type and print text themselves (even self-publish), typographers are finding themselves less in control of the written word - relegated to publications (books, magazines, and newspapers, both on and off the web) and corporate websites. That's what I think this issue is *really* about: loss of control.

We don't need to set type anymore, so the extra space doesn't *cost* us anything. We don't typically use typewriters, so the extra space isn't *needed* either. It's down to personal preference, as far as I'm concerned, just like the Oxford comma.

I use two spaces, and will continue to use two spaces. Not only is it what I was taught (which isn't a particularly rational reason to do something, but it isn't trivial either), but I find it easier to read. It emphasizes the separation between sentences, allowing a little "breathing room", especially in a good-sized block of text, while not interrupting the flow of the paragraph. Aesthetically, it is what I prefer.

I can't say that I'm particularly bothered by paragraphs that use one space, nor people that write them. Though it is mildly annoying when a text box "auto-corrects" down to one space. If I'd wanted to use one space, I would have done it myself. (I'm looking at you, livejournal!)

Actually, I think that the "auto-correct" to one space that is so common on internet forums and comment boxes has changed my writing. I find myself using much shorter paragraphs, and not because I'm completing an idea with fewer words or sentences. (I'm just as verbose as ever.) But rather, it's harder to read long paragraphs with only one space between sentences.

So it's causing an over-use of paragraph breaks. Sometimes I'll break a paragraph when it ends that thought, but sometimes I break it because it seems to *need* a break aesthetically. I imagine this might cause a bit of confusion, as some paragraphs seem more interlinked with each other, and some are more diverse in their subject matter.

When I'm more radically changing topics, I'll often use a line to divide the two bodies of text, as illustrated below, because a simple paragraph break has become a bit less meaningful in making that distinction.

In fact, when I'm writing, I'll often keep typing, and only break the paragraph where it should *conceptually* be broken, but when I go back to proofread my writing, I'll break the paragraphs down further to enhance the readability.

Though, like any convention, I think that consistency is key in making communication clear. If you're using two spaces, then use two spaces throughout your document. If you're using the Oxford comma, then use it throughout. Don't "analyse" something and then "criticize" another thing. Be consistent. Employ the rules, bend them, and break them as necessary to promote full communication of your ideas. If you are clearly communicating to your reader and making it easily comprehensible, then you are doing it right. Everything else is just arbitrary.



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