The Golden Record

Because we watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Netflix was quite sure we would want to watch a documentary on the Voyager spacecraft.

Because… the music? The humor? The alien characters?

Well, we actually did like some of the music. And we really did watch it.

We sent a golden record into space. It has bagpipe music from Azerbaijan recorded on it. There is a list of the recordings on the NASA site.

We found volcanoes on Io. We got cool pictures of everything.

And we hoped that someone/thing would play the humpback whale sounds and… visit us?

People are so amazingly weird.

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I’m feeling better.

Somewhere around 4:00 today, something felt different. I still have this annoying cough and occasional violent sneezes, but I feel Better.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I did manage to read an entire book and watch Field of Dreams for the first time, but that was about all I could manage beyond getting food and endless cups of water.

There was one brief moment of excitement: I did one of those reach-for-something-and-knock-over-the-giant-cup-of-water things. All over the nightstand and into the top drawer. Because there’s nothing more fun than running for a towel and sopping up a mess when you feel miserable.


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I’m just going to play with these Bluetooth headphones (ear buds?) that I got at a conference. Not sure I like things inside my ears.


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The good news is that the fever is gone.

The bad news is that I apparently took the day off from everything yesterday, including this.

Just so I could cough a lot.

Ah, well. I expected it might happen some day. I just thought it might be a day when I was having too much fun.


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I’m cold.

My eyes ache.

Fire! From a balloon. Just imagine it’s my feverish mind.

I’m reminded of a little ditty I once wrote:

Burning, something’s burning
Everything has that smoky flavor.

It has a tune that I’m hearing in my head.

I know, it has nothing to do with a fever. It’s about an apartment fire.

But I’m feverish, so you’ll give me a break.

I need to go drink more water now.

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Quote: Medicine

 Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

– William Osler


Because I got that scratchy throat yesterday and I don’t sound like me anymore.


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Favorite: Back to Work

Back to Work: This is a podcast that I just enjoy listening to. It’s a couple of guys who talk about random stuff and they often make me laugh.

They include links to related sites that sometimes help to clarify or give more detail on what they were taking about.

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Picture of the week: Swishy Washy


Sometimes I need to go to the laundromat.

Swishy Washy is my favorite, not just because of the name.

It’s clean and well-maintained. There are cameras, so I feel a bit safer and it keeps people from vandalizing the place.

I bring my notebook and sometimes I write while I’m waiting. About exciting things like doing laundry. Yes, my life is fascinating.


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The Cloud is not in the sky

Who came up with this name for a bunch of computers? Why do I have this ridiculous image in my head of servers floating above actual clouds even as I know that this is far from reality?

A brief foray into Wikipedia tells me that it probably came from those cloud-like bubbles in diagrams that stood for the stuff in between the parts you diagrammed in detail.

Somehow this became a way of talking about network connections that happened like magic. It’s really another way of having a “black box” where things happen, but it’s a much lighter, fluffier, expansive version of that.

I vaguely remember the first time I heard a reference to “the cloud” and I remember it sounding really odd.

Now everything is “on the Cloud” or “in the Cloud” – were not sure if it has substance or not. Is it a shelf, or a container?

I think we like the image of the cloud because it makes us feel like our data is up high, out of reach.

You can’t help but feel like it is safer there than it would be down here on the ground in ugly buildings. Connected to a lot of other ugly buildings. Where it actually is.

I like to think of the Cloud as a floating target that anyone can see. Do I really want to put my stuff there? Hmm.

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The Happiness Final

Last year, I was taking a course called “A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment”. It’s really good, I would recommend it.

But not long ago, I was looking at the site and realized I had never actually finished the course.

I had been taking a Machine Learning class at the same time, and that took priority in the last two weeks.

Happiness, schmappiness.

Well, I’ve been telling people I took the course and I felt bad that I didn’t actually finish it. So I re-enrolled and finished the last assignment and studied up for the final.

It was actually a nice reminder of the things we had gone over in the course. Maybe I should take it every year.

I have now officially finished the course and I can have my life of happiness and fulfillment. 🙂

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Lost! In the parking lot

Did you ever have one of those days?

You’re all excited about this event at the expo center and you know that the parking will be horrendous, but you’re okay with that.

You get there and of course you have to drive around a bit before you find a spot.

Once you do, you imagine that you have memorized a clue to where you are parked and you head out across the rows and rows of cars toward the door.

You enjoy yourself for a while, and then you get tired. You are ready to go home.

You go out to the parking lot, and…

Where is the car?

You’re sure you were in this area, the door was that way…

This is where it is so useful to have someone else with you, because that doubles the chance that someone will remember where you parked.

I could have sworn I was in the second row…

I wasn’t the only one. There was another person out there who had lost her car. We ran into each other a couple of times.

I was in the second row of that section off to the side where I’d never parked before.

Just in case you are that other person, this is for you. I hope you found yours.

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