As good a time as any

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:56 pm
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We're entering the time of year when there's not so much to see during the first part of any walk, because it's just too dark. And there are fewer flowers so there won't be as much close-up photography, either. Judging by all the leaves that seemed to fall practically overnight, I'm also curious if there will be much of autumn. Guess we'll see. The point being, if my Podo had to go missing, now's not the worst time. Even if there was a way to delay the start of a time lapse, that doesn't make up for the shorter amount of daylight once the sun comes up. With that in mind, I'm not going to rush to replace the Podo. I've got LASIK payments to make and a very long tattoo backlog, so my money's always spoken for before I even have it.

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70%

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:09 pm
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There was a nice piece in the paper recently about hikes and walks in the area, and it's pretty cool that I've been to seven of the ten listed, in italics below.

Paradise Valley
Lund’s Gulch
Big Gulch
Jetty Island

Scriber Lake
North Creek
Lord Hill

Portage Creek
Japanese Gulch
Spencer Island


Of the remaining three, Paradise Valley's the one I definitely need to see next. 13 miles of trails! I should really take my time and plan two separate walks there to see it all. The list also makes me want to visit Lord Hill again soon.

Snatched again

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:42 pm
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My weekly routine got all shuffled around so I ended up at the tank farm on Friday, with a plan to leave the Podo there all morning, go out for lunch, and pick it up in the afternoon.

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a conversation snippet

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:36 pm
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Tonight at our s'lichot service (something tied to the high holy days), a fellow congregant greeted me and said "I haven't seen you in hours!". (We'd both been there this morning.) I said "hours and hours!". He complained that I was getting carried away.

I responded by saying: "hours" means at least two; "hours and hours" therefore means at least four; it's been longer than that since this morning, so "hours and hours" is not inappropriate.

It was at this point that somebody standing nearby said "oh, that's where I know you from!". We'd both been in a talmud-heavy class a while back.

There are worse things to be remembered for. :-)

CATURDAY

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:54 am
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RIP Nutmeg 1985-2017

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Tide interrupted

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:59 pm
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On Wednesday I had a brilliant idea for a time lapse but it involved leaving the camera somewhere vulnerable for at least 13 hours, and since I didn't want to have to drive back over in the evening, the plan was to leave it for 24.

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daf bit: Sanhedrin 60

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:00 am
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Blasphemy is a capital offense. Conviction for a capital offense requires careful testimony of two direct witnesses. This poses a problem, as they must testify to what exactly the person said. To minimize the damage, the court sent everybody out except for the witnesses and then told the first witness: tell us literally what he said. The witness did, and the judges tore their garments. The second witness then said "I heard this too" without repeating the testimony. (The mishna then says the third witness does likewise. I'm not sure where the third witness came from, as only two are required.)

The g'mara discusses tearing one's garments when hearing blasphemy. Rav Yehudah said in the name of Shmuel that one tears only when hearing a curse of the tetragramaton, but not when hearing other divine names. Rabbi Chiyya says that one who hears God's name in a blasphemous context today doesn't tear his garments, because if he did the garment would be torn to shreds. But who is R' Chiyya talking about? If we say that he hears this blasphemy from Jews, are Jews so irreverent as to frequently demean the name of God? No, he must be talking about hearing it from gentiles. But do gentiles know this specific name? No, if we're talking about gentiles it must be in regard to any name, and there'd be enough of that to leave one's garments in shreds. The g'mara concludes that nowadays one is not obligated to tear his garments when hearing the curse of a gentile and a curse using another name, but originally one was obligated to tear for both, contrary to what Shmuel says. (mishna 56a, g'mara 60a)

In case you're wondering (I did!) why the second witness doesn't tear his garment on hearing the first witness repeat the blasphemy, the g'mara says it's because he already tore his garment when he heard the original blasphemer. The judges, however, are hearing it for the first time.

Ambitious

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:21 pm
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The time lapse I thought of yesterday and wanted to create today may still be in process almost 12 hours later. It feels very weird to be home while the Podo is several miles away, but that's the only way to get what I want. I could go get it tonight because there's no way the battery will last longer than 13 hours, but by that time, it'll be dark out, so if nobody's spotted it by nightfall, it's probably fine until I head out tomorrow. Or it could be long gone! No risk, no reward. After dropping it off, I was about halfway to Langus, so I kept going and walked there.

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Start in the dark and be surprised

Sep. 12th, 2017 02:27 pm
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It's important to be easygoing if you want to get into making time lapses. You have to learn to set it and let it happen, and come to terms with the fact that you may or may not have chosen the best angle, or the battery could die too soon, or any number of other things. Tomorrow's another day. Just try again. Today's is a perfect example.

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Fog and yelling

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:33 pm
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The river is one of my closest regular walking destinations, but also one of the ones I go to the least. It can just be a little creepy is all. Today might have been my most stressful visit, as a dude was down there pissed off and yelling. I said good morning to him as I passed and he said it back, but the yelling resumed. And was still going (or going again after a break?) an hour later. I wish it was possible to feel like calling the police would be the right thing to do, but in the US they oftentimes escalate situations like that. Instead I figured I'd just mention it to anyone I saw who I thought would really benefit from a warning. As if the yelling isn't enough of a warning. I told an older couple about him and they said, "We'll just walk past him." It's Lowell, they're probably used to it.

I was there much later than I typically have been because of the later sunrise and saw way more people than I'm used to. Maybe I'm the only thing that was unusual there today.

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Garrett had a thought about the whole Sam situation yesterday. One that I had for a moment recently and rejected immediately. When cats are having litter box issues they can often be traced to a change in their environment. Garrett asked, when did I switch to the litter boxes with the higher walls on three sides? It's been a while, but I thought there was no way that bothered Sam enough to make him use the rest of the house as the litter box instead. We took the clip-on high sides off, and sure enough, the next time I walked by the litter closet, I saw Sam in there using a litter box, perched on the edges of the box instead of standing in the litter. I had no idea he ever did that, and now I know the high walls aren't an option. That's a bummer because they really helped. The boys really kick a lot of litter over the sides, and today I saw a pee spot on the wall, right above the top of the linoleum I lined the closet with.

Garrett had another great idea, though. When we have our bathroom remodeled next month, we can have the contractor tile the closet!

Obviously it's too soon to say Sam will quit defiling the rest of the house, but I'm hopeful. I had to sleep in my office last night because the carpet powder we used after steaming twice smelled so strong, and this morning the smell was still there. I dumped an entire bottle of resolve in the smelly area and steamed it again a while later. Hopefully it's better now.

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CATURDAY

Sep. 9th, 2017 06:15 am
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Oof

Sep. 7th, 2017 03:20 pm
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After I posted yesterday, I felt even worse, and it didn't let up for another eight hours or so. So, two hours out in the smoke lead to 32 or so hours of feeling really awful. I'm still taking it easy, and haven't left except to go to the store. It feels very strange to go two days without a walk, but I ended up making good use of the time.

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daf bit: Sanhedrin 53

Sep. 7th, 2017 08:51 am
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The mishna on today's daf lists those for whom the death penalty is stoning. (There are four methods of execution in halacha, of which stoning is the most severe.) Stoning is for:

  • a man who commits incest with his mother, his father's wife, or his son's wife, or a man who commits adultery with a betrothed maiden

  • a man who sexually abuses another man or a beast, or a woman who commits bestiality (the g'mara here does not discuss what counts as abuse)

  • a blasphemer, an idolater, or one who gives of his seed to Molech (Molech was a foreign god to whom people made child sacrifices)

  • one who incites individuals to idolatry or seduces a whole town to idolatry

  • a necromancer, wizard, or sorcerer (I'm unclear about the difference between the latter two)

  • one who desecrates Shabbat

  • one who curses his father or mother

  • a wayward and rebellious son

(53a)

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Sep. 6th, 2017 05:46 am
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My dream this morning was a horror movie starring my friend Jessica. She was trapped with a group of friends in a huge mansion that also had a bowling alley, and had until dawn to bowl a 300, taking shots while the killer stepped away from the lanes to hunt down the others. Between strikes, she had to hide from the killer because she was a target as well. I woke up just after it was apparent she finished the game and bowling balls started crashing in through doorways and staircases to distract him, and she was about to emerge and crack his skull open with the ball she bowled a perfect game with.

Here's a time lapse of the sun in yesterday afternoon's smoke. Today I'm probably only leaving the house to go to the grocery store.

Bleak

Sep. 5th, 2017 04:27 pm
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Today I learned a hard lesson, and it's that I have to take the air quality issue seriously. I've been back from my walk for well over eight hours and still feel terrible. Thankfully a friend posted about a good app that I'll use from now on. It's dark in the morning now so I was well into the walk before it was light out and I noticed I probably shouldn't be out at all.

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