I’m work­ing on my final project for the tech­ni­cal writ­ing course, which is a com­par­i­son of cohous­ing devel­op­ments to sin­gle-fam­i­ly and more tra­di­tion­al mul­ti-fam­i­ly hous­ing. I’m find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find any of the books I want to use as ref­er­ences in the library (school or two coun­ties). Do any of you who are local hap­pen to have books on the sub­ject? Copies of Com­mu­ni­ties mag­a­zine, maybe? I’d appre­ci­ate a chance to look at such things rather than need­ing to buy them via Amazon!

Quotations and WordPress Plugins

I love quo­ta­tions, an out­growth of my love for words and the writ­ten word in par­tic­u­lar. I’ve col­lect­ed an aston­ish­ing num­ber of them over the years, but I nev­er got around to doing much with them. The ones that are already on this site are a very tiny sample.

I’ve spent a lot of time late­ly col­lect­ed all the var­i­ous text files of quo­ta­tions from my hard dri­ve, wed­ding out dupli­cates, and try­ing to ver­i­fy or iden­ti­fy sources.1 Since my brain has­n’t exact­ly been work­ing at a peak lev­el with the whole flu what­sis plus insane pollen lev­els in Atlanta, this project has been a nice, no-crit­i­cal-think­ing-required time filler.
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All-Snakes Day?

Is any­body cel­e­brat­ing that this year? I’m out of touch with the pagan crowd any more. I think the St. Patrick­’s Day parade here in Atlanta was can­celed because of the tor­na­do Sat­ur­day. I was at home all day, so I did­n’t both­er wear­ing green or even think­ing about it. One of the “dai­ly quote” emails I received includ­ed this bit of wisdom: 

Nev­er iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.

I have no idea how I got there, but I found myself read­ing Stuff White Peo­ple Like. I’d nev­er heard of it before, but from the num­ber of com­ments on every post, I must be in the minority!
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SBQ: Other crafts?

Melange by Calico Crossroads
This week­end’s Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion:

Are there oth­er crafts that you have tried and aban­doned? Why do you like stitch­ing better?

Short ver­sion: Because it’s one of the few visu­al­ly-beau­ti­ful things I’ve ever been good at.
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How do you decide where to live?

Over the last two years, Sam and I have talked about mov­ing else­where. Geor­gia has almost no con­sumer pro­tec­tions for cit­i­zens, has a crap­py sup­port struc­ture for humans in just about every way you can imag­ine, and has law enforce­ment who don’t care to enforce laws unless you’ve got enough mon­ey to get their atten­tion. Essen­tial­ly, we want to live in a blue state, which means leav­ing the Bible belt. Cool­er weath­er would be nice, too. Less humid heat, at least, would be a relief.

We haven’t real­ly made plans, not want­i­ng to uproot Katie while she was in school and so on. There’s a lot of iner­tia, too, since I’ve been here all my life (except for the few years in Alaba­ma before my par­ents moved us to Atlanta). Sam was born here, and was­n’t thrilled with New York or New Jer­sey when he lived there. Our fam­i­lies are here, which means some­thing, even if we don’t see them that often.
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Any­body going to Momo­Con here in Atlanta? I’d nev­er heard of it before today. It’s free, and may be in its sec­ond year (I’m not sure). It seems quite small, which could be nice. It’s local, which is a big plus for us. I’m unclear as to whether there’s any gam­ing hap­pen­ing or not, and there’s no men­tion of filk­ing that I can see. 

Homeschooling High School in College?

It’s be SO long since I updat­ed things here! Not that I think any­body real­ly missed me, but still, I should have kept it up a bit better.

Katie tried attend­ing a good high school near us, and loved it. She got great grades, was cho­sen to work on the year­book (it’s a very com­pet­i­tive process there), and was even made the chief pho­tog­ra­ph­er right away! She was also get­ting involved in oth­er activ­i­ties, and she made some good friends. She real­ly loved the art class­es, in particular.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, her health suf­fered. She has severe rest­less leg syn­drome, fibromyal­gia (which caus­es sleep prob­lems), and tru­ly hor­rif­ic migraines in addi­tion to being aller­gic to all kinds of things. The migraines aren’t well-man­aged any more, so that she has a migraine almost every day despite tak­ing Trilep­tal as a pre­ven­tive. She’s had to use her res­cue med­i­cine so much that it’s no longer very help­ful, either. She just can’t get any decent sleep, thanks to the RLS and fibro, which means that she needs a min­i­mum of ten to twelve hours every night, and still wakes up unrest­ed. And our insur­ance has gone stu­pid, repeat­ed­ly refus­ing to cov­er her aller­gy med­ica­tions, in par­tic­u­lar. 1 Right now, they’re refus­ing to cov­er Provig­il, which was the only thing keep­ing her awake enough to even con­sid­er attend­ing school. She’s under doc­tor’s orders to stop dri­ving until the sleep sit­u­a­tion is ame­lio­rat­ed, and has been for some time, so she’s been delayed in learn­ing to dri­ve and get­ting her license.

So she’s back at home, which is a real dis­ap­point­ment to her. We’ve decid­ed to try mak­ing the best of it, and focus on the good things. For instance, she’s no longer held back to any­one else’s learn­ing pace, and she does­n’t have to jump through bureau­crat­ic hoops. She can learn when­ev­er she is awake, hon­or­ing her body’s need for more sleep than most people. 

She wants to take col­lege class­es online, which is how I’m man­ag­ing to con­tin­ue my edu­ca­tion despite health prob­lems. I think it’s a good idea, so now we’re con­sid­er­ing schools and mon­ey. While the Uni­ver­si­ty sys­tem schools here in Geor­gia tech­ni­cal­ly have all their core class­es online, the real­i­ty when I attend­ed South­ern Poly was that the entire school usu­al­ly had only one or two seats for any par­tic­u­lar course, and of course those seats were tak­en immediately.

We’d love to hear about the expe­ri­ences of any oth­er home­schooled teens who are fin­ish­ing high school in col­lege, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who are tak­ing class­es online.

Her even­tu­al goal is art school, and while there is a local school that has an online pro­gram, I just don’t see how it’s pos­si­ble to learn some things through the inter­net. Nei­ther does she. So we’re also look­ing for good art class­es to sup­ple­ment what­ev­er she does online. We’re in Decatur, and since nei­ther she nor I are dri­ving, close is good. MARTA acces­si­bil­i­ty is absolute­ly necessary!

1 hey insist that every­body should be just fine with Clar­itin, which is avail­able over-the-counter. Not so!

Tweets for 12-11-2007

  • 22:02 New blog entry: Tweets for Today #
  • 12:45 @pis­ta­chio Don’t you have to Twit­ter in French while you’re there? Are the lan­guage police after you? #
  • 12:54 @mar­cben­ton Sounds like some­one I need to fol­low! @shashib, what do you think? #
  • 13:08 @chris­bro­gan What are serv­ing sug­ges­tions for life? #
  • 13:09 @chris­bro­gan Yes, the major­i­ty of the peo­ple I’ve known are fol­low­ers. They want that struc­ture. They aren’t the peo­ple I choose to ass … #
  • 13:18 So sleepy. I had dreams that should only hap­pen to peo­ple who drop acid dur­ing a Thomas the Tank Engine marathon. #
  • 13:18 And I’ve nev­er touched the stuff! #
  • 13:20 Peo­ple who have tagged stuff “a cap­pel­la” on LastFM seem to lack under­stand­ing that it means NO INSTRUMENTS. Just VOICES #
  • 13:21 @teemon­ster Is there an anti­dote? #
  • 13:26 @ran­dellfever Is it an old­er one? Haven’t tried my ancient one, not on Seesmic yet. #
  • 13:27 @teemon­ster That cure may be worse than the mal­a­dy. #
  • 13:28 @ran­dellfever Prob­a­bly not the prob­lem then 🙂 #
  • 13:30 @ran­dellfever Did you check for new­er soft­ware from Log­itech? #
  • 13:50 This hurts (had to down­load to watch, site is get­ting slammed) #
  • 14:00 @bucketjen If you do the form, they farm out data entry to firms who sell your address. Is a data point. #
  • 14:00 @bucketjen Post Office isn’t so forth­com­ing about that. #
  • 14:01 @foulbastard Some­how, that’s even worse. #
  • 15:35 @ariedana Hey now! Don’t be so hard on your­self. #
  • 15:35 @michebel Yep. Have a very good life. #
  • 15:38 @hot­dogsladies Resist the lawn wor­ship cult! Stay strong! #
  • 15:39 Just heard Caper­cail­lie’s “Ser­vant to the Slave” on LastFM. Now I have to go find lyrics. #
  • 15:43 7 new Twit­ter friends, and I did­n’t even com­ment on @jowyang’s post! #
  • 15:44 I don’t remem­ber who men­tioned head­phones at Woot, but thank you. Bought ’em. #
  • 15:44 Fam­i­ly is hard on head­phones. #
  • 15:53 @david­ward Cool blog! Do you know if it’s syn­di­cat­ed on Live­Jour­nal yet? If not, may I? #
  • 15:54 @david­ward Want to post link to Geek­sAtH­ome LJ com­mu­ni­ty, most users seem to use LJ as aggre­ga­tor #
  • 16:01 @ariedana He has poor taste. *hugs* #
  • 16:10 @david­ward Thanks 🙂 Will be on LJ as #
  • 16:39 @glen­dawh Just move to Atlanta. It’s 77F here. #
  • 16:46 @hob­bina­tor That’s great! How is Roo? #
  • 18:41 @hob­bina­tor I’m sor­ry about Roo 🙁 I’ll keep think­ing about him. (Just got back to PC) #
  • 18:42 @mariana_66 What kind of recital? If the chaos was con­trolled at all, it went well 😉 #
  • 18:46 @hopeev­ey No TT marathons for me. Don’t think I’ve actu­al­ly seen one whole episode. #
  • 18:47 @hopeev­ey Just saw Car­lin and said, “Why is he on dur­ing kid pro­gram­ming time?” #
  • 18:48 @abite­of­san­i­ty I miss hav­ing a fire­place. Even if it is way too hot to use one most of the time here. #
  • 18:51 @seam­bar­po­et is on the way home with Philly cheeses­teaks for din­ner #
  • 18:52 @jchutchins I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing 7S 🙂 You have guar­an­teed sale of all 3 vol­umes here. #
  • 19:01 @raphaelt We’re look­ing for­ward to a kid-free just-us night, so I’m afraid we’ll have to invite you anoth­er time 🙂 #
  • 19:07 @raphaelt: We’ll just wor­ry if you @ reply to your own @ reply 😉 #
  • 19:26 What is it with the Bren­nans? Moya is aka Máire, Enya is aka Eithne Bren­nan, and even Bren­nan is some­times Ní Bhraonáin #
  • 19:31 @sam­bear­po­et is home! I’m off for a while 🙂 #

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Tweets for 12-10-2007

  • 22:02 New blog entry: Tweets for Today #
  • 23:36 @hob­bina­tor Let me know if it does. I’ll Twit­ter for Claritin‑D. Heck, I’d do a lot more for my lorata­dine + decon­ges­tant fix. #
  • 23:38 @shashib Night! I will post after clos­ing the poll #
  • 23:40 Just 20 min­utes left to vote for the Fun­ni­est Twit­ter­er #
  • 23:41 @chelpix­ie I promise that you’re not invis­i­ble. #
  • 23:44 @chelpix­ie What song is in your Twit­ter back­ground? Can’t see enough to iden­ti­fy it. #
  • 23:44 @hob­bina­tor Darn. Any­body near me is prob­a­bly in bed — it’s 11:44pm — any­way. #
  • 23:52 @mike­doe I’m afraid I don’t. Her user page was there Fri­day when I made the poll, now it’s gone #
  • 23:53 @GarlG Ewww! I hope you feel bet­ter soon. #
  • 00:31 New blog entry: Results Are In! The Fun­ni­est Twit­ter­er Is #
  • 13:25 @tsdi­vadani Re fam­i­ly? I’ve always found that to be the case. #
  • 13:25 @tsdi­vadani Only per­son I’m sure I’m real­ly relat­ed to is my daugh­ter #
  • 13:46 Thanks, @marcbenton 🙂 #
  • 13:47 It’s 89 degrees F on my front porch here in Atlanta. It is INSANE to need a/c in Decem­ber! #
  • 13:51 @okiej I don’t expect things from Focus on the Fam­i­ly to make sense. #
  • 13:51 @abite­of­san­i­ty Done 😉 I’ve nev­er seen a white Christ­mas #
  • 13:52 @mini­to­toro Let’s just say our elec­tric bill makes me a glob­al warm­ing believ­er #
  • 13:54 Would­n’t do any good to do that shov­el­ing in the Bible Belt, @abiteofsanity. Noth­ing is open! #
  • 13:55 @abite­of­san­i­ty We real­ly are con­sid­er­ing mov­ing away from the blue laws and oth­er non­sense #
  • 14:02 @foulbastard Do they include bounc­ing around in lit­tle cloth­ing to “dis­tract” attack­ers? #
  • 14:06 Hel­lo @mariana_66, @AndrewBadera, @JimWalton and a bunch of oth­er peo­ple #
  • 14:12 @chum­worth If they go after our humor infra­struc­ture, we’re doomed. #
  • 14:12 @JimWal­ton just read your post re “experts” — good stuff. #
  • 14:13 Good arti­cle about social media and experts, folks: #
  • 14:32 @queenof­s­pain Get­ting old­er is far bet­ter than the alter­na­tive, hon. I’m hap­pi­ly 41. #
  • 14:33 @ran­dellfever I guess “I need a few san­i­ty hours” won’t work? #
  • 14:35 @andrew­badera I don’t think math cours­es fig­ure heav­i­ly in the­ol­o­gy or jour­nal­ism edu­ca­tion. Hav­ing been mar­ried to a youth min­is­ter, in … #
  • 14:36 @andrew­badera Hav­ing been mar­ried to a youth min­is­ter, I know there isn’t much math involved in the­ol­o­gy under­grad stud­ies. #
  • 14:36 @mariana_66 Audac­i­ty. Works on most any plat­form and is open-source (free!) #
  • 14:37 @mariana_66 Oh — you mean hard­ware, don’t you? @sambearpoet is using a Sony mini­disc recorder with good results, look­ing for some­thing s … #
  • 14:45 @jimwal­ton Water is lim­it­ed? Eeep! #
  • 15:16 @gen­uine What answer is that? #
  • 15:23 @ran­dellfever Yay! #
  • 15:38 @mariana_66: @sambearpoet is my part­ner. Let us know what you find, ok? #
  • 15:59 @hob­bina­tor Hope Roo is bet­ter soon! #
  • 16:00 Crud. Think the girl may have a sinus infec­tion. #
  • 16:02 @mariana_66 We got the mini­disc recorder/reader via Freecy­cle 🙂 #
  • 16:16 @queenof­s­pain Ewww! Nev­er had one fight about that! Keep­ing ANY pants on, yes. #
  • 16:21 @queenof­s­pain: @sambearpoet’s youngest went through a peri­od of refer­ring to her­self as “the baby” con­stant­ly. Hope­ful­ly, it won’t last … #
  • 16:39 @jimwal­ton Is all of you ok? #
  • 16:40 @jimwal­ton No secure foot­ing for lad­der on ice/snow, methinks. Call pow­er com­pa­ny? #
  • 16:53 @jimwal­ton I see. Could you steady lad­der while some­one else climbed to try? #
  • 16:54 @jimwal­ton You were very lucky! #
  • 16:56 @jimwal­ton I guess that’s why they say a hurt thing “smarts” #
  • 17:21 Log­ging off for a while. Need to get some flu­ids into the girl. #
  • 20:00 Freak­ing out. The guy who con­tact­ed me via Con­sumat­ing might as well have been cre­at­ed as pure Cyn bait. #
  • 20:00 I’m too weird to see that hap­pen often. #
  • 20:01 @chum­worth Cross­ing the strike line, I see 😉 #
  • 20:02 @acom­put­er­pro Do you nor­mal­ly dis­robe at the den­tist’s office? #
  • 20:11 @fly­swat­ter We have had lots more trou­ble with DSL than cable broad­band. Slow­er and lots of out­ages. #
  • 20:23 @marinamartin Don’t know what Moola is? #
  • 20:28 @jchutchins Woot! #
  • 20:30 @marinamartin Moola looks inter­est­ing, would like an invite pret­ty please. #

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