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Miscellaneous Musings

Five Dozen – Not 60

My co-worker Rainer sent me this gem:

Many typists know “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog” as a
thirty-three-letter sentence that employs every letter in the alphabet at
least once. Now fix your eyes on a sampling of the best pangrams of even
fewer letters. What you are about to see are meaningful sentences that
avoid obscure words yet contain every letter of the alphabet:
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
(thirty-two letters)

That’s all he sent (Rainer knows me), although the blurb suggested there were
other examples. So I did a quick Google Search and found this. There were a few examples with even fewer letters, but none of them were anything I could ever imagine myself saying.

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Miscellaneous Musings

Isidore A-Dunkin\’

I can\’t take credit for that word play. I stole it from the local newspaper. Actually, so far, our share of Hurricane Isidore has been a complete blessing. As flood watch messages kept popping into my email box over the last couple of days, I pondered the irony of going from drought to flood, and wondered which was preferable. But I think we\’re just going to get our thirst quenched without drowning. As of this morning, Tatertown had received about 2.5 inches of rain since it started yesterday. That kind of sustained gentle rainfall was just what we needed, The thirsty ground has been soaking it up, with little or no ponding or runoff. Forecasters are still predicting more rain through mid-afternoon, but at the rate it\’s falling, I don\’t expect more than another couple of inches at most, and I think that will get absorbed too. On a humorous note, on my way to work this morning, I passed a business that had its lawn sprinklers going.

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Horse Play

Tally F’ing Ho

I just received email from the author of this Salon article about foxhunting, asking if I had seen it. Actually, I had, shortly after it was published in March 2002. But it was fun to read again, thinking “Yeah, been there, done that, couldn’t have said it that well”.

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Miscellaneous Musings

Cool Weather

Looking out the office window, I realize that the sad part of the return to pleasant weather means the student attire is shifting from halter tops and shorts to sweats and jeans. There are just a few weeks each year when fast network access is not the only good thing about this job.

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Geek Stuff

Gates of Hell

Somebody at Google really must not like Microsoft. They’ve had “anomalies” like this before.
Comment from college buddy Jeff:

Pretty funny. Even if it’s simply a result of Google’s integrated view of web links, it’s right on. Though I suspect the RIAA also ranks pretty highly on the evil scale.

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Miscellaneous Musings

Earth Harp Pictures

Finally got around to editing and shrinking the Mass Ensemble (Earth Harp) pictures to be a little more Web-appropriate. Actually got most of the work done Sunday night, but I didn’t have the patience to upload them over a modem connection, so I dumped them on a Zip disk and waited until I came back to work. This job is really starting to suck most days, but lack of broadband access at home makes me really appreciate the 100-megabit ethernet connection.

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Political Rants

Still More March News

Reports about the Countryside March are still trickling in. Somebody passed along a link to a Sun article that had some interesting coverage .. and lack of coverage. Not quite Camilla, but close.

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Horse Play

End of a Weekend

Winding up a 3-day weekend. Nothing special, just burning some vacation time before it disappears, and enjoying the break in the weather. This summer’s heat and drought put a damper (reverse pun?) on a lot of outdoor activities. Now that it’s a little nicer, I took Arthur and the boys for hacks around the farm all 3 days. Arthur and I need to get prepped for hunt season, which might get underway real soon now that the weather has changed. Temperatures in the 90s and rock-hard ground haven’t been conducive to any kind of fitness work. (At least this year I have an excuse!).

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Geek Stuff

Reading and Blogging

I’ve reached the conclusion that most bloggers probably spend way more time surfing the Net than I do, finding all kinds of good articles, etc., to reference. I still tend to prefer print media for leisure reading, but that makes it difficult to cite anything here. For example, there was a neat blurb in The Nation about Halliburton and Enron being the two biggest contributors to the Republican Party’s legal fund in the Florida 2000 debacle. I suppose there are progressive webzines that have the same kind of stuff, but that just doesn’t fit with my reading habits.

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Political Rants

More on the March

Reports from London indicate that over 400,000 marchers participated in the Countryside March (see below). Final totals are likely to be higher. And travellers from North America and other parts of the globe added a wonderful air of international solidarity, as demonstrated by this Floridian.