Just because I love the Mamas and Papa’s harmony so much.
About three weeks ago, I changed up the mast head picture on my blog so that instead of showing just the one picture all the time, it rotates between 7 pictures. Nobody seems to have noticed. Sigh.
Was having trouble with my internet cutting out, actually before The Night The Lights Went Out but worse after. It was more noticeable on my work computer more than my play computer. I’d be on my web browser doing stuff, and it would just freeze…. then on either computer, I’d be trying to load a page on my browser and the little circle would just go round and round and round and round and round and round and round ….. and then, last week, while I’d be listening to an internet radio station, the feed would just be dropped. I’d have to stop and restart Winamp playback to get the feed back and it was happening more and more frequently and was getting more and more annoying. Finally Friday, I called ATT and talked to roboguy, told him “Technical Support” and he asks what I’m having trouble with, and I say “Internet” and he’ll just run a few tests before switching me over to an actual human techistani in India or the Philippines (which my brain is convinced is spelled with two “L’s” and one “P”), and about 10 seconds later, roboguy tells me he’ll schedule a technician to call. Fastest “cut to the chase” I’ve had with their stupid speech recognition thing in a long time. Upshot was one of their tech guys was scheduled to come out “between noon and 4 p.m.”
Fast forward to Sunday morning, and I’m desperately trying to finish transcribing this 55 minute sound file which was already almost an hour late because I started it Saturday night and typed until I just couldn’t keep my eyes open and, rather than go to sleep at the keyboard until I woke up, took a “timed” 4-hour nap. ATT calls and says they can send one of their techs out at 11 o’clock. ACK! — I had planned to clean up the house a bit and shower, and anyway, I can’t stop until I finish this transcript and get it sent in. They call again, and I patiently explain to the guy that I work from home, I’m working now and I have to get this thing finished. So my ticket goes back in the hopper. I get the report finished — really an interesting one, too, actually — I get it sent in, and manage to straighten up, dust a bit, snag a shower, and am sitting watching TV when the tech comes. Upshot of the deal is I get a new modem. The new modem has a much smaller “footprint.”
The New Modem
The Dead Modem
Tested it with my Kindle, I get a WiFi signal from the living room, and I’m a happy camper. As I have mentioned, one of the downsides of the ATT Uverse deal is that if the modem goes out, not just the internet goes down. The phone, which is VoIP, and the TV go down too. The modem is the Achilles heel of the whole shebang. Still, it’s better than using a satellite dish, which tends to lose signal in rain or high wind.
Anyway, I was going to tackle the jungle in the back yard which I STILL haven’t done, and I wimped out again today. See the ATT repair tech in the second picture for scale.
Compare the above picture taken yesterday with this one taken July 24, and you’ll get an idea of how fast these durn “Tree of Heaven” abominations grow.
Unfortunately, it’s getting a little too close to fall for the one treatment to be effective, and I’ll probably have to treat them again in the spring. The grass hasn’t been cut this year yet, but I’m not complaining. Most “professional” lawn services cut it too short anyway. If I can get rid of these seedlings I might can get a thick enough stand of Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) going that I’ll actually get some good coverage. A “weed and feed” in the spring will help, too. I’ve got to cut them high enough that the feral cats can’t rub their cheeks on the cut end to scent mark them (and get herbicide on their cheeks), or else cut them flush with the ground. I’ll need to cut the stem on the diagonal, too, to expose the most surface area to the herbicide. I’ve got a sponge stick I plan to use as an applicator.
I just had to share this wonderful drawing by Mattias Adolfsson who makes amazing and wryly humorous art. This one will take you a minute to “get” but then you’ll be able to wander off into the details You can follow this man’s intricately detailed artwork on his Tumblr blog here.
Drawing © 2013 by Mattias Adolfsson
This week’s earworm is brought to you by that one of a kind, Stevie Nicks, by way of Fleetwood Mac.
There was a YouTube post straight from the album (Rumors) which had better sound quality, but if you’re going to treat yourself to the Stevieness of Stevie, treat your eyes as well as your ears, no?
Thunder only happens when it’s raining.
Players only love you when they’re playing . . .
And this video (remember when MTV was brand new and amazing?) is just so classic and classy and classic Stevie.
And this one was my favorite of Mac’s MTV golden age videos . . .
Well, that was fun, but hark! Is that a Marie Callender pork chop and gravy dinner I hear calling my name? I’d better go see . . .