Friday, September 26, 2014
1. After I spent a big chunk of a day
recovering from a hard drive crash, I realized that a couple of new terabyte
hard drives (to allow me to back up my entire system vice just the data) would
make good birthday presents.
Telling my wife, I was overheard by Pumpkin, who suddenly asked, "Can I come?"
"Huh? I'm not going anywhere. What do you mean?"
"Can I come to your birthday?"
"Oh! Of course, Pumpkin. I want you to come to all of my birthday parties."
It's sometimes really cute what part of a conversation a toddler will hone in on. And the cutest part of all is that she's completely right: That really was the most important part of the conversation.
In the meantime, Little Man, pointing at everything lately, is obviously working on language. His vocabulary has moved beyond Ma-ma and Da-da to include hey and light.
2. The recently-opened beer emporium in my neighborhood continues to allow me to whittle down a backlog of beers that I have heard of that have sounded intriguing, but of which I was dubious about buying six at a time. The latest of these is the Belgian import, Delerium Tremens, on which the Bowdoin Orient offers the following historical note:
The article focuses more on Delerium Nocturnum, from the same brewery, which I will definitely try soon.
Delirium Tremens is actually the clinical term for "the DTs," the violent sickness which alcoholics experience during withdrawal.
When the beers were first imported into the States, a law was in place that prohibited alcoholic products thought to encourage binge drinking, and thus Delirium was snatched from stores nationwide because of its reference to alcoholism.
3. From each side of the Atlantic ring the praises of cats. In, Alaska, one town raves about its feline mayor:
"All throughout the day I have to take care of the mayor," ... Skye Farrar told CNN. "He's very demanding. He meowed and meowed and meowed and demanded to be picked up and put on the counter. And he demanded to be taken away from the tourists. Then he had his long afternoon nap."And, from Scotland, we get an interesting article on the role cats play at whiskey distilleries: yesterday, mousing, and today, public relations.
He may require special treatment, but his constituents have been largely pleased with his 17-year reign. "He doesn't raise our taxes," Stec said. "We have no sales tax. He doesn't interfere with business. He's honest."
Is there nothing a cat can't do?
4. Libraries are changing with the times. I knew that, but had not known that some allow patrons to check out power tools until I read this blog post.