Anagram: Idle Talk/Kill Date

Pic of the day:  Hakone (10th station) From the 53 stations of the Tokaido,


I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and always tempts its owners irresistibly to abuse it.
Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?

Albert Einstein, The World As I See It


Haven’t read much news today, having been super busy for most of the day.

Caught the fact that the defendants in the 9/11 arraignment today at Guantanamo (It shoud be held here and not there, this military tribunal bullshit is silly) pretty much acted as you would expect.  Everything from dismissive, reading the economist in the courtroom to outright combativeness during the proceedings is how they are reported to have acted.

Also caught that France is in for a change of leadership starting tomorrow, since it looks for all the world that Nicolas Sarkozy is about to be defeated in the Sunday election, by a not small margin to Francois Hollande. The right wing Sarkozy has lost favor amongst his people due to his inability to handle the economic crisis his nation is facing, but also simply because he is heartily disliked as a person.  Apparently President Sarkozy is an asshole who can’t get the job done.

Seems that being an idiot gets you in the news these days.  Guess I was lucky to not have caught much news.


Reasons I didn’t read much news today.

Woke up at 8:00 am.  Made coffee, fed cats. Made a phone call, did some stuff on the computer. (8:00 – 10:00 am)

I ran 11.4 miles, walk there, run, and walk back took 2 hours. (10:20 am – 12:30 pm)

Eat, shower, clean up, some down time, then head to store and buy supplies for cleanup. (12:30 pm – 2:00pm)

Clean house for several hours.  Tear apart the kitchen from top to bottom.  Wife washes every dish in the place, some twice, and I clean the floors and walls and do minor repairs on cabinets.  Landlord has major issue with leaky pipes in his ceiling coming from our apartment. Can’t use the kitchen sink anymore.  Dammit.(2:00pm – 11:00pm)

Made dinner, fed cats again. clean mess made by making dinner.

Ya, I know.  I’m making excuses.  I could have done more reading and more writing.

Maybe tomorrow, if the landlord and other things don’t make it impossible.


That’s about it from here, America.  G’night


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