House, Work, etc.

Things are still very crazy, but going well. We close on our first home Tuesday, which is very exciting. Of course, Sarah has to be out of town for a trial – she’ll come back for the actual closing. As if that weren’t enough, my main case has kicked back into hyperdrive; my two-item to-do list when I arrived at work expanded to a dozen-plus items by the end of the day. I did manage to get most of them done; the remaining items are quick and can be handled in the morning. It is good to be busy, though, and to be developing as a professional. Meanwhile, off to sleep!

Dog on a Ham Slicer

Jeremy Clarkson is one of the geniuses featured on the BBC series Top Gear. He is also author of possibly the most amazing review of a new car I have ever read.

Money quote:

It feels like the clutch is slipping. It feels horrid.

And the sound is worse. The Honda’s petrol engine is a much-shaved, built-for-economy, low-friction 1.3 that, at full chat, makes a noise worse than someone else’s crying baby on an airliner. It’s worse than the sound of your parachute failing to open. Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, you’d have to sit a dog on a ham slicer.

So you’re sitting there with the engine screaming its head off, and your ears bleeding, and you’re doing only 23mph because that’s about the top speed, and you’re thinking things can’t get any worse, and then they do because you run over a small piece of grit.


(h/t Arts & Letters Daily)

Who needs Twitter?

I have avoided signing up for a Twitter account.  The last thing I need is another username and password to keep track of, not to mention one more unused service to feel occasionally guilty about.  But, I still want to post more often, especially short posts.

So, I set up a special email account, which WordPress will automatically check.  Anything in that account will automatically get posted to my blog. All I have to do is send an email to this address:


Yeah, like I’m posting that.  Anyway, we’ll see how this works out.

Man, I’m Terrible

I’ve been blogging for more than eight years and still can’t avoid the multi-week periods of radio digital silence. Weak, I know.

So, what’s going on? Nothing and everything. The biggest news is that we’re buying a house! That is, as long as all the remaining details come together in the next few days. It’s very exciting, but there’s still a ways to go before closing. Stay tuned.