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A lot of times what we do for a living doesn’t really touch people in a visible way. I mean we hear ‘thank you’ and ‘good job’ but I think it soon fades into the background tapestry of our experience. I’m really impressed with the vignettes, the little scenes from Al‘s movie that he shares with us. They’re tangible, often palpable experiences for me when I read them. We’re really vulnerable when we’re sick and a lot of the pretext of our lives doesn’t follow into that space. I think it takes a special type of person to dwell in that area. … I guess what I’m trying to say is today’s scene with Mrs. P. reminded me of my Grandmother and it touched me to think of her. Thanks for doing what you do Al, and thanks for telling us about it.

Earlier, Al mentions “the discovery of a large patch of kudzu here in the Portland metro area.” I never supposed I’d hear ‘kudzu’ and ‘Oregon’ in the same sentence. The Tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) is bad enough out here in the West. The one-two punch of Tamarisk and Kudzu out here would be like a vegetative Ice-Nine on the few native communities left along the waterways. We’ve done some extensive plant censuses in the local wetlands (AKA the Wash) and I thankfully haven’t heard any reports of Kudzu. Please act quickly local agencies …

Sadness in Santa Fe. sandra and garret’s beloved winslow is gone. Farewell little one, you made more friends than you could know …

from Mike’s Weblog: Stephen’s Guide to the Logical Fallacies. “A handy site if you’ve been reading through some polemic and are trying to put your finger on just what stinks about the argument they are making. Short descriptions and examples of 60 or 70 different fallacies, together with notes on how to prove that the fallacy has occurred.” Good for scrutinizing your own arguments as well.

David at Time’s Shadow Groundhog Day saw Space Cowboys last night. It sounds like we’re going to a matinée today with SirDeath. I’m looking forward to it. Later: Its a fun movie, but not a great movie. I’d have like to see more character development and interaction with the main four (Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner) and some secondary character’s chickens never came home to roost … but hey, its a summer movie. I enjoyed it and would give it a 7.5 out of 10. And … what Dave said about it too.

I haven’t been paying much attention to it lately, but I noticed this morning that the Seti@Home client on Hayduke (the 3400 PowerBook) reports 514 units done with 9016 idle computer hours contributed to the project…