Big catnip

Aug. 6th, 2010 08:56 am
arkessian: (scythian wax cat)
There can't be many cat-lovers who haven't already seen this, but I'm saving it for my future viewing pleasure...

Sherlock

Jul. 26th, 2010 05:29 pm
arkessian: (scythian wax cat)
I enjoyed Sherlock (shown on BBC1 last night) -- an updating that seems to stay true to the spirit of the originals, which is also to say: a romp that doesn't bear too close an examination. And I'm amused to see today that Sherlock himself has a website, and John Watson (among others) has a blog. ( Shades of Shadow Unit?)

I suspect it won't be long before the fan fiction starts to surface.

Busy bee

Aug. 31st, 2009 01:26 pm
arkessian: (Busy bee)
Gosh, I've been busy and productive little bee today. So far:
  • I got all my mandatory housework done by 0930 . Yes, I have a housework schedule for myself, and I'm not allowed to do anything else until that day's housework is complete — otherwise I'd never do *any* housework, I loathe it with such a passion.
  • I've done some necessary pruning in the garden: a cotinus that seems to be succumbing to verticilium wilt (more's the pity) and a philadelphus that has decided to get too big for its allotted space.
  • I've issued the draft agenda for a monthly share club meeting I attend on the first Saturday of the month, down in Taunton. It's a standing joke among the attendees that I refused to be named as Chair, but have still ended up performing the role anyway. The agenda is a chore every month; I spend a week nagging for items and then make up my own at the last minute, every time.
  • I've updated the software on my websites (plus the lodger's website) to the latest versions.
So now I can settle down to the day's writing. Unless I go hunting first for a word-count widget, because it occurs to me that a good way of reinforcing my writing discipline is to record my daily word-count here.

Anyone know of a good word-count widget?

ETA: Having remembered that (a) I need to bake bread today and (b) I have an inelegant insufficiency of bread flour, I have now visited the local Waitrose, acquired a bag of extra-strong Canadian bread flour and set the bread-maker to make me a ciabatta-type loaf. If I were a domestic goddess, I would no doubt be doing this by hand. But I ain't.

arkessian: (scythian wax cat)
1. Why does my garden look worse this year — when I have time at last to tend it — than it ever did when I was working full-time? Probably for the same reason that, on the first day this week when I could go out in it without getting wet, I'm on medication that requires me to avoid direct sunlight...

2. Some years ago, I was taught to dowse by a no-nonsense engineer who (so he said) had used his skills regularly in the army to speed up the surveying of sites for the installation of telecomms infrastructure. When I suggested that it was just wishful thinking that produced the movements of the rods in my hands, he had me try it with two bent lengths of metal coat-hanger inserted into sleeves made out of short lengths of plastic piping. The metal rods still moved, even when I had no direct contact with them. I am therefore not convinced that this is the whole story.

3. I need a better cat-waxing icon.