Monthly Archives: January 2014

Melting

Melted snow drips off the edge of the roof

Melted snow drips off the edge of the roof

I actually got out my old Sorels for a walk to the mailbox this afternoon. Overkill for three inches of snow, but they have been feeling neglected in the closet these last three years.

My 28-year-old Sorels

My 28-year-old Sorels

Earlier this morning, I was looking at some news photos of Atlanta freeway gridlocks, only about 150 miles southwest of here, and feeling good about being out here in the sticks where most of the traffic leaves tracks like this:

Unidentified critter tracks

Unidentified critter tracks

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Snow Day

About noon yesterday, we started to get some snow flurries…

Snow collecting on privet leaves

Snow collecting on privet leaves

About four hours later, the road was covered by a couple of inches.

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Just past our driveway entrance, the grade gets steeper and the spinning tires of neighbors returning home from work ice the road so that it becomes more or less impassable. So, until the plow comes by, we’ll have a few extra cars in the driveway as neighbors park their cars here and trudge up the hill on foot.

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The kids in the neighborhood, unlike their parents, are positively delighted.

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Windows and Windows and Windows

I missed the WordPress “Window” weekly photo challenge by a week, but this would have been my entry:

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The new PC I ordered came last Thursday and, as a result of a number of mistakes, I’ve installed Windows 8 on it once, Windows 7 on it three times and Ubuntu Linux on it twice.

The Windows 8 came as a big surprise since there is no Win 8 disk anywhere in the entire house. I ordered the PC with no operating system, but apparently, when they did the hardware testing, they imaged Windows 8 onto one of the drives and then removed it when they were done. However, the Windows 8 recovery partition was not removed so my first attempt at installing Windows 7 resulted in a recovery of Windows 8. It went downhill from there. Did it occur to me before I continued that it was likely that all the UEFI crap in the BIOS was enabled? No. Did it occur to me to make sure there was nothing on the second drive (like the bootloader for example) before I partitioned and formatted it? No.

I now have a new PC with loads of disk space and with only the two operating systems I want on it. And I have three pages of the notes I made while I was doing all this so I can have a good laugh about it.

And, isn’t he cute?

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The Colors of Winter

When I go for a walk in the winter, it seems the predominant colors are brown and grey.

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There is the dark green of pine trees…

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…and the privet has its dark purple berries…

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…but after the brilliant colors of autumn, winter seems colorless.

Then, as if to make up for this world of monochrome, twice a day at sunrise and sunset, Mother Nature gets out her paintbox and dazzles us with color.

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My Delayed XMas Present

My Gorgeous New Rig

My Gorgeous New Rig

Is this beautiful or what? It won’t be shipped for another couple of weeks – they build it after you order it. I ordered it with an extra 1TB HD for all these huge raw files from my new camera. Arrrggghh! This is like being six years old a couple of weeks before Christmas. I’m going to be checking the status so often they will think they have a DoS attack from my IP.

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