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Yahoo buys and then quietly breaks it

Sometime in the spring, was up for sale. Then the announcement came: Yahoo bought it. Recently, Yahoo broke it. The search form was gone, all of a sudden. Then they posted a note: Search has temporarily been disabled Let me tell you how I use search with When I come across a weblog […]

I have a new love

It started out today—a perfect fall day—where I looked at Doc M’s potted basil plant on his patio and said, “Wow, that’s really grown a lot. I’ve never made pesto. I shall make pesto. Today. Right now.” And I did so, from the Cook’s Illustrated recipe (secret: bruise the basil by putting it in a […]

Sweet (literary) relief

Just saw this link on Poets & Writers about relief efforts related to Katrina (and, no doubt, Rita) and the Gulf Coast. For libraries, assisting writers, and more. I see that there’s a Long Beach, CA poetry reading benefit next month. (Oct 13).

Being Educated by Rita

A list of Hurricane-watching sites: National Weather Service Lake Charles Office’s RitaBlog. They’ve got aeron chairs in their conference room (see occasional post with “Click here for pic of the staff listening in” or somesuch.) Houston Chronicle: Rita (by Chron staff) Houston Chronicle: StormWatchers (by “citizen journalists”) Houston Chronicle: SciGuy Good info since back in […]

Whee! ooh! Aaah! Pretty!

T plus 45 minutes and uploading. We parked near the east entrance to JPL. There was a clear view to the west, well, except for some low-lying clouds. But Doc M told me of a conversation with someone who said that this spot would be good… “Launch from Vandenberg? You can’t miss it!” Doc M […]

T-minus 1 hour and counting

The launch from Vandenberg is in an hour’s time. I’m getting the camera and the lens and the binoculars and all that stuff and getting to a foothillish place above the general skyline so I can see northwest without obstructions.