他们说，路易十四在法国军队的所有大炮上都铸有“Ultima Ratio Regum”字样。这句话的意思是“国王的终极争论”，这句话一直让我印象深刻，是任何统治者或未来统治者所说的最诚实、最坦率的话之一。“我们可以把它打扮得比这更漂亮，但归根结底，这就是事实：你要照我说的去做，否则我就派我的暴徒来杀了你。”
The bread shelf at the crappy little market in the crappy little town nearest where I live… Glad I bake my own, though of course the price of flour is going the way of all things. The rise in the … 继续阅读
So shortly after I posted the below, my connection to the outside world abruptly went away. I live down in a hollow in the middle of the wilderness, nowhere near line-of-sight of any cell tower. Until a couple of years … 继续阅读
Yup. I’ve been dad to a daughter. I got things this wrong on a fairly regular basis.
It’s funny: The political climate in this country has gotten so toxic that even ‘living green’ has an element of hostility to it. I’m kind of living the stereotypical green dream, but I imagine that your average greenie would rather … 继续阅读
I was futzing around in my desk drawer last night and came up with a thumb drive that had gotten smooshed to the back. Had no idea what was on it. Among other things were a bunch of stories I … 继续阅读
Or until that expensive water pressure system’s sudden but inevitable betrayal, in any case. I’m quite pleased with myself this morning. Right now the only thing in Ian’s place that uses propane is the water heater. Gas to the kitchen … 继续阅读
I have questions. ‘Breast milk bag’ is self-explanatory, I suppose. But is a bag really the best container for that application? And why do people keep sending me this absolutely hopeless spam? Can’t say it often enough: I’m a desert … 继续阅读
I had quite a number of big tumbleweed-gathering sessions in April, trying to clear my yard of them. Unfortunately April generally marks the start of the windy season, this one was exceptional, and of course tumbleweeds are really only famous … 继续阅读
Brought home everything I needed for a nice pot of spaghetti. Opened a can of sauce, poured it into the saucepan, and after scraping out the can I gave it to Tobie. Little Bear loved to clean the sauce can. … 继续阅读
…and horses eat a lot. Expensively, if there’s nowhere they can graze. So… …midmorning found me at D&L’s barn, helping unload and stack yet another pallet of pellets. Nice morning for it.
Yesterday D&L gave me first refusal on a big pile of dog stuff they’re getting rid of since they plan on never having another dog. I suggested they might want to defer that decision for a few months, because nearly … 继续阅读
They lost both their dogs in less than a month. Just got back from helping them bury the second one. They were both quite old: The female had been sick for a while, got much worse and they euthanized her … 继续阅读
A sentence virtually never spoken concerning my attempts at improvised infrastructure is “It works too well.” In this case it originally worked so well it destroyed itself, repeatedly, so really didn’t work at all – at least never for very … 继续阅读
Sweartagod, every propane system upgrade goes like this. This fitting/hose/pipe/whatever doesn’t fit. Wait a week, get the right part (alternate version: Wait a week, get the wrong part.) That hurdle cleared, move on to the next fitting/pipe/hose/whatever. Which won’t fit. … 继续阅读