In the teeth 'o the week

  • Grizzling – grey sky, drizzling rain. A dismal day. The cat, refused a lap, burrows into the laundry. The dog curled tight, nose under tail. #
  • Laconistic: adjective (of a person [cf #laconicat], speech or style of writing) using no more than #140 open source characters. #
  • Interested in how identi.ca is partially replacing RSS reader thanks to @bbcnews, @arstechnica etc. Different feeds for different needs. #
  • Pearly-grey day. A silvered ambience, the promise of light beyond the cloud. Amazing what a few extra candela – http://is.gd/fGMf – can do. #
  • I’m cold and the dog is farting – noisy and noisome – at my feet. Not close enough to warm them up. Not far enough away to prevent nausea. #
  • Thick fog, cold grey suffocation of ear and eye. A crow on the roof a blurred smudge, rasp and croak of its caw softened by indistinction. #
  • Retweeting @bbcworld: Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip pass 1,000, medical sources in Gaza say http://tinyurl.com/axswt5 #
  • Redenting @bbcworld: Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip pass 1,000, medical sources in Gaza say http://tinyurl.com/axswt5 #
  • Retweeting @wfisrael: Petition to change: http://withdrawfromisrael.org/ – world leaders should withdraw their ambassadors from Israel. #
  • (For laconicats) @wfisrael: Petition to change http://withdrawfromisrael.org/ – world leaders should withdraw their ambassadors from Israel. #
  • My bottle of beer (to go with the curry, of course, it’s illegal not to have beer with curry) has a badge on it saying (…cont) #
  • (…cont) “Protected Geographcal Indication” – http://is.gd/fTe4 Take that! piss-poor US Budweiser. Hurrah! for the Czech original. #
  • Glid – sunshine between showers. TS Eliot #Poetry Prize winner: http://is.gd/fXPp (and a black-coffee-bitter comment.) #
  • The flock of pigeons, black against grey, swoops inches above us; air muffled-squeaking at its beating on the barbs of their wings. #
  • The dog has licked the cayenne I sprinkled on the doormat to stop the cat from peeing there. I forgive her. The deed is punishment enough. #
  • So much cleaning has been done even the laptop’s been hoovered. And the printer. The performance of neither appears impaired. Nor improved. #
  • Feeling unexpectedly nationalistic – http://is.gd/g2ZI – I’m a heavy user of the first four. Never heard of the fifth. (Via the third.) #
  • Lines of the day: “It’s easier than eve” (wasn’t it predestined?) and “that followship number”. Identi.ca – the followship of the dent. #
  • #Cows on Mars? http://ping.fm/uEN4Z Oh yes, I think so. #
  • Being the taxi service for two children is even more, er, taxing than usual when the conveyance in question is a bicycle. #
  • Nearly ran over a fox in the dark on the way home. On my bike. It just stood and stared, arrogantly, as I politely made a detour round it. #
  • Wind-flung rain snatched from dark sky rattles on the window like shaken seeds in a dry gourd, the familiar comforting percussion of winter. #
  • And now? The sky so clear, so bright that “washed clean” doesn’t come close. Exfoliated, maybe. Possibly even laser-peeled. Refulgent. #
  • Advantages to cycling when drunk: 1 don’t feel the cold; 2 can’t be breathalyzed (in England); 3 relaxed state when hitting the ground. #