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. #

In the teeth 'o the week

  • Poor boys. A stark choice. To be seen in public in a mummy hat (#knitting) or a mummy haircut, the school-return shearing (#humiliating). #
  • So cold and crisp the dog’s pee sits in a puddle on the earth and when we return later has frozen in a gleaming lattice of crystals. #
  • Ok, I know I’m slow off the mark, but… Picasa for Mac! w0000t!! http://ping.fm/6BuvF #
  • Note to self: keep copy of #knitting improvisations on hard drive. Ravelry is v seldom down but *will* be so when notes are urgently needed. #
  • Weary with cold. Venturing out to investigate insulating curtain type material. Because yes, we have only two sets of curtains in the house. #
  • Marveling at the fact that *all* the yarn in the sale is the colour of baby shit. And awaiting @pixeldiva for synchronised marveling #
  • Lines of the day: “long and wanky with hyperactive drums” and “pissflaps”. The latter is, I’m told, Glaswegian. Nuff said. And so to bed. #
  • Mounting expedition to mall. Be still my beating heart. (But having a panic attack is a perfectly reasonable response to going to a mall.) #
  • Want to get rid of the land line (budget cut) but how would I find my mobile? Had to ring it (yet again) today – it was deep in a bookcase. #
  • Under the motorway intersection a blossom of broken hubcaps bears a single fruit. A large pomegranate glows pink in the grey, blasted grass. #
  • Where the pissflap have I put my hammer drill? Three curtains, three blinds and no pissflapping way of putting them up. Pissflaps. #
  • Son1’s homework: “Write about the suffering of the people of Gaza”. He’s 13. Is that old enough to know such horror? what man does to child? #
  • Seeking a saw in the shed to cut back a butterfly bush blocking the shed I disturb a peacock butterfly hibernating on the teeth of the saw. #
  • Found drill in shed. Battery corroded, won’t charge. Buying new drill online. A girl without a drill is like uh… ah! a man without a dick. #
  • The US jails an African torturer for 97 years – http://ping.fm/2tb7x – but what does it do to Americans who torture? Double standards. #
  • It’s so cold I get into bed with my clothes on. Perhaps I should have sewn myself into them, Inuit-style, at the onset of winter. #
  • Tiny white motes hover dust-like in the air, too small for flakes, but sufficient have settled to look like snow. #
  • I know a bad worker blames her tools but using a tree-felling saw to trim tiny furniture fittings to millimetre tolerances is… challenging #
  • Stripes of neon orange and pink blaze across the horizon. Above, pink is layered with blue. A sunrise so saturated it looks photoshopped. #
  • Wondering why appreciable numbers of dents fail to appear on #twhirl. Is it an #identica problem or a #twhirl problem? #