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April 11th, 2014
10:46 pm

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So something happened at the Book House
Дом книги (Dom Knigi) is just around the corner from the US Embassy in Moscow, where I spent seven months back in 2000. Some sort of PR stunt took place there in the last couple days that I don't really understand, but it has led to the store being mentioned numerous times in various Russian photo sites I follow.

The reason I think it is significant is that Dom Knigi was the first place I ever handled a sales transaction completely by myself in Russia. It was even operating in the Soviet style at the time, where you wait in one line to tell them what you want, another to pay for it, and a third to pick it up. All that for a couple ink pen refills.

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April 8th, 2014
10:59 pm

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That explains it
For some reason, hellon2wheels made several Windows XP references in the last 48 hours. Turns out she thought I was still using it. I may be living proof that "The cobbler's children have no shoes" applies to IT folks, but I'm not that far gone, dammit.

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March 31st, 2014
06:11 pm

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By request, part II
Penny has lots of better photos, but this is the first one I could find of them together.
Bull on the left, Phoenix on the right.
Bull came to us at the beginning of the year, with the help of Bullypaws rescue. He was in a shelter, age about 11, mix of pitty and other things. We wanted an older, calmer dog to be a companion for Phoenix.
Phoenix has been with me since I adopted her and her son in 2002.

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March 30th, 2014
07:35 pm

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Photos by request
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March 29th, 2014
10:00 am

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Mini-update
Not much to say, really. My job is still the same for the most part. There have been some unexpected personnel moves above me, but it hasn't affected me much so far.

Bull has fully integrated into the family, though Phoenix's nose still gets out of joint from time to time. I think it is good for her to have another dog in the house to keep her active and interested. A fourteen year old dog needs a reason to get up in the morning, even if that reason is to maintain her position as alpha in a pack of two.

A major advance in the renovation work completed this week. The fireplace is now stone all the way to the ceiling.

There is also new landscaping along the west side of the house that has me praying for rain on a daily basis so it doesn't have to be watered.

The big renovation push is coming soon, with lighting, paint, rebuilding of the pit, and more.

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March 17th, 2014
10:34 pm

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How dare they?
Knifecenter.com has been one of my favorite online retailers for years. One of the things I like(d) about them was that they were just across the river in Greenbelt, MD. No sales tax, and regular shipping is as fast as express.
I just placed an order that included sales tax for the first time I can recall from them. Further investigation has revealed that they have relocated to Fredericksburg, VA. Bummer.

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March 3rd, 2014
10:56 am

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Gravity
Gravity may have won big at the Oscars, but I can never think about it without thinking of this:
Chris Hadfield ejected from movie theatre for loudly heckling Gravity

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February 22nd, 2014
09:12 am

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useful website
Hate web pages that are slide shows, making you click on a page for every single image? This site will deslide most slide shows. giving all images on a single page:
http://deslide.clusterfake.net/

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February 19th, 2014
04:47 pm

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What century is this?
‎Pussy Riot attempts a protest performance in Sochi that is broken up by cossacks with horsewhips (and pepper spray). 

I suppose it's a step forward they weren't on horseback or using rifle butts. 

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February 15th, 2014
11:52 am

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No wonder I'm tired
Based on the plat of my property, my sidewalk is approximately 260 feet long. Plus the two car driveway, and we also clear the ramp from the corner of the sidewalk to the street, the area around the fire hydrant, and the curb in front of the mailbox.
Some days, condo living is more attractive than others (but I still wouldn't want to give up my garage).

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