July 16, 2004

still furry

yup, 12,000 miles and 5 washes and I still have Sorrel fur on my black singlets. :)

Posted by carla at 10:21 PM

July 13, 2004


ok. I just don't get it. Why on earth do people like furry creatures? What possible benefit could we gain from reacting to our mammalian competitors with "Gosh. Cute! Must take it home with me!"?

There is a *very* pretty long haired tortishell cat which hangs around in a church cemetary that I often go through on my way to work. We have started a tenuous friendship (I think I have reached "human: type Fc" level of being recognised). This is good and makes me happy. But bemused.

p.s. Also note the general care and interest over the duck nesting story on cankerous beet.

Posted by carla at 09:58 PM

July 09, 2004


today i found out that "cursive" and "cursor" are both derived from the latin word for "to run".

Apparently, "cursive" writing replaced "uncial" writing in the 8th century. Another word for "uncial" is "majuscule". Both of these terms describe script which has no lower case letters.

Upper and lower case come from typesetting (the letters were kept in two cases, majuscule letters were kept in the upper case, the others in the lower case.

What? Me weird?

Incidentally, the lettering where you capitalise the first letter of almost all the words can be called "title case".

Posted by carla at 11:37 PM

cool things about modernity

ok, so this list could be really long, but well, right now I'm completely taken with the idea of being able to listen to Kim Hill while sitting at my desk in Ipswich. Yup, www.radionz.co.nz has bits of the last week on file.

Of course the quality means I can't cope with more than about 20 minutes, but I'm not at all sure I care.

Part 1 of 8 till noon (Kim Hill's show) has a brilliant interview with someone in Cuba. Apparently they are being massively disadvantaged by trade embargos imposed by the USA - policy which has been officially and repeatedly condemned by the United Nations. Rogue State anyone?

Posted by carla at 06:43 AM

July 04, 2004


So far in the last week we have had about 10 thunderstorms. Just little tiddlers all of them, rain and dark cloud for about 20 minutes and then sunshine again. You only get a few thunderclaps with each storm but, when you are on a 6th floor in a basically 3 story town, you really feel them.

So far, the weather forcasts have indicated that these are "showers". I am confused and have started wearing shorts no matter what the weather looks like when I leave the house.

Try this weather forcast link for an example.

Posted by carla at 02:54 AM