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Friday 23 February 2007

Through the ParkerCam I just got to watch my darling soon-to-be-crated-from-now-on puppy disemboweled my comforter:

Friday 23 February 2007 12:59:13 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#

Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (sub.req.) points out that serious energy conservation does not equal economic disaster:

[T]he assumption, explicit or implicit, that any substantial cut in energy use would require a drastic change in the way we live...is false. Let me tell you about a real-world counterexample: an advanced economy that has managed to combine rising living standards with a substantial decline in per capita energy consumption, and managed to keep total carbon dioxide emissions more or less flat for two decades, even as both its economy and its population grew rapidly. And it achieved all this without fundamentally changing a lifestyle centered on automobiles and single-family houses.
The name of the economy? California.
Friday 23 February 2007 08:28:55 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics | Weather#
Thursday 22 February 2007

After play group this evening I (a) wrestled a 24-kilo dog into a bathtub, (b) continued to wrestle said dog who did not want clean water dumped on him repeatedly, which was ironic because (c) less than half an hour before he had rolled around in a mud puddle the size of Connecticut at the dog park.

Poor Parker, he won't be going to the play group much until either (a) the mud in the dog park freezes or (b) the mud dries out.

But in a strange twist, right now he's lying on the floor gnawing on a bully stick, peaceful as a bishop. I do love this puppy most of the time.

Update: As I wrote those words, he started re-arranging the room. Oy.

Wednesday 21 February 2007 20:49:50 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker#
Wednesday 21 February 2007

Parker, a black dog, hangs out on a white couch (because they no longer make this one and natural cotton was the only color slipcover they had left), which is covered in a slightly greenish fleece blanket (because it has an expected lifespan of two months and cost $3 at Target):

Wednesday 21 February 2007 13:11:26 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Tuesday 20 February 2007
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Monday 19 February 2007

It seems the weather forecast was correct: The 10 am (1600 UTC) temperature at O'Hare was 2°C, the first time it's been above freezing in Chicago since January 27th, and only the third time since January 15th.

I'm going to go outside and bask in the warmth right now...

Monday 19 February 2007 10:39:31 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#

I may have had my fill of snow, but Parker hasn't:

Monday 19 February 2007 08:57:13 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#

It's possible that the temperature in Chicago could go above freezing this afternoon for the first time since January 27th. This is the longest stretch of below-freezing weather we've had since I returned home in 2000. Hey, I like records as well as the next athlete, but I'm pretty tired of this one.

Stay tuned.

Monday 19 February 2007 08:14:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather#
Thursday 15 February 2007

I don't know what Parker was saying to Dexter, but it does look like Dexter is taking the kid under his wing, so to speak:

Thursday 15 February 2007 09:03:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#
Wednesday 14 February 2007

The ParkerCam is back, and this time, it's personal.

Parker is at home today, but I've decided to give up a little of my own privacy so that he can continue to be famous:

Wednesday 14 February 2007 08:47:48 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#

Did anyone else remember that a year ago today (Feb. 13 in the U.S.), Dick Cheney shot someone? How time flies...

Tuesday 13 February 2007 21:43:03 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | US#

So I'm walking home at 8:15 pm, and I hear Civil Defense sirens. I'm just old enough to find the sound chilling. When I was a kid, CD sirens meant "tornado" or "Soviet missile attack." They sounded for about two full minutes, which I thought was gratuitious.

See, Evanston, Ill., sounded their CD sirens tonight to tell everyone to move their cars, just in case people missed the 20 cm of snow on the ground (parking restrictions take effect after 5 cm of snow).

I also found out, this storm has dropped more snow on Chicago than any other since I returned here in March 2000. As I walked home in my long underwear, thich Irish sweater, ski gloves, fleece scarf, snow boots, and heavy jacket, I thought, "you know, it's not so bad..." Not to mention, Parker is having a grand old time, though it did pain me to see him try to do his business with snow all the way to his chin.

This weather builds character, after all.

Late update: The Chicago Tribune has picked up the story.

Tuesday 13 February 2007 21:31:06 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Chicago | Parker | Weather#
Tuesday 13 February 2007

So I'm in my office, working on stuff, when all of a sudden my speakers go haywire, then dead. Yup: Parker bit right through the speaker wire, destroying the best computer speakers I've ever had, which were about $150 back in 1998.

Tuesday 13 February 2007 11:49:42 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker#

You know, sometimes I forget things. Today, for example, in getting Parker to give my boots back to me and rushing to get to the play group, I forgot the ParkerCam at home.

So, Parker is in the office, but this is probably the only office-puppy shot we'll have today:

Tuesday 13 February 2007 08:28:43 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
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