The cards came out all wrong. No matter which way Glen loaded them into the ENIAC, they came out jumbled. No wonder the program wouldn’t run. But how to fix it?
Glen called Betty and explained.
“That’s easy. First, go to room three. Walk behind the panel on the right all the way to the back. Open the lower cupboard. Then turn the crank a quarter turn to the left.”
It worked like a charm. Next time he saw her, he said, “How do you always know?”
“I guess it takes a woman’s touch.”
“Ironic for something made by the military.”
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Claire Fuller
You probably noticed I’ve been traveling again. I went for a quick tour of Java, Bali, and Flores/Komodo. In other words, I went to Indonesia. Here are some pictures I took while there.
Continue reading 13 Pictures of Indonesia
“So how long have you been spanging?” A grizzled old man with stains on his jeans and shirt that Ethan didn’t want to think about.
“Spu… spu…. what?” Ethan didn’t know what to do with his eye. He glanced at the old man, then at the WalMart sign next to them, then at the stream of cars taking the turn out of the WalMart parking lot.
“Spanging. You know – asking for spare change. SpareChange. Spange. How long you been at it?”
Continue reading Suzie’s House 419 : Ethan Spanging
Justin drifted out of the living room where most of his aunts and some cousins and his mother were planning a baby shower. He passed the den where most of his uncles sat in front of the TV watching a football game in re-runs and acting like they’d never seen it before.
Someone in the kitchen started tapping out a rhythm with a spoon on a bottle. Justin just naturally drifted that direction. Sure enough Cousin Joe had a beer bottle in one hand and a spoon in the other.
Continue reading Suzie’s House 418 : Talent
It’s official. I’m not here now.
Since I’m writing this ahead of time, I can’t really tell you where I am. According to the itinerary, I should be in Jakarta. Unless I’m reading it wrong. Seems to me there should be a crossing of the dateline in there somewhere. I could probably figure it out, but then I could be wrong because of the volcanoes.
Apparently they’ve been erupting lately. It’s not exactly an uncommon occurrence for them as the whole island chain is filled with volcanoes. What’s different is that one of the plume clouds has been drifting across four different airports, effectively shutting them down. Something about ash in the engines doesn’t go over well with airplanes.
We are going forward as planned, but I might get stuck in Taiwan for a while. I’ll let you know next chance I get.
Kate was sitting in the kitchen with a bowl of cereal in front of her when the text message came from Alisha.
‘You are still in that band?’
“Well, duh,” Kate muttered. You’d think her friend would have been more impressed by the fact she had a boyfriend, or that the flowers were a wedding bouquet. It wasn’t like Alisha hadn’t already heard about the band.
Continue reading Suzie’s House 417 : Same Old Tedious Breakfast
Seriously. Get a load of this sucker. A little inch and a half width strap held down what felt like a ton of scaffolding. I was more worried about the whole dang truck flipping over on the curves than the straps coming loose.
I’ve seen these puppies around before. I even inherited one from some passing hippie, but never knew how they worked. I mean, I could tell there was a ratcheting thing going on and it isn’t hard to figure out the hooks, but witch way to the bands feed into the ratchet mechanism?
The answer – from the outside of the angle to the inside through the slit that you can line up by working the mechanism a crank or two. To release you open the mechanism until it won’t go anymore, then press up on the switch on the inside and push it flat. Then just pull the whole mechanism toward you and the double fold of ribbon unwinds.
It’s almost as easy as a bungee, and even more secure than rope. A set of four set me back about $16. They’ve already paid their weight in gold. What’s more, I have plenty more loads of junk to haul with them.
If you ever plan to take a load of something any distance, I recommend stopping in at a hardware store and pickup up a couple.
“What a great building. Is there a spiritual reason for the six sides?” Jane stumped through the meeting hall with her foldable cane clacking along at high speeds for a retiree.
“No. There are six sides because…” The tour guide half-ran, half-walked, trying to head her off so the rest of the group could catch up.
“I’ll bet it was a political thing. Right? Someone rich and powerful chose the design?” Jane spun around, looking straight up at the ceiling as though viewing the rotunda of a state capital building.
“No. It’s because this was the only design the wind didn’t blow down during hurricane season.”
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Dee Lovering
1. The Girl: I’m allergic to sewing. I break out in stress.
2. The Girl (Walks up with cat): Organic purr machine.
3. The Girl: Literary works are such downers. Unless it’s Shakespeare. Then it’s satirical and horrifying.
4. The Girl: Mainstream culture is only mainstream because it’s convenient for a lot of people.
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When Kate woke up, the first thing she saw was the bouquet Justin had given her. It sat on her dresser in a cheap, metallic vase that looked like it was supposed to be polished silver but was probably aluminum. Not exactly the optimal thing for a wedding bouquet, but better than the glass of water she’d started with.
Continue reading Suzie’s House 416 : Bouquet II
We don’t knit to make things. There are cheaper, faster and easier ways to obtain a sweater than to knit it. We knit to make ourselves happy.
Debbie Macomber is quoting from Annie Modesitt here.
MizB of A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.
If you squint at the picture above you can see a brown sign to the left of the fire danger sign that has an arrow pointing to the right. It’s supposed to be a trail head marker. But it’s pointing at a wall.
Continue reading Signs
Kevin dropped a bug on the street as he walked past the target’s flat. The little micro recorder actually looked and acted like a biological bug. As soon as it’s titanium feet hit the ground, it began to scuttle into the building.
With Ted’s skillful remote navigation, the bug reached the target’s personal space, and settled in to record and broadcast. Almost imediatley it was detected.
“Eeeeew! A cockroach!”
Ted turned toward Kevin with a laconic air. “I told you the latest model was defective. We should have gone with the lady bug.”
The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Sandra Crook
I’ve been posting regularly to this blog since 2006. In that time I’ve picked up a few habits. I’ll leave it to you to determine if they are good or bad habits.
1. I always, always, always go to the blog of someone who leaves a decent link with their comment and find something to comment on. When I can, I do it in less than 24 hours.
Continue reading 13 Bloggie Habits
No one was home when Bruce slipped into this house though it was already well after curfew. Every room was dark, so probably no one had been home all day.
He raided the fridge and took a beer, and a pudding pack then grabbed some chips from the cupboard. It wasn’t much of a meal, but he’d had worse. He settled in front of ht big screen high def brand new wired up the wazoo stereo system and popped the top of the can
The first swallow burned and fizzed so much he had to close his eyes for a sec.
Continue reading Suzie’s House 415 : The Mask Maker At Home