Water “Quality”

Today’s tap water vs. today’s tap water, Brita filtered.
Can you tell which is which?


I think I can. Ugh.

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New carpet

About a year ago, I discovered I was allergic to my apartment floor. The theory was that one of the previous residents had had a cat. The reaction was much like what I get when I’m in a room that houses a cat: wheezy inhale/exhale, watery, irrritated eyes and given enough time, runny nose and sneezing. After explaining the situation to my landlord, she agreed to replace my carpet, given I’d be renewing my lease and accepting the concomitant 5% rent increase.
Wednesday and Thursday night I moved all my belongings — save my sofa and mattress — off the carpet. Cam and Melissa loaned me their tarp, which helped out; thanks guys. I ended up purchasing a tarp of my own, just to be on the safe side; I have a lot of stuff.
Not certain that some possessions could take the high Florida humidity, they ended up in the kitchen:

Unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of my loaded porch. The carpet replacement company showed up at 8:30 Friday morning. I took off to work to get some stuff I needed to renew my driver’s license, renewed it, and by the time I made it back to my apartment to retrieve my camera at 10:30 — I had the day off and decided I wanted to take a few photos downtown — it looked like they were just finishing up! Pretty quick!
Unfortunately a few hours after they left I discovered the nails on the “tackless strips” — standard equipment for retaining tension on carpets near the wall — poked out of the carpet about 7mm, and I almost cut my foot stepping on them accidentally… several times. I left the leasing office a message about it that afternoon, but it’s been a couple days now and I haven’t heard anything.

Am I being too picky? Should I just take out the hammer now? It doesn’t strike me as right to put up with workmanship that can cause bodily injury. On the other hand, they’re just tiny nails.

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We Win!, An Inconvenient Truth, Serenity/Equality Now


My Ultimate Frisbee team (aka “Butch’s Team”) won its first game of the season this past Thursday night, so I’m pretty happy about that. Yesterday’s 5pm pickup game at Lakewood Ranch got lightninged-out.
Work is busy. A new schedule has been set, so the heat is back on.
Friday night I saw An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, with Cam.
The film is a passionate call to action, for everyone — particularly Americans — to reduce their CO2 emissions. Skeptics say that with the 2008 election coming up, it’s an attempt to bolster Mr. Gore’s image. It may end up having that effect, but I don’t think that was the point. This Slate article says Gore currently has “no plans” to run for re-election. Of course that doesn’t rule it out, but if you see him in this film, his passion for the topic comes across and you genuinely believe that educating the public is what he wants to be doing.
I have one minor nitpick. The film implies a casuation between rising temperatures and increasing disease. But could it be that the reason we’re seeing an increase in disease is because it wasn’t until recently that human society started recognizing diseases?
Otherwise the film is excellent, plainly explaining the complex topic of global warming and its effects through a series of clear visuals and a discussion of findings. I had no idea Al Gore was such a good speaker.
Saturday I met up with Nkosi and saw Serenity as part of a international fan-organized effort to raise money for [Serenity writer/director] Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now.

“Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.”

Lots of fun, a good cause and I discovered a restaurant-movie-theatre hybrid in Tampa I’m going to have to keep an eye on, the Tampa Pitcher Show. Plus I won a raffle prize! I am now the proud owner of a complete set of Serenity trading cards. Not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do with them. 🙂 Oh yeah, the reason Serenity fans chose this past weekend for the charity screenings? It was Joss’ birthday. Joss responds.
Today’s photo is brought to you by the letter “C”, as in gee-I-wish-I’d-turned-the-lights-on-before-racing-outside-to-see-the-fireworks.

Apple juice


Note to self: do not drink apple juice and forget about the glass.

Lease renewal nonsense

I just got the yearly lease renewal notice in my door. Not only are they going to raise my monthly rent by $39 without any (stated) reason, but there’s also a note, a couple paragraphs later, that says: “the above rates do not include additional fees, such as pet, storage, parking, etc…”. Sorry, what? Parking? Parking has always been free. So I’ve left them a message about that. Hopefully it’s a bit of extra stuff from the form letters of the company that just acquired the property.. we’ll see.
Time to research apartments again.

Hats

I have three of them (two baseball style, one visor). How are you supposed to store them? Is there some piece of furniture you can buy? I keep awkwardly moving them from place to place.

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Oh glorious weekend, how I love you


Well I hope you all managed to catch ER on Thursday night. If you missed it, Cam’s got a nice summary of how it all went down. 🙂
The weekend is looking great — this afternoon/evening, it’s a going-away party for MJ (we’re going to the beach, then later to a certain Indian Restaurant for dinner). Should be delicious. Tomorrow, it’s the first-annual Manatee County Ultimate frisbee tournament, “The Turkey Gobbler”, followed up by a BBQ at Jeff’s place! Then of course, because of Thanksgiving, we get two days off next week. No plans for that yet! I love unscheduled time off. Yes, indeed, things are looking good.
After I got home last night, over iChat Jeff gave me several recommendations on how I should spend the remaining cash on my iTunes gift certificate.
So far, here are the songs I’ve purchased for 99 cents each:

  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  • Peter Gabriel – Shaking the Tree (Remix with New Vocal)
  • Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush
  • Rob Zombie – Dragula
So I’ve got $6.04 left to spend at the iTunes Music Store — anyone have a recommendation? (check here to see if a song is available.)

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Nighttime walk

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1:21am. My neighbours getting in the Hallowe’en spirit! I like this shot, I think the over-exposure is a little creepy. Exp time: 1 second. Flash: No
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From my apartment, across the bridge that goes over the lake, to here. Exp time: 6 seconds. Flash: No. Click on the picture for a bigger image.
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1:26am. From the pool, turning right onto the footpath, looking right, across the lake at the corner of the building which house my apartment. Exp time: 1 second. Flash: No.
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Looking the opposite direction from the previous shot. The apartment complex’s clubhouse (yellow building in the pool shot) is visible in the upper-left. Exp time: 1 second. Flash: No.
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Monster trees! Exp time: 1 second. Flash: No.
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1:31am. Turning back onto the path again, walking between the lake and the waterfront side of the apartment complex. Check out the railing shadow being cast on the side of the wall. Exp Time: 2 seconds. Flash: No.
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An alien being emits light in the shrubbery! Exp time: 2 seconds. Flash: No.
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1:42am. I was kinda surprised, but Hallowe’en seems to be alive and well in Sarasota, at least at my aparment complex. Lots of decorations going up. In this shot I am close to Cam’s apartment complex, and as far away from mine as I get in this set. Cropped. Exp time: 2 seconds. Flash: No.
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Heading back toward my house. Moon across the lake, reflected in the water. Exp time: 10 seconds. Flash: No.
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The moon. If you look closely, you can even see the dark half! (Windows users, you may need to turn up the brightness on your monitor). Exp time: 1 second. Flash: No.
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See the two rows of bright dots which run horizontally across this photo? The top row contains lights which line a bridge; the bottom row is their reflection in the water. To the right of the bridge is the pool, to the left, my apartment building. Exp time: 5 seconds. Flash: No.
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1:54am. Dead ahead, the pool. Exp time: 5 seconds. Flash: No.
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Here’s the bridge from a couple shots up. The two posts in the foreground belong to the gates which the apartment admins are always forgetting to lock (to everyone’s benefit). Directly behind me: the pool. Exp time: 5 seconds. Flash: No.
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1:58am. Across the bridge on the other side, the ground floor of my apartment building. Exp time: 5 seconds. Flash: No.

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Boom

Just had some HUUUUGE thunder over here, so I got out on the porch and filmed some of it for your supernatural enjoyment.
Crank it up!

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Home again, home again

Well, I finished redoing that file. Would you believe the same thing happened again, right when I was finishing up? This time, though, I didn’t lose all my work. Thank god.
Unsane pr0ps to all my Vic kru heading to Kube tonight! If you love it, show you support it by spending your hard-earned cash-money bling bling.
Ahem. So happy to be home! Straight to bed now. I’ve got a lot of nothing to do tomorrow.

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