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The weather here in Providence has turned chilly, rainy, grey. The high today is forecast at 61F. June has become March. Well, no. For Rhode Island, June has become early May. I'm still acclimating to this very different climate. A few days ago, it was too hot to be in the house. Now it's sweater weather again.

Yesterday, I did 1,205 words on "The Maltese Unicorn." It moves towards a climax. But there's still no way I'll finish by Friday evening, or even Saturday afternoon. Maybe if I could write 2,000 words a day, a feat of which I am rarely capable. Maybe then.

A new round of eBay auctions began yesterday. Please have a look.

I ought to count yesterday as a very productive day. I pitched three projects, and sold two of them. But I'm in a murky place. I think it's this shitty weather. I want the sun back, please.

Last night, we were both too tired for much of anything, neither of us having slept well the night before. I read a little of Jenny Clack's book on the evolution of early tetrapods. We watched the season finale of Glee, which was very, very good and made up for last week's mess of an episode. Then we watched a couple of episodes from Season Five of Deadliest Catch. Then we tried to play WoW, but were both too tired to do anything but spaz off. So we watched a third episode of Deadliest Catch and went to bed at the amazingly early hour of 1:30 a.m. I slept more than eight hours, and feel much better this morning, despite vivid dreams of whoring and corporate espionage.

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whiskeychick
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Your icons are always interesting and even when repeated I pick up on new things.

My dreams consisted of running away from a deranged former employee who had come to the office with Uzi in hand. I seemed, in my dream, to have Lara Croft-esque abilities. The cat suit was awesome. Then I woke up and had this plain, nearly crippled human form. Bah.

I haven't been able to play WoW since May 25 due to our household move.

If one were to send you a gift, where would you prefer it sent?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)

Your icons are always interesting and even when repeated I pick up on new things.

I've gotten stuck on this one. It seems to say everything I need an icon to say.


If one were to send you a gift, where would you prefer it sent?


P.O. Box 603096
Providence, RI 02906
whiskeychick
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, that icon says volumes.
whiskeychick
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Package Sent!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
cucumberseed
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Here in New Haven, the sky is grey and close, but the air is warm, and, sadly, very humid. I think you were the one to coin the phrase, but I have gotten a lot out of it - it's like living inside someone's mouth.

Your tweets regarding the escape-to-mars crowd are well received around here, or as well as they can be. I care for many humans, but I'm sort of comforted by the thought that this planet will most likely survive us, but we will never survive it.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)

I care for many humans, but I'm sort of comforted by the thought that this planet will most likely survive us, but we will never survive it.

Very well worded.
papersteven
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
"I ought to count yesterday as a very productive day. I pitched three projects, and sold two of them."

Nice! Sounds very exciting. I suppose you are not at liberty to say much more about them at this time?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)

I suppose you are not at liberty to say much more about them at this time?

I should wait.
kambriel
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
The climate really puts the England in New England, doesn't it? That's something I always loved ~ especially when I first moved there when it was a 100 degree day elsewhere, and in MA it could have been Ireland. Ironically, our place down here tends to feel colder inside on average, even though it's warmer outside. It is nice not to have to decide when to stop toughing out the intense Summer heat that would build up in the Salem brick oven we used to live in and lug up the window AC unit from the basement though. It's pretty ingrained in me though, so I still keep the AC set pretty high (i.e. not too cold). For one, it's less wasteful, but also I think it's odd to go through seasons and not at least feel their presence somewhat.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)

The climate really puts the England in New England, doesn't it? That's something I always loved ~ especially when I first moved there when it was a 100 degree day elsewhere, and in MA it could have been Ireland.

The climate here in Rhode Island often puts me in mind of Dublin.
miakodadreams
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Eight hours, very nice. I hope that trend continues. In our house, there is much less sleeping than there ought to be. My boyfriend is very, very solar-powered; lately the sun has been calling him out of bed far too early and releasing its grip far too late. I have only my night owl ways and low willpower to blame. I start playing my DS far too late and only realize around 2:30 that I really ought to try that sleeping thing before going to work the next day. The lure of discovering new demons is more than I can resist on my own.

I have to ask -- as someone who's never been able to get into any of the reality shows, what is it that draws you to Deadliest Catch?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)

I have to ask -- as someone who's never been able to get into any of the reality shows, what is it that draws you to Deadliest Catch?

Honestly, I'm not sure. Though, I'd honestly never thought of it as a "reality show" (though I suppose it qualifies), but more as an ongoing documentary.
tsarina
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
We've had a lot of strong early summer storms this year. The rain is always something I'm glad to see and after the years of blistering drought sorely needed. But it has been hard on the farm where we get our vegetable share - they were mired in mud last week and there's been crazy flooding around them this week. I fele sad at the prospect of another week without tasty fresh onions and carrots and tomatoes.

It's miserably humid. It saps my will to do anything.
fusijui
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
went to bed at the amazingly early hour of 1:30 a.m. I slept more than eight hours, and feel much better this morning, despite vivid dreams of whoring and corporate espionage

For the moment, I'm living those dreams and sourly envying the idea of staying up even five minutes past 1 am. Not for much longer, I hope... bring on the poverty! (Will pass on insomnia, sorry, thx.)
seismickitten
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Here, too, it's too hot (in our heritage attic apartment) then too cold, only to be too hot again in a few days -- and then it rains for days and yet we're denied the thrill of thunderstorms. Of course, complaining about the weather is a provincial hobby here in New Brunswick, so perhaps I'm only showing my true colours.

Also, I devoured Alabaster yesterday, much to my absolute delight. A wonderful, wonderful collection. Your work always thrills me, often in the darkest of ways. So thank you.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)


Also, I devoured Alabaster yesterday, much to my absolute delight. A wonderful, wonderful collection.


I'm pleased you liked it. I miss Dancy, now and again.
seph_ski
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
You seem to be getting the weather about half a week after it's visited my part of the world (though I don't think the tornadoes made it any further than Cleveland). If that's the case, I've been looking out my window the past couple of days at warmth, a pinch of humidity and sunshine, so hang in there.

I've always been a huge Deadliest Catch fan. Living so far from the sea, I enjoy at least seeing it raging on my television. I'm finding it a little painful to watch this time around though, knowing what I do about the end of opilio season. It's very strange to witness some of the exchanges and dialog while having that knowledge of "the future",
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)

I'm finding it a little painful to watch this time around though, knowing what I do about the end of opilio season. It's very strange to witness some of the exchanges and dialog while having that knowledge of "the future"

Yeah..though we're seeing the future from way back in Season Five.
seph_ski
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Sorry about that.
humglum
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)

Is the 6th season the one currently airing? I think we're one season behind, because we're relying on Netflix. It's nice to be able to watch a few episodes at a time, though. Especially the ones that cut off just as something life-threatening is about to happen (40 ft wave crashing into the Wizard, for example).
seph_ski
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, the 6th season is what's airing currently. And they do have editors very skilled at ending episodes with alarms sounding ominously, people bleeding or swimming for their lives, and deckhands about to kill each other.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
And they do have editors very skilled at ending episodes with alarms sounding ominously, people bleeding or swimming for their lives, and deckhands about to kill each other.

Wow...

Part of me is appalled that we watch this, as if it's entertainment. Part of me can't look away. Part of me doesn't know what to think.

Edited at 2010-06-10 08:03 pm (UTC)
seph_ski
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
In general, I'm appalled by programming sensationalized through manipulative editing. In the case of what these people do for a living though, with the very real and constant threat to their lives, I feel like producers are almost honoring the risks they take and the dangerous way they live by trying to keep some tension in the show for the viewers. Like you stated previously, it's more of an on-going documentary about a dangerous and genuinely dramatic lifestyle than it is the typical "put people together and stir up drama" crap reality show.
humglum
Jun. 10th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)

You've just said pretty much what I was going to say. There's not much time for petty drama on these boats, and the drama of the weather conditions far outweighs any argument any of the men may have. I like that they don't make the job out to be anything but risk and exhaustion, and are constantly explaining just how dangerous it can be to simply stand on the deck of the boat.
txtriffidranch
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I hear you on the weather. Right now, we're facing another day of impending severe thunderstorms, and we had a very impressive storm yesterday afternoon. (Both of my 60-gallon rain barrels were filled within a half-hour, and I now have to drain out my Sarracenia propagation pools so the plants don't drown.) What scares me is that I remember similar severe storms thirty years ago, right before the Texas heatwave of 1980 hit. We're now about two weeks away from the anniversary of day we officially hit 113 degrees, and I remember it well because I was out delivering newspapers in that heat. I'm not looking forward to a rematch.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)

right before the Texas heatwave of 1980 hit. We're now about two weeks away from the anniversary of day we officially hit 113 degrees, and I remember it well because I was out delivering newspapers in that heat. I'm not looking forward to a rematch.

We got awful heat in Alabama that same summer. It was my first summer in the field. Talk about a baptism by fire.
txtriffidranch
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yeesh. I can imagine. Out here, the heat and lack of rain dried out most of our local reservoirs, including Lake Lewisville just to the north of me. Thanks to people going out onto the lake bottom to explore, a whole 30,000-year-old hunting camp site was discovered and described on that lake bed, and I remember news reportage of University of Texas at Arlington crews going out there to map what they could before the rains returned. Considering the heat I was experiencing, I can only imagine how bad they and you had it.

Geez. Thirty years. I celebrated my birthday that year on the day I started my freshman year in high school. Where the hell has the time gone?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)

Considering the heat I was experiencing, I can only imagine how bad they and you had it.

That June, we measured 110F in the shade near one of the excavations. Plus fire ants and sweat bees.



fusijui
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
What you guys describe is precisely why I always tried to center my fieldwork efforts in friendly climates. Mongolia. Kamchatka. The broad majestic Amur. The East Siberian uplands. Sure, there's mosquitoes that may actually kill you, but at least you don't have to worry about heatstroke.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)

It didn't help that deer and turkey season pretty much kept the exposures off limits to us during the more temperate parts of the year.
fusijui
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Ah, but see, as an ethno- rather than a paleonto-, I could stay out of the line of fire; if anything hunting season was just more grist for the mill.

Damn, I had a sweet thing worked out. What was I thinking?
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