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Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

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10:24a
Let's hear it for the Welsh
The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".

Taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4566526.stm
3:48p
Whose woods are these I think I know
High up on the bank above the stream sits this waypost. Yesterday, when I was out at Wilderstead, that_guy_zach and I finally put a compass on top of it. collinsmom had been fretting over whether I had adjusted the orientation of the concrete pillar to match the compass. Lo and behold, I had placed the thing by eye within a degree or two of magnetic North.

"Call it declination, and we'll move on," I said.

Marker Marker

This pillar sits by the path to point the cardinal directions to passersby.
Val-de-ri, val-de-ra Val-de-ri, val-de-ra

"I love to wander by the stream
that dances in the sun;
so joyously it calls to me,
"Come join my happy song."


I never get tired of messing about our little creek, the Pishon. This view is looking downstream toward my neighbor's ford. The pale winter light gives the land a soft glow.

I took these pictures this afternoon. I went out to Wilderstead to take some more measurements, in order to complete my site map for building, sewer, and driveway permits. Now I can place the fence, the creek, the head of the drive, the spring we intend to tap for a well, and the ravine between homesite and current cabin on the site map with the cottage outline.
8:59p
It's enough to make your head spin
"Be thou as chaste as ice, a pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny."

Following our Pastor-Parish Relations Committee meeting, after all the paper had been pushed, the Chairperson asked if she could speak to me privately. Uh-oh, I thought. But nothing could have prepared me for what she wanted to talk to me about.

Turns out one or more persons are very upset because they think I must by lying to protect the person who really knocked down the light pole at church Christmas night. After all, there wasn't a scratch on my car.

I'm flabbergasted. I don't know whether to be flattered that they think I just couldn't have driven into the damned thing myself, or outraged that they think I'm so untruthful (and stupid) as to assume responsibility for someone else in this matter. Just a reflection of somebody's twisted mind, I guess. I assured the Chair that I really did whack the light pole.

I never did expect the universe to make sense, but it's only occasionally that I think I detect maniacal laughter from behind the closed door of the cosmos. Well, the truth is what it is, and I have told it, and don't intend to lose any sleep over people with no sense.

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