I've been looking at the blogs I have linked in my "friends" list. Some of them have been untouched for 7 years. I suppose that all of those people are on facebook, but here it's okay to have discussions with people you've never met. On facebook, it would be weird. I like this community of strangers. (Actually, a lot of people here know each other personally, but it doesn't matter... strangers are welcome.)
I left my "Kilroy was here" mark on a few blogs, but it may never been seen. In fact, there are a few blogs where Kilroy is the last comment, from over a year ago.
The Mars rover "Curiosity" successfully touched down this morning. Here's the first image it sent back.
What's this about "meteorological summer"? It's a term I've never heard before, but the way I'm seeing it online it's as if it's a commonly used term and idea.
It makes sense, to some extent. I've always thought it would be more logical to have the equinoxes (equinii?) and solstices make the middle of the seasons, not the beginning/ends. After all, if June 21st is the day in the Northern Hemisphere with the most daylight, shouldn't it mark the center of the summer season? Moving the start of summer back to June 1 at least gets us part way there, though May 7th is more reasonable based on my theory.
In case you haven't read about it, the "meteorological" seasons are really just the "common" season markings. They could call them "calendar" seasons, but it turns out that calendar seasons are the "official" ones. (Does it seem backward to you, too? Or am I just confusing the whole issue?) Meteorological seasons are bounded at even months, so June, July, and August comprise "summer", even though there's more " official summer" in September than there is in June.
And since it's supposedly based on the way it feels outside, I would suggest that "meteorological summer" in this part of the country runs from May through September. This time of year, I rarely venture outdoors except to go to and from the car, and to water the poor plants, which are doomed to suffer until the temperature becomes bearable again in late September, near the official end of calendar summer.
I hope you all have a good air conditioning season!
... it was August, and the temperature was 103°. Now, it's February, and the temperature is 77°. While I would love to have that kind of high temperature in August, I must say it's supremely pleasant in February, as well.
Here's to more pleasantness (and its accompanying low electric and natural gas bills)!
My dad says "ta-mater". And speaking of Tow Mater (okay, I wasn't speaking of Tow Mater, but I plan to), I saw this plush toy in Walgreen's the other day:
(From the Gund
I couldn't figure out why a tow truck would have a nose.
I figured I'd verify what I remembered seeing and post about it, so I went looking online for it and before I found the one I had seen in Walgreen's, I saw this one:
(From the Disney Store
Oh! It's a spare tire! I don't remember Mater having a spare tire on the hood, though. Well, wait, what does Mater actually look like. Here:
I see... that's his air cleaner. Mater doesn't even have a hood! I guess some shapes just can't be modeled as pillows. If they could have fashioned an engine between the fenders, I might have understood, but the little kid who bites that nose off isn't going to care.