Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Caffeine is pretty cool.

In general, each of the following contains approximately 200 milligrams of caffeine:

Monday, April 23, 2007

erf day

The Jolly Green giant and Sprout
at the earth day fair on Huguenot St.

Weirdest mascot ever. It's a cat for UCAT
(Ulster County Area Transit). Get it? CAT for U-CAT? Oh ho, so catchy and clever. And a bit frightening.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More flood pics

Taken from the Jacobsen Faculty Tower
at SUNY New Paltz. All that water isn't supposed
to be there-- that's a flood plain.

Note the poles with powerlines,
curving off to the left-- that's Rte. 32.
If you follow it back, you can just barely see the bridge (greenish) on the right.

The red brick building in the lower right is
my complex-- you can see the freestanding
treeline behind there, half under water.

Further along Rte.32.

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skunky skunkster skunkerd

Our night-visitor, the Skunk. S/He likes to waddle around and eat worms. S/He's beautiful and s/he dances around her/his own tail.

There is another skunk that I'd love to get a picture of, we saw her/him last summer, and her/his colors are reversed! Mostly white with a black shock running down his back, I've never seen anything like him/her.

This double-pronoun thing is exhausting. Anyone know how to sex a skunk from afar?
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Wallkill River Flood

The road is out, the Flats are completely underwater.
The river crests at ~13' and it must be closer to 15' now.
I'm not sure whether it's still rising.

I considered moving into one of these apartments; the landlord said "of course, you'll have to have flood insurance, as we live on a 100-year flood plain."

Needless to say, we didn't take it. A good thing, too, as there have been two major floods in as many years.
It's terrible though--all the folks that live in that entire building have been evacuated at least until Thursday.
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Grocer's Apostrophe's

and a sampling here, on flickr.

Thank's for looking.

Sunday, and I can breathe for a minute...

This weekend, I presented my paper, "Apocalyptic Alchemy and the Transformative Path of the Shaman: The Modern Mythopoeia of Can't Get No," at the New York College English Association conference.
(pdf of the program is here)

It was received pretty well, I think, although the text itself isn't so well-known outside of those familiar with the graphic novel genre.

Now I can concentrate on all the other things, seminar presentations and papers, all due within a couple weeks.

Today was spent mostly in bed, between sleeping and listening to the rain fall outside the window, clearing my head.