05-19-17 update

What I’m watching
I’m still watching The Tudors on NetFlix, a couple of episodes at a time, generally late in the evening when things have quieted down. I guess I’m a bit of an Anglophile and I’m sure that’s genetic. I really enjoy British history and I’m particularly fascinated with the Tudor period. While other periods of English history have had their share of drama, intrigue, and politics, the Tudors seemed to have it in spades.

Things that are keeping me busy
Besides helping Tina prepare for our eldest grandson’s graduation party, I’ve been busy with outdoor projects both at home and at my son’s house. At his house I helped him remove around 70 paver stones from his back yard, many of them buried or sunk in. My son used some to create a makeshift patio around his vegetable garden and I took home 60 of them. I’ve got a couple of ideas on how to use them. If I have enough, there is a space between the back of the house and the sidewalk leading from the driveway to the back patio that I’d like to pave. An alternative use would be to set them around the garden boxes. Since they are stacked on the patio, I need to put them to use.

I also removed a truckload of tree branches and disposed of them. My daughter-in-law also wants me to break up four concrete slabs outside her patio door. That particular area tends to flood a bit so the plan is to fill it up and eventually build a deck there. I can be sure that my involvement in those projects is a certainty. I’ll get started on that next week after the weekend’s festivities.

Weekend plans
My eldest grandson will be graduating from high school on Sunday so we’re having a graduation party for him on Saturday. I rented a picnic shelter at one of the city parks and my wife has been preparing for weeks. We’re conservatively expecting about 60 guest based on invitation responses but I’m sure there will be enough food for twice that many. My wife has done much of the planning but my chief concern will likely be the logistics of getting everything to the park and set up. And, of course, the cleanup afterward.

On Sunday, we’ll be taking our granddaughter to the Sayaw FilipinOH dance practice at Wright State University. They had a performance in Cincinnati last weekend and another one coming up next weekend in Columbus. After the practice, we’ll probably go straight to the graduation which will be held in the Nutter Center on the other side of the campus.

Event I attended
On Saturday we traveled to Washington Park in Cincinnati for the Sayaw FilipinOH performance at the Asian Food Festival. Our granddaughter is a member of the dance troupe. As always, they gave a wonderful performance

Technology I’m working with
I’ve been fiddling around with Bash scripts a bit in the evenings. About a year ago I wrote a simple script to select a random file from a particular image folder and copy it to a temporary work folder and it was working well. This week I decided that I would like it to randomly select image files from any subfolder in my ~/Pictures directory by randomly selecting a subfolder and then grabbing a random image file from that folder. Often the selected file may not be what I’m looking for, so I put the process inside a while loop until I answer a prompt accepting and copying the file. Otherwise, it would disregard the selected file and choose another one. This was my first practical scrip using a loop and a case statement. I’m getting much more confident with writing scripts. I’m always looking for good tutorials and lessons.

Quotes I’m pondering
“Being naked in nature is possibly the most relaxing, most natural thing any of us could ever do. Live life naked my friends.” – @ohionaturist

“The ones telling you to chop off your foreskin for hygiene are the same ones telling you to stuff your penis in a dark, humid pouch all day.” – Nurba

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” – Douglas Adams

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A personal note
In my personal journal, I lead off each day’s entry with a quote, the subject of which will vary from one day to another. It’s not always easy to choose just one from the previous week for inclusion here. As my readers may have discovered, my interests are varied and I advocate many ideas that are a bit outside of mainstream current cultural norms. I strive for simplicity although I’m not always successful. I’m an advocate of the naturalness of the human body which plays into leading a simpler life. I also have a love-hate relationship with technology and I have my own ideas about how technology should serve us. Quite often it seems that we are serving the technology rather than the technology serving us.

Towel Day, May 25th
Don’t forget that next Thursday is Towel Day, a day in which we pay tribute to Douglas Adams and think about how his works have changed our perspective of life, the universe, and everything. It’s interesting to note that it was on a Thursday that the Earth was destroyed by the Vogon Constructor Fleet to make way for a hyperspatial expressway through our solar system.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.