what did you do today, raincoaster?

I did this:

Vancouver Police Museum Programmer Job Posting

R U Fucking Kidding Me: the Facebook Song (this is seriously, SERIOUSLY awesome)

Teena Marie Reflects

Paris Hilton caught, thrown back

And then I pre-posted for the next three days, and then I learned about email newsletter software code tracking.

And I was going to do a post based on this:

marriedtothesea.com
because I had an uncle whose name was, in fact, Clifford Smith, and who was, in fact, a horse logger. That’s not a guy who cuts down horses to make logs out of them (there’d be hardly any money in that) it’s a guy who cuts down trees to make logs out of them and has his horses drag the logs to the sawmill. Uncle Clifford had about 400 acres and he farmed it for 50 years and it was pretty much solidly forested the whole time, and yet he earned a good living, thanks to the climate and geography and whims of the gods which had blessed his land with an abundance of trees which, when turned into logs, turned into more expensive logs than other trees: trees like Black Walnut.

He’d hitch up his horses (Suffolk Punch, I think; they were quite small for draft horses) when he got an order for a certain kind of wood, and he’d go out and cut down the tree and hitch the horses to it and pull it back and there you go, a month’s worth of groceries paid for.

But because I don’t have time, I’m not going to tell you about Uncle Clifford now.

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36 thoughts on “what did you do today, raincoaster?

  1. No, although given my tastes it would only make sense. My Uncle Clifford was a really sweet man, the kind who could literally call wild birds out of the trees to sit on his hands and eat seeds. He was an amazing human being.

    But I DO know somebody whose friend barely escaped from Olsen once.

  2. This was a very nice, sweet post about Uncle Clifford. He sounds like a real character, which I’m sure you’ll use one day in a major piece of published writing and make him all proud.

    As for near miss with the other Clifford, that would be interesting to hear about one of these days.

  3. What am i going to do with the rest of it? Curse my new virus scanner; what’s the point of being virus-free if you can’t use the internet for five straight hours?

  4. http://www.denverzoo.org/about/news.asp#poop
    I couldn’t find your post of the firestone tire flame-up pick-up truck, but this looks like the missing owner with ESP! Linky poo!

    Oh and if any raincoaster fans like little nature museums, redwood forests, aquamarine biofacts or pterodactyles, a post at The ARC on the North Coast Natural History Museum that may be closing soon without funding. A few pence or cents might make a difference! 10Q!

  5. And what have I been doing, not to bring this back to Archie’s question?

    I’ve been looking for new office space. No internet at home, and my beautiful office space suddenly went POOF on me on Wednesday. It took me till 11pm tonight to secure some new space at the Network Hub, and I’m on the road tomorrow and the next day, so there won’t be a snotload of posts suddenly going up till Thursday, probably.

  6. Go for it. I’m gathering a significant degree of local fame for my talk on “Troll Management and Internet Drama”. Need more material (presumably picking a flamewar with the nation of Albania is not enough).

  7. Go for it. I’m gathering a significant degree of local fame for my talk on “Troll Management and Internet Drama”. Need more material (presumably picking a flamewar with the nation of Albania is not enough).

    Irrational argument executable files enabled.
    Absurd rationalization component installed and ready for execution.
    Personal attack mode on standby.
    Spell check diabled.
    Full caps on standby.
    All systems go.

    Initializing in 5…4…3…2…

  8. rain, your Uncle raped the environment without a social conscienc for personal profit, earned on the backs of his slave labor yous ould be ashamed. to claim him as a worty ansesert.

  9. Your Grace

    SHOCKING

    …. is this what following that Virginian has led those folk to …. just think how many Redwood Giants that Mr W would have ENJOYED choppping down, if only they had been able to grabbe Galifornia in the 1780s

    At least your Uncle could spell and only chopped trees down with serious ecological regrette and only to maximize economic growth (with the consequent liberation of world-warming carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere of a large but chilly Country) and to enable his Family to pay their Medi-Care & Gin bills

    As Eeyore said (and puir Mr Kennedy must have thought) :

    “I don’t care who you blame,
    as long as you don’t blame me”

    Yr Grace’s obedient servant etc

    G E

  10. Unrelated Commenter Personal Attack Protocol Option enabled.
    Unlocking misdirected epithets quadrant.
    Caps key removed.
    Racist/Speciest command module on stand by.
    Non-sequiturs engaged.

    Initializing in 5…4…3…2

  11. Sock Puppetry enabled.
    Random IP address cloaking device installed.
    Initializing cookie scramblers.
    Executing in 5…4…3…2

  12. I’m just waiting for the launch. Was wondering if Austin Powers had stopped Gibralter just as the countdown was almost ticking over to the last number. I saw it in a movie once.

  13. Which reminds me of the talk I gave at Social Media Club Victoria on Internet Drama. I told them the story about Steve Jobs’s employee number. I should post that. Hmmm…

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