Wednesday, June 27

Sitting in the office. Have forgotten key to lock up, and cannot locate specific rock which hides the spare. Ramen noodles soften in a futuristic, single-use container on the counter. I wrestle with an unfamiliar text editor and wonder half-heartedly whether the kid ever made it home from his coffee shop job in Lyons.

My space-age ramen seems to be done. I drain the water through the holes in the lid, and pry it off, only to discover that I have accidentally boiled the oil packet with the noodles. Neither seems any worse for the wear. I proceed to sprinkle the contents of the foil seasoning packet and extract my single-use plastic fork from the packaging.

Sometimes destroying the earth tastes good.

Saturday, June 23

It is summer now. The grass has started to turn brown. We have sealed ourselves in the relative coolness of the house with the hum of box fans, decrepit computers, an ancient laser printer. The kitchen is filthy and piled with the wreckage of my highly improvised cooking. The entire former contents of our bedroom closet, purged in response to the death-stench of some rodent or reptile in the walls, spill across the couch and living room floor.

Elizabeth works fitfully on her comprehensive exams for a Masters of Art in Educational Psychology. I have just read half of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The book has done unpleasant things to my head, as Hunter S. Thompson always does. I begin by feeling that here was a man who could write, and wind up with the sense that I have been submerged in some deeply ramified binge.

We bought other things this morning, besides the Johnny-Depp-by-way-of-Photoshop covered Fear and Loathing. It's one of those celebrations of something or another in Lyons - Old-Timey Dayz or something similar, a Colorado front range tourist town equivalent to Laurel, NE's Ag Days. There are garage sales. The United Methodist Church rummage sale gave us a perfect copy of the Kodak EKTRALITE 10 camera my mother carried through most of my childhood. The library yielded a plastic grocery sack full of books. Among them is a paperback copy of The Copernican Revolution, by Thomas S. Kuhn. On the title page, someone has written and then crossed out the first five words of

suicide: a permanent solution to
a permanent problem

Wednesday, June 20

Here is a Subversion repository for p1k3 backend tools. (Eventually I will switch to distributed revision control for this and other projects. Suggestions would be welcome; there seem to be plenty of contenders.)

Tuesday, June 19

I have been thinking that all art which is worth anything is the product or reflection of a certain kind of life. I'm not sure that this is a value judgment, but it feels like one.

Sunday, June 17

detritus

Tuesday, June 12

rain on bridge railing over boulder creek

Friday, June 8

juvenile magpies in a dead tree by my front door.

Thursday, June 7

Wednesday, June 6

rattlebird

heather holds a rattlebird by Jennifer Rudkin.

Friday, June 1

sitting outside at the mill in lincoln