As I was installing a new lock on the storm door, I found that I had jammed the latchbolt in the jamb. I spent 15 minutes going inside and outside the door trying to pull a LockPickingLawyer before Y found out what I had done. At last I was able to unstick the latchbolt with a switchblade. But not before I had asked Y for help.

I need to set a rule to not touch computers on Sunday. I inevitably mess something up and it feels like I've started work a day early.

I drank a bunch of coffee and tried to start a plan today. Honestly I kind of prefer the hand-drawn one (especially since I already need to make one for measurements anyway). I'll happily trade the time I'm spending mucking about in LibreOffice Draw with time spent sleeping.

My mom sent me these photos of my father's janky gold smelting operation. Proud of my lineage of fuck-it-who-needs-instructions.

By the time I was old enough to learn about, I started to not have the time to dawdle on there. Definitely a go to destination when under the influence, though.

We have a holding tank for crickets that are awaiting their turn as a frog meal. One of them seems to have escaped into the floor vents, popping up in random rooms and chirping loudly. We find out in a couple weeks (average cricket lifespan) whether this is a brave explorer or a vengeful spirit.

In today's dream I woke up on a creekside at dawn and it was sleeting/snowing. The trees had a fine white coat. I feel like summoning snow in the middle of summer will be a bit beyond my power.

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> All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.
—IBM maintenance manual (1925)

I had a dream last night that I was picking a fruit tree and it began to rain. Today it rained a little bit but I had a piercing headache. Thus I have surmised that I have the power to summon storms but it quickly depletes my mana.

We have some new garden visitors, a Stoat family!
The video stops prematurely due to operator error, I thought there was no card in the camera!

I should clarify the arrows are pointing to two days with similar temperatures, the left with AC, the right using a fan at night

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* whole house fan makes a bigger impact when there's a large differential in temperature (duh)
* PG&E has no factual basis for their temperature readings (also not surprising)
* I love (2/2)

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A quick follow-up on the whole house fan thing. Here I have my energy usage as reported by PG&E next to the temperaturers recorded inside and outside my house by my weather station. The solid line's drop on Monday 0400 was when I woke up in the middle of the night and started the whole house fan for the first time. The dips in the solid line around 2100 each day are when I start the fan after peak time (1/2)

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