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2013.01.23: Merely midweek notes


Thursday, January 24, 2013

I have a few thoughts on a variety of topics I want to write about ... later. But as for now it's nearly 11pm, a cat is resting on my lap, and it's almost time to make late-night tea for Ms. S.

I.

When Ms. S. gets home we'll have tea and probably watch "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" (season 3, episode 20); 'Dollhouse' (a Victor-centric episode that sets up the insanity of the last few episode) will probably have to wait until Thursday evening.

Last night we got "Hell Money," which surprised Ms. S. with BD Wong (and Lucy Liu in a rather early role). James Hongs' 'Hard Faced Man' is basically the Chinese Non-Union Equivalent of the Smoking Man ... same expressions and mannerisms, even a cigarette at the end. Most certainly intentional.

II.

Tomorrow we'll have lunch with Ms. S.'s father, and on the way back we'll probably stop at Publix for our weekly grocery shopping. In advance of that, in addition to other chores Ms. S. wanted me to inventory the pantry.

And *that* quickly led to thoughts about the best way to do so, tools to aid in doing so, what one wants from an inventory -- not just this evening, but in general -- and that spiral of considerations led to much browsing and the writing of an outline for a later entry, which may become a blog post.

I recently received an email that was both complimentary regarding my weight loss this past year as well as inquisitive as to what worked for me, etc. And while I still owe that author a response, I figure that response might end up being general enough to serve as a complete post.

In non-food-related thoughts, I had thoughts the other day about analogy and metaphor, and in the process a brief little essay on their similarities ad differences (partially with regard to Kant, but more in a dialectical way ... dictionary definitions and delineations followed by a consideration of 'the metaphorical' in general and howthe sharp divisions don't hold, and concluded by a synthesis that returns to the notion of distinctions, but one wrapped around the idea of what a metaphor vs. an analogy is 'doing').

III.

In other 'news' (links):

NPR
- The Deadliest Jobs in America www.npr.org/blogs/money/
2013/01/08/168897140/the-d
eadliest-jobs-in-america-i
n-one-graphic

- Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It's Time To Die www.npr.org/blogs/krulwi
ch/2013/01/22/169976655/na
ture-has-a-formula-that-te
lls-us-when-its-time-to-die


MacPorts
- How to remove unused MacPorts packages? apple.stackexchange.com/
questions/10149/how-to-rem
ove-unused-macports-packages
... this introduced me to "port echo leaves" and "port uninstall leaves" ... quite useful
- howto/MAMP trac.macports.org/wiki/h
owto/MAMP
... setting up your Mac to function as a web and database server (glued together with PHP). It's a good, step-by-step guide.
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