Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

Science – A Rant

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I was out for a run the other day.  I am very consciences and traffic conscious when I run.  I obey all laws and run facing the traffic.  Even though the road was wide and there was clearly nobody coming the other way, a big pickup truck slowed down as it approached.  It kept one tire right at the edge of the road, but luckily there was driveway a little ahead and I sprinted into it.  Someone screamed obscenities at me as the truck passed.  They hit the accelerator, leaving a huge black cloud of diesel fumes.  It wasn’t until later that I realized that I was wearing my “Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy” t-shirt.  I’ve had it happen before. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 20th of May

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of super strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage.  After weeks of odd weather, it is perfect today!  It had been cold and wet for a few weeks, and then this week it turned hot, like 95 F/35 C.  Today and for the next few days, it will be nice and comfortable with cold nights – great for sleeping!  Not that I slept well last night, but that’s another story for another time.  Anyway, where am I?  By the photo at the top you may guess that I am in New Hampshire this weekend.

So, work was ultra-busy.  Enough said ;)  OK, just a few words.  In ways, being busy is better than bored.  And at least I have work, and a very good job at that.  And it is challenging and I have to continue to grow and stretch myself.  What happens to people as the age if work no longer challenges or stretches them, make them grow?  Does their mind atrophy?  Their work muscles shrivel?   Hmmm.  I don’t want to find out… Continue reading

Amy and Jessica (Part 2)

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(This is the latest installment of the series that starts with The Old Mill.  The previous chapter was  Amy and Jessica (Part 1).  The Table of Contents is here)

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Friday wasn’t as good of a day as Thursday, but, well, it was Friday.  Then again, I really wasn’t sure what I’d do with myself over the weekend without Lyndsey.  There was a part of me that wanted to go home, go to sleep, and wake up on Sunday evening when she called.  But a bigger part of me just wanted to go home and putter around the house.  I didn’t have many weeks in the office that were quite as long and I was tired.

Jessica was waiting for me, as expected.

“Hi Jessica, how are you today?”

“All right, I guess.”  She frowned.  She didn’t look alright.

“Have you been waiting long?  I’m sorry, the traffic was awful.  You know, Friday and the weekend looks nice for a change.” Continue reading

Mystical Lands

Don’t think I’ll have time for a post today, so here is a random poem….

Trent's World (the Blog)

West Dennis Beach, HalloweenWe go to mystical lands
Beneath the cover
Bright shining world
Fairytale lover

Visit exotic shore
Dreamscape land
All in our head
With you in my hand

We reach the stars
Just with our feelings
Fly without bounds
No heed of ceilings

Cuddled with you in my arms
We are safe indoors
But our feelings and minds
Takes to the skies and freely soars

You take me there
As no other can
You take me away
When I am your man

In the end we must part
You return to your shelf
Me, in the mundane world
Am left by myself

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An ode to a good book.  Or is it? ;)

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I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile Reminder 70

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I was in Washington, DC last week for a few days.  One of the things that I did was meet a fellow blogger.  This was actually the first time that I met a blogging friend face to face!  If you follow Britta at It’s Britta Bottle! you know that after a stint in Thailand, she ended up in DC.

It was a very nice meeting.  I don’t know her as well as I do a few other blogging friends, but I have talked to her in the comments before.  We recognized each other right away.  And we did know something about each other so it wasn’t like we were at a loss.  We chatted like people who have known each other for a year, but also like people just meeting. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 6th of May

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the pouring rain and dry off.  Here, I’ll get you a large mug of very strong French Roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa.  If you are visiting after lunch I might be able to find a nip of something to warm you up ;)  Yesterday was wet, cold and miserable.  Today is starting as a repeat, but it will be much warmer (over 20 degrees F warmer).  I’m sure you are asking where it is so wet and nasty.  Well, pretty much the eastern half of the US, from what I’ve heard, but, as some of you may be able to tell by that Moog Voyager and coffee cup at the top, I’m in New Hampshire today.

I wasn’t in New Hampshire for most of the week.  If you read last week’s coffee post, you know I was on Cape Cod over the weekend.  I came home to NH on Sunday, but flew out on Monday.  I had some training to do for work down in Washington, DC.  The training was all day Tuesday and Wednesday and I flew home on Thursday.  It was a nice class and I did get a lot out of it.  I wish I could do more of those types of classes.  In fact, I’d like to do more classes of any type… Continue reading

Out of town

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If you wonder
Why I’m not around
It’s just because
I’m out of town
When I’m home
I will try
To visit you
Just to say ‘Hi!’

Look at the picture at the top of the page. I took it earlier today.  Guess where I am ;)

IIdea – What do you think?

Creativity

Are you and engineer?  Do you work at a high end energy company?  If so, can you try this for me (it won’t cost too many millions…) and let me know how it works?

Have you ever passed by a windmill farm and noticed several of them not running even thought there was a stiff wind?  One problem with wind-power is that it generates electricity when there is wind, not when there is demand. Continue reading

Doing Some Reading, I Mean Editing

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I have recently been attempting to edit my book, The Fireborn.  Notice I say “attempting to edit”, not just plain, “editing”.

When I edit, I find myself in one of three modes:

  1. Real editing!  I look at every word with a discerning eye.  I make changes.  I delete things. I add things.  I correct things.  I am editing!
  2. Proof reading.  I read through and pick up some of the more obvious errors and correct them.
  3. Reading.  I read.  I enjoy.  I continue to read.

I sit down for an editing session.  After two hours I’ve discovered that I spent 5 minutes on “Real editing!”, 25 minutes on “Proof reading”, and about an hour and a half just sitting back, reading and enjoying myself.

Hmmm, what’s wrong with this picture?   Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the Earth Day, 2017

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in!  I know, it’s still a little raw out there.  It isn’t going to be a hot day by any stretch, but hopefully the sun will shine and burn some of the moisture off.    At least it isn’t snow! Oh, in case you couldn’t tell by the photo, we are in New Hampshire this week.

It’s been a busy week and it seems like I never had a chance to sit down.  Work was very busy and it seemed like there was something every evening at home, but I really don’t remember what.

It is Spring, and everyone is happy about that!  We had some warm weather, but after a week, I had to turn the heat on again.  Nobody is happy about that, except that we aren’t freezing our behinds off.  Puppies have wanted to be outside 100% of the time, so I’ve taken them a little more than usual, but I do have to have some inside time! Continue reading