Posted by: David | July 13, 2009

Cabbages and Things

I never get tired of looking at cabbages.

We’ve had some visitors in the back yard. A doe with two fawns. We wondered if the doe might be the same one that visited with fawns a couple of years back.


They’re probably eating the baby apples dropped by the tree.

We also had a stray dog (large black lab) come into the yard and roll around in the garden beds to which I’d just added some smelly fertilizer. This apparently happened while Oliver and I were out on the weekly excursion to the dump and to buy the Sunday papers. The stray had fun trampling seedlings for a few minutes before the ladies of the house spotted the dog and intercepted it. She was friendly anyway. Guess they shooed her away. Oliver wasn’t happy to smell the trespasser’s butt fumes, or whatever, and raced about the yard frantically for a good five minutes.

Yeah, I woulda murdolated that stray in about 5 seconds. DAMMIT!!

I have been very busy at work with getting new computers out. My office is totally jammed with boxes. It’s kinda fun doing this. People like getting new computers. I feel like Santa Geek sometimes. The computers have nice big 19-inch displays.

A big old stack of LCD displays and my mountain bike.

A big old stack of computers. Heartwarming, isn’t it?

Yeah I know. Stack of boxes. Big deal. What can I say? I got nothin. I went for a 60 mile ride yesterday to see the wind farm in Lempster Wind Project. It’s hard to express how awesome these wind turbines look, but there’s this sort of science-fictiony feeling seeing the gigantic blades turn and gleam in the sun from miles away. I’d hoped I could get close enough to hear the things, but I didn’t. The towers must be tucked well into the woods. I want to try again sometime, but it’s a long ride. That Route 31 from Goshen to Hillsborough is kind of bleak.

The leek flowers are beginning to open.


  1. What are you going to do with all those computers? What a pity. I hate to throw things away just because they have been superceded by newer things. It is a curse. We have three new computers and a very old one, a laptop that is more than 10 years old, a Toshiba that runs on Windows 98.

    The cabbage photo is the best plant close-up I have ever seen and the first one ever that seemed to make sense.

    The leek flower is similar to an onion flower. Some onion flowers are snow white and incredibly beautiful, and then it is a real disappointment that they smell of onion.

    You mean the old computers? We will reuse them in other placements and remove the even older ones. They are difficult to dispose of, you’re right but we have been able to find a few nearby school districts that take the old systems and make further use of them. In the past we’ve also contracted companies to come pick up this type of stuff to “demanufacture” it into recoverable materials.

    Thanks for your compliments on the photo. Of course, now that you’ve said it “makes sense” I have to ask you why you think that.

    The leek and onion flowers remind me of fireworks explosions when they fully open. I love the smell of onions and garlic too. Those odors seem to be on the top 5 verboten list of Americans’ obsession with bad breath and other disgusting smells. Poppycock!!

  2. Oh the doggie looks really fierce! Such facial expression! Maybe he missed his calling and should have gone into acting instead of looking after your yard and accompany you on your weekly excursion to the dump. Have you checked his horoscope yet?

  3. “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
    Of cabbages–and THINGS?????–
    And why the sea is boiling hot–
    And whether pigs have wings.”

    Um. Yes?

    And thank you. 🙂

  4. I know deer tear up gardens, but I would plant a garden just for them if I could get them into my yard. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of suburbia and have to drive a ways to see anything bigger than birds and squirrels.

    Well, pigeons can be very entertaining. Squirrels not so much. I had to clap at a deer in the corn garden just a few hours ago. They’re so cute the little Bambis. But stay the hell out of the garden! This has been a challenging garden year so far.

  5. Is the “Danger” sign to warn people of possible falling monitors?

    Good eye MTAE! Don’t rat me out to OSHA, OK? Actually the top layer of displays is the 5th, which is what the boxes say is OK. But I don’t have any hard hats (like the sign says) for people so I guess they could get me on that. Do they still tar and feather people? That’s what they did in the 70s.

  6. No, David, now-a-days when we find near-do-wells and reprobates we punish them with a heaping helping of non-abrasive, hypo-allergenic, water-based adhesive and non-toxic, peanut-free, lactose-lacking pulp.

    Sure, it costs more but for the safety of all involved, it’s worth it!

    Great, as always, photos, David.

    Oh crap! I’m allergic to hypo-allergenic stuff! But as long as MTAE doesn’t tattle I should be OK. Actually, today I managed to remove the 5th row of displays anyway. The warning on the boxes about stacking higher than 5 consists of an icon showing boxes 4 and 5 with another box, X’d out, on top. Took me a few minutes to figure out what it meant.

    Thanks B&G. Can I shoot Bambi?

  7. Only if you mount him afterwards.

    But, and trust me on this, wait until you get inside to the privacy of your home away from the prying eyes of those neighborhood prudes. If you don’t, you’ll end up on all kindsa ‘offender’ lists law enforcement types so love.

    Mount HIM? So far the main method of deer discouragement is applause. They don’t like it.

  8. Did you know that linking a thumbnail on my blog to the original photo on somebody else’s site is bandwidth theft? And they can delete your blog for doing that. They can report you at Google.

    It means that I have to download and resize and edit a few hundred Wikipedia pictures on my blog. Wikipedia is not rich. They run on little more than a million dollars (if I understand their statements correctly which I just checked).

    Still, I don’t really get the difference between a link and a hotlink.

    What is your source for this information? Bandwidth, roughly speaking, is the size of the “pipeline” through which data can travel. Making a link to such data provides another pathway for the data to move along. Since the goal of most websites is to be seen and used, it’s hard to imagine that merely linking to it would constitute any kind of trespass. Copying and re-posting data without permission of the creator would be a problem, but linking? Linking is merely the digital way of pointing to something.

    The terms link and hotlink are very close. A hyperlink is a marker that you can actually click on to get to that location. Example: http: // is the address (or URL) of my blog. But this sentence is a “hotlink” to my blog. Some might call the URL a link, but it cannot be clicked on, it has to be copied and pasted into the web browser’s address field. Make sense?

    Clearly the Internet has given the legal system plenty of work in settling disputes around copyright issues, and I expect that we’re nowhere near the end of this redefining of who owns what content.

  9. RE: “the photo makes sense” and you asked why I said that. Do you mean what I meant by this remark? Or why I made the remark?!

    It is only slightly bitchy as a remark and it really does not need an apology.

    It means that most modern art of photo, painting and even in writing tries to destroy conventions and make the everyday thing look like never seen before. To some extent this is okay, but it has become omnipresent.

    The world has anyway become much too complicated. Is further abstraction useful? Is it?!

    I wondered what the remark meant. I would never ask you for an apology my blog-friend, as you have never insulted me. When I see something I want to photograph it’s because I like the way it looks, not because it may look like something else. Sometimes the photographing of it makes it look like something else, but that’s OK.

    We are all entitled to our opinions on how much abstraction is enough, but I agree with you that it is over-used, and often a pointlessly indulgent contrivance. You’ll love my post of July 21! 🙂

  10. applause! applause!! (only trying to help you chase away the deer…)

    Thanks for the help. Now what can you do for the tomato blight? Perhaps a nice Bronx cheer. 🙂

  11. Well, have you seen places that prohibit hotlinking? And there seems to be general agreement that hotlinking is theft: you steal somebody’s resources, they say. I got almost bitched at for giving signs of disbelief.

    I used to have an internet contract “whereby” I was allowed a giga or two a month for a certain amount and then I had to pay per download. Well, that system made me think that when I downloaded something big, it was my internet provider who got the bill and passed it on to me.

    It seems however that if I open up a big picture, it is the owner of the site who has to pay for the resources used.

    It does sound absurd. It would anyway not be so for WordPress people. But what if I had my own website and 1000 people wanted to see a 1.5 mega photo? That would strain the resources of my site, wouldn’t it?

    If that is so, why did I have to pay for additional downloads?

    Wikipedia has photos of more than 2 megas. I think very few people ever enlarge a photo, but if they do, Wikipedia has to bankroll “the resources” = the bandwidth.


    Not sure how else those who build and maintain the physical infrastructure to store and transmit the data are able to make their $$ other than to meter the bits passing through their servers, copper, and fiber pathways. I don’t know how WordPress handles these things or how they make their money, but I feel lucky that my 922 jpegs (of roughly 100K size) and 227 posts can have their sweet exposure to the world for free. I wonder what would happen if one of us wrote a post that went completely “viral” and got millions of hits. Think WordPress would send a bill if it crashed one of their servers? It IS strange, as you say. Though the internet is a vast wasteland, it is strewn about with precious gems and other treasures, and the way it generates money is a marvel and a mystery to me.

  12. There is a WordPress forum on this question and a moderator t3ck who writes very bad English but seems to know, though he also seems to contradict himself:

    In the same context, at another forum I said that a law which is not generally known and can’t be enforced is a very dangerous thing. So I got this answer:

    I was told : “That law IS enforced, and violating it can get your blog here deleted quicker than you could possibly imagine. I’ve seen it happen over and over. I suggest you take that warning seriously.”

    Somewhere else I saw people giving advice on how to hurt those who hotlink. One of them said the idea was to connect the link to a picture 2000 px wide and 1 px high which damages the template of the viewer or something. Others suggest that the link should be connected to some porno picture.

    This means that some people imagine there is a war and one has to take action against the hotlink aggression!

    That was an interesting forum. The “coosnews” guy’s blog is suspended by WordPress. I had no idea that people were so snotty about links. I’ve always assumed them to be the coin of the realm. By pointing others to content you only help the site get its desired traffic. If it’s not clicks and eyeballs they want then why post content on the internet at all? You have a link to The Onion on your blog. Is that something you have permission to do? What about all the buttons inviting one to “embed” some media object, is that the opposite of the people who say NO HOT LINKING? It’s an awfully complicated mess isn’t it? I guess I feel safe in that I provided 99% of my own “content”.

    Mmmmmm. Content! (Homer Simpson)

  13. It is strange and contradictory in every way.

    How WordPress makes money is known. Its business is called or tied up with something called “Automattic”. It is very hard to find on the net because the system corrects automatically to “automatic”, but that “matt” stands for the owner or the inventor’s name Matt (Mullenweg or similar).- This entity sells spam blocking software. There is also an income from upgrades. And yes, there is an advertising income, but I don’t remember. I think that if your blog is big enough, you’d see an ad on it if you looked at it from another computer. I believe that if you absolutely don’t want an ad on your blog, you’d have to pay. At any rate, the ad is not visible to people who visit a blog regularly.

    It seems that some of these big entities, for instance Twitter, try only to become big in order to be sold to somebody else. Maybe if e.g. iPod bought up Twitter it could then immediately start some covert or not-too-obvious campaign among those 1000000000000000000000000 people who are signed up at Twitter and whose IQ, interest, and phobia data can be collected from their messages.

    Yes, it all makes sense when you put it that way … what will become of us when the system has sucked out all of our data?

  14. The poem is by William Carlos Williams. I had to check the name on one of these university poem pages……….and guess what. The thing makes me sweat all over, I hate it so.

    There you see the students saying what this poem could MEAN, and whether forgiveness is easier to get than real love!!!!!!!! Shoot them! Fast! For they might yet multiply unless Obama cuts off the funds.

    A poem or a song does not need a meaning. It creates delight which according to Plato, Socrates, Proust, Frost opens up the path to knowledge and wisdom.

    I do not believe this theory, but it is very well and most coherently figured out. So the poem or the song or the photo are an instrument. However, isn’t that rather obvious? Do people see a photo of Oliver and say: Oh David, tell us the meaning. And here is some garlic: what is its meaning.

    Hate it so do you? Sweat all over? Shoot them?!? What are you saying? Stupid academic blowhards have the same right to oxygen as you and I.

    I brought some garlic to work today to give away. It brings interesting responses when offered, accepted, or refused. If someone asks me what the garlic means I would say something like it keeps the devil away, or vampires, it’s good for you, I grew it myself yes, etc. No meanings there I guess. The purple cauliflower also brings good comments.

  15. The meaning of garlic!

    No. And astrology? So when they ask me what sign I am, I tell them to guess. And what do they say? Every kind of thing. Most revealing.

  16. The meaning of garlic!

    No. And astrology? So when they ask me what sign I am, I tell them to guess. And what do they say? Every kind of thing. Most revealing.

    By the way: the photo of the red cabbage. Can you see that it also looks like the photo of a those swan nebulas out there? They swirl like that. I guess cabbage is more static.

    I believe in reverse astrology. I think that humanity determines the positions of the stars. Hah! And yet I would place your birthday in March or September, but tell me how wrong I am and I won’t be bothered.

    I love that observation about the cabbage leaves’ resemblance to swirling nebulae! I would say that the nebulae are the more static however, since the cabbage’s lifetime is a nanosecond to that of a galaxy. But the observation of these symmetries across this immense range of scale is a wonder of nature. 🙂

  17. I wasn’t talking about oxygen consumption. The scare is in that they have the same voting rights ………

    Good point there. I guess that’s why we progress so slowly as a species.

  18. You say your guess my birthday would be March or September.

    Next guess?

    April or June?

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