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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

They day already isn't long enough for all I need to do

  Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth - Yahoo! News (03/03/2010):
The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.

The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 microseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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posted by Arlene (Beth)9:22 PM

Friday, January 01, 2010

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

  cloudy sky over Emeryville, New Year's Eve 2009, by A.E. Graves2009 is not a year I'm going to miss: years involving major transitions are often uncomfortable, like new jeans that just don't fit correctly, and won't until you've really had a chance to break them in. Or perhaps drop a few pounds, and then make a bad analogy about them.

The good things in 2009 were truly good: invaluable friendships, the joy and laughter with the people closest to me, successfully building my first large format camera, getting my work from the new camera into a juried New York City gallery show (and going to NYC for the opening!), having a local gallerist choose some of my work to hang in San Francisco in 2010, developing the optimism to date again (and actually going on dates), getting better at yoga, witnessing the cautious beginnings of actual recognition for my skill and hard work at my job...

The bad things were just incredibly bad. I'm doing my best to leave the roughest parts of 2009 behind, keeping the lessons, the scars that can't be healed with Vitamin E, and little else. I've got a new face cream that's doing wonders for the lines from looking so damned pensive all the time.

I have great plans and a full tank of optimism for 2010. I hope it's a great year for us all.

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posted by Arlene (Beth)12:10 AM

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas (and all other Solstice Celebrations!)!

  Christmas light abstract image by A.E. GravesBest wishes to you and all those you hold dear throughout the winter solstice celebration season!

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posted by Arlene (Beth)10:08 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Next, I walked uphill in the snow both ways

I was riding the Emery-Go-Round shuttle with the interim software developer for our office last night. She's a nice young woman, and we often speak on the shuttle. We were discussing software, and I opined that the tools available now are much nicer than the tools developers used to use. She asked what tools I'd used. I mentioned that I'd had an internship in McKesson's Computer and Information Services group in the 1980s, and had reviewed COBOL programs that ran on McKesson's mainframe, which wasn't ideal because I thought COBOL was too verbose and clumsy; I had used the Internet extensively before there was a web using UNIX environments, and in college was able to play with Sun's SPARCstations (running UNIX or Sun OS, though I might have said Solaris (which came later)) and NeXT boxes running NEXTSTEP (which I LOVED); and that I had a web presence (once the web's graphical interface arrived) from 1996 or so...

Her comment: "I wasn't born yet."

I laughed. She's a legal adult, and WAS born after most of this stuff was around, but it doesn't feel that way. I'd might as well be talking about the telegraph. Or about my paternal grandmother working in a telephone exchange in Ohio, taking the stereo-like (mono) plugs and manually connecting people with little cables...

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posted by Arlene (Beth)7:04 AM

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