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Sauk Centre, Minnesota: near the corner of Ash Street and South 9th.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Three Hours and No Updates?! What Kind of Webcam am I Running?

One with a distracted manager, to be truthful.

Just after 3:48, I had a disagreement with some other software and had to reboot the computer. I didn't realize that the webcam software hadn't rebooted until now, almost three hours later.

Not that it's an excuse, but I was distracted: First, by some time-sensitive research and an email reporting my results: then by a call from the Highway Patrol. The good news is that one of my daughters came through with just a broken wrist, and my wife didn't break anything. My wife is, however, not feeling at all well right now. (More at "Wednesday: Another Day, and a Traffic Accident" on Through One Dad's Eye, another blog.)

Aside from that, though, it's been a rather uneventful day.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

'Just What am I Looking At?'

A little while ago, someone asked me 'just what am I looking at' with this webcam.

That's a reasonable question.

I could say something like "the northeast portion of the intersection of South 9th and Ash Street in Sauk Centre, Minnesota." That would be accurate, but wouldn't really tell you much.

Or, I could go into a rambling description of everything you see, from the hummingbird feeder support near the camera, to the yards on the other side of 9th. But, as the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words," and I don't think many people keep reading past the first few hundred.

But I keep thinking about 'just what am I looking at?' Next week, barring unforeseen developments, I plan to put together a pair of pictures, outlining what you're looking at during the day, and at night.

But, since my life has been full of unforeseen developments lately, that's no guarantee.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This is Cold: Even for Minnesota

It's about 29 below zero, Fahrenheit, outside. And, four in the morning.

Normally, I'm not up this late, but there was a project milestone that had to be reached.

My household got an automated call from the school system, letting us know that school was canceled tomorrow: along with evening activities. Smart move, I'd say.

Now, I gotta get some sleep.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Our furnace has been fixed, starting on Monday, with the last part put in place yesterday evening.

It's nice, having the thermometer showing a number that's higher than my age (67 wonderful, balmy, degrees at the keyboard). Balmy, considering that it's around six below on the other side of the window.

More about this household's furnace, at "Minnesota Winter, and the Furnace is Fixed!" Through One Dad's Eye (January 5, 2009).
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