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No photos, with my camera out for the count, but Thursday was a bounteous day on the lapine front. ^_^ First one pair, then another pair not far along, a bit later on, and finally, yet another, in a different field - this time, one completely relaxed, whilst the other groomed and massaged. ^_^ (But still alert enough to get by, which is just as well - that morning, we saw a small fox trot through the parking lot, no less wary of the twoleggers)

Yay! The other programmer will, with any luck, be able to bring back one of his Minolta A200s on Monday - so I'll be in a position to try taking some photos of the local lapines. Some of them might even feature vaguely recognisable blurs. ^_^

A snippet of SL humor over here; be sure to read the "update" footnote, and Pathfinder's comment. =:D

Wow. So.. this week was quite the intense introduction to SPI, I2C, and allied TWIs, and the CPU's SSC, SPI, PDC, and AIC units. Not to mention investigating some misbheavior by taking one component from a pre-production unit, by removing four microscopic SMD components and wiring the device to a CPU eval board, then hooking up another eval board to that, and rounding it off by monitoring ten important lines on the logic analyzer/scope. Interrupt City, yay! And the DMA engine's actually rather nice to use, though we're having to drive one crucial chip in a slightly funky manner. So nifty, feeling the project actually coming together, everyone putting in their final contributions as we head towards the finish line. Some fiendishly talented people, to be sure, the aforementioned coworker especially. Ingenuity is inspirational. ^_^
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*grin* I've really been enjoying it, indeed. ^_^ It's been way too long since I last wilded a slobbering iron in anger, let alone a pair of them. Two Fisted Tales of Metallurgy! =:D It's been a bit wearing, I'll admit, having to come to terms with all the interfaces, the embedded peripherals, the overall architecture, and so on, in quite a compact space of time, but yes, fun. ^_^

I didn't mention the boss paying for Indian food for lunch for us, either. =:9 (Of course, the tandoori dishes made me look forward to being able to throw a barbecue in the back yard..)
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This is a benefit (for them, but also for now, for me!) of buying a place, I suppose - theirs is a brick affair, built into one wall of the back yard. ^_^ (Which means I should become acquainted with Mr Charcoal, ne? And probably Mr Lighter Fluid, too.. though I'd really want to avoid that if possible, given the way it seems to linger so much)

Florida's much cheaper than California, but.. there are reasons, I suppose, for both edges of the equation. =:) Can't we just hurry up and get California independent again? Seems such a tragedy, having the territory shackled to somewhere as regressive as Washington DC, when there's the business of agriculture to nurture, energy self-sufficiency, and the freedom to enjoy life as a couple of any combination, including the freedom to live in or leave the place in order to be with them.

And if the rest of the US has any problems with that, hey presto - Hollywood go bibi. =:)

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Mm, that's probably the key - most likely I've just been made wary where folks have launched the meat onto the grill too soon after the grand ignition. Though I think my favorite occasion involved some chicken sections that turned out to be somewhat on the greasy side - the charcoal got quite a lot of additional help on the fuel front that evening. =:D

It's always a difficult choice, knowing when to buy (let alone where), especially with the housing market in its current slump. I suppose it couldn't hurt to hang on - neonbunny was just talking about a place in Oakland that's fallen all the way to $224k. Still not exactly free with the cornflakes, but quite attractive, given where it is, and the place itself sounds like it'd be a good home.

I've no idea whether I'll ever wind up buying. It could be a worthwhile investment, but first I'd need to have a war-chest to finance it properly, which entails an employer that doesn't go foom in a matter of months. And then there's the little matter of where in the world, given how obnoxious many jurisdictions are with regard to people deciding for themselves where they'd like to live.. ah well. Things will be different when the World Lapine Alliance takes power. ^_^

Occasionally some dope will complain about this or that intolerably liberal thing going on in California. For instance, a few weeks ago, the city of Berkeley harassed the Marine recruiting station because of the Marines' habit of discriminating against gay people. Someone said something to the effect of, "Damn those tree-hugging Liberals! Don't they realize that the Marines in Iraq are fighting for their freedom?!" I posted back, "Look, if you hate California so much, why don't you let us secede?" For some strange reason, they never want to allow that. It's sort of the same thing as Russia and Chechnya, China and Tibet, or Austria-and-Italy and the Tyrol.

Plebiscites. I'm all in favor of plebiscites.
I do love that "fighting for our freedom!" line of.. *cough* reasoning. After all, isn't it patently obvious that half-destroying a country that had little to do with the US beyond oil trading, giving rise to all manner of religious crazies in a formerly secular nation, leading to the deaths of a million or so, the internal displacement of another two million, and the external displacement of another two million, is absolutely guaranteed to bring greater stability to the region and a passionate love for the US amongst the citizenry?

(Ah, those lovely bedtime tales those wise men used to tell us.. it'll all be done with in a matter of weeks, certainly within a few months, and it'll barely cost anything)

Absolutely agreed on the essential utility of plebiscites. I'd love to see an independent California, able to make its own way in the world, freed of the regressive influences of DC. And it'd easily be able to, I imagine - there's a healthy agricultural economy (though with quite a dependence on imported water), a very strong technology base, one or two entertainment companies, plenty of tourism and venues, industrial sea freight ports, and some very busy international airports.

I recall one suggestion made in jest over on dKos - whilst the matter of secession is ignored in the existing legal framework, there is provision for kicking a state out of the union..

but Thursday was a bounteous day on the lapine front.

Oh wow, lucky you! It has been forever since I caught a glimpse of a fox, and every rabbit I've seen this spring has been going by at top speed. Though the last one I saw was no more than five feet away when he bolted, which was kind of neat.

And you really do find the cutest pictures.
It was just so gloriously random - we were chatting in the office, and Gareth noticed said voop through one of the windows, and dashed out for a better view, calling me out too. As soon as I realised why, I came out, rain be damned. ^_^ And there he was, trotting off, looking behind him as he headed into the neighboring field. (The business park used to be part of the adjacent farm - from what I can see, they just keep several sheep now, and a few horses and goats)

Ah, Shiuk does draw some fantastically warm-hearted pieces.. definitely the kind of art that keeps my own artistic aspirations alive. Hopefully I'll be able to indulge those again before too long, with the move intended for next weekend - that'll finally mean having the tablet and keyboard again. Even (?) with time so precious now, I feel that much more incentive to do something with that time - Hyzenthlay's not ideally suited to heavy duty Reason or Logic (so to speak), but it's still fine for just about anything else, especially the kind of noodling around I'd want to get up to, exploring the synthesis possibilities afforded by Logic's stock instruments, libraries like Acoustic Legends HD, and pure synthesis in Absynth especially.

It's a magical moment to be near wildlife. People don't experience nearly enough of a connection with their surroundings and environment, I feel, for which we're all the poorer. But such wonderful times happen nonetheless. ^_^

Do you ... uhm ... need a ... hmmm ... QA engineer to give your very interesting-sounding project a thorough going-over?
It's possible, but the commute would be awful. =:)