but you can't reap what you don't sow
and you can't plant in fallow ground
so let us fill this empty earth with hope
until the rains come down
Which is (a) true, (b) stuck in my head, and (c) Janis Ian. So there you are.
I tried "Which came first, the chicken or the matterbaby?" on the kids tonight. The little daughter just looked suspicious, and the little boy said "What's that?".
Kids these days: sheesh! *8)
(The little daughter, by the way, can now solve a Rubik's Cube; she picked up the moves that me and the physics majors (mostly the physics majors) worked out back twenty-odd years ago (with some help from a passing grad student) in no time flat. He said modestly.)
Boring computer question o' the day: does any of y'all readers know of a way to get a few pictures from a digital camera to a Mac without loading every single picture the way iPhoto seems to insist on?
A reader writes:
OK. Here's the deal. Retail stores are doomed. I put in a FreshDirect order tonight (to be delivered tomorrow), then I ran off to the supermarket for the few items that I couldn't get from FreshDirect. While I was shopping, I ran across salsa and thought, "Oh, yeah, we could use some of that." I picked up the jar and was about to put it into my cart when I thought, "Why bother? I'll just add it to my FreshDirect order when I get home."
How very odd. You can probably order that salsa from Amazon, too, for that matter. (They should stick to books, I say.)
Relatedly, there was a story on NPR today about the growth of self-checkout machines at groceries and hardware stores.
I had a dream, many years ago, about a store where you just checked your own stuff out with some machine. I remember thinking, after I woke up, that it was a neat idea but of course you couldn't actually do it because people could just walk out with stuff. (Another valuable patent overlooked.)
Turns out, the radio story said, that customers don't steal very much stuff. It's the employees mostly who steal stuff.
(Hey look: two weblog postings in the very same week! We are proud!)