is older than it's ever been and now it's even older



Two weeks ago today it was snowing hard. Today the high will be in the mid 80s. Minnesota weather can be strange. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch any trout last week, but I had a great time exploring the park and hiking the stream. I spotted dozens of big, fat trout spending some of the day under a bridge, but by the time you see them, they can see you and they won't bite. I am looking forward to going canoe camping this next week. With the high temperatures, I hope that the lake we are aiming to visit next week will quickly ice out. As of last week it had a thick cap of ice still. Phalen, on the other hand, finished melting on Saturday, meaning that my guess of last month was only off by a day.

Now, for the fun. Check out the Homer Simpson soundboard, for some fun. I am disappointed that "Mmm...Hog Fat" wasn't on there. Other soundboards I have enjoyed recently include the Samuel L. Jackson soundboard, the extended Samuel L. Jackson soundboard, and the Christopher Walken soundboard. I note that many of these have a common source at this site.


Beginning the final push

As finals have begun to loom, time to do ANYTHING has become very precious. However, that has not stopped a few extracurricular projects from finding their way onto my to-do list. Last weekend, for example, Maggie and I repainted the bulk of our house and removed the carpeting to reveal a fine, old, hardwood floor. This has made our house much more enjoyable to live in. This weekend I am going trout fishing with Jeron. But for those activities, it seems the school is beginning to consume all. However, a few completely irrelevant thoughts to share.

I found it very gratifying that others share my hatred for movie trailers that give away the plots of the movies they advertise. I have a good memory, and I'm sure that many if not most moviegoers do as well. When I see a movie, I involuntarily check the scenes from the trailer I have seen off of a mental checklist. How irritating is it to have that checklist be entirely analogous to the major plot of the movie? For this reason, I avoid movies that use this tactic to advertise their wares.

As it is nearly canoeing season, I have been anxiously checking ice out status of Minnesota lakes. Come on, spring! Shortly after my last post we were socked by a three day snow storm that dumped an extra 8 inches of snow on the area, but since then we've been blessed by nice warm weather, and I believe my target date of April 12 for Phalen may only be off by a few days. As for our canoe trip we have planned next week, I have been investigating backup spots as I don't believe either of the ideal lakes will be ice free yet. Boo.

Finally, a neat article on Jules Verne's record as a prognosticator. Enjoy.