Friday, July 31, 2009

But I was cool, man....

The problem is that I wasn't. Cool. We have been having a very hot summer here in the mountains. I finally decided to Do Something about it and bought a portable air conditioner, for the kitchen, which is where the heat likes to collect. Mind you, I'll only need to use the dang thing a couple of months of the year, at most. And not every day. Which is why the portable machine instead of a more or less permanent window unit. I like to save my windows for 1) light, 2) the view and 3) fresh air. Oh yes, and the occasional photograph.

Of course, it has thoroughly cluttered up the room, not to mention the giant worm breathing out my window. (But I am cool!) And not to mention my dithering while I tried to figure out the instructions. Oh, for a world in which one can buy a product and simply turn it on -- wasn't it like that once upon a time way back in the G.O.D. (Good Old Days)?

To top it all off, would you believe it's completely operated by a remote? Honest Injun -- no buttons, no dials, no switches. I am truly living in the 21st Century. I should have already become used to the magic wand approach with my bedroom radio (below), which, though it has a few buttons for a child-size finger, is primarily operated by a remote. Of course, I am not touching that dial, because there isn't one. What kind of radio is that? But it is pretty cool to be able to turn down the #2 Brandenburg just before I drop off to sleep, without getting out of bed.

Lots of Links: Speaking of media, nobody appears to have picked up the tale of the young public radio journo up in the Alaskan hinterlands who blogged her true feelings about the town where she works, but didn't have the common sense to hide her/the town's identities. How about an interesting blog that features great microscopic pictures of plant parts and critters; a particularly neat sequence follows the development of butterfly eggs. And another that collects dumb and dumber themes and tests from modern classrooms; a classic is the tale of how George Clooney saved the USA. Last, but by no means least, videos of the Cybraphon, an emotionally responsive automatic "orchestra" created by a bunch of Scotch artists. You know that they have to be Scotch because when the Cybraphon makes music, it includes a drone, just like bagpipes.

9 comments:

Steve said...

I remember one day back in 2003 where it actually got up into the high 90's. Sure could have used one of those. But it would have stayed in the basement quite a few years.

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Catalyst said...

Oh, oh, Julie, you have stirred up the Indian spammers! BTW, I did read about the (former) public radio gal up in Alaska but read her blog with difficulty. She's not real literate.

Granny J said...

steve -- the problem is that our rain went away for a week; we count on the clouds an rain to keep us much cooler in mid- to late-summer.

cat-A -- what did I do to deserve that? Was it a mention of rugs from I---a? As for the radio news gal, her problem is the arrogance of youth (I know, I was there once, though I was a bit more cautious, having heard about pitchforks.)

Anonymous said...

The Brandenburg Concertos!

Ahhh.... J.S. Bach's greatest achievement IMHO.

Nice to know you love them, too.

#5 is great for waking up in the morning and getting one's blood running. ;-0

~Anon in AV.

RV-boondocker-explorer said...

A portable air-conditioner! Shame on you. You sold out to the Establishment. Besides, I thought you were made of sturdier stuff.

Granny J said...

anon av -- what, not the trumpets?

boonie -- Hah! I'm wimpdom incarnate. Heat & I don't get along... as in, just why do you think I'm in Prescott and not Phoenix? Somehow, this summer has got its claws into me worse than in the past. I'm not going to suffer to prove a point.

 
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