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those roach-like animals that scurry on the rocks next to the seashore are of the genus Ligia, and called "scud", "sea roaches", or "beach fleas". finally found them after various google searches. [comment]


there seems to be a dearth of information on simple design matters that would improve the quality of life of all if the gatekeepers of said info were more interested in promulgating it for public benefit.

for example, it is widely understood that good public restroom design minimizes the chance of fecal bacteria being spread, which, assuming non-malicious users of the facilities, means minimal effort in leaving said facility without having to touch anything with the hands. Costco, and most truck stops I've been to including the Dunnigan, CA Pilot gas station, are the best; no doors at all, just a zig-zag entrance to keep prying eyes out. once you wash your hands, just walk out. Costco also has no door at the main entrance to the store.

second best would be a door that swings out, with a kickplate so that most people can use their feet to open it. third best would be a door that opens inward, but with a towel dispenser and trash can right next to the door, so that those exiting may grab a paper towel, open the door with it, and toss it as they leave.

and yet: most public restrooms I see don't do any of these. doors open inward and there are no paper towels at all, or they're not near the door, and there is no place to dispose of them except the floor.

for another shitty example, Joseph Jenkins's Humanure Handbook should be promulgated everywhere as the sanest way to deal with human "waste", and using 26.7% of our drinking water to flush it away (PDF) has to be one of the worst. and yet, I am one of very few even talking about it.

a third example would be on deterring violent crime. though there is a lot of debate on the subject, the fact is that short of a dystopian society in which everyone is being watched 24/7, lethal power in the hands of everyone willing to carry it is the most practical solution. and it's far more economical than having a policeman for every few denizens, even for those who prefer the latter.

I just checked to see if a website exists for information like this. bestpractices.org seems to focus on governmental solutions, and best-practices.org is parked at godaddy.com. I'd be willing to host a wiki but I'm not going to pay big bucks for the domain. [comment]


when yogurt gets moldy, I usually scrape the top off and eat it anyway, but I have to wonder if the probiotics are enough to counteract the mycotoxins. I'm feeling like it may have been a mistake this time.

stopped using the honey as deodorant until I can get some beeswax to help hold it in place. applying it 2 or 3 times a day just isn't practical. same goes for using my 96% alcohol from Mexico to kill the bacteria, but at least that doesn't get my clothes sticky. and I'm hoping that will kill the "athlete's foot" fungus growing in my crotch area. nasty stuff. [comment]


some catching up: I actually did complete a sale using Bisq, for about $100, a few days ago. still binge-watching movies while my lady is out of town. and set a new goal for myself, 10 pushups and 10 chinups per day, a goal that I probably won't reach for a few weeks yet. I really need to find a usable chinup bar somewhere. also, I managed to survive the month without digging into next month's allocation, except for the $30 payment to City of the Sun that I forgot to take out last month. now to see if I can save up some money so I'm not always living hand-to-mouth. [comment]


finally identified that waxy-leaved plant I find near Plum Creek every year as Eriodictyon californicum, thanks to the California Native Plant Society Facebook page. [comment]


another Mandela effect: just re-watched Frantic, the 1980s movie starring Harrison Ford. the last few times I watched it, years ago, there's a scene in which he gives a rushed version of the speech he was supposed to give at the medical conference, and a French doctor was indignant. that scene didn't even occur in this version. [comment]


starting last night after my shower, I began a new experiment: seeing if the antibacterial properties of raw honey make it useful as a component of a natural deodorant.

so far, after my 2-mile jog and at least 5-mile (probably 6 or more) round trip total, I've reapplied it twice (total of 3 times) and still the body odor is negligible (by my standards anyway). I'm already calling it a success. but not by itself, of course. I want something non-irritant that can last at least 24 hours between applications. [comment]


dammit. I forgot a payment I had made the day before yesterday, and made a second payment for the same amount yesterday. that's going to put me in the red and incur at least one overdraft fee. shit. [comment]


free fishing day in California today, yeah I know everyday is a free fishing day to an anarchist, well, maybe I'm not willing to risk my life and liberty to catch a fish. anyway I forgot the bait at home, wasn't willing to stop my jog to go and get it, and figured I'd find something to use.

eventually I did: one of those "walking shrimp", I don't know what else to call them except perhaps cucarachas del mar, those little roach-like things that live on the rocks and scatter when you approach. this was one of the slower types and it was walking on mud. grabbed it easily and added it to the artificial worm on my hook for flavor.

eventually the tide turned around, and I was hoping for some action, but brought in my line first to cast it out a little deeper. then I noticed the "shrimp" was gone. I stayed maybe half an hour more and then gave up. on the way back I stopped at my favorite dumpster, outside Grocery Outlet, and found a case of fresh Italian sausages that must have just been tossed, it was still cold. took two pound of that, and .74 pounds of steak that had been sitting there a while, and was now hot, but still smelled good when I opened the package. so I did pretty well after all.

last night I spent a considerable amount of time trying to get Zelle to work on my phone. tried debit card after debit card, a couple of times I got to the confirmation stage but didn't receive the SMS. so I tried sending SMS messages to my phone from other devices. nothing. eventually I tried sending an SMS message to another phone from the one I was using, and that worked, and then suddenly it started receiving them as well. so I re-used one of the debit cards that worked and got a Zelle account. whoopee. but next time I tried to log into it I got the dreaded A101 error. those replies clinched it for me: Zelle is worthless, and I won't use it, at least not with FreedomPop, because only the FP app knows the number; it's not stored in settings where the Zelle app can see it, hence the error. it would be nice if they'd check that somewhere earlier in the installation procedure, and maybe even give a useful error message, but it is what it is.

Bisq doesn't seem to be very useful in the US. I'm assuming most of its volume is from Asia or elsewhere overseas. there are very few offers up, and most of them have been sitting there untouched since I checked yesterday.

on my way to the marina today, I got stopped by a SMART (train) cop who told me he was ordered to arrest anyone who crossed the tracks. I told him I wouldn't do it again, assuming he meant only right there where it was marked; kind of hard not to cross the tracks where they intersect with the roads and sidewalks. and eventually they're going to open that bike path, I would assume. it's stupid really. SMART isn't even a private entity. they're paid directly by tax dollars (1/4 cent added to Sonoma County sales tax), so all their property by rights is public. [comment]


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I probably had this epiphany before, but each time it sticks better: don't compare things just because they are nominally the same. you might miss out. for example, I brought back enough of that Combate coffee from Mexico to last me for about 7 weeks. then I switched to Gevalia from Sweden, which I found on sale at Grocery Outlet. I didn't like it. too weak and watery, it seemed. but after about the 3rd day, I started liking it. it has its own character.

same goes for wines. I never liked Shiraz, preferring Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. but the other day I found a Shiraz I liked at Trader Joe's. I applied the same rule, don't compare it to others, just to itself, and I found it has its own rich flavors unlike any other grape. just like I don't really care for Cabernet Sauvignon, in general, but I've had some absolutely astounding cabs when I wasn't expecting it. [comment]


for over a week now there's been an old, empty propane canister outside Lola's supermarket, so today I decided to go see if I could exchange it at the Chevron. no dice, they no longer accept expired tanks. then I went shopping at Safeway and forgot it outside when I left. hopefully someone will take it home. [comment]


guess I'm going to be OK. no more symptoms, either gastrointestinal or headache.

I want to work on my abs. there's this exercise that involves hanging on something and lifting the legs, either straight or bended at the knee, which looks fun and challenging. tired of this "dad bod" when I'm not even a dad.

another thing I'd like to have is fingertips that can support my full weight, so I could easily climb buildings. that might be a useful skill. it'll require a lot of finger strength. I don't have it yet; I've tried. [comment]

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