It was nice while it lasted: the squirrels have discovered there's no reason not to eat from the bird feeder. They had gotten scared off it because we were mixing it with a very intense capsicum powder. But the company's stopped making the powder for some reason --- their web site recommends keeping squirrels away from the bird feeder by giving them a well-stocked squirrel feeder --- and we've been letting it float on its reputation since. They've figured it out.
The farmer's market we use to get our pet rabbit's vegetables had a spray which seems to be capsicum and ``other ingredients'' and if we can feel confident this won't actually harm squirrels or birds we'll see what that does. But boy was the powder such a good answer.
- Facing the Fun Fact of it All, this week's major humor piece, inspired by my Peanuts calendar.
- Meanwhile, In A Third Season Episode, a quick silly moment.
- The Regrandest Gift of All, because Sears had a sign that baffled me.
- Momma demands I take back everything bad I ever said about Comic Sans, as that comic and Apartment 3-G baffle the casual reader.
- My favorite spam comment of the week, which it is, truly.
- Statistics Saturday: How Many Things It Takes To Make A Hundred Of Things, which, spoiler, is not always 100.
- Color Classics: Dancing On The Moon, a 1930s cartoon with a lingering melody.
- My Appropriately-Sized Rhode Island Terror, because yes, I was afraid I messed up that silly thing about how many football fields across Rhode Island is.
Trivia: Ahead of final passage of the Stamp Act, Benjamin Franklin ordered a hundred reams of half-sheet paper sent from London to Philadelphia for his Pennsylvania Gazette, as it would have half the tax rate of the full-sheet paper the Gazette used. The final form of the bill, though, specified the paper had to be stamped in Britain and so the stock had to be returned at some expense. Source: The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, H W Brands.
Currently Reading: The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA, Diane Vaughan.