October 12th, 2006

krazy koati

'Til we turn the house down

Or maybe there's no need to bother the maintenance office just this minute. I thought of something dumb to try, but figured what did I have to lose by trying it: I turned off the dial for the extra rinse cycle at the end. I don't know why, but I had the vague idea that this helped last time. I tried a load and, yes, that was tumbled enough to be only damp, not soaked, by lunchtime. I don't believe this will work for long, but it's been busy enough the past couple of weeks I'd be glad to just put off this problem for a few weeks. I know this implies that if the rest of the spin cycle breaks I'll have to get it fixed or risk running out of clothes, but I'm not that short of acceptable things to wear. I could probably go a week without having to resort to the bleach-stained or the bowling alley-grade shirts. (I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them.)

I got a bottle of root beer at a convenience store. This is an actual bottle, as in made of glass. The clerk was apologetic about it; he could fit it in with my other purchase (a tin of butter cookies), but he wasn't sure just how to bag it, apparently. It kind of drives home how much plastic has taken over for glass. I know what you're thinking, but no, this doesn't have a plastic screw-on cap. This one is a little metal cap with a tab to rip off and split the cap apart. Historically I haven't had problems with this particular brand. I know I remember when I'd buy ordinary stuff in glass jars, but I have to admit, it's been a long while. It's a bit of a jolt in watching old movies (particularly comedies) where the character gets a jar of something or other and has it break; all more when it's a baby bottle that smashes.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to the President of Indonesia to say that he's ``disappointed'' with the fires causing the haze problem. I love the phrasing of that. It makes it sound like the next step will be him standing on top of the Sentosa Island Merlion, staring south, and shaking his head somberly.

Trivia: 312 times 221 is 68952; and the product of their reversals, 213 times 122, is 25986. Source: Mathematical Recreations and Essays, WW Rouse Ball and HSM Coxeter.

Currently Reading: Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud. Peter Watson.