After graduating from college with a civil engineering degree, I found myself working in my home town for a local engineering firm doing mostly municipal engineering (roads, sewer pipe, water pipe, stormwater). A fair percentage of my time was spent convincing people that, when it came to their road, I knew more than they did.–Charles Marohn, “Confessions of a Recovering Engineer”, Strongtowns blog
This urban landscape would be a dream come true for any fire chief. Ample room for the trucks to cavort, lots of defensible space, gigantic turning radii accommodated. The ultimate product of a standards and design manual, a landscape where automobiles feel at home.
I am back home, hoping to file taxes, print pictures, do things that these days are facilitated by computers.
Both my home machines are displaying the Mac version of the screen of death. In five years of owning and using these two machines I have seen this screen on one machine on one occasion.
Naturally I wonder, what is causing OSX unexpectedly to quit?
I am pretty good on the Mac maintenance front, repair permissions regularly, avoid odd downloads, have redundant backups. This seems to be a software issue. Both machines are power PC macs running OS 10.4.11. Both will run in “safe” mode.
So, if there are any Mac cognoscenti out there that would be willing to read and interpret crash reports, help!
Unresolved kernel trap…
Thus it is with my soul.
Motored back to Virginia yesterday. Sat still on Interstate 66 near Marshall Virginia in a driving rain as rescue crews reopened the highway. We were within seconds of this wreck. Virginia raised Interstate speeds recently to 70mph.
Michael Dirr was in Charlottesville yesterday speaking at the 28th Annual Central Virginia Landscape Management Seminar, presented by the Piedmont Landscape Association. In the morning he gave a talk titled “In Praise of Noble Trees”.
Michael Dirr is the author of the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (6th Edition) The bible of the Nursery/Landscape industry and gardeners, additionally he has published hundreds of other works and planted thousands of trees.
The reality for trees in this tree city is tough. A year ago we planted three oaks in a part of our neighborhood that sorely needs trees. One was mowed over by a lawn service guy who couldn’t be troubled to steer his lawn chariot around it. A second survived a house fire, but had to be moved when a track-hoe needed access to knock down the burnt house remains. The third still lives.
This is the time of year to be making a list of bare root seedlings to plant early in the spring. The Virginia Department of Forestry has how to plant guidelines on their website. The Department of Forestry sells seedlings. Musser Forests is my favorite bare root tree source.
Kept away from cretinous lawnmower operators and deer, bare root seedlings will do well.
This Bur oak is four feet tall in less than a year.
Technical gremlins preventing me from uploading a photo, the server people, GoDaddy, say “it’s not us”, the webarati disagree, saying the “failed to write to disk” problem is a server side error.
I have been thinking about fathers, found our father’s father’s watch today. Our father died 20 years ago.
Seconds turn into years.
Send a letter to Governor McDonnell urging him to craft a watershed implementation plan with substance. If the EPA doesn’t receive an actionable and adequate plan written by our State, the EPA will craft the plan, an outcome no one wants.
Over the past 40 years, Waynesboro, like downtowns across the country, changed drastically due to the creation of the interstate highway system and subsequent growth of suburban communities. Downtown businesses closed or moved to the mall, shoppers dwindled, property values and sales tax revenues dropped. —Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc.