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Shred & Cheque

Today, I had dad shredding outdated documents using a paper shredder. I think he finds this task therapeutic and satisfying. The shredder makes an awful sound that drives the rest of us crazy. I have to limit the paper I hand off to him and shred the envelopes by hand.

This afternoon, we handed off a cheque to pay for another week’s stay at our current holiday apartment. Boy, it was many years ago since I filled in a cheque for my mom. 

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Vacuum Hose

Our old vacuum cleaner is working at its full capacity again, after the defect hose has been replaced by a new one which D bought on-line.

Even though my back is still hurting, I gave the downstairs floor quite a thorough vacuum. Something which I have not done properly for quite some time…

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Alien Knowledge

The following is the last paragraph of an article called Alien Knowledge – When Machines Justify Knowledge:

The world didn’t happen to be designed, by God or by coincidence, to be knowable by human brains. The nature of the world is closer to the way our network of computers and sensors represent it than how the human mind perceives it. Now that machines are acting independently, we are losing the illusion that the world just happens to be simple enough for us wee creatures to comprehend.

It has taken a network of machines that we ourselves created to let us see that we are the aliens.

This scares me in many levels. First, I am seeing this happening around me. Secondly, the article mentioned many aspects that are similar to a 90’s science fiction novel, The Fall of Hyperion. When reality and once upon a time science fiction are getting fused, does that mean that we are nearing the AI turning point?

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Unwanted Lettuces

D’s father loves planting lettuces in his vegetable garden. He waters them diligently. The satisfaction of watering and watching the plants grow must outweighs the need for them. There is always too many lettuces every single year.

As a result, I now have five to six heads of unwanted lettuces tucked in the vegetable drawer of my fridge. Even though I like receiving free fruits and vegetables from the family, I do have some qualms about cleaning and preparing these not-so-pretty heads of lettuces. Several buckets of water are required to clean these lettuces of dirt, insects, slugs, and a gazillion aphids! And I do hold my breath and pray that I won’t see any pellets of fertilizer or slug poison in between the leaves. Ah well… they are green, free, and I do always have my shed-side composting.

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Rain Please

Yesterday afternoon, the lawn was aerated and fertilized. All we need now is a good downpour for the grass to grown green and strong to withstand the summer heat. Rain is predicted for next Monday. I shall have my fingers crossed…

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Burned Crackers

Argh… I got distracted, left the kitchen for a few minutes and ended up with a tray of burned crackers. For goodness sake, I have waited more than a week for this week-end project. The plan was to use up the leftover short crust pastry and some cumin seeds. My crackers are literally in smokes. Damn, damn, damn it!

Well, when silly accidents happened and crackers were burned, one can always seek comfort by nibbling on some good Danish cheeses. Now, isn’t that a lovely distraction?!

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Mowing The Lawn

Fifth of April turns out to be an ideal day for our first lawn care of the year. It is dry, not too sunny, not too warm, not too cold, with an occasional breeze. So, D mowed the lawn while I trimmed the borders. Our garden looks lovely right now.

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Ping Pong Spring

Daytime temperatures have been inching towards the high teens during these past two weeks. By middle of this week, it will even hit the first 20 degree of the year. This kind of weather makes me want to plant things! I wish to be outdoors working the soil of my vegetable patch, sowing seeds, seeing these sprout out the ground, watering baby plants and watching them grow.

And then, there is my 7-year experience as a backyard gardener. This is holding me back and preventing me from acting too hastily. March is the month when the days can be deceivingly warm, tricking your mind and luring you to plant. The spring nights are still too chilly and the ground gets so cold that seeds sowed this soon will be shocked into a permanent coma.

Ah yes, I will have to be patient and wait. Right now, I will make do with preparation work. Be content busying myself with seeding pots and beds for early indoor germination. It is still fun seeing little plants grow indoors, behind the safety of glass windows. I shall not be lured and deceived by this ping pong weather.

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