Too hot. Must not move.

It’s been easy to believe that Global Warming is a real problem as of late. For the past several days we’ve had temps over 90 here in Southern Michigan, which isn’t out of the ordinary if the calendar says it’s August, but it’s June. Normally in June, especially early June, we’re lucky to see the mid-80’s for temps and usually don’t start seeing 90 degree weather until July. To make matters worse it’s also humid and we’ve had some pretty serious thunderstorms in the late afternoon for the past several days that have left some folks without power and knocked a few trees into homes. This weather is nuts.

Because I’m still unemployed we’re not using the apartment’s air conditioning, but are relying on a number of strategically positioned fans to keep air circulating through the apartment. We do this for the first month and a half of summer anyway even when I am employed because it’s cheaper and it allows us to rely on the air conditioning when we need it the most. Figures this year we get a heat wave starting in June. Actually it started with an unseasonably warm May that felt a lot like June and has continued into a June that feels a lot like August. So we’ve got enough fans going in here now that GM wants to rent time in our hallway for wind tunnel tests of their new car designs.

Because of an attempt to “improve” the performance of our Internet service by our cable company last night we’ve been having connectivity issues as of late. It’ll be fine for a couple of hours and then it’ll stop sending or receiving data of any kind for awhile and then it’ll be fine again for awhile. This has made posting anything to the blogs rather frustrating. Plus with the heat this bad both the cat and I are spending most of our time laying around trying very hard not to move a single molecule lest we raise our body temperatures and sweat even more profusely than we already are. We were feeling so bad for the cat that we decided to see if he’d put up with getting a rinse down in the bathtub and it did him a world of good. He wasn’t entirely happy about it, but he didn’t cry much nor did he try to claw or bite his way to freedom and he seemed a bit more active for awhile afterwards. Not that he’s the only one hopping into the shower multiple times a day to rinse off after sitting in the heat for too long. So if you don’t see much from me in the next day or two it’s probably because I’ve melted into a small puddle in my chair while trying to type up an entry.

34 thoughts on “Too hot. Must not move.

  1. Cats are desert creatures. They like the heat. Just keep his/her water bowl filled. Sounds like a good idea for you too.

  2. Keep smiling homey. You don’t know how you are driving some of us to become “pride workers” and pull 70hr weeks to just pay the minimums.

  3. uh, could you send some of that hot air over this way, Les?  After one record-breaking 95 day here at the end of May, it’s gotten colder and colder, with mornings around 42, getting up to about 50 during the day.  I had to heat in my workshop yesterday! In June!

  4. Few trees… that’s not real storm! (unless it’s compensated with excellent lightning, like 20 hits inside kilometer radius)
    No… it’s not encrypted, it’s in Finnish language but everyone should know how to click thumbnails. (if language looked too easy try these)

    could you send some of that hot air over this way, Les?

    And send those thunderstorms here…
    This year has been even lousier stormchasing/spotting year than last, now there haven’t been even single thunderstorm when last year had few small ones in May until weather changed to similar to current.

    It almost looks like Gulf stream wouldn’t work well and there’s cold air mass coming from Arctic reaching to Atlantic side of Europe which in turn causes erratic (and colder) weather here…
    Like triple rainfall in last month.
    Also all hot air masses seem to go too much east..

    “Good weather is question of taste”

    And considering thunderstorms here’s some hardcore material what real storms look: (&magnificent looking radar echoes)

  5. You think your weathers wacked! Up here in NewBrunswick CANADA Ey’ The wathers been real cruel. Gives us a few nice days and then snaps to COLD and then Humid and rainy. This time of year is usually quite comphy.

    And as far as your cooling system.. Here’s something I think you’ll like to try.
    I call this a swamp fan. I have several 2L bottles of water that’s frozen in the freezer (what other form would it be in the freezer?)
    And I have this fan I place on the floor that points up into the center of the room. So what’s so great about frozen water in your freezer and a fan blowing your celing you say?
    Well let me finish… Take a plate and place it in front of the fan and take two bottles of frozen water from the freezer and place them on the plate in the path of the blowing air from the fan. Trust me the few degrees of coolness is worth it.. (What’s the plate for? Trust me, you’ll know why if you don’t. Unless you like wet feet)

  6. Well down here in Oz it’s getting colder and colder, as this weekend is the official beginning of the ski season.

    Natural snow is nowhere to be seen, of course, but that has more to do with the current drought than with any unusually warm temperatures.

  7. Ah crap…I was going to post a link to a funny article about Christian threesomes, but forgot I couldn’t do that. Not only am I off topic again, I’m just fu#$ing up in general.
    If anybody cares to read it…you can find the link on the home page of the latest eBaum’s World home page.

  8. Re Climate Change…
    Although i live on a lake’s shore near Cape Cod, i pretty much live in a jungle-like area of Mass—and it can get extremely humid.  The combo of high bushy trees and lotsa ground foliage and ferns in addition to the water from the lake (and the reflected sun) equals a seasonal-jungle.  (I also get a lot of snow during the winter, but that’s another issue eniterely (like, which window to climb out of to shovel)).

    I lived in this area around 25 years ago and, interestingly enough, it wasn’t this green or so jungle-like as i describe.  And i don’t remember having so much snow either.  Annecdotal evidence, i know.  But it’s something that probably has something to do with climate-change (manmade or cyclical).

    Re: Cats & Heat…
    I’ve been lucky enough to own cats for almost all of my life and travels.  Right now my two indoor-bound Californian Spangle Tabbies (Shlomo(m) & Osi(f)) are out on the tree-top-level deck cackeling at birds and squirrels.  But, come the high-noon, they’re down on the lower, cooler levels of the house.  (I HATE air-conditioning.  I work mostly out of my house, so cargoshorts and boxers and an optional t-shirt usually suffice.)

    In MidEast i always noticed how cats were more active (in hunt mode) during the morning and evening, as the sun rises and sets.  During the day i’d usually see them under a bush or on a cool tile floor inside.  Sure, they like heat—but my cats would only be caught dead on my upper-deck at 12noon on a summer-day.

    Interesting factoid i’ve always found cool:
    Hebrew for cat:  Ch’atool (hard-H)
    If you sound it out, it’s easy to see where Europeans got the word “Cat.”

  9. Interesting factoid i’ve always found cool:
    Hebrew for cat:  Ch’atool (hard-H)
    If you sound it out, it’s easy to see where Europeans got the word “Cat.

  10. Huh, never new Latin developed before the Semetic languages.  I learn something new everyday.

  11. Hey, rob, not only did Latin come after the “semetic” (sic) languages, but English came even later.  Learn to read.

  12. Hi´

    I have a question… What do you think about natural distasters – like the Tsunami? Or “evil” in general??

  13. I have a question… What do you think about natural distasters – like the Tsunami? Or “evil

  14. WTH, your question implies that tsunamis are evil and I’m not one who tends to think in that way. Tsunamis are a natural phenomena devoid of any inherent intention toward good or evil themselves. The results of them hitting a populated area are unquestionably negative for the folks living there, but that doesn’t make tsunamis evil anymore than the sun is evil for giving you a sunburn if you stand outside too long without any sunblock.

    For a tsunami to be evil it would have to have come from someone or something capable of having evil intentions which would presumably be supernatural in nature leading us to some form of God or Demon at which point the tsunami itself becomes blameless and you have to question the intentions of the intelligence behind it’s creation. Seeing as I don’t believe in such creatures this is an exercise in speculative silliness.

  15. I’m having problems with my cable connection too but I’m with Comcast. I’m lucky if my connection stays active for 10 minutes before I have to unplug the modem, replug it and “repair”. It’s a new modem too.

    I can’t even think of playing online games right now. *sigh*

    Stay cool or consider stirring at night and sleeping all day. That would be the option I would choose if I could.

  16. When Melvin lived at the group home I was pretty much his only buddy, but he was constantly in the air conditioning in the summer.  He wouldn’t even come out of the basement until after dark.

  17. E.T, thank you for your comment!

    I am not so much thinking about natural disasters… but why do bad (or evil) things happen to “good” and “bad” people. Are there good and bad people? What makes people good or bad? – Then where does evil come from; are we as human beings evil, or do you think there is neither evil nor good?! And if there is evil – why does it happen? Is it unfair? If there is a “God” – does he/she use evil things for punishment?? And does this mean that this “God” is evil?? Or can a purely good God “send” evil??

    Hope that helps a bit more to understand where I am comig from…

    Thanks! WTH1

  18. Hi LES, thank you for your response!

    Have a look at what I wrote to E.T as well… Yes, you are right – I am more talking about where evil comes from and why it happens – is there some supernatural being that is in control?? You said that you don’t beleive in such a thing – but is it just nature that happens to kill thousands of people? Or why are the people on this earth that kill just because its “fun”?? Do you think that is normal? Or do you think that’s not evil???
    Do you think evil (or good) exists at all??

    I understand what you are saying that nature can not be evil in itself – but the consequences I think are bad…


  19. More likely, English and Hebrew both got it from closer to the source of domesticated cats: according to the online etymology dictionary, English “cat

  20. i just think the idea your put forth, no matter where documented, is incorrect.  I trust the wider body of evidence.

    Okay, rob, I will admit that I don’t know any more than what I read about the etymology of “cat”, so you could be right.  Please tell me where you got your “wider body of evidence”.  Unless you can document it, etymological speculation is fun but fruitless.

    This was brought forcefully home to me (since we’re talking about cats), when I pondered the derivation of English “ocelot”, that Central American jungle cat with the eye-shaped spots.  What could be more obvious, I thought- from Latin “ocellatus”, meaning “with little eyes”.

    Nope.  From Nauatl “ocelotl”, meaning, you guessed it, “ocelot”.  Since then I’ve been a lot more careful about saying that such-and-such a word must come from so-and-so.

  21. The earliest seaborne traders of the “backward-C” region were the Phoenecians.  Prior to Helenism and Rome many things, from goods to technology to ideas, flowed up into the Blacksea Region and the Greek area from the MidEast via land and seashore.  This is a widely accepted theory.

    I doubt that the Etruscans, or the Romans after them, were the first trading partners with Upper Egypt or the Nubian, Kush areas.  I’ve never learned of such.  (But, i could be wrong.)  I always learned it were the Greeks and Phoenecians.

    What seems more probable, and in sync with current knowledge of history, is that the first sea-traders of that region were the first to come in contact with cats—and to spread the word and animal outward, out from Africa.  The earliest and biggest traders in the region were the: Greek and Phoenecian trading hordes.

    The core semitec languages were redacted long, long before Latin, or classical, much less common, greek.  And Cats were pervasive in the region long before Latin was redacted.

    I just doubt Kushti traders and speakers were running around influencing the eventual redaction of Latin.  I think it more likely semetic traders were, however.

    As to citations, this is basic ancient history.  But, if you want some, lemme know.

    PS.  Interestingly, i once worked with a guy from MIT whose doctoral thesis ran along the lines that language is largely phisiological in nature.  For example, he could recite a whole slew of words that were similiar accross disparate, non-connected languages.  So, it is possible (according to his theory) that our sounded-name for those cute little mini-bears (e.g., cat, chatool, etc.) has more to do with the structure of our brain’s wiring than it does flow of cultures.  (sorry, if the spelling throws you, but i write phoenetically in most languages for speed.)

  22. Interesting stuff, rob, but I was wondering if anyone could document the etymology of “cat”.  Of course, maybe no one knows.

    As far as the physiological origin of words goes, there’s lots of speculation.  But aside from baby words such as “mama” and “papa” (sorry I couldn’t tinyurl it, but “sussex” is blacklisted!), ejaculations like “ow”, and interesting commonalities such as closed vowel sounds for near, open for far (me/you, here/there, across many languages), I seriously doubt there’s much to it.  Resemblances between languages are mostly phyllological (cognates) or accidental.  I will bet a silk pajama that “cat” (“go-yang-i” in Korean, for instance) is not physiologically derived.

  23. And E.T- while I share your cynical views about what religion has done and does, and also believe that religion is irrational, that’s not the whole story.  Religions are a way of organizing societies, and they’ve got us where we are today, for good and ill.

    Since there is no absolute “good” and “evil”, just more or less overlap about what we naked apes want, any laws or morals are to some extent irrational, be they political or religious in nature.  This is an unescapable consequence of a) our disagreements about what is “good”, and b) our necessarily imperfect knowledge of what consequences follow from what actions.

    So we should cut religion some slack- it’s just another memeplex evolving in the ideosphere, doing the best it can to organize society.  Of course, all this godstuff is nonsense- it has evolved as a carrot-and-stick for the credulous.  But any opinions about “good” and “bad” are, to some extent, equally irrational.

  24. Thanks, Les, but I forgot to put the “www.” in front of “sussex”.  Could you be a dear and do that for me?  Thanks, cheers, zilch

  25. Not a problem. Done. I also took the word “sex” out of the blacklist for the time being. Though I may put it back in and end up whitelisting sussex instead depending on how much crap gets through. wink

  26. Thanks, Les.  While we’re sort of on the subject of cats, here’s a nice ditty:


    Felus Catus is your taxonomic nomenclature.
      An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature.
      Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
      Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

      I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations.
      A singular development of cat communications.
      That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
      For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

      A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.
      You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
      And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
      It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotions.

      Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
      Connote a fairly well developed cognitive array.
      And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
      I none the less consider you a true and valued friend.

      Ode to Spot by Lt. Commander Data

    I found this, via pharyngula, on a great site about feline evolution.

  27. Etymology is exponentially less and less useful the older the word.  It’s a guess based upon, primarily, examing languages themselves.  I like a better study method, and i guess that’s my point.

    The historic flow of people, material, and practices more accurately reveals the source of this or that word, then the history of the related languages.

    Re the brain and language…
    Within neurolinguistics there is a growing theory that certain, early-adopted words heavily rely upon the innate syntactic structure of the brain’s left-half language centre.  Then, as we acquire our first language and absorb experiences that language center (circa the sylvian fold) becomes physically different in structure than, say, those who know a different language from a more peaceful/warring section of the globe.  Thus, early words for humans (ima, etc.) are alike across humanity, and later words (dictionary) are unalike between disconnected languages.

    It’s actually a fairly active area of research from what i remember over the years, and not something places like MIT and others so easily dismiss as you might think.

  28. The word ‘cat’ comes from that sound you make when one of their hairs gets into your food, and then sticks in the back of your throat.

    Well, nowiser, that would go along with the physiological theory of word origins.  Or maybe the pharyngeal?

    Geez.  I don’t know why I even bother to hang out with you unwashed illiterates.

    It’s our animal magnetism…

    (tomorrow, I’ll make pithy observations on the etymology of cucumber.

    If you really carrot, you wouldn’t lettuce wait.

    The historic flow of people, material, and practices more accurately reveals the source of this or that word, then the history of the related languages.

    rob- suum cuique, but why should we believe that?

    Thus, early words for humans (ima, etc.) are alike across humanity

    Oh?  Just off the top of my head: Hungarian “ember” and Innuit “inuk” don’t sound much like “human” to me.  Check out my link about accidental relationships.

  29. Thanks, Les… now I got that heat.
    Now could you send those thunderstorms? I wouldn’t want to suffer this hot (28C) weather if there is’t any interesting results from it.

    So we should cut religion some slack-

    Are you sure you would want to do that now when christian fanatics are doing/wanting to do more damage than ever in last decades.

  30. zilch: So we should cut religion some slack-

    E.T: Are you sure you would want to do that now when christian fanatics are doing/wanting to do more damage than ever in last decades.

    I meant we should cut the good religious people some slack.  You know who you are.

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