April 17th, 2006

Updatage

So, I went in and applied/interviewed at another staffing agency this morning. They're not in downtown Portland but in Beaverton - a little ride on the light rail and then a short walk. The whole process took maybe an hour and a half, complete with the usual typing tests, clerical tests (alpha, math, etc.), filling out of forms, interview, and the ritual signing of the tax forms. Also I have an interview for a job position Wednesday morning, and several other job leads to follow up on. So I think I have a very good chance of finding a full-time job by the end of this week.

Also (and not a moment too soon) there might be some developments on the uncle's estate next week.

I'm having to sell a ton of books at Powell's but that's not altogether a bad thing as I had a lot of books that I wasn't really using, they were just taking up space. The process is forcing me to ask myself, "Well, if you're not READING this book, why on earth are you keeping it?!?" And in the process of sorting out my books, I found my old bi-lingual editions of ibn Ezra and Yehuda ha-Levi.

Anyway, my Space Program is advancing in giant leaps, as I am now able to see almost an entire square meter of floor that was heretofore invisible. Temporary setback: the couch (you remember, the ugly comfy one) is now entirely covered with books. Two steps forward, one step back.

Life, etc.

A very dear friend e-mailed me this weekend with the news that she's been diagnosed with MS.

I had only the vaguest idea of what MS is, so I went to the website.
Most people with MS have a normal or near-normal life expectancy.

The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.

Well, so there are worse things.

But, damn ...

I left her a phone message and sent her an e-mail. Haven't heard back from her, hope she's OK, but she said she needed some alone time so I understand if she doesn't want to talk.

Hoping to hear back from her soon.

Vega spinning so fast it's almost flying apart!

Dziekuje to silverseabear for posting this astronomical tidbit:

Vega's Secret Revealed
April 13, 2006— The truest and bluest star of spring and summer has been hiding a terrible secret: Vega is spinning so fast it's close to flying apart, say astronomers.

Vega is the very bright bluish star that now rises in the northeast between 9 and 10 p.m. and will soon take its traditional place as the brightest star in the early summer night sky of the Northern Hemisphere. For generations of astronomers Vega has been the epitome of stability and light quality.

As a result it has become the stellar standard: the star to which all others are astronomically compared.

But technology has caught up with Vega. New super high-resolution telescopic observations reveal a violently spinning star that only appears stable and extra bright to us because of the unusual angle visible from Earth: Almost straight down one of its poles.