Jul. 14th, 2017

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Today is Netlabel Day, a day when Creative Commons netlabels  issue a series of nearly-simultaneous releases to create a virtual candystore of experimental and electronic music.   I downloaded "Into the Rift vol. 2" from the Cerebral Rift netlabel. I know roughly half a dozen of the 16 artists. I enjoyed listening to the first several tracks this morning.  I threw Beatrice's tennis ball for her prior to heading to work.

I got a lot done at work today, but will do a lot more in the coming days.
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For lunch, I tried the local Panera. It was very crowded. I found its busy-ness puzzling, as usually Paneras are a little more sedate. I was impressed with how relatively quickly I got my food, given the crowds.  After lunch, I walked around the Firewheel Shopping Center.

After work, we went to Firewater Grill. We had a great waiter. We enjoyed our meal. One television set featured the local baseball team playing the baseball team from my wife's home region of Kansas City. Another television played scenes from Wimbledon.  We barely paid attention to either, but it was fun to glance.

I also watched the video of this week's argument in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a suit on behalf of a macaque that took a selfie against the photographer who published the photo.  The suit got dismissed at the trial court level at the initial pleading stage. The argument before the appellate court sought to undo that result. I thought the suit a publicity stunt when I heard about it, and feel more strongly that way now. I feel badly for the self-published photographer who got dragged into a lawsuit in this way. I appreciated that the appellate judges, though skeptical of this thin claim, handled the appellant's counsel with courtesy and thoughtfulness. I do hope macaques are protected from the hazards they face, though this was not in my view a meaningful or appropriate way to advance that goal.

We walked in the park in the early evening. I loved the little male American Kestrel, who stood atop a street light until a Northern Mockingbird chased him away.

Now we are watching a movie in which people figure skate.

breakfast: organic corn flakes and skim milk
lunch: Mediterranean veggie sandwich and chicken noodle soup with a baguette
dinner: 6 oz sirloin steak, roast potatoes and mixed vegetables

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