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Well, let me see...

I have two weeks to do five paintings for Mongoose. The roughs are done and approved, and I did one last night in a fit of madness--one down, four to go. (I have a niftily fat voodoo sea hag thingy with a screaming monkey to work on today that I'm looking forward to.) And two and a half more Fans! pages. Got one Digger done. And need to do some roughs for a logo design in the next day or two, and more on a heavy metal album cover.

Yeah, I'm busy.

Squirm War 2000 continued unabated in the bedroom, although James says they're retreating as things dry out. Diotomaceous earth is supposed to work on them, so I'll try getting some of that, whatever the heck it is, before we lay the carpet back down. All the other pesticides seem likely to kill the cat or the birds, or possibly both.

It's hot and humid. I'm not turning the AC on today, because I need to leave the windows open in the bedroom, and I'll be damned if I'm air conditioning all of Cary.

And that is the State of the Ursula today.

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Well, maybe this will cheer you up some:


The American Museum of Natural History (the one in New York) launched a cool exhibit of frogs. Makes me wish I could take a trip back East.

I would like to suggest Borax Powder in addition to, or rather than Diotomaceous Earth, It works a little faster, and is VERY unpleasant for any insect. (It will also inhibit mold as it dried), and it smells nice. A friend Will Faust, eliminated a Roach problem in a bad apartment by powdering in the baseboards and the backs of cabinets. Took a couple of weeks. but it worked.


Cool! I'll look for some of that, too--inhibiting mold is a good thing.

It would really be of great assistance if you did decide to air condition all of Cary, as I could really use a break on my AC bills this year.


Diatomecous earth is one of the niftier pest control substances -- used in China for 4,000 years. It contains microscopic not-quite fossil of diatoms (one celled critters), and comes from formerly sea water and formerly fresh water mud.

With just a little effort you can imagine attacking the centipedes and potential mold with the bones of microscopic dinosaur era stuff. This isn't quite right but close enough for amusement purposes.


I've been suggesting for a while that we need to replace air conditioners with Brownian ratchet systems that would turn heat straight into energy, but the physicists just keep rolling their eyes and telling me that I need to learn the 2nd law of thermodynamics better.

I say the physicists are in the pocket of the power generation companies.

"Ursula now concludes her broadcasting day..."

(Star-Spangled Banner plays while frog-shaped jet fighters wheel around in the sky, and wombats stand at attention.)

You want to be careful with diatomaceous earth though. Since it's basically thousands of microscopic glass exoskeletons, you don't want to breathe it or get it on your skin. Probably be good to keep the cat away too. Another problem with it is it becomes useless if it gets wet. I've never used borax powder, but it sounds like a decent substitute.

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