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A very happy birthday to aurora_novarum and many happy returns of the day! Persuant to that, the following conversation took place today yesterday:

Me: Muuuuuse! Ohhhh, Muuuuuuuuuse!

Muse: Oh, Zeus, Amon, and Odin! Not you again! Can't you leave me alone?

Me: But it's aurora_novarum's birthday.

Muse: Yes...

Me: And you wouldn't work with me for the past few birthdays that have come up, and I was hoping that-

Muse: [looking about with an expression of discontent, tapping one toe] I don't see any hekatombs. Do you see any hekatombs?

Me: Well, I thought those were only for the Olympian gods, and besides, these days most people don't have that many head of cattle, and -

Muse: [with a flounce] You obviously don't care enough to deserve my attention just now, and if I sense that you feel that way, any help I'd give you would just be one-dimensional and thinly plotted. Don't think I haven't noticed that you live within a half mile along the road to a dairy farm in both directions! You could get enough cattle to sacrifice if you really cared!

Me: But the farmers need the milk from those cows for their livelihood, and they are sweet, friendly dish-faced creatures, who look curiously at me and -

Muse: Talk to the pen! I am soooo outta here!

Me: [sigh!]

Aurora, you write lovely, clever, very, very amusing stories, you share interesting and think-y meta, and I hope that other people with better behaved muses will be giving you lots of lovely thoughtful gen fics to celebrate the day.


And on a different note:

I live in Vermont on a two lane rural highway between small towns. The town I pay taxes to has a population of about 900 souls. Now I am not surprised that I can see the doorway of my brother's Greenwich Village apartment on Google Street View. Manhattan is the center of a world-renowned metropolitan area. But my little house? If you position the little yellow figure right, you can see the post my husband was installing back in the summer of 2009 to corral stacked firewood, and the ladder that he'd left out that he was using on the project. You can see my teenage daughter's bike leaning on the door jamb of one of the garage doors. And you can tell (if you know your cars) what make, model, and color of car I drive, because the door to my bay was open, although my husband's side was closed. You can tell we have satellite. You can see how the front garden was doing. It all just seems... a bit creepy. My grown daughter and college-age son are delighted. They can catch a glimpse of home whenever they want, just fire up Google Maps, and hey presto! the Old Homestead. I feel like although Big Brother probably isn't watching yet, Little Brother certainly is!

p.s. I am very amused by the way that the spellchecker can't really deal with "Google", and its first suggestion is "Go ogle". Different. Verrry different.


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Oct. 1st, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
Go ogle indeed! I want to see if I can see my house too now. I agree, it is sorta creepy that you can get that much detail. I know Google mapped the nearby amusement park/zoo this summer, but I sort of hope they haven't mapped my street. I don't like being watched, lol.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I would never have known that so much of my life was on display if it were not for the fact that my eldest daughter called me to say "Mom! Mom! You've got to go in to Dad's work and use his high speed connection to check out our house on Google Street View! You can see the Sienna right there in the garage and everything! I can just call up Street View and visit home! I mean, it's like you are standing right there in the middle of the street. You can pan around, and look up, and down some. It's cool!"

I think it was the potential for not knowing (in contrast to my brother who could safely assume that the featureless and unpersonalized front of his apartment building would be shown) that kind of disturbed me. I don't really have anything to hide, it's just that a snapshot of my life was taken and is out there on the web without my ever knowing it had happened. It was far less squick-ing when my daughter described it to me than it was when I actually saw it, simply because it was such a definite point in time, and I thought of the time that my youngest was 6 and decided to write "SEX!" on the wall of the house in charcoal, forming letters 2 feet high, simply because it caused such a strong reaction in her sister (then 13 and hoping a boy she liked would drive by). I guess I would hope to have had veto power so that a picture of that would not forever represent us in cyberspace!
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Your muse is hilarious!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
And unfortunately rather high maintenance of late. Given time I expect she'll get bored doing nothing but hanging around sipping the nectar and nibbling on the ambrosia, and finally slip into a more collaborative mood.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I completely agree about Google Street View being creepy. I'm very relieved to see that my street hasn't yet made it on there. (I hope it never will!) Maybe they chose to map your area because it's pretty? I mean, if I had the choice, Vermont would be high on the list of places I'd want to drive around taking pictures...though still kind of creepy.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm sure that they chose to document the road because it is pretty, and it is a regular route for a local biking tour company, and like many houses built when automobile traffic was the exception rather than the rule, our house is so on the road as to be practically in the road. I'm just a little astounded at how much of our life is on display, and startled that teh pritteh was a priority over addresses which are likely to be oft-Googled for genuine informational reasons.
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
But Vermont is sooo Pretty!

And awwww, I love your musey metaness. Thank you for even thinking of me! You are so sweet!

*shares birthday cake via interwebz*
Oct. 2nd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Ooooh! Virtual birthday cake, my favorite kind, because it is the only kind that is totally safe for Diabetic!Thothmes.

Vermont is pretty, and I love living where other people vacation. Lots of people pay lots of money to come here and bike past our house, and our kids get to do the same thing for free. The icon is taken from a picture I snapped walking past the down-the-hill farm.

Oh, and you are very welcome!
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