Channel 9 used to have a repeat of Ellen at 4.30am weekdays. Since Ellen has been banished from even early morning tv they’re now showing infomercials instead. Infomercials are more socially acceptable than Ellen. Drill-bits, Mattress Overlays, Ladders, Home Treadmills, and Static-Electric Dusters. All more socially acceptable than Ellen.

For years we’ve been organising Fire Drills at mgpc. Organising is probably too strong a word, but I can’t think of a substitute. The biggest challenge is finding a morning when it’s not freezing or raining outside. Those mornings, most people would rather take their chances with a fire. I don’t know why this scene …

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Watching the tv drama John Adams, Adams and Thomas Jefferson are portrayed discussing government. Paul Giamatti is superb (no surprise) and provides the following statement as Adams: Indeed. And what is government, ultimately, but putting into effect the lessons, which we have learned in dealing with the contradictions in our own characters.

We’re watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. I imagine Marie Kondo’s KonMari tidying philosophy could be really helpful for people who have compulsive collecting/hoarding tendencies. The idea of keeping that which ‘sparks joy’ is interesting. It brings some echoes of the idea of learning to be content. It is a thought provoking concept.