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To the guns of the firebase, a Psalm of deliverance.

Though we are not holy men, we hope for Earthly salvation found by your power.
Though we are not covenanted, we pray for your wrath against our enemies.
The maps of this place are the maps of our souls and mortal coils, lo:
We search them under red light for the answers we seek, wondering where we are.
And so we will search ourselves in the red of the morning in ten years, wondering where we go.

With a prayer whispered skywards in our time of need, forgetting the lessons of Israel,
We turn in our impatience to another:
Pilot, if you can hear me, I need your parabolic blessing.
I need the strength of your metal wings, and the grace of your kneeboard hymns.
I give you my offering, my infrared sacrifice on this altar of aluminum and steel.

But there is no answer, and in our shame and loathing we return…

I was poking around in E2 Tools and Toys and discovered a bunch of stuff I never knew existed. One of them is Site Trajectory 2, which gives a visualization of the number of people who participate in the site each month.

It's ... not good, folks. I certainly had the sense that the site was much less visited than when I first began as a noder here, but I didn't realize how much things had fallen off until I used that tool.

There were three things that hooked me on the site…

OKAY, a couple things!

My mom's second batch of tests came in and she is much, much better than before. Her kidneys are not totally where they should be, but something went up a few points (which is good) and something else went down a few points (which is also good) and so now the doctor is going to have her come in in a week or so for another bunch of tests just to make sure everything is going okay. She will have to cut down on the soda and booze, so this is good news for…