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Every minute has been ushered in by pattering rain on the roof. Endless sound, sweeping waves of it. It woke me in the night and has kept me constant company today. I’ve been working the chat room, my intelligence being sucked away point by point by nattering children. Tonight we go dance with umbriel. They’re in town from Toronto, chance allowing us a chance to meet over in L.A. I like how life works out sometimes. If weather permits, Alastair and I are going to stay overnight in town. It would be a blessing of the highest order, but flooding may keep us away. The water is rising and sweeping over trees in some areas, the gutters rivers clocked at too fast an hour.

There’s a fire in the grate, joss sticks in with the quietly crackling wood. Thick scent rising like stars, curling smoke fists to the ceiling sky. It reminds me of a Saturday in the forest I may never actually have had, dreams of pine needles under bare feet and climbing gray stones. The summer feeling that the endless stairs leading up from a beach impart, sun sliding between the branches of tall evergreens to fall in patches that splatter the shade with gold and burnished brown.

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In case you are interested in protecting your online privacy: Yahoo is now using something called “Web Beacons” to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you’re doing and where you are going – similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every group you visit. Take a look at their updated privacy statement:

About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says web beacons. Click on the phrase “web beacons”:

That will bring you to a paragraph entitled “Outside the Yahoo Network.” In this section you’ll see a little “click here to opt out” link that will let you “opt-out” of their new method of snooping. Once you have clicked that link, you are exempted.

Notice the “Success” message on the top of the next page. Be careful because on that page there is a “Cancel Opt-out” button that, if clicked, will *undo** the opt-out.