In order to avoid working on my St Hilary’s Day sermon, I’ve been poking at my osascript problem again. I don’t feel like learning vi in order to edit crontab, so David’s very helpful comment doesn’t advance my cause. In case it’s a helpful clue to anyone, the series of parent processes runs from osascript > sh > python > launchd > kernel task. I don’t run Dashboard or the Automator. For now, I just kill the process, and all is dandy; but it would be more elegant to remove the problem and to continue treating the symptoms.