oh noes

Dec. 24th, 2006 07:30 pm
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Not too much going on; I've been really sleepy today and now I'm kind of not, which is stupid timing. I suck at Wii baseball and haven't drawn anything yet this break. [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper and I did go out and buy a bunch of gifts downtown yesterday, though, which is good. I still have to get more, though - but fortunately we aren't doing any more gift exchanges for another several days, so I've got time for things ordered to come in, yay.


Pups and Chicks and Frost


More Money Than Taste, which is not their title but would have been mine. It's an article taking apart am extremely expensive chocolatier's self-produced mythos. If you don't know much about chocolate (like me - I know I like it but haven't thought of it too much beyond that ^_^ ), it also seems to be a good primer on the basics of chocolate.

Sony is getting fined for shipping involuntary-install rootkits on music CDs, but not really enough as far as I'm concerned. Still, it's a start.

Friday's token: 0.1 miles
Saturday's miles: 2.7
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1457.5
Miles out of Rivendell: 999.5
Miles out of Lothlórien: 545.5
Miles past Rauros Falls: 127.6
Miles to Isengard: 334.1

Here, have something stupid and pointless.

[Anna] says "AMULET OF REFLECTION BABY"
[F] RAR
[M] says "Rawr!"
[Anna] picks up a new kitty in Sokoban, and heads on down. Fort Ludios, here I come.
[M] yaaas!
[M] is rooting for you!
[Anna] yeek! Big Room on level 10!
[Anna] oh jesus christ there's an air elemental.
[Anna] says "AND a Rust Monster. GAH!"
[F] peers
[Anna] is going to have to think about this.
[F] says "What game, again?"
[M] says "Nethack"
[Solarbird] sends openly ** Blackjack. **
[Anna] says "nethack. :)"
[Solarbird] sends openly ** dammit **
[Anna] bips Solarbird. :)
[Solarbird] sends openly ** Pong? **
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[M] eyes Anna. Is she like this in person? ;)
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[Anna] says "Yes."
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[M] says "Truer love I've never seen."
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[M] is, mind you, laughing her ass off. :)
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[F] THWACK
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[M] kicks [F].
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[F] bites [M].
[M] can tell you've never had a 2 year old, and learned when to leave well enough alone. :)
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[F] will never have one either
[M] says "Wise man."

You can't fool me - it's memes, all the way down )
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Busy, busy, busy. And yet, not much to tell. I did bike to murksouth yesterday to do stuff there, so yay. Pleasantly, allergies have backed off, so my face no longer feels paested on yay. They were so much better that I was able to bike again - tho' I'm still getting tired much more easily than I was earlier. Stupid pollen draining my energy. I hate it.

In unrelated events, I was parking my bike at U. Village yesterday when this guy who instantly made my skin crawl popped up to park his bike next to mine and said something about, "Hey, I guess we both survived!" or some attempt at cuteness which confused me. I just blinked and said, "Nan da?" And he went away. It was great! He got all annoyed that I (apparently) didn't speak any English.

I've also found that only speaking Japanese in online gaming makes the whole experience a lot less, you know, icky.

Oh yeah - does anybody have a power supply for a Palm Zire 71? It takes their Universal connector, which is apparently an interface to either serial or USB. I want to borrow one for a couple of hours if you do. Thanks. ^_^

Wednesday's token: 0.1
Thursday's mile: 1.0
Friday's miles: 9.5. Yay, bikes. ^_^
Miles out of Hobbiton: 255.55.
Miles to Rivendell: 201.75

And today's flower picture! This one's over by the north path again.



Second shot, an ECU of the red sprig )
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I think we just had a tiny earthquake. That's the first one I've felt - if it was one - in, gosh, a couple of years. (It was really little. A couple of books tipped and a stack of mail fell over, and there was just a little rattling.) I kind of thought it was a large truck going by before I remembered, "oh wait, we live at the end of a dead end street now." I went and checked for a large truck anyway, but there wasn't anything out there.

Entire duration was five or six seconds, intensity felt kinda like this: .:::....

Time was 12:50pm, plus or minus a couple of minutes. Nothing on the USGS website yet, but it hasn't updated in a while.

In other news, today is much better from an allergy standpoint. Far from perfect, but definitely better. I've also vacuumed and done a lot of housework stuff. And we ended up walking a bit getting around the U. District for Mimi's birthday dinner and movie, so I've got some to log on that front, too. Yay!

Sunday's miles: 1.4
Miles out of Hobbiton: 246.35
Miles to Rivendell: 210.95
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Worst allergy day of the year, by a lot. I awoke at a little before 5am with a flood of evil in my nose and a heavy heavy dose of that must-claw-all-the-skin-off-my-face nails-on-chalkboard high-pitched-whine-that-makes-your-skin-quivver pain. I got a bit better later in the morning but it's back now in heavy attack. Right now I'm alternating between wanting to scream and hating everyone who doesn't get attacked by the air around them, which is unfair but god dammit this is horrible. This is one step away from the literally-blinding (because you can't focus or really open your eyes) migraine-like sinus pain that I've so far managed to avoid this year. I'm on full or over-doses of everything that actually works, and have kicked up my metabolism with caffeine. (It's like a migraine, but as a bonus, includes itching inside your head!) It's helping a little.

Anyway.

After helping [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat move another truckload of stuff in Monster, I got him to show me the basics of his camera, and now I have more flower pictures. Since his digital camera is much better than mine, I have some nice close shots, too. So here's today's flower picture, which does not feature this new development - you'll just have to wait for the really close shots:



I don't know what it is, but it's kind of nice. Two more under the cut, since it's been a while since I posted any.

In other news, CLAMP School Detectives is just weird. I like CLAMP; I like most of the things CLAMP puts out; I like CLAMP School; I love that it has Gamura Hall. But the Detectives permutation ... weird. I think I'll reread volume one of the collected and see if it gets any less weird, but I kind of doubt it will.

I also talked some with Vicka on Friday about grad school research stuff, and spent what time I wasn't spending helping Paul move on Saturday reading over a bunch of stuff on relevant web sites. Vicka said she'd look over stuff before I sent anything in, for which I am very grateful. I don't know what might come of it, and I still don't know what questions I should even be asking about to pursue this from the neuro side, so those are other things I'm still thinking about.

And last night, we watched the last episode of the new Doctor Who (27x12 and 27x13 - god damn those are big season numbers ^_^ ) and yea, it was good.

There was something else I was going to mention, so I might edit to put that in if I remember. Knowing me, that will be in five minutes.

Wednesday's miles: 1.1
Thursday's miles: 2.85
Friday's miles: 1.5
Saturday was Help Paul Move More Shit Day, which is exercise but not walking, and today is DEATH BY ALLERGIES day, so probably no walking today. Dammit, I wanted to go down to the farmer's market. ;_:
Miles out of Hobbiton: 244.95
Miles to Rivendell: 212.35

More flower pictures, and quizzes )
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This is very much a Convergence Zone day. Lots of rain, lots of clouds, cool - it's really nice, actually. ^_^ And hopefully it's washing some of the grass and nettle pollen out of the air. I haven't had any blinding, migrane-like sinus headaches yet this year, which makes it better than the last couple of years, but yesterday was still pretty bad - or rather, the night before last was, with yet another night of very little sleep. I think I got a reasonable sleep total last night - I only woke up twice, which is good. I'm a little dazed and a little dizzy today, but that's the worst of it.

I'm really looking forward to the end of this pollen cycle. When my allergies are extra bad, if I go biking, I can really get taken out. So I'm kind of leery about biking to murksouth on sunny days now, which takes out most of my biking time. It should be better by July, though. I hope. Strangely, yesterday's allergy shot was no problem.

Work at 5038 is proceeding apace; I'm going to go down today in a little while and see what I can get done. Scrubbing the bathroom closet - where we used to have the cat box, it's a weird 1911 gravity shower that got the plumbing taken out some time ago, but the showerhead was left in, tho' disconnected, and as such is a great conversation piece - took a lot of work, and on a hot, hot day on top of it all. But it's sparkly now. (Honestly, it cleans up a lot better than I'd remembered - as can be said for the entire main house. I didn't scrub the walls when we moved in, and it turns out the previous people hadn't done that either, and probably never had, so the place is noticeably brighter. Surprise! Even the floral wallpaper in the kitchen that I never, ever liked is better when cleaned down to like-new.)

Anime night has been showing Farscape, which I don't really like - but I've been taking advantage of it lately to draw and work on ideas for some projects I want to pursue in grad school research. Last night, I did - and, being too sleepy, botched - a bit of circuit math. But the basics of what I was noodling through were sound, and I'm starting to get used to thinking about some of these problems again, which is good.

It's going to have a weird little interface, though. I have to admit that. But I've got an old book (The Cheap Video Handbook, circa 1978 or so - I found it used several years ago and grabbed it as potentially interesting) from which I'm pretty sure I'll be able to leverage EE material, which is good, since I'm really weak in that area.

Over the weekend, I helped [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat with a couple of truckloads of stuff - furniture, mostly - from his old apartment over to here. So I got a pretty good workout on Saturday from that, which makes up for no biking or much walking on the weekend. I'm enjoying having the house up to four people again, too. I like when it feels like stuff is going on. ^_^ I've put something to keep the door downstairs open so that Polly can visit. We're thinking about putting a kitty door in that door, and possibly in the laundry room door as well, once we have monex again.

Anyway, having now had lunch, I should finish this little write-up I've got to do for a local convention, and then get back do doing actual things. No flower picture today; the weather keeps changing and nothing else has opened up yet! A few things are on the way, though, so hopefully I'll have something soon.

Friday's miles: 2.0
Monday's miles: 2.5
Miles out of Hobbiton: 239.5. Halfway up Weathertop. Should be a nice view!
Miles to Rivendell: 217.8
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I have my laptop back, as of this afternoon. And lo, it was better. Well, it's back to like it was before its hard drive started fucking up. So that's good! So far, anyway.

I also ripped a bunch of weeds out of the ground down by the street yesterday afternoon; I got a massive allergy attack out of that, proving that hey, that was really stupid! And deeply uncomfortable. As in, still feeling the effects today. Man, I hate having allergies. Fucking grass. Fucking weeds. All that meant that I didn't bike today, which I'd kind of planned to do. Maybe tomorrow. (Biking takes me through grassy areas. It's been safe this year so far, but I need to wait for this attack to die down more completely before that.)

Been thinking more about ways to engineer stuff I want to research in grad school. Also drew a little on Tuesday, which is good, since that wasn't a formal art night. Mmmmm, thinky brains. Mmmmmmm, pencil art. (I have a big time doing things that I specifically enjoy and aren't in some way "necessary chores" if they aren't part of a scheduled event or timeslot. I've been working on fixing it for a while, but haven't gotten very far. So small successes are good.)

Wednesday's miles: 1.1
Tuesday's miles: 0.6. I think.
Miles out of Hobbiton: 235.
Miles to Rivendell: 222.3

Creeping Jenny

A couple of other plants seem to be working their way towards flowering, so hopefully there will be more soon. Even if my camera doesn't work, [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat's does, so yay. ^_^
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I've never seen weather like this in Seattle. I heard more thunder this afternoon than I've ever heard before in this part of the country. It wasn't as loud as you get in the midwest, but it was happening over and over. I'm surprised there isn't more freaking out on my friendslist.

The camera is getting less and less well behaved, so I may run out of flower pictures, alas. The last few I tried to take came out unusable. ;_; Which is too bad, since more flowers are starting to bud out. Here's from one taken earlier that was still salvageable:



I have... two more I can use, I think. I'll poke at the camera some more, maybe it'll behave again. That's happened before.

Today was the worst allergy day of the year. By previous year standards, it was nothing, and the rain helped. But still: annoying.

Miles today: 0.1 (token)
Miles out of Hobbiton: 196.7
Miles to Rivendell: 261.3

Does anybody know if anything else by The Go! Team is as good as this single? (See above.)

And my biggest innovation of the day is putting button-holes in my kitchen towels, so they stop falling off the button-style drawer pulls we have in this house. @whee!
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+0: Bar-b-qued on the 4th with [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat, [livejournal.com profile] mamishka, [livejournal.com profile] risu, and [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper, then walked down to the lake for fireworks. We found a good spot, and then played Uno for a while until it finally got dark around 10pm and the fireworks started shortly thereafter. The weather was perfect and viewing was good.

+1: Thursday night, an editor I've written for a couple of times before talked to me about whether I could pop out a short sidebar-type article - 750 words - on email headers, for a new magazine his company is starting. I had the assignment more or less on Friday; it's in his mailbox for tomorrow morning, at exactly 750 words. I hit the exact count by accident. (Meaning, no exact-count edits to meet the exact wordacount artifically.) Sometimes I feel so professional I can hardly stand it. ^_^ Of course, we'll see whether I still feel that way after he reads the thing!

+2: Zoo day! [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat has this tradition of going to the zoo the day after a contract ends or being laid off. His contract ended last week, but he held off until Anna's ended too, and we went today. We saw the new Jaguar habitat, which was very nice, and the new spider exhibit, which wasn't as interesting but was still okay. Tarantulas may be harmless, but they're still creepy as all hell. Good otter and king cobra milage, along with lots of funny monkey noises, and the brown bears were in their den with the window, so were right on the other side of the glass, even if they were sleeping. Lots of visible fun in the day-for-night exhibit, too, and we saw both the wolves and the owls and raptors, so - really, it was a good day for animals running around doing interesting things. Then after [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper and I got home, we both fell asleep on the couch for about an hour, after which I got up and finished the aformentioned article.

-3: Lots of phone calls tomorrow morning, one to people who should already have called me back on Friday and didn't, two more to doctors to set up for allergy shots, because this is stupid. I mean seriously.

4: Lost all my money at poker at [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt's by working the very last hand as far as I could - and lost with matching hands of three of a kind, but [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt having the higher kicker. It was still fun, but mothrafarker! That was one of two good hands I had the entire night, too, and I was just trying to get back to even. (I would've, too, if she hadn't had that stupid queen as her fifth card...)

+5: W00t, I forgot I hadn't entered this already - my show opened on Friday! I didn't see any reviewers and didn't sell anything opening night, but the owner (Scott) was actually really enthusiastic about how it went. Apparently the comments were good, and he's got at least one person he thinks will buy something of mine. One painting sold (by the other artist). A couple of people I'd hoped might make it didn't, but that's not so bad - the place was pretty packed. There was one supreme asshole moment which pretty much punched a hole in the middle of the night for me, but otherwise it went well. I finally got to wear that other red silk dress I bought back when I bought the one I wore to Jessica's wedding.
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It's been a bit, hasn't it?

+0: Okay, so! First. I posted about the showing in July, which opens on Friday with a reception. You should show up. More people at the reception is good. ^_^ I got my postcards, so I've been scattering those about in shops and stuff. I'm going to mail a bunch out, too. So you might get one!

1: We're thinking about making another offer on another house. Let me rephrase that: we would have by now, probably, if the FARKING AGENT would have called us back already. But she hasn't. (This is not our usual agent; he's out of town this weekend.) There is crankiness. Hopefully it didn't sell already.

Mind you, it's not a house we'd be thrilled about. But the location is okay and we wouldn't have to do a zillion things to it immediately before we could even move in. That counts for something.

-2: Zoe attacked me and meant it this morning. My finger still hurts. She got to go back under the covers for about half an hour. I don't know whether she gets the message of "attacking the person who feeds you is stupid."

-3: Various depressing or otherwise disturbing posts in my friendslists and groups I read. Blah. I wrote a long and somewhat difficult reply to one of them, but not the rest. I really should have replied to another one - on a blog - but just couldn't work up the energy to register and reply. I kind of feel like I should have, though.

+4: Went over and hung out at Paul's apartment, and played Mario Cart all night. I'm getting a little better at driving, finally. Combat's fun too. Unfortunately, Paul figured out what I was doing and I went on a little losing streak.

-5: We've got a crazy person setting fires in the neighbourhood. I've found two of them; one across the street two weeks ago in the bus stop's trash can, one next door last week, trying to set a signpost on fire. (He burned the base to charcoal.) The police say that there's been a big rash of them, but they don't have any clues about their identity yet. Yay.

-6: Summer is usually asshole-student-party free, but not this year; one last night, one last weekend too. I guess the fuckheads have more and are sticking around this summer. God, I can't wait to get the hell out of here. If we don't have a new place by August, we're moving into an apartment. That'll suck.

-7: My allergies have been brutal this year. I think I'd better start getting allergy shots or something. I was on three antihistamines last week; this weekend, I'm back down to no more than two, but that's still bad.

+8: I got past the block on "All the Moons of Mongo," so it's moved back from "failure, abandoned" to "possible sculpture." It's still kind of a sprawling mess, but now it's a single sprawling mess rather than five or six separate, unrelated sprawling messes. This is a big advance, and I think part of the process for this piece. It's the most massive piece I've ever done, so it makes sense that it'd be difficult.

9: Played more with the old Velo handheld; I've got an idea about how to improve the battery situation; it'd be cool if it worked, and it won't cost anything to try. So I will!

But now, I should shower. La.

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