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So on Wednesday we were getting pretty worried - Snowpocalypse wasn't letting up, more snow was predicted Thursday morning, and one person had already dropped out from our invitation list, and large leftovers looked likely as I was baking for Second Thanksgiving.

But to my surprise, Snowpocalypse actually boosted our attendance quite a bit, as people had to bail on other plans thanks to travel plans being disrupted. We ended up with 16 people, counting ourselves, and we have far fewer leftovers than usual. (I figured out something with my stuffing - now that I'm using a lot more dried fruit I can cut back down on the spices, and I tried that this year, and it worked really well.) But I'll still have my Turkey Tacos. ^_^

A lot less Rock Band was played than usual, but we did squeeze in some traditional Jenga. Mostly, it was large enough that we had three or four conversational groups going at once, which I like to see, since it usually means everybody's having a good time. For the first time in I don't know how long, the music circle actually happened - we had a decently large circle going for a while, made up mostly of various members of jamming groups mostly associated with Anna. I think the lineup was me, [livejournal.com profile] cflute, [livejournal.com profile] mamishka, Anna, and if I forget anybody, I apologise[livejournal.com profile] technoshaman! (Sorry for leaving you out the first time!) We hadn't done that in forever. Most people didn't even start leaving until around midnight - I finally got to bed around 2am.

Then yesterday [livejournal.com profile] flashfire and [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat and [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper and I went to see the Battlestar Galactica exhibit at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and the Harry Potter exhibit at the Pacific Science Centre. (I'm not quite sure how that presentation space works out, but let's leave that aside for now.) Anyway, the BSG exhibit is smallish but there are a few nice models and the full-scale vipers and raider are excellent. The Potter exhibit, particularly early on, triggered lots of nostalgia for prep school dorm life. Particularly the notice board in the Gryffindor common room, and having a common room called a common room, and all that. XD But if you have any interest in this series at all, go. It's huge, and stuffed full of set pieces, furniture, props, costumes, books, and really - it's just great. (And if you're doing both, do the BSG exhibit first, or you'll be disappointed just because it's so much smaller.)

I have a lot of good photos from the BSG exhibit - my quarter-second-to-full-second-handheld photo ability came in handy again - but my Flickr account is full, so NO PHOTOSTREAM FOR ME. Maybe I should pony up for the "pro" level, but I'm so not a pro photographer. XD
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Anna and I are skipping Folklife today, I'm prepping for Tuesday's show! But we'll be there a bit tomorrow afternoon. Yesterday was our big day for things we really, really wanted to see. We only saw about a third of the things we'd have liked to, because so many performances and events we wanted were atop each other! Ah well, next year.

I want to go to some of the 8-bit shows in the Sky Church today, but I've just got too much to do. Stupid time and the lack thereof!

Made it!

Jun. 10th, 2009 10:13 pm
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I made it! So did Kohaku and Summer and Popcorn and Scar, and all of the stickers! except a corner of one. We're all in Boston! Specifically, in Somerville, hosted by the most excellent Andor, and [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse in particular. Now I need to try to make myself go to bed at what for me is stupidly early and in the presence of a giant inflatable scary monkey. But! It is at least dark out, freakish tho' I assure you that is to me at this time of day. ^_^ G'night!

Made it!

Jun. 10th, 2009 10:13 pm
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I made it! So did Kohaku and Summer and Popcorn and Scar, and all of the stickers! except a corner of one. We're all in Boston! Specifically, in Somerville, hosted by the most excellent Andor, and [personal profile] lyonesse in particular. Now I need to try to make myself go to bed at what for me is stupidly early and in the presence of a giant inflatable scary monkey. But! It is at least dark out, freakish tho' I assure you that is to me at this time of day. ^_^ G'night!
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Folklife is really difficult to play - it's so busy that as a street performer at this particular event you more or less need to be either a clown, a loud drummer, or in a large band just to get attention. The noise level is quite high - from all fronts - so even I'm hard to hear.

So I went and found a low-traffic but semi-isolated side path and played there for a while. Money wasn't very good (and I was told by another musician that this was generally true that day but it would improve over the weekend) but I did get people listening, and I even had some sing-along on the chorus of Outbirds, and it was pretty neat when that started happening. And on Popcorn - one of my flutes, not usually the star of this show - and to a lesser degree on Scar (another flute), I was able keep my space when Drum Kit Guy started performing across the way. I handed out a few cards, including one to this guy who was fascinated by Splinter, and who also buys flutes from Romy Benton, who is a much better flutemaker than me.

No performance today. Anna and Paul and I are going to head down there just to attend - I really want to see some of the AYP stuff in particular - and tomorrow I'll play again.
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Wow so okay yeah! Saturday! Woodinville, as planned; I alternated a little with a banjo player who did some nice work, and neither of us got much money - but, well, welcome to Woodinville Market, particularly early in the season. But it was fun, if omg hot from playing in the sun. I introduced the new flute song (which is stubbornly refusing to name itself, which is very strange), and the vendors seemed to like it - too bad there weren't really many customers around, but, well, you do what you do. I also played most of the usual things and "Old Black Rum" which I normally don't but was worth playing on Kohaku.

So I got done with my set and went to the Norwescon post-convention concom meeting and election, and the meeting was fine and the post-meeting social at SunnyJim's grandparents' house was fun, and almost-sorta a house concert, because I got asked whether I'd bring in instruments and play, and I ended up jamming with [livejournal.com profile] toxic_pink37 and also just playing a bunch of things for people (several things, but including January and Outbirds and Stars and I forget what else) and generally had a good time.

Then today Anna and I went down to the University District Streetfair where we ran into [livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah and [livejournal.com profile] vixyish and [livejournal.com profile] gfish and [livejournal.com profile] tereshkova2001 and [livejournal.com profile] mamishka and eventually later [livejournal.com profile] cow and ate too much fair food and walked around for hours and Anna and I gave hats back to the Hatterdashery guy for repairs and I ordered a special hat in size SUPER-GNORMOUS because I have a SUPER-GNORMOUS HEAD. And then Anna spotted a hat already made that fit, and grabbed it, and wouldn't give it to me even though it totally looks better on my head. (She's so mean.) So I got revenge by finding a very attractive skirt-and-sleeved-vest top that I'll wear over nothing a white slip or something and a nice red zippered hoodie sort of like my many-coloured one but very, very red.

We also found someone selling butter chicken and vindaloo sauces, so after the fair I stopped at the grocery on the way home and bought things to make butter chicken and garlic nan. The butter chicken came out very well, the nan came out only okay, but Erin gave me a nan recipe that she says works well and I'll try that next time.

And then I dozed for a bit and played with the slidey song that I don't have a name for yet either and did my daily recording and now it's clearly past time for bed.
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Okay so two weeks ago (almost), I went to see the first concert by Bone Poets Orchestra, held at [livejournal.com profile] stealthcello's house cum event space. They're a new band formed by a bunch of the people formerly in Gaia Consort. I had my camera with me, so I took videos of the first performances of the new material.

I uploaded them to YouTube a couple of days later, but one of them literally took over a week to process, and in fact inexplicably disappeared for a little while, and I couldn't re-upload it because my original was on the drive that fell over and died. (I may not even have the videos anymore at all, which would make me sad.) But it finally reappeared, sat for four more days (!) processing, and they're all online now.

Anyway, please have enjoyment from the first-ever Bone Poets Orchestra performances* of the new songs "Gathering Light," "Spin," and "Belladonna." (Clickie on titles to go to youtube and play.) And also wave to Betsy, who is the awesomely talented cellist on the far left. ^_^



*: Yes, I know Gaia Consort performed "Gathering Light" at their last show, but that wasn't Bone Poets Orchestra, that was Gaia Consort.

Off we go

May. 25th, 2008 11:26 am
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Anna and I are off to folklife; we're gonna play some as street performers, or at least I am; Anna may not. See you there, maybe. ^_^
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I ask every year, but: is anyone else interested in going to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show? Dates are February 20-24. Anyone?
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We're gonna to see the 1:05 showing of Sweeny Todd at the Meridian 16 (on 7th Avenue next to Gameworks) for National Jews and Pagans Go to the Movies Day! After that we'll get Chinese food. Show up if you wanna!

herr0

Nov. 23rd, 2007 01:14 am
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I got this bit of zomg from [livejournal.com profile] waywind. Click through, it's cool. Also worksafe.

Thanksgiving is over, I'm very, very sleepy. Mostly I think I'm glad fall is over. No, okay, mostly I'm glad [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper is out of cancer, even if there's still recurrence-preventing radiation therapy rounds ahead. But other than that, I'm mostly glad this fall is over. It's been a difficult one. There are other things too but I'm too tired for now.

Also, I have more pictures of kittens. But those are for later. G'night and I hope yours was good.

Memetime )
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Between prep for Thanksgiving, I'm transcribing and arranging stuff written earlier this month. My spare braintime is filled by that and with listening to other music in new ways and thiking things like:
THE TRIPLETS AREN'T REALLY TRIPLETS. THAT'S IT. They're beats two through four of four sets of sixteenth beats with the first beat implied, so noticed by its absence. It's GENIUS. Because they ALSO use true triplets on beats, but drop the first strike on the backbeat, so it's <space>-2-3-4-5-6 so it sounds like a five-set fast but late, so it sounds like it's fifths against a beat instead. And the two patterns bounce off each other (and off of... two? trivial variations) to keep you off guard.
Anyway, I'm pretty certainly not making 50 minutes in 30 days, but I'm not giving up.

Oh, and, Grocery Trip 1 and Costco Trip 1 complete; material is on-site; Thanksgiving 2007 has officially begin - as of Monday. -_^
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Pinwheel

This weekend? Ruled. Friday: OLOTEAS (local nondenominational neopagan group) three-day camping event kickoff day, with Tricky Pixie playing; lots of fun, both the event and the concert. Concert picoreview: I like the Tricky Pixie material, Alec's voice is rounding out nicely on the low end, I look forward to seeing the whole band at some point. (They were down one for this show.) Saturday: [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper Got A Raise Sushi, then the new Potter flick, which was pleasantly better than expected, which wasn't really difficult given my very low expectations, but regardless, I enjoyed it. Today: Picnic lunch, zoo trip afternoon, Great Big Sea concert in the Woodland Park Zoo's North Meadow stage with various friends and a good Canadian contingent in the audience and eventually a lot of locals blowing off the "no standing please" rule, which I hereby will claim I triggered by high-visibility bolting at the start of Mari-Mac over to the off-to-the-side improvised Vertical Motion pit. Picoreview: Real good crowd for a south-of-the-border show but I should have bolted for the pit sooner, band in good form, the new song off the forthcoming CD rawked. I sang and screamed for two hours and man my voice is tired, but much less so than it would have been before Music 137 last quarter. W00t! Also, I have bruises on my hands from all the clapping.

And finally, this Real Age Calculator says I'm 12, and that I'll live to be 104. (12.2 and 103.8. But rounding.) Yay!

Sunday's miles: 2.2
Monday's miles: 2.5
Tuesday's miles: 3.2
Thursday's miles: 3.4
Friday's miles: 1.0
Saturday's miles: 0.6
Sunday's miles: 4.6
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1874.7
Miles out of Rivendell: 1417.7
Miles out of Lothlórien: 962.7
Miles past Rauros Falls: 545.8
Miles past Isengard: 78.1
Miles to Minas Tirith (Aragorn's Path): 689.9
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Holy crap! One of my editors got mail from a reader condemning them for running technical articles written by a dyke. No, really. And threatening to boycott the magazine on that basis. Yay, economic freeze-out hitting home! (Don't worry, he's the type to tell them to DIAF.) But - OMG I'm, um, famous? Yeah! Famous!

I'll mention this in my next CWU, too. @whee! Sadly, I can't print the letter. But damn, I want to. Also, I find it hysterically funny that of all the things I do, writing about computers is what draws t3h hate. YAY


A Strange Relationship


I went down to the new Seattle Art Museum building, finally, and wandered around with [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat, who has already been there a few times. It's a much larger museum now, and has some spaces which are really quite cleverly built. The most amusing part were some of the windows on the top floor, which had these shades on them which made yesterday - a brutally hot, very sunny day - look, seen through them, like a dry Seattle winter day, cloudy and cool. I don't really know how they did that. I'm not used to seeing relights in exhibition areas under any circumstances, so I was surprised to see them here. Then we walked up to B&O and had birthday dinner with [livejournal.com profile] jessicac (and a bunch of other people, but it was her birthday), where we accidentally ran into [livejournal.com profile] cow, who sat at another table with a friend. They were both TXTing at the same time, so I decided it was at each other, so I got out my cell and TXTed over "geeks." At which point [livejournal.com profile] cow came over and unexpectedly did not hit me with a spork.

Various miles since last update: 21.2
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1836.9
Miles out of Rivendell: 1379.9
Miles out of Lothlórien: 924.9
Miles past Rauros Falls: 508
Miles past Isengard: 40.3
Miles to Minas Tirith (Aragorn's Path): 727.7

Quizzies and such )
solarbird: (molly-content)
Yay, gardening time! February is the beginning of soil prep time for veggie gardening. You can actually plant some stuff now, if you want; in fact, there are a small assortment of things you can go ahead and plant now, particularly if you have a cold frame. But even then, it's better to spend this time prepping your soil, waiting a week or two, doing some more prep, waiting a week or two, then planting in March and April and May. What I did this time was pull off some of the leaves, hoe the partially-decomposed leaves left behind into the soil, and add fish oil and dolomite lime for Ph balance. That'll take a couple of weeks.

If you don't have or don't want to use a cold frame, you're better off waiting until next month for soil prep, unless you want to plant snow peas or another very-early cold-weather crop.

I also did a lot of cleanup in back, giving the new giant loppers a little bit of a workout. They worked great; I've cleared most of the volunteer shoots away from up against the retaining wall, and our apple and pear trees should get a bit more light this year. Plus, I peeled back all the #*@&$(!!! english ivy again. So that's all for the good.

Meanwhile, it's almost time for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, downtown at the convention centre! I always go. Anybody wanna meet up down there and/or go with?

[Poll #924990]

Oh, and since I'm posting: we went out tonight with a few people and saw Pan's Labyrinth, which, while dark, was actually less dark than I expected. It's a well made movie, to be sure, but the mythological half of the movie rather disappointed, leaving me feeling rather too much like I'd been handed a paint-by-numbers kit. There were places it could have gone which would have been more interesting - to me, anyway - but it didn't happen, so I was sad. And the portion set in Spain pulled a punch or two that I wouldn't have pulled at the end. Still, I enjoyed the interplay between the two sets of structures and rather liked how those parallel parts played against each other, so that was nice, and I liked the sets and the performances, so that's all for the good.

Mmm, sleepy now. Vote in my poll!

kitties!

Sep. 14th, 2006 10:16 pm
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Hey, Puget Sound-area people! [livejournal.com profile] lazarwolfe rescued some feral kittens and has been hand-training them to socialise with people. Go here for details, particularly if you're interested in adopting a no-longer-so-feral kitten.
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In what the fuck? news, police tazered (and, unfortunately, killed despite best efforts not to) a bear two blocks north of my old house in the U. District. On Boulevard, which is not, despite the PI's idiocy, part of Fraternity Row. What. The. Fuck. ETA: CNN.com's front page has a link to video. That hill that Officer Friendly is running down is NE 55th street, headed towards 20th Avenue NE. And yes, I recognised a few of those cops.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper and I went to the U. District Streetfair today and I did a three-hour stint collecting signatures for Initiative 937. The goal is 60 signatures per volunteer today; I got 110-112, depending upon whether ditto marks are valid - I was telling people not to do it, that they had to write it out, but not everyone listened and two people got away before I could check, the bastards. Regardless, that was pretty good, and they said I might end up volunteer leader today, which would roxx0r. Anyway, now they're trying to get me to sign up for a stint at Folklife, and I might do that one day. I also saw [livejournal.com profile] mamishka briefly, who seemed in a really good mood, and I told her were Anna was hanging out waiting for me to get done with signatures, but they didn't meet up.

Monday-Wednesday's tokens: 0.3 miles
Thursday's miles: 2.8
Friday's token: 0.2 miles
Saturday's miles: 9.7
Sunday's miles: 25.7
Miles out of Hobbiton: 860.1
Miles out of Rivendell: 400.3
Miles to Lothlórien: 66.1

(We biked down and biked back and also did a lot of fair wandering.)

Anyway, after the signature thing, we met up with Danny (who has no LJ) and ate lunch, then wandered around looking at stuff and talking. I bought our annual supply of soap, and I also got a lab coat and goggles for chemistry, and I ordered a hat, so I'll have one that doesn't belong to Anna. It's not actually like the ones I usually wear but the one that didn't fit (because it was too small) but was the same type looked pretty good. Anna looked at some necklaces but didn't buy any - she just took the name for later reference. She did buy a cell phone, tho', which should make looking for work easier between contracts. We looked at this one booth selling home-made violins and mandolins. (They weren't very good. But it did make a tone, and for a $100 violin, that's about all you can expect. We joked about buying one so you could smash it on stage after a performance, like in Guitar Hero.)

So yeah, we had a good time. It's the first Streetfair in a while where I've really wanted to do more of it than I did, despite being there all day. So that's neat. [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat says I'm pretty red from all the standing in the sun. My throat is a mess from going "Hello! Sign to support renewable energy in Washington State?" for three+ hours. And I'm very, very tired. But in a good way. It was fun.


Cherry Blossoms
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First, the raw numbers:

Slow-mo count: 20 (Note: multiple flashback sequences in a single scene continuity count only as one.)
Screenwipes: 20 (All. The. Same. Kind.) (Stop inexplicably halfway through after constant use earlier. Anybody know why? Did they change directors mid-movie? Did they just say "ah, fukit?" until the last two at the end?)
Screenwipes WITH inexplicable slo-mo: 1
Flashbacks: 2
Tiny, weird flashback: 1
Screams of NOOOOOOO! (from film): 4
Screams of NOOOOOOO! (or similar, from audience): 1
Instances of Kang-and-Kodos-like laughter: 7
Emphasis echo of lines: 3
Things randomly on fire: 1
"Never marry a Greener": 1
"THEY'RE KILLING US!": 1
"We're not gonna make it!": 1
Alien ships shaped like "Male" astrological symbol: 1
Discovered air-force airbases still functioning after nearly 1000 years: 1
Discovered nuclear warheads still functioning after nearly 1000 years: 1
Inexplicable alien midgets: 1
Borrowed pieces of Klingon headgear: 2
Hair styles stolen from Rick of The Young Ones: 1
Methods of shipping stolen l00t, cribbed from the Rat Pack: 1
Scenes done better in The Matrix: 1
Scenes done better in every other film ever made: Several
Audience cruelty to cat (by lying about quality of film): 1
Apparent Hubbard hate-on for the city of Denver, Colorado: 1

Level camera shots (CG): 3
Level shots (real): 1 All the rest were at sharp angles. Almost the entire film was shot in tilt-o-vision. Seriously, WTF?
Women on screen (real): 2
Women on screen (alien, servile): 1

Now, the votes:

The winner, or perhaps loser, by unanimous and vigourous vote: Battlefield Earth. The only place it was even tied was number of intentionally funny moments: Mosquito's television reporter named Alan Smithee; Battlefield Earth's, "We can't possibly have flown over all these lines without seeing at least one of them!"

In fact, the consensus is that of all the films we have seen so far in this series, Battlefield Earth is the worst. We now have an argument ongoing over whether Battlefield Earth is actually worse than Event Horizon; our EH viewing was in a theatre, where its neurotoxic effects were much more strongly emphasised. It's possible that BE, in theatre, would have had similar impact - but we can't know that without a second viewing, and I assure you, that won't be happening.

I personally found a strange effect in that I was the only one of the panel ([livejournal.com profile] kathrynt, [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat, [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper, myself) who felt more neural damage from Mosquito than Battlefield Earth. I can't explain that. Perhaps I was stunned completely enough by the first film that I hit a lower limit in possible damage without unconsciousness.

I do know one thing, though. I now feel extra good about having made clam jokes in the Norwescon newsletter when John Travolta showed up to do autographs. ^_^
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First 10 minutes:

Slow-mo count: 8
Screenwipes: 5
Flashbacks: 1
Screams of NOOOOOOO!: 2
Level camera shots: 0

It's gonna be a loooooooong movie.

rain

Nov. 25th, 2005 05:16 pm
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The rains have returned. The winds have blown through and the rain is back, at last.

Every so often, we get these air inversions that really screw things up. The lower air is colder than the upper air, so all the nasty car fumes and other pollutants build up, and build up, and build up. I've been running the HEPA filter full-blast the last couple of days all day to help indoors, and that has certainly been better, but it's so much nicer now.

We walked down to the shops today, bloated with turkey, to rent one of the two bad movies for today's cinematic suck-off. This time it's Mosquito vs. Battlefield Earth. Right now, we're on Mosquito, featuring laughable giant mosquitoes, a field-guide survey of hickdom, and dialogue like this, which I quote:

Token Black Man/Air Force Guy: "I'm a meteorologist!"
Neanderthal-headed white prick: "Ah, a weatherman!"
Token Black Man/Air-Force Guy: "No, the real kind - meteors! I chase 'em down for the Air Force!"

Army-fatigue-wearing bank-robbing cracker, "Earl": "Well maybe we have done something wrong, and maybe we haven't. But our paths have crossed now and you've just come to the end of yours."

And some of the best day-for-night continuity errors since the last Ed Wood flick. Some of these scenes, in fact, I think even Ed would have been saying, "Y'know - we really should do that again."

Also, they apparently wear highly flammable clothing, only the kind recalled by the Product Safety Commission. It's too bad MST3K is gone, because this thing is a laff riot.

In other news, yesterday, we had our annual Murkworks Thanksgiving, with nine people, counting us. It was fun, it was soooo muuuuuch fooooood. I ate too much and feel six. Er, sick. But conversation was fun and jenga was fun and silly trivia games are fun.

Anyway, that's the end of part I, so I'm going to post a leaf picture before Round II.


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