Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So we bought her the biggest that is available: 120GB.
Now she's only 75% of mine.
My assignment tonight is to load hers up. This'll be fun.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It was a great party with good close friends of hers, excellent music, and great food.
And tomorrow (okay later today, but I haven't slept yet) we go back to clean up.
Friday, March 27, 2009
We got the last mirror on the wall, and got a cable for curtains attached. The cable bit is awesome, and we're both thrilled with the way everything turned out.
And then, just now, I received an e-mail. A surprise has been delivered, and has lifted the spirits of a good friend.
All around, a good day.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Worked on getting one report out the door (barely).
Preparations for being in the field for the next two weeks.
Dealing with other mundane portions of the job.
Playing with and planning my psionics character again as new rule adaptations came out.
And just the normal evening activities as well as a little laundry.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Through the links section in a webcomic, I found a new one (new to me at least) called The Abominable Charles Christopher.
The art is amazing, and story is intriguing with enough comic relief to break the tension of the tale.
Unfortunately it's only weekly (on Wednesday), so even though it's about a year and half old, it's just now getting momentum in it's story. And is at a point you want to scream for it to be done every day.
Still a fine read though.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
You can see a video of it here. Skip to 3:25 for the relevant part of driving the sample.
Then, I'm just tired. Apparently, I'm not sleeping well. It's the only thing I can come up with.
Hopefully, tonight will be better.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The puppet work was pretty good, but I found myself looking at it with a critical eye from doing puppets in junior high and high school. The hardest part is remembering to move your thumb in the jaw and not your fingers which makes the head go up and down. The rod work for the arms was really amazing, but I have to say my favorite parts were the two person puppets.
These are puppets that have two "real" hands, not stuffed hands on rods. These two hands mean that a third operator's hand has to be used in for the mouth. ow when we did it, we tended to do one person for the hands and one for the mouth, but the way they did it in the production was one person for one hand and the mouth, and a second person for the other hand. I wish we had thought of that back then.
But I think it could have been odd seeing the hands fight each other for the wheel when we did "Moving Right Along".
(Oh, and by the way... "THIS! IS! BLOGGER!" Thank you.)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I was originally introduced to Roger Zelazny through two friends from high school. I had been in Europe as part of a youth symphony and returned, due to a torn ligament in my left foot, heavily medicated on painkillers. I returned on my 18th birthday, which turned out to be, I believe, 30 hours long.
At the surprise party thrown by my high school girl friend and my parents, my two friends gave me the first seven books of the Amber decology. I was immediately hoked, and since it would turn out that I had four years to wait for the next three books, I needed something else to read. By the time the series was completed, I owned everything Zelazny had written up to that time.
When he passed away, I was pretty upset. This was another author whom I wanted to keep reading (Frank Herbert being the first) who wold write no more. I would feel the same way when Douglas Adams died.
But there is something about Roger Zelazny's turn of phrase. The way he experiments with writing techniques, be it in the styles of different authors, or the simple technique of starting almost every chapter in Doorways in the Sand with a flashback.
The books take me to their world, and let my mind sit in the character's head, and watch what happens.
And no one does it as consistently as Zelazny. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are great. Kage Baker is wonderful. But if I could only choose one author's work, it would be Roger Zelazny.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Not much else today. I painted a little and that's it.
Except for dealing with the heater repairman. We've got a strange electric start heater that's been freaking out lately. I had hoped to see if it would freak out again tonight to get things settled, but it was so warm today that after heating the house up to try to get it to act strangely for him, it hasn't cooled off enough to test it since.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
half a Costco package of ground beef
12 mild Italian sausage links
6 cans of diced tomatoes
1-2 cups of dried shitake mushrooms
I browned the meat separately, rinsed it, then mixed it in a pot. Then I blended the tomatoes into a puree, and did the same after reconstituting the mushrooms. After mixing in the seasonings, it's all cooking in two pots on the stove.
I doubt if I'll have any tonight after having a Costco hot dog, but I'm looking forward to the first time I get to use some of this sauce.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Fighter: Ugh, me tough!
Thief: Psst, wanna buy a watch?
Wizard: Hex-a-poo, a hex on you!
Merchant: Will you buy my apples?
The guards said something too, and I can't quite remember what it was. It may have been "Move along" or something like that.
A fun game. I miss the chain of Ultima games, and the sense of wonder and Discovery as I played through them.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Proof that that animals can plan ahead? It's amazing the things we're learning about animals recently.
Orca that spit out their partially chewed fish food as bait for seagulls.
Dolphins that create and play with bubble rings. (Which hilariously is just now making it to the "mainstream" sews services.)
And now the monkeys and apes? And you know dogs and cats can plan. Lying in wait is totally planning ahead.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sometimes I find myself thinking, "Ooh, that'd be great to post about, and then it fades away as I approach the computer and wait for Blogger to load. Some things seem profound when they're in my head, but in the cooling off period, I just think that there's no point in mentioning them.
I've tried describing dreams, and can rarely remember enough to make a coherent post.
They same waves of creativity control my miniature painting. Some days I could paint all night, and all week. Other days, I just look at them and think what a chore it's going to be to paint them.
I try my hand at drawing occasionally, and that rarely goes well enough for me to keep going. I can do shapes as long as they're not too round, and people are right out.
Jennifer thought that me posting every day would get me back into creative writing, and sometimes I look at my stuff. But I either don't see where to go, or simply mourn the loss of my notes from a car break in over 7 years ago.
There's just so much to do. And so much to listen to. And so much to read and reread. And so much to watch (and I don't watch that much TV). And so much to see.
I think if I can break myself of some of these compulsions, I have, then I might have more time.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
On my way in from the gym today, I had some Aerosmith playing, and the windows partly down to enjoy the differences in air temperature. And it just pleased me in such a wrong way to have this music playing loud while I drove past people going in for church service.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I first came across them when I was looking for "Sloop John B" by the Beach Boys. It turns out that MFatGG did a cover of the song, and I found that. It was very funny and it's still in the rotation.
The band is kind of a punk ska, and only does covers. One of the covers they do is "Eastbound and Down" from Smokey and the Bandit, which was one of my favorite songs as a kid.
All of their other stuff is good, and I highly recommend them if your in the mood for some new takes on familiar music.
I woudl link to their sales site, but the band page is not loading. So go to Fatwreck.com, and look for them yourself.
At my physical I had a blood pressure of 100 over 62, and a resting heart rate of 60 beats per minute. That's a good lift for the week. Now I just need to get a blood test and check things in there.
Oh, and apparently I don't do drugs, so that's a relief.
As for today, I have to wonder what a day will have in store when I use of the last of the peanut butter and the last of the jam when making a sandwich.
Perhaps the true alignment would have been if I'd used the last two slices of bread...
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
And that's the other thing. I'm approaching 3 years with ETIC. It's exciting. And comforting.
Now I need to start burning off that vacation time again.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
We did go see Push, and that was fun. I enjoyed it more than Jennifer did, but she still had a good time. She's decided that she can't handle the violence in The Watchmen.
And yet she went to watch a UFC even tonight...
Anyway, check this video out. The Watchmen as a Saturday Morning cartoon.
Friday, March 06, 2009
But they've messed with us and extended the quarters to have territories and protectorates and commonwealths. So there's going to be DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and others. And our map doesn't have them.
We may get another map if we find one we like. But I bought this one for Jennifer for Christmas when the new quarters started, and both sides of our family laughed at us. Then a few years later, they all decided they were going to start collecting.
And now we're done. Kind of.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
2-hour drive to Marysville.
Cleared two locations to five feet.
Installed 30-foot well.
Installed 40-foot well.
All while amongst the setup for a carnival. Yes, a carnival.
Then a two-hour drive home, and an hour of catch up at the office.
Sleep now, and pictures tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
If you're up that way come see us. We'll be in the old parking lot. Although apparently they've even taken down the Mervyns sign. I almost hope that one of the reasons they went out of business was from their contempt for the common apostrophe.
Now we're starting at 8:00, so that means leaving about 5:30, and getting up around... yeah, I should be getting packed right now.
Yes, packed. With 4.5 to 5 hour round trip time, we're planning on staying up there. That is unless the driller can actually get two 30- to 35-foot wells in before dark.
I know I've got my fingers crossed.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Shampoo and conditioner, multiple nail polishes, and a cleaning mask
Hamburgers and beer
A sweatshirt hoodie, and a ruffled top
Two shirts, a blouse, and a sweater
Cards and note cards
Various and sundry sundries
It was a fun day.