looked for work / did chorse most of the day.
BHK went to "Stitch & bitch"
earned 3 PlayStation®Network trophies in "inFamous".
Good Eats (Bronze) Good guys feed the needy.
Good Riot (Bronze) Good guys stand up and take the heat.
Stunt Man (Bronze) Complete any one stunt from the stunt list.
earned a PlayStation®Network trophy in "LittleBigPlanet™".
Paint Splurge (Bronze) Fire 5,000 paintballs
90 degrees in the house
got a haircut
still no glow-yarn
Tim, the neighbor I really don't know at all was arrested by the Anne Arundel County police this morning. I'll check the blotter later to see what is up - It didn't look good, though.
Having a bit of trouble getting back into writing - I think I'll just have to add it to my growing list of "do it daily" things.
Houdini the bunny next door keeps escaping (thus his new name, from Hershey) - Fortunately, we're on a seldom-traveled road, and he keeps coming back home because of a nice steady food supply and his girlfriend, who can't seem to work out escape.
I'm looking a little forward to Easter - I could do with some chocolate and good spirits. Bunny Pic via Happytoast, way back whenever.
1 year ago - ides, dave, actors from the shield, like castle pilot, stayed in
2 years ago - went to St. Michael's, flea market, Tanuki's, stikfas, wind-up toys, In Bruges, frou-frou mason pic, 1800 year old skull, eats
3 years ago - my chicken stalker pic, david and gil visit pics,
4 years ago - papa johns meat, almost a dinner party, mp3 zappa, 2nd life pics, irish quiz, grandparents quiz
5 years ago - free flow, dreams and fragments,
6 years ago - strip mall of sin pics, Doug made it to
7 years ago - French toast origin... not invented by "Mr. French", bus piccies, name game, movies with Dan, pelican poem
8 years ago - grand conversation, love quiz, a good Friday five, odd news, miss Cleo born in LA, of American parents, crossword stuff
9 years ago - first hint of the scooby movie, good vs bad stuff about the day, gnomes on snailback
Larry's work on the closet expansion is done - double the accessibility, and it looks nicer, too. All that remains is painting around the edge, and we're finished. Next trick will be adding another walled off area at the foot of the bed for more storage space. BHK and I are enjoying sleep in our own bed again, and the kitties are very pleased to be allowed back in the bedroom.
We went to Selby's for supper - saw the ATW man changed again - now he's got his head stuck through a billboard showing him lazing on a beach at sunset, playing guitar to some bikini babes. Additionally, Chris and Mandy spotted some local wildlife (turtles and spider) and a nice barn - I autopano'ed the bar, to add detail - a pretty spiffy stucture.
Downloading half life mod - zombie master - look forward to playing it soon.
1 year ago - walkies, tv, flower and north beach pix, Q&A meme with Scotto
2 years ago - voice posts of em, em & kitty pic, chuck e cheese
3 years ago - nifty clock, internal words, writing slowdown, eyes, mediocre bad guys, tv, milk pocky
4 years ago - Magda's Bday, allergy shots, dreamt of killing my sister, PM memory, brown bag, meteor shower, bad breath detection, google homepage
5 years ago - construction, fay wray RIP, dan's school blocks lj,alcohol, SPcharacter, aerial photos, UK Prozac pee taints water supply, LC's scrapbook, CoH tempting battle cries, flower meme
6 years ago - Puzzle Pirates (with a cutie mermaid), Arabia-cam with Mom and Daughter(I met oneeyed and sedef as a result of sweet's poochie's booty-ticks.), vamp-game, Kings of Africa, lovely chat
7 years ago - man killed for playing the banjo, Trek happening a dud, but we discover heroclix, (already thinking customs), rorschach poll
8 years ago - 3 things poll, deracinate, cormorant, broken newt pic, 25 things to keep in mind, ja da, rate your risk (links now broken)
9 years ago - spent out, color quiz, looking forward to going to breakfast, Rowlf sings, Beaker sings
Catching up with Tivo, reading and netflix - Poultrygeist was as bad as we thought it might be! I'm happy that primeval is back for a third season! Run, Fat boy, run was not too bad, either. Or the drugs are making my resistance to stuff like that lower. :)
In lieu of content, more stitched photos.
I like this one - me sniffing in the snow.
1 year ago - last restaurant standing, quiz-meme
2 years ago - Database gig shift, dinner at C&D, jellyfish art paperweight, missing BHK, springtime
3 years ago - vintage paperback covers, prophet vs prophecy, jojo, one word answers, $10, walkabout with flying parachutes, quizzes,
4 years ago - status, reality settings, fort lauderdale piccies & sounds, bad juju, looking at a replacement cam, philosophy of Just Utilitarianism, feeding tube, hips and collarbones, Kelly's heroes, Buprenorphine, w can be a vowel, yahoo vs google
5 years ago - Hellboy, Le Gren, Marlin Maniac
6 years ago - Bro issues w/LL, sponsored links, Meredith out front
7 years ago - Walkies, baby sharks, programming, local hones go to 10-digit dialing, Reality settings, Wolf files, army men, schoolhouse rock
8 years ago - SOP, enature, symbols, psa for my bio page, C++ DST bug
A wave of low pressure will continue to bring snow and sleet to the area today. A brief lull in the precipitation is expected this afternoon... before a second stronger low pressure wave will bring a wintry mix of precipitation tonight and Wednesday. Precipitation will be mainly in the form of snow and sleet this evening... but a change over to freezing rain and rain is expected overnight as warmer air is drawn into the system. Temperatures will remain in the lower 30s Wednesday allowing for the rain to freeze on some surfaces.
Total snow and sleet accumulations through Tuesday night will be 2 to 4 inches and total ice accumulations for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning will be one to two tenths of an inch.
Didn't get together with Todd today - the weather was too bad to drive to meet him. We made it home ok - all of the soft poweder of the morning had a layer of slick ice over the top of it. I'm glad that we managed to see him yesterday! It sounds like he had a good time checking out the monuments - I'm sure that they were extra nifty-looking with the layers of snow everywhere.
Had Pigs in Blankets for dinner, with string beans on the side. pretty nummy!
Watched some Psych (Sort of lackluster episode about firemen/arsonists) and part of The Beast before hitting the sack - until later, dear journal!
1 year ago - recharging, watching tv, finished first harry dresden, rat levels CS, pencil brushes for photoshop
2 years ago - new commode, marine museum on solomon's pix, fresnel, tinkle pig in the love cube, danny gets a hula girl
3 years ago - Celebrated Vicki's last day, spectral analysis, history lesson, book meme, on call
4 years ago - rte 55 pic, newt and scotto wake up, song title meme, post secret
5 years ago - baby dragon, cheesecake trip, QM2, fever doodles
6 years ago - bebop cola poll, boney church, sql slammer, evil ideas
7 years ago - week plans, bob ross posse, freaky gator-in-a-dress, mr mole, biography tax loophole?
8 years ago - journal look update, evil news, hotel california
It's here! Minimum of muss and fuss. Shaun had his tree picked out and cut down before I even got there.
We introduced Shaun to "Crabs for Christmas", and a good time was had by all. After getting the tree up, we paused for some Chinese food - some of the best I've had. I think the secret to little panda is to not go on Sunday - I suspect that the regular cook takes that day off.
I was very fortunate that Larry brought his own saw - the one provided wasn't up to snuff.
BHK figured out a good place for the tree, the far side of the living room. Traffic shouldn't be too much of a problem there, and it smells so good!
Easy getting this year - measured twice, cut once - and then cut again when we got home, to fit and make fresh for water.
We got our tree. Not decorated yet, but I rather like it unadorned at the moment.
BHK, the in-laws and I watched "Love, Actually" and by that time, it was too late to hang lights or ornaments, which is fine by me!
1 year ago -got crabs for xmas cd, add lj friends page to rss reader, bears in ill-fitting hats, metro fare increases, glow-kitties fight disease, 2007 q&A meme
2 years ago - Peter Boyle RIP, Grey Gardens, Holiday hubbub, new comic store, Tina's wedding present to us,
3 years ago - sam and max, Atari 2600, favorite things
4 years ago - I discover that Romanian pop tune (OZONE - Dragoste din tei) before the weirdo kid cam sings it around the world, Oceans 11, pollo tropical makes me sick
5 years ago - the secret message, Bro & Danny visit, lizards in the tummy, truck surfing, riddle, some reference
6 years ago - nightmare, balloon hats, fudge and dinosaurs, Danny and I win a Tomato Recipe contest!
7 years ago - nice dreams, flesh eating robots, wacky day, SOP
8 years ago - coffee, hello kitty murders, village blacksmith, books to read, I get a Sigmund and the sea monsters tape!
Scattering of pictures from today - Feature Larry, Adam, Me, BHK and our holiday lights. As Always, click to embiggen.
BHK made Brownies for Adam helping, and then we went to selby.. nom.
1 year ago - state mental health, first sente4nces of the month 2007, recent keywords, ledos, crabs for Christmas on the radio
2 years ago - chinese at in-laws (some things haven't changed much!), first sentences, potential snow, hannibal review, krampus, ir refer to home as North Bay, not North Beach.
Pictures taken - undercover newton
3 years ago - uggs, xmas trees, gp surgery, backlogged email notes
pictures taken - foggy morning
4 years ago - Movie with Mel goes poop, nice night out anyway, metro freefi, zombie song, fire butter coats Minnesota town, Freudian inventory, $$$ issue
5 years ago - Rainy-day wakeup, old LL passes the torch, aces & eights, oldest penis, trampled shopper
6 years ago - Danny and I send dopey "Sven" emails to companies for no good reason, bro brings me eggnog, I scare the living tar out of a lippy kid
7 years ago - gestapo gives c's pal grief about aiming, reptile people, lj bump, world tour, Toliken Movie desire
8 years ago - Sims, accused of being an alien, dead milkmen, cannibal the musical lyrics, I'm a warmer
Speaking of the kitties, I dreamt that we were in the green truck, returning form taking Newton and Pye somewhere - I had just off-loaded Newt in the house, when the truck drove off - Someone had made off with the vehicle and Pye! ... it made it about a block and a half before BHK and I caught up with it - turned out that Pye was driving, a la Toonces. I was dumbfounded, but BHK just snatched him up and brought him inside the house, scolding him fiercely. I remember looking at the cabin of the truck, and trying to muddle out how he accomplished it - BHK was more interested in telling him "NO! BAD KITTY! You're too young to drive!"(and this is true, as he is only 4.)
Picture taken on the way home last night - Christmas is in the air, already. Normally, I like to wait until after thanksgiving, but I love the more basic stuff... Lit up trees and misty nights.
and for the David Deboy fans out there - Crabs for Christmas.
I spent some time fixing BHK's laptop - the boot volume was toasted somehow. Fortunately, it was just a job for chkdsk /r and a little patience for the cleanup.
After the folks left, bhk made a mighty salad - garbonzos, spinache, cabbage, and whatever other good things in the house (pumpkin seeds and meatless baco-things on mine!), served with some beans and rice for bulk. It felt really good.
1 year ago - I love traveling with BHK, train set at motorcycle shop, festival of trees (Hospice), getting my head in order
2 years ago - gobble gobble - turkey day
3 years ago - talked to bro in hospital, local music, reader quiz
4 years ago - good counters bad, beard, heroin traffic in sofla, Melissa not Alyssa, evo vs creationism beliefs in the usa, googlewhacked, crimes against children task force
5 years ago - Whatever comes to mind, kid memory, cent sign, elephants
6 years ago - Mayah's Birthday with pics, mage knight, cosplayers, Newtpics, ACCExpo, Lemmiwinks song
7 years ago - Superpowers, assoil, holiday icon musing
8 years ago - Golden Rice, survey, myths over Miami
Getting quite a bit better - still have a rattle in my chest and more coughing but the muscle aches and weakness is mostly gone. I'd say I'm currently firing on five out of eight cylinders.
A/c is now fully charged again - the repairman said that we'd be really baking without any refrigerant by Friday night. I'm glad BHK was there to explain what had been going on to him.
Tried calling my brother today - his voicemail is full. I haven't heard from him since he was last bailed out. His hearing for the latest is in a week - I see in the public records that something was dismissed based on "Lack of Prosecution". Not sure if it's the same item, though. I need to research Thomas A Reynolds, it seems. Looks like his thing is real estate - probably an eviction notice long since passed.
BHK made ratatouille for dinner tonight, and the stars aligned for the movie to be playing on TV while we ate. Larry stuck with some pasta and sauce... BHK gave him some bake and eat tempura shrimp, too... He doesn't know what he missed... zucchini, eggplant, tomato sauce, some olive oil in there... it was really good stuff.
I love that I can still learn new words and phrases every day.
Horror vacui is the filling of the entire surface of an artwork with ornamental details, figures, shapes, lines and anything else the artist might envision. It may be considered the opposite of minimalism.
via dnw - Scientists discover how optical illusions work. All of them.
The short version: It takes a tenth of a second for images to get from your retina to the processing centres of your brain. People have known this for decades, but we still see things in real time.
The new theory says that what we're seeing isn't what's there, it's what our brain projects will be there in a tenth of a second - our brain is processing predicatively, showing us it's best guess for the future. And that's why optical illusions can fool it, by confusing it into predicting a future that then doesn't happen.
1 year ago - many pictures from the garden, my dapper hat, evil jesus fish, thaumaturgic border protection,
2 years ago - monkey chow diaries, idea on how to make the world a better place - implemented tip jar for feeding the hungry, people want what they can't have, many quizzies,code monkey, podcaster legal guide, sympathy for the devil covers
3 years ago - On Call, Rainy, mouse ni the house, drop foot, audio books, santana, house info
4 years ago - full call weekend, 3-bean salad, adsense, monkey-money, exchange, canceled comics, Saw Ray Iglesias
5 years ago - D issues, simcamera, RIP TG, poem, North Korean Cannibals, rental warnings - things seen, minimizing pain, evil intersection, there -quest
6 years ago - MS Linux? Got my new office chair, fun day out with Dan, Tia's angry Email, anatomically correct teddy, what's better
7 years ago - evil news, computer problems, love boat theme for Sweetalyssm, haiku,got lovely post cards, Ornj & I speculate on a fellow journalist's sexuality, not so evil news, body hot, breakfast cereal poll
8 years ago - Privacy, web cam ftp issues, just figuring out it's over with April
pictures - ATW man salutes our fallen heroes, and I complain about the heat. (Not nearly as hot as it was in other locales, so I hear!)
Slept well on the new bed - I wasn't feeling so hot earlier, but a nap helped my back and headache quite a bit. Still a little nauseated, but not too terrible.
We had the in-laws over again and made more franks and beans for dinner, and this time, the bonfire and s'mores were a reality. Added bonus was blowing bubbles.
Opted out of the new town trolley to Pete Green's - The route is cute, and could be a lot of fun - two bits to ride can't be beat. I wouldn't mind just taking it for a little day-tour out and about where BHK and I can relax and take in the scenery. I suspect that the trolley's primary use will be for drinkers getting home safe... I'm all for it if it keeps the drunkies from behind the wheel.
I want to pick up a bike - the in-laws cycled up the beach for breakfast this morning, and I thought it sounded like a fun way to ge tout of the house for a bit.
I still haven't decided what new e-books to put on the PDA - maybe I'll take a breather and stick to pulp-books for a bit.
1 year ago - info about 20714, shaved ice man and diabetes, bake sale!, things going smoothly, satori quote
2 years ago - 2nd life upgrade, mm pickup issues, 26 letters about me a-d, wilma buiding, poo-poo ice, c-64 emu, super chicken, robot caveman
3 years ago - slack, WEP cracking in 10 min, forget me not panties, sithy meme, wiktrivia, Nosferatu download, writing assignment, how to fake fingerprints, sat maps make me think of people as ants
4 years ago - put motion detection on newtcam, last done meme, life on venus, AFMBE - Zombie Smackdown, FL Drugs, hummus
5 years ago - Memorial Day, freaky wind, There, superhero factoid, castrati, Skeletor and Gang, Chipotle, Joan Cusack crush
6 years ago - Gargoyle, menstrualhut troll, comparison poll, memory from DC (my evil twin), yeti @ home, monster's inc good
7 years ago - monad of John Dee, Morikami, Shrek good, Pearl Harbor bad, lj-death hoax, icky stuff, good stuff, o Mousewheel event, flash ponderings
8 years ago - subject lines, Hunter thinks that my first icon looks like I'm in the phantom zone, age difference, I have done all but the car on that list, 125 things about me
Picture, left - Larry, scrunched down a bit to magnify the "princess and the pea effect".
Post-nap, the gang did lots of yardwork - my blueberry plant is in the ground now, as are BHK's roses... and Chris's tomato plants.
Closed out the day grilling hot dogs for the family - in-laws brought beans, cole slaw and buns... nice Sunny day today. We passed on the bonfire and s'mores - we were too full of dinner to move.
Instead, we watched some recorded top gear and hung out for a bit... bedtime again soon.
Current read - Gateway by Fred Pohl. Not bad thus far - got it free from the library bookmobile about a year ago... grabbed at random from queue when I realized that I'v epolished off all the ebooks on my PDA - will reload soon, but holding an actual tree-made book is nice. Funny that the paperback is older than Adam - Heck, printed in 1980 - it's 28 years old. 1980 doesn't seem that long ago, but I was 11 at the time.
1 year ago - lime-vanilla candles, beehive / blueberry / raspberry thoughts, music to keep an eye on, earache, plato quote, zefrank interview
2 years ago - apollo's b'day, ask a ninja, atom ant, orange monkey hanger, godzilla mp3, singing fountain
3 years ago - bro stuff, lazy vibe, xanga murder, 3-d x-rays, sex offenders sans Viagra, church basement
4 years ago - messing with hello for pictures, blogspot for galleries, walkabout pics, How I feel about LJ politics, talked to a shoe-shine hobo, the pit, evil spirits. Got my wish for Doom Patrol on Teen Titans!
5 years ago - newtcam, lunch w/danny Teacher of the year!), Thracian Temple found, search test
6 years ago - talking with my bro about doing work as extras, played ps2, saw a raccoon, lj poetry (I miss that link.) , Apollo's Birthday (Speaking of scrying), laundry day
7 years ago - doppelganger, Civet in perfume, Happy-Lucky Chinese Restaurant Game, Sea Monkey Update, project Gutenberg (read Two years in the forbidden city), crap about font usage, pee-banners, caption?
8 years ago - Outings solution, Newt a little sick
NASA is bracing for “seven minutes of terror,” when an unmanned craft landing on Mars may wake a dormant robot army that could rise up to invade and crush our civilization… oh, wait. They’re saying the space ship might tip over. That’s all.
Spent most of the day shopping for a new couch and a new bed - found the bed we wanted at a decent price - we pick it up tomorrow, and our old bed goes to the blue house for storage. We have a new Queen Size pillow top marshmallow (but firm) - feels good at the store - can't wait to try it at home.
Gaming in my brain -
Next game I want to pick up is Hive. (with the mosquito ) I like the insect theme and bakelite tiles a lot - I'll have to see if Aardvark can order it for us.
Unlike the US government, Hasbro lets you print out your own Monopoly money. There are PDFs for 1,5,10,20,50,100, and 500 dollar bills.
Good for any money-handling game, really. Witch Trial comes immediately to my mind. (which uses our monopoly money more than monopoly does)
From New Scientist Tech: (or, a better use of a Newt/Pye cam?)
To try and develop a more sophisticated model, the team recorded the responses of 49 individual neurons in a part of a cat’s brain called the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN). The LGN receives and processes visual information from the retina, via the optic nerve, before sending it on to the cerebral cortex.
The data made it possible to build a software model of the LGN that can approximate how the neurons would respond to real scenes. The model was tested against scenes recorded from a “catcam” camera attached to a cat’s head.
“We chose the catcam because it was the most natural stimulus we could think of, the closest to what a cat would see when walking around,” Matteo Carandini told New Scientist. Because the catcam footage lacked elements moving independently from the rest of the scene, the researchers also used a scene from Disney’s animated film Tarzan.
The model’s predictions proved to be 80% accurate when shown artificial scenes, but this figure fell to 60% with the natural scenes or the Tarzan movie.
The ultimate goal of the research, still years distant, is to develop an implant that uses visual data to directly stimulate the LGN of blind people whose optic nerve or retina has degenerated from lack of use.
“For these people, a prosthesis in the eye doesn’t help,” Carandini explains. Only people who have recently become blind can benefit from such implants – currently being tested in humans – that stimulate the retina or optic nerve
Work on monkeys last year showed it is possible to stimulate the LGN using electrodes to alter their vision, something previously thought impossible. Software models like that developed by Carandini and colleagues would be vital for an implant to stimulate the right neurons to create a mental impression of vision.
1 year ago - birth control, thursday, Catching up with TD, good stuff, gp and kat vanishment
2 years ago - man-bear, joker laughs, day off, but on call, if meme
3 years ago - Simple short film expressing life and death, first auto-post, bears, MP calls me, zombies, rapture, flip top box, cannibal, birthday meme, RIP Thurl Ravenscroft, 6 questions meme
4 years ago - robo-scotto, LLAP-Goch, arms, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Fire Cracker Labels, freaky man-made island, bro
5 years ago - yale bombing, kiwano, doodle fizzles, D & I in There
6 years ago - dead picture trail links, bad dreams, re: pus jars, long weekend, train and bus smells, wondering what sci-fi geeks will watch with Buffy and x-files gone. Hm... I guess smallville is it? I don't watch much regular TV, ikkyu poem, ARQuake.
7 years ago - blue rosebuds, gnomon, Herman the human mole, word association, evil news, scottsquatch returns, jelly jack, Joel gorilla
8 years ago - my first user icon - ,Heather outs Alex as a cheater and a bisexual (remember kids, post something publicly on the net, and the world can see it, even people you know.)
If I could, I'd get you these Victorian "Gaslight Justice League" action figures - I think that Hawkgirl and The Flash are pretty dang keen, though my fave is the simplicity of the Martian Manhunter.
BHK had to call a plumber. Shower was backing up / drain issues, turned out to be tree roots in the line, not the conspiracy theories of flushing feminine products, popsicle sticks, or live pelicans brought forth by the lanlord-in-laws. Also, no gorillas poo in our loo.
Narrowly escaped a last minute trip to bowie.
Ordered Pizza online, ate that and the last bit of dream chocolate cake.
played 1.5 seconds of portal.
Watched the first Half of Spidey 3
Realised it was late at heck
Tucked in for snuggles with the wiferly
1 year ago - KC's bday, moved a bit, dead and breakfast, hero quiz,
2 years ago - illegal to annoy, esp poll 2, superkitty icon, yahoo-webjay, meme, sliders farewell, Japanese spidey full 1st episode, more silly quizzes, dinosaur/archosaur, family watchdog for sex preds, eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
3 years ago - Mel's not fond of my music & helpful to caterpillar, OTR, evilcorp, FBI most wanted, long list meme, word use, that silly video, no conspiracy folks?
4 years ago - Blimp, bail, accents and the start of getting a mortgage, fog of war, newt pic
5 years ago - silly entendres, pygmy cannibals, pyramid mausoleum
6 years ago - gollum toys, prayer wheels, SOP, What's he gots in his pocketses?, gollum poll
7 years ago - supes, lyrics, ghosting
I like that phrase... like an enforcer, "Tomorrow, the snake will take care of business".
Hm.. or something pornographic, maybe.
Not much today - Worked, a very long meeting midday. Got some solid brainstorming done, and possibly a good lead for some side help from BR.
Got home, and BHK made me veggie meatballs, salad, and best of all, surprised me with my dream cake of chocoate / chocolate with mandarin oranges as a garnish. Yumma.
A nice demo of Portal is available free to NVIDIA customers - I have an ATI video card, but I also have the full version, so I can't complain... especially since ATI gave me Half-life: deathmatch and lost coast.
Speaking of which, if anyone's looking to add me to a game buddy list (counterstrike, hl2, team fortress 2, etc... - I'm scottobear there, too.
ooh... lego batman video game. After I burn through the 13 or so titles I got for christmas, I'll have to look it up! Mario Party/Galaxy/HL2 are fine diversions until then!
Absinthe is legal again how'd I mis shearing about this? I wonder if BHK will want some green fairy now that it's officially ok in the usa? I'm not a huge fan, but she's got the tingle.
1 year ago - gave up on heroes and torchwood, assorted tv enjoyed, bhk and I work, took down xmas train, brown house
2 years ago - Letterman vs O'Reilly, Envisioning poll, Prof. Plum, Moon Worship, firefly crew, World Of Stuff, bike about and hoff, pictures, human skin books
3 years ago - mooshy, work hires, 300 fonts you should have (Note - porno bob, CS, sharon and jill all no longer work there)
4 years ago - Wonderful Prezzies from The East, Misc work hubbub, there.com hubbub, scary chimps, Ted Passed away.
5 years ago - Elvis, scrapple, lesbian book covers, smokers, pancake bunny passed away, Sweet comment from Rachel
6 years ago - walkies, toys, WordsEye, food
7 years ago - deoxy, st. mary's, noir
Friday - Gem show was fairly nifty... I got to fool with a $109,000 aquamarine stone, and ate some tasty dessert with the in-laws and BHK.
Positives : Played with Rocks, Tasty food, Obtained a little knowledge on Lapidary, Got some ideas about what to get BHK as presents, Rock Cutter reminded me of Todd, discovered "sno cone" cut
Negatives: 4-5 hours is too long in a folding chair, Mouthy lady across from me, Had to wear nice clothes, heavy rain, we were tardy, I notice occlusions and stone flaws too easily, BHK low blood sugar, Newt accidentally in the walk-in closet the whole time we were gone.
Final Score: More win than fail. If I had to do it again I wouldn't complain, but would plan for uncomfy chairs a bit.
Saturday - We were going to spend a little time doing chores and then go to the flyball tourney with Amy and her sisters, but got sidetracked after we were invited to breakfast with Larry and Chris. Post Bob Evans, we got the tickle to pick up our copy of Zombie Fluxx at Aardvark in Solomon's.... That sort of turned in to a family trip to BJ's Wholesale with the in-laws, once they heard we were heading south for a moment. Larry And Chris suffered a little bit from sensory overload at Aardvark's, but we were in and out quickly. Just fast enough to grab our ZF and go. I found out that they don't carry warhammer minis, but instead do war machine. I wonder if Eryx and his crew mix and match figures, or if they're purely WH? Once we got to BJ's, a quick trip for some tires for Larry's car turned into Shop-o-rama 2007. BHK and I picked up a few things that we needed, Halloween candy for the kiddies, and two wonderfully discounted wii games ($20 each) - Rampage and Ninjabread Man. Chris decided to play Santa, and bought our cart of goodies as well as their own!
While grocery Shopping, we found some Theme Chocolate -
Sexual Chocolate I've heard of... Forgiveness? interesting. Tranquil and Renew... what happens if you eat all of these at once?
On our way south, there was a trailer on the side of the road hawking flowers, apples and baked goods. By the style of dress, I thought at first that one of the vendors was Amish, but on evaluation of the trailer, she must've been Mennonite - Horses would've had a tough time pulling the thing, but a truck hitch would be fine. Also went to the post office, and got Danny's Anniversary Present, and a Fluxx card "Zombies Eat Brains" promo... you use it in the standard deck, but has a Zombie theme, to be sure (The player who has Death on the table wins if the Brain is on the table.) The Boxed version of HEY! That's My Fish! I was a cruel and heartless player, and beat BHK 3 out of 3 games. I fear my victories will grow fewer in number as we get more players - I'm much better with 4 penguins than with 2.
We also stopped off at Maerten's to get our wedding rings engraved - inside of mine will be "Wing To Wing" and BHK's will be "Oar To Oar", referencing Robert Frost's The Master Speed - last lines of which are:
Two such as you with such a master speedThe full poem is on my bio page here.
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.
Positives: Zombie Fluxx obtained (Aardvark sold out and was on it's second order!), Hey! That's My Fish!, Free Candy, Free Wii Games, Free Houshold supplies, Social time with the in-laws, ginger snaps and apples, offer to teach me old school biscuit baking techniques.
Negatives: Delayed visit to Amy for a day, no chores done - will probably have to buckle down next weekend, a little skittish about not having my wedding ring
Final Score: BIG WIN! I really can't find much to complain about getting games, chocolate and a lot of good conversation and giggles out of a Saturday. Tried Ninjabread Man, and the controls are tricky, but not bad once you're used to 'em. I bet Bugah will be quite good at it.
Sunday (Today) - I slept in until 10:30! I never sleep that late, but it must've been quite needed.
BHK and I hustled out the door to visit with Amy before she headed back for New York - got to give a friendly wave and offer support. We didn't ge tto eat together, but BHK and I took in some gorgeous weather, and went for pizza at 3 brothers - Sicilian with ricotta and garlic, BHK got meatballs on the side. Really, really good. Enough left over for dinner and for me to take to work tomorrow for lunch... and for BHK to have a nibble for lunch, too.
Stopped in Annapolis to look at couches at Jennifer's to replace the pink Torquemada-inspired beasties on the living room wall. Some solid, affordable options there... most light at the end of that tunnel yet. Nothing totally sings, but we have a few ideas about what to do now.
ATW man changed to Spidey for Halloween!
I dig his boots.
We got home and flopped in front of the TV in the treehouse, caught up with The Office, Earl, and Midnight.... and just enjoyed snuggles with Newt in bed. Chris called to invite us over for Veggie soup, but I was too pooped out to get dressed and head over there. They understood, and BHK worked our way downstairs to catch up with some of the Ugly betty and cake making challenge video we had saved there - got sleepy, and we hit the sack shortly thereafter.
Positives: walkabout, moon pies on the road with diet cranberry splash, super good pizza, maybe a new couch soon, offered Amy a chance to come visit, ATW man, Further along on couch search, lots of nice time with BHK.
Negatives: The day was too short!
Final Score: Solid win. Comfy, Autumnal, lovey day.
1 year ago - on honeymoon in SC, ripley's, voice posts
many pages of pictures taken that day! 1 2 3 4 5 Hooray for Honeymoon!
more hurricane fallout pictures taken that day
4 years ago - hospital trip, mr Charlie
5 years ago - babynamer, Drawbacks of a name, newt-tadpole pics, candy-corn thoughts, cat heroclix sculpts, PBS-SOP
6 years ago - musical coding, Network
7 years ago - Hanging out with buddies.
8 years ago - Newt's eyes begin to turn color
Went grocery shopping and then to get a Wii, but they were sold out - I nearly picked up a copy of Portal to tide me over, and may next time if the Wii isn't in stock- I hadn't seen any portal reviews on the new Orange box (Half-Life2 Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 (multi player), and Portal, plus previous releases of HL2 and HL2:episode one) I think it'll be worth picking up, possibly just for portal alone - TF2 looks pretty fun as well - I really like the "Incredibles meets First Person Shooter" school of art. I'll likely download it from Steam rather than pay for it at Target, unless the price is significantly different.
Post-shopping, we swung by the in-laws to watch The Natural with them and Louise. Not a bad movie... not as good as I remembered it, but maybe I was tired, too.
We went home, went up to our "treehouse" for a late supper of leftover Chinese food for me, and fresh cheddar on whole wheat crackers for BHK - watched the first episode of Journeyman - slow rolling but got better at the end. Quantum Leap redux - seemingly uncontrolled time travel, following a person to set things right, can bring items back and forth through time. He also seems to return to his home time, unlike Sam.
We also watched the Simpsons - corn maze / police dog episode. Poor to fair writing. I think the best part of the treehouse is just curling up with BHK and the boys for solid snuggles and comfort - especially nice at the end of the day.
It's a good thing I gobbled up what I did - our fridge is now officially *full*. I don't think anything else could be put in there, without knocking something over.
I wish I had Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic's stretchy abilities... I really don't like running up and down stairs to the treehouse with stuff or just to see what's going on once I'm settled in and comfy.
1 year ago - mostly pics and video, gaming w/danny, election rigging
4 years ago - Halloween
5 years ago - moon pie contest, luck theory, work issues
6 years ago - love song, nap-coma, Cosquilloso, por supuesto, admirer poll, 28
7 years ago - membrane keyboard, ladies man, R.A.Wilson, donations, dogma
I found out today that the family across the street from us has lived in that house for the last 23 or so years. Adam, the youngest son at age 18 has lived in the same home his whole life. I wonder how often that happens anymore? I don't think I've put more than five years of life in the same building - I didn't even spend more than 2 years in the same school until I hit 9th grade as my folks moved around quite a bit.
I'm not sure I can even imagine how intimately familiar a person comes to be with that sort of environment... that kid must know every stone and fence within a 10-mile area. He must've seen some very significant changes over the last two decades.. North Beach was a bit of a biker town before it got an influx of bay front property money. There is quite a cultural microcosm these days, but the upper-middle class seems to be taking the lead.
Today's weather is *evil* - Current Temperature is 100°F, "feels like" 109. And that's at "partly cloudy". How much hotter would it be with full-bore sun?
Totally random thought formed on the train - do the words cowherd (someone who herds cows) and coward (someone who shows fear in the face of danger) have a connection? I need to research that.
[edit - Well, I guess not. Word History: A coward is one who "turns tail." The word comes from Old French couart, coart, "coward," and is related to Italian codardo, "coward." Couart is formed from coe, a northern French dialectal variant of cue, "tail" (from Latin cda), to which the derogatory suffix -ard was added. This suffix appears in bastard, laggard, and sluggard, to name a few. A coward may also be one with his tail between his legs. In heraldry a lion couard, "cowardly lion," was depicted with his tail between his legs. So a coward may be one with his tail hidden between his legs or one who turns tail and runs like a rabbit, with his tail showing.]
BHK picks up Em tomorrow!
She'll be visiting from Thursday through Sunday. I expect a *lot* of fun and a probably a couple of interesting challenges. (She's little, and will likely miss her folks on one or two nights.)
After thinking about it, I feel that a variant of Oshi might work well with the Icehouse pyramids. (Other possibilities at the World of Abstract Games )
1 year ago - priceline beats expedia, register to vote, Chinese Ghost Festival, exfoliate/defoliate, hangin' round the ceiling, walkabout/geocache plans
2 years ago - meetings, school restarts, club shuffle, thank you - sim-sim-salabim, danny the street, vidcam hacks, google total, unf. kids books, How bona to vada your eek!, teacher, miami storm pic
3 years ago - Bro health care, lj post issues, losing some gentleness, scotto-flaws& nice things, vintage newspaper strips, no jack black as GL, funw/google searches, older archives, deep sea images, phone safe,keylogger, slowed chipmunks, JL cartoon, character makeups, europreart
4 years ago - Teen Titans, Antidepressants, narghile, steve burns, ebonics, red kryptonite poll, bro health
5 years ago - ZIM!, fun fact, fumbuckery, added newt pic to bio, after he shocked me, site reboot that didn't come to fruition
6 years ago - some thoughts about gamers/negative side, including a dragon-con flashback (that caused some upset in the role-players community), who in a crowd?, Upside-down, RPG poll, caterwaul, Name Generator, dinos in your region, Wally Caught stealing, begins the end of the WDB era at IMT.
7 years ago - grumpy, in general and regarding TV