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6th-Apr-2017 09:59 am - LJ -> DW
So I migrated my content to Dreamwidth a while ago and have been posting from it since then. I have the same username in both places and you should totally "subscribe" and give me "access", if you like. I'm disabling comments on LJ for future entries. Curious if there's a way to freeze commenting on all past entries but also suspect it doesn't matter much.

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19th-Jan-2017 04:45 pm - health, travel planning
The eustachian tube of my right ear is getting blocked up. crackle crackle. Decongestants and spicy things?

Tonight I'm taking the overnight train down to Maryland, then the MARC down to DC to march with several friends and coworkers. I've got a couple of external batteries charged and ready. I built a transparent backpack out of 2.5 gallon Hefty slide-lock bags and gorilla tape - we'll see what security thinks of it I guess? I have crackers and cheese and salami that I'm going to cut up to bring with me. I may bring a large notebook and some markers for making signs on the train, although my plan is mostly to sleep during the ride.

I am feeling a bit touch deprived. I want to snuggle with a dog and curl up with a favored human on a soft surface.

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3rd-Jan-2017 03:18 pm - This is only a test
Let's see what it does!

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4th-Nov-2016 09:55 am - dreams
Dreamed I was somewhere breezy and warm with lots of beds. It was getting dark so I was going around closing the windows, or mostly closing. There were hanging fabrics and people were off somewhere like on a porch or a beach. The light was warm.
21st-Oct-2016 05:04 pm - NECTR etc
I took off work Thursday through Monday and went to NECTR, the Northeast Connecticut Region Ember Art Festival. Jesse and Jon and Zev went early and set up lots of things, and Sam and I went on Thursday. I brought a few layers that I didn't use. The pants I brought were fantastic. I got them for winter bike riding last year but they work just fine to keep your legs warm in the woods when it's approximately freezing.

I had a lovely trip, but didn't make enough art or take enough photos. (re photos, pretty sure no one should ever take away my camera. a better solution would have been airplane mode. rawr.)

Walking and tripping around NECTR reminds me of all the previous similar experiences there. There was a point where I was being offered Tuaca, aka Liquid Sex, a citrus vanilla liqueur, and couldn't manage to take a drink. Someone would take it away from me when I couldn't stop laughing, and the process would repeat. I don't remember what I was experiencing, but it was amazing.

Dishes worked well. +1 for occasionally boiling water to add to the dishwater when it gets later and colder. We had enough shelving. I want to get a bunch more buckets for food on the shelves. Sending an email about produce was a good idea. You should explicitly tell people "look at the food shelves. If you brought it, take it home with you." next time.

This has been open in a tab for a few days so I guess I'll post it.
2nd-Jun-2016 10:36 pm - To done
Planted more things, went jogging, ate dinner, moved some art supplies from one box to another, pet the cat, watched most of season two of Legend of Korra.
5th-Feb-2016 09:17 am - 31
Apparently I skipped 29. Too late now.

So! 31.
Tell me about the number 31.
Or about what you were doing/what your life was like when you were 31.
Or what you hope/believe/plan for when you will be 31.

31st-Jan-2016 09:00 pm(no subject)
I suspect that it is a rare January 31st that will see me on a rocky 3 hour hike at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Counting blessings.
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21st-Nov-2015 12:30 pm - Just a test
Did a bunch of chores this morning. This app's text editing is still kind of wonky. Though not as bad as on Android? Going to Brickbottom open studios and maybe the Importance of Being Earnest later today.
22nd-Jun-2015 10:01 am - updatey
Spent my time falling asleep last night planning to get up and take my meds. oops. Maybe just taking that one early today.

I'm getting really tired of the phrase "for some reason". It usually feels they're saying "this isn't in any way my fault" or slightly accusing "you should have already handled this".

Went up to the Firefly site yesterday and spent a few hours moving logs and sticks and rocks and hauling on rope with Jesse​. My shoulders and upper back are sore today, but it feels really good.
1st-Jun-2015 11:15 am(no subject)
Yesterday I did some laundry and transplanted tomatoes in the rain and snuggled my cat and bought some clothes that I hope will be useful to me, and people fed me and made music and snuggled and relaxed in the hot tub under the falling drops.

On Saturday I drove out to Hudson and picked up my dad, and we drove to Tolland MA to open my grandparents' cabin with my sister and aunt and cousin. I talked to my cousin Alex about our respective jobs in IT, and climbed onto the roof to sweep off pine needles and moss. The pond there is still low; they're in the process of refilling it for the summer.

Tonight I am going to Dorchester to visit people I haven't seen in ages.

I am really valuing being able to go somewhere and eat dinner there with friends. I enjoy cooking, but don't tend to make much time for it on my own, and making big batches of things leaves me with repetitive food. This only works if I have a car, but I usually do.
7th-May-2015 04:59 pm(no subject)
yay all tests negative. I could use the good news today. *sigh*
27th-Mar-2015 03:18 pm(no subject)
One of my coworkers is a relatively new dad, and he's working from home a lot in the past couple of months. I'm disappointed that we don't have a paternity leave policy where I work. I'm curious what places do offer that. Is it mostly a new shmancy tech thing (if that), or is it basically unheard of unless you live in Sweden?
27th-Mar-2015 09:11 am - win!
The 47 was just pulling away as I exited the stairs at Central. Ran for it, but she didn't see me/look and didn't stop at the first stop around the corner. I slumped theatrically and got on with walking it. A short school bus rolled up next to me and the woman inside signaled that I should get in. "I saw you running! Get in! We're gonna catch that bus!" And I held on and told her she was the best and thanked her and a few stops later I jumped out and banged on the windows as the bus was about to pull away again, and the driver stopped and let me on. "I didn't see you."

I hope she learns to look in her right side mirrors more frequently. Anyway, thank you lovely school bus driver. You made my morning into a joyful, exciting and victorious adventure.
24th-Feb-2015 11:33 pm - About Time

Watched the film About Time tonight. Cute and fun and interesting.  Also,  like some other nice things, does a very good job promoting the ideal of the heteronormative nuclear family.

reminded of today 8 years ago, which was a bad time for me.

5th-Feb-2015 12:32 am - 30
Tell me about being 30. Or the number 30. What was happening? Who were you? Any advice?

(I remember someone's take being "thank god that's over with", although right now I'm just comparing it to someone else's 30th and being mopey.)
31st-Dec-2014 02:22 pm - vacation
I have done a million things like spend Christmas with my family and visit the UU church that my mom's been singing at and go on nice long dates with people and get book recommendations and books (Codex Seraphinianus and Monroe's What If). And spend loads of time over at Rainbows helping/prodding with Jesse and Ellie, wiring and hauling drywall and running errands and making foods and all that. Haven't done things like drop off my prescription or call the HVAC people or get a vet for my cat or respond to the mortgage people (for fuck's sake can't they just use e-mail?) or schedule an initial PT appointment. Have paid off bills and done laundry and snuggled the cat. Would like to see a movie. Would like to take that day-trip I've been planning. Looking forward to seeing various folks tonight and a bit sad that I won't see all the people, and also trying to remember that it's healthier to do reasonable things than seemingly-or-emotionally-logical but actually probably unhealthy things.

Lit candles with friends on Solstice.
23rd-Nov-2014 11:14 am - Spinach squares recipe
Spinach Squares

4 tbl margarine
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbl chopped onion
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 lb. sharp cheddar, grated
2 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained

Preheat oven to 350. Put margarine in 13x9x2 baking dish and melt in oven.
In a large bowl, beat eggs well, then add flour, milk, salt & baking powder.
Mix well.
Add grated cheese & spinach, mix.
Spoon into baking dish and level off. Sprinkle with seasoned salt, if desired.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Remove and let cool for 45 minutes, then cut into bite-sized squares.

Makes 40 to 60 squares.

Freezes well. To serve: defrost & reheat at 325 for 12 minutes.
18th-Nov-2014 09:01 am - upgraded my phone as of 2 nights ago
*does a little dance*
It's mostly a game of "How Well can you Read Directions" plus "How Strong is your Google-fu". Still. Am pleased.
26th-Sep-2014 04:25 pm - updatey
I found out a couple of days ago (while browsing for non-kindle e-book readers) that my Kobo touch has had firmware updates available forever. So that's cool. It doesn't fix any of the issues I have with it: cannot zoom in on images in .epub files, cannot connect to WPA2 Enterprise networks (which, at businesses and colleges, is kind of the thing that gets used), and still no note-taking app. They added a new layout, chess, and access to an app/service called Pocket, which might be remotely useful if I could use the wireless at work with the device.

I'm currently reading Salt and The Windup Girl. I think I've abandoned Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Mostly I just got tired of the way the main character talks about women, I think. Felt the same as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. May give up on Windup Girl. Recently finished The Dervish House, but it mostly didn't grab me. Something about rich white dudes.

I'm curious about books like Salt, and Germs, Guns, and Steel, about history and how we got to where we are now, and travel things like Bill Bryson's stuff and Adams' Last Chance to See, but written by women.
6th-Aug-2014 01:25 pm - daily
grah emacs. almost got it. can chmod the file, edit it in emacs, then chmod it back. hassle, but, fine. unless there's some issue with the directory's security as well.

Yesterday toomanydeaths and nyarasha came over and made me "happy birt" (half birthday) dinner out of Dave's Fresh Pasta and sauces, and peach icecream from J.P. Licks, and it was lovely. fennel visited and we all snuggled on the couch for a while.

After driving fennel home I passed a group of four or five raccoons wandering the neighborhood on Paulina. Those things are big.
1st-Aug-2014 05:16 pm - reading, near-future fic
I'm reading Permutation City and being reminded of reading So Yesterday. The first came out in 1994, the other in 2004. They're both near-future sci/spec fiction, and it's fascinating.

So Yesterday talks about the grainy photos our protagonist was able to take with his cellphone. A lot of people are pretty happy/impressed with their phone cameras these days.

Permutation City talks about computing power as a public resource (and the costs of creating and running large virtual environments). It reminds me of the terminals of yesteryear and how internet access is a utility these days. We pay for bandwidth, but not so much for how resource-hungry our habits are. Or, at least, if we're doing really intense stuff, we tend to use our own expensive computers, or industry/academic resources. (Correct me?)

DOOM was released in 1993, Wolfenstein 3D in 1992.
Folding@home, Spore, and Second Life, WoW, etc all come to mind.

Books seem to need to describe in meticulous detail what their character's shiny tools and environments are like and what they do. In many cases they don't exist yet. I suspect in other cases, even if there's a current version, they'll date themselves severely by using any brandnames, e.g. the movie Frequency talking about investing in Yahoo! stock.

Having just read The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince, this feels kind of dusty. Let's brush off the old near-future post-humanism, where uploading our brains is still incredibly expensive and we can't grow new bodies for ourselves and matter fabricators/replicators don't exist yet.
18th-Jul-2014 02:43 pm - more books
I am starting The Quantum Thief. So far it is very cyberpunk, a bit much to try to grasp all at once, and also very French. Prison escapes, beautiful ladies, murder mysteries and chocolate shops.
17th-Jul-2014 06:16 pm - book
Finished The Dispossessed. (Didn't realize I'd already read a book from that universe: The Word for World is Forest.) Enjoyed it! It encompasses a bunch of time and space, and the societies/philosophies described are interesting. I feel like I haven't seen positive written examples of a functioning society so close to communism before. Also there's a bit of the Buddha thing going where our hero is shielded from the suffering of the common people when he is brought to a new place.

After I finished, and after I decided to get angry at life yesterday, I became displeased with the portrayal of the nuclear stick-together family as the ideal, strong, home-feeling for our protagonists. Which is fine; plenty of stories have loving monogamous partnerships in them. In this story they're the odd ones out; they're bucking the trend by living together and raising their children as a whole family unit.

I feel like I should have more to say on the socio-political stuff going on in the story. I like that there's a Terran embassy and I'm curious about the history of how it all came to this.
11th-Jun-2014 09:50 am - Mundi
So Mundi seems to be doing all right with the collar-with-bell I put on her last night. It feels pretty strange, though. Suddenly she's not a cat, she's a cat with a bell on. More item, less person? The bell is a way of making her a convenience. Also now I can tell where she is whenever she moves. I have no idea if this will make her less effective at killing things (Internet commentary seems to vary) - haven't seen any remains recently, but we're both spending more time outside now. There are juvenile sparrows and maybe cardinals at the birdfeeders, though.
20th-May-2014 04:06 pm - Health
Clean bill of health! Yay!
13th-May-2014 09:46 am - HR Giger
Rest in peace, HR Giger.

My dad showed us Alien when I still lived at home. :) Doing it right.

Reading up on links from the article has lead me to the artwork Penis Landscape, and a bunch of pieces about censorship.


9th-May-2014 12:32 am - RIP
radioactiverich, I will miss you. My most recent memory of you is when you came to Rainbow House and played guitar and keytar. It was lovely and fun and I looked forward to many more - I loved your music and enthusiasm.
12th-Apr-2014 06:21 pm - Soil?
I remember someone recently posting about where to get large amounts of soil or compost for cheap, but can't find it.

27th-Jan-2014 04:57 pm - movies
Also, I'm very much not the only one who noticed the similarities between the Animatrix's "Beyond" and the portal/gravity disturbance in Thor 2. Curious if other videos have done that.
27th-Jan-2014 04:53 pm - let's slow...
Yesterday we broke walls down and made a huge amount to dust and then fled the house to recover. We removed stains and gave tours and primed walls and explored hidden-away places.

There are bits of space that act differently, here. The dust doesn't settle. It barely moves. Paper sits there spinning and water pretends to be a lava lamp. It doesn't feel much different to pass a hand through, or anything else for that matter. We're pretty sure it's just gravity, not time. I'm wondering how to mark them out or use them as accents in future decor decisions. Unsupported flower bouquets? Battery blinky lights?

7th-Jan-2014 10:57 pm - baking!
I took the four overripe bananas we had and made banana bread, and it is delicious. Thanks to Nora for the inspiration.
13th-Dec-2013 08:00 am - ice!
Took the T Monday and Tuesday, because there was stuff on the ground. Biked afterward - ice on the Charles, first time this season.
4th-Dec-2013 05:09 pm - om nom
So swiss chard is great. Maybe leafy greens aren't so scary after all. Like most meats, cruciferous edibles didn't factor a whole lot in my early years. Except for broccoli.

Learning how to cook with them all is fun! Also, learning how to cook new foods with people I like is fun!
25th-Nov-2013 04:11 pm - thanks for the onions
Dear past Emily,
You have given me tasty ingredients for soup. Thanks!
9th-Nov-2013 04:28 pm - weekend thus far
Can has car. (Ford focus zx5 - need to drive it a hundred miles and get it reinspected. And get the Somerville permit stuff. But otherwise good. Insured, titled etc.)

Went to the Kim Boekbinder show at The Middle East last night - that was neat. Have had otherwise a frustrating weekend thus far. Should do useful things, poke at bike lights, maybe groceries. Winter soup ingredients? Go for a long drive?
5th-Nov-2013 04:49 pm - Word of the Day: Twee
I keep running into this. Are we adopting it?

Twee: Overly quaint, dainty, cute or nice. Affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint.
24th-Sep-2013 10:28 am - workplace
I think this is the first time they heat has gone on this season.
20th-Sep-2013 09:33 am - ear update
It's nice and also interesting to have (some, intermittent) hearing out of my left ear again.
5th-Sep-2013 11:38 pm - It Was A Day
Originally posted by ursulav at It Was A Day

It was a day a little bit like today

the way the clouds threw shadows over the hill

the day you realized that you weren’t going to find your future.

You were never going to go to Mars

or Pern

or Krynn

You were never going to open the door that led, inexorably, to Narnia

(or even Telmar, you weren’t picky, and you were confident of your ability

to lead the revolution.)

Inigo Montoya was not going to slap you on the back

and invite you to take up the mantle of the Dread Pirate Roberts.

There would be no sardonic Vulcans or Andorians;

you would never be handed an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

That was a strange day.

It ranked up there with the day that you realized that everybody else saw the you in the mirror, not the you inside your head. Not the you that was lean and tough and clever, not the you with perfect hair and a resonant voice that never said “Um….?”

Not that you.

No, they got the one that was fat and wobbly and stiff inside with terror, the one who was a little scared of eye makeup, the one who wore black because it was better to be freaky than pathetic.

You were never terribly fond of that you.

It was a day not at all like today

a day where the sun shone very brightly around the edges

that you realized that you could write that future.

You could blot out all those old arguments in your head by asking each character “What happens next?”

“And what do you say?”

“And are there ninjas?”

It wasn’t the old future, but it was close.

(Besides, by that point, you’d realized that Inigo probably bathed once a month and that when people stuck you with swords, you’d fall down and shriek, and also that your feet hurt. And writers get indoor plumbing

and birth control pills if they can get them.)

It was a rather odd day

though not entirely unexpected

when you met the people who were angry with you.

It took awhile to figure out. Much more than a day, in fact.

Eventually, it came to you that those people had a future, too,

but they hadn’t quite realized they weren’t going to find it

and they blamed you for the fact it wasn’t here.

You were not the sort of person that lived in their future.

You were still too fat and too wobbly and much too weird, and you laughed too loudly

like a good-natured hyena

and you were not supportive of their high and lonely destiny.

And if you were here and their future wasn’t

it was probably your fault

and if you went away

maybe they’d get to go to Mars after all

pal around with Tars Tarkas

have phone-sex with the Pierson’s Puppeteers.

They got very mad about it.

You pictured them hopping,

arms and legs going up and down

like angry puppets

when somebody pulled the string coming out of their crotch.

It was all very strange.

It was a day sort of like last Tuesday

or maybe the Friday before last

when somebody came up

with a copy of your book

it was dog-eared and they looked like they might cry

and they said “Thank you.”

It was a day.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

30th-Aug-2013 09:23 pm - Of Montreal

I'm currently listening to The Sunlandic Twins.
The Of Montreal tracks that I have enjoyed previously
are both on Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Also, Death of a Shade of a Hue
reminds me of Philip Glass...
22nd-Aug-2013 11:02 am - 21
biking at dusk
watching dancers in the square
21st-Aug-2013 10:10 am - 20
Watching old favorite shows with friends
Making sauce for dinner, every vegetable but the mushrooms picked from the garden.
18th-Aug-2013 08:39 pm - 18
brunching on pancakes and bacon in a cabin in the woods surrounded by friends
17th-Aug-2013 06:16 pm - 16, 17
FantaStic performances, biking at Night, sleeping In.

NotSureWhatKinD Of InputMyPhoneThinksThisIs, But...Um.
15th-Aug-2013 10:10 am - 14
For gardening!

So many green tasty things, many fewer weeds.
14th-Aug-2013 11:25 am - 13
For communication and things being okay
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