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theodosia: (someone else)
  • Expiration dates mean very little. - By Nadia Arumugam - Slate Magazine ow.ly/19oAm

Something I've suspected, having come across varied dates and different ways of expressing this -- "use by" vs "sell by" for instance.  Obviously a lot of consumer intelligence is needed to navigate this correctly, as in looking and sniffing goods that are "overdue" but it's nice to know YOU WON'T DIE OMG if you use canned peas 6 months past their sell-by date....

On April 1st -- the first one was back in December, which was very interesting and full of free software and good educational/networking opportunities.

  • Got the Ajax include working on web pages, now I can have a uniform set of menu links that are user-maintainable. Wiktory!

This is cool, because I wanted a user-maintainable list of menu links that should go on about 20 different pages, and it'd be a drag to have to update each of them by hand... and moving the whole site into PHP or a CMS just for that one function seems like overkill, not to mention the maintanability by the user.  However, an Ajax call when the page is loaded puts a simple HTML file with the links in a list into the sidebar, for all 20-some pages.

This feels like I went up a level in Web Designer.  Small steps, small steps.

  • Baked bread machine dough in ceramic bowl w/lid, came out very well.

My previous attempt at No-Knead bread came out literally very flat, as the yeast, um, didn't work.  Yesterday I was in too much of a hurry for overnight rising, so I mixed up an egg bread batch in the aforementioned machine, and then preheated a ceramic casserole dish that has a glass lid for a half-hour in the 450F oven, then popped dough in it and let bake for like 30 minutes with the lid on, and another 10 with off, because by then it was more than dark enough.  The result has a great crust (not as great as the No-Knead, but splendid for a bread machine loaf) and is a pretty cool success.

So yesterday had TWO successes in it!

  • Um... Sunday, right? That would explain a lot.
  • On the other hand, if this is Sunday, then it's #AmazingRace day. And I can get the rest of my grocery shopping done this morning.

If I had a job, there'd be no doubt this is a Sunday.  As it is, I had to think back over the last couple days of activities (or in the case of this week, non-activity on some days).

And TAR has returned, just when a bunch of my shows were taking hiatuses or whatnot, so there's something to look forward to!

theodosia: (fishy)
  • Do you think, if I acquired a 3-pack of fineline Sharpies today, I might be able to find one when I need to write on a CD?

I can't blame this entirely on Spare Cat, try though I may.  If I searched behind the desk and other inaccessible areas, I'd probably be surprised what wonders I'd find.  As well as dust bunnies and other cruft.  Easier to buy more, really....

  • That Will Buff Out: Twilight Car Sparkles In The Moonlight Like A Fruity Vampire ow.ly/193Z9 -- My next car? Love the shiny....

My car is nearly 5 years old now, about time for a makeover, right?  Do you think I could get a deal with Swaroski, so that I could drive around for them in my swanky be-Dazzled vehicle?

  • Off to the Jobseek club, and then about a hundred errands I've let slip all week....

It was definitely a Chronic Fatigue week, more so than I've experienced generally.  Monday and Tuesday were complete wrecks, Wednesday got a little focus going with the CakePHP lesson via the Boston PHP Meetup.  It wasn't until Friday that I felt like I was on my game and making forward progress again.

  • Went to four different stores, but now I have groceries, shampoo & Sharpies.

And for all that shopping, I'm still lacking corn flakes, lemonade, and So Delicious non-dairy "ice cream", which are all main staples for me.

Honestly, it's not like the supermarkets are 30 miles away or anything.  I've just been exhausted and not wanting to face the outside world, much.

theodosia: (threesomes)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • You think the cats would know better than to try to trip me on the stairs when I'm headed to feed them, because if I DIE they don't get fed.

Seriously, Chumley?  In his haste to get to the food bowl will run UNDER my upraised foot on the staircase.  Good thing there's a sturdy handrail.

  • RT @tzikeh Rain Man of La Mancha #windmillsdefinitelywindmills -- Have I mentioned lately how much I love and admire you?

I bow before the brilliance that is [personal profile] tzikeh

  • Go Dairy Free | Sweet Sundays: No-Bake Coconut Kefir Cheesecake ow.ly/wsrQ -- OMG I have to try this....

One of the sad lacks (okay, among many) in my life is No Cheesecake Ever.  If this works, I'll be majorly happy.

I realized that since I changed the filename, I should put up a redirect page, because I've sent that URL out a bunch of times.  Is 3 seconds long enough?

  • I sort of accidentally started watching Kubrick's The Shining, but remembered I had a handy TiVo to watch it for me.

Damn, but the new TiVo just rocks and rocks.  I didn't realize how much the old TiVo's problem with switching channels (inconsistently, working maybe 80% of the time) made me have to check up on it.  Plus the two channel thing means less household conflicts, and the Suggestions work once again correctly, and and and.  I should have done this years ago, you know?

theodosia: (emu)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • RT @CindyMcLennan: I'm sorry, but doesn't "Happy Memorial Day" seem like a contradiction in terms?
    • Thought it was a sentiment worth repeating!  I've got to say, personally for me, the many mistakes in this Iraq/Afghanistan War On Some Terrorists has brought home the importance of honoring our veterans and war dead, and also... treating them well before they're veterans and/or dead.
  • How come no one told me that not only does Ethan Suplee twitter, but he's funnier than Randy Hickey? ow.ly/94bZ
    • Yeah, I feel gypped, it would have been even better to follow him during Earl's production.  It's almost always the case that it takes a damn smart actor to make a dumb character memorable.  I hope he and the other notable talents on My Name is Earl before and behind the camera get some good work that brings them back to the small screen, because they deserve it.
  • I have finished off the carton of So Delicious Coconut Milk and this will mean immediately going and replacing it ASAP.
    • Well, if "immediately" means "some time the next morning when I have a bunch of errands that will take me out there anyway."  Since I had some TJ's soy frozen dessert to comfort me, but it turns out that my morning feels incomplete without my Corn Flakes.  I have many many mornings in the past decade or two to make up for flakeless breakfasts!
  • If I ran a vegan frozen dessert company, I would TOTALLY have a flavor called Soylent Green.
    • I can just see the advertising campaign now -- "The Taste of People!"
    • I suppose we'd have to put a very little bit of lentils in, so the FDA didn't go after us.
    • And the packaging logo would have smiling green people on it....
  • Another turkey sighting in Somerville, now with Make Way For Turkeys!!! ow.ly/98Gy
    • Oh god how I want a turkey in my backyard.  ::stares, willing it with teh awesom powr of her mind::
    • And gosh, how cute are those little poults, with their big feet?
  • RT @MitchWagner: New Buffy movie coming, without Joss, Xander, Spike, Willow, etc. Feh. (via @Whedonesque) ff.im/-3fUMf FEH INDEED!!
    • I suppose there are some sound business reasons that the Kuzuis et al (original movie producers) to shop your option and see if you can make money off it, but geeze, talk about missing the point as to where the real value of the Buffy franchise lies, in Joss et alia.  None of the TV series characters except Buffy can be used anyway, since those are original to the TV series and not in the material they have the right to use.  A world of Feh on them.
theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • RT @librarythingtim: Yahoo! Answers: "Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?" tinyurl.com/p8xu5k
    • Consensus on BoingBoing is that this may be a hoax/troll, or a trial balloon run up by a student who wants to gauge exactly how much trouble s/he'd get in.  Whatever, the idea of something like this happening in real life would be cool.
  • Gronk -- thanks to cyclobenzaprine, I stayed in bed 10:30 PM to 9 AM, with a short excursion to feed cats. Best sleep in a week?
    • Yet more Better Living (or Better Sleeping) Through Chemistry -- the drug is a mild muscle relaxant, enough that it helps to knock me out and break the cycle of being too tired to sleep.  I break the pills in half, and only use them once in a while -- the last prescription lasted me for somewhere over a year.  I swear sometimes I fall asleep faster knowing that I can resort to them if nothing else works.
  • Going to see the Terminator movie with a friend later, eating Late Breakfast out in the damp-but-clean-smelling patio.
    • The chairs under the abundantly-leaved maples only got slightly damp, and the patio table wasn't wet, so I didn't have to worry about the laptop sitting in the damp, either.  Damn wonderful smell, loamy and green.  Twice there were people walking through the back garden of The Empty House, so I assume they're still showing it -- odd to have people where there Have Never Been.  If it sells, I may have to get used to it.
  • Ugly Overload: Winged Garbage Man ow.ly/8Vuk -- Damn, but I'd love to hold a bat like that! So neat.
    • Just a hyuuuuuuuuge flying fox, easily the size of a goose, upside down and evidently not distressed at all.  So cute and yet so alien at the same time.
  • oooooh! Thunder! According to the weather radar map, not close enough to worry about....
    • On second thought, it might have been guns firing blanks as part of the Somerville Memorial Day parade happening up the street, although during a later salvo, I saw Muppet belly-creeping off to a safe hidey-hole, and usually she's not fooled.
  • TERMINATOR SALVATION was a lot of fun as long as I didn't stop to think about it. Having some very good actors sure helped that.
    • went with [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara who is a grand companion for this sort of expedition.  I didn't regret paying for it -- I may work up the enthusiasm to go on a bit more, but really, it was the actors doing good jobs that sold it for me.  I think, though, on the whole I'd have preferred a version where the Big Reveal wasn't given away by the promotional trailers, which would have made it much more layered.
    • After we stopped by the big Trader Joe's in Burlington which is just down the street from the theatre.  I don't think it has any more for sale than the others, but it's stretched out with generously wide aisles so I end up feeling less crowded and stressed... and suspect that I thereby buy more.  Why else would I come home with frozen cubes of chopped garlic and also a pint of TJ's Soy "ice cream"?
theodosia: (knitting)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Fringe season finale sure didn't answer a whole lotta questions -- if the series is cancelled, the fans are s c r e w e d.
  • Well, that answers my question: Fringe PICKED UP FOR SECOND SEASON! ow.ly/6Ccp
    • What I get for being a Bad Fan, like not finding out that the renewal was in the bag.  And also that Leonard Nimoy is going to guest star for a couple episodes next season.  When I saw his name for the guest credits in the season finale, I thought it would be for some short dream sequence or something.  Kudos for them getting him.  Now we only have to wait, what, until September or something like that?
  • Stench from rotten refrigerator sickens 28; San Jose office evacuated - San Jose Mercury News ow.ly/6CDj
  • Lunch time! Turkey Helper, ice cream for dessert and a good book in the backyard to look forward to!
    • I swear that these two items have nothing to do with each other.  My fridge, except for needing a good scrubbing where there was an unfortunate OJ spill, is not now, nor ever has, nor ever will, emit a stench so strong that it will put anyone in the hospital.
    • Anyway, the poor drone who volunteered to scrub out the fateful refrigerator doesn't have a sense of smell, which makes sense why she'd keep going when an ordinary person would have opened the door, gagged, and engaged the services of a Hazmat team.
  • finished The Last Colony, sitting out in the backyard. Now in class learning about Exceptions....
    • I wondered why Scalzi named the colony planet 'Roanoke' and then DID NOT title the book 'The LOST Colony' -- but he answered that, much to my satisfaction, as the plot played out.   (And I foresightedly got Zoe's Tale from the library at the same time, so I have the parallel story ready to roll.)
    • Class was... as close to boring as it gets, last night.  First we had 45 minutes more Lab Time... which not only did I finish during Lab Time on Monday night, but then I spent some home time on Tuesday reworking a couple little things.  So if I'd come late to class, I'd have been perfectly fine.  After he went over the lab and how it could have been done (I could have shifted more operations to the Calculator class, and had to make fewer calls and many fewer lines of code) we then spent the next 2+ hours on Exceptions.
    • And, honestly -- I'm already pretty experienced in dealing with Try/Catch.  The takeaway for me was going over what this does to the Call Stack -- I likened it to having to unravel a piece of knitting if you make a mistake.  And if you've left a life-line threaded through the stitches a couple rows back, you can regress to the Last Known Good Row without having to frog the whole thing.
    • So, it's good to have a better conceptual understanding of what's going on, but really, I could have gotten that in the first half hour of lecture and demonstration.  Saturday, we're going to have an Exception lab, and then get into dealing with databases, which is my bread and butter, so yay.
  • Twisted and funny "Peanuts" parody strips --> ow.ly/6P6P
    • The rest of Medium Large is funny, too, but these strips in particular are subversive and/or sacreligious.
theodosia: (wet cat)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Fringe season finale sure didn't answer a whole lotta questions -- if the series is cancelled, the fans are s c r e w e d.
  • Well, that answers my question: Fringe PICKED UP FOR SECOND SEASON! ow.ly/6Ccp
    • What I get for being a Bad Fan, like not finding out that the renewal was in the bag.  And also that Leonard Nimoy is going to guest star for a couple episodes next season.  When I saw his name for the guest credits in the season finale, I thought it would be for some short dream sequence or something.  Kudos for them getting him.  Now we only have to wait, what, until September or something like that?
  • Stench from rotten refrigerator sickens 28; San Jose office evacuated - San Jose Mercury News ow.ly/6CDj
  • Lunch time! Turkey Helper, ice cream for dessert and a good book in the backyard to look forward to!
    • I swear that these two items have nothing to do with each other.  My fridge, except for needing a good scrubbing where there was an unfortunate OJ spill, is not now, nor ever has, nor ever will, emit a stench so strong that it will put anyone in the hospital.
    • Anyway, the poor drone who volunteered to scrub out the fateful refrigerator doesn't have a sense of smell, which makes sense why she'd keep going when an ordinary person would have opened the door, gagged, and engaged the services of a Hazmat team.
  • finished The Last Colony, sitting out in the backyard. Now in class learning about Exceptions....
    • I wondered why Scalzi named the colony planet 'Roanoke' and then DID NOT title the book 'The LOST Colony' -- but he answered that, much to my satisfaction, as the plot played out.   (And I foresightedly got Zoe's Tale from the library at the same time, so I have the parallel story ready to roll.)
    • Class was... as close to boring as it gets, last night.  First we had 45 minutes more Lab Time... which not only did I finish during Lab Time on Monday night, but then I spent some home time on Tuesday reworking a couple little things.  So if I'd come late to class, I'd have been perfectly fine.  After he went over the lab and how it could have been done (I could have shifted more operations to the Calculator class, and had to make fewer calls and many fewer lines of code) we then spent the next 2+ hours on Exceptions.
    • And, honestly -- I'm already pretty experienced in dealing with Try/Catch.  The takeaway for me was going over what this does to the Call Stack -- I likened it to having to unravel a piece of knitting if you make a mistake.  And if you've left a life-line threaded through the stitches a couple rows back, you can regress to the Last Known Good Row without having to frog the whole thing.
    • So, it's good to have a better conceptual understanding of what's going on, but really, I could have gotten that in the first half hour of lecture and demonstration.  Saturday, we're going to have an Exception lab, and then get into dealing with databases, which is my bread and butter, so yay.
  • Twisted and funny "Peanuts" parody strips --> ow.ly/6P6P
    • The rest of Medium Large is funny, too, but these strips in particular are subversive and/or sacreligious.
theodosia: (Lost)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
  • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
    I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

    Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
  • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
    And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
  • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
  • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
    I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

    But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
theodosia: (illyria)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
  • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
    I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

    Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
  • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
    And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
  • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
  • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
    I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

    But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
theodosia: (Default)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Listening a lot lately to: Lou Christie - I'm Gonna Make You Mine bit.ly/6xSJq

It's a blast of pure pop pleasure, especially when the chorus, who all sound like 16yo girls starts up

Radiology Art ow.ly/5BsP -- When Radiologists Attack! -- er, rather when they have too much time on their hands. Cool stuff!

Link courtesy of serenada! There are movies of the scans moving or working in real time, too. Ever wanted to have X-Ray vision -- well, for non-Peeping Tom reasons -- this is what it should be like.

Found Odwalla Summertime Lime on sale at the supermarket last night -- a sure sign that Summer is on its way. (Spring was sure short.)

It is exactly as yummy as I remembered -- tart, but with sugar (not HFCS) sweetness to it -- and Lime, rather than lemon.

printed out resumes and business cards for a 'Career Fair'. Career opportunities, the kind that never come....

It's a good thing I persevered and printed out two resumes, I got two different "interviews" both of which had them taking notes on it.

Went up to Ipswich for a Career Fair, talked to some hiring guys, but it was a zoo and I was probably an uninteresting anteater to them....

oOh, it was SUCH a crush -- there were maybe 20 positions open and at least 100 people passing through while I was there! And it went on for four hours, so you can imagine just how many people they had to see.

On the other hand, it's a Major Drive from here -- at least an hour in traffic. OTO other H, Ipswich and the surrounding towns you drive through are gorgeous, though I'm sure the new spring foliage helps a bit with that. Horsefarms, old buildings, a stone bridge built in 1764. The company itself has some beautiful buildings, right by the Ipswich River, which flows just outside the wide-windowed cafeteria... yeah, it might be worth it.


Today I take care of a bunch of things, including getting the switching for my fancy CSS resume online so you can all exclaim how wonderful it is (the Web UI Design manager was impressed, when I was explaining how it worked -- good to have some proof that all the work I'm doing on spec is at least recognizable as the sort of experience that a hiring manager wants to hear about) but also stuff with the house and garden, since it looks to be sunny and non-rainy and warm and stuff.
theodosia: (doctor)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Listening a lot lately to: Lou Christie - I'm Gonna Make You Mine bit.ly/6xSJq

It's a blast of pure pop pleasure, especially when the chorus, who all sound like 16yo girls starts up

Radiology Art ow.ly/5BsP -- When Radiologists Attack! -- er, rather when they have too much time on their hands. Cool stuff!

Link courtesy of serenada! There are movies of the scans moving or working in real time, too. Ever wanted to have X-Ray vision -- well, for non-Peeping Tom reasons -- this is what it should be like.

Found Odwalla Summertime Lime on sale at the supermarket last night -- a sure sign that Summer is on its way. (Spring was sure short.)

It is exactly as yummy as I remembered -- tart, but with sugar (not HFCS) sweetness to it -- and Lime, rather than lemon.

printed out resumes and business cards for a 'Career Fair'. Career opportunities, the kind that never come....

It's a good thing I persevered and printed out two resumes, I got two different "interviews" both of which had them taking notes on it.

Went up to Ipswich for a Career Fair, talked to some hiring guys, but it was a zoo and I was probably an uninteresting anteater to them....

oOh, it was SUCH a crush -- there were maybe 20 positions open and at least 100 people passing through while I was there! And it went on for four hours, so you can imagine just how many people they had to see.

On the other hand, it's a Major Drive from here -- at least an hour in traffic. OTO other H, Ipswich and the surrounding towns you drive through are gorgeous, though I'm sure the new spring foliage helps a bit with that. Horsefarms, old buildings, a stone bridge built in 1764. The company itself has some beautiful buildings, right by the Ipswich River, which flows just outside the wide-windowed cafeteria... yeah, it might be worth it.


Today I take care of a bunch of things, including getting the switching for my fancy CSS resume online so you can all exclaim how wonderful it is (the Web UI Design manager was impressed, when I was explaining how it worked -- good to have some proof that all the work I'm doing on spec is at least recognizable as the sort of experience that a hiring manager wants to hear about) but also stuff with the house and garden, since it looks to be sunny and non-rainy and warm and stuff.
theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
theodosia: (monsters)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[livejournal.com profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
theodosia: (carrots)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I joined twitter on 20 June 2007 - whendidyoujointwitter.com ?

You know, for once I was early into a trend. I should mark my calendar or something.

Flickr: jack_mord's Photostream ow.ly/4dwa -- fascinating Victorian death photos, oddities. Some very disturbing, beware!

Definitely not for everyone, beware! Like for instance, you ever really wanted to see exactly how distressing leprosy was?

Taming the Bicycle ow.ly/4eqU Mark Twain article on learning to ride a bike!

One of those high-wheeled Victorian bikes, in fact. Find out again why Twain was a famous humorist then and now.

Dandelions have bloomed in the day and a half since I've been out of the garden!

Oooh, 93F... but 20% (yes - 2 & 0) humidity. It's nice if you have some shade and a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert sandwich.

Learning JavaScript and AJAX in the backyard is harder than it looks. Wind keeps riffling the pages of the book! No, seriously!

ow.ly/4hJp The Torturing of Desired Intelligence, The Daily Dish

"I was concerned that the CIA intelligence was probably derived from torture by the Uzbek security services. Karen Moran reported back to me that the US Embassy had replied that it probably did come from torture, but in the War on Terror they did not view that as a problem."

RT @CupcakeGoth -- Cupcake Goth meets Mini Cupcake Goth: twitpic.com/463iy

[livejournal.com profile] cupcake_goth has her Gothic Charm School book coming out soon, btw. In the meantime, she's got a Mini-Me to comfort her....

RT @pollinatewildly: Maybe it would help calm the panic if we called it "bacon fever" instead (RT @paulandstorm ) #swineflu

RT @librarythingtim: "Why is Cataloging Hard?" and why to make it easier tinyurl.com/dewdg3

RT @zen_habits: Very cool:I can't stop watching this 7 second video: bit.ly/kXsde

It's truly neat -- a magnet falling through a pipe-shaped magnet sloooooowwwws its fall down. Startling, even when you know what's coming.


Wow, two or three 90 degree days and we've passed right through spring. No, seriously, it's not just the dandelions that have sprouted -- the bleeding hearts bloomed too, and all the violets, and I'm getting buds on the rose bush already. Also, the damned Japanese bamboo in the corner that I keep having to kill off has sprouted about a foot and half -- no, I'm not kidding. Today's menu of Fun includes getting out the shovel and digging down to get out some of the roots. That only stops it for a while, since the bamboo on the other side of my neighbor's house (and side street) can and does send out suckers that long.
theodosia: (Mystery)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I joined twitter on 20 June 2007 - whendidyoujointwitter.com ?

You know, for once I was early into a trend. I should mark my calendar or something.

Flickr: jack_mord's Photostream ow.ly/4dwa -- fascinating Victorian death photos, oddities. Some very disturbing, beware!

Definitely not for everyone, beware! Like for instance, you ever really wanted to see exactly how distressing leprosy was?

Taming the Bicycle ow.ly/4eqU Mark Twain article on learning to ride a bike!

One of those high-wheeled Victorian bikes, in fact. Find out again why Twain was a famous humorist then and now.

Dandelions have bloomed in the day and a half since I've been out of the garden!

Oooh, 93F... but 20% (yes - 2 & 0) humidity. It's nice if you have some shade and a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert sandwich.

Learning JavaScript and AJAX in the backyard is harder than it looks. Wind keeps riffling the pages of the book! No, seriously!

ow.ly/4hJp The Torturing of Desired Intelligence, The Daily Dish

"I was concerned that the CIA intelligence was probably derived from torture by the Uzbek security services. Karen Moran reported back to me that the US Embassy had replied that it probably did come from torture, but in the War on Terror they did not view that as a problem."

RT @CupcakeGoth -- Cupcake Goth meets Mini Cupcake Goth: twitpic.com/463iy

[personal profile] cupcake_goth has her Gothic Charm School book coming out soon, btw. In the meantime, she's got a Mini-Me to comfort her....

RT @pollinatewildly: Maybe it would help calm the panic if we called it "bacon fever" instead (RT @paulandstorm ) #swineflu

RT @librarythingtim: "Why is Cataloging Hard?" and why to make it easier tinyurl.com/dewdg3

RT @zen_habits: Very cool:I can't stop watching this 7 second video: bit.ly/kXsde

It's truly neat -- a magnet falling through a pipe-shaped magnet sloooooowwwws its fall down. Startling, even when you know what's coming.


Wow, two or three 90 degree days and we've passed right through spring. No, seriously, it's not just the dandelions that have sprouted -- the bleeding hearts bloomed too, and all the violets, and I'm getting buds on the rose bush already. Also, the damned Japanese bamboo in the corner that I keep having to kill off has sprouted about a foot and half -- no, I'm not kidding. Today's menu of Fun includes getting out the shovel and digging down to get out some of the roots. That only stops it for a while, since the bamboo on the other side of my neighbor's house (and side street) can and does send out suckers that long.
theodosia: (Mystery)
On the way home from the networking meeting, I remembered that I needed -- well, that the cats I fondly think of as mine needed -- cat litter, so I swung by the supermarket. And then I remembered that I had a $0.50 off coupon for So Delicious non-dairy frozen desert, i.e. the soy-based 'ice cream' that has enlivened my life of late, so it was off to that aisle and then a few other things that I needed...

When rounding the corner by the regular frozen food aisle I came upon an endcap of various kinds of ice cream cones. And looked down at the basket hanging over my arm, and back at the pile and said, well, why not?

So for the first time in yoicks -- perhaps not 15 years, but a considerable number anyway -- I had an ice cream cone.

And I was very very VERY happy.
theodosia: (freaking)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Watching: Gift of a face a testament to donor's enduring values - The Boston Globe tinyurl.com/dxevut

The story's about the donor for the recent ground-breaking face transplant here in Boston. The donor was himself a heart transplant patient, and though he'd signed up to be an organ donor himself, his family had to give special permission for the extraordinary step of harvestingpart of his face because they knew how pleased he would have been to help someone else that way.

not only got the garbage OUT, ditto recycling, also emptied and refilled all the litterboxes. Housekeeper WIN!


Ugly Overload: Tarsier: The Face of Evil ow.ly/2Vmw

I don't mention Ugly Overload half enough here or elsewhere, but it's a constant source of pleasure and wonderment to me. Or maybe I just find the beautiful in the ugly always.

Had Amy's Macaroni and SOY Cheeze for lunch. I can't begin to tell you how much it thrills me to have a childhood comfort food back!

What surprises me every.damn.time is how I can't tell that it's soy cheese -- how do they do it? The last time I tried a soy cheese, it was a tasteless block of vague bitterness. Perhaps I need to try some of the newer brands.

The Future of "Terminator" w/ Brian Austin Green interview. He's still hoping for renewal!!! tinyurl.com/c6y28o

I've been enjoying the HELL out of this season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles so I'm holding on to the faint hope that it gets renewed, but mostly accepting that it's going away... so that BAG is still hoping, and from this interview sounds like he's confident, makes me want to go back to crossing my fingers.

So Delicious brand Coconut Milk Yogurt is actually as delicious as their 'ice cream'. Plus yogurty goodness.

Oh ye of little faith -- I literally haven't tasted yogurt in ten years -- so why should I be so surprised that the people who make 'ice cream' that tastes so good would also be able to pull off the trick with another fake-dairy-product?

Windows Media Center appears to have disappeared off my computer today!???

In the BWUH? category, yes. Media Center recorded a program on the 14th, for goodness sake! But today, there is NO Media Center program on my computer! I was too tired last night after class to look into HP Customer Support, but once I'm woken up enough today, I think that'll be one of my projects!
theodosia: (carrots)
From my current Twitter stream, which was delayed by a few hours:

  • 22:17 Found dairy-free "ice cream" bars that are pretty damn yummy. Small but intensely wonderful! #
  • 07:10 ... gronk? ... #
  • 09:27 Hey! It's Darwin's 200th birthday today! 1808 was a good year, also 200th anniversaries of Lincoln and Mendelssohn. #
  • 09:38 Clarification -- it's 2008 that's the anniversary of Lincoln and Mendelssohn, not their exact birthdays today. #
  • 09:46 Klingon Night School! tinyurl.com/d2l8rd #
  • 15:53 Muppet makes the evening's first request for food. #
  • 19:32 entered a Worth1000 competition, woohoo! #


More detail below about the "non-dairy frozen dessert" Minis, which are playing-card-size "ice cream bars" with 90 calories each, from So Delicious. I highly recommend them, and would share them with you if not for the impossibility of getting them through the modem AND that I ate all eight of them in three days.

Clarification -- it turns out that Darwin and Lincoln are bona fide Birthday Twins! Also, it's the 100th birthday of the NAACP, which isn't coincidental.

I highly recommend the quick little Klingon Night School video, especially because all the actors are having such fun with it.

It looks like another trip to Pennsylvania is in the offing, as my turn to Mom-sit will be coming up next Thursday if all goes as planned. She's doing well, considering, but it's a good idea to have somebody with her.

And today: BOSKONE! One of the Poles about which my personal year turns. Only slightly marred by the news that we're likely to get Some Snow, but then it wouldn't be a Boskone without some travel woe.
theodosia: (carrots)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:13 Cinnamon cake for breakfast is as glorious as I could hope. #
  • 13:49 went to Arlington Trader Joe's after meeting, which is why it took me more than an hour to get home. But got YUMMY food.... #
  • 23:07 watched BSG, which was so terrific that I'm not sure if I'll be able to sleep. Hatch really got a grand role in this story, didn't he? #


Somehow sounds like I was food-obsessed yesterday -- that was the cinnamon swirl box cake, which still has the curse of being made from a mix, however, with extra virgin olive oil and non-caged organic eggs.

(On Dirty Jobs this week, Mike Rowe goes to an Arizone olive farm where we see extra virgin olive oil being pressed from fresh-picked olives. Which is why I will always buy extra-virgin if I can, because it's as fresh, as unadulterated, as you could ever want.)

I had a networking meeting, which had a good speaker about the mature job-seeker with some good food for thought (my dates/years of experience on my resume may be "mechanically" eliminating me from some searches that are set to look for 3-5 years!), and talked to a carpenter who could be willing to trade some home repairs for a website to promote his business.

I needed to do a little shopping, so I decided on a whim to seek out the Arlington Trader Joe's, which is on paper no further away than the one in Cambridge. However, from Watertown where the networking event is, you got through a ton of picturesque Watertown and Belmont and Arlington back roads, which have all these great houses/estates over winding hills and all. I also finally got to see up close the big concrete water tower that you see at the top of the hill as you zoom up Route 2- I've always wondered about that, and how you get there. Now I know.

TJ's is as good as ever, but the small parking lot was mega-crowded and it was a wonder that I didn't have somebody trying to grab the parking space as I was pulling in. Given that the way back from that TJ's is down a rather slow Mass Ave (all lights and local traffic), I'm actually better off with the Cambridge site, but it was a nice short way to have an Adventure.

I ended my day with Battlestar which was SUCH a terrific episode, paying off the previous three in some genuinely shocking but so logical ways. Totally worth the wait with the writer's strike and all.
theodosia: (Dodo)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:04 I'm expecting GOOD things from 2009. ::glares fiercely:: #


  • 08:14 Can I make it a full day without playing computer solitaire!? #


  • 09:57 sees the temp has soared to a blazing 9F. Still not going O U T #


  • 12:34 is amusing herself learning different ways to fold paper cd cases. #


  • 14:18 Considering getting certified for PHP. Would have to learn PHP first, though. #



Didn't in fact make the whole day w/o solitaire, but at least I waited until dark, and did my Wii Fit and balanced my checkbook and a number of other homely tasks.

Tried using quinoa instead of rice with my reheated Chinese food, which was... interesting, but not really enthusiasm-making.

Mom is definitely not making the Big Family Party on Saturday -- too far to travel, she's too frail, doesn't want to spend the night in a strange place. Did I mention here she's on supplemental oxygen and has to use a Rascal to get around inside the campus? So her worries have a true basis rather than just being psychological. My aunt's convinced it's all panic attacks, but really, it's the physical condition (especially lack of breath) bringing on the panic.

If it wasn't for the Mom situation, I'd be completely happy about the weekend party and family gathering!

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