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theodosia: (wet cat)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[personal profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (fandom likes threesomes)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[livejournal.com profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (Default)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [livejournal.com profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
theodosia: (Default)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [personal profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
theodosia: (carrots)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:31 I found my plastic Magneto statuette on the floor, proof that Spare Cat is a) exploring and b) resents evil mutants. #
  • 08:31 Looking at: Warming to the cult of Snuggie -- Not quite enough to make me want one, though! tinyurl.com/yo7q8m/c/a/2009/03/29/LVT ... #
    Seriously, the pictures look like it was quite the fun party, and the decorations of the Snuggies are remarkably creative....
  • 11:35 Realizes she is delaying final revision of resume. Before it goes beneath the eagle eyes of the career counselor, that is. #
  • 12:51 Finished revision, sent off! My entire life, hopes & dreams in 8.5x11 one-sided paper, spell-checked and neatly marginated. SIGH #
    Yet there was some ego boo that I could put together something that has that much truthiness in it, and that it may well be a competitive resume that can get me some interviews. Interviews would be nice. I interview well, but I'm not getting to that point in this hiring market.
  • 15:49 Put up a bunch of offers on the Time Trade org -- web design, photo retouching, IKEA assembly and more. I can DO stuff!#
    Another ego-boost! No seriously, listing out some of the services that I can provide/do well, even the off-the-wall one of putting furniture together? I can't do carpentry, but by damn can I wield the mighty Hex Allen Wrench like I pulled it out of a small stone....
    http://timetradecircle.org/ will give you more detail on how timebanking works, for those who are intrigued.
  • 17:11 Past time I went out to the learning mine. Lift that algorithm, tote that design pattern. You compile 40 lines and what do you get? #
  • 19:13 Elderly patients with multiple ills tinyurl.com/ck86gx
    Particularly because Mom certainly qualifies as one of them, and it's a difficult area for doctors to deal with. Luckily, the doctors at Mom's community are used to dealing with these cases, which is something of a comfort!
    #
  • 20:27 Sorry to hear the news about Andy Hallett, Lorne from Angel, a nice and gracious actor. #
theodosia: (fishy)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:44 Spare cat played with feathery-toy-on-a-stick last night for a minute before remembering she was scared and closet-retreating. #
    CeCe has been here nearly a week now, so it may be time to start introducing her to the Resident Cats, who have been sniffing suspiciously at the door, not to mention being frustrated there's a Forbidden Room (no doubt with the corpses of previous cats on display....)
  • 08:28 LivingSocial's PickYour5: "movies you grew up on" tinyurl.com/d2dc6x #
    For the record: Silk Stockings, Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Fantasia!
  • 09:32 Looking at: Lawyers, Guns and Money: "A Fool And His Money" tinyurl.com/daeqlq #
  • 12:17 Just noticed that the decrepit, unimproved pink house behind me is having an Open House, and toured it, seeing the original setup mine had! #
    It's on offer for 265K, which considering it's got obvious water damage and original kitchen fixtures from the 30s and 40s, horrible linoleum floors and so on, makes me feel much better about how much my house might fetch. Also, it gives me some idea of what my house looked like when it was built -- window-pane doors between the kitchen, dining room, living room, hall! Beams on the ceiling, light fixtures, door handles! Tile walls in the kitchen, which I actually rather liked! And the bathroom was arranged so the toilet was under the eaves, which makes more sense to me!
  • 15:44 Went to Time Traders orientation, a time/services barter bank, you can get gardening in exchange for web design or tutoring or whatever. #
    Sounds very cool and there were people eager for web site work, too, but they also will "trade" car trips. I'm such a lousy gardener, it would be good to even get weeding help! It's a time BANK so you don't have to trade tasks only with the person who does for you.
  • 19:16 working on rehabbed resume. Counselor told me it's OK to be truth-adjacent. #
  • 19:17 I think I'm going to have macaroni & soy cheese, plus ice soy-cream, while watching TAR after this. #


I earned that ice creamfrozen non-dairy dessert -- the rehabbed resume now fits onto one page, and is well beyond the "first draft" stage, though I expect I'll want to make more changes once I run it past the career counselor, which I'll do after I take one more good look/touch-up this morning.

Talked to Mom yesterday, she's tentatively hopeful about meeting the doctor on Wednesday -- cross your fingers, everyone!
theodosia: (broadminded)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:24 Looking at: Portraits From A Walk Through LA -- wonderful! www.good.is/?p=15843 #
  • 07:51 There must be a little ice coating the tree branches, you can see them gleaming in the sunrise light outside my window. #
  • 10:13 ...the upside of being unemployed -- watching Heroes over breakfast. #
  • 12:21 I should be more excited about U2 playing the Somerville Theatre tonight, but mainly it's going to screw up local traffic. I am OLD. #
  • 16:03 Huh. Elijah Wood may be playing Iggy Pop in a biopic. Fannish worlds colliding.... #
  • 20:16 Looking at: Own a Frank Lloyd Wright home - Boing Boing tinyurl.com/clufr9 #


U2 IS playing the Somerville theatre on the 11th. That's the old movie house/concert venue about a mile from here, right in the middle of Davis Square, so I guess that means we're Trendy again. I hate trendy the way that Lou Grant hates perky.

Anyway, it was already screwing up traffic yesterday, because the police blocked off the street behind the theatre so that hyuuuuuuge equipment trucks could park. I know this because to get around the damned traffic and over to the post office to drop off a letter that couldn't wait, I had to take a strange little detour, so I got to see it from like three different angles.

I am SO not driving in that direction today, if I can possibly help it.

(I understand that the FLWright house link from yesterday was munged, so here's another, since Boing Boing linked to it. Yes, I scooped BB, go team me. Stick with me, kid, we're going places.)
theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))

zombie-protest, originally uploaded by Secretly Ironic.

This picture is a couple years old, even, but I just came across it and had to share. Zombie March in Davis Square.

Especially the "These Colors Don't Lurch" sign....

theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))

sunset over Medford, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Took a walk yesterday along the Mystic River, admiring the clouds and the light....

theodosia: (northwest)

Not my picture, but one from the T station that I go to all the time, and it's a great title, too.

theodosia: (northwest)

snowstreet, originally uploaded by moxie58.

To make my morning commute a little more interesting -- there's a whole lot of traffic, and slow downs because the cross-Cambridge that's probably the most efficient still has lots of schoolbuses and lights and crossing guards -- I snapped a bunch of pictures this morning.

Yesterday we got whomped with a good healthy snowstorm, which had snow that was oddly light AND oddly clingy. The end result was a sugar-coated world, and the snow is still hanging in there on a lot of branches and basically anything that sticks up or out or was in the direction of the wind that was blowing.

I have to say, it makes the drive far more interesting if you're looking for opportunities to snap a picture beofe the car ahead of you moves on.



Click on the link if you want to see more pictures of wintry traffic and wintry neighborhoods!
theodosia: (dief)
Woke up gronky, perhaps because I took a Tylenol PM in anticipation of needing sound sleep last night. I got it, but the sleepiness seems to want to stick around for most of the morning, so I was off to school just on the late side, which means sitting in traffic on the short stretch of Route 2 from the light at Rindge Avenue down to the turn off for the surface road to the shopping center where my morning classes are.

It's only about a quarter mile, but damn if it isn't one of the slower parts of a very slow drive.

So this morning there I am, waiting through yet another light, when I notice that the car behind me is being driven by woman who looks mysteriously like [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara, with the right ornaments hanging down from her rear view mirror, and in the right sort of car, too. Which to my tired brain takes a couple minutes to penetrate that yes, it most like IS her.

So I may have made a fool of myself by beeping and waving at some complete stranger, but hey, if it WAS her, it was one of those cool coincidences to run across a neighbor in an unlikely place....
theodosia: (art!)

Reston The Rooster, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Remember the chicken down the street? I don't think I've seen him in a year or so, but there he was in the windowbox this morning! Had a nice conversation with the owner, who encouraged me to pet him! He's so glossy, the picture doesn't half do him justice!

And you can see the street reflected in the window behind him. I love this camera, I think.

GIP & Link

Jun. 9th, 2007 07:44 am
theodosia: (Dodo)
There's a whole lot of wonderful pictures in the Dodo book, but I found a really lovely reconstruction on the Wikipedia site, so I made myself an icon because who couldn't love a dodo, really?

And in other news, I was highly amused by the following, not the least because it mentions the "hill country town" of Somerville. (Somerville does have 7 hills, most of which would make a San Fransiscan snicker.)

Banjo Player Sought In Hootenanny Spree

The Onion

Banjo Player Sought In Hootenanny Spree

BOSTON—"These constant hootenannings must stop," said Mayor Menino, a staunch critic since Faneuil Hall's doors were forcibly removed and used as a dancing surface.



theodosia: (monsters)
You know, I'm proud of my true-blue Lefty convictions, as leery of official screwing up as anyone could be, ready to take news reports with large grains of salt as necessary, my antenna quivering to detect hypocrisy or unexamined assumptions or plain stupidity.

(Not that the Bush-Cheney Administration hasn't given me a lot of antenna-quivering... if anything, it's sharpened my detection skills to an unheralded height.)

So it's made me shocked this past week to be thrust into the role of defending the local response to the "Mooninite Attack" here in Boston, on a couple of fronts.

First, I think I know enough about police procedure that I don't find it at all stupid that they went on full alert after more of the "Lite Brite" devices were found in other sensitive locations that would be prime terrorist targets. Just because the first one -- or several -- have been found to be harmless doesn't mean the tenth one doesn't have C4 in it (even if it's not the way to bet). Sometimes, obvious bombs are actually devices intended to hurt the police and are specially designed (it's called a secondary trigger) only after you've disabled the first, most obvious trigger.

This many "devices", you've got to treat them with major seriousness, at least until you get very reliable information, such as, say, the media organization coming forward to own up to them. And by then, it isn't beyond the realm of possibility for copycats to fake up a real bomb or two, so you've still got to be professionally paranoid about taking them down.

Add to that -- which was not covered much by the news media at the time -- there were two other, unconnected, fake pipe bombs called in that afternoon -- not that they were specifically known to be "fake" at the time, either. One appears to be entirely coincidental in the timing, since it was a disgruntled ex-employee of a hospital. I don't know about the one found at the Longfellow Bridge, and that may well be a real copycat, hoping to capitalize on the emergency.

At any rate, the sequence of events added up to a 'Perfect Storm' situation for the police, and then the governments, of the three cities involved -- you're going to have to put a lot of resources in the field, alert the police in other nearby towns to be on the lookout, call out extra police to control traffic, the utilities to check their stuff, and hospitals and ambulances to go on alert in case there are major fatalities.

The news that most of the Mooninites have been in place for two or three weeks is merely the cherry on the egg on your face afterwards -- just because something has been in place for a while is not proof of harmlessness, not to mention that when most of them were officially "found" it was not known how long they'd been up.

No wonder the politicians were running off at the mouth later on, I can't imagine that there wasn't a fair amount of emotion involved for all. (I'm relatively sure that mayors must get regular nightmares about their cities getting bombed, et cetera.) Thank goodness we have judges who get paid to be objective about whether a charge such as "hoax device" gets applied to two hapless (and unpaid yet of their $300 fee) artists who very much didn't expect their installations to get so majorly misinterpreted.

And here's the thing for me, the true-blue Liberal-with-a-capital-L -- I'm actually defending these politicians, and I suspect that if I were writing about another city somewhere that went a little crazy over some Lite Brite devices I'd be much more condemnatory about Political Stupidity On Parade... but these are my stupid politicians foaming at the mouth... and even if they're sounding stupid, I have some real confidence in their earnestness and honesty, and some solid hope that in the bright light of days after the Attack of the Mooninites, some useful lessons learned might emerge.

So... they're Idiots, but they're My Idiots, or at least my Home Team, which is, in its way, shocking to me, or at least making me reflect on a lesson learned of my own.

But let me add one thing -- after all this is over, I'm more confident than I was of my metropolitan area's possible response to a Real Threat. We just got a Full Dress Rehearsal of the real thing, with all the players called in and functioning... and because Turner Broadcasting is actually stepping forward and accepting responsibility, we'll have somebody else actually paying for it, too.

Nobody hurt and/or died, lots of excitement and practice for city personnel, an emergency managed so smoothly that it wasn't until I and a bunch of others were listening to the evening news that we found out, a harmless cartoon getting some publicity and Turner Broadcasting acting responsible? And a serious bill for all this being picked up? Yeah, in more ways than one, a Perfect Hoax.
theodosia: (monsters)
Um, in case anyone is interested, I was working all day yesterday just blocks away from some of the "suspicious devices" in downtown Boston. And two of the other devices were less than a mile from my house in Somerville. I think that while the news media seriously overreacted (I gather if you watched you would have thought that Boston was at a standstill, people were fleeing for their lives, et cetera) the police and others didn't -- if you find a suspicious-looking device attached to infrastructure, even if it's somewhat harmless-looking, you pretty much have to take it very seriously, when almost another dozen show up in other strategic places, until you've had a chance to identify each one. Sometimes the police get paid to look foolish, and so do the politicians. Better to look foolish sometimes, you know?
Never Forget 1-31-07
Never Forget 1-31-07
theodosia: (lotr)
I went by my polling place after work -- this time I remembered to park one street over and cut through the schoolyard, since parking right outside the entrance is... hmmm, how shall I put this... competitive. Found that at 7 PM, it was still humming along, with a line just to stand at one of the plywood carrels. In fact, there were so many people lined up waiting for their votes to be put inside the Scantron that one little white-haired poll worker lady (who was under five feet tall and very bright-eyed) had to stand by to run them back to the hand-out table.

I always feel so good about the community I live in when I go to vote -- it's all neighborly and purposeful and I'm so proud of my chosen state and chosen city. On the way home, I passed at least four other polling places, with people standing on line and people holding signs and at moments like that I coudl just hug every one of them.

Over at B.Org, I was reminiscing about how when I'd been a kid, I'd accompany a parental unit to vote, and how I'd been fascinated by the Mysterious Machine Behind the Curtain, with long lines of tiny levers and a big lever that went ka-chunk and simultaneously opened said curtain. It was like this big adding machine of democracy, where you could put in your votes and have it all added up.

I miss those machines, but at least I have the solace of feeling that the Scantron system is obviously verifiable and in the hands of poll workers whose honesty I trust. However, if the people who make Scantron would program in a way to make it make a nice Ka-Thunk noise when you register your vote, they'd really have something.
theodosia: (Lost)
In haste... but enjoy!

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theodosia: (smiling face)
...such as finding Tasty Kakes at the Porter Square Star Market!

I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth -- how they got there I'm not going to question. (Although I'm theorizing about a truck driven off-course by Ernesto's winds.)

There were no Butterscotch Krimpets, but I scored a box of Jelly Krimpets and some Vanilla Cupcakes. I could have been greedy and cleared them all out, but they don't keep that well, and in theory I'm on a diet.

Still... TastyKakes are mine. This fills me with glee and later, the Cadillac of snackfoods.
theodosia: (emu)
I didn't get to mention this yesterday, but as I was walking to work, I heard a rooster crowing...

...yes, that's right, in the middle of urban Somerville. I haven't seen the chicken that lives on the Willoughby Street for a month or two now (I look each time I pass) but there he was, up on a branch in the backyard, cockadoodling his tiny heart out. He's not obnoxiously loud even when he tries his bantam best, so I find it cheery rather than annoying, though perhaps if I lived next door, not so much.

Anyway, it was a great sight and sound for the first full day of spring.