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I know it's been a while since I had a real update, and for that, I apologize. First of all, for those concerned, the scale told me 246 today. So no worries there, I'm still maintaining. I'm quite tired of working out, thinking of trying Pilates or yoga or really, just something different. More on that as it develops. Well...maybe.

Cooking experiments continue apace. Last thing I tried was a fresh tomato sauce a couple weeks ago. Six tomatoes from the farmer's market, cored then blanched then peeled then seeded then chopped. Half of that went into a blender with oregano, basil, garlic, salt and pepper and spun it up good. Mixed that with the half that was still chopped. Now, at that point I probably should've just mixed it with half a pound of cooked pasta (I started this because I didn't want to simmer a sauce for an hour on the stove during the hottest week of the year), but instead, I browned some Italian sausage and chopped onion, THEN mixed it all together, THEN tossed it with a pound of pasta. In the end, it wasn't very tomato-y, which is disappointing because they have awesome tomatoes at that farmer's market. Not bad by any stretch, just not what I was going for. I'll try something new tomorrow for my next date with Susann.

Hey, look everyone, a segue! Susann found me on OKCupid, which I joined for the quizzes, but stayed because...well, it was free. Anyway, she's same age as me, works as a chemist for a manufacturer but doesn't like it, digs the sci-fi (big Battlestar Galactica fan, which finally gives me the excuse to check out the show), but doesn't get into video games. No philosophical objections or anything, she just says that she doesn't have the dexterity. (I plan to introduce her to Katamari Damacy in the near future.) She's tall with gorgeous eyes and has this wide, dimpled smile that's more addictive than the fabled meth-crack-heroin. We've only been going out a week, but tomorrow will be date #4, which I think is rather remarkable. So, in short: she's pretty nifty. And she thinks I'm pretty nifty too.

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Your second Quote of the Day

    Bruno: I feel like I'm Sleeping Beauty awakening, or again emerging from the belly of the whale.

    Samantha: Life's full of re-births. It can feel worrisome.

    Bruno: The only thing worrisome is stagnation.

    Samantha: Well, still water can run deep.

    Bruno: Yeah, but you don't want to drink it.

-Christopher Baldwin

From today's Bruno. (I've spoken of this strip before.)


Non-Weigh Day update

I spent most of my weekend (Thurs-Fri) watching my DVDs of Wonderfalls, which was a show on Fox about three years ago and lasted about four episodes before it got yanked because A) it was on Friday night, the Black Hole From Which No Show Can Escape!, and B) up against the Bachelor. Which is a shame, because it's really really good, funny and quirky and romantic and heartrending and suspenseful, depending on the episode. If you're looking at spending 12 hours in front of the TV, I'd say it's a good choice. But yeah, that's been my weekend. Oh, and I discovered I make a pretty good quiche. I'm as surprised as you are.

Random link time again, folks.

  • Tomorrow is the memorial for Olaf II, 9th century king of Norway. Olaf, as a Viking pirate, is the natural enemy of the Irish ninja, and thinking he needed an edge over the McNinja clan, converted to Christianity to get God on his side. In actuality (at least according to the Patron Saints Index), he was dethroned and driven out to Russia, where he gathered a force to try to invade his OWN COUNTRY and try to retake his throne. Whence he died. In a fit of irony, he's regarded by modern Norwegians as a champion of national independence. He's now the patron saint of difficult marriages.

  • Will Wright, creator of all things Sim, wrote an article for Wired where he expounds on how video games and those who play them are going to change the world for the better. A sample:
      Through trial and error, players build a model of the underlying game based on empirical evidence collected through play. As the players refine this model, they begin to master the game world. It's a rapid cycle of hypothesis, experiment, and analysis...the gamers' mindset - the fact that they are learning in a totally new way - means they'll treat the world as a place for creation, not consumption. This is the true impact videogames will have on our culture.
    The whole thing is a fascinating read.

  • This is a long way from timely, but here we have a then-and-now(ish) comparison of photos taken immediately after the Thailand tsunami of 2004, and photos taken a year later. I have nothing to say about it, really.

  • Okay, we've all seen the stuff stuck into empty Altoids tin: MP3 player, camera, and the classic headphone amp. Well, coming full circle, here we have an iPod Shuffle turned into an Altoids tin.

  • From the department of elevating the mundane: shoelaces, including 31 ways to lace the shoe and 17 ways to tie it, the definitive resource on traffic cones, a thousand ways to open a beer bottle (in German, of course, but the pictures should be enough), and relaxing in a hammock TO THE X-TREEEM!

  • Robot wrestling IN SPAAAAAACE! Man, I wish there was a <reverb> tag in HTML. Anyway. October 10, 2010 (that's 10/10/10), the annual ROBO-ONE competition will move from Tokyo to Earth orbit. No, seriously, they have a site with a movie and everything.

  • A Cello Rondo: an instrumental pop song composed and played entirely on the cello. 37 different parts, all for cello, recorded on 23 tracks. And it's all done by one guy. He even made a video for it. Very cool.

  • Man, wish I'd thought of this a couple months ago when shopping for Pancake's first birthday present. To be honest, though, it seems like more a present for mommy.

You will NEVER guess what I did today.

First of all, I discovered that the chocolate covered peanuts that Little City sells at the register are actually chocolate-covered coffee beans.

I am so buzzed right now.

But more importantly, we interviewed filmmaker Kevin Smith in our studio today. And I got to direct it. Not much to it, just cutting between a two-shot and a single shot of the interviewee, but still. My professionalism had my inner fanboy hog-tied and ball-gagged off in a dark alley of my brain, otherwise I would've gotten an autograph. Or shook his hand. Or, I dunno, made eye contact. But none of that happened. Instead, I was the picture of the jaded cynic who had influential celebrities in his studio all the time. At least on the outside. Inside, I was like this:

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Click to go to the full comic.

Thank you, Jennie Breeden, for saying what I cannot.

(For the record: I did not feel like a frilly little girl. Neither, I suspect, does Jennie Breeden; check the boots.)

Anyway, those of you reading this in Austin can check the interview on my station in the 5:00 or 9:00 newscasts. (It'll air after the half-hour mark in both of them.)

Dude. Kevin Smith.

I am SO buzzed right now.

And now...

It's been a while, but I finally thought of another band name. Here's the thing: I finally got into Daily Dinosaur Comics, which I believe to be fun for everyone if they only gave it a chance.

Unless they're stupid.

Man, I hate stupid people.


Anyway. I can't stop reading Daily Dinosaur Comics and laughing at ones like this one or even this one, but it hurts to laugh because yesterday I did crunches and my abs are sore. But I can't stop reading, and laughing, and hurting.

So, I give you:

The Laughing Curse

Yeah...that really wasn't worth the back-story, was it. I'll not do that anymore.


A somewhat-appropriate selection from xkcd (not sure what the significance of the letters are, could be a ham radio call-sign).

It's so rare I discover a new favorite comic nowadays. So happy right now. So, so happy.

Weigh Day! Week 92 + 1 day

244 lbs. Lost 2.5 pounds this week. To date: 66 pounds lost.

Got back on that wagon this week. Actually last week, but definitely this week. Plus, very little free food at the station this week, which tripped me up last Weigh Day. They actually had a fruit bouquet yesterday, with melon and pineapple and strawberries on skewers artfully arranged, it was pretty cool.

I had a thought a few minutes ago, talking with my best friend sin_liqe, whose week is thrown off because she was out sick on Tuesday. I wondered aloud on IM, what would happen if the standard business week became ten hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the standard Sabbath weekend off plus Wednesday? The more I thought about it, the better I liked the idea of a half-weekend to look forward to smack in the middle of your week. Of course, that would have little effect on my schedule; I feel lucky to get Christmas off on any given year.

Okey dokey, random link time. Here we go.

  • You're no doubt aware that tomorrow is the memorial day for St. Patrick, the patron saint against snakes and snake bites and all like that, which everyone knows, but he's also the patron of engineers and "excluded people." Nerds, in other words. It's too late for this year, but I'm making a "Kiss me I'm nerdy" t-shirt for next year. Other saints that get overlooked because they have to share a memorial day with ol' Paddy (it's kinda like having your birthday fall on December 25th, isn't it?) include Joseph of Arimathea who provided the tomb for Christ (which I hope he rented), and Jan Sarkander, who not only has a hella-cool name, but a really interesting story, being a priest during the 30 Years War (Catholics vs. Protestants, if you didn't know).

  • I hope you remembered to celebrate Π Day on Tuesday. I think you're supposed to walk in a circle, or eat a pizza, or something, there aren't a lot of Π Day traditions yet.

  • Garfield. Being that insipid, static, unoriginal, it's representative of everything that's tiresome and annoying about newspaper comics in aggregate. (There are a few that I'm a fan of and read every day, like Over the Hedge and Get Fuzzy, but reading the actual comics page in the newspaper? No thanks.) Someone found a way to make them fun, though: the Garfield randomizer. Click to get three random panels from the Garfield archives, arranged in a random order.
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  • On a related note, we have sort of a meme that's been going around the webcomics community (of which I'm a spectator at best). Take a given strip and edit out Garfield's thought bubbles: Jon becomes this stir-crazy loser who talks to his cat. Which, I suppose, he always was, but the point is, the reader takes the position of Garfield himself and can fill in his own commentary, which, if you're anything like me, you find to be much funnier. I'm not sure if it was started by this guy or not, but the original Live Journal post is gone. Thank goodness for Google Cache.

  • This is going long, and I'm hungry, but I love you all, so I'll give you one more. You know how sometimes people link you to eBay auctions that just make the world go "Wha...?" Well, naturally, there's a blog about it: Who Would Buy That? As an example, here's a vintage transistor radio in the shape of a vintage box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Who would buy that? *raises hand*

More things that make me angry.

Found this via BoingBoing: a guy was flagged to the Department of Homeland Security for trying to pay off his credit card bill. A retiree decided to pay down his credit card, so he sent in a check for $6,522. Apparently this behavior is shared with terrorists:
    They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified.
I also found this story of a similar nature, but this time Homeland Security didn't like her trying to pay from two different sources at once. This story only was reported by Alex Jones, though, so take that as you will.

So yeah. One wonders why the government would be concerned about that, not to mention when and how the Financial Privacy Act got changed to allow it without the account holder being notified (in both of those stories, they had to seek out their own answers).

Personally, though? I'm just happy to see Homeland Security taking policy ideas from Sluggy Freelance.