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An amazing resource for artists; pictures of Olympic athletes. The body diversity is incredible and it might remind some folks that you don't have to be ripped to be a world-class athlete.

My knee continues to hurt like a m***f***.  It was OK yesterday, because all I did was sleep and catch up on the internets and then game. But after the movie today I went to Costco and then HEB, and it's singing arias right now. I took some naproxen so maybe that will help.

I had my MRI last week but I won't see the ortho doc until this Friday, since he's out of town until Thursday. I'm hoping it's something that they can do something about other than handing me pain pills. Because this pain is not something I want to live with more than absolutely necessary.

Saw Battle: Los Angeles, and it's exactly what it says on the box: a not very deep alien invasion movie. Good explosions, though, and Aaron Eckhart sure is pretty. The acting is solid--the actors made due with a so-so script. I did come out of it with a sneaking suspicion that it was a thinly-disguised Marine recruitment film. :-) (For the record, Aliens is still the best Marines vs. Aliens move ever.)

And for you Hawaii 5-0 fans....can you see Steve getting totally addicted to Angry Birds? I sure can.
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Nice big thunderstorm hit tonight. I put a big towel over my back windshield since they were panicking and saying "Hail! Wind! Tornadoes! OMG!", and so, of course, we had only pea-sized hail--lots of wind and rain, thunder and lightning, though. I had a couple of scared cats and I kept the flashlight nearby (after I powered down the computer). Nice change after almost reaching 100F today. That's two months early...we don't normally hit those types of temperatures until August, at least. *sigh*

Brian Vickers Pulls Off Times Square Pit Stop:

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This was awesome!

Also, Scalzi has an interesting take on the Prop 8 debacle in California.

And my friends C & J (who I stayed with in Boston) have made themselves legally wed in the eyes of Massachusetts, even though they had their commitment ceremony 4 years ago. :-)
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I just found a misspelling in one of the documents I'm prepping.

...look, I know our circuit boards are great and all, but they do not fit "snuggly" into the slot. *facepalm*


100 days of Barak Obama on Facebook

Unshelved, the library webcomic, runs a "Pimp my Bookcart" contest every year. Well, combine that with the Peeps diorama contest, and you get Peep My Bookcart.

Found another wonderful t-shirt site: shirt.woot!
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Seriously. This will cause spontaneous diabetic comas.

That is all.
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Coming into work this morning, I heard a local pest company's new ad...offering chupacabra removal. I laughed so hard I almost drove off the road.

Some funny links:

Whole Foods


Google's yearly April Fool's entry

The Guardian switches to Twitter

ETA: NASA gets in on the joke.


Mar. 4th, 2009 03:40 pm
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Seems that all animals try to impress their mates. Even jumping spiders. As my coworker (who forwarded it to me) said, it's the arachnid equivalent of picking her up in your Corvette and talking about your successful marketing career during dinner.

But it mainly reminded me of this.

He also forwarded this website: Bad Paintings of Barak Obama. Each time you click on an image, this site randomly displays a new one. You will see some images repeatedly, but keep clicking.

My favorite is the one with the unicorn, but the one with the tacos and the Mexican flag is also classic.

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Our Thanksgiving potluck for our department was today. Man, I'm stuffed. Gym, here I come!

We appear to be up (if a bit slow), and to celebrate, here are some links!

Best "tagging" ever. (warning: contains knitting)

The possibilities are endless...

Maru, the world's funniest cat.

Coolest caves ever.

On a much more pissy note, the school superintendent for one of the local districts pulled TTYL, because one set of parents complained about it. Apparently, young adult books can't have "bad words" in them. Welcome to the 21st century!
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Deep Discount is having a sale. Enter "blue" at checkout and get 25% off all of their DVDs until the 20th!
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This makes me want to watch Boa vs. Python again...40-foot snake fossil found.

Very scary Halloween masks

...still waiting on the Wheatsville Art Festival confirmation. I know these guys are loosey-goosey about this, but geez.
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I went to MakerFaire today, and it was made of awesome. Lots of very, very talented people and completely amazing things (like a "life-sized" Mousetrap game). I am affiliated with a group of artists that were selling there, so I will have to get in next year, even if it is awfully close to the Austin Celtic Festival. It was totally cool, and if you live in a town with one, you should go, it's completely worth the admission (I got in free, which made it even better).

In order to one-up the catapult book I bought for T's kids last year (which they loved and took to Cub Scouts and built things out of), I was going to get the book M-80 Rocket-Powered Skateboard, but I figured I wanted to live to see the New Year, so I got a kit that makes a moving wooden robot and a book on how to make more toys like that. Hmm. I wonder if [ profile] seperis 's or [ profile] dremiel 's sons would like it....? (Just kidding!) I came back with good handmade soaps, local honey, local biscotti, some "Smoky Asian Jam" which I am using on chicken this week--hey, no lunch!--a t-shirt (of course), and four blocks. I would have gotten all 5 but they ran out of one. If I wore any jewelry but my own these days, I would seriously wear these earrings.

The presentation I had at work on Friday went off very well. It was kind of short, but I'd rather be short and interesting than overlong and boring any day. I got lots of nice feedback, everyone laughed when they were supposed to. More importantly, they didn't laugh when they weren't. Speaking in front of people has never been a problem for me (hello, many years as a theater major), so I wasn't that worried about it. But it was nice to see I hadn't lost my touch.

I am running FrameMaker training all week. Monday through Thursday, because of course the two managers can't give me the two new hires at the same time every day. I will be very hoarse by the end of the week.

And because I'm still evil, I leave you with this:

Very Weird

Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:58 am
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My name is not common. As a matter of fact, it's part of my user name. (No, not the 13 part. I'm not a hot bisexual on House.) Growing up, it was very, very uncommon to run across another person with my name. The year I was born, it was somewhere around #600 on the baby names list.

Imagine my suprise to find it at #33 for 2007. The mind boggles. Of course, it is after the ever-popular Nevaeh, but above Kaylee, which means I win over Firefly fans.

No word from the Cherrywood Art Festival, which probably means that for yet another year, I am not good enough for them. Feh.
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Here are some Halloween-y links:

Haunted Paper Toys, with some free patterns

Cool pics of the Devils Tower (of Close Encounters fame)

Creature Feature Hall of Horror History (makes noise, and the writing may have swears, but it's fun!)

Pumpkin carving patterns, very cheap to join and download.

Mexican Sugar Skull supplies and information, for those who celebrate Dia de los Muertos

And a really cool website by the California Academy of Sciences on skulls.

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Mentions the Organization for Transformative Works, and the writer is actually interested in the subject (he's a copyright lawyer). A good read.

Off to the workshop!

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So, I've had my first two glass-blowing classes. And it's just as much fun as I thought it would be.
The classes are held in an big outdoor workshop, made out of that corrugated metal, with lots of gaps for breezes. No AC, but with the breeze we normally get, the fans, and the shade, even with the furnaces going it's...bearable. In other words, it's still very very hot--I'd say about 90-95F, but the humidity is low, so I only notice that the water level in my big container keeps going down. The nice thing? As long as we're in the workshop, the mosquitoes don't bother us. The stitches are holding up well--I'm taking off the splint and sleeve when I'm not actually working, which helps.

This class is...seriously cool. And fun. We're learning how to shape hot glass, add color, and do all sorts of interesting things. The instructor is being nice about my half-hand, and I can hardly wait until I can do the pipe work. We have to take turns, and we immediately began encouraging each other, helping each other out, and applauding at the end, when the instructor takes the piece to put in the oven to temper. 

I've made a big heavy drinking glass (I mean, Fred Flintstone could drink out of it, and use it to club dinosaurs afterwards) and a smallish blue-and-white striped bowl. I'm going to make some nice things for my sister-in-law and the World's Best Niece (who has a serious thing for glass and glass artists), and some things for me, of course. 

I'm going to see Spamalot on Saturday! Co-workers posted on our company bulletin board with an extra ticket, so I'm using my ill-gotten survey money I made last night (I had to get excited about chewing gum, seriously) to go with them to San Antonio to the matinee. Wheeeeeeeee!

State of the Hand: Incision is healing nicely; I have been gently flexing my wrist, as instructed by the physical therapist.  Still can't grip strongly, and I know when I've overextended or done too much. Ouch. Heat rash on my arm is going away, thanks to calamine lotion. I can't wait to get the go-ahead to get back to work on my jewelry!

Dr. H. Jones' application for tenure denied. Hah!

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I've gotten used to working out again, and it I don't get in a workout every other day, I get depressed. Hopefully, setting up for Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors will count... Yes, I get to add another species of geek to my repertoire--the horror movie geek. Hopefully I will get a chance to see Jared Padalecki and Tom Savini. The World's Best Niece is helping out, so hope springs eternal...

Hopefully after this week (where I have no weekend to get anything done, see above), I will have a chance to get used to my new schedule. I am taking 2 classes this semester, and it's ~18 miles to the campus. I have a 5 pm class 2 days and a 7:40 pm class 2 days. I'm also trying desperately to get in to the gym 3-4 days a week, and with any luck I'll keep doing so. I am so damn tired of being fat. Yes, fat, not plump or heavy or chunky. I want to get back down to plump. (Glares at Food Network. Glares at genetics. Glares at my own lazy ass.)

The water heater is replaced, and with a bribe of chocolate cake, the maintenance man also replaced my washing machine hoses, a job that  either takes an ambidextrous monkey or someone to haul the machine out of the little room on the patio. And, of course, haul it back. Yay food bribery!

Got my silver in for my jewelry class. One 3" x 6" piece of 20 ga sheet and 1 oz of bezel wire set me back over $77. That's wholesale. I'm just glad I got it before it went over $16 an ounce! (Hmmm, there's a coin show next weekend. Maybe I have some silver coins I can get rid of....) I will learn how to do bezels this semester, no matter what.

I still have to buy my accessories for the welding class--glasses, a welder's hat, and some gloves. There's a deaf guy in the class, with 2 interpreters who switch off duties. Luckily he is a certified welder, so the instructor won't have to teach him the basics (unlike most of the rest of us--mostly arty types, about half women). One of the interpreters is a hoot to watch--his face is wildly expressive.

Tomorrow I have to: buy aforementioned welding supplies (2 stores), get change for the show, buy cat food, and if there is time, some hard solder. Because my large chunk has gone walkabout, and now I'll have to pay a lot more to replace it. sigh. Oh yeah, and work and go to class.

Links! I have links!

Jumper by Stephen Gould is a movie! Comes out in February!

Best Liplock EVER.

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 I have my balcony lights up but they aren't nearly as nice as some of the others in my complex. I may have to redo them.

Christmas Moment of Zen: I was in Michaels (big arts-and-crafts chain store), and they were playing some radio station that went to 24-hour-a-day Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. I've laid my poster out on a frame to check the size when I hear it: "Once upon a time, about, hmmm, five years ago, there was this groovy dude, and has name was Santa Claus, y'know?"  (warning, site has NSFW images) and I knew that for me, at least, Christmas had arrived. 

Then the next song came on--some vaguely Christian-sounding "Noel". And I realized that I had heard Santa Claus and His Old Lady over the intercom at a very mainstream and slightly Christian store and no one had even twitched. Are Cheech and Chong now so tame that no one even notices the "magic brownie" references? Very weird.


Ultimate DVD Collection. I am so glad I do not have any space on my credit cards. Dude.

Threadless' $10 shirt sale for two more days!

Fluorescent cats!

Craft the Vote!

Science tattoos
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I be Wench Rough Heart! Of the good ship Posideon's Strumpet!
English-to-Pirate translator

More links

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Pirates (stolen from Wikipedia)

The following is a list of rules found in Schlock Mercenary. The rules are ordered by rule number, where given. 

1. Pillage, then burn.
6. If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.
8. Mockery and derision have their place. Usually, it's on the far side of the airlock.
9. Never turn your back on an enemy.
12. A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head. 
13. Do unto others.  
16. Your name is in the mouth of others: be sure it has teeth.  
27. Don't be afraid to be the first to resort to violence.
29. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less.  
30. A little trust goes a long way. The less you use, the further you'll go.
31. Only cheaters prosper. 
34. If you’re leaving scorch-marks, you need a bigger gun.  
35. That which does not kill you has made a tactical error. 
36. When the going gets tough, the tough call for close air support.  
37. There is no "overkill". There is only "open fire" and "I need to reload."
xx. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Take his fish away and tell him he's lucky just to be alive, and he'll figure out how to catch another one for you to take tomorrow. 
xx. Just because it's easy for you doesn't mean it can't be hard on your clients. 

Plus, just to let y'all know how busy I am--my boss got approval for at least 8 hours of overtime for me this week...


Sep. 17th, 2007 09:24 pm
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The phone just rang. My friend J just told me he's having me burned as a witch:

I'm having dinner with J and his wife L on Saturday, and J complains that he keeps losing his nice bookmarks. Jokingly I ask him if he's lost any socks lately. "It's the Lost Sock Squad," I tell him, "you haven't lost any socks lately so they're taking their revenge elsewhere. Lose a sock and all will be well."

J just called me. He did laundry today, and came up one sock short. Within the hour he'd not only found both of his lost bookmarks but had also found his dad's ring, lost for several months.  O_o

I also have some great links for you:

Funniest Cthulhu-themed page ever! Watch all the episodes, I dares ya...

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Extreme Pumpkin Carving (never too early to get ready for Halloween, I always say)

A Mary Sue Litmus Test (gakked from

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On the off-chance some of you on my flist haven't seen this yet:

Two US gals go to Toronto to get hitched, and they advertise on Craigslist for witnesses. The result is very sweet.

Silver for my class project will be here today. Only $159! /sarcasm

I'm thinking about reviving my jewelry making LJ. I'd post a poll, but I can't figure out how. Any interest?


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