ironymaiden: (rich zoe)
this has a been a tough week. I'm okay, good people are not.


  • Seafair is on. in Ballard, that means Seafood fest. i bought ginger-infused honey from a taciturn old white guy who was wearing a sweater with a hole in it and could barely interact enough to take my money. There's the combo dim sum/elephant ear stand. I had a locally made birch beer. I had a pickled herring sandwich. I nearly collapsed from ecstasy taking my first bite of deep fried bacon cinnamon roll. I finished it while watching awesome little girls do a skateboard slalom competition.

  • apparently, once a year i facilitate [livejournal.com profile] mimerki's purchase of awesome shoes. If this is my superpower, i accept it.

  • Google sheep view

  • touchstones. I was looking through my yarn stash to pick out a worsted weight for a project, and i had stories to tell for every scrap and skein. Gifts, souvenirs, milestones in learning to knit and spin. So many good memories and good people.

  • Planet Earth is on Netflix. So amazing.




OMG i go camping soon!

Edited to add: the issue of Hawkeye told from the dog's POV. It's not a gimmick, it's the best way they could reveal information to the reader through the eyes of a character. I've reread it a few times because there's so much going on. Seriously a masterful use of the medium.
ironymaiden: (chinstrap)
A co-worker turned me onto Marvel Unlimited, and it is simply the best entertainment investment I have made in years. (For the uninitiated, its all-you-can-read back issues of Marvel comics as ebooks that scale to your screen.) The biggest barrier to comics for me has been that I read too damn fast.*
Let's see... I've been skipping all over time, reading the first few issues of X-men, Black Panther's origins in the Fantastic Four, the Runaways, Nextwave, and following around Kelly Sue Deconnick (Lady Sif, Rescue, Avengers Assemble) and now I'm starting Captain Marvel. The end of issue 1 made me cry. Excited to read more.

Truly, I live in the future with my electronic neverending comic book. *squee*


*Admittedly, the app does seem to seize up on me when I go through issues too quickly, but a restart fixes that.
ironymaiden: (rich zoe)
Tablet! my little netbook is dead, so I have acquired a tablet with matching stylus. great compromise for me- basically a giant version of my phone, but with fancy bells and whales. I'm handwriting this!

I read Uprooted, and it was great. I had picked up a promo at comiccon, and enjoyed it, but I was skeptical because Naomi Novik does not have a great track record as far as I'm concerned, kind of a dis-recommendation: "Remember those stupid faux-Aubreyad books with the cruddy world-building and the chatty dragons?" Please ignore. If you have loved Robin McKinley or that one Orson Scott Card fairytale book (Enchanted, worth getting from a Library) you should read this thing. [livejournal.com profile] frabjouslinz loved it, she was right. It's not just about a woman and her mentor, it's also about best friends and the way women compete (and no love triangle).

Make a plan and follow it through. With the tablet, I was able to chart out a knitting idea and then swatch the chart. It changed my thinking about the pattern. But I did it without having to knit the entire thing and rip it out, or take copious notes. I made the notes first. Way easier, and I learned lots about the notes app on my tablet.

I am drinking a Not Your Father's Root Beer. Om nom nom.
ironymaiden: (don't walk/i love you)
i am head-over-heels in love with mynoise.

it seems that the older i get, the more sensitive i am to sound - more jumpy in response to sudden changes, more on-edge in response to high-pitched sounds, less tolerant of loud venues. the noise generators knock out the various ambient noises of my open office much more effectively than music and noise-cancelling headphones. in addition to the usual water and fire noises, there are drones and soundscapes, including cat purring and starship activity. i'm more focused and more relaxed. so happy. on the Chromecast they're a great alternative to tv-as-background-noise, and they seem to help C sleep. i sent the dude some money. totally totally worth it.

***
caught Tosca at Seattle Opera this week. definitely up to the standard i've come to expect from them: great performances, flawless stagecraft.* i liked the show itself - it's structured in such a way that there are no hit arias you can break out of context. lots of places where the music tells the actors exactly where their beats are - to, say, place that candlestick at any other moment would be impossible.

***
C's contracting agency had their "holiday" party at Teatro Zinzanni. i had to nudge C into going, but i was sure he would be impressed by the show, and they did not disappoint. (when my taciturn man won't stop clapping, you've won the everything.) i was especially delighted with Duo Rose. usually aerialists are rail thin (with muscles like a basket of snakes), but Samuel is built like a tank. i realized how rare it is to see a really muscular man who hasn't been going through some kind of cutting routine, but it's not like he could do the crazy shit he does if he was starved or dehydrated. <3

really, everyone in and out of the show was awesome. one of the members of the group was pulled into audience participation, and christened "Boobs McGee". she had a great time, and it was a running joke at the after party. C overheard the HR guy checking in to tell her that if it stopped being fun to check in with him and he would shut it down. correct.

***
yesterday i saw a girl in a hijab and ankle-length skirt skateboarding.

***
Patxi's pizza is really good. get the deep-dish if you want to have a leisurely chat (it takes 45 minutes to make) or the thin crust if you want to eat right away. they're of the bland sauce school, but the toppings make up for it. balsamic onions.

balsamic onions.

***
i am wearing socks that i knit myself, made out of yarn that i spun myself from fiber i got from [livejournal.com profile] mimerki as a gift, using a technique from a book [livejournal.com profile] shadawyn recommended, blocked on custom blockers that knitta K made for me. they are pretty and i feel accomplished and loved when i wear them.




*Seattle Opera is a safe zone where there will never be a flat purse, an inappropriately wrinkled costume, or a botched light cue. the only distraction is how GOOD they are.
ironymaiden: (AB)
a wild meme appeared!

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets

***

by "sandwich makers", i mean the George Foreman grill. because that stupid thing is remarkably handy for grilling meat quickly with no fuss.

i do have a reamer, but i'm pretty sure "juicer" means a machine.

i kind of miss the fondue set, but not enough to store it.

i don't like actual martinis, and when i make myself a cocktail it's at least rocks-sized.

***
Alton Brown says that you shouldn't keep a kitchen implement if you don't use it once every six months. that doesn't mean you should go get rid of those tools necessarily, it just means that you should try to use them more often. (and there are some things that just aren't going away. i have a fish-shaped gelatin mold. i am never giving it up.) he also has a thing about kitchen implements that are "unitaskers". i think you need unitaskers sometimes; and fancy appliances - i love my kitchenaid stand mixer and its attachments.

the rest of the time i could get by with a 10" chef's knife and a cast iron skillet.
ironymaiden: (ginkgo)
most times we travel north and east in Seattle, we end up on 85th street and pass a house covered in red lanterns. it has a sign outside for tea tastings, and each time i swear that i will give it a try.

finally this past Saturday i went, on a long overdue outing with coworker R. and it is a magical elf house presided over by a wizard. the house contains an art gallery, with tea tastings and Chinese tea for sale (not a place to go to buy a cup of tea and a pastry). R and i never quite did the tea tasting - we were handed full-sized cups of tea when we came in the door and offered the run of the house. since we were looking to talk a bit, we settled on a bench in the upstairs gallery and caught up. the owner unobtrusively checked in on us, and even brought us refills of tea from downstairs. the house is near the peak of Crown Hill. i'm sure on a less rainy day there would be a stunning view of the Olympics from the window under the eaves. even so, the space was peaceful and filled with light.

the owner roasts his own oolong, which is what we were drinking. it is very much as described - pleasant, a little sweet. i decided to purchase some before we left, and he filled my bag from the roaster (similar to the one pictured here). from what i can tell the roasting rig is a base with electic coils topped by something similar to a bamboo steamer.

so i left with the oolong (and some jasmine and rose flowers another customer decided not to buy due to a cranky kid - they were small and hand-packaged and it made me sad to see them left behind), and R got a necklace from the reasonably-priced selection of jewelry. it looks like a good place for gifts and i look forward to doing a full tasting in the future.

http://www.teahousegallery.com/
ironymaiden: (have it all)
this is on the way, and i'm stupidly excited.
ironymaiden: (winner)
we placed an order with Geek Chic at PAX 09...and we are finally in the milling queue. the delay has given us plenty of time to sock away money, so we were able to get more than our original bare-bones plan...and they have more wood options now, so bamboo drawers ahoy.

turns out we're in the first production run for the Codex. eep.

soon many piles will disappear into orderly hardwood goodness. and it only took a year! *knocks wood*
ironymaiden: (Default)
we placed an order with Geek Chic at PAX 09...and we are finally in the milling queue. the delay has given us plenty of time to sock away money, so we were able to get more than our original bare-bones plan...and they have more wood options now, so bamboo drawers ahoy.

turns out we're in the first production run for the Codex. eep.

soon many piles will disappear into orderly hardwood goodness. and it only took a year! *knocks wood*
ironymaiden: (Daria)
is it May yet?
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is it May yet?
ironymaiden: (reading)
Friends of the Library book sale is this weekend.

if you are not familiar with this thing, it is huge and cheap and a candidate for happiest place on earth. (seriously. better than breastland.)
ironymaiden: (Default)
Friends of the Library book sale is this weekend.

if you are not familiar with this thing, it is huge and cheap and a candidate for happiest place on earth. (seriously. better than breastland.)

PAX Friday

Sep. 4th, 2009 09:43 pm
ironymaiden: (winner)
jumbled thoughts - ran around with [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin after a lovely lunch at FareStart, later C caught up with us.

sentence of the day: "i wish i had my sonic screwdriver with me - this drink would probably fluoresce."

we need the Emissary. the website does not do it justice. this is truly beautiful handmade furniture, designed for my lifestyle. (C didn't get to the exhibit hall today, but when i showed him the Sultan on the website, his response was "we have good credit." now if we had a dedicated game room to go with it...)

played Beatles Rock Band. fun. it does (as rumored) feature the ability to do three-part vocal harmony.

bought stunning new dice (a d20 set and a fistful of matched d10s). they're gold with a touch of blue and red swirled into them. the effect is that they look like really good caramels. i want to bite them.

after ten years of casual searching, i finally found a vendor with a Ryo-Ohki backpack in stock. mine! (at some point there will be blogging about reducing the amount of stuffing to increase the usable storage space. it will be necessary.) this version has a bell collar. the guys behind us at the gay gamer panel were delighted.

really great content at the panel about embracing losing in game design. alas, the obviously smart and talented presenter had awful speaking skills. (he was reading his speech. as C said later, he wanted to get up and read it for him.) i hope there's some way to get his powerpoint deck. he had a bibliography slide that i'd like to poke through.

PAX Friday

Sep. 4th, 2009 09:43 pm
ironymaiden: (Default)
jumbled thoughts - ran around with [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin after a lovely lunch at FareStart, later C caught up with us.

sentence of the day: "i wish i had my sonic screwdriver with me - this drink would probably fluoresce."

we need the Emissary. the website does not do it justice. this is truly beautiful handmade furniture, designed for my lifestyle. (C didn't get to the exhibit hall today, but when i showed him the Sultan on the website, his response was "we have good credit." now if we had a dedicated game room to go with it...)

played Beatles Rock Band. fun. it does (as rumored) feature the ability to do three-part vocal harmony.

bought stunning new dice (a d20 set and a fistful of matched d10s). they're gold with a touch of blue and red swirled into them. the effect is that they look like really good caramels. i want to bite them.

after ten years of casual searching, i finally found a vendor with a Ryo-Ohki backpack in stock. mine! (at some point there will be blogging about reducing the amount of stuffing to increase the usable storage space. it will be necessary.) this version has a bell collar. the guys behind us at the gay gamer panel were delighted.

really great content at the panel about embracing losing in game design. alas, the obviously smart and talented presenter had awful speaking skills. (he was reading his speech. as C said later, he wanted to get up and read it for him.) i hope there's some way to get his powerpoint deck. he had a bibliography slide that i'd like to poke through.
ironymaiden: (bianca)
the work stuff what ate my life is winding down a wee bit, just in time for mom and dad to arrive. i've missed writing here, and i hate how content-free 2009 has been. i will attempt to make May a month where i post more. not just more often, but with more substance.

- today (with five key minutes of consultation from an actual developer) i got my Omniture pilot project running. since yesterday i was told that the only person at my skill level who had tried it previously gave up, i am extra-pleased.

today i also had a mai-tai. and got doggy kisses. and walked barefoot on Alki.

- i haven't seen much of [livejournal.com profile] buhrger in this MTBWA, but any party where we all adjourn to the kitchen to play with non-Newtonian fluid is a success in my book.

-Norwescon was lovely, even though i didn't care about the writer GOH. i did have fun with friends, and good panels, and [livejournal.com profile] mimerki and i danced and danced. oh, and i bought a corset. i forgot to take a picture of me wearing it, but i swear that i will wear it more than just at con and therefore there will be pics and live sightings. we buy nice and spendy things to use them, dammit.

-kuki linux. i meant to wait until they had another rev or two under their belts, but then i accidentally zeroed Bianca's battery during the con which led to startup trouble and then i was thinking harder about how i should do a full backup to restore from and then i did and then what the hell if i don't like this distribution i can always roll back or try another one and okay the maintainer says one way to solve this issue is to edit grub...you know how it goes. it's slick and pretty nice and so far my only issue is that the Linpus i used to have had a circular scrolling gesture for the trackpad and i keep reaching for it. someone wrote the two finger gesture for Ubuntu, i bet i can look this up...

-i worked Saturday and Sunday this weekend. but i also had Norwegian pancake breakfast at Leif Erickson Lodge Saturday morning- a fundraiser for the Sons of Norway scholarship. Ballard is adorable and i love lingonberries. the lodge seems to be pretty modern but the walls have huge turn of the century paintings of Norwegian history. (no birthday party, so very tired.) and we made time on Sunday to get to the Friends of the Library booksale. i only bought 15 books this year only three of them were about linux and Sunday is half price day, so i got books and a burger and lemonade from the burger stand at the booksale and spent less than $15. hangar full of books is the reason a bunch of people come out and picnic on a beautiful day. i love this town.
ironymaiden: (bianca)
the work stuff what ate my life is winding down a wee bit, just in time for mom and dad to arrive. i've missed writing here, and i hate how content-free 2009 has been. i will attempt to make May a month where i post more. not just more often, but with more substance.

- today (with five key minutes of consultation from an actual developer) i got my Omniture pilot project running. since yesterday i was told that the only person at my skill level who had tried it previously gave up, i am extra-pleased.

today i also had a mai-tai. and got doggy kisses. and walked barefoot on Alki.

- i haven't seen much of [livejournal.com profile] buhrger in this MTBWA, but any party where we all adjourn to the kitchen to play with non-Newtonian fluid is a success in my book.

-Norwescon was lovely, even though i didn't care about the writer GOH. i did have fun with friends, and good panels, and [livejournal.com profile] mimerki and i danced and danced. oh, and i bought a corset. i forgot to take a picture of me wearing it, but i swear that i will wear it more than just at con and therefore there will be pics and live sightings. we buy nice and spendy things to use them, dammit.

-kuki linux. i meant to wait until they had another rev or two under their belts, but then i accidentally zeroed Bianca's battery during the con which led to startup trouble and then i was thinking harder about how i should do a full backup to restore from and then i did and then what the hell if i don't like this distribution i can always roll back or try another one and okay the maintainer says one way to solve this issue is to edit grub...you know how it goes. it's slick and pretty nice and so far my only issue is that the Linpus i used to have had a circular scrolling gesture for the trackpad and i keep reaching for it. someone wrote the two finger gesture for Ubuntu, i bet i can look this up...

-i worked Saturday and Sunday this weekend. but i also had Norwegian pancake breakfast at Leif Erickson Lodge Saturday morning- a fundraiser for the Sons of Norway scholarship. Ballard is adorable and i love lingonberries. the lodge seems to be pretty modern but the walls have huge turn of the century paintings of Norwegian history. (no birthday party, so very tired.) and we made time on Sunday to get to the Friends of the Library booksale. i only bought 15 books this year only three of them were about linux and Sunday is half price day, so i got books and a burger and lemonade from the burger stand at the booksale and spent less than $15. hangar full of books is the reason a bunch of people come out and picnic on a beautiful day. i love this town.
ironymaiden: (gromit hides)
last night i met C at Whole Foods for dinner.

after dinner i bought 80% organic hypoallergenic moisturizer that has not been tested on animals, and an almond gelato.

then we went to REI because i had a member coupon and it's their big sale. i wanted C to get a Sigg bottle because of the bisphenol A scare, but he didn't like any of the patterns, so we decided to look for one online. we looked at travel backpacks (still trying to decide if we're going to europe with the rolling carryons or not). i bought a bunch of Smartwool socks because they were on sale for less than half price. C got pants with articulated knees and a hemp/cotton blend shirt.

we were able to agree that no human needs a $450 unlined windbreaker. but C looked so good in it i actually thought about how to budget it and i think it was then i realized that i had to write this post.

i picked up my film festival pass today. the picture isn't bad.

i wrote this post and then looked up the links, not the other way around.

ETA: a comma for [livejournal.com profile] scarlettina.
ironymaiden: (gromit hides)
last night i met C at Whole Foods for dinner.

after dinner i bought 80% organic hypoallergenic moisturizer that has not been tested on animals, and an almond gelato.

then we went to REI because i had a member coupon and it's their big sale. i wanted C to get a Sigg bottle because of the bisphenol A scare, but he didn't like any of the patterns, so we decided to look for one online. we looked at travel backpacks (still trying to decide if we're going to europe with the rolling carryons or not). i bought a bunch of Smartwool socks because they were on sale for less than half price. C got pants with articulated knees and a hemp/cotton blend shirt.

we were able to agree that no human needs a $450 unlined windbreaker. but C looked so good in it i actually thought about how to budget it and i think it was then i realized that i had to write this post.

i picked up my film festival pass today. the picture isn't bad.

i wrote this post and then looked up the links, not the other way around.

ETA: a comma for [livejournal.com profile] scarlettina.

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