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|Wednesday, February 29th, 2012|
|Intercon prop request
I had something figured out for this, but I can't find it anywhere, and I don't really want to take the time for shopping. Does anyone who is going to Intercon or who is local to me have a couple of prop pistols we could borrow, preferably with some kind of holster? It's for an SF game with unspecified tech, so anything modern-day or slightly futuristic would be great, but not Western and preferably not very flashy zap-gun either, though I'd take that in a pinch. And if you only have one, or only one holster, I'll take that and see what I can arrange for the other. Thanks in advance.
|Monday, February 27th, 2012|
I lost my great little bunny Isis on Saturday. She was twelve, so she had a good life, but it's still tough. There are many wonderful things about her, but I'm too heartbroken to tell them.
|Monday, January 30th, 2012|
Anyone driving to Intercon who would be willing to transport the DJ equipment for the dance? I'll bring it to you and pick it up afterward, pay for gas, supply chocolate, etc. It fits in a normal car with room for suitcases, costuming, etc.
Of our main previous DJ mules, one has moved out of the area and the other isn't going this year. Let me know if you can help!
|Saturday, December 31st, 2011|
|Brunch at Murphy's
We're doing champagne brunch at Murphy's in Alexandria tomorrow at 1pm. If you're in the area and would like to join us, let me know!
|Monday, December 12th, 2011|
We made it to the last performance of the Washington Christmas Revels
yesterday evening (though it was a close call, since I was coming back from the bunny match up near BWI.) It was an excellent show; the culture this year was Andalusia, so it was a mix of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian music, poetry, and dance (plus some of the usual pagan elements :-) It's a time of cross-pollination that I knew existed, but was unfamiliar with much of the specifics. The set was spectacular and the performances were very good; I always enjoy Revels, but I thought this was particularly good. And as a bonus, I ran into Amanda Walker, TommyLee Whitlock, Sally Byers, divalion
, and random221b
, who were also at the show (as well as Tom Bethards, who was part of the backstage crew)!
|Monday, November 7th, 2011|
|Election Day 2011
A reminder to all my Virginia friends that tomorrow is Election Day, so go vote! We're voting for the entire legislature, plus local offices, and these people often have more effect on your daily life than your better-known federal representatives. And it's generally the lowest turnout of our four-year cycle, so your vote will count four or five times as much as it will next year! (And there will be no lines.)
|Saturday, May 21st, 2011|
Hmm, not a lot to report this week. Life goes on.
The monster bunny litter went to the bunny match on Sunday, but none of them got adopted. (We only had three adopters this month.)
I managed not to oversleep on Monday, and watched the shuttle launch on NASA TV, which I am very glad we have full-time on our cable system, and chatted with fellow space geeks on Twitter. anthro_geek
was in Florida to see it, but I couldn't get out of work. I'll definitely be going to the next (and final) one, currently scheduled for July. (I did get to miss love bug season, though.) She got back on Tuesday.
I have spent the week at work wrestling with the Windows cryptography API, bending it to my will and forcing it to do things it was clearly not intended to do. Hah!
Nice lunch on Thursday with a good collection of larper folk. Much joking about the Apocalypse and the Rapture.
I was planning to try to do some more cooking this week, but I failed. Ate a lot of good leftovers and takeout, though. And salad.
Angry Birds is available for free on Chrome. I enjoy it, but I don't find it terribly addictive. Tempest is also available. That one may give me carpal tunnel... Current Mood: Updatey
|Wednesday, May 18th, 2011|
I had a dream that I was going to be swimming around the world. It was time to go, but I hadn't trained or anything. I was running around looking for sunscreen and water and stuff.
Ironically, though, I was
wearing pants. Current Mood: bemused
|Saturday, May 14th, 2011|
The problem with posting one update late is that the next one arrives sooner than expected.
So, not a lot of news. Work is fine. I'm at the testing-and-debugging phase of my current project, meaning that the basic debugging is done, and now I'm just debugging in response to testing (some of which I'm doing myself.) Bugs are being found, because my co-workers are actually testing stuff! This is a good thing.
(Geek-speak details: I'm doing a bunch of stuff with digital signatures, as part of a project to combine them with our timestamping technology to create long-term signatures that can be verified for an indefinite period of time. Conceptually similar to CAdES
, basically, it collects the signature, certficates, and revocation information and timestamps the whole collection. The signature can be verified as of the original time with this collection of information, even if the certificates have expired and the revocation information is no longer available externally, and the timestamp proves that none of it has changed since that time.)
Tuesday night I had a meeting of the Consolidated Community Funding Pool Advisory Committee for Fairfax, a volunteer citizen advisory board that I am current chairman of. It oversees the county program of grants for nonprofit human-service programs. We were making a final decision about the priorities document for the funding pool for the next two years. There was some useful discussion, but fortunately nothing was contentious as it has sometimes been in the past. While the County budget situation is improving from the tough times the past couple of years, the program is funded in large part (especially the low-income and affordable housing parts) by federal grants, and the prospects there are looking rather grim for upcoming years.
Then there's catching up on Game of Thrones
, and (almost) Doctor Who
, all of which I would recommend. And finally getting a good new lawn mowing company (we almost needed to break out the machetes) and another good one to get our chimney cap repaired (it rather bizarrely blew off in a windstorm in the fall and became an artifact that fell from the sky until we figured it out.)
Woo, suburban life.
Update: Oh, and the bomb squad was at a building up the road from my office on Thursday, investigating a suspicious package. They had the road closed off for about half the day, which I discovered when I went to lunch. It turned out to be nothing, fortunately.
|Sunday, May 8th, 2011|
Well, I've managed to blow my first attempt at a Friday Update, but I have
a doctor's note
a good excuse. The House Rabbit Society got a free booth at a veterinary trade show from Thursday to Saturday, and I agreed to organize volunteers to staff it and do setup and teardown. I forgot the first rule of volunteer organizations, which is that if you're in charge of recruiting volunteers and not enough people volunteer, you end up doing everything else yourself. The show was good, but I'm very disappointed in our DC-area volunteers, who I'm trying to get to be more active. (It's the Baltimore-Washington Chapter, and our most active volunteers are in Maryland.) There were two people other than me, and a couple of our MD people drove more than an hour each to fill in. Anyway, it went well, we gave out lots of info and talked to a lot of people, and one of the other exhibitors applied to adopt the foster bunny we had on display. But I was pretty much a zombie on Friday and Saturday, so no update then.
- I went skiing in Switzerland with my family in late February. It was awesome, the scenery was spectacular, the skiing was great, the food was yummy. (My only regret is not bringing back more lemon-pepper chocolate, which you might think would just be weird, but it was really
good.) Photos are here.
There were many (small) glaciers in the mountains, which were beautiful; photos don't really do them justice.
- Doing lots of stuff with space geeks, now that social media have allowed us to form more of a community than was possible in the past. If you're not hooked into it and want to be, let me know and I'll point you to stuff. There is more cool space stuff easily available than ever before.
- Our litter of foster bunnies are no longer little, but they are still extremely cute. Need to spend more time socializing with them; since they grew up in a group, they are very rabbit-oriented and not as people oriented (except as a food dispenser) and if they're going to get adopted, I need to try harder to change that.
- Our oldest bunny Leland is now twelve. He's the healthiest elder bun we've had; really his only health problem is arthritis. That has been getting worse, but not steadily, and he's still mobile.
- We're going to have the same kids from Ukraine staying with us this summer.
That's all for now. Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, May 5th, 2011|
|A bit of help
If any of my local friends are going to be around on Saturday afternoon, I could use a bit of help. I'm in charge of a House Rabbit Society booth at a veterinary conference at National Harbor (just across the Wilson Bridge in MD.) I've got people helping me with setup and stuff, but I have no one to help me with teardown when the exhibit hall closes at 4pm on Saturday. (Our Northern Virginia volunteers are somewhat less useful than I was expecting when I agreed to take the job.)
The whole thing should take maybe an hour and a half at most. You'll need a car, because there's no room for a passenger in mine when all the stuff is loaded.
Let me know if you might be able to help out. Thanks.
|Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011|
I've been trying to do more real cooking lately. Tonight I decided to learn to make sauteed spinach. It turned out pretty well, and now I have a much better idea how much spinach I need to start with. ;-)
At least I think it was spinach. I got a pile of greens for our foster bunnies from the head of our fostering group, and I'm pretty sure one of them was spinach, and I picked out the one that looked the most like spinach. But it's possible I ate a serving of sauteed basil.
I'd like to think I would have noticed the difference, though. Current Mood: accomplished?
|Wednesday, February 16th, 2011|
|Intercon dead dog
So who's signed up to go to the dead dog? We're trying to decide whether to go. We don't want to miss socializing if all our friends are going, but there may not be anything Terilee can eat. (Mustard allergy.) Since it's prepaid, that makes it a bit more problematic than an informal dead dog, where she could just get food somewhere else afterward.
Mouseketeer roll call if you're going! (Or definitely not going.) Or if you're not going to Intercon, you can just ignore this. Current Mood: up too late
|Sunday, February 13th, 2011|
For our new foster bunny at the end of January, we volunteered to raise a litter of baby bunnies (and their mom) that were at the Fairfax shelter. They are, of course, impossibly cute. It's been lots of fun so far. Since we have Mom, they're not difficult to care for. They nurse sometime in the middle of the night, though they're also eating solid food, and all we have to do is keep the food and water dishes filled with the ever-increasing amount they consume, and admire them. ( Images behind cut to protect diabetics from extreme sweetnessCollapse )
We are intermittently documenting their progress with photos and video
, if you want more. Current Mood: squee!
|Wednesday, September 29th, 2010|
|You need to see this
This apparently has gotten a lot of buzz since it went up on YouTube, but I hadn't seen it until recently. So if you haven't, you really need to see James Mason doing an ad for Thunderbird wine:
(Hmm. I originally wrote that first sentence as "It's apparently been gotten a lot of buzz" and didn't notice until Preview. I don't know if that means I need more sleep, or just that I have the word-processor "I'll go back and fix that later" disorder.) Current Mood: silly
|Monday, September 27th, 2010|
|Everything is reference
You know you're a larper when you read this and immediately think "ooh, I bet that could be used in a game..."
"The thermal grill illusion (TGI) is one of the best-established laboratory methods for studying pain perception," Haggard explained. "In our version, the index and ring fingers are placed in warm water and the middle finger in cold water. This generates a paradoxical feeling that the middle finger is painfully hot." That's ideal because it allows scientists to study the experience of pain without actually causing any injury to those who participate in the studies.
|Saturday, September 18th, 2010|
|Saturday, September 4th, 2010|
Hey, everyone! Next Saturday is the 43rd Annual Mason District Democratic Crab Feast! It's the major fundraiser for my local Democratic organization in Fairfax, and a fun time, so I wanted to invite you all to come. Since I don't ask people to buy girl scout cookies or raffle tickets, this is pretty much the only cause I ask for direct contributions to, so I hope you'll consider it. It's often the second-biggest political event in Virginia, so it's a pretty interesting experience, and it's all-you-can-eat crabs, so you can't go wrong with that!
Tickets are available through the Fairfax Democrats
. If you're coming, let me know so we can make connections. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Current Mood: busy
|Tuesday, August 31st, 2010|
"The Earth just never ceases to amaze us. Color…Motion…Life…Blessed Days…Sacred Nights…"
-- International Space Station commander Doug Wheelock
on Twitter), writing from orbit.
|Thursday, August 26th, 2010|
Another in a series of "better late than never" posts...
I'm going to SpaceUp DC
tomorrow and Saturday! It's an "unconference" for space enthusiasts, being held at GWU downtown. An unconference is like a conference, except there's no division between presenters and attendees -- anyone can do a presentation, and all the activities are encouraged to be interactive and dynamic, rather than one-way. Part of the reason it grabbed me was this video
, and its point about how the most interesting part of most conferences are the hallway conversations in between sessions, not the sessions themselves.
I always think I'm going to enjoy sessions at conferences and conventions, but I often find myself getting bored and fidgety, or ducking out halfway through if I've remembered to sit near a door, so this really rang true with me. Hopefully this format solves the problem. We'll see!
Anyway, if you're into this stuff, consider coming down! It's local, it's cheap, and it should be fun! But you do have to register in advance at the website; they aren't selling tickets at the door. Current Mood: chipper