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My day's been a morningsworth of upbeat energy swirling in a steadily-narrowing snowstorm of corporate jargon and project performance analyses. New team leader = new assessment metrics = piles of spreadsheets.

This video makes it all better.

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My day's been a morningsworth of upbeat energy swirling in a steadily-narrowing snowstorm of corporate jargon and project performance analyses. New team leader = new assessment metrics = piles of spreadsheets.

This video makes it all better.

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Hey, I'm a beer!

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Hey, I'm a beer!

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* The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, passed down to me from my lovely Lady's travel reading. What a gift! I'm usually pretty self-contained when reading in public, though grinning like a fool through the pretty parts, but yesterday I reached a well-prepared situation that made me bark out a laugh on the red line. People looked at me. Also? It makes me want to go to Romania.
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
* Amazon.com's "read inside" feature, not for its functionality, although that is fun and interesting, but for its heavily-annotated code source. The 'head' block reads like an HTML/JS primer.
* Circle-walking Ba Gua Tai Chi, as a meditative exercise. We learned the slim basics in a lightning-quick tutorial last night. Now if I can just concentrate for long enough to make good use of the "meditative" part of the exercise...
* Maybe little pinch?
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* The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, passed down to me from my lovely Lady's travel reading. What a gift! I'm usually pretty self-contained when reading in public, though grinning like a fool through the pretty parts, but yesterday I reached a well-prepared situation that made me bark out a laugh on the red line. People looked at me. Also? It makes me want to go to Romania.
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
* Amazon.com's "read inside" feature, not for its functionality, although that is fun and interesting, but for its heavily-annotated code source. The 'head' block reads like an HTML/JS primer.
* Circle-walking Ba Gua Tai Chi, as a meditative exercise. We learned the slim basics in a lightning-quick tutorial last night. Now if I can just concentrate for long enough to make good use of the "meditative" part of the exercise...
* Maybe little pinch?
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* According to our friends at the USN Observatory, there will be a total Lunar Eclipse on the evening of March 3, at what looks to be a 88.9 azimuth. *crosses fingers for clear skies*goblet made by Libbey Glass, where Dreda's Opa used to work
* Watching Gosford Park with the closed-captioning on is like watching a whole new film. There are layers and layers of stories going on at the same time, and they're all fascinating!
* My new harp teacher is fabulous. She's a virtuoso with infectious enthusiasm and boy can she wail on those strings. Woo!
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* According to our friends at the USN Observatory, there will be a total Lunar Eclipse on the evening of March 3, at what looks to be a 88.9 azimuth. *crosses fingers for clear skies*goblet made by Libbey Glass, where Dreda's Opa used to work
* Watching Gosford Park with the closed-captioning on is like watching a whole new film. There are layers and layers of stories going on at the same time, and they're all fascinating!
* My new harp teacher is fabulous. She's a virtuoso with infectious enthusiasm and boy can she wail on those strings. Woo!
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* Zazarac: Fill a martini glass with shaved ice. Stir brown sugar syrup laced with bitters into cognac until the sugar has dissipated. Dump the ice. Rinse the martini glass with Absinthe. Strain cognac into rinsed glass. Serve.

* Peter Callesen's A4 cutout paper sculpture (by way of Andii) features several crawly beasties, which are on my mind today, and a host of evocative and allegorical shadow-figures made of... paper and glue.

* Is synesthesia dead?
* Still shot from the film THE FOUNTAIN.
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* Zazarac: Fill a martini glass with shaved ice. Stir brown sugar syrup laced with bitters into cognac until the sugar has dissipated. Dump the ice. Rinse the martini glass with Absinthe. Strain cognac into rinsed glass. Serve.

* Peter Callesen's A4 cutout paper sculpture (by way of Andii) features several crawly beasties, which are on my mind today, and a host of evocative and allegorical shadow-figures made of... paper and glue.

* Is synesthesia dead?
* Still shot from the film THE FOUNTAIN.
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* The Berkshires are still there. Our hosts at the 1886 House impressed with cozy lodging and tasty breakfasts. Over the weekend we stumbled on (and right through) Northampton Pride, plenished our kitchen with widgets at Thornes, hot-tubbed at East Heaven, sushi'd at Teapot, and refilled our lungs with their proper supply of greenery and pine on the mountain. All good.

* MI-3 is missing a theme song. Watching Philip Seymour Hoffman sneer and growl (eevil Lester Bangs) didn't quite do it. Playing hooky on a Monday made it worthwhile. :)

* Benjamin-Moore has an online color-viewer. My workday is over.

* LJ thoughts are turning to the Camping Season, so I begin to wonder... Apart from essentials that appear on all the packing lists (extra tent stakes, first-aid kit, copies of your prescriptions, etc.) what much-appreciated but rarely-mentioned items come to Pennsic with you?
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* The Berkshires are still there. Our hosts at the 1886 House impressed with cozy lodging and tasty breakfasts. Over the weekend we stumbled on (and right through) Northampton Pride, plenished our kitchen with widgets at Thornes, hot-tubbed at East Heaven, sushi'd at Teapot, and refilled our lungs with their proper supply of greenery and pine on the mountain. All good.

* MI-3 is missing a theme song. Watching Philip Seymour Hoffman sneer and growl (eevil Lester Bangs) didn't quite do it. Playing hooky on a Monday made it worthwhile. :)

* Benjamin-Moore has an online color-viewer. My workday is over.

* LJ thoughts are turning to the Camping Season, so I begin to wonder... Apart from essentials that appear on all the packing lists (extra tent stakes, first-aid kit, copies of your prescriptions, etc.) what much-appreciated but rarely-mentioned items come to Pennsic with you?
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...In which a deaf man fitted with a cochlear implant badgers researchers until he finds implant software that will allow him to hear -- and enjoy -- his beloved Bolero. And then?

Chorost, Michael. "My Bionic Quest for Bolero." Wired November. 2005: 144-158.

"And some music just leaves me cold: I can't even get through Kraftwerk's Tour de France. (Later, a friend tells me it's not the software -- Kraftwerk is just dull.)"
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...In which a deaf man fitted with a cochlear implant badgers researchers until he finds implant software that will allow him to hear -- and enjoy -- his beloved Bolero. And then?

Chorost, Michael. "My Bionic Quest for Bolero." Wired November. 2005: 144-158.

"And some music just leaves me cold: I can't even get through Kraftwerk's Tour de France. (Later, a friend tells me it's not the software -- Kraftwerk is just dull.)"
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* Once more with feeling: ginger-infused vodka with plum wine, the veggie kebab, babaganough dip plate, and olives. Mmmm!

* Fallow time projects:
... measure/cut/sew napkins and tablecloth
... finish the Lake Dance
... polish an eating-knife and an athame
... work out a reasonable paper-flow-system for the house
... enter "Hale and Merry-Met" and the CD stuff into MelodyAssistant
... learn/teach/work up three duets
... hollandaise
... bead a pentacle
... help find and cut quilt pattern
... row, elliptically
... Harry Potter, Serenity, Walk the Line, and The Aristocrats, at least

* The British Library is closed from the 23rd to the 27th, but the bookbinding exhibit is still up. :) Everything else looks to be business as usual after Boxing Day.

* This house really makes me laugh.

* On Thursday my Lady's parents will meet mine for the first time. I'm nervous as hell. But each pair knows that they are meeting their daughter's girlfriend's parents, and wary or not they are still up for the event. I know enough to be deeply grateful that the meeting is even a possibility.
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* Once more with feeling: ginger-infused vodka with plum wine, the veggie kebab, babaganough dip plate, and olives. Mmmm!

* Fallow time projects:
... measure/cut/sew napkins and tablecloth
... finish the Lake Dance
... polish an eating-knife and an athame
... work out a reasonable paper-flow-system for the house
... enter "Hale and Merry-Met" and the CD stuff into MelodyAssistant
... learn/teach/work up three duets
... hollandaise
... bead a pentacle
... help find and cut quilt pattern
... row, elliptically
... Harry Potter, Serenity, Walk the Line, and The Aristocrats, at least

* The British Library is closed from the 23rd to the 27th, but the bookbinding exhibit is still up. :) Everything else looks to be business as usual after Boxing Day.

* This house really makes me laugh.

* On Thursday my Lady's parents will meet mine for the first time. I'm nervous as hell. But each pair knows that they are meeting their daughter's girlfriend's parents, and wary or not they are still up for the event. I know enough to be deeply grateful that the meeting is even a possibility.
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Some so nice they had to be mentioned twice...

* Seven Times Salt last night performed their set called Sufficient Grounds which, it turns out, really is. The concert featured examples of "...the Renaissance art of "divisions on a ground"--the playing of elaborate instrumental lines, either composed or improvised, over a repeating melodic or harmonic pattern." Hmmm. This style of arrangement resonates with a set-selection structure that I find attractive. I must think upon that and, I think, set a contrefact to Stingo.

The woodwind player is beautiful, and a faun, and for a countertenor employs a surprisingly rich basso.

* Aikido is always about deep energy exercise applied to physical exercise, but sometimes it's just about rolling around on the floor and getting up again, over and over. That part's fun, too!

* Barry returns calls at 9pm.

* Mortal Love was chewy and fascinating as always but disappointed somewhat in the flow. Overall it made me wish Ms. Hand relied on more assertive editors. "Extrapolation", by Theodore Sturgeon, excelled. I'm still pinging from that one.

[EDIT: * The Enormous Room wasn't enormous nor did it offer the Enormous Platter any more, but it did successfully supply my Lady and me with enough dim lighting, plushy seating, and finger-food to get us from Aikido to early music without falling down. Mine was the Ginger Martini (ginger-infused vodka with plum wine) and it thrilled.]
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Some so nice they had to be mentioned twice...

* Seven Times Salt last night performed their set called Sufficient Grounds which, it turns out, really is. The concert featured examples of "...the Renaissance art of "divisions on a ground"--the playing of elaborate instrumental lines, either composed or improvised, over a repeating melodic or harmonic pattern." Hmmm. This style of arrangement resonates with a set-selection structure that I find attractive. I must think upon that and, I think, set a contrefact to Stingo.

The woodwind player is beautiful, and a faun, and for a countertenor employs a surprisingly rich basso.

* Aikido is always about deep energy exercise applied to physical exercise, but sometimes it's just about rolling around on the floor and getting up again, over and over. That part's fun, too!

* Barry returns calls at 9pm.

* Mortal Love was chewy and fascinating as always but disappointed somewhat in the flow. Overall it made me wish Ms. Hand relied on more assertive editors. "Extrapolation", by Theodore Sturgeon, excelled. I'm still pinging from that one.

[EDIT: * The Enormous Room wasn't enormous nor did it offer the Enormous Platter any more, but it did successfully supply my Lady and me with enough dim lighting, plushy seating, and finger-food to get us from Aikido to early music without falling down. Mine was the Ginger Martini (ginger-infused vodka with plum wine) and it thrilled.]
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* Crypto Security Boxes found while googling "Vitruvian". Neat! It's not very secure; you have to tell the artist what the password is at commission, and then you can't change it. It's awfully pretty, though. What could you keep in there? Sterling D&D dice? (Oh, wait... kids these days just use a d20. Better make that 24k.)

*
This is Industrial. Ahh, relaxation. Really heavy, driving beats (or spacey electronica trance music) help me concentrate. See me concentrating? [livejournal.com profile] feather_brain70's amazing da Techno Mix used to help, but now I know all the words. :)

* The normative power of the actual.

* Mirrormask is rated PG 'for some mild thematic elements and scary images'. Careful, folks... don't want your kids to get any ideas. At All.

Some other movie opens tonight, too. "Parity"? Something.
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* Crypto Security Boxes found while googling "Vitruvian". Neat! It's not very secure; you have to tell the artist what the password is at commission, and then you can't change it. It's awfully pretty, though. What could you keep in there? Sterling D&D dice? (Oh, wait... kids these days just use a d20. Better make that 24k.)

*
This is Industrial. Ahh, relaxation. Really heavy, driving beats (or spacey electronica trance music) help me concentrate. See me concentrating? [livejournal.com profile] feather_brain70's amazing da Techno Mix used to help, but now I know all the words. :)

* The normative power of the actual.

* Mirrormask is rated PG 'for some mild thematic elements and scary images'. Careful, folks... don't want your kids to get any ideas. At All.

Some other movie opens tonight, too. "Parity"? Something.

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