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23 February 2012 @ 10:32 pm
standuponit, saw this, thought of you:

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28 January 2012 @ 10:40 am
So, I'm selling a plastic toddler sled on craigslist. About 4 days ago, I got the following inquiry:

Is this still for sale? When can I get it?


I responded:

It is still for sale. Would the Willy St. Co-op East be a convenient place for you? I can be there by around 5 (probably about 5:10, depending on how the buses run) tomorrow or Thursday.


What she wrote back made me laugh:

K, thanks for replying. Turns out i can't buy it right now anyway… my nephew just crashed the back of my van and now im gonna have to find out how much money it will cost me to fix it. UGH!

Thank god that he's ok but of course it needed to happen NOW, when i'm finally making really good money with this work from home program i've been doing. You know, if you're interested, they've just opened up 3 more positions in our area. Basically you earn money by posting links on the internet, it's really simple and you can just do it while watching tv.

Here's the link if you wanna check it out:

[scammy URL deleted]

I've earned around $700 each week since I began… not enough to leave my job yet but i actually have some extra money in my bank account. Well, maybe not after i get the mechanic bill lol. My sister is planning on signing up later and these positions usually go fast, so Id appreciate it if you didnt give the link to anyone else. Thanks!

I mean, really? Really? The sad thing, someone, somewhere would probably fall for it. I didn't even bother replying to this, but simply hit delete. And then I ceased to think about it...until this morning:

Hi again,

Just thought you'd wanna know that my sister decided to try a different work from home program cause she didnt want to pay the $100… she didnt have the money and would not even borrow it from me (she is a bit stubborn haha).

But the program she's in does seem really good cause shes already earned money. And it's free to register:

[new scammy URL redacted]

She started yesterday and already earned $50 so i know it really works.

I hope its OK that i messaged you again, i just know that a lot of families could use extra income nowadays and these programs have helped me out.

Sure lady. We exchanged a totally of 5 sentences in the first two emails, based around nothing but a plastic toddler sled for sale. Yet you suddenly have the deep need to share all of this interesting information with an internet stranger. Riiiiiiight. Totally believable. Nothing fishy here!

Again, I'm not going to respond to her, but I am going to mark it as spam for Gmail. However, it amused me enough that I wanted to share it with the rest of you.
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20 December 2011 @ 08:37 am
Doctor Who Timeline Infographic
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16 December 2011 @ 09:28 am
Can you think of two shows that are more perfectly suited for cross-over fanfic than Firefly and Deadwood? I don't know if you can, and even then, not many. So I ask, where is all the Firefly/Deadwood fic? I've been looking, and it may be that my google-juice is weak, but I've only found a very small handful. That just ain't right.

I say this as someone who isn't a writer and generally isn't even much of a fanfic reader. But the thought struck me last night, and I said, "Why, the internet must be *full* of Firefly/Deadwood crossovers!" How wrong I was, and how disappointed. If they are there, they are well hidden.

Help me out people! This is fic that needs to be written, and in abundance.
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08 November 2011 @ 11:26 am
• Own my own home
• Take voice lessons
• Swim at a beach with warm, crystal clear ocean water
• Take a train trip coast to coast (and back?)
• Own a dog (or two?)
• Revisit NYC
• Visit San Francisco
• Visit Seattle
• Visit New Orleans
• Visit Savannah
• Pass the Madison Parks and Beaches swim test and get out to the diving platform at B.B. Clarke Beach
• Go canoe camping on the Wisconsin River
• Get belay certified
• Throw an event/party for at least 100 people
• Have my art for sale in a brick and mortar business
• Take part in (and finish) a bike ride of at least 100 miles
• Have an entire outfit that is tailor made for me
• Learn how to go underwater without having to plug my nose
• Take the car ferry across Lake Michigan
• Spend some time in Door County
• Spend some time in the Apostle Islands
• Learn to ballroom dance without tripping over my own feet
• Learn to contra dance without tripping over my own feet
• Healthy 125
• Learn to use a chef’s knife like a pro
• Revisit Cape Breton
• Revisit Montreal
• Set foot in every continent (except Antarctica…no way)
• Go to a session and play at least 50% of the songs
• Busk
• Stay with friends at Camp Lake Resort (Fairyland!) for at least a long weekend
• Raise chickens
• Go to grad school
• Act in a play
• Get my CPR and First Aid re-certification
• Go to Comic-Con with my brother
• Take the Union sailing course
• Learn to whistle
04 August 2011 @ 03:38 pm
Dear MacBook,

Hi there. I realize that you and I have been together for quite a few years now. It seems like just yesterday that you showed up in your shiny white box, but I know that you are getting pretty old in computer years. So I say this to you in all sincerity: please don't die!

That thing you have started doing of late, wherein you will suddenly shut down with no warning at all: it is distressing. Fortunately I am backing up my data all the time, but you are more than just data to me. I really can't afford to get you fixed right now, and I really, really can't afford to replace you. So please, old girl, hang in there. You can do it!

Perhaps if all the other computer users out the clap their hands and say, "I do believe in laptops!" then you will be revived.

You and I have been through a lot, and I know you've got some life left in you. You can do it, little MacBook. I know you can.

Yours most sincerely,
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14 June 2011 @ 08:49 am
03 October 2010 @ 11:27 pm
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16 September 2010 @ 12:24 am
I like making soup, since there is so much room for improv with most of them, and timing is less critical. I also like that most of them will freeze nicely into stackable block in 1-quart freezer bags, to be thawed and eaten later. Much more tolerable way of dealing with leftovers than eating them at every meal for days. Consequently, I usually make soups (an stews, chillies, and spaghetti sauces) in the biggest quantity that will fit in my cookpot.

Tonight I made borscht for the first time, and it turned out really well. 99% of the ingredients were either stuff from our CSA farm or another local farm. I like thinking about the "where" part of it while I'm eating.

Tomorrow's box is supposed to have potatoes and leeks. You know what I'm thinking? Yeah ya do.
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14 September 2010 @ 10:46 am
It seems that WorldCon 2012 will indeed be Chicon. Now I need to start deciding if I want to go.

On the one hand, aside from John Scalzi as the Toastmaster and Story Musgrave as the "Astronaut Guest of Honor", I'm not terribly excited about any of the guests of honor. I don't know most of them. I've read a bit of Mike Resnick's work, and I didn't really like it.

On the other hand, Chicago is so close. And Chicago is awfully nice.

But the thing is, the best thing about WorldCon in Montreal was the Montreal part. I can certainly enjoy Chicago for itself, without needing any sort of excuse to go there. WisCon is even closer, less expensive, and makes me feel more connected.

I do have a while to decide, but I also know that right now is the cheapest that membership is ever going to be. the closer you get to the actual thing, the more the price goes up. I do want to go. The question is, how much do I want to go?
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10 September 2010 @ 12:23 am
I have reached the stage of business card design when I have been staring at it too long.

I could use some outside opinions.
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I'd bought a new Coleman tent from a local store and set it up in the yard on Sunday to make sure everything was as it should be. Good thing, too, since there was a connector loop for the rainfly that wasn't sewn together.

It would be an easy thing to fix...just a few seconds with a sewing machine, really. But fixing it myself would void the warranty. I called the store, but I'd bought the last one. They could either take it back and refund my money or we could send it in to Coleman for warranty...they'd handle the shipping for me (and get Coleman to refund them the cost).

I called Coleman yesterday to tell them about the problem and was informed (after about 30 minutes on hold) that A. yes, fixing it myself would void the warranty B. I'd need to send them the whole tent, not just the rainfly (lots more shipping bulk) and C. it would be 4-6 weeks before I'd have a tent again...well past camping season.

After a bit of back and forth, I told the guy on the phone that I realized that he was limited in what he could do, so could I talk to a manager? Manager was on the phone, he'd take my number and I'd be called back. Fine. Only no one called.

So today I called again and asked to speak with the manager as soon as I got through to someone. I told him the story. He'd not been given the message.

He agreed that it was unreasonable to be without my tent for the rest of the season for a 15 second repair. Finally, he told me this:

I could go ahead and make the repair myself, but to take a photo before doing so and send it to him. In the meantime, he would ship me a new tent. When it arrives, he says, I can just keep the repaired one as a spare.

So I went from 4-6 weeks of no tent to getting a spare tent. I like that!

Sometimes it helps to be persistent and polite.
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21 June 2010 @ 07:36 pm
Accordion Stripes

Is it time to play The Solstice Reel?
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18 June 2010 @ 10:19 am
‘So’ Pushes to the Head of the Line
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17 June 2010 @ 10:45 am
The universe has a sick sense of humor and timing.
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17 June 2010 @ 07:38 am
This morning, I had a dream in which I met Dianna Wynn Jones, and she gave me a sweater that she had knit. I was very excited by this, though the sweater was a rusty orange color that I really couldn't wear.
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14 June 2010 @ 01:36 pm
On Saturday, iralith and I went over to a friend's house to watch the USA vs England World Cup Match. I love watching soccer, particularly when it is World Cup time. (I'd rather watch World Cup than the Olympics, and I wish the US cared more about soccer.) I wasn't as annoyed by the vuvuzelas as others, but it would have been nice to hear more of the crowd noises than that. I missed the songs. However, N made some excellent nachos and we all had black and tans. iralith isn't really a soccer fan, but we all had a jolly time.

On Sunday, we let some driving rain dissuade us from our outdoor plans, and elected to stay in and watch Peter Brooks' Mahabarata adaptation. Well, part of it, at least. We got through the first 2/3 of the miniseries. Part three will be watched on another rainy day. It was interesting.

iralith has watched the miniseries many, many times and just finished reading the William Buck retelling. I, on the other hand, probably know as much about the Mahabarata as he does about soccer. Possibly less. Consequently, I kept having to ask, "Wait, who is that? What did he say? What are they doing? Why?" There is still a lot that I don't understand, and I think I need to do some reading and/or re-watch it all. I did conclude that so far, Draupadi is just about the only person in the thing that doesn't act like an ass at some point and/or do anything really stupid. Of course, some of the things that I see as being an ass come from things that I don't really understand, so I know that my judgement calls are seriously limited.
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12 June 2010 @ 11:26 am

A little something for standuponit
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20 April 2010 @ 11:26 pm
Photos of the Floating Market event can be found here:

And I have a write-up of it here:

Now, for the sleepifying!
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19 April 2010 @ 09:47 am
...I've just volunteered for two more WisCon panels.
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19 April 2010 @ 09:41 am
I posted another Film Fest review late last night:
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18 April 2010 @ 10:53 pm
The film fest was good. I need to get the rest of the reviews put together....not happening tonight, I think.

This morning, I found that I was quoted in a piece on Etsy's Storque blog. That was neat.

There was a lot of driving, train riding, and walking today; end result being that I am in Chicago tonight and ready to take part in Lifeline Theater's Floating Market benefit tomorrow night, after which there will be more walking, train riding, and driving. Yes, I am going to be wrecked on Tuesday. No, I don't care.

And you know what is stupidly annoying? I didn't take a single photo all day today.
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16 April 2010 @ 11:57 am
Can be found over at Irving Place. Saw some good stuff last night.
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16 April 2010 @ 10:11 am
Today's Sinfest made me laugh. Of course, it's a pig, not a platypus, but...
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30 March 2010 @ 12:39 am
My photo, "Glow," is now featured in the March 2010 issue of Broadsheets.

Plus, a little something I just finished working on:

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26 March 2010 @ 12:13 am
To put you off your sleep.

The Unsettling Toy Box

(It will only be around till Sunday.)
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21 March 2010 @ 12:53 pm
I am now the proud owner of a new Epson Perfection V500. (Yay for birthday presents from wonderful people!) I've been playing with it, and love how fast it scans.

I know I will mostly use it for scanning prints, but it does has a film/slide scanning feature. This is great, because I have a lot of B&W negatives that I've never printed. But it is also a new thing to me....figuring out the right settings to get good images off of the transparencies. I've gotten some good scans and some crappy scans. It is going to take some trial and error, and I don't think it will actually be able to replace the darkroom for me. (God, I wish I had easy darkroom access like I had when I was in college.) But it will at least provide an intermediate step.

I can scan things for the web, and possibly for small prints. I'm curious as to what the final print quality will be. I know I've got a lot of trial and error to go through in order to find the best quality of scan.
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16 March 2010 @ 11:43 pm
I would love some feedback on something. I am trying to design a nice 150x100 tile ad for The Floating Market for I have 4 tentative designs, but I am too close to look at them critically. I'd be happy to hear which, if any, of them work. If you can tell me what things you specifically like or don't like, that would be helpful, too.

Ad 1:

Ad 2:

Ad 3:

Ad 4:

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06 March 2010 @ 05:56 pm
Neverwhat?: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Enter the Floating Market...

Want! Want! Want!

I even have costuming for it. I have an assortment of folks in the Chicago area that might be able to put me up for the night on the Sunday, and I can head back to Madison late Monday night for (a very sleepy day) work on Tuesday. The trick will be getting my work to let me work remotely on the Monday, but it doesn't seem improbable.

I've written to express an interest. Now I just have to wait and see.
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05 March 2010 @ 12:40 am
I find this totally charming and amusing:

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04 March 2010 @ 12:22 am
Certain message boards being down gives me withdrawal.
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25 February 2010 @ 11:12 pm
On March 18, the Wisconsin Film Fest schedule and line-up will be out, my first sure sign of spring.

The weekend before will be the 2010 CSA Open House at Olbrich, which means I should start getting in gear about getting signed up for a share. I want to go with Middlebury Hills again this year, I just need to figure out who is going to go in with me on the share this year. BTW, if you are interested, let me know. I still have to figure out exactly how much to split it, but I know I will want to do so at *least* in half.
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25 February 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Miss Lucy had a baby,
She named him Tiny Tim,
She put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.

He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap,
He tried to eat the bathtub,
But it wouldn't got down his throat.

Miss Lucy called the doctor,
Miss Lucy called the nurse,
Miss Lucy called the lady
With the alligator purse.

"Measles!" said the doctor,
"Mumps!" said the nurse,
"Nothing!" said the lady
With the alligator purse.

Miss Lucy kicked the doctor,
Miss Lucy punched the nurse,
Miss Lucy paid the lady
With the alligator purse.

And then, of course, was her career with the steamboat.

Which versions do you know?
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25 February 2010 @ 03:32 pm
My three year old nephew has just started picking up little bits of scrap cloth (my sister is doing a project) and tossing them in the air shouting, "Platypus! Platypi!" in his wee little voice.

I found this highly entertaining. Of course, it also made me think of standuponit. I think we should all start doing this. Regularly. It would make life more fun, if perhaps a bit messier.
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11 February 2010 @ 03:51 pm
I can! I haz!

Both The Floating Market and Irving Place Photography have fan pages. Of course, right now they only have two fans, and one of them is me! Go on and keep us from getting lonely by ourselves.
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11 February 2010 @ 03:50 pm
I'm pretty happy to see it, though of course I find myself wondering if I should have worded some things differently. But I'm always going to nitpick my own words.

Go read it!
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They already got Neil Clarke. Watch out!
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08 February 2010 @ 01:41 am
This is delightful!

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07 February 2010 @ 02:11 pm
I'm "older than Jesus" today. Hurray for birthdays! My sister got the lovely warm-weather birthday with lilacs. My brother got the Halloween birthday. Mine may be in the middle of the friggin' winter, but at least I avoided that Valentine's Day due date I was supposed to have.

So I've just finished frosting my birthday cupcakes. (Chocolate cupcakes with homemade vanilla frosting. I swear, I will never buy frosting again, since making it is the easiest thing in the world, and so much more tasty. Butter > hydrogenated palm oil.) I have some lovely chocolate tea (from Virtuous Teas in Newton, MA). In an hour I will be getting my free birthday mug from the Nitty Gritty, followed by Afghani food from Kabul on State St.

Later on there my be ice skating (if my ankles are up to it) and/or going to the gym for a swim. I may also hit the nearby Culver's for my birthday sundae (turle sundae with frozen custard FTW!) which case I'd better get some exercise.

I also got to stay up super late last night to read a novel I've been waiting for, and it was good. Then I got to sleep in nice and late, then was entertained by my nephew, who sang Happy Birthday to me and gave me a hug and a kiss. (I love you, where's my cupcake?)

I'd say, as birthdays go, this one doesn't suck. :)
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