camwyn: Me in a bomber jacket and jeans standing next to a green two-man North Andover Flight Academy helicopter. (Default)
Okay, I mentioned that I was going to offer jewelry in exchange for donations- here's the first round of that. Anything in this entry is available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Pictures and descriptions behind the cut. )
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Signed up for the MS Society's Climb to the Top today. That one's in a month, on March 4th, and it's up the former John Hancock building (200 Clarendon Place in Boston, not the John Hancock Tower in Chicago). 61 floors. I've done the 200 Clarendon climb once before and I've done 66 floors for MS in New York City, so this won't be the first time.

Eor, I got what you sent yesterday. It'll be going to support the MS climb this afternoon. Thank you.
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Just placed an order for some beading supplies and tools I'd been meaning to get for a while. I'm going to be putting up pictures soon of things I've made/would be willing to make again, in return for folks making donations to various constitutional law/civil liberties organizations. If any of you guys think you might be interested in a ring, pendant, bracelet, earring/pair of earrings, simple necklace, or fancy-ass necklace, let me know.

NB: fancy-ass necklaces take quite some time to make, unless they are fancy-ass necklaces I have already made.
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Basement to 34 in 9:54. Did it by taking a few floors two steps at a time. This may have slowed later performance.

I will continue. Lung climb on Saturday.
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Did the stairs today. Basement to 34th floor elevator machine room in 10:16. If I can do that pace for the Fight for Air Climb on Feb. 4, I'll be on the 40th floor in something like 11:45.

My nephew has asthma. His little sister just had pneumonia. I have a clean bill of health, but I was a 9/11 responder. I am doing the American Lung Association fundraiser climb for *revenge*.
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Saw Sing the other day. It's the best Muppet movie I've ever seen that did not actually have Muppets in it.

I have been debating off and on how Nana the old-school show business millionaire retired actress sheep would react to Milliways and am not entirely sure whether she'd see everyone there as some form of anthro animal, or whether she'd think the place was some sort of sanctuary for gorillas with terrible skin diseases.
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I'm awake, which is something of an accomplishment this morning given that I nearly fell asleep all over again with my cat in my lap in between 'get out of bed' and 'get your socks on'. I've come up to full wakefulness, though, and I just finished my morning coffee, so that should help.

This past weekend had a flight lesson in it. Hover practice, mostly. And targeted landing- 'okay, see the square on the runway formed by the various patches and stripes of asphalt color? land in that specific spot'. And pickups and putdowns, which is to say 'take off but don't move forward' and 'land from about a foot above the pavement'. The instructor and I have found that the usual advice of 'pick something in the far distance and keep your eyes on it as you hover' has not been working for me; that's the kind of thing that results in swaying far too far to either side and then having to correct for it. Middle distance visual locks work a lot better, so I'm sticking with that for now. I've gotten to the point where the instructor is no longer trying to find a way to show me how to do what I need to do with hovering, but instead recommending that I get more practice in doing it. Which is promising, because he can't endorse me to solo until he teaches me a couple of things that have 'hover properly' as prerequisites.

I probably won't get another lesson in until the 28th, and the one after that won't be until the 11th of February, but at least I know what I really need to practice.
camwyn: (primus)
"Go home, Starscream, you're drunk."

Man, now I wanna start writing TF stuff again.
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Haven't been posting much about it here, but I'm going to be doing the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb on February 4th this year. We're climbing One Boston Place, which is forty floors of stairs, to raise money for lung disease research and treatment. Also for environmental standards related to breathing and for anti-smoking efforts, because, well, lungs.

I'll probably be doing a few more stair climbs for other causes this year- most likely for the Multiple Sclerosis society and for Wediko School for children with mental health/emotional issues- but if you'd like to support the American Lung thing, let me know and I'll send you an email with a support-the-climb link.
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Well, I'm at work and I'm awake, and that's both a good thing and something I haven't done in a while. Be at work, I mean- I forgot to take an actual vacation last year, and my company doesn't do carryovers for vacation days, so I had to burn off my days off by taking a bunch of Fridays and most of the tail end of December off. Back at work now, though. And mildly peeved at having to be awake after quite a stretch of sleeping late but what can you do.

The closest I get to New Year's resolutions this year is that I plan on reading the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. I reserve the right to do any or all of the things I have previously sworn off in my Doable New Year's Resolution lists, including attempting to eat rocks, pick up my house with my bare hands, or detonate the Sun. Fair warning.
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If any of you guys know me well enough to want a physical card from me this December, message me with your meatspace name and postal address. I just got around to ordering my cards (normally I start filling them out the day after American Thanksgiving, it’s been a busy few weeks).

The cards themselves are preprinted with secular messages and winter scenes; if you celebrate a particular holiday let me know so I can wish you a good one, whatever it is. If you prefer to celebrate Festivus I will need a little more notice so I can get a blank card as that seems more in keeping with the spirit of the holiday. (Disclosure: I celebrate Christmas, myself.)
camwyn: (bike)
Found out today what it takes for me to start using my New York vocabulary again: a guy oh-so-slowly trying to drive his car in the bicycle-only side of a protected bicycle lane. As in, he'd turned out of a driveway or something and rather than cross the bike lane and join the car lanes, he opted to navigate in the one narrow lane of territory between actual physical poles and the curb until he got to the corner, and then merged into the car traffic. Never mind that that lane had the bike lane images and icons painted on it, or that like I said, it was separated from car traffic by multiple vertical poles to make it impractical for cars to use it, or that the traffic in the car lanes wasn't even all that heavy and he could have crossed the bike lane and merged into it- no, this schmuck was so fricking special that he was ENTITLED to take what little protected territory bicyclists get in this city.

Schmuck. I hope you find yourself stuck behind a Critical Mass rally, and I don't even approve of Critical Mass.
camwyn: (knitting)
This one's a lot simpler. I think it took a total of maybe... I dunno, an hour and a half? Two hours? I'm debating how one goes about making things and selling them for charitable purposes, or just looking for some kind of online benefit auction that's doing something similar.

For now, this is what I've got. )
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Went to a Fathom Events showing of Young Frankenstein last night. The Regal Fenway 13 seats are insanely comfortable and have a ridiculous amount of leg room. And the movie was great; personally I liked Blazing Saddles better, but the movie was still great.

On the other hand it has renewed a longstanding mondegreen of mine. I am never going to be able to hear Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" the way the lyricist intended; as far as my brain is concerned the line in the chorus will pretty much always be "My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankenstein, I did it my way".
camwyn: A white KitchenAid stand mixer with flame decals on it. FOR GREAT AWESOME. (kitchenaid)
The test recipe was for Bucatini With Corn Ricotta and Basil. Sounded a little too sweet for my liking at first, but since you make the ricotta yourself, you get to adjust the level of salt in the cheese, so that counteracted things a bit. It was really not bad at all on the first night, but when I went to heat the leftovers up for lunch yesterday, I discovered two things: one, that you have to add a fair amount of milk or water (I suggest milk, this was a dairy-intensive recipe to begin with) to bring it back up to edible temperature without it drying out and getting nasty, and two, bucatini noodles look like very long, comparatively straight versions of the elbow noodles used in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Eating them with a yellow clingy creamy sauce that does not consist of cheddar cheese results in severe disconnect between tongue expectations and tongue results.

It's not bad overall, but this is definitely something to be eaten completely on the first night.
camwyn: A white KitchenAid stand mixer with flame decals on it. FOR GREAT AWESOME. (kitchenaid)
A thing I have observed, which I will continue to keep an eye open for, since it is about Science and therefore requires Data Points to confirm:

If a course or a cookbook or something else of that nature says it is about Science and Cooking both, and if the cuisine involved is at all European-based, it will require you, at some point, to make ricotta cheese.

Possibly paneer. But most likely, ricotta cheese.


(Guess who got a test recipe from the folks at America's Test Kitchen this weekend.)
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This is something of an accomplishment as I got sick this weekend and had to take Monday and Tuesday as sick days, and worked from home on Wednesday. I'm still making horrible noises every so often but not often enough to be a real hazard, so as long as I don't have to work in close proximity to humans I'm all right. And since I'm in IT, that helps.

At least I got sick after seeing Ben-Hur on the big screen at the Somerville Theater. I'd never seen the movie before, just the standard clips and snippets you get as references in other pictures. This was a full-on technicolor print assembled from about three different prints of the film, taken from the original master before it started to fade. Really impressive stuff even if the sound did periodically produce an awful high-pitched squeal that made the entire back of my skull ache. It was worth it, though.
camwyn: Me in a bomber jacket and jeans standing next to a green two-man North Andover Flight Academy helicopter. (Default)
Can anyone here recommend a decent, inexpensive photo hosting site? Photobucket is getting on my nerves.
camwyn: (Ron the Narrator)
Surveying the sheer number of video sites out there with hockey fight clips galore, and the tiny number (so far, one) of sites that have text descriptions of those fights, I am reminded of something I learned long ago from reading wuxia novels: I am not really much good at writing descriptions of fight scenes.

I am debating how to dance around this fact in order to get Ellen's next OOM written, or whether I should just have her come into the Bar prodding her face to verify that her teeth have in fact begun growing properly back into their sockets. That may allow for some entertaining "ooh, ouch! did you see what he just did?" moments in the parts where she and her friends will be watching the holotape of the fight- I'm a big fan of letting people improvise what's happening on the screen in-universe...

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