Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Pre-travel Jitters

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I hate the night before a trip. Hate hate hate it. I usually have to get up very early to catch my plane, and I am a horrible planner, so I find myself in a harried state the night before which makes it really hard to get to sleep. Which makes me nervous. And so […]

Springtime Renaissance Fair Goodness

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I had the honor last weekend of going to Scarborough Faire and to camp out with the knights of Noble Cause. They are a great bunch of people. I went this year, as I did last year, to see and photograph lots of chivalrous carnage. But this year I got a candid photo before one […]

More Springtime Derby Goodness

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The Austin recreational derby league had a game this weekend, and derby troublemaker organizer Obi-Mom Kenobi asked me to head up and take pictures. Which I, of course, did. You don’t need to twist my arm to get a chance to add more derby queen photos to my collection. This weekend’s lineup was the Caped […]

Sometimes physicists piss me off.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

˙ʞɔnl ǝɯ ɥsıʍ ˙ʎʞs ǝɥʇ oʇuı ƃuıʇǝɯɯnld oƃ oʇ ƃuıoƃ ʇou ɯɐ ı ƃuıplınq ǝɥʇ ʇıxǝ ı sɐ uoos sɐ ʇɐɥʇ ƃuıɯnssɐ ɯ,ı os ‘punoɹƃ ǝɥʇ uo llıʇs s,ʇı puɐ ‘ʍopuıʍ ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ɹɐɔ ʎɯ ǝǝs uɐɔ ı ˙ɹoop ʇuoɹɟ ǝɥʇ ʇno qɯılɔ oʇ pǝǝu ı ‘ǝɯ ǝsnɔxǝ llıʍ noʎ ɟı ʍou ˙ʇǝsolɔ ǝɥʇ ɟo […]

Strange Dreams

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I had a dream last night where I and several other people found a bunch of barrels from an 1890s era ship. The barrels contained spools of magnetized paper tape that used to be threaded through an intricate system on the ship so that the exposed tape passed through every chamber of the ship. Each […]

A Rain of Queens

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Last weekend was regal to the extreme. On Saturday, the Sweet Potato Queens (aka “Tammy”) did their thing up in Hunt, TX, with the customary post-parade prandials at Elaine’s Table. Last year, someone commented that they found the SPQs to be a bunch of “foul-mouthed, drunken sluts”. I beg to differ. At the moment that […]

Released from the gimp cage!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Last Wednesday, I got up to drive to Omaha in order to sit in on the Lime ‘n Violet podcast. Miss Violet asked me if I’d like to join them late last year and I’ve been trying to find the time to do it ever since. I finally put in for some vacation time starting […]


Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I can now drop all pretense – I recorded a podcast with the wonderful Lime & Violet & Caryn. They are uniformly lovely ladies and have all made me feel completely welcome and at ease here in Iowa. We celebrated a birthday for one of their knitting circle last night, and I finally made some […]

Call the Police

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Help! I am in Lime & Violet’s Galactic Headquarters. They have me locked up in a gimp cage in the basement. I am only able to get this out because I’ve got my iTouch in my kilt, and they have unsecured wi-fi. Send help!

Lessons in pain management

Monday, February 16th, 2009

I’m working through the CIA Boot Camp book right now. That would a book about how to become a better chef, not about extracting information from high-value prisoners. Different CIA. Last night I tried making the Chicken Provencal, which is mainly an exercise in sauteeing. You sautee the chicken breasts on each side for about […]