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Friday, December 10th, 2010
7:57 am
Dream: Our Patented Serrations [Weekend Edition]
Saturday, Dec 4th:

Ed and Alyssa got married again. The ceremony took place over three days.
Rachael Ray makes violence possible, the Unending House, and the monsters it createsCollapse )
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
5:14 pm
Found On A Page of An Old Notebok In My Handwriting:
Human Trafficking

Space Program

2 bay leaves / 1/2 tsp paprika / tsp mustard seed / 1/2 tsp black pepper / 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper / 8 cloves sliced garlic / olive oil / 1/8 tsp salt / 1/2 tsp celery seed / thyme? / 1 FF (2 cu) brown lentils

Current Mood: good day
Friday, October 8th, 2010
6:31 pm
Yesterday afternoon, I made a snack of sharp white cheddar, a couple tablespoons of whole green peppercorns, and shots of soy sauce, consumed sequentially in a sort of gastronomic round-robin elimination tournament.

Note to self: add "only the green parts of green peppercorns" to the list of decadent foods, a vegetal corollary to "small parts of big animals."
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
5:10 pm
This shaggy dog is mostly for the entertainment of me and sinister_dr_x:

Anti-senseCollapse )
Sunday, August 15th, 2010
5:27 pm
Cooking Satisfaction
Alyssa and I have been "together" for nine years. We discovered our mutual interests in Indian food during the first few months.

Sunday, August 15th, 2010: I finally make a dal that we both like.

Now I can make dal for both of us for dinner.

I am super excited by this.

Current Mood: oddly quiet
Friday, January 22nd, 2010
9:46 am
Direct Plutocracy
How about we get rid of voting altogether and decide each ballot issue by direct donation of dollars to the governing body for.

(Admittedly, that's just snide.)

Representative government depresses me. Autarchies may not be in vogue, but they do a better job of achieving their ideals than many other forms.
Sunday, January 17th, 2010
2:47 pm
Dream: Head Shavings
Wed, Jan 13, 2010:

Huge black battle tanks parked along the road in rural British farming towns to defend them from radical environmentalists. The government didn't know which towns would be targeted, and the tanks were pretty obvious, so the radicals just picked other towns.
Increasingly Surreal ViolenceCollapse )

Current Mood: productive
Friday, January 15th, 2010
7:42 am
Dream: The Strawberry Tree
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010:

I walked out to the strawberry tree in our yard. It grew by the base of the huge pine tree, and it looked like a pine tree without any needles. It was 34 degrees and damp outside; I had to trim the tree before winter and harvest some forgotten strawberries. I accidentally cut off a fruiting branch, and the berries disappeared. I searched all around in the shaggy lawn, but couldn't find the cluster of berries. I realized the must have fallen into the pasta pot—our huge spaghetti pot sat on the lawn, full of hot water, murky with oil and starch.
Robot DinosaursCollapse )
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
7:08 am
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
8:55 am
Dream: Nemoren's Impossible Restaurant
Wed, Jan 6th.

Pop music played over the PA at the public library because it was a special day at MPR. I joined a couple friends for breakfast, and they drove me to a new place in a residential neighborhood. Small trees along the property's edge hid the restaurant from the street. The winding walkway was lined with page plants, tall shrubs with huge, succulent leaves the size and shape of foam hands. We crossed a small hill and came to the mowed clearing where the restaurant stood.
X-Rays and ChainsawsCollapse )

Current Mood: quiet
Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
10:00 am
Dream: The Hanging Man Dumpling
24 December 2009:

Alyssa and I sat talking with Jenna and Kayla. They told us they had gotten some [Big] salt a couple weeks ago, which was bigger than Kosher salt. They noticed the [Big] salt has a natural lemon flavor, like lemon verbena. They got help from their respective boyfriends, and the four of them started selling it in front of coffee shops.
If We Could Play, Sinister_Dr_X Would WinCollapse )
Monday, December 7th, 2009
3:00 pm
Dream: Both Gunns Blazing
Monday, 7 Dec 2009

The orange light of Sonoran afternoon blanketed the valley. Everything it touched buzzed too brightly for us in the shady interior of a ruined building on the cliff side. Below us, tall grasses waved around the edges of a shallow pond.
musicin68 knows her animals, unusual gatherings, monstersCollapse )

Current Mood: I don't want to be sick
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
9:10 am
Dream: I Must Be A Responsible Driver
Thursday, 3 Dec 2009

I approached the vestibule of a twelve-story office building. Round, squat pillars divided the space between its angled walls, everything done in bare concrete.

"Is this the library?" I asked my guide. I was in a foreign country, either Japan or Canada.

My Mexican guide smiled and said, "Of course!"

I nodded and laughed quietly. It had to be the library because
a) as everyone knew, all libraries (everywhere) were Modernist atrocities, built at the same time in the 60's, and
b) it was empty.
Malcubed Lives in Japanada, White House IntriguesCollapse )
8:59 am
Dream: A Series of Bizarre Trivialities
Wednesday, 2 December 2009

I went to the kitchen to get a plate for my supper. I noticed a big utility sink on one side of the island counter; I didn't think we had one of those. I glanced inside; it was half-filled with dirty dishes soaking in murky water. The pesto shaver lay unwashed atop the pile.

Alyssa must not have washed it after dinner last night, I thought.

I scowled and rinsed the flat draw-blade so I could shave some pesto for my pasta. I got a clean plate from the cupboard, then spent several minutes looking for the pesto grinder.
Old Friends, Strange Music, Questionable CuisineCollapse )
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
8:54 pm
Dream: Baking Anxiety and... Dogs?
Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009:

My mom's friend Pat ran an informal cooking class in her kitchen. I went to the grocery store before class, and I brought my bulk raisins and 20-pound sack of flour. I arrived early, so I made a little raisin-filled Stollen, just a simple version of what my Dad makes every Christmas. Pat smiled when she saw it and decided she teach a recipe for that tomorrow.
As Usual, Sinister_Dr_X Runs an Odd GameCollapse )
8:41 pm
I spent about two hours at work yesterday believing that I had (personally) invalidated all of our data for the last three years.

I did not care for the experience.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
10:28 am
Dream: Mathematics and Felines
Monday, 9 Nov 2009

A college math professor posed a question to his students, and they gathered into small groups to work on it.

"There is a book in my office whose contents can be grouped into four sections in these ratios," he said, writing a few figures on the board. "These can be logically grouped into two sets."

"Given that I was in a wry mood when I last shelved the book," he continued, "in which direction does the surface normal of the book's front cover currently point?"
Things That Pounce, Questionable Medical ProceduresCollapse )

Current Mood: I overslept
Friday, November 6th, 2009
7:35 pm
"I spoke a language only lonely girls have heard."
Work has been extremely busy this week, sometimes so much that I can't really think or talk to anyone. I'm scrambling to do things we can barely do until the software improves, and there is a bunch of anxiety in everyone involved (except the exec & sales staff, who, if anything, ooze confidence).

This is a cyclical condition in my workplace, but it seems particularly acute at the moment.

It has been a very quite week at home, because my honey has jury duty, so she's been working late afterward and not home until 8 or 9.

I sort of stop thinking about anything when I'm alone, so I didn't do anything for a couple days.

I think I have eaten nothing but egg noodles, apples, and Halloween candy all week (except last night, when we had Maverick's--YUM).

She's almost done, though.

Also, my cracker recipe took a recent leap toward satisfactory, and that was most pleasing! No more cursing and scraping dough-cement off my cookie sheets.

Current Mood: threadbare
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
5:13 pm
MN0PQ7 Griping Redux; More Than You Want To Know
(Because cuthalion asked a question, and my reply swelled to dwarf the original post.)

Half my problems weren't the puzzles themselves, but ancillary parts of the experience. In summary:

+ 5 out of 5 to the authors for the ambition of their endeavor.

+ Also in its favor, none of the puzzles required "hints" in order to be solved. (Well, maybe #6, but I'm not sure.)

- Much of the theme-related color for the event obscured the requirements for victory in the race, denigrated the players, or both.

- About half the puzzles had a feature, either by design or by accident, which clever players could exploit to shortcut one or more of its parts. (I have no reason to think this ever happened; I didn't compare notes with other teams.) I like clever things like this, and I don't mind it when other teams figure it out and I don't, but the minipuzzle-avoiding shortcuts were, I thought, too prevalent for a game which sounds as if it is about solving puzzles. They were so prevalent that I frequently worried I was doing something dumb by trying to solve the puzzle.

Furthermore:Collapse )
10:28 am
At the invitation of discoflamingo, Alyssa and I joined him and ytinas yesterday for a puzzle quest, which neither of us had done before.

We had a great time hanging out with our teammates, who we like very much and never see anymore.

Also, we endured a day of puzzle-shaped hazing, which is always good for fostering camaraderie.

And puzzle #5 was great fun, which, by that point, was quite a surprise! We played a game of minesweeper on paper, and all four of us were able to contribute continuously, working on different parts of the grid; it was by far the most cooperation-friendly puzzle.

I also liked the last puzzle, despite the crowding and some spelling errors. Like #5, it had enough pieces, that, for a while, we could all contribute usefully. I think, given twice as much time and space, it would have been great, but that wasn't the puzzle's fault.

Afterward, we had dinner at Big Marina Grill & Deli, which was delicious.
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