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2/23/17 05:00 am - Knitters!

Suggestions for someone's second-ever knitting project?

Not me: Toby. He wanted something productive/creative to do with his hands while watching TV so he picked knitting. After watching a lot of YouTube videos he has knitted a skein of yarn into a somewhat lumpy scarf that I shall wear with pride, but he now is looking for the next thing to do.

The scarf was entirely the knit stitch. He is cautiously open to learning the purl. XD (He claims it was because he wanted to make sure he had the knit stitch down but whatever.)

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2/21/17 01:02 pm - Huh

Just got a spam email at work with a URL that included "Potato Transformation Symposium." Not going to click it because (a) malware and (b) whatever's there will be a disappointment compared to what my mind conjures up from that phrase.

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2/8/17 09:21 am

Upright and at work for the first time in a week, although not particularly happy about it.

In celebration, have a cat.
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2/5/17 07:23 pm - Ug

At the hagfish stage of the cold, in which we learn the answer to "how much
snot can one head hold?"

(Answer: all the snot. It can hold all the snot.)

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2/3/17 06:20 pm - Things accomplished today

Despite having the Maryam Death Flu (I think it's just a cold, really), I...

Fixed t-shirt artwork for the con

Made header and logo graphics for the con app

Invoices someone for ebook cover stuff

Cleaned up my inbox except for a few things I need to do

And then I ate a brownie for breakfast because I am an adult and can do
these things. Toby is going to stagger out to Wendy's and get us lunch
while attempting not to touch anything the drive-through person is going to
touch (he's in the stir-crazy must-leave-the-house portion of the illness),
and my plan is to sit all afternoon reading trashy romance novels and maybe
stir myself to nuke dinner at some point.

The bright side is that the campus we work at has a diagnosed case of mumps
and it is not us that has the mumps. I feel for the victim, though.

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2/3/17 02:30 am - Crafty

Toby is teaching himself to knit so he'll have something to do with his
hands when he watches TV. He did a test square and then started in on a
simple scarf using just the knit stitch.

He made it 23 stitches wide because that's a prime number because Toby. And
in the past hour I have heard "Now I have 25. How did that happen?" and
"IT'S 27 NOW. WHAT THE FUCK?!" And apologized that my scarf a going to be a
pyramid shape.

We're also both sick with the flu or a cold--on Friday last we went to
dinner with friends. No idea who Patient Zero was, but pretty much everyone
at that table is now ill. Toby is in the midst and starting the upswing
while I'm starting the downswing into coughing.

And the other thing is that we got a Litter Robot for the cats. The old box
is still set up so they can spend some time getting used to the new thing.
Sora is either unhappy with it or staking a claim because he peed on the
step of the ramp that goes up to the entrance.

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1/30/17 11:45 am

Start your week off right by being disdained by a giraffe calf!

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1/25/17 10:05 am

and because I go what seems like weeks without posting and then unleash a flurry of posts rather than putting them in one big post...meet Nico the ocelittle.

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1/25/17 09:30 am - poetry

A while back I posted asking for suggestions on poetry to read and OF COURSE I ended up taking exactly none of those suggestions. What I ended up doing instead was intending to take the suggestions for weeks (months?) until last week I was listening to a podcast that funded itself with one of those internet deals where you sign up to something using their link and they get something kicked back to them.

So I'm now subscribed to Poetry magazine. Which I did because I realized their URL (poetryfoundation.org) was the same URL I always ended up at and poking through when looking for title for artwork. The subscription gets me a paper copy and a digital version (I'd have preferred digital only, but that wasn't included in the deal and would have been ten dollars more).

All this is to say, here's two poems I found I liked quite well, much to my surprise, because I don't usually like poems that look like they're meant to be performed, for whatever reason.

Sea Holly by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Tony Lopez. What I really like is the 5th section, in which the visual arrangement and the meaning of the words combine to form a picture of a cross-section of the sea, from life above the surface drifting down through the shoals of fish to the ocean floor. There's probably more meanings to be teased out of the first four parts, but they mostly served to me as pattern and rhythm.

The other was Scheherazade which is, I think, sort of rough (the author is a college freshman, so it fits), but I like the tumbling tumult of words that come to an abrupt stop before the end, as thematically appropriate. :)

I can envision either of them performed aloud.

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1/25/17 09:13 am - Cats and fights

I've uploaded two videos in the past couple of days:

Our morning routine, which is Nefer demanding I turn the shower on for her. She's quieter than usual in the video--normally she yells until I accede to her demands.

This next one is a video we pulled off the PS4 of Toby playing Fallout 4. If you didn't read my previous post (with the crappy video), he accidentally got into the biggest fight he'd ever been in in FO4, because it turns out that when you lay waste to the Institute, the game doesn't want you to leave and spawns dozens and dozens of synth troopers to fight you. Toby defeated them all armed only with a knife. (And a set of power armor. And some maxed-out Stealth and Blitz stats.) The PS4's framerate went to hell through trying to render all those troopers.

Highlights: The video starts midway through the first wave. Then skip to 4:32 for the beginning of the second wave. Then skip to 10 seconds before the end for the punchline of trying to close the elevator door on a giant pile of bodies.

Synth Trooper Scrum

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