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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 11:45 am
A meme, via [personal profile] zyzyly , that seemed fun to do. Nine performers/bands i've seen perform live and one i haven't.

  1. Phillip Glass
  2. Laurie Anderson
  3. Devo
  4. Metallica
  5. Journey
  6. Patti Smith
  7. Bob Dillion
  8. Pink Floyd
  9. Rush
  10. Queensryche
Feel free to guess the one i haven't seen. And the two that i slept through. 

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Monday, March 13th, 2017 02:00 pm
Weekend flew by << this was the FIRST weekend in March. I've been dragging on this post.

We had dinner up at Christine's sister's, and i split a bottle of sparkling wine with her. We were home late for me, and so Saturday morning was a very slow start. Mower had the blade replaced with assistance from the local shop (they undid the bolt for me), and then i mowed. The back yard had long grass; everywhere else was just tidied.

Spring onions are the main "culprit" of an untidy appearance: it turns out that the best way to get rid of them will be to dig them all out. (Or some annoying pattern of poisoning.) Since they are theoretic deer detractants, i ponder waiting until i have plantings of fruit trees, etc, that could use a circle of onions (as ground cover?). They are attractive plants, just a good bit taller than anything else out in the yard at this point.

The main reason i mowed was to minimize bittercress going to seed.

--== ∞ ==--

I have discovered sudoku. The NYTimes website puzzle interface for sudoku is just as appealing as for crosswords. I never found these attractive diversions with paper and pencil: with the efficient interfaces i am much more engaged. Also, i seem to be not so stressed out by work that puzzles are unattractive.

--== ∞ ==--

I AM SO DIFFERENT from me a year ago.

There. I had often wondered if i would really have time for a yard. Well, i do. I just don't have time for anything else. Yesterday evening i just wandered around outside, appreciating the fading light, looking at the state of various plants, worrying about the freeze coming....

I am also very happy to sit an watch the dog or cats or just sit.

Contentment? Maybe. There's an edge of procrastination/avoidance going on hinting at dysthymia.

I've dropped so many habits that used to anchor me: some just since the election, some since the move. I know i need to reinitiate them.

--== ∞ ==--
[personal profile] owlmoose tagged me for the ten random facts meme. I decided it needed to be an acrostic, for some unfathomable reason, so there's that.

Also, i need to tag some folks, so : [livejournal.com profile] amaebi, [livejournal.com profile] gurdonark, [personal profile] zlabya.

Training has included hunt seat riding (not much jumping though), how to handle radioactive materials, andhow to record the location of weeds.

Environmental preference is currently on the cool and shaded. While I have SAD and like the sun, i wilt pretty quickly.

Arithmetic is a weakness of mine. Manipulate symbols? No problem. Actually add? Let me get my fingers.

Shopping is not a delight of mine. I was a catalog shopper before the internet. I imagine that had the internet not come along, i'd have file cabinets or bookshelves full of catalogs.

Tea was one of those shop-by-mail items, although i don't know if i found out about the company i've used for the past 30+ years by USENET. That's Upton Tea by the way. I know there are many different tea companies out there, but novelty in my tea isn't something i've desired.

A glimpse of me without the internet is offered by my mother, with her files and files of paper and all her books. I'm thankful to have been raised by someone so interested in information, and i appreciate the cautionary lesson she offers as she now goes through all her clippings. I was just referencing USENET "clippings" from the 1990s, but i have full text indexing.

I can still remember, shortly after Christine and I were married, explaining the internet to Christine and having her ask, "How will you find anything?" I can't remember when Yahoo started its directory of information. I do recall the "what's new" page where new websites were announced.

Novelty isn't a driver for me. I don't really care for rereading novels or rewatching videos, but given the narrow  genres i choose, i'm not sure I can claim a delight in novelty there. At one point, i would have claimed delight in novel restaurants, but.... Well, if a Noma-esque restaurant opens nearby, i'll save my pennies. I guess i've eaten widely enough that novelty in dining is now pricy. Milk snow at the Umstead!

Eating, while i do enjoy trying new things, is more often very mundane. The fairly basic meal planning we have reflects an amount of depression and overwhelm on my or Christine's part. Christine is not a very adventurous diner, either, so i tend to be the one to cook things that go outside the usual dishes. Part of my delight in getting a garden is the hope that surplus will lead to creativity.

During one summer i lived in New Mexico and ate fruit salads day in and day out. The produce choices just seemed better than what i had seen in NC near my college, and it delighted me. Again, it was very simple -- fresh or steamed (in the microwave). I didn't seem to have the desire for a carb or fat to be added along. I also dropped in weight -- i hadn't realized what constant cream sodas and Pepperidge farm cookies while studying was doing to me.
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Saturday, October 24th, 2015 04:41 pm
Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

They also talk of our being guilty of injustice, and their being the victims of an unjustifiable war. Brandy, and Tom got increasingly close-mouthed and sour. Although a certain sense of tripartite society survived down to Christian times, the three classes described in the Eddic poem "Rigdthula" bear little resemblance to Dumezil's three. It is often argued, and still oftener thought, that none but bad men would desire to weaken these salutary beliefs; and there can be nothing wrong, it is thought, in restraining bad men, and prohibiting what only such men would wish to practice.

At its nearest point the wall was little more than one league from the City, and that was south-eastward. When he saw Jack Hare jump towards the fire, and the Practical Man brandishing the toasting-fork, Sir Isaac grabbed the strings of gravitational force that bound Jack to his destiny and PULLED--- That's a seventy-four gun privateer, besides. To honour a group of British nobles, treacherously slain at a conference by Hengist's guards, Aurelius decides to erect a great monument near Amesbury. That being so, he did not chortle when he went upstairs. Let stand. This ensures that when the garbage collector runs, it has complete access to the memory in the heap and can perform its tasks safely without the threat of being preempted by another thread. And then you may begin to laugh. The data are stored in Column 1 and renamed "Age."

Pull your hand back. I don't remember that any secrets were revealed to me, nor do I remember any avid curiosity on my part to learn something I wasn't supposed to--perhaps I was too young to know what to listen for. You don't remember how awful it is being normal. Highlight the desired state tax table and press Enter. Abraham had now reached a ripe old age, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. The third lieutenant started, then said a little weakly, "Huzzah for Captain Riley."

"Oh," said Pooh. In fact White had carelessly placed the team in Nip without realising it,
He poached and scavenged, and sometimes the locals would bring them gifts of potatoes or fuel. It was a heady life, and cheap. How can he switch his mind onto God? Consequently, a 1n phase (haplophase) results from meiosis; a 2n phase (diplophase) results from syngamy (fertilization).

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 06:21 am
[livejournal.com profile] snippy gave me the letter B

Something I hate: branding. Please do not ask me to name your product (or my product, for that matter).

Something I love: boraginaceae - the borage family. These five petaled flowers grow on a stem in a coil. Some plants have the coiling stem more obvious than others. In forget-me-nots and borage and houndstounge the coil is loose, while in heliotrope and phacelia the flowers are tightly packed in the spiral.

Somewhere I've been: Boston, once, when a friend and i were theoretically looking at MIT & Harvard for graduate school. I'd decided it was too far from where Christine would be and had been comfortable with my visit to a different school. So while my friend hung out with her sweetheart from high school, i walked across Boston and visited their art museum. It's a fairly blurry memory except for the Greek vases.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Basin & Range - can that count? I am fascinated by the landscape between the Rockies and the Sierras and would love to ramble across it.

Someone I know: My last name begins with B, so that's a list. My brother's dog is named Buster

A film I like: Blade Runner (i can't believe they're remaking it: whyyyyyyyy)

A book I like: Beekeeper's Apprentice - I do enjoy the Laurie R King stories of Sherlock Holmes and this young woman very much. I think it is my fondness of the inner life of the Russell character: a slight crankiness that also mixes with delight and enthusiasm.
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 11:23 am
Ten Things that Make Me Happy:

1. Watching Edward sleep on the bed with a feline expression of bliss.
2. Doing small garden caring tasks: watering, inspecting leaves, pruning, hunting for ripe fruits.
3. Reading a variety of web comics
4. My morning hummm with Christine where we literally become in tune with each other.
5. Wandering in the woods.
6. Wandering on the beach.
7. Wandering in the wetlands.
8. Talking with my sister.
9. Checking out the birds around where i work.
10. Attending many (but not all) Friends committee meetings.
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Friday, August 29th, 2014 03:55 pm
Just listened to Hari S. on the PBS New Hour ask, "What was the most important thing you learned in your first job?" as part of the Labor Day weekend observation.

Put the bread and eggs on the top of the bag.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013 06:37 am
The stacks of print books are more wishful thinking than anything else: i can't really be said to be reading them.

I'll claim the copy of the Association of Computing Machinery's latest Communications in the bathroom -- which has an article (subscription needed) claiming that "what differential calculus did for the physical science, algorithms are doing for the social and biological sciences." I wrinkle my forehead, wondering what the difference is between iterating over nonlinear differential equations and these "algorithms." I have a suspicion that the author is missing something in their grandiose introduction, that is basically how nonlinear differential equations could become soluble when iterative computer models could be developed. These "algorithms" referenced, i suspect, go back to nonlinear differential equations. This is the ground of chaos theory.

There's also a line about "Biology = physics + history; but history is the great, unforgiving symmetry breaker." Since i did research on symmetry breaking, i know that currently physics sees CPT as symmetric -- charge, polarity, time -- and it's not just time that breaks symmetry. Of course, i understand that on macroscopic scales, time is the variable that introduces the thermodamnonsense into the picture and entropy is not something that can be easily reversed.

I'm not sure the author is wrong, per se, but the grandiose tone taken in the intro really pushes some of my buttons.

As my commute home entertainment, I'm continuing to enjoy listening to the "Bloody Jack" series, currently, "In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber." As my pretense of being an adult, i'm actually enjoying listening to "Field Guide to Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team." (Bother, i seem to have accidentally deleted that note.)

This list of books in English translation has some that attract me, but i suspect the closest i will come to reading them is reading about the authors and Oulipo in wikipedia:
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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 01:29 pm
*Stupid boss, stupid thoughtless boss.* There, that feels better. That, and i will take an aleve.

I had a cup of coffee -- 16 oz, i guess -- yesterday morning. Boy, did i feel the caffeine hit my system. I wish i could blame yesterday's headache on that , but i'd had a headache the day before.

I've made progress on some of the worst of my procrastinations outside of my work procrastination, so that's not to blame...


Hours later. Headache worse. bother.

Anyhow, here's a work procrastination:

From [personal profile] firecat:

Please fill out this survey so I can get to know you better. Old friends, fill it out too! Even if I know you well, I may find out something about you I never knew. Feel free to spread this around so we can all get to know each other. If there is a question you don't want to or don't know how to answer, just tell me something else instead.

Read more... )
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Saturday, December 24th, 2011 08:19 am
Following [personal profile] tamouse down the friending meme:

Name: Elaine
Age: 43
Location: San Francisco Bay Peninsula
You, elsewhere: same at Live Journal
Run anything? (comms, websites, etc.): nothing relevant

Fandoms: I've never been particularly good at being a fan of anything and favorite is a word that makes my brain crawl with cognitive frustration. (I suppose i could be a fan of the company Evernote. I would like to work for them.)
Fave Characters: NA
Fave Famous People: NA
Ships: NA
Other media things you like: I escape to shows on Netflix: mysteries, British police procedurals (eg: Waking the Dead), science documentaries, "World's Toughest Fixes." Currently i'm out of relevant science fiction or fantasy shows.

In reading i escape to science fiction and fantasy, currently reading Baen's offerings and periodically trying to find Tiptree award winners as audiobooks or in the local used book store. I also periodically read SF by Quaker authors: two wins and a loss so far with that method.

During cross country flights i've been delighted by Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes + Mary Russell stories as read by Jenny Sterlin.

Next to my bed are the things i want to read: Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence, Lakoff's Where Mathematics Comes From, Abstract Comics: The Anthology. I have too many books at home but can't not buy sequential art books.

I have a daily & weekly circuit of independent and syndicated comics i read: Dicebox is FABULOUS, The Abominable Charles Christopher is magical, Namesake is wonderfully layered, Skin Deep is delightful.... I could go on.

Regularly read blogs: http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com/ (an archaeologist who works in the middle east as well as SecondLIfe), http://upanddowncalifornia.wordpress.com/ (Reliving the Whitney survey of California 150 years later) , http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/ (a simple way to keep up on changes in physics), http://www.atoptics.co.uk/opod.htm (keep looking at the sky!)

Shows I'm currently trying to keep up on: No TV, Netflix streaming.

Fav movies: NA

Hobbies: crochet and other fiber arts, with some beading; photography; acrylic painting; container garden; fiddling with bits
Interests: physical sciences, natural sciences, cognitive science, Quakerism, Nordic traditions, mystical experiences and practices, iterative improvement methodologies, discernment practices
Things you like: making things myself, choosing to create instead of clean, my spouse and cats,
Six words to describe yourself: introspective, depressive, manager, Quaker, creative, synthetic (as applied to thinking processes, not materials)
What do you post in your journal? Daily reflections
Why are you on Dreamwidth? I appreciate the community structure provided by the code base, and the community values provided by the company.

Anything else? As i've written elsewhere: Daily journaler is seeking other daily journalers. I'm looking for other diarists that share some aspect of their daily life, whether it's limited to a narrow aspect of creativity or concern or is wide ranging. The diarist should be open to reading my entries and ideally is already reading the entries of folks in my circle.
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Monday, September 12th, 2011 06:46 pm
First ten people to comment (comments screened) with their address will get a first class snail mail *something*. (It'd be nice if you posted this too!)

(I'll send to people outside of the US as well, but if someone outside the US wants a letter, could you try to rope in someone inside the US to participate? Since this is a "save the US Postal Service" meme, and I am sure the collective sets of $4.40 we will generate will be plenty to keep the rural post offices open!)


Also, i found the poster in the post office today which announced that all first class commemorative stamps are now "forever" stamps to be worrisome. On the other hand, it means they could up the rates every month without most people noticing.


That may mean that all the 1 cent and 2 cent stamps go away? And wait, does this mean i can't take a stack fo new "forever" stamps to pay the $1.48 postage on the mailings like i did this morning? *ponder*
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 06:36 am
*People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.

*Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

I like the changing question part, but i don't like the tagging others part.

Read more... )
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 06:07 am
I recognize i'm often an opaque journaler, rambling on about things in detail but failing to provide enough context to illuminate the detail.

Here's a list of random-ish 2010 questions i've copied from [livejournal.com profile] iterum. I'm going to answer them as QUICKLY as i can instead of churning out essays on each topic.

I invite you to add more questions. I'm pretty sure i allow anonymous comments, so do that if you wish!

Read more... )
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Monday, October 18th, 2010 08:33 pm
I usually avoid posting these, because i feel i'll fail to live up to the commitment, because someone will say something wonderful to me and i won't be able to follow through for them. That's the song of Need.

I'm going to follow my challenge for this morning and go with the other song.

Following [livejournal.com profile] amaebi & [livejournal.com profile] bobby1933:

One little compliment can make you feel amazing.

So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal, and once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

Don't forget to put this in your own LJ so I can compliment you too! :)
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Saturday, July 17th, 2010 07:00 am
On the dreamwidth dysfunctional modesty/impostor syndrome thread [i began with firecat's post and have not gone deep]:
rambling noodling that takes me into sorrow about grad school experiences, but mainly just rambles. )


One way Dreamwidth seems different from LJ is the social theory memes. Perhaps it's just a shift in my reading, but i've found less writing that makes me feel like someone's sharing their day to day life and personal journey, and more writing that feels like discussion group sharing. This seems to matter to me because i worry about the cost of participation: investing the time to be a voice in conversations to be heard. I'm pretty sure i don't have the time to participate at the level that one becomes noticed as a regular, so i lurk.

And when I hear that a primary solution to the problem of people underestimating women is to retrain women to behave differently in public, it kind of bothers me.


Another thread from this morning's reading is with respect to the general meme of people hosting threads (or creating communities) so other people can put their name in them and then other people leave notes saying nice things. I rarely put my name out there, for the two fold reason of fear (how will i feel if no one responds, how i will feel if someone responds "too much" on the "Valentine" themed posts) and a certain sense that if i wanted to be more engaged and involved with people, people would welcome it.

However, i am aware how difficult it is to gauge connection in the absence of comments, and i'm aware my writing style doesn't invite comments. (I'm not sure why that is, but i'm aware of it.) I'm not going to cross post this to LJ, in order to ask this: could you leave a comment if you read this journal regularly/semiregularly? Those of who who comment regularly, even if in odd time sequence, already let me now you are reading.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 06:47 am
Once upon a time (in April of this year) [livejournal.com profile] tenacious_snail asked me, "How did you come to be involved with the Society of Friends? What is your spiritual journey? "

I kept putting off answering that to when i could do it justice, which is the general mode of my procrastination. Yesterday, i saw the meme from [livejournal.com profile] batswing that asks
The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

I figured i should answer the last question, first, since what with "The Death of LJ" being a constant theme showing up in a variety of places, i shouldn't waste any questions.
Long, Part 1 )
And, after a call from my sister and some unhappy physical experiences, i must get off to my day!
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 05:55 pm

does *NOT* include the Tardis.

Major oversight.

First time i took it i tied the Millennium Falcon with the Nebuchadnezzar; the second time as follows:

Moya (Farscape) 94%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix) 94%
Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) 88%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) 81%

Christine's top four were Serenity, Moya, Heart of Gold, and the Millennium Falcon.

You so needed to know this.
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 10:00 pm
I did this at the "tagging" request of a friend from high school, but i thought i'd post here for your entertainment. Do feel free to ask questions if any come to mind!

Three jobs I have had in my life.
1. Cataloging art objects for the museum at NCSU
2. Changing the liquid helium at an experiment in Los Alamos
3. Cashier at Big Star (dreaming of lettuce and egg prices)

Three Places I have lived
1. Charleston, SC
2. Philadelphia, PA
3. The Presidio, San Francisco, CA

Three Favorite drinks
1. Keemun (Often called the burgundy of China teas, this North China Congou is rich, flavorful and appropriate for any time of day.)
2. Mélange Noël (A blend of black tea with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and cardamom. Decorated with orange peel, rose petals and almond pieces. You've ordered this item 15 times.)
3. Upton's Summer Blend (China tea with grapefruit and orange flavoring, delicately laced with juniper needles and berries. You've ordered this item 9 times.)

Three TV shows -- this month it's...
1. MI-5
2. The Prisoner
3. Waking the Dead

Three Places I Have Been...
1. Mono Lake in California
2. Valles Caldera in New Mexico
3. Mt Lassen in California
(bonus points for recognizing what they all have in common)

People that e-mail/facebook me regularly
(pleading the 5th)

Three of my favorite restaurants
1. La Grolla Restaurant, 782 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147-3428
Wonderful Northern Italian and very special memories.
2. Vazo Azzurro, Mountain View, CA
More wonderful Northern Italian.
3. T & W Oyster Bar, Swansboro, NC
Wonderful seafood -- but mostly wonderful memories.

Three friends I think will respond

Three things I'm looking forward to
1. Drinking tea again
2. Saltine crackers
3. Drinking tea again