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snow! [Dec. 3rd, 2011|02:10 am]
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Probably just a sign of originally growing up in New Jersey (well, until I was 8 or so), but I really like Real Fall (leaves change color then fall, etc) and Real Winter (snow, damnit).

Got the leaves earlier this week, and now there's an inch of snow on the ground already.

Yay!
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asus system recovery tool for desktops [Jun. 26th, 2011|12:21 am]
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[music |Belly - Star - Feed the Tree]

Since I couldn't find anything on Google about this, maybe they'll pick up this entry...

We got a new computer tonight: a nicely-equipped Asus CM6850-07. One of the first things it suggests is to create a set of recovery DVDs. This sounded reasonable, so I followed the directions to insert a DVD-R and reboot.

When it did boot into the "Asus System Recovery Tool", though, it wouldn't respond to any input!

It took me a long while to realize that the keyboard and mouse had to be plugged into the topmost USB ports on the back (where the old mini-DIN keyboard/mouse connectors used to live).

Anyway. Live and learn.
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vicious pit bull [Dec. 25th, 2010|02:51 am]
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Be scared... be very scared:



Hope everyone has an excellent end-of-the-year celebration.
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serial cable fun [Dec. 11th, 2009|08:30 pm]
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[music |some horrible disney thing that the boy is watching]

This is mostly just so that (1) I can find this again later, if I need it, and (2) if anyone else needs it (because it really seemed to not be anywhere in Google).

Anyway, the pinout for an Actis console (it's an RS-232 serial port, but uses an RJ-45 connector):

RJ45 pin / signal
1. RTS - ready to send
2. DTR(?) - data terminal ready
3. SGND - signal ground
4. TXD - transmit data
5. RXD - receive data
6. DCD(?) - data carrier detect
7. DSR(?) - data send ready
8. CTS - clear to send

2, 6, and 7 are guesses, as the cable I cannibalized didn't have those wires in the first place.

(Well, to be honest, pretty much everything other than 4 and 5 is a guess. The overall layout is borrowed from the RocketPort serial port concentrators; whether or not there's anything more than RxD and TxD even connected is iffy, as consoles often don't bother with flow control at all. But at least I'm getting data from the port, and that's more info than I was able to find in Google.)

Speaking of which, I suspect that I could/should swap RXD/TXD and RTS/CTS; my current connection looks like this:

a. Actis board (CSBX-3545A)
b. hacked cable (RJ-45 to DB-25M)
c. null modem (DB-25F to DB-25M)
d. gender bender (DB-25F to DB-25F)
e. DB25-DB9 converter (M to F)
f. USB serial dongle (DB-9M to USB-A)

if I had a spare "whatever to DB-9F" cable, I could have cut out most of that. In this case, though, I had an old macintosh mini-DIN to DB-25M serial cable, so it got the chop. And of course I had an RJ-45 crimper and extra plugs handy -- doesn't everyone? :)
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15 google interview questions [Dec. 3rd, 2009|09:00 pm]
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[music |Colourbox - "Pump Up The Volume"]

Ran across this link earlier: 15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid

First, my answers:

a quick run-throughCollapse )

Now to see how I did...

their answersCollapse )

Overall, I give myself about 11/15 (with most of those being "0.5 for near miss").

Edit 2009-12-06 02:29Z: 12"/1.5" is 8, not 6...

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in the process of refreshing my iPhone... [Nov. 2nd, 2009|10:40 pm]
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Poll #1480123 Favorite Depeche Mode Albums?

Select your favorite Depeche Mode albums. No pressure, no reasons, no rules.

Speak & Spell
0(0.0%)
A Broken Frame
0(0.0%)
Construction Time Again
0(0.0%)
Some Great Reward
2(18.2%)
Black Celebration
1(9.1%)
Music for the Masses
0(0.0%)
101
1(9.1%)
Violator
1(9.1%)
Songs of Faith and Devotion
0(0.0%)
Ultra
0(0.0%)
Exciter
0(0.0%)
Playing the Angel
0(0.0%)
Songs of the Universe
0(0.0%)
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enabling zero-conf (a.k.a. bonjour / rendezvous) in fedora 11 [Nov. 1st, 2009|10:50 pm]
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(Yes, these entries are generally intended to remind me of stupid things so I don't keep having to rediscover them. Sorry.)

1. Install necessary packages:
sudo yum install avahi nss-mdns

2. Update firewall to allow avahi traffic; I used the firewall configuration tool to do this, but it basically adds the following ACCEPT rule to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 5353 -d 224.0.0.251 -j ACCEPT

3. Modify the "hosts:" line in /etc/nsswitch.conf to:
hosts:      files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns

4. Add the short hostname (everything before the first period) to the localhost line in /etc/hosts.

That should do it.
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installing linux on a tibook [Nov. 1st, 2009|06:10 pm]
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[music |Delerium - Faces, Forms, and Illusions - Certain Trust]

I'm trying to install a modern Linux (Fedora 11) on my old TiBook (PowerBook G4 1GHz/DVI/GigE, from 2002 or so).

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dripping springs hike [Oct. 28th, 2009|11:05 pm]
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[music |Banco de Gaia - Igizeh - Fake It 'til You Make It]

This last Friday, in the midst of Nukestock '09, Scott and Jenny invited me to go hiking with them. I hadn't been up to Dripping Springs in quite a while, and it sounded like fun, so I went.

I actually used to spend quite a bit of time up there; my Eagle Scout project was the trail from the visitor center to La Cueva, and my little brother's project was installing some concrete steps up by the spring itself. Surprisingly, the trail and steps were still intact, and I never actually made it all the way up to the springs before, nor off to the resort,, so this was a pleasant mix of revisiting old ground and seeing new things.

I have a few picture galleries up:

http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23a-lc-dripping_springs-hike_in/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23b-lc-dripping_springs-sanatorium/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23c-lc-dripping_springs-van_pattens_reservoir/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23d-lc-dripping_springs-spring/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23e-lc-dripping_springs-van_pattens_resort/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23f-lc-dripping_springs-crawford_trail/
http://scrye.com/~tkil/photos/2009/2009-10/2009-10-23g-lc-dripping_springs-la_cueva/

And I got around to processing the GPS track I took:

http://foiani.com/tony/hiking/2009-10-23-dripping_springs-elevation.html

It's an older unit (a Garmin eTrex Vista), and it tended to lose signal whenever I wasn't holding it out in front of me (hence the jitters up by the springs), but it was still amusing.

Final stats? Just barely shy of 10km walked, with some 420m total vertical climb in there (parking lot was at about 1730m, highest point was 1920m). Took us about 4 hours.

I got a little sunburned, and my legs felt it the next day, but it was very much worth it; a lovely afternoon in a lovely area with some lovely friends.
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home deprovement [Oct. 18th, 2009|12:40 am]
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Pros:

* Fixed garage door opener. (Hopefully. Remotes would stop working, sometimes tugging on the antenna wire would fix it. Eventually opened the case, saw that the crimp on the antenna wire was around the insulation, not the bare wire; replaced with new antenna wire (directly soldered, no crimp). Hope it stays fixed.)

* Fixed leaky kitchen faucet. It's a Moen cartridge type, so wasn't that hard to do. (On the prevalent rating scale, it was a "one-tripper" and another hour of labor, of which 40 minutes was disassembling and reassembling the replacement so that hot was hot and cold was cold.) A downside: new cartridge provides substantially lower pressure than previous cartridge did.

Cons:

* Networking still frustrating. I can't tell if it's my router finally dying, or if Comcast is pissing on connections that haven't paid for the premium service, or if we're hitting it harder one way or another, but DNS is failing most of the time, and I can't figure it out. Which is frustrating, because presumably I'm in the business of fixing computers, right? Anyway. Might splash out on a Netgear WNDR3700 sooner rather than later...

* Couldn't get XP (re)installed on deliriumdreams old laptop, which we're passing on to K. So I put Fedora 11 on it instead, but the hard drive is showing errors, so maybe I'll be putting in that new 2.5" drive sooner rathre than later...

So I guess it's mostly a wash. I'm concentrating on the things I did wrong, of course, instead of the things I fixed, but oh well.
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meeting Maggie (or: abusing dolphins for fun and profit) [Sep. 21st, 2009|03:00 am]
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[music |Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom - East Wes]

During the first week in August, the family went to San Diego for one last vacation before deliriumdreams started her PhD program, K started high school, I started my new job, and the boys got back into schoool. I'll try to post a full description later; suffice to say that we wanted to try to hit all the places that we had come to know and love in SD, and we had some success.

The very last day, though, we planned something special. K had it mostly figured out, but the boys were clueless. We were going to swim with the dolphins!

For better or worse, there was no human swimming involved: us silly primates stood on a shallow shelf, and the dolphin did all the work. I was a little underwhelmed by our trainer; she seemed to be phoning in her performance. (Granted, it was 10a on a Sunday, I don't entirely blame her ... but for the cost-per-minute of this event, I really hoped for a bit more, and the other groups seemed to have more enthusiastic trainers, so...)

Anyway, it was a pretty neat experience. If there were a place where I could actually swim with the dolphins, while being assured that they were being treated well ... I'd probably go for it. Not sure there is such a place, nor whether there should be such a place.

Having said all that, we were amused to discover that Anna Paquin was playing with the same dolphin just two weeks earlier!
Deliriumdreams kissing Maggie
Exhibit A: the lovely deliriumdreams smooching Maggie (August 9th, 2009)
Anna Paquin making kissy faces at Maggie
Exhibit B: Ms. Paquin making kissy faces at Maggie (July 26th, 2009)
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meat-o-rama [Sep. 13th, 2009|10:40 pm]
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When I went shopping last week, I didn't realize that we wouldn't have the boys this weekend, and I bought way too much meat. So I spent a fair amount of time cooking it this weekend, so it wouldn't go bad -- and, hey, leftovers!

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Good food, nobody died, and we have a few meals' worth of leftovers. Yum.
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BBC on Unix [Sep. 10th, 2009|11:20 pm]
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While I'm trawling UK history, I was chuffed to see that the BBC published a pair of articles on Unix's 40th anniversary:

40 Years of Unix
The computer world is notorious for its obsession with what is new - largely thanks to the relentless engine of Moore's Law that endlessly presents programmers with more powerful machines.

Given such permanent change, anything that survives for more than one generation of processors deserves a nod.

Think then what the Unix operating system deserves because in August 2009, it celebrates its 40th anniversary. And it has been in use every year of those four decades and today is getting more attention than ever before.
The enlightenment's operating system
In a world that is increasingly shaped by and managed through advanced computer technology, the ideologies built into applications and operating systems matter more and more because they shape the potential of the systems we are developing.

I choose Unix over anything else because I believe that the respect for the system's administrators, programmers and end-users that lies at the core of the Unix philosophy remains our best hope for creating computer systems that will promote and encourage free expression, liberalism and humanism.

Unix is the operating system that most clearly expresses the values of the liberal enlightenment that form the basis of my own personal philosophy, and I will continue to use and support it.
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UK PM apologizes to Alan Turing [Sep. 10th, 2009|11:05 pm]
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How often does a politician apologize?
But even more than that, Alan [Turing] deserves recognition for his contribution to humankind. For those of us born after 1945, into a Europe which is united, democratic and at peace, it is hard to imagine that our continent was once the theatre of mankind’s darkest hour. It is difficult to believe that in living memory, people could become so consumed by hate - by anti-Semitism, by homophobia, by xenophobia and other murderous prejudices - that the gas chambers and crematoria became a piece of the European landscape as surely as the galleries and universities and concert halls which had marked out the European civilisation for hundreds of years. It is thanks to men and women who were totally committed to fighting fascism, people like Alan Turing, that the horrors of the Holocaust and of total war are part of Europe’s history and not Europe’s present.

So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.
Tip o' the hat to hippybear for the link.
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15 albums meme [Jun. 12th, 2009|09:45 pm]
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Ok, I like this one. Ganked from flemco, 15 albums that "made an impact" in my life.

1. Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

In 1989, an online friend sent me a mix tape with "This Corrosion" on it, and I never looked back.

2. Peter Murphy - Deep (Cascade is a close second)

When I finally visited her a year later, she played this for me. It's probably a bit heretical, but I like him better solo than either Bauhaus or Love & Rockets.

3. Delerium - Karma

Semantic Spaces got me into them, and I later went back and learned to appreciate their earlier work, but this is the CD that I nearly wore out.

4. Peter Gabriel - Security

I still remember hearing "The Rhythm of the Heat" for the first time. Totally blew me away.

5. Enya - Watermark

As flemco mentions, she had a great sound and opened my ears to another whole category of music. Too bad she's basically done the same album about 6 times now. (Seriously: compare this album with her next two, and the styles line up pretty much track-for-track.)

6. This Mortal Coil - filigree & shadow

There are standout tracks on It'll End In Tears and Blood, but neither is the intense, epic journey of f&s.

7. Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
8. Pink Floyd - The Wall

I spent a summer in college listening to these two albums pretty much every night. Good times.

9. A-Ha - Hunting High and Low

While "Take On Me" gets most of the mindshare, "The Sun Always Shines On TV" is the better track in my opinion.

10. Alphaville - Forever Young

Yes, the title track has gotten played to death, but the rest of the album is delightful 80s synth cheese. (Their next few albums are also good; Afternoons in Utopia is probably a better album, but I listened to FY first, and it has my heart.)

11. Ulcer - Crawl

A little band out of Las Cruces, NM, that never really went anywhere. But I roadie'd for them for a while, and this album is a great mix of their early favorites, some of their newer (at the time) material, and excellent production values.

12. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

I even saw her on this tour, but the music still stands on its own. I've liked bits and pieces of what she's done since -- and I'm incredibly happy that she continues evolving her music, instead of sticking with one style that happens to sell well -- but LE is still my favorite.

13. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration

While other of their albums are arguably superior (Music for the Masses, Violator), BC was the first one I listened to, so it's the one that I have the most attachment to. (Yes, I got into them relatively late.)

14. Garbage - Garbage

Between hearing "Vow" a year before the album came out, and then the number of people who asked me whether I'd heard of this neat song "I'm Only Happy When It Rains"...

15. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

Their other stories in the "trilogy" (Fugazi, etc) are also good, but this one wins for the song arc and the first exposure advantage.

There are other albums that I'd take with me to the desert island, but I tried to pick out some that actually hit me. With most of these albums, I can still remember the first time I ever listened to them (20+ years ago, in some cases).
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New Mexico weather in a nutshell [Jan. 27th, 2009|11:10 am]
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Sunday: highs in the 60s.
Monday: 60s and windy.
Today's weather: snowing and sunny. (yes, at the same time.)
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'tis but a flesh wound [Oct. 17th, 2007|01:45 am]
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For someone who is a heavy emacs and keyboard-shortcut user... I advise against slicing open one's left pinkie.

Just in case you were planning on it.

p.s. 1/4th bushel apples takes me about 3 hours to peel, slice, and core. Just for future reference.

p.p.s. Best setup so far for apple processing: big bowl with apples in water (to wash off exterior). Peel, then have 2nd bowl with ascorbic acid wash, to remove misc bits from peeled apple and from slices. Slice into eighths, then remove remaining skin and core. Rinse in 2nd bowl again, and then move them all to 3rd bowl (again with ascorbic acid). Aforementioned 10lbs / 1/4 bushel yields about 6-8 qt of apple slices.
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things to do in denver [Aug. 30th, 2007|12:25 am]
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It's been nearly 10 year since I lived there, and some 6 years since I visited with any frequency, but here's a list that I sent to deliriumdreams's boss when he was going to make a multiple-day visit. Since I thought it might also be useful for recent arrival heisenfeature, here it is:

Drinks

Eats

  • Famous Pizza (multiple related-but-independent locations; I'd go to Broadway at Cedar and Park at Colfax). Rough and tumble; prefer fresh pies over slices.)
  • Old Chicago's. Damn good pizza, and an amazing beer list. Hurt yourself by trying to get onto the "World Beer Tour" plaque....
  • Beau Jo's Mountain Pies. Take a day to drive up US-6 to the original restaurant in Idaho Springs. See the majestic water wheel! :)

Music

  • Jerry's Record Exchange (312 East Colfax, very funky)
  • Twist and Shout Records (at Logan and Alameda)
  • Wax Trax
  • Music on the Hill was a nice place up in Boulder, no idea if it's still there or not.

Other Stuff

  • Tattered Cover, the second-most-amazing bookstore I've ever been to (Powell's in Portland, Oregon, tops it, but still.) Two locations: North Cherry Creek, and Lower Downtown.
  • The Boulder Bookstore is another nice independent bookstore (on the Pearl Street Mall)
  • The Wizard's Chest is just a block north from the main Tattered Cover, and has great costumes, games, miniatures, and toys.
  • Ocean Journey ... although it looks like they have changed name since I as there.
  • Sakura Square (at 19th and Larimer, or nearly so). Some interesting Japanese ethnic stores, and a great festival every year. (Another Asian-rich region is at 6th and Federal, lots of supermarkets, etc.)
  • Larimer Square. Mostly restaurants and galleries, it was still a nice place to hang out over lunch or whatnot. Neighbors "Writer's Square".
  • Five Points. Where Downing, 30th, and Welton (sp?) all meet. Soul food!
  • 13th and Washington: Wax Trax (see above) is there, along with a decent little goth-themed cybercafe [remember those?] a few blocks west.
  • "Greek Town", on East Colfax between Columbine and St. Paul.
  • Bonnie Brae; University at Exposition (with Bonnie Brae coming in at 45°). Ice cream parlour, also a pro-garlic restaurant.
  • Downtown Old Golden (Foss Drug, Coors Brewery)

Additions and corrections welcome.

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austin, tx [Jul. 5th, 2007|11:00 pm]
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This last weekend, Sweetie and I went to Austin, Texas, to help a friend celebrate his 40th birthday. He didn't know it, though.

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Friday, June 29thCollapse )
Saturday, June 30thCollapse )
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Conclusion

It was great to visit my old stomping grounds from 15 years ago, and to see so many of my old friends in person again. I'm sorry that I didn't get to meet up with my other Austin friends, but the weekend was stupidly busy already. I hope I can make it out again soon!

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speaking of gloating... [Jun. 13th, 2007|01:26 am]
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http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008bestworstEPAf.htm

That's with the new, post-2007 EPA fuel economy methods. Prius clocks in at 48mpg, the Honda Civic Hybrid at 40mpg, and nothing else comes even remotely close.

THe numbers from Consumer Reports are similar, showing 44mpg for the Prius, 37mpg for the HCH, then a few small cars (along with the Camry Hybrid) all at 34mpg:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/buyingleasing/most-fuelefficient-cars-206/index.htm
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mawwiage is what bwings us tooogever, twoooday [May. 29th, 2007|12:06 am]
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Congrats to brotherkurt and ewbliette!

They eloped a few months ago (married in Las Vegas -- how romantic!), and they did their big celebration this last Saturday. deliriumdreams and I couldn't get the whole family down there, but I got to head south and embarass support the new couple.

The drive down was hellacious; two hours of the usual boring drive, but the last hour was though the worst weather I've yet to drive the Prius through. My previous car was an AWD Subaru, so I wasn't sure how far I could push the new one. It handled it great, although I dropped down to 50-60mph due to sheer lack of visibility. I took the Suby through a nasty downpour in Los Angeles a few years back, but I'd have to go back to some nasty Colorado snowstorms to remember the last time I've driven through weather that bad. (Still not as bad as taking an empty Ford Crown Victoria LTD over Raton Pass in a snowstorm, but...)

Due to the weather, only a few people were at brotherkurt's place Friday night. Most of them were old-school friends, though, so it was great to catch up and compare notes on how our lives are evolving. I ended up staying awake all night, and just got a bit of sleep from 8a until 12 noon on Saturday.

I picked up a few last-minute items during some errands on Saturday, then people started showing up for the shindig.

bestfiend arrived a bit early with her new baby and her husband (tennisfiend)! (That last is remarkable because he's vastly more of an introvert than I am at my worst. They've been married for nearly 10 years, and this is the second time I've met him!) The baby had just woken up, so he was a bit cranky, but he still got a giggle out of the jugging of koosh balls. So that helped.

During the bulk of the evening, I was just visiting with people: mostly old friends, but a few new friends were made. The original firemaster ("Brother Mark", I don't know if he's drunk the Kool-Aide and gotten an LJ acct yet) got drunk, so I ended up lighting most of the torches and throwing extra wood on the fire. FIRE!

brotherkurt had requested that some of his closer friends make toasts during the evening. I'd spent some time earlier in the day researching things, and between our shared love for music, and a knowledge of his German heritage, I came up with a few good bits. Then I shared some of the extra bits with others who hadn't had a chance to come up with their own quotes. My favorites ended up being:

Jeder hört die Musik anders—aber der gemeinsame Tanz ist wunderbar
“Eeryone hears the music differently—but the dance together is wonderful.”

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs—and returns home to find it — George Moore

Love is not a matter of counting the years—it's making the years count — Wolfman Jack Smith

I did threaten to put together a music compilation of the greatest love songs of the '80s, but they declined. I've no idea why...

It was a good weekend, and I'm glad I got the chance to make the trip. Here's wishing the couple many years of happiness!
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me? gloat? [May. 16th, 2007|11:35 pm]
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Heh heh heh.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20070516/ap_tr_ge/travel_trip_gas_demand
At a Chevron station in San Francisco that was charging $3.95 for a gallon of regular gasoline, Nathan Sullins, 31, a computer programmer, gloated as he filled up his Toyota Prius hybrid for a fraction of what other drivers were paying.

"High gas prices are a bummer, but you reap what you sow," he said. "If we had started making fuel-efficient cars 10 years ago, we wouldn't be in this situation."
Although I'm obliged to point out that this bit:
William Hill, of Pittsburgh, said he'd consider downsizing from his minivan to a hybrid sedan if hybrids weren't more expensive.

"They charge you more for a hybrid to compensate for what you would pay for gas," Hill said while gassing his minivan along the Pennsylvania Turnpike one day last week. "So either way, you lose."
Is not accurate for everyone, or even most people. I've written up the cost calculations before, but the upshot is that it depends on the hybrid premium for the vehicle class you're looking at, as well as your driving habits.
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visit to San Diego [April 19th-22nd] [May. 12th, 2007|10:41 pm]
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It'd been almost 5 months since my last visit to the “home office”, and they were missing my smiling face. :) So I scheduled a trip out to SD.

I made sure that it worked with deliriumdreams's schedule, so she could join me for the weekend proper. That gave me two workdays at, well, work; then we were going to visit old friends, old haunts, and a new obsession or two.

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So, apologies to the SD-ites that I didn't get to meet up with this last trip -- hopefully there'll be more trips, in the near future.
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for wench18 [Apr. 16th, 2007|01:18 am]
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[music |Jeff Buckley - Grace - Hallelujah]

Hallelujah: "It's a cold and it's a broken 'Hallelujah'"

(For whatever reason, I've always remembered that line as "it's a cold and it's a lonely Hallelujah". Good luck making it through the current crisis; I've buried a brother and both grandmothers, but I've no idea what it'd be like to have to say goodbye to a parent.)
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still alive [Apr. 16th, 2007|01:09 am]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Delerium - Syrophenikan - Prophecy]

Not much new to report. Our house has been visited by a plague of some sort; 9 days after first feeling it, I'm only somewhat back to normal. Sweetie is in the midst of it...

Took the boys to Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon over their spring break; they were a bit young to really appreciate either of them, but hopefully they have a few memories to expand upon in later years. I suspect that the biggest landmark to come out of this trip is that I had to take care of the boys by myself for 48 hours, and nobody died.

K is busy trying to conquer the world, or at least her school. A few setbacks in the form of Stupid Boys, but I'm sure it's only a temporary glitch.

If everything goes well, sweetie and I will head out to SD this coming weekend. It's starting to be short notice, but hopefully we'll be able to have a good time.

And speaking of hope, I hope that everyone out there is surviving, thriving, and (pardon the expression) "being excellent to each other".
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media mind [Apr. 16th, 2007|01:03 am]
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[music |Rush - Hold Your Fire - Force Ten]

Ok, so I haven't watched TV in 15 years. Nor gone to movies for about the same time. I still laughed my ass off at this. caprine, stop_no_dont, brotherkurt, daddyevil, skyroom80, jinglechelle, do not click on this link, no matter what you do:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/

EDIT (2008-01-20): apparently the above URL no longer works, try going to their home page: http://tvtropes.org/
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pretty good year [Jan. 1st, 2007|11:30 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Tori Amos - Under The Pink - Pretty Good Year]

and greg tkil he writes letters
and burns his CDs
they say you were something
in those formative years
well hold onto nothing
as fast as you can well
still
pretty good year
— Tori Amos — Under The Pink — “Pretty Good Year”
Got married. (For Real™)

Moved from San Diego to Albuquerque. Said goodbye to all my friends out there. Trying to find the time and energy to reconnect with my friends here.

Trying to be a dad. Not doing well at all, but nobody's died yet, and the kiddos are still talking to me.

Trying to be a good husband. Doing well in some ways, not so well in other ways... but again, nobody's died yet, and deliriumdreams is still talking to me.

And now I'm off to finish shovelling the foot of snow we got in the last few days.

Happy New Year!
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tempe ikea run [Nov. 26th, 2006|10:20 pm]
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Last weekend (November 17th-19th), deliriumdreams and I drove out to Phoenix.

One of our main goals was to buy a bunch of stuff at Ikea in Tempe, Arizona, as that's the closest Ikea store to Albuquerque. We also wanted to visit with some of our friends out there.

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ikea fun [Nov. 21st, 2006|04:00 am]
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[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[music |Mira - Mira - In The End]

Damn.

I thought I was pretty good at assembling Ikea bits, since I had a fair assortment of their stuff at my old apartment in San Diego. Little did I know that bookshelves and even tables are nothing, nothing, compared to cabinetry.

deliriumdreams thought that a freestanding cabinet would give us a lot more countertop space and under-counter storage in the kitchen, so we bought one this weekend on our trip to Phoenix.

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Building the bloody thing, on the other paw ... it's the first time I've seen drills or awls specified in Ikea directions, and it took me 6 hours (!) to put this thing together -- that's substantially longer than any other Ikea furniture I've ever bought. It does look pretty good, though, so I'm hoping that we'll get lots of use out of it.

VÄRDE base cabinet
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a three hour washing machine tour [Nov. 7th, 2006|02:05 am]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Medicine Drum - Supernature - Wizard's Brew]

Two weeks ago, our washing machine died; it stopped draining water.
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So now we have two great new toys:


That's the LG TROMM WM2487HRW on the left, and the LG DLG7188RM on the right. So far as I can tell, they're the same as the top-rated LG TROMM WM2688H* and DLG8388, just without the bitmapped display (they have two LED displays instead -- one with icons, one with numbers). Since those were two of the top-rated units by Consumer Reports (the washer being tops by a few points, the dryer being tied for best), I'm pretty happy with the decision.

It helped that there were quite a few specials going on:
1. 200$ back from Home Depot for opening a new credit card (10% on first 2000$)
2. 200$ back for LG major appliances (short-term promotion, also 10% up to 2000$)
3. 100$ rebate from City of Albuquerque for buying an efficient washer
4. 55$ rebate for "free" delivery and install.

All that, and we didn't have to disassemble any of the house to get there. Bonus: the laundry room looks like a sci-fi set, when the lights are off!
washer L.E.D. display in the dark
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new gold dream [Oct. 31st, 2006|10:55 pm]
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[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |Cirque du Soleil - «O» - Svecounia]

Courtesy my iPod serving up some lovely Mr. Mister, a meditation on—or maybe just a question about—80s pop music.

I don't know whether it's because that's when I was growing up, or if it was an intrinsic part of the music, but I always felt there was an individual innocence to the music of that decade. (At least the music I listened to, which could be broadly painted as New Wave, John Hughes, pop-goth, or dozens of other labels.)

Thinking a bit longer about it, I think that '50s music had a societal innocence; '60s music was about the conflict that tore that open, exposed it to the world, and tried (sometimes) to heal it; and '70s music exploited it.

'80s music seemed to have the air of individual people fighting to find themselves in that world of exploitation, and of all the struggles it takes to find yourself (sometimes successfully, sometimes not).

For all the cheese that the '80s produced, there seemed to be some real gems. Was it just because I was impressionable at the time, or is there something more to it?
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trinity site photos remix [Oct. 11th, 2006|11:15 pm]
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[mood |geeky]
[music |Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance - Threshold]

I got so annoyed at the "pop open a new window for every picture" style of official Trinity Site pictures index that I spent a fair chunk of time (maybe an hour or so?) making my own:

http://scrye.com/~tkil/trinity/pics.html

Anyone else do stuff like this, or is my OCD showing?

And in case people didn't notice that the pic in my weekend writeup was a link, I have three galleries from my visit to Trinity Site:
  1. Ground Zero
  2. McDonald Ranch House
  3. 800 West Bunker
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new mexico geek sightseeing checklist [Oct. 11th, 2006|12:15 am]
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[mood |geeky]
[music |Nooten / Brook - Sleeps with the Fishes]

Inspired by my trip to Trinity Site this last weekend, I thought I'd put together a list of geeky sight-seeing stops in New Mexico. Additions, and any other comments (even just a list of the ones you've visited) are welcome.

I've been to all of them except the Solar Observatory, although it's been a long while for some of them. I get bonus points for having been to the Atomic Energy Museum when it was still on Kirtland -- it moved after 9/11 prompted higher security -- and the old site, along with the Solar Thermal Test facility, are no longer available to the public.

I also realize that this list is tilted towards technology geeks; there are more tech things I'd add, but many of them are probably not open to the public (parts of Los Alamos, the Sandia "Z Machine"). There are of course also a huge number of natural wonders in the state (Carlsbad Caverns, various Malpais, arches) and cultural wonders (Cliff Dwellings, Pueblos, Missions). I'll leave those to someone else to fill in.

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visit to trinity site and las cruces [Oct. 10th, 2006|11:15 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Rush - Power Windows - Manhattan Project]

tkil at Ground ZeroMy lovely wife deliriumdreams wanted me out of the house let me go for a little trip this weekend. Other than managing to keep myself sleep-deprived for most of it, I had a great time, and got to see some parts of the state that I've been meaning to visit for years.
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I headed back to Albuquerque Monday morning. There was some good rain getting out of Las Cruces, but it dried up a while later; which is good, as having the ladder on the top of the car was killing my milage. I stopped for a while to disassemble the ladder and roof rack, repack the car, then headed on wards; then I stopped for lunch at the Owl Bar in San Antonio for a Green Chile Cheeseburger. Yum!
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moving expenses [Aug. 8th, 2006|08:00 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Love Spirals Downwards - Ardor - "Depression Glass"]

(Mostly for my own future reference, here are some numbers from my moving all my junk from San Diego, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.)

16' truck from Penske: 615$ after web and AAA discounts, then I added 72$ for the "loss/damage waiver", and tax brought it up to about 740$. Given 4 days (exactly, except that driving east meant I got only 95 hours, not 96, as I had to turn it in at noon in MDT, and I rented it at noon in PDT...) and unlimited milage.

Gas costs:
2006-08-04 22:50: Yuma, AZ: 232.4mi, 22.318gal (@2.989$/gal) = 66.71$; 10.4mpg
2006-08-05 10:30: Tucson, AZ: 229.9mi, 24.773gal (@2.879$/gal) = 71.32$; 9.3mpg
2006-08-05 19:15: Las Cruces, NM: 277.3mi, 24.153gal (@3.099$/gal) = 74.85$; [partial fill, 75$ limit]
2006-08-07 11:30: Albuquerque, NM: 226.8mi, 23.518gal (@2.999$/gal) = 70.53$; [after partial: 504.1mi / 47.671gal = 10.6mpg]
Total: 966.4mi, 94.762gal, 283.41$; 10.2mpg

Which is a bit better than I'd feared (I'd budgeted 350$ for gas).

Loading on Thursday went faster than expected, probably because 95% of my stuff was already packed into boxes; myself and one friend managed to do most of it before the rest of the gang showed up. (That's ok, everyone still helped with the beer afterwards. :)

The trip itself was uneventful, other than getting a much later start than I'd hoped to. I left SD at about 7p Friday evening, and got to Tucson about 3a; then I left for LC at about noon MST, arriving at 5p MDT; stayed two hours for dinner, then drove through some mighty rain to arrive in Albuquerque at about 11p.

Unloading went almost as fast; I spent Sunday morning clearing out some space in the garage, then just four of us (deliriumdreams, myself, and a couple we're friends with) got it all unpacked in an hour or two. shinankoku showed up right as we were locking up the truck, so he escaped having to help unload it... but he did buy us dinner afterwards, and that was much appreciated.

Returning the truck was uneventful, other than there being two buildings with the same street number. Erf.
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wedding pictures, part two [Aug. 7th, 2006|12:50 am]
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A few more galleries have trickled in. If you were there and took digital footage, we'd love to get a copy of it (even if you'd rather not post it publically, deliriumdreams and I would appreciate a private copy as well). As before, click on the pictures to go to the full galleries.

kurt and merlin Our good friend nirikrss came down from the Denver area with his greyhounds. He snapped a few casual shots; the picture link goes straight to his gallery, but he also wrote up an entry on his trip.


cheers! deliriumdreams and tkil drinking, a shock to all our friends V came up with his wife L and kiddos R and Z. (They also gave our friend A a ride up, so that worked out really well.) We've known them for years, although we usually only get to see them when we make it down to Las Cruces. He got some great candid shots.


big hands, small hands Spamgod got his nickname before the wave of unsolicited e-mail crashed over the 'net, and he's been brave enough to keep it since then. While he was kind enough to take footage as a favor to a friend, he's also a founding member of Lizard Light Productions (along with V above, although V has had to pursue other activities in the meantime). If you need any digital multimedia created, they're in the Phoenix area and would be happy to talk with you about it. :)


Thanks again to everyone who came, took pictures, and shared them back with us -- we really appreciate it. :)

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Xavier Rudd [Aug. 3rd, 2006|02:35 am]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |whistling something by Xavier Rudd]

I know that taking time to go see a concert is probably the last thing I should have done, given that it's 2:30 and I'm still (yes, still) packing.

But Xavier Rudd is absolutely amazing — musically astounding, insanely physically coordinated, and possessing of much good spirit. If he's coming anywhere near you, do your best to go see him.

It was also one last chance to hang out with my lovely friend J, at the same venue where she and I first met up after meeting on a plane from Denver to San Diego. A nice closing of that circle — doubly so, since I only discovered Xavier because he opened for Melissa Ferrick, whom she introduced me to. :)
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wedding pictures [Jul. 26th, 2006|03:10 pm]
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[music |Medicine Drum - Talking Stick - Minaret]

A few galleries have already popped up. (Click on the pictures to go to the galleries.)

tkil, brotherkurt, and deliriumdreams at the altarThe "official" photographer was my friend (and ex-coworker) Daniel Baird; I highly recommend him for having a great eye and being thoroughly modern (fully digital, willing to povide RAW content instead of pricing it by the print, etc). you can contact him through his website.

come to the dark side, we're sparkly!Being the Matron of Honor, jettdelirium was a bit busy during the ceremony, but she (or whoever she gave her camera to!) got some great shots as well.

tkil and his aunt lilAnd my aunt was crushed when she realized she'd left her camera back home in Grand Junction. I wasn't going to be using mine for the day, so I loaned it to her -- and it worked out great, she got some really nice pics.


More galleries as people tell me about them. :)
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breaking cover [Jul. 25th, 2006|11:45 pm]
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Well, it's been a few months since my last update, and life is finally starting the slow slide back to normal ... or at least predictably weird. :)

Most of you know that deliriumdreams and I got married in a civil ceremony last November; this last weekend (July 22nd) we did the big party. Many of you even managed to be there:

  • shinankoku, the Best Man, and his lovely wife V;
  • jettdelirium, the Matron of Honor;
  • brotherkurt, our Officiant;
  • limbicresonance, an old buddy who agreed (at the last minute!) to do a reading;
  • raindancer, her husband J, and adorable daughter A;
  • jinglechelle, representing the Evil household;
  • bob_and_natalie, he's an ex-coworker and only married Natalie a year or two ago, although they've been together at least a decade at this point;
  • dropletsofsilke, whom I didn't recognize until after the fact (sorry!), and her lovely daughter M;
  • My sister L, her husband ventidrip, and their three kiddos E, N, and E.

And those are just the LJ folks I can remember offhand. I was a bit distracted. :)

It was a wonderful time, and a lovely start to the Real Marriage. Thank you all for being here for us in the past, this last weekend, and into the future.

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iguanas in middle-earth [Jan. 12th, 2006|12:10 am]
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On IRC tonight:

<spamgod> the eye of saraman [sic] looks a lot like an iguana's eye.
<tkil> i now have "it's the eye of the wizard..." stuck in my head, to the tune of "eye of the tiger" by survivor from the early 80s (and from one of the rocky sequels). damn you. damn you to hell.
<spamgod> my work here is done
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more prius defense [Jan. 10th, 2006|06:15 pm]
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[music |Polygon Windows - Surfing on Sine Waves - (6,24,)]

This time, on an internal company mailing list...Collapse )
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wedding fun [Nov. 23rd, 2005|11:05 am]
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Whew. Big day is here, and other than a serious lack of sleep and time, things are going well. :)

If anyone is bored, we're trying to do the "Wedding on the Web" broadcast at 3 p.m.:
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/arcc/services/weddings_on_web.html

Then we're getting together at The Field in downtown San Diego (544 5th Ave, between Island and Market) at 3:30. Hope to see you there!
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Sabbat [Nov. 13th, 2005|02:10 am]
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[mood |thankfulthankful]
[music |Pulp - His 'n' Hers - Pink Glove]

Went to Sabbat for only the second time ever tonight. Had a great time, gawking at the outfits with my lovely friend J.

Ran into fishnetfatale and stop_no_dont there -- *wave*! One of my classic cases of taking two hours to make sure they really were who I thought they were, but that just made it all the more delightful.

Now to try to get to sleep sometime before dawn.
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thank you [Oct. 14th, 2005|12:50 am]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |Keith Forsey - Breakfast Club - Love Theme]

I'd originally hoped to respond to everyone's good wishes about the engagement and the wedding FAQ, but as you can tell, I didn't manage that. Sorry.

So a big collective THANK YOU to everyone for your warm wishes, encouragement, advice, and caring. I appreciate it very much, and I know that deliriumdreams does too.

We've (mostly) finalized plans for the civil ceremony this November; they match pretty well the sketch I gave in the FAQ, but to reiterate:

Wednesday, November 23rd: Civil Ceremony in Downtown San Diego. The ceremony itself will be as small as possible; just deliriumdreams and I; the lovely maid of honor jettdelirium (and her husband); best man shinankoku (and his wife); and K, J's daughter.

After the ceremony, though, we're headed over to The Field for food and drink! Happy hour is 4-7p (and we'll be so very very HAPPY!); Wednesday food special is boxty. Mmmm... boxty. If you're at all local, please show up and help us celebrate!

Thursday evening we're going to do a bonfire on the beach here in Ocean Beach.

Saturday afternoon, we'll do a late lunch at Ranchos Concina, then head back to my place for beer drinking and general sillyness.

We'd love to have any and all of our LJ friends join us for any or all of these gatherings. They're all going to be casual -- please, no gifts! -- and they're for us to celebrate and have a good time. Let me know (comment below or e-mail to tkil@scrye.com) so I can plan sizes. I won't be able to pay for everyone at all those festivities, but if you show up you won't be turned away. :)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and thank you all again for being such great people. :)
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prius defense on fark [Oct. 14th, 2005|12:25 am]
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[mood |dorky]
[music |Massivivid - Dressed to the Nines... - Boomerang]

I saw a topic on Fark about the Prius recall and I felt the need to contribute some anti-fud.
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deliriumdreams and tkil: The F.A.Q. [Aug. 29th, 2005|11:15 pm]
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[mood |enthralled]
[music |Enya - Watermark - Cursum Perficio]

I had planned on this (the FAQ, not the proposal itself!) for a while, but the two of us had to get some ideas and priorities straight first. This is really a combination of truely frequently asked questions (hi to Daniel, Hilary, Nick, Mike, Bob...) and a sketch of just what our plans actually are.

Keep in mind that most of the future dates are just sketches and ideas; by the end of this year, we'll know a lot more about what is happening when, but with big changes coming this fall for deliriumdreams and this November/December for me (at least on the job / office / living situation front), any scheduling past December is conjecture or wishful thinking. :)

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As I said at the top of this message, everything past the end of this year is up in the air, and I'll probably look back at this message in a year's time and laugh my head off.

Finally, I just wanted to say thank you:

  • to all my friends for putting up with me for this long, and beating me into sufficiently good shape that she said "yes".
  • especially to my exgirlfriends, who put up with more than was reasonable, and taught me the (often painful) lessons of when to be strong and when admit weakness. I owe you all, and I'm so glad that most of you have stayed friends with (and that some of you even know and approve of) deliriumdreams.
  • to all deliriumdreams's friends for accepting me and not killing me just for looking at her twice. Or a hundred times. Or leering a bit. Um, ok, more than a bit.
  • to shinankoku for introducing us, and for not being too insistent about us getting married. :) And for being a big huge softie when we told him we were engaged. :)

Anyway... if you have any more questions, suggestions, taunts, please comment below.

A last few links:

Updates:

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indigo eyes [Aug. 7th, 2005|10:55 pm]
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[mood |indescribable]
[music |Peter Murphy - Love Hysteria - Indigo Eyes]

This Saturday, August 6th, 2005.
Fire burning in a hill
The lines are rocky rough
Red angles wait to pick remains
The cindered shoulder
Of confused men
Seperate from their awe
With grey desire
She looks out mad
Her soft grey indigo eyes
Indigo eyes ...
Asking
I asked deliriumdreams to marry me.
Her heaven is uncovered not
A black tree blocks his way
Her way is skating round a dome
(Her way is in dismay)
The playmate sings
Like Orphee in some thunder world
Asking to be bathed in light
To be exemplified
Like Orphee in some thunder world
Asking to be bathed in light
To be exemplified

With grey desire she looks out mad
Her soft grey indigo eyes

Saw her past
She had dug for trust
With blind infected hands
And wondered as the hurt bit hard
Why the sacred weren’t at hand
Only when her ears were deaf
To the angels light burst waves
She said yes.
Only when her ears were deaf
Did life turn from fog to fog
But not evil but estranged
But not evil but estranged

Indigo eyes, Indigo eyes
Indigo eyes, Indigo eyes

With grey desire
She looks out mad
Her soft grey
Indigo eyes
Indigo eyes
— Peter Murphy — Love Hysteria — "Indigo Eyes"
I love you, sweetie.
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Xavier Rudd [Aug. 4th, 2005|01:00 am]
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Went to see Xavier Rudd tonight at 4th & B (same venue where I saw Delerium and Conjure-One last September... er, two Septembers ago. Holy shit.) And once again, the lovely J joined me, this time with her girlfriend D and coworker V.

Beth Preston opened the show, and she was lovely (both aurally and visually); if I had a complaint with her, it's just that I haven't listened to her stuff enough to find out what to grab onto that hasn't already been done to death. Lots of over-emotive singer-songwriter stuff.

The middle act was one White Buffalo, who was... hm. I think I was neither stoned nor drunk enough to fully appreciate his music. A Johnny Cash cover snuck in, but a little too much feeling and not enough enunciation for my tastes. All of his songs started blurring together by the end of his set...

Mr. Rudd finally came on, and even having seen him twice before, I was completely blown away. If you enjoy live music and/or like world music (especially the textures of the didgeridoo), you should see if he's touring anywhere near you and go see him. Fantastic, and hearing a great didj amplified on a good PA system was literally earthshaking.

The other observation for tonight is that there are a metric boatload of attractive people in San Diego, and many of them were at the show tonight. Criminy! I got a few comments on my Clumsy Lovers shirt, and chatted briefly with a cutie whom is shockingly close to being raindancer's clone. (Not that I mind, as having more people who look like her will only make the world a more beautiful place!)

And with that, I think I'm going to try to collapse. Tomorrow will be busy -- have laundry to do before the lovely deliriumdreams shows up this weekend, but I also ran into one of the percussionists for the monthly bellydancing show at Claire de Lune at the show tonight, so now I want to go to that as well. Gah! Need more hours in the day!
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extra super-duper last-minute gaming day [Jul. 23rd, 2005|01:05 pm]
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[music |Foma - Foma - Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda]

Which started at noon. :)

If you're bored, or just looking for something to do this afternoon, I'm hosting a gaming day here at my place in Ocean Beach. Sorry I didn't announce it here on LJ, but it's been a crazy week.

If you're one of the usual suspects, I hope I got mail to you earlier. Extra bonus to the San Diego people: it's still humid, but it's "only" 75° or so. Probably nicer than inland... and frosty drinks are planned. :)

Need directions? See bottom of: http://scrye.com/~tkil/contact.txt

Hope to see people today. If not, well, enjoy the weekend anyway.
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weddings: san diego, chicago [Jul. 6th, 2005|11:40 pm]
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[music |Xymox - At the End of the Day]

Went to a bunch of weddings in the last 12 months:

June, 2004: J+S in Denver, D+B in San Diego
July, 2004: L+C in San Luis Obispo
November, 2004: T+B in Albuquerque
March, 2005: B+N in San Diego (had another coworker get married same day; congrats, S+N!)
April, 2005: A+B in Denver
June 2005: M+E in San Diego, S+T in Chicago

M+EThe wedding here in San Diego was interesting. My coworker M came to the USA with his family when he was about 15, from Russia; his bride is also Russian. Between the fact that it's only the third Jewish wedding I've ever been to, and that the reception was mostly done in Russian, it was a fascinating time.

He does have many very cute relations and friends, though ... so even if I couldn't understand what they were saying, there were lots of beautiful people to look at. And there were a few of my coworkers there, too, so we could all be bemused together.

T+SThe next weekend, my friends shechemist and T got married in Chicago. deliriumdreams and I flew out, staying at the MonkeyHouse, and meeting with many old friends, including nirikrss.

I met S and T at New Mexico State University years ago; interestingly, they never knew each other back then -- they just had quite a few friends in common. Fast forward ten years, and many of those mutual friends are spending time hanging out on an IRC channel together. One night (I think in December 2003 or so?), both S and T were online and bored; one of them mentioned getting some sushi, the other asked where, and before we knew it...

It was a great time, and it was wonderful to see old friends again. deliriumdreams and I also enjoyed getting to spend lots of quality time with SG and MG, even if we did seem to cause their house to start falling apart spontaneously. (AC blower going out on the hottest day of the summer? Check! Coming home from a wedding reception to a couple inches of water in the basement? Yuppers! Trying to find a 24 hour plumber that is actually available at 2a on a Sunday morning? Ain't happening...)

deliriumdreams had to leave on Sunday, but I stuck around until Monday. At a BBQ on Sunday, I was walking back from dropping her off when someone biking by stopped and started talking to me. (I freaked out a little, because I am very solidly in the "if a stranger is talking to me in a city, run away" mode.) Turns out that he recognized me from NMSU ten years ago. We chatted for a bit, and I dragged him back to the BBQ to see if he recognized anyone else there. He didn't, but we exchanged contact info. He ended up calling me a bit later with more names and such -- turns out we both went to the regional SIGGRAPH conference in Albuquerque in 1994 or 1995; I drove, I should be able to remember it, but oh well. Anyway -- damned small world.

Flying back wasn't a big deal, except that I don't sleep all that well on planes -- but I was dog tired. So I was slipping in and out of dozing, having some extraordinarily freaky dreams. I blame those on my iPod, which was helpfully serving up Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads...
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