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This last month has turned into Performing Arts Month without real planning:
  • On the 7th I went on [livejournal.com profile] narya's mob to see The Rimers of Eldritch (directed by [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt with lighting done by [livejournal.com profile] puffy_wuffy and [livejournal.com profile] rusalka)
  • The night of the 14th I saw The Heidi Chronicles (technical director [livejournal.com profile] brief_life)
  • [livejournal.com profile] marcusmarcusrc came into town and had a mob to see the Capitol Steps on the 29th
  • [livejournal.com profile] shumashi introduced me to the Soweto Gospel Choir on the 30th
  • Last night (6th) was the Harvard-Radcliffe Choir with [livejournal.com profile] ukelele and [livejournal.com profile] chenoameg singing Vasks' Dona Nobis Pacem and Poulenc's Gloria
I'd been on-and-off sick, which got in the way of my enjoying some of these shows, but now I have lots of cold medication and cough drops. And I didn't realize it at the time, but I don't get any ice-cream from [livejournal.com profile] chenoameg.

In other news, I have a replacement for my old desktop purchased fall of 1998. Technology has passed me by these last ten years; since then non-USB input devices have fallen out of fashion, as have IDE hard drives and parallel ports. In their place I found little glowy blue lights, a metric buttload of USB and Firewire ports, and an extra miniature screen on the front panel of the computer. Apparently the Chinese government thinks my mouse has more lead in it than is safe (well, it exceeds a certain unrevealed threshold), but Dell has apparently not bothered to translate this into English.

Also, the book Fight Club is somewhat more intriguing than the movie.

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I figured as a gift to myself I'd take the day kind of slow (admittedly gum surgery played a key role in this decision). In the end I got eye strain from playing way too much Dr. Mario tonight... but I got to level 37! And then I made it past page 200 of Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian.

And I avoided typing "liverjournal.com" into my Web browser. (Am I the only one who makes that mistake? What is my subconscious mind telling me?)
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You might have seen the bunny with the pancake on its head. But have you seen the photoshopped bunny with dorayaki on its head?

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Little do you know that you are part of an ancient conspiracy!
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Anyone want to go see Hot Fuzz with me this weekend? It's by the same people who did Shaun of the Dead, and I'm in need of some gratuitous violence (though probably not enough to warrant seeing Grindhouse). I was thinking of seeing it Saturday evening, though apparently none of the movie or cinema websites will tell me when/if it's playing this coming weekend. One of the sites claims that only Spiderman 3 is playing at Loews Common on Saturday, which although doubtful could be a fun alternate.

Also, May is Museum Month [requires Flash] for people banking with the Evil Empire(TM). I want to go on a few museum excursions! Though I could have sworn that the museum selection used to be much bigger. Now it seems there are four eligible museums in the Boston area, and the next closest is DeCordova.

In other news, I got accosted by clowns yesterday... )

And I hate Mondays. )
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On a whim, here's the first hit on Google for "路上行人欲斷魂".
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A cute FUDdy e-mail I got from Yahoo! Taiwan this morning (I especially like the little fishing ninja-thief):

Important Message from Yahoo
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Up: Saturday morning, I participated in the Race Up Boston Place climb (thanks to everyone who donated :-). I didn't die and I made it in 7 minutes and 36 seconds! As a special treat, at the top of the climb we were led into an observation room where we could look down and see all of downtown and the waterfront on one side, and the Zakim bridge and Charlestown on the other. That and they had water bottles (I finished mine in a minute) and cough drops (for which my itchy throat was grateful) and chairs (Oh My Gawd my legs were tired). The other people at my company who went also seemed to have a lot of fun.

Down: By the time we were done it was too late for karate, so I hit downtown crossing for some clothes shopping. It was then I started realizing that the world felt too warm and that my nose was starting to run. And while the fever went away, the rest of the symptoms lasted throughout the weekend, so I had to punt my Saturday evening plans :-(

Up: On my way home (before things got worse) I visited Schoenhof's, which has somehow eluded me for all these eight years I've been in the area. Something about the store being closed on Sunday... but anyways, I browsed the Spanish books section and picked up Diarios de motocicleta: Notas de viaje, which I plan on reading with the help of my new "Pocket Edition" dictionary (at 5" wide x 8" high x 2" deep, it's hardly pocket-sized).

Down: My 4-drawer chest lost more of its structural integrity when I tried putting away my loot from Filene's Basement, so I had to make a trip to Tags and replace the cracked plastic corner brackets with metal ones. And now there are a few more holes in the drawers than there used to be.

Up: But on the way back from Tags I stopped by Shaw's and found... Manischewitz Shake n' Bake (well, "Chicken Roasters")! It's dairy-free and I got to play with raw chicken in a plastic bag! And I got 2.5 pounds of collard greens, which after shredding barely fit in my Dutch oven.

Other fun victuals: [livejournal.com profile] jadia gave me leftover pan-fried fish (mmmm) and some of her freshly baked fruit and nut bread, and [livejournal.com profile] lokiect made lemon souffle.

Up: I finished calculating my taxes.
Down: But I ran out of checks to pay them with. Oops.
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By popular request (well, [livejournal.com profile] jadia :-) ) here's a photo of her red cabbage wonton soup she made last night:

Red cabbage wonton soup

And as a bonus, here's what we did with her soup:

Kitchen chemistry

A little lemon juice and baking soda go a loooong way :-)
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[livejournal.com profile] jadia says she suffers from fear of starvation. Is limoktonophobia the right word (even remotely)?
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When I saw the article on Yahoo!, I was momentarily tempted to install a Fish 'n Flush in our downstairs bathroom! But then I realized that this fad, too, will pass....

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It's not every day that you pick up the paper and find a front-page photo featuring an accident from your home town.

The temperature's finally dropping like it's supposed to, and I think I'm getting the winter hoarding instinct again. Every time I go to the grocery store I feel like stocking up on non-perishable food.
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I lay awake in bed in the middle of the night and wondered what will become of the goofy glasses people wear for New Year's. You know, the ones where the frame is in the shape of the year in numerals (2007, say), and the two middle zeroes surround your eyes. What happens when the year 2011 hits?
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This patent description amuses me: U. S. Patent 5,265,888
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I had a series of random dreams last night, but could only remember two of them in any detail: in one, [livejournal.com profile] damselfrog sat next to her flock of younger siblings and was telling us how they needed to be weaned off the evil television. In the other, I helped [livejournal.com profile] lokiect look for a bug she was working on, and discovered that it was the etched text on the ends of canned fruit (peaches and maraschino cherries in syrup).

Speaking of which, it will be summer soon, and that means peach season! Do we get peaches for 99 cents a pound this year? At a party I went to Saturday, there was a movie playing in the background that involved shag carpeting, bad hair, and apples for 15 cents a pound! How did apples get so expensive now?
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The past few days I'd been sniffling and my stomach upset, so I started popping zinc lozenges. They seem to have made the cold symptoms better, so maybe I can start sleeping better.

It almost feels like a breezy fall morning. The snow's mostly melted in the park next to my apartment, and the public works folks are raking the leaves and vacuuming them into a large truck parked on the grass, which is surprisingly still a lovely shade of green.

My work computer just decided to freeze in the middle of shutting down, but I didn't notice until I finished the crossword puzzle in the Metro. Let's see if I can be more productive the rest of the day....

Grab bag

Aug. 3rd, 2005 12:49 pm
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What's the acoustic equivalent of a mental image? Mental music? I'm thinking of starting a collection of ones that amuse me, and so far I have the following:
  • Luciano Pavarotti singing "In the middle" by Jimmy Eat World
  • Big band jazz rendition of the Super Mario Brothers 2 theme song
In other news, my sandwich bread got moldy (and it's only Midweek! according to German). So I improvised and threw together a salad with spring greens, shredded sandwich meat, blueberries, and croutons crumbled from [livejournal.com profile] thomasyan's nigh-indestructible toast. It is very tasty.

Yesterday the shuttle to work was having trouble going up a sloped driveway, and could not make it even after all of us passengers disembarked. The driver ended up solving this problem by reversing direction and backing up the slope, which the bus did with remarkable ease. So how does it work that the bus cannot go up the slope forwards, but can do so perfectly fine backwards?
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Last Thursday, I rode in C's car with [livejournal.com profile] rhean and Y to Ohio for a karate tournament. During the trip I made some exciting discoveries, some of which I list below.
  • Citgo gas stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio have luxurious bathrooms. And some of them even have large showers.
  • Even within the same style of karate, the forms and techniques can vary wildly. An extra hand swirl here, some dynamic tension there, curved fingers in the spear-hand position, and different target locations make some of the seisan and seiuchin katas look drastically different.
  • People from other dojos are really aggressive during sparring. I got seriously whacked.
  • Little kids are really cute when they perform katas. Little kids are also really impressive when they perform katas.
  • Higher-up black belts do some seriously crazy s*** when they spar, such as dropping their guards (it looked like a game of chicken) or rocking back and forth while leaning waaay back (drunken boxing!).
  • Bonking someone on the head counts as a point during sparring. This seems to work for bigger kids against some of the smaller tykes.
  • Hotel rooms built from concrete grain silos have echo-y acoustic centers.
  • I-80 through Pennsylvania is under heavy construction. Seek alternate routes.
  • There's a lawyer in Philly who (reportedly) looks just like [livejournal.com profile] rhean. Be on the lookout!


Jun. 20th, 2005 10:28 am
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Last night I was doing laundry and discovered that our dryer isn't heating clothes up very well, so I stayed up a little late to make sure my clothes actually got dry. Eventually I gave up on getting them dry before going to bed, so I dug out a spool of polypropylene packaging tape, tied the ends to curtain rods in our living room, and started hanging clothes up. There's now a little mini-jungle of my shirts and towels in my bedroom as well. Which got me thinking--when's the last time you've seen a real washboard? Everyone I know seems to use a washing machine instead of a washboard and basin.
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My laptop's Dashboard weather widget reports the following:

Hi: 78°
Lo: 57°
Currently: 56°

Methinks AccuWeather hasn't been updating its forecast....


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