Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
... we've identified good gluten-free brands, making shopping quicker.
... White Box Pies makes tasty tasty gluten-free desserts. And they're a locally owned small business. Double victory!
... I managed to NOT watch either the Democratic or Republican National conventions. :D
Hey, I'll take what I can get. :D
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
posted 'cause I was thinking about it*, that's all
(*because I just called my period "the blood-dimmed tide".)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
from BBC News Includes samples of her work.
A hidden hoard of recordings made by the electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme has been revealed - including a dance track 20 years ahead of its time.
Delia Derbyshire was working in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in 1963 when she was given the score for a theme tune to a new science fiction series.
She turned those dots on a page into the swirling, shimmering Doctor Who title music - although it is the score's author, Ron Grainer, who is credited as the composer.
Edited to add: Whoa squared; there was a link to this article about the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the sidebar:
Almost un-noticed by the wider world, one of the pioneers of electronic music has died. Without Daphne Oram, we may never have known what the Tardis sounded like.linknessElectronic music - as much a part of today's life as whistling a tune to yourself - grew up amid milk bottles, gravel, keys, and yards of magnetic tape and wires.
These were the sort of "tools" typically scattered around the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in the 1950s and 60s, when they were used to generate wonderful and ethereal sounds for the airwaves.
The mother of this great legacy was Daphne Oram. Aged 18, and armed with a passionate interest in sound, music and electronics, she started work at the BBC in 1943 as a sound engineer.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I like good news. :D
So, Tuesday I went out to drive to work (had an appointment with the gastro doc), and, being a bit paranoid, I kicked the driver's side door -- and out come two wasps, logy in the morning chill. I opened the door and out popped two more. While I was doing the "eek, wasps!" dance, I noticed they had started a new nest on the door sill. So I kicked that off the car and squished it.
Victory! or so I thought. The little goobers relocated to the mailbox. Oy.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Then we checked out the gluten free selections at Huckleberry's. Bottom line: they have a slightly better variety than Yokes, and for some products the prices are lower.
Maximum force family togetherness on Sunday; went shopping with mom and sisters, while Mr E and Kid A hung out with Cousin D (who needs to eat something! he grew six inches and looks like stretch armstrong). Amazingly enough, I'm a size 8. Whodathunkit? Then dinner at Mom's -- big T-bone steaks and all the fixin's (except for the French bread).
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
*for certain values of "warm" including "bleepin' overheated". but my hands didn't hurt, so all was good. :D
Thursday, June 26, 2008
And I thought, "That needs to be a show on Food Network!" You start with two chefs who have access to the contents of an average suburban grocery store, then you give them a challenge, like a dinner party for 10 with certain food allergies, and go! Shorter challenges could be things like coming up with a sack lunch for a kid on a gluten free casein free diet.
Mr E named the show for me when I told him about it: "I Can't Eat That!"
C'mon, Food Network, it'd be huge.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
In dialog format:
"Hey, you hurt your hands? Whatcha got, carpal tunnel?"
"No, it's deQuervain's tendonitis."
"Well, it's kinda like carpal tunnel, but it affects the tendons that control my thumbs."
Two years later (or thereabouts):
"Oh, you can't eat wheat. You got a wheat allergy?"
"Well, no. I've got celiac sprue."
"Okay, it's autoimmune problem that is kicked off by the gluten in wheat, which causes my immune system to attack my small intestine, causing all sorts of problems absorbing nutrients."
- Yay! Gluten free beer! Boo! It's by Anheuser-Busch (spit)!
- As I feared, explicitly gluten free foods cost more than their regular counterparts.
- But there are a lot of regular foods that are naturally gluten free (Rice Chex, corn tortillas) as long as you take a careful look at the ingredients lists.
- We found gluten free flour and the xanthan gum required to make it work. Mr E is making pizza crust tonight (from gf mix) and may tackle gf banana bread this weekend. We cued up a bread machine for purchase next pay day. :D
- I never realized there was that much wheat in food.
- Still need to work on getting more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet.
All in all, it was more expensive than a regular stocking run, but we've got enough to keep me fed for a couple weeks, so it's a win overall.
Breakfast is business as usual, as Rice Chex are already gluten free. :D Fortunately for my co-workers, black coffee is also on the good list.
The One-A-Day I was taking had some suspect ingredients, but I had a bottle of less-adulterated multi-vitamins already available. However, the glucosamine-chondroitin is also suspect (and I just bought it, sigh). I'll have to find a new brand for that.
9:30 am: Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut-Thins (Smokehouse flavor) are full of win. Crunchy and salty and tasty.
11:00 am: Lunch! Two corn tortillas + cheddar = tasty. But gone too fast; should have packed up some salad to go with it. Ah, well, I still have plenty of Almond Nut-Thins... oh, and I was thinking of taking aspartame out of my diet too, but couldn't resist the lure of the Diet Pepsi Max.
11:31 am: ITCHY! Prolly psychosomatic, but still... ITCHY! ALL! OVER!
1:00 pm: went for a nice walk with P, down to the river and back, with only a little bushwhacking along the way (is it really a shortcut when it's darn near vertical?)
2:30 pm: had some of the leftover cheddar for snackies. The Almond Nut-Thins are too good... the box is supposed to have 4 servings, and I think I've already had three of them. Oops. :D
6:30 pm: Mr E defeated the pizza crust in single combat; a bit heavy, but tasty. The Red Bridge beer is, meh, beer. I think I may switch to wine....
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
And, this should sort the anemia, and perhaps some of the bone and muscle problems. So, this is a beginning as well as an ending. (How's that for positivity? To be honest, I spent the weekend mourning for the anticipated loss, which appears to have gotten it out of the way.)
edit to add: Now I will be the world's worst houseguest! "Nope, can't eat that... nor that... sorry, can't have that... heck, just pass me a carrot." Actually, this will probably be more work for Mr E than myself, as one solution to this has him baking a lot more.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Minus side: duodenal changes indicative of celic? Oh, *bleep* no, I loves my gluten containing foods (she says, eating cheerios for breakfast). No beer? Ever again? Nooooo!
Now, the 10 day wait for the test results... oy.
Should change the title to "Nerd out of warranty", eh?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So, I just got their Father's Day promo e-mail, and it's chock full of stuff that makes me go "oooh, pretty". However, Mr. E's reaction would be more like "meh". Funny old world, eh?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Got another CBC (complete blood count) which was even worse than the one from last week. Yay! And the phlebotomist got nothin' from my left arm, which led to "Andromeda Strain" jokes.
What I'm not looking forward to: the alien probe of both ends of my digestive tract. That's the down side of seeing an oncologist; she wants to make sure it isn't cancer. I can be cool with that.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
(Wednesday) Okay, add "Losing It" by Rush, after one has realized that one's piano playing and disc golfing hobbies are pretty much hosed... gads, this fourth decade of life isn't for wimps.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Fanzines beget blogs
Fanzines were mimeographed magazines that were circulated by mail among science fiction fans in the days before the internet. They still are, for all I know, although now they're generated by computer printers. I first learned about them in a 1950s issue of Amazing Stories and eagerly sent away 10 or 20 cents to Buck and Juanita Coulson in Indiana, whose Yandro was one of the best and longest-running of them all. Overnight, I was a fan, although not yet a BNF (big name fan). It was a thrill for me to have a LOC (letter of comment) published on such issues as the demise of BEMs (bug-eyed monsters), and soon I was publishing my own fanzine, named Stymie.
We're going to go out to dinner with the fruit of our labor, aka Kid A. (Who, when I said "fruit of our labor" to her, replied, "I think you did most of the work".) It'll be a combined anniversary / happy 4.0 GPA party. :D
Edit to add:
We went out to The Melting Pot. Ordinarily I like to avoid chain restaurants, but the idea of a fondue dinner was irresistable. Ended up running $50/person, so it's not something we'll be doing very often, but it was a fun night and quite filling. :D I discovered that Hemingway drank mojitos for a reason... whew.
I gave Mr. E a Munchkin expansion pack (#4, Need for Steed) and he gave me a 2GB Swissbit, in the airplane-friendly no blades configuation. I'll be putting the 512MB Swissbit stick into it and passing it on to Kid A. I'm also converting the Car Wars design spreadsheet (that I did for our 10th anniversary) into a web app. Hmm, guess #20 is the nerd anniversary... of course, for us that also applies to #1-#19. :D
Monday, May 12, 2008
Snappy writing, good score (from a composer I wasn't previously familiar with) , good special effects, only a little of that darn shaky-cam*... it was full of win for Mother's Day.
*look, if I wanted to watch a documentary filmed with a hand-held camera, I would.
Friday, May 9, 2008
The secular people I know pretty much universally share some, many or all of the the following characteristics, which I cite in no particular order.
A respect for truth - sadly a respect not shared by many of the religious.
A life affirming stance, and a general acceptance of the idea that the very transitory nature of life makes it the more precious.
A fascination with understanding, as best they can, life, the universe and everything, and accepting the implications for their personal survival after death of their growing understanding.
Courage in the face of their forthcoming personal oblivion.
A will to good, without hope of reward, or fear of punishment, in any putative hereafter.
A sense of deep awe and wonder when contemplating the wonders of life, the universe and everything.
A sense of ethics.
A sense of wonder and awe faced with the greatest creations of mankind, in the fields of science, music, literature et al.
It's good to have something to live up to... ;)
Monday, May 5, 2008
A thin veneer of heist/con movie wrapped around a thick incomprehensible core of Freudian psychobabble. (A man's only enemy is his ego? What?) Personally, I blame Madonna. Please, please, please, Guy Ritchie, go back to your roots.
Yay! Jackie Chan and Jet Li, together at last! Boo! The standup has this teenage kid I don't recognize in the middle of the hero lineup! Eeep! The same teenage kid isn't mentioned in the TV ads at all!
However, it turned out to be a fairly solid wuxia film, using the "modern kid is sucked into fantasy Chinese world by magic maguffin" conceit, beautifully filmed on location in China. And the teenage kid wasn't that bad.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The rolling RSI has made its way to my shoulder, though. Any hints, Oldest 14 yr old?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
* I can tell my management that I can't stay late, my ride is already scheduled
* If I need to come in early, I can carpool with a team-mate who lives in the area -- then I get to go home when he does, instead of doing the "in early, out late" thing
* I can't up and drive to the grocery store when I've got a craving :D
* I get to walk through the park if I take the bus, though I've been doing that a lot less since I started carpooling with the high school students
I'll have to ask Mr. E how much gas money we've saved.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Gave myself +2 nerd points for figuring out that Carter Burwell did the soundtrack by a third of the way in.
Since AMC is showing this one as part of their indie-film series, the previews were not what I expected. Ordinarily in front of an action film you get guy movie preview, chick movie preview, date movie preview, horror movie preview. This time we got quirky indie preview, quirky indie preview, quirky indie preview, and Will Smith as homeless and feckless superhero preview. Almost threw me off my stride, it did.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
The commands are easily assigned with the NIA’s user-friendly software and are calibrated based on the individual’s physiology and personal preferences. Each of the Actuator’s signals can be assigned to a specific keystroke on the keyboard or a mouse button; consequentially, gamers can run, jump, and fire faster all without “lifting a finger.” Because the NIA converts EEG (electroencephalograph) signals into specified keystrokes, the device can be used with any software. Upon proper configuration, the NIA will allow users to control PC games without the use of a keyboard and minimal use of a mouse.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The occupational medicine doc asked a third-party physical therapist to review my condition, and he concluded that I am pretty much over the deQuervain's, but my thumb joints are definitely arthritic. The tennis elbow is just an unwelcome bonus (and he bruised me up pretty bad doing the initial treatment).
It sucks to hear that I've probably got a permanent condition -- newest doc wants to look at the bone scan and blood work before saying anything for certain. I'll probably check back into counseling once I've got word, just to help adjust the ol' brain. :D
Oh, and I'll have to repeat until I believe, "Opening an L&I claim does not make me a failure." Darn early programming about only losers getting help from the state...
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saw the physiatrist for the last time today for the result of last week's bone scan. Survey says: rheumatoid arthritis. Since my previous clinic didn't forward any of my info, he ordered new blood work for sed rate and rhematoid factor. At least it was just across the hall...
I do hate that I'm becoming a connoisseur of phlebotomy technique. This last one felt like she went in overhand. :D
So, it's off to the occupational medicine doc tomorrow, and maybe I'll make some progress.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year.
"It picks up electrical activity from the brain and sends wireless signals to a computer," said Tan Le, president of US/Australian firm Emotiv.
"It allows the user to manipulate a game or virtual environment naturally and intuitively," she added.
Sign me up. :D
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Can't explain why my disbelief fell so hard as to dent the concrete flooring without spoilers. Just consider that a working knowledge of history is a major detriment to the aforementioned disbelief. :D
that means my hand pain is still unexplained! boo!
oh, and i'm anemic! boo!
which means i get to see my regular doctor again! yay?
who ordered more blood tests to nail down the anemia! yay!
and then said, "I dunno" to the whole hand pain issue! boo!
but then he referred me to a physiatrist for "upper extremity pain of unknown etiology"! yay!
who can't see me until next month! boo!
... i'm running out of patience with this, can you tell? ;D
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
And now the hand surgeon has essentially thrown his hands up and told me to go back to my regular doctor after we get the results of the blood tests for arthritis or other auto-immune goodies. I feel like I'm in my very own episode of House, for hank's sake...
On the plus side, kidney and liver function is good, as well as cholesterol and all those other things.