1. 22:05 3rd Oct 2014

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    Rainbow Barfi.  
Surely as delicious as it sounds. 
(New Jersey adventures continue apace.)

    Rainbow Barfi.
    Surely as delicious as it sounds.
    (New Jersey adventures continue apace.)

     
  2. 17:20 2nd Oct 2014

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    The 2009 Rogue Sock Survey (http://www.twitpic.com/vtwcr) established both that I have a lot of problems AND that I have a lot of problems. 

(My dad pinned/pins his off foot socks together; that meticulousness was not conserved. Clearly.)

Fun fact: If you are a little ethnic,  and maybe also a little oblivious, people seem less judgy about the sartorial critiquing of skirts over pants.

    The 2009 Rogue Sock Survey (http://www.twitpic.com/vtwcr) established both that I have a lot of problems AND that I have a lot of problems.

    (My dad pinned/pins his off foot socks together; that meticulousness was not conserved. Clearly.)

    Fun fact: If you are a little ethnic, and maybe also a little oblivious, people seem less judgy about the sartorial critiquing of skirts over pants.

     
  3. 21:58 29th Sep 2014

    Notes: 2

    While being at (and later this week, speaking at) conferences slightly off center from the focus of my expertise is good to push/expand my science to stay applicable to what people are actually doing in field (and feeling like a dummy is almost always phase one of something much better), every once in a while a speaker will discuss something I used to for reals do and swimming around in that Flowers for Algernon sort of feeling is terrifying.

     
  4. 21:23 28th Sep 2014

    Notes: 1

    While switching planes in Chicago, I saw a table by Terminal 1 security where the German and I had lunch on the way to a conference and half expected to see us there.

    (Half expectation is pretty high considering the general apparent unidirectionality of time, but I am a little open, maybe too open, to possibility.)

    On home turf this week!

     
  5. "Mother Father Chinese Dentist" is maybe not my *favorite* minced oath, but it is up there.

     
  6. 11:51 26th Sep 2014

    Notes: 2

    Meta-audio Memories:
    After the great dumpee-ing of 2009, I’d been in an ALL RADIOHEAD, ALL THE TIME funk for …maybe 36 hours, (the dump-er was kind of a dummy, but so am I sometimes, and I was disappointed the 18 month investment had not worked out) when my favorite office-mate at the time suggested maybe (MAYBE) I could switch it up and play "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"

    And that was the unexpected way out.

    Enjoy every sandwich.

     
  7. Sudden Realization, lifestyle differences edition

    Given that, if memory serves, my uncles installed the facilities at the house in 1987 right before we visited; and also, that he passed away several years earlier; it strikes me as very possible, if not probable, that my grandfather never shat in a proper, according-to-Hoyle toilet.

    I am essentially maybe one generation removed from pooping in holes in the ground. (I have, in fact, done so in non-camping situations.)

     
  8. (A) I love stories of people living successful lives in ~disparate fields.
    (B) I love Terry Crews just in general: His work in Brooklyn 99 is great.
    (C) That’s some good work.  Jeez.  Practice, kids.

     
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    miasmaofdata:

Boom.

Long ago, when she’d considered different careers, I imagine, she thought, “Let’s figure out how to make those hot pics that are in the WSJ, a newspaper we are clearly not remotely classy enough to be into; but, the pictures are really pleasant to study and look like they’d scale well. Hedcuts, they’re called hedcuts.” Maybe it was an exercise in an attempt to class up her own publication.
BUT, she was (maybe?) stymied by the fact that the first comic books she ever owned were Spanish versions of “The Simpsons”, and didn’t go through that “proper artist” phase of just drawing eyeballs all the time. Eyes eyes eyes: on notebooks, on pharmacy walls, on bills, pointed pyramidically; everywhere. Watching. Waiting. Super creepy. (Definitely didn’t go through that phase.)
SO, years later, she still draws Simpsony eyes because: training. Or practice. Or choice? Maybe she was just afraid to get the eyes wrong. Oh man. Anyhow: crosshatching yes; stippling, not so much. Maybe practice more.
Yeah, that’s the ticket.
They do seem to scale well, young artistically inclined style cribber. 
They do.

    miasmaofdata:

    Boom.

    Long ago, when she’d considered different careers, I imagine, she thought, “Let’s figure out how to make those hot pics that are in the WSJ, a newspaper we are clearly not remotely classy enough to be into; but, the pictures are really pleasant to study and look like they’d scale well. Hedcuts, they’re called hedcuts.” Maybe it was an exercise in an attempt to class up her own publication.

    BUT, she was (maybe?) stymied by the fact that the first comic books she ever owned were Spanish versions of “The Simpsons”, and didn’t go through that “proper artist” phase of just drawing eyeballs all the time. Eyes eyes eyes: on notebooks, on pharmacy walls, on bills, pointed pyramidically; everywhere. Watching. Waiting. Super creepy. (Definitely didn’t go through that phase.)

    SO, years later, she still draws Simpsony eyes because: training. Or practice. Or choice? Maybe she was just afraid to get the eyes wrong. Oh man. Anyhow: crosshatching yes; stippling, not so much. Maybe practice more.

    Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    They do seem to scale well, young artistically inclined style cribber. 

    They do.

     
  10. When we were young and poor*, [he and I] used to really work the E-line. Now when I let it go long enough, I feel a not entirely unpleasant nostalgianxiety.

    This is not adult.

    Also in the car, those particularly numerate among you will see that the dominoes have been set for something REAL magical to occur in a couple hundred miles. And people think I’m not considerate about gifts.

    That tiny manufactured miracle?
    You are welcome, future me and or passengers.

    *Not that young, not that poor: although the most memorable time was 2009 and I was technically unemployed (had just finished teaching that summer and had just filed) and freelancing with some digital art biz. Best of times, blurst of times.

     
  11. Plays: 9

    (75s)…This and maybe not eating bread and butterflies for breakfast.

    It took 4⁺¹ years of giving talks (and/or teaching) on the reg to have some sense of this, and I still forget it all the time.

    One worries that constant immersion in such things would make one nose-blind to things that do pass the sniff-test with particular flying colors, but real talk: dysosmia² doesn’t necessarily really matter in chest fluoroscopy.

    Anyhow, this is very good stuff.

    ¹This side of that is better, but I do kinda miss the era when “let’s build a deck” implied the commencement of an outdoor activity.

    ²Fantastic potential rathole.

     
  12. When they celebrate at the end with the tossing him in the air, ewok style? Profuse sobbing. Every time.

    It’s the Japanese version of the Russians celebrating the Red October driving the Dallas out of the water.  Which I literally tear up thinking about.

    hoo.

     
  13. 11:32

    Notes: 3

    I picked up 3 newspapers yesterday. 
Probably good for the rest of the year. (ohboy.)

    I picked up 3 newspapers yesterday.
    Probably good for the rest of the year. (ohboy.)

     
  14. 11:57 19th Sep 2014

    Notes: 2

    M has been a delight to know and teach. She is a charming, highly gifted child, who (when she is able to relax) enjoys my jokes and is fun to work with! She is very much her chronological age emotionally and often displays insecurities that are difficult to understand given her enormous capabilities. She needs to have more positive experiences with her peers rather than constantly being with adults. Though she is well liked by the other children, she chooses to play by herself or sit and chat with an adult. Given time, I feel certain her emotions will link up with her intellect and she will be that wonderful child we all know she can be. I am delighted to have had the chance to work with M. She has been both a challenge and a source of pride.
    — One day I’ll be a wonderful child.
     
  15. (I heard the news today, oh boy.)

    :”-/