The USA Science and Engineering Festival is this weekend and it sounds like it might be a lot of fun and it is free to the public, which is always nice.

Next weekend (May 2nd-4th), the AFI is showing the original Godzilla, with restored footage. This week it's the Olivier's Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III adaptations, and My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Encore.

Next weekend is also Free Comic Book on the 3rd, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Old Takoma Art Hop both days. I'm hoping to go to MSWF and at pick up a pair of horehound plants, as I saw some last year and I've had no luck growing them from seed.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Apr. 20th, 2014 09:08 pm)
[personal profile] greenygal and I went to AwesomeCon yesterday -- arrived about 1:40, stood in line for a few minutes (but they moved fast, the lines were well-organized) and then hit the exhibit hall.

We first found Carla Light McNeil -- she's been doing the art on a series of My Light Pony: Friendship is Magic books, which looked adorable, and also cover art for Smut Peddler, which is just as gorgeous as I'd expect from her.

I bougth all five prints and the Loki bonus story from Sarah Schanze who does Thistil Mistil Kistil. The prints I need to have matted and framed, since they are all of a piece being character portraits from the webcomic -- I love her Loki design with his owl feather cloak and ridiculous grins.

I also picked up the first volume of Alex Heberling's The Hues, which is post-apocalyptic magic girls and is wonderful for the diversity of cast -- personalities, skin colors, body types, and awesome powers.

We also found a woman who is behind reviving Nelvana of the Northern Lights -- she's gotten reprint rights, tracked down copies of the original art, and was selling first issue reprints and Nelvana portraits. She said that [personal profile] greenygal and I were among the first people who knew who was Nelvana right off the bat. I got a lovely print of Nelvana by Sanya Anwar, who I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for because her stuff looks gorgeous. Also she's having a bit of a trunk show at Fantom Comics tomorrow 5-6pm if you're interested in Nelvana and didn't make it to the con.

I also picked up a sketch card of teddy-bearifed Booster Gold and Blue Beetle from Nick Davis of The Teddy Bear Tales.

We stopped by Interobang! Studios, where [personal profile] greenygal picked up a set of sketch-cards portraying her favorite superheroines as roller girls and I got a small print of a chibi-Carl Sagan with pie. I almost picked up their Disney Queens image for a friend (aka "No one does drag like Gaston!") but you really have to be sure your friend is that big a fan of Disney princesses, and I wasn't quite...

At Alex's Misfit Toys, I picked up a Totoro necklace - mine is glossy but otherwise very similar. She had an enormous collection of cute and affordable stuff -- there were some Cthulu earrings that were just charming.

I wound up talking to artist of Pirate Eye about Charles C Mann's 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created for a bit -- if you're a fan of the comic and there winds up being a storyline with a Japanese swordsman patrolling the Mexican silver roads for the King of Spain anytime in the next year or two, that's totally my fault.

I also picked up a firebird print from Rebecca Solow -- she had an art ashcan as a teaser for a book of Russian fairy tales she's been working on. Just from looking at her black and whites, it's going to be gorgeous.

At the very end of the day, I comissioned a piece from Rachel Blier -- because I was expecting to see some Pacific Rim posters, found none, and she'd been just as fannish as me about the movie when I asked her if she had any PR art. She was very enthusiastic when I outlined my request -- [personal profile] holli, you know how you pointed out that given the ages of all the characters they almost certainly read Harry Potter and played Pokemon as children? yeah, we're going with that. I should get my comission in two or three weeks. It'll be fun. also, it came out that she's read [livejournal.com profile] irisbleufic's Anthology, so that was totally a cute.

I picked up a ton of artist's cards and a few flyers -- there is going to be a cartoonists-supported blood drive in Takoma Park on May 31st, and this coming weeksn on Firday and Saturday there is a Live-Action Graphic Novel called The Intergalactic Nemesis at Artisphere that looks interesting...
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( Apr. 17th, 2014 06:53 pm)
Is it just me, or does this gorgeous photo look just a little improbable in its gorgeousness, like it should be the cover to an SF novel about terraforming Mars or a background to a Star Trek episode. It's the pink cloud, I think

Giraffes and pink cloud )
Since I've signed up for the Pacific Rim Mini-Bang, I'm going to brainstorm a couple of things. Feel free to chip in with ideas and comments -- discussion helps me shape plots.

Story Idea A: A StoryCorps based series of interviews between movie characters and their friends and family members, with the idea that there is a special StoryCorps initiative to collect interviews of PPDC veterans. Maybe adapt Raleigh's opening narration from the movie into the first interview, have Mako talk about Toyko, Stacker Pentecost, and growing up in Shatterdomes, Vanessa interview Hermann about how they coped with living apart, Tendo and Alison interview each other, Newt interviewed by Hermann's kid... that sort of thing.

Story Idea B: The fifth or tenth annual Hong Kong Shatterdome survivors reunion, or maybe a Jaeger Academy reunion with a where-are-they-now feel. Raleigh or Tendo's POV, with Raleigh having become an elementary school teacher, Mako a civil engineer doing reconstruction, Tedno some sort of emergency/contingency logistics planner.

Herc Hansen, the Wall, kaijufication, and more )
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Apr. 7th, 2014 10:51 pm)
I've gone and signed up for the Pacific Rim MiniBang on tumblr, now that I think I've finally found the right viewpoint character (Tendo, for those of you who are interested). Expect occasional posts about world-building and complaints about how the writing is going.

The rough draft is due May 1st and the story only needs to be 5K, so I think it's completely doable.
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( Mar. 30th, 2014 12:30 pm)
I went out to lunch with [personal profile] holli, [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, and[personal profile] coyotegestalt yesterday, and we got to talking about bread baking, and the odd variants of bread recipes, and what the definition of 'spoon bread' is.

But what came out is that we would all be interested in having a bread baking party sometime before it gets too hot to do so -- basically, sometime before June, or possibly late May.

I'm interested in making anadama bread, and probably more pita. But I'm looking for suggestions for other interesting yeast-leavened breads that might be fun to make at a foodie party like that.
I went with [personal profile] holli and [personal profile] greenygal to see Muppets Most Wanted on Sunday. It was highly entertaining, farcical, meta, and absurdist in the extreme. You should go see it.

Tonight, [personal profile] greenygal and I met up to go to Labyrinth's Thursday Board Game night. We watched two people play Morels, and I wound up taking over for one player half-way through when he hared off for a more interesting game. Then we played a round of Pandemic, which was a lot of fun even though we all died at the end. I would definitely go back, though I think I have to pack a Barre Bar or the like in bag, because we got sandwiches at La Pan Quotidien beforehand, and the shop was packed when we arrived 15 minutes after the start of game night.

I did buy Early American Chrononauts -- Chrononauts itself was a lot of fun -- so maybe [profile] ellen_fremedom and I can combine our decks and get a game of UberChrononauts going the next time we get a group of mutual friends together.
I had dinner with [personal profile] holli and [personal profile] ellen_fremedon tonight where we discussed the script that [personal profile] holli has written for a YA SF comic that she's planning to have finished in time for Small Press Expo. It sounds like a lot of fun, but both [personal profile] ellen_fremedon and I thought that a corportatist world that had so much control over media that people had to come up with labor actions from first principles was in for a rough time of it -- peasants' revolts tend to kill a lot of people, for example.

After the pizza, we went back to [personal profile] ellen_fremedon's place and played a round of Chrononauts, which was a lot of fun and I would definitely play again. I might even buy it for my nephew for his birthday next month. You get dealt cards for your mission and your identity, so you have two secret win conditions, either of which wins you the game if you complete it before anyone else and without 13 unresolved paradoxes on the table.

Playing cards like 'Discontinuity -- everyone pass their cards to the player next to them' and 'Time Vortex - collect all player's cards, shuffle them, and without looking deal them out evenly starting with yourself' is a way to get yourself accused of playing as chaotic neutral and as The Meddling Monk (I described myself as 'puckish'). Considering My mission's win-condition was 'Cretaceous Park' -- I had to get 3 of the 4 living dinosaur cards in play among my artifacts -- I was definitely The Rani.

As it turned out, [personal profile] holli's win conditions included World War III, which eliminated 1999, which was a key point in my ID win-condition, so I focused on getting my dinosaurs and sowing enough confusion that neither she nor [personal profile] ellen_fremedon could be quite sure what I was aiming at -- [personal profile] holli's focus on averting the Hindenburg disaster was kind of a give-away that it was part of her win-condition, at least after the third time she changed it...

Anyway, through sneakery, good luck, discarding interesting but not useful cards, and keeping one on my dinosaurs in my hand instead of on the table, I managed to get one of the action cards that one ruffle through the draw deck for any single card just after the entire discard deck had been shuffled and redealt as the draw deck. I got my third dinosaur, and won!

And then I kind of turned into a pumpkin, because I have work tomorrow... but it was fun! I definitely need to play more table games with friends.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
( Mar. 2nd, 2014 05:14 pm)
Since I officially need to get more Vitamin D in my diet, do you have a favorite recipe for salmon, herring, enriched tofu, or other vitamin D-rich foods that you'd like to recommend?
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Given that Metro shut down their bus service today at 11pm last night, I decided not to go into work today. It was a good decision, because the county bus service closed at 7:23 this morning, which would have been just before I got to work, if I had tried to go in. That would have left me with no way to get to the Metro station to get home but walking or begging a ride from a co-worker, and that's even assuming the Metro remains running all day.

Basically, we've had about 11 inches so far, and it is still snowing.

I'm going to stay home and make cupcakes. My co-workers might get my largesse tomorrow, or my friends my get them this weekend if the roads are still impassable tomorrow.
Since it's going to be unseasonably warm tomorrow, is anyone interested in meeting up at the zoo and enjoying the balmy weather for a few hours? Or maybe one of the museums?

Also, my birthday is Sunday the 9th. I'm thinking of going to one the restaurants at Barracks Row and having lunch? Anyone have a favorite place there -- Ted's Bulletin, Ambar, Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill, someplace else?
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( Jan. 16th, 2014 06:30 pm)
My cellphone, a not-that-smart Samsung sliding-keyboard mode (similar to this)l, has gotten to the point where trying to type the space bar gets me "xczy" and trying to down-arrow gets it to dial '456'.

Obviously, I need to replace it.

I think I have two option:

  • go to the Verizon store, see if I'm due for an upgrade and if I like anything available there

  • find a similar phone online, buy it, and try to move the SIM card myself or find someone to do it for me.


Now, I don't want a smart phone, since basically all I do with my phone is call people and send texts. I don't even want it to play music, since music players are something that I find more annoying that enjoyable; earbuds and I do not get along. But I'd like to hear about if anyone has any experience buying an unlocked phone and using it with their old SIM card.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Jan. 14th, 2014 09:54 pm)
I spent last night and tonight making a spreadsheet of all the seed packets I have, with the suggested start date and sowing method. I have over 60 different cultivars as a seeds -- sometimes multiple cultivars of the same plant, like 7 differernt kinds of pepper (hot, sweet, and chile) and at least 4 kinds of tomatoes, and I haven't even found all my seed packets from the brand that carries European cultivars yet.

Maybe I really should look into trying to get a plot at the community garden that is slightly less than a mile from my place. It's only $35 for a 200 square foot plot, and in summer I would probably have the energy to go work on it, what with there actually being sunlight when after work...
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neotoma: A Little Bit Evil (Ainley Master) (The Master)
( Jan. 4th, 2014 10:43 am)
It is too cold out to go grocery shopping, but I have laundry to do and my annual self-evaluation to finish for work.

Bleagh.

Especially the self-review. I'm totally stuck on the 'annual goals for 2014', because my actual goal for 2014 is 'get a job that pays better and is not here' and that is rather too honest to submit to my current employers.
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( Jan. 1st, 2014 06:18 pm)
Things to do this year -- lots of them )
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neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
( Dec. 27th, 2013 04:48 pm)
My 7 year old nephew is geeking out over the stereoscope that my mom had as a little girl to treat astigmatism and amblyopia. He's fascinated by how the images are 'like pop-ups!'
I just posted my Yuletide! yay, me!

And this year it's not All Penis Jokes, All The Time, unlike last year when I wrote Odinstattur.

To celebrate, I will have lunch, pack for my trip, and outline a Pacific Rim kinkmeme fill.
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neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
( Dec. 18th, 2013 06:43 pm)
So I made the apple cider caramels, but I forgot to put in the cinnamon and salt at the end.

I have a block of something that has the consistency of taffy and is very tasty, but I think I'll try it again and remember to salt them next time. These are going to be wrapped and brought to the holiday potluck at work.
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I've been trying to read the novelization of Pacific Rim, but somehow the writer has managed to make Raleigh come across as a dudebro, which is just unpleasant.

Where is the big Labrador puppy from the movie? Why am I reading about a guy who is insubordinate and disrespectful, because Raleigh was neither of those things in the movie?!
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( Dec. 8th, 2013 10:06 pm)
With help from my cheerleader [livejournal.com profile] fabrisse, I have 263 words and the basis for a plot for my Yuletide fic! Yes!
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