Tag: life

  1. Trauma overload.

    13 January 2011

    I think it's pretty safe to say that a lot of us are glad that the year 2010 of the common era is over, done with, and a candidate for erasure from the Time Vortex if it starts getting uppity again. Sure, it had its ups and downs for all of us - they always do - but last year was a particularly bad one on a large scale. There was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's destroyed a entire ecosystem, perhaps permanantly. Last January was the earthquake that devastated the island of Haiti, resulting in the …

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  2. Merry Christmas and a Joyous Yule to everyone.

    26 December 2010

    In an attempt to beat the snow predicted for the DC area sometime today, Lyssa and I left Pittsburgh late last night (0007 EST5EDT) and arrived in DC somewhen around 0430 EST5EDT. After unpacking the TARDIS we promptly passed out for the next six hours. It's been trying to snow off and on all day. I'm beginning to wonder if we'll see any of the snow they've been predicting.

    We're home. We've been busy and traveling. We visited our respective families in Pennsylvania and exchanged gifts. I now have a kilt and a silly hat.

    Lyssa, Jason, the Wrong Hands …

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  3. Home IT fail.

    04 November 2010

    As you no doubt have observed I've been conspicuously absent for the past couple of weeks, at least since returning from a long-overdue vacation with Lyssa in lovely Portland, Oregon. Much of my time has been spent at work doing the things that bastards like me get paid to do: run and fix backups, install software, patch systems, run audits, and generally keep things chugging along smoothly for the folks who do everything else. Due to the weather in the DC metroplex taking a turn for the rainy and cold (as it's wont to do every Samhain) my commute has …

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  4. Vagaries of bone conduction.

    24 September 2010

    While sitting in the dentist's chair this morning I discovered something very interesting.

    Granted, I only went in for a checkup and cleaning so it wasn't as bad as it usually is. Given that about a third of my teeth are artificial in some way - usually cored, packed with plastic and capped with surgical steel and porcelain - it should have been obvious in hindsight. It appears that the physics of sound propagation through modified teeth are markedly different than those customary to un-altered dentition. To put it simply, I've never felt the cavitron hurt quite so much because the sound …

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  5. Radio silence: a sign of the times.

    16 August 2010

    I wish I could say it's been quiet over here, but it's actually been relentlessly busy for Lyssa and I down here in DC. I think I overextended myself a little the weekend of the prototype Spaceblimp launch, which left me fighting off... something.. that kept me at a high fever and feeling run down most of the time. I did a little detail working on my car to cover up the myriad scratches and scuffs that accumulate whenever you park for long periods of time in an urban area. While the speeding edge of an SUV door doesn't actually …

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  6. A quick post-HOPE update.

    20 July 2010

    I'm back from The Next HOPE in New York City with lots to write about and lots of pictures to put up. However, I'm also snowed under at work this week, so my writeup of the con is going to take a while to put together (a paragraph here and there), edit, check, and finally get posted. Suffice it to say, getting three hours of sleep the night I got back to DC didn't leave me in a state to really do anything coherent. What I will say is that TNH was one of the most powerful experiences I've ever …

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  7. Quickie: not a real post.

    21 June 2010

    Still alive.

    Very busy at work and at home.

    Just getting over being sick, but unfortunately Lyssa's caught it and is fighting it off.

    Behind on, well, everything, from watching Sir Derek Jacobi reading parts of Shakespeare's The Tempest with operatic interludes sung by a countertenor to going camping with some close friends.

    Was shocked and amazed by Snoop Dogg doing filk last night.

    Silliness and madness abound in equal proportion.

    Oh, and I have a backlog of pictures to post and things to write about. I'm going to try to clear half of those things this week, if I …

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