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Monday, May 10th, 2010
8:03 pm
Moved and Moving
I have moved in with my girlfriend, Ryan! I am now living in Lacey, stuffed in her nice 1-bedroom apartment. Looking forward to getting a 2 bedroom next month, probably here in the same apartment complex -


I am now moving to Seattle on Memorial Day with Ryan. we have a place lined up and are mostly packed. Help on either end would be appreciated.


-wait. What? I wasn't expecting a move to Seattle!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
5:41 pm
The Test Pilot
I remember a story about a Soviet test pilot who was flying an early MiG. Something went wrong. The flight recording kept an excellent account of his announcements: "I will attempt [something]. No response. I will attempt [something else]. No response." On and on, until eventually he crashed.

The lesson is: keep trying, all the way down.

The other lesson is that trying does not, by itself, make things work.
Friday, February 12th, 2010
7:07 am




After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target.  Unfortunately, like most men, I find shopping boring and prefer to get in and get out.  Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse.  Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target.


Dear Mrs. Samuel,


Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store.  We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store.  Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Samuel, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.


  1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.
  2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
  3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
  4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares.  Get on it right away'.  This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
  5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
  6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
  7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.
  8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'  EMTs were called.
  9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
  10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
  11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme.
  12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
  13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME!! PICK M E!'
  14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'
  15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.'  One of the clerks passed out.
Friday, January 29th, 2010
4:14 pm
Cell Phone Change!
New cell phone, same old number. My contact list is nuked, and if you want me to have your contact information, send a text or give a call.
Friday, November 6th, 2009
8:11 am
Five Questions for Me
From anaka

1) What thing do you always have with you?

My mini-Leatherman on a key ring, my keys, and, unfortunately, my cell phone.

The Leatherman was a prize/gift from a Mad Science Christmas party. Handy little multi-tool. The cell phone is a necessary evil.

2) Tell me about when you met Trautmann. :)

I met Trautmann at Gen Con. He was slaving the West End booth and I was there to meet Pete Schweighofer and maybe drum up work with the other editors. He was polite enough, but I suspect he was not impressed with me. :-)

3) Thing you wish you'd never gotten rid of?

I'm something of a pack rat, so there's not much of that. I do wish I had access to my worldly goods; they're mostly packed in storage, and much of the remainder is likely to go in soon, too. I do wish my father hadn't taken and spent my collection of 1976 50-cent pieces. This taught me not to have anything around he might value, but fortunately he has no interest in books unless he thinks they are rare editions worth money.

4) Who was your teenage crush?

In Aurora, middle school and the first half of high school, there was Christine Craig, who demonstrated no interest in me. She was tall, curvy, blonde, with cute freckles. In Tumwater, quite a bit more unreturned interest but the one that stands out was Maya Bellon, who was slender, tan, very smart, with long black hair. Also Linda Fergestrom, a round-faced smart looker who apparently was attracted to thugs, not geeks.

5) Favorite TV show?

Don't watch any now: no digital TV. Was enjoying Big Bang Theory until it became obvious they has established status quo. That tends to be my problem with most TV; it goes nowhere, usually not very fast.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
11:18 am
Salary Negotiation
A man has just had a great series of interviews with a potential employer, and they all agree he should start as soon as possible, if a salary and package can be agreed on.

"Well," the man says, "I think I'm worth a million dollars a year."

The HR representative just about swallows his tongue at this; the job usually pays something on the order of the very low six figures. "That's quite a lot."

"Sure, but I'm worth a lot. Anyway, that's just an opening figure," says the candidate, smiling.

"Huh. Well, we could pay a dollar a year," the HR rep says.

"Well," says the man, "I don't want to get bogged down. Let's just split the difference."

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
5:11 pm
Got up full of optimism today, and it mostly didn't go well.

Sales meeting with a probable new client went fine.

Carpooled to a meeting with my friend Eric.

Thick traffic.
Blew an exit.
Applied logic and reason to recover, but the city of Bellevue resisted this effort.
Turns out I was given the wrong address, too, so I was pickled.
Nice lunch meeting. Great restaurant. Unfortunately, the gluten free food was not so gluten free, according to the omens.
Thicker traffic on the way back.
The meeting could have been done through email or chat. Could have been productive on three other projects.
Now glum and afflicted with omens.

Will try to make the most of the remainder of the day.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
7:02 pm
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
7:21 am
Bio of Harry Murray
If I saw this bio on a character's background sheet -fiction or rpg, who cares?- I would reject it as unbelievable.

Harry Murray

Friday, July 31st, 2009
3:17 pm
Amazon and 1984
This is why I am not likely to get rid of my books in favor of ebooks.

Monday, July 27th, 2009
8:00 am
Back to Firefox
I have been using Chrome for, oh, I dunno, four or five months. It was zippy and had some user friendly features, like the placeholder tag, address line search, and the blank New Tab automatically loaded Frequent Links. Going back to Firefox because

Chrome started fast back then, but has


down much too                                        much. Restarts don't help for very long.

Also, Chrome can't edit Tiddlywiki, which is annoying.
Saturday, July 25th, 2009
9:32 am
Flowchart to my heart

OKCupid has run up flowcharts for people, based on their Strongly Important reactions to their personaility match questions.

I am quick catch for you if you 

Don't currently use hard drugs
Don't think homosexuality is a sin
Like sex
Would only eat human mean as a last resort
Would date an open-minded atheist.
Consider yourself an honorable person.
Do not consider drug use a romantic activity.

But, I may be willing to date you anyway, depending on how much intelligence turns you on (or maybe how intelligent you seem, the item is vauge), whether you reject the idea that fewer stupid and ugly people would improve the world, and if you don't think contraception is a sin.

Interesting side view into how my opinions reflect off of other people's priorities. 

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
5:55 pm
What I Did For My Summer Vacation
Not really a vacation, just a family visit Monday to Wednesday.

My aunt and uncle are remarkably just like they always are, although she has aged a bit in the year since I've seen them. Interestingly, he hasn't.  My cousin is much the same, though reeling a bit from job loss; she had been a paraeducator, and she's planning to move on to medical assistant.  

My little cousin Hannah is 11 and recovering from major hip surgery, but seems resilient. She spent months in bed recovering, but is up, crutching around, and working an hour and a half of physical therapy a day. She has developed an interest in Edward, from the Twilight movie, and Michael Jackson (about two weeks before he died, oddly) in his young, Thriller, doe-eyed phase. So apparently she's attracted to creepy guys. This bears watching.

(I observed that if she liked Edward she must be into old guys. She was outraged; "He's not old! ... Oh, wait, I guess he is...")

The family is basically middle-American. Lots of TV and food, but they are nicely accommodating of my dietary problems. 

It was pleasantly dry, if hot, something like California weather. Nice enough drive, although on the way back I managed to time it so the sun was in my eyes the whole trip. Next time I should leave at noon or dusk.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
6:31 pm
Minor Problems, Minor Successes
I find it very irritating when I need a book, have a book, but it is in storage. Most of my library is inaccessible to me. I may have to buy a used book I already own, since the day of excavating isn't worth the $3 it would cost to replace it. It may be available through the library, I suppose.

On the plus side,  +70 or so questions today. Not quite so many filled in answers, but that's not so big a thing.

Current Mood: working
Monday, July 13th, 2009
9:44 pm
Busy Day
+30 on the trivia count (I'm working a trivia game). Should be more like +50, but I also

rough-outlined a play, possibly a screenplay (when I should have been working on Project W);

shopped for gluten free foodstuff;

deposited assorted checks (including my overdue Mad Science last check);

dropped by OCC and picked up a Savage Worlds book;

took a nap;

made a batch of corn pasta (second time in three days; next time, remember to boil at least three extra minutes for soft pasta); 

watched Quest for Fire with the director's commentory. I find this movie interesting or even fascinating on some levels, but remarkably dated and flawed on others.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
1:41 pm
You Should See My Head
Got a short haircut.

I look like I mustered out three months ago,  grew a beard, and got my usual hair cut.

If I were on the other end of my body mass index, I'd look like I was between chemotherapy cycles.

In other hair news, she gave me the military discount. Or the senior discount. Not sure which; suspect the latter.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
6:48 pm
Brined Pork Roast

Take frozen pork roast, cold brine with salt and sugar mix (roughly a 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup salt) in baking pan for three days, seasoning to taste. Drain, place fat side up, season to taste again, roast at 300 until cooked per thermometer (3 hours in this case). I served with mashed potatos, no gravy.


Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, June 29th, 2009
10:01 pm
I have been loading my storage unit with apartment material, in case I have to move on short notice. Mostly this means books, and some shelving. Among these books I had a reference that I like, but had never used. Naturally, within a week of storing it I had a need for it.

Never seems to fail.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
7:54 am
Rip Haywire
This strip is amusing. http://riphaywire.com/

If you start from the beginning, give it a couple months to warm up. 
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
10:19 pm
Meanwhile, the script boils in the pot
Mister Mercury and the Circle of the Beast #5, draft, completed.

And it took way too long to do. I'm hoping that as my head settles I will develop a new routine that involves daily productive writing.

Mercury started this issue on the floor, threated by Tisiphone, Fury of Vengeance, and ends on trial by a jury of the Oneiroi, who have already counted him as a betrayer, coward, and traitor.

This may do.

Current Mood: accomplished
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