shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 04:12! Big learning experience during tonight's evening festivities. If someone wants to hit on me, here are two good ways to get our interaction off to the worst possible start:
  1. be completely shitfaced drunk; and
  2. offer me a drink by offering to give me an actual beverage that is already in your possession. (Your intentions may be completely aboveboard, but I have no idea where that drink's been or what might be in it.)

shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
Friday, March 8th, 2013 20:34
Trying to repurpose the in-law's ancient WinXP machine by installing Debian on it.

The BIOS is too old to boot from USB.

The CD-ROM drive won't open on its own, and doesn't seem to recognize the contents of the Debian install CD, even after booting Windows.

None of the usual methods to boot Linux from a Windows partition are working for me. Take one last stab at getting grub4win to work for me, then reboot the machine, exasperated.

The CD-ROM drive suddenly decides to clue into Debian install CD that's been sitting in it all the while, for like the last dozen reboots. O_o ... woot!

I was damn sure that I was heading for PXE territory for a while there! :D
shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 00:35
FWIW: not only is this stuff super-crumbly and hella messy, it also makes hardwood floors slippery as all hell. As proof of which, witness the complete feet-out-from-underneath wipeout my 4yo daughter had tonight.

If your kids get some of this headache-disguised-as-modelling-compound for giftmas, do yourselves a favour and throw it right in the trash.
shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 23:13
  • Chanced upon a 24-hour grocery store that had a half-dozen huge aisles full of imported-from-Israel kosher food, and
  • remembered that bissli was the canonical-ish Israeli snack food that [personal profile] marina had mentioned a while ago.

Pizza bissli == can haz. *crunch* *crunch* *reaches for a glass of water*

shadowspar: The flag of Canada (Canada flag!)
Sunday, July 1st, 2012 21:09
  • gun salutes
  • O Canada in both official languages, with a fly-by by the Snowbirds on the closing note
  • fresh lemonade
  • one million of your closest friends
  • Canada Day Free Hugs! from several different fellow Canadians!
  • calling in a rooftop fire in Byward Market to the Ottawa fire department! (folks in the building had it mostly out by the time they got there)
  • Lunch: Veggine poutine! and bleu cheese & garlic veggie burger! at Zak's Diner
  • Le Diable aux Corsets getting a nice round of applause for doing a sound check at Major's Hill Park. =) (They were playing snippets of this song.)
  • Two very tired kidlets.
  • Fireworks!
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 01:30
Stopped at a gas station in northern MI today and went to use the restrooms.

one door: KINGS
other door: QUEENS
me: *confused*
shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
Sunday, May 13th, 2012 01:16
  1. Having to purée bananas by shoving them through a tiny handheld sieve a tablespoon at a time really sucks. The tamis that's on my gift wishlist is getting bumped up in priority.
  2. Even if you manage to remember all the ingredients for the nifty new cupcake recipe you're making for the first time, and all the ingredients for the icing you'll be using as well, forgetting that you've run out of cupcake liners still means a late-night run to the 24-hour grocery store.
shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
Monday, March 5th, 2012 10:52

While in the process of attempting to flood the backyard rink last night, I managed to hit myself in the face with the end of a garden hose hard enough to draw blood.

Yea, truly I am one to accomplish things which other people did not even consider possible.

shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
Sunday, November 6th, 2011 01:56

There is a Rant, Gentle Readers, that I have long avoided subjecting you to; a Rant about how Certain Persons, helpful though they may be, invariably fall upon my Domestic Goodes, steal them away, and turn them to Ends such as Home Improvement, from whence they never return. I speak, for instance, of having all Laundry Baskets and Plasticware Disappear from the Laundry Room and Kitchen, respectively, only to make their reappearance in the Storage Room or Garage, having there been Converted to Storage Containers; or of Finding one's Prized Corkscrew, long having Vanished from the Kitchen under circumstances of Great Mystery, bravely serving in the Shed as an Opener of Painte Cans, and covered in Various Wondrous Shades of Latex Painte therefrom.

Tonight, however, I am not Ashamed to say that I had My Retribution, in that I had opportunity to Abscond with an unattended Painte Tray, and turn it to mine own Devious Ends; namely, the Storage of Rags having been Used for Cleaning as they wait upon the Chance to make into the Laundry for Washing. Vengeance!

shadowspar: Profile shot of Kurama's face (kurama - profile)
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 16:13

Home sick today. (No, not that kind of sick. Strongest thing I drank yesterday was root beer.) Thankfully only "stay home from work and don't make everyone else sick" kind of sick, not "flat on my ass incapacitated" sick.

As much as I was tempted to curl up in bed and try to get into reading h/c fic, closing up the computer and sleeping through the morning probably did more for my aching head, throat, and stomach. =)

shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 18:54

Armies of darkness:

  • uber-tired after waking up at 0515h for an airport run. 6 hours of sleep is not bad for a normal day, but waaaay too little when already wiped out
  • the van's "check engine" light is on >_<
  • Forces of light:

  • found my partner's lost wallet and still got her off to the airport on time
  • staying at grammy's with the kids, which...she always does more than she should when it comes to childcare =( but it's a real relief as well
  • awesome weather day today: cool and breezy, but with dramatic cloudscapes, a beautiful double rainbow on the way home from work, fall showers, and 1-2mm hail just now...!
  • quiet day today at work....doing backups in preparation for the ITS folks to move our server on Friday.
  • TSO tommorrow night!
  • shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
    Monday, July 25th, 2011 22:45

    Finally gave in and admitted that I'd need to find my old logic texts to finish the article I'm working on. Resigning myself to a lengthy search, I headed down to the junk spare room in the basement, cracked open the first box, and lo! found all of the texts I needed right on top.

    I think this is probably the first time this has happened to anyone in the history of ever.

    shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
    Sunday, May 8th, 2011 00:26

    Even more interesting than what's on your shopping list is what you run out of, because that shows what you're actually using. Sometimes it only dawns on me how differently I've been cooking when we suddenly start running out of something we've never run out of before, or how many cakes, cupcakes, scones and hotcakes this kitchen has emitted as of late when I realize that the bag of flour I'm buying is the third one this month.

    Things we've run out of lately:

    Cumin, oregano, ancho chile powder: adding homemade veg burritos to our dinner rotation is the main culprit here, but lately cumin seems to go into every recipe that requires dried much so that the second 3oz jar to go was replaced with a one-pound bag of the stuff. (They say never to argue with a person who buys ink by the barrel...what about someone who buys cumin by the pound?)

    Onions and garlic: Incredibly enough, we used to buy onions a few at a time with specific recipes in mind, but more & more they seem to be getting into many of the savoury dishes we make each week: stirfry, burritos as noted above, iridōfu, plus we finally found egg-free commercial perogies, so we can finally eat perogies covered in fried onions again. Olio aglio eats through a lot of our garlic, as well as soup recipes, but a clove here and there seems to go into all the other veg dishes, too.

    We had a good run on vegan soup stock for a while, but that's dropped off, what with it being spring now and all.

    Finally, white sugar & white flour (>_<), along with the holy baking trifecta of cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder. Oh, and vanilla extract too -- some four bottles of the stuff in recent memory -- and cider vinegar, of all things, which is what we use to turn soymilk into vegan buttermilk for baking. In the last while we've made a whack of birthday cakes including a half-sheet monster, several batches of scones for work & domestic consumption, several doz maple cupcakes for the kid's school, and (currently in the oven) choc chip cupcakes for Mothers' Day. This along with the regular Sunday hotcake routine and the occasional round of bread, buns, focaccia, or pizza. Sheesh.

    shadowspar: A viola on a purple flamed background, with the text "viola hero" (viola hero)
    Saturday, January 29th, 2011 23:59

    Inasmuch as I've always thought it'd be neat to play a musical instrument, for the longest time I considered it to be out of reach -- something that only "cool kids" did. I was a computer geek, so being good with technology was my lot in life, and making music wasn't. I toyed with the idea of picking up an instrument for years, and of course never did.

    TL;DR: I've started taking viola lessons.. )
    shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
    Saturday, January 8th, 2011 02:57

    Picked up a blue 4GB Sandisk Sansa Clip+ with some of the gift certificates I got for Christmas.

    It seems like such a little thing, but I'm disproportionately thrilled to have an mp3 player again. I've been without since the death of my Cowon iAudio7 (an excellent piece of equipment but for the breakage of the volume buttons). I've had one more or less continuously since 2007, and I've apparently gotten quite used to "filling the gaps" in my day with it. Chores become a lot more pleasant when you have something to listen to while doing them, and having a player on hand is a good way to do something productive, or at least amuse yourself, during times when you're waiting -- waiting for someone, waiting for an appointment, waiting for the bus, or what have you. Since I have a short daily commute now, I eat through podcasts at a surprising rate. You can get through a lot in 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there.

    We all know that the rate of progress when it comes to computers & electronics is staggering, but every now and again, I still have to take a step back and boggle. I picked up the Clip+ for $35; a deep discount boxing week item from Future Shop. It's cheaply made, very light, but seems solid enough nonetheless. Despite this, it's probably more powerful computer than the first x86 box I ever owned -- the Clip+ has a 250MHz ARM processor and 4GB of storage, vs the Pentium 120 with a 1.2GB hard disk that we paid some $1800 for in 1997. The original firmware is OK enough, but the main thing that sold me on the Clip+ was that there's a port of Rockbox, the open source audio player firmware, for it.

    Rockbox is a thousand flavours of awesome; I'm an unreserved fan. Out of the box, the Clip+ can play most common audio formats, let you listen to FM radio, and record from either the radio or the built-in mic. Flash it with Rockbox, and its capabilities expand a hundredfold: it now plays almost anything you can get your hands on (including MOD files, demoscene stuff that harkens back to the Amiga days!), lets you read text files (important for me, since I like to keep itineraries, booking references, confirmation numbers and the like in my player for convenient reference when I travel) and even edit them; it has games (Tetris, Asteroids, Puzzle Bobble, Breakout, and Pong clones; Solitaire, and it even plays DOOM, albeit badly) and even hacky mpeg video support (though on a tiny monochrome screen, it's only a breathtaking experience in that it can be done at all).

    The open source future is here. I like this future. =)

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Monday, October 18th, 2010 22:52

    Kids are finally asleep, so everyone is tiptoeing around on eggshells, etc, etc.

    While putting away some tissue, I accidentally kick a stepstool, then nudge a duster...which knocks a bottle of multi-vitamins off of the shelf...which lands -- I kid you not -- in a bag of tambourines.

    Some days, life is like that.