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Nov. 30th, 2013

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Thanksgiving Vacation Progress in the Studio

I had a lot of personal stuff to do during the break, but I also had some personal art and design building tasks that needed a couple of days:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/allartburns/sets/72157637811014065

Sep. 18th, 2013

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Hurray for knee injury research!

After a few visits with my artho, he decided that while running, stairs, squatting, and kneeling all should be avoided, that I can ride bicycles and swim.  The caution he gave me was that I might do something bad for my knee but not feel pain until 1-2 days later, just like lifting weights at the gym.

Last Saturday I rode my bike 5 miles on hill intervals and thru today the only pain I've had is calf and quad muscles whining about the first real exercise in 9 months.

This weekend I'll try riding in to the office then catching a ride home.  It's 8 miles to work, but it's downhill all the way; the return has something like a thousand feet of climb in the final 2 miles.  Our street is an 11 degree slope, and it's a mile uphill to get to that...

Jul. 5th, 2013

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dark news from the WeLL

passed away last night.

There's a topic in [genx].

[edit: I will gladly pass on all comments, regards, etc, for people who no longer have a WeLL account.]

May. 12th, 2013

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I hate "sad animal story" posts, so here's mine

Last night I saw a rather stunning performance by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld (look for them on youtube, they work on stuff solo and together) but Stetson played a song and explained why he changed the name. One of his friends heard it and said that Stetson had written a song about the loneliest whale in the world, and he explained it but I didn't believe him.

Of course I got home and asked the Internet and warning, SAD ANIMAL STORY FOLLOWS:

http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/2012/05/52-hertz-the-loneliest-whale-in-the-world.html

Mar. 19th, 2013

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thanks, Mr. Rogers

For a few years of my childhood, my dad was overseas at war. Every evening the TV news showed film from combat and my dad could have been in that film. He wasn't, but every day or two, Mr. Rogers was on TV and showing me how good it was to be nice to your neighbors.

I am not always "nice" but I still try to be at least polite, even to people I would vote against on general principles.

Mr. Rogers' birthday is 20 March, so while a cocktail might not be his choice, it's what I will raise in his name. I think he took care of honor all on his own.

Feb. 4th, 2013

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'nuff said

[...]
After my pictures started making the rounds on deviantArt, tumblr and 4chan, it became pretty clear that my cosplay brings all the racists to the yard, and they’re like…white cosplay is better than yours.
[...]

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Dec. 15th, 2012

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focus on the good news

[journal edit: Previous post about my dealing with criminal violence is hidden until I can write it with less emotion and more thought.]

I have a job offer in my hands. It's not for the perfect job at the perfect company (it never is) but it's for what I think is a good job at a good company and that makes me feel pretty, uh, good?

Unrelated to the job offer, I think I'm coming back to blogs and LJ and in those medium, back to writing in the long form.

Like USENET after spammers, Twitter has gone from a fun place to chat with some of my friends to a Speaker's Square with unlimited amplification. People I think of as smart, thinking friends go into emotional rage and yell about their political beliefs and call names if you do anything but join them in yelling. I'll stay on Facebook for the time being as it's an easy way to communicate with local friends in Pittsburgh, but I'll never open it up to the Twitter level of loudness. (I wrote a bunch of community software words on my design blog if you're curious about the structural details of online conversations.)

After writing that blog entry, I looked for the writing I've done that I like and much of it is here on LJ. The public words about design and hacking each have their own blog, but the sometimes private and usually friendly words have LJ, for better or for worse.

Oct. 23rd, 2012

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Don't whine or fold, just play your hand.

as did the dancer Bill Shannon, who learned his trade here in Pittsburgh:

Oct. 17th, 2012

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cleaning up

I'm adding and removing people from my LJ friends-list relative to facebook and other areas. This is mostly a cleanup as I change what gets posted friends-only here vs. my blogs vs. twitter vs. facebook.

Aug. 25th, 2012

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another training weekend

Two days of classes on firearms instruction. Today's class was the required fundamental class, "how we teach at the NRA". Tomorrow is "how to teach the pistol", after which I will have NRA Certification as a Pistol Instructor. I can only use that title when teaching/advertising a class, but I can put it on my CV in my list of "third party training/certification".

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