dxmachina: (Writing 01)
So, it's been awhile...

First lines for each month this past year:

January: Real cyclists don't wear underpants.

February: It's been snowing since about 8 am, about 2½ hours now.

March: So, I haven't talked much about the teaching gig.

April: (For some of us, Opening Day is the new year...)

May: The semester has mostly wound down.

June: So, long time, no write...

July: Friday was the first (and only, so far) truly nice day of weather we've had this month.

August - November: On hiatus.

December: So, it's been awhile...
dxmachina: (Cooking01)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] mme_hardy:

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, stick blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, canners, mandolines, electric grills, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

[mme_hardy's note: I added a few. Feel free to do the same.]
[DX's note: As did I.]

Some other notes: I used to use the breadmaker all the time before I got my stand mixer. Now I just use that. I used to use my bamboo steamer a lot during sweet corn season, but then I noticed the vegetable settings on my microwave. Corn season is already humid enough without adding steam. The rice cooker is a microwave version, not a stand alone. I did once have a blender, but then I traded it to my ex-wife for her stereo. Now I get by with the stick blender and the food processor.
dxmachina: (Writing 01)
The annual ritual...

January I spent New Year's Eve with friends, playing Apples to Apples and singing along (badly) while the kids played "We Got the Beat" in Rock Band.

February Last weekend I joined my friend Tom Z on his annual pilgrimage to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I'd never been before, despite it being no more than 15 miles from my brothers' farm. Tom goes every year for a F2F with his online fantasy baseball buddies. Now I know how civilians feel at b.org gatherings.

March World Crossing is apparently closing its doors, or rather having its doors closed on it.

April ...because the dreams can get a little weirder than usual. All I can say is that it is comforting to know that Lea Michele won't be playing Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in real life.

May Mother Nature finally remembered to flip the switch on her the heating system last Sunday.

June I suppose I ought to post something, if for no other reason than if I don't, it'll really screw up my first lines of each month meme in December.

July Today is the 4th of July, which means it was time for the 11th annual Casa Machina shrub trimming extravaganza.

August I had the best ride yesterday.

September So, that NASA satellite that nobody can find? Didn't land on my house, so that's good.

October Previously on LiveJournal, our hero managed to dump a glass of milk into his wireless keyboard.

November Almost all the snow was gone by last night, so Halloween arrived on time.

December I have been in the grasp of the Worst Cold Ever(™) for a week now.

---
I noted last year that I hadn't written much. If anything, I wrote even less this year. And once again I didn't write much about the books I read, although I read quite a few. So it goes.

A lot of it is that the process of writing just seems to get harder every year. I have lots of ideas for posts, but when I actually sit down in front of the computer, I can't face the effort of converting those thoughts to into something coherent. If I were to make a resolution for the new year, writing more might be it.

Book Meme

Mar. 4th, 2011 07:54 pm
dxmachina: (Books 03)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] snurri...

The book I am currently reading: A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt, the first of his novels about Alex Benedict. So far I'm liking it better than his Priscilla Hutchins books, which annoy the crap out of me.

The book I am currently writing: I've been revising the first scene of a book about the Sang Sacre City Watch for the last couple of years or so.

The book I love most: Hard to say for certain. There are lots of books I like a lot. One is Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

The last book I received as a gift: Fail Nation, a compilation from failblog.org.

The last book I gave as a gift: I gave my mother a copy of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel for Christmas. One of these days I need to post a review, because it's a terrific book.

The nearest book on my desk: Not on my desk, which today is oddly book free, but the shelf right next to my desk is where I keep a bunch of cookbooks.
dxmachina: (Projects01)
The annual ritual...

January - There was no coffee in the house this morning, so I drove down to Dunkie's to get some.

February - Haven't watched any of the Super Bowl except for occasional score checks, but I did catch Pete and Roger do the CSI trifecta at halftime in honor of their corporate masters.

March - Finally, a weekend day that was neither ridiculously cold nor rainy/snowy.

April - I sucked up the last small puddles of standing water tonight.

May - So, three tomato plants (from Wal-Mart) and some spaghetti squash seeds (left over from last year) are in the ground.

June - Into the wind
And up the hill,
But careful not
To lose the will.


July - This is going to screw up my first lines meme.

August - Remember me mentioning three weeks ago that I picked up some new tires for the 3-speed?

September - So here's the thing.

October - So, after one glorious autumn day on Saturday, the weather seems to have taken a turn towards winter—cold, gray, windy, rainy.

November - It is a cold day in November.

December - I'm sitting here with my coffee while waiting for the feeling to return to my toes.

---
I didn't write a whole lot this year. There was only one entry in all of May, although that might have been the rebound from kvetching so much about the great flood of late March-early April. Didn't write much about my reading, either, even though the list is longer than it's ever been. So it goes. Apart from the flood, not much happened to me this past year. Maybe next year.

Plus, the process of writing seems to have gotten harder for me. I often composed posts in my head while riding or driving, but once I sat down in front of the keyboard to set them into electrons, the ability to translate those thoughts into coherent sentences seemed to vanish. I do have one half-written post in the pipe (about the late, great Bob Feller). Maybe I can finish that.
dxmachina: (Writing 01)
The annual ritual

January - This should make for a nice meta reference next year.

February - I just went the entire month of January without ever seeing even a bit of my lawn.

March - It's snowing.

April - Alvin is working in his store when he hears a booming voice from above that says, "Alvin, sell your business!"

May - Got an email from my mother this morning to tell me that sister #1 had emergency surgery to remove a burst appendix last night.

June - Ah, circadian rhythms, you are a cruel master.

July - Previously in the Plentiful Vintage: It rained for forty days and forty nights, and our hero had to shell out a lot of (fairly moldy) dough to get new tires and a battery for the Machinamobile.

August - Catching up on the first three of a long list...

September - It's been a busy couple three weekends project-wise.

October - Monstrous Regiment — Terry Pratchett: Pratchett's take on the military and on gender politics.

November - Gonna be a long day, even apart from the time change.

December - Now that the flight sim desk is done, I'm back at work on the nerd hole bench.

Sigh...

May. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm
dxmachina: (Charlie Brown)
Your results:
You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
95%
Geordi LaForge
60%
Worf
55%
Spock
54%
Data
54%
Chekov
50%
Uhura
50%
Jean-Luc Picard
50%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
45%
Beverly Crusher
45%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
30%
Mr. Scott
25%
Mr. Sulu
25%
Deanna Troi
25%
Will Riker
20%
Since your accomplishments are seldom noticed,
and you are rarely thought of, you are expendable.
That doesn't mean your job isn't important but if you
were in Star Trek you would be killed off in the first
episode you appeared in.


Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...



It's a fair cop...
dxmachina: (Dawn)
This should make for a nice meta reference next year.

Last seen at [livejournal.com profile] fatoudust and [livejournal.com profile] jesseh, the first lines for each month's first post.

January: I didn't do resolutions last year, but I looked back the the resolutions I posted at the start of 2006.

February: I've spent much of the week dealing with bizarre computer related problems at work, so I am in total sympathy with Bob Timmermann over at the Griddle when he describes the five stages of computer death.

March: March has arrived like a lion that forgot to take its ritalin.

April: There are often times when I think to myself "It'd be nice to be home and asleep."

May: It's been sunny the last couple of days, but a lot cooler than last week.

June: We've had some very pleasant weather the last couple of days.

July: "Testicular squee" (It was part of a discussion about the injury that landed Chris Snyder of the D'backs on the Disabled List.)

August: Drove down to Jersey Friday to renew the registration on my truck.

September: Been running on autopilot lately.

October: The Dodgers got only their second win in a post-season game in the last twenty years tonight, thumping the Cubs, 7-2.

November: Another lovely day, sunny and in the sixties.

December: I made the world's easiest cheesecake last night.

I do prattle on about the weather, don't I?

Meme

Dec. 5th, 2008 11:59 am
dxmachina: (Fielding)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] ocvictor...


Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...


Bodily-Kinesthetic

41% Logical, 35% Spatial, 16% Linguistic, 29% Intrapersonal, 16% Interpersonal, 8% Musical, 49% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 45% Naturalistic!

"This area has to do with movement and doing. People are generally good at physical activities such as sports or dance and often prefer activities which use movement. People who have this intelligence usually learn better by getting up and moving around. They may enjoy acting or performing, and in general they are good at building and making things.


They often learn best by physically doing something, rather than reading or hearing about it. Those with strong bodily-kinesthetic intelligence seem to use what might be termed muscle memory; for example they remember things through their body, rather than through words (verbal memory) or images (visual memory). It requires the skills and dexterity for fine motor movements such as those required for dancing, athletics, surgery, craftmaking, etc.


Careers which suit those with this intelligence include athletes, dancers, actors, surgeons, builders, and soldiers." (Wikipedia)


Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test
at HelloQuizzy

dxmachina: (Calvinball)


You Are Softball



While you do like competing, you like cooperating even more.

You find working with a group to be much more invigorating than going solo.

You are a true team player. You like contributing to the win!

dxmachina: (Schoeder 02)
Seems like everyone's doing it tonight. You know the drill...

"You were chained to a girl that would kill you with a look
It's a nice way to die she's so easy on the eye"

"White Collar Boy", Belle and Sebastian

"Sometimes I wish I knew you well,
Then I could speak my mind and tell you
Maybe you'd understand"

"I Want to Tell You", the Beatles, by [livejournal.com profile] debg

"Did you know she was flirting around
With another young man,
And he's taking her out
When you have to work late?"

"Mr. Pleasant", the Kinks, by [livejournal.com profile] debg

"You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round"

"Do You Realize", by the Flaming Lips

"Well you can roll your eyes and nod
But I swear that I saw God,
In the moonlight on a side street in the wreckage we call Queens."

"Doreen", by the Old 97's

"A phalanx on camelback
Thirty ranks on a forward tack
Followed close, their shiny bright standards a-waving"

"The Infanta", by the Decembrists

"I've got statistics that'll make you plead
I'll put my thesis right in your hand"

"Fully Qualified to Be Your Man", Richard Thompson, by [livejournal.com profile] nestra

"Must be some sort of mysterious love affair
The monster and the girl
Then one night when it was really over
I told her that I really loved her"

"Girl of My Dreams", by Daniel Johnston

"Second verse, same as the first"
"I'm Henry the VIII, I Am", Herman's Hermits, by [livejournal.com profile] nestra

"And her eyes as kind as the fallen rain
And a voice that steadies a shaken man
Caught in indecision"

"Sometimes I Remember", the Pernice Brothers, by [livejournal.com profile] debg
dxmachina: (Calvin)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] septembergrrl, a list of questions apparently designed to show college kids exactly how privileged they are. What ever.

If your parents read to you when you were little, you may be an upper-middle-class privileged... )
dxmachina: (Computers 01)
First line of the first post from each month in 2007:

January — Am feeling particularly geniussy today.
February — With all due respect to certain nimrods in the House, it seems to me that the best way to support our troops would be to get them the hell out of harm's way.
March — China has defriended EVERYONE on LiveJournal...
April — March went out like a lamb leaving a lovely sunny morning in its wake, so I decided it would be a good day go for the first ride of the season. [note: little did I realize...]
May — Walked into work yesterday to discover that our site had been hacked.
June — Vacation is ended; now it's just the weekend.
July — After losing ten gorgeous potential riding days to shifter replacement and the air show (including requisite preparation for visitors and post show recovery), I've managed to get back into a decent routine with the new bike.
August — 'Cause I got to 500 first...
September — Twenty-four miles tonight, bringing me to 101 miles for the week.
October — I've taken to reading books on my Palm, and I seem to be reading faster and with more comprehension.
November — Some posts by casperflea and ww1614 about kids and bicycles a while back got me reminiscing about my first bike, and then about the other bicycles I've owned and ridden.
December — It's snowing out. Shoot me now...
dxmachina: (Computers 02)
Haiku2 for dxmachina
part i halloween
tell that to noah bennett
weekend with pie books
@
Created by Grahame

TGIF...

Nov. 9th, 2007 04:29 pm
dxmachina: (Marvin01)
First seen at [livejournal.com profile] alterjess...

William Shakespeare

Out, out, brief DXMachina!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:




And another... )

Sigh...

Sep. 1st, 2007 09:38 am
dxmachina: (Computers 02)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] ocvictor.


NerdTests.com says I'm a Highly Dorky Nerd God.  What are you?  Click here!

Album Meme

Jul. 23rd, 2007 08:29 pm
dxmachina: (Music)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] snurri, here's an alphabetical list of performers/musicians by whom I have five or more albums:

Barenaked Ladies
Beach Boys
Beatles
Belle & Sebastian
Dire Straits
Bob Dylan
George Harrison
Joe Jackson
Elton John
Billy Joel
Kinks
Tom Lehrer
Chad Mitchell Trio
Randy Newman
Oasis
Old 97's
Tom Paxton
Simon & Garfunkel
Bruce Springsteen
Strawbs
Pete Townshend
Who
Yo La Tengo

It's shorter than I expected. I did it mostly from memory, but there doesn't seem to be anyone missing. Downloadable music changes things quite a bit going forward. I'm sure I have downloaded individual songs from more than five Stones albums, for example, but I only own two complete albums (one a greatest hits collection). Oh, and Jamming with Edward.
dxmachina: (Calvinball)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] snurri, with a theme as I wait for the Braves-Dodgers game to start.

Random softball remembrances )
dxmachina: (Books 02)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] debg and [livejournal.com profile] serenada, among others.

When you see this, post a couple of quotations from your own favorite writers. These should be people you read over and over again, not people who had one great idea; go ahead and do it from memory, mistakes and all.

Like serenada, I'm not the sort of reader who can often quote passages at the drop of a hat, but I do remember the gist. I looked these up to make sure I had them right.

Jim Bouton:
You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.

Roger Zelazny:
"None sings hymns to breath," said Yama. "But, oh to be without it!"

Zelazny is one of the few writers whose lines I can quote. Here's another:
I was rabbit.

Terry Pratchett:
That was another thing. Her books on alchemy were marvelous objects, every page a work of the engraver's art, but they nowhere contained instructions like "Be sure to open a window." They did have instructions like "Adde Aqua Quirmis to the Zinc untile Rising Gas Yse Vigorously Evolved," but never added "Don't Doe Thys Atte Home" or even "And Say Fare-Thee-Welle to Thy Eyebrows."

To understand my affection for this passage, it helps to know that as a kid I once cleared out the family home with hydrogen sulfide (aka rotten egg gas) whilst experimenting with my chemistry set. My mother was not amused. They don't make chemistry sets like that anymore. Sigh.

Larry Niven:
Never throw shit at an armed man. Never stand next to someone throwing shit at an armed man.

---
The Pratchett quote is from
Feet of Clay
, which I just finished. It's another Watch book, and the mystery is really quite good. There were also (for me, anyway) two laugh out loud moments. A terrific book.

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