Dear me, Thursday already!
Where does the time go?
What have I been doing?
We had the little daughter's birthday (I'm not going to
tell you which one, both because I seem to have
family privacy set on High today, and because the
number scares me), and I took the day off.
And I've been doing work and stuff.
Oh, and I finished some books and watched some
movies and things:
both utterly implausible,
light SF novel, and (finally!)
"The Content of Our Character".
Since Steele was my at-work book for taking with me to the
Little Programmer's Room (a family habit acquired in my youth),
I need a new one.
At the moment it looks like it's going to be Barthes'
"Mythologies"; it probably won't be any less comprehensible
read in small snippets while excreting than it would be
after a decade of devoted study.
I took a look at your site a couple of hours ago...
and I want to tell you that I'd really love to trade links with you. I think
your site has some really good stuff related to my site's topic of music downloads
and would be a great resource for my visitors as it deals with some great
aspects of music downloads that I'd like to give my visitors more information about.
Sorry, Bub, this site's all about Iris Chacon!
And viewing Yahoo webcams without permission.
And Brazil Triplets Nude.
But not music downloads (that was right out, I deny it
Now playing: Sin City, with Olga Kern (in Peoria)!
Whoa, I haven't thought about
in a Dog's Age.
It still works!
And it's still awfully bad!
Thanks for remembering.
Here's a better idea: If IE (or any other browser)
wants to do something stupid, don't care
It's an ideal to strive for, I agree.
But not caring can be tough...
playing is a form of entertainment, and whether it be
playing with a ball, playing an instrument, or playing
with oneself, it is usually quite an enjoybale activity.
And don't forget playing with The Sims 2!
In some Google search I ran across
a particular Sims 2
user community that seems to have considerable clue
(in sharp contrast to the EA Sims 2 forums, which I'm
rapidly growing very tired of).
One designer d00d in particular has not only done some
things with the building engine, he's also written lotsa
funny stories with pictures about his Sims.
So that's fun.
In my own Sims neighborhood,
Kaylynn and Benjamin's twins are now toddlers;
(slightly overexposed due to the sun pouring
in the window; Kaylynn likes windows), and Olivia:
(She looks a little maniacal in that picture, but so far she's an
ordinary cute little toddler, with no signs of mania.)
For some reason both of them called for Benjamin when it
was time to grow up; but Kaylynn didn't seem to mind.
The main floor of the house got awfully crowded with the twins'
beds and toys and potties and things, so I moved them all
upstairs to the big elegant salon where Kaylynn and Ben did
the Saved from Death thing and got married and all.
Lots of room up there, although what with all the kids and
junk and potties in need of emptying it's not nearly
as elegant and serene as it was.
We'll probably build out the back of the main floor a bit
to make them a room or two once they grow into children,
and return the salon to its former glory.
Over at the Danvers', Jane and Georgia adopted a cute little
toddler named Justin:
(I think it's a wonderful coincidence that
his name starts with a "J", just like John and Jean and Jane
and Joan and almost Georgia; when you adopt anything but
a baby you don't get to choose the name yourself, so it
was just dumb luck.
And yeah, Georgia and Jane are in their undies; Sims in
general, or at least those who don't go to work every day,
seem to spend most of the time in their undies or PJs.)
Here's Joan, amusing her new little nephew:
(Not the greatest picture in the world, I admit; Joan in
particular seems to have some sort of cylindrical prothesis
under the skin of her left wrist, and you can't see
But she hasn't gotten much airtime here so far, and I
thought it was a cute picture at least in spirit.)
And speaking of prostheses, here's Jean (Justin's gramma,
and soon to be an elder unless I change my mind) in her
Mad Scientist lab, working on
the shiny new machine that she brought home from work:
(Once Justin's all settled, Jane's going to ask Jean about
the possibility of combining Jane's and Georgia's genes using
her super-scientific skills, to make a baby that's genetically
Although if they do that the house will have
seven playable Sims in it, and I may go mad
The semesters proceed apace at Sim State University.
Gina is pretty much a straight-A student, although as a
Romance girl she's generally so busy falling in love and
stuff that it's a wonder she gets all those assignments done:
Gina's now had her first woohooal experience; fittingly enough,
it was in a changing room in a downtown boutique, with a
(Note the cute "public woohoo memory" dingus rotating over the
somewhat dazed-looking Professor (and note how good Gina looks
in that dress; but she's too poor to buy such stuff; she was
just trying it on as a pretext).)
Now one might think that Gina is cynically using her amorous
skills to boost her grades, but as it turns out this Professor
isn't even in the Philosophy department, so the assignation
didn't get her a single quantum of academic benefit.
She does it all from the overflowing generosity of her
One of Gina's wants just after she got to college was to have
various of her friends (Randy and Sophie in particular) come
and join her.
So I had Randy London (who you may recall from the
last week) enroll
and move into a dorm down the block,
and he's now an Economics major (he has the Fortune aspiration,
and will probably end up in the Business track).
Here he is practicing his own romantic skills in the
He and Gina have this cute relationship where each of them
spins up a want to call the other and chat at least once
So they're very good friends, but since they've barely met
in person since leaving the 'hood they haven't had any
romantic interactions (Randy's wanted to flirt with Gina
a couple of times, but he's been too busy studying and stuff
to have time).
We may see more of Randy later on.
Since I took these pictures, Gina finished her Sophomore year
with flying colors, and used her saved-up stipend money to
move into a little house just off campus of which she's
(For one thing there wasn't really space in her dorm room
for a double bed; hence the whole "public changing booth"
Living on her own is more work (no free in-dorm food
anymore, for instance), but she seems to be enjoying it
I'm sure there'll be some pictures from the house
in the not too distant future...
I'd like to thank whatever generous member of the
Sys Community Network
provides open wifi access to patrons of JV
Hot Bagels in Jefferson Valley, NY.
Much better than having to give my credit
card number to Starbucks or whatever.
Interesting legal issues around
about making furniture out of FedEx boxes.
of amazing inventions!
It's a sofa! It traps mice in a humane fashion!
It's like a normal false moustache, but it keeps drinks cold.
the very memorable Things
Experimenting with flickr "Interestingness", along the lines
I wondered about the other day:
image is currently tagged with:
Only about one of which actually fits very well.
The mysterious HTML o' the Day that still shows
up reliably in my mailbox captioned
movie "Awesome and godlike powers"; quite accurate.
What was until recently a featureless expanse of frozen peat
is turning into a watery landscape of lakes, some more than a
kilometre across. Kirpotin suspects that some unknown critical
threshold has been crossed, triggering the melting.
And yet also, a
Post piece about soldiers' weblogs, including for instance
Life in this Girl's Army.
Yet more slices of the world.
No Sims pictures today, I'm afraid.
Gina's well into her Sophomore year, and doing fine.
Did I mention she's majoring in Philosophy?
Just like me!
Her Lifetime Ambition is to be a Celebrity Chef (like
Kaylynn), and the major most recommended for the Culinary
career path is Philosophy.
I think this is a subtle Maxis reference to Philosophy
majors flipping burgers at Circus Burger, but I'm
playing it straight.
Sims in college only take one course per semester, and
they all have hysterical names.
What is the Meaning of This?!
The Refrigerator Light: Proof vs. Faith
Old Dead Guys who Thought Stuff
Optimists and Other Idiots
Philosophy's Place in the Neighborhood: Anywhere?
Existentialism: Depressing Yourself on Purpose
Who Controls the Pie Menu and Why?
Senior Project: Preparing For The Food Industry
Today it's much cooler (ahhhh!), but still humid
The Structure of the World.
If you look on
tagged with "Vermont", it turns out that there
are (as of when I looked), five kinds of Vermont:
lake, burlington, lakechamplain, champlain, sunset, sky, nature, water, vt, vacation
snow, skiing, trees, mountains, ski, mountain, barn, clouds, winter, snowboarding
fall, autumn, foliage, leaves, newengland
bridge, coveredbridge, covered, river
Which is to say, people think about Vermont in terms of the lakes
and the sky, the snow and the trees, the fall and the leaves,
the bridges and the rivers, or the Phish concert.
Which just goes to show.
Association of Nanotechnology (IANT), is a non-profit organization
with the goals to foster scientific research and business development
in the areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for the benefits of society.
The annual meeting of the International Congress of Nanotechnology
(ICNT) 2005 will be held on October 31- November 4, 2005 at the San
Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel.
Just so as not to lose track.
(And yes, that's a "5", not a "G".)
Very puzzling story behind this domain.
It's registered to Microsoft (at register dot com,
unlike microsoft.com itself, which is registered to
Microsoft at Tucows).
And apparently (if you google the web and usenet
for it) it turns up in various documents created by
like Word or Outlook or something, when you save in
HTML (I found it in some spam I was
analyzing, that had I suspect been generated through
It looks like it's being used as a magic cookie of some
kind, or an opaque URI or whatever.
Odd choice of token, though!
Someone somewhere has a sense of humor.
(Giantlavalamp.com, on the other hand, is registered
to some guy in Soap Lake, Washington,
If anyone knows of some secret in-joke connection
between Microsoft's HTML documents
and that giant lava lamp, I'm keen to hear about it...)
Morris Stokes, Paranormal Grocer:
Ah yes... I can see it now. The veils are parting. It's a "C"
- for cabbage. You've had one before haven't you?
In real-life news, where
things move slowly,
we had a nice idyllic weekend.
Friends were up from some other state, and all
the various families got together and did things.
Had five adults and eight kids in the house the
other night (did I already mention this?), which was
more social than we've been in quite awhile.
Reminded me of the Old Days, when the Play Group
was eleven kids in five familes, and we were in
and out of each others' pockets all the time.
Then yesterday we had a big Potluck down by the
M made cold sesame noodles and I made fudge and
other people made other stuff, and
we ate things and we (where "we" means mostly the
eight or so kids and me) spent hours in the water
floating around and jumping off of things and generally
staying cool (I don't know how the other grownups
stood it not in the water, the day was hot and sopping
humid; I think they drank lots of cold beer).
The kids were floating around and laughing and giggling
and flirting (the older ones) in a big mass, and I was
swimming around and lolling on my float and staring
up at the sky and stuff like that off to one side.
I know I can't be fourteen anymore, but it's
great to be around people who can now and then.
It was wunnerful in general.
The lake water was mostly warm, even hot,
near the surface; but diving down into the
dark green it was lovely and cool.
In Sims news, where
things move much, much faster, Kaylynn and Benjamin
got married in a nice little private ceremony,
as mentioned the other day:
Jane and Georgia also got hitched ("joined", in the I presume
carefully politics-safe language of the game), in a similar
ceremony (I like how Sims weddings don't involve any
(A full who's-who of the audience can be found on
as can the
of the assembled crowd toasting Georgia in her undies.)
We bought and installed the first Expansion Pack, "Sims 2 University".
One effect of this is that all the existing characters now have
It turns out that Kaylynn's is to send three kids to
college; she got a quick start on that project by having twins!
Doesn't she look all bright-eyed and adoring?
I asked M for names for them: they're Zachary and Olivia.
(Benjamin's Lifetime Want is to be a Mad Scientist; apparently after his
Being Saved from Death experience
mere human politics seems petty; so he's quit the campaign trail,
and is now working his way up the Science track.)
Elsewhere, Ransom Zoom (my very first Sims 2 Sim) and Marisa Zoom
(née Bendett) have aged into very charming elders.
Here they are embracing just after Marisa's birthday (they
didn't have a party, but Kaylynn happened to be over):
And since it's called Sims 2 University it seemed that someone
should really go to University.
Gina Raptor eagerly volunteered; here're the other inhabitants
of the Love Nest seeing her off in a taxi:
And here she is (now a Young Adult rather than a mere Teenager),
striding into the dorm on her first day:
And finally here she is getting right down to brass tacks,
working on improving her grades by seducing professors:
(I'm not sure what it means that this is one of the more
effective ways to do well in the Sims 2 Universities.
Did someone at Maxis have an unusual college career, or
are they just being silly?
Or did I overlook a whole aspect of college life in my
Ooh, and now yet another thunderstorm is passing overhead
(here in real life that is; still no weather in the Sims,
although rumor has it that there's weather code in there,
it's just not ordinarily activated).
So maybe I'll post this now just in case we decide to unplug
everything; good night!