Guess who has two thumbs

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:07 pm
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And was in a vehicular mishap that got him to work two hours early?
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I ran roomba downstairs and Eufy upstairs (T.'s room and the master bath so far; roomba got almost the whole downstairs before running out of battery).

I went for a walk with M.

I worked on taxes, since everything has arrived (that actually happened about a week ago, but this was the first available uninterrupted space of time long enough for me to get it done after procrastinating and cleaning a large chunk of the house first). I got through all but a couple of errors on error check -- I'm leaving those for R. It's still September, so this feels kind of early for me.

I had a burger and chips for lunch but I did so at home. I was going to eat one of the soups, but it is kind of hot today -- not really a soup sort of day. And there was only one patty left in the box. So. Unlike the last time I was pulling the last patty out of a box, this time I did not get interrupted and forget it on the stove. That's something, anyway!

ETA: I got a long walk in later in the day. T. got an immunization done (sitter took him) and then they went to see the Lego Ninjago movie. I think.
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T. and I had lunch at home, very unusual on a Sunday! He had leftover pizza from the day before. I had black bean soup with guac (Wholly Guacamole). We are out of tortilla chips.

We also had dinner at home. T. wanted to go to Julie's Place, but of course on Sunday's they close at 2 p.m. He had chicken thigh and french fries and some carrot sticks. I had the navy bean, barley, fennel and tomato soup with cabbage and spinach.

I had a walk after dinner with M.

In the morning, I cooked black eyed peas and pinto beans. I'm still trying to come up with exactly what I'm going to make with these. I also have a plan to find the corn tortillas in the deep freeze, thaw them out and convert them to tortilla chips.

ETA: T. decided he doesn't want his lego storage thing or any of the legos in it. While I applaud this as a decluttering decision (and I know him -- he never plays with legos, no matter what I get him), I'm at a bit of a loss what to do with them. I'll probably be offering them to friends on FB first, and then spiral out from there.

ETAYA: I vacuumed the car. Wow, did it need it.

I would have thought lawful

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:59 pm
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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-8

Constitution-16

Intelligence-10

Wisdom-8

Charisma-7


Alignment:
Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

A leaf

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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Taken from a couple of angles over about a minute.

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I am taking care of someone's cats

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:45 pm
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As one does, I keep a log of my visits.

The cats expressed their appreciation for my record-keeping.

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T. had his belt test in martial arts. He is now a yellow belt. Congratulations to him! He rattled off the five animals and the six principles of conduct like it was no problem at all. I'm not sure who was more surprised by that.

Track was uneventful.

We had lunch at Papa Razzi, and the server asked me about the loyalty card, so I got to use up $10 worth of points. That was kind of nice.

We stopped at the Paper Store for Tys for party favors, and some paper plates. Then we went to Roche Bros for veg plate, fruit platter, american cheese, and a box of crackers. I also got some mandarines and some grapes. With that, and what R. had already picked up / gotten out of the basement / I had ordered from Amazon weeks ago, we headed off to Planet Gymnastics for A.'s birthday party. 13 kids total including my 2. Everyone was really nice. Two kids were dropped off -- everyone else stayed and everyone knew somebody so lots of really nice adult conversations. Nice to catch up with people who I like independent of their kids and my kids liking each other / sharing an activity.

The cake is almost all gone. We sent the ranch dressing from the veg plate home with someone who was excited about it. I used some of the contents of the veg plate in a black bean soup (with bacon and beer) that I'd been thinking about making for a couple days (I'd already cooked the beans).

Busy day! I'm glad everything went smoothly. Planet Gymnastics really does a nice job helping the kids have a good time at a birthday party and stay safe while doing it. And they work super hard at setup and take down of the food and so forth.

ETA: Because I made a black bean soup (with bacon and beer! Really! And posted the recipe in my cookbook and everything!), I got into the canister of peppers. And it was so covered with stuff and blocked by stuff, I didn't even try to put it back. R. and I went through the stuff, and the stuff in the junk drawer and threw a lot of things away and made space for what needed to be moved so that I could access the canister more easily. Yay! Decluttering!

I posted recipes: black bean, bacon and beer soup (that turned out really well for a first time effort and a made-it-up-on-the-fly recipe), suikerbrood (second effort turned out well enough I'm willing to go with the proportions I used). I haven't posted the navy bean and barley salad recipe, because I just don't feel like that's a real recipe yet, versus an improvisational thing. (<-- Yeah, I know. I shouldn't care.) Next up is probably the navy bean, barley and fennel soup that I've been thinking about.

I have a stash of sort-of-disposable sort-of-reusable plastic ware (think: the kind of thing you get when you get thai takeout or chinese takeout and you don't really want to throw it away because you could wash it and use it again) that was intended to support throwing large-ish parties that still hasn't happened. In the meantime, I am contemplating participating in the bizarre behavior that is prepping days or even a week's worth of meals ahead of time and then just pulling them out of the fridge, nuking them and eating them. I think I've got a bunch of ideas for bean and grain recipes that would be basically perfect for this (starting with soups / stews and bean/grain salads, and then moving through korma and similar). But it feels a little too crazy / ambitious still. But you never know. In the meantime, when I ran out of appropriately sized rubber maid and frigoverre, I sent R. down to the basement to retrieve one (for the leftover cake). Dammit, I'm not letting things sit around waiting any more.
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I had lunch at Rapscallion with R. I had the hummous plate and a salad, which may or may not have been an error in judgment. I don't think it's the beans that give me gas -- I think it's probably the garlic in the hummous.

For dinner, T. and I went to Via Lago. I had the peking duck roll and a salad. Then we were off to TD Garden for Ed Sheeran. The opener, James Blunt, was fantastic -- I liked him better than Sheeran, which is unusual for me (happens more often to R., to like the opener better than the main band).

We got back before midnight, which was nice.

ETA: Shower door was installed! Have to wait for the silicone to dry completely, so won't get to use it again until Sunday afternoon / evening.
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Which is creating the Amazon and Chapters links for the book being review, I know one particular book is $19.19 if you buy it from Kobo and $11.71 from Kindle....

Cool Stuff Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:41 am
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Friday has been having trouble keeping up on the blogging lately…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

iPods

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm
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Haven't been around long enough for an adult to reference the technology as something around when they were kids. That's just crazy talk -- 16 years ago, you say?
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I walked one mile with M. I did the long loop by myself while chatting with my sister. That was really fun!

T. had a half day. I took him to gymnastics. Then I took him home, where he met his sitter.

R. at the navy beans _after_ I had already told him I wanted to use them in a navy bean and barley salad. Oh well! I wound up making more.
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I made the navy bean and barley salad today; it turned out pretty well. I had it with cole slaw and the bacon and brussels sprouts, all served on a bed of romaine, for lunch.

I made a second loaf of suikerbrood; it turned out way better than the first time. I made some small changes, not enough to justify this big a difference, so I'm a little confused.

R. and I had date night (T.'s sitter watched both kids, yay!) and went to Woods Hill Table. If I hadn't gotten a reservation, we would have gone to Less Than Greater Than (speakeasy in Hudson), so that's _definitely_ where we are going next time. We had a lovely meal: the tamworth pork (the canteloupe puree was particularly excellent), ray oysters on the half shell, the mesclun salad, I had the broccoli rabe in all its garlicky glory, and the salmon poke. We had the coconut sorbet for dessert. He had a mezcal drink and then a vieux carre and brandy with dessert; I had two rye manhattans; they used the 12 year whistlepig.

The service was excellent as always, and quiet until towards the end when the dinner rush showed up (we had a 5:45 -- things get busy around 7 p.m.).

The kids went to Julie's Place for dinner.

A. had the day off of school, because of rosh hashanah. T. had school. We need to start remembering his sneakers on Thursday for gym. She played roblox all day. I cooked beans, did laundry, ran roomba, cleaned the stove and talked to J. on the phone for a couple hours. Really, it was a great day all around.

I did do a little Yellowstone trip planning -- didn't make any reservations, but did do some research.

This Week in Nazi-Punching

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:15 pm
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A video of a Nazi in Seattle getting punched and knocked out has been making the rounds. Responses range from satisfaction and celebration to the predictable cries of “So much for the tolerant left” and the related “Violence makes us as bad as them and plays right into their hands.”

A few things to consider…

1. According to one witness, the punch happened after the Nazi called a man an “ape” and threw a banana at him. With the disclaimer that I’m not a lawyer, that sounds like assault to me. I’m guessing Assault in the Fourth Degree. In other words, the punching was a response to an assault by the Nazi.

The witness who talks about the banana-throwing also says he was high on THC. I haven’t seen anyone disputing his account, but I haven’t seen corroboration, either.

2.Remember when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and people like Geraldo Rivera said it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie, and that made Martin a potentially dangerous “suspicious character”? Utter bullshit, I know. But if our legal system let Zimmerman plead self-defense, saying he was afraid because Martin was wearing a hoodie, doesn’t that same argument apply against someone wearing a fucking swastika?

We’re talking about a symbol that announces, “I support genocide of those who aren’t white, aren’t straight, aren’t able-bodied…”

3. Buzzfeed presents this as anti-fascists tracking a Neo-Nazi to beat him up. While antifa Twitter appears to have been talking about this guy, there’s no evidence that the punch was thrown by someone who’s part of that movement. And even if he was, the guy didn’t throw a punch until after the Nazi committed assault (see point #1).

Those Tweets quoted on Buzzfeed also suggest the Nazi was armed, which could add to the self-defense argument in point #2.

Is Nazi-punching right? Is it legal? As any role-player will tell you, there’s a difference between whether something is lawful and whether it’s good.

The “victim” has every right to press charges. But for some reason, he didn’t want to talk to police about the incident.

Was punching this guy a good thing? I mean, there’s a difference between comic books and real life. The Nazi was standing in front of some sort of tile wall. He could have struck his head on the corner after being punched, or when he fell to the ground. In other words, there’s a chance–albeit probably a slim one–that this could have killed him.

My country and culture glorify violence. I’d much rather avoid violence when possible. I think most rational people would. But there are times it’s necessary to fight, to choose to defend yourself and others. I think it’s important to understand the potential consequences of that choice.

Multiple accounts agree this man was harassing people on the bus, and later on the street. He was a self-proclaimed Nazi. Police say they received calls that he was instigating fights, and it sounds like he escalated from verbal harassment to physical assault … at which point another man put him down, halting any further escalation.

I don’t know exactly what I would have done in that situation, but I see nothing to make me condemn or second-guess this man’s choice in the face of a dangerous Nazi.

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