metawidget: Oscar in a diaper, crouching as if to fit into the frame and looking quizzical (oscar)

It's been a while since I've made a picture post. Rather than catch up with photos from various times we (or someone else) remembered to take out the camera, I just took some pictures this weekend, so these are fresh and hot from the kitchen and the garden. We now have a bunch of stuff planted; I still have a few squash hills with 'this space for rent' signs in my mental image of the garden, and we're hoping to adopt someone else's excess tomatoes, but we did our Planting Weekend duty! Under the discouraging top layer of not-rotted, our compost heap seems to be doing what it should, too. Now, on to the pictures:

Actually not all of Oscar! )

For those of you in Dreamwidth-land, the icon on this post is also from this weekend.

metawidget: My full geek code.  Too long for DW alt tag, please see profile if interested. (geek)

I think it was [livejournal.com profile] audrawilliams that got me on to Digger, by Ursula Vernon. I've been nibbling my way through it for a week or two, and it is a funny, strange, silly, pretty and humane story with sympathetic characters and a touch of Douglas Adams. The main character is a staunch rationalist wombat named Digger who takes a wrong turn while tunnelling and gets entangled all sorts of things in a very strange and unfamiliar land. And apparently, after 752 panels or something like that, it has wrapped up, so start now and have a complete work waiting there for you. I've still got two thirds of the story to go.

I've also been enjoying some of the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold — just finished Brothers in Arms, which also is about two thirds of the way between straight SF space opera and Douglas Adams weird, with a bit of Adrian Mole thrown in for good measure. I find suspension of disbelief a little tenuous with Bujold sometimes, but it doesn't matter because when she's over the top, she is also funny and clever, and the suspension-of-disbelief trouble is more on the end of improbable plot and less on the part of her main characters, who are generally sympathetic and believably crazy. I've got one more Bujold book borrowed from [personal profile] commodorified (which, to her, is probably a “Lois book”), and it is probably next on my reading stack.

metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
Went to the craft fair in Wakefield with Elizabeth today... it was really crowded and chaotic in there, but we did find some promising-looking jams and jelly, and looking around was kind of neat. I ran into one of our client-division people from work, selling her wares, too.

We then wandered into town, chatted up some friendly shopkeepers, and started on a bit of Christmas shopping. Wakefielders seem to be almost universally friendly.

Upon returning home, I made some celery root salad while Elizabeth washed the dishes.

Last night we made some recycled ornaments from aluminum cans. Embossing them with ball-point pens gives a really nice effect.
Aluminum can ornaments: shooting star by me and fish by Elizabeth

A week from tomorrow, I'll be in Peterborough doing a survey. Two weeks from yesterday, Elizabeth will be performing at The Spill in Peterborough, at 3 p.m., and two weeks from today, she'll be doing her thing at Tranzac in Toronto, at 7 p.m. If you're in the area, be there or be square!
metawidget: A plastic wind-up teeth thing with a googly eye. (chatter)
Before it's too late, happy International Dadaism Month.

Next day of the month is on Friday.

zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam.

grab bag

May. 22nd, 2006 02:27 pm
metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
Scientific evidence: (almost) Nobody Stops.

Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] swestrup: a very pretty infinitely recursive photomosaic

This reminds me of the bathroom at work... where the only thing you have to touch is the flush lever on the toilet (not the urinal, nor the sink... wait, you do have to pump the soap). This leads to the problem of when you shake or splatter water in the sink: the little electronic eyes sometimes get water on them, then the water keeps running even after you leave. They need windshield wipers or something.

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