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Apr. 18th, 2014

01:31 am - Gardening: Greens Planting Day

The other day, I started a tray of tomato and chili pepper seedlings indoors.  Slightly late, but hopefully not too late.  I'll need to stop by the hardware store in the next few days and pick up a plant light before the seedlings break ground.

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Today was the day to start cold-tolerant greens outside.  Our landlords have given us two of the three raised beds to plant in, and I'm trying to make the most of them.  The rear bed has two rows of dwarf blue curled kale, two rows of chard, a row each of Yaya carrots, Hakurei salad turnips, Royal Chantenay carrots, broccoli raab, buttercrunch lettuce, Bibb lettuce, and Little Gem Romaine lettuce, and a half row each of radicchio, mizuna, and cilantro. The other bed has a couple Copenhagen Market cabbages and a few Pixie cabbages at one end, and at the other end (where I'll put the tomatoes and peppers once it's warmer) I have another three rows of the different lettuces to grow until the peppers and tomatoes are ready.  Some marigold seeds saved from my parents' garden are planted around the kale and cabbages in hopes of warding off aphids.

Fun tip: if you don't have anything to label rows with, a big yogurt container plus a knife gives you plenty of little labelable, white stakes.

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Hopefully little green seedlings will pop up soon, indoors and outside.  After last frost, I've got more herbs to plant, and I also plan on getting some hop vines growing in a 1/2-barrel planter on the sunniest part of the patio.

Current Location: In the garden

Jun. 24th, 2012

12:12 pm - UW Arboretum Panoramas

Over the course of a bit over a year, I took a series of 360° panoramas from the same spot in the UW Arboretum. I'm putting some of them together for a large print, and I need to decide if a white or black background looks better.

All Seasons (UW Arboretum, Seattle) [test]:

UW Arboretum Panoramas test - white background UW Arboretum Panoramas test - black background UW Arboretum Panoramas test - thin borders

Any opinions?

[Edit: I took some of the advice below and went with a 3rd option—thin black borders around the images, with a white background. I've added a preview image of that above as well.]

This entry was originally posted at http://jibb.dreamwidth.org/28965.html. (comment count unavailable comments there.)

Current Location: Seattle, WA

Feb. 13th, 2009

01:19 am - Visiting

I'm in Claremont now, visiting grammaravenger until Sunday. Hooray!

Current Location: Scripps College, Claremont
Current Mood: jubilantjoyous

Jan. 30th, 2009

07:31 am - Quake!

Ah ha! That was an earthquake I felt at 5:25—a magnitude 4.5 quake about 14 miles away. There were a few seconds of the house shaking mildly and the pictures on the wall rattling. Now I've noticed as many earthquakes while in Seattle as I had while down in Southern California, right by the San Andreas fault.

Current Location: Lighthouse

Sep. 6th, 2008

12:56 am - Off to the Grand Canyon

Summer is winding to a close. I had Amanda here for a wonderful month of August, but now she's back in Claremont. I wrapped up my internship at blist earlier this month, and now I'm headed out for a two week trip with my father, kayaking down the Grand Canyon. I'll see you all on the 22nd, right before I start grad school again.

Jun. 20th, 2008

03:48 pm - Moving, kayaking, internship

Two weeks ago, I moved from my apartment to a nice, 1904 house in Fremont, along with leahseraph, kaflurbaleen, Aaron, and Sylvia (although leahseraph is gone for the first part of the summer, while kaflurbaleen's boyfriend is living with us). Moving, recovering from a cold, finishing grading, and finishing with classes made for a hectic week, but I'm all done now. The common areas were originally a mess with all of our communal possessions and furniture piled up, but things are rapidly becoming neater, more organized, and a comfortable, livable house. Pictures at some point, once I've smacked my camera into working.

Last weekend was nice. An afternoon of playing games with Amos, and then I spent almost all of the rest hanging out with Ally and Jess. We, and several other Amazon interns, went kayaking for Ally's birthday, which was excellent. We paddled from Lake Union, through the Montlake Cut, and to the University docks, where there was a brief excursion to the CS building for Benson Store snacks (My poor barefoot feet!). I ended up sunburnt and sore, but it was worth it to get back on the water, and with good paddling companions.

This week I've been getting started at blist. I'm still settling in and working out what exactly I'll be doing for the summer, but it looks like it'll be a good experience. Lots of new skills to learn and interesting challenges to tackle.

May. 17th, 2008

09:19 pm - Biscotti recipe

I've made biscotti a number of times lately, as they're a perfect snack to leave in a jar on my desk; they're simple, long-lasting, and go well with tea. I've been using the recipes from The New Best Recipe cookbook, which I've adapted into a recipe with several variations.

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My current favorite of the variations are hard lemon-anise biscotti to dip in my tea, or softer spiced biscotti with orange or with currants for when I want a snack, but don't have time to make tea.

Current Music: What Does it Feel Like (Royksopp Return the Sun Remix) - Felix da Housecat

Apr. 21st, 2008

03:11 pm

Last night leahseraph and kaflurbaleen came over, and we made molé and fresh tortillas. Most tasty, and a good use of cast iron.

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Nov. 21st, 2007

03:43 am

Picture behind cutCollapse ) My new kilt! I've been promising to put up a picture of my new denim UtiliKilt for some of you who aren't in Seattle, and here it is.

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Current Music: Family - Gaia Consort

Oct. 23rd, 2007

02:50 am - I can has internetz?

I've got an internet connection at home now. Quite convenient.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Title And Registration - Death Cab For Cutie

Sep. 14th, 2007

05:53 pm - Moving

I continue my habit of procrastinating on updates. Much has happened since I last posted. I've worked on research for the summer, learned my way around Seattle, and met some rather nifty people.

But now summer is ending, the research paper is finished, and I've got myself a new apartment. I'm now living in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle. The apartment has no internet access yet and is still a little (or entirely) unfurnished, but I hope to change that this weekend, while my parents are visiting.

Current Music: Inside The Tam House - Greg Edmonson

Jul. 6th, 2007

03:24 am - Alive. In Seattle. Doing fun stuff

A lot's happened since I last posted. I'm graduated. Went on a fun camping trip up the coast with many friends. Ended up in Seattle, where I'll be staying for some time.

I'm working with a 6th year graduate student on her research this summer, which is ending up quite interesting. It's also nice to start getting settled in Seattle before I start grad school at UW in the fall. I have a room for the summer in a house with 5 Berkeley grads---some in grad school, some working---but will be looking for my own apartment for the year.

I'm starting to meet people up here, and some people I know from Mudd are here too, but it's still somewhat of a change from being surrounded with friends and people I knew at college. Speaking of spending time around people, I had a fun 4th of July the other day. I went to the celebration in Bellevue with ladydrakaina and a group of nice people I've met through her. Hanging out, cake, Fluxx, fireworks, a wonderful concert (including quetz),... Plus, elocinnuala brought some shiny glowing poi, and I got to spin again; I need to get back in practice.

Current Location: Wallingford, Seattle
Current Music: My Creole Bell - Taj Mahal

May. 6th, 2007

07:19 am - Ear piercings

It's been a couple of weeks since it happened, but in the spirit of trying to get in the habit of updating Livejournal before I graduate...

My ears are now more topologically interesting! Little 14 gauge barbells through each lobe. I like the look, and they've been fairly comfortable.

Current Mood: whee
Current Music: All The Young Punks - Clash

Jan. 6th, 2006

10:40 pm

Still off in Puerto Rico, and it is being fun and nice and warm. We spent a day in San Juan, then came out to Fajardo, on the east coast. Got to swim at the beach one day go up and hike in the El Junque rain forest up in the mountains today. Tomorrow, heading off to the little island of Culebra, a bit off the east coast of Puerto Rico.

And now my hour with the internet is almost up, but will hopefully I will get another chance later in the trip. Until then, enjoy your breaks (those of you on break).

Jan. 3rd, 2006

02:02 am

Tomorrow (or perhaps now it is this) morning I'll be heading off to Puerto Rico for almost all of the rest of break. I'll try to check email and LJ occasionally while I'm down there, but for the most part I'll be out of touch until I get back to Mudd.

Enjoy the first bits of 2006, y'all.

Dec. 27th, 2005

05:22 pm - Grades

Portal is now showing all my grades, but it is still only using 5/6 of my classes when calculating my GPA. Odd. I assume that that will be fixed eventually.

Not going to post specific grades here, but I am satisfied with them. Even PLs, although screwing up the date of the final did hurt me more than I would like, is not as bad as I had feared.

Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Every Dog Has His Day - by Flogging Molly

Dec. 18th, 2005

11:52 pm - Late night snacks


Being at home means much more choice for midnight snacks than microwaved-something back at Mudd. Last night: scrambled eggs with cheddar, parmesan, turkey bacon, and basil. Tonight I took my inspiration from Schlock Mercenary and made a chupaqueso (Another guide to making one). I only had sharp cheddar and parmesan, so I used cheddar instead of jack in the filling. Still quite tasty. And quite artery clogging. Quite tasty, along with some Satsumas. I found another description of making one that was rather helpful.

Current Mood: fullfull
Current Music: Between A Man And A Women - by Flogging Molly

12:13 am - Cold!

Yipes, it's cold here in Colorado. I went out five minutes early to catch the bus back to Boulder, and got reminded of what cold is. My breath puffing out in a strong, frozen cloud, the cold air on my bare arms and face, the crinkly feeling your face gets when you suddenly expose it to really cold air, the tickle of a few snowflakes brushing your cheeks. Slightly painful, in a friendly sort of a way.

Admittedly, standing around in the cold waiting for the bus to be 25 minutes late was a bit much of the cold, but... It's still good to be back.

Current Mood: 8 degrees Farenheight
Current Music: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (DemoVersion) - by Ramones

Aug. 28th, 2005

01:30 am - 21, teeth, and return

The other night I headed over to Denver to meet up with an old friend for dinner, cake, and a trip to the club to celebrate my 21st birthday. Unfortunately, a poorly-done filling in one of my molars decided to break in half and fall out. No good. My dentist's office is closed on Saturdays, but he offered to come in after his daughter's soccer game this afternoon and repair the filling. Turns out that meant he came in with his 13 year old daughter, still in her soccer gear, who was his assistant. Amusing, but my the filling seems much better now.

On an unrelated note, my packing (It all fit in my suitcase on the way out...) is all finished, so I should head to bed. I'll be back at Mudd around four this (Sunday) afternoon.

Current Mood: ready for bed
Current Music: In the Garden - by Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, Mike Marshall

Aug. 22nd, 2005

09:07 pm - New AIM screen name

I've been meaning to post this for some time now. I've abandoned my old AIM screen name in favor of AIM status JiBBering, in an attempt to maintain a more consistent, JiBB themed identity. Apologies to anyone who has been unable to contact me recently.

Current Mood: sheepish
Current Music: Nobody's Dirty Business - by Mississippi John Hurt

Jul. 15th, 2005

02:24 am - "You want the taste of dried leaves in boiled water?"

Tea makes everything better. That is, unless you pour a not-too-long-ago-boiling cup of it on your arm and into your lap. Of course, after you run cold water over the scalds, a cup of tea makes that better too.

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second shatters my loneliness. The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection. The fourth purifies my soul. The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods." - Chinese mystic Tang Dynasty

Current Mood: morosemorose
Current Music: The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos

Jun. 25th, 2005

12:08 pm - ...Of Science!

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Current Mood: they spelled my name wrong
Current Music: Bumblebee Tuna

Jun. 16th, 2005

01:56 pm - Quake

Whee, earthquake!

Current Mood: shockedafter-shocked
Current Music: Rumble, rumble...

Jun. 12th, 2005

03:58 pm

Sigh, I totally slept through that earthquake this morning. It sounds like it would have been fun.

May. 26th, 2005

02:07 am - Kayaking

I went kayaking today with my dad for the time in almost a year. The water level is up fairly high on Boulder Creek (high enough that they just banned tubing), so there was plenty of water to paddle on. But having just watched over half a dozen boaters swim there the day before (Three kayakers in a row got flipped, failed to roll, and swam. Then a raft flipped in a drop, dumped the two boaters and their dog out, and proceeded to get stuck in the pour-over. Finally, another kayaker swam upstream, and his friend who was chasing the empty kayak got tangled up in the stuck raft and swam as well) made me slightly nervous.

But it all went quite well. I remembered how to paddle, how to surf, how to do some tricks... Of course, I also remembered how to do silly things and end up upside down, but fortunately I also remembered how to roll back up every time (knock on wood) after bouncing around upside down for a bit. Hopefully some warm weather will bring water levels up even more for some more paddling fun.

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Drops of Jupiter

May. 24th, 2005

09:24 pm - Returned from camping.

I get back from camping to find that I've got over one hundred LJ posts to catch up on. Now I get to keep my side of those mutual-posting agreements.

For the last week I've been camping up toward Yosemite with icydragon, notsteven, orca1342, and Brianna which, was quite fun.

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Now I get to spend a couple of weeks with my family before heading back to Mudd on the June 5th and starting work. And since hmdavid83 and cairpaverl got to do it, it's my turn now---I miss my Hilary. Fortunately, she'll be coming and visiting soon.

In other news, I'm now the proud owner of Chainmaille's betta fish. Now no longer named "Chainmaille's fish", it has been dubbed Sashimi. Thanks for taking care of it for me, quartzpebble.

Current Music: This Is Our Emergency - by Pretty Girls Make Graves

Apr. 27th, 2005

07:32 pm - Schedule: Fall 2005

Algorithms, PLs, Systems, Colloquium, Ceramics, Middle English Lit, and Asian ReligionsCollapse )

Current Mood: Content
Current Music: All Along The Watchtower - by Jimi Hendrix

Mar. 18th, 2005

04:11 pm - No summer research

So, no research position at Mudd for me this summer. But there's still a possibility of a "Summer Research & Development" project sponsored by Green Hills Software, working an a distributed compiler. ::Hope, hope, hope::

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Bermuda Line - by Colcannon

Feb. 27th, 2005

10:05 pm - 5.6 (Campus)

That yellow 5.6 next to the kiddie wall, with the big, easy holds? It's now the hardest 5.6 I've climbed because I climbed it with no feet! Pull up after pull up, all the way to the top. And on the black roof climb I made it to the 4th clip on the roof, but didn't feel confident enough to clip it. Ah, climbing was the key bit that made my already good weekend spectacular. Thank you hmdavid83!

Current Mood: Elated
Current Music: Swagger - by Flogging Molly

Jan. 26th, 2005

12:48 pm - Jury Duty

I went and checked my mailbox today, and guess what was waiting for me? A permit application for a river trip this summer. But also there was a summons for Jury Duty in Pomona for the week of March 7th—the week before spring break. Anyone from CA know more about how this works?

Current Music: Swagger - by Flogging Molly

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