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Mail shirt in the trash?! [Sep. 13th, 2014|09:32 am]
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Unexpected find in the condo trash bin: a box containing a mail shirt. It's (likely) steel rings, weighs 30 lbs, all the rings are riveted so far as I can tell, and too small for me to fit into -- my hand will not pass the cuff. It may need some cleaning, and appears to be oiled. The sleeves have what look like were intended to be leather mitten mounts, but there's no leather mitten.

There are also has two separate legs with sturdy built-in leather soles for the feet, that my feet are entirely too large for. The legs are each about 7 lbs.

There was also a pair of linen drawstring shorts in the box, but no gambeson or any other sort of under-protection in evidence.

Anyone small (both relatively short and relatively thin) in the SCA or other medieval fighting recreation group need some fighting armor? I'm pretty sure this will pass. Any similarly-sized larper want realistic prop armor? For those who know her, Mikka fits in the shirt. Without padding, it is knee-length on her, and the sleeves are too long. A good padded gambeson would eat up a fair bit of the length. With the shorts on for some padding, she can't quite get the legs all the way on, but her feet fit the built-in soles.
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Boston and the Law [Aug. 19th, 2014|09:01 am]
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I am responsible for the upcoming Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Boston and the Law. The official tour is at 2 PM on 31 August, starting from the far end of Long Wharf, and runs until 3:30. Come out and hear about some of Boston's legal history!
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In which sauergeek does terrible things to cream [Jul. 16th, 2014|09:21 am]
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A couple years ago, in a fit of something, I decided that there needed to be more savory ice cream. The flavor I settled on was Mole Negro.

This recipe goes surprisingly well on cold -- or warm -- chicken.

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The texture of the ice cream is a little off, and I'm not even sure how to describe it, mostly because I don't mind or notice it. Other people have pointed it out. I suspect it's the onions causing the problem, but it might be any of the other ingredients, with almond flour being my next suspect.
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Link dump [Jul. 6th, 2014|01:13 am]
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Haha, my triumphant return to LJ posting! It's only been 4+ years...

Datamancer makes some ridiculously expensive (yet remarkably pretty) computer peripheral modifications, largely in the steampunk genre. Most are keyboards, but they also do monitors and at least one laptop case.

An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey. Just what it says on the label. I keep looking at this, and wondering if I should get it. Then again, I keep looking at ancient Roman recipes and wondering if I should get a cookbook of those too. (What puts me off the Roman cookbook is that what I'd want to make is garum, which I suspect would get me hated for blocks around.)

15 Lessons from 20 Years of the French Laundry. Former and current employees of one of the fanciest restaurants in the US look back at what they learned. A fair bit of it is even applicable to home cooks.

The Facebook likes you should dislike. A link I want to keep around, for waving at people clicking "Like" indiscriminately. The consequences of having a big central social web site is parasites; this deals with how one of the variants operates.
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ESMTP wedding vows [Feb. 19th, 2010|11:22 pm]
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Inspired by a friend's Facebook request for SMTP wedding vows, I came up with this:

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Odaiko New England Winter Extravaganza [Nov. 19th, 2009|01:00 am]
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The Odaiko New England Winter Extravaganza is coming up on 13 December from 2-5 PM. It will be at the ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Ave, Woburn MA

From the ONE calendar listing:

"Join Odaiko New England students, community members and ensemble members for an afternoon of fun, food, festivities and, of course, taiko."

There should be a flyer available soon; I'll link to it when it shows up. I should be performing in at least one piece, probably two.
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New car! (redux) [Sep. 6th, 2009|10:27 pm]
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lizzielizzie volunteered to take pictures of Bixby for me. (Have I mentioned before that lizzielizzie is a goddess? 'Cause she is.)

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This is not the Hyundai Elantra Touring I initially said I was going to get. Instead, I realized that if I got the Touring, I'd probably always wonder about the Subaru Impreza wagon, but if I got the Impreza, I likely wouldn't wonder about the Touring. That plus talking with rhysara about her 2009 Impreza wagon and it regularly getting better than rated mileage got me to change my mind.
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New car! [Sep. 5th, 2009|06:30 pm]
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I have acquired a new car; I picked it up this morning. Pictures coming Tuesday because I foolishly left the data cable for my Treo at work. After acquiring the new car, I took it out for a drive. On this drive, it got a name: Bixby, and a gender: male. I don't know why he is named Bixby, but that is his name. Two of my past three cars had names.

  • Marvin was a 1984 Plymouth Turismo that I got in 1992. He was a cranky car, and occasionally required me to pop the hood and fiddle with a butterfly valve on the carburetor to get him to start in cold weather. So of course I named him after Marvin the Paranoid Android.
  • Mercl (pronounced 'merkle') was a 1989 Mercury Tracer that I got in 1995. Mercl had his name written right on him. The Mercury name had broken off at the right upright of the U, leaving MERCL on the back of the car.
  • The Miata never had a name, but did get called "the little zippy car" quite often, so that may have sufficed.

Now I have Bixby, who got his name on day one of ownership.
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lizzielizzie is a goddess [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:10 am]
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lizzielizzie is a goddess
She took me to where my wrecked car was
So I could get all my stuff out of it
And helped take the plates off in the sun
Even though it was well over 90 degrees outside
Then drove me to get a rental car
Spotted far more wrong with it than I did
(How did all those dents get in the roof?)
In my still semi-addled state
(An accident will do that)
And waited until I was in the car
Ready to drive away
lizzielizzie is a goddess.
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kazmat is a goddess [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:05 am]
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kazmat is a goddess
She came from work to pick me up
At the McDonald's where the policeman dropped me off
After dealing with the accident I was in
And took me back to my place
She stayed and listened to me blither as I came off
The massive adrenalin rush
And distracted me with her own stories
kazmat is a goddess.
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