Archive for December, 2011

Excess Food Day

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Today is going to be a bad day at our office, for anyone on a diet. We’ve already had bagels and fruit for breakfast, plus the VP wandering around the office with a little red cart full of donuts, and there’s still lunch and the 3pm party yet to go.

I’m glad I did an extra set of crunches this morning. Not enough to make a difference, really, but still a feel-good-exercise =p

The Taj Mahal is completed

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
The Taj Mahal is completed by Xymon
The Taj Mahal is completed, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
My neighbors were being too noisy to sleep through anyways, might as well finish it off, I said to myself. Yeah. =p

Gingerbread Man Meatloaf

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

That’s what I’ve decided to call soft gingerbread, baked in a cake pan. It’s not like it’s actually ground up gingerbread man, plus filler, but metaphorically it seems close enough, and then I get to say “man meat” with plausible deniability =p

Morning Joe sucks

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Tivo used to be a great device for giving you control of your TV.
Now it’s just another advertising platform that tries to get in your face as much as possible.
Every time you pause live, you are forced to see a pop-up ad for some crappy ‘thing’ called Morning Joe.
Maybe there are people who paid good money so that they could see more ads, instead of fewer. I’m not one of them. Whatever Morning Joe is, it must be a terrible product,show, person, or pile of festering crap left rotting in the sun. If you are in charge of advertising for Morning Joe, you really suck at your job. You’ve made sure I hate your product before I’ve even seen it, and created a lifelong (minor) arch-enemy. I’m not going out of my way to bring your justified doom upon you, but every chance I get, where it’s legal and effortless on my part, I’m going to shit on you. Good use of those advertising dollars.

Starting the Taj Mahal

Monday, December 26th, 2011

I’ve started work on the LEGO Taj Mahal that’s been sitting on a shelf waiting for me, for a while now. And on step 7 of sub-section 1, of book 1, I’m stuck with 4 missing pieces. Given that there are 5922 parts total, it seems odd to have been blocked so soon. Surely there is just a parts baggie I haven’t gone through correctly. I sure hope so, or this is gonna be really annoying.

UPDATE: As suspected, it’s more a matter of finding pieces, than actually missing. At least, I hope so, I’m down to only one missing pieces, but it’s unique, so I figure I may not be able to find it until the unused pile gets much smaller. I completed six elements (minus the one piece, but it’s in a facade area I should be able to fix once I find Mr. AWOL Tan 8×2, without major reconstruction), and assembled them into the base courtyard area.
This morning I got 85% of 4 minarets done, before I came into work. So far, twist has been good about leaving the parts alone; will have to monitor him today remotely, see if he stays good =p

Pics coming soon.

Nuns on the Run

Monday, December 26th, 2011

I had dim memories of liking this movie, and it being my introduction to Robbie Coltrane.

On re-watching, I found it still enjoyable, and was surprised to realize it also starred Eric Idle, funny what the mind forgets vs remembers. Anywho, the interesting bit to me was how, in the end credits, Eric and Robbie get a second credit line for the last drag-outfits they wore, as separate actors by their character names.

I wonder if any other movie does that.

Whitecaps on Lake Union

Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Whitecaps on Lake Union by Xymon
Whitecaps on Lake Union, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
From a calm morning, to winds so fast they are whipping up whitecaps on Lake Union.

The secret is out

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Thanks to UPS My Choice, I know my mom just bought something for me as a last minute gift, since I’m too sick to make it. I don’t know exactly what she bought, but I know who she bought it from. I don’t suppose many children have signed up for it, so it’s probably not ruining anyone’s christmas surprises, more an amusing annotation on the changes that technology brings.

The Ref

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

For a movie about a whole bunch of felonies (burglary, kidnapping, blackmail), it really is a heart warming tale of hope for redemption.

Lenticular Cloud vs Jetstream

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
DSC_0006 by Xymon
DSC_0006, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

A lenticular cloud formed over mt rainier (not seen), and is now being torn apart by a jet-stream. I think. Looks cool.