mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
I'm really losing patience with Facebook apps that lie to me in order to get themselves installed in my profile. I may never install another unless a user I know messages me directly to tell me how awesome an app is.

I'm refurbishing an iMac 400 DV to give to Jesse Braxton. It's just gathering dust, and is only worth about $100 now; all she wants is an e-mail, web browsing, and music playing machine, so this ought to fit the bill nicely. The good news is that it will happily run OS X 10.4 Tiger; the bad news is that I cannibalized the memory and HD some time ago for other work, and Best Buy doesn't seem to sell the necessary bits for nine-year-old Macs. The smallest Ultra ATA drive available at Best Buy is 160 gigabytes, which is large enough to throw the poor iMac disk controller into fits. I've secured a gig of memory, but I'll need to dig a bit for an HD smaller than 128 GB.

Despite my hopes, yesterday was a big chore day, and today is looking similar. I really want to make time to sit down at that sewing machine, though; this is potentially an extremely useful skill that I've been putting off for decades. Assuming I have the chops to do it, I wish to wait no longer.

Cleaned out my wallet last night, adding business card contact info to my computer and phone, throwing away receipts, ditching a gas card I'd used up, etc. Somehow, I have four filled-out Hot Topic frequent buyer cards in my wallet. How a 40-year-old guy ended up with those, I don't know, but it looks like I'll have to head there sometime in the next weeks and find a t-shirt or something to use them on!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
First, let us get the day's whining out of the way. I am in very great pain: as in, I'm hoping to avoid standing up until it is time to leave for the day. My legs and back are screaming at me, wanting to know what kind of idiot I am.

The good news is that almost everything is out of the apartment - one more evening's work, tonight, should do it. We've made a deal with a friend to give the place a professional cleaning tomorrow, and this should leave me clear to turn over the keys on Friday or Saturday. I'll be relieved!

Last night, my gaming group threw me a late surprise birthday party. Two separate awesome cakes, and some excellent clothes from Jesse. (Starr's reaction to the clothes: "Squeee!") Everyone did insist on wearing black to this little event, but heck, that's hardly unusual for my friends anyway! Thank you very much, guys!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)

  • 17:25 Why is it that in every late-80s picture I have, I look disheveled? #

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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Well, fall has arrived in Hampton Roads. We're getting our usual ration of violent, brief evening thunderstorms; and the leaves are beginning to give up the struggle and drop from the trees. The change I found most notable is the 55-degree morning I walked out into; especially since my White Plectrum jacket has finally given up the ghost, and my Starfleet denim jacket isn't quite what I want to wear to work. (Oh, and the Starfleet jacket's falling apart too.) Looks like this weekend will include shopping for something to keep my arms warm.

After reading my tweet about last night's dreaming, [livejournal.com profile] tango suggested a nice white canvas jacket with really long sleeves that buckle in the back. Sounds good for lots of reasons, but it would make the morning commute a bit trying if I had to steer with my teeth.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Things to do today, in random order:

1) Have large breakfast so I don't mope all day.
     Completed at 1:00 pm.

2) Call Mom and check up on her. Continue searching for home care.
     No answer at Jon Reid's. Left message on his phone.

3) Clean gerbil cage.
     Gerbils looking much happier. Cat still sad this is not a buffet.

4) Get badly needed haircut.
     This is being put off for a week-and-a-half due to time and budget issues.

5) Get lamp for spare bedroom.
     Lamp secure. Only been meaning to do this for months.

6) Do laundry.
     Third load in dryer. That's all I have energy for tonight.

7) Contact plumber who fixed kitchen sink at Kentland to make payment arrangements.
     Number not in phone. Left voicemail with neighbor contact.

8) Try for Azeroth Olympics tabard and pet.
     Got tabard. Pet looking unlikely.

9) Clean up living room. Empty dishwasher from last night.
     Dishwasher is empty and reloaded. Living room in progress. Vacuum cleaner belt is broken.

10) Make dinner.
     Seared then baked chicken randomly seasoned with garlic, lemon, cumin, and cilantro, with couscous on the side. An Iron Chef would be appalled, but it came out yummy.

11) Call local lifestyle group about demo they asked for on Tuesday.
     Done. No problem, they just need me to revise the entire presentation, that's all.

12) Buy new pantz to replace 1 holed pair and 2 pair falling off my hips (good thing, right?)
     This is being put off for a week-and-a-half due to time and budget issues.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
If someone's Twitter profile page says that they are following 35,000 people, than I somehow doubt that their 'personalized' request for me to follow them back means much. It doesn't help that all their tweets are private. How do I know if you're interesting if I can't read your tweets / journal entries / etc.? This is also why I don't have a MySpace.

Spent all night last night trying to catch up on e-mail correspondence, and in the process, forgot to call my mom and check on her, which I am not especially proud of. I did get the gerbil cage cleaned, though, which I've been promising to do for a couple of weeks.

MikhailBorg at age 19 [livejournal.com profile] cynical_prophet sent me this picture of myself from 1988. I was kind of down that night, and the pic was a surprise, so I don't have the best expression. Starr had a fairly amusing reaction: "Is that you!?"

"Yes, it's me, about 20 years ago."

"Wait... you still have that shirt!"

"Not that it fits, it's a size medium or so."

"More like size Tiny!"

Temperatures are down a little, so I am walking again. Missed yesterday, but I aim for a mile today!

EDIT: Hokey smokes, they are sending my mom home from the hospital on Friday. Now that, boys and girls, is a solid recovery. I know she's going to love getting to see her kitty again!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (teefive)
Swung by the grocery store today to pick up dinner. I was wearing my Technicon 17 (2001) t-shirt, and the cashier kept staring at it. I think [livejournal.com profile] kittenchan's catgirl in Grecian robes confused the heck out of him.

I just don't wear the number of t-shirts I used to. At Staples, I had to wear corporate red, but at B&D, Thrifty Nickel, Decipher, and BCT, I could wear what I wanted as long as it was neat, clean, inoffensive, and gender-appropriate. I owned a LOT of t-shirts. But at NASA, polo shirts are the order of the day, so my t-shirt wear has been cut by five-sevenths, and much of my collection has felt the bite of the ongoing 'stuff' purge.

Kinda sucks, because I kept seeing t-shirts I like at cons - such as an excellent Jennie Breeden shirt at MarsCon - and having to tell myself, "When will you be wearing this, and how much room do you really have in the dresser?" Sigh. I have a rule that I can buy something new for every two objects of similar kind or size I purge. Maybe I need to do another t-shirt purge soon to make room. Wish I could justify doing another run of TeeFive shirts (and find the art for the back).

EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that I was wearing the TCon 18 shirt. Either I fail at reading Roman numerals upside down, or the +1 to Confusion is working better than I thought.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
After starting the series 6 years ago, I finally picked up the last two volumes and have finished reading the Chobits comic. I liked it a lot, and I'm glad I gritted my teeth to read eight graphic novels backwards. (I usually take in an entire comic page in a glance or two, and reading unflipped manga for me is a bit like taking your car up to 55 mph in second gear. You can do it, but it's not comfortable.)

Y'know, only the Japanese could combine 1) a serious examination of computer emotion and sentience, and 2) innocent, adorable robot girls running around unself-consciously in mildly fetishy outfits. It kept confusing me, because between the clothing choices and the male lead's humorous over-reactions to every situation, I wasn't sure I was meant to be taking this seriously, but then the authors would drop back into the real distress experienced by several characters because of the difficult emotional situations they faced.

The ending doesn't contain any real surprises, but the purpose of this tale is the journey, not the destination, and the last book makes sense of several points that I'd expected to be conveniently forgotten. I no longer trust 21st century creators to do this, so it's a welcome change to be able to believe "we were planning this all along" for once.

In completely unrelated news, Midori has found the basket of laundry that I've just pulled from the dryer, and is at this moment the happiest sleeping cat in Portsmouth.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)

  • 10:18 Ouch. Had to pass on awesome con costume which didn't fit my waist. I can no longer pretend that my spare tire doesn't bother me. #

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  • 11:46 I bought shoes this weekend. They are comfy and easier to talk in. $50 just seems like a lot of money to me. #
  • 11:47 Easier to WALK in. I can talk just fine either way, thanks. #
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  • 08:32 New pantz fit well. Thank goodness. #
  • 10:36 We're back to being busy again here on the base. I'm strangely relieved. #
  • 11:28 I've just realized that my opinion on fictional 'canon' has completely changed since I was a teenage fan. #
  • 12:31 Flurries! #
  • 21:33 Someone today tried to insist that there were a billion people in Times Square on NYE. I smiled politely and moved on. #
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  • 08:25 End of a loaf of garlic bread for breakfast. Yummm. Frost on all the laws this morning... boo. #
  • 11:35 NEED MOAR PANTZ. Nearly all the ones i have don't fit any more or are coming apart. :( #
  • 14:19 Boy, you plug one bad FireWire hard drive into your machine, and everything stops working. #
  • 14:25 @dragonpearl: Any good dales at the CompUSA near you? #
  • 14:30 Y'know, my typing ability, never stellar, has declined noticeably in the last few months :( #
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mikailborg: Chris drew this picture of my first Starfleet character for a newsletter cover, years ago. (kriet)
Got some cool stuff from Starr for my birthday... a refractor telescope, a black tee with a handcuff graphic ("I can't believe I'm buying you another black t-shirt") and... this!

Can you guess what it is (besides an afghan, of course)?

Fourth Doctor Afghan

The answer's behind the cut )
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rainbow)
Taking a nice, quiet weekend this week. There are bunches of really cool people to hang out with down here, which is great... but on the other hand, one can get a little over-socialized. So last night, we watched Deadliest Catch and Good Eats, while today we shopped for scrubs for Starr, made a short trip to Barnes and Noble, and took a leisurely walk around the playgrounds and swimming pools near the apartment. The rest of the day will probably be WoW, or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or something else as quiet.

Did you know that there are officially-licensed M*A*S*H and Grey's Anatomy scrubs available to nurses? Now I want to dig for patterns and fabric to duplicate the ones Dr. McCoy would wear during surgery.

Getting two people to DragonCon and finding them places to stay is turning into an expensive proposition. :( I haven't given up yet!

Still having one Hades of a time finishing Terran Mission 9 in Starcraft. The cheat codes are calling my name, but I have stood firm this long!!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (manic)
I wore the Utilikilt to work on Friday. Everyone liked it much, and I got lotsa compliments. The shirt I picked out to wear with it was pretty weak, but then I'm pretty sure no one noticed I was wearing a shirt.

Everyone wanted to know what I was wearing beneath it - I told them it was $5 each to find out. One of my co-workers was visibly tempted by the deal. (Yes, I was clad. I'm not going 'regimental' to my workplace, no matter how cool my co-workers are.)

Web video link-of-the-day: A City of Heroes performance troupe in Bobbo Number Five.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
I suppose it's not very convincing to call in sick when one's already reported for work. Darn it. It's nice out, and has been for the last couple of days.

An offhand comment about fashion (and the broken air conditioner in the typesetting room) led to my co-workers discovering I own a Utilitkilt. Now everyone wants me to wear it to work sometime soon - including my supervisors. (This is a workplace where one person has actually come to work in her pyjamas... so there's not exactly a strict dress code.)

My jacket is currently sporting a button that reads "Paranoia, n. A healthy understanding of the way the universe works." This made the day of a clerk at FYI Music over Christmas... apparently it hadn't been a happy shopping morning. That same day, a customer in Red Robin went nuts over the "Team Banzai" emblem on the back of the jacket, and we spent about ten minutes swapping Buckaroo trivia.

Finally, I managed to watch "The Christmas Invasion" last night. That's one of the darkest Dr. Who episodes I've ever seen. Someone makes a very nasty decision at the end, and though my knee-jerk reaction was to condemn it, I can sort of see both sides. I have to say that the new direction for the show impresses me... I never before expected to call an evening with the Doctor "thought-provoking". I know I'll be looking forward to "Torchwood" when that comes on. (Also because it'll have Captain Jack Harkness in it.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Operation "Will You Shut Up That Bloody Computer Fan" is a success, thanks to $25 spent at CompUSA. A little bit of the daily tension of my life has leaked away.

Thanks much to [livejournal.com profile] rhaps and [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet for hosting us this weekend. Turkey Day dinner was tasty and excellent, and my b-day present's going to get a lot of use! Sorry I was a little foggy and dull by the end of the holiday, but massive doses of antihistamine will do that to you.

[livejournal.com profile] vond and [livejournal.com profile] kittenchan, thank you so for inviting us to your wedding. It was lovely, and quite entertaining to see so much of SWVA Fandom in suits, ties, and formal dresses! [livejournal.com profile] vt_andros even captured Rain and myself in all our finery, so I had proof! The list of folks we got to see again would fill a Friends page, but it was a wonderful reason to do so.

Finally, since I've been sitting on it for weeks, here's my results for [livejournal.com profile] rainbowsaber's Which TFC Character quiz... cut to be polite )

Who Quizzes

Sep. 3rd, 2003 11:23 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
According to Doctor Who quizzes posted by [livejournal.com profile] snidegrrl and [livejournal.com profile] rattrap, I am the "Patrick Troughton" incarnation of the Doctor, and I have a secret crush on his companion "Zoe Herriot."

Kind of amusing, since I've never seen an episode with Zoe (not counting the "Five Doctors" reunion), and little more of the Second Doctor. I think I saw half of "The War Games", and the "Three Doctors" and "Five Doctors" reunions he was in.

But yeah, Zoe did have good taste in clothes :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rabbiteer)
While assembling my new Chobits "Chii" figurine for my monitor top, I realized that the figure can be assembled without her skirt, leaving her standing underneath an umbrella in the rain in just her sailor shirt and panties. With a pleased look on her face, for that matter. With that in mind, here's a poll:

[Poll #116630]
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
I am now condemned to wearing a big meatball sub stain on my shirt for the next 8 hours.

I think I'm going to look into adult-sized bibs.

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