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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wedding Pictures (Our Side of the Fam)

From the top:

My great-nephew Eric and his bride Paige being married (looking over my sister Anne's head)

My daughter Laura

My sister Anne

My niece Liz (Mother of the Groom)

Paige and Eric cutting cake

Laura Tahri Singing at the Allen Wedding

Caveats: I apologize for the poor quality of this video; I hope that you can experience some of the beautiful, smooth and moving quality of my daughter Laura's voice, as she sings a song chosen by the wedding couple, Eric and Paige Allen. I was ill prepared and only began shooting after the song had begun. It was shot on my iPhone from 50 feet away, in a large hall.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Young Geoffrion Showing at Mysterio Gallery

Today we had a very enjoyable and successful opening at Mysterio Gallery; the work of Young Geoffrion. All residents of Second Life are invited to visit the gallery and see her work. She would be happy to sell pieces to anyone who is interested. Just give her an IM inworld. The gallery is at Grignano 112,131,36. It is in the top floor of The Brownstone East. Entry is via teleport, fly up to the top floor or drop in through the roof (the empty elevator shaft --- hey, this is urban life!).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Egg in Bottle Trick

Looking for egg graphic ideas (for Human Age, a game in which I belong to the Eggheads Clan), I found this video of getting a hard-boiled egg into a bottle. Kinda messy but fun.

Thanksgiving Preparations

Nineteen years ago I chose this china pattern and the stainless steel flatware pattern (silver needs way too much care--this is Reed & Barton's 1800). It is much more traditional than what I would choose now, but it has its charms. It is Marlborough Sprays, by Spode. It is heavy china (thank goodness, I am not known for tender care of my things), with a greyish cast to the white background.

I use it a couple of times a year, along with the heavy tablecloth and napkins. While I am tempted to sell it and buy a simpler pattern, it would be easier just to continue on with this.

The Transition Movement

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Electric Astrolabe!

Holy Kaboley, I just found The Electric Astrolabe, at! This is software that can be downloaded absolutely free. *Goes wild, cheering and yet fearing she will be unable to use the thing*

Astrolabe Instruction Manual

I LOVE astrolabes and wish I had one, as this speaker wishes. When he told me it would in all likelihood cost more than my entire neighborhood, my hopes were dashed. Well, truthfully, I had no hopes to dash, but nevertheless, a wild part of me wants to build one of these (the wild part does not care one whit that I have none of the skills required to build such an instrument). My heart soars as I contemplate an astrolabe, even one that is simply a pixel image on a screen. Oh, and yes, I wish there were an iPhone app astrolabe, but I searched and there is none (so far). Something to wish for!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Pic with Two Brains

Osprey took almost the same shot of herself gazing out of the back of a steampunk boat in Steelhead today. I was using the camera to pan around and spotted her inside the boat. I got this poignant shot, then tonight saw the same view, cropped a bit differently, on her blog! Brains on a tandem Bike!

Bunnehs on a Bike

A bunnilla (bunneh / gorilla) aids a tiny jackalope, not knowing she is a magical creature.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bunnehs on a Bloon

Two bunnehs, one a tiny jackalope, one a grotesque bunnilla, take off on a balloon journey through The Forest of Kahruvel, only to meet a cigar-smoking wolf.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

It's Raining Trees!

On the Discovery Channel they are showing an aerial reforestation project, in which helicopters carry buckets of canisters containing soil and prepared black mangrove seeds. See a video primer on aerial reforestation here.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nebra Sky Disc

Unearthed in central Germany, this bronze and gold disc has changed archaeological ideas about Europe and its stage of development in the Bronze Age. A tv show about the disc (produced by BBC Scotland) is currently being aired on the National Geographic Channel.

Monday, November 02, 2009

My Just Leap In iPhone Gallery. This is not accessible using Internet Explorer, so if you use Firefox you can romp in, but with IE, Just Leap Out.