Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hats, hats, hats

Thinking that i might create a post or a page of adoptable hats. Will require more time than i have right now, and much editing, but i also want to test something.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Knitting goals

Just so I document this somewhere...

Knitting goals for 2015:

1. Knit at least one hat every week (yes, that means 52 hats for the year). 
1a. Find heads for all of those hats. Charity and the roving religious count.
2. Use at least one skein of variegated/handpainted yarn every month. There have to be at least 12 non-sock patterns that are good for variegated yarn. 
3. Knit at least a mile a month, preferably 15 miles over the year because even though I don't believe it, it is somehow 2015.
4. Finish 12 UFOs that have been sitting around for more than a year. Must reclaim the UFO bin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I need new technology

I want a magic dumbwaiter. Was discussing transporters with a friend, decided that a magic dumbwaiter would probably be easier. I want to pour a beer in my basement for my friend in Oklahoma. I want to order takeout from Melt and share it with my friend in Connecticut. I want to offer homemade  cupcakes to friends in Canada or other continents and know that they will be fresh when they arrive, seconds after i close the door of my magic dumbwaiter. I would love near-instantaneous delivery of orders. Shoes the wrong size? Send them back and have a replacement pair in just a few minutes. Your pet doesn't like their food? Have a different variety before you can wash the bowl.

 I want a magic dumbwaiter. Who can make that happen?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Another year in a post

This blog is so sadly neglected.  At any rate, the calendar has somehow turned to 2015, so I should record what I read in 2014 and start the list for 2015.

Books Read in 2014

001. Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick
002. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, Jill Lepore
003. Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals, Steve Young and Sport Murphy
004. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
005. Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
006. Dust, Charles Pellegrino
007: Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute, Jonathan L. Howard
008. Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John? Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, Gavin Edwards
009. Parasite, Mira Grant
010. Losers In Space, John Barnes
011. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
012. The Automatic Detective, A. Lee Martinez
013. Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines
014. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
015. Ex-Patriots, Peter Clines
016. Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry
017. How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables, Rebecca Rupp
018. The Martian, Andy Weir
019. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
020. Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
021. I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven
022. The Discovery of Insulin, Michael Bliss
023. Incident at Hawk's Hill, Allan W. Eckert
024. Women of the Underground: Music (Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves), interviews by Zora von Burden
025. A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil MacGregor
026. Centuries of June, Keith Donohue
027. Unwind, Neal Shusterman
028. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
029. The Dark Room, Rachel Seiffert
030. The Teleportation Accident, Ned Beauman
031. Salvation Boulevard, Larry Beinhart
032. Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum, Richard Fortey
033. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot
034. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
035. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
036. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brené Brown
037. The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures, Edward Ball
038. FlashForward, Robert Sawyer
039. Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By, Lesley M. M. Blume
040. The Scottish Prisoner, Diana Gabaldon
041. This Bright River, Patrick Somerville
042. Parallel, Lauren Miller
043. The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry
044. Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Ilene Beckerman
045. Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Matt Taibbi
046. Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, Vincent Lam
047. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
048. One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success, Marci Alboher
049. Popcorn, Ben Elton
050. Written In My Own Heart's Blood, Diana Gabaldon
051. Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals, Dinah Fried
052. The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, John Joseph Adams, ed.
053. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
054. Skin Game, Jim Butcher
055. Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings, Michelle Knight
056. The Bees, Laline Paull
057. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, Cokie Roberts
058. The Walk Home, Rachel Seiffert
059. Parade's End, Ford Madox Ford
060. Imperial, George Bilgere
061. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
062. Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise, David Rothenberg
063. The Festival of Earthly Delights, Matt Dojny
064. My Inventions, Nikola Tesla
065. The Damned Busters, Matthew Hughes
066. Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, George Takei
067. White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin, Michael W. Clune
068. His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad, Stuart Seely Sprague, ed.
069. The Drowning House, Elizabeth Black
070. The Story Hour, Thrity Umrigar
071. I Don't Know What You Know Me From* Confessions of a Co-Star, Judy Greer
072. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
073. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
074. Yarn: Remembering the Way Home, Kyoko Mori
075. The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
076. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr
077. Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Richey Piiparinen & Anne Trubek, eds.
078. The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs, Greil Marcus
079. Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
080. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
081. Homeland, Cory Doctorow
082. American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell
083. Moranthology, Caitlin Moran
084. The Actress, Amy Sohn
085. Eclipse One: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
086. Famous Hussies of History, Abbert Payson Terhune
087. The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox, Jennifer Lee Carrell
088. Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
089. Unidentified Funny Objects, Alex Shvartsan, ed.
090. Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches, Cherie Priest
091. We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory
092. The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
093. Curtsies & Conspiracies, Gail Carriger
094. Waistcoats & Weaponry, Gail Carriger
095. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants, Wolfgang Schivelbusch
096. The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature, David Baron
097. Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean
098. Dawn's Early Light: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
099. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman
100. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
101. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris, as unshredded and pasted back together by David Javerbaum.
102. Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, Stuart McLean
103. Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Hector Tobar
104. Neverhome, Laird Hunt

I'd promise to post more in 2015 but I doubt that I'd follow through. We'll see what happens!