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Wed, Jul. 14th, 2010, 07:08 pm

Found via herne_kzn :

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Huh! I'd love to see that algorithm. Maybe it was all the present tense?

Tue, Jul. 13th, 2010, 06:51 am

Yesterday's post made me want to cook for my daughter - it is how I say "I love you" when words won't do. So last night, I made risotto, her favourite. Woolies has a special on exotic mushrooms at the moment - shiitake, shimeji, enokitake, eringi (king oyster) - made a change from my usual portabellini. Some look like elf-caps and fairy ring mushrooms, all fused together. Others were huuuuuge, and meaty (or umami, I guess). I chopped the giants and kept the tiny ones for appearance. Sautéed them with olive oil and butter before adding them to the risotto, then served with chicken sautéed with  peppers, tomato and basil.

It was divine - washed down, in my case, with a Franschoek Merlot. My daughter had grape juice. My wife, a homemade lemonade (thanks for the lemons, scrumptious).

Mon, Jul. 12th, 2010, 11:52 am
For My Daughter

Yesterday, on the Common, before the hailstorm, you run ahead, and your mother and I walk hand-in-hand behind. "There must be hundreds" you say, marvelling at the black mass of tadpoles in the pond. Two weeks ago, they were just eggs in jellied strings, remember? We looked at them through the lens and wondered when they'd hatch. Now they (thousands - it's not a word you use yet) swim away when we splash through. Dry in our wellies, as long as we don't go too deep - that crack in the top of yours would let the water through, long before I'd notice. Time to start wearing the new ones (black, like ours), that looked so oversize, only two months ago.

You really must stop shooting up so - or is that one of those bad Daddy Wishes? I don't know, you won't be young forever, and I love this too much to let it go easily - chasing you over the Common, pointing out new purple flowers, taking pictures of you walking along the fallen pines, like God pushed them over just to give you a balance-beam. You climb so well, Little Monkey, and right now, you're so high, over my head and I don't know if I can catch you if you slip. But then you turn and slide down into your mother's arms. I should have captured that.

Instead, we look at the wreckage, and I tell you how these two trees fell down together because their roots were so enmeshed. You seem more interested in the possibilities inherent in the hole left behind. "A Bear Cave!" We chew the stalks of suuring together, you and I, while your mom makes a disgusted face. Sour, but we like that. Then you race off down the soggy path, past a riot of flowers and through the heather - first person to find a mushroom in the woods is the Mushroom King. Or Princess...

You always choose the wrong path - the right-hand one that goes by the edge, when here, the left-hand one, see! It goes deeper into the pines. There are tiny mushrooms, ("Hundreds!"), umber caps swollen with new rains. And there, a toadstool like the one we saw last week. Amanita muscara, white-spotted redcap rising from the needle bed like a storybook goblin. Poison, don't touch it! Leave it for the Trolls, in lieu of your smelly socks, which I've half-convinced you they love to steal. Or at least, convinced you to put on a good show of humouring me.

Sit here on my knee and listen to the frogs. Some are rain frogs and some are Arum frogs - every frog has its own song. Look, a falcon! And something small in its talons. Poor mouse.

Squirrels in the pines
Scolding as Death flies overhead -
Defiance in the rain.

Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010, 11:02 am
My toolz, let me show you them...

Well, actually, no pictures, but I am really in love with my Dremel right now. It's like having a new sense or some sort of superpower. "Soon, I will be invincible" - Mwaa Haaa Haa!

Sat, Feb. 27th, 2010, 09:58 am

Wordle: live

Tue, Feb. 16th, 2010, 10:43 am
Meme from first_fallen

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favourite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favourite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What colour eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favourite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favourite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite food?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010, 08:39 pm
Writer's Block: Chocolate, spice, or anything nice

What is the one simple indulgence you could never live without? Would you consider giving it up permanently for any amount of money?

 Mmm, hard one. At the moment, I'd have to say booze, specifically red wine. I could give it up for a sufficiently large wad of cash (at least mid-5 figures).  But it would be very, very hard.

Thu, Dec. 24th, 2009, 11:49 am

So - end of the year, and it's been a good one. Started new job, so no longer allowed to work in my underwear (but shorts & slops are OK).
Tried DMing again - wasn't perfect, but something to revisit.
Some friends got married - yeah, "One of us! One of Us!". Hope they're having a good time on their delayed honeymoon.
khoi_kid turned 5 yesterday. She's getting more articulate with each passing day. Scary.
Rumours are my wife is getting "us"(heh!) a Wii for Xmas. So this's my last blog post ever, I'm sure.

Oh, yeah, saw Avatar - 3D. You've heard it all before, I'm sure: storyline didn't blow me away, visuals certainly did.
Cameron's love for SCUBA comes through in the setting, and how! Worth watching, not the second coming of movies but close, really close. Seamless integration of CGI and live, I only ever had one second of "That's CGI!" disbelief, which, for a visual geek like me, is unheard of. No uncanny valley moments at all. Definitely worth watching in 3D if you can, Cameron used it just right, to increase the realism and not for gimmick value. Little touches like sparks from a fire blowing in the wind, that kind of thing.

Cast was uniformly excellent, even the overly 2D evil villain. Oh, and now crushing on Michelle Rodriguez again. She should be made to wear only tank tops ever, though.

Wed, Jun. 24th, 2009, 08:38 pm
Twilight, again

Oh dear, I might be developing a kitsch obsession - who would think it would take sparkly vampires to get me blogging twice in one month. Having said that, I want to get this for khoi_kid. I mean, Twilight and Barbie - it's like a kitsch combo that attains critical mass (or a singularity of suck.) Oh, to be a thirteen year old girl again.

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