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For my bacon-loving pals [19 Jun 2008|11:20am]
Bacon-flavored floss.  I say no to this. (via Uncrate)
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Birth Anniversary [25 Jan 2008|09:33am]
Happiest of Birthdays to pinkhairedcyn!  I hope you have the best year ever.
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Is everyone a pet bird? [11 Jan 2008|11:39am]
You Would Be a Pet Bird

You're intelligent and witty, yet surprisingly low maintenance. You charm people easily, and they usually love you a lot more than you love them.
You resent anyone who tries to own or control you. You refuse to be fenced in.

Why you would make a great pet: You're very smart and entertaining

Why you would make a bad pet: You're not interested in being anyone's pet!

What you would love about being a bird: Flying, obviously

What you would hate about being a bird: Being caged
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Always wanted to know what D&D Character I'd be? [16 Dec 2007|11:46am]
Courtesy of Aghrivaine -

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Ranger (5th Level)

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Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus</a></b> (e-mail)

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For the fiber enthusiasts [20 Nov 2007|11:57pm]
If you're already on Ravelry, I'd appreciate it if you'd head to the forums & check out the Ravelry's First Holiday Season thread sometime tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday.

That's all - carry on about your normal business now.
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Givin' Love [19 Oct 2007|09:15am]
Meme: Reply to this post, and I will list three things I love about you.  Maybe more than three.  Then repost to your own journal and spread the love.
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Two links for Babs, because she deserves them [09 Oct 2007|09:26pm]
1) A Wonder Woman sweater (jumper).  It's full of awesomeness, and could totally be knitted up by someone with mad knitting-fu.  That someone is not me, because the sweater (jumper) has color changes, and charts, and other assorted whatnots, but I bet someone we know could make it.

2) Wonder Woman Underoos for Adult Ladies.  Or adult gents.  'Nuff said.
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Go Go Gadget [28 Sep 2007|11:18pm]
I bought an iPhone.
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Yargh! [19 Sep 2007|09:55pm]

My pirate name is:

Mad Anne Kidd

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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How I look (thanks, FullMotor!) [12 Sep 2007|02:22pm]
I should be working, but I'm taking a short break.  Anyway, from fullmotor:

Simply type the phrase "[your name] looks like" in your favorite search engine, replacing the [your name] with your actual name and you get some fun hits.  Some of my favorites for "Amy" today are...

Amy looks like a Tesco checkout girl with a drinking problem.

Amy looks like she's about two rhinestones away from a wardrobe malfunction.

Amy still looks like a good girl while striking the rude girl pose.

Amy looks like a really tall Cabbage Patch Kid who holds a little dog.

Amy looks like a bouncer at a drag bar.

Amy looks like she doesn't know what to do.
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I'm so proud... [07 Sep 2007|02:49pm]

NerdTests.com says I&quot;m a Slightly Dorky High Nerd. What are you? Click here!
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[10 Aug 2007|09:03pm]
I have 450 yards of lovely silk yarn, acquired at 50% off regular price from Rosie's sidewalk last Saturday.  Both it & I want it to be a tank top -  more specifically, the "Summer In The City" tank top featured in The Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits.

The pattern calls for ~345 yards of similar yarn and requires my gauge to be 4 sts = 1" and 6 rows = 1" on size 9 US needles.  Casting 20 sts onto size 9 needles gave me 5.5" instead of just 5"; I didn't care for how dense the swatch was so I definitely don't want to go down to 8's.  I experimented with larger needles and prefer the fabric I got from using size 11 US needles.  Problem is, 20 sts on size 11 needles give me 7".

I'd like to knit the tank on size 11's to get the fabric I prefer, but I'm not 100% sure of the best way to alter the pattern to fit my gauge.  Logically, it seems like I'd just have to figure out the number of sts per inch (2.8), measure my bust (34 inches), and cast on my number of sts per inch x my bust (95.2, or 96).  I plan to knit in the round, so I shouldn't have to adjust for seams.  The pattern calls for armhole shaping in the form of "bind off X sts at beginning of Y rows", which seems simple enough, but any time I start thinking something is "simple enough" I have lots of wasted stitches on my needles and wind up frogging.

So.  Who can point me in the right direction of a reference site or book that gives explicit instructions for altering a pattern to fit your yarn & gauge?
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She's my cherry pi... [29 Jun 2007|09:45am]
I covet this cherry pi shirt from Diesel Sweeties.  That is all.
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[13 May 2007|09:09pm]
Happy Mother's Day, maternal friends.  Hope you had a wonderful day.
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Know what's not fun? [26 Apr 2007|08:43am]
Spending a Wednesday evening polishing a 25 page paper for Chico's  final exam in one of his classes.  He wrote the whole thing, but I cleaned it up for him.  Blargh, it took about 2 hours.  Not fun.

But! I did manage to watch Tuesday night's episode of The Shield.  fullmotor: Dude!! Can you believe the preview for next week?!  Every story line I thought they'd stretch out (like another show would), The Shield is getting right down to.  Freakin' awesome.

Also not fun: my phone died today, just 2 months shy of the iPhone release.  My choices seem to be a) get a cheap, crappy  phone now and use it just until I can get an iPhone, or b) get a semi-decent phone to use for a year and upgrade to an iPhone next year.  I'm leaning towards option b.
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Weekend Update [23 Apr 2007|05:00pm]
I'm recording for posterity one of the best, most relaxing weekends of recent memory.

Saturday: Chico & the Young Sir had plans of their own with a mutual friend of ours, so I had blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  While I was waiting, I was reading my book & drinking coffee; a lady arrived to say that while she wasn't admitting any guilt, it was theoretically possible that should could have dropped my pancakes.  And, if she had theoretically dropped my pancakes, I was not to fret because another batch would be made very very shortly, and what did I have to say about that? I said that if she had dropped my pancakes, it would be OK because she was funny & I had a book and coffee.  Eventually, pancakes did arrive.  They were delicious.

Next, I checked out a yarn store a few towns over for the first time.  As it turns out, the store was closing for good (bad for them) and Saturday was the first day of their 50% off everything in the store sale (excellent for me). I cleaned up!  There wasn't enough yarn to make big projects, so I left with lots of luxury oddballs, and many cute buttons which would be great on cardigans or bags. I also picked up some lighted needles for MN.  Jill, I picked you up 6 white buttons with little black spiders on them.  They're very cute; I hope you can find a use for them.

I took the dog to the doggie beauty parlor for grooming; when I picked her up, they'd tied a pink bandana 'round her neck.  It also had pastel crowns & "Princess" all over it... complete with sparkles.  Way over the top, but fun anyway.

Eventually, the three of us (Chico, the Young Sir, and I) played a highly enjoyable game of Risk which lasted for around 3 hours (as games of Risk are wont to do).

Sunday: This was the best day.  Ever had one of those days at work where you do lots of stuff but time seems to be creeping backwards? That's how Sunday was.  I did lots of stuff - knitted socks, read books, took walks with the dog - but time worked backwards.  It was the longest weekend day  I've ever spent, and it was glorious.  I spent most of the day outside, sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch.  Heaven!
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Weekend Synopsis [12 Mar 2007|03:38pm]
Young Sir spending the weekend with his mother: Good (+1) and Bad (-1). Score = 0

Friend visiting from out of town: Good. Score = +5

Seeing "300" with that friend: Good. Score = +5

Delightful weather yesterday: Good. Score = +1

Wallet and all its contents either getting lost or being stolen: Very Very Bad! Score = -50

Finally teaching myself to work cables in knitting: Good, but overdue. Score = +2

Cat running away: Bad and sad.  Score = -20

DMV being open today but not actually dispensing driver's licenses: WTF?!  Score = -3

Overall score: -60.  Boo.
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Need to get in touch with some LJ people [09 Mar 2007|01:12pm]
I need to get in touch with the LJ users below about something fun.

If you are one of these users, or can get in touch with them, please send me an email to vismajor [DOT] net (AT) gmail [DOT] com.  Thanks in advance!

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Regarding last night's MN movie... [22 Feb 2007|09:27am]
There is a soundtrack!  I am sorely tempted to purchase it.
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A very happy birthday... [30 Jan 2007|10:34am]
Wishing a very happy birthday to nodeva!  Rock the house today, yo!  :-)
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