beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
When I haven’t posted for a long time, it’s hard to get posting again, because I want to fill in all the blanks, but that would be a post so long that (1) I would never get around to writing it, and (2) nobody would ever bother reading it. So I’m going to try to divide things up thematically. This post is about things.

I have a new camera that I am so far very pleased with. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Camera. It does 21x optical zoom (with optical stabilization), and has an automatic mode but also a fully manual mode (except for focus, but you can tap on the part of the image you want the camera to auto-focus on). More about the camera. )

I have my car back on the road, which is wonderful! If I’d realized how little it was going to cost to fix, I would have gotten it done a long time ago; I’ve spent several times that much on Zipcars in the interim.

The car saga, and an auto-body recommendation in Quincy. )

I had assumed the car would be a few hundred dollars to repair. It wasn’t. So today [looks at clock] er, yesterday, I finally bought a powered lawnmower. On lawn mowing. )
beowabbit: (Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09)
Our booth at the Pride Festival. L-R: [livejournal.com profile] imlad, [livejournal.com profile] vanguardcdk, [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom (seated), and V. who I don’t think has a LiveJournal. There are more photos here. It was a fabulous success!
beowabbit: (Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09)

Tadpole wearing my shoes.
Originally uploaded by beowabbit
He was grinning while he clomped around in them, but apparently getting your picture taken is Srs Bzns!
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I’ve uploaded some photos from our day at Nantasket Beach a week ago to Flickr. Here they are. Photos of the two of us, and lots of photos of seagulls.


Mare at Nantasket Beach (b2d16o00)
Me at Nantasket Beach (b2d16o0f)
Seagull (b2d16q11)
beowabbit: (Local: Stata Center)
Working as I do in MIT's Stata Center, I encounter my fair share of robots, but few as menacing as this one that arrived yesterday! I fear we are doomed.
beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
(I feel sure I had a gecko userpic once, but I can’t find it, so I’ll have to use the sad userpic instead of the happy userpic.)

After all the stress of the car Friday night (and again not being able to start it, even with a jumper box, on Saturday), I was very relieved to see [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom. We had a lovely Mexican dinner (and lovely margaritas) in Quincy Center, and then went home and watched the fascinating and charmingly low-budget documentary King Corn.

This (Sunday) morning, I called around and found a tow company that came to the parking garage and tried, just as unsuccessfully as I had, to jump-start the car (I suspect there’s some sort of electrical problem like a short), and then towed it to my house. Since we couldn’t get it out of park (which happened a couple times before while I was unsuccessfully trying to start it but turning the key a few times usually fixed it; this time it didn’t), the tow driver showed me the shift release override, which is a handy thing to know about if I ever get this car on the road again.

That is unlikely to happen very soon; I don’t really have money or cycles to deal with this right now. Too many other things need attention.

After that, we had yummy Japanese food for lunch on our way to the Museum of Science to see the gecko exhibit, which was lots of fun. I put some photos up on my Tumblr account. (Sorry about the terrible image quality.) We had a great time! Then we watched an IMAX movie about dolphins.

And tonight at her place we watched another episode of Ken Burns’ The Civil War.

By the way, our copious documentary-watching has seriously expanded our vocabulary for insults. A week or so ago [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom sent me a text in which she referred to somebody (not any of you, dear readers; fear not!) as stupid enough to qualify as a mammal-like reptile.
beowabbit: (Me: playing as a toddler in London’s Hyd)
So, I desperately need to be cleaning and packing for a weekend trip. So naturally, I am procrastinating by organizing photos. ([livejournal.com profile] bcat1 and [livejournal.com profile] spacechicken, you should be glad I had another opportunity to procrastinate trip so soon after visiting you, so I’m getting the photos posted!)
beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
Anybody with the mildest interest in the history of the technology of transportation, the history of advertising, or the history of Canada should go look at this very very strange vehicle from 1905. (The Shorpy’s photoblog is quite a treasure trove, but this particular one is exceptional.)

You can click on the picture to massively embiggen in case you want to try to figure out whether that thing is steam powered or not or what the weird black box is under the chassis in front of the things that might be batteries with all the little U-shaped handles on it.
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)
I finally got my pictures from “A Nice Danish Boy”, uploaded to Flickr. Here they are. Sorry they’re not cropped and colour-balanced; it took me long enough to get this far.

(For anybody on my Friends list who doesn’t know, this is the short play written by the excellent Mark Harvey Levine that [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom (commissioned! and) directed for Festival@First 7: Shaken Up Shakespeare, performed by [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate, [livejournal.com profile] barumonkey, [livejournal.com profile] saxikath, and Lev. Here’s plumtreeblossom’s post about it.

I’ve got photos from the other shows, too, and they will go up on Flickr as I get time
beowabbit: (Travel: airplane silhouette)
OK, I should have posted these ages and ages ago, but here finally are the pictures from my trip with [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom to North Carolina last month to meet Rider and Genesis, [livejournal.com profile] bcat1’s and [livejournal.com profile] spacechicken’s twin babies: Visiting the babies, June 2010 (on Flickr).

(Sorry for the lack of editing and the somewhat austere captions.)

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] spacechicken pointed out that I had a bunch of the photos miscaptioned as to which gorgeous little love-cupcake they depicted. Fixed now.
beowabbit: (Me: playing as a toddler in London’s Hyd)
No time to do this trip justice, but [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom and I had a wonderful, wonderful visit with [livejournal.com profile] bcat1 and [livejournal.com profile] spacechicken and their two wonderful darling little babies. They're four months old and so spectacularly sweet and adorable! It was wonderful, and I can't wait to go back.

Expect pictures later this week.

EDIT: I’m a slacker, but plumtreeblossom and spacechicken have pictures up already.
beowabbit: (Me: playing as a toddler in London’s Hyd)
[livejournal.com profile] spacechicken has posted some photos of his and [livejournal.com profile] bcat1’s twins to Facebook. Here they are!
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)

Hi! [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom took a bunch of pictures of Festival@First 6 with my camera, and I’ve just finished selecting and uploading them to Flickr. (She had previously cropped and posted a bunch herself.)

The photos I’ve uploaded are available as a set in my Flickr photostream as well as in the Theatre@First Flickr pool; the ones [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom uploaded a few days ago are also in the Theatre@First Flickr pool as well as posted to her journal.

And here are links to the individual shows (by Flickr tag):

Sorry they aren’t cropped or colour-edited; I just haven’t had time.

(Cross-posted to my personal journal and [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst.)

beowabbit: (Scenery: BiCamp river)
Lots of fun lately!

Friday after work, I met [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom after work for fried chicken. The Popeye’s in Kenmore Square where we’d been planning on eating was insanely crowded due to a ball game, so [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom suggested we turn it into an impromptu picnic. We walked a few blocks with our food to the Esplanade and had a lovely dinner by the Charles.

From there we walked to the Charles/MGH T stop, and on the way we saw a family of Canada geese with three cute little goslings! Pictures on Flickr (scroll down a bit).

After stopping at [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s house to dump off our stuff and get cleaned up, we went to a combination birthday (yay!) and going-away (boo!) party for Theatre@First stalwart and all-round sweetheart [livejournal.com profile] big_jewfro. We were unfortunately too tired to stay very long but we had just a wonderful time. [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom managed to drag me into the karaoke room, which I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, but I had a fabulous time. It was a truly delightful party. I hope the Boston area ends up getting [livejournal.com profile] big_jewfro and his sweetie back eventually, but wherever he settles will be a big bright spot visible from orbit.

When we got to [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s house (fortunately only a few blocks from the party) we collapsed right away.

Saturday morning we had breakfast at local favourite The Burren and then went to Earthfest, an annual eco-themed music and marketing event on the Charles River Esplanade. I’d never been before, but [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s been several times and said this year’s was the most crowded she’s seen. This is a free concert with an associated vast stretch of marketing tents, all with some connection ranging from direct to very tenuous with ecology. Oh, and food vendors, of course. We had a lovely time, but the crowd was very dense and it was a lot of walking and waiting. Lots and lots of cute dogs to look at! And the weather was spectacular. I’ve put a few photos on Flickr.

Saturday evening I helped [livejournal.com profile] eisa unload at her new apartment. Due to the large number of people and the relatively small amount of stuff it was very quick, and the traditional pizza was yummy. I’m delighted to have her (and her dogs) back in the area.

Now, I think, it’s time for bed.

PS — During the course of the weekend, [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom and I discovered that the longest of the three escalator flights at the Porter Square T stop is exactly one hundred kisses long.
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