Monday, December 29, 2008

What I've Been Up To: "Holiday" Edition

Well, lots of work. Yay for working in a yarn shop! Other than that, mostly watching House and No Reservations marathons, Dr. Strangelove for the umpteenth time, and Tom Lehrer videos on YouTube. I gave in and baked cookies, but not rocket-shaped. The observance of Saturn, Hell Yeah! will have to wait till next year. I did celebrate Festivus by airing some grievances with my mother. We've been feeding Shyam's cats, as evidenced by the video a couple of posts below. The cat grooming my head is the one that's *not* friendly! The other one loves to nuzzle armpits and purr.

Actual fun took place a couple of weeks ago, but I don't have any photos. We went to Berkeley to see Bruce Campbell at a screening of My Name is Bruce. Always a good time. We saw him in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago when he was screening The Man With the Screaming Brain.When we got back to the parking garage after the movie, it was shut down! Apparently it closed at midnight, and it was about 12:10 when we joined the 30 or so people standing around totally dumbstruck. The garage attendant was still inside, but he wouldn't let us in. Everyone was like, "WTF!?!?" The guy finally let everybody in, but it was totally bizarre.

The next night we went to see the Phenomenauts in Santa Cruz. I am so obsessed with that band right now. One of the opening bands was Devolutionaries, a Devo cover band. It was a really great show. Maybe not as awesome as the Zombie Party, but how could they possibly top that? We're seeing the Phenomenauts at Slim's later this month, and I'll definitely take a camera. The one thing that bugged me about the show in Santa Cruz was a little too many between-song comments about "the ladies." Come on guys, you're in the band. You don't have to try that hard anymore! (Remember, I kid because I love.) That band has pretty high per-capita hotness, anyway. Maybe it's the uniforms. . .
Which might also be the reason I dragged Bryan to see Valkyrie. Tom Cruise as an eyepatch-sporting German officer plotting to kill Hitler. How could it get any better than that?
He's also an amputee, in case you're into that. That's like 4 fetishes in one! I'm sure there's someone out there who has been waiting their whole life for that combination. It actually wasn't a bad movie. Bonus points for Eddie Izzard.

There's actually some new knitting content coming up, despite my horrible computer problems. The desktop (running Windows) got all virus-y and horrible, so it's running Linux until we get all our shit backed up. So I'm using the Mac. I dug out the CD that came with my camera, but it doesn't work like it's supposed to. Downloading the updates actually made it worse. I realized that iPhoto is *supposed* to be able to handle RAW files, but that doesn't work either.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Video: Shyam's Cat Loves My Hair

This is Jayne, aka Bertie. He'd do this all day if I let him.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

They Are the Meeces

The song from this video has been stuck in my head since Saturday. Apparently field mice like to play on the northbound Caltrain platform in Mountain View at about 7pm. I saw one run onto a guy's shoe and start sniffing up his pants before the guy noticed! I'm guessing there's no feral cat problem in Mountain View! Bryan and I decided that what they really need up there is a trained falcon that'll come back when it's called. That would be so awesome.

Friday, December 12, 2008

My Pet Rock

Paw Prints and Rock, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Did you know that the pet rock fad was created by a guy from Los Gatos? This is another kind of pet rock. We had Yum Yum cremated by Caring Pet Service, run by Trent of Trent Pottery in Los Gatos. Her ashes are in this handmade "river rock."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

More Mermaid!

WIP: Mermaid, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I'm shocked at how fast this is going, considering the size 2 1/2 needles. I'm almost to the center back.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

WIP: Mermaid by Hanne Falkenberg

I'm using colorway #10. I'm skipping past the i-cord and collar flap part, and starting with a provisional cast on where the body starts. I'll do the collar and i-cord in one piece later. This project makes for pretty good sitting-around-the-house-sick knitting, as long as you take good notes on the "at the same time" parts before you lose the ability to think.

Lizard Ridge Update!

Lizard Ridge Preview, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Here's all the pieces so far, plus the yarn I've bought to finish it. 3 strips down, 1 to go! I'm doing strips of 5 skeins, with 6 repeats from each skein. It's going to be quite long. Bryan told me that all our blankets are too short.