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Its possible that, while we were sick, I may have accidentally weaned the baby. Oops. Oh well, he seems none the worse for wear.

Oh yeah, as a bonus while being so sick he two bottom teeth. They're very small and cute.

Evan is now well, but Josh and I are both now sick.

While the baby was sick, we moved him back into our room, in the co-sleeper, and he's been sleeping soundly completely through the night (off to bed at 830 - 9 pm, doesn't wake up even when the alarm goes off at 6 am. We have to wake him up and he is none. too. happy. about. that.) I think I've figured out why he sleeps so much better when he's in with us. I think its too quiet in his room.

You may know, his father snores a bit. (heh) Evan has, one way or another, heard that snoring every night since he was, erm, created. When we moved him to his own room, it was quiet. Now that he's back in with us, the snoring is back and I'm sure he finds it comforting. I'm not quite sure what to do about that....

Anyway, here are some links:

Awesome baby socks.

Smithsonian Photography Initiative

Ikea Hacker
Heh. Someday I'll visit an Ikea, but I somehow doubt it will live up to the hype.

Flea Circus
select a trick from the pulldown menu at the upper right.
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
One of my goals for the new year is to try and get back to surfing the web and posting in the same way that I once did, both here (for my private amusement) and on Metafilter. To that end, here is your Gazette for the day:

Square America
A gallery of vintage snapshots & vernacular photography

Earliest Uses of Various Mathematical Symbols
These pages show the names of the individuals who first used various common mathematical symbols, and the dates the symbols first appeared.

Science's 10 Most Beautiful Physics Experiments

Practically Edible
The Web's Biggest Food Encyclopaedia

The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society
An awesome blog for Science Geeks and Smart People
England c.450-1066 in a Nutshell

Vintage Coin Operated Fortune Tellers, Arcade Games, Digger/Cranes, Gun Games and other Penny Arcade games, pre-1977

Historia Ecclesiastica
An ecclesioblog, that is, a blog mostly on the history of the Church

50 Things We Know Now
(That We Didn't Know This Time Last Year)

2006 Edition
anastasiav: (Default)
Very quiet day here (and a good thing, too). I'm killing time until the photocopier salesman gets here at 1pm. Thrilling, isn't it?

Anyway, some stuff that I'm reading and looking at on the Internets:

Daddy Types

A blog about parenting. And shopping. And modern design. And more shopping. Good stuff.
Found via this NY Times article about changing stations in men's rooms.

History of Fabrics via the Sears catalog

Predicta Televisions
Really retro-style TVs for the 21st century. Some day we will have a summer house, and when we do, it will have a Predicta TV and a Big Chill Fridge. Maybe a vintage stove as well....

This Is Broken
An old friend I've been revisiting recently. A blog about design

A blog on how to make stuff out of other stuff. Highly recomended for [ profile] kr4sh and others like him.
anastasiav: (Charlie Brown Thanksgiving)
Maine People's Alliance is looking (once again) for a Telephone Canvass Supervisor. Click here for details about the job. In particular, we need someone with a very, very strong HR background. Note that the Telephone Canvass doesn't have anything to do with "cold calling" - they contact members to renew their MPA membership. As an added bonus you'll get 100% employer paid health insurance (Anthem HMO) and you'll get to work closely with me. Feel free to forward this around, if you know of anyone who is qualified and who might be interested.

In other news, I forgot to weigh myself this morning, and low-fat triscuts are not nearly as tasty as regular triscuts.

Did I tell you about the cookies? )

Nothing else to report here. If you live in Portland, check out 88.3 FM - its excellent. I wish they had a webcast.

The Medieval Manuscript Manual

The Stars and Stripes
The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I (1918-1919) (on-line archive)

This book has been relocated by the Ministry of Reshelving

Pee & Poo
"We are Pee & Poo. Escapees from the bathroom, we are entering the world on a journey filled with new adventures. Maybe we can stay with you for a while?" (Be sure to check out the products page)

The Hidden Door Company
Sadly, they don't seem to actually make any secret passageways

YesButNoButYes: Ten Pioneers of Striptease
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
Some random stuff, or just go direct to the links below )

In The News

NYT: 5 Cases of Polio in Amish Group Raise New Fears

WaPo: The Day In Photos for November 9th, 2005
I think this is a great feature - there are 22 photos here - and I'm going to start checking for it every day.

Other Cool Stuff

A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII
(also from The Getty: Devotional Books)

Scottish Handwriting

Time Management for Anarchists

Do you know or have you ever suffered from Repetitive Information Injury?

50 Greatest Independent Films

Stupid Comics of the Golden Age

Not Safe For Work or School: The Erotic Coloring Book


Oct. 31st, 2005 03:13 pm
anastasiav: (Great Pumpkin)
I will write more about the halloween party later this week, but the bottom line is that it went well. Big-ish crowd, most of the food got et, fairies came and did the dishes over night (!).

Pumpkin Gutter

Haunted Paper Toys

Miss Mary's Victorian Halloween

Secrets of the Haunted Mansion

Old Haunts
anastasiav: (Great Pumpkin)
Josh bought four glorious pumpkins yesterday. I think we'll try to carve them on Friday night.

Having 10,000 choices of limitless streaming radio on my new work PC rules.

Our kitchen roof has gone from dripping to actually leaking. What's frustrating is that repairs to that roof are the very first thing we had done to the house when we bought it seven-ish years ago. And now trying to find a roofer who will come do this small job for us is something of a nightmare .. especially since the entire roof needs to be redone, but there is no way we can come up with $10,000 for that this fall. *sigh* Calling roofers was about the last thing I wanted to do today, but I can't live with a water bucket in my kitchen either.

I've been watching lots of cooking shows to try and come up with some new ideas for food for the party, but in the end I don't think I'm that creative.

Eric Meyer thinks that the comic Frazz is secretly drawn by Bill Watterson under a pseudonym. He makes a slightly persuasive case for his claim, however Jef Mallett the [alleged] artist and author of Frazz is now making some public appearances. It would be interesting if true, though, wouldn't it?

Calvin and Hobbes Snow Art Gallery

The Return of Hobbes
Analysis of the movie Fight Club which claims that Ed Norton's character is really Calvin, and Brad Pitt's character is really Hobbes.

Q&A with Bill Watterson
Watterson answers fan submitted questions as part of the promotion for the Calvin and Hobbes boxed set.

The Rules of Calvinball
PS: The rest of the site is pretty cool, too.

The original Star Wars rendered as an 8-bit animated .gif file (runs about 4 minutes)

How To Do Some Idiotic Things
Interesting advice, including how to make a lamp out of a blender and and a fairly long article on how to create a turducken. The rest of The Black Table is pretty neat too.

Medieval and Arthurian Resources

1980's CIA Sabotage Manual

Wal-Mart Urges Congress to Raise Minimum Wage
Wall Street Journal - from the "Hell Freezes Over" department.
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
I've tried twice to post this, and my computer has frozen in the middle of the process both times. Perhaps the third time is the charm.

Hey! You! Make a comment, ok? I'm wondering if anyone ever reads these darn things!

If I take the trouble to spell my name for you, will you please take the trouble to write down all the letters I give you? In the right order? Please? My name is not particularly complex. Your failure to write it down correctly when I take the trouble to spell it out for you is beyond lazy.

Kath and Robert are wed. Beatiful day. Rain held off until after we were done. A bit cold and crisp, though. Stunningly beatiful ceremony - gothic chapel, superb music (a piper!), fairy princess!, moving words, lots of friends, home-made truffles - a perfect day, really.

I was asked to do the photos, and I did them, God Help Me. Dropped them off at the crunchy-photo-geek developing place this morning. Nine rolls of 36 plus 10 disposable cameras. Ow. Since I don't normally shoot with the flash or play around quite this much with the fstops, I'm terrified that I've somehow screwed up the entire thing and they'll all be grey, awful and unusable. I suppose you get what you pay for. I did splurge and get them on disc as well as the negs, so hopefully if any of them are good I'll be able to post them here. But I'm going to be on pins and needles all week, waiting....

I need to get a paid account to get more icons, don't I? Sigh.

Must finish inside decorations tonight for Halloween party on Saturday. Plus go out and buy some candy for the trick or treat candy bags. Second year in a row I've forgotten to make an oriental trading order until its too late. *sigh* next year for sure

So, finish decorations tonight. Work 8-4 then 5-10 Tues, Wed, and Thursday. Friday off all day so I can do things like vacuum and move furniture around and dust and clean the bathrooms. And change sheets and make beds if anyone ends up being a weekend guest. (If you're reading this and plan on being a weekend guest, please let me know asap.)

Note to self: Buy Pumpkins!

Fright Catalog

Vintage Skivvies

My Favorite Word

Television Obscurities

Where Babies Come From (In German)
Warning! Cartoons, but probably still not safe for work or school!

Page 21 alarms me. I think its the position of the hands.

Bonus Link! Give Figbash a Poke To Learn Your Fate
Now you know what a Figbash is.....
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
First, a few notes:

Tomorrow is Kath and Robert's wedding. Please help us hope for beatiful weather over Portland Maine for the afternoon.

I've been asked to take photos at the wedding, which is fine, but its apparently stressing me out a bit because I had weird stress dreams about it all last night, including an episode where I was running to take photos but had no shoes on. I was also at some point being required to wear this very weird red and white flapper-style dress. At some point Thorson also appeared naked in this dream (wrapped up in a blanket) but I'm not quite sure how that all fits in.

Soon (well, like 12 hours from now) we'll get to see A&S. That will be fun. Wish they could stay longer. Sadly, I have to work on Sunday from 130-10, so I won't get to see them much.

No one here wants to do any work today, so we're all playing with Amy's Greyhound.

Here are some links:

100 Best Toys Ever

The Dionaea House

Eat Me

A small salute to [food] mascots who serve up their own

Warning! Not Safe For Work or School! Retro Raunch
Vintage porn and recreations of vintage porn. Mostly a pay site, but a significant amount of cool stuff that is free

Barnacle Press
Amazing vintage comix. Some folks who read this LJ might have special interest in In Days of Old When Knights Were Bold (1901 & 02)

Bonus Link! Poppy Z. Brite's Livejournal
No, really. Yes, its real. Doubly interesting for her thoughts on Katrina. (She's from New Orleans and apparently is moving back home as we 'speak')

"We slept in the old house on our first night, which was creepy: it's definitely haunted, not by ghosts but by our old lives that will never exist again."
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
I'm sure you're already familiar with Found Magazine.

Look At Me
"A Collection of Found Photos" - mainly black and white, early 20th c

Is This You?
Found Photobooth Photos

Square America
"A gallery of vintage snapshots & vernacular photography"
Scroll down and check out all the gallery groups -- I'm a big fan of Costume Party and The Book of Sleep

Big Happy Fun House
Even more found photos
anastasiav: (Carcassonne)
I should be working, but instead I'll share this with you:

Bunny Suicides

Extreme Craft

Metafilter post about the Great Canadian Air Mileage Run 2005 (as discussed last night at dinner with [ profile] mylisant and [ profile] kr4sh.)

The Lost Museum
P.T. Barnum-related. Awesome.

Victorian and Edwardian Photographs

One for [ profile] jducoeur: The Online Guide to Traditional Games

The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux

One for [ profile] baronadhemar: Enluminures
A digital archive of Illuminated Manuscripts from France. Sucky, sucky Flash-based interface, but well worth the time if you dig around a bit. This menu may be a bit easier to use.

File Under: Things To Do In NYC When You're Dead: Blood Manor
("New York City's Premier Haunted Attraction">

The Evanion Catalogue at the British Library
High resolution scans of Advertisments relating to Victorian entertainment and everyday life.

And Finally: Sesame He bom

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