lish (lishd) wrote,

good things that happened recently:

  • i saw hedwig! real hedwig, actual hedwig! i didn't think it would be because the picture on the website appears to be an impersonator. this event was amazing - we found out last minute & snagged what was likely the last two tickets, we were first in line, & they went on for hours & several encores (including cee lo green's "fuck you" & the "transexual transylvania" song from RHPS). also we only narrowly dodged being repeatedly glitter-bombed by making a last-minute choice to sit in the balcony instead of stand at the stage. i feel so very fortunate that joe snagged us two of the ten seats in the whole place, 'cause glitter is my #1 most hated substance on the planet. i'd rather have bird shit in my dreads than glitter - it'd wash out easier. john cameron mitchell was chatting with some folks after the show, so i had an opportunity to go say hi & such, but the glitter was everywhere. i sacrificed the chance to touch hedwig to keep my glitter sterility, & i don't regret it. but yeah, the show was wonderful.

  • i won $21 worth of movie tickets/concessions from $8 of m&m's.

  • our glider rides were EXCELLENT. we each went up & around mount pilchuck for an hour. i took a ton of video & was permitted to fly for a while, too. we did some pretty outstanding "rollercoastering" in air, though aerial maneuvers are prohibited, & it was fucking delightful. i encouraged daniel (pilot/owner) to put up another groupon-type deal for a longer ride, as he says the thermals over mount si are better, but that trip's half again as long. oh, did you want to see pics & videos?

    flying at mount pilchuck. music: "ganseblumchen" by ganz schon feist

    riding thermals over wa. music: "ufos will crash" by j church

    more circles, engine off. note the propeller! music: "unstoppable" by bombshell rocks

    screwing around with 20x zoom, then fucking around rollercoastering. music: "waiting on the ground" by j church

    oh hello mountain

    do you see the tiny house on top?

    now you can :D

  • i got in on another great slickdeal for a credit card sign-up bonus (& was instantly approved, like last time), so our next round-trip flights somewhere will be free.

  • i converted the old cilantro cassettes i had. i finally bought a cassette player for this purpose, since my stereo component rusted out while in florida. cilantro was a little project by lance hahn, frontman of j church, & released only a 7" & a couple of cassettes. i bought the latter directly from lance post-aforementioned-rusting, & thus hadn't listened to them. i miss lance terribly, & one of the few things i regret is that i never saw j church play live. i had the chance once when i lived in california, but i only knew a few songs then, only owned one album, & was too skint at the time to put down twenty on a band i wasn't totally in love with. it was the right decision at the time, but i have a big empty spot where that memory should be, & it's sad. anyhow, back to the cassette conversion, one cassette ended up being all songs that were later released as j church - the same 4-track recordings, even, so i didn't bother converting that one. the more recent cassette, though, was all new material. it's not great, & i probably won't listen to it much, but... man it's strange to hear new vocal tracks from someone loved & dead. it's one thing to listen to the songs you know by heart, to think that it's sad he's gone but at least this great music is left behind... but to hear NEW material... i'm not sure how to express it. it's an eldrich mix of sadness, pity, excitement, selfishness, & ungraspability.

  • i used my flight lesson coupon & went & flew a cessna 172R skyhawk! it was AWESOME. the instructor taught me the gauges & gave me a bit of an idea how things go while on the ground, then i did the major pre-flight checklist, & with little physical assistance i taxied, took off, gained altitude, banked left & right, descended, did a touch-&-go landing, circled back, landed, & taxied back to park. the coupon covered a passenger, so joe rode in back & was on camera duty. i took his life in my hands & we totally didn't die. oh, did you want to see MORE pics & videos?

    i combined several short videos into this one - you'll see me taxiing to the runway & then flying the plane. i'm not sure why joe missed the takeoff, but it was actually pretty much perfect!
    music: stellastarr, "somewhere across forever"

    & a kind-of-scary video of the touch-&-go. i say that because joe was shaking the camera a LOT (you'll notice he was holding it in the wrong orientation, too - what a pain in the ass it was to rotate & zoom the mp4, don't even ask), so it looks a lot rougher than it was. that's not to say it was an A+ maneuver - it was very windy & tough to control the plane with the propeller so slow, & you'll see my moment of "HEY OKAY LET'S GO TO THE LEFT FOR NO GOOD REASON!"... but i did properly pull up the nose. :) my second landing was less windy & much smoother.
    music: modest mouse, "black cadillacs" (pre-release version)

    & some pics:

    woot! it was GREAT fun. i really enjoyed the ride & was tempted by further lessons, but there is no practical application in my life to be a pilot right now, so i eventually declined. but i will totally pick up a similar coupon to fly a helicopter or pretty much anything else if they come up. :D

  • starved after all the excitement, we went to the 5-spot for dinner. we split jalepeño corn cakes as an appetizer (with bacon jam & a panko quick-fried poached egg). my entree was the hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich with particularly good sweet cole slaw, & a cup of turkey vegetable soup (flavored heavily by bay leaves & clove) in lieu of fries. for dessert we split the brown butter hazelnut cake (flourless, with hazelnut vodka macerated black & blueberries & fresh whipped cream). packed with chopped hazelnuts, my favorite, it was fucking phenomenal. an eclectic meal, but exactly what i wanted.

  • speaking of, here's the latest food log!

    rare seared chuck steak & garlic broccolini with a dash of horseradish. i deglazed the pan from the steak & used that to steam the broccolini. :) i love my small plates, they make me think i'm eating so much more than i am. what you see is 280 cal, 10g carb, 41g protein, 4g fiber, lots of A & all my vitamin C.

    99/1 turkey breast (tons of rosemary), eggplant, carrots (thyme), yellow squash & zucchini (basil & oregano), shiitake mushrooms, sweet onion (basil), yams, raw heirloom tomatoes, raw radishes, & raw pumpkin seeds. this batch signifies reaching critical mass - i couldn't fit anything else in the 2.1cup containers, & they're exactly where i want the meals calorically! check it out: 384g, 181cal, 23g carb, 18g protein, 6.6g fiber, 6k iu vitamin A, & 921g potassium. man, i love eating.

    flat iron steak, rare, with enormous organic sauteed/steamed sugar snap peas & baby carrots.

    tonight i had surf &... surf! made a nice prawn cocktail, & had 4oz of wild caught king salmon because it was $30/lb marked down to ten, & i had to taste thirty-fucking-dollar salmon. i simply baked it with pepper & lemon so i wouldn't obscure its flavor. (it was delicious, but not delicious enough to pay three times what i did. :) ) steamed some broccoli nice & crisp to go along. & i have leftovers of all three for tomorrow.

    those prawns were so good i went back & bought more. a nice light meal tonight of prawns with cocktail sauce (i mix my own; pre-made stuff is always too bland), & i made a sort of "vegan caprese" salad to go along - romas dusted with garlic powder, celery salt, pepper & onion flakes with whole basil leaves on top. 480 grams for 236 calories (including the sauce), 16g carb, 37g protein.

    chicken sausage (four basil & sun dried tomato; four apple. i wanted all basil & tomato, but they ran out), organic eggplant, carrots & sugar snap peas (thyme), zucchini & yellow squash (coriander & black pepper), shiitaki mushrooms, turnip (garlic & lemon), & walla walla onion. i pulled the same trick with deglazing, & it makes a lovely jus. ps, this batch contains the most fucking enormous eggplant ever. :D 396 grams, 184 calories, 19g carb, 20g protein, 7g fiber, 122% of the day's vitamin A, 71% of C, & 732mg potassium!

    mmmm garlic pepper sauteed lingcod tonight, which is a fish i've never had & will certainly make again. it fell apart in the most delightful way. i cut a little salad of organic romaine, red pepper, yellow heirloom, & cucumber (naked because the peel had started to mold, oops) to go with it. 551g overall (208 on the fillet), 291 cal, 13g carb, 50g protein, 4g fat, 5g fiber, over 100% on a & c, & apparently lingcod has a shitton of potassium in it, as the meal hit 1847mg.

    basil & sun dried tomato chicken sausage au jus, organic eggplant, carrots (thyme), zucchini (garlic & basil), yukon gold potato, & raw red pepper. i like that this meal clearly represents ROYG in the color spectrum. :) 360g, 189cal, 20g carb, 19g protein, 6g fiber & a full day's A&C.

    mmm, fresh tilapia, direct from the market. i sauteed it with lemon & garlic, & spiced some firm tomatoes & tore a green leaf lettuce heart to go with it. i'm great at cooking fish, but i haven't yet figured out how to make it not stick to the pan without adding more oil... you can see the delicious pan scrapings at the edge of my plate that should still be attached to the fish. :) 189 calories, 7 carb, 33g protein.

    pelagic cod, also from yesterday's trip to the fish market, with lemon & pepper. i oblique-cut a carrot for fun, & steamed it in the pan scrapings. it came out good, but that technique would work better with a stronger fish. 172 calories, 12g carb, 28g protein, boatloads of A & about 1k mg potassium.

  • testing4l helped me for about eight hours over two days, once again, because udev broke like whoa. of course phil got everything working again, & the second day wasn't even that painful, heh. kernel panics are terrifying. the stupid part is that the whole reason i was upgrading was because i needed new video software because joe just HAD to hold the fucking camera sideways when he recorded my cessna landing. THANKS JOE. anyhow, phil rules & we love phil & he deserves many blowjobs.

  • & now, a story: sometimes i love my day job.

    so about two years ago, an Unpleasantly Weird Guy started talking to me in the elevator. UWG looked about 35, short, average build, not cute. he wasn't creepy until he started talking, which went like this:

    UWG: "i really like your dreads!"
    me: "thanks."
    UWG: "i mean i REALLY like them. they're great!"
    me: "...okay"
    UWG: "i wish i could have dreads but [pulls off ballcap to reveal significant balding] hehehe!!"
    me: "..."
    UWG: "but YOUR dreads are really really great!"
    me: o_O [gets off elevator]

    early in 2010, he was hired into my department & sat in the desk across from mine. i was the most senior member of that group, & so with that kind of proximity, he would regularly ask me questions about the job. i generally reply to business questions in a matter-of-fact manner: no sunshine & roses, but professionally. his routine became this:

    10 ask lish a question
    20 receive correct answer
    30 do not thank lish for assistance
    40 write a complaint to the supervisor about how the question was answered
    50 goto 10

    i get people not liking my attitude, or wanting their hand held more or something, but if you're going to CONTINUE to ASK ME for help, you'd damned well better not complain about the way i answer. UWG went from mild creeper to total douchebag overnight.

    fast forward to mid-year. i'd since been promoted to the second-to-highest department at the company, & am on the first of our two four-person interview teams for new applicants. as UWG's group was likely to be laid off soon, we were getting a lot of applicants for our department. guess who applied! so i explained my concerns to my team beforehand so they could help make sure i wasn't being prejudical to UWG, & we proceeded with the interview.

    our team's goal in an interview is to find out if the applicant is someone we want to work with, want to teach, want to train, & to get an idea of their level of technical & professional competence. someone less knowledgeable can be chosen over mister I AM 100% PREPARED FOR THIS PROMOTION guy if he's a better fit for the team. we're good at teaching someone with potential. we're NOT good at being constantly grated by a shitty personality.

    i asked UWG the totally standard questions we'd been asking everyone else, including how they communicate in a team environment & how they respond when a coworker messes up. for this latter query, other applicants' responses had all detailed going to the coworker & asking about their thought process, then gently correcting them, & going to the supervisor only if it's a severe & repeated offense. UWG... well, at least he was honest. he said it's not his job to correct teammates, & so he goes to the sup every time. EVERY TIME.

    while he was more technically proficient than other interviewees, the other three people on my team went, "holy shit, i don't want to work with that asshole." & the second group of interviewers, including my supervisor, agreed with us 100% even without my backstory.

    UWG received his walking papers in september (as did my second-worst supervisor ever, HAHA), & was just let go this month. i'm oh-so pleased about it. fuck you, UWG. i can handle your creepiness, but i don't have to put up with you being a dickbag hypocrite, & i don't have to give you a decent chance to stay employed at my company. enjoy sending out those resumes, loser!@ :D :D

  • next: jewelry!
    oh HI flashy sodalite! -
    it seems all flashy sodalite is "just happened upon" - it's not like labradorite or seraphinite or charoite or other stones that regularly exhibit a schiller effect when carved properly. my previous pair was such a find, & though undersized, certainly rare enough that i was glad to inlay them in 3/4" eyelets... but i still wanted a real pair in my size.

    i was recently able to commission a pair from relic, a calculated risk - leo warned me the flash was pretty dark gray & the stone almost black, but i proceeded even after seeing pictures of the rough. he was right; they were beautiful, but i resold them unworn.

    so i was stoked when skaforbreakfast put up her pair, acquired from southhillstones, because the bright flash was just what i wanted. i snatched them up, confirmed their brilliance, & passed on my inlaid pair to a happy new home.

    i'll start with tim's original pics:

    ska said one had flash, but i found flash on all four sides. one plug is definitely brighter, but many of the little "black" spots in both plugs do flash! here are both sides:

    it's unfortunate that the two very flashy sides are on the same plug, & that the MOST flashy side has a poor finish. however, the most flashy side's blue best matches the least flashy side of the other plug, so i'm basically trading a little visual magic for a better balanced & properly polished pair. :) here are my chosen sides under different lighting:

    a close-up on the 4ga, which i've posted before:

    & i know you want an HD video of this madness.


    i'm very pleased with this pair - they're just what i wanted from the start.

  • & i posted about a thousand pics of joe being joe; joe being a goofball; this pic of my dreads, doubled & immense; & this little "oops"...

    that ought to keep you busy until i get back with HOT SHIT CUTTING PICS OMGZZZZZZ
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