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Oh dear, and another month slips by. It has been such a busy year, at least since May, and there are only a few weeks left in 2011.

But not time for end-of-year accounting and 2011 memes yet.

Chronological accounting-for-myself:

October 10 (Thanksgiving) - we gave this a miss because Aki had his wisdom teeth out a few days before and couldn't chew - and I was not about to make a turkey smoothie for him. He had five (!) taken out, they are a lot bigger than I remember. The procedure is different now too - when I had mine out, about his age, it involved day surgery in a hospital with a general anaesthetic. He had it done in the dentist's office, with IV sedation. He bled for a day or so and recovered very quickly. The following weekend we had a proper dinner at my mother's.

October 19-22 - I went to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. Dear Readuhs will remember the conference I went to in early August, and how well one of my games went down at the demonstration period there (http://ltmurnau.livejournal.com/237527.html). Well, out of that I got an invitation to go to the NPS and talk to them about using digitized versions of this and other games of mine, in a project related to another, much larger project they have going on. I got to make a lunchtime presentation to their Irregular Warfare students, mostly Special Forces captains and majors - I was kind of nervous about this but they were very friendly and interested. I spoke for less than half an hour and they filled up the rest of the time with questions, so I didn't get a chance to talk with them which I really wanted to do. I did have a quick chat with a Marine Corps major who had trained in Armor, and instead of charging across the desert dealing death to enemy tanks from two miles away found himself and his tank company in a neighbourhood of Baghdad, working out which streets would have priority for garbage collection and which block leaders could or couldn't be trusted.

If anyone wants to look at my script or Powerpoint slides, they are here: http://brtrain.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/presentation-at-naval-postgraduate-school/ . This is another blog I have started that will be confined to my game design and "serious games" development and other stuff. Not much there yet though, as it has not proven possible to port my game-design related entries on LJ over to Wordpress en masse.

Anyway, the ensuing discussions with the project team went well, I came up with some new ideas for games for them that I will be working on and I put them in touch with [livejournal.com profile] emperorkefka who has made up a version of Guerrilla Checkers for Android mobile phones, and will probably do the technical work for the team on what they need for the project. See a screenshot at Little Viking Games.

A "guided gaming session" went less well, I tend to forget that a game I regard as being comparatively simple (especially if I've designed it) is still quite complex to people who have grown up playing ordinary board games or just computer games. As much as I tend to dislike computer games, a lot of the complexity and fiddliness of a game design can be subsumed into the structure and interface of a game. Players do not need to remember what pieces can move where or how, when the program will simply not let them do it, so they can concentrate on playing the game - and that's enough for most players, but there needs to be some explanation of why this or that thing can't happen, or the penalties for doing so. And it's a lot easier to change a sentence to two in a rulebook than it is to rewrite hundreds of lines of code. Anyway, I left them with a big bag of playable copies of my games.

Monterey is a beautiful little town, and Friday night I went out to look around. The NPS is just a few blocks from downtown, so I walked down to the big pier that is full of shops and restaurants. I looked at I don't know how many cheap t-shirts, and got a pound of salt water taffy for Aki (and a bunch of cheap assorted candy from the Walgreen's downtown later). I had a plate of completely ordinary chow mein at a small Chinese restaurant where this huge Mexican family was having dinner - I think it was someone's birthday or something. "Dad" was at the head of the table, obviously the patriarch and wearing the biggest hat - they were having a great time. Later I walked back by a different route but did not turn when I needed to, and ended up walking by this highway to a gigantic shopping mall with no way out except the way you came in, and the buses had all stopped running - in the end I did get out and back, but had walked five miles more than I had planned!

I went back on Saturday the 22nd - the NPS had actually paid for my flight and hotel, which was great. My flights were well spaced so I didn't have to hurry at all; and I have resolved to hand-carry my luggage from now on if I can possibly help it. You can get a lot into a small bag if you roll it right. (I saved even more room on the flight down by forgetting my good pants at home! Luckily I remembered this in the air on the way to San Francisco, and got a pair of acceptable golfing slacks at the pro shop in the airport - otherwise it would have been pretty embarassing.)

October 24 - was my 47th birthday, which we didn't really bother marking except for a good dinner at San Remo. I'm feeling rather more middle-aged now, and while I'm happy to have outlived George Orwell, I don't have TB and haven't come near to matching his output.

October 29 - was "Grave Situation II", the second annual Gothvic Halloween party. (entry in respect of the first: http://ltmurnau.livejournal.com/225987.html). Lianne came out for this one too, and we had a nice time. I was supposed to DJ for the first hour and a bit, but the person who was supposed to bring the CD players didn't show up until late so for the first while I had to improvise some with what Gray had on his laptop, using Mixxx which was not-bad software. No one was dancing anyway, so it was OK - can't post my setlist right now but will later.

October 31 - we just left the lights off. I didn't see any kids out and about. Very disappointing. Aki went to play computer games and have some pizza with his friends.

November 4-6 - We went to deepest darkest Surrey, for BottosCon 2011 - the fifth annual board wargaming convention put on my Rob Bottos. It's small, maybe 60 people came this time and that was the biggest yet. About half of the attendees were Advanced Squad Leader players, who usually don’t play much else (or at least, they came to the convention to play ASL only), and the other half were people playing practically everything else, from non-wargames like Urban Sprawl to Angola or Storming the Reich.

I don’t go to many conventions, and when I do I usually don’t play games – I spend my time talking to people, catching up with friends or trying to interest people in my new designs in the hope of snagging playtesters. Guerrilla Checkers (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/71035/guerrilla-checkers ) proved to be a hit again, and someone expressed an interest in writing an iOS application for it so it can be played on iPad, iPhone, iKettle etc., which would be great. I also played out a few turns of the brigade-level version of my Finnish Civil War game (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/68072/finnish-civil-war ), which prompted someone to say that he thought he’d seen everything now, and did a complete run-through with a playtester of a newly written 2006 scenario for my Third Lebanon War game – it worked well and concluded on time, with a marginal Hezbollah victory. A minor revision to two to the rules and they’re even better – the basic designs are quite sound.

We also went out to one of Surrey's many industrial zones - the whole area looks like it's composed of strip malls, suburbs, and warehouse districts, there's more than that but that's what you see form the highway as you're whizzing through - to get 25 pounds of Cerrotru, the metal I use for casting my miniatures. It's gone up in price a lot, and this will probably be the last time I buy it for quite a while. I kind of like going to these industrial parks, reminds me that things are still made or at least assembled here.

Anyway, I went for the gaming and metal, Lianne went for the shopping. The con hotel was next door to the last Skytrain station, so it was easy for her to get downtown without aggravation. She went to check out the Occupy Vancouver campsite at the Vancouver Art Gallery, what she saw and what I've seen of our own Occupy Victoria site makes me think that perhaps it's time to fold the tents and continue the next phase in the fight. The continued and enlarged presence of conspiracy crazies (Truthers, chemtrail people etc.), deinstitutionalized mental health cases, homeless, criminals and drug addicts at these camps are just the sort of thing the detractors of the Occupy movement want to see (and in fact have even been encouraging, as NYPD cops regularly send these people from other parts of Manhattan to Zucotti Park, and police in other cities are infiltrating different Occupy campsites to instigate trouble themselves). Yes, I am fully aware that these people are just as much products of the version of semi-feudal corporate capitalism as anyone else camping out down there, but continuing to sleep out in tents like this will tend to make it easier to trivialize the whole movement as, well, sleeping out in tents.

I'm not going to say anything more about the Occupy movement itself; anyone who reads this has already read what I would say, in many other places and probably better phrased. I was looking up some George Orwell the other day and found this telling chapter from The Road to Wigan Pier, which he wrote in 1936 - he makes some good points, and this chapter contains some of his more spiteful writing, but it's also interesting to look at this from 75 years in his future.

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Aiee, six weeks passes like nothing. So, more updates:

My article on the 1942 Dieppe raid appeared in the latest issue of Strategy and Tactics. Got a couple of positive comments but no one really seems to have noticed. Thought I would ruffle some feathers but I guess not. - the only discussion so far has centred around what kind of Churchill tank was portrayed on the cover. The issue also contained my short review of Kilcullen's The Accidental Guerrilla, which someone else liked enough to go out and buy the book, which is praise I suppose.

Thanksgiving weekend we went out to a mail art show, Dale Roberts' Mailmania, at the Vancouver Island School of Art. It was good fun and my friend Anna Banana came over from Sechelt and stayed with us. Then we went to Pender Island for some turkey! It was a quick visit.

Last weekend was my birthday. I have almost outlived George Orwell. We had pizza and a big DQ ice cream cake. Lianne got me a Tempurpedic pillow which is good for my back, and a couple of bits for my Dremel tool (I am going to try using it on lino blocks to see how well it can cut and shape 'em) and I got myself The Gun, a newly written history of the AK-47.

Locals will know (or perhaps you've forgotten already) that the day after my birthday the government was reorganized. My old work unit has ceased to exist - still have a job, will probably be just like my job was, only in a different (and completely new) ministry and perhaps in a different building after a while (I will definitely miss working in this beautiful old building, if the move comes to pass I will work in a cube in the sky looking down on a desolate building site and an icky arena).

Halloween weekend was fun! [livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter organized a party for the [Unknown site tag] people on Saturday night at the Ledge. Lianne came too and we both dressed as Maoist Red Guards - we looked cute together but photo not available as it shows me to distinct disadvantage! I got to DJ for the first hour, it was fun and I only screwed up once, hitting the wrong button. No one seemed to notice; nobody dances in the first hour or so anyway. Set list (s'pose I could have chosen better, it sounded like I did a lot of butting one beat into the back of another):

Joy Division - Exercise One
Klaus Nomi - The Twist
Wire - Follow the Locust
Nash the Slash - Swing Shift
Gary Numan - Telekon
Blutengel - I'm Dying Alone
Manufacture - As The End Draws Near
Kraftwerk - Showroom Dummies
Skinny Puppy - Smothered Hope
Xmal Deutschland - Mondlicht
Numb - Blood
Killing Joke - Chop Chop
Pere Ubu - The Final Solution

Halloween night we didn't even bother putting the light on or making candy available - last year only TWO kids showed up all night, and I didn't even hear any passing by on the road outside this year. Lots of firecrackers and rockets though. I made a big pot of ham and pea soup and watched Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (TCM has been running a lot of these movies in the last month or two, and I find them pretty funny, with Leo Gorcey's malapropisms and Huntz Hall's goofy jokes.)

Hope all is well with you, Deah Readuhs... and for my American friends, I am so very very sorry.
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Far too long since my last post, but it was a busy month or six weeks in there. I eked out some of my vacation and took most Fridays off, I suppose I could get used to a four-day week but certainly not as much gets done.

Aki got home without incident (pity about the 14-hour bus ride to his town from Tokyo, and back again), and I think making the flight by himself really boosted his self-confidence and ability to deal with the unknown. At least, I hope so. Like any 15 year old he has grumpy non-communicative days, and other days where he just amazes me with his insight and intelligence. Now he's in Grade 11, with a full load of demanding courses - Physics, Chemistry, Drafting and Design, and Computer Programming. Next term is English, Social Studies, Math and Auto Mechanics. He says he's planning on Engineering at UVic - if he can maintain the focus, not get distracted and cultivate good study habits, I think he'll make it. I hope so, because he doesn't have the option of becoming a glib nerdy Poli Sci fake-it type like me.

Tuvan Independence Day party went off well, lots of people showed and most of the meat got eaten. [livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter and Blair came with a big ice cream cake with the Tuvan flag on top - printed on a piece of rice paper so we could eat the flag! [livejournal.com profile] epexegesis came, I hadn't seen or talked to him in a year or two. It was a nice warm day without too many bugs and afterwards we sat in chairs and watched the meteors come down.

A couple of weeks later my friend Lissa and her kids came to visit from Bainbridge Island. I've known Lissa for 24 years, she was one of my first contacts in Mail Art, back when she was "Phlegm Pets", doing pieces for a zine called Cerebral Discourse that her then boyfriend "Burnt Raisins" and other friend "CDR Rotor" printed on an offset press in a Seattle basement. Her kids are 19 and 15 now. They stayed for a few days and we all climbed Mount Doug, which I hadn't done before. With binoculars and difficulty I picked out our house from the summit.

I got to DJ again, this time in a public place! Recently the [livejournal.com profile] goth_vic people have had two chances a month to dress up and go out - "Cabaret Noir" mid month at Logan's and "Boneshaker" near-end-month at Paparazzi. Dan usually plays a lot of vinyl but was getting bored with it, and gave me a chance to play for an hour and a bit at the latter night. I brought a bunch of CDs and had a lot of fun! The best part was playing Nash the Slash's "Dance After Curfew" and getting a really good reaction from people. I hope I can do it again some time.

For the first time in years I went to a Fringe play - a production of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari". It was OK, the cast tired hard with some interesting set design (scrim on angular frames that suggested the distorted buildings and perspectives of the film) but no one had any voice control and the sound (drones and the odd "deee-DEEE" to underline moments that were supposed to be scary) was just plain annoying.

Labour Day weekend would have been a lot more fun if, midway through Saturday, I hadn't cracked a big porcelain onlay while eating a chicken salad sandwich. A month before the same thing had happened when I was eating a tortilla chip. At first I thought it was the same tooth, but no it was the neighbour tooth (cracked in 2007 - http://ltmurnau.livejournal.com/157342.html). Still, I couldn't do anything about it until Tuesday - got it fixed all right, then Wednesday I had both toenails removed (I had lost both of them before in accidents, and each time they grew in more lumpy and ingrown, so I thought I would just get them removed once and for all, the scientific way) and I am still gimping around from that, then Thursday more dental indignities (cleaning and grinding). I mean, I'm glad I have a set of teeth in good repair (though many more of these porcelain onlays and my mouth will be on its way to life as a sink) and in a while my feet will be all right, but I was glad to see the end of that week.

The garden died with a whimper. Lots of snow peas came out, and there was some nice spinach and a few turnips, but most other plantings were - not good... radishes bolted, cabbage disappointing, onions flowered, and deer at lots of things. But the apple tree is loaded down - not so the pear, but next year should be good for it. I wonder what I should plant on the plot to save it from going back to sod during the winter, I'd like to do a bit less digging to prepare it this time.

Not a great deal of gaming done, but I am selling and trading a few items. I took Virtualia and pulled it apart into basic, intermediate and advanced versions, so that an acquaintance at McGill University could try and use it in his classroom. If it works and there is some kind of lesson from it we might make a presentation on it at the fall 2011 meeting of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies, in Ottawa. Hope so.

And, you know, I think I am really starting to like instrumental surf music.
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My, what a week-and-a-bit that was.

First of all, it's nice to have a long weekend once in a while - we did not go to see the Big Parade or anything like that, Aki's seen it enough times and to me it seems to be mostly American high school marching bands (who apparently get more "points" for participating in more events like this, so get more funding to do more of the same, and so on. Which explains things.) But we did get up to a few things:

I spent some time tending my vegetable garden - things are coming up nicely now, particularly the peas and spinach - the cool weather has prevented the latter form bolting as it often does, and I've pulled some good salads out. I even planted okra, and it took a while but it did come up. Not sure why I got it, just thought I would try it. What do you do with okra, besides putting it in a soup? I also planted turnips and radishes and things, they all germinated so I have been busy thinning them out. The pruning we had done earlier this year has paid off; even though the neighbour's maple tree still drops loads of crap on the garden, a decent amount of sunlight comes through and things are growing well. The pear and apple trees had lots of blossoms and I can see a lot of apples starting out. If we can keep the neighbours' tent caterpillars from migrating over we'll be OK.

Saturday night was [livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter's birthday, and it was lots of fun. The previous week he taught me how to run his mixing gear, so I got to DJ for the first time ever! We all took turns so there were only 1/2 hour sets, so for posterity, here are my very first two playlists:

Just Like Honey - Jesus and Mary Chain
Swing Shift - Nash the Slash
Children of the Night - Blutengel
Children Go Bang - Nekromantik
Kiss the Whip - Athamay
Hot On The Heels of Love - Throbbing Gristle
The Interimlovers - Eisturzende Neubauten

Dead Heaven - Gary Numan
Bloody Pleasures - Blutengel
Avanti - Corvus Corax
Ignore the machine - Alien Sex Fiend
Cramp Stomp - Crmaps
Arcade - Chris and Cosey

It's fun to learn new fun stuff.

Victoria Day night we went to see "Uncle Hank" at the McPherson Theatre. This was the third time I've been to see him speak in Victoria, and he's a great storyteller. He spoke for 2 hours and 45 minutes without pausing for a single drink of water, and it was his 99th show in fourth months - what an incredible routine. Here is the poster design for the tour, which is kind of how I've always pictured him:



Oh, and I completely missed the Victoria Steampunk Exhibition that weekend, there was much to do otherwise and even though I have a good uniform I found that would make me look quite the Expeditionary Lieutenant, I still didn't want to fork ovr $40 for a weekend pass. I hope it was fun.

Tuesday we went to sign off the final paperwork with the lawyer for the closing of the sale of the old house. Buying that place was the only good move I ever made with my money - I'm not a spendthrift, but I'm not clever with money either and have never figured out how to make it "work" for me as hucksters would have it. But this was a good investment, a good return for years of living like a miser to save up for the down payment.

Friday I went in to drop off the application to have Aki's Canadian passport renewed. It took only an hour an a quarter to have the necessary short conversation with the clerk, who does little else other than check things are complete and take my money. In his/my case (I have to do it because he's under 16) they did a quite thorough check, including wnating to see all the paperwork relating to my divorce - also had to send the forms to Japan to get Ex to sign them off in the right place. Anyway, with luck it will be here by the end of June and he will have his trip go off without a hitch - still haven't settled dates for it as his mother is supposed to arrange all that (and pay for it, which she does instead of paying me child support) and "can't find out when Air Canada flies to Tokyo". Aki is really nervous about flying by himself there - he has travelled there many times but always with his mother or with the help of a stewardess as an Unaccompanied Minor. I told him to pick someone from the airplane and follow them, as they are all going to the same place - first luggage, then Customs, and his mother is waiting on the other side - and if he has any trouble to Ask A Uniform, because there will be plenty of them there at the airport.

Saturday and Sunday were a blur of work, as the deal for the house closed on Monday the 31 and much cleaning remained to be done before hand-over. I was quite stressed but thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dzherzhinski and his truck, we took a load of stuff to Hartland Landfill on Saturday and spent the rest of the day cutting the grass. It has not been cut for over two months, as the gas lawn mower had finally given up the ghost. Fortunately we took the electric one with us, and even though it's not meant for such heavy work, it did chop the grass down to size, though the lawn did not look exactly manicured. It was quite the longest grass I'd ever cut - the back yard was full of deer and raccoon scat, so i guess it had become somewhat of a wildlife refuge.

Sunday I sorted out more crap for the landfill, and poor [livejournal.com profile] shadesofwinter wrenched his back that morning, so I pitched in cleaning up the house interior as well. Later my Mom cam over for dinner, so I made a large spaghetti with fresh spinach salad and for dessert

The Easiest Cake Ever:

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup not-so-sweet fruit (blueberries, tart apples, etc.)

Beat eggs. Mix in sugar, flour, baking powder. Pour half the batter into a greased pie pan and sprinkle with half the fruit. Pour in the rest of the batter and sprinkle on the rest of the fruit. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Stiff and sore today. But the deal for the old house closed today, and all went well. I'm kind of relieved to get shut of it, it was a good enough house but I never felt like I had any time to enjoy it in the 12 years I lived there. Less than a year and a half after moving in, I got run over, and spent the next 4-5 years getting over my injury and working through marriage crap. That took another two years, then a couple more year of house-being-too-small, and then we moved. So there were no real stretches of time where I was able to, or wanted to, do more than small repairs or planting gardens etc. The new house (guess I should stop calling it that) has much potential and while I have just as little time to spend on it, offers more directions for development.
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Short article from the BBC Magazine with the usual complaints about Powerpoint, but some hints about what to avoid - that is if you are stuck having to use it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8207849.stm

Tuvan Independence Day party went well. More than two people showed up and it didn't rain, so I count it a success. The roast goat went down a treat, as did the grilled-fresh-out-of-the-garden zucchini.

Struggling to finish a long article on the Greek Civil War, 1943-49. It's going OK but will probably be too long. Working on it for 90 minutes each night after supper and tutoring are done is not the most efficient way to get it done either.

15 Books Meme, taken from my old friend Johnny from Facebook.

Rules:
Select fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you.
Choose the first fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
Don't take too long to think about it.
Tag some other people if you want; I won't.


I assume this to mean books that you will always remember, not because you found them life-changing but because you found them enjoyable or memorable, at any age, for a variety of reasons. I certainly could list some unpleasant books that have stuck in my mind over the years.

Anyway, in no particular order or ranking:

1. 1984 - George Orwell
2. Will - G. Gordon Liddy
3. Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
4. Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon - Jim Paul
5. Crash - J. G. Ballard
6. The Forgotten Soldier - Guy Sajer
7. This Kind of War - T. R. Fehrenbach
8. Tuva or Bust! - Ralph Leighton
9. The Ancient Engineers - L. Sprague de Camp
10. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
11. Neuromancer - William Gibson
12. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
13. Two Little Savages - Ernest Thompson Seton
14. How To Build A Flying Saucer - T. B. Pawlicki
15. Cache Lake Country - John Rowlands

Hm, that was harder than I thought.
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Yes, that means the EIGHTH annual Tuvan Independence Day celebration is on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at my house (5:00 pm until the last one of you flees) and if you are reading this, you're invited.

What is Tuva and why is it independent? Look it up, since you're already on the Inter Nets; you probably don't want to hear another of my tiresome explanations.

For those of you who have been before, it's The Usual; for those of you who haven't, bring: an open mind, YOB (we will have that simulated qumys again, it was popular last year) and maybe some food.

Dress in layers. This is a good rule for any time anyway.

My address is 1864 Fairburn Drive - take the #27 Gordon Head bus, get off at the second stop on Gordon Head Road, just past the blinking traffic light. Look for the house that looks as if it came from the set of Edward Scissorhands, with the red driveway.
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Oh boy, where to start... things are busier and busier. I have always found August to be always a fiendish month, but it’s fun and it goes by quickly. This year is no exception.

First, the home front Read more... )
Next, the 8th Annual Tuvan Independence Day Festival Read more... )

And, Burning Man PreparationsRead more... )
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Yesterday at lunch while running errands I found an incredible deal on almost-expired back bacon, the no-fat kind with the cornmeal on it (In the US this is often called "Canadian bacon".). Bought pounds and pounds and last night I made a simple but very tasty dish for supper:

Potatoes Carbonara

serves 2
cooking time - approximately 20 minutes

Ingredients

350g new potatoes, sliced (about 3 medium potatoes)
1 tbsp olive oil
100g back bacon rashers, chopped (a lump about the size of your palm)
100g button mushrooms (6-8 regular mushrooms, sliced)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
75ml (1/3 cup) single cream (aka half-and-half)
salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the bacon for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic and peppers and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Drain the potatoes and add to the pan.
Pour over the cream and cook gently for 3 minutes, stirring. Season with salt and pepper.

Yum, it was good!

I've started walking to work. It's a nice 30 minutes or so in the cool part of the day, and I can mostly avoid busier streets so it's quiet. I may not bea ble to get rid of this prodigious gut, but I can get my gimply old legs back into shape.

The party/gallery opening was lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who made it out, and apologies to everyone who got lost trying to find the place.... Aki had a great time mounting guard over the gate, I took a lot of photos (will post some when I have them read into my laptop) and made him some good chicken wings. I took a big bag of my castings to give away and stuck them up on a cork-board, at Gary's suggestion I put up a tin can for "donations to the Metal Fund". I don't know how many were taken, but I collected over $30, didn't expect that! I split the take with Aki since the more popular pins were of his design (the Eskimo Astronaut, the Wounded Fandango Man, etc.).
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In two weeks time, comrades, my friend Gary is having a grand studio party and opening!

Everyone must come and see! Way weird art, and good music, and interesting people - much better than the losers you usually hang out with (unless they come too, and they should).

Also features the unveiling of a motorized statue I commissioned Gary to make for me, incorporating two steel rods that served me as shinbones when I got run over...out of my body and into art.

Saturday, April 23, noon until late
6445 Gliddon Road


(Drive up the Pat Bay Highway, a bit past Tanner Road you will see the new Co-op gas station on the right - Gliddon Road is there, make a right and 6445 is about the third house down.)
(or take the #75 Sidney bus - leaves every hour - and get off just where the bus turns off the highway onto Tanner Road. Cross the highway, and the gas station is a few hundred yards down the road.)


Natty PDF file with a sample of Gary's art:
http://www.islandhosting.com/~ltmurnau/grfx/partyinvite.pdf

And another:



And looka here:

http://www.gjpearson.com

See you there!
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Yes, another amusing non-work-related interlude. Been having quite a few of those lately, I wonder what's wrong. Read more... )

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