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Adding crazy

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Red says:

Life has a way of being crazy.  Even so, sometimes we look around and say, “you know what, I think there isn’t enough crazy here, let’s do something about that,” and then decide to have a baby.

Our first baby is due in about three months, and never would I have guessed how extremely geeky or romantic such an undertaking could prove to be.

First of all, we’ve got all these chemicals going through our brains, making us care more about each other, be more tender toward each other, etc.  I suddenly understand why so many people who get married after knowing each other for a year or two, and then have a baby right away, end up getting divorced after the kids grow up.  First, they have the new relationship energy carrying them, and then they have this biological dependency going, and they don’t have a chance to figure out that they don’t even like each other until all that wears off.  I am so glad Patch and I waited, and let ourselves go through several stages of relationship before adding a kid to the mix, but I am also enjoying this new form of romance.

Second, ZOMG, do you know how much cool geek stuff there is for parents and kids?  My favorite quote from Patch, so far is, “I guess my kid’s too young to make blinky bugs with, since it’s not even born yet.”

Ever since our talks of kids went more from theoretical to reality based, Patch has been working on figuring out which laptop will get a Babybuntu partition.  Sadly, it appears no one has written an official Ubuntu for babies, and with Patch’s schedule, I don’t see him writing one before the kid’s a teenager; but we have been paying attention to other advice on how to involve kids in computer use from day one, though we understand that at at first, “a baby is really just a warm burrito.”

Not to mention how incredibly geeky-cool it is to get ultra-sound images of the developing fetus.  I mean, really!  They do it with sound waves!  Which is about as close as I may ever get to being scanned by a sonic screwdriver.  (Speaking of which: this year’s Dr. Who, Christmas Special, was a spun sugar delight of Moffat-y nonsense that  went down like frosted gingerbread, without the heartburn.  <3 )

What kinds of crazy, romantic geekiness do you have planned for this year?

Dinner Broken

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Patch says:

I wish we had a bugtracker for society.  Lacking one, let me make this an official bug report.

Over the course of the past few centuries, for various reasons, our culture has managed to move the big meal of the day from midday to evening.  This causes many problems, but whinging about bad dreams from eating too late, or obesity from eating and then resting, really misses the main problem:

Dinner is bad for romance.

You go out on a date.  You eat a big meal.  You follow it up with a big desert.  Now you have several problems.

1)  Burps and farts, which are the natural outcome of a delicious, rich meal, have a tendency to break certain delicate romantic moods.

2)  The complex array of lingering tastes and aftertastes from an appropriately constructed meal often makes for kisses that are more … richly flavored than we might want them to be.

3)  Sexual acrobatics are less fun when conducted on a full and sloshing stomach.  I am not at my best, physically, when feeling like a large, overfed sloth.

Following up dinner with a movie is the current solution to the problem.  This keeps me up past my bed time, however, and romance after the movie tends to comprise falling lazily asleep in each other’s arms (not that I’m knocking falling asleep in each other’s arms, but that’s not the only outcome one might be shooting for).

Report filed.  Now get to fixing it, Everyone.

Virtual Community

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Red says:

One of the wonders of the internet is the way it allows small groups of people with a shared interest, but who may live thousands of miles apart, to form communities.  The problems come up when you suddenly have too many communities and not enough time to devote to all of them.  I love my friends, but sometimes it’s harder having them all be in separate communities than it is having them be physically far apart.

This is really the appeal of social networks, they provide a community based around each person, and you can connect all of your people, not just the ones who love knitting, or playing a particular game.

Of course, then you realize that you still don’t have enough time to keep up with all the fantastic people in this glorious world.

Day to Day

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Patch says:

I feel as though I don’t have much to write about today.

Things happened today.  I had little minor adventures, learned life lessons, experienced a first that I didn’t really ever need to experience.  I read some interesting blog posts, played a lovingly designed game.  Had an interesting conversation at work.  Watched something funny while eating nachoes on the couch with Red.  Listened to some good music.

Drove a distance with the wind streaming through my hair.

The fact that all of that could have happened and I would have been left feeling blah, like I’m stuck in some sort of daily grind, like I have nothing interesting to say … that is actually enough to start a little bit of a smile tugging at the corners of my mouth.

I’m not going to say something cheesy like “life is miraculous”.  Miracles are things that don’t happen.  Life is all the things that do happen.

And it it sometimes nice to sit, to think, to take stock, to acknowledge having lived.

Now I am going to head toward bed.

No Pain(killers)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Red says:

I’ve been sick for a long time, but this week has been particularly bad.  Six months ago, I would have reached for the painkillers and mustered through at full speed.  At the time, it seemed like the only way to get everything done that I had to.

Now, I’m living life at a different pace, and trying to listen better to my body.  Days like today, it’s frustrating, and my body and I don’t seem to share a common language, but at least I can get through without chemical aids.

Flattery Will Get You …

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Patch says:

Some time ago, the comment spam on this blog primarily comprised impressive walls of links, interspersed with text (usually in Russian, for whatever reason).  Obvious and easy to moderate — the sheer volume was the main headache — the strategy probably worked just fine for sneaking spammy links into blogs without basic filters in place.

More recently, the spam comments have changed in tone, tenor, and language.  Nowadays, I get brief messages, in my native tongue, along the lines of “I really like your writing, you should do this professionally.”  Such comments always make me pause for a fraction of a moment, as the flattery appreciating gears in my brain get tickled, before more rational centers say “nah, it’s just a spammer, see the spammy links next to their name?  (Also, your writing sucks).”  And I click “spam”, and the comment is gone from my sight.

Automated empty flattery.  It’s actually kind of awesome, kind of beautiful.  What other little bits of humanity can we chop up and feed through a computer in this way?

Were-fore Wouldst Thou

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Red says:

One of the interesting questions that came up in the virtual release party for Thieves and Scoundrels was whether [the author in question] would rather be a vampire, werewolf or zombie.

Of the three who were asked this question, Patch being one of them, all chose vampire.  Patch’s wording was, “well, if we’re talking about Vampires after Stoker got to them, they really are the obvious choice.”

Which led me to wonder, “WHY?”  What’s so obvious about that?

I personally would choose lycanthropy.  If you end up in a mythology where you have no control over the change, you get to run bloody rampage without the dictates of conscience stopping you.  If you end up in a mythology where you get more control, having that optional quadrapedal form and not having your life limited by a clock, well that just beats everything hands down.  Go vampire, you lose sunlight forever, and extended travel becomes near impossible.  No thanks.  As for zombies, that’s dead without benefits.

Anyway, see you cloak swirling ponces in the arena. ;-)

Jump and Flap

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Red says:

This year, a movie was released for my birthday, How to Train Your Dragon*.

One of my friends, from the ever more distant days of High School, and I used to use the term, “flying dragons,” to describe the right kind of job, the right kind of activity, the right kind of relationship.  If it is as fulfilling as flying dragons, as freeing, then you’re in a good place. (more…)