Now It’s On

Big money! Big money! No whammies! TCF finally accepted my leftover loan money! It’s pony time!

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Too Many Words

Paul (who is one of my most dedicated readers) says that I use too many words. I think that I am already way over my limit on this one, but here are three that he will definitely read:


He might also read any words involving monkeys, ninjas, pirates, robots, or robot monkey ninja death pirates, especially if the robot monkey ninja death pirate has been drinking. I know I would.

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Sadness is a sweet liqeuer

On paper you’d think that it would be one of the happiest evenings ever. Lisa and Stan finally took some much needed Lisa and Stan time, and I got to babysit Noah. We went to Waite Park at the top of the hill. It might only be the second highest point in Minneapolis, but the open sky and setting sun transported the park and everyone in it to the top of the world.

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I Said Maroon and Gold

I just wasn’t in the mood for flower photography today. Maybe I will reshoot all this tomorrow.

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Maroon and Gold

Paul wanted more pictures. Here you go. I’d like to reshoot this with a tripod, but that would be too much like planning.

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The Weisman


Weisman Art Museum

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Oddjack Cultural Oddsmaker: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : Oddjack

What are the odds that the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will feature hot Oompa-Loompa-on-Oompa-Loompa action?

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Oddjack Cultural Oddsmaker: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : Oddjack

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Laptop Light

The power went out towards the end of class today. Apparently I was the only person who had the childhood experience of making ooo ooo ghost noices when the lights were turned off in elementary school. The professor (no, not the real professor, but the PhD candidate who replaced the real professor for half the lectures) continued by flashlight, and the class lit their notes with either cell phones or their laptops.

I just got an email from Gerg, whose band (Dallas Orbiter) is playing Orchestra Hall at midnight on Friday, and then the Hexagon Bar at eleven on Saturday. There is a strong chance that I will be at both of those shows, because I am still their number one superfan, and both are free. I have not yet heard back about the proposed Tacos Morelos / Walker Art Center date, but if that works out for the weekend it will likely take precedence — although both shows are late enough that I would be free by then anyway.

Uh oh, looks like I can’t walk home from the Hexagon.

Oh, hey, Haley Bonar is playing the Turf Club tomorrow. I almost forgot. Of course, I have only listened to the one song, so even though that song is spectacular and breaks my heart into a fine dust, maybe I should check out some more before committing myself. Maybe I could live dangerously and visit Saint Paul AND Minneapolis in one night. Oh! I could even take the 16, just like old times!

Apparently this is the summer that I turn 20, not the summer that I turn 30.

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Sitting in a classroom on a sunny afternoon

With infinite apologies to Walt Mink.

Avoiding people’s eyes
Noticing how many different kind of shoes there are
Watching them go by

Full lyrics here

My class starts in five or ten minutes, but I will be splitting my attention between the minutiae of Turing Machines and the #gallery irc channel, where at least one of the students that I am mentoring for Google Summer of Code is currently trying to spit out his plan. I think that he has a reasonable handle on things, but like most programmers he needs to learn how to give status updates. I am included in that lot.

Can I split my attention three ways? Can I blog while paying attention to the irc channel while taking notes on the unsolveability of PCP? Probably not, so you, my loyal readership, will have to wait until after class and work for me to lay the shag carpet of language in this rec room of a website. I imagine that I will be doing something while babysitting Noah tonight, but that something might be playing at the park or watching Beauty and the Beast. In “Morgan’s Passing” by Anne Tyler, the puppeteers do “Beauty and the Beast,” but the beast does not change into a prince at the end.

Oh yeah, I printed out the Four Negations cover art (which still makes me laugh) and showed it to Andy. He told me that I have too much time on my hands. I don’t believe him, but I will consider it while dragging the kiddie pool up to my bedroom and soaking in it tonight. I think that the hose will reach through my window.

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LEGO Turing Machine

LEGO Turing machine

It frightens me a little that

  1. I understand this
  2. It kind of excites me
  3. I’m slightly upset that it isn’t a true turing machine (but is equivalent, since it can apparently simulate one)

Mmm… infinite tape…

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