Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Birthday from... Google?

I didn't know Google did this for birthdays! If you're logged in, this is the Google logo you get. I felt special. Thanks, Google!

Gimli Gif

Sorry, this isn't a gif of my cat or the dwarf we named him after... it's a gif that our cat is completely entranced by. He's watching it for about the 30th time as I type this sentence. It's Jell-O, bouncing at 6200 fps, found on Reddit.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! For the unaware and for posterity, this is what I'm talking about: someone who does the challenge nominates you (and a couple other people). Then, you have the choice to either donate $10 to ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) research and dump a bucket of ice water over your head, or donate more (I've heard varying rules, from $25 to $100 or more).

Jake nominated Birk, but since we have the same name, I decided to do it as well (as if we didn't know which Alex Birk he was talking about). But only Birk nominated people. The video is below:


Yeah, it's kind of chilly out tonight for an August evening... That was really cold.

Anyway, I'm about to go to alsa.org to make our donations, but I wanted to post the video here first.

On a side note, I wanted to mention that I've never been given a reason to donate to ALS research before. I donate to cancer research because I know/knew people with cancer. I donate to AIDS research because I know someone who works with AIDS research. I've never been asked to donate to ALS research before. Now I have (albeit indirectly by piggy-backing on Birk's nomination) and so I am. EVMS recently did their challenge and the doctor who spoke at the beginning of the video made an excellent point... ALS research won't just benefit finding a cure or treatment for ALS... it will help with other conditions like Huntington's. It could help with something entirely unrelated, too... you know how sometimes scientists are looking for one thing and they wind up stumbling across a totally different thing? Who knows when/where that might happen? So yes, I dumped ice water on my head and posted a video of it online, but more importantly, I'm donating to an important cause that I recognize as important without having any emotional ties to it, and asking others to do the same.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Margaery Dress

For NY Comic Con, I'm going to be Margaery Tyrell! So Beth is making my dress. I visited her two weeks ago so we could get to work on it... this is what we had when I left:

She does beautiful work, right? I'm pretty amazed, myself. For reference, here's a photo of the dress she's recreating:

I've also ordered shoes, and started working on making the Tyrell ring, and researching how to make my now-annoyingly-long hair do what it's doing there.

Obviously, completed photos yet to come!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If I Had a Post-It Wall...

At CNU, we had a Post-It quote wall. When somebody said something funny, we wrote it on a Post-It and stuck it to the wall. These are legendary among my friends.

I don't have a Post-It wall anymore. (Not that kind, anyway... I do have several Post-Its stuck on my office wall over my phone, but they aren't funny.) But I have a blog.

It's like learning quantum physics in Russian after you've spent your entire life living under a rock with mole-people who speak Mayan.
I'm good at similes.
Me, telling Birk that financial aid doesn't make sense unless it's your job to make sense of it.

Yeah, I know... I probably think I'm funnier than I am. But hey... it's my blog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


I have a max-level WoW character for the first time! Thrashbarg hit 90 last night. Birk brought home cake and candles (the zero looks funny because they didn't have any zeroes so he broke a 6) because we are ridiculous people and he is sweet.

So what did I do this morning? Started a blood elf named Grabhsarht. Gonna get her to 90 too. Eventually.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Growing Old/Up/Out

I was thinking about the saying "you have to grow old but you don't have to grow up." But I finally figured out what I don't like about that. Growing up is important. It's a good thing. It's why you can pay your bills and make wise decisions and learn from your mistakes to make better choices in the future. I want to grow up.

When people say this, what they really mean is that they don't have to grow out of things.

Growing old: spending more time alive. This is not optional. (Unless you die.)

Growing up: becoming mature and responsible and obtaining knowledge (and applying that knowledge to appropriate situations).

Growing out of something: no longer being interested in something deemed to be suitable for a younger age group than the one you are in.

So... you have to grow old, you should grow up, but you don't have to outgrow.

This is probably the sort of thing that belongs in /r/showerthoughts but I was pretty proud of it.