Silar's Dog & Fiber Show

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Dogs. Fiber Arts. Occasional Cats, Trolleys & Trains & Flowers. And other moments from my life that I find interesting.
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Dreams
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Cameras:
**Motorola ic902 - Probably the best of the (poor) choices with Nextel for a camera phone.
**Canon Powershot A430 - Oh, how I love thee, let me count the ways....Primary camera - if it a good photo, this took it.
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"No one has to know that I’m just a paper tiger
Living in a condo built on bullshit and sand..."
-- Chris Orbach - I Outdid You
"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."
-- Katherine Hepburn
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How geeks do housework

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AKA Yes, we really do hate vacuuming that much. We were tempted to
get the floor cleaner too and if the price at the going-out-of-
business place drops enough we may just have to do it. ;)
23rd Nov 2008, 21:26   comments (5)

Lathe

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There is an elderly couple who go to the church I work for who have
been members there for 60 + years. The lady has had to go into a
nursing home and the old gentleman is having trouble caring for
himself so he too is going into an assisted living apartment near his
wife so he can visit her every day. His family is cleaning his old
house out as it is in very bad condition and so will be torn down to
sell the land. He came to me last week and asked me to put a little
article in our church newsletter for a lathe he had that he didn't
want money for but wanted someone to have who could use it. I
thought of Don right off, and we went to look at it that night. We
were picturing a smallish hobbyist lathe.

Yeah.

Not exactly. Try 100+ year old six foot long industrial machinists
lathe. I bet it weighs, with the motor and weight on it, 900 lbs.
NO way was this going in the back of our little Chevy. Don arranged
the borrowing of various moving equipment from his work and the loan
of the strong back, big truck, and trailer of our friend Brian, and
tonight we moved it the 25 miles from the owner's home to our home.
The gentleman was just happy to have it going to a good home and
still wouldn't take money for it. I forsee a rather sizeable
donation going to the church in their names this holiday season.

And yes, there is absolutely no safety equipment at all on the
thing. Don plans to remedy that. :)
19th Nov 2008, 03:46   comments (4)

In from the cold

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Little dude just appeared on my desk as I was preparing to leave. Wish the phone had a better camera, it is a boxelder beetle.
6th Nov 2008, 20:45   comments (0)

My coworkers are so awesome.

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They found out i was going to be twiddling my thumbs for a few hours tomorrow at an airport and hooked me up! :)
8th Oct 2008, 20:43   comments (0)

New Chucks

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Black leather monochome. I happen to be wearing jeans today, but would not hesitate a bit to wear these with a suit.
7th Oct 2008, 17:52   comments (3)

New specs - edited to add details!

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Went and had my overdue eye exam yesterday. Horray for an eye doctor who
is 1) Really nice to deal with (Her first comment when I walked in was
"Nice Chucks!", guess what was on her feet) and 2) really thorough. My
script was ALL messed up - my left eye's prescription was a disaster
particularly, as it was too strong, and correcting for entirely the
wrong problem. The right eye wasn't strong enough. So the good news is,
I walked out with my snazzy new glasses able to see better than I
have in a while, even with my pupils dilated still. I also have a new
contact for the right eye (the very nearsighted one) and no contact for
the left - the astigmatism and farsightedness of that eye balance each
other out well enough that I really don't need a contact for it,
especially given that it's lazy and doesn't really work anyway. Leaving
the contact out may actually cause it to have to do some work and
strengthen the eye itself, and make my brain hand some of the load over
to it.

Then we got to the semi-bad news part. It seems my optic nerves are
cupped. Cupped is not good. There are two related possibilities, but
they both boil down to glaucoma. See, yet again, genetics is a crap
shoot and I lost, big time. Possibility #1 - I'm developing glaucoma
now, we caught it nice and early, there are lots of treatment options
now (although the primary pill-type ones are right out as asthma meds +
beta blockers = dead asthmatic) and glaucoma is not an automatic
blindness sentence like it used to be. Possibility #2 - this cupping is
actually damage from years ago that no doc picked up on (or mentioned to
me, at least) from the high doses of steroids when I was a kid/teen for
the asthma, which means I am at high risk for developing glaucoma but I
don't actually have it yet. Next week I go back for more testing to see
how my visual field is, then again in a few months to see if it changes.
If it doesn't, we go with Possibility #2 but treat it with something to
reduce the optical pressure to hold #1 off. If it is progressing, we get
a lot more aggressive with the treatment - laser surgery, perhaps,
depending on further tests to determine exactly what type of glaucoma it is.

I like being me, but sometimes I really wish I could change bodies. This
one has too damned many manufacturer's defects.
26th Sep 2008, 17:20   comments (5)

We are family...

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...a family of Chucks wearers, that is. I've been raving about mine since I got them so Don got some too.
21st Sep 2008, 00:06   comments (1)

New hat. Matches my Chucks.

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Was supposed to be cloudy so i didn't bring a hat, had to get one!
13th Sep 2008, 20:09   comments (0)