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Photo of the Day #2602

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Photo of the Day #2602

Adam recently started a job near where I work, which means he’s another candidate for lunch time meetups. We ate on the picnic tables at my office, looking out at the bay while we caught up. Adam’s on track to get married; he and his fiancée are buying a house, complete with white picket fence, planning to get a dog – that whole Dream come to life. It’s good to see that things are going well for him.

I suppose I’m about to start drifting into that phase of life where friends everywhere start to get married. It started this year with Brian, like the first kernel as you heat your popcorn – I wonder when the flurry will begin.

boss battle

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November 7, 2015 at 1:35 am

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Molecule of the Day #2079

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Molecule of the Day #2079

With blanket and cupcakes, slackline and a massive bowl of fruit, we went out to the park today to meet my friends for a picnic I’d pulled together. For some reason I feel a little silly trying to organize my own birthday party – like I am asking people to celebrate me – but this time I wanted to see a lot of the friends who’ve drifted away over the years, and to see what kinds of reactions arise when my different circles of friends interact.

There’s a certain natural tendency at this kind of event, when strangers are brought together, for them to separate back into their own groups like the layers in a salad dressing. This left me fretting a little at one point, wondering if people were comfortable. Eventually, though, a number them mixed together on this glassy structure, talking and swinging and throwing kooshes, and everyone got along quite nicely.

There are so many wonderful people I know and want to see more, and it’s so hard to balance everything. Today was lovely, and hopefully this summer I’ll manage to see more of the friends I’ve been missing lately.

logan’s loop

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June 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Jam of the Day #702

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Anton, Adam and Jacob are not particularly musically inclined (though Anton took piano lessons for several years, and Jacob recently picked up Harmonica), but we can always pretend. Rock Band dumbs down the jamming experience a great deal, but it’s still fun, and the music is guaranteed to be good – no sudden flat notes or complete and total melodic meltdowns, as might occur if I tried to play a real guitar.

Today was even hotter than yesterday, so before the jam at Jacob’s (and now Anton’s) place, we all went to my dad’s pool, which was of course relentlessly cold. Though we didn’t swim much, we bobbed and waded and talked about Scott Pilgrim and the like for a long time, and there’s no better place for such conversations than over the chlorine-blue ripples, and no better way to escape the sun.

I’ll miss them, as I’ve said before, and I will be glad to see them again when the time comes.

ohhhhh, we’re half way there

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August 25, 2010 at 3:13 am

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Phase of the Day #651

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Here at our 4th of July picnic, Mackenzie stands firm, as sharp as the leaves and as sturdy as the concrete. Her three companions, though, who operate the three-axis seesaw, have phased partially out of existence. They obscure themselves by their own motions, as fireworks will vanish into their own clouds of smoke. Anton, David and Adam are brave for these actions, pushing against the bounds of reality, and Mackenzie is oh so noble in her stability.

The picnic really did go wonderfully, and though we missed most of the fireworks, we did spend some time at the heart-shaped castle when they ended, telling jokes, singing songs and staging a counterattack against a prank caller from Georgia.

I missed this! Let’s have lots more days like today.

he rides across the nation, the thoroughbred of sin

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July 5, 2010 at 1:29 am

Crab of the Day #640

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As part of Ben’s last hurrah before he goes off to Texas for the summer, we paid another visit to Water World and spent the day riding water slides (Ben and Jacob lost their inner tube in one of the tunnels slides) and floating in the Lazy River. During moments when I had my camera, I needed to stay far from the water, so when Ben, Jacob and Adam went for a lap around the river, I had to jog along the riverside to photograph them. As I viewed them from the bridge, the three of them turned into crabs and fiddled their way towards me. Ben makes a rather sinister crab, Jacob seems somewhat frightened, and Adam is learning the path of Crabhood from his friends.

It was a good day, and now I need to collapse for several hours if I wish for tomorrow to be a good day as well.

I’ve got the brain, I’m insane

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June 24, 2010 at 2:19 am

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Discovery of the Day #463

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After a very entertaining showing of Sherlock Holmes, we made our way toward the exit of the Shattuck Cinemas and, for some reason, took a quick detour into one of the smaller theaters, which had emptied some time earlier. The Shattuck recently installed a full set of incredibly roomy seats in front of every silver screen, but I was surprised to find that they’d gone a step further here, and replaced all of the old foldable seats with a fleet of squashy couches and a set of gigantic plush bean bag chairs. Adam, Emily and I had a bit of fun throwing ourselves into their fluffy depths for a few moments, and tossed a baby beanbag chair at one another. Naturally, we only got away with this for a few minutes before a theater employee came and asked us to leave, but the experience was still worth while, and I smiled and thanked him as he blankly watched us leave.

We decided that, should we go through with our plans for a collective mansion, we would need such a room in it. It’s quite fun to plunge into bean bag chairs, especially luxurious crimson ones like these. I suppose we can put it on the list along with a two-story deep swimming pool and expansive library with rolling shelves.

We should aim for the very top, so that we still end up somewhere high even if we don’t succeed outright, no?


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December 29, 2009 at 2:31 am

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Sight of the Day #454

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More than nine months ago, I took a photo from almost this exact place, standing alone and staring out over the brightly sleeping city. I climbed Indian Rock again tonight, this time with friends, and we discussed theoretical physics and space travel in the mild night air.

This was after a late showing of Avatar, which, despite being supersaturated with clichés, was a fantastic movie. A story’s strength doesn’t necessarily lie in its plot, but rather its telling, and in its details, and Avatar succeeded in both respects beautifully.

I love all these people who, in their striving to tell a story, create entire worlds, explaining each and every element involved. Even more interesting, in a way, is a world created by many people, each person working to his or her strength. I’m reminded of Slartibartfast from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, who made Norway with great pride. In Metroid Prime there are little schools of fish that swim to avoid your shots, then come together again when it’s safe – someone made them. Avatar’s director hired a linguist to invent a new language for the Na’vi, a musician to build a new musical structure (which I can’t name properly, since the science and art of music both elude me), a biologist to create wildlife and an interconnected ecosystem, and a physicist to explain the floating islands (via some magnetic system). And so they have created a world which is not only beautiful, but believable in many ways, even though it is so fantastical.

I’m making a world too! I mustn’t forget! And you’ll be a part of it too, and we can swim together in the Collective Unconscious!


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December 20, 2009 at 3:48 am

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