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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

Hand of the Day #1939

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Hand of the Day #1939

Another poker night at Lee’s and, as always, we’re not really there for the game itself. None of us are masters of the game and we play only with chips, so the cards just serve as a platform for banter to float across.

These are lovely people to whittle away an evening with. Jacob and Lee aren’t pictured here, and Laurel is present only as a blur of pink hair, but it’s important to remember everyone’s place here.


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January 13, 2014 at 2:29 am

World of the Day #1928

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World of the Day #1928

Anton’s leaving for Boston again tomorrow, but we managed to sneak in one more game night before his departure. In Small World we each lead our civilizations of choice as they spread across the land, squabbling over mountains and prairies whenever they met. My Spirit Homunculi, Heroic Ghouls and Were-Giants took a comfortable corner of the world, but Mitch and Leyla’s pixies gave them the win.

This is the last night of my little vacation, and it seems so strange that I’m returning to work tomorrow. I’ve been away from the lab for about two weeks, and already it feels like a separate part of my life. This has been a good break, but I’m looking forward to being productive again.

goblin grotto

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January 2, 2014 at 2:07 am

Chips of the Day #1843

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Chips of the Day #1843

Our new apartment is online! Your regularly scheduled programming will resume henceforth. It’s gotten late, and the apartment is quiet and chilly, but this was a good night with friends and I am looking forward to coming days.

The chips in poker seem to slosh around the table, rather than flow downstream to the winner, so games can last for ages as everyone’s cache waxes and wanes. Mitch’s riches dwindled after this photo and Kendra’s grew; Leyla’s evaporated in one unfortunate turn and I barely survived to the end. Without the stress of monetary winnings, though, the game becomes more of a platform for banter than an end in itself, which is how I like to play.

here I am

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October 9, 2013 at 2:12 am

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Mermaid of the Day #1574

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Mermaid of the Day #1574

On a walk near Lee and Nicole’s new apartment, Mitch demonstrated the motion a stranger had made some time ago in this same spot, giving to him the distinct impression of a mermaid. Perhaps it doesn’t strike you in the same way – you might be more inclined to think of a cobra, perhaps, or a caterpillar reaching for a high leaf – but for Mitch the image of a mermaid clicked perfectly into place here.

Today was filled with people, and spanned from Lake Merritt to Lee’s overpacked car to Jacob’s second hosted comedy show. I’m falling asleep and have few words left, but a day like this makes me feel accomplished even if I didn’t do any work.

simian soirée

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January 13, 2013 at 3:17 am

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