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Lots of puttering (though not much visible), and a good walk around the Rose Garden. Nice, relaxing day at home.

Finished looking up, and started learning, the chords to a song -- I'm being deliberately vague here because we want to surprise people with our next concert, at Conflikt. It'll be... different.

I officially declared the old backup drive toast when mkfs with extra checking crashed my system halfway through the first pass.

Lots of links, of course, including Crohn's Disease Diet, Foods & Nutrition (I copied the list of bad-for-you foods in the notes; naturally it includes a lot of Colleen's favorites) and the excellent Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult (plus a link to some commentary). That's scary, but maybe now a few more people in the media and the Democratic Party will pay attention. What's even more scary is that they probably won't.

I set my mood as "good", but actually a lot of things are looking kind of bleak.

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Father's Prayer (Christmas 2009), from this post by [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar.

... But I have had cause lately to see that men love their children quite as much as women, in a way mysterious to women. And so I got to thinking about Joseph, who is surely one of the most famous adoptive fathers. I'm sure he too looked up at the sky and said, "God, I hope I do this right."

To which all I can say is "amen to that".

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Breakfast was an omelette with leftover pesto -- Colleen made wonderful fresh pesto last night for dinner.

Spent my time alone in the morning (I get up much earlier than the [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat) doing some much-needed but basically uninteresting maintenance on my email foldering system, and going through most of the unread mail in my "misc" folder. Added a "friends" folder.

After breakfast, the Cat and I went up to San Francisco for the Chihuly exhibit at the de Young Museum. Amazing. Indescribable. If there's one near you, go see it. Also some amazing paper art by Jane Hammond. Lunch in the museum cafe; tasty (we both had the lamb curry), but the rice was underdone--they're clearly running a bit beyond their capacity with the Chihuly crowds. No problems with the wheelchair, though I need to remember to ask whether she's ready to roll after she's been in one place for a while; sometimes she puts her feet down.

Nice drive back by way of the Great Highway, State Route 1 past Devil's Slide to Half Moon Bay, and 92 back to I280. Tempting to take 1 down all the way to Santa Cruz, but we really didn't have the time.

Walked around the Rose Garden. You know that pain in the ball of my foot that I mentioned yesterday and the day before? Had it again, even with my Keen hiking boots. Something bruised, I think. The running shoes seem to have the best padding; may have to use those plus an ankle brace for a while.

Spent the evening puttering, and attempting to diagnose Colleen's dual-boot desktop machine in the bedroom, and Kat's HP Ubuntu box. Oddly enough, both worked fine for me (though the HP doesn't seem to recognize the monitor size through a KVM switch even when X is restarted; it may have to boot with the monitor switched in). Loose connections, maybe. That, or I scared them into working.

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In other words, my copy of [livejournal.com profile] ohiblather's TechnoNerdMonster arrived today! It's even more wonderful on paper than it is on the screen, darker, richer-textured, and even more monstrously gleeful.

Now I have to clear off some wall space...

In other news to be gleeful about, my server has been up all day. So I won't have to install my new 500GB drive in it.

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No, not here -- I just buy the stuff. Over here where [livejournal.com profile] vixyish is auctioning off two batches of drawings: Iron Doodler (where this cool rose icon came from) and storybook archetypes. And she has an Etsy Shop, too!

And while you're in a buying holiday mood, I have a few CDs to sell, too.

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Public Domain paintings by Don Davis
PUBLIC DOMAIN WORKS DONE FOR NASA.

These are some of my works commissioned by various NASA facilities. They are offered here to provide something like definitive digital versions of such images for anyone who wants to have them. You paid for them and they're yours.
The server seems to be quite slow, unfortunately. It may be best to wait a day or so.

(From BoingBoing)
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NSS Space Settlement Calendar Art Contest
The National Space Society (NSS) is looking for artists to create visions of a spacefaring future — a future of space settlement, be it on the Moon, on Mars, on asteroids, or orbiting independently in space. To bring attention to our goal of creating a spacefaring future, NSS is sponsoring a contest for such artwork to be used in a calendar promoting a future of humans living and working in space. The best of the submitted artwork will be selected for inclusion in the 2008 NSS Space Settlement Calendar. Judges include world-renowned space artists David A. Hardy and Pat Rawlings.

The NSS Space Settlement Art Contest will run until January 31, 2007.
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Neatorama » Blog Archive » Soap Not Spray Can: Reverse Graffiti Art.

So, there's this British guy who makes street art by selectively cleaning the grime off of dirty walls.
The tools are simple: A shoe brush, water and elbow grease, he says.

British authorities aren’t sure what to make of the artist who is creating graffiti by cleaning the grime of urban life. The Leeds City Council has been considering what to do with Moose. "I’m waiting for the kind of Monty Python court case where exhibit A is a pot of cleaning fluid and exhibit B is a pair of my old socks," he jokes.
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From [livejournal.com profile] slothman comes this post pointing us at A Child’s Machiavelli: a Primer on Power by the artist Claudia Hart. It's out of print, but you can download the PDF.
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A pleasant day out with the [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat. Our stick-in-the-mud daughters seem to have little interest in art museums, long drives, and seafood restaurants. Their loss, and it's cheaper.

We started by taking advantage of our family membership in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to get us in to the Monet in Normandy exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Drove up I280, as usual. Had lunch at the museum cafe (tasty, though not particularly cheap) -- I had the halibut, and the Cat had the antipasto plate. Then went to the Monet exhibit.

The light! There were some astounding seascapes. I was struck by one in particular, of a beach with stones showing darkly through the receding tail of a wave. Walk a few feet closer and it all disolves into disconnected brushstrokes. There were some fantastic views of waves that the [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat particularly liked. And the waterlilies, of course. Dropped about $80 in the museum bookstore. Dangerous places, those bookstores. Afterwards, upstairs, there were three rooms of Rodin sculptures. Rooms with walls of white marble, bathed in light. (Some of my favorites, but not all. Between the Legion of Honor and the Stanford museum thirty miles south in Palo Alto, I can see most of them.

We drove back along the coast on Route 1. The Devil's Slide section, between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, was just reopened last week. I caught a few glimpses of the sea below the cliffs, dark blue and filled with sailboats. Not quite the colors of Monet's paintings, but real enough.

Sixty miles or so down the coast, we headed East from Santa Cruz on Highway 9, winding up through the redwoods past Felton, Ben Lomond, Big Basin, and down past Skyline Drive into Saratoga. All told, a pleasant three hour trip -- it only took one hour going up, but wasn't nearly as pretty.

The kids had no interest in a "fancy" seafood restaurant, so we went by ourselves to the Yankee Pier in nearby Satan's Santana Row. It's dangerously close to a kitchen-gadget store called Sur la Table, so of course we went in, coming out with a pyrex measuring cup (replacing the one that broke a couple of months ago), an OXO jar opener, and a large Kyocera vegetable peeler. Mangos are cheap this month.

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