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  1. Avatar Patrick
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    I’m going to be taking it easy, checking with you to see if we already have somebody lined up for the next Babyonia and taking the scheduling of that back over, celebrating passing the screening exam, going to soccer, and maybe watching some football.

    There are a ton of other things I should do, but I think this weekend I’m going to not do them.Report

  2. Avatar zic
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    First, a question: Did Maribou give you all those birthday kisses she promised us she’d give? Inquiring minds want to make sure you got all your birthday gifts.

    And weekend. I had four (not on, but four!) designs accepted yesterday. This is a BFD for me. All due by the end of November. That’s an even bigger BFD. I will be very, very busy for the next six weeks making a baby blanket, baby cardigan, cowl, and mitts, and writing the patterns so that others can also make them.

    Supposed to have a photo shoot this afternoon, but my camera will no longer focus.

    There will be bread baking and apple-pie making and leaf-crunching-underfoot.Report

  3. Avatar KatherineMW
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    Preparing for Haiti.

    There will also be two thanksgiving dinners this weekend (a big ham on Saturday, and a turkey on Monday when my aunt and cousin come for dinner), because my mom is awesome. I’ll probably be helping with the pumpkin pie. After two weeks of being away from home for Thanksgiving, this is very nice.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to KatherineMW
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      You decided to go?

      Wow. Proud.

      Details? Please?

      And anything that you need? You have friends here who would help in any way we can.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to zic
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        Thank you so much! Right now I could really use advice on buying an e-reader – having one would be really handy since I can’t bring a load of books down with me. I need something that’s compatible with my Mac and that lets me get a good selection of classics (i.e., out-of-copyright books – Les Mis, Shakespeare, Jane Eyre, Dracula, Austen’s books, etc.) for free.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to zic
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        Oh, right, details. I’ll have a 3-year position as Planning and Reporting Assistant for Mennonite Central Committee. That means I’ll be helping with keeping track of what the projects have actually achieved, whether they’re meeting their goals, what’s working and what isn’t and what can be changed. Since the 5-year earthquake relief project wraps up in 2015 (other long-term programs, especially reforestation, will continue), I expect I’ll be helping with the evaluation on that. I also might be helping train some of MCC’s Haitian personnel in reporting and evaluation methods.

        I’ll be in Désarmes, a town ~40km north of Port-au-Prince, in the Artibonite Valley. There’s eight other MCCers there, all Haitian, as well as people who work for our local partner organizations. MCC hires local people rather than internationals as much as possible – which is a mark of a good development agency, because the locals will always have a better understanding of the context and issues than a foreigner will, but also means that I may be the only non-Haitian in the town. Fortunately, I get several weeks of language training in Creole (which, from a cursory first look, has a lot in common with French, making things easier) as part of a home-stay in Haiti before I begin work, and can continue getting language training after my work starts. The Desarmes office will have internet access, thanks to solar panels installed by MCC, so I’ll hopefully have some ability to stay in touch.

        It’s not a salaried position, but MCC funds living expenses and travel and provides medical insurance.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to zic
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        Nice. Sadly, I cannot advice you on e-readers; but my son took a black and white 3g kindle to Alaska, when there was wifi available, could use it to download all the amazon free books, to use gmail, and wikipedia.

        But that was, technology speaking, a lifetime ago.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to zic
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        My Paperwhite is awesome. You can read it in any light without eye strain, and it has like 30 hours of battery life.

        You are limited to Amazon’s format and pdfs, but I find that more than sufficient.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to zic
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        The Paperwhite won’t read plain text?

        Anyway, download Calibre (free) onto your computer. It will convert anything (text, html, epub, pdf, mobi, lit, etc.) to anything else, so you can convert anything at all to mobi (Kindle) format.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to zic
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        And if it’s in the public domain, chances are you can get a Kindle-ready format from the Gutenberg Project even if it’s not available at the Kindle Store (which it usually is).Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to zic
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        Mike – Can you explain a bit more about how that works? I downloaded a couple of Google Books, but they just show up for online reading rather than in any downloadable format, and Google’s information on them says they can’t be used on Kindle readers. If I could read Google Books on a Kindle that would be a great option.Report

      • Avatar Just Me in reply to zic
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        I second calibre. It is my go to converter and how I transfer books to my kindle fire.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to zic
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        KMW, are these the books that are out of copyright? If so, you may just need to download them again. They’re probably available here.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to KatherineMW
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      1) You rock.
      2) Good luck.
      3) As someone who is stuck with Columbus Day this weekend (eyeroll), I am VERY JEALOUS THAT YOU GET PROPER THANKSGIVING.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to Maribou
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        We moved our Thanksgiving forward because up here, nobody is in the mood to be thankful for anything in November.Report

      • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou
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        Oh, I should’ve clarified – I’m Canadian and I disapprove of this whole celebrating in November thing even though I’ve lived here for 15 years. Still seems like an abomination, even though our Nov. weather is much less miserable.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to Maribou
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        I request a post about Canadian Thanksgiving traditions.

        I live in Maine, I know nothing, and here, it’s the best time of year for Thanksgiving. What are the dishes? Tales appreciated. Please.Report

      • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou
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        zic, I don’t think it’s very different other than a) the date, and b) football is not a big deal. oh, and of course there’s not aaaaaaaaaaa black friday factor.

        otherwise, i haven’t seen anything here that wasn’t within ‘how some family might celebrate’ back home. we… don’t generally have marshmallowy yams?? and people often don’t eat turkey, but instead ham, chicken, goose, or even lasagna – some big feast is required, and turkey is most common, but not required.

        in my neck of the woods, it was more likely to be small and intimate than Christmas dinner (which was more of an extended family thing), but I think that is PEI specific rather than Canada specific. Or maybe even just specific to my two different families.

        We still gather up the “Thanksgiving orphans” though. I was so gathered a couple of times when I was at McGill and couldn’t afford to go home.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to Maribou
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        Cranberries with the turkey?

        That is the taste of the northeast — cranberry and turkey. Cranberries even grow in the tundra and alpine zone in the Presidential range.

        And I’m curious about pine nuts; also called Indian Nuts. The native scrub pines, mostly coastal, have edible nuts similar to Pignolia. I don’t know how far north they range.Report

      • Avatar just me in reply to Maribou
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        Mmmmm. Cranberries and turkey. Now that is a Wisconsin tradition.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to Maribou
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        zic – For my family’s Thanksgiving, we get together for a big meal that usually centres around turkey (occasionally we’ve had ham instead), plus my mom’s wonderful dressing, yams, green beans with Swiss cheese (my aunt brought them one year, and we all loved them so much that we’ve demanded them every successive year), probably some mashed potatoes, other vegetables, and pumpkin pie for dessert. It’s always delicious.Report

      • Avatar Cascadian in reply to Maribou
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        Thanksgiving with the other true north folk: turkey, stuffing, yams (no marshmallows), lots of wine and champagne.

        Our ski club holds a ski swap this weekend as well all the beginning of the season meetings. We have a house of people and food but I’m spending most of my time showing up to stuff I have to…. ugh.Report

  4. Avatar NewDealer
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    Weekend trip to SeattleReport

  5. Avatar Reformed Republican
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    This week I accepted my relocation offer, so I will be moving to Houston at the beginning of next year. This weekend, I will attack the junk room and figure out what I will get rid of. Maybe.

    There should be some time with Dominions 4, and that is a game that can easily suck away the hours.

    Perhaps some general housecleaning.

    Probably watch a few episodes of The Wire.

    I may try to watch last weekend’s Battleground PPV, or at least some highlights.

    I want to get back to painting some miniatures that I got.

    I need to get in some serious guitar time. I have been neglectful this week.

    I have feeling this list is going to get truncated before the weekend is over.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Reformed Republican
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      last weekend’s Battleground PPV

      DUDE IT WAS AWESOME

      Except that it ended on a cliffhanger that went on to be resolved on Monday Night Raw.

      Which, as much as I enjoyed it, is not any way to run a railroad.

      That said, I yelled at the television and then said to Dman “that was one of those shows that reminds me why I watch this crap.”Report

      • Avatar Reformed Republican in reply to Jaybird
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        If they do not give a decisive title change soon, and continue to pull shenanigans to give Daniel Bryan the victory, then take the title away again, I will lose interest. I like the HBK ref angle for the next PPV, since there are legitimate reasons he could go either way. I hope it gets proper resolution, however it ends.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Reformed Republican
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      Congratulations on the upcoming move; here’s hoping it works out well for you!Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Reformed Republican
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      One thing I enjoy after watching Wire episodes is to read Alan Sepinwall’s recaps. It’s amazing how much stuff there is in each one, almost guaranteeing I’ve missed something important. Be sure to stick with the “Newbies” versions, if you don’t want the rest of the series spoiled.Report

  6. Avatar Will Truman
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    I’ve finally gotten moving on getting the downstairs organized. I may have isolated the problem with one of my computers, which is great because a computer that crashes twice a day is almost as bad as not having the computer to begin with. I swapped the RAM out and it’s only crashed once since.

    I’m also starting to plan my post-XP era. I installed Win7 on one of my XP machines. I need to finish nipping and tucking the OS. As soon as I find a good hard drive to use, I’ll be installing Linux on a different machine.

    Seven weeks without a cigarette.Report

  7. Avatar Jonathan McLeod
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    ‘Tis the weekend of giving thanks, thus I will be eating a lot of food.Report

  8. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    I took a much-needed day off today. It is 11:45am and I am still in my PJs so we’re off to a good start. The wife is also off so we are going to go get a good lunch somewhere and maybe run some errands.

    Tomorrow is my annual scouting trip to look for new hunting spots. I will be driving backroads, scouring satellite maps and talking to landowners.

    Sunday night is the premier of Walking Dead so I have a feeling I will watch 4-5 hours last season during the day just to get me fired up for the new episode.Report

  9. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    Also, Jaybird, I can’t imagine a month away from home for any reason. Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.Report

  10. Avatar Mr. Blue
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    My own Memphis Tigers are coming to town! And I think we have a shot at taking out Houston. Last week, a blown call lost what would have been a great upset against UCF. So I think the boys will be hungry. The Cougars won’t know what hit them.Report

  11. Avatar Chris
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    A bit of shopping for stuff I’ve been putting off shopping for, a bit of sitting on the patio with beer and a book.

    Oh, and I just learned that next week, we’re going to see Boy George do a DJ set. File that under sentences I never thought I’d type.

    You know, a month away is a long time, but I suspect you’ll find that after the first week, you’ll settle in, you’ll feel really free in the evenings when you’re not working, and it will be a good experience. Just make sure you ask, “Does this have crab in it” before you eat anything, even at McDonald’s, ’cause those people are crazy about their shellfish.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chris
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      I have a handful of friends that I hope to visit while out there. I imagine that that will make it good.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Jaybird
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        I do not doubt, given your general outlook and temperament, at least as I’ve discerned it, that it will be a positive experience for you. It will suck to be away from friends and loved ones, but you’ll make new friends, see friends you haven’t seen in a while (or perhaps in some cases ever), see new places, avoid eating crab you haven’t had to avoid eating before, drink some microbrews you haven’t even heard of because they never make it out of the Delmarva and adjacent areas like Annapolis or Baltimore, hear some music you haven’t heard, and then spend a lot of evenings lying around on a hotel bed with not just anything to do, but without anything that you have to or need to do. Then, after a month, you get to come back to your friends and loved ones, and seeing them will be all the sweeter.Report

  12. Avatar BlaiseP
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    Converting a bunch of coder music for Just Me to take to work in her iPod Touch. Stuff I listen to when I’m coding. Goldberg Variations by Simone Dinnerstein. Eno’s Music for Films, that sort of thing. Too many gabby people at work, she says.

    Going to a pig roast tomorrow night. I’ll be baking bread and sweet rolls to bring along. Hopefully the weather will hold up and I can make some more autumn pictures.Report

  13. Avatar dragonfrog
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    Hanging out at a friend’s place while she comes up with stuff to do with copious green tomatoes. Hopefully getting our new kitchen counter in before Mrs. Dragonfrog gets back to town (though, honestly, not likely). Volunteer shift at the community bike workshop. Thanksgiving dinner at our usual Monday potluck destination.Report

  14. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist
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    Joining friends & taking all the toddlers to the pumpkin patch for the first time, now that everyone is walking.

    Some Borderlands tonight. Maybe get around to post processing my fall color photographs.Report

  15. Avatar zic
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    Just saw this on-line (would like to see in person):
    http://c-monster.net/2008/02/28/photos-design-the-elastic-mind-moma-nyc/

    I love the piece called Sunumbra.

    I want to find some photovoltaic fiber to try knitting with. Any ideas? Nothing’s turned up via google yet.Report

  16. Avatar Maribou
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    Homework, painkillers, and getting ready for Jay to leave. It’s a wild life, but someone needs to live it ;).Report

  17. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Catching up on sleep (the commute from Marin to the South Bay sucks rocks [1]), doing some internal training classes, teaching myself a new programming language, etc. All part of the fun of changing jobs.

    1. This is only temporary. Soon enough, I’ll be back riding the ferry to The City every day.Report

  18. Avatar Kazzy
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    Today, I gave Zazzy a “Terrific Lady Day”. Tomorrow is the first Kazzymas of the season. Big days all around.Report

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