24 July 2011


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fireworks, a set on Flickr.

Following the ancient tradition of blowing stuff up on my birthday … well, a few days late. Some of the pictures are completely crazy, and some of them actually look like fireworks.

Fireworks & Experimentation

It's been a tradition the last few years to blow shit up on my birthday. Because I love fireworks. Though aerial fireworks are now legal in Utah, I didn't know a good place offhand to light them, so I stuck with the little ones.

Edit: I'm experimenting with various social media thingies, like, and Pixelpipe (which is not as useful as I'd hoped, especially since their auto-rotate feature is a lie), so apologies to all, there will be some weirdnesses, and probably have been some weirdnesses, which I am trying to clean up. 
I think I'm figuring stuff out, and we'll see how Flickr does (I'll be posting more pictures in a minute from Flickr), but I'm hoping to sort the weirdnesses out ...

AoE, how I missed thee ...

Yes, I stayed up until 5am playing Age of Empires--and it was SUCH a satisfying win! I LOVE playing the Spanish, because I LOVE the Army of Monks (no, not the Army of Mooks), and I love converting all my enemies rather than killing them (and they kept sending me monks to convert, too; how nice of them), and then having my gunpowder units blowing up the buildings and, in this case, the godsdamn ships. I also, of course, had a bunch of trebs or other siege engines. It was a blast.
I think my favorite part, though, was that it was me and the computer (two civilizations only), and I accidentally left the computer as my Ally ... which meant that I built my army in peace, and then sent them over there, and set my status to Neutral (and later Enemy), and for the first bit, he couldn't attack back, because he had me set as Ally ...
Oh how I love razing towns that can't defend themselves.
But it was satisfying, in that he did eventually start fighting back, and it was close. He razed one of my monasteries! Where the relics (most of them) were kept, and where monks are built! I had a back-up, though, and managed to get the (cannoneer) cavalry to my monastery before they razed the second one.
And he surrendered before I got a relic win, which is also satisfying. I usually feel cheated if I don't get to utterly destroy a civilization ...

22 July 2011

Knit Bombing: Overdue Pictures

Knit bombing!

Bike rack cosy knitted by by good friend Beverly. Follow the link above to see more pictures.