Quilt Design

Well, I’ve finally laid out the design for my quilt, which you can see here. I used Dia for the layout, which was pretty awkward. However, I think with some work, it could turn into a nice open source quilt design tool. I’ll have to look into that. The question is how many quilters are out there who use Linux…

A couple problems with using it as-is:

  • you can’t just enter dimensions for an object… you have to drag corners
  • no easy way to extend a pattern over a given area
  • no tool (at least not that I readily saw) to design components sheets (for basic shapes/blocks) Creating a Quilt Block sheet where you could select a particular block and easily size it (preferably with a “new project setting asking about default block size) would really help

Dia is similar to Visio, and as I recall, Visio had a way of designing components, so possibly a block designer could be a separate part of the program…

Lots of new pictures

Octopus, anyone?

Lately I’ve been in the mood to get my life organized, and it’s carrying over into my online presence.

Among other updates, I’ve added LOTS of pictures to the image galleries (mostly cakes).

Joe was laughing at me taking pictures of food (corn dog muffins, gingersnaps). So I decided to document his lunch. And honestly, after having good homemade macaroni and cheese last weekend, the box stuff just wasn’t as satisfying as it usually is. (Mom’s waited 20-some years for me to get to this point!) So I think I just might stick with the homemade variety. Don’t worry. I’ll still add octopi!

Corn Dog Muffins

Corn Dog Muffins

It sounded ingenious.

I really like corn dogs.

I like corn muffins.

I like hot dogs (well… most of the time, and as long as I don’t have them too often).

So when I stumbled across a recipe for Corn Dog Muffins, it sounded perfect! Basically, you mix up two packets of cornbread mix, a cup of milk, two eggs, and a little brown sugar. Then you add a can of drained corn and five chopped up hot dogs. Pour in muffin tins and about 15 minutes later, you pull 1.5 doz lovely corn dog muffins from your 400 degree oven. Sounds perfect, right?

Well, normally I just spray my muffin tins instead of using paper cups. With these, most of them had issues coming out of the pan, so muffin cups would’ve been the way to go. Secondly, I like condiments on my ‘dogs… I tried adding ketchup to the muffins, but I couldn’t really get the quantities balanced, so I ate them dry. They were crumbly (hello… they ARE corn muffins!) but the corn helped them from being too dry, since it just seemed a little weird to butter it.

Well… final verdict: I was pretty disappointed, so unless Joe or Patrick specifically request these, I won’t bother making them again. We polished them off, but they weren’t nearly as satisfying as I had hoped. Oh well. It was worth a try!

Dusty afternoon

So I’ve been working in my basement today, doing some less glamorous household tasks. Sweeping down cobwebs, for example… I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, but this gave me an excuse to put down the broom and sit down for a minute.

Hopefully when Joe gets home from work he’ll be inspired to help me haul some stuff out to the garage.

sigh… back to work.

New toy

HP 7160

We got a new printer this weekend — it’s a hp7160 desktop photo printer. We haven’t done much with it so far, but it seems to do a really nice job on photos. As far as normal printing, it isn’t nearly as sharp as the Laserjet 4MV, but since that one leaves little + marks a couple places on every page, this will be an improvement for most things. I’m looking forward to printing my next DVD labels on there — it’s nice to have color as an option! It also means I’ll be rethinking my business cards — which were just grayscale before. So many possibilities…

Weekend Wedding

I went to Mike and Meghan’s wedding this weekend. It was a fun time, and I got to talk to some people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Of course I’m trying to get them on my party list (link in the upper right). There was much dancing. (Dave, you’re a dancing monkey… excellent.)

A couple people checked out my Nokia 770. They seemed fairly impressed with it. I’ve still got to try to get tinymail and OpenedHand Contacts on it. I’m still a little concerned about suggesting it for the average person. I’m most concerned about what they are going to do w/ Bora and the 770.

Mugshot

I’ve got a couple invitations to Mugshot.org for anyone that’s interested.

Now, I’m sure most of you (okay probably all of you) are like, “WTF is Mugshot.org?” It’s a site that the RedHat guys put together. It links together what you do online into a single place. This way all your friends can see what you’re upto. The sites it currently links together are a blog, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube, Rhapsody, Last.fm, del.icio.us, Twitter, Digg, and Reddit. You can then access the information via a software program that is available for Windows and Linux, the Mugshot web page, or a Google gadget (accesible on a Google Personalized Home Page or the Google Sidebar.

Just drop me an e-mail.

End of Year Stuff

Well, looks like we should have all (or nearly all) our Christmas cards out this year. Though I’m thinking we might keep up the groundhog’s day card tradition.

End of the year at work means raises time. This year I got a big surprise. I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer.

I love this Quote from Love Actually.

Karen: So what’s this big news, then?
Daisy: [excited] We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.
Karen: The lobster?
Daisy: Yeah!
Karen: In the nativity play?
Daisy: [beaming] Yeah, first lobster.
Karen: There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?
Daisy: Duh.

Merry Christmas!

Sumomo's First Christmas

We’re almost ready for our annual tour of the state. We’ll be celebrating in West Bend, Oregon, Cottage Grove, and Black River Falls this next week, and then back to West Bend next weekend for the other side of the family. Sumomo, however, will be staying in Cottage Grove with Mom and Dad for the duration. My parents are looking forward to the chance to bond with their grand-hamster, whereas Joe’s folks prefer he stay far, far away.

We didn’t get a big tree this year, but we still managed to decorate a little. :)

Whether you’re traveling or not, spending the holiday with family, friends, or alone, and celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus (???) or none of the above… best wishes for a safe and blessed season.

Presents, Work, Funky Monkey

Well, someone bought me an item off my wishlist. I’d like to thank me/Anne for getting it for me. The item is the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. It’s a cross between a PDA and a laptop. (Yes, I can even watch my Strong Bad Email on it.) The best part for me is that it runs a customized Linux, so I can run my normal apps on it and do development for it. (This is my Christmas present.) Now I just need a bluetooth GPS, so I can use it as a GPS navigation system.

Now if I could only get the time to do some development for the Nokia 770 outside work. I’ve been going nuts. I’m currently a bit under the gun on one project, while trying to get another project off the ground. I was out in Michigan last week for work which meant driving through Chicago on Wednesday evening at the start of rush hour on the day before Thanksgiving…. poor planning… though better than the airport would’ve been I guess.

Finally, as a starting Christmas present, I’ve ordered Samba De Amigo for the Dreamcast. It’s a rhythm game (like Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution), but you play the maracas to crazy latin music. Your character is this crazy looking monkey wearing a sombrero! It has songs like “Living La Vida Loca”, “Macarena”, and the Reel Big Fish version of “Take On Me”. The biggest kicker though is a latin remix of “Tubthumping”... that’s right Chumbawumba! This is supposed to be the ultimate party game, so we are looking to have a silly game party (probably after Christmas) where we play board games and video games. We are also looking for some good ideas for a “dinner and a movie” party where the meal is related to the movie.

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