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the joys of home-ownership : the electrical box
chris. | 28 November 2014 | 4:38 pm | Cobweb Cottage | Only Pings

When I find the joker who did this:

electrical box in this joint we bought

This is the electrical box in our new place.  Apparently, all we have to guide us around the electricity in this joint is “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Dining Studio”, and “Range”.

WELL.  “Range” is correct at least!  Andy and I have just spent a very amusing half-hour mapping the electrical box correctly.  Granted, this does not explain why 3 switches seem to do the bulk of the work around here while 2 switches only have about 2 outlets each on them.

There was a hairy moment where I thought for sure the added-by-the-previous-owners outlet where their entertainment system had been was going to turn out to be in our neighbor’s electrical system, thus testing my morals on the subject of whether to tell them or not.  But, no, it’s on a switch all its own in our box.

Whatever, it’s an 85-year-old building, things are weird, and electricians think differently from the rest of us1.  But Andy and I are now convinced that about year 2 we’re going to see about  getting an electrician in here to add some more outlets and perhaps make sense of the wiring vis-a-vis the electrical box.

For now, at least I know that when Andy is ready to work on changing the overhead light in the dining room, the power is going to go out in the study and I’m going to have to find a book to read.  Yes, you might say I learned this the hard way.

  1. My father was trained as an electrician, and god knows his thinking is not like normal humans’. []
when I lived in Ur [+photo]
chris. | 3 August 2014 | 9:20 pm | Glitch, wrdnrd | Only Pings

hand-drawn diagram for planning my Glitch home street

One thing i’m trying to get better about is taking pictures of silly mementos instead of holding onto random pieces of paper.

Case in point, this image.  It’s a crappy hand-drawn diagram i made, but i’ve held onto it because when i played Glitch and the final housing system was released, i spent days thinking about and planning my front yard before i implemented anything.  My diagram paid off because the yard turned out exactly the way i wanted it.

You can see more of my snaps from Glitch at the game’s archive site.

parkour shadow [+photo]
chris. | 2 August 2014 | 3:05 pm | errant pedant | 4 Comments

Last Sunday, i finally bought a bike helmet to replace the one i had to throw away when we were moving.  (It turns out that bike helmets have a life span, even if you never have an accident!)  I persuaded Andy to accompany me on a trek to the UW campus — pretty easily persuaded, when i asked him if he wanted to try doing some very light1 parkour in Red Square.  So i biked over and he jogged a bit and we met in Red Square where he practiced some balances.  The evening sunlight against Suzzallo Library was gorgeous, and i lucked into this shot of Andy’s parkour shadow.

Andy's shadow against Suzzallo Library

  1. He’s still recovering from his torn Achilles. []
Where the hell you been, Wrdnrd??
chris. | 1 August 2014 | 7:41 pm | diary | Only Pings


Andy and i managed to successfully move, more or less, as planned at the beginning of July.  The packers packed up all our crap on the 3rd.  On the 5th, the movers moved all our crap out of Rivendell into the new place.

Since then?  NO INTERNET.  We suspected we’d have to wait a few days, maybe a week, until our ISP got things transferred over.  Since we needed to still stop by the old place to pick up things we hadn’t wanted the movers to deal with, we just did interneting there.  No big — i mean, that 1st week we were mostly focusing on unpacking and settling into the new place anyway.

Then there was week 2.  Where it became apparent that our ISP was going to be super slow about switching the internet.  And also the phone company wasn’t being speedy about transferring our landline, which we need for our DSL1.

Then there was week 3.  Where we began to suspect that our ISP was incompetent.

And then, in week 4, we finally fired our old ISP and just went with the phone company for DSL.  The phone company managed to tell us exactly when our modem would arrive, when service would get switched on, et cetera.  So!  Good job, CenturyLink!  And a hearty FUCK YOU to MegaPath.  God, i miss Speakeasy.  So sorry they got bought out by a bunch of incompetents.

It didn’t help that it had become apparent by the time we were moving that the wireless on my laptop had died.  And here i thought the Concourse’s wifi during WisCon just sucked2!!  But, no, the wifi on my laptop also did not work during our end-of-June trip to Portland.  By the Sunday of moving weekend, it was obvious both (a) our new place wasn’t going to have internet for a week or so, and (b) if i wanted internet at all i’d need a wifi-enabled device so i could pick up wifi signals in the neighborhood (e.g., coffee shops).  SO.  Thank god for steady paychecks, because i just walked into University Bookstore and bought myself a tablet.

Yeah.  Everything i’ve done during the entire month of July internet-wise was done on a tiny little tablet.  I hate working on tiny screens like that.  Makes me feel claustrophobic.

We have internet at the new place as of last night.  THANK GOD

Anyway.  Otherwise the new place is pretty great.  Gonna call it Cobweb Cottage, i think.  Yeah, sorry, friends who are arachnophobic.

  1. We refuse to have cable in the house, so don’t even mention it. []
  2. Andy assures me that it did also kinda suck. []
1st Japanese cucumber of the season [+photo]
chris. | 2 June 2014 | 12:13 pm | (garden) 2014, Upstairs Farm | Only Pings

I’m impressed.  I bought this plant as a start from a farmer at the market about 3 weeks ago.  By the time i left for WisCon (about 2 weeks ago) it had this tiny little fruit on it.  While i was gone we had cool, rainy weather.  Since i’ve been back we’ve had warm, sunny weather.  Apparently this is how you make a little cucumbers into big ones.  And i have at least 2 more blossoms turning into little cucumbers already.



late night baking post is out of cinnamon
chris. | 5 December 2013 | 10:30 pm | diary | Comments closed

We’re going to a potluck holiday party tomorrow and the dish we were planning to make tonight fell thru’ pretty spectacularly because someone (named Wrdnrd) forgot to look at the ingredient list before 8:55pm and it turns out we’re missing THREE ingredients.  Ooops.  So it’s back to ye olde standby — snickerdoodles.

Just as i’m finishing up the last sheet i realize the cinnamon/sugar mix is getting really thin.  For the last half-dozen cookies it was mostly just sugar, but it wasn’t worth the time and effort to make more cinnamon/sugar mix.  Also, i’m really tired.

me:  “Well, the last few are going to be coated with just sugar, but people can suck it.  …  Oh, that sounds mean.  What would Gordon Ramsay say?”

Andy:  “Gordon Ramsay would say, ‘People can suck it.’”