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A while ago, [personal profile] wescobear posted about the upcoming regulations regarding the phase out of certain types of incandescent lamps (bulbs).  I saw this article in the New York Times a day ago, and it's a pretty good explanation of what to expect.  Turns out that incandescent bulbs are NOT going away, they just have to be more efficient.  However, as other means of producing light get better, such as fluorescent and LED, I'll make the swtich, if only for the savings in energy costs.  We are definitely in the process of changing over at our off the grid Mendocino place, as we really need to watch the battery drain in the winter.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/garden/almost-time-to-change-the-light-bulb.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=compact%20fluorescent%20light%20bulb&st=cse

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We saw one of the last performances of "Tales of the City Thursday night.  OMG, I am in such a 70's mood (to quote a friend)!  Good period-evoking music, and well done costumes.  Unlike the NY Times review, the very clever set kinda grew on me after awhile.  The acting and singing were very good; it's hard to single out any one character.  Mary Anne gets some of the best songs, although IMHO, Michael (mouse) gets the very best, his reading of his coming out letter to his parents.  It is a bit long, but I have a hard time trying to figure out what to cut.

Here's a pic from the NY times of Mona and Michael.  Not sure if it'll make it to New York or elsewhere, but I do hope they get to do a cast recording!



BTW, here's my ideal version of Michael:



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We saw the final installment of Harry Potter this weekend.  What a tremendous movie!  Very well paced and nicely acted.  But, I do have a something to muse over:

Possible spoiler alert if you haven't seen the movie....... )

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Interesting show heard this past Sunday from This American Life on NPR:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack

You can down load the podcast or the transcript, but the audio storytelling is so compelling.  It is an hour-long show, however.

The site description says it all:
"Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries."

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This was posted on bruizer, so thought I'd reblog it.   And I'm really mad at myself for not being in Berkeley when it took place!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILmau6mzGyk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

And have a fun and safe 4th, everyone!
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As promised, here is a link to photos of our garden in Willits, including a few pics of the snow at the end.  When we woke up, all we could tell from our bedroom window was that there was snow everywhere, and it was still coming down.  later in the morning it changed to rain, then hail, then snow again.  This cycle was repeated, until finally, in the late afternoon it was only rain.  It stopped by the time we left the ranch.


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[info]snousle  has seen this in person, and I've been waiting to make some corrections before showing it off, but here goes, anyway! 

I've been working on a lego model of our house up in Menodocino for awhile, and although it looks finished, I still need to redo it a bit.  Using the lego software program would probably help, too!  The easy part was putting it together; the hard part was populating it.  Thanks to a gift in the mail from some friends, I now have enough facial-haired lego people to do the house justice. 

Judge for yourself...

BTW, I'm trying this post from my dreamwidth account, as a test...


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Don't know if you watched the Simpsons tonight, but it definitely had a major gay storyline. Smithers decides to enlist Moe's help to turn Moe's place into Mo's, a bar for regular gay guys. In it, there is a bear character who falls for Moe. It is also revealed that although the comic book guy isn't gay, he has a brother who is a gay comic book guy! ROTFL!

Simpsons bear character here:
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Simpsons gay comic book guy character here:
pics.livejournal.com/albear_garni/pic/000a2ksh/g264

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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] huxbear!  Just a little bit early!

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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] huxbear!  Just a little bit early!

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Yay!

It's  [livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1's  Birthday tomorrow!



Here's to a VERY happy Birthday to you!
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Yay!

It's  [livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1's  Birthday tomorrow!



Here's to a VERY happy Birthday to you!
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We spent most of Thanksgiving day this year with some old friends of ours - Joyce, who was in graduate school at UC Berkeley with David, and her husband, Larry. Their friends, Mary and Bill, came up from LA for the long weekend. A highlight of the meal was a sparkling wine tasting, along with some incredible appetizers made by Larry. The gravlax was the best he's ever made!



We sampled six sparkling wines at the tasting. The idea was to figure out which wine was which, per the score card:



It was very difficult to determine which was which, with the exception of the red wine, which Larry inadvertantly gave away in his description. My favorite - the Kalinda NV Reisling Select, from Germany.



The red sparkler, a Barbarini Lancillotto Lambrusco from italy, was actually pretty good, I thought. David then stumped the group with a bottle of red shiraz, from India. We happened to get it from a friend, who owns Vic's Chaat House in Berkeley. It's a very good, fruity, complex red wine, and gets better and better as it breathes. Everyone guessed it to be a California Cabernet.

Hope you all had a good holiday. It certainly looks that way, from the postings I've cought up with so far. We're now up in Willits, and stopped off to visit [info]sfroamer and his partner Mike, at their new digs in Cloverdale on the way up.
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We spent most of Thanksgiving day this year with some old friends of ours - Joyce, who was in graduate school at UC Berkeley with David, and her husband, Larry. Their friends, Mary and Bill, came up from LA for the long weekend. A highlight of the meal was a sparkling wine tasting, along with some incredible appetizers made by Larry. The gravlax was the best he's ever made!



We sampled six sparkling wines at the tasting. The idea was to figure out which wine was which, per the score card:



It was very difficult to determine which was which, with the exception of the red wine, which Larry inadvertantly gave away in his description. My favorite - the Kalinda NV Reisling Select, from Germany.



The red sparkler, a Barbarini Lancillotto Lambrusco from italy, was actually pretty good, I thought. David then stumped the group with a bottle of red shiraz, from India. We happened to get it from a friend, who owns Vic's Chaat House in Berkeley. It's a very good, fruity, complex red wine, and gets better and better as it breathes. Everyone guessed it to be a California Cabernet.

Hope you all had a good holiday. It certainly looks that way, from the postings I've cought up with so far. We're now up in Willits, and stopped off to visit [info]sfroamer and his partner Mike, at their new digs in Cloverdale on the way up.
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It's almost [info]tmaher's birthday - tomorrow, to be exact. Best of birthday greetings to a wonderful man (who also happens to be married to a wonderful man - [info]urso)!

Hope you have lots of fun tomorrow, and can forget about work!
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It's almost [info]tmaher's birthday - tomorrow, to be exact. Best of birthday greetings to a wonderful man (who also happens to be married to a wonderful man - [info]urso)!

Hope you have lots of fun tomorrow, and can forget about work!

GLEE!

Nov. 17th, 2009 09:15 pm
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GLEE!

Nov. 17th, 2009 09:15 pm
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Finally a photo of us at my boss and her husband's annual Halloween party. The theme this year was "Silk Road." The photos are by a coworker of mine - I forgot my camera!




Me, my coworker, Michael, hubby Dave, and Michael's partner Steve.



A guest who caught my eye - not gay, unfortunately, but a bear, nevertheless!
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Finally a photo of us at my boss and her husband's annual Halloween party. The theme this year was "Silk Road." The photos are by a coworker of mine - I forgot my camera!




Me, my coworker, Michael, hubby Dave, and Michael's partner Steve.



A guest who caught my eye - not gay, unfortunately, but a bear, nevertheless!

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