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Cratering

a half-stack doesn't fit in the trunk

It’s that time of the week

  1. A bird has built a nest in this odd little box under the eave near our front door. It happened last year, too. I don’t mind, really. But three baby birds have fallen from the nest and died, which bums me out. Two perished similarly last year. After they leave this year, I’m going to take that box down and patch up the hole.
  2. Probably relatedly: there is an adult starling in my basement right now. Perhaps their mama. I think there is a path through the walls from that front nest area down to the basement drop ceiling. S/he doesn’t want to be caught and can’t find her way back. There’s only one door that opens to the outside down there and a bunch of glass block windows that don’t open. Tonight after dark, I will turn the lights off down there except the one by the door and try to lure it to the outside. Hopefully no other varmints will get in. And then I’ll probably spend a week cleaning bird shit off of everything.
  3. At PT this week, my therapist asked me if I had good balance. I said, “well, I’ve never been the most graceful ballerina in the company,” and another patient laughed so hard he nearly fell from his stationary bike. I’d have felt really bad.
  4. I’m feeling quite a bit better. So many people have asked, which is really great. Thank you all for being concerned. I might post a more detailed update later. I’ll veer away from TMI, I promise.
  5. I’m having a lot of fun rediscovering coding, and I’m thinking about starting a second tumblr to document some of these nerdy adventures. I won’t be hurt if you don’t follow it, promise.

Friday 5

  1. At the center of the Milky Way lies a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*.
  2. Its mass is 8.57 x 10^36kg.
  3. It’s about 2.349 x 10^20 meters from Earth.
  4. My mass is about 86kg.
  5. According to Newton’s law of universal gravitation, which I’m not entirely sure applies across that much distance and with all kinds of other Big Things in between us, the pull of Sagittarius A*’s gravity on my body is 2.1 piconewtons, or about 1/10 the force needed to pull a DNA molecule apart at room temperature.

Friday Five:
Done. As in, done done done done done DONE motherfucker done.
Done, at least with the scoring, that is. I’m still going to play guitar in the pit, so there are a couple of rehearsals next week and the show is Friday.  That’s low stress, though.
It’s still top secret, I still can’t talk about it, and no, you can’t go see it. :-(
But they are making a video, and if I can share it, I will.
There is also some talk of making a studio recording after the show. Which would mean I’m not really done anymore, since there are some bugs in the score that would have to be fixed. Small potatoes.

Friday Five:

  1. Done. As in, done done done done done DONE motherfucker done.
  2. Done, at least with the scoring, that is. I’m still going to play guitar in the pit, so there are a couple of rehearsals next week and the show is Friday.  That’s low stress, though.
  3. It’s still top secret, I still can’t talk about it, and no, you can’t go see it. :-(
  4. But they are making a video, and if I can share it, I will.
  5. There is also some talk of making a studio recording after the show. Which would mean I’m not really done anymore, since there are some bugs in the score that would have to be fixed. Small potatoes.

Friday Five.

Friday Five.

I got 5

  1. Five days of work left, to be precise.
  2. That doesn’t mean the end of the insomnia, it turns out.
  3. I think about the near misses much more than the direct hits.
  4. I’m naïve, stupid, anti-business, a pussy, and I hate America. Just ask my Facebook “friends.” They tell me that and more, every day.
  5. My alarm just went off, I should go get in the shower.

{GPOY, Five for} Friday.
I am totally clipping and saving all the comments on my post about quitting, both here and the link at facebook. Probably gonna be a rainy day up ahead where I’ll want to refer back to them. Thank you all.
So many people I work with have come to tell me how much they’re going to miss me, including some I thought would be dancing on the trading floor. It’s been very moving.
My great regret about leaving is that my team has several exciting projects in mid-stream and I won’t be there to see them to completion. I hope someone else does and that I can visit in a few months to see them in production.
I have a couple of pretty good stories to tell but they’re going to have to wait a respectful amount of time.
I’m going to the dentist today for the first time in maybe five years. Listen for the tears.
photo credit: my aunt Jane

{GPOY, Five for} Friday.

  1. I am totally clipping and saving all the comments on my post about quitting, both here and the link at facebook. Probably gonna be a rainy day up ahead where I’ll want to refer back to them. Thank you all.
  2. So many people I work with have come to tell me how much they’re going to miss me, including some I thought would be dancing on the trading floor. It’s been very moving.
  3. My great regret about leaving is that my team has several exciting projects in mid-stream and I won’t be there to see them to completion. I hope someone else does and that I can visit in a few months to see them in production.
  4. I have a couple of pretty good stories to tell but they’re going to have to wait a respectful amount of time.
  5. I’m going to the dentist today for the first time in maybe five years. Listen for the tears.

photo credit: my aunt Jane

post-vacation Friday Five

  1. We’re home. We had a much better week at the beach this year. That mixed feeling of sad-to-be-leaving-but-happy-to-be-going-home means good things all around, I think.
  2. The week away taught me how badly I’ve become spoiled by (and apparently addicted to) high-speed Internet access and great big screens. It has given me pause.
  3. I’m not even looking at work email until tomorrow and not seriously dealing with any of it until I’m back on Tuesday. On a bet two nights ago, I briefly enabled it on my phone to see how many I’d already had by that point. It was over 600. My market is 900@1000 when I get to it tomorrow.
  4. Taking a week away during the RNC is the smartest thing I’ve done in years. I didn’t see even one second of it, and as a bonus, I missed most of the commentary. Leaving twitter off for another day or so just to be safe.
  5. Refreshed and recharged, I took a good look at the family calendar for September and I already need another vacation. I may need IV fluids by October.

+5

  1. We’re going on vacation* today. There’s no Internet at the house we rented and poor cellular coverage in the area, so I will also be taking a vacation from this place and others like it. Namaste.
  2. You guys know how I like to rant? Well, I did one IRL yesterday. Impromptu. I got so into it I came out of my chair and pounded my fist on the table. It was the kind of thing that people will talk about for a long time—epic and awesome. Probably very expensive, but awesome.
  3. Looks like we got some Prince fans here! I still  U, and I know U would die 4 me 2.
  4. I should think about packing, maybe.
  5. I’m gonna have some exciting news to report not long after I get back.

* usual disclaimer to bad guys: we will have a house sitter here who will royally fuck you up.

Cinco de Viernes (con adiciones)

  1. After 20-something years as an adult person of approximately this size, I figured out this week how to buy dress shirts that fit me. (Large/Tall is better than XL/Regular in case you want to do any early Christmas shopping.)
  2. My boss’ boss’ boss asked for some candid feedback on something. He doesn’t know me very well and has no idea what he’s in for. (I would give a paycheck to see his face when he reads it.)
  3. Of all the recurring tumblrish memes I see, there are none I am less interested to participate in than anything involving the words “sexy” and “me.”  Truly the stuff of my nightmares and probably yours. (Glad to see others do it, though. <3)
  4. When I finally put my mind to something, it motherfucking happens. (Maybe that’s sexy.)
  5. We are beach-bound one week from today in spite of my resolution last year that I was never doing this again. (See previous about bullheadedness.)

F_6

  1. I want all the beer tonight. All of it. But it’s a bad match for these extra strength Tylenols.
  2. I’mma be clicking refresh a lot so you guys need to kiss and make up.
  3. All I need now is the idea. Got one?
  4. STM: sorry.
  5. Ow.

cinco

  1. I build my boxes from the inside out.
  2. I have cobwebs in my workshop.
  3. I hear poorly except in the middle of the night.
  4. I observe conversations while I have them.
  5. I smell like rust.

Five things I am researching this Friday

  1. DIY coppersmithing
  2. Open source symbology
  3. Renting telephoto lenses
  4. The pedagogy of hitting a baseball
  5. edited Space

I’m offered for a five lot

  1. I’ve said before that my favorite part of working here is the education department. The class I’m taking right now is Mock Trading where I’m learning the basics of open outcry (pit) trading. I am learning a ton and having big fun doing it. We stand around in a circle and scream markets at each other and trade old school. The traders who run the class tally up all the trades and publish the P/L results each session. I’m in 5th place out of 12 and I feel pretty good about it.
  2. In spite of the success of the team, Danny’s having a tough time adjusting to travel baseball. He went from being one of the better players on his house league team to one of the lesser lights in this more competitive group. We’ve had some tough conversations about it. I wish he weren’t learning lessons like these at eight, but it’s gotta happen eventually. Scholvin men aren’t really known for our athletic prowess.
  3. I have recently come to believe I have more people reading this via RSS than I previously thought. I will try not to let it alter my tone or content much. But I see you out there, yes I do.
  4. I had a really good lunch meeting this week.
  5. I’m playing with The Recliners at Poopy’s in Savanna this Sunday at 1pm, for anyone who’s in northwest Illinois and looking for some sweaty fun.

fünf

  1. The only thing worse than shaving is how I’d look with a beard.
  2. I used to think I’d retire to somewhere warm, but it looks like the warm is coming to me.
  3. I have six hours of outdoor performing to do over the next two days. I am excited.
  4. For the first time, I am going to assert Father’s Day privilege: I just want to sit on the couch and watch the end of the US Open.
  5. I’ve come up with kind of a last-ditch, go-down-swinging plan to either make work tolerable, or to learn without a doubt that it’s time to go.

I will be giving the toast at my sister&#8217;s engagement party tomorrow. No fooling: I am one of the best toasters you have ever seen.
I just bumped into a guy I&#8217;ve known since I started in this industry umpteen years ago. We caught up on all the gossip, family news, who&#8217;s working where, yet shared zero details about our own work, because TOP FUCKING SECRET. 
I&#8217;ll let you in on the secret if you promise not to tell anyone. Ready? Buy low and sell high.
It&#8217;s beautiful outside (see above). My family&#8217;s at the pool, and when I get home, the kids will be all sleepy and sluggy and tousled and pink in that way that kids get after a day in the sun, and I love that.
I think I had the Next Big Idea. More research required, but the first 2 guys I ran it by, guys I trust, said OMFG AYFKM YES. I&#8217;d tell you more but TOP FUCKING SECRET.

  1. I will be giving the toast at my sister’s engagement party tomorrow. No fooling: I am one of the best toasters you have ever seen.
  2. I just bumped into a guy I’ve known since I started in this industry umpteen years ago. We caught up on all the gossip, family news, who’s working where, yet shared zero details about our own work, because TOP FUCKING SECRET. 
  3. I’ll let you in on the secret if you promise not to tell anyone. Ready? Buy low and sell high.
  4. It’s beautiful outside (see above). My family’s at the pool, and when I get home, the kids will be all sleepy and sluggy and tousled and pink in that way that kids get after a day in the sun, and I love that.
  5. I think I had the Next Big Idea. More research required, but the first 2 guys I ran it by, guys I trust, said OMFG AYFKM YES. I’d tell you more but TOP FUCKING SECRET.