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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-10 08:54
Subject: Hinges
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Tags:adventures in home-owning
For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, the screws in the bottom hinge of our bathroom door occasionally work themselves loose. We usually just add wood putty and toothpicks to the holes and screw them back in, but this time we also decided to add a middle hinge to the door.

N picked up a set that matches the existing ones as much as a gap of 40 years allows. I measured the distance between the top and bottom hinges and discovered that it was not quite 61 inches, so I marked 30 inches down from the top and 30 inches up from the bottom and eyeballed a center line between those marks. Then I marked the center of the new hinge, lined things up ... et voila! The door swings freely and the third hinge will, I hope, take some of the stress off the others.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-01 06:43
Subject: Galaxy bat plushes
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Tags:bats, crafts
Etsy crafter BeeZeeArts has launched a Kickstarter for her wildly popular, incredibly adorable Galaxy Bat plushies.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-01-19 07:21
Subject: The one "pro"
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Tags:adventures in home-owning, ice damming
For/to this bitter wind is that it has scoured all the snow off the roof which means I don't have to worry about ice dams.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-01-07 00:15
Subject: Liquid bandage
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Tags:first aid, notes to self, useful products
This is a sort of specially formulated nail-polish/superglue that you can brush on "minor cuts and scrapes" and is suppose to be "antiseptic, flexible, waterproof, and easy to use."

First it stings like a sonofagun (or Mercurochrome/merthiolate, though it is clear and doesn't seem to share any ingredients) and second it does not in point of fact have much flex.

It *is* reasonably good at sealing those splits that run parallel to and between your finger-print ridges when your hands get chapped. Since the tips of fingers are really hard to bandage otherwise, I'm glad to have discovered this alternative.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-01-06 23:07
Subject: Simple things
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Tags:dog-faced boys, dogs, fezzik, notes to self, shine, the maltese dog boy
The dogs' tags arrived. Last year I was ridiculously pleased because they were peacock-blue ovals that matched Shine's peacock-patterned Lupine collar perfectly. This year I am equally pleased that they are shiny gold stars.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-01-03 15:50
Subject: Artlog: I made a thing
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Tags:artlog, botmo, make something
My camera's not behaving*, but have a picture anyway:

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Fiber optic roses, assorted glass and crystal beads, lava beads, carved bat beads, and metal bat charm, on sterling silver wire (click through the image for larger versions on flickr.)

*The blue-and-black givre beads (large rounded rectangles) are a slate blue rather than the almost turquoise color I'm seeing on my monitor.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-01-02 23:23
Subject: Movies: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Tags:movies, my so-called social life, notes to self
Just saw this in 3D (because that's the cinema with the super-comfy reclining seats) with my sister and her husband. It was much better than I expected and I managed to avoid spoilers ahead of time (the biggest challenge in terms of spoiler-avoidance turned out to be waiting in the theatre as the earlier showing let out).

After, we had dinner at a fancy burger bar. (Apparently they are a thing?) The place was packed which made for slow service even though we had reservations, but the food was good.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-12-20 16:07
Subject: Movies: The Man [who will have been] from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
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Tags:adventures in home-owning, movies, spies
I have nearly joined the current century* through the expedience of getting a smart, wifi-enabled, Blu-ray / DVD player to replace our old DVD player which literally can't be connected to the new tv we got over the summer. (Of course, it took both N and I considerable effort to get it plugged in and usable, but that's another story.)

To celebrate, I finally watched the new MfU movie, which I found interesting though I am a bit confused by their casting choices:

Napoleon Solo played by Alexander Mundy;
Ilya Kuryakin played by Bruce (or possibly David) Banner;
Gaby Teller played by Marguerite St. Just Blakeney;
and Alexander Waverly played by Peter Wimsey.

Heightening tension by carefully controlled cuts then explaining everything a la MI flashbacks seems de rigeur for the genre (and better than the weird slo-mo option director Ritchie used in his Holmes movies), but at least they used a stylish montage instead of having to slog through storming the island. I kind of hope they get a sequel and kind of dread the prospect as well.


*I feel I have at least reached the Century of the Fruitbat, if not gotten all the way up to the Anchovy.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-12-13 22:01
Subject: The Librarians S2 E8
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I liked what the did with this episode right up until they [Rot13: erfrg Wbarf naq ur ybfg nyy uvf crefbany tebjgu*. V rfcrpvnyyl yvxrq gur fznyy zbzragf jura Onveq ernyvmrq gur vzcyvpngvbaf bs gur ybbc ba Rmrxvry, gubhtu V'z abg fher gur svany irefvba bs ure tbg gb xrrc nal bs gubfr rvgure.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-12-10 20:26
Subject: Mastiffs in agility
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Tags:agility, dogs
The video of Zeus (Van D’s & Mt. Zion’s “Lord Almighty”) that's currently making the rounds of the internet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjqtwNUE148
(I particularly like his weave poles -- and especially his course correction at the end.)

Another video of the same dog:
http://www.worldmastiffforum.com/post/zeuss-first-agility-run-6110429
(He's a champ on the A-frame which clearly needed a bit more bracing for a dog of his size.)

And a compilation of another Mastiff (Creekview's Major Morgan) doing agility -- in 2008 -- who seems a bit more enthusiastic. Imagine that coming over the landlord's stone wall at you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=493ObYMabkk

The thing about the weaves is a) it's a sort of uncanny valley slo-mo of the weaves and b) it requires a lot of flexibility on a dog that long and yet both mastiffs manage them handily.

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