Monthly Archive: August 2012

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Gentle readers, and the rest of you, too: I have a quest, and you can help me with it. It is of utmost importance, as I am sure you will agree.

I must find the pattern for these slippers, because they are full of awesome.

knitted tank slippers

Seriously, if you happen to stumble across the pattern out there on the Interwebs, make sure you drop me a note, ‘k?

I feel like throwing a knitter’s tantrum.

I have yarn (trust me on this one). But I cannot find a pattern that I like that fits the yarn that I have.

I have patterns (again), plus, you know, the whole Internet. But again, I cannot find yarn in my stash to match the patterns that I like.

This is how I end up buying so much of both, I think.


A silver lining. Or at least a blue sock.

While I’m not thrilled with this whole ‘not really being ambulatory’ thing, I’m trying to make the most of it. That roughly translates to ‘knitting more than usual.’ Yeah, I know, you didn’t think that was actually possible, but there were a few more minutes to squeeze out of the day. As proof of my putting this time to good use, I present to you… the second sock! (Together with its partner, the first sock, that is.) (more…)

Sale: 50% off all ebooks at [exp 09/03/2012]

For those of you who like Apress‘s books, they’re currently having a sale on their entire ebook catalog. The sale runs through 2012.09.03. To take advantage of the deal, use promo code LDW12 at checkout.

(And yes, bma, I’m working on that default logo thing.)

Disappointing start to the day.

I had a rather rough night last night, between pain, insomnia, and restless leg. Normally, I’m resigned to such things, but today, I’m annoyed. See, I was supposed to get up early so I could head south and meet up with friends in from Massachusetts at Udvar-Hazy for a morning of oohing and aahing at wondering aviation history. Instead, I woke up late, and am having difficulty walking.

That’ll teach me, to make plans and stuff. *sigh*

Ah, yes. I remember this.

I have spent the bulk of today working on a layout project, where I’m fiddling with making things line up to the thousandth (yes, thousandth) of an inch, and going cross-eyed, and deciding if a leading of 28.2 or 28.3 works better in this situation, and exporting to PDF to make sure that things look the way I think things look, and generally not coming up for air for several hours.

And I’ve been loving every minute of it.

PSA: For the Noblis (and other Falls Church) people…

This just showed up in my email.

VDOT reports that drivers should expect intermittent lane closures at the intersection of Route 29 and Gallows Road in Merrifield. The work is expected to continue through the evening rush hour. Crews are performing emergency work on underground phone lines at the intersection.

You might want to plan accordingly.

PSA: 66 @ DC Beltway more broken than usual this weekend

Announcement from Alert Montgomery:

Description: The Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple lanes of I-66 west at the Capital Beltway this weekend from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27. Crews will be performing demolition, excavation, paving and roadway markings for the 495 Express Lanes Project.

Motorists can expect 30 minute delays and are strongly urged to use an alternate route during the weekend construction.

For full details, including the four phases of work, visit:

All closures are weather permitting.

Because, you know, the last weekend before Labor Day is sure to be a slow traffic day. Yep.

Sale Alert: SteamDrunks for Free [Kindle]

Oh, this looks entertaining. SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks is currently available for free on Amazon. As always, I’m unsure as to how long this price will be valid, so please look carefully before purchasing. (And, again as always, you can read Kindle ebooks on any number of devices, including your  Windows / OSX systems, or iOS and Android phones / tables / gadgets.)

From the description:

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

If nothing else, it looks like it will be an entertaining read.

Another find from Pixel of Ink.

Sale Alert: The Pragmatic Programmer for $2.99

I’m not sure how long this sale will be going on, but I saw it this morning, and thought I’d share. I’ve often seen The Pragmatic Programmer paired with The Mythical Man-Month as must reads for new programmers. It’s normally $50 in print, and $40 on the Kindle, but is currently available for $2.99. Quite the bargain.