So much of my life falls under the broad umbrella of TMBG references.
Dinner Bell Thanksgiving this year was with Mom and Dad, and Dad's buddy Ron, and Ron's friend (girlfriend?) Jane. My pecan pie worked out well this year - pre-baking the pie crust for 5 minutes, and starting the full pie at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, followed by about 40 minutes at 325. The crust was flaky and crisp, not the soggy mess that my pecan pies have been in years past.
I still haven't found my old cake/pie server. Still thinking I left it at work a year ago. Oh, well.
I need to learn how to steer conversations with Mom now and then. She's just recently discovered topics of Too Much Information, which she punctuates with Unsolicited Advice On Dave's Life.
Boss of Me I did try to "go in to work" on Friday, but discovered the software that I needed to use to get my one task done relied on a license that had expired. So no work was done this weekend.
I Palindrome I One of the projects I intend to do one of these days involves a computer with both visual input and output. The input will probably come from a webcam, the output may end up being lasers. Lasers are cool. I had considered getting a cheap video projector off eBay, and found one that I thought might fit my needs - but in the end, the thing needed repairs and parts that were no longer in production. So much for that plan. Back to lasers.
But, having scrapped the projector plan, I still had a huge projector to get rid of. Fortunately, there's a place nearby that recycles old computer components, so I started making a pile of stuff I needed to get rid of. Projector, check. A couple old cases, mostly empty. An old Macintosh - still works, runs OS 7. Oh, I can finally get rid of the old laptop I bought back when Windows 95 came preinstalled.
Before I scrapped the laptop, though, I did zip up all the old files that were lurking there. These included my thesis from college, a few pieces of old game projects, and some Zone travelogues. Whee!
Along the way, though, I realized that I had two SuperMac keyboards - and I had a hard time figuring out if I still had the old SuperMac kicking around. Guess it's time to get rid of some stuff.
Man, It's So Loud In Here I saw both "Capote" and "Good Night, and Good Luck" this weekend. I've been meaning to see GNnGL for a while, and I heard good buzz about Capote about the same time. Both were well done - I expect each to get Oscar attention, and I'm pleased to have them checked off before the nominations are published.
Don't Let's Start You may have heard yesterday referred to as "Black Friday", because that's the day that many retail businesses begin to turn a profit for the year. People often claim that it's the biggest shopping day of the year, but the two weekends prior to Christmas each consistently outsell - people don't plan ahead very well.
Also, Friday was "Buy Nothing Day". Leaving out the movie ticket I bought, I managed to resist all temptation to buy things on Friday, so that's good. Today, though, I realized that a day set aside to buy nothing is awfully similar to the idea of a one-day gas boycott - not very effective, and you end up rearranging your purchases so that it all averages out anyway.
Robot Parade Dad sent me email saying that he couldn't find my Amazon wish list. It's really not that hard, Dad. And, for that matter, most of what's on my Amazon list isn't anything I'd ask someone else to buy for me. Guess it's about time to make a useful list. It'd be nice if the rest of my family did the same, but when I ask for suggestions, I keep getting "Oh, you're so good at picking thoughtful, imaginative gifts" - which doesn't help.
Cyclops Rock ... and, with that, I'm off to do some of that dancing thing.