Archives for the month of: March, 2012

I had a rough week and a gift card to get rid of, so I went on an Amazon shopping spree.

(I’m going to be the proud owner of a Kindle, I’ll review it in two weeks once I get my hands on it.)

But more interesting, I got some special lace weight knitting needles and a few pounds (!) of lace weight yarn. I’m going to see if I can do summer weight knits (think t-shirts). This…is going to take a while.


1. My refrigerator knocks four times.

2. Mr. Suspicious already hates yogurt and apples, and today also turned down beans, bacon, toast, and fish sticks.

3. There’s a glitch in my phone, I get calls that haven’t happened yet (at least according to the time stamp)

4. I spend a lot of time not knowing how I look.

5. After John Carter:

“You watch these things, it’s the same show every time. A … goes to … and saves the girl and the world. It’s like, ‘A Confederate soldier goes to Mars with a thing and saves the girl’. ‘Some kids go to Narnia through a wardrobe and save the world’. I should make one up… Like his name is Billy and he goes to Jupiter and he– and he walks there.”

“Hon, I watch a show where a British alien saves a psychopath archaeologist with the help of Roman Winston Churchill using a magic phone box. You can’t win this one.”


o_O Some people are seriously scary. (Brain bleach may be necessary)

Great piece of fanfic. Harry Potter, if he were twice as smart and a little evil.

Hey! A new Doctor Who companion.

I have one of these, and when I got it I learned how to solve them.  I kept it on my desk.  Then last week, one of the guys at work messed it up on me – and I realized I’d forgotten how to put them back.

Google knows everything, I swear.

There’s a great cheat sheet here. Basically, it asks you questions about where different colors are, and shows you how to put them back one piece at a time.

If you want to try it and don’t have a cube, I like the virtual cubes here. (Make sure you have the latest Java plugin installed first). There’s a couple different color variations too, and 2×2 and 4×4 cubes if you want to be ambitious.

Split Pea Soup

  • 1/2 lb split peas
  • 2 strips bacon (chop raw)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped plus leaves)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • bay leaf
  1. Fill slow cooker with ingredients and top with water
  2. Cook on low for at least 2 hrs, longer is fine

I usually do this one before work, and eat when I get home. That adds up to maybe 10 hours in the pot. So don’t worry about leaving this in too long, I honestly don’t think you can.  On the other hand, it’s fine after 2 hours if you want to make a lunch out of it instead.

The reason the bacon goes in raw is so you can get the bacon grease in the soup. If you want to cook the bacon ahead, save about 1 tbsp of grease. You can cut it down to a half a slice if you’re dieting, but make sure there’s at least some for flavor. Peas are bland.


  • box corn bread mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Pour into well-greased casserole dish
  3. Bake @ 400* for 25 minutes

Okay, so I’m lazy, I used the box mix instead of from scratch. But it still came out good, if crumbly, and since my baking powder is super old it probably was fluffier than scratch cornbread would have been.

Tragic news.

I’m depressed now.

So I was in the car on my way to work this morning (shut up, I’m not a workaholic I’m dedicated). One ad for Chrysler said,

…Everything is [better?] in Los Angeles. Even the weather is held to a higher standard.  So how did a car out of Motor City get its big break? Same way as everyone else – earn it.

Uh, no. I’m not stupid. People in Los Angeles get their break because of good advertising. Which Chrysler obviously knows, because that was an ad.  Situational Irony fail.

When I went to the electronics store, I picked up a few things that I didn’t quite know what they were, just because they looked cool.

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It’s a switch, I can tell that much, but why does it have 6 leads coming out of the back? Which ones connect to what?

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So what I decided to do was run a test.  I don’t want to worry about ungrounded circuits, so I hooked up all the leads to ground, but first going through one of the LEDs to see which ones are active.  I’m going to power each lead one at a time, and see what happens in the on and off position.

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Here are the results:

On Off
Lead 1
Lead 2
Lead 3
Lead 4
Lead 5
Lead 6


  • Size 2 double-pointed needles
  • 2 skeins of Patons Lace-weight yarn
  • Stitch holder (so I can do both socks section-by-section)
  • Tapestry needle


I’ll be following the pattern here.  There’s three sets of instructions for three different yarn weights.  I’ll be doing the lightest, in purple.

I cast on with the loosest version I know.  Just start with a slipknot, then knit a stitch and slip it back to the left needle and repeat until you have enough stitches, 64 in my case.

The ankle itself is supposed to be made of (knit 2, purl 2) ribbing.  I was worried that was going to come out too busy, but it looks fine.  I don’t like tall socks, so there’s only a few inches of it.

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Going on vacation! Back next week.