Archive for July, 2010

Kitties!

Posted on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 11:39 am

Post #100….

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Back near Austin, and it’s been a social two days.  Music each night, me the designated driver.  Lots of catching up and giving reports, etc.  Haven’t played any music since I got back (though I did order a new guitar case for the meenie).  Having blown out my voice at music school, though not severely, just a few of the most intense notes were missed, I wasn’t even singing along much, despite my knowing most of the tunes.  But it was fun.

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The big news are the two new kitties in the house, one of which is crawling all over my shoulders and purring loudly and stealing my reading glasses as I type.  Macaroon (Maki), a classic brown tabby, is the older of the pair, and the higher jumper.  Kimmy (name subject to change) is solid black (haven’t found the exception hairs yet), the younger of the pair and while a darling, is still prone to nursing.  Both are about 4 months old.  Candy, the three year old resident is thawing slowly to their presence, but hardly thrilled about their arrival.  They are both natural mousers and are instant experts at the stick and string game.  They are even good team players.

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Not invited to the all girl pool party this afternoon (no big deal, I’d rather relax here, having partied enough).  Besides, someone needs to introduce the dogs to the kittens.  And I have some work to get done.

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I finished killing off the yellow jacket nests in the barn.  27 sizable nests at the final count.  Hundreds of larva all the floor, along with the adult wasps.  They had reach critical mass and a new nest was being started every few hours and accelerating exponentially.  No stings in the process, having gone in with full clothing, hands and face the only exposed parts.

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Blue bird skies (zero clouds) at the start of August promise some real heat, first of the summer.

Design interludes

Posted on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Good progress at the hotel,  in more ways than one.  A sense of relief, even though I’ve turned my back on the hotel and left it’s lobby for the last time.  It was good creature comfortable, a good working environment.

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Less than two days to go until returning west.  There will be music tomorrow night, second week in a row for music school.

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Summer rain shower has passed, cooling and steaming.

Half way there

Posted on Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Half way to departing from my stay-over in Bryan.  Enjoying the hotel life, working on web site structure/design to hand over to the coders.  It’s clean and comfy.  Client needs the comfort and coolness.  Not a bad view either.

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Critters getting fed and attended here when not in the lap of luxury.  But that’s okay, I don’t need 67°F all day.  It’s good to get back out in the warmth.

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Got most of my personal errands run, bills paid.  Things look pretty good right now, but next month is the real test.  Not that July wasn’t a challenge.  But August is the make or break month.

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Not much time to render right now, but life is full here in Bryan, Texas on a Saturday night.  Can’t complain.

Change of scene

Posted on Sunday, July 18th, 2010 at 7:19 am

Heading to Bryan sometime in the next 36 hours.  Not sure exactly when at this point.  I’ll be there for at least a week.  It will mean less comfort, but better bandwidth.

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I have business to handle in Bryan, so it’s a good move at this point.  Also a party during the period, so that should be fun.

Shaders on modo 4.0.1 SP5

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Running a few shaders through a render, making sure there’s no surprises (there so seldom are, especially recently).  Polished bronze and stoneware.

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4th

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The pool pavilion christening party was a lot of fun.  Lots of good food (I brought boudin and brownies), lots of good music (my pads got a work out), and lots of fun.  The pool is now partially shaded by the pavilion, which means fun in the pool without the worry of sunburn.  And it’s sizeable enough to hold thirty or more people, including a band set up (drums, amps, PA, etc).  So playing music with others was indeed fun.