30 Sep

Macaroni and cheese on a stick?!

Last year, I think, I posted about the deep-fried candy bars on sticks that we had at the Puyallup Fair. Well, it looks like food on a stick is the new hot item at fairs, and Chuck Taggart reviews several of the stick foods in his always-fun Looka! blog. Macaroni and cheese? I know the Snickers is good, though. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t go to the Puyallup Fair again this year.

30 Sep

Discussion group for HUX students

(This entry is basically here to get Google to include the HUX group in its search results. So it’s not very entertainin’ readin’, sorry.)

My distance learning graduate school program, the Humanities External MA (HUX) at California State University, Dominguez Hills, supposedly has an online discussion group at the CSUDH website. However, that discussion forum hasn’t been functional in ages. So there is a Yahoo Group/mailing list for HUX students instead. It’s really, really useful. Since we’re all distance students, it can be incredibly isolating much of the time, and this group makes it easier for us. If you are a HUX student, or are interested in the HUX program, you might want to check it out.

(There. Now Google might index the HUX group. Lately it seems that I can’t get Google to include anything at all via direct submission, but if I link to something directly from Slumberland, that usually works.)

29 Sep

Omnia Extares

The Seattle Times ran an article in Sunday’s paper about my alma mater, The Evergreen State College. As usual, the school has a better reputation the further away from Olympia you get; Newsweek and the Princeton Review love it, but local idiots like KIRO’s Brian Maloney think of it as absolute evil, as quoted in the article: “‘What frustrates me is there has been no effort in this state to get a real debate going about why we have an Evergreen State College,’ he said. ‘It is a school built on political advocacy and one viewpoint.'” Uh huh. Yeah, Brian. They teach you to think at Evergreen. I can see why you might find that to be threatening.

29 Sep

Another step in the process

Went to the Bungalow Fair at Town Hall yesterday and saw some amazing stuff, none of which we can afford. Gorgeous antique furniture, silkscreen, watercolor and letterpress prints, William Morris wallpapers, pottery, etc. There was a book I really wanted: a 100 year-old art book with tons of amazing engravings — but it was $400.

Since we couldn’t improve the house with any of that, I came home and sanded the spackled walls in the foyer until my arms gave out. It’s a little more than half done (yes, I am a wimp), and the next steps are: finish sanding, get Jason to spackle some of the ceiling bits I can’t reach, clean the walls, tape, primer, and paint. (Then there is some floor work but I don’t want to think about that right now.)

This is the slowest renovation ever.

29 Sep

New blog experimentation

First entry using new blog software.

I’m experimenting with some new blogging software, iBlog. I have just been sick of Blogger never functioning when I need it. (It’s been working better lately, but I think it’s too late for me.) Anyway, we’ll see how this one works.

I didn’t really have time to do a site redesign so I just took iBlog’s template and tweaked it to look sort of close to the old Slumberland look. Someday I’ll redesign. I think it’s been more than 3 years with this design, so it’s about time.

The old archived posts are still available via the link on the left menu bar.

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