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By ucblockhead (Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:03:51 AM EST) construction, puzzles, nudity, books (all tags)
My hands hurt.


I took the day off yesterday to remove a carpet. Home projects are hard with toddlers around, but since he's at daycare on Thursdays, it was an opportunity to get a long, uninterrupted stretch of work done. It was a nasty, nasty job. Pulling out carpet staples is a literal pain, and the fuckers had, for some unknown reason, also used glue. Between the blisters and the places where I stabbed myself with staples, my hands are unhappy. I'm glad to have it done, though.

The floors are in as good shape as can be expected. There's some water damage near the window, so a few boards will have to be replaced.

As you can see from the photos, we've been able to move into one room. We'll move into the other next week. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean we're anywhere done and unfortunatley the contractor is running off to another job for a bit.


Work is mostly dead at the moment. We're supposed to be scrambling hard at an important project but we're not getting the technical support we need from a certain large company. They've found a novel way to deal with technical questions: simply ignore the emails entirely.
I've become a bit addicted to a certain "collectable card" puzzle-game called Perplex City, which is bad considering the price of the cards. Worse, it's Britisher based, so some of the questions are culturally biased ("Name all the biscuits".) Some are trivially easy. Some are monstrously hard. (I spent a half hour last night looking for Lithuanian ispell dictionaries.)
Isn't it nice that the diary entry form looks a lot like it could be work? It was just a second ago...
I'm getting a bit irritated at the people at Boing Boing have recently gotten a bug up their ass about being marked for "nudity" by filtering software. Yeah, so unjust. (NSFW kinda I suppose.) "OMFG!!! The bastards said we had nudity on our site just because we had nudity on our site!" Idiots.

If you don't think nudity is something to be hidden, fine, and I agree with you. But don't act like it's a travesty of justice when someone labels your site accurately.


I recently read Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, and soon thereafter, The Chronoliths. Both are quite good. I am impressed with the way Wilson manages to start with something utterly bizarre and still make it seem like hard science. Also impressive is that despite the earth-shattering events and hard science, these books are both still at their root about people.

Though they are a bit on the emo side.

Spin is particularly good. A lot of books start with the utterly bizarre to provoke a plot but then fail to actually make a sensible explanation. This book actually does make perfect sense at the end despite starting with the uttelry bizarre. (All the stars vanish in the first chapter.)

In many ways, it's what I wanted out of Manifold:Time. Many of the same big questions, but without the cardboard cutout characters.

I'm less impressed with Kim Stanley Robinson's Fifty Degrees Below. It's been a bit of a slog and I'll probably have to force myself to finish it. There's a lot wrong with this book, the second in a series, which is a pity, because they're damn topical. In fact, the first volume was prophetic in a way I shan't mention as it's a major spoiler. There's lots wrong. In particular, there seems to be something odd with the timeline of the whole thing. It seems like he's trying to pack ten years of events in a few short months.


Stupid iTunes. There's no way to tell it to go remove everything from you library for which the disk file has been removed.
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the chronoliths by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:08:56 AM EST
the chronoliths utterly failed to inspire me. at all. i spent most of the book just not caring, thinking he'd managed to make the amazing banal.

spin was much better. i thought the ending was rushed and a bit abrupt --- sorta like he was slightly better than stephenson at endings --- but the buildup was very well done.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

Your hands have my sympathies by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:23:18 AM EST
Staple lacerations are the gift that keeps on giving. Everytime you wash your hands for the next few days, you'll be reminded of your efforts.

Are you planning to strip the floor and refinish it or put another carpet on top?


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
strip and refinish by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:26:11 AM EST
Most of the house has hardwood floors. Only the living room was carpeted, and that was over an existing wo0d floor. We're having someone else do the refinishing. (We did it at a prior house, and it was enough to convince us not to do it again ourselves.)
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Good for you by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:32:41 AM EST
I was refraining from saying anything, but my first thought on seeing the floor was a calculation of how my time and effort it would take to make it look pretty again.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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if ads count by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:26:49 AM EST
their suicide girls ads would be ample justification. The ads are risquee, but not usually nude, but the site it links to is porn.

And from a filtering perspective, I think if your site hosts porn ads, that's a good reason to filter your site, though the bucket/category one uses may be arguable.

That does it by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:36:55 AM EST

I'm moving into your living room.

Oh yes, also Xeni Sucks.


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
hmmm by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:04:45 AM EST
It would be nice having an au pair around.
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you just want to sleep with her by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 01:56:17 PM EST
or worse, she's your ex.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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I like a girl by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 2) #9 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 03:09:06 PM EST

what can finish FOUR donuts!


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