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By georgeha (Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 04:54:03 AM EST) goth, beer, RIASC, sweet tranvestites, furrings in the attic, dreadnoughts, fairies (all tags)
I could have been a goth, instead of a washed up Deadhead punk, which is what I was.

Plus, reading clicks, Irish_girl, Castles of Steel, big changes, birthday plans and less.

Poll: Gothiest band?

Back in high school, I like the Cure, specifically their Pornography cassette, which I listened to when driving to and from Rocky weekend nights. In college, I picked up a copy of Bauhaus' "Burning from the Inside" because I dug "She's in Parties", too bad it got scratched. Yet, I never made the final step, maybe because black makes me look even paler and more washed out (yeah, I know, that's the point), or I preferred the punk scene, and then the Dead scene. I was reminded of this when I opened the Best of the Cure for dishwashing music, we're enjoying it very much, though we have to tell twelve year old not to dance to it, it's too old for her. I'm thinking I should pick up more goth music.

Mrs. Ha got the news, her doc is merging with another office, and moving to a new building this summer. At least it's in a close suburb, and she has mentioned how she dislikes being the only medical assistant, so we're hoping it's a positive. But there will be changes, and her office is now full of anxiety.

In other summer news, we made tentative birthday plans for the girls for this summer's birthdays, it's early, but my parents were driving the issue, and they like to plan ahead, way ahead. One girl will have a pool party, the other an overnight camping party. Not coincidentally, my parents have an above ground pool, and like to camp in their RV.

I was able to spend an hour or so in my attic Saturday, insulating two more dormer joists with furring and styrofoam sheets. That dormer is about half done, at this rate I'll be done with the attic in 2020. I need to get more furring strips and styrofoam sheets now. Twelve year old was impressed that I was perched on my scaffolding 10 feet above the stairwell, I don't get it, she got to go 80 feet above a stage in her theater tech class.

The lager is going strong, about 10 bubbles per minute now, I'm not sure if it will be ready for the Saint Patrick's Day parade a week from tomorrow, which kicks off our Saint Patrick's Day season. Just as well, I like to pick up some stout for Saint Patrick's Day, though maybe next year I'll have some brewed and aged.

Speaking of the Irish, we ran into Irish_girl and her niece at a local Mediterraneum place, she's trying to get Mrs. Ha to take a Cardio-Strip class. RIASC

I finished Massie's Castles of Steel, it was one heck of thick tome that took me about 4 weeks to read. It's about the British Navy in World War I, mostly in relation to the German Navy. Recommended if you're interested in battleships, rum sodomy and the lash, or the British Navy. I still don't fully grasp all the First Sea Lord, Second Sea Lord stuff.

In other reading news, reading clicked for seven year old this weekend, sure, she's been able to read words and sentences for a while now, but it took until this weekend for it to all come together. Providentially, I found a few Disney Fairy books at a big Goodwill that she doesn't own, she's going through them at about one a day.

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I could have been somebody | 20 comments (20 topical, 0 hidden)
furring and styrofoam ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:03:05 AM EST
I don't have dormer windows, but wouldn't you want the normal fiberglass batting ? (faced or unfaced, I don't know..).. And furring strips to what, screw/nail the styrofoam to ? And are you using the pink foam (R-10) or the styrofoam with radiant foil on one side (~R-7.1 I think..) ?

(I put two layers, one of each, on my attic doors, but duct-taped and screwed them into the door.. Not sure if it's a good fit, but we'll see.. Some gaps remains between the door and insulation in places.. Might take tape off and just glue if all else fails. I'll staple the radiant barrier on to the joists this weekend, hopefully.. )

It's an old house by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:13:26 AM EST
the dormer joists are only about 4 inches deep, and they're irregularly spaced, so I can't find batting that will fit. The attic proper is a little better, the joists are 6 inches deep, and more or less spaced right, though sometimes I have to reinforce the fiberglass to stay there with cardboard strips.

I use the furring for a spacer, so air can circulate between the roof and styrofoam. I use about 6 foot by 2 foot by 1 inch pieces of styrofoam, in 5 pack bundles, which I cut to fit often at an angle, since the dormer meets the roof in an odd way), and overlap, and the put a vapor barrier up. It's definitely labor intensive.

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Deadhead/Punk by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:48:49 AM EST
There was a surprising amount of overlap between those crowds. At least in DCia. I'd see the same people at Grateful Dead shows and Dead Kennedys shows. Which led to bad jokes about the Grateful Dead Kennedys.

Remember the TV show "The Banana Splits"? The Dead Kennedys did a cover of the theme song from that show. Very weird. And funny.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Vaguely, one banana two banana three banana by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #4 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:52:31 AM EST
four, beyond that, not much, too much Quisp as a kid Saturday mornings fried my brain cells.

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That's it, now imagine it by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:53:44 AM EST
At punk time, with screaming guitars and vocals.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Now I must spend hours by Phage (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 06:07:35 AM EST
Scouring the 'nets.
Damn you.

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One version by by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:31:31 AM EST
The Dickies.

I know there's a DK version, damned if I can find it.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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It's fun to watch reading `click' in a kid's head by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 06:11:59 AM EST
My eldest used to complain up a storm about being taught to read. Then one day it hit her like a Mack truck that words mean things. Apparently she had thought that when she was being read to, we were just pulling the story out of our butts. But once the secret that words mean things was divulged to her, she started reading almost non-stop.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Yeah, she's been reading words for about two years by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 06:18:38 AM EST
sentences for a year, and now it's all coming together.

She was watching Harry Potter 4 last night, and we talked about the relationships between Ron, Harry and Hermione. She wanted to know how they ended up, I told her to read the end of Book 7. I can do that now.

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My son is close by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:11:23 AM EST
Just a couple weeks he went from "no you read it!" to reading his beginning books in the corner.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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If he's the one reading, sounds like he gets it by lm (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:13:44 AM EST
With my daughter, it wasn't that she didn't have the mechanical skill. She just didn't grasp what the point was. There was some sort of disconnect between being able to decipher letters into words and words into sentences on the one hand and understanding that those sentences were the story.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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RIASC? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:09:07 AM EST
Royal Indian Army Service Corps?

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
Rochester Is A Small City by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 07:13:37 AM EST
I bring it up when I have serendipitous meetings with friends and acquaintances, such as running into Irish_girl at a local restaurant.

Oh yeah, a neighbor from across the street was there, too.

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Whenever we see belly dancing class signs at by garlic (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 09:52:45 AM EST
the gym, I try mild persuasion, but I don't think it's working.

Have you printed out pictures of belly dancers by georgeha (4.00 / 0) #15 Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 10:02:11 AM EST
and left them around?

Mrs. Ha does like to work out, and just joined a gym who seem to be really good (they hound you to keep working out).

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I've read Castles Of Steel by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Mar 07, 2009 at 02:06:28 AM EST
Very good. The Battle of Jutland with the dozens of big battleships and battlecruiser firing must have been something to behold. Doesn't suprise me that Royal Navy was let down by inferior technology and leadership although the result of Jutland didn't actually change anything.

First Lord of the Admiralty = Navy minister (could be an ordinary MP like Churchill)
First Sea Lord = Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy (a senior admiral)
Second Sea Lord = Deputy Commander in Chief of the Navy (a senior admiral)
Third, fourth etc Sea Lords = Commanders of various branches or functions of the Royal Navy

If you enjoyed Castles Of Steel, I recommend Cornelli Barnet's Engage The Enemy More Closely which covers similar ground in terms of the RN in WW2. Although still with similar technological defects as in WW2 in terms of ship building, the Royal Navy's leadership was vastly better than in WW1 which was fortunate as they were frequently outnumbered in battle unlike in WW1.

I'll look out for Barnet by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 11:23:49 AM EST
but I still think battleships were a waste, overall.

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They were useful in WW1 by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #18 Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 12:44:50 PM EST
As more of a deterrent and the British naval blockade did cause the Germans a lot of difficulties. The whole naval arms race between Britain and Germany leading up to WW1 was very similar to the Cold War arms race in many ways.

During WW2 the battleships were fairly useful in the Atlantic and the Med in the early part of the war. Almost completely useless apart from shore bomabardment in the Pacific though and overall not worth the money and especially the industrial resources spent on them.

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From what I've read by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 12:08:16 PM EST
The Royal Navy's insistence on firing speed at all costs caused normal safety precautions to be discarded, resulting in many unnecessary casualties from propellant laying around that should've been stowed.  Was that what you meant by leadership, or were you referring to tactics?

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Robert Smith is really God. by me0w (2.00 / 0) #19 Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 02:01:10 PM EST
I'ma gunna have all his babies.

In high school one of my friends was the spitting image of Robert Smith. I had a crush on him.

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