Another of my library cats has left us. He and his siblings were huddled under a tiny overhang outside of the children’s section of my old library when my hubby found them back in 2002. The connection between my husband and this tiny striped kitty was immediate. I have so many pictures of Sam curled up on said hubby. Even the pic of him I have on my phone has Sam on his lap.
Samwise was the headbutt king, and far too interested in checking out everyone’s breath. Like his brother he voiced his opinions often. He even managed to make it onto some of the things I recorded.
Most of all, though, I shall miss him because he was so loving. I mean…he actually liked hugs. He’d jump into my lap while I was at the computer, situate himself so he could headbutt my chin, and purr his heart out when I gave him a hug.
I shall miss my foot warmer, computer companion, and mightier blocker of anything I was trying to read. My hubby, of course, feels like he’s lost part of himself.
Why do I mention this now? Well, Dr. Geek is having a Science Fair! I kid you not. Dr. Geek is teaming up with the South Florida Museum for a huge even on 27 September 2014. I am even flying out to Florida to help out. Seriously, if you are going to be anywhere near the area, you should join us. You might even get to meet Snooty the Manatee. Or talk about flying cars. Who can say?
Once upon a time, my friend Scott (with whom I do the Articles of the Shadow Proclamation Doctor Who podcast) told me that he was starting a new podcast, and would I be the voice of the creepy computer for him. I have always wanted to be the voice of a creepy computer, so of course I said yes.
That podcast became Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, the podcast of science from fiction. We’ve looked into The Flying Car and the Privatization of Space, among other things. The podcast has both skits that look into possible futures, and interviews with real people about things happening now.
And now? Now season one has come to CD! It’s real. I’ve held it in my hand! If you want a copy you can get one from here (and also Amazon).
This is a detail view from Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine #2 (with which I am obsessed.) If you aren’t familiar with Babbage and his work, click on the link and get in the know. In the Difference Engine art and math combine to create some of the first stirrings of the computer age. Watch the thing in motion. Seriously. I was lucky enough to see it in person during a previous visit to the Computer History Museum. …Okay, I’ll stop now.
…And the song obsession I’ve has for the last 3 days (I watched the video, then immediately bought the song and I’ve been listening ever since) is: (I’m the One That’s) Cool by The Guild/Felicia Day. Fair warning for the sensitive (like me): this video shows depictions of bullying (seemingly from the memories of the characters). If this is something you might have trouble with, just listen rather than watch. The song is great. It’s a “Ha! Geeks are cool now!” anthem.
Luckily, I don’t think that anyone saw me rocking out in my cube.
You may yet remember that I get obsessed with songs. Well…here is Sunday’s song obsession: Abney Park – Steampunk Revolution. I think I’ve listened to it 100 times already, and I can’t wait for the album to come out.
Why did I get obsessed by this one? Well, 1)I love Abney Park 2)I groove on the Steampunk aesthetic 3)The tune is catchy and I can dance to it (in my room…and possibly in my cube).
We went to the Computer History Museum again the other day, armed with cameras. This is the entrance (well…the sign for the current exhibit at the entrance).
April is National Poetry Month. I don’t promise a poem a day, but at least a few poems will appear…and I’ll mix it up with some images that could be seen as poetic. (If you look at them a certain way…) We start with a signpost. Let’s see what’s inside together, eh?