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My son, the public transit guru [Jun. 30th, 2015|09:26 pm]
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Perry's in computer camp. Last week he was at Internal Drive at MIT, which is on the way to Tufts where Ken works, so Ken sort of took him in. Except for the first day, Ken left Perry off at the Kendall station, and Perry made his way back to South Station on his own.

This week he's at E-magination, which is at the Boston College School of Law in Newton center. It's a bit of a stretch to get there by public transit, but the plan is to get off the commuter rail at Back Bay, then take the express bus to Newton, and another local bus to the actual college. Ken went with him the first time again, just to make sure he knew where the return bus stops were (sometimes they're across the street), and after that he's been making his own way and meeting Ken on the train.

One time last week he missed the train, and had to take the next one by himself. A couple times we've dropped him at the train station because Ken wasn't ready to go in on that early a train. So there's actually been a lot of riding by himself.

He's managed not to lose his train ticket, his bus/T ticket, his cellphone, or his money, at least so far.

The camps are a bit bemused by this free range child thing, but they're not making a fuss. I'm pretty excited that he's able to do all this.
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Inquiring minds NEEDED to know [Jun. 27th, 2015|09:07 pm]
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So, we stumbled upon a method to make vegan meringue out of chickpea liquid. I was like, this will NEVER work.

So of course, science dictated we try it. We had chickpea curry this evening, saved the liquid, and whipped it like egg whites. It takes a lot longer, and the beginning stages are much splashier than with egg whites. I ended up carefully draping a towel over the mixer (being sure not to allow the towel to get sucked into the beater!) It doesn't whip into quite the exact texture of egg white, but it's pretty close.

The doubled recipe (we should have only made one) made so much meringue that I decided to use some of the extra to make a small angel food cake -- which also required research on the web. The cake fell. (Lucifer cake?) Now, we had problems with oven space, and cake bakes at a different temperature, and so the unbaked cake sat around in the air for a while, and then some of the meringues sat around half-baked in the air (those are still in the oven).

The first set of baked (really dehydrated) meringues came out pretty well. They don't taste exactly the same; there is some hint of their beany origins. It might be good to make some other flavor that might disguise the beans a bit more.
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Supreme court judgement [Jun. 27th, 2015|01:09 pm]
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So now that we've won the marriage war for gays, how about for polyamory? Ken proposes this logo:

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Electric car [Jun. 26th, 2015|04:40 pm]
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We have decided it is time to sell the electric car. It was a fun decade to own two of these cars, but the maintenance is getting to us. It needs more of a hobbyist owner. We want to get a used Leaf to replace it. We posted this on the Solectria list, and have one interested party so far.
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Thursday Waltham trip [Jun. 26th, 2015|04:30 pm]
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I'm apparently making a habit of this biking up to Waltham to retrieve car on Thursdays. Broke a record here:

23.39 in 2:00:34 for an average of 11.6. Inflating your tires makes the distance smaller, and possibly accounts for improved performance. There was very little wind, which also helps (well, at least it helps if it would otherwise be blowing in your face...)
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'Nother cortisone shot [Jun. 23rd, 2015|10:54 pm]
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So my shoulder relapsed after the first cortisone shot wore off. It's better than it was 6 months ago, but definitely still painful in a bunch of positions. I finally went back to the orthopedist. He was all like, well, yeah, this sometimes happens and it takes a long time to resolve. I was like, bah. He said I could have an MRI to see if there was anything else going on. Because I have cheapo insurance, I have a large copay, but I decided to pay to find out for sure.

MRI's are kind of fun, if you don't have any claustrophobia issues. They immobilized my shoulder by sticking pillows around, and then shoved me in a tube. It wasn't really that much wider than I was; I wonder what they do for people who weigh a lot more. They did ask me my weight when making the appointment -- maybe they have to use a special machine if you're above a certain size. Anyway. Then the machine makes various clicking and buzzing and rumbling noises. They give you earplugs, but they aren't very good earplugs. Then they announce "there will be a 2 minute scan". Click, buzz, whirr. "There will be a 3 minute scan." Click, buzz, rumble rumble. "Let me check these images." Pause. "OK, another two minute scan." Etc. The whole affair took about half an hour. My right arm (the non-affected arm) got cold, because it was not covered in pillows. My left arm got warm; I wondered if that was just due to the pillow arrangement, or if it was getting warm from excess radiation.

So, I don't have anything torn, like tendons or rotator cuffs. I do have tendonitis in addition to the previously diagnosed adhesive capsulitis (a.k.a. "frozen shoulder"). Turns out adhesive capsulitis doesn't show up on the MRI, so they couldn't really verify it other than by the earlier physical exam.

What we decided to do was have a cortisone shot right there in the office for the tendonitis, to see if that would help with the pain I've been having swimming and sleeping. I was a little concerned about that because the previous one had been so unpleasant, but this time he wasn't trying to get way down deep in the joint in between bones and stuff, but only to hit a tendon that's sticking way out into conveniently located muscles. So it wasn't much different that a flu shot.

It seems to have helped a little with the PT exercises, and this is only 12 hours later. It should take a few days to fully take effect, so perhaps things will be way better in a week. I have to not slack off on the PT exercises like I did last time things seemed to be getting better, though.
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A dozen kayak rides in half a dozen kayaks [Jun. 21st, 2015|10:04 pm]
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We had a bunch of kids over to go kayaking. We have two kayaks, and our next door neighbor has two, and two houses over has three. This gave us enough for the group. But I had to go get them! So, I walked over and kayaked back five times. Then I had to return them! And for the actual voyage (across the lake, but hey) I used one of the borrowed ones, so that was eleven trips in five kayaks, but later we were swimming and I decided to use one of ours as a lounge chair, giving me my dozenth trip and my sixth kayak. I was amused.

Sadly, the power boat is currently broken. The steering failed. You can kind of steer by hauling on the motor itself, but it's really a pain. So, not suitable for anything except getting back home after it failed (I was not actually on board when this happened). The neighbor has a mechanic who is going to come tomorrow to look at it (he does house calls). I hope he gets it fixed by the big bash on July 12!
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First long bike ride in a while [Jun. 18th, 2015|07:27 pm]
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Jocelyn's off school and isn't in camp until mid-July, thus there is quite a lot of ferrying her to and fro, often dropoffs on the way to or from work, which means no bicycling. But today I managed it to Waltham to retrieve the car, 23.56 in 2:07 for an average of 11.0, which is decent. Interestingly, the previous few rides to this same place with the same route were 23.45. I guessed correctly that my tires needed inflating... Just think how well I would have done if I'd had properly inflated tires!
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Aerial rig transport! [Jun. 14th, 2015|10:46 pm]
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I should have taken a picture. We collapsed the rig and took it to 42itous's annual Picnic In The Park. It takes less than 15 minutes to collapse and about the same to set up. The harder part was transporting the mat on top of the SUV. It's very hard to tie down something like that -- it tends to turn into a wing and fly. I think we did an adequate job, but could have done better. It didn't fly off the car, at any rate. The first time we ended up with a situation where at low speeds the bottom of the mat was touching the top of the car, and at high speeds it was flying, and in between it was flapping, whump whump onto the roof. On the way home we tied a rope across the middle of the roof rack and that kept it off the roof so it didn't flap, but the rope buzzed. I also I think we didn't tie it down quite as tightly and it flew a bit more. (Part of the trip home we were caravanning with a second car, so I got to see it behave. I'm just guessing about how it behaved on the trip up because I was in the car with it.)

Jocelyn had a great time both performing and teaching various kids and adults to play on the silk, and one adult who already had some experience got to do some stuff too. I got to catch up with a couple people I don't see very often.
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Interview by the dept of labor [Jun. 12th, 2015|02:35 pm]
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My company provides software and services to some government agencies, which makes us fall under some government requirements. We had a recent acquisition that made us fall under more such. Apparently one of them is about affirmative action. So we're being audited by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs, and one of the things they're doing is talking to some of the employees. Presumably the ones in a minority class. Well, in my group, there aren't very many women. Like, I'm the only one in my cube pod. So, I got elected. I wonder if the black guy in our group got elected too, I should ask him.

It was kind of interesting. I think I entertained them. But of course I'm weird because I do this part time thing, so I had to tell them a lot of background that wasn't really on their questionnaire. Mostly it was about "how are you evaluated", "how did you apply for the job", "have you been offered promotions", "what is your work history". Interestingly they didn't ask me if I FELT like there was any discrimination. Which I don't, but I think they should have asked.

They did ask why I thought there weren't more women in my department. I said it wasn't any different from other places I worked. Maybe there'd be one more. I know some women nerds; C4 dancing attracts them. But I guess in the wider world there just aren't as many percentage-wise. My boss's theory (he got interviewed too, and was also asked "why aren't there more women in your department" which he took as an accusation) is that the whole motherhood thing is career-destroying. But that doesn't answer why there aren't more women in general; it would only answer why there aren't more women at higher levels. When there's a job opening, the resumes that come in are primarily from men. What can he do?

My kids bear out the stereotype: Perry, the total nerd. Jocelyn, the fuzzy science type. Not for lack of trying on the school's part, either.
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