Random Thread: 2017.2
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Life, the universe, pies, hot-pink bunnies, world domination, and everything
My mother bought us a pie yesterday because she was worried we’d be snowed in today.
Also… NEW THREAD NEW THREAD YAY! Now to fill it up all over again!
My friends and I tried to get pie yesterday from a pie-specific store in town, but they were all sold out. Fortunately, that store is the center of the “[town] Pie Festival” this Saturday, so my enjoyment of pie is merely delayed!
We had just gotten back from a one night camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. It was lots of fun. I especially loved scrambling around on the big rocks.
After not getting pie, we realized that it was trivia night at a local bar, so we went there. Our greatest moment was when we went double-or-nothing on a 10 question round because the common theme among all the answers was that they were all titles of tabletop games. If we (as a group) know anything, it’s about tabletop games! Unfortunately, we were smacked down the next round by matching Golden Globe winners for drama and comedy/musical that were in the same year. We still came in 3rd out of quite a number of groups, though!
Meat, fruit, or both?
I’ve been to England and I think I did, but I can’t be sure because I was only four.
What else should a person sample in England, if she were to hypothetically be studying abroad there?
Mmm, Thai food…
Speaking of tasty food, today we went to a diner my parents were familiar with but that I couldn’t remember going to, and I got banana walnut pancakes!
Today I forgot for a moment that clocks go clockwise and read my watch backwards. Grad school is exactly as stressful as PhD Comics warned me.
Sometimes I think Mike Slackerny has become my spirit animal.
The dorm council approved my proposal for a Yuri’s Night party! We just have to make a good budget (we already asked for 25 dollars to buy prizes at the American Museum of Natural History gift shop.) Since we don’t want to spend too much, I thought we could also buy Astronaut Ice Cream at the gift shop, buy small brownies and wrap them in tin foil to make meteorites, and turn oranges into alien heads with marker and toothpicks. Any other cheap ideas?
Oh, decorations are no problem, I have paint and I save scrap cardboard up for art projects (recycling is good, but reusing and THEN recycling is even better). We’re going to watch COSMOS (2014, I think), and play a trivia game, so we have entertainment. It’s food that we’re brainstorming.
Our party got approved and the council will give us 50 dollars to spend on food! Now my friend and I just have to figure our which of these ideas we will spend it on.
My parents got the solar panels installed today! They sent me photographs, but I won’t see them until I come home for the summer. This just makes me so, so happy because I had been bugging them to do it literally since Elementary School and more recently forwarding them every e-mail about the New York solar tax credit I got from environmental organizations. And they finally did it!
My Dungeons and Dragons group is getting really cliquey and weird in a way that I don’t like? Apparently they lied to one girl that D&D was cancelled so she would stop coming to games, and all they’ll tell me about why is that she was annoying and creepy with the maturity of a twelve-year-old and they never liked her.
They kept making mean jokes about her and saying how glad they were she was gone at today’s meeting, in a way that seemed extremely overly cruel if the problem was just that her personality didn’t mesh with the group. So either
a) some kind of drama happened that no one will tell me about
b) my friends will legitimately kick people out of the group for being annoying and immature, meaning I definitely have reason to worry, especially since I got along fine with the girl when she was in the group, thought we had a lot in common, and never noticed that the others didn’t like her
Also, today our DM told us that he was basing the whole plot off a podcast some people in the group listen to, so while I was really excited to find out what happened next in our adventure, others already know all the twists and battles ahead of us and so weren’t really motivated to play today. We ended up just playing boring card games while one person kept asking for advice texting a guy he’s going on a date with.
Idk man, this is pretty much the only time I see my friends anymore since we no longer go to the same school, and I don’t want it to be ruined by drama or people just getting sick of the game.
There’s nothing wrong with premade adventures, but if half the group knows what’s coming then what’s the point?? I concur with Paul.
UGH, I forgot when Earth Hour was again! I know you technically can do it anytime and it’s better to be conscious of your electronics all the time and not just on one day, but it makes me feel like I’m doing it wrong. Still, tonight I will.
Wow, it’s been 10 years since I first came to MuseBlog, and the site’s still around!
Although last I heard from my younger brothers, Muse merged with Odyssey of the Mind, and the Muses were replaced with other comics. Oh well. Life marches on, I suppose.
It’s pretty incredible to think about (the longevity, I mean, not the change in content of the Magazine, which is sad). My own 10-year-anniversary will be coming up in December, I think.
Yipes, my nine-year anniversary is coming up soon. I’m glad Robert has kept the site up even with its decrease in active posters.
What is Slack, exactly? I’m not very hip.
At this rate I think by visiting The Strand’s dollar carts at least once a week, by the time I get my PhD, I will have collected every book by Robert Ballard that I didn’t already own and most of the significant post-1950 works related to polar exploration, all without spending more than 3 dollars per book.
All hail Strand.
We had a very warm day here and I ended up in Central Park while going somewhere else, so it went pretty well for me.
Ugh, so much to do this month…
I love that this tea shop gives out sticky notes and lets people leave messages on the walls.
All kinds of cute things– “So-and-so was here”, “My favorite flavor is…”, “Have a nice day”, etc. A lot of them draw doodles.
The best one is probably “I hope you do really well and take over every other bubble tea place in the city.”
I’m really a fan of when pull off things like that. There’s a famous calzones place near Washington State University that has many, many customers’ drawings featuring calzones all over its walls. The tablecloths are paper and they provide crayons, so you can be moved by their inspiration. Another place is a shaved snow/snow cream place in my college town where they have a cute outlined drawing of a polar bear which people have colored into all kinds of things – a hippie, Aang from Avatar, a scientist, whatever. About two dozen of those are posted on the wall as well.
Why are hands so hard to draw?
They’ve got all those appendages; it gets confusing.
(In Patagonia store, watching promotional film playing on a screen)
Me: “Do you know where this is?”
Lady: “No, it’s good, though.”
Me: “I know that’s Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy in the background but I don’t know what the region is called.”
Lady: “It’s in Chile, I’ve seen it before.”
Me: “Yeah, it’s in Chile but I don’t know what the mountain range is called. Is it just part of the Andes?”
Me: “Oh gosh I’m a fake mountaineering fan.”
Thanks! We’ve got all our food and we’re listening to music while we wait for some more people to show up so we can have our trivia contest.
Oh, it was amazing! So many people came and they liked the food and we listened to music and sung along to “Is Somebody Singing”. The trivia contest went well, everyone had fun, people knew more than they thought, everybody learned things, and the winners liked their prizes. Everyone wanted to take photos with my plush LGM, Gnomon and the space backdrop I made, and a lot of them took photos with their alien oranges, too. One of the best Yuri’s Night parties I’ve ever been to!
Rock the Planet!
Food: We cut cheese slices into stars and moons with cookie cutters, and melted the leftover cheese onto crackers in the microwave so it wasn’t wasted. Permanent marker, toothpicks, and pompoms let us turn oranges into alien faces. We had astronaut ice cream that we bought at the AMNH, and “meteorites” made from marshmallows and macaroons wrapped in tinfoil.
Music: We played a playlist made by the Yuri’s Night organization, and my friends were really impressed by the video of Chris Hadfield performing “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station, so I showed them “Is Somebody Singing”, which we then watched a second time so that we could sing along because it’s catchy as cake.
Nice to see you all! How’s 2017 treating everyone?
Coming up on my ten-year here: October 27th. I didn’t consciously realize this but something drew me back. I’m 19 now. My life is very different than it was.
I wasn’t aware Muse had merged with Odyssey until now. Sad to hear the Muses are no longer in the magazine, I was a big fan of Larry Gonick’s work. At what point did you stop advertising the blog in the magazine? 2009-ish?
I’ve definitely posted since then – I know I was active at least into 2013. The drop in activity must not have been as severe as the drop in new membership at that point. I’m glad you’ve maintained it. I like knowing that it’s still here.
What are the GAPAs up to? How have your lives changed since 2013 or thereabouts?
18.104.22.168 – I’m interested in visiting this place! Tell me more!
Well, it’s not 2016, at least.
Happy Easter! (This year Greek Easter is the same as everyone else’s!)
Well, it’s nice to be able to celebrate with my friends instead of a week or three weeks later.
((Spring Bunny Massacre for old times’ sake?))
I’ve barely touched the plastic Easter egg when it erupts into a tide of teeth and pink fur. Not a traditional bomb, but a pocket dimension – what looks to be over a dozen bunnies pouring out like a clown car. I curse under my breath as I’m knocked to the ground. Around me, I hear more chittering and screams as other Muse Academy students touch the trapped eggs. Those pink demons found their way into Muse Academy. They always will. Bunny war never changes.
It’s a small mercy that no Muser would go to an Easter egg hunt unarmed. I reach my blasters and start shooting at the masses of pink.
So today I got reimbursed for the Yuri’s Night party and got a stipend check so I had some spending money. It’s Easter Monday, so I thought I’d go to the fancy burger restaurant one block over and get a cheeseburger because it’s Easter now and I can eat cheese and meat again! (I didn’t fast all 40 days, just Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and then all of last week.) But ironically I ended up getting their new synthetic burger just because it looked interesting and was called the “Impossible Burger”. It’s supposed to combine wheat and soy with the molecules that give beef its taste and look. I didn’t think it tasted exactly like plain beef, more like it had some kind of sauce other than the mustard I asked for– I can’t really explain it, but the flavor was kind of tropical. It was really good and I feel so futuristic!
Future food is cool. I’m trying to think of the most futuristic food I’ve had, but the only thing coming to mind right now is Dippin’ Dots. Eh, close enough.
Today I met with Professor Wright and some older students to discuss PhD stuff, and it was very helpful and relieved some stress I had been having about meeting my deadlines on time. I even went out for sorbet with Professor Wright, and we just talked about non-academic stuff, and it was nice to interact with her in a setting where she wasn’t being strict with me.
But what surprised me when we got to talking about the Jefferson Market Library is that Professor Wright has a very old-fashioned view of comics that I thought only still existed in caricatures (always in short magazine-style format, never as bound graphic novels, only for children, not an art form in its own right, always shallow humor or fantasy, something it’s strange for adults to find interesting, not something schools would ever use for teaching or keep in school libraries, etc. Also, adults who read too many comics can’t tell fantasy from reality and are the are the kind of people who believe in Bigfoot.)
I tried, as politely as I could, to explain the error of these assumptions and that my High School library had had graphic adaptations of The Consitution and The 9/11 Commission Report. Do you think I should get her “Maus” to change her mind?
That’s a good point, and I think because she did recognize as I was talking to her that “You could use that format to teach about archaeology”, I think what I really should do is find educational comics about archaeology and history to show her she’s *right* in that department.
Well, she didn’t *ask* for it, but she did say she saw the potential, so I’m not even putting words into her mouth– I’m just showing her that someone else also saw the potential and achieved it!
Can we talk about how awesome Sylvia Earle is? Because I just finished reading her memoir and I have a new appreciation of how awesome Sylvia Earle is.