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I started to ask the Internet this, but then I realized that my friends are actually way more awesome than the Internet:

How well do temporary hair dyes work? Do they wash out right away? Do they produce bright and vivid colors? Which brands are best?

ETA: this is a one-day thing, so super-temporary dye shampoos and the like are potentially fine.

If we were to apply more than one color--say, a mohawk with colored sides--is that likely to be way too complicated for an amateur to attempt on their first try? Would we want to use a semipermanent dye for that, rather than the totally temporary ones?
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So [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth and I rode from Boston to Provincetown on Saturday, on a tandem bike borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly and [livejournal.com profile] dilletante.

What happened?

  • Tandems are way cool. Everyone we rode with seemed to be cheered up just having a tandem on the road. We became known to the rest of the riders, and later, by apparently random people in Provincetown, as "those crazy tandem people."
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth did not keel over and die from biking on her broken ankle.
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth actually finished in way better shape than I did.  By the end of the ride, she was doing the bulk of the hard cranking.
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth is clearly a mutant who has supernormal healing powers and possibly an adamantium endoskeleton.
  • Good bike fit is really important.  Really really important. Like, as important as you thought it was, and then more important than that.  I did an okay job of sizing the tandem to me, but "okay" is not good enough, especially for a trip like this.  I finished the ride with severe numbness in the ring and little fingers of both hands, and profoundly diminished gripping strength.  Right now I can barely turn a key in a lock, put on my socks, or write my name.  Calling the doctor first thing in the morning.
  • As important as it is to wear sunscreen, for the love of god remember not to wear it on your face. Because then when you start sweating, it melts and trickles down your forehead into your eyes, and it stings and you can't see and THAT WILL MAKE YOU DIE.
I have many many heroes today, but especially [livejournal.com profile] keyne and kids for their love and ongoing support of my madness, [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly and [livejournal.com profile] dilletante for the loan of their contraption and for invaluable technical advice, [livejournal.com profile] soong and [livejournal.com profile] sandhawke for sharing their homes (sometimes unexpectedly), [livejournal.com profile] bubblebabble and [livejournal.com profile] bitty for sharing their home and for gamely going along with our insane plans, [livejournal.com profile] inseriatim for repaying the favor and registering me when I started acting lame, and [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth for being such an amazing, untiring, perpetually upbeat and inspiring ride partner.  This life is sometimes an amazing place to be.
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I have recently decided I have found a use for Twitter that makes sense to me: Twitter short stories.  Each one is supposed to be completely self-sufficient; have a story arc with a beginning, middle, and an end; characters who motivate and intrigue, with unique voices; compelling plots; and addressing my favorite themes, of hope, loss, faith, love, despair, and redemption.

My goal is to write one a day.  I have not been so successful at that, but hey!  Goals are important!  Please feel free to leave feedback if you are so inclined.
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We are starting to move into Mosaic this week.  We will be moving junk from my parents' house and our storage unit all week long, but our biggest push will be on Saturday, April 25 (assuming we can get the Big Honkin' Truck for it). Sorry about announcing this on such short notice, but that is apparently the way we roll.  M starts at the new school on Monday, April 27, so our goal is to be sufficiently moved-in by the end of Saturday that we can sleep there and make breakfast on Sunday.

If you can help, and haven't already responded to [livejournal.com profile] keyne's call for volunteers, give me a shout-out here.  We will need hands and warm bodies most urgently on Saturday, but if you're available to pack boxes or tote some stuff during the week, ping [livejournal.com profile] keyne, who will be trying to get as much of this done during the day as she can.

Woo-hoo!  mOVING!
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For the upcoming fundraising auction for Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, [personal profile] omegabeth  and I are contributing one gourmet meal, cooked at your house to your specifications. Because anything worth doing is worth overdoing wherever Beth is concerned, and because we may even do it again someday if it goes over well this time, we are planning to promote the idea via a web site (at least a splash page).

Which means that of course we need to choose a domain name. Possibilities include:

savoro.us (I really wanted omni.voro.us but it was not available)

We are seriously indecisive!  Which of these make you say, "Why, that sounds like people who I want to come to my house and feed me extravagant food"?  Go vote in Beth's poll.  It will make my day.  Hers too.
topaz: February 20, 2008 (lunar eclipse)
NASA is holding a contest to name the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, their newest astronomical observatory.

I helped out and suggested the obvious choice, of course, Mister Splashy Pants.  I trust that you all will do your part as well.

Go to http://glast.sonoma.edu:81/glastname/.  Vote early and often; it is, after all, for Science.
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How do people learn how to construct crossword puzzles?


Sep. 9th, 2007 05:36 pm
topaz: (respect the bike)
[livejournal.com profile] keyne took these and many other fabulous pictures today: 4 pix )
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Readers of my "triathlon" filter may have noticed that I haven't posted to it much in the last month.  That's because there hasn't been much to post.  When we left for Maine in August, my training went down the drain and I never really got it back together.  I've still been biking to work, and that sure helps a lot, but I have been doing almost no swimming or running.

So I went into this morning's triathlon mostly unprepared.  My goal today was to finish without dying.  If I was really lucky, I might not get so discouraged that I wouldn't want to do it again.

And so?

I had a blast. )

One of the most interesting things about this event were the other participants:

1.  They were all really collegial.  When we were all standing around at the start of the race, and at the finish line afterward, everyone was really friendly and cheerful.  I expected a very unfriendly elite-athlete vibe.  Not in the slightest.  It was possibly the most chummy athletic event I can recall ever having attended.  That was a really lovely thing and helped set the tone for the rest of the day.

2. A lot of them were not visibly athletic.  [livejournal.com profile] keyne took photographs which confirmed my hypothesis: no matter how out of shape you are, or how ridiculous you think you look in a Speedo, there is going to be someone else competing who is worse off than you.  I liked that a lot too.  It made me feel really good about the social dynamics of the event.

I am so grateful: to [livejournal.com profile] keyne for getting up at the ass-crack of dawn with me on this fool's errand and for taking such fantastic pictures of the day, to [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth for being an unfailing support all along and for being the awesomest running buddy ever, and to [livejournal.com profile] mort, [livejournal.com profile] kcatalyst, [livejournal.com profile] aroraborealis and everyone else who has been giving moral support along the way. So much rockage.

Overall it was an unqualified win for fun.  I have no doubt I'll be doing another one of these.  Maybe even before the end of the year!
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It is important to me that this be made clear:

Whatever SMACK-ADDLED lunatic thought that it was POSSIBLE for a human being to run for THREE MINUTES at a stretch badly needs to be RESTRAINED firmly and BEATEN with a WET CROWBAR.
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