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Amazing Grace, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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Today, before Quinn's birthday dinner, the boys and I went to the International Steampunk City festival in Waltham. Only for a few hours, sadly, so we only saw a few of you.

Lots of pictures on Flickr, but here are two standouts:

Mayor Grymm and his "right hand man," Emperor Justinian Stanislaus.
International Steampunk City Waltham
That hand was a work of genius. It was fully articulated and frankly kind of creepy.

Morgan, testing out hats:
International Steampunk City Waltham


May. 8th, 2011 07:54 pm
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Nine!, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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Take the A Train, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

Sent from my bionic implant

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Conversation with Quinn during down time at Arisia '11, taking a break from walking around the dealers' room with his brother:

Q: "What's this?" (holds up a Fox Trot panel featuring Jason's math homework)

Me: "It means 'the square root of 9.'"

Q: "What's that?"

Me: "It's the number that makes 9 if you multiply it by itself. So in this case it's three. See, three times three is nine."

Q: "Oh!"

Q: (thinks)

Q: "Well, that doesn't sound so hard."

Me: "Maybe not in this case. But it can be tricky. Like, what's the square root of 81? See? There isn't a really easy way to figure that out except by trial and error."

Q: "Isn't that just 9?"

Me: "..."

Me: "Yes."

Me: "Quinn, how did you figure that out?"

Q (exasperated): "I don't know! I just thought of nine because nine times nine is 81!"

Me: "You just remembered that nine times nine is 81."

Q: "Yes."

Me: "Okay."

Next stop: the Steampunk World's Fair in May, I think.

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boffer battle, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

In other words, this picture of Quinn locked in mortal combat with [livejournal.com profile] xuth was used today to illustrate an article on Boing Boing, HOWTO teach your small children to swordfight. Nice!

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Happiness is a new iPod. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] qnetter!

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Mr. Crepe

Nov. 18th, 2010 07:19 pm
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Mr. Crepe, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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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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