Patrick Swayze died. Got it. Jim Carroll died. Got it. Anybody else? Perhaps I should keep a tally sheet for Kris‘ next Oscar contest. Hmm. Maybe that is a bit sick. Sorry.

The Broncos vs the Pats tonight. I’m listening to it but I am just not in to it. I think I am too tired. I did manage to watch an episode of Top Gear. I hope I get some of my cred back now.

I was putting the kittens to bed and they walked into their room in a line. I swear if they wore suits, it would have looked like a scene from Reservoir Dogs. Sawyer would definitely be Mr. Pink. She’s just crazy enough. Though not crazy enough to be Mr. Blonde.

I use the term kittens on to refer to the younger cats. The cats have their own room that they sleep in so that we don’t turn into unsuspecting victims of play time at two in the morning. They stay out on the nights where we don’t work the next day. Which is pretty much on the weekends. They enjoy it but they do still tend to sleep in their room.

I’ve been trimming down on my freelance work. Not because I am becoming insanely wealthy or anything. Actually I just want to spend more time with my husband when I can. I work 40 hours a week and I drive an hour to work and an hour back. Between that and trying to get some sleep, I want to see him. Even after being together for more than 13 years, I still want to be around my husband.

***News Flash: Patriots lead by a point. ***

Yeah. I think that’s it for tonight. It has taken me a while to write this. Darn football.



As I sit here this Labor day, I dread the next weekend. The changes in weather are  making Hannah look like she’ll be heading this way. That means work for me and work for Josh. So Hannah, stay away! Please!


Dear Noah,

Please send the ark.

-Miftik

A tree fell last night. It was dead, but it still made a big noise and a big mess. Another started to fall, but was thankfully caught by the massive amounts of air potato wrapped trees.

It is still coming down. I’m not sure when it will stop for good. I still haven’t been able to meet my new niece. It has been nothing but pouring rain for three days now.

I’m going to go watch the Olympics. At least it stopped pouring there!


We’re doing fine on this end. The projected strength of Fay has slowly diminished. The latest projection has it passing over where I will be tomorrow and over my home. I’m just hoping that we end up on the west side of it. The east side of it tends to end up with tornadoes. I could do without a tornado.

Josh’s manager brought home 8oz of Belgian Chocolate. I’m thinking of taking some of it work tomorrow. It will be busy and possibly stressful, so it might be good to have it. I’ve got a stash of popcorn and chips in case we start getting stir crazy. It could happen, even if it is only for four hours.

Olympics time. I think NBC is loving the ratings. Michael Phelps and the mens swim team probably did a lot to help.


Whoa. Six days without a post. I’m getting back in to my old ways. That’s not good.

Things have been busy here. Mostly cleaning up and working. My evil princess hasn’t been feeling well. I think it is a bit of a protest due to my changing her dry food. She’s spoiled and we (I) am trying to break her of it.

We bought new 1TB drives for the server. Best Buy had the one we wanted on sale for less than anywhere we saw online.  I’m kind of wishing that we had bought their last one for myself. Josh says I can have the old drives that were in the server, but 1TB would be nice to have. I suppose that would make me spoiled! I’ll save the money for a new monitor. I’m slowly losing vertical lines of pixels on the right side of the screen. When I maximize an application in Windows, I can only see to the left half of the X (close) button.

At work I’ve been messing around with Flash. I haven’t played with it too much lately. I had one freelance job a couple of months ago that required some Flash work, but it wasn’t anything intense. I have a really goofy/creative idea for a presentation for work. I have to run it through the multimedia guys first to see if they’d want to do it. I’m all for comedy.

The kittens are doing well. They’ve begun exploring more and have discovered the bathroom sink. It has apparently become their preferred napping spot. There are pictures, but they aren’t posted yet. They had some skin issues. I first thought it was ringworm, but it seems to be more flea related. They’re pretty much clear of fleas. There is nightly combing. For their fine hair, a lice comb actually works better than a flea comb. The comb has to be moved parallel with the skin so that the flea doesn’t “escape” the comb.

Friday is Independence Day. A lot of the cities in Central Florida are putting on Fireworks shows. Josh and I are both off, so we are debating what to do. The Coke Zero 400 is this Saturday in Daytona.  There is also a Peter Murphy concert that Sunday. I don’t think I could do the Peter Murphy concert and still make it to work on Monday. I’m four weeks away from being able to actually take any time off if I want or need to. Right now I take off by skipping lunch. It works.

Well, that seems to be about it. I’m tired and it is thundering. Maybe I’ll convince Josh to help me move stuff under the TV table we made. That way I can take some pictures and finally write up our Ikeahack.





For the first time in a long time, something is changing. Normally the top search words that lead many people here are related to Pearl Harbor. I don’t know why, but it is true. Now, for the first time in a long time, a bit of fat is changing this. Adipose now has more than twice the hits as pearl harbor.

For those that don’t know, MazzMatazz created knitting patterns based on characters from the new Doctor Who, including the pattern for knit Adipose (aliens made of human fat). She released them under Creative Commons license as free for personal use. Well, someone started selling the end product and Mazz reported them. This action then turned on Mazz. The beeb contacted her and asked her to remove the patterns. I don’t know the exact terms in the first email but with the Beeb’s response, Mazz did not feel comfortable in reposting her patterns.

Next the $hit hit the fan for the BBC and word reached the Open Rights Group and the EFF . Eventually even Neil Gaiman chimed in. The Doctor Who fandom gets involved and news spreads people. So, the clean up has begun.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this. There are a lot of interesting questions that this situation brings up. Where does copyright infringement begin in the craft world. Who do you go after? How do you prosecute it?

I do have three words of advice to crafters out there… Save Page As! This is your best friend. I have over a gig of saved patterns for times such as this. The pages don’t take up much space. Create a directory on your drive and save them there. If you organize them by craft, it will make things even easier. I have a hard copy and a local copy of Mazz’s patterns. Unfortunately, I can’t get to the local copies right now.

Now that things seem to be settling down and who knows, maybe the pattern will be back soon. 😉