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Apr. 24th, 2012

ralphs
My posting habits may have lapsed into semiannual intentions to post more, but I still read everything on my friends list and comment on occasion.

It's a bit boggling to realize that today marks a decade of doing that. Time keeps on slipping into the future...

Writer's Block: School Ties

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What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?


I got a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies, with a concentration on History and Tradition. I'm 3/4 of the way through a master's program concentrating on Religion, Gender and Sexuality.

Use it in my work? I'm a graphic designer. That's a no. I was a graphic designer before I started school and I figured I could keep doing that after I took something that I actually was interested in, so that's what I did. (I haven't had to pay for much of my education thanks to employee tuition benefits, so I could afford to "waste" my education on a relatively useless degree. I'm grateful for that privilege.)

Jun. 29th, 2011

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Too many babies to keep track of! My youngest sister, Leah, was having some rare complications with her gestation, and since the baby was 37 weeks and thus technically full-term, they decided to induce labor. So yesterday we welcomed Michael Calvin Wischmann to the family, less than a week after my other sister's baby. 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 19 1/2 inches long, and mom and baby are doing well. Michael is my brother-in-law's name and his father's name, and Calvin is the name of my grandfather who passed away last year. Chances are this baby will be known as "Cal" which is quite sweet for those of us who knew his great-grandpa.

So now the only one left is my sister-in-law Rachel's baby girl who isn't due until September. Yes, all three of my siblings were expecting, and within a few months my parents will have gone from one grandchild to four - three boys and a girl. They're over the moon!

ETA: Peekchure!Collapse )

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Jun. 25th, 2011

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I managed to catch the end of the voting in the New York Senate last night, just in time to hold my breath waiting to find out whether they'd managed to push the same-sex marriage bill through. It was so good to see it happen and it felt like a bit of a sea change, since the whiners won't be able to use the good old "judicial activism" gambit -- I'm sure they'll still trot out "let us hold a referendum" but that's going to happen every time until we get the concept of representative democracy pounded into their feeble little minds.

There's a lot of talk about this being the tipping point for marriage equality and I'm thinking the next few years will be very interesting on that front. Pennsylvania will probably hold out 'til the bitter end, of course. Ron and I have talked about making it legal for our tenth anniversary this fall; New York might be a better option for us because it looks like NY only requires 24 hours between issuing the license and solemnizing the marriage instead of, say, DC's three business day waiting period. So maybe that will happen after all. :) Still won't mean anything legally here until either PA does the right thing or DOMA gets repealed and they're forced to respect the full faith and credit clause in the constitution, of course, but we still think it's important to do.

In other news, nephew Nate went home with his mom and dad today; I got pictures texted to me of him strapped into his car seat, wearing a tiny t-shirt that says "Hi! I'm new here." So cute. Can't wait to get out to Arizona and meet him (and the other two that are still on the way!)

Jun. 24th, 2011

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Ron and I are uncles again!

Baby!Collapse )

Feb. 20th, 2011

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This was a pretty decent weekend.

SCAing!Collapse )

Fooding!Collapse )

I guess it's back to work tomorrow. At least it'll be easier on my food log.

it's not a toomah

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I got a call from my doctor this afternoon. He told me that I definitely have a brain in my skull, and it doesn't have any tumors in it. This is good news.

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Oct. 20th, 2010

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Like probably 90% of American men, I don't actually own any items of purple clothing. Still, my thoughts are with the families of the kids who've taken their lives in the last couple months, and every kid who wakes up knowing that today is going to be hell. Again.

My work-based charitable contribution this year is going to Philadelphia's Attic Center: "The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society."

Stop the hate, and stop the bullying of every kid for every reason.

Jun. 14th, 2010

ralphs
OK, I was doing some USA Today crosswords online tonight, and I clicked back to the 6/12 puzzle, and despite solving the puzzle, one of the clues just didn't make any sense to me:

32 Down: Dance Party (5 letters)

click here for the answer...Collapse )

Is there something I'm missing or does this really make no sense at all? The quality of the USA Today puzzles isn't always stupendous, but come on.

Mac weirdness

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Hey Mac people:

All of a sudden the majority of my icons (PDFs, JPGs, SVGs, pretty much everything except ZIPs, folders, and odd file formats) have gone from the 36x36px I keep them set at to about 10x10. They're tiny! I went in and resized them in my view options, and they all changed to the new size momentarily and then went back to being tiny again a moment later. Any idea what's caused this? They're appearing this size on my desktop and in my folders when in icon view. It's not really causing any functioning problems, it's just very weird.

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