June 4th, 2002

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Birthday vegetables

I'll just quote the person who gave me the gift of a produce subscription:
Then we got down to the business of deciding what to make for dinner out of our goodies :-) There were 3 sunburst squash, some butter lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, celery, chard, parsley, an eggplant, strawberries, nectarines, peaches, and apricots. The squash got hollowed out and stuffed with some sauteed spinach, mixed with Gruyere and an egg, then baked. It was divine. The butter lettuce, some more of the spinach, lots of the tomatoes, feta, and some Kalamata olives became an awesome salad with olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar. Then for dessert we had the strawberries with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

What she said. I don't cook enough, so getting incredible-quality organic produce delivered every couple of weeks should be very good for my eating habits. Now I need to decide what to do with the remaining vegetables. So far I'm leaning toward a minestre, more greek salad, a tempura fry-up, and then eating the last of the fruit by itself.

And I'm finally getting to use some lovely farmer's-market olive oil and balsamic vinegar that I got awhile back. I don't make salads nearly often enough so having gourmet oil and vinegar isn't usually a big deal for me. I'm glad to have it now, though :-)
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A friend was impressed by this so I'll post it here. You're all stuck with it. Sing it to yourself, to the old Spider Man theme:

"Inertia man, inertia man
Does whatever inertia can
Stops a mass
Any size
At least if it's
Already stopped
Look out! There sits inertia maaaaaaan!"
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My weekends are starting to slow down. This one was traffic school Saturday to get rid of an old speeding ticket, and sculpting a drop-dead gorgeous nude model in Figure Sculpting on Sunday. Mmm... Her pose was also quite nice -- I think the figure I did of her will be the best thing I produce in this class. At least, if the Raku firing comes out well. I still can't do women's faces, but she had her head down and mostly blocked by her arm.

I also got a little reading done, which is a nice change, and a tiny bit of MUDLib coding. More must happen.
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Interesting. Looking back at my old logs from Black Oyster, I switched from writing my own server to doing a DGD MUDLib about a year ago. The first very simple DGD MUDLib was checked in on June 18th of last year. That means I've been seriously doing the DGD thing for just about a year now.

Zero to the definitive primary source of documentation and code: well under a year. That's pretty cool. Phantasmal doesn't actually look too bad at the one year mark all things considered. I've got a second developer just starting out. It runs. You can build in it. It's not good for large-scale collaboration yet but it's probably sufficient for a basic social MUD. The documentation remains excellent.

I can live with that. I'm certainly on track to do better than ScryMUD in the same period of time :-) But then, it took him five years to build a serviceable Diku replacement, so maybe that's not the best example.