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Driving home this evening and listening to Comedy Death Ray Radio, I was amused to hear them start talking about Doctor Who. Someone pretending to be Danny Glover asked the host what he thought of the new Doctor. Turns out both pseudo Danny Glover and the host are Tennant fans. This last season wasn't as strong, in their opinion, and Matt Smith has a funny rounded face, like scrotal tissue.

Burton Island
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We went camping on Burton Island this weekend.

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I took the Key to Time along to game night this evening. It intrigued the two math nerds, who immediately started trying to figure a more logical way to assemble the pieces than simple trial and error.

Amusingly, I couldn't reassemble it myself. I guess I got lucky last night.

The Folded and Taped Key to Paper Time
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It was fourteen years ago that I ran across a PostScript file of the Key to Time. I thought it was in the Nitro9 FTP archive, home of some of the most genuine early 90s fan fiction I've ever run across, but it doesn't seem to be there now. Perhaps I found it via the old Into the Vortex links page -- you know, back when there were web sites dedicated solely to the proposition of compiling links to a selection of related web pages.

Only today, with the prospect of a day off from work, high temperatures and nothing else particularly appealing, did I indulge in a bit of papercraft, printing out, assembling and then solving the Key to Time puzzle, such as it is. The version I used came from the blog of one Brigitte Jellinek.

Some prop builders contend that Brigitte's version isn't screen accurate, but it does assemble into a cube, as you can see to the right. It took me about two and a half hours spread out across the afternoon, I think, to cut out and assemble the pieces. Solving the cube took about forty minutes of trial and error.

Is that good or bad? I don't know. But I did do something I've meant to for over a decade now. Next!

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So my upgrade to full time includes free tuition. What should I take for my first class, intro to graphic design or programming?

Autoblues
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Excepting the joyous spike of Doctor Who, this has been a lame evening for me. Stella Blue's still out of commission, so I can't really go anywhere that I would like to go -- i.e., out of walking distance -- because the county public transportation authority doesn't think people want to go anywhere on Saturday evenings. Sunday's are even better.

While I can think of a person or two in my life who made a solid go of living in Vermont without a car, it's just not for me. I don't want to stay in downtown Burlington all the time, not least because many of the people I know and want to spend time with happen to live elsewhere.

It's getting me so far down, I'm actually considering VoIP as a substitute for face to face interaction. And that's just ridiculous.

Doctor Who: The Big Bang
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It was beeyootiful. Not quite as "ragh!" as I might have hoped, but still very good.

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All my passion for writing these days goes into my gaming blog, notes for my role-playing campaign or other social media. What can I do to reinvigorate myself with enthusiasm for a general purpose blog like this LiveJournal has been? Do I still need to? Is it the platform I find stifling? What would happen if I moved across the street to Wordpress?

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No move on the job front. I think the job offerer was displeased when I told him my employer was composing a counter-offer. I really hope that counter-offer materializes soon. All the indication I have are "It looks good. We're confident and optimistic."

I don't have a reason to disbelieve that, nor am I terribly surprised by the delay, but it's stressful all the same. I have this funny sensation of holding my breath in anticipation, but still trying to get on with my daily tasks.

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I am now in the position of "put up or shut up." After a great deal of internal grousing and a significantly smaller portion of useful activities like dedicated job searching, I've been offered a job that is an upgrade from part time to full time, with all the concomitant benefits one may expect, a decidedly rough schedule -- 4 AM to 1 PM, Tuesday through Saturday -- and a marginal increase in pay.

But! Full time means healthcare. I could see a dentist and get the full rundown on the terrible condition of my teeth.

But! I couldn't walk to work anymore. I'd have to dig out my bicycle if I opt out of car ownership, as I've been contemplating since Stella Blue decided she couldn't hold antifreeze any more.

But! I'd have a job with actual things to do most of the time, instead of the interminable nothing I "suffer" through now.

I've got a couple days to decide. Who knows, maybe this will kick my current employer into offering me something comparable. Not likely, but I can hope.

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