Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I have class tonight (online), but at least I've got company.


Second Life University?

There seems to be a big surge in educational institutions trying to get into Second Life. The San Jose State library school opened their online campus last year (search the map in SL for "SJSU SLIS"), and tomorrow, Santa Clara University is doing the same ("Santa Clara Island").

I don't really get the appeal myself yet, but if you're into that sort of thing, you can come check out the California Legacy folks doing some readings from our radio show on the new virtual campus at 11am and 12:30pm. (For more info on the SCU SL virtual campus, check out the SCU announcement.) I'll be there as "Jejunet" - my Second Life name is a mashing together of my real life moniker. (I've always been amused that "jejune" (definition) could be easily made from my name by dropping a few letters. )

They did make us some spiffy California Legacy t-shirts to wear, too. Just in SL, though. Pity.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Not for Kristin

Someone at Glitter pointed me to a spider mythbusting site, which in turn led me to this article on the myth of brown recluse spiders in California (which has a bit of useful identification info for black widows as well).

These spider johnnies are pretty defensive about the amount of misinformation that's out there. But it makes for interesting reading all the same, if you can handle that sort of thing. (Warning: the mythbusting site does have quite a few pictures.)

I figure now that I'm living with about a million spiders in my little cottage, brushing up on my spider facts would not be amiss.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Yarn Succulence

Have been in a knitting frenzy the past couple of days. The ginormous scarf for my grandfather is halfway done, and I'm already letting myself think about other Christmas things, and telling myself that I really OUGHT to finish the Scarf of Awesome that I started for my mom, oh, a year ago.

The thing is, I panicked that I didn't have enough yarn, and I couldn't decide what to put WITH it, so... it's been languishing, about a quarter complete. It really is going to be beautiful. If I ever decide to finish it.

When I moved into the cottage, I put Succulent Wild Woman back on the bathroom shelf - it lived there 2 apartments ago, but I just hadn't been feeling whimsical the last couple of years. But here we are, big life change, yadda yadda, so back it went.

And this morning, after a bit of reading, I really wanted to CREATE. Which is what led to the thoughts about Mom's scarf-to-be. And I was all ready to walk out the door, down the street to the yarn store (where I am proud to say I have not been since I moved here, even though it is only about 4 blocks away). (Proud only for budgetary reasons, you understand.)

And then I looked down at the outfit I was wearing and realized I probably shouldn't leave the house like this. Maybe I'll finish up Grandpa's big blue scarf instead.