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Sun, Jan. 29th, 2017, 01:20 pm
Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday,  donnalee_kiss!
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Mon, Feb. 6th, 2012, 01:35 am
Sentences
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I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised or delighted that Beekman communicates in whole sentences pretty consistently at almost three.

Such as, "No you can NOT chant in bed!"
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Sat, Jun. 25th, 2011, 09:42 pm
Writer's Block: Toy box travesties
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What childhood toy did you desperately want that your parents refused to give you? Do you still think about getting one?

OK, that was a good one.

When Skateboards first became available in Germany, my Mom was all fired up about getting me one.

Then she saw a report on TV about how skateboarders routinely kill and mutilate innocent pedestrians (OK, I didn't see the report myself, but the way she told it, that was only the tip of the iceberg).

After that, not only did I not get one, I was even forbidden from getting one myself. Years later, my father built skateboards for my sisters by bolting the wheels of really cheap roller skates to a sturdy board.

I (a) did not get one and (b) was not really interested in a skateboard that would by design only go straight.

And yes, to this day, I can't pass kids practising on their skateboards without thinking to myself "Hey, maybe I'm not too old to learn that!"
Truth told, though, looking like a fool is not something I do recreationally any more. Not on purpose, anyway.
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Mon, Mar. 7th, 2011, 10:02 pm
This has to be some sort of a record
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juergen
Yesterday, I read a post with a link to tvtropes.
Since then, I have spent several hours on there, and started watching two or three new TV shows.
I mean, I got lost on tvtropes before, but this is ridiculous. Worse than rickrolling, that.

P.S.: Yes, the 'tropes tab is still open.
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Sun, Feb. 6th, 2011, 02:36 pm
Ouch!
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juergen
I tried to impress Ms. B. over lunch by reciting the first 50 digits of Pi.

Her comment: "You aren't done yet. Keep going!"
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Mon, Jan. 24th, 2011, 11:15 pm
Harry Potter VII
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I finally managed to take Ms. B. to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.
Probably one of the better HP movies, as the decision to break it up into two parts left enough room to not have to cut the story down to its bare bones (or beyond, as witnessed in The Goblet of Fire).

Why, there was even some material that went beyond the story as told in the book.

One thing, of course, was the nude scene, of which I had previously been unaware. One of the drawbacks of having NPR as your primary news source is that many of the the entertaining tempests in various tea pots tend to pass you by. It was, this scene, certainly one of the finer examples of the high art of Naughty Bit Concealment, though still not in the same league as the fight scene in Beowulf.

Throughout the movie, the photography was just gorgeous. As we waited for the funny scene at the end of the credits (which did not come, darn it!), I noticed that the producers wanted to thank the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. I'll have to watch the movie again when it comes out on DVD, and see whether I can spot the German architecture.
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Tue, Jan. 18th, 2011, 12:35 am
The Weekend
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juergen
On Saturday, we were with friends and family, most of whom I had not seen in months. It was very good. We should do this again, soon.

On Sunday, I got yelled at for not posting enough to my LJ.
Now, of course, I can't - or else the terrorists have already won.
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Mon, Jan. 10th, 2011, 11:50 pm
Inception
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Finally got to watch the movie; it was very enjoyable.

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Wed, Dec. 1st, 2010, 01:09 am
Merrily Tinkering Along
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juergen
I finally assembled the Proto Shield that came with my Arduino kit - basically, an add-on that allows me to try out different ideas without having to solder anything, and without having to connect the Arduino to an unwieldy (or even a wieldy) breadboard.

I was pleasantly surprised that it came out with everything working correctly at the first attempt (and yes, I did check every single pin).

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Wed, Nov. 24th, 2010, 12:09 am
The Latest Toy
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juergen
I started fiddling around with an Arduino starter kit a little bit ago. It may be a while before my robots are ready to take over the world, but much fun is had.

LJ note: Yes, I am looking into not ever posting on Dreamwidth, either.
ETA: Apparently, Dreamwidth doesn't automatically add cross-posting information to cross-posted entries. We'll see how it comes out next time.
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