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Mathematician, artist, father, circus performer, musician.

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mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

You lost a fingerprint climbing?! That's hardcore!

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

Here's another critter we had visit in February.

It's a weasel in his winter clothes. In Norwegian weasels are called røyskatt, which translates to "cairn cat", røys = a pile of loose stones (cairn) and katt = cat. "Røyskatt" is a much cuter name than "weasel" imo.

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

Just commenting on mk's post about the painting he's making for me and this walks by the window:

Seen deer, mice and weasels walk by, but never a fox and never one this big.

Guess I should share this, too. This is from Friday, three Orca whales swimming by the window:

We get harbor porpoises fairly often, but Orcas only a few times every summer. Usually it's these three. Seems like a strange number to always be seen together. Very small pod, I guess.

UPDATE: my fiancé just told me of this video from the same day, taken by a group of teenagers on a boat that followed the orcas for two hours. Turns out there's four of them, probably a mom and dad and two kids. Check out the footage here

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

mike is very happy with how the painting is coming along. It's one of my most favorite spots, this one just up the hill across the road. I'm amazed with your painting skillz. Really looking forward to this!

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Someone in my town found a cat

Frikkin' awesome! I love the writer's style:

"And if you are one of the people who told me nicely out of concern, thank you and have a nice day!! If you Are one of the people who was rude to me and tried to mock me for not knowing, you can have a bad day!!"

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

We're two weeks into our Kickstarter (tessellation puzzles) with 3 weeks to go, and backers have slowed down. We're contacting science centers and pulling the stops on people we know to get the word out. Still optimistic. It's been a really fun project -- I've made friends with math artists around the world licensing designs, and then it's been a really tough process getting the designs to work into a puzzle that can be put together in a lot of ways.

Got the samples from the factory yesterday, and they look great, so production is a go if we get the funds. mk and steve have backed the project already -- kudos to you both!

here's the link to the project

In other news, I joined a men's choir. They're a bunch of fun and funny guys, with a good sense of low humor. We sing all kinds of songs. At 51 years old, I'm the youngest by quite a bit. Going on a retreat with them this weekend.

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What did ya think of the GoT finale?

Yeah, ok. I just wanted her to be someone else.

Good to know that Jon marries Ygritte in real life, at least.

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What did ya think of the GoT finale?

Well, Danerys had the ultimate weapons, the most fearsome army in the world, and the love and respect of powerful people around her. She was going to be queen. Jon had a chance to marry her, take a woman he was truly in love with, and together they could have been a great duo. Jon could have reined her in, tempered her anger and arrogance. She wanted desperately the love of the people and saw that the people loved Jon in a way they didn't love her. This is a great bargaining chip in the relationship -- she could follow his example and learn from him and become the kind of leader she so wanted to be.

She lost another dragon and then her best friend, and losing Jon as a lover was the thing that pushed her over the top.

Imagine if instead Jon said "fuck it I don't care if she's a little more closely related for comfort, I'm going to marry her anyways", it would changed everything. As a duo, fire and ice, they would have a really good shot I think at balancing the whole shebang and becoming something great and worthy of the love of the people.

What do you mean by Bran employing strategy across the timeline?

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What did ya think of the GoT finale?

I thought the whole season was a terrible rush job and so much seemed moot -- the Night King's too sudden death and end of that whole thread, Jamie and Brienne was such a waste and so poorly done, Jon not choosing to marry his aunt which could have fixed everything... oh c'mon! Yeah, you know all this and more, but --

I liked the last episode. I found it very satisfying. A lot of things tied up more or less neatly in satisfying ways. That's really what I wanted.

And I liked that we are left to imagine the continuing storylines. What adventures await Arya? Where is Jon going with the wildlings? And most exciting, will Bran find Drogon? Will he worg into him and bring back the dragon?

I'm good with the ending. I choose to overlook a lot because I want it to be an ending a like. And I'm ok with that too.

Your axe is appreciated!

"Never pet a burning dog." -- Mike Naylor

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