HOLY SHITNOODLES. (More Appropriately: “Things That Excite Me Right Now”)

• Despite all the “aw fuck, I just broke a towel holder off the wall” and related minor issues, I love owning a house, dudes. Tonight, I’ve got some stuffs to do, and some measurements to take, and I gotta start pricing out drywall and insulation for the garage. Along with a heater. And electrical conduit. And overhead fluorescents. Also I want to start scribbling some ideas for the gardening I want to plant next spring. I had been thinking “compost bin” for awhile, but the nearby neighbors probably won’t like the stank. I should probably buy a Gardening for Dumbasses That Have Been Living in the City for a Decade and Just Moved to the Suburbs book.

• The prospect of a new job excites me. I don’t need one, and I love my boss at the contracting house I work at, and I love the people I work with on-site, but man, it’s time for new scenery and new challenges. I’ve been here three and a half years and it’s getting a little bit stale. Looking for permanent (no contract, no part-time, no temp) marketing manager roles in the Twin Cities area. I have a resumé and I’m not afraid to distribute it.

• I mentioned books up there, somewhere. Man, the Kindle app makes it surprisingly easy to buy books. I’ve got a whole bunch of new stuff that I’ve added in the past week or so, and am plugging away at:

  • Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example by Michael Hartl.
    Back before Rails 2.0, I was doing a lot of goofing around with Rails for personal applications and was really into it. I’ve decided to take another stab at it in the immediate future — I’d like to get really good at it. And it would fulfill item #79 in my 101 Things in 1001 Days list.
  • Fast Forward 2 edited by Lou Anders.
    Science fiction short stories. This is the one I’m currently reading, and am about 3/8ths of the way through. So far, it’s pretty good stuff.
  • How to Count (Programming for Mere Mortals) by Steven Frank.
    Once upon a time, I was a Comp Sci major. I switched to English. My programming skills have atrophied severely. I want to sharpen them up again. This is part of the Rails thing mentioned above.
  • Behemoth by Scott Westerfield.
    The sequel to Leviathan, which I enjoyed greatly.
  • The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan.
    Egan has always written some brain-bending science fiction, and this one looks to be no exception. I started it, but due to the complexity/depth of the ideas, I had to step back from it for a bit. Trying to wrap my head around an Egan novel while in the middle of a move and unpacking is not a good idea.
  • focus by Leo Babauta.
    Leo writes the Zen Habits blog. Billed as “a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction,” this is something I am interested in, given all the balls I have to juggle in life.
  • Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland.
    I’ve known Jen via Livejournal and Facebook for a loooong time now. I’ve been meaning to buy a copy of this to support her. I’ve read it (on loan from the library) and wanted to ensure that she saw some royalties from my purchasing it. Jen writes dark science fiction, has been nominated for the Nebula a couple of times (and wrongly passed over). Her first novel, Machine, comes out later this year or in early 2012.

• The Subaru is running much more nicely since the 100,000-mile service (which included a new timing belt, new water pump, new timing belt tensioner, and finding/resolving the oil leak), which is to be expected. I’ll actually hit 100,000 miles on the way home tonight. And I think I’ll be keeping her for at least another 2-3 years. That’s going to involve new tires/rims (the current batch of rims is all dented to shit), and probably this coming spring I’ll need to think about new brake pads, rotors, and wheel bearings. I’m not even sure I’m going to trade this sucker in anytime soon — if money’s okay when it comes time to buy the new car, I’d almost like to keep this as my project/fun car. Make some more mods to it, maybe?

• Lastly, I’ve got a personal bike project to hammer on over the winter! I’ll be building a new road frame for myself! I’m going to build it out of Columbus Max, with a set of carbon fiber seatstays and a carbon fork. I’ll probably just move the parts from my Salsa directly over to it. I’ll probably do a red/white/silver color scheme on this one, too.

• P.S. I am designing fonts again. I forgot how quiet and peaceful my brain gets when I’m doing that.

4 thoughts on “HOLY SHITNOODLES. (More Appropriately: “Things That Excite Me Right Now”)”

  1. Composting bins are surprisingly not as smelly as you’d think. We had a premade one at our old house and kept it at the far end of our yard. I never smelled it at all, and it was a small yard. My husband just made one at our new house and again–not smelly. You just need to make sure you keep the contents stirred.
    Though I can’t imagine how well the stuff would break down in a climate like where you live. It does great here in the California sun.

    • Glad to hear it. I’m going to start doing a bit of research on the subject. Hopefully, I can do this without pissing off the neighbors. Or attracting every raccoon in the neighborhood.

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