Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Each year, I take part in Board Game Geek's secret santa exchange. You're randomly assigned another board game geek from around the world, who has a wishlist on the site. It's a lot of fun to taunt them with hints about what they might be getting, maybe even making them solve clues or puzzles!
This year's gifts are... well, I'd better keep quiet, just in case!
Monday, December 27, 2010
on the Lake Superior shoreline,
to pick up the lovely Sarah --
we barely met in time.
'Cause Heikki Lunta and his brothers,
were blowin' on in to town.
And soon the lake-effect snowfall
Wall coverin' up the ground!
Snoooowwww on the decking
A blizzard in the sky.
Snoooowwww on the decking...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
In order to fix this, we first tried to turn off power to the switch. We have about 20 circuit breakers in our shiny new circuit box, most of which are labeled "general lighting". Not a single one of them turned off power to this switch. In the end, we had to cut power to the entire house. I love 100-year old houses...
And yes, that's a headlamp!
This is why it's that much more surprising to find three glowing plastic mooseheads mounted on the wall right over the main doorway. One of them has several leis added to it by students.
(Taken with my camera phone -- serves me right for forgetting my "big" camera!)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I can't allow a full 365 days to go by without showing off my favorite food -- the food I'd take with me to a deserted island (or more likely an abandoned mine) -- the pasty!
First, say it with me: PASS-tee. Definitely not paste-y. Pasties are basically a form of meat and vegetable turnovers. They typically are made with skirt steak or beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga -- plus a variety of seasonings. "Traditional" pasties often were divided internally by a bit of dough, and a fruit "dessert" was placed in one end.
The pasty originated in Cornwall, although those from next-door Devon are vociferous about their claim on its origins. Pasties were a common meal for Cornish miners, because they were a full meal in themselves. When the copper and tin mines of Cornwall began to fail, the Cornish miner began to emigrate, heading to any other mining regions that they could find -- and especially to America's first great mining region, the Copper Country.
Amusingly enough, pasties became so commonplace that even other ethnic groups (which generally kept themselves very separated from each other) too them to be their own. Finns in particular adopted them in the Copper Country, and when their relatives and friends came across the ocean, they figured that it must have been a Finnish creation!
Pasties are usually eaten with gravy or ketchup. I prefer ketchup myself. The exact dressing, as well as the exact way to make the crust, and the exact contents of the pasty, are subjects of downright holy wars. Always know who you're talking to, and be prepared to defend yourself!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
A bare tree in the old Hecla Cemetery in Laurium. The cemetery has long been abandoned, and this tree stands stark against the sky with old graves beneath it. Sarah and I made it there while geocaching, looking for a cache located under an old tree. Turns out we had the wrong coordinates, but we found this excellent tree instead!
A huge old tree on the Michigan Tech campus. It's referred to by many as the "Big Oak", except that... it's not an oak! I'm not actually sure what it is. Whatever it is, it's the only tree for miles which still has leaves.
The shadows of a bare tree in late fall sunlight.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Rozsa Center, the MTU performing arts stage, as I passed it early in the morning.
The Troupe, my old improv group, as they prepared for an intense weekend workshop.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
A puddle of water, in an old trench at the Toltec Mine. The Toltec was a bit of a flash in the pan -- it went all-out for a few years, and then just dried up. Its remains are primarily shafts, pits, and trenches left scarring the landscape.
More windows into the sky, this time on an old railroad bed.
Monday, November 1, 2010
From day 300 (wow! only 65 more to go) -- a hammer, sickle, and leaf?
I took this shot on (surprise!) a basketball court, just outside where Sarah lives. It was a wet day, but the textures and shapes showed up well.
Here, from my own house -- textures and cracks on a window frame.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The result of last week's pumpkin carving extravaganza, front and center -- Pumpkin Pi, aka the Pimpkin! Sarah and I carved this as part of a grad student social. Left and right, pumpkins carved by my housemate and his girlfriend.