As someone who has enjoyed the scenery of Boardwalk Empire almost as much as the story, this video clip shows how the computer added graphics meld with reality. (Can’t get the video to post, so you’ll have to hit the link.)

Boardwalk Empire Graphics


I fell on some ice and scraped off a bit of skin. But that’s why I have health insurance. Looks life I’ll live.

UPDATE: The bandage actually covers my whole palm, but the injury is mostly just under my index finger and on the bottom right of my palm. The only reason I went to KP was to make sure it was well cleaned (not easy to do with one hand), and because I lost a bit on skin. But I got a huge jar of some cream burn/skin injury cream that has made most of the pain go away. Drugs can be your friend.


Amaro no more (sort of)

by Mary on 01/06/2012 · 0 comments

in Miscellaneous

In the strip mall across from the condo is a series of restaurants run by the same guy. Arugula is an italian place that we have eaten at a couple of times. Good, but a bit pricey. They next opened Tangerine one door down, which serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. We like that a lot, and have eaten there many times. Then, in a smaller space between the two, he opened Amaro, a wine and drink bar with tapas and other small plate foods. We are on the email list for the group and have thought about going to Amaro several times. Tonight we decided to try it.

We arrived a bit before 6pm. When we asked to hostess about Amaro (it shares a common door with Arugula), she seems a bit flustered and mentioned that happy hour was ending soon, but that we might be able to squeeze in. We were somewhat perplexed. but went ahead and were seated with the full menu from Arugula. When our waiter arrived, Stan asked him about Amaro and he explained that the “Amaro as a separate  space” concept had been abandoned, that it now just does an extended happy hour four days a week. We did wonder why the hostess didn’t just say that as well, but we went ahead and had appetizers, soup and dessert, all of which we great. No harm, no foul.

To add to our misery, 8 Islands, a Hawaiian BBQ just down the road, which was always good for a tasty meal at a reasonable price, has closed its doors for good. ;-( We will surely miss that one. (And the Lane Bryant at Flatirons Crossing is closing as well. It’s been a rough year it seems.)


I hope it’s true, too.



Moving Part II

by Mary on 09/15/2011 · 3 comments

in Miscellaneous, Move

So, no actual moving has begun, but the papers have been signed to put the Condo on the market. We have replaced the blinds, cleaned the carpet, decluttered the space to the tune of 8-10 boxes of stuff, replaced the broken glass on the fireplace enclosure, borrowd some lovely outdoor furniture for the balcony space, and cleaned the hell out of everything. We’ll see how things go once prospective buyers put their feet through the door.

Once we have the Condo under contract, then we get to make an offer on a place for us. We’ve seen quite a few, and have seen some we would likely make a offer on if they were still available. We will see how things go.


New Nickel

by Mary on 07/21/2011 · 0 comments

in Miscellaneous, Personal Thoughts

So I’d not received one of these nickels before. They’re not very new (this website explains), but I’d only seen the 2004 models. Kinda different than our other coins, since a front view rather than a profile.


This article reminds me of my father and grandfather, and their never ending collecting of fasteners and other hardware do-dads. Sadly, my box of fasteners was not packed in the move, so I have had to start from scratch. But I’ve got a cool new box to put them in.


Well, Spring has definitely sprung here on the edge of the plains. It’s a different transition than the one I grew up with. It starts small, but it grows exponentially once it’s underway.

And one of the reasons it’s so easy to see Spring is how brown everything is in winter. I would guess that in San Diego many of the plants don’t lose their leaves in Winter, so the general landscape continues to have some green. But here, 75% or more of the plants are nothing but brown sticks in winter. Except for the Junipers and pine trees, which in late winter are a sickly sort of olive green/brown color, everything is bare. But within a month of the first buds appearing, the plant life has gone crazy. Everything is blooming and leafing out with abandon.

I always said that the seasons in San Diego were for people who appreciated subtlety, and Spring was no exception. Although the local grasses responded to the rain quite quickly, most of spring didn’t leap to life like it seems to here. Spring here seems to arrive like an earthquake, not much warning beforehand, but them ‘Bam’ there it is.

Spring also seems to be wetter than I’m used to. Had two gray rainy days here this week; that would be very unusual in San Diego. But less morning marine layer here in Boulder.

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Joke for the Day

by Mary on 04/20/2011 · 0 comments

in Miscellaneous

A funny joke by Emo Phillips: “A Mormon told me that they don’t drink coffee. I said, ‘A cup of coffee every day gives you wonderful benefits.’ He said, ‘Like what?’ I said, ‘Well, it keeps you from being Mormon.”

From the USU Shaft Link Bomb


It just so happens that I read two of the books that just won Pulitzer Prizes.

For General Nonfiction – “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book does a wonderful job of explaining what cancer is and why it is so difficult to fight medically. It gives a complete history of how humans have experienced cancer and where the few successes  against cancer have come from, as well as some of our major failures. And though much of the history of fighting cancer is not a happy story, the author does a good job of leaving the reader with a sense of hope for the future. A realistic hope, but a solid one. Though the book has a fair amount of science to read through, the author does a nice job of making things understandable for the lay reader. His win is well deserved. (This was the first book I bought for my Kindle.)

For History -“The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” by Eric Foner. Foner’s book takes you through the mind and policies of Abraham Lincoln and his position on slavery (as best it can). Using a wide variety of sources Foner shows how Lincoln’s ideas about the slavery issue changed over his life. It paints the picture of a man who transitions from being personally uncomfortable with slavery, but living where the issue was of little concern for him to the man at the center of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. Seeing the transition of Lincoln’s ideas over his life gives me even greater respect for him – as he learned and grew, his positions and policies had to change (particularly with respect to believing that former slaves would want/need to return to Africa). Foner’s writing is clear and straightforward, though the subject material is sometimes difficult to get through. A book that will stay with me as we enter the 150 Anniversary of the Civil War.

Didn’t Win Anything -“The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements” by Sam Kean. I asked for this book at Christmas and it was a great choice. Kean lays out the Periodic Table and its elements in a way that makes such sense. I’m sure I’ve retained more Chemistry from this book that I took from classes in high school and college just because of the way Kean explained things. And the stories about the discovery of the various elements is fascinating. Some are just like ‘duh’ moments, but others read like spy novels or action movies. Not for everyone I’m sure, but I loved it.

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