A Word In Your Ear

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Tiny Beautiful Things
Dayna Larger
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Every so often, a book comes to my attention that perhaps wouldn’t have normally. I’ll read a review, or hear it recommended, and think “Hey, that sounds interesting”, and I’ll make a note to myself to pick it up if I see it, or sometimes i’ll just grab it off the Amazon Kindle store where it will sit, waiting for me to find a moment to crack it open.

I don’t, at this point, remember who recommended the book “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s been sitting in my Kindle Library for some time. But a couple of days ago I randomly opened it and began to read. Today I finished it.

I don’t recall the last book that so often made me laugh out loud, so often moved me to tears, so often stopped me dead in my tracks with a perfectly phrased insight or so often made me just stop, walk away from the book because I needed time to think and digest.and reflect on what I had just read.

I’ve read collections of advice columns before, from Dan Savage and Miss Manners and others. This is very likely the first collection of advice columns I will read again and again, because as much as I took from it, there’s more to take and find and connect with.

If you’re a human being who is currently in the process of living a life, I recommend this book.

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


A Better Plan
Dayna Larger
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A Better Plan
by Rob Wynne
Music:  ”Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (from Disney’s “Frozen”)

The weather outside is frightful tonight
But this fire is very nice
And there’s no place I need to be
out in the frozen ice
The wind is blowing and
The snow piles up in drifts
So let’s just stay here, wrap our Christmas gifts

We can’t go out, let’s just stay in
There’s no need to brave the howling din
Stay warm, no storm can harm us here
The answer’s clear

Let it snow, let it snow
It shows no sign of stopping
Let it snow, let it snow
I brought some corn for popping
There’s nowhere
That we need to be
Turn the lights down low
Curl up on the sofa here next to me

 

Every so often, an idea for a parody shows up that won’t go away, but there really isn’t enough there to justify parodying the entire song.  These are called “show stoppers” because they typically only run up to the point that you hit the punchline of the joke, and then end.

Larissa and I finally got around to seeing Disney’s “Frozen” (which is excellent, and you should watch it), and this came into my mind and wouldn’t go away, so i finally sat down and wrote it.  It’s finished; there’s only the one verse and chorus. 

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Three things I’ve got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm
Dayna Larger
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Three things I've got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm
Three things I’ve got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm

(Pacific Science Center)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


It’s spring!
Dayna Larger
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It's spring!
It’s spring! #whistles #farandwee

(Seattle Children's Theatre)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful
Dayna Larger
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Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful place as a Prince of Amber...
Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful place as a Prince of Amber…

(Seattle Center Labyrinth)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Do Ragna-wop
Dayna Larger
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Do Ragna-wop
By Rob Wynne
TTTO:  ”The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

In the longboat, the freezing longboat
The Vikings sail tonight
Towards the tundra, the frozen tundra
The Vikings sail tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

Against the giants, the mighty giants,
The Vikings fight tonight
For Odin’s glory, eternal glory
The Vikings fight tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

In Valhalla, golden Valhalla
The Vikings drink tonight
‘Till the fighting, tomorrow’s fighting
The Vikings drink tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

Inspired by a USA Today article which proclaimed that according to the Viking calendar, the world was going to end on Saturday.  So tonight we’re going to party like it’s 799.

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Bill Shakespeare’s First Drafts
Dayna Larger
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A fun bit of geekery broke out on my Facebook wall today.  Wanted to share it here so I could find it again later. :)

Bill Shakespeare’s First Drafts

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…
Dayna Larger
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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it's clear and sunny...
Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…

(Myrtle Edwards Park)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…
Dayna Larger
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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it's clear and sunny...
Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…

(Myrtle Edwards Park)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


He’s Going The Distance
Dayna Larger
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There’s a joke popular among people around my age.  ”When I was a kid, you couldn’t ‘beat’ a video game.  They just got faster and harder until you died.”1

That’s a statement that could be applied to Imagi Studio’s “endless runner” game, Temple Run 2.2  As the genre suggests, there’s no finish line in the game.  You run until you make a mistake and die; the goal is simply to run as long as possible and rack up the highest score.

Of all the various games in this particular category, TR2 is my favourite, and its the one I’ve played the most.  And although there is no ending, at this point I’ve pretty well beaten it in any meaningful sense.  I’ve unlocked all the upgrades, I’m the top score by far amongst any of my friends who played the game.  I’ve picked up all but two of the achievements.3

I guess I need to start looking for a new favourite iOS game. :)


  1. My darling Angie reminds me that this joke was originated by Ernie Cline

  2. Also available for Android. 

  3. The two remaining, “Mega Runner” for 1000 total games and “Infinirunner” for 10,000,000 metres, are endurance challenges.  The only thing I’d need to pick those two up is keep playing it over and over until I did. 

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.

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Tim Griffin
Dayna Larger
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Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin #conflikt

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Hello The Future
Dayna Larger
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Hello The Future
Hello The Future #conflikt

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Sunnie Larson and friends
Dayna Larger
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Sunnie Larson and friends
Sunnie Larson and friends

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


The glow cloud is angry!!
Dayna Larger
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The glow cloud is angry!!
The glow cloud is angry!! #fear #nightvale

(Neptune Theatre)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Welcome…to Night Vale
Dayna Larger
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Welcome...to Night Vale
Welcome…to Night Vale

(Neptune Theatre)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Upon The Fields Of Catnip
Dayna Larger
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Upon The Fields Of Catnip
by Rob Wynne
TTTO: “Fields of Gold” by Sting

You’ll remember how I would always purr upon the fields of catnip
You’ll forget the spot where I used to sleep as we play with balls of yarn

So the time to go was a time I chose upon the fields of catnip
In her arms I slipped through the summer door to play with balls of yarn

“Won’t you stay with me? Must you leave so soon to roam the fields of catnip?
All these years you’ve gazed from your lofty perch and played with balls of yarn”

But the quiet calls and it’s time to go upon the fields of catnip.
Feel my body still as I slip away to play with balls of yarn

“I never sent you away lightly
and there have been times I regretted
But I thought you’d be there waiting to play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn”

Now a year has gone and I still run free upon the fields of catnip
Let a kitten romp through my favourite haunts and play with balls of yarn

You’ll remember how I would always purr upon the fields of catnip
I’ll be waiting here, ’till we meet again, and we’ll play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn

It’s been a little over a year now since we lost Dayna.  Earlier today, I saw on Facebook that a friend’s beloved pet had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and someone commented that he was “running around in fields of catnip now”, and this just poured out.  I still miss you, you weird furry little kitty.

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


Another GaFilk gone by the way
Dayna Larger
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I’ll write more about Gafilk a bit later, but I wanted to share this with you.  Every year, I write a short introduction for the front of the program book.  This is what I wrote for this year.

Sixteen years ago, Gafilk was born.

Stop and ponder that for just a moment.  Sixteen years ago was the last century.  Sixteen years ago was the last millennium.

Children born the same weekend as Gafilk I are now in high school and able to get drivers licenses.

The first Gafilk banquet wouldn’t be for another 3 years.  Nor would the first Super Secret Guest.  The My Filk game show wouldn’t début until the following year.   A number of people we could not today imagine Gafilk without we hadn’t even met yet.  Some of the people we could not then imagine doing Gafilk without are no longer with us.

The best things about Gafilk as we know it today, the traditions we honour every year, didn’t come about because of careful planning and deliberation.  They were happy accidents.  “That was fun,” we’d say.  “Let’s do it again next year!”  And next year, and next year, and on and on until today.  As our first Super Secret Guest, Lois McMaster Bujold once remarked, “It only looks inevitable in hindsight.”

But there’s one thing we had at that first Gafilk, sixteen years ago, that we still have today.  It’s the same thing they had at the first filk con, and at filks dating back to before most of us can remember:

Put the chairs in a circle.  Gather your musical family to sit in the chairs.

Make magic.

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.

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January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate
January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate #theidearoom

(Crowne Plaza)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 8: Looking Up
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 8: Looking Up
January Photo Challenge Day 8: Looking Up #theidearoom

(Target)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 7: In Between.
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 7: In Between.
January Photo Challenge Day 7: In Between. #theidearoom

(Target)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 6: Outside
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 6: Outside
January Photo Challenge Day 6: Outside #theidearoom

('Cue Barbecue)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 5: On The Counter
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 5: On The Counter
January Photo Challenge Day 5: On The Counter #theidearoom

(La Fiesta)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 4: Fresh.
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 4: Fresh.
January Photo Challenge Day 4: Fresh. #theidearoom

(Sweet Tomatoes)

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 3: Relax.
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 3: Relax.
January Photo Challenge Day 3: Relax. #theidearoom

(Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA))

Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.


January Photo Challenge Day 2: Organise. All packed for #gafilk.
Dayna Larger
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January Photo Challenge Day 2: Organise. All packed for #gafilk.
January Photo Challenge Day 2: Organise. All packed for #gafilk. #theidearoom

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