anu3bis: (Anu3bis stop)
Balsamicdragon & Anu3bis, mood = accomplished.

Just in time for PicniCon, we have replaced the broken toilet at the front of the house.  So far, no leaks, looks good, and no injuries or damage!
anu3bis: (Anu3bis OOTS)
PicniCon XI: Reboot

Since PicniCon IV - The Journey to Andover (2002), we've gone with Star Trek names.  This year, we've finally caught up.  In honor of our last Trek-named PicniCon, the truly kick-ass nature of the new movie, and due to the simple necessity of the film not having a subtitle, this is PicniCon XI: Reboot. 

The theme this year is "Reboot" - not retro, not remake, but reimagining the original.  Keep true to the spirit of the original, but make it work for a modern audience.  And if someone wants to run a Star Trek game, that would make folks very happy.

For our new members, Picnicon is Bostongamers annual gathering, a
weekend of good games, good friends, and good food!

WHERE:
In the home of BostonGamers' benevolent Dictator, Vivian Abraham. We are in Somerville, the Gaming Nexus, reasonably close to the T. The address is 11 Fenwick Street, #2, easily accessible by bus from Sullivan
Station and Davis Square, a few blocks walk from the bus to/from
Lechmere. We have _some_ parking available as well. Let us know if
you are coming via car in advance!

WHEN:
Friday, July 3th at 2:00 pm -> Sunday, July 5th at 6:00 pm

WHAT TO BRING:
There's both crash space and facilities to cook and store food, so
bring sleeping bags if you're crashing and either food to cook or
money to order out or chip in for groceries. Viv and I will be cooking
and others are welcome to join us. I (Daniel) will provide many, many
buffalo wings Friday evening, as is traditional, and Tyler, our
Brigadier of Breakfast has volunteered to handle a morning meal. A
note on alcohol: you are welcome to bring it, we usually have a big
game of Baron Munchausen one night which involves lots of drinking,
but we reserve the right to collect keys and/or cut folks off if
necessary.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Everyone should come prepared to play and/or run a game, bring board
games, or do something to make it fun for everyone - unlike many
gaming conventions, this is a group-participation event, so don't
hesitate to join in and plan some events! They'll be lots of willing
people to help!

On the slate this year:

* The traditional (and infamous) late-night Baron Munchausen game
(tall tales in the grand manner),
* Circumstances willing, a grand game of Encore, the team singing and lyrics game.
* Keeping with the theme, I'll be running "It Came From the Late Late Late Show", where you play a B-movie actor in a B-movie, both actor and character at once.  This year, it's a reboot of my very first movie, "Scuba Diving Zombies at Bikini Beach". 
* Vivian will be running a D&D 3.5 reimagining of "Keep on the Borderlands"

* [insert your game here]!

LET US KNOW!

Allergies: There are three cats, one nice (Ivanova), one nippy
(Miles), one cuddly (Loki). No, you cannot take Loki home. Please
notify me of any food allergies and/or restrictions, and we'll do our
best to accommodate.

Babies: Welcome! Last year the baby was a toddler.  This year, he's big enough to get into trouble and understands what you say. [Proud sponsors of the Geek Parent Conspiracy]

GAME MASTERS!

If you want to run a scheduled game at PicniCon, please send me an
email with:

* The name of the game
* The number of players you want
* The system
* If you're using pre-generated characters or want people to bring them
* How long you expect the game to run

We'll still have room for pickup games, but we want to put some games
on the map first.

If you have a spare folding table or chairs, we could use a set for
the kid room.

QUESTIONS?
Just drop me an email and any difficulties can be overcome.
anu3bis: (Anu3bis OOTS)
Took the boy out to the North End, picked up some most excellent fennel salami and wine-infused cappicola, then stopped into Mikes for cookies.  The almond cookies reminded me, "oh yeah, I can actually make these myself".  I'll have to give the apricot flips a try, too.  Yum.

The boy decided that he was no longer afraid of the fountains in the park and charged straight in, having a marvelous time getting absolutely soaked.  Next time, I'll remember to bring a change of clothes <g>.

We rounded out the day with hotdogs and fresh corn on the porch, enjoying the lovely calm day.  Boy, in turn, has declared that he is a big boy, a girl, a man, and a pretty pretty princess in a tree.

Off to put the boy down, read him a little Little House in the Big Woods (a great kids book for foodie families), and have a nice evening with balsamicdragon. 
anu3bis: (Anu3bis OOTS)
Since PicniCon IV - The Journey to Andover (2002), we've gone with Star Trek names.  This year, we've finally caught up.  In honor of our last Trek-named PicniCon, the truly kick-ass nature of the new movie, and due to the simple necessity of the film not having a subtitle, this is PicniCon XI: Reboot. 

The theme this year is "Reboot" - not retro, not remake, but reimagining the original.  Keep true to the spirit of the original, but make it work for a modern audience.  And if someone wants to run a Star Trek game, that would make folks very happy.

For our new members, PicniCon is Bostongamers annual gathering, a weekend of good games, good friends, and good food!

WHERE:
In the home of BostonGamers' benevolent Dictator, Vivian Abraham. We are in Somerville, the Gaming Nexus, reasonably close to the T. The address is 11 Fenwick Street, #2, easily accessible by bus from Sullivan Station and Davis Square, a few blocks walk from the 101 and 89 bus. We have _some_ parking available as well. Let us know in advance if you are coming via car!

WHEN:
Friday, July 3th at 2:00 pm -> Sunday, July 5th at 6:00 pm

WHAT TO BRING:
There's both crash space and facilities to cook and store food, so bring sleeping bags if you're crashing and either food to cook or money to order out or chip in for groceries.  Viv and I will be cooking and others are welcome to join us. I (Daniel) will provide many, many buffalo wings Friday evening, as is traditional, and Tyler, our Brigadier of Breakfast has volunteered to handle a morning meal. A note on alcohol: you are welcome to bring it, we usually have a big game of Baron Munchausen one night which involves lots of drinking, but we reserve the right to collect keys and/or cut folks off if necessary.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Everyone should come prepared to play and/or run a game, bring board games, or do something to make it fun for everyone - unlike many gaming conventions, this is a group-participation event, so don't hesitate to join in and plan some events! They'll be lots of willing people to help!

On the slate this year:

* The traditional (and infamous) late-night Baron Munchausen game (tall tales in the grand manner)

* Circumstances willing, a grand game of Encore, the team singing and lyrics game

* Keeping with the theme, I'll be running "It Came From the Late Late Late Show", where you play a B-movie actor in a B-movie, both actor and character at once.  This year, it's a reboot of my very first movie, "Scuba Diving Zombies at Bikini Beach". 

* Vivian will be running a D&D 3.5 reimagining of "Keep on the Borderlands"

* [insert your game here]!

LET US KNOW!

Allergies: There are three cats, one nice (Ivanova), one nippy (Miles), one cuddly (Loki). No, you cannot take Loki home. Please notify me of any food allergies and/or restrictions, and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Babies: Welcome! Last year the boy was a toddler.  This year, he's big enough to get into trouble and can understand what you say, so swearing should be in BSG, Elvish, or Klingon.  [Proud sponsors of the Geek Parent Conspiracy]

GAME MASTERS!

If you want to run a scheduled game at PicniCon, please send me an email with:

* The name of the game
* The number of players you want
* The system
* If you're using pre-generated characters or want people to bring them (we encourage pre-generated)
* How long you expect the game to run
* What times you can run the game, either by availability or game tone.

We'll still have room for pickup games, but we want to put some games on the map first.

If you have a spare folding table or chairs, we could use a set for the kid room.

QUESTIONS?
Just drop me an email and any difficulties can be overcome.
anu3bis: (horrible)
Why does Dollhouse, Joss-written, Joss-plotted not get the Joss dialogue, when Castle, which has Nathan Fillion, get all the Joss lines?

"Yin needs Yang, not another Ying.  Ying-yang is harmony.  Yin-yin is...the name for a panda."
anu3bis: (Anu3bis bye kids!)
You can't play rock, paper, scissors to see who changes the kid if you always tie.
anu3bis: (Default)
http://news.ea.com/portal/site/ea/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&ndmConfigId=1012492&newsId=20081214005029&newsLang=en

They're finally making "Where in the Hell is Carmen Sandiego"!
anu3bis: (horrible)
...barely awake.
Picture and review later.

Short form:  Awesome as always.
There's nothing like 300 sleep deprived folks shouting "Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan!" at the right point, in unison.
anu3bis: (horrible)
Sammiches? Check
Ticket? Check.
Phone?  Charged
Camera? Check.
Neck pillow?  Check.
Lotsa snacks? Check.
Sleep patterns adjusted? Check.

See y'all in 24 hours, folks.
anu3bis: (Food)
I've heard about this phenomenon before.  I never talked back to my rice krispies.
What is it about rising bread dough that makes you want to talk to it?
anu3bis: (Default)
Schnitzel & spaetzle.  Lioncub devoured it.
anu3bis: (Me)
Anyone else remember that Bloom County cartoon with Oliver Wendell Jones?

The boy is not allowed in the kitchen by himself. There are too many sharp, hot, and fragile things, of which he fits into the first and last categories. We just arrived home from the grocery store, and in the process of checking recipes and removing boots, hear the boy in the kitchen. Using the Mommy Voice, Viv tells him to come to the front of the house. He does, with a yogurt from the fridge and a spoon from the drawer in his little hands, neither of which he should be able to reach.
anu3bis: (Default)
Or, Santa Claus vs. The Martians teams up with Red Tornado and Batman.

Nice to see there are some good cartoons back on the air.
anu3bis: (Me)
Flash photography at night...useful.
Flash photography at night with snowflakes...just freakin' cool.
anu3bis: (Food)
For now, let's just say that the first experiment is a success. I have to restrain myself from devouring the whole thing in little bits. Pickling spice bacon = win.



Cure #1 - Pickling spices. This made the most even, balanced bacon. Smoking would do it some good, but is not at all necessary for enjoyment. Good general purpose bacon.

Cure #2 - Savory spices (garlic, pepper, bay leaf). This made a strong, meaty flavored bacon that I suspect would pair well with our brussel sprout recipes. Good BLT bacon.

Cure #3 - Sweet spices (granulated honey). This was a runaway hit. It had none of the cloying sweetness of a maple-cured bacon, just accents of honey melding into the fat. Good spinach salad bacon.

Once this batch is done, give me some more seasoning ideas, and I'll have a bacon-tasting party. And I promise will not schedule it on a day that sen_no_ongaku can't make it, because that would be unforgivable.
anu3bis: (Food TV)
Time to do the things I've been wanting to do...

1) Slow roast the ox tails for ravioli tonight, and, as a nice side-effect, get a great sauce base for later.

2) Start the bacon! Finally found the pink salt (Christinas) and the pork bellies (McKninnons), and I'm trying out three different cures: granulated honey, black pepper and garlic, and pickling spice. They should be ready by Thanksgiving.

3) And, because the boy was behaving while I puttered and cleaned, I made a batch of Brown Sugar Ginger Crisps. When I told him I was making cookies, he loudly demanded them. Fortunately, Viv has trained him well with the phrase "Good food takes time." We're now in the kid room, reading books, while he munches on his cookie.

Later today, pasta dough for the ravioli, and I get to try out my new pasta cutter wheel thing that should make the edges a bit more solid and speed up the process. I love making ravioli, but it takes for freaking ever, and I don't get near the uniformity I want. We'll see how this batch goes.

Today, I also start planning out this season's chocolates. I've already got one request (from Viv) for a chocolate-cherry ganache center. I think I'll do chocolate-covered cherries again this year, as those always go over well, and trade out the grapefruit peel for a mix of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. No crazy stuff this year, I think...I may be the only one that liked the garam masala or the black pepper centers .

If folks have requests, let me know!
anu3bis: (Default)
We are getting the boy a real toddler bed, and have picked Ikea for our search. Personally, I haven't been to Ikea since I was a kid, and Viv's never been, so we're planning on having some fun with it.

We're planning on getting a Zipcar and heading on down to Stoughton on Tuesday. Anyone else have the day off and want to come along on a home furnishings run? Obviously, we'll need cargo space for the bed (something like 5 feet x 2 1/2 feet x 1"?), but we should have room beyond that. Also, if anyone vehicular comes along, we can caravan.

Swedish meatballs for everyone! (They still do that, right?)
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