August 2005 Archives


Been packing all last night and this morning, and thanks to Dav's brilliant packing FU, he got all our stuff to fit on the jeep and in the trailer, with spare room to have Heiko ride with us.

Migdal arrived so we can take him over to Alameda where he will pick up the rented communal truck, drive to various locations to pick up stored communal shade structures, drop off the truck so Pete, our driver, can finish the loading once he's off from work today. It's not a simple feat, but we all come together.

Just before leaving, Heiko, Migdal, and Dav cut rebar to hold down our tents on the playa.

Can't believe we're going! I'll miss my kitties (been hugging them extra), but they are in good care with my housemates. I plan to take pictures of all my costumes and will show them later.

Until then, I'll be off-line. Yay!

ze zebra

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The week before Burning Man is busy to say the least. I've been meaning to post some of my new costumes (for Mlle A.), but haven't had the time. Still gotta finish one tomorrow, along with having a conference call with friends to organize our kitchen resources.

At the least, I'll have pics from Burning Man, so you'll see the other costumes later. For now, here is Zebra, from a Saturday party. I hacked it together half using a pattern, half by wearing the cloth and cutting it! The top back is open, tied by strings. I'll upload another picture with Dav included later after I get it from Dav. :)

Btw, it's hard to tell, but I'm wearing 4 inch platform boots that are flat...which means perfectly comfortable for hours on the playa!

Three poses

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It's so hard to take pictures of my cats. But here, Mr. Kats practically posed for me. Now which one to choose to express how luxurious it must be to be a cat...

Random photo

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Titled "Three faces"

A delicious evening at Aqua

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Last night, I was lucky enough to get to go to Aqua (downtown San Franciso restaurant) for dinner with some work colleagues. It was, of course, fantastic. It's too hard to get photos of the food that even begin to show how gorgeous and yummy each plate was. The best part was that instead of dessert, I opted for cheese...3 wonderfully pungent cheeses. With Dav, I eat a lot less intense cheese - which I love - so I couldn't resist this opportunity. I chose one of the cheeses because it was named Wrinkled Paglierina, from Italy.

I got a pic of Miyagawa-san taking a pic of the gigantic steak he was served. Then I got some good pics of Barak, Joi, and Ben working on their phones. Goofed around exchanging pics with Joi via bluetooth. We must look like a crazy bunch when we eat together; too many phones!

I also loved that we were all dressed casually amongst the frilled up folk, and that I had the beat up JAVA FU with valet parking (I love that car!). When I stepped into the car I asked, "you probably don't get this sorta car here often, don't you?" to which the valet person responded, "not really...uh, your door is broken, you know?" FUNNNY!! I giggled all the way home.

Blog Business Summit 2005

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Right now I'm listening to Scoble and Dave Taylor speaking about building traffic on blogs. This summit is to introduce blogging to businesses and how it can/should/will be a part of their marketing/PR/communications, along with nuggests of great info. to send the audience well on their way. Everyone is obviously quite interested in what all this blogging 'stuff' is about, asking good questions indicating they are serious about this, but understanding it's new territory. Us working in the blogging realm are sensing this, but blogging really is becoming so mainstream. It's kinda fun to watch this unfold.

Sitting right behind my brother too! Now that is a nice twist to this conference!

In Mission, after dinner...

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...walked around and found a crazy cat, and petted some wild looking creatures. San Francisco is indeed full of life!

folding benches for Burning Man

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Dav, Elida, and Jon of Campalicious are in the garage now cutting wood to make folding benches for the camp living room (you can easily take them apart to make them flat). We're hoping to bring up real soft sofas, but just in case we can't, we'll have these too since they won't take up much space to bring up.

I'm not that much of a handy-person, so I watched in awe as this threesome measured, cut, and created benches (plus, Dav looks so handsome when he's at work like this).

[LATER...]

Here is the result! They are a lot more comfy than I expected. Now the three will take time to decorate them with their artist's touch. Another wonderful addition to Campalicious assets!


House party

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We threw a fun party Saturday night. The invite was:

Lots of people seem to be learning all of a sudden: Ezra's going to grad school in Scotland, Dav is taking sailing lessons, & Mie's learning to make hats.

In honor of this, we're having a Back to School party--come dressed as someone connected with the enterprise of scholarship. Or a sailor. Or someone with a significant hat. In the end, we just want everyone to come, so don't worry about clothes.

We got people with hats and even a friend who wore real sailor water-proof gear! I particularly enjoyed creating my hairdo. A great mix of people since all the housemates (6 of us) invited our circle of friends. We estimate we got about 50-60 people.

The downstairs was the lounge area, with chill music and lots of conversations. We set up a disco ball and cleared all the furniture in the upstairs living room (yes, we have 2 living rooms; thus a great parthouse!) and blasted beats. At first the downstairs was super crowded and the upstairs was not very happening. But by 2am, the upstairs was in full swing. I think they partied until 5am or so (I retired around 3am).

It's work to throw a party, but I love seeing people enjoying themselves in our home, meeting new people...and I especially like being able to walk to my bed when I'm ready to say good night!

Tatsuhiko took some great pics too.

This is cool

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This was bound to happen and I can't say I'll be running out to try it myself, but check this out. So what kind of scenarios can you envision with this? I suppose it would be helpful if you're stuck in a crowd and can't see where the center of action is (a scenario that happens to me all the time), you could send your cam phone up flying to see what you're missing...

Putz the cat

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Amy sent me the cutest picuture of her cat, Woodstock, otherwise known as Putz. Betcha he was hoping he could grab a few of those colorful fishes!

As she said in her email to update me about her life, no email is complete without a cat picture. Indeed!

We [love] blog

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シックス・アパートの東京オフィスで We[love]blogのキャンペーンが始まりました。ブログの楽しさや何故ブログをするのかをトラックバックするキャンペーンです。

誰が私のブログをみていたのか全然知らずにやっていましたが、少しずつコメントをもらい、読んでいる人が面白いと言ってくれたり、オン・ラインの友達の ようになりました。私に取って初めてのオン・ラインコミュ二ティーでした 励ますてくれたり、応援してくれたり、アメリカに引っ越した時は多くの人に見 送られた感じがしました。

誰が私のブログをみていたのか全然知らずにやっていましたが、少しずつコメントをもらい、読んでいる人が面白いと言ってくれたり、オンー・ラインの友達のようになりました。私に取って初めてのオンー・ラインコミュ二ティーでした 励ますてくれたり、応援してくれたり、アメリカに引っ越した時は多くの人に見送られた感じがしました。

アメリカに来てからブログする内容が変わりました。好きな町と生活を見せるより、自分にとっての日記代わりになりました。古い写真をみて懐かしがるように、今の記録は将来とても大事な自分へのプレゼントのような気がします。その上にオン・ラインで知れあいになった人をブログの会議などで出会いリアルな友達も得られました。

私にとってブログは単なるインターネットサイトではありません。オフ・ラインの生活にとても良い影響があり、自分のブログは自分の性格の一部までになったような気がします。そして、私はあまりテクニカルではないので、ブログを通してインターネットのすばらしさと可能性を経験することができました。とてもありがたいことです。

これはれもずーっとブログをします!

Our new car!

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Formerly owned by a Burning Man DPW person. A seasoned playa car for sure. Hope the car will be happy that it will still be going to Burning Man, just with us this time. Dav got it so it can haul all the stuff we'll need to camp comfortably for a week+ in the desert.

It's all about context

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[17:13] dav: can you stop by across the street before you leave and check prices for bunny fur?

[17:13] dav: i forget now what they were

[17:14] dav: we'll need two yards each i think

[17:18] Kokochi: what color?

[17:18] Kokochi: white?

[17:19] dav: yeah

[17:19] dav: maybe check dalmation too

[17:19] dav: and look at short fur and long fur

[17:19] dav: was thinking maybe short fur would be better


NOTE:

We are Burners.

It's not about real fur.

Absolute Silliness

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From Tokyo, thanks to Ian and Izumi who just returned yesterday from there. Dav also got nose plugs that make you look like flowers are growing out of your nose, but I wasn't going to put a pic of Dav with that on the internet...I'm not that mean. heh.