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Taste Addison is this weekend. I thought Vogon wanted to go, but it doesn't look like it. Maybe next year. I really want to try the dessert fondue from the Melting Pot's booth.


I've been quiet here because I'm having a wiki-writing spurt elsewhere -- a little at Wikipedia, a lot at MuppetWiki. I hope to invest in a paid hosting service in the not-too-distant future and wikify TODCRA with my freshly-honed skillz. Wiki wiki wiki.

I was going to make some screencaps this week for MuppetWiki, but it turns out this computer doesn't have a DVD decoder installed on it. Everything the Windows Media Player plugin site recommends is out of my budget. I'm willing to use a standalone program if it's free and found VLC media player, which I'll be trying out later today. Is there another free program you'd recommend?


It looks like the same kind of caterpillars that stripped a 12" pot of thyme bare in two days last year are back. I knocked two off the grapes and one off the oregano today, then dispatched them with fire (a long-handled lighter). I'm not sure how often I'm going to have to go out and check for these things, nor do I know how to refill the lighter. This could get interesting.

I'm concerned for the limes because the spider mite infestation has gotten really bad, but I'm not to use insecticide because of Vogon's mantids and I'm not feeling up to washing down two densely-leafed trees as tall as I am several times a week. Wiping it down leaf by leaf and paying attention to the branches to get every sign of the mites off will only keep them in check, not eliminate them, and I'm not sure that's a good trade-off for two trees that probably won't produce fruit this year.


Today's installment of things I would buy if I had a million dollars: a wind-up tin toy of Neko Bus. This may not be interesting to those of you that aren't Totoro fans, but the combination of cute with something I'd like to collect (I have a couple of Schylling wind-up toys) made me smile.


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May. 13th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Have you ever tried making cigarette tea to get rid of the mites?

Snap the filters off of about twenty cigarettes. Let them stew in about two quarts of water for a week - strain. Add about a quarter of a teaspoon of liquid soap to the water - this will help it to stick to the leaves, etc. Put in a spray bottle and spray away!
May. 14th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Would that just kill the mites or wold it kill everything? Vogon has some ladybugs (still indoors, last I checked) and I don't want to kill them.
May. 13th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Have you joined Tough Pigs on Delphi? We're doing a lot of the Muppet Wiki, and you couldn't ask to meet a nicer bunch of folks.
May. 14th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
Tough Pigs like the fansite? Pardon me while I squeal like a little girl. I'm so excited I'm using my Ming Ming icon. This is se-wious!

And no, I haven't joined. Where do I sign up?
May. 13th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Wikis! I've been doing a lot at Your Subculture Soundtrack again, including dumping in all the Blue Jam playlists. Hooray!

(Also! 50 Skidillion Watts Of Good Will is on in a half-hour!)
May. 14th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
I forgot to write that down and missed it. *palmforehead*

Will it repeat anytime?
May. 14th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite sure yet -- I figure it probably will, but I don't know when/where. Well, I guess I know where, mainly, Steve.FM, but... yeah. I'll check with Steve. I'm thinking Aila and I are going to record a second episode today probably, so....8)
May. 14th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It'll be interesting to hear Aila more directly than in the background of your Phone Posts. (:
May. 13th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
VLC is "ok", try Mplayer if you can. I *think* there's a windoze type version available.
May. 14th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
There are Windows source/binaries listed on their download page. I'm a little intimidated by that, but luckily the related projects page has lots of packages for wusses like me. I'll check it out. Thanks!
May. 14th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Mmm, paid hosting. I recommend my host (Dreamhost) -- they're kind, willing to work with people, and give you insane amounts of things for very little money. Let me know when you decide, and if you go with Dreamhost I can hook you up.

The lighter should refill with butane. Most long-handled ones do.

That's a wonderful Neko Bus. We found a stuffed one at Disneyworld a few years back. I think my brother bought it, but it was day 5 or 6, so my memory is a bit unclear.
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