Geek Stalking

This morning I met a geek celebrity at my local Starbucks!

While listening to Episode 196 of Security Now,  a podcast co-hosted by Leo LaPorte, I heard the host, Steve Gibson, a computer security expert, describe his day — coding for 12 hours at his neighborhood Starbucks, which was MY Starbucks. He gave details about his full-size keyboard that clicked and clacked, and how he enjoyed the bustle of the coffeehouse.  So, this morning, I spotted a gentleman in the corner with a full-size keyboard. I introduced myself and, indeed, it was Steve Gibson! He was very gracious as I went on and on about tech in the high school where I work and my first computer, a KayPro. But — how fun is that!?

Knitting content: first DNA Scarf completed and awaiting blocking! It took about 1-3/4 skeins of Cascade 220 in a medium blue colorway. The second will be a muted olive green. Just cast on another Clapotis in a vibrant purple Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. Pix to come.

And, oh yeah, I have grading to do!

Star Trek

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No spoilers, I promise.

I sneaked away to a mid-week afternoon showing of Star Trek at the local IMAX theater. All I can say is OMG!  I went alone, but felt like I was among my peeps. The first geek sighting was a slightly dumpy-shapped guy in a yellow Star Fleet uniform. And 10 minutes before showtime, the primo rows were filled (near the top, dead center). In the row in front of me sat a distinguished-looking bald gentleman with stylish glasses whom I was convinced was @darthweef, who’d escaped the boss to re-watch the movie after all, but alas no.  His companion took the above photo of the IMAX screen before the movie started.  The geek-who’d-left-her-iPhone-in-the-car-by-mistake in me tapped her on the shoulder and asked if she would mind e-mailing the photo to me and she very generously obliged, so I have another souvenir besides my ticket stub. 🙂

Then, right at showtime, the guy behind me declared loudly “Showtime!” But when no announcements seemed forthcoming, he complained to his companion that this was the second time this week the IMAX movie didn’t start on time, so he CALLED the theater and spoke to someone who could do something.  Moments later we could hear the phone ringing in the projectionist booth. I kid you not!  The guys to my left exchanged amused glances with me and I stage-whispered, “I love geeks!”

From the first moment of the IMAX propaganda roll, I was absorbed. Well, actually, first I had to fashion earplugs from a Kleenex because I can’t handle the seriously high volume of surroundsound. THEN I was absorbed.  No plot discussion here. I just need to express my appreciation for the (predictably) wonderful effects and action and also for the true-to-the-original feel and relationships of the movie. I will definitely be seeing it again.

Knitting content: I brought my Wrapigan, but only finished about half a row before the lights went down. I packed it up really well, so I had no dangling yarn as I did when I saw The Dark Knight. That was awkward….

Mom Day Blooms

DH selected these for me from our own yard. A beautiful and economical gift! The whole family went to a lovely Mother’s Day mass, then a wonderful brunch at the Daily Grill. I was surprised at how empty the restaurant was, barely half full at 10:30. Durn economy!

Notice the statue at the left. It’s another Mother’s Day gift from years past. I love the family circle it makes.

Knitting content: finally delivered the gift Clapotis, but forgot to take pix! I didn’t take pix before delivery because I hadn’t dropped all the drop stitches. I left them to the recipient, a sort of bubble-wrap, stress-reducing exercise. I’ll have to visit the her soon and have her model it.

Targeted Marketing

Look what I got in the mail today! I assume I received it because my last name (not my husband’s) is Filipino. This does not guarantee, however, that I understand Tagalog (I think that’s what this is in). The inside contains a lot of great coupons for the Starbucks-wanna-be drinks.

Knitting content: finished the gift Clapotis! Pix to follow. It’s been a very busy few weeks.