willow_red: (Sango)
Believe it or not, Halloween is only one week from today, yikes! I'm posting today to issue my annual invitation to join in Tau Beta Pi's annual Trick-or-Can event to collect canned and non-perishable food items for the Denver Rescue Mission. With the economy as bad as it is, more people than ever need help, and this is a way to help that costs you nothing and is lots of fun.

For anyone unfamiliar with the event, we meet at the Engineering Center in the early evening on Halloween (probably around 5ish, I should know an exact time within a day or so) in costume, divide into teams and assign neighborhoods, and then go door to door as if we were Trick-or-Treating, but instead we ask for canned food. (And some people can't resist giving you candy as well.) The event is over within a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time for any other Halloween festivities you might have planned (though some of us usually go out to dinner afterward, which you're welcome to do as well).

Speaking of candy, I'm seriously considering mailing any candy I get this year to my friend who is stationed in Afghanistan. After all, she is the one who taught me how to Trick-or-Treat back in high school, so it only seems right.

Anyway, if you have any interest in joining us next week, or if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact me directly. [livejournal.com profile] omegadog, will you be able to make it again this year?
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)

You are hereby ordered to report to the Games Grid at the Colony Square 12 Theater in Louisville at 10:00 am MST on Sunday, December 19, prepared to forfeit the sum of $4 to admit you to the TRON: Legacy arena. Programs [livejournal.com profile] illyanarasputin, [livejournal.com profile] nakano, and [livejournal.com profile] willow_red will await you there.

Report your compliance to my assistant, Bit.

[Poll #1658271]

willow_red: (DI Impactor)
In case you haven't heard, there's a really bad wildfire burning out of control in the mountains above Boulder. Four-Mile Canyon is going up in flames and raining ash on the city of Boulder. According to some reports, the smoke can be seen all the way from Ft. Collins to Monument.

I first saw it while walking my dog this morning around 11 am. The cloud of smoke was only taking up about 20% of the sky then. It quickly grew to 25% and then 33%. I'd post the pictures I took, but my camera isn't speaking to my laptop lately. Anyway, the smoke is now taking up 2/3 of the sky, with a light sprinkling of ash.

For anyone planning to be in the Boulder area in the next couple of days, please stay out of the mountains, watch the news, and above all, be safe. Also watch out for pets. Their lungs are sensitive to the smoke and ash too.
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)
Thinking of going to see Inception tomorrow afternoon. Louisville theater has a deal where the last show before 6pm is $5, which for Inception tomorrow is at 3:30. Anybody interested in a matinee?

[livejournal.com profile] illyanarasputin told me her sister was an extra in the film. How cool is that?
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)
Stayed up too late last night watching the Rifftrax of Twilight, but oh man, that was hilarious! I don't know how people can watch it straight.

Speaking of bad movies, [livejournal.com profile] nakano tells me that Last Airbender has fallen into Battlefield Earth territory. That said, [livejournal.com profile] j_b and I are going to the 10:15 am showing at the AMC Westminster 24 to see for ourselves, and probably mock it relentlessly. This is an open invite, so feel free to join if you want. Let me know if you want me to save you a seat.
willow_red: (Not So Easy)
Given that I have heard from no one (well, no one on this continent) about seeing Last Airbender tonight, I probably won't go. From what it sounds like, the movie isn't that great, and seeing bad movies by yourself sucks.

Anyway, if anyone does want to see it this weekend, call me. Otherwise, I will assume no one is interested.

Happy Fourth, Americans!
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)
This weekend, The Last Airbender arrives in theaters...and we all hope for it to not suck.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you probably haven't seen the awesome Nickelodeon animated series. Netflix has the first season available to watch instantly, which you should go do. But I should probably mention that the TV series is called Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Hmm, why couldn't they call the movie Avatar? Someone else must be camping on the title.)

Anyway, I propose a group outing, either to be entertained, or to witness the horror. Either way, it's more fun with a group. Apparently everything is in 3D now (when did that trend start?), so there seem to be only a handful of local theaters showing it. (Something about another movie opening this weekend. Toilet? Tie-Dye? I forget.)

My opening suggestion is the Century Theater in Boulder at 8:50pm on Friday. Should be late enough to draw fewer kids, and allow time to grab food before, potentially. This is open invite, so bring anyone you want. And if anyone would like to suggest a different time/date/location, please comment below.
willow_red: (Akito)
I got an e-mail from my dog-walker a couple of days ago (sorry I didn't get a chance to post until just now; it's been a hectic week) that she is hosting a Pet Fur Drive. What is a pet fur drive? Well, here's the text of her e-mail with all the details:

Dogma Catma Pet Sitting is hosting a Fur Drive!

Fur Drive

Dogma Catma Pet Sitting
DATE: Friday, May 14,2010
TIME: 6:30 - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: P.C.'s Pantry
2600 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

MORE: We are collecting pet fur to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your pet's clean fur in a ziploc bag (no trash or debris) and it will be shipped off to make mats to soak up oil. Fur doesn't have to be shampooed but semi-clean is great!

If you have any questions, contact dogmacatmapetsitting@gmail.com. I will be contributing some of Akito's fur, and I know several of you have dogs and cats who shed. This seems like a better place for the loose fur to go, rather than clogging up the vacuum cleaner like normal.
willow_red: (Sango)
I already e-mailed out complete info to everyone who said they're coming, but in case you're still pondering it and hadn't said anything to me (...room for one more!), here is the info:

I am no longer pursuing my renegade plans, since the official time has changed.

Date: Saturday, October 31, Halloween of course!
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: comment below, e-mail, or call me for exact info

Also, if people are interested, we can go to dinner afterward.

If you can't make it but still want to donate canned / nonperishable food items for the Denver Rescue Mission, let me know and we'll make arrangements to add your stuff to the pile.

In the meantime, stay safe and warm during this snowstorm!
willow_red: (Sango)
So it's that time of year again, and in my world, Halloween means it's time to dress up in a costume, and go door to door confusing people collecting canned food for the needy (typically the Denver Rescue Mission).

In its infinite wisdom, CU is playing the homecoming game on Halloween. The game starts at 11:30am. For whatever reason, the students have decided they want to go Trick-or-Canning at noon. Personally, I think that's a bit ridiculous, as people will not be expecting trick-or-treaters that early, and it's much more fun to go when it's dark. But it's their event, so they can go when they like.

Therefore, I propose the following: a renegade Trick-or-Can for us non-students. I'll work it out with the students to make sure we don't hit any of the same areas they did. Also, traffic is going to suck royally anywhere near campus. Let's meet at 5pm (maybe at my house?), and I'll work out the logistics for assigning neighborhoods and where to drop off food.

If you are interested in participating in my Renegade Trick-or-Can, please comment below so I can get a count of how many people we're talking about, and so I can reserve a large enough area for us.

If you have any questions about this event, feel free to ask!


Mar. 26th, 2009 07:43 am
willow_red: (Akito)
The National Weather Service has upgraded this winter storm to an official blizzard, and they are discouraging travel, so who am I to argue? Work is supposedly open for business, but given that this storm is supposed to really get going by noon, I'm more worried about getting home than getting there. If they close, cool. If not, I have the PTO hours to cover it.

Stay safe, everyone. Days like today are what telecommuting was made for...too bad my company hasn't figured that out yet.
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)
Does anyone on here remember the Smothers Brothers? They're a comedy/folk singing act that had a variety show in the '60s, followed by a shorter-lived variety show in the late '80s. Anyway, they're doing a live show in Denver on March 14, which is a Saturday. Would anyone be interested in going with me?

These guys are getting older, and there might not be many more opportunities to see them, so I kind of want to get the better (read: more expensive) tickets, which add up to ~$80 on TicketBastard. I could probably be talked into the ~$60 tickets if that makes a difference.

Anyway, I'm just kind of throwing this out there because I have no idea who would be interested in this sort of thing. Also, the economy sucks, so I know a lot of people can't afford to do stuff like this.
willow_red: (Democrat Willow)
Been waiting for this day for a very long time. Here's hoping that some of the damage done in the last eight years is repairable.
willow_red: (Cartoon Willow)

Back to yesterday's story. The water ran for about an hour before they shut it off. About an hour after that, I had water in my house again, though it was brown and smelly. When I walked Akito yesterday, we saw a backhoe and some workers down in the hole, working on it. I haven't seen what it looks like today, though. Amazingly enough, the water main break happened at the perfect location. It was right between two entrances to a horseshoe-shaped parking lot. This means that nobody was stuck, and everyone could get their cars out once the water drained. The break was also pretty close to my garage, but luckily, the water didn't get high enough to seep in.

I called the city this morning, and they said the water's fine now; I should just flush out the water in my house for a bit. As of this evening, the water is clear and smells okay, but I'm continuing to filter any water for cooking and drinking for the next few days. However, I must say that I'm really looking forward to showering in the morning.
willow_red: (DI Impactor)

This is the sight about a block down from my house. Click through to the scrapbook gallery. The water main broke about an hour ago. About a half hour ago, I saw a police car booking it in reverse down the street, and then I saw the river of water pooling at the intersection in front of my house. At first, I thought there was a fire, and this was the runoff from the fire truck. I grabbed my camera and walked down the block, and these pictures are the result.

Not sure when they'll get this shut off, or when I'll have water in my house again.

Edit: Shortly after I posted, they got the water turned off, so it isn't gushing anymore. It's raining, so I put out a bucket to try to catch some water in order to flush the toilet at some point. And now I'm idly wondering when my next shower will be...
willow_red: (Stars)
It seems like people are posting a bit about cancer-related fundraisers, so I will chime in with the ones I'm aware of.

First, as some of you might recall, I lost a friend to leukemia last fall (entries are friends-locked, sorry to anyone else reading this). He was 35 years old, and passed away only a few months after his diagnosis. Anyway, he was very involved in the same Engineering National Honor Society that I am. To honor his memory, the national organization has established a scholarship in his name. To raise money for the scholarship fund, our local chapter has teamed up with Ruby's Diner on 29th Street in Boulder. All day on Thursday, April 24, they will donate 20% of anything you spend on food or drinks, if you give them the flyer we made up.

Unfortunately, this is right in the middle of Passover, so I can't eat anything at the restaurant, but I will be there to hang out from about 6:30 until whenever (Ruby's closes at 9pm, so no later than that). Also, I will be matching every dollar earned at this event, up to our goal of $200. At least one other person has pledged matching funds as well, so this means that for every dollar you spend, $0.60 rather than $0.20 will go toward the scholarship fund.

So local people, come have breakfast, lunch, or dinner (they're open 9am-9pm) on Thursday, and know that some of the money you spend is going to a good cause. This is an open invite, so please pass out these flyers to anyone and everyone who might be interested in going. If you have any questions, or would like to donate directly to the scholarship fund, send me an e-mail at my last name at gmail dot com, or comment below.

Click here for the flyer )

Second, when I was at Space Symposium last week, I ran into someone I knew from college who told me about a leukemia fundraiser happening on Cinco de Mayo (May 5 for the non-Spanish speakers) at 6pm at the Red Fish on Pearl Street. I don't know much about it other than the time, location, and the fact that they will have Rock Band for people to play. I will post more info if I find any.
willow_red: (Stars)
Earlier today, my favorite author passed away. It was the stories of Arthur C. Clarke that got me hooked on science fiction as a kid, and it was his writing style I most tried to emulate when I was a teenager. An autographed bookplate from his personal library has held a place of honor on my bookshelf for many years. For those who don't immediately recognize the name, he was the author behind 2001: A Space Odyssey. He publicized the idea of communications satellites in geosynchronous orbit more than a decade before Sputnik, and in the late 1970s, he wrote about space elevators. He was truly one of the grand masters of science fiction.

I've known for a long time that this day would come. I remember reading Rama Revealed one summer during high school, and thinking how much the main character's death sounded like the author saying goodbye. But that was a dozen years ago, and he has written (and co-written) many books since. Last December, however, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, he recorded this 9-minute video, in which he reflects on his long life, and says goodbye to his fans. At the end of the video, he says that most of all, he wants to be remembered as an author.

And that is how I will remember him.
willow_red: (Sango)
Wednesday, October 31
5:00 pm
Engineering Center Lobby

Remember Trick-or-Treating when you were a kid? Well, you can have that fun all over again while doing something for the community. Next Wednesday, Tau Beta Pi (the Engineering National Honor Society) at CU is doing their Tenth Annual Trick-or-Can! All you need to do is show up at the time and place listed above, preferably in costume. Each year, we go door-to-door, but instead of trick-or-treating, we collect canned food for Community Food Share.

It's fun, it helps the community, and it gives you a chance to run around the streets in your Halloween costume! (Oh, and you usually end up getting a bunch of candy too. Some people won't take no for an answer!)

This event is open to anyone, so come and bring your friends. [livejournal.com profile] omegadog came last year and had a great time. If you plan on coming, comment below so I can look for you. Also, there will probably be optional dinner plans afterward for anyone who is interested (~7:30ish).
willow_red: (Stars)
Oh man, the past two weeks have been crazed. Thus, this entry is best done in bullet points.

- Went to the TBP National Convention in Dearborn, MI
- Met my 5-month-old baby cousin
- Had lunch with several extended family members I rarely see
- Put close to 3000 miles on my car (the new "modern" rest stops rock! Wi-fi and weather radar in addition to the restrooms and vending machines)
- 53 mpg from Denver to Detroit
- 50 mpg from Detroit to Denver (thank you, headwind in Nebraska)
- Listened to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- BSed my way through a design review that nobody was ready for
- Got a really good job offer
- Handed in my two-weeks notice at the current job
- Survived all this without losing too much more of my mind, or gaining any weight

As for this, I must say, only in Colorado:

If you're local, go do something outside today. Save the indoor activities for tomorrow.

Edit: As you might guess, I'm way behind on reading the FL. I'll catch up eventually, but in the meantime, if something needs my attention soon, please point it out.
willow_red: (Ravenclaw)
Greetings Harry Potter Fans!

Here we are, July 2007, probably the biggest month that the HP world will see. In about a week and a half, we will find out how the series ends, whether Harry and the others live or die, and the epic will come to a close. In the meantime, however, I heard that they're making a movie or something of the fifth book (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Movie versions of books, who would have thought?

Anyway, a last-minute plan has been hatched for a group outing to see the movie. This is an open-invite, and all are welcome to join. Here's the info:

AMC Westminster 24
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
9:00 PM (the digital showing, I think this means they can show the 3D bit from the battle at the Ministry of Magic)
(direct link, if it works)

You can save the $1 processing fee by using a MovieWatcher number. (Contact me personally if you want to use mine: my last name at gmail dot com.)

Also, this is a cosplay event. Costumes are encouraged! I will be decked out in appropriate Ravenclaw attire. Since it is opening night, the showing will probably be sold out, with a long line. I'm going to get there early and wait in line. It'd be really cool if one or more people would join me to hold places in line. If you're going to arrive close to showtime, let me know so I can save seats for you.

I now return you to your Deathly Hallows conspiracy theories, already in progress...
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