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Home renovation and media servers

The major life-changing projects over the next seven/eight months, the renovation of RC's townhouse. is still in planning stage. We're almost there to the first bit of demolition, though. The next step is to get our design in line with the reality costs -- there is an extreme difference between our budget and what at least one of the contractors bidding on the work says it is going to cost.

In the meantime, I'll focus on setting up a home media server. LinuxMCE all the way. Can't wait to try it.

What we want for the house

We've been meeting with Studio27, the architects we're working with, fairly regularly, going over their proposals for the renovation of the townhouse. Before the major design phase, we shared with them some thoughts on architectural concepts we like, and the general source of inspiration for wanting to do the project.

The origin of the idea

Global marches for peace in Colombia

My sister, Juliana, is a blogger for GlobalVoices. She wrote up a metablog entry on the marches that happened yesterday around the world in solidarity against the FARC.

A WATCH Award Nomination

I just got the good news today that I have been nominated by the Washington Area Theater Community Honors (W.A.T.C.H.) judges for the Outstanding Set Design award for the set I conjured up for The Arlington Players' production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

This year's pumpkin - Nancy Grace

Yes, she's creepy and she's spooky and altogether kooky and indignant about the victims (particularly when the victims aren't indignant)... so Nancy Grace won this year's prize as creepy character of the odd-numbered year, therefore winning her a spot on a Jack O'Lantern.

Fire across the street

This fire across the street from RC's house in Capitol Hill was today, as I was driving home to meet architect #4. Four firefighters injured, and the house just a few doors down across the street is pretty much a box of charcoal now. Scary sight to arrive to ... I was driving across the 14th street bridge from Virginia, and wondered what that enormous cloud of black smoke was. I never imagined it would be right across the street.

On having a green house

RC and I have decided (well, a few months ago) that they way to sort out the fact that we work in three different parts of the world and have houses in two is that we should renovate the townhouse he owns in Capitol Hill and move in there, hopefully be the end of 2008.

We've decided to try to a) renovate green, b) do it with cool and interesting design with an architect and c) make it a very Cool place to live.

I'll be trying to keep a solid journal on what we're doing and how we're doing it... green renovation is apparently not all that easy to do well.

Pumpkin 2006 #1 - The Love of My Life

The last few years my themes for Jack-o-lanterns have involved scary political figures. And I do have another pumpkin to carve George Allen in all his hideousness to scare away little kids. But sometimes, you can scare away evil with beautiful things.

The Pigeon Erradication of 2006

I'm in the process of evicting some vile, dirty, guano-creating disease-carrying flying rodent-from-hell pigeons that have set themselves up on my balcony. These nasty, dirty creatures built a nest, and even though I've cleaned it up, cloroxed the hell out of the floor and tried to make it unpleasant, they're still around.

This will be my documentation of the things I've tried and how far it has taken me:

Fiddler On The Roof Reviews

I've been playing the Fiddler in The Arlington Player's production of "Fiddler On the Roof".

Here are some reviews:

TAP's 'Fiddler' Showcases Talents of Cast, Crew

Fiddler on the Roof: The Arlington Player's Tradition