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Thursday, August 27th, 2015
2:45 pm
My work, floating above the Earth
Mini Hugo Rocket aboard the ISS

The Mini Hugo Rocket is a half-scale, machined and polished aluminum version of the rocket from the Hugo trophy. This miniature version was commissioned by Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, to be taken into space and displayed as shown aboard the International Space Station. The astronaut who carried it into space and took this photo is Kjell Lindgren.

More photos here.
Monday, August 17th, 2015
1:51 pm
Open Pool Today!
It's hot - come over and jump in our pool!

We're opening the pool to our friends today - feel free to come over and cool off. We'll be in and out during the day and evening, so the house may not be accessible all the time. (The garage makes a fine if somewhat warm changing room.)

Please read and follow our party rules & policies section on pool use. The most important point is safety - make sure that children are only inside the pool area while an adult is right in there to watch them.

Enjoy and cool off!
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
2:03 am
Scott & Rachel’s Parties – How To Get Invited!
1. We’ve changed our parties to be an invited event, though with the intent to invite as widely as is practical. If you wish to be on this list, please let us know your preferred email address. If you have a partner or other significant person who should also be on this list, please send us their email address. If you're already seeing our invites, there's no need to do anything here.

2. Here’s the link to our party rules & policies:

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
4:00 pm
Further to the previous post - drowning prevention
Everyone should read this article about drowning prevention. Thanks to ceo for the link, and thanks to thewronghands for persuading me to post this.

I've witnessed and known of several near-drownings. Fortunately, in each case the kid was rescued in time. Here's what they looked like:
1. A 13 year old girl took a bad dive off a dock, knocked the wind out of herself and was weakly struggling in the water, unable raise her arms or call for help.
2. A parent was "keeping an eye on" their toddler at a pool, and while they read a book, the toddler fell into the pool and sank to the bottom.
3. A toddler fell into a pool and went under, not making a sound.
4. A toddler fell into a pool and went under, not making a sound.
5. A toddler fell into a pool and went under, not making a sound.
6. A toddler fell into a pool and went under, not making a sound.
7. A 7 year old child was standing on the pool steps and slipped into the water next to the steps. They were unable to swim and were starting to go under when adults spotted them.

Drowning tends to be silent and fast. What the article says about how to spot drowning is critical knowledge, plus not taking your eyes off a small child who's near or in the water.
12:03 am
Party Thanks, Lost & Found, Important Stuff, and The Party Invite List
Party Thanks:
It was a good party and the rain held off until the fire performances were done. After that, the tent canopies proved their worth.

Thank you to everyone who came and made the party. Extra thanks to everyone who helped with setup, cleaned, put up signs, set up the tents, brought tasty food and drink, grilled, shuttled people to & from Oak Grove, replenished supplies, hauled trash and recycling, cleaned up, took down the tents, and did all the things that help keep the party running smoothly.

Lost & Found:
Aside from a few items that people emailed us about and a couple items that we've already emailed the owners about, there's nothing found here. (This is a first!) If you're missing anything from the party, please let us know and we'll search for it.

Important Stuff:
Pool safety at our house includes an absolute requirement that a parent or other designated adult be in the pool area At All Times when your child is in the pool area. Please refer to our party document for the specifics: http://www.voluntarycomplexity.com/?page_id=153

We had a near-drowning of a young child at the party, where the parent was absent from the pool area. This cannot happen again. If maintaining our requested level of oversight is too difficult, please stay out of the pool area. Your presence in the pool area means In The Pool Area - not just outside the gate, not just out for a brief moment, not any sort of excuse. This incident was way too close for comfort and anyone not respecting this requirement may be asked to leave the party.

The Party Invite List:
If you're not receiving our party invites and wish to. please email me.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
12:27 am
Gabriel's College Graduation, May 30, 2015
Gabriel&quot;s College Graduation

Gabriel graduated from the University of Delaware on Saturday with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art Conservation and Anthropology. We're quite proud of him.
Monday, May 25th, 2015
11:13 pm
Scott & Rachel’s Parties – How To Get Invited!
1. We’ve changed our parties to be an invited event, though with the intent to invite as widely as is practical. If you wish to be on this list, please let us know your preferred email address. If you have a partner or other significant person who should also be on this list, please send us their email address. If you're already seeing our invites, there's no need to do anything here.

2. Here’s the link to our party rules & policies:

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
12:54 am
Yes Virginia, there is a same-day passport.
Jacob and Talia are involved in the art portion of the Build Peace conference, and both of them were set to fly to Cyprus on Sunday. Unfortunately, Talia had less than 3 months before her passport expired, and found out at the airline ticket counter that the site she'd purchased her flights from had neglected to screen for the passport expiration date. (No, I don't know what site it was but I intend to find out.) Fortunately the US Air ticket clerk was super helpful and was able to get her rebooked for a Monday late afternoon flight with 90% of the re-booking fee waived. That still left her needing to get a new passport in less than a day. And with Monday being a day where nothing was going to be normal in Boston.

Fortunately there was this blog entry on getting a same-day passport. And fortunately we live close enough to Portsmouth, NH. Boston has a passport center, but theirs wouldn't have been able to even see her until 1:30PM on Tuesday. Portsmouth's passport center was able to see her Monday morning (The appointment was made through their automated system on Sunday night) and for less than $200, process her passport renewal (same turnaround as a new passport in this case, but less expensive) in 5 hours. It should have been 3-4 hours but they were having hardware issues and had gotten a lot of desperate folks who couldn't deal with the Boston passport office delay. I can't say enough good things about the Portsmouth passport office - everyone there was incredibly helpful and went out of their way to be nice to a lot of very stressed people.

They had her paperwork sorted by 9:30AM and she had the new passport by 2:30PM. Then we drove through the torrential rain to Logan airport. So now Talia's on her way to Cyprus with her art project, which I'm sure she'll have online when it's all set up.

If you have a passport with only a few months left before it expires and plan to travel out of the US, check the State Department site for passport requirements for your destination.
Monday, March 30th, 2015
11:22 pm
Thankfully, the end of an era
We just made the last college tuition payment. The last time roozle and I felt this way was after the last daycare payment.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
11:49 pm
11:37 pm
Party Thanks and Lost & Found
Hot Foods was a great success, with surprisingly good attendance given the parking challenges. Thanks to all who attended, and particularly to those who brought tasty things, helped with setup and cleanup, wrangled kids, etc.

The Lost & Found list has only one item this time - a pair of brown woolen mittens with thin blue stripes. Contact me to arrange return.

And if you're not receiving our party invites and wish to, please email me.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
1:58 am
New Tarot Card
Tarot card Modalities

The card is called Modalities.
1:54 am
New Tarot Card
Tarot card Air

The card is called Air.
1:47 am
Recent Work
Pentacle Table

This table was a commission from goddessfarmer and occupied most of my art time for 2014 and the beginning of 2015.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
11:53 pm
Scott & Rachel’s Parties – Updated Information!
1. We’ve changed our parties to be an invited event, though with the intent to invite as widely as is practical. If you wish to be on this list, please let us know your preferred email address. If you have a partner or other significant person who should also be on this list, please send us their email address.

2. Here’s a link to our party rules & policies as of Aug 1:

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
12:10 am
Party Thanks and Lost & Found
It was a fine party - we grilled and swam in the sunshine and then grilled and danced in the rain. We said farewell to Summer and now it's Autumn winds.

Thank you to everyone who came and made the party. Extra thanks to everyone who helped with setup, cleaned, put up signs, brought tasty food and drink, grilled, shuttled people to & from Oak Grove, replenished supplies, hauled trash and recycling, cleaned up, took down the tents, and did all the things that help keep the party running smoothly.

And super extra thank you to Hobbit and to Jacob Burke, who brought and set up their tents so we could keep the party going outside during the rain.


The Lost & Found List: (Biggest haul in quite a while!)
Small girl's one-piece bathing suit, multicolored
Small child's white turtleneck longsleeve shirt, size 3T
Black Flipflops
Mauve-ish hoodie, Threads 4 Thought brand
Blue bathing trunks with shark designs
Dark blue bathing trunks with stripe designs down the sides
Black water shirt, Land's End, children's size 10=12
Green hat, National Parks Conservation Association
Black t-shirt, children's size 10=12
Black big longsleeve hoodie padded nylon robe or coat kinda thing
Subaru car key with remote
Timex wrist watch
Blue swim goggles
Glass pattern-cut bowl
Two wooden spoons
11" x 7" nonstick baking pan
Random plastic containers


And if you aren't on the household invite list and want to be, send me email.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
7:19 pm
Scott & Rachel’s Parties – New Information!
1. We’re changing our parties to be an invited event, though with the intent to invite as widely as is practical. If you wish to be on this list, please let us know your preferred email address. If you have a partner or other significant person who should also be on this list, please send us their email address.

2. Here’s a link to our party rules & policies as of Aug 1:

Comments will be screened.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
12:11 pm
Further to the Party Situation
Shira is now attempting to deny that she made a threat to bring the police to our house during the BOS party. Some of this has involved word games, some of this has been completely untrue statements. The actual and complete line in the text sent to a third party who was at our house that night was "Okay. On my way with the restraining order; police to follow." If that's not a threat to bring the police, I don't know what is.

Edit: Comments to the party-related posts have been locked since the threads are beginning to attract outsiders and spambots.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
12:48 am
Scott & Rachel’s Party Policies
Please read all of this. We welcome your questions and comments.

Beginning of Summer, End of Summer, Hot Foods. We love doing these big parties. They’re a huge amount of work but feel like a very worthwhile community event. We really, really appreciate the help that people give with them and are constantly looking for ways to make them a better experience for everyone involved.

This is an update to some parts of our practices and rules in order to keep things running well at our parties. This is not all the party information, just the things that we’d like to emphasize.

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Addendum:

The main purpose of this post is to protect the parties and our ability to keep holding the parties. Just about every line in the original post is a response to real issues that have come up.

Codes of conduct are necessary for organizations. What we have are large but still private parties and we don't think that we need a party code of conduct for our guests. (People are free to disagree with us about that.) What we'd like to see is people self-regulating their interactions as responsible adults, and telling us when that is not working out.

There are people to whom we have not replied directly or addressed their specific concerns. Responding to this situation has taken up an incredible amount of time and energy, and both roozle and I have needed to focus on what we saw as the core issues here. Other issues certainly exist, and may be addressed at another time.

Edit: Comments to the party-related posts have been locked since the threads are beginning to attract outsiders and spambots.
Monday, July 7th, 2014
1:38 pm
Baitcon Ice Cream Flavors: Currantly Stout
This ice cream is flavored with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Black Currants and is possibly the best beer flavored ice cream ever. Even some beer haters like it.

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Big Thanks to weegoddess for the name.
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