A nice full day

Let be begin with a “pre-script” and say that the nice snowfall on a somewhat icy base let me have the most fun that I can have in a winter parking lot — donuts. Woo woo and yee-haw, I love hillbilly fun!

Setting a bad example perhaps, but I really am safe, and not only that, explain the safety issues when I drive, so I’m not too worried about planting the seeds to a future hooning idiocy accident.

Today was such a full day. We got up early and then took Caitlin to the hospital to get her burn dressings changed after getting Nefarious off to school. After school we did a little work on Christmas presents and of course headed off to Brazilian Jujitsu where Nefarious did her belt test and to all our pride and enjoyment my tough little buttkicker is now the proud holder of a yellow belt. There was some other good news from the dojo as well, first that they’re thinking of running a “light” parents class that’ll run parallel to the children’s class, at the same time, in order to keep the big Larratt on the same page as the small Larratt. I’m not really sure whether my muscles can hadle it since exercise is one of the worst things I can do with my disease (basically the exercise breaks them apart and they can’t put themselves back together again) — to say nothing of the tolerable shame of Caitlin beating me up on a regular basis if she decides to come too. Second good news is that they’re likely adding children’s Muay Thai (ie. kickboxing) classes as well, which Nefarious is very much looking forward to if it happens. She really seems to have found something she enjoys, so I hope that keeps up because it’s such a good influence.

And then after a delicious supper — we’ve been eating well this week — Nefarious and I shot down to Lituania Park and went sledding. Well, she went sledding, as I can’t walk up the hill, but she had plenty of fun racing another kid that was there. Nighttime sledding has such a beauty about it, so late night and missed bedtimes be damned, it’s always worth it. We did read more of the last book of the Garth Nix series, and are going to be done it this week I think which is nice timing as she’s off shortly for a nice Christmas holiday with her mother in Virginia. After we finish this book we’re going to start reading some of the stories from the Bible. Even though we’re atheists, I figure that it’s both important to know your history and culture, and to know your enemy.

I know, I know, no more jiggle pictures is what I said, but it’s just so much fun. I shot a bunch of 3D video as well but have not yet figured out how to post it to YouTube since rather than side-by-side like thy seem to want, it’s interlaced I think.

Finally, I started another fun candle project today after receiving permission — a subincised cock candle, pissing fire I suppose. It’s from a mold taken from “J” (the very first “story of a subincision” interview that was posted on BME way back when and was the clear-spoken and sane inspiration that lauched a thousand scalpels), one of my and one of BME’s heroes. You can click the picture for the uncensored image of the master plug before I built the containment vessel and poured the silicone over everything. I’ve just made one so far, but if people like how it turns out I may continue the series. And of course I can pour this sort of thing in silicone rather than wax for those with more libido than darkness.

Tomorrow it’s back to the post office to ship out some more ModCon books. There are still a few left (look down a few entries if you’re scratching your head and slowly saying “huuuuuh?”), but you’re going to have to let me know real soon if you want it shipped before I go into the hospital for my much needed penis reduction surgery drug stabilization session.

Oh, and I know I already said “finally”, but I was asked to submit a headshot for a friend’s piercing history book which I’m very honored to be included in (more on that later when I know what I can mention and what I can’t), and I wanted to include a part of that picture to highlight something I really don’t like about the Fuji 3D camera — and if I remember right, this problem exists in other Fuji cameras as well. As you can see in the 100% version, they are doing some sort of “median value” type filter, probably to reduce noise, and I just hate what it looks like. It just screams cheap digital camera. It’s subtle, so hopefully it only bothers me.

Jeez I want to finish that tattoo!

Anyway, I wish manufactorers would just create a clean image that’s pretty close to what comes off the sensor. After all, the post-processing software is going to improve in the lifetime of the camera, whereas the camera hardware (and almost certainly the software since very few cameras allow, let alone promote, updates) is going to stay the same… so don’t do me any favors, camera. I don’t think there’s any way to turn this off. God, I must be half asleep, because I just deleted a sentance that said, “but at least I had a wonderful birthday party”. WTF is wrong with me? Oh yeah, I only got three hours of sleep because I stayed up reading a “tell-all” Alcor book. I’ll try and write a review soon but as of now I appear to be rapidly descending into sleep deprived madness.

So with that, I bid you a good night.


  1. Timothy wrote:

    The sentence ending with “for those with more libido than darkness” made me laugh. Well said.

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink
  2. Erica wrote:

    Fight gear for Ari: http://shop.fightergirls.com/categories/LIL-%252d-Fighter-Girls/

    Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  3. Tobias wrote:

    It’s ironic how Atheists have such a great distinct interest and understanding of the Bible, but it’s highly fascinating.

    Friday, December 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  4. Tobias wrote:

    Also, without seeing the full crop without JPEG compression, I’d say the in-camera processor is most likely using a high pass filter to eliminate noise on the final product. It sucks for anyone who notices the affect, but for anyone who doesn’t, all they see are “smoother” filters.

    In something as advanced and niche as a 3d Camera right now, it’s a feature that should’ve been left to programs like Noise Ninja and those of us who know how to deal with that issue.

    Friday, December 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
  5. DIYer wrote:

    My Canon camera has a “raw” setting that produces huuuuge picture files. The default setting makes jpg files which, by definition, are highly processed — they have to do the cosine transforms on the data you know. Canon has software you run on your PC to get a picture out of the raw binary.

    But yeah, I see your point. The filtering step makes some assumptions and then whails away at the data and it can produce artifacts.

    Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  6. The kickboxing class seems to be in an earthquake huh.

    Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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