Portland

It’s JUNE! YAY!

So many weekends this month, so much time for activities, such good weather in the forecast!

Memorial day weekend was pretty fun. Check out my instagram for a photo gallery of activities.

Things to note: Mia hissed at me once, BUT also let me boop her nose. Husband is hella jealous, muahahahaha. Also, went on a 10 mile bike ride for the first time in a LONG time. By long time I mean probably close to a decade. That was Monday…today is Friday…my legs are back to normal, but my butt bones…I need a new bike seat.

The bike seat I have came with the bike when we bought it. It looks like it is original to the bike, which is at least 25-30 years old. Le-sigh… Oh little blue bike… how cute you are, but you are HEAVY.


So what’s with my post title? I went to the dentist! (This week has been basically a bunch of new old stuff). My last cleaning was 5 years ago when I was 26 (Thanks Obama). And apparently my teeth are awesome! And my dentist hates my permanent retainer, more than I hate my permanent retainer. But, with the way things were…super gross sorry, they cleaned me up and I’m happy to report I have zero cavities, teeth are looking great, but I do have gingivitis. Boo…but what do you egg-spect!?!! LOL

All in all, good report card for being a lazy ass.

I do have to say thought that Willamette Dental is super awesome and I wouldn’t feel guilty, embarassed, or obligated to return to them.

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LOL so there were some people freaking out over a few trash can fires and a broken window downtown calling it a “riot”….LOL

Ok and past that, nothing has happened. At least, I haven’t heard of anything happening. Which in of itself probably means May Day is getting less attention because of other bullshittery. Such as – the new chair of the FCC trying to reclassify the internet so that we can all get throttled and charged up the ass by cell/net carriers…..great.

If you’re curious to take action:

#nsfw, #nsfc

Go…now…

Contact your representatives. All of you. NOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!

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INCOMMING PHOTODUMP! XD

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Ok I really shouldn’t write up what I’m making for gifts…but I waited too long so most everyone is getting hats!

So what’s been going on lately? I’m a sucker for turn based strategy games.

This past weekend was the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I didn’t take any pictures though. =( Boo, I totally should have. The Unipiper was there, huge gaming arcade was there, KILLER QUEEEEEEN, and I managed to only buy two games this year, both for my 3DS. (In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch being backwards compatible, yes?)  Continue reading Christmas Plans

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I’m not feeling it.

I’ve always believed local government was more productive, more willing to listen, more able to act at a moment’s notice. The past year has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and dos and don’ts. All of this culminating in what I’d like to be proud of my city for, but I’m not.

  • Our state governor is so ineffectual, he let his dick make costly decisions on our behalf. He’s been governor before, was a very popular politician, and should have know better than to stick his dick in crazy.
  • Our city mayor is so ineffectual, even he knows it. He didn’t even bother to run for a second term.
  • Our police is so ineffectual, even they know it. They’re underfunded, overworked and under paid, given contradictory orders, given hell and then some by us for being mindless sheep, and no one wants to be a police officer.

I’m not feeling it.  Continue reading Not Feeling It.

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Two weeks into our third year of marriage and I have to say I’ve gotten two things that I severely needed, more than jewelry, more than yarn (yep):

  1. Emotional support
  2. Family time

At the beginning of the month we had a surprise visit from my cousin Janet and her husband Kannan. We had just seen them in California the weekend before for their wedding. Later, her sister Laura flew in and we all went out to lunch! omnomnomnom, Thai street food!

Kannan, Janet, Laura, JD

And of course, my husband has to make a weird face. lol

Laura stayed a few days and we hung out talking about everything from makeup, to family, to life in general. Made me so happy to be able to reconnect with my cousins even though we haven’t had quality time since…I don’t even remember. It’s been too long! I sometimes play with the idea of going south for the winter to see my family, but something always manages to come up, distract, or drain my holiday funds before I can settle on an itinerary.

The next day we went around and showed Laura Mississippi Ave and walked around for a little bit. I found some HUGE textile bobbins at a shoes store!

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all the tokyo milk

We also happened upon a shop that sells the entire range of Tokyo Milk! This pretty much sets me up for life for gifts for a particular friend. Never have to worry about what to get her ever again and I get to support a local small business! Double win for me! =D Flutter also has an assortment of cute hair accessories, notebooks, magnets, and other useful house ware nick-knacks.

As we wandered we ran into a friend of ours, Lauren. She was there with a friend on the hunt for lunch. Laura later noted that she really liked the fact that one could wander down a street and run into someone you know. That’s something I feel is very positive Portland and common for smaller-mid size communities.

Though we’ve had a huge influx of people over the past 5 years that small-town feel is somehow surviving. I’m happy that there’s still some positive in the sea of overwhelming negative (homeless population in Portland seems like it’s about 20% because of how much it is reported, and how little the city is active in improving the situation).


Anyways, after my cousins visited that Tuesday the 6th was our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Lucy on the toilet

Lucy also enjoys the toilet on occasion. She sat and waited while we were getting ready to go out. She doesn’t like being left out of the know. Her mood since we’ve been back from Europe doesn’t seem to have changed as much as when we left for a week last year for Costa Rica. Maybe 2 and a half weeks is too long and she forgot about us?

In any case, I think from now on we’ll only do a week at a time if possible. She’s getting older, and calmer thankfully, but still a wiley little butt-munch that needs our full attention, when she wants it, at her convenience, because cat.

2nd wedding anniversary

We dolled up and headed out to Hokusei, which is now Fukami. Had geoduck and Uni nigiri for the first time and I think I’m hooked! Geoduck is much tastier than muscles, scallops, clams, surf clam, and ika combined! It’s like all of them in one gloriously sweet and savory semi-solid textured omnomnom. And Uni. omg Uni.

Fukami itself is a really great experience. There are two menu items and a nigiri menu. They had real wasabi root that they ground fresh for each piece of nigiri as well as a curated set of dishes and a dessert. The dining room is limited to the counter and one 4-top table. It’s very intimate and you get to chat with the chefs too.


This past weekend we also went out and walked around a bunch, just my Jonathan and me. The master plan was to hit the Rose City Comic Con, but we didn’t quite make it there. Instead we did about 30 miles of urban exploration over two days.

I’d post our route, but I don’t want to publicly post where I live…so…just trust that we walked a lot haha.

The community mural on 39th between Belmont and Hawthorne has some new additions:
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All the Toast Ghosts had different quips and one liners. This one is my favorite of the loaf.

Obnoxiously, it seems some pea-brained gangster-wannabe spray painted a gang sign over an actual art piece that was posted up there. =( Fortunately there are plenty of other contributions that don’t appear to be negatively affected.

…now that I look at it I should have gotten a better shot of the mountain and moon triangle piece in the bottom left corner. Oh well, it doesn’t look like it will rain soon so I may be able to get back there in time for a good photo of it.


At the waterfront I finally decided to take a picture of this weird sticker. I’ve seen it before on a few occasions, but yesterday it really was shouting out to me. How can I say no to neon and clip art?

I can say no to going to their website. Anyone out there brave enough to grab some screenshots for me?

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Also, Mr. Grumpus

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At Mt Tabor yesterday there were also a lot of photo opportunities. I got a few shots of the reservoir and the downtown cityscape behind it.

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So I don’t consider myself exactly photogenic, but I enjoy the occasional couples selfie. Husband…not as enthusiastic. haha
img_5126 img_5127On our way down to the lower reservoir the road twists around the northern part of the park towards a switchback to get to the upper reservoir gate. There a Caterpie pokemon spawned at the same time I saw a real caterpillar in the road! He was quite a fat and juicy looking specimine that probably fell off of a tree branch high above us.

Naturally I wanted to save it. I like small weird squishy bug type things (spiders not included).

It was decided that the little guy was not a Caterpie, but a Weedle. As Jonathan went to scoop it with a leaf it flailed quite wildly and almost pricked him with the horn on it’s head.

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A caterpillar with a horn, definitely a Weedle! He tried again with a stick, and the caterpillar struck again at the stick. Pokemon: the struggle is real, in the wild. Unfortunately, with direct sunlight the camera app in the Pokemon Go game is really terrible. The graphic for the Caterpie is pretty good while the fat, juicy, green caterpillar is all washed out. It was nearly as green as the Caterpie.

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Finally reaching the lower reservoir via some precariously steep and narrow concrete access stairs I grabbed another shot of the area. I’m not sure who’s idea it was that our reservoirs look like castles, but I thoroughly enjoy our gothic looking architecture. I think these may have been built in or around the same era as a lot of the work done along the Historic Columbia Highway, Highway 26 to the coast in the Cascade mountain range, and Route 101 along the coastline. There are very similar ramparts along the roads at various vista points and pullouts.


Work has begun on the technical spinning project I have planned. So far so good on the Zwarbles sample I have. It’s surprisingly incredibly easy to draft!

Here’s a few upclose shots of the fiber:

zwarbles sample zwarbles So far it seems the fiber has been expertly prepared. I’m excited about this because I like spinning natural fibers to ply against more colorful custom dyed commercial tops.

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I had this post title written and sitting in draft mode for almost two weeks. For two weeks I spent my days forgetting about it, agonizing over whether or not a little bit of self-pity was needed, and then promptly forgetting about it again. Over the past weekend I have spent approximately 18 hours outside of my comfort zone in two bits of 9 hour increments.

I was at Devsignercon.

My comfort zone over the past two years has been me, my self, my husband, my cat, my family, my knitting, my self-loathing, my job, my social foul-ups, my social anxiety, my Facebook account, and more of my cat. This had to change. Everything HAS to change. And the reality is that it has all stayed the same, and has even gotten better.

Nothing changed, and yet it got better? Yes.

I don’t think the old Nike addage of “Just Do It” applies appropriately, but I threw my hat back into the volunteer ring as a way to gently reintroduce myself to the idea that I have something to offer to the technology community and there would be people there to commiserate and consider my opinion. This may have been the best decision I have made in the past year, and there is no room in my tired brain for regrets.

The Sessions:

(and some of my notes)

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Devsigner – Peter Ramsing

  • Don’t sacrifice Best to do Good.
  • Get feedback: ask someone “Who am I to you?”
  • Practice mindfulness consistency
  • Learn by teaching
  • Make a mission statement for yourself
  • Record everything: failures, successes, everything.
  • Reflection is not deprecating

10 Tools that make Designer and Developer Communication Easy aka Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the Digital Age – Cesar Jimenez

  • Interdisciplinary thinking is key
  • Learn who the other person is, not what they are to the company as an employee
  • Innovation comes from research and conceptualizing the solution
  • Research -> Concept -> Evaluation ->Implementation = Creative Process cycle
  • Use an enabler be it a manager, team leader, or other source, especially for conflict resolution
  • Define roles early and stick to them, but this doesn’t mean tunnel vision on only your part of the project
  • Have a robust feedback mechanism: action -> effect -> action -> effect, etc.
  • Invest in other disciplines, the project is a continuous group effort.
  • Toolbox: xScope, Avocode, Simpli, Appetize.io, Beanstalk, Invision, Marvel

Impostor Syndrome – Dan Linn

  • We are not doing cookie cutter work, it is different every time.
  • What are my triggers?
  • No one expects you to be a rainbow unicorn glitter shitting ninja, and they should not be
  • Test driven personal development: abstract what is an incredibly emotional situation into a logic pass/fail flowchart until you figure it out
  • What is the real bar and who has the real authority for defining success and failure?

My Name is Not Diversity or How to Mentor Outside your Comfort Zone – Letta Raven

  • Mentorship is a Partnership
  • Acclimate to the work culture, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with expecting that same consideration for yourself and your unique culture and background of life experiences
  • The workplace is a bubble, feedback must be acceptable and accepted by everyone
  • Sometimes those hard conversations need to happen, process, but always in a forward motion

Roadrunner Rules aka A Guide for Design Systems – Micah Godbolt (keynote)

  • Design systems are analogous to the systems found in academic linguistics
  • Visual organization as a design system create a visual language that has a common goal and common intention to that of written / verbal language
  • Three points of a shared vocabulary for design: Dialect, Jargon, and Slang
  • Rules:
    1. Methodology
    2. Single Source of Truth
    3. Single Responsibility
    4. Flat single selector
    5. Asset Guidelines
    6. Custom Rules (rules for our design universe)
      1. Visible
      2. Agreed Upon
      3. Actionable

Integrating Pattern Lab Prototyping into a CMS Build – Evan Lovely (workshop, ermahgerd Twig)

  • With group effort, any command line code can be properly figured out and executed
  • Pattern Lab 2 is a little platinum nugget spit shined with diamond filament
  • You really need to see the notes of the talk to go through the workshop and see for yourself.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Images – Jessica Tate

  • All .png’s were not created equal (lossless compression)
  • DO NOT save a jpeg repeatedly (lossy compression)
  • .gif is only valid as an animation
  • Golden Rules for Exporting:
    1. Save the correct file type in context
    2. Save the correct size: largest common denominator
    3. Always pixes, never inches (DPI is a lie)
  • Save for the web in CC Photoshop is being depricated
  • CC Photoshop supports type extensions in layer names to auto-generate subfolder structure and content exporting (Export as -> CCPS watches the parent folder)
  • Retina rule of thumb: produce images twice the pixel size -> developer must scale down via css 50%

Overall, how do I feel about this weekend beyond all the awesome sessions I was able to attend? Well for starters I talked and shook hands with a community of like minded people seriously engaged, plugged in, and willing to step forward and share their knowledge. I felt genuinely welcome to be there though I had been out of the loop for more than two years.

TWO YEARS.

In the words of a friend (paraphrasing, lol): You’re back from the dead. You should come hangout at Saturday’s Mentor meet-up at Metal Toad.

There’s so much in web-dev technology that has changed, but these people have stayed the same hardworking, dedicated, open minded and open hearted, welcoming, inclusive, sharing, creative, innovative, productive, humble, exciting, and exuberant bunch that made me want to come to these events back when I was doing just CSS and doodling basic layout architecture with a pen in a notebook.

And I’m so glad to be back and just listen and absorb and relate, and be a soundboard for all the enthusiasm, problem solving, information sharing, and tool sharing that invariably happens around too much coffee and too little sleep.

And I have nothing to be afraid of.

Special thanks to Greg, Chris, Marlene, Dan, Oliver, and Mikaela…

And also the 10k Pokemon Go egg that hatched on my way home. Aerodactyle…awww yis!

 

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Hah yes I am playing Pokemon Go.

And yes, I am getting out there and walking around, and feeling great!

The game has been launched for a little over a week now and it seems the Portland area has really taken to it. I see people in parks, on sidewalks, in cars (even Lyfts), playing this game! Adults mostly, but I have seen a few teens heads down at a Pokestop with a lure popped.

So far here’s what I’ve discovered in game play:

  1. Level up! Levels will determine what CP pokemon you’ll be able to catch and what you encounter.
    • Level 5 you pick a team: Valor, Mystic, or…that yellow one?
    • Level 10 you get Raspberries
    • Level 12 you get Great Balls
  2. Pokemon
    • The Pokemon are everywhere. Literally. Thankfully Niantic has not placed Pokemon in busy streets and freeways. They mostly pop in green areas and inside city blocks…and yes even in your home!
    • The original 150 are available to catch and evolve
    • Pokemon Eggs are back with your own unlimited incubator. You can get 3 time use incubators from Pokestops or the Pokeshop
  3. Gyms
    • Get with your team and go hit a gym! The highest gym I’ve seen is level 8. That means 8 Pokemon can be set there to defend the gym
    • You can gain Pokecoins and items for holding a gym with your pokemon
    • One Pokemon per gym
    • Fight a gym that is on your team to beef it up! Points matter folks! These are 1 on 1 battles.
    • Fight a gym that is not on your team to topple the king! This is a 6 on (whatever the gym level is and pokemon stored there). So you could potentially take down a gym with 1 Pokemon, if you’re lucky.
  4. Pokedex
    • Pokemon you’ve seen or caught will get registered in the Pokedex
    • You can hold 250 Pokemon at any given time
    • Transfer Pokemon to the Professor to gain an additional Pokecandy of that type
    • Nidoran? Nidoran.
  5. Exploration
    • Pokemon nearby will appear in a menu.
    • Choose one to track! The tracker will blip green if you’re headed in the right direction.
    • 3 paws, it’s far. 2 paws it’s probably about 2 blocks away. 1 paw you’re almost there! No paws, stop moving and wait for the game to update! XD

There have been a lot of unfounded reports of assault and weird shit happening to Trainers. And there have been some that turn out to be unfortunately true. I recommend not going it alone. Pokemon Go is best played with friends anyways, so do it! Go get your friends and explore your neighborhood!

I will post more as I find out more about the game play. So far. Five stars. Hehe.

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