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July 14th, 2018
02:06 pm


Ask the Square Dance Guru
Well, my personal Stanford website is gone, the copy at Dosado.com is gone, and Comcast no longer has personal web pages, so I guess this is the right place for the Square Dance Guru web page.  It's too big for LJ, so (until I break it into separate and comment-friendly posts) here's the index, and the links should go to my Dreamwidth post:

Ask the Square Dance Guru

The Square Dance Guru (aka Stewart Kramer) will answer your most probing questions about square dancing.  Permission is granted to freely distribute the wisdom of The Guru, but impersonators will be persecuted to the fullest extent of the low.

Unsure? Confused? Squarebroken? If the hissy fits, send email to: zipperbear@gmail.com, and all will be explained. (Note: The old address at forsythe.stanford.edu is scheduled to stop working at the end of 2003.  Please use the new address instead!) [2018: All of my addresses at stanford.edu have stopped working.]


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October 23rd, 2016
08:58 pm


Even the clocks are strange

At MSP, on our way to state capitol #42 for us:

As we continued down the concourse into normal spacetime, we found monitors that said 2:37pm.  I'm not sure that 14:35pm is actually wrong (since it is in fact after midday), but I wonder what 14:35am would mean.

This jetlag stuff can get serious.

Current Location: St. Paul, MN

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September 12th, 2015
05:34 pm


50th Birthday
My real birthday party will be at the Albuquerque A&C fly-in, but my folks volunteered to host a local get-together at their house in San Jose.

It'll be an open house 2-5pm (so people can stop by after the SCVSDA Jubilee). My real birthday (the following weekend) conflicts with the Quads Hoedown, Folsom Street Fair, SF Queer Longhair party, and Stanford's first week of fall classes.

It would be handy to know how many people might show up -- feel free to RSVP by joining the FB event or commenting here on LJ. Info with map and details:

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June 11th, 2015
06:00 pm


Replacing the fence, and the sewer, too!

After we scheduled the fence replacement, the plumber who snaked out the clogged sewer line showed us that there were roots growing in it.  Orangeburg pipe's useful life is "about 50 years under ideal conditions" according to Wikipedia. Ours held out for 55 years so I guess we're lucky. The people up and down the block had to replace theirs throughout the 1990's so we were hoping that ours had already been replaced.

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April 5th, 2015
08:30 pm


Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel

Jonathan shared it on Facebook, and I thought it was cute.  There's also a "making of" video, which was also interesting.

Current Location: visiting Green Valley, AZ

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August 30th, 2013
12:44 pm


I hope their goal isn't hurting people.
This flyer was on my door last night:
I'm not sure "bringing the love and power of God to hurting people" is as well-phrased as it could be.

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September 18th, 2012
09:57 pm


After the A&C fly-in in Denver, we flew to Montana. We did the self-guided tour of the state capitol in Helena. We didn't find any handbaskets in Helena.

We had lunch at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park.  We saw a few glaciers there, but they were small.

Also, due to the hydroelectric dams, the "Electric City" of Great Falls has no falls at all.

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May 30th, 2009
08:14 am


Bend that puppy?
The day we returned the rental car (a Ford Focus), we noticed a strange button:

I assume it doesn't do this:

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May 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm


Paradox Store
We went to the Paradox Store, but they had no paradoxes. I can't decide if that's paradoxical or not.

And the Ti Ferry runs on steel cables, not titanium. Really, you can't trust anything around here.

Current Location: 12858

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December 14th, 2008
01:14 pm


My mother was born in Illinois, so I can bad-mouth the place. The New York Times has "In Illinois, a Virtual Expectation of Corruption" as a headline. Even here in California, when I search Yahoo! News as of today, the Sponsor Results are still offering me my own chance at bribery:


Clicking on the link, I'm not sure why the category "Perfumes and Colognes" includes the Large 4x6 Illinois State Flag. Shouldn't flags smell more like napalm in the morning?

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