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1. Today I am a quarter-century old.

This is important because it's movie-Kirk's age when he gets the Enterprise. I fully expect that the universe will present me with my own starship sometime in the next year, and so, in preparation, I made myself a suitable birthday cake. It is the Shortcake Captain's Chair of Awesome With Pink Sprinkles.



It is kind of a lot of cake for one person to eat, but I did not finish it in time to foist upon my hapless friends. Alas.



Also the candle is bright pink. In case you were wondering.

The truer story is that I have no desire to be captain of anything, ever. But I wouldn't mind the chair.



2. Today I saw this on a crosswalk stripe in Porter Square. OCTOPUS I LOVE YOU!





3. My thesis project involves work in an optics lab, doing opticky stuff. There's a company called Thorlabs that sells useful opticky things like lenses and lasers and frames to hold them in. We ordered a part from them -- a little one-inch circular part, in a two-inch square case, that came packaged in a way-too-large 6-inch rectangular cardboard box. Which, they apparently needed the extra room to send me AN ENTIRE LUNCH SACK FULL OF SNACKS. Like, chips and granola bars and trail mix, SNACKS.


Also, I am convinced the creature is a Gorn.

We ordered some more stuff from them yesterday. I am REALLY EXCITED about what kind of snacks they'll send me. I mean, I am also excited about the lenses we ordered, but -- GORN! SNACKS!

Date: 2010-06-13 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-lep.livejournal.com
That looks like a very tasty captain's chair. Even if there's pink. And no hot captain sitting in it.

Remember: adopt silly accent and say, "I am recently aged one quarter-century." This is advice passed down through me from the mists of time.

Happy birthday again :)

Date: 2010-06-13 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lymanalpha.livejournal.com
It was very tasty. It is very sad that I couldn't give you any, but I suspect you will survive anyway.

About the accent, um, I will leave that to you.

Date: 2010-06-13 10:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] illariy.livejournal.com
Happy Belated Birthday! And many happy returns, of course! :D

The captain's chair is amazing. Pink candle! Love the surprise!octopus on the street. Looks like it's made with a template so perhaps there are others, too. *happy thoughts* The creature strongly resembles a gorn, yes, albeit a domesticated one. Or it is in a consensual slave relationship with one of the larger optical machines. These gorns can be kinky.

Date: 2010-06-13 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lymanalpha.livejournal.com
Hee, thank you!

I really hope that octopus has friends on crosswalks across the city...someday when it is not raining (UGH RAIN) I will go inspect the streets.

Also, kinky gorn! It is totally having a torrid affair with my spectrograph. Or my laser. Or perhaps with this argon lamp, which, um, I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REGARD SERIOUSLY EVER AGAIN:

Date: 2010-06-13 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melithiel.livejournal.com
It's ribbed for your pleasure!

ALSO GLOWY AND PURPLE

WHERE CAN I GET ONE

Date: 2010-06-14 05:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-13 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] anodyna.livejournal.com
I'm so in awe of the dedication that makes you turn your birthday shortcake into a captain's chair when not serving it to a party of 10. If I don't have at least two other people to eat something I'm hard-pressed to put it into a proper dish. When alone I sometimes forego plates. Meanwhile you're all, Captain's Chair! Let's give this blancmange some tentacles!

*tries not to get complex, fails*

Also, I would like the gorn to bring me my snacks from now on. I may or may not be contemplating taking up optics for an excuse to order something. Aaannndd--this is why "gift with purchase" is such an effective marketing technique!

Happy Birthday again, dude, and congratulations on the quarter century. I think turning 25 means your childhood is officially no longer perpetual!

Date: 2010-06-13 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lymanalpha.livejournal.com
Dude, it is because I am serving that shortcake (and the blancmange and everything else) to THE INTERNETS. You know perfectly well that I otherwise subsist on greasy burritos and mattress pizza. I do not even know what a plate is.

So, COMPLEX-GETTING IS NOT ALLOWED and besides, you finished my birthday zombie on time! Which is obvs more than I have done for you, hee! (SPG will get finished someday, I promise! As soon as this week is over I will have more time for it, I hope!)

Gorn snacks are awesome. AWE. SOME. I love Thorlabs. They know the way to my heart.

About being 25, I can feel the senility setting in! Ack! Who am I again? Who are you? What am I doing? O.O

Date: 2010-06-13 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melithiel.livejournal.com
It was your birthday?!? Why do I forget these things? Oh right, because I am not on MyFace. Um, happy belated birthday? I hope watching Sugar and Spice was enough birthday fun for you.

LUCKILY I HAVE ALREADY FOUND THE PERFECT PRESENT

Date: 2010-06-13 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lymanalpha.livejournal.com
ACK!

YES BUT

IS THERE ONE SHAPED LIKE A WINGED RAINBOW WOLFMANBEAST

BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE THAT. IN BED.

Date: 2010-06-13 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melithiel.livejournal.com
Would you rather have the one that made it in to the D&D manual...



or the one that didn't?

Date: 2010-06-13 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lymanalpha.livejournal.com
AAAAAUUUGGGHHHHH nightmares!

...the wolf?...I guess? The little creature is actually almost cute. Looks like my parents' dog, kinda!

Date: 2010-06-14 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emilyadi.livejournal.com
Crap crap crap! I'm sorry I'm late! Happy birthday!! I was in Canada this weekend and phone/computer internet is expensive there. So, happy birthday from America. Also, I might have bed bugs. That or a sunburn.

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