A science geek and knitter talks about random stuff.


Posted by knitpicking on 16 November 2007


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Remind Me Never To Fly On Nepal Airlines

Posted by knitpicking on 10 September 2007

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

“The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights,” said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Local media last week blamed the company’s woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities.

I wonder if they served the goats as the in-flight meal.

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Mystery Stole 3: Clue 1 Done

Posted by knitpicking on 9 September 2007

In my defense, I didn’t start on the stole until a couple of weeks ago.


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I’m In!

Posted by knitpicking on 22 August 2007

After over 2 months of waiting, I’m finally in at Ravelry. I have to admit that it annoyed me to hear everyone ooh and ahh over how cool it was when I couldn’t get in yet. I’ve played around there for a bit and it is pretty great. I see myself spending quite a bit of time there.

In other news, I finished the shawl that has taken me a year to finish. The Pawprint Shawl by Lorna’s Laces:

Pawprint Shawl

It is my first lace project. It wasn’t difficult or anything, just a bit tedious at times. And blocking it so that the yarn-overs at the edge stood out was a pain Thank goodness for blocking wires, or I would still be pinning it.

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“Order of the Phoenix”? I Think I’ll Pass.

Posted by knitpicking on 8 July 2007

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a Harry Potter fanatic. I have a wand. I even have a Time-Turner (sadly, non-working). I have all of the books, and I have (with one exception) read them multiple times. The one that I cannot bring myself to read again is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And so I may break from tradition and skip the movie.

SPOILER ALERT: To anyone who has not read the book and plans to see the movie, you may not want to read the rest of the post, as I am going to discuss exactly why I didn’t like the book. In doing so, I may reveal details that would be considered spoilers. You have been warned.

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Braces Update

Posted by knitpicking on 2 July 2007

It’s day 432 of my life in braces. I haven’t posted about it in a while, so I think that it’s time to do so.

The good news – I’m done with elastics for at least a while. I had my premolars extracted before the braces were put on because my teeth were way too crowded. As a result, I have a gap on each side, top and bottom, where the teeth used to be. Most of the effort in recent months has been devoted to closing the gaps, starting with the bottom first. With the help of wearing elastics for what seemed like forever, the lower gaps are closed. Actually, the bottom seems to be pretty much done now. Yay! They’re hanging out in an 18×25 wire with a powerchain across all teeth.

The bad news – I still have gaps on top. My ortho has been working on getting them closed, using coil springs from my molars to my canines. It’s working slowly, but has had some unintended side effects. Most notably, some of my teeth have become rotated during the process (or so my ortho says – I can’t really see it). So I’ve been downgraded back to an 18 round NiTi wire, with steel ties on the wayward teeth. Steel ties have a lot less give than the elastomeric ligatures (duh), so they are used when you really want to wrangle the teeth into shape. Or, in orthodontic speak, when you want the teeth to be “highly activated”. I have found that “highly activated” means “those teeth are going to hurt like hell”. 😦

In all, there’s progress, but it’s agonizingly slow. My impatient nature wants everything to be done now, so I have to remind myself that it will be done eventually. I just need to keep repeating, “It will be worth it. It will be worth it…”.

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