Air Disasters

I think that, were I an A-list actor, I would ask for bit parts in Air Disasters.

I would take roles like a random passenger. Non-speaking, maybe three seconds of screen time at most, just something fun for me and for fans.

I’ve seen small time actors from other shows, such as Russell Ferrier (whom I recognized from an Outer Limits episode), which is a treat. But could you imagine spotting Robert DeNiro in the cabin, or Jessica Chastain in the background of a tower scene?

A Random Flamingo

A quick note about the blog’s new name.

While re-watching The Abominable Bride with a clogged ear, I mis-heard a reference to the Obliquity of the Ecliptic.  The resulting phrase, “The Ubiquity of the Ecliptic,” was confusingly vague and mysterious, just like “A Random Flamingo” was.  Perfect for a family journal.

Stage Fright

Giving presentations at work has made me realize something.

I don’t actually have stage fright.

I’m simply afraid of not knowing what the fuck I’m talking about in front of other people.  It happens more often than I care to admit.

I’m perfectly able to get up and talk IF I know the subject, have some idea of what I’m going to say, and have something (anything!) to refer back to in order to help keep me on point.  Like a PowerPoint presentation, or an index card.

All these years I thought it was stage fright that gave me the dry mouth and jitters.  Now I realize that I rarely know anything about anything, and have less to say about anything, and that’s what made me nervous.  Who knew.  (Obviously not me, hardy har.)

In which my new hat is almost patriotic (just not sure for which country)

My knitting mojo is back! I guess the job was making me more nuts than I realized. So glad I found a new one!

I cast on Scopes again. I love the pattern, it is super easy, and it looks amazing. I wanted to use up stash yarn (I’m not quite SABLE, but it’s getting close). Found yarn that refused to be a Christmas stocking, and cast on.

Looking at my color choices later, with the big, bold stripes, I realized something.

“I think I’m making a flag hat by accident.”

Quinn, who is sitting next to me surfing Reddit, looks at the hat, and starts googling for flags with white, red and green.

Depending on where you are in the pattern, a case can be made for the flag of either Hungary or Bulgaria. I still love it. I’m just going to call it the Hungary Bulgarian hat on the project page. ?

The soon-to-be Hungary Bulgarian hat.