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Hi, I'm Deborah, I live in , Australia. I am a Gen X parent to and which I toot about liberally.

I am the sysadmin at a plastics company. You can follow the saga at (or mute if you're just here for the pets).

Interests: quilting, maps, crochet, word puzzles, board games, sf, music.

I always CW these topics: food, medical, politics, eye contact. I always provide image descriptions. White supremacists and TERFs will be blocked on sight.

_Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb_ (2020), Netflix (no spoilers) 

A riveting two-hour documentary following a team of archaeologists and anthropologists over six weeks in 2019 as they excavate ancient Egyptian burials at Saqqara, just outside Cairo. To see these scientists’ joy as they come across their unique discoveries is itself a joy.

Started the sandwich. The machine has a stitch which looks like hand-stitched running stitch. From a distance it’s fairly convincing!

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I have no idea what this colour (195) is doing in my partner’s needlework stash. It’s very unicorn-poo and I can’t imagine it being needed in any of her projects. Suspect it was a windfall included in a $5 Nordic Needle grab-bag.

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Today will be a day of listening to test cricket and quilting.

C shanty 

void main int arg c
char star star arg v
if arg c less than two
slash slash Now we are through

else put s arg v
[ arg c less equals one ]
return main arg c
arg v plus one

Handy-dandy reference for weird English words like “thither” and “whence” 

here = this place
there = that place
where = what place

hither = to this place
thither = to that place
whither = to what place

hence = from this place
thence = from that place
whence = from what place

Pigeon (no not that pigeon), cat 

Sophie cornered a fledgling pigeon, too young to fly, on Sunday. She had no idea what to do with it but wouldn’t stop bothering it. So I relocated it and grounded Sophie for the day. Tried to feed it bugs, worms, seed, but I don’t think I had the correct technique. Later that day it was gone.

The next day, Sophie found it again and bothered it again. I shooed it into the garden beds and later I saw it there with some other pigeons. Haven’t seen it since. 🤞🏻

Sea Shanties 

One of the few good memories I have from high school was music class, where one of the assignments was to make a four-part harmony arrangement of _Botany Bay_ which would then be performed on instruments by classmates. Damn, I rocked at that. I made a baroque fugue arrangement with counterpoint from another folk song, and I made a New Orleans jazz arrangement in swing time on a blues scale.

I would like to move to the universe where these arbitrary decisions were made instead of the mess that happened in ours:
• Electrons are assigned a positive charge.
• Domain names are written “com.example.www”.
• Pi is the ratio of circumference to radius of a circle.
• Humans have sixteen fingers and thumbs, or at least a power of two.

Have you heard of the Royal game of Ur?

It's a 4000 year old game found in a royal gravesite in the ancient city of Ur. What's truly amazing about it is that we've also found a clay tablet with the rules for it! The oldest rule book in the world!

I had not heard of it, until I found this beautiful Free and open source online digital version of it! It looks great, and it's fun too! And you can play two player locally

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

royalur.net/ #game

While I was playing with my photos I found these lovely pics from the morning our cruise took us to Monet's garden at outside Paris. It was like stepping into his paintings.

(Real Camera is Olympus E-M1 Mark II with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 prime at f/4 and 125 ms. It makes a great portrait lens given it's mainly for macro photography.)

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Did a photo shoot of the quilt with the Real Camera outside in natural light today and Sophie had to assist.

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