May 29, 2007

Image Node presents The Mini-Mad Scientist’s Ball, June 9. Join us!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin A @ 1:06 pm

Camp Image Node presents
The Mini Mad-Scientist’s Ball

Cosmonauts unite! And join us once again in our ambient wonderland! We
have grown to love our miniaturization, chilling in a Petri dish while
sipping an extremely tiny space-Daquiri. Relax to dub, ambient, and
nerdcore/glitch-hop as our skilled technicians take you away to Space
Station Prog, our 400 sq ft mylar-lined inflatable in a beautiful loft
in the West Village. Let a thousand blinkies bloom! Only 100 tickets
will be sold, so make sure to RSVP.

Morgan Packard (Microcosm)

Live PA:
Autophage & Prototype
Zemi17 (http://www.zemi17.net


Saturday June 9
10 PM – 5 AM

Tickets $10 presale via Paypal, $15 @ door.
RSVP to Twin A before it’s too late!
Buy presale tickets via Paypal at
Location provided only to RSVPers the week of the event.

Costume ideas: Beep bloop blorrp, tiny space monkey, Zergling, mini-Mars
rover, Cory Doctorow’s homunculus, bearstronaut.

May 27, 2007

Nothing is more frustrating

Filed under: PolenPoker, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 11:48 am

than seeing low hands in your hold em tournaments and pairs in your razz game.

That is all.

May 25, 2007

Polenblog Is GO!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin A @ 10:34 am

OK. So I’m a crappy server administrator. But I’ve managed to cobble together a new box, which is about 5 or 6 times faster than the old box, and upgraded the blog software, and installed a new spam-killer which will hopefully keep us spam-free and running like shit through a goose who just, like, found a half-eaten box of Ex-Lax in a NYC Trashcan, and has proceeded to gobble said Ex-Lax, and is now going to be a Youtube superstar.

I’m going to go back to posting not that much, as I can’t find much bloggy time.

But check out the simple, elegant, relatively ugly Image Node redesign, will ya? It has lots of pictures in the gallery, at least.

Thank you Twin A!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:49 am

We had some more server issues, but it looks like A has fixed everything. And you can’t see it, but the new back end is, well, pretty freaking sexy.

I’m really glad we have a three day weekend. We have some fun things planned - the party at the Hayden planetarium tonight, some parties on Saturday, chillin’ and maybe poker on Sunday, and more chillin’ Monday. NICE.

Oh, did you see the LOLPresidents on Fark yesterday? Absolutely amazing. Check them out!

May 16, 2007

The Austin Report - Part 2

Filed under: Globetrotting Elititude, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 2:51 pm

Slightly condensed, since it’s so late:

On Friday, we met a friend of Catherine’s who drove in from Houston - we went out for a very late Mexican breakfast, where I ordered an omelet with cactus in it, which I was really enjoying until I got a big mouthful of jalapeno. Mom used to put everything in the blander growing up, and while I can handle wasabi, for some reason jalapeno puts me in misery. I ate around them as best I could, but I kind of lost my appetite. We then drove out to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, but upon arrival discovered it was closed for the day for a private event. Boo! We headed back into town and parked near the river, and decided to walk down there for a little while, checking out the bridge where all the bats live, all the plants, and a bunch of neat birds (I declared myself the King of the Grackles, similar to Twin A, who years ago declared himself King of the Sea Gulls). I called K a few times, and we made tentative plans to try and meet up before the evening event she had planned. Coming up from the river walk, we looked for a coffee shop that wasn’t a Starbucks, but somehow after walking for what seemed like an hour, we couldn’t find one, and ended up at a hotel coffee shop that was actually one after all. It had couches, and for the next two hours, probably to PSB and her friend’s dismay, I was too tired to go anywhere or do anything, practically falling asleep a few times as I sipped on my mocha. Eventually we motivated ourselves enough to go get some dinner, so I called Gavagirl, who recommended a Thai restaurant somewhat nearby - we headed over and got a table, eventually she got there, and we all enjoyed a tasty dinner. PSB gave Katy Cox, the old Moth violinist who moved to Austin last year, a call, and she said to come meet her at a bar before she was supposed to play (at midnight). Meanwhile, no word from Jefe, who we thought would be done with work and could meet us. We drove over to the bar, but strangely it wasn’t open yet (at 9:30 p.m.???), so we stopped to get some ice cream at Amy’s (MMMmmmmmm!!!), eventually the bar opened and we headed up for a drink. Katy came up, Gavagirl called Jefe to discover that he got held up at work and was completely wiped, and as PSB’s friend was staying at a hotel, Gavagirl drove us back to Jefe’s place (she lives in the same building complex). Jefe’s place was cute, and included two beasts, Mr. Orange, and Toe Vegas, the Laziest Cat in the World. PSB and I conked out shortly thereafter. I was very sad to not to have gotten to see K again, but was so happy to have hung out with her the night before. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

Saturday: PSB had other friends who lived about an hour out from Austin, and they drove in and met PSB, Jefe, and I for an awesome brunch right near where we were the night before, and on the way there, we got to wander into a store or two, including a store filled with kitsch - awesome! PSB’s friends had heard that I like sweet tea, and bought me a gallon of it! It was very kind of them. The best part about it was the brand name: “Chicken Express”. Afterwards, PSB went shopping with her friends, and Jefe took me for a driving tour of part of Austin, and then we went to a billiard hall I noticed during our hikes the day before - the place had a bunch of pool tables, foosball tables, and shuffleboard tables! I would have played shuffleboard, but Jefe didn’t consider them to be much fun, so we cued up instead. After a slow and embarrassing warm up, Jefe and I both managed to put together a few good games. Jefe’s friend, L, from the other night joined us for a bit, then headed off to some sort of fancy shmancy wine and cheese tasting. PSB showed back up, and we solidified plans for the evening - dinner at Baby Acapulco’s, where I would be able to drink an infamous purple margarita, and then go see Katy play in one of her many bands, at a coffee shop just about across the street.

We headed over to Baby A’s, got our table for three turning into five, and ordered our drinks. The purple margarita came - they’re made with Everclear instead of tequila. I have to say, yes, they’re tasty, and yes, they pack a punch. L and Katy eventually showed up, and we all chowed down - the food was a step above ChiChi’s (if anyone remembers what ChiChi’s is) - decent, but not amazing. We then headed over to the coffee shop for Katy’s show. Here’s the band’s MySpace page. They sounded great. I also got to chat with the singer/guitarist, Jenny, who as I found out, went to Vassar! We tossed Dutchess County humor back and forth for a bit. I had a relatively early plane the next morning, and PSB was still wiped from the show, so we headed back after the show.

Sunday: the purple margarita reared its ugly head. I wasn’t hung over, but I did not feel good. Jefe drove me out to the airport, and on the way, I realized that we had left the sweet tea in the car overnight, and that it was not going to be the best thing to try and put in my suitcase, nor was I going to be able to bring it on the plane, so I chugged as much as I could on the way over. God, it was really really good.

May 14, 2007

Help out a different friend (and a lot of other people, too!):

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:06 pm

From my friend Caroline, a big muckamuck at Playwrights Horizons:

4th Annual Off-Broadway Blood Drive

Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street

Monday, June 11, 2007



Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Close to 2,000 men, women, and children, including cancer, transplant and surgery patients, trauma victims, newborn babies, and many more in our community need blood EVERY DAY. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply.

Before you try to donate, you should know the most common reasons for deferral:

Low iron. (Remember to each iron-rich foods as we get closer to the blood drive.)
Recent surgery
Recent tattoo/piercing
Travel/residence in certain countries. (The list of travel sites that require deferral changes frequently. Check with the NY Blood Center for the most current list.)
Homosexual and bisexual men are not permitted to donate blood *

The donation times are every 15 minutes from 12:30-5:45pm. To sign up for a time, contact Caroline Aquino at 212-564-1235 x3136 or You can drop by without an appointment, but to avoid a lot of waiting around, please try to sign up for a specific donation time.

Whether or not you are able to donate blood, I hope you will PASS THIS E-MAIL ON TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. We had 45 people sign up last year and had 37 pints of blood donated. We’re hoping to go above and beyond those numbers this year. After your donation, you will be served yummy baked goods and sweets!

* In accordance with FDA regulations, blood centers defer all men who have sex with men. Many blood centers, including the New York Blood Center, have periodically questioned the FDA concerning these guidelines, including whether or not there is sufficient scientific evidence to support them. As recently as this past March, at an FDA conference regarding this issue, the New York Blood Center expressed opposition to the current deferral criteria. If you are opposed to the deferral criteria – whether you plan to donate blood or not – you can write to the FDA and/or voice your concern to your state senator and representative. We will have letters to the FDA at the blood drive so that anyone that comes to donate can sign a letter. But please, for those who are eligible, please do not let your outrage over this rule keep you from donating; blood is sorely needed.

May 10, 2007

The creeping headache of doom

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 9:04 am

I woke up yesterday with what I thought could be the start of a sore throat - very dry and sort of achy. I tried to stay hydrated all day, and I bought some vitamins to start taking again. I’d been taking them for years, then sort of stopped. One of my exes was very hard core with the whole thing - she took twelve different capsules, never pills, because pills don’t dissolve well. I followed her regimen for a while, but eventually got annoyed taking so many pills, but vitamin B smells so nasty, it used to make me nauseous. This time, I bought pills, but they’re not like those tiny Centrum compressed things - they’re horse pills, and they’re supposed to break down easily. I also got some Omega 3s, as I understand those are supposed to be really good for you as well.

Last night Twin A, PSB and I met up with our friend Leslie at her apartment - Kissyfur was also supposed to come, but she (also) was not feeling well. We had some wine and cheese at Leslie’s, then went to Matador for white sangria and tapas. I only had three glasses of wine/sangria, and had eaten quite a bit, and was hydrated, so there was no chance of getting sick, right?

Nope. At 4 a.m. I woke up with a nasty headache that would not go away. What was really weird about it was that it really hurt if I laid down, but if I was standing, it almost disappeared. I couldn’t really fall back asleep - I’d doze a drop, then wake up, really achy, go get some water to rehydrate (it was also pretty hot in our bedroom - that might have been part of the problem) and go to the bathroom, then lay back down and toss and turn for a while.

Six hours later, I’m on my second dose of Excedrin (I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had to take pain killers more than once for a headache). Needless to say, I’m not in the office. I’m going to go sack out in front of the TV shortly - looking at the monitor isn’t helping my head much.

May 9, 2007

Help out a work friend of mine:

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:22 am

(from my friend Melinda, who helps keep me sane at work)

Hi Everyone, I have created a 27-question survey for my school research
project. Please click on the link below to check it out and take it
ASAP as I need results within 7 days. It won’t take long at all to
complete it. Your answers are confidential!

Please select one answer for each question.

Feel free to forward it on so I can have as many answers as possible,
which will further help my research.


Cut and paste the link if it doesn’t automatically link to the page.

Captured! By Robots at the Luna Lounge

Filed under: HA!, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:11 am

Reading through Gothamist yesterday afternoon, I saw that C!bR were playing - I had no idea JBot and friends were in town, and quickly decided that despite the fact I was really really exhausted from staying up way too late the night before for no good reason whatsoever (stupid internet!), I was going to attend. I called A and B to see if they were interested, and they both said yes, so off we went! We met at the Lounge early, bought tickets, and then went out for tasty Thai food across the street, and then, back for the show.

Here’s a little clip of the opening act, the Teddy Bear Orchestra:

Not their best song, but this video lets you see how cute they are, and how well they rock. JBot apparently programmed these guys in his spare time, that being I have no idea when!!!

Then the covers came off the robot crew, and the rock was kicked up a notch. Here’s a rendition of one of the highlights of the show (sans costumes - this version is from an older show, but it’s the better recording on YouTube):

They also played “I’ll Melt With You”, “Hot Hot Hot” (and got a bunch of hipsters to congo to boot!), and a bunch of originals.

He promised to come back next year with a George W. Bush seven year retrospective. I can’t wait!

May 8, 2007

The Austin Report - Part 1

Filed under: Globetrotting Elititude, PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 10:18 am

Thursday: Despite my best intentions to be on time, I somehow nearly miss my flight out of Newark. Who would have thought that there’d be so many people flying in the middle of the day on a Thursday? The security checkpoint was the only really slow point, and I power walked to the gate, refraining from elbowing the slow walkers on the moving walkways. They were holding the door for me, even though I still had almost 15 minutes to get there! But I made it, and settled down for the flight. I guess three hours and thirty one minutes is the minimum time you need to be in the air to get a movie and more than just a mini bag of pretzels to eat, because the flight at three hours and thirty minutes, we got the shank. I played Lumines II and tried to sleep a bit.

When we arrived, I got my bag and headed over to the taxi stand. I had googled the distance from the airport and the theater, so I didn’t think the cab ride was going to be very much. Once we started out, however, I saw that it was going to be bad. How bad? $30 bad. For what I thought was supposed to be eight miles. I think in order to avoid traffic, we took a much longer route. I’m not sure which would have been better. My cabbie was a very friendly Brazilian musician, and his chatting made me feel a little less bitter about possibly getting screwed.

We arrived at the theater, the Alamo Drafthouse, which is a big theater with built in tables, where you can order food and drinks during the show - there’s enough room between each row so your server can get in, drop off your booze, and get out fast, to minimize screen or show blockage. It’s a great system, and the whole atmosphere of the place is fantastic. There are huge old movie posters everywhere, and a bunch of video games, and a nice little bar outside.

I found PSB and helped the Moth ladies fold programs until the house opened, and then my friends, the lovely sisters Smith (hereby referred to as J and K), arrived. There were huge hugs and lots of laughs, and I met J’s boyfriend, who was very cool. He’s off to his first Burn this year, but he’s been involved with Flipside for a while now. They all headed in to their seats, and I found mine, and ordered up a steak sandwich and a pear cider, both of which were absolutely delicious.

The show was fantastic - Jonathan Ames told his post Christmas binge story, Ophira Eisenberg told her childhood car crash story, and Edgar Oliver told his “escape from Mother” story. I’ve heard all three before, and they’re all favorites. The other storytellers were Kelley Caleb Hunt, who told an extended version of the story that won him the Moth’s “What’s Your Story” contest on MySpace, Tucker Peterson, a local Austin musician who told a fascinating story about his previous life as an outlaw (he used to rob banks!), and Turk Pipkin, an actor from the Sopranos who is also an author and film maker, who talked about a trip he took to India.

During the show I got a message from Gavagirl, a friend of Jefe’s, who said she was at the show - I tried to look for her in the audience as I listened to her message, but to no avail. I finally got a hold of her after the show, but she was tired and wanted to head home - we made plans to meet up the next day.

Afterwards, we headed over to a club called Speakeasy, right around the corner. Downstairs was a nice looking bar, but upstairs, where we headed (I still had my suitcase with me - good thing it was light!), was awesome - a big covered rooftop with huge couches, some as big as beds. J and K were already there, and a bunch of Mothies came up, and we just all sat around and drank and chatted for a while. Jefe finally rolled in - he was unable to get out of work to see the show - with a friend of his, and more drinking and carousing ensued. At some point there was some drink spillage, and I ended up with beer on half of my backside and margarita on the other half, causing me to announce to PSB in a moment of drunken hilarity, “Honey, my ass is two different flavors”.

J had to work the next morning so she headed back, and K left with her but came back shortly thereafter. We closed the bar down - they threw us and a bunch of 20-somethings out at 2 a.m. Jefe took off, and K offered to drive us back to our hotel (she’d only been drinking club soda that night), which after a lot of cruising, we eventually found. We made plans to try to hook back up the next day, and then PSB and I headed upstairs to pass out.

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