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2008 Miscellania
January - December 2008

A lot of stuff can happen in a year, but not all of it is as well documented as the rest. This page is for the events that didn't garner enough photos to make a full gallery.

Contents:
Eugenics Presentation | Depressing Movies | Sending Shawn Away | Gettysburg: 145 Years | Building a Washtub Bass | Movies & Goulash | From the Earth to the Moon | Election Day



Eugenics Presentation
Wednesday 27 February 2008

I took part in a group presentation on eugenics for my History of Sex class. As the presentation's host I did myself up as a 1930s doctor of suspicious qualification and also cobbled together a board game as a prop. I wrote about this in greater detail and with more graphics
on my LiveJournal.
This was a costume test that I did the night before. I wanted to make sure that the outfit looked appropriate.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
Eugenics: The Board Game. Now on sale wherever games are sold.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch



Depressing Movies
Saturday 19 April 2008

God dang it, Charles. This is the day where
we watched nothing but depressing movies, including Pelts. We also watched Godzilla Final Wars, Muppets Take Manhattan, and CSA, but Pelts just spoiled it for everyone. Except Charles. He enjoyed that one.
There aren't any photos except for this bit of decor thrown together for the day. It seems rather appropriate in hindsight.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch


Sending Shawn Away
Sunday 11 May 2008

Shawn was in town for about a week at the start of May so Josh took him to the airport in an attempt to get rid of the guy. It worked but it still meant getting to the airport by seven in the morning, an hour when nobody ought to be in the habit of traveling.
Shawn, having arrived safely at the airport and having received just as little sleep as Josh (read: basically none).

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
With Shawn on a quick flight out of town there is only one thing left to do: get home and sleep.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch


Gettysburg: 145 Years
Wednesday 2 July & Thursday 3 July 2008

The first three days of July 2008 marked the 145th anniversary of the terrible clash of Union and Confederate armies near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Since Charles had never seen the movie, Gettysburg, in all its awesome glory, this seemed like a perfect opportunity for a viewing. We also threw in the less-than-stellar prequel, Gods & Generals, for good measure. This
two-movie marathon was broken up over two days since each film is four hours long. Dan joined Charles and Josh on the first day for Gods & Generals.

Unfortunately, there aren't any photos from the event itself. The only pictures are the basement set-up photos that are taken before each event to record the unique layout and decoration.
The insignia for our two-day Civil War marathon. Josh didn't think this event really called for an insignia but wound up throwing one together on accident while drawing some flags in Illustrator. Whoops.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The table layout, with a scattering of Civil War-related volumes -- mostly battle maps and Matthew Brady photos.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
Never leave home without your Civil War Encyclopedia. Seriously. I mean it.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The Gettysburg: 145 Years insignia.

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Image Credit Josh Gulch


Building a Washtub Bass
Sunday 20 July 2008

Josh and Charles may be starting a jugband which, as everybody knows, calls for the acquisition of a washtub bass. We built our own in the grand spirit of the craft.
Charles threads the clothesline through the eyelet.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
Adjusting the string.

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More fine-tuning.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The garage was a bit stuffy and the day lovely. Why not test the acoustics outside?

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The fine-tuning continues indoors where Charles could test different notes with the aid of the piano.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch


Movies & Goulash
Tuesday 29 July 2008

Charles, Paul, Scott, Felicity, and Dwight happened by for today's movie day. In all we watched the Star Trek episode A Piece of the Action, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Batman, and The Giant of Marathon (as riffed by The Film Crew). There was also goulash, which had the tendency of being served in drinking vessels due to Charles' strange needs.
Charles asked for a "cup of goulash." He failed to specify his wishes any clearer.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
Felicity asked for a double shot of goulash so she got just that, with a ring of salt on the rim.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
Paul elected not to partake in any goulash. Given the abhorrent behavior from Charles and Felicity, this may be a good thing indeed.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The goulash rushed to Charles' head. This is just before he spent fifteen minutes explaining what good friends we are to him.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch


From the Earth to the Moon
Saturday 4/11/18 October 2008

October 2008 was an important month in spaceflight history. It was the fifty-first anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of NASA, and the fortieth anniversary of the first manned Apollo launch. To celebrate, Charles and Josh
held a marathon of the HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon. The miniseries is twelve episodes long but we also included three related films: October Sky, Apollo 13, and The Dish. Katie was over to watch October Sky but otherwise it was just Charles and Josh for the three weekends this marathon spread over.

Unfortunately, there aren't any photos from the event itself. The only pictures are the basement set-up photos that are taken before each event to record the unique layout and decoration.
The insignia along with the films on tap for this marathon. This time around the insignia was fully intentional. The left side of the cut-out insignia is faded because Josh's printer ran out of ink during printing and he needed the insignia before he could get a new ink cartridge.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The table layout, with a handful of space-related books and the press kit.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The hardcopy of the official marathon press kit.

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Photo Credit Josh Gulch
The From the Earth to the Moon marathon insignia.

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Image Credit Josh Gulch


Election Day
Tuesday 4 November 2008

Election Day! How nobly democratic! The super-charged election of 2008 between McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden served as a major turning point event. But since everyone thinks something different about the election I'm not going to go on about it here.
Whichever color you voted for (as it's only about red or blue, right?), the point is that you voted. And got a sticker. The sticker is important.

Photo Credit Josh Gulch
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Engaged 30 July 2008 | Updated 30 July 2008