Accidentally liveblogged dinner tonight on Twitter, might as well deadblog it, too:

  • dsz123: Looking like I’ll spend the evening shuffling between the bar at the hotel and the bar at clarklewis ( Rough.
    Today, February 27, 2009, 4 hours ago
  • dsz123: Appetizer: sunnyside egg with creamy polenta and Oregon white truffles
    Today, February 27, 2009, 2 hours ago
  • dsz123: In between courses: Martin Miller’s gin, with a twist
    Today, February 27, 2009, 2 hours ago
  • dsz123: Main course: tagliatelle with Cattail Creek lamb ragu and pecorino toscano
    Today, February 27, 2009, 57 minutes ago
  • dsz123: In between courses: Aviation gin, St. Germain, lime zest
    Today, February 27, 2009, 42 minutes ago
  • dsz123: Dessert: lime sherbet with candied mint and vanilla tuile
    Today, February 27, 2009, 20 minutes ago
  • dsz123: Done accidentally liveblogging/twittering dinner at clarklewis. It was fantastic.
    Today, February 27, 2009, 14 minutes ago.
posted February 27, 2009 – 10:02 pm

Demine went well, and we raised over $3,000 for the Landmine Relief Fund, a little short of our goal, but a respectable sum all the same. And, as promised, here’s a little writeup about making landmine shaped chocolates for the event.

Lest you think my radio/blog silence implies a lack of activity, know that I’ve been hard at work on the aforementioned event, making some progress on the robot arm, planning my next trip to China (returning via Honolulu – it’s a rough life) in March, also planning a trip to Italy for Paganello (no, really, it’s a rough life) in April, playing ultimate, cooking up a storm, and eating well.

I’m always excited around this time of year, not so much because of my birthday itself (although that doesn’t hurt), but because Matt comes to visit. I think this’ll be the 8th or 9th year in a row that we’ve been in the same place (there were a couple years when we both lived in Boston and he didn’t have to travel), and it’s a tradition I really enjoy. Thanks for coming out, Matt!

Incidentally, this year’s will be the 10th annual Pi(e) Party — hard to believe, but true. I started having the parties as a way to have a birthday celebration that wasn’t too “me” focused. If friends were going feel obligated to bring anything, I wanted it to be something that everyone could enjoy. Pie seemed appropriate enough, given that my birthday is of course pi day, and a tradition was born. Over the years, we’ve had quite the range of pies, from frozen to homemade, apple to strawberry rhubarb to guinness pot pie, and pretty much everything in between. I’m looking forward to what this year has to offer!

Pi Day Countdown

posted February 25, 2009 – 11:07 am

I have a couple friends who have traveled to Cambodia in recent years and visited the Landmine Museum. The founder of the museum — Aki Ra, a former child soldier of the Khmer Rouge — is working to make his country safer and raise awareness about the millions of landmines and unexploded ordinance scattered around. These friends decided to help his cause, and in turn, I chose to help theirs.

In the past few weeks, we’ve organized a community event in Seattle: Demine Valentine:

Demine Valentine 2009

Among other things, it includes drinks, a buffet dinner, silent auction, and speaker Jill Morse from the Landmine Relief Fund. Also, we’re making landmine-shaped chocolates as giveaways (more on that process later). Our goal is to raise $5,000, enough to de-mine a village in Cambodia.

Although it’s taken up a decent amount of my time recently, it’s been thoroughly rewarding, knowing that our efforts very directly contribute to making another community safer. If you live in Seattle, you should consider joining us on Tuesday night at Demine Valentine.

[ If you’re not going to be in Seattle on Tuesday but would like to make a donation, the Landmine Relief Fund is the place to do it. ]

posted February 6, 2009 – 9:16 am
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