27 January 2009

I can't help but notice

They don't mention how/when the new Red Dwarf eps will be available in the U.S.


26 January 2009

The sun always shines on TV

Swedish Egil played this song twice yesterday afternoon on Sirius 22, and I can't get it out of my head.

24 January 2009

Am I supposed to know who these people are?

Descent into madness!

And penury. I was laid off yesterday, and frankly, I'm not very good at using large blocks of unscheduled time in a productive fashion. Especially when activities that involve spending money are off the table.

The last time I got laid off I spiraled into a depression to the point where I could barely get up and get dressed and go get food, and after about nine months no one would lend me money to sit around watching cable all day, so I had to put my stuff in storage and live in my sister's basement. I found a good job in Milwaukee, and my mom lent me the money to move out here. I'd like to avoid this, since I have more stuff now, and the cat is still pissed about spending two months in a cage in my sister's garage...and my credit score hasn't recovered, and it's really embarrassing to try to explain that hole in my life.

The GOOD news is that since I'm no longer behind Websense most of my waking hours, I can blog randomly and frequently. It's occurred to me that this could be an excellent record of stuff I plan and stuff I do, as a way to keep an eye on my mental health.

Of course, I don't plan to do anything different between now and Monday morning, although tonight when I'm not-sleeping I might look through the old hard drive for my resume, instead of trying to re-create it.

23 January 2009


I once spent an hour watching parents when the lions at the Indianapolis Zoo were licking each other's genitals. I'd say you can't buy entertainment like that, but they do charge admission...

22 January 2009

19 January 2009

Homemade stencils

Home-made stencils

Just doodles. I don't know what I'm going to do with them, either.

18 January 2009

Sweet merciful...

I don't mind so much when the Cyclone football team sucks, because that's the natural order of things. But it hurts like hell when the basketball teams are bad.

This is, like, football team bad.

16 January 2009

I hate this time of year.

Vagina "art" (NSFW--the textiles might be OK, but the avatars aren't). It started last week, and I'll be subjected to a steady stream of this crap until March. Ugh.

I could just refuse to look at any textile art blogs until then. *srednop*

15 January 2009

So much for "slow as molasses in January"

The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. A large molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150.

That's fast.


I'm loathe to admit it, but that would make a decent block print, in less hideous colors.

14 January 2009


Two of my favorite things.

Mas Tequila

6/100 1800

I am aware that these are lousy pictures. My cameras are mighty outdoors but lack the fancy lenses (and I lack the professional lighting and backgrounds) for brilliant macro shots.

But the whole point of the "100 different photos" exercise is to see the object in 100 different ways. And lousy photos can be manipulated into effective motifs for fabric art, which is my driving interest. It would probably be a more effective exercise if I was drawing the bottle from 100 different angles, and I'm thinking about it, but I've dropped out of every drawing class and I need to figure out why before I take anymore.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

13 January 2009

No, absolutely not.

Netflix thinks because I love Red Dwarf, I will also love The Killing Fields.

Admittedly, it seems like the sort of movie I will watch so in some random screed about Marxism and mass murder I can throw in references, but I'll be sewing away instead of watching the screen during the sad evil Communist murder parts because I'm depressed enough already. But that's NOT because I love Red Dwarf, which is the name of a spaceship named after cool stars and has NOTHING to do with Communism.

I'm not really impressed with technology.

12 January 2009


Needs orange

Not beach sand

But I don't know what form the orange should take--more paint? Thread? Fabric? Sequins? Bah.

11 January 2009


You need a button on your photo pages to sell hard copies. I don't want a "modestly-sized jpg"--I want a 10" x 16" print suitable for framing. I can't be the only person on the planet willing to help fund your next venture through merchandise sales...yes, I know you can't pay for an entire Mars mission in that fashion, but it's money you don't have to beg from Congress.

I haven't thought about geometric ellipses for a long time.

05 January 2009

Well, !(*#$!

It took exactly one week for my new digital camera to become completely inoperable. Hope I can get it back from "Factory Service Center" before I got to Oregon at the end of the month. Fuckety fuck fuck fuck.

This is not auspicious.

From Wikipedia:
On Sunday January 5, 1975, at 9:27 p.m. Australian Eastern Summer Time, the Tasman Bridge was struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, bound for the Electrolytic Zinc Company with a cargo of 10,000 tons of zinc concentrate. It caused two pylons and three sections of concrete decking, totaling 127 meters (417 ft), to fall from the bridge and sink the ship. Seven of the ship's crewmen were killed, and
five motorists died when four cars drove over the collapsed sections before the traffic was stopped.

We've come a long way, baby.

15-MB Hard Disk Drive, only $2495 (plus installation kit)

About that time, my dad bought me a 128K 5.25" floppy disk for $2.50. The local library would let patrons reserve their Apple II for 30 minutes at day, but if no one else came in and asked to use it the librarians would let me sit there until closing time or until my mother called and asked them to tell me I missed dinner, whichever came first. I was usually writing stories with the word processor or writing BASIC programs that did math or beeped. Good times, before the Internet Age. I'd never let a kid sit in front of a library computer for hours in the Internet Age.

Last summer I bought a "marketing terabyte" (only 993GB) external hard drive for around $300, USB cable included.

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

First, I was woken up two hours early by a phone call for someone else. Then...

Hallo Heather!

Roland hat für Dich bei sheepworld.de eine virtuelle Schafpostkarte geschrieben.

Even at 5:30 in the morning, I have to pause before clicking on anything called "SheepWorld."

But the best part was the targeted ad at the top: Used and new sheep and goat slaughterlines in all sizes.

Oh yeah, sign me up.

04 January 2009


I've joined a group on Flickr called the 100 Possibilities Project. Each member is taking 100 pictures of a single object. I'm photographing a tequila bottle.

1/100 1800

Good, wholesome fun.

I resemble this comic.