Monthly Archives: November 2007

Whimisical Thoughts

Very nice. There are a couple of sentences that I absolutely love in that post.

Swimming like koi in the mind’s pool, they slip, tickle, and transform the view.

I like that sentence just for the sentence itself. To be honest, I don’t think much of Brian Andreas’ drawings. I don’t have a very high opinion of child-like artwork unless it’s drawn by an actual child. Now if you tell me that little Brian is seven years old I might take another look.

The other sentence I like is the quote at the bottom of the post – that bit about finding one’s center. Something that maybe all those folks out there trying to find their centers should consider.

New Theme

I thought I’d try this theme for a while. It’s called Twilight. I might not stick with it for long. I don’t like the comments link. See it? It’s the number beside the title. I don’t like that at all. Also, the text is too small. I might try to tinker with it later. Or I might try another theme. There’s no telling what you might see here in the next few days or weeks.

Magic

Brian Micklethwait:

I talked recently with someone who is just under half my age, about how wearisome the internet is, to her. To her, it’s all just drudgery.

For me, even word processing still retains its magic.

I like the last two short sentences of that post too but I’ll let you go there to read the rest. I have to admit that I really don’t understand people who don’t get excited about the Internet. I mean, there’s so much to get excited about. Whatever you’re interested in, it’s here in greater quantities than you can imagine.

Brian connects it with age but I think it’s just differences in personality. I have one son who likes the Internet. I couldn’t say whether he finds it as exciting as I do but he reads my weblog and sites like Wikipedia and How Stuff Works and he’s into World of Warcraft. My other son has never had much interest in the Internet. Once in a while he will look something up online and he recently started playing WoW but he absolutely never just surfs for the fun of surfing and he never reads my weblog. That’s right – he doesn’t even read his own mother’s weblog. I could tell embarrassing stories about him and he’d never know.

People who don’t like the Internet are sort of annoying. You try to tell them about all this great stuff you find online and they either give you a blank look or they go into one of those spiels about how much they hate computers and the Evil Internet. If only they would just try. Oh well… maybe we are special. We understand the magic.

Crimes and Virtues

A quote found at Dustbury, in that rotating quote thingy:

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

— Casey Stengel

Interesting. I wonder how old you have to get before you start noticing that you’re getting “credit for virtues you never possessed.”

Art by Carol Dyer

One of the calendars that I mentioned earlier features art by Carol Dyer. It occurred to me sometime after I posted that to see if she has a website.

This style of art has grown on me over the years. I used to not care much for it but now it seems much more appealing and interesting. It appears very simple and orderly and yet there are so many little details. You want to look at a painting like Annapolis Street Festival, for example, to see what all the people are doing and all the little details of architecture and then keep looking at it some more to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Reading

I finished reading Gridlinked by Neal Asher almost two weeks ago and never got around to mentioning it. It was a fun read – adventure, action, a little humor and hardly any technobabble.

Now I’m reading Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, recommended to me by Number One Son. It’s not really my sort of thing but it is fairly amusing. I’m a little more than halfway through it.

My son the Pratchett fan also left The Fifth Elephant for me to read. I suppose I should read that one next since it’s borrowed but I’ve been impatient to get around to Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, which I bought at the same time I bought Gridlinked.

‘Tis the Season

I haven’t gotten into Christmas Shopping Mode yet. Christmas is less than a month away? Oh my! Already? Just a few weeks ago it was still summer. I have very few ideas about what to buy. Number One Son is always easy to shop for because he has very definite opinions and he’s also wonderfully enthusiastic about certain things. But the Husband and Number Two Son… I have no idea at this point. I have a hard time thinking of anything for the Husband that he doesn’t already have and Number Two Son doesn’t seem to want much of anything. People who are content and satisfied with life are very hard to shop for.

Anyway, yesterday I went to Tulsa to a location that I will not disclose until after Christmas. Then I went to Barnes & Noble to get a couple of calendars. I should have looked at books too while I was there but I have enough to read for a while and I was afraid I’d be there all day if I started browsing. Just looking at calendars took quite a long time. There were so many great ones to choose from. I generally prefer artsy calendars over scenic calendars. I got a large Americana/folk art calendar to put in the kitchen by the phone and a small one that has cat illustrations with clever cat captions like, “In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods. They have never forgotten this.” That one is going by the computer. Now I sort of wish I had gotten the Georgia O’ Keffee calendar for the living room.

After that I went to Hancock Fabrics just to get some notions for a Christmas project and the stuff for one more Christmas project. The Wal-mart in the Nearby Small Town no longer has embroidery thread. That’s just weird. They have a nice little sewing and craft department. They have a whole aisle full of yarn, another aisle full of beads and beading supplies, plus stencils, fabric paints, silk flowers and various other crafty stuff and sewing notions but no embroidery thread.

It was a nice little shopping trip. I had fun even though I was all by myself. I want to go again. Now I need to get busy on those Christmas projects instead of wasting time at the computer. And I need to think of what else to buy for Christmas. Time is running out.

Links, Links, Links

Next Generation home theatre. (Thanks, Scott)

Bored Night – a blog full of photos of strange and fascinating stuff.

Great lighthouse photo. Be sure to read the photographer’s note. (BR)

Castle builders. And, on the same blog, behives. Both very interesting.

Lovepixel – huge kid’s book style landscape. Fun to explore but a little bit annoying too because I want to see the whole picture at once.

Procrastination flowchart

Spam cartoons. Weird.

Random Quote Generator

Oooo… There is one good reason to by a Wii (but that doesn’t mean I will)

Future fashion – a 1930’s newsreel on fashions in the year 2000.

Serious Eats – a food blog

Annie’s New York Eats – another food blog. This one’s more… bloggy. (i.e. personalized, friendly, chatty)

Federation of Rodent Cheesemakers. Found in the comments on this post.

An American Thanksgiving in Europe (funny) and a little flag-waving. (Via Barcepundit, who posted the quintessential Thanksgiving painting.)

Fun Fever – a lot of fun and interesting photo collections. Creative Uses For Old Gadgets, police cars from araound the world, cardboard sculptures, etc.

Vintage space art. Fantastic!

Wooster collective – murals, street art, odd signs, videos, etc.

WallStreetFighter – another very cool blog with lots of links and images.

Cool word illusions

A great Periodic Table.

Andre’s Talking Machines – antique phonographs. Beautiful!

First Post

Well, here it is. I haven’t figured out how to edit the “theme” yet. I don’t even know how to add links and pictures to the sidebar. I’m not happy with this at all but I want to get on with more or less normal blogging. Hopefully, at some point in the future, I will be able to make this look a little more like My Blog.

I’m keeping my links page as it is and hope to be able to add the link to the sidebar someday.

Comments, constructive criticism, suggestions and tips are welcome as always. (especially tips)