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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:48:00 -0700

 Jesus, the trite stoopid, it burns!


Project prioritization
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:37:00 -0700

Gotta get some decisions made about which projects get attention. Otherwise, everything is just continuously spinny.


Asimov on anti-intellectualism
Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:00:00 -0700

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' " -- Isaac Asimov


Burning Man Bitchfest: Write a *NEW* article for a change!!
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:50:00 -0700

News: Too-cool internationalista discovers something besides furry boot covers at Burning Man.
Views: Apparently the urge to rewrite this same effing piece is irresistible to a certain percentage of people who finally get around to attending the damn festival.


Fresh Smoked
Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:48:00 -0700

Neon from the Viking


Reflections on the external & internal
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 15:45:00 -0700

I saw the AA drill at second hand. Those people helped my mom pull out of the hole she'd dug, and she never did fall off the wagon after the day she finally called and they visited.


Update: New layout
Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:11:00 -0700

I've been thinking about fooling with the site layout for quite a while, and I finally made time for it. I like it so far. It's too plain -- needs some more detail/elaboration/whatever -- but it works as expected (thanks to a tiny javascript and some css -- very small footprint).


Nocturnal storytelling: Greying brothers
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:40:00 -0700

I was living in a mountain town & working as the local librarian there. The dream has nothing to do with that job, but it was part of the situation. I was returning to work from somewhere, at some point during the middle of the day. As I approached a big open intersection -- maybe a cul de sac of some kind -- I saw a group of local brothers.


Sat, 27 Mar 2010 23:30:00 -0700

I'm pretty happy with the results of my shirt-making adventure.


Chrome Guitar
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 06:28:00 -0700

Low-res, chunk-phone-photo goodness from Ziggie's


Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:19:00 -0700

Battling church marquees.


Quest Quashed!
Sun, 07 Mar 2010 16:20:00 -0700

My quest for the perfect ginger-bourbon cocktail remains unfulfilled.


Finger of Cloud
Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:46:00 -0700

In which meteorological anomalies abound.


Force the filibuster, already
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 04:44:00 -0700

I sent this message to my U.S. Senators, as well as the neglibible person who succeeded Pat Schroeder to represent my district in the House.


Nocturnal Storytelling: On an art car into the unknown . . .
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:41:00 -0700

So I woke up from this LONG elaborate Burning Man dream. It was late spring, going into summer, IOW time to get the annual plan going and commence building stuff. Ivy and I were camping out in this vast backyard of some house . . .


Honey, you can have as many as you want.
Thu, 03 Dec 2009 05:56:00 -0700

I am suddenly and powerfully reminded of an incident when Yahoo no. 1 was 6 or 7 years old.


Tell Me a Story 6
Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:03:00 -0700

The dive downward into the murk started out as a bolt for freedom, but elation rapidly faded as the water quality degraded and light dimmed with every inch of travel. Soap was the dominant theme of the stagnant soup . . .




ArtTartare Projects

Without projects, it's just a long, dusty road to the horizon. Projects are ways to engage and reward attention along the way. Beats the living fuck out of just trudging.


Stuff to Share

Lots of interesting stuff washes up, and some of it I'll document here.

Dragonfly Quilt >The Wings

Dragonfly with Wings

It took a long time to outline all the veins on the wings. Can't say I'm a huge fan of applique, although I don't regret trying it. The wings are made of a three-layer sandwich of organdy with black crinoline over the top, then a layer of water-soluble stablizer.

That last layer didn't come off as easily as the instructions led me to expect, but the water solubility made up for the difference. It was pretty easy to wash away the residue with a brand new sponge, although I did worry that the backing would shrink and leave the crinoline all puffy on the surface. Doesn't seem to be happening after the wings have mostly dried, after a quick pressing of the organdy backing. The wings are just lying in place in the photo, as I want them completely dry before I sew them down.

I'm a lot less happy with the lotus in person than in the photo. I positioned it farther down the panel than the instructions call for, and it's off-center because of how it has to work with the lillypad. All that is OK by me, but the spacing between the petals doesn't please me that much. It might look better once the petals are appliqued down, as they will be soon. I might use some color thread instead of the white I have to jazz up the look a bit.

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