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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Industrial Design Commemorative Stamp


The Gummint Ain't All Bad ...





As soon as I received this message I knew it had to be a phishing scam. I went to the Atlanta FBI website and got their contact email, then reported this email as suspicious. They replied and said to forward them the email and go to www.ic3.gov. I did that and filled out the form they supplied online, which was very easy. Then they replied to me within a half an hour:



Good Afternoon,

This is a scam in which the FBI has been victimized along with thousands of others.  Simply delete.  You may also make a complaint to the Internet Complaint Center, IC3.GOV

FBI Atlanta



I am glad they will track back and get at this jerk, jerks, or jerkesses, or jackesses.

Head in the Clouds

A few of the books we have in our kindle Cloud Reader. My husband buys a lot of novels for travel (which I seldom if ever read).

The Best Laid Plans ... GANG AWRY MAN!

http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/08/23/the-law-of-unintended-consequences/


Many Asians, in particular Chinese and Indians, abort unwanted female fetuses. An interesting side effect, other than lack of women, which will mean a lack of babies in the future, is that where this practice is widespread, the violent crime rate soars (duh!).

The Trash Woman

This morning I remembered to tie a plastic bag to one of my belt loops so that I can pick up trash as I walk the dogs around our neighborhood. I don't understand why people throw trash. Oh well, that is how they are.

Ay Chihuahua!



Not the greatest movie of all time, but enjoyable. A bit obvious in the plot twists ... if you have seen Into the Night, and others where Everyman somehow gets through involvement with terrible criminals and other shady characters, yet remains innocent and to a great extent unscathed, you know how this sort of thing develops. The lead male is charming, as are the "good guys", which helps it remain watchable. I would give it a 3, "I liked it". Comedy, one of those violent ones.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A New Tiny Oufit ...

This chic, stunning outfit is my latest creation in the Tiny Work Overalls line.

Manipulative Mail

Every day we all get junk mail. Because we support some charities, we get a lot of pleas for help from the others. There is only so far one's budget will stretch, so we have chosen those we consider important and left the rest for others. 


A lot of charities are now sending unsolicited "gifts", hoping that the recipient will then pay far beyond market value for the "gift", in the form of a donation. 


For example, this month I have received at least three calendars, five sets of mailing labels and this gem, shown above, a penny affixed to the donation request. The charity wants to stimulate my feelings of guilt for its own purposes. I resent this kind of behavior. If they want to help those in need, stop sending out unwanted, unsolicited items to people who have no interest in their charity!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cabbages Is Beautiful!

From So Big, by Edna Ferber, first published in 1924:

"Beautiful!" he echoed, in puzzled interrogation. "What is beautiful?"

Selina's slim arms flashed out from the swathings of cloak, shawl and muffler, and were flung wide in a gesture that embraced the landscape on which the late afternoon sun was casting a glow peculiar to that lake region, all rose and golden and mist-shimmering.

"This! The--the cabbages."

A slow-dawning film of fun crept over the blue of Klaas Pool's stare. This film spread almost imperceptibly so that it fluted his broad nostrils, met and widened his full lips, reached and agitated his massive shoulders, tickled the round belly, so that all Klaas Pool, from his eyes to his waist, was rippling and shaking with slow, solemn, heavy Dutch mirth.

"Cabbages is beautiful!" his round pop eyes staring at her in a fixity of glee. "Cabbages is beautiful!" His silent laughter now rose and became audible in a rich throaty chortle. It was plain that laughter, with Klaas Pool, was not a thing to be lightly dismissed, once raised. "Cabbages---" he choked a little, and spluttered, overcome.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carry IN!

One of my favorite restaurants provides dinnerware but only paper napkins, and for drinks it recently switched to styrofoam cups even for those eating in; I am trying to eliminate as much styrofoam from my consumption as I can, so I brought my own lifefactory cup. It is glass, which is so nice for flavor, and it has that grippy silicone covering; and its own screw on cap with a seal. It even fits in my car cup holder! Besides that, I realized I don't need to use a straw with it. Also instead of the provided paper napkins, I used one of my People Towels, and it made me feel ever so happy! The only trash was the paper receipt, which I can recycle easily.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bwahahaha!



This just cracks me up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And if you have already seen it, well, you may still chuckle.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Dynamic Symmetry?

I am trying to grasp the concepts in this book, which purports to be about using intelligent planning in design of art.


I understand a little of what I am reading, but it is not written for someone like me. It is written for ... Geometry People. I did very well in geometry in high school, because it was drawing! Forget Algebra which was never tied to reality for me. Anyway, I get some of the concepts, but not from the writing, from the pictures. Typical.


A few things I did grasp: he says look at Greek sculpture vs. Roman sculpture. One lives, one is stodgy and lifeless. TRUE! He also shows how to create a whirling square and use the Golden Mean. I know about that. However, now he is showing all different sorts of rectangles, and showing their dynamic spots, involving a perpendicular line to the diagonal. I think I may grasp it at some point. 


What I want to know is, how do I use this concept to improve my paintings, even if I am not using a Golden Rectangle shape for my canvas? I get the feeling he is leading to that, but my poor brain is swimming upstream.

If You Have an Hour and a Half ...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Death with Peace, Grace, and Comfort

Santhara


Santhara, or Sallekhana, is an ancient Jainist practice of embracing death. It is a slow process of withdrawal from outer life, beginning with fasting one day a week, then every other day, then giving up various foods, finally all food. Then one gives up water gradually, and finally one waits.



Sallekhana (also Santhara, Samadhi-marana, Samnyasa-marana) is a Jain practise of voluntary death through fasting when the end of life is very near due to unavoidable circumstances, such as illness or old age. It is the act of calmly withdrawing from worldly preoccupations and attachments by a combination of meditation and abstaining from food and water. In accepting to do sallekhana, the person must take a special vow to ensure that the body and the soul will leave the world in harmony and complete peace of mind, without fear. The purpose is to purge old karmas and prevent the creation of new ones.
This is from an article called Sallekhana in Jainworld.com, by Justic T. K. Tukol, L.D. Institute. This is Lessons for Seniors(15)


Sallekhana vs. suicide
Like most Dharmic religious traditions, Jainism considers suicide a wrong that only retains the karma from the current life and does not allow escape from the cycle of births and rebirths. Suicide involves an intentional act of harm against oneself with a known outcome that negatively affects those left behind. With Sallekhana, death is welcomed through a peaceful, tranquil process providing peace of mind for everyone involved.

Learning How to Heal Sick Hospitals and Other Buildings

Censored!

In Kingdom-Age, I was the innkeeper. In order to get people talking, I wrote all sorts of mildly titillating scenarios, none of which was pornographic, nor did any of them include the "bad" words. I was censored. Some people complained that my roleplay was offensive to their delicate sensibilities, and my words were DELETED by some powerful people. In response, I am resigning my post as innkeeper, and I posted some quotations on censorship. 


Of course, my writings were silly and shallow, in comparison to the wit of Lenny Bruce, D.H. Lawrence, and James Joyce. I never said, for example, "'when I makes water, I makes water, and when I makes tea, I makes tea', ... 'make sure it is not in the same pot!' " (This may be a misquote of James Joyce in Ulysses. I don't recall the exact phrases).


The point is, even my foolish phrases should be let stand. Here are some quotations by my betters, on the subject of censorship:


To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.  ~Claude-Adrien HelvĂ©tius


Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.  ~Theodore Schroeder


Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.  ~Dick Cavett


Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him.  It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!  ~Thomas Carlyle

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Between Movie Productions ...

A Reasonable Rant

http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/special-comment-the-four-great-hypocrisies-of-the-debt-deal

Sometimes Keith Olbermann makes sense.

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Last Metro


In my continuing remedial film viewing, I have finally gotten around to The Last Metro, which is a mixture of suspense, drama, comedy and ... the glowing, blazing presence of Catherine Deneuve in her physical prime, and Truffaut giving us a glimpse behind the scenes. A play within a movie ... a prisoner in the cellar ... Gestapo at the door ... and a woman in love.