Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Things that are interesting

Really, Ed, I wasn't trying to game the test at all!

You are The Devil

Materiality. Material Force. Material temptation; sometimes obsession

The Devil is often a great card for business success; hard work and ambition.

Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major arcana, the Devil is not really "Satan" at all, but Pan the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius. These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate or messy or wild - or ambitious. This, too, is a form of enslavement. As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist. The important thing is to remember that any chain is freely worn. In most cases, you are enslaved only because you allow it.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

I thought this was interesting...
because it made me think about other places where it might apply.

I'm pretty sure it applies to music, where back in the day, Mozart ripped off his predecessors and contemporaries, and it was good, and now people put samples in their music and get sued.

I'm pretty sure it applies to books, where people have always plagiarized each other, but now 'google search inside' or whatever it's called catches them.

I felt like the author was suggesting the literary equivalent to fashion knockoffs was reading books posted online, or downloading MP3s. Isn't that like shoplifting a Hermes scarf, rather than buying a nearly identical one with someone else's label?

Not that I think plagiarism or sampling without credit is necessarily good...

Friday, November 17, 2006


"Your depression, my friend, is the revenge of the oranges." -- Margaret Atwood

I tried on my poncho while crocheting it together...

Nautilus poncho Posted by Picasa

And decided it wasn't worth it to finish making up. Obviously it's not working out. I have since ripped the entire thing out and started again.

Oh, and I did what I should have done when I first noticed a problem--I went online looking for errata. There were some, of course. The length of the final knitted strip should be 128", not 51". I think the 51 refers to after all the short rows are done. I was pretty close this time (not shown... no point, a long thin strip of knitting looks the same as any other.) I also ordered a larger crochet hook, thinking that might help. And you can't just order a crochet hook, you know? So I ordered yarn for another poncho too.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

So Highly Unlikely

I am currently working on the Nautilus poncho by Norah Gaughan from "Knitting Nature". Does this look like a poncho to you?

Poncho Posted by Picasa

Oh good, me either.

To make it worse, it's more than twice as long as the schematic, even though I think I'm under gauge.

Maybe the crochet stage will make it all work out. Though crochet has never solved all my problems before. And while it's supposed to use four balls of yarn, I have yet to finish my second.

I guess I'll have enough yarn left over to make matching opera gloves.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Audio commentary

The company that I work for doesn't allow workers to have sound cards in our computers, I assume for one of two possible reasons:
  • If we had sound cards we would spend all our time on YouTube
  • If we had sound cards we would keep our speakers on turned up high and would annoy our neighbours

Notwithstanding the fact that there's a TV two cubes over from me and I have had to ask that the volume be shut off on it because they leave it tuned to Detroit PBS or some other irrelevant, asinine program (Detroit traffic comes to mind).

But today I came up with an argument for it.

I like to listen to my MP3 player while I work. And I surf far less when I have headphones on, because then I can't hear management come up behind me. When my battery is dead, I have to surf because there's nothing else to do until it's done charging.

I made another Rachael Ray meal, by the way. I didn't get to eat the leftovers (it was Pasta with sausage and broccoli with Ricotta Surprise from the same "Express Lane Meals") because the man and the boy got to them first.