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November 27, 2005

There is still knitting going on

Thursday is D-Day. I'm working like crazy on my thesis and I'm making progress which is why I'm allowing myself this one little post.


I have been knitting a lot actually. Thank gawd for the knitting. If I didn't have that outlet for relaxing I might have imploded a few weeks ago.


This was my favorite project I finished recently. My step-mother had surgery and I thought she needed a cozy shawl to wrap up in while she is healing.


Hug shawl


I made it in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in a lovely dark teal. Teal is supposed to represent health. Plus the Alpaca Silk gave the shawl some weight so it is like I knit a hug.


The pattern is from Sally Mellville's The Purl Stitch. I was pouring over all my books and magazines but, there it was all along, in my favorite reference book. Why don't I do more out of her books? Everytime I make something it ends up being my favorite projects to make and use.


I have to call attention to my kick-ass corners. These are a technical advancement for me and I totally nailed them. The edge was way fun too. I got sick of turning the whole shawl around after knitting six stitches so I practiced my backwards knitting.


shawl edge


And then, just because there has been a shocking lack of hound pictures. Argus and Sapphire got treats today and Argus was so excited with his that he forgot to put his fanny down. He ate his treat like this the whole time.


Argus' fanny


Not too bad for an old boy of 11!

November 25, 2005

So am I exaggerating when I talk about a fascist regime?

Wal-Mart Turns in Student's Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him

By bedouin

Created 10/07/2005 - 1:42pm


By Matthew Rothschild

The Progressive [US]

October 4th, 2005


Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.


But that's what happened on September 20.


Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights,” she says. One student “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.”


According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent.


But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.


An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service.


On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.“At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster,” Jarvis says. “I didn’t believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn’t there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others.”


She says the student was upset.


“He was nervous, he was scared, and his parents were out of town on business,” says Jarvis.


She, too, had to talk to the Secret Service.


“Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”


Then they got down to his poster.


“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”


At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident “would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted,” she says.


The student was not indicted, and the Secret Service did not pursue the case further.


“I blame Wal-Mart more than anybody,” she says. “I was really disgusted with them. But everyone was using poor judgment, from WalMart up to the Secret Service.”


A person in the photo department at the Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk said, “You have to call either the home office or the authorities to get any information about that.”


Jacquie Young, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company headquarters, did not provide comment within a 24-hour period.


Sharon Davenport of the Kitty Hawk Police Department said, “We just handed it over” to the Secret Service. “No investigative report was filed.”


Jonathan Scherry, spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., said, “We ertainly respect artistic freedom, but we also have the responsibility to look into incidents when necessary. In this case, it was brought to our attention from a private citizen, a photo lab employee.”


Jarvis uses one word to describe the whole incident: “ridiculous.”

November 17, 2005

My eyes! My eyes!

Up until recently, I only wore glasses for detail work. It started when I would do typography for graphic design classes but then evolved into boring stuff like teeny tiny spreadsheets.


The last time I went to the eye doc he told me to wear my glasses all the time. My eyes need to get used to them he said. (And yes, when I wear them I don't have to move things away from my face to see them.)


I am absolutely shocked by the shrapnel I find on my glasses when I take them off. I find chunks of food and great gobs of soup after I eat. People have reassured me that I eat pretty normally. I'm not the human equivalent of the cookie monster.


So now I'm convinced that my eyes have gotten worse because of the debris that goes in them, not from age.


I'll bet you find if we all wore safety glasses there would be far fewer of us needing prescription glasses eventually.

November 15, 2005

If they only knew...

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic
Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

November 03, 2005

Scarier than Halloween

Horrible aging moment the other day.

I caught myself moving something away from myself so that I could read it.