Wednesday, October 29, 2008
There's also going to be some Tyra in there, and hopefully a youknowwhat for the Phillies!
Friday, October 24, 2008
I am putting the bar back where it was before game 1.
[NB I don't actually think he's worthless, but he does have some awful landing strip facial hair.]
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Make DC Weird by Designing, Buying a T-shirt (WCP City Desk blog)
An English Country Stylist, Unrepentant (NYT)
1. From Jule, former colleague:
[O]ther cities with weird campaigns, they are more committed to their towns’ weirdness. "They have street performers," she offers as an example.
"So what we need are mimes?," I ask. "Yes," she says. 'Mimes."
"Yes," she says, "or maybe pewter. Anything metallic."
2) from NYT:
a. Keith Irvine turned 80 last week and threw himself a garage sale to celebrate. "A very elegant garage sale," he said dryly, raising silvery eyebrows.
b. Mr. Irvine can be balky. In the 1980s, he said he suffered a midlife crisis, which he expressed by building an addition to his early 19th-century farmhouse. The addition included a very grand ballroom, and did not include any input from his wife.
"It was very irritating," she said in a phone interview last week. Mrs. Irvine, who has written 13 books on architecture and decorative arts, took her revenge by threatening to have an image of the new wing engraved on expensive stationery emblazoned with the words "Keith’s Erection."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It also sort of makes me feel like a jerk because of this bit:
Eliminating paper transfers will save Metro about $350,000 a year for the cost of paper and printing, plus expenses associated with the repair and maintenance of the old transfer machines in stations. It also is expected to minimize fraud and abuse of paper transfers by individuals who sell or give away their transfers to other riders, and reduce assaults on bus operators by riders who have disputes with operators about transfers.
To my credit, I've reused a lot of these slips in crafts (woven lightswitch covers--maybe I should tell DCist?), but having a SmarTrip card is really just logical at this point.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The last time the Phillies played in the World Series was over a decade ago (and when I knew the whole lineup), and their only victory was in 1980 (and when my parents went to see it). I have a T-shirt from then that declares them world champs, and while I am really just happy they've got to this point, I can't help but hope it's lucky. The other, silly, off-topic thing I just realized is that both teams names are guys's names, so that MLB heds like "Rays Earn Date with Phils" make me think of a guys in suits or uniforms on a double date eating at a candlelit table. Because while I enjoy baseball, experience has taught me not to take it too seriously.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I found one site thisshouldbeillegal.com that's about the DCRA, but if that were the right one I dunno why they'd take the time to mention Facebook. Urls such as "facebookstalkingshouldbeillegal.com" give an error message. Googling "should be illegal" + Facebook just turns up abortion stuff and one "Internet Explorer Version 6 Should be Illegal." My best guess is it's something about privacy, but maybe it's something better like "having 500 friends."
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This year, given the fact that I had been on the "waiting list" for over a month, I thought a lot more about the confidence factor that selling something handmade requires. I realized my CB application was flawed (as KW pointed out, didn't showcase my more unique stuff) and that they were trying to get new sellers, but being almost rejected was something of a blow. I had never gotten that kind of negative reaction to the things I make, and it was hard not to take it personally. In the same way, I felt much more inclined to really hawk my wares when I was confident that my setup looked good. And how goodgoodgood it feels to have people peer over your table and say how clever or cool they think something is. I'm just happy it worked out, and, for many reasons, I have tons of respect for people who do this full time.