Monday, December 24, 2007

Consumer madness

Shopping was successful today. I used my 50% off coupon at Michael's to buy a book that I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO HAVE!!!

Well, I didn't know I needed to have it until I saw it. It looks like a lot of fun, though.

I also bought a Riker mount. These are traditionally used by collectors for biological and geological specimens; I remember seeing a beautiful Dobson Fly and some big silk moths in similar mounts when I was a a student assistant for the Middle School camping trip. Now you can get the Riker mounts at craft store. True to their original purpose, I will be filling mine with some shells that Ron and I collected when we were visiting Martha's Vineyard this summer. I will mount them along with a tide timetable that I cut from a local activity guide, and stained with tea for an "antique" look.

I also picked up a few little crafty items. A patina kit for making anything look like old, weathered metal, some glitter glue for a project I am working on, and some spray sealant to protect paint and pencil projects when I am finished.

Across the street at the bookstore, I picked up a craft magazine and a book I have been wanting to read. While I told Ron that I wanted to read Machiavelli so I could learn to be more ruthless, I actually have the feeling that I will just be learning a lot about the nastier side of human nature. I probably should have read this before I left home at 18, so I wouldn't have been so surprised by people's bullshit.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Just Dumb

I'm having a nice Christmas Eve, even though it's just me and the four-legged mammals. This morning I read some more of "Catcher In the Rye," exercised, and worked on my latest scarab beetle paper. I just finished lunch and browsing the web, where I found this brilliant piece of high culture. I found the book after following a link to an extremely bad anti-evolution rant by a barely literate pastor who was also ranting about the evil Ph.D.s and college professors. You know, if I actually had all of the power I am supposed to have, I would be making more than $50,000/year, and I wouldn't be wasting my holidays groveling for money from a government agency with a 10% funding rate.
Anyhow, this is what I found, now available at!!

It's the decerebrate icon of shameless religious panderers and their ignorant, faith-blinkered followers! All that aside, maybe this book contains new insights after a careful evaluation of the medical evidence. Who was the author again?

That name sounds familiar- is that the Mark Furhman of O.J. Simpson trial fame? The guy whose utter incompetence and lack of professionalism contributed to O.J. being acquitted?Why yes it is! Check out this piece of the summary blurb on Amazon:
"Mark Fuhrman applies his highly respected investigative skills to examine the medical evidence, legal case files, and police records."
That struck me as funny.

Well, I am going to go to Michael's and the book store. It's on the other side of town from most of the stores, so hopefully traffic won't be too bad.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Semester is OVER!!

And that means that I now have a month of unstructured time ahead of me. Which is good (can work on things at home and work that have been piling up all semester) and bad (can waste time playing around when I should be doing the aforementioned piled-up tasks).
I have had more energy and motivation for creative pursuits recently. I have a dreambox assemblage in the works, and floral image transfers that I am embellishing with collage and vintage sewing notions.
Yesterday I finished up little paperwork things, and then after lunch played with a new dollmaker on the web (based on Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls) and did some Photoshop stuff. It's a great way to waste time when you've just finished one big thing and aren't quite ready to go on to the next.

Today, however, I will be working. I promise :).