Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blogging and the Social Network

I know that lots of you out there are on facebook. I don't really care for it. I thought when I got on it, that it would be a way to connect with my children and people I've met on the internet a long time ago. It seems though that it is all about how many friends you can have on your page and all that. I've never been competetive about that sort of thing. I just want a few not a lot of people that I don't know. I guess that's why I've started blogging again. I just don't like the everybody in everybody's bussiness crap. I don't want to be friends with everyone. My children hardly ever post on it and then it's usually for someone else, so I see no point on staying on it. I am using up my free luv chum on fishwrangler, I did like that game until it became to addictive. I don't like things that take time away from my life, like staying on the internet all day to play some game. I am going to be redoing my blog and posting more pictures of things I am doing and making. but I'm going to drop facebook soon. I'll have more time for my hobbies and the house cleaning and sewing. My cat will apreciate it I am sure. I am changing around my blog roll and removing some and adding others, not all will be hobbiest and there will be some politics on it too. Right now I think that I will start dinner. Ta Ta Yall'

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Little Annoyances

Some things annoy me, one is when wiki or the news doesn't bother to do any real investigating of so called facts, Todays incorrect fact, at least I believe it is so, Is that T.P Mkenna is the actor who played John Steed in the Avengers that was what Msn said anyway. That was Thomas Patrick Mcnee born in London. Thomas Patrick MaKenna was born in Ireland, I don't think they could be the same person, born in two places at that, and their ages are different. Yesterday's peeve was that they confused the two Paul Smiths on Wiki, yes there were two, one is the actor who portrayed Beast Raban on Dune(the movie) and the other portrayed a corporal in The 1954 movie The Deadly Mantis. Since these sites are run by mostly the young, they wouldn't notice the mistake, and it would never occur to them that there might be two.

I am more annoyed with the fact that Saturday after a rough day shopping and trying to get through the melting sludge and crap on our gravel road, I spilled an entire glass of iced tea on my laptop. It died instantly and I thought that would be it, I cleaned it off,even to removing the hard drive and drying it out and leaving it sitting on paper towels on its side so it would drain. I didn't think for a minute that it would ever work again, but it is. It dried out and the next day it booted up sticky keys and all. I had to break the keys loosed somewhat, it just a darn good thing that I don't put a lot of sugar in my iced tea, or it wouldn't be working at all. Since it started working after it dried out, I bought an external drive and backed up everything on Sunday.

I had to move my computer out of the living room, because I also got a new printer and there just isn't room for two printers in the living room. It was a splurge i know, but we needed a better printer, the old one just messes up and uses a lot of ink just trying to clean the heads, so it was becomming more expensive. The hard drive was important, because after spilling a glass of iced tea on my lap top, who knows how long it will work! I also backed up the Hubby's computer so now we have all that data on one drive. Anyway that's my story and I sticking to it.

As for crafting, I'm still at it, knitting myself a new sweater that I hopefully won't need till next year and crocheting a shawl that is from a picture i saw on the internet. I do like the freedom of working from a photo and not a pattern, I am sure that the one who makes these shawls for sale wouldn't appreciate it but since I don't have her pattern and don't want to pay someone in Turkey for something that I can do for myself. After all their is no way that it can be identical, is there? Most of the shawls I see on the internet are taken from someone else work. Many young women that are just starting out with crochet seem to think they invented it! I've been doing it for over 35 years and trust me, you don't have anything new, just new colors or labels or names. A granny shawl is still a granny shawl even if you use a large hook or thread to make it and it is made pretty much the same way. A shrug made from a rectangle is still a rectangle no matter what fancy name you call it by and you can't really copyright it because it's made from a stitch you found in what ever stitch guide you use, because someone else has probably already made it before you and putting it out there for all to see does not make you first or a designer. I make tons of stuff without a pattern by simply using the stitch guides and counting, that doesn't make me a designer either, that just means I can make what I want when I want without buying someone elses patterns. Okay end of rant. I guess I am just so tired of people copyrighting things that someone else has already done and calling it theirs. You might get away with it, but it is wrong. Sorry but this weekend while surfing I found several Granny square shawls some new and some old and I have printed patterns for one or two and they are all identical, just made with differnent yarns or threads and I found it a bit annoying, because each person had put a copyright notice on it. They were already copyrighted back in the 60's and 70's. Okay now that's the end of rant.

On a much brighter note, the snow is melting and I hope we don't see any more till 2012 and then not so much. My yard is a mud hole and I don't want to go outside. Hopefully in the next post I'll have some finished objects to show instead of objections.