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Friday, April 30, 2010

Technology age and Print, Part 1

Part 1:

I should be finishing my diff eq homework. But I am listening to NPR streaming. It is not bad but it isn't the best replacement for npr on the radio. I miss waking up gently to news stories with soft, british and foreign accented voices.

Print media is slowly phasing out with the onslaught of digital print. I for one would still purchase new and antique books.

But with this age of convenience, what happens when your device breaks? Or the company goes out of business, or whatever? You run out of memory?
I for one do not trust digital portable devices to keep my data safe forever. Print books can keep them safest longest. Because you never know when your storage device will decide it doesn't want to be compatible or listen to your player anymore.

I experienced this with floppy. Several times for papers. Twice, when the disc got physically stuck in the drive. A few more times when the computers suggested I reformat the drive to read the document. And a few more times when there were virus scares.

And my flash drives. There's a beautiful black one I have, 2 gig, made by cruzer. Had to go on another computer and transfer off my files, because
Another flash drive, 1gig, started bending and I was afraid it would break, and the data would be trapped on it.

You also lose a lot of traditional jobs from writer to reader. What about the publishers, and printers, and editors, and the people who work in the bookstores.
With the coming of technology also comes further desocialization. You don't have to go to the bookstore and interact with someone in order to purchase a book. You can just point and click. I fear that these simple interactions might become frivolous soon enough.

They are talking about copyright and electronic rights and publishers now.

I need to finish this work before 4pm. Last diff eq homework.... wanna do well. It's getting really tedious. 3x3 matrix determinants??? Really?? And matlab doesn't understand finding the determinant of 3x3 matrix that involves lambdas. UUUUUGGGH.

Anyway gonna run off and finish now. Might post more later.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Types of Sock Heels and Patterns

I'm tired of not being able to find the types of heels that can be knit. I don't like the traditional basic heel type, so I'm going to investigate types and share with the community.

Stay tuned.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Spending a great deal of time crocheting.

I'm kind of disillusioned with school work. It's not good but I am. Though I have gotten quite a lot done with my Graphic Storytelling comic.

I have the first scene partially done. And I have made up Seiryuu's character design up.
This is my story idea.

I am working on a messenger bag. "Slouchy hobo bag". The pattern is here on youtube.
I'm trying to use up most of my yarn. Crocheting is good for that. It uses up yarn fast. But it also makes thicker, faster pieces of work than knitting.

Knitting takes a long time but involves a more smooth texture than crocheting.

We're learning Laplace transformations in math.

I am attempting to model a 3d anime-like head in Blender. It is hard.

WIPs of all my projects will come later on.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Often Misused Words: I

An overused word.
Used so many times the word almost has lost meaning.

(kōō-tŏŏr', -tür')
  1. The business of designing, making, and selling highly fashionable, usually custom-made clothing for women.

  2. Dressmakers and fashion designers considered as a group.

  3. The high-fashion clothing created by designers.

[French, sewing, from Old French cousture, from Vulgar Latin *cōnsūtūra, from Latin cōnsuere, cōnsūt-, to sew together : com-, com- + suere, to sew; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]


- 3 dictionary results


[koo-toor; Fr. koo-tyr] Show IPA
the occupation of a couturier; dressmaking and designing.
fashion designers or couturiers collectively.
the clothes and related articles designed by such designers.
the business establishments of such designers, esp. where clothes are made to order.
created or produced by a fashion designer: couture clothes.
being, having, or suggesting the style, quality, etc., of a fashion designer; very fashionable: the couture look.


In the end, when fashion designers say: "This has a very couture look!" What does that really mean? Why can't they say fashionable? Do they mean high fashion? And if so, what is high fashion?

I wish people would say what they mean and mean what they say more.

couture. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved April 19, 2010, from website: