Friday, January 30, 2009
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX),Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, 'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.' In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part ):
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........ Twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light. I love the next one!!!
7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again, because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off
PS - I'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call 'customer service' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Could figure out what to do with this gorgeous piece of glass.. It now filters the morning sunshine toward my shop.. You can see it in the "snowy piles" picture here.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Something I noticed is how the sun heats up objects and causes the surrounding snow around it to melt. Rocks and metal would be obvious.
This farm has a lot of history. You don't see many foundations such as this any more..
Monday, January 26, 2009
One top of that, our neighbor's horses decided they wanted to visit our horses. That is all well and good except, because of the snow, our electric fence is not on!! Our horses respect the web fencing, but the neighbor's horses have no clue what it is about... Total chaos when they started their fence fighting... our four and their three.
Now, mind you, it is COLD outside!! I am in my jammies trying to shoo them back from the fence before it is destroyed to prevent our horses from running around in the fields (unfenced) surrounding our property. Panic can set in as there is a major highway not far from here. I enjoy riding in these fields normally but having a horse running loose there is not a fun thought.
Poor Mike is inside the barn trying to get our critters into their stalls but I am sure you horse people can relate to what an issue that can be when there are strange horses trying to get a pecking order amongst your horses. On top of all this, the neighbors didn't seem to be in any hurry to come up and round up their stock!
After an hour of chasing them around the countryside (I am still in my jammies) trying to get them going in the right direction, they took off up some other person's driveway that has horses. Whew. Maybe they will stay there.. at least we don't have them here tearing down our fences. The owners finally showed up.
All this has to do with the heighth of the snow on the ground. Their horses decided they could go right over the top of their fence. I am sure hoping ours don't discover this!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I see this about one of the biggest bead shows in the US in Tucson, Arizona and I just cry because I can't go this year. My best friend is on her way down to stay in Arizona for the next three months and another friend is already there. How much fun it would be to go gem hunting out in the desert!!
I here about all the lampwork artists on the LampworkEtc forum, that are going to be there and go ooohhhhh. Having been there several times already, just makes me want to go again because I had sooo much fun there.
Tucson Gem, Bead and Mineral Show.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This is a necklace I had created the night before and Kathy just had to make one and did a pretty good job of it. In fact, she made two of them a little different from each other and Peggy made one also.
They decided to call these "Egyptian Slave Neckaces" Drop a note and let us know what you think of this design. Would love some feedback.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I love making these little organic cubes.. Am working at keeping them on a small scale which can be a challenge since you are working with so many colors. And I still want to keep the depth in these so I have to allow for the clear encasement.
This set I fondly refer to as Southwest. I bought a new color from Glass Alchemy called Butternut and between it and Blue Carmel, and one of Momka's colors called Stormy Weather, you can come up with great color schemes.... And don't you just love the shape. Pressed into a tabular shape, it provides some comfort in bracelets. "Nubbins", I call them. I plan to make some more today.
Now this set is very popular for the jewelry designer. They use these as spacers. I had no purpose in colors here, just started working glass but these, though I refer to them as "orphans", actually go quite well as a set. Lots of clear and lots of character.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Nancy and I thought, well what the heck. We would go. But, low and behold, Mike decided to join us! This is a good thing in so many ways.. like he can be our handsome escort and chauffeur. Yup. And give him a rest from plowing all that snow..
The movie, "Australia", was awesome. About 130 minutes long, it kept you not wanting to leave your seat. Story content was the proverbial land baron wanting to buy/own some small time rancher's land but it really had unique circumstances surrounding the theme.
Time line was during WWII and had some historical value about it that I understand to be true but what I liked most was trying to figure out how the old Aboriginal native played a role in all this.
Hugh Jackman was awesome, oh so handsome and rugged and well suited for his role. Though not a fan of Nicole Kidman, I have to admit her position of the snobby land baroness, was appropriate. My heart went out to the little boy in the movie. He was such a doll and a very good little actor.
Go see the movie!! Very well worth it!!!
There is a link provided above directly to the "Australia" movie website for you to explore..
Friday, January 9, 2009
For all my friends back on the west side, check out my friend and previous neighbor's photographs of the flood waters where Mike and I used to live in Monroe. All those pictures bring back memories for us as we had to deal with these type of waters "back home". flood pictures
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
I managed to get some torching in late this afternoon. Sometimes, the kiln yields amazing things. And sometimes it doesn't!!!! They looked good going in.