My skirt is not broken

My fiancee and I work at the Renaissance Faire and as such, have a number of outfits that we can wear.  One of my skirts, my favorite, in fact, had its elastic waistband break at the end of last season.  Very sad, it’s such a pretty skirt.  However, we went searching for and found matching blue thread and new elastic with which to fix it.  Only today, the day before the Faire season begins, did I dig out the skirt and see what I needed to do in order to mend it so I would wear it tomorrow.  In pulling it out and giving it a good looking over (trying to find wear I could  best get at the elastic) I noticed some strings coming out of the waistband.  I pulled.  It tightened the waist.  This is how I discovered (not having noticed for the past two years that I’ve owned this skirt) that my skirt is not broken to the point where I cannot wear it.  Now, I still should probably fix the elastic at some point, but I don’t have to do it in order to wear it tomorrow.  Huzzah!

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How to bake a potato in an oven

Yes, today I really did learn how to bake a potato in an oven.  See, in previous experience, they way I would bake a potato was to wrap it in tin foil and throw it into the campfire coals and wait till I thought it was ready.  I really have never made BAKED baked potatoes.  The best part was learning that I had to stab it a bunch of times with a fork so it wouldn’t explode in the oven.  Fun times.  The other thing that I couldn’t wrap my head around was that my fiancee wanted me to put olive oil soaked potatoes, directly on the oven rack and to put the cookie sheet underneath them.  Not the potatoes ON the cookie sheet, but put the potatoes on the rack, and the cookie sheet on the second rack directly below them.  I’m smart, but sometimes things just don’t add up in my mind.

They were very tasty, too.

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The “Smudge” tool in Photoshop is very handy

I was doing some photoshoping for work today and I’d like to share a something I discover while working on my project.  This particular instance was blending copied sections of parchment together to make it look like a long, wavy scroll.  I had already used the Transform -> Warp tool to get a wave form from my semi-rectangular parchment, but I needed it to be many waves.  After copy/pasting a few times I had to go through with the Clone Stamp tool in order to blend the edges together.  However, since the right edge and the left edge were not insignificantly different shades, the blending looked pretty obvious.  Smudge tool to the rescue!  Very large smudge tool, in fact.  Taking the Smudge tool to about half the size of the whole blended line, I wiggled it back and forth (like you would shake a box to get something in it to settle).  Now, that didn’t smudge it a whole lot, but it blended the edges together just enough that it looked like a smooth gradient.  Also, because of the previously stated shade difference, it made my scroll look like it got darker when it was folded back in the wave, therefore, more realistic.  Hurry!  The smudge tool is very handy!

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People are not as smart when they drive

While delivering my work to the warehouse today, I encountered a large number of sheep-like people driving.  To turn into the theme-park where I work, there are TWO turning lanes.  When I got to this part of my drive, I noticed that one turning lane had an enormously long line, backed up nearly to the previous light.  This doesn’t even make sense since there are double yellow lines for a Turn Only lane (if you need to turn some point before the light so you’re not blocking traffic) right before they lines scoot over to reveal the actual turning lane.  Make sense so far?  These people were backed up in one turning lane, when there were two, because they were breaking a rule of the road!  If they had stayed in their correct lane on the road, there would not have been as much of a back up.  This is what I did!  I drove right past all those poor people waiting in a sheep line and got in the second turning lane and was past the light within two cycles!  (This light is a rather short turning light, so two cycles isn’t actually all that long).  So I just suppose that people are not as smart when they drive as they are while they are engaging in some other activity.

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The right references are important

I had a friend over today and we were chatting about this and that, like you do, when she began a sentence with, “I read in a book somewhere that…” and went on to tell me something completely wrong about the Hindu religion.  Now, I’m not a Hindu, but I do enjoy studying world religions (enough so that I nearly minored in it in college).  And for the life of me, I can’t remember what the comment was, and I wish I did.  Anyway, the basic gist of this got me thinking about how we learn things.

-We learn things in school as “facts”.  You mix Chemical A with Chemical B and this happens.  The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.  Etcetera.

-We learn things from our culture.  Sticking your middle finger up is an unacceptable gesture.  A stitch in time saves nine.

-We learn things from the internet.

This last way of learning is actually a mix of the first two.  Unfortunately, there are alot of falsehoods mixed in with the “facts” of the internet, which is why one must be extremely cautious when doing internet research.  Now, it came out through our conversation that my friend had heard another piece of information from another friend who had read it on the internet.  To this I sarcastically stated that “because everything on the internet is always right!”  The problem is, it’s funny because some people still believe it’s true.

So in conclusion, I’ve learned today (well, re-learned, really) that it’s important to have the right references.  If you want to tell me the grass is purple, please bring a scientist that can explain how the light waves are wrong and green really is purple, before you expect me to believe you up front.

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You can’t be profound every day

While trying to think of what I learned today, I went over everything I did today in my mind:

1. Went to Market for groceries and passed one of my best friends on the street and gave her a ride home from Market.  It was nice to see her today, even if we went out for ice cream just last night, but it was a happy accident.

2. Worked on a 1,000 piece puzzle.  Finished it, but found 3 pieces that were either duplicates or didn’t go anywhere.  However, when we rolled up the felt and put the folding table away, I eventually found 3 more pieces on the floor and in the couch.  So it just shows that if you look hard enough, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

3. Another friend came over to pick up a game for someone she’d introduced it too and they’re showing it to their grandparents.  Therefore, people whom I’ve never met will be playing the  game we developed.  That’s kind of a surreal thought.

That’s really about it for points of interest today.  I didn’t do anything.  I didn’t research.  I didn’t actively “learn” anything, but I absorbed information nonetheless.  Therefore, I just suppose that I can’t be profound every day.  And you know something…I’m alright with that.

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what a dead snake looks like

Tonight’s post is a little gruesome and sad, so I apologize for it up front.

When we first got our pet snakes, I asked my fiancee how we would know if one of them died, since they don’t seem to have eyelids and when they sit still for days on end, they seem almost not to be alive.  Well, today I found out what a dead snake looks like.  It looks dead.  Though yes, the eyes are still open, they’re sunken in to the head and somewhat glazed over.  The body looks like dead weight.  It seems like it’s not holding itself up, but rather filled with sand.

R.i.P. Dusky – “sunglow” cornsnake

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