Monday, November 13, 2006

The Computer or the Case

Well, my new computer has started to arrive. I am getting a Lenovo Thinkpad X41. So far, the only part to arrive is the ThinkPlus USB 2.0 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo II Drive. The X41 is designed to be ultra-portable, so the optical drive comes either in a dock or as a USB device.

There isn’t much I can say about the drive without a laptop to hook it up to, but I can say that it is lightweight and really, really small. Just as others have observed: it is little larger than a 2-disc CD case. They said that they shipped the carrying case before the drive, but the drive came from North Carolina (NC), whereas the case is coming from...Hong Kong? The shipping info says it was scanned in “HK” so maybe it’s for the best that it was shipped early. It is a little frustrating that the fun part is the last to ship, but I still don’t know which will arrive first: the computer or the case.

P.S. I know that my blog's comment system is not working quite right. I haven't taken the time, yet, to figure out exactly where the problem is, but I am aware.

Monday, October 09, 2006

An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician are...

Yes, I like math jokes. Does that make me a nerd? I hope so!
..has some nice jokes I hadn't read before.

I found the site while searching for a poem I read some time ago. It was about a person who made two wooden boxes - one with sides 1 foot long and another with sides -1 feet long and the interesting thing that happens when one box was placed inside the other. If anyone reading this knows what I'm talking about (first of all, welcome to insanity) please leave a comment if you can help me find the poem again.

Mathematicians make the best poets.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Exquisite Corpse

I just found out about a creative game called "cadavre exquis" (exquisite corpse). It is related to the parlor game Consequences. I love the name and the concept is fun. is an online version. Check it out.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


So, this summer I made a skirt, knitted a shirt and half completed a mulberry wood butterknife (nothing picture-worthy to show, I haven't sanded it yet). I have a partly made painting (Half done? Nearly done? Barely started? I don't know, it's the first decent-sized acrylic painting I've ever done), a half-sewn shirt, my room is still a mess and classes start again next week, but I created my first framed webpage.

Yes! Random now has frames. There is still much to be done, but I have uploaded more generators (still from the Seventh Sanctum template. I've done others, but they aren't worth showing anyone, yet).

Also, I am worried because some of the classes I signed up for look like they might not make, so if you live in or are planning to visit the central Virginia area, I encourage you, please, to sign up for a Watercolor class at the local community college ;-)

Sunday, June 25, 2006


From the Alternative Fluorescent Reality at, this is Madwise.

Today I would like to highlight the academic achievement of one Hannah Truett, a
Virginia community college student. As you can see by this, she is now a published academic (her father mentioned, in response, that he is a published poet and a produced playwright, but I find such alliteration to be excessive). Her "Text Report" for second semester freshman English composition was selected to become another of the units of study available for future students to write essays about. I believe the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art's website has a copy of the video interview (the subject of the report) available for download, but I can't get their site to load, so I can't give you a link.

In other news: as can be seen in this pdf, Hannah Truett has also been chosen to receive a scholarship for the coming academic year, so things are going well for her. If you are interested, you can also see the names of anyone else who got a scholarship and how much it is worth.

There are no new developments in the wooden butter knife.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


The Swedish Sloyd knives I got for Christmas...

-at first looked monstrous and deadly, but unsheathe them...

-and you see they're not as mean as they look. If you measure the blade...

-the longest one is only about four inches. Below, you'll see what I have done with them.

I carved a butter-knife. In this picture, you can see the butter-knife toward the top (blade downward). Below it is the other half of the wood it was carved from. I carved the butter-knife from a mulberry branch trimmed from its tree about a week ago, so the wood was still soft and easy to carve. I need to wait for it to dry before I put the finishing touches on it, but its basic shape should remain the same.

Why a butter-knife? It was the only thing I could think to carve from so small a branch of wood. I like carving green wood, but I don't have access to large pieces right now. Also, this butter-knife was a project that only took me, a beginner, less than two hours.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Leonardo da Vinci quote

"Art is the Queen of Sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world."

This is a da Vinci quote I first ran into on ArtLex's merchandise page. As I would like to do scientific illustration someday, I can relate to the quote. I want to use art to explain biology to people.

Friday, April 21, 2006

2006 Student Art Exhibit

Wow. I just got home from the awards ceremony for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Student Art Exhibit. I had submitted several pieces to the exhibit and four were accepted. This evening, I was awarded 2nd place in the Drawing category and 1st place in Design and Digital!

My drawing was “Angora Portrait,” a self-portrait in which I wore my Angora-blend Mobius scarf. Said scarf was hand-spun and handknit by me. It won third place in the Montpelier Fall Fiber Festival several years ago. (It must be a better scarf than I ever imagined, it’s won two awards!)

My digital piece, an abstraction of an art history piece, was one I made for a color theory class. I call it "Moonstruck." It seems as if the pieces which disturb me the most, the weirdest, multi-media collage/digital pieces I make are the most well-liked. I like it, too, but don't ask me what it means because I still don't understand.

I know, it's a digital piece, I should be able to show you a better picture than this, but I'm tired and that file isn't on my hard drive so here's a photo from the exhibit.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Seventh Sanctum's Beauty Contest 2006

This is my entry for Seventh Sanctum's Beauty Contest 2006 in the female category.

The Deity Generator gave me this description:

This goddess of summer takes the form of an adult woman. She is very tall and has a busty build. Her deep-set eyes are white. She has ruddy skin. She is usually portrayed as wearing an attractive costume made from the skin of an ancient monster, and a locket. She carries a scroll. She can impart knowledge of the seasons.

Monday, January 23, 2006