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Difficult to remember

First, I’m mad at Facebook, and I realize that this isn’t gonna change things. I don’t like their TimeLine feature, and just don’t like things forced on me. So they’re pissing me off twice – every time I look at it. I had realized, as someone pointed out to me, that I can click on HOME and other posts will look the same for now anyway, until they decide to force more changes on us. But I look at my page occasionally, perhaps to see responses, and I look at other people’s pages, to see again pictures of the grandchildren that my daughter stole away with, off to a faraway place or to see pictures on other sites, alpaca pictures, wool, sheep, spinning wheels and other such stuff of interest to me. It makes my head ache going back and forth on this new format like I’m watching a tennis match. Pictures don’t all fully display now, too, and as someone who’s often got a camera or 3 with me, that annoys me, too. So I’m one Angry old Bird.

Memories

I have many. Not all of them worth remembering. A lot of stupid stuff in our heads. Facebook is bringing that out. Maybe it’s just the age of all my friends and how everybody lately seems to be testing the rest of us, looking for the early signs of dementia.  Big pictures posted and it says underneath, “Do you remember this/these?” and there’s a picture of a skate key, or the plastic spindle thingie that we put into 45’s so they would play, an 8-track player or a Princess phone with a DIAL. And the first time you see it, you snicker a little bit, admit silently to yourself that Yes, I do remember that even though there hasn’t been one like that on the planet in 74 years. But after they go around 65 times, well, I never liked Princess phones that much, even back in the day. Poorly designed things were too light – if you pulled on the cord to get comfortable, the damn base of it launched at you like an oddly-shaped cannonball.

Another memory issue I had was when I opened my e-mail the other day and was notified that they are offering another layer of security for us beyond the single password. If we should ever forget our password, we should now sign up for this next bit of assistance. First you must answer the “Secret Questions.”  2 or 3 of them, from their canned list.

  • What was the name of your best friend in the first grade?   Huh?? Some kid that moved away in 2nd grade.
  • What was the name of your first grade teacher?  Uh. hmmm.  Old fat woman?
  • What make was your first car?  Red? Little bug. That’s it – a red bug.
  • The name of your first pet? The one I’ve got now I just call Stupid.
  • What was your favorite CD when you were in the 9th grade? Hello, they had just invented the electric typewriter. Right after rocks were invented. These people are not fully aware of the whole demographic that’s on Facebook, and are unaware that anybody over the age of 30 uses it, I’m thinking. If so, they would know that the first name of my first grade teacher is not uppermost in my mind today, hasn’t been in almost 60 years, and if I can’t remember the damn password that I created, how in the hell am I gonna remember all this stuff, too? I am overloaded with passwords and have to keep a written list – the most often used, well, I can keep track of those, but the obscure ones that are used infrequently. Hell, I can’t remember lunch. I appreciate their offer of help, but like the system they already had set up for those of us with 2 different emails. If I can’t remember the password, they email it to the other account. Hope I’ll be able to remember that one.
  • Old Dog, New TricksGuess I live in fear of my brain getting as flabby as, well, other parts of me, so I set myself out on these little challenges to keep my mind in good working order. (Anybody remember when I decided to learn a very capable, complicated piece of database software, learn to program in it, design an entire database and then key in all the data – in a week or two – while working full-time – using a program I had never seen before????  Many dark hairs went light that month.

    But I’m at it again. This time it should be easier as the tasks are not as complex, it should be “fun” learning and my job isn’t in the balance this time!

    I have used an old copy of PhotoShop (CS2) for years, but truly, there’s so much about it that I don’t know, don’t use, won’t live long enough to learn. Some of it is so complex and exacting that you really have to be shown by a qualified instructor or an expert user with a lot of time and patience. Then I saw PhotoShop Elements 10 on Amazon and thought that the learning curve isn’t so hideous for that. And I had just finished reading a series of Digital Photography books by Scott Kelby that had some damn fine ideas in them. So I bought the software, played around with it for a bit, chose a Scott Kelby tutorial book specifically for this software, waiting until I had enough Amazon points to get it for free. Now, I have to dig in, and pull the information out of this book. So far, I’m very pleased with the techniques and how they are presented. Initially, it talks about the Organizer part of the software, and my files will benefit by this. It will only get better.

    AND…..

    I’m taking an online course at Craftsy called Spinning Dyed Fibers, presented by Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns. First, this young lady knows her stuff. She’s an excellent spinner and she’s been running quite a well-respected business dyeing and selling fiber and yarn. She also knows how to teach – not everyone who can DO can TEACH. She can.

    Hand dyed fiber is beautiful to look at.

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    This is what it looks like to start with. Fiber or fiber blend that’s been combed, i.e., all the strands of fibers are lined up neatly. Then it’s hand-dyed, dried and braided for sale. The finished yarn product is going to show the color differently, depending on how it is handled/spun.  Remember playing with water paints when we were kids?  If you mixed all the colors together, you just ended up with an ugly brown color? Well, that’s part of Advanced Color Theory, but depending on how these are spun, they’ll all lose their brightness and end up looking dull and muddy. OR you’ll retain the colors that originally attracted you to the braid and the dye artist.

    This lady specializes in bright colors, deep jewel tones, beautifully contrasting colorways. This is the one I want to learn from and would gladly be an indentured servant in her dye shop if it wasn’t so damn far away (and in another country.

    I ordered fiber from her, this company, because it looked beautiful on her website, and that’s where I read about the course offered over on Craftsy. When the package arrived and was so wondrously colored, I knew I had to sign up for her course before I touched the fiber. And to go with the course was a small “supply kit.” A package of 6 1-oz. balls of dyed fiber.

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    Here’s the kit that I received!  I’m really liking the colorway in the bottom right.2012-07-30_18.46.49.jpg

    This is the label on the reverse of the package, and I want to keep them in order so I know their names, and I think the one I like is Lakeshore Drive. Hmmm, more of it may end up following me home.

    I know some of my spinning friends read my blog, so I’ll post reviews as I go. The introductory and color theory parts are very well done. Using the wee bits of fluff comes next!

     

     

     



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