Archive for April, 2009

Kindle app for I-phone and i-pod

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

There is a free app for Iphone and touch ipod that turns your ipod or phone into a kindle. It is wonderful. Buy your reading stuff on line from amazon and sync it to the phone. Turning pages is a snap ( unlike on an actual kindle). Control the size of the fonts etc. All for FREE. I am someone who loses their phone all the time,  but I always know where my BOOK is, so this is helping to solve one of life’s little problems too. Also it is back lit and I read in bed for the first time in years when I first got it. So save your  money for the kindle, and get an ipod or phone that can do other cool stuff too. I have already read Pillars of the Earth and three other 1000 page books, and it reads as  easy as pie!. And it remembers where I left off!

Extreme Grooming Poodles

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

My friend Marilyn Brooks always sends me crazy things in the emails like this extreme grooming thing

http://www.amyoops.com/2009/04/extreme-grooming-poodle-alert.html 

Looking for a Good Read on Crafts?

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Gwynne Rukenbrod at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft passed on a very interesting article to me written by Bruce Metcalf in 1980 called “Crafts:Second Class Citizens?” In it he explores five reasons crafts are looked down on by the art world

1. A Lack of critical writing in the crafts

2. Crafts are pre-occupied with function

3. Use of ornamentation

4. 5 year lag of ideas behind the fine art world

5. Lack of an intellectual approach to crafts

Before you start hating, read on and you will f ind that Metcalf actually sees the craft movement as a giant “anti-high-art-taste movement” He likens craftsmen to Romanticism and critics and fine art to Classicism, two opposing philosophies. Very interesting and some of what  he says is spot on.

An interesting read and  now I am going to read some of his other later articles

You can find this article at www.brucemetcalf.com 

Eldon Libby sent me this!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
My Studio by Eldon Libby

My Studio by Eldon Libby