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Being

When you say to someone “draw a tree,” what they draw is, no matter how complex, visual shorthand for a tree. The picture does not capture the “being” of a tree. The beauty of the limbs. The complexity of a leaf. The texture of the bark. The sweet clean “tree” smell. In much the same way, when we say “I’ve…

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Parable of the Engineer

The parable of the engineer. In my day job I am a software engineer. People who are not engineers come to me and say “Build us {this thing}”. They will in fact sometimes even come to me and say “Build us {this thing} and it must have {these features}.” When I was young and new to being a software engineer…

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“Cut the dog off the loom”

Early this year we re-did my sewingroom/office (hereafter referred to as “The Study”). I don’t have any “real” before pictures. I have picture from when we moved into the house and the room was empty and pristine(and carpeted). Right before the re-do my sewing room was NOT pristine. My sewing room has bulged at the seams for a long time.…

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Ball walker

Be a ball walker! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EszwYNvvCjQ&feature=share

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Things which are oddly similar

Things which are oddly similar: Huve AKA “St. Brigitta cap” 6th-12th century (upper left) Two-Tailed cap 14th-15th century (upper right) Tudor coif 15th-16th century (lower left) Elizabethan cap 15th-17th century (lower right) from http://www.extremecostuming.com/articlesii/howtowearthecoif.html This caught my eye a while ago. It seems obvious when you put the images side-by-side.

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Chausses

Chausses – French word for medieval fabric or armor leg covering. Pronounced [shohs] (rhymes with “shows”). English speaking people would call them “hose”. Notice, “hose” rhymes with “chausses” (when it’s pronounced correctly). But Sylvie, you say, I’ve heard some people pronounce it as [chaw-ses]. To which I reply: some people are idiots. Don’t be an idiot. I know, I know.…

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