fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunsets and candy necklaces

The blog is a bit neglected. So it must be. I am so very busy right now I can hardly think, let alone blog. But as far as problems go, everybody's got them and mine are good problems to have.

Hope your problems are good ones, too!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Easy, fun (and not dorky) Valentines.

"Hoppy" Valentine's Day. Get it? Okay, that might be a bit dorky. Well, my boy's not too afraid to let out his inner dork every once in awhile. We all should, every once in awhile.

We used this origami frog. And glue-gunned tongues and eyes and even bows. 'Cause we can dork out like that. We're not afraid to.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

CPSIA Update February 6th

"In an effort to provide clear and reasonable guidance to those impacted by this important law, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing its enforcement policy on the lead limits established by the CPSIA.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers should also be aware that CPSC will:

Not impose penalties against anyone for making, importing, distributing, or selling

-a children’s product to the extent that it is made of certain natural materials, such as wood, cotton, wool, or certain metals and alloys which the Commission has recognized rarely, if ever, contain lead;
-an ordinary children’s book printed after 1985; or
-dyed or undyed textiles (not including leather, vinyl or PVC) and non-metallic thread and trim used in children’s apparel and other fabric products, such as baby blankets.

(The Commission generally will not prosecute someone for making, selling or distributing items in these categories even if it turns out that such an item actually contains more than 600 ppm lead.)"

Here's the whole thing. Sounds pretty good to me. So, let's get back to having some fun!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Calling all venture capitalists!

I'm going to start paying attention to what Stanford wants of their computer science majors, because I think the girl has a lot to offer the field of computer technology. She was the first in the field to come up with the "oops" key, after all. 

Here, a prototype sketch of a possible new project. Admittedly, it does take many functionality and design cues from the iPhone. But it's not a phone. It has a phone, of course. But it's better than a phone. Because it's a cat. An iCat! 

An iCat has all sorts of downloadable apps. Here, we see the app for email, of course, and there's a Chinese translator and even a dress design app. I'm excited about the cooking app. A cat that's a phone and an mp3 player and an Internet devise and designs and cooks.

I want a cat like this. I'll suffer through my allergies for this techie kitty.

So, venture capitalists, shoot me an email.

Monday, February 2, 2009

I know: Not fair.

Sunny and warm again. Keep warm and safe, rest of the world.

And what part of "Keep Off" doesn't he understand?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wondering about Wonder Tape

I like Wonder Tape. I use it to set zippers and trims really straight. It is a strip of a two-sided adhesive that dissolves away in the wash. It's kind of pricey. About $5 for this little roll. What I don't like is Wonder Tape that doesn't work its wonders. Wonder Tape definitely has a best before date.

In the photos above, the old Wonder Tape is on the bottom. The newer Wonder Tape is above.

See? Old doesn't stick to the material. What old Wonder Tape does stick to is the cardboard backing of the blister package. That's how I know if the Wonder Tape is fresh or not.

So this is what I do: I pay for my Wonder Tape and then open the package right then and there at the cashier. If it is sticking to the back of the cardboard, I'm asking for my money back. 

And this is the blog post to prove my point about Wonder Tape not working if it's too old. I just pull out my iPhone and while at customer service, I show them. Because otherwise, they just won't believe me. I must have a really devious look to me, like I run a huge Wonder Tape racket to defraud JoAnn's. And I won't get a refund. (The local JoAnn's Fabrics and I, that's entirely a marriage of convenience--not a lot of love there).

See the way the old Wonder Tape sticks to the package, all gross and gnarly? Avoid that.

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