Hawaiian Classic - Shirt #2

Time to start a new shirt. I purchased the Hawaiian Classics 220 shirt pattern from the Victoria Jones Collection. This is my first 'non-beginner' pattern. The instructions are great, and the construction is pretty straight forward. I did end up making several learning mistakes on the muslin, but the real shirt is going great. That's the whole point, in my opinion, of the muslin. Yes, check fit and adjust, of course, but I also find it a great learning experience figuring out the nuances of the pattern.

We Communicate

Our technology wandering around the solar system is an amazing representation of autonomy and good communication. The devices need to be smart enough to operate independently, but still accept commands and share images and findings no matter how far away.

Work presented some communication challenges today.

Leaning To Sew

Part of the 10 year plan is learning some independence skills. For example, I want to be able to repair and create cushion covers and sail covers. This means learning some basic sewing skills and learning to work on a gear driven sewing machine.

Enter my beautiful Singer 15-91. What a wonderful machine! I bought it from a sewing machine expert, the-treasure-cellar on ebay, and couldn't be more pleased. From 1952, this single-stitch machine is smooth and wonderful to work with.

We'll Miss You Terry Pratchett

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books:

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

Goodbye Politics

The name calling and ridiculous hyperbole of another presidential campaign cycle is already starting to show up on various social media.

Fortunately, most of the social media services have ways of dealing with it. For example, reddit stuff gets down voted, so it isn't seen, with twitter, depending on the client, certain topics or accounts can be hushed, and on facebook, sites and people can be ignored, or blocked completely.