For those curious about what books I bought:
- Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaluda
- The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson (the first book of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)
- Exuberance: the passion for life, Kay Redfield Jamison (I have signed copies of Touched with Fire and An Unquiet Mind)
- The mind and the brain: neuroplasticity and the power of mental force, Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley
- Driving Mr. Albert: a trip across America with Einstein's brain, Michael Paterniti
- Ascending Peculiarity, Edward Gorey and Karen Wilkin
We stopped at Michael's on the way back to pick up floss bobbins to invoke the "hair of the dog" law of finding missing items and replacement Xacto blades for Vogon. We left after finding those and scoring a set of Knifty Knitter round looms on sale, an inexpensive set of sparkly-handled nylon paintbrushes to keep with my walk-around face painting palette until I draft a pattern for and sew a palette case and matching brush roll for my nice brushes, and a bunch of little (2-3" diameter) terra cotta pots to use for sprouting seeds.
I'm slowly working my way through winding my loose floss (some extra skeins from finished projects, mostly skeins from the wonderful holiday package princessbunny sent me!) onto bobbins and have been pleasantly surprised to find Biko is completely uninterested in the floss, relieving me of worries that she might play with or eat any of it. Whew.
More links I'm blogging for later reference...
My latest object lust:
- MUJI Puzzle Cookies, puzzle-piece-shaped cookie cutters that interlock into a rectangle;
- Glass Cluster Lamp by Form Nasielsky, a chandelier you hang with your own stemware;
- Naughty Cakes: Step-By-Step Recipes for Fabulous, Fun Cakes, which made me think of several people on my Friends list;
- Recycled Tire Mats, which sells handmade recycled tire mats that look way sturdier than the ones I've seen in stores.
Still thinking about:
- the PCStitch Pro upgrade; it's half the price of the full version but you need a coupon code to access the option to purchase an upgrade and the latest one is PCSPROUPG;
- choosing between N-Style ID's children's bracelet or one from American Medical ID, which is one of the state's approved vendors for DNR identification devices and offer an Online Medical Registry for a one-time cost of $29. What I'd want on a medical ID bracelet isn't that lengthy (latex, papain and penicillin allergies, state DNR) but the easy access by medical professionals to additional information would be nice.
- Folksonomies: Tidying up Tags?;
- Scarlet name for Peter Pan sequel;
- Demystifying the Power of Moolah, an interview with author Liz Perle about women and money;
- Russell Hoban: Odd, and getting odder;
- News that From Hell is close to being back in print from Comics.212.net -- hooray! I love Alan Moore and this has been missing from my personal library for a long time because it's been hard to find;
- Colors and Patterns of the Old-Style Siamese, Part I and Part II, which left me undetermined whether Biko is a blue-cream or lilac-cream tortoiseshell point;
- From bookslut, contributor Colleen Mondor's "You Should Read This!" young adult awards offer an interesting companion to the recent announcement of the latest Newbury Medal and Caldecott Prize winners. For those of you not following the latter, they are Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins and The Hello, Goodbye Window by author Norton Juster and illustrator Chris Raschka. I'm thrilled by the latter because Raschka is one of my favorite contemporary children's illustrators; my favorite episode of PBS' Between the Lions is the one that uses his book Charlie Parker Played Bebop.
And simply too weird for me to make up:
- interview with: dennis diclaudio, shya scanlon, todd zuniga, where Tao Lin asks Dennis DiClaudio to "draw a photo using letters and symbols found on your keyboard depicting you f**king your own *ss."