Category: Rantings

Rant and rave.

Etsy, you’ve done it again

Dear Etsy, Congratulations. You’ve done it again, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Your oh-so-cute Gift Guides for Grandmas and Grandpas went out of their way (before they were edited to CYA) to perpetuate your stereotypical view of anyone over, oh, say, 35 as completely out of touch with today’s culture and …

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1000Markets — Maybe not…

I got this response back today: Hi, I appreciate the work you put into your product and that you took the time to set up your shop and seek approval. Unfortunately, we are focused on “finished” products and do not yet have a place for wonderfully handmade supplies like beads and yarn. There’s just one …

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Forums

As I said in my last post, the lampworking community and my place in it has a lot to do with my current state of mind. Last year I started the Glass Haven as a response to what I thought was what people were saying about the existing forums: The Big Forum (BF) is too …

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In a funk

I’ve been in a rather dreadful funk for some time now, and over the last few days have realized that it probably is a fairly significant depressive episode.? Or at least it would be IF I wasn’t on a major dose of EffexorXR every day. Yeah, anti-depressants don’t cure depression, they really just keep it …

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I do not forget

Seven years ago to the moment, I was sitting on the floor in a crowded TV lounge in the GPC Student Center with dozens of fellow faculty and students, watching in horror as the news replayed video of the World Trade Center towers burning and collapsing, of the gaping and burning hole in the Pentagon, …

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Letter to the Editor

The fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry was on the stands at Borders Saturday afternoon.? When I picked it up, the first thing I turned to was the Letters to the Editor section.? It contained four very brief, nothing-but-praise entries — not even a breath about the negative responses to the Carter Seibels feature in …

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Three Things You’d Save in an Emergency

Sara at On Simplicity wrote: what three non-essential things would you save in an emergency? Your family, friends, pets, and any medical needs are considered essential for this question, so we?ll assume you?ve already got those. As I think about my own answer to this, it really brings home how little I really need in …

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Google Maps Screws Up; Bigots Come Out of the Woodwork

With the Russian invasion of Georgia (the one on the Eurasian continent, not the one on the North American continent), and Google Maps’ colossal blunder in locating the correct Georgia, we once again are going to be subjected to comments such as these. From Mark O’Neill, contributing writer at Geeks Are Sexy: you?ve probably still …

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It’s the hands, not the tool

The Eternal Tool Debate reared its pointy little head once again in the lampworking cyberworld recently, fueled in part by the same Belle Armoire Jewelry article on Carter Seibels that I wrote about a couple of days ago: …there are all kinds of other shortcuts that bead buyers need to understand.? Many bead makers have …

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Ageism isn’t okay either.

Most of us know better by now than to make racist or sexist comments, at least in public.? Ageism, though, seems to still be considered fair game, at least among certain venues in the craftosphere. First there was this little gem from the Etsy Forums: Vanessa says (snip) Here’s the thing. We really want to …

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