Archive for November, 2008

Klez note

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Well, a tune we’re playing in klezmer band, but it’s an Israeli dance tune, not a klezmer tune, Od Lo Ahavti Dai, music and lyrics by Naomi Shemer. I was working on it in Finale this evening and looked it up on google. I found several stanzas that aren’t on the music I was working […]

Governor visit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, visited the company I work for yesterday. An email went out to everyone a few days ago (I’m not sure when, because I was on vacation last week) and a reminder went out Monday. He got a tour of the company early and then spoke to everyone (or everyone […]

Clarinet 2

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Remember the clarinet I bought a couple of weeks ago? I got it out this evening and practiced for a while. It sure sounded like someone just starting to learn an instrument — all those tunes you can play with the first four notes you learned: “Go tell Aunt Rhody”, “Mary had a Little Lamb”, […]

Government wish list – 2

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I don’t know how I forgot in the first list Return the US to the group of nations which support human rights Close the prison at Guantanamo Quit torturing, that goes for intelligence agencies as well as military Geneva Convention, hello? Everyone in Guantanamo to be either arraigned, if there are legitimate charges, or freed […]

Government wish list – 1

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

More serious items – End war in Iraq Serious regulation of financial markets Graduated income tax on corporations, enough to make it unprofitable to be “too big to be allowed to fail” Much more steeply graduated income tax on individuals, more like it was before the Reagan era Normalization of relations with Cuba, allow free […]

Red Mill trip

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

We went out early last Saturday to get some lumber. I’ve been wanting to make benches to put around the fire pit. Not fine furniture, something to sit on. Matt had piled some stones up to make seating, so we have a start; but I was still thinking wood seating. I enjoy getting out to […]

Aran sweater – done

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I made the collar somewhat bigger than it really wanted to be, I think. Here it is: In contrast to the fair isle one I did last year, the sleeves are plenty big. The tops of the sleeves are more than roomy, I’ll say baggy. But I’m happy with it!

Playing Fantastic Contraption

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

A few days ago Sheeping Annie blogged about having to stay in her classroom in the evening because it was a parent conference day. All her conferences had been scheduled for the afternoon, so she was very bored. Someone commented, “go play Fantastic Contraption.” I finally had a chance to try it today, and I […]

Sweater almost done

Friday, November 7th, 2008

My aran sweater is basted together. The neckband is sewn down, and the rest is ready to finish. I couldn’t wait to try it on and take a picture. It’s a little big — better than uncomfortably small like the fair isle one I made last year. I’ll tell you one thing — it is […]

Some rubber stamp work

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I was a little busy yesterday evening stamping copyright dates on stamp mounts that I had indexed last week and stickybacking stamp cushion. The copyright date is easy to explain. We have a set of stamps with our copyright notice, two (one larger and one small enough for our smallest stamps) for each year we’ve […]