Today I received the coolest thing ever in the mail: this decorated order form. Is it not amazing? I hope this person does a box for the white box gallery!
I guess it's picture day today; not only did I get that great order form, I also finally remembered to post the photos of Elizabeth Cherry Owen's box to the white box gallery. It's so beautiful! A very sophisticated black and white presentation.
There've been a bunch of articles recently about weblogs, or "blogs" as people like to call them. I have mixed feelings about these articles. On the one hand, I'm glad that the prominent writers are getting some recognition. On the other, this kind of attention is never good for a sub-culture.
One interesting thing that I've noticed about the articles is that they seem to follow a cycle -- first there's a rash of articles proclaiming the blog as a new form of journalism which will render traditional journalism obsolete. Then another batch decrying blogs as useless and criticizing the first batch of writers for being overly naive. And now people are coming forward to snipe about the inaccuracies of the second group.
Maybe I know less about blogs than I thought -- which is entirely possible; I'm not part of the blogging community, and I don't think of my two web diaries (this one and the car site) as blogs. But people have called them blogs, so maybe they are? I think the word is so new that the definition is still a little fuzzy.
But anyway, maybe I don't know anything about blogs but I'm confused by the claim that all blogs, or at least all blogs that matter, are political. There are so many interesting web logs out there & few of the ones I read are predominantly political. Maybe it's because Andrew Sullivan has a blog, and he's like all famous, so mainstream journalists think that all blogs are like his.
My order from Fiestaontheweb.com came in today's mail too. Actually it might have been there yesterday, but we didn't get to the mail center until today. I've been slowly buying Fiesta for a few years now. They have so many pretty colors and you can buy single pieces, so I like to mix and match. I guess my table would look more polished if I stuck to one or two colors, but I like the look of many different colors on the table.
This time I bought "bargain bench" -- 30% discount for pieces with slight flaws. It's a great deal and since I'm using my dishes, not buying them as collectibles, they don't need to be perfect. The flaws really are very slight, sometimes just a single skip on the underside of the dish. The most noticeable were two plates that were overglazed, so the pattern didn't show very well. But I've seen worse flaws on dishes that department stores sell for full price!
I like Fiestaontheweb.com a lot. Occasionally I've thought about collecting Fiesta as an investment, but fortunately I usually come to my senses. I need another expensive hobby like I need a hole in the head! The resale market for Fiesta seems to be doing well for the few years since I've been paying attention, but it's so easy to get burned. I have a friend who lost thousands of dollars when the bottom fell out of the stamp collecting market. I think I'll stick to buying Fiesta for my own table.
Oh, and the new schedule is up for the radio station! I got a great show: Mondays from 9 am to noon. I can't tell you how thrilled I am about not having to do 5 to 7 am anymore! It got harder every week to get up that early. Especially after my car got broken into, and the fear of robbery was added to my weekly routine.
Unfortunately, I think the horrible new DMCA will take effect before my first show on the summer schedule. This is the law that requires high royalty payments on web broadcasting (to webcast a maximum of 20 streams would cost us many times our on-air broadcast, which covers over a hundred thousand people), and unreasonably burdensome reporting requirements. Personally I think these laws are designed to make webcasting so difficult that no one can do it anymore. But that's just my opinion.
The station has made it clear that our webcast will cease when these laws take effect. So I wish I could ask you to listen in to my new show on Monday mornings, but I don't think we'll be webcasting by then. Thanks to the RIAA for this one. There's a pretty decent article about the impact of DMCA from Raleigh's Spectator Magazine, including quotes from our station manager Cooper. And SaveInternetRadio.org has a lot of information.