Friday, June 25, 2004

Entertainment Choices - Political Statements

With movies like "The Passion of the Christ" and "Farenheit 9/11" coming to theaters, our choice in entertainment is starting to become a political statement.

Activism/Commercialism
I am realizing more and more the power of my purchsing dollar can be used to express myself politically.

This past week, I picked this up:



The reviews say it's boring as hell, but I honestly think President Clinton is an amazing man, and I'm very exciting about reading more about his views on things now that he's left the White House.

Thaddeus and I are also planning on going to see Farenheit 9/11, the new Michael Moore masterpiece. Having read Michael Moore's book, and having seen all his movies, I'm very excited to see this movie opening day. I hope there are minors who want to see it so I can be their "adult supervision" since they had to give it an "R" rating.

What kind of censorship bullshit is that?

Anyway, I'm hopeful that the movie does extremely well. First, so that the dictators in the White House administration don't think they can win on these issues of censorship, and second, so more and more folks will realize all the horrible things the current administration has done to the American people.

Simply Knit
Just a tip...if anyone is planning on getting to the sale, I would recommend getting there early.

They've had enormous interest already and people have been streaming to the store to stake out their sale items. One of the things that always amazed me about this area, is that most of the knitters that I saw come into the local yarn stores are extremely knowledgeable about yarn and the comparable prices in other stores.

Regardless, I have a feeling the first day of the sale will be huge.

Blog Picture
You'll note I updated the banner with the winning picture.

A couple of comments.

Many folks asked why I couldn't just leave up the animated GIF of all the pictures.

Mostly because I had to reduce the quality of the pictures significantly just to get it to a reasonable size, and even still it's too big to keep posted.

Other folks wanted to know why I didn't just keep the original picture.

Almost everyone that knows me, tells me that the picture is not very flattering. Not surprising, as it was my badge picture when I worked at Cisco Systems for a few months.

Thank you all for your feedback and voting. The results were clear that picture #4 had almost half the votes.

Current Knitting
I finished up the second row of squares on the baby blanket. I don't remember how many of these I did on the first one, but it seemed to be a very nice size blanket, so I think I'll check.



The pattern repeat on this blanket is one that encourages me to continue...you know, "just get to the next cable crossover, and you can have a donut." Doesn't everyone reward themselves for certain knitting milestones?

Readers' Comments/Questions
Jon surmises that I was the male model on the Simply Knit web site, and asks if any of the sweaters are my designs.

Yes to both. Most of the sweaters that I model are my own designs, or male versions of some Carol Lapin design.

Antonio asks if now I'll be doing my yarn shopping in Philly.

Doubtful. I'm pretty familiar with most of the yarns I like, so I'll probably order most of the standard yarns on-line. For my browsing experience, I've got about three yarn stores within 20 minutes of where I live. Easy enough to touch and feel locally.

Bulle a écrit, "Au plaisir de revenir sur ton site."

Merci, Bulle. Bienvenue, et c'est mon plaisir. Je peux comprendre Francais plus que je peux parler, ainsi, c'etait mon plaisir de voir ton message.

Mouse put up some excellent renditions of my pictures in the comments section.

If you haven't seen them, they are excellent...thanks very much for doing that. You are very talented.

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