I have two things to show you. First is a video I shot of a spider weaving a web off the side of the road. It's my first upload to Youtube! I feel younger and hipper already, don't you? ;)
The other thing is this site http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider-web-construction.php that shows how an orb weaver spider weaves her web. It's so cool I've watched it about 10 times already. Spiders are really amazing, especially when you take into account that the one I filmed had a web that spanned at least 15, possibly 20 feet.
I hope you're all well. I'm great here, just doing the Summer Stay-at-Home Mom thing. Swimming, hiking, vacationing, crafts, etc. Everyone continues to thrive. I wish the same for you.
My husband watches this site called Give-away of the day and today's free software is watermarking software you can use to protect your online images. I thought it would be something many of you might like for your online art.
Just click the link above, download the software, unzip it, run the "activation.exe" and then install the software. It will work for any system onto which it is installed TODAY ONLY.
More info about the software:
Watermark Factory allows you to add text or image watermark to any picture. Protect your copyrights or simply add comments and date stamps to any picture. This useful program has beautiful and easy to use interface. You will be able to process thousands of files in a few seconds. It works with EXIF and IPTC information. Also Watermark Factory allows converting images into various formats and batch file renaming. (normally $49)
I downloaded it, but have not yet used it. My stuff doesn't really get ripped much, but I know some of you who have real problems with it and thought others might need it too!!
I hope you're having great days! I'm off to the park with my daughter to ride the train and frolic. :heart:
Apr. 12th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
I have to tell you that I need us to be far, far LESS STUPID than we sometimes are. There is a single fact with your health, and that is that if you sense a problem, that you are in charge of it. You are your own best - and sometimes only - health advocate when it comes to your own body.
I have just heard my second story in my life about a woman (not a friend of a friend spam glurge, but people I actually KNOW) who has found a lump in her breast, reported it to her doctor, been told after a cursory exam (no biopsy) that it's "nothing" and then has gone home, only to watch it grow and grow over the course of a year. When they finally pushed to get it REALLY checked out, they have advanced breast cancer.
People, if you have a lump and your doctor doesn't think it's a big deal, get a second opinion. And do not, under ANY circumstances, sit back and watch that lump grow and grow inside you and think "it's no big deal; the doctor said so".
We are vital, strong, intelligent women. Listen to your bodies and, if you have to, stand up and SCREAM ON A CHAIR until you get the medical attention you feel it needs. And please don't fall into the trap of fooling yourself that it's "nothing", just because a medical professional says so.
Next time you're in the shower, do your breast exams, and if you're behind on your yearly "woman" exam, make your appointment and go get looked at. Cervical or ovarian cancer is just as important to look for as is breast cancer.
Don't be ignorant, naive or stick your head in the sand. Do whatever you can to see that you live a long, healthy life, for yourselves, for your families, for your friends.
If you don't already know, Michael Richards (of Kramer/Seinfeld fame) had an unbelievable meltdown at The Laugh Factory a few days ago, where he called some hecklers the "n" word about a bazillion times. He went on Letterman shortly afterwards and apologized. He seemed genuinely sad and remorseful, but kept repeating "I am not a racist".
If you haven't seen these clips and you want to, you may do so at You Tube:
Anyway, one of the blogs I read is The Musings Of A New Millennium Nigga and he had some really interesting thoughts on the whole matter. He said it better than I ever could, so here are two excerpts of his longer post (that you can find at his site, linked above)....
...Hear me out on this. I know it's radical. But may be you are racist. May be you just didn't know how fucking racist you are. May be a lot of Americans are like that. May be this entire nation should try taking the first step...and that's admitting you have a problem.
I've heard so many friends of the Black race over the years say that we Blacks need to take responsibility for our lives and stop blaming others. I'm going to have to request you be held to the same standard, Mr. Richards. I'm going to have to request that others, Black or White, who would use your racism to explain why I shouldn't say nigga get the cause and effect relationship straight.
You see, racism like the shit you said at The Laugh Factory helped to create the world in which I exist, a world where I never know which seemingly benign White person is walking around with visions of "niggers hanging upside-down with a fork sticking out their ass" dancing around in their head. I've become who I've needed to become to survive that world.
Reasonable minds may disagree on my creative and political choices. Earl Ofari Hutchinson opined on Arianna Huffington's blog that the increasingly random use of the "n-word" by black comedians was partly to blame for the incident. "The obsessive use of and the tortured defense of the word by so many blacks gave Richards the license to use the word without any thought that there'd be any blow back for doing it. He wasterribly wrong and got publicly called out for it. The blacks that use and defend that word should be called out too. Who's willing to do that?"
He got the tortured part right. But the defense is of myself, of the place I have scratched and clawed to create for myself in this society, this country, this world. I defend myself against those who wag their finger at me, who disrespect me for my personal choice. I defend myself against those who would in any way excuse the rapist for calling the woman he rapes a "bitch," simply because she may call her girlfriends "bitches" when they're talking shit on the phone.
I know the difference between Dave Chapelle and David Duke, Mr. Richards. I know that I laugh with Chris Rock but never at the Little Rock Nine, Mr. Hutchinson. Don't conflate and confuse the issues.
The more I think about it, the less I feel like I should be doing the apologizing. I'm not sorry for what you did, Mr. Richards. And, because your racism exists independent of my choices, I don't even feel sorry for what I do....
....So, do me a favor Mr. Richards, don't apologize. Don't apologize while you hide behind "I'm not a racist." You are a fucking racist. You may not want to be. You may not want us to know that you are. You may not enjoy seeing yourself that way. But the truth of the video is overwhelming.
You didn't use "nigga" like I use "nigga." You know why? Because you can't. You have neither the cultural nor the emotional context that would allow that to happen. You simply saw some Black people and said the first fucked-up thing that came to mind, the thing that comes to more minds than we may ever know or admit. "Nigger!" It wasn't about a shared struggle. It was about the hate that made that struggle my reality. And anybody who would blame me for that is fucking bugging. [Note: "Bugging" is a word that niggas use when they mean that someone is "flipping out." Usage: Michael Richards bugged the fuck out and called some niggas "niggers" at The Laugh Factory last Friday night.]
Mr. Richards -- And I call you that to model a behavior I like to call "respecting other people's humanity" -- you are one racist muthafucka.
So, now you know what I think of you. And I already know what you think of me. That's a start.
So, don't apologize. Not yet. Not when it's so clear that you said what you meant and you meant what you said.
No, it does not shock me to "see what is buried beneath," muthafucka. The sound of the tell-tale heart that is racism pounds and resounds in my ears. So I guess I am sorry about one thing. I'm sorry that this is where we find ourselves...even in this new millennium.