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Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Sonnet

The Quest Of The Cynic
Love is the sole purpose of existence!
Our destiny wholly to seek and find.
Is that not the general consensus?
Such sentiments befit a simple mind.
Would you remove man from his pedestal?
Or appoint him a throne to rule on high?
"Rather blind men lead the way," laugh the fools.
As the men of the Earth march off to die.
The wise wish me to acquire wisdom.
The ignorant suggest I search for love.
The old say, look up, seek why you are come!
The young assure me nought exists above...
Cynics embrace; inhale and suspire.
Lovers; in their ignorance expire.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Media Blog

Good day, to all of you swimming through the vast recesses of Bloglands.
I've been reading quite a lot lately, and I feel the need to share with you what I liked and disliked about what I've read.
If you're like me, you love to be offered addvice on what books are great, and must reads.
So, I openly offer you my opinions, thoughts, and a few details on each of the books below.

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

If you 'dig' Sci-Fi novels, chances are that you've already read this one. This book is classic; one that every single person should read at least once.
It was influened by the popular William Blake poem, and was first entitled, Tiger! Tiger!.

Next by Michael Crichton

The topic of Next, is along the lines of genes, and the process of extracting certain genes in order to create cures for disease.

I like the works of Michael Crichton(Author of Jurrasic Park), from my experience, he writes well written and well researched stories. Next is not his best work; the plot is exaggerated and overall it seems to be written not as a biothriller, but as a complaint against modern science itself.
Still, it's worth reading.

Prey by Michael Crichton

Prey discusses Nanotechnology and the story line is based upon how modern day computer programs are built in mimic of animal behavior. Great story, very interesting.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

No doubt many of you saw the previews for the movie Atonement. I thought that it looked like a good story, so I went out and purchased the book instead of running to the theater.
This book had every opportunity to be great. The overall plot's not bad, but certain aspects of the story tear it apart. As I was reading, I had the distinct feeling that the entire story was rushed, and many parts were left lacking detail. This proved very frustrating; perhaps that was the feeling he expected people to be left with.
After finishing Atonement, I had hopes that perhaps the movie would turn out decent, but sadly, that was not the case. Thus, the book was better than the movie; but not terribly great.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Existenstial Proof, Knitter's: "Behold!"

So, the long awaited post with the picture, as I promised has now been, in a sense, "unveiled"!

The History Of It All
Truth be told, my relationship with sock knitting has been a rocky one. In the beginning, I began the first of all socks that was to have been created by my own two hands; the yarn was blue, I remember.

My DPNs in hand, I knit with fuery and, after a time, I rendered a sock; not a bad one either.

Now came the time to begin the second, of what would be two entire socks, rendering a complete pair. For some reason, it struck me, and for the longest time I didn't have the sheer power of mind to begin another. So, there I was, left with one whole sock.
The years have passed, various projects, many scarves, and the pairs of incompleted baby socks have come and gone; and the one blue sock has journeyed off somewhere, perhaps in search of a purpose.

But today is a new day! A day in which I Heidi have actually finish, not one, but two completely knit socks!

The socks themselves, were knit by double pointed needle, four to be exact, sized: (1), and
one miniture crochet hook for picking up stitches.

The pattern itself, just your run-of-the-mill socky-sock pattern. It called for size two, but upon trial, I noticed the extremely loose stitches, and tightened the gauge accordingly.

The yarn was black as you can see, and self striping.

I also have some really amazingly cool sock yarn that I have in store for the next pair, and I desperately need to hunt down a pattern for.

Any suggestions as to patterns would be welcomed!