Tomorrow I’ll post regarding the vintage pattern design contest, I’m glad to see the interest. I also plan on writing about Project Management and Quality…guys, I just don’t know how much longer I can sit on my hands. I’m afraid if I start writing about these two things, I’ll never stop. For those interested in dynamic new business models in the information age, the topic will only be Lean Manufacturing. I’m starting to see that designer-entrepreneurs are craft-manufacturers, and I’m trying to figure out what that really means and what it takes to bump you guys up another level or two, with a growth and learning strategy that’s effective and fast. I don’t know how to teach you this and I wish I did. I’m trying to learn how myself. I’m reading _The Machine that Changed the World_. There’s 128 used copies if you’re short on cash.
Just a brief mention that pledge week is coming up soon on your local NPR station so get those pledges in now if not sooner. Nobody likes pledge week so there’s no reason to prolong everybody’s agony. Cough up now so we can all go back to focusing our NPR-related attentions on more trivial things, such as still harboring resentment over the dismissal of Bob Edwards, host of Morning Edition for over 20 years…I still don’t know what that was all about.
I’m reading a book written by a friend of mine. He says not to mention it but this is my blog and I can do what I want (my blog is not a democracy). The book is called _The Truth in a Moment_. It’s interesting (to me) because the main character owns several sewing factories so a lot of the story line revolves around the industry. It’s a work of fiction, not a design-house back door tell-all.
My new toy arrived today. It’s a pantograph for those who didn’t know. This thing looks to have a high learning curve…could somebody please explain to me, the utility of a brass bob with these things that look like fish hooks on the end of it? And what’s with the guy wires? I had no idea it was so complicated and I’m just grateful I even know what a guy wire is. Good grief! Where’s the _Pantograph for Dummies_ book when you need one? It’s so cool tho. Of course I’ve already taken it apart once and -yes- forgot where to put a crucial part and I hope I got it back together correctly.
The boy and I have started a continuing ed class in Aikido. Tonight was the first meeting. I’m really, really bad at all of it and I committed a major social faux-pas. The class is all guys and mostly big ones. They’re very nice but I don’t think they’re comfortable handling me which seemed most apparent when they’d grab my wrists. I could see the size surprised them. I am feeling very small in there. I hope I don’t break any bones, I’m such a klutz. The boy is doing lovely. His forward-falling is already natural. Somehow it doesn’t seem fair when he’s only 3″ taller but outweighs me by 80 pounds. I’ve just noticed that it’s midnight. Obviously I’m still processing the over-stimulation. g’night.