Don’t use ‘fancy’ towels to clean your gun

12 Apr

As previously mentioned, I’ve made the trip to north-central Missouri with my mother so she, my aunt and my uncle can start going through my grandmother’s house. After checking in to a hotel, Mom and I found this sign in an ice bucket with a few small towels:


In an effort to keep our towel supply looking its best, we have placed these pieces of stained, but laundry clean, toweling here for your use in cleaning guns, fishing equipment, boats, autos, shoes or any other use needed.


The blog has a name!

11 Apr

I finally found a name (and domain) that I like for this blog! Woo-hoo! Kerning, for those unfamiliar, is what you do to adjust space between letters, pushing them closer together or farther apart. I owe Mark Dodge Medlin a drink or three for rescuing it after its database was (accidentally) deleted. Thanks, Mark!

I’ve been busy this past week, too, adding another blog to the lineup, Paper Cuts. For almost a year, I had a page on Graphic Designr that kept track of newspaper layoffs and buyouts. Well, now it’s a blog, which will make it easier to update, to know when there are updates and to subscribe.

The leaves three other blogs:
Points & Picas: The one you’re reading now. All of the journalismy, designy, newsy stuff.
Story of Man: The story of man as told in headlines around the world.
The Bird’s Nest: Clever quips from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird, a cartoon tradition that started in 1901. Oh, and the Weatherbird has a widget now, too.

All of that should keep me busy, right?

This weekend, I’m heading to north-central Missouri with my mother to start going through stuff at my grandmother’s house. The kids — my mother, her sister and her brother — are already squabbling. Since my aunt and uncle will have spouses there, I’m somehow the designated backup for my mother. It should be entertaining; expect updates.


7 Apr

Clearly, this blog is having problems. I did something I shouldn’t have, and haven’t figured out exactly what that was yet. So the blog is back up, but the 22 or 23 posts that were here? Might be gone. Much sadness.

Hello, Opportunity

1 Apr

Opportunity is knocking, and I’m not sure how to answer the door. OK, Opportunity hasn’t really knocked yet. But it’s a feeling, you know? Opportunity is walking down the hall and will soon tap lightly on the door. I think. I hope.

Cryptic, I know. Even in my head it’s cryptic, and I (think I) know exactly what I want out of this situation.

I love this video

31 Mar

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