Claddagh Ring by Ricksonjewellery

claddagh ringvia – Claddagh Ring With or Without a stone by Ricksonjewellery.

I like this update on the Claddagh design. I wanted to make a Claddagh with ASCII art and may use the hands in this way. Much easier than showing all the fingers (hard to get narrow lines that close together unless I make the Claddagh in a pretty large size). I found a crown on another Claddagh which I like too, a vintage ring I posted to Pinterest.

claddagh ring

I’ve Become Super Noob

I started writing as Super Noob on Lindsay’s blog, Web Design for Idiots. Tonight I wrote the following as an introduction to who I am and why I’m someone who might have a reason to be writing there.

I’m posting this from my very messy desk with the TV on to my left and my nearly cold coffee at my right hand, in danger of wrecking my faithful little scanner. I’m a real woman. I’m a real, live, 40+, divorced Canadian woman, a writing legend in my own mind.

In June of 1996 I began on the Internet. I was an IRC diva for quite a long time. It was a lot of fun and most of it I really should not write about here. That’s what personal blogs are all about. I wrote for a zine first, a small print publication called The Crying Clown. From there it was all online. At one point I was producing my own newsletter for writers, InkSplatters, sent out through what is now Yahoo Groups. I was a web writer for HerPlanet, BackWash, BellaOnline, Suite 101, and other sites, forums and newsletters some still living and some not. I still write for Creative Fat Grrl on LockerGnome, a babbly blog more than anything seriously functional. Writing for a network is a different educational experience than writing for yourself. Which is one reason I keep doing it.

I’ve had sites and then blogs of my own. I didn’t begin online in the great time of blogging, I was here before that. So my first sites were put together with just HTML code as I learned and goofed it up. I’ve used software and I’ve cut and pasted code and I’ve hand coded my own pages. I’m not an expert, time alone isn’t enough to make you an expert at web design or development. I have learned however and as I learn I see how much more there is to be explored and discovered. But, don’t look to me expecting I’m a know-it-all. If I ever say that you can be sure I’m just laughing at myself.

I love creative things. I’ve done so many interesting forms of art, just to try them out. I made ASCII art for a few years. I continue to take digital photos of abandoned places here in Ontario, starting in 2006 when I bought my first digi camera. I’m also teaching myself to draw cartoons, some people even like them! This week I re-learned the art of cutting out paper doll chains so I could make them into a graphic for a blog. I really think it’s important to keep the creativity and free writing in blogging. It would be a real shame if the personal journal and creative element of blogging were lost in the rush for SEO and money making.

Anyway, I’m here to help the less experienced blogger with my experiences. I’ve got a stack of great books about web design on my bookshelf and I will be using them (finally) for more than a place to hide my dust bunnies. I seem to collect books with great good intentions and then not get very far. You can also find me writing about web writing and posting writing ideas and prompts on my blog, Word Grrls.

Completely off topic… did you know that a nail file works really well if you have an itchy spot on your back that you just can’t reach? I’ve been rubbing my back on my chair tonight wishing for something to work. Then I had the great idea for the nail file (not one of those treacherous metal ones, just some cardboard type) and that worked great!

I Resigned from Dmoz Today

It stopped being fun or interesting. Tired of getting email from sploggers who think I should list their great site full of ads. Tired of attitude from editors who don’t seem to care about the sites they edit just being right or better than anyone else. I salute the old Dmoz and the people I knew then. It’s not here any more and now neither am I.

I joined the Open Directory Project in November of 1998 so November of 2007 seems like a good time to leave. Sort of rounding out the date. I really enjoyed the first few years. The years after that were kind of like dealing with a bitchy old relative you just seem stuck with for some reason. I couldn’t quite give up being an editor. I loved finding new sites, new ideas and new things to try and learn about on my own. But, the pettiness and back biting was always there. I felt I was always being judged and nit picked at. I had not felt appreciated or welcome even for a long time.

So now I’m gone. Maybe I will amass my own mini directory for the rural exploration sites. Not sure I want to take on another project though. I don’t need to. I have the Flickr group and that is enough. It’s really all I wanted, a local bunch to share photos and locations and maybe get together for coffee. So, it’s all good.

A good time to leave when the categories I cared about most have pretty much fallen into dust or splog. Writers Resources is mainly splog, not much of real quality there any more. ASCII Art is covered in dust bunnies. It gets me sadder each time I have to delete an old listing gone by the wayside. Urban exploration is growing but I was told by another editor that I don’t know what I’m doing there. She deleted a bunch of subcategories and listings I had done. That wrankled me.

Anyway, the end of the Dmoz era has cometh upon me. I won’t miss it. I won’t look back. I sure won’t miss the old shedragon moniker either! I outlived that several years ago. 🙂

50 Questions

50 Questions
Sunday September 09, 2001

Here are my answers to the questions. Pass the list on to your friends with your own answers. Who knows what interesting things you could discover about someone you think you really know.

1. What’s one thing you wish you could do but can’t?
Fly above the clouds and mountains or swim to the oceans depths and see just what sunken ships and odd fish are down there. Swimming almost feels like flying.

2. What is your ideal marriage location?
A spring wedding in the forest, a summer wedding in a huge garden with tents for shade, an autumn wedding on the edge of a tall cliff on the ocean with lots of wind, or in winter right downtown with all the Christmas lights, carols and decorations. My wedding was a couple of weeks before Christmas and a few days before my birthday.

3. Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?
The harp or the piano.

4. Favorite fabric?
Cotton and cotton blends.

5. Something you love and hate?
I’m not that flexible with love and hate.

6. What kind of bedding do you use?
Cotton with a good thread count. I had some of those new jersey sheets but they were ruined by my husband’s toenails. I still sleep with the top sheet wrapped around me if its chilly.

7. What kind of soap do you use?
Anti bacteria, seems to keep me zit free (more or less) and not aggravate my sensitive skin or allergies.

8. Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
To a degree.

9. What’s the one language you want to learn?
Computer programming.

10. How do you eat an apple?
After washing it, sometimes in fruit salad.

11. What do you order at a bar?
Regular coffee most of the time. I used to like Long Island Iced Teas. I still like an Irish coffee or a margarita. I’ve also been known to like cherry brandy and vanilla schnapps.

12. Have you ever pierced your body parts?
Ears, twice. Long since closed over.

13. Do you have tattoos?

14. Would you ever admit to having done plastic surgery of any kind if confronted?
I’d probably admit it. But I can’t see myself spending my money on it.

15. What’s one of the “funnest” things you’ve ever done?
Traveling to BC by myself on a shoestring budget.

16. What’s one trait you hate in a person? Belittling other people to make themselves feel bigger.

17. What kind of watch(es) do you wear?
I can’t wear a watch. They always lose time when I wear them but work great for the people I have given them away to.

18. Most frivolous purchase?
Probably my new computer though I really wanted it I could have done just fine with the old one for another year or three.

19. Do you consider yourself materialistic?
No. I seldom buy new clothes and such. My sister is disgusted with how little I care about fashion.

20. What do you cook the best?
Homemade bread, cheesecake or cabbage rolls and lasagna. Not all at the same time.

21. Favorite writing instrument? My computer. My penmanship is awful since I stopped writing longhand.

22. Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
Some of each.

23. Do you have anything monogrammed?

24. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?

25. What’s one car you will never buy?
One of those low to the ground gas guzzling sports cars. I’d like something you can take anywhere.

26. Have you ever done drugs?

27. What kind of books do you like to read?
Historical fiction (not romance), non-fiction about computers, writing or whatever else catches my interest and mystery novels.

28. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Buy lots of land so I can build a small house and garden for myself and have the rest made into a wildlife park.

29. Burial or cremation?
Not cremation but I really haven’t thought much about it. I’ll be dead at the time.

30. How many online journals do you read regularly?
I’d like to read more journals and ezines regularly. I spot check several, I guess 20 to 30 of them.

31. What’s one thing you’re a sore loser at?
I don’t mind to lose now and then but I don’t like losing too many times in a row and I especially get angry when someone tries to make me feel bad about it.

32. If you don’t like a person, how do you show it?
Completely ignore them. If they have made me angry I try to leave before I say anything.

33. How many drinks before you’re tipsy?
One or two, but I don’t drink more than a few times a year.

34. Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
Not really.

35. Do you cry in front of friends?
I have done a couple of times.

36. What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m quiet and sometimes I’m outgoing. People have always told me what a nice girl I am.

37. What’s one thing you like to do alone?
Most things. I’m not good at asking for help.

38. What’s the worst thing you ever said to someone?
I really don’t remember but I know it was pretty awful. I was surprised when I said it.

39. Are you a giver or a taker?
Some of each but I have to work to give less.

40. What have you stolen before?
I found money and didn’t give it back. I badly needed it at the time and no one seemed to miss it. Its one of the little mysteries in my life.

41. When’s the right time to go to the bathroom in front of your significant other?
Not something I can see myself doing.

42. Favorite communication method?
Email, you can reach so many more people and its fast and cheap.

43. What is one thing you don’t leave home without?
My purse with an inhaler, notepaper, pens, and whatever book I’m reading.

44. What’s the most painful experience you’ve ever had?
Really believing I was in love for the first time and then finding out it was all a lie, a joke he was playing on me.

45. What are your favourite hobbies or things to collect?
I like to sew, garden when I have the space, browse the Internet when I have the time, create ASCII art and I collect postcards and old Canadian coins.

46. Where would you travel to if you had unlimited money to spend?
I’d sample each continent and spend extra time in Russia, Australia and Britan.

47. Whats your favourite feature?
I like my eyes.

48. Would you kill someone for money?
I might, it would depend on circumstances.

49. Whats your favourite smell?
Vanilla or lemon, not together.

50. Whats your favourite sound?
Kids laughing.

Digital Character Art

WRT: Writer Response Theory

WRT is a blogging collective dedicated to the discussion and exploration of digital character art – any art involving electrons and making use of letters, alphanumerics, or other characters in an interesting way. Our primary focus is on active and interactive works, in which users input text and receive textual responses as output.

They have a category just for ASCII art.

Heister’s Digital Art