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Making a gold and gemstone ring from scratch. +Yonatan Zunger​ you can add this to your "today I learned" list? It's fairly long, but so fascinating it kept an 8 year old entranced through the process.
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You know I kid. I guess you're doing OK in rural Nevada, even though there's not much of a Jewish community there.
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Our wool-sucking ball of fluff Dorkface the Not All There retarded Siamese. 
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We'll see, eh?
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Can any of you help me identify this? Mom had it in her garage, no memory of where it came from. Beads are glass, the surface seems to imply some kind of sand casting involved. It's wood, feels lightweight not like a hardwood. Thickly painted black with brushtroke additional colors. For all I know it was someone's high school art project. 
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Oh, and since I see the beads are Yoruba, I know what to look for on eBay. Thought seriously about cutting the strings and keeping the beads, but since I have a friend who collects such things, I will be passing it along. :)
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Super Stoner Metal Mechanic Dude shows me how to replace a fuel pump.  Should I ever need to.  Also - how to pull the truck bed.  I would never have thought of using jack stands and pulling the tires.
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Love the music!
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I really feel all shitty and miserable right now.

I much prefer shitty and miserable because of things I tried to do today and failed, than feel all calm and complacent because I didn't do anything at all.
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[hugs] Will it make you feel better if I send you a copy of Raven Kin? It features a chatty griffin. Email me and let me know if you'd prefer epub or mobi. Just don't forget to milk your goats this time, okay? ;-)
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I couldn't think who-all to ping, so I'm just going to share. Thank you, +Adam Liss​!
 
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Latest finished piece: bone, glass beads, brass wire, four-strand braided bamboo fiber, stainless neck clasps (not yet added.)

This piece is up for grabs, I planned on entering it in the county fair crafts division but may not be home to make the deadline.
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I edited the colors to compensate for the bad daylight effect. The green in the photos is a bit brighter, the actual beads have a hint of olive. Otherwise the colors in the edits are much closer to accurate.
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In a larger economy, change is just the stuff in your pocket. Notes on the economy from 4000 years back.
 
"But during one 30-year period -- between 1890 and 1860 BC -- for one community in the town of Kanesh, we know a great deal. Through a series of incredibly unlikely events, archaeologists have uncovered the comprehensive written archive of a few hundred traders who left their hometown Assur, in what is now Iraq, to set up importing businesses in Kanesh, which sat roughly at the center of present-day Turkey and functioned as the hub of a massive global trading system that stretched from Central Asia to Europe. Kanesh’s traders sent letters back and forth with their business partners, carefully written on clay tablets and stored at home in special vaults. Tens of thousands of these records remain. One economist recently told me he would love to have as much candid information about businesses today as we have about the dealings -- and in particular, about the trading practices -- of this 4,000-year-old community. [...]

"The picture that emerged of economic life is staggeringly advanced. The traders of Kanesh used financial tools that were remarkably similar to checks, bonds and joint-stock companies. They had something like venture-capital firms that created diversified portfolios of risky trades. And they even had structured financial products: People would buy outstanding debt, sell it to others and use it as collateral to finance new businesses. The 30 years for which we have records appear to have been a time of remarkable financial innovation.

"It’s impossible not to see parallels with our own recent past. Over the 30 years covered by the archive, we see an economy built on trade in actual goods -- silver, tin, textiles -- transform into an economy built on financial speculation, fueling a bubble that then pops. After the financial collapse, there is a period of incessant lawsuits, as a central government in Assur desperately tries to come up with new regulations and ways of holding wrongdoers accountable (though there never seems to be agreement on who the wrongdoers are, exactly). The entire trading system enters a deep recession lasting more than a decade. The traders eventually adopt simpler, more stringent rules, and trade grows again." (New York Times Magazine):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/magazine/the-vcs-of-bc.html
A cache of clay tablets provides an unusual look at an ancient but strikingly familiar-looking economy — and confirms a modern truth about trade.
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The part about the Gravity Model is especially interesting. ..people are still people 
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Anyone here use #etsy to buy or sell? I'm more interested in #seller feedback and opinions. I want to start selling my stuff, and eBay and Etsy both have enough little cheap stuff clogging up the images that I'm not sure either outlet is a good option.
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BISCUIT EATERS, UNITE.
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Quiz: which one is hunting a mole?
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Both of them?
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+Andreas Schou​ has often brought up the odd interweaving of these minority religions on the world's stage. Here's a slide show to add images to his words.
Sects in the Cities: meet 10 minority religions in the Middle East
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Finished. 
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Very pretty!
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I'm the Correct Blanche.  Google Profile Request wants me to make absolutely sure. I help raise goats, rabbits, geese, ducks, and chickens.  I live rural.  Farming is not Gardening.  Just in case you were wondering. Gardening rarely involves things like plumbing, waste management, animal midwifery, sweeping the pasture after midnight with a flashlight when the howling gets loud, and pulling two inch thick sheets of ice off stock tanks. I'm having a lot more fun this way.

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* Sometimes I create entries tagged #autismuniverse.  Some of these entries are sad or maudlin.  This is NOT me fishing for sympathy.  "Aww honey" comments will piss me off, be ignored and possibly even ditched.  When I write those, what I am doing is showing the mental state of a parent with a very challenging autistic child.  This is a form of advocacy - when you see some young person, child or adult, acting out in public, and you see the parent reacting "not how I would handle it harrumph" you just have to deal with it.  It's stressful and changes the things a parent would normally give a shit about.  If it looks like things in public are getting difficult for that parent, a simple "Is there anything I can do to help?" goes a long way.  And respect if the parent says "No, I've got it."

In general I hate  "OH NOES". "GOSH I'M PROUD OF YOU" or "AWW HUGGGS!!!" type feedback.  Saying "Well, that really sucked!" or "I like how you handled etc"  won't piss me off.  I'm a grownup.  I'm middle aged.  I'm not here for your approval, sympathy or fishing for validation.  I'm here because it's fun and sometimes I like the vent space.  If you don't know me personally, or haven't been in touch with me for years, don't treat me like I'm in your huggin' space.

*If I post a link, it's for reference or because I think some of y'all might like it.  It's not about hinting that something's wrong.  If something's wrong and I want to ask about advice, I will.
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I am not an obese alcoholic suburban housewife. Now, I'm not judging you if you're any or all of the above, given that I still drink occasionally and now and then hit the junk food aisle. Not to mention that there's days where you could look at me and wonder. But it was a near thing for me at one point.
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  • I used to sit at a desk and eat junk food all day.
  • Then I had kids.
  • I spent some time working retail hardware.
  • Also did my time at Starbucks.
  • I also got up at 3am and baked your junkfood for you. That job nearly killed me.
  • Now i manage livestock and stuff on a tiny ranch on the edge of a desert.
    Coolest life on the planet.
    But not easy.
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Atlantic City, NJ - Ventnor, NJ - Southern California - Northern California - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_humour#Che.C5.82m
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