Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chimera Trailer

This is why we can never get rid of anything that looks like it "might be useful someday". Because my husband is a creative genius.

(You'll have to click on the photo to read the fine print.)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Least of These

Last night was a wonderful First Friday in Gettysburg. Great shows, perfect weather, and pleasant company. I had 2 paintings at the Finer Edge Gallery in the show called "The Least of These". You can read about the exhibit here and here. And I'll be at one more opening related to the Gettysburg Festival on June 17th.

Here are the 2 paintings I submitted:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Fiberglate (definition): when one speaks, with utmost confidence, regarding a topic about which one knows nothing. The level of confidence is inversely proportional to the actual degree of knowledge. Example:

Caroline: How is a bottle rocket propelled?

Brett: Well, as everyone knows, the turbo entabulator overcomes the universal force detractors to coincide with the cardinal grameters. In addition, there is the modial interaction of magneto reluctance and capacitive directance. Or it could be the prefamulated amulite.

Caroline: I think you are fiberglating.

Click here for the classic example. Quality is sketchy.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Minimalist Running Footwear

I read the book "Born to Run" and it changed my whole outlook on running.

I did a lot of research on barefoot/minimal footwear running and ultimately made my own huaraches out of some vibram rubber sole and cotton cord. And I love it. I will never go back to running shoes again. The overbuilt, super-padded running shoes actually only came into existence in the 1970s. Our feet, which ran strong and barefoot for millions of years, have been turned into wimps in 30 years. Here are some pictures of how I run - and I've never felt better as a runner! If you Google or YouTube barefoot running and huaraches you will find a ton of info about barefoot running, making your own footwear and the research to support it. I've put some of my own favorite articles below.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Here are several articles about barefoot running (they are interesting, really, not dry and technical):

A Harvard Study

A Penn State Study

Popular Mechanics

Science Daily

Great Daily Mail article!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And Another Boat

This boat type is called a "Micromouse" and it is just over 6 feet long. I built it in about 2 weeks, working for a short time each day. It was fun and easy to build. Thanks to Gavin Atkin for developing this great series of boats and publishing free plans! This was my 3rd boat, and by far the quickest build.

It is called "Lotus" and this is the design on the foredeck.

All painted up and ready to go.

Is it a Mouseboat or a Catboat?

Listing a little but what great fun! Paddles wonderfully!

Darn! I forgot the skegs and it weaved a bit. Back to the boatshop!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Faux Brick Tutorial

Well, what a mish-mash this blog is! I really need to stay focused. But hey, look what I did here.