Valued commenter Currants has a talented family member who works in the champagne wire medium. Here’s an interesting still life with seasonal produce:
And here’s another:
Very clever. Please feel free to discuss whatever.
This post is in: Open Threads
Comments are closed.
Wait… it’s afternoon already?
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@different-church-lady: My first thought as well. Cool champagne wire art.
I has a question: What is a good app for recording plain audio or audio with video on your smartphone?
You’re lucky I’m a technological ignoramus or I’d be sending you pictures of my ex-husband’s population of “cork people,” which is probably at about 10,000 by now.
Those are making me wish I could break out my Dawn Dolls.
(For the youngsters, those were Barbie-like fashion dolls that were only about 6 inches tall, so the perfect size for a champagne foil chair.)
Also, I have my first job interview in 15 years this afternoon. Hopefully it will go reasonably well. ?
Hmm wasn’t it the prosecutor’s office that said in the interest of “transparency ” and to show “fairness ” of grad jury that ALL evidence would be revealed to public? Now circuit jidhe saying evidence may not be revealed if no indictment …hmm if one was a conspiracy theorist one would ponder if McCullough made a “promise” he knew he wouldn’t be able to keep. But naw why would he do that? .
Uh, yeah, pretty clear that’s an easter egg dipper thing there, prolly a ‘Paas’-class one, from the looks of it.
Will the media apologize for the Darkies Will Be Darkies meme they’ve pre-sold us when the Fergie GJ verdict comes out and….nothing happens? How will they fill all that airtime they’ve planned to fill showing looting and general deviancy?
My guess is that they’ll find the one instance of a guy harmlessly throwing the bird at a cop and then paint it as complete mayhem and chaos. Or they’ll find a cop giving a complete beatdown to a random guy on the street and then ask–in serious tones–how dare that guy go out to get his mail/walk his dog/put up lights.
Mike Huckabee compares #Ferguson protestors to Southern lynch mob
@Booger: Oh damn. And all this time I thought it was a lamp in the reading room.
America’s infrastructure gets a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s President Obama’s fault.
So how’s that “Hang together and say no” political philosophy working out for ya, Mitch? You definitely have Yahoo Finance in your corner.
@Booger: That’s exactly what it is.
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about American-on-American crime in “The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani”
@BruceFromOhio: Unfortunately, our infrastructure always gets a D+. I pretty much guarantee your state report card is a D+ and your county one is a D+. That seems to be the only grade ASCE gives out.
@BruceFromOhio: Saw that on CBS last night. It went something like this:
During the Bush administration, they refused to do anything.
During the Obama administration, Democratcs have held some hearings, but no legislation has made it out of Congress. Republicans refuse to raise taxes, even though they agree it needs to be done. Democrats are unable to pass legislation.
Therefore, both sides are at fault.
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): I hope it goes well for you. My oldest son said that the upside of not getting any of the jobs he applied for in the last year was that he got really good at answering interview questions. He just got his dream job this week, start date in about two weeks, so I guess it’s all good. We will keep fingers crossed that you have good results also.
@? Martin: D+ is better than a D-, right? So we’ve got that going for us.
Here in KS, they’re saying that in order to fill a projected billion+ budget hole next year, instead of raising taxes, the KS state leggie is likely to gut the highway fund. So all of us will have more tax money in our pocket in order to pay more money to auto mechanics to fix busted axles, tires, steering components, and the like.
I’m sure having the shittiest roads west of New Jersey is really going to inspire companies to invest in Kansas!
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): Good luck!
The Thin Black Duke
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): Good luck, M.
@Punchy: Maybe the ASCE should shift to Tee Ball scoring for state infrastructure…”Good try, Mississippi!! You bridged really hard!!”
I just did an image search to see if some metalworking artist has ever made full size replicas of these things. I was kind of surprised to not find anything. Ran into this though.
@Face: I kind of assumed the police would just increase the beatdowns until they produced some violent responses for the cameras.
Hang together and say no has been an effective strategy. It got help from Fox News giving Tea Party rallies 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage, which has been denied much larger liberal protests.
Kick in media hostility to Obama and CU money and I tend to agree with this op-Ed about how things are more bleak for Democrats than Democrats are willing to let on.
It makes sense, unfortunately — if your philosophy is “Government Doesn’t Work,” then breaking the government and making it non-functional only makes your message stronger.
IMO, this is the biggest reason they fought against PPACA. If people realize that the government actually CAN provide services, they’ll start demanding things like infrastructure repairs and better public services instead of accepting that things are breaking down because Government Doesn’t Work.
@Punchy: My point is that D+ has that right balance of ‘we’re fucked, but it’s not hopeless!’ that is designed to inspire action. But civil engineering is a lot like health care. As soon as you get that D+ up to a B, they will call for the next round of improvements to be implemented: ‘Ok, we’ve wiped out polio, let’s take out HPV! HPV is wiped out, let’s take out restless leg syndrome!’ and that B will fall back to a D+.
The problem with ASCEs approach (and I’m overall a big supporter of them) is that the metrics they rely on are not external to their discipline. That is, if driving fatalities per 1000 were the metric, then it would not matter if those went down due to seatbelts or bridges not collapsing so long as the number went down. So if SAE (automotive engineers) gives us a D+ on automotive safety standards, and we can only afford to solve one or the other problem, the other agency won’t recognize the improvement.
Bridges may be in disrepair, but we’re saving thousands and thousands more lives through other regulatory efforts than we would have from repaired bridges. It’s the trillions in infrastructure spending that they call for that gets them dismissed as it’s utterly unrealistic. $3.6T in 6 years is what we spend on Defense (which is already outrageous). $600B per year is $2,000 in additional spending per citizen per year. There literally aren’t enough engineers and trades to even do the work they’re calling for, and there isn’t nearly enough time or educational capacity to train them.
I love that whole arrangement of tiny chairs. I also love the easter egg holder, although I don’t know what it’s supposed to represent. Is it a lamp?
They don’t work for dyeing easter eggs.
I never knew what to do with it. You feel bad just throwing out this (useless!) tool they’ve so thoughtfully included :)
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): All the best for your interview.
I feel like I’m at a Parisian cafe!
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): Best of Luck. Wishing for you all you wish for yourself.
I watched a little of the segmant on infrastructure on 60 minutes last night. I turned it off when the Democratic congressman agreed that the interviewer that it was really was a “bipartisan problem.” I seem to remember numerous speeches given by the president in favor of infrastructure spending. I guess Obama is as at fault(according to CBS) as the Republicans because he won’t call for an increase on the gas tax. Is that the only way the transportation bill can be paid for? I think Democrats have called for closing tax loopholes but I could be wrong.
While I agree with the NY Times writer that the Democrtas will have to work very hard and come up with better ideas to win back voters, it’s very hard to not become completely frustrated. Exactly what good ideas do the Republicans have? I know, I guess it doesn’t matter they just win.
Tree With Water
Intervention Day 1: “You’ve got a problem. You’ve got enough wire furniture to fill a warehouse”.
Another Holocene Human
@Punchy: A population that can’t do math can’t figure out that their tax money purchased more for them than the “savings” will ever buy.
Another Holocene Human
@Gene108: The delusion of the Democrats is that rallying around Hilary Clinton is going to mean success for the party long term or short term.
Or that corporate money is like a cocaine hit, short term high, long term desolation.
Many of the state parties are in deep trouble.
Obama created a completely separate organization to win in 2008 , 2012. The Dem Party lost 2000, 2004. They also lost 2010, 2014. The Party cannot win elections.
Are those pears in your photo? Or something else?
@opiejeanne: pears from the tree outside the door! They ripened astonishingly late and have been generally huge and out-of-this-world good. (I have no idea what KIND of pears, though.)
@Tree With Water: Hah.
@Kay: It’s a lamp! Unless you agree with Booger. In that case, it’s a PAAS easter egg holder.