The White Box Challenge

 A month or so ago, one of my super sweet & talented blog friends (“blog friend” is going to be added to the dictionary soon, I’m sure of it ;) Bryn of Bryn Alexandra of the popular blog Bryn Alexandra Interiors  invited me, along with a … Continua a leggere

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Aging an Old Milk Can

A few weeks ago when we were in Oregon, we went to one of my favorite stores in Eugene.  Barb, from Treasures From the Heart was having a “Junque in the Trunk Sale” with lots of vendors.  What perfect timing!  Ok, we weren’t planning to go to Eugene until the next day, but I didn’t want to miss her sale, so we changed our plans.  :)

I always find great things at her store.  I need to walk around several times so I don’t miss anything!
One of the fun things I found at the sale was this milk can.  The couple who was selling it had worked hard to clean it up and paint this very cute cow on it.  I loved it, but it was a little too bright for me.
Enter some handy-dandy Minwax Provincial stain and the brightness was toned down.


I put a couple of coats on with a foam brush, then lightly wiped it off with an old sheet.  I let it dry (not hard in our 100+ degree heat the past several days!)  I then put a coat of clear flat spray on it.  And now I love it in the house.
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Tom Cassidy—Untitled

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Tom Cassidy appeared in 3 and is a regular contributor to this blog.

Tom Cassidy’s written and drawn works have appeared in hundreds of smallpress and mainstream publications, as well as galleries and museums around the world. His works are archived in dozens of art institutions, often under his own name. With John Bennett and Scott Helmes, he co-edited Vispoeology (2007), an international anthology of visual literature for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where he also co-curated None of the Above in 2009. In 1976, Tom co-founded the Portland performance poetry troupe The Impossibilists, who were reunited in April, 2008, for a series of shows by the Oregon Heritage Commission. He is currently a board member, performer, and curator for Cheap Theatre and Patrick’s Cabaret.
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Parte in sito "Buscatesi nel mondo"

L’Associazione 5 agosto 1991 promuove una ricerca sull’emigrazione buscatese nel mondo. Il progetto si chiama "San Lui Mo" la frase che i nostri emigrati si scrivevano sul bavero per farsi riconoscere al loro arrivo in America. Il Comune di Buscate ha accolto con entusiasmo la proposta e ha messo a disposizione alcune pagine web collegate con la Biblioteca comunale.

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Very Positive Post

The Architectural Billings Index did bounce back in May after a very bad April, which for many observers is a major positive.  Add that with a very positive business attitude right now (most people are saying they are very busy and doing well) and you have a nice little moment happening.  Hopefully it lasts for a very long while.  I know we are not close to the “good ole days” but we are surely in a better place than we have been.  Let’s keep it going!


–  As you may have heard by now the big ASHRAE meeting happened last week and after more than 70 letters from the industry and interested observers the task committee decided to delay any actions.  So they will take this all in and really should, given all of the consensus at play here, make the right call to not go forward with their plans to limit the use of glass.  The industry came through this time, which is quite exciting to say the least.  Hopefully now there is nothing that gets in the way of the right call being made by this committee.

–  Congrats to Oldcastle Building Envelope, they recently picked up an award for their advertising of their BIM product.  It was a great campaign and they deserved it.  I have picked on Oldcastle in the past, but I have also been complimentary when applicable and this is surely the case.

–  The first session of the Glass Management Institute was held last Tuesday.  I was honored to teach it and be the guinea pig for any glitches and issues.  I hope the class I taught enjoyed and now I look forward to the line up of folks coming up, led by Mike Lemen of Therm-View in a few weeks.  Good stuff ahead!  Sign up if you haven’t done so yet, subjects like the Affordable Care Act and Business Optimization are among the sessions that will really be must attends.

–  For those of you who run or exercise with music… great song to add to your playlist… “We Own It” by 2Chainz and Wiz Khalifa.  It’s from the latest Fast and Furious movie and it’s a great piece.

–  Yes in the same blog I just noted that business is good, the industry has consensus, complimented Oldcastle and recommended a tune by a guy named “2Chainz”.  I am guessing the world will be ending tomorrow for sure.  Ha Ha.

–  I am starting to get excited for the Glazing Executives Forum at GlassBuild America.  The State of the Industry panel is coming together and I will tell you this, it is going to be a blockbuster.  Really strong leaders speaking on the subjects that affect this world every day from all-different walks of our industry life.  More info coming soon, but needless to say, you will want to be there for this session!

–  Slow week ahead with holidays in Canada and US.  But something tells me some major news will be breaking soon… no proof, just an instinct I have.  Happy Holidays to everyone reading, stay safe and have fun!!


Stranded and surviving an adventure in Canada…
I always chuckle when schools misspell things.  This one is really bad.
Nice move by Delta Airlines- but what I liked is they had no desire to promote that they did it.  The customer is the one that made sure everyone knew. 

New movie coming out in the fall… Marty Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio team up for the 5th time in “The Wolf of Wall Street”- based on a true story, trailer looks good.

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Ugo Bardi: Dr. Orlov’s Report

Sometimes, when you read a book, something rings in your head; something that requires a little work to identify but that, in the end, comes out loud and clear. This was the case for me with the latest book by Dmitry Orlov. It reminded me of something and, eventually, I found out what it was. It was one of the many stories by Jorge Luis Borges, “Dr. Brodie’s report” (El relato de Brodie); the description of the barbarous customs and the cruel culture of the African tribe of the Hrn; as observed by Dr. Brodie. The Five Stages of Collapse describes instead the barbarous customs and the cruel culture of the tribe of the Middle Class Westerners” as observed by Dr. Orlov.

It must be said that Orlov and Borges write in very different styles: sometimes Orlov’s brilliance hides his depth while, at times, Borges’ depth hides his brilliance. And while Borges remains in the allegoric tradition that goes back to Johnathan Swift and his “Yahoos,” Orlov goes direct to his real subject: modern society. But there are points in common. Orlov, like Borges, doesn’t hide any of the grim details of what he describes and both Borges and Orlov show a certain sympathy and kindness toward their subject. There are many ways of being human and the great virtue of people such as Orlov and Borges is the capability of appreciating all of them.


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