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All right. So in order to work on exorcising this latest obsession, I downloaded the free Inkscape utility (on a friend's recommendation) and have been messing around with it and trying it out.

I think I may need to read some help files and/or buy an instruction book.

On the positive side, I did manage to put this together from some separate butterfly clip art chunks from Dover, and used the "scale" and "rotate" functions. So I am now feeling unduly pleased with myself:

(For reference: all of the butterflies came from Full-Color Decorative Butterfly Illustrations.)

(For the record, I have also found out that Dover now has an online downloading facility, which is selling a lot of their books at a much cheaper price than the paper version, at -- very reasonable prices. The only major drawback is that you can't just flip through the paper version of the book to choose pictures, which I admit is something I would want to do. Pros, cons...)
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Life gets problematic when two people are cross-mapping morphology codes and there is only one morphology code index available. Fortunately Hazel remembered the location of a second one, and its titular owner (who is our team leader and will never use it) was persuaded to "donate" it. I promised to give it back. When we were finished. You know, eventually.

Okay. And this is cute. Bleach meets My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

(Don't judge me!)

My boiler is having issues. Fortunately it's only the automatic part that's having issues: the manual provide-a-bit-of-extra-hot-water is still working fine, and therefore I don't have to worry about having no hot water at all, but I need to get a Samsung engineer in. (Apparently, since it is a Samsung boiler, you need a Samsung-certified engineer. Most annoying.)

Ah well. One more thing to sort out. It could be worse. And the regular boiler engineer guy who came out to look at it, and who told me that I'd need a Samsung engineer, was very nice and wouldn't take a callout fee, since he couldn't do anything to help. I must keep his phone number for reference.


Sherlock: Anderson, I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research.

-- Sherlock: A Study In Pink
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Why weren't more Art Nouveau pictures of men? Yes, I know, obvious answer, it wasn't what the art style was about. But it would still have been useful for some current plans.

But doing some art research online does broaden my nodding acquaintance with various artists and pictures, and introduces me to some completely new stuff. Like this -- Kunstformen der Natur (German for Art Forms of Nature), a book of lithographic and autotype prints by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Frogs. Lizards. Hummingbirds. They're gorgeous.

(Though possibly not that many other people would be considering getting fabric made up in those designs and making cushions or quilts. Then again, maybe they would.)


The Twelve Moons


Fourth Moon

Cool at dusk and dawn are the trees on the earth.
In depths of green a thousand mountains hover beneath the clouds.
The faint-scented rain falls among evil mists.
Teeming leaves and round flowers shine on the curved garden gates.
In the stone ponds the water shakes off leisurely green ripples.
So heavy is this summer the blossoms are not surprised to fall.
Faded red flowers on the earth glow in the shade of the trees.


-- Li Ho, translated by Ho Chih-yuan


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