Return to the Salty Mug Project

A couple of years ago, I tried an experiment in which I poured super-saturated salt water into a stoneware mug and hoped that the salt would extrude through the micro-fissures in the mug walls as the water evaporated.  I did get a couple of reasonable attempts with this … but nothing that really screamed for competition season.

Last month, while on my way to Jeremy and Katie’s wedding, I stopped at a church thrift sale in Westerlo.  Not expecting to find anything short of a normal diversion of time, I spotted a stoneware vase.  I checked inside.  No glazing inside.  The price?  All of three dollars.  And no, I didn’t try to haggle it down to $2.50.

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And this is why you don’t trust smart thermometers…

I saw this clip on the website io9, and it pretty much blew my mind.

Let me explain.

We live in a world where smart technology is now part of our everyday lives.  So much so, in fact, that our every being and essence seems almost dependent on these interactive smart devices.

Which brings me to this very awesome interactive video short.

In Cool, a couple install a programmable thermostat, and it causes more conflict in their lives than a HAL-9000 does in outer space.  And … as an added bonus … you get to choose how the storyline plays out, similar to those old “Choose Your Adventure” books of generations past.

Have a look when you get a moment.   Just a friendly notice, though … there might be some language in this clip that may require headphones if you’re watching it at work.  I can’t embed the clip, but you can watch the video at this link:




Nuptuals: Jeremy McNamara and Katie Kurtessis

You must always enjoy the moments.  Those moments when you discover that the really nice person who’s been your friend for a while … slowly becomes more than just a friend.  They become solid buds.  Confidants.  Compatriots.  And … if the stars align properly and God smiles down… you become more than two people on a team.

You become a unified team of two.

Such was the case yesterday as two of my best buds – Jeremy and Katie – entered into wedded bliss.

Of course, the day was full of surprises and fun.

And it all started with a 5K run.

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The L-Ken’s: Saturday Night Clam Fry Project

If I can get this done in time … I can enter it in competition.

But I have to finish it.  No distractions, no delays, no postponements, no extensions, no procrastinations.

And I have to build on the techniques I learned from every photograph I’ve ever taken, every Dream Window I’ve ever built, every Crate Art Project I’ve ever reconstructed … to build this project, and to make it functional and aesthetically pleasing.

No excuses.

Make it happen or don’t even bother, Miller.

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Thoughts from a hotel room in Saratoga Springs

I had to double-check my e-mail account to make sure this wasn’t a scam or a swindle.

But apparently it was legit. Somehow, I earned a free one-night’s stay at the Saratoga Casino and Hotel.

The catch, though?

It was one night only – specifically, last night.

Which is why I’m writing today’s blog post as I look out my window at the Saratoga Casino and Hotel parking lot.

Yep, I cashed in the free one night stay.

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My 2017 New York State Fair results

Sunday morning.  It’s time for me to visit the New York State Fair, and find out how my three Crate Art Projects did.  Although my photography did not land on the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center for the second consecutive year, I still have artwork at the Art Center – it’s just in a different portion of the building.

Full tank of gasoline, and off to Syracuse we go.

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There’s something very interesting about these how-to videos…

When I started working on my crate art project, I initially had no idea what to do or how to do it.  Sanding, stains, nails, screws, all that stuff, you may as well have tried to explain the infield fly rule to me.

So I did what any self-respecting DIY person would do.  I gorged on YouTube videos to explain all the tricks and techinques – in simple, easy-to-comprehend language and step-by-step steps – to the point where I felt more comfortable in completing my projects.

And the more YouTube videos I watched, the more things made sense.

For example, here’s a short clip on how to properly stain wood.

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