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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Here's one for the weird file

Ebay customer from outside the USA bought a silver clasp from me. After she received it, she writes me to tell me it's smaller than expected. She asks me what units I used for measuring. I checked the measurements and they were as described, except I'd omitted the "mm" from the description. However I would think for most people a size of "28x8" would tell them it's 28 by 8 millimeters. I didn't omit the "mm" intentionally, but if a customer had a question, wouldn't they ask first before buying? If you're working with jewelry, you'd better realize that beads and findings are measured in millimeters (and yes, I've gotten some very ignorant customers from the USA asking how big a millimeter're using a computer to do online shopping, right? Well, a computer also can be used to look up information! Wow, a knowledgebase right at your fingertips! Imagine! It's not just for chatting with your Pierced Scrapbooking Grannies Yahoo group anymore!). Anyway, the funny part of this exchange was that she thought the measurement was in centimeters!!!!! Can you imagine a 28 centimeter clasp? That's nearly a foot long! If she used it for a necklace (which is what I would think most people would do with these clasps), it would be like wearing a man's slipper on the back of your neck, except less comfortable because it's Silver, which would mean the thing would probably cost something like $400, not the $4 she paid for it!

And even if she was thinking it was 2.8, not 28, centimeters, well, that would make it...28 millimeters, which is what was listed!

Perhaps she was thinking Picas? Picas is specifically used in typesetting and is not a measurement used by the general public, and even if it was 28 picas, that'd still be a pretty big freakin' clasp around 4 1/2 inches. I have used clasps that are about 2 inches, and that's pretty much overkill unless you have a really heavy necklace.

Also, the picture in the description shows it with a dime. Now of course someone not using dollars as their currency isn't going to know how large that coin is, but...since when have people used coins the size of a small frisbee?

Just what are some people thinking?


Wednesday, October 15, 2008


So, that would make Palin Catwoman, and Biden...Robin? Say it ain't so, Joe.

But serious LOL @ Penguin McCain


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Pug Hug 2008

Photos/slideshow here.

I did the site in iWeb (came free w/my new macbookpro), which is great for compiling photo albums and putting it in nifty slideshow format. Not as good with customizing it and artistic design, so I feel a little embarrassed because it doesn't look very "Ann". But hey, it's just a pet site.

Now I'm trying to find a way to re-publish it to my web host w/out having to upload the whole damn thing whenever I make a tiny change--one of iWeb's not-so-brilliant features. I'm not paying $99/year for MobileMe just so I can host iWeb-created pages w/ease. Sorry, I just can't do it.


Friday, October 03, 2008

We Might Have an Even Bigger Problem Now

Sarah Palin's flag pin was bigger than Joe Biden's. Stan and I remarked it was like the large print Reader's Digest version of Flag Pins. It only had like 6 or 7 stripes, so all the content wasn't there, just like Reader's Digest Condensed Versions, also sort of like her responses. Telling the moderator she isn't going to answer the question but talk about something else (that she was obviously coached on) was just plain RUDE.

And why is Chris Matthews the only person talking about her wanting more executive power in the position of VP, more than Cheney even? I mean I thought Keith O. would go on about that point last night, but Chris sure did, and with good reason. Hopefully Keith will bring it up tonight...and I'm sure Chris will rail on it. Someone has to.

After it was over, I was mentally humming the Dead Kennedy's "California Über Alles/We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" except changing the title to "Alaska Über Alles" and adjusting the lyrics to fit:

I am VeePee Sarah Palin
Born Again with Fascist Cravings
Soon I will be President

Human rights will soon go away
I'm your Hockey Mom today
Now I command all of you
Your kids will go to private school
I'll make sure they're Christian too

Alaska Uber alles
Uber alles Alaska

Big Oil will control you
Still you think it's natural
Drillin' for the master race
Still you wear the happy face

You closed your eyes, can't happen here
Repeal of Roe v. Wade is near
Putin's head won't go away
Join the army or you will pay

Alaska Uber alles
Uber alles Alaska


Thanks to Jello Biafra for the originals.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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