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Thursday, June 23, 2005  
I got to thinking about a couple other quilts which haven't had a chance to travel anywhere. That's just sad isn't it? I thought I might enter them in the IQF/Houston show but first - need slides.

Fueled by my recent success, I set everything up and hung and de-fuzzed those quilts and did my best to act in a rational manner behind the camera. I'll drop them off tomorrow morning and time will tell how it all turns out.

Life is good and it's good sometimes not to need a whole lot of sleep!

In other news, I sold a first-ever computer to an older man who had come by a few times and chatted with me. Last time in he told me he was a retired librarian and he wanted to do some writing and some research. Sounds about right for a librarian!

What I wasn't expecting was to see his driver's license and discover he was 87 years young! Whoa. I think he'll do fine with his new computer and I expect he'll be stopping by regularly for awhile with questions. I've known some pretty awesome oldsters in my time and they sure are inspiring!

Written at: 11:57:00 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 2005  
Doing the little happy dance tonight because my quilt "Daughters of Daughters" was accepted as part of the third and final year of the "I Remember Mama" exhibit which will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston later this year. I was anxiously awaiting any news, and I'm quite pleased with both the quilt and the news.

Go here and read Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford. I was especially tickled by this:

Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.

Wow. I myself lucked into a wonderful calligraphy teacher at SUNY Albany when I returned to the Albany area, not long out of college, and wondering what I'd do next. I learned so much about design and perserverence and the importance of practice and hard work. I learned about the shape of letters and how the shape of the spaces around and inside the letters are as important as the shapes of the strokes that make them. The connection between the practices and traditions of the past and the work done today. The importance of appropriateness and usability. And like Steve would say, the supremacy of user interface. Readability/usability rules!

Written at: 12:34:00 AM

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