Keeping a Logbook

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Captain’s log, stardate 2456771.500000: A logbook was originally a book for recording readings from a ship’s log and used to determine the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time.

determining the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time…

Isn’t that a sweet metaphor for keeping any kind of log book?

Different kinds of log books include:

  • Travel milage
  • Dietary intake
  • Daily exercise
  • Research experiments
  • Weather tracking
  • Health Maintenance

This site describes keeping a logbook for self-improvement patterns and describes a logbook as: A notebook where you log and probably describe and explain your activities while performing it. Not an agenda.

A few more helpful sites on logbook maintenance:

Keeping a Logbook at Aerogel.org

The importance of keeping a good experimental logbook.

Keeping a logbook: a key to the practice of ethics

What books are currently on your night stand?

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I usually have at least three or four books going at a time.

The books currently on my night table include:  American Vampire, a graphic novel by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King; The Kingdom in paperback by Clive Cussler; The Ptolemies by Duncan Sprott and Eastern Europe! by Tomek Jankowski.

Whatever book or combination I am reading includes a bit of history, archaeology, and some mystery–supernatural or otherwise.

I started with Eastern Europe! when some DNA tests from Family Tree DNA indicated I have a substantial amount of Eastern European and Baltic ancestry.  I’m acquainting myself with the region before I make a trip there someday.

Graphic novels are usually done by wonderful storytellers–both writers and artists.  IMHO, they are under appreciated both as good writing and as an art form.

The Ptolemies are a great soap opera of a dynasty, with plenty of interesting characters and weird twists and turns. Following them is like feeling your way against a dark temple wall.

Clive Cussler also tells a good story.  I like Dirk Pitt, but Sam and Remi Fargo are my favorites. They are adventurer-archaeologists–something I wish I could be.

What books are you reading?

Illustrations by Kai Lützenkirchen

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These animal drawings are by Kai Lützenkirchen and were drawn with a Kaweco fountain pen in a Rhodia notebook. Aren’t these meerkats adorable? Kai’s Instagram feed kailutzen is filled with all kinds of wonderful illustrations like these.

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Have you heard? The bird is the word…

Images courtesy of Kai.

Rhodia on your desk? Show us!

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I never seem to get tired of looking at the art and writing tools that other people use. When I see the same items showing up again and again, that’s usually about the point when I have to check them out for myself. As a result, I have discovered many new and amazing products.

We of course, have a special love for seeing Rhodia in your world. So much so that we have set up a variety of Fan Photo Pages here on Rhodia Drive to showcase your images.

If you would like to share a nice clear picture of Rhodia on your desk, send it to: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com for review.

Image courtesy of marcieello on Instagram

Weaving a 4 Strand Braid

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About a hundred years ago, after much teasing from my two older cousins that I couldn’t make a simple braid, my great aunt Evelyn sat me down on her bed with a bag of shoestring licorice and proceeded to teach me how to make a three strand braid. (Which I got to eat once completed.) 

While I never held much interest in knitting or crocheting, I do enjoy using different weaving techniques like braiding, twining and knotless netting in my mixed media art projects and can never walk past a yarn shop without going in. Yesterday I happened upon the gigantic sale tables of yarn at a local store called Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA where I bought myself several skeins of pretty colors that I thought I might eventually use when I make dream catchers.

After balling up the yarn this afternoon, I was curious how these three colors might look braided together. I decided that I wanted to do a 4 strand braid but needed a refresher – so I looked to YouTube for assistance and found the following video:

This isn’t the way I remembered making them but I thought I’d give it a try and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

4 strand braid

This was made with a total of 12 strands loosely woven which resulted in the braid being flat and wide. While this was only an experiment, a braid like this could be used as a simple wrapped bracelet, necklace, belt, headband…

For all of the Dad’s out there – you’ll win super mega bonus points with your little girls if you learn to braid their hair like this.

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