Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 27, 2006

The Happy Hat is full now.

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,Knitting — secretmojo @ 12:45 pm

I didn’t want to change my hat layout, especially stripe 7 because of its symbolic value. But I felt I needed to honor Bloglily, who, with one itty bitty post at Best Blog, opened the door for a stampede of knitters that eventually bowled me over so hard that when I came to, I had needles in my hands.

I ‘m also labeling one tassel for Kisknit’s mom, since Kisknit was planning to pass it on to her anyway.



August 24, 2006


Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,Knitting — secretmojo @ 10:31 pm

[I’m knitting a hat for Made By Hand. And I’m an idiot. Which means you can do it too!]

Currently: Section Anna (ribbing)

Many online pals jumped in to encourage me when I began my knitting journey. It’s payback time.


Anna gets the first 2 rows of stockinette stitch for her tale of New Mexico wonder. She also gets the 4 rows of painstaking ribbing before that for all the pursuasion help she’s given—if she’s masochistic enough to take them.

Fencer gets the first off-white stripe. No worries, Fencer, by this time I’ll know what I’m doing, and the jumbled stitches will be all part of the plan (read: “Freedom Agenda”).

The third stripe, back in blue, will be Firefly’s. This will be in honor of her fluttering about, delivering morsels of knitting enthusiasm, adding to the cumulative pressure that drives a guy to knit.

The fourth white stripe will be for Charlotte, who always pens a great post, and who suggested that a guy knitting is an odd tale worth telling. I have not yet learned how to knit like a man, though I think the cussing was a good start. I’m at a frontier here, but by grabbing her suggestion by the balls and shaking the crap out of it till it screams like a little girl, I will discover by stripe four what a “Man Knit” may be like.

Fifth stripe, by my prediction, will be a quick roll of the needles. Done in less than 30 minutes. This will be Mi Pura Vida’s, for her punchy writing style, and to alleviate all the troubles she’s been through.

Katie will receive the sixth white stripe, because she wished me good luck, and because she will, like me, knit a rather hilarious looking hat, but on purpose.

Sixth also goes to fiberfetish, who warned me that I wouldn’t be able to see my stitches with “Homespun” yarn, well before I knitted two together by mistake!

Seventh and final stripe? I wanted to give this one to Anna again, but I will leave it free, because:

The seaming goes to Anna, not only as a warning that I will be collecting that ice cream cone soon, but because the seam is the thread that keeps it all together.

The tassels go to kisknit, because this will be my final act, the culmination of a month’s plus work, and she’d be the one who gave me a reason to finish.

And the whole hat, of course, will go to a person who, in a heartbeat, would swap the entirety of my knitting troubles for a day of their own.

Beautiful worlds in a glassy sphere

Filed under: Art,Arts & Crafts,Blogroll,collecting — secretmojo @ 3:25 am

The Bargain Professor started a new blog, Marbles. It’s about marble collecting, marble making, marble history, and hosts some fascinatingly beautiful pictures.

I walked through a slideshow of the marbles on his Flickr account, and became entranced. I began imagining each of these swirling globes as undiscovered planets of a miniature universe that I had yet to visit. It reminded me of the end sequence of Men in Black.

Here’s a contact sheet of most of them, but you may want to look at them close-up as well. Beautiful stuff. I wonder how much those puppies cost!

The Bargain Professor also hinted that he may start creating his own marbles from scratch. Something to look forward to. Perhaps he’ll offer his frustrations, techniques, and triumphs of the process of creating miniature worlds…

August 13, 2006

WordPress Gems: Love and War

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,Love,war,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 4:01 am

I loitered around the “war” and “love” WordPress tags again, continuing in a weekly enjoyment of mine: finding gems. It’s like prowling the beach with a metal detector—except I always return richer. And less candy-apple red.

Much more war talk than love talk out there in blogland. Probably because war is always an encompassing crisis, demanding attention; while love is a singular blessing, constantly diverting (ahem) attention.

Also, I noticed it was easier to find interesting love posts than war posts (note to self). Love comes personal and generous; war arrives mostly abstracted and angry.

Anyway, here they are. I hope you like them as much as I did.

Unitedcats finds contemporary meaning from the book, Guns of August, a history of the Great War.

Raincoaster has some fun with “silly bunt” Ann Coulter, by posting a short video demonstration of her defiant ignorance on Canada re: Vietnam.

Conflicted, Leadingthenextinquisition ambles through aninternal Just War debate that scares, but intrigues me.

They split the heavens: barkowitz sets the might of an air strike to verse in “I Was There.”

Liberalwill unleashes a short rant on the passionate cruelty of war, articulating it so well I thought I’d written it myself. 🙂

Sixteen years ago, Iraqi troops stormed into Kuwait. Some don’t remember, but afroz, as a 12-year-old who woke up to the invasion, does.

Flawedplan offers you blog snippets of a “wry, literate” soldier in Iraq, REV Wayfarer, who always had one foot in the grave.


Witness the sorry state of love triangle dynamics, anonymously laid out by “Tom” in an open letter to “Albert,” who failed to sweep Tom’s “June” away.

I’ve never gotten a post-coital “txt msg” before.

Monisha mourns her beloved father who, after dying of kidney complications, left holes all over.

From eros to philos to agape? Ysabol Ladyhawke designs a shirt for “couple-surfers” who renounce hand-holding and “jack in” to their rather geeky relationship.

Hastydevil details the moment a gay romance started with a handshake.

Sisterly devotion gushes from Melissa when she thanks miss Anna, her angel, for sharing all those rough times (with pictures).

Emmbie, telling the troubles of her friend Lucy, cautions what sex can lead to for a Hmong woman. (link modified to respect Lucy’s privacy)
Richiethepoet longs for more guilt-free, vulgar love with that bitch, Lissa.

Have fun, people.

August 6, 2006

More WordPress gems

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 8:35 pm

Note to self: clicking the “next blog” arrow is an excruciating way to find gems. Not only am I prejudiced by the latest post, the response time on click is unbearable, and I see many blogs in languages I can’t read. However, avoiding the “tags” page dealt me some surprises:

That’s all, folks.

I might start grouping these by tags. Sound like a decent idea?

WordPress Gem Collection II

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 4:14 am

Empowered by the tags page, I went bobbing for gems again:

Mother Sonael creates a cute, heartwarming post after she discovers the upside of poo. (Please explore her blog—chock-full of beautifully unadorned snippets of life)

lindyann writes an ode, of sorts, to the beating of her heart.

Road rage, or a new sport?

A curt e-mail lights an old flame and sparks a feisty response from breathingroom.

It’s a love and amazement fest! jcoftw gushes over there at “Now that I’m older.”

In war-zone Israel, Julia meets a stranger who anchors her wandering self.

Take a disturbingly gruesome journey with TBOB on The Road of Broken Evil.

Agentsmith952 poo-poos butterflies and shares the beauty of moths.

bargainprofessor uses a picture of a mooning gnome as an avatar on a trucker site, and is told it isn’t very truckerlike. Well, he’s got something to say about that, pipsqueak.

Little bastards keep flying around leahey.

Bein has “faces in his mind” that trace themselves through command of his fingers.

Ms. Clio recklessly picks up a hitchhiker, a chancy act of kindness in a dangerous, cruel world.

Bubbler breaks his promise to himself, and buys a stinkin’ car.

Hmm, smells like another meme is brewing.

Perhaps more tomorrow; 290,000 blogs are quite a bit…

August 3, 2006

Curtis gives good blather

Filed under: Blogroll,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 6:01 am

Curtis of Empty Rhetoric talks Colorado rain, catching snakes, the piercing stank of asphalt, MacBook religion, iPod envy, and—since he’s got some extra change left—offers a quick review of Lady in the Water and laughs at his inability to keep his money to himself whenever he gets near a Borders. All of it without a misplaced breath. Go read.

August 1, 2006

Some rules must be broken

Filed under: Blogroll,Music — secretmojo @ 12:09 am

I feel silly sharing any links to video; it’s probably some sort of YouTube prejudice. But I can’t get this particular juggling one out of my head ever since fencer linked it at his post, Juggling as Kinetic Art. Every single person I’ve showed this juggling viruosity to has laughed with joy and has been amazed. I have watched it at least 7 times.

Some people smoke pot; others get drunk. But that vid is free and feels better than both. So YouBoob be damned. Go watch it now.

July 31, 2006

Anna writes something I want to plagiarize

Filed under: Blogroll,Travel,writing — secretmojo @ 5:32 pm

If you like words like these:

the milky way is curling along overhead like a braid of smoke from some distant celestial fire.

Or like these:

The sky is amazing — the desert sky is always amazing, but tonight it’s a glory.

You hurt yourself if you do not read this post.

I’m entertaining the thought of moving all the Knit-Write posts over here, and making them look like my own. That’s not unethical, is it?

July 30, 2006

WordPress gem collection

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 6:49 pm

I dunked my head into the WordPress tags page, bobbing for gems. Here’s a sample of the tasty stuff I found:

Jennifer goes to a concert and explains how Rain King Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) seems powerfully inspired by misery.

Gaurav Mishra continues a fascination with auto-rickshaws by seeking out movies and culture that give them some limelight.

In deep nostalgia of the long-gone nineties (huh?) Walker Evans gobbles up and collects YouTube music videos starring his favorite 90’s bands.

Hina pens some tasty sentences while writing a guide to Sonic Grieving.

That girl. That seashore. That party. Rod invites you to a memory with a Ray Charles soundtrack.

Wonderful World of Disney music, the kind you can crack skulls to.

Getting Shrunk… a battered wife seeks out a shrink to curb the outbursts that get her punched (fiction).

Insomnia delivers tales to K0rs0, who discovers more of himself than he’d like in an episode of scale shock.

Mahalo takes a Red Bull- and burrito-fueled trip in the shittiest truck on the planet from Denver to San Antonio, which basically added up to a suck day, but gave me something fun to read. Thanks, Mahalo! Too bad for you.

What a random freak-out looks like.

Dionada asks, what fun is Monopoly if dirty rotten cheaters are disadvantaged?

Autumn grows suspicious, and delivers a fiery Internet jealousy rant her husband may never get around to reading…

katy2484 gives proud ignoramuses a hardcore smackdown.

The sticky heat and opressive humidity in Barcelona inspires Barcelonesa to laugh at the uselessness of fans. (in spanish)

There’s more, of course, but time is the prison we all must endure… Go read fencer if you’re still hungry for the good stuff.

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