26 10 / 2012
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24 10 / 2012
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31 7 / 2012
If you’ve got a great LP collection that you want to someday pass down to your kids or nieces or neighbors, well, you’ll want to know how to properly hold your records as you take ‘em out to play. You probably think you’ve got it down, just hold the record with your finger tips pinched at the very edge, right? Sorry, but over time the oil from your fingers will ruin that first track on the album, if not more. Here’s how to do it all proper-like:
Take the LP out of the plastic sleeve, if you don’t have your record in a plastic sleeve, you need to remedy that right now. You can buy ‘em in bulk online or from your local record store. Your LPs should go into the sleeve bottom first. It’s tempting to put it in sideways, so you can easily access the record, but that’s how albums fall out of sleeves and break.
Pull the inner paper sleeve out and gently slide your hand in. Your thumb should prop the sleeve open while your middle finger reaches in, touching the paper label on the record. The inside of your thumb is resting on the edge of the LP and your middle finger should be the only other finger that is touching the record, and only on the paper label.
Flip the album so you can start to slide the record out of the sleeve with your hands in the same position. Here my thumb is just resting on the edge of the LP, don’t be fooled by the angle of the photograph. I am balancing the bottom of the record on my middle finger which is still in place on the paper label.
See there’s my middle finger holding the album in place, with some help from my ring finger (which is also on the paper label). No other fingers are touching the LP, except of course my thumb resting on the very edge.
Last, to place the record on your turntable (or to pull it off), you’ll want to use your index finger and thumb to hold the very edge of the LP, no pinching. You can see my fingers aren’t even close to the grooves on the record and, therefore, won’t deteriorate track one. Don’t pinch the edge, and your records will be just fine.
14 8 / 2011
oh the juxtaposition of life and death. i’m sitting in oklahoma in the early morning listening to my sweet Grammie’s oxygen tank hiss and hum while my sweet baby girl kicks and turns inside my belly.
chris and i (and baby) drove 18 hours over the last two days to get to oklahoma so we could spend some time with my sick grandmother. for the last year or so we’ve all been so concerned over my grandpa’s health that it was such a blow to our collective heart when we found out last month that Grammie is the one who is really sick. after a few roller coaster weeks of doctor’s visits and surgeries she’s now at my aunt’s house under hospice care. we’re just waiting it out.
my sisters and cousins and i are all taking the news of her imminent death hard. how can we not? we’ve been so lucky to have two of the best grandparents imaginable. and i don’t just say that because i’m now about to lose one, maybe both - but my whole life i’ve known that my Grammie and Poppa were a treasured gift compared to my friends’ stuffy and formal grandparents.
they’ve been married 61 years as of last monday and they are more in love than any couple i know. i can’t imagine my life, or my daughter’s life, without them - but now that is a reality i must deal with.
it’s hard enough being a ball of pregnancy hormones, but how does one now deal with the difficulty of losing an important loved one while building new life simultaneously? each time i think about Grammie not meeting my baby girl - or my baby girl not meeting Grammie - i just cry and cry. how can i sum up how amazing Grammie has been in stories and lessons for my daughter? i couldn’t do her justice. but i suppose i’ll try…
for now there will be lots of hand holding and story telling at Grammie’s bedside. my little one will hear her voice and know her touch for a fleeting few days. and i’ll find some peace knowing that she’ll have a couple incredible grandmothers of her own to grow up admiring.
01 8 / 2011