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Code. Glass art. Games. Baking. Cats. From Seattle, Washington and various sundry satellite locations.

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Installing Snow Leopard onto a Macbook Air.


I finally decided to upgrade my old MacBook Air from Leopard (OS X 10.5) to Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). Unfortunately for me, Snow Leopard wants to be installed from a DVD, and the MBA doesn't have an optical drive.

Rather than buying an external optical drive for $100, I had the husband put a disc image onto a USB flash drive using a MacBook, and I installed Snow Leopard from that. When prepping the flash drive, it's important to Format a new Mac OS Extended (Journaled) onto the flash drive, rather than drop a .dmg file onto it; otherwise you won't be able to boot from the flash drive. More details on installing Snow Leopard from a USB drive are available here.

Respect the Non-Beer Drinkers.


Let's talk about "tasting rooms" - sort of like a brewery's company store, they sell a few ounces of their beer for a buck or two. Sometimes they have pretzels or nuts, but they're not a full bar and they don't have food. They just have beer from the brewery that they're in.

As a beer connoisseur, the husband loves these places. But as a non-beer drinker, they offer very little for me. So what can a tasting room do to ensure that they're something more than a quick stop while I watch the husband drink?

  1. Make some root beer, and offer it on tap with the other beers. If nothing else, carry another brand's root beer or soda.
  2. Get some food. Seattle has a great wealth of food trucks, and I'm sure they'd love to park at your place and sell some food.

The longer that the non-beer-drinkers (aka the designated drivers) are kept entertained - rather than feeling left out - the longer our whole group will stay at a tasting room.

Olympic Color Rods.


It doesn't seem like it's been all that long, but I've been a student glassblower for 3 years. When I first started taking glassblowing lessons, I would always buy glass color supplies from the convenient store inside the hotshop.

But in the past year, I've been going to Olympic Color Rods, and I really do prefer them for glassblowing supplies. The folks at OCR are always super nice, and they're great at helping me find what I want, or explaining something if I'm not sure what I'm looking for. And they've got tons of copies of Ed Schmid's glassblowing books (both Beginning and Advanced), which Amazon doesn't seem to stock.

Blown glass vessel, and a cat silhouette The best thing about buying your color at OCR is that they've got several huge bins of scrap bar color, and they'll let you select which chunks of scrap you want. You can dig through the scrap box and choose those lovely reds, pinks and purples without getting stuck with more white or green from a pre-packed student color pack. I made this little amphora using one such scrap bar.

Ingrid the cat was very interested in my photography session.

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