My First Story in Shorthand Online Software!

Shorthand is an incredible, and incredibly EASY to use online platform that lets you create multiple web page stories in one vertically sliding web page (URL), full of pictures, videos, text and other objects capable of being embedded online!

If you look at a sample gallery of what news sites, bloggers and others have created with Shorthand, you’ll see why I’m calling it the new gold standard for online news. You can use it for longer stories, or for developing stories you can add to as time goes by, like live coverage of a hurricane, for example, to show changes over time and/or document “progress”. The BBC and Guardian have recently created some stories I’ve loved using Shorthand, which is why I gave it a try myself!

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A Sewing Machine with Stitch Count?

Recently, I thought about how great it’d be if the sewing machines with electronics these days came with a stitch count feature. And maybe ten different counters, at that, while they’re putting in the counting features. A few for different needles, say, and the rest for different garments, as many of us who sew, don’t sew one garment or item all the way through before starting on another.

Seeing how many stitches go into a garment or item would be a really cool thing to know, in my opinion. It’d be like an identity number with a garment or item you sewed. It’d also give people a new appreciation for the sewing machine, in thinking about having to do that many stitches by hand! Or with the different counters, they can track stitching done from mistakes to see what percentage that is of a garment! As for tracking needles, companies would never need a better marketing tool for advising how often to switch needles!

With the garment tracker, you can also do all kinds of other things like seeing how different size garments compare for number of stitches, give or take a little margin of error cause you won’t be hitting the exact same number on duplicate garments. You can see how different garments compare, like pants to shirts to dress to coats, and so on. See how different your number was from a friend doing the same garment or item. See how many you rack up in a day, week, month, hour of furious sewing, etc. Simple, but endless fascinating fun, if you asked me! 🙂

People tell me there are “sewing” machines out there that count stitches, but they seem to be for quilting, for relatively small number of stitches are required for precision, rather than a large volume counter for total stitches in a garment. I don’t know if what I’m looking for exists in an affordable sewing machine rather something top of the line, but I wish it were. Maybe I’ll send this post to some sewing machine companies to see what they think. Maybe it’s a really hard and expensive thing to do, but I don’t think so. If you’ve got a sewing speed gauge, just estimate it based on speed and time pressed. An exact number isn’t needed, though that method should be pretty good, rather than, say, putting a manual counter into the machine somewhere, which would get worn out quickly given the volumes we’re talking about here!

What are Nova Scotians Like? Why, like Sidney and Maudie!

Whenever I’ve traveled outside of Canada, I find that Nova Scotia is still relatively unknown to the world. I have to tell people where Nova Scotia is after I tell them I’m from there, because the name is mostly meaningless to them. Then comes the assortment of scouting questions as to what it’s like there, what people do there, anyone famous they might know from there, what people are like there, and so on. On the matter of people, since I’m not a sufficient sample on my own, possibly because I’m Asian because Nova Scotians aren’t mostly Asian, from now on, I’ll tell them about Sidney, as in Crosby, and Maudie, as in (Maud) Lewis.

Sidney Crosby has been the greatest hockey player in the world for a decade or so now. Nova Scotians suddenly get a lot of credibility with the mention of Sidney. However, Maud, is still as quaint as the rest of us is to the rest of the world. If you don’t know Maud, I can’t say I blame you. I didn’t even know much about Maud, and her life, though I did know a bit about her art, and I’m from Nova Scotia.

But if you don’t know much about Maud, may I highly recommend this film that is still out in the US as I write this in early September 2017. You can see it via other means after this. SO beautiful and inspiring, though tragic in many ways, too.


And a fuller summary of Maud Lewis rather than just a movie trailer…


And an oldie but goodie…


A painting of hers that was recently found sold for more than $125K!