There is more than one path to the mountain.

Thoughts and Opinions

Random thoughts bounce around in my head when I am running. The other day on my run I was thinking about evangelism. I decided that evangelizing is wrong. It took me awhile to reach this conclusion and it is a surprising conclusion for me. I have always been an evangelist, most of my life. Not in the Christian sense (though there was some of that at one point). I have always been the kind of person who likes to get on her soapbox and expound on how wonderful something is and try to get people to like whatever it is that I like. If I like it then, of course, everyone else should like it, too! Because it is awesome!

It kind of hit me that this is wrong. Really wrong.

I think I realized this because while I was running I was thinking about how much I love running. I absolutely love it more than almost anything else. I love the way I feel when I do it. I love the way it makes me feel afterward. I love the state of mind it puts me in. It is one of those things I could totally and completely evangelize because I love it and it works for me. And I am tempted to do just that. But it would be wrong for me to do that. Because, while it works for me and I love it, it doesn’t work for everyone.  Some people hate it. And that’s OK! They shouldn’t run. They should find something THEY love to do and go out and do it. Life is too short to spend it doing something that you hate.

It’s like this with everything, really. Life is not one-size-fits-all. Everyone is on their own journey. The process is all about finding those things that work for you. That make you grow. What makes me grow is not going to make you grow. What makes you grow is not going to, necessarily, make me grow. While I love to hear people talk about the things that make them stoked, I don’t like being convinced that I should do those things. You tell me about what makes you stoked and I will decide for myself if I will try your thing, too. If you show a lot of honest passion for whatever it is, all the better.

I can’t believe it took me 43 years to figure this out.

Current Event Wednesday. Scratching head.

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Okay. So I’ve been looking over today’s headlines to find something to post about and I got stuck. I got stuck because this article is one of the top U.S. headlines on CNN.com at the moment:

Tired of slights, embarrassment, man sheds 87 pounds
Tim Welch was never the kind of guy who worried about his weight.
In fact, the 37-year-old accounts manager from Seattle, Washington, ate a fairly balanced diet and loved participating in sports while growing up.

“I was thin and fit my whole life,” Welch remembers. “I was always active in sports such as running cross-country in high school and swimming on the swim team in college.”

Things started to change in 1995 after he graduated from college. Welch got a job, moved out of his parents’ house and began indulging in late-night meals with his friends.

OMFG. This is the story of EVERYONE’S life. This is top news on CNN?!? This is news? Ugh. I’m disgusted. Does anyone know of a GOOD online news outlet? I originally found this article on Google News. I swear, I wasn’t going to post on it but found myself getting angry at how lame it is that the news isn’t really reporting news and decided that, well, I might as well rant about this.

Not that this guy didn’t accomplish something by losing 87 pounds. I think that’s great. It’s something that is to be commended. But one of the top two headlines for U.S. News? I KNOW there are other things going on in this country right now.

sigh. And now that I’m linking to CNN I’m going to get every Dick and Jane posting a comment here. I need to find a new news outlet.

A little rant about copyright

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First of all, thanks for all of the well wishes. I’m feeling a bit better. Not 100% but I’m back at work at least. I have next week off so I’m hoping I will get some nice R&R to really kill this virus that I have.

Okay. I need to rant a little bit about something. You have been forewarned if you don’t want to hear me whine. It’ has to do with the knitting world. I should be posting this on my knitting blog but I’m not. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m chicken? I don’t know.

My mom and I are going to start making little crafty things and sell them in craft shows. We have our first one in July and I have been trying to come up with some inventory. I thought that I would knit up some washcloths because they are fast and cheap and easy to make. And I’m thinking that they might sell because they are useful. I thought I would just knit up some cool stitch patterns I’ve seen here and there. No big deal.

So I’m searching the web for something entirely different and I come across a knitting blog that has some free patterns for washcloths. I take a look at one of them. It’s a swatch of modular knitting, basically. I actually was going to do this for some of my washcloths just to kind of mix things up a bit and make them more interesting than a garter stitch swatch. So I scroll through this pattern and I notice that it’s copyrighted. Copyrighted?!? You have got to be kidding me. A swatch of modular knitting is copyrighted. So even though I had this idea to knit up some washcloths using modular knitting and sell them BEFORE I saw this pattern, I can’t do it because this random knitter has copyrighted this pattern? I find this totally ridiculous.

I have been thinking about this for awhile because I got a form e-mail a few months ago from another designer containing her copyright statement. I bought a pattern from her and am on her mailing list. However, the pattern that I bought was not really all that innovative. I bought a tank top pattern. It’s basically just your standard “knitted in stockinette in the round from the bottom up” pattern. There really is nothing innovative an new about it. No interesting stitch patterns. No interesting lacy bits on it anywhere. Yet it is copyrighted. So now I can’t make a tank top in the round and sell it. Nor can I create a tank top pattern using this technique because it is copyrighted. How can this be? Granted, this designer does have lots of other patterns that are very innovative that should be copyrighted. But I just can’t see why a simple tank top pattern using a knitting technique that has been around forever should be copyrighted.

I think the whole “Stitch-n-Bitch” controversy falls into this conversation, too. Why do people feel the need to copyright things that are already in the public domain?

Okay. End of rant. I just needed to get that out. I am not an expert on this subject matter so maybe i have no right to even comment on it. thanks for listening, anyway.