Silver medicine

22 06 2013

I’ve just spotted (via facebook) an article that states: “The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for thousands of years…” and new research “… suggest that silver could be used to enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics against drug-resistant bacteria.

Wow.

Specifically, when the researchers “… supplemented antibiotics with a small amount of silver, …, the combination killed up to 1,000 times more bacteria than the antibiotics did on their own.

Don’t go eating silver though, it can be toxic.

I thought it was interesting to know that the material we regularly play with could be so useful.





Is blogging dead?

21 06 2013

This has been on my mind for a year or more … I wonder if blogging has reached its peak.

As I wrote late last year, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in the number of blogs and the update frequency of those still alive.

Is blogging DEAD?

I’d say NO from the perspective of those of us who like writing and sharing, and would probably do this even if we also expanded to other platforms.

I’d say YES from the perspective of a maker who wants an internet presence. Blogs are probably no longer the most effective means (though it should be said that some blogs can be laid out to look more like a ‘website’, and not so that it would look ‘dated’ if not updated for a while). There are so many other options now that weren’t available five years ago – easy website building platforms, instagram (for those who want to share images but not text), twitter, facebook … etc. Even I, who once swore I would never get on facebook, now use it to regularly keep up to date with jewellery-related pages.

If I was asked by an emerging (or established!) maker if they should create a blog I’d say:

  • NO if their sole purpose is to connect to the world (though I have no experience in it myself, I’d recommend starting with one of the free website platforms);
  • YES if they know they’ll regularly update it and love writing in public;
  • YES if they would like to experiment and find out for themselves if it’s for them.

Thoughts?





Reworking: Avebury

19 06 2013

I’ve mused and written quite a bit about recycling and reworking old pieces. Recently I finally reworked one of the pieces from my RMIT days.

My ‘Avebury‘ pendant from the Longing‘ jewellery project of second year has always had a special place in my heart. However I have never liked the chain and could not see me wearing it as a pendant.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

While I may make jewellery, I do have a special attraction to small objects … so I made a little stand for the pendant. It’s only a quick mock-up (the brass reflects the gold), but it has pride of place in my living room … so I may see its gorgeousness every day.

I love the image below too … brooding Avebury.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission





Printing my blog, update

17 06 2013

A few months back I was investigating ways of printing out my blog, to make an artifact that I could hold in my hands, to be able to point to a magnificent tome on a shelf and say that I’d made that…

In the end the option I went for was simple copy-and-paste. Copying from the site (as you’d see it, not from the editing perspective) and pasting into Word.

Tedious. SO tedious. But it was the only way I had found that didn’t give away my copyright and formatted the content it in the way I wanted it, with paragraphs and photographs in the places they are in the original posts.

Exactly how tedious I (pretend to) hear you ask?

To date I’ve only copy-pasted the first year of posts: 244 posts and it took me approximately 16 hours (I like to know how long some things take me, so I can predict future work … yup, nerd). To reduce the number of pages and exclude content that didn’t make sense out-of-time, I only included the headings for the calendar and blog-round posts (ie. marking that they happened, but not including the content), and reduced the sizes of most of the photographs. Even so, one year worth of posts came to 247 pages.

I haven’t yet decided if I’ll have it professional printed and bound; or even if I’ll continue with the remainder of the posts (I’ve only done year 1 of 4-and-a-smoodge years of writing this blog).

If you’ve discovered a more efficient way of printing a blog, please do let me know!