Friday, February 5, 2016

The Vultures are Circling for

In 1994, a couple of people had the vision, knowledge, luck and naivety to start an internet services company.  Sometimes you just do not realize that you are smack dab in the middle of an exploding innovation.

As part of setting up the company, we chose a name and picked a domain -  The company became a regional success and assets were sold in 1996.  But we have kept the domain name as a reminder of a critical concept in business success.  The Diffusion of Innovations (

In 1997, I had the pleasure of taking a class at UNM on the topic ... from Everett Rogers ... AFTER getting OUT of the internet business.  Needless to say, IT WAS EYE-OPENING.  While we were very smart, we were very naive.

Over the years, we have received hundreds of inquiries for the domain -- including one from a church.  As usually happens when the expiry approaches, the vultures begin to circle thinking we will make a google mistake.  We will not and the domain will be renewed.

Interestingly, even though the inquiries have tried to make the case for how critical this domain would be for one's business, not one inquiry has produced a serious offer.  It is about business after all.  In a recent conversation, the same couple of people who registered the domain all those years ago, decided it was worth upwards of 45K to us.

Seamless Poncho

 My cloth study group decided to do ponchos.  I never thought of myself as a poncho person, but found a fascinating article in "Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot" on weaving a SEAMLESS poncho.

Half expecting a doubleweave structure, I was impressed by the author's persistance to create a seamless poncho as an extension of the V-Shawl. I was familiar with a V-Shawl so cutting off warp and using that as weft was OK.  Closing the loop required reading the article multiple times and re-tensioning the V-Shawl onto the front apron using clamps ...
 Being a small person, I always need to make sizing mods.  Before the poncho was on the loom, staring at me, as I stared at it, I reduced the size of the shoulder sections.  Once I saw the poncho on the loom, and after the first shoulder was already woven, I saw my error ... the neck opening was going to be way too small.  I was able to fix my error by weaving the second shoulder at the suggested width.  (see photo at left) The result is an asymetric opening that works for me!

The poncho can be worn fringe to front/back or fringe on the sides.  And, even though I have not worn a poncho in many years, it has been the perfect layer a number of times this winter!

I used some leftover wools sett at 8 EPI. The wide sett helped make the joins less stressful since there was room for threads to move.  The poncho was wet finished using delicate cycle on my front-loader.