Monday, October 8, 2018
Someone famous has written a similar (but much expanded) novella entitled "Unauthorized Bread", due to be published and turned into a TV movie.
Given that my story, on an unpromoted, rarely updated, and obscure blog, has been read a whopping 196 times (mostly friends, family, and social media acquaintances), I'm highly doubtful that I've been plagiarized. Hell, I see it as validation that I was onto something! Perhaps next time, I'll be a little quicker to finish writing the rest of the story...
I was inspired to write my story (a followup to an earlier piece I wrote) after reading a report online about Keurig machines not accepting third party refillable coffee pods. I took the report and ran with it, adding elements of DRM, the Intellectual Property debate, and the Right to Repair movement, with a touch of Orwellian satire.
I'm likely not the only person to have had the same idea, but meh, I'm too lazy to look.
I wish Cory Doctorow much success with his new book, I'll be in line to grab a copy when it comes out!
Suffice it to say, I won't be finishing the saga. I snoozed, I lost.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
It's been a busy year for us, and as a result, I never found/made the time to continue this project. Now that Autumn is nigh and we're preparing for Winter (while enjoying Autumn), I'll be able to devote time and brainpower to my interests.
Interests like cooking, coffee, mixology, photography, design, interiors, architecture, and of course, blogging. I'll have plenty of time to research and compare value of luxury goods, and am planning, amongst other projects, to have this done in time for Christmas.
I'm doing it chiefly for my own interest, and if any among you find it interesting, then great.
Some other things I have in the works:
- My Dry Bar project
- Coffee Bar/Bistro area
- Patio/backyard redesign and landscaping
- Outdoor brick oven/barbecue/fireplace project
The logistics of each, of course, subject to finances and city by-laws.
2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year for us...
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Notice yet? Look a tad smaller..?
That's because I deleted all the old articles I'd brought over from my other blog, Conceit and Sociopathy, when I closed it a while back. Rather than lose all my old work (such as it was), I moved it here as this blog was my focus.
Now that our home life has settled down, I'm finding more time for projects and writing again. I've missed it, I really have. I actually feel like writing and designing again, as opposed to going through the motions, and have enough material to sustain both blogs for a while.
My writing, creative works, and design-related stuff will be posted here. My personal stuff will be found at C&S.
Currently, I'm working on a series of posts (on the other blog) about life experience and turning 45. That will remain my focus for the next few weeks, but in my off-time, I'm working on a piece on luxury goods and high-end design from the middle-class perspective. I hope to have that done by the end of the year, assuming I can keep my nose out of this month's Wallpaper, Azure, Dwell, and Metropolis...
Saturday, August 12, 2017
It's languished for several years now, put on hold because of marriage, parenthood, work, home renos, moving, more renos, etc. However, now that Jill, Astrid, and I are all settled in (and subsequently getting back to my old self), I can concentrate on my interests again.
Dove Grace was an alias/persona I developed in the early 2000s to counter Conceited Jerk, my main online persona (still in use here and rarely here). Where Conceited Jerk was angry, cynical, and drunk, Dove was positive, polite, graceful, and a happy drunk. CJ wanted Winnipeg to change, to modernize, to improve, but Dove loved Winnipeg how it was.
Toward the end of the last decade, after a number of lifestyle changes and with a different outlook on life, I decided I needed to focus on different things. Having embraced the DIY/Repurposement ethic and Right to Repair movement, I thought I'd try my hand at design. A few drawings in ImageFX on my Amiga later, Dove Grace Design was born.
A domain was purchased, the website built, and a couple of projects made it past the "scribbles on a napkin" stage and into a QCAD drawing.
Then... things happened (both good and otherwise) and everything was put on hold. No prototypes were built. No work was done. The domain expired, and I didn't bother to renew it.
Now that everything is back to normal, I'm getting back into it. Part (most) of my lab is now studio space, I have the best open source tools in my digital workspace, and my first project is to design the most vital tool I'll need: a wet bar!
All my projects will be housed here for the time being.
Now, let's get to work...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Friday, September 16, 2016
With Autumn rapidly approaching and the weather soon to turn colder, I'm turning my attention back to blogging. After all, I'm at my most creative in the fall!
I've also dusted off the liquor cabinet, and am hoping to start my dipsomaniacal experimentation again. A good drink helps me to think!
With that in mind, I've posted the first two entries of a thirteen part series over at Conceit and Sociopathy. Called Ten Famous People: A Bucket List, it's a top ten list of famous people with whom I'd like to drink, with four (now five) Honourable Mentions. It'll run daily until Tuesday, September 27th, when I post the epilogue. Check it out if you're remotely curious about my choice in drinking partners.
As for State of Grace, I have two spiritual sequels to Unauthorized Butter in the works. While not dealing with the so-called Internet of Things this time, both stories will be equally dystopian in tone and presented in that same Did This Really Happen? style I seem to have developed.
Lastly, there may be a return to urbanism and design on this blog! I'm not really committed to any sort of urbanist content... but there's enough going on in Winnipeg right now that a little commentary from a cynical-but-respectful malcontent might help balance things out.
As for design... I have a couple of home improvement projects that have moved from the Scribbles on looseleaf stage to the Shit, I could really do this! stage, and are now in the Fired up QCAD and laid out a plan stage. Watch for more details after Spring Thaw.
Anyway, I have work to do...