Just some data

So for my Data Geek Stitching Friends: Data collection period 2016 to 2020

Projects Completed:

  • 4 Large
  • 10 Medium
  • 28 Small

Stitches Completed in completed projects
431,237 stitches

Project Duration:

  • Large avg 6.5 years
  • Med avg 4.84 years
  • Small avg 44 days

The longest I spent on a completed project in the time period was 20 years on Fruit Bell Pull, followed by 18 years on Dragon Ride. In keeping with that statistic, the 4 oldest pieces on my backlog right now are all by Teresa Wentzler. Just a note, the longest it took to complete a small is 348 days so smalls older than a year usually don’t get finished. So in theory, to change my habits and finish large projects, I need to not start so many smalls.

I do have 3 embroidery projects that are still around that I started in high school and college but I haven’t put them in the current rotation.  Frankly, there are a couple pieces that I haven’t even taken pictures of for the start albums in my stitching groups.  I’ve realized that more than 1 TW in rotation at a time is more than I can handle. 

I did pull out 2 of my older non confetti pieces to work on getting finished this year. The shortest time I’ve taken to finish a large piece is 41 days. So I should in theory be able to finish at least 2 or 3 large pieces this year.  I do have a lot of medium pieces that are close to being finished. Let’s see if this year, I can complete more large and medium pieces than smalls.

Impulse buy…

This is why I need to take all the emergency credit cards out of my wallet.  Yes, it was the last one in the store but that does not make it an emergency.

Hypothetical vs. rhetorical

I heard part of the interview with Jay Heinrichs about his new book, Thank you for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach us About the Art of Persuasion. I listened to him talk about how the meaning of words change; about rhetorical and hypothetical questions. A rhetorical question used to mean a question that was so obvious everyone knew the answer. Now it’s “A question used for emphasis” according to Dictionary.com. I didn’t hear his definition of a hypothetical question but to me it’s always been a question used to lead a person to the point on which you want them to agree with you. Apparently the definition that I use for a hypothetical question used to be the point of using a rhetorical question. Heinrichs credits the doublespeak and changed meaning in our language to the curriculum changes during the last century when grammar, rhetoric, logic, public speaking, and debate were eliminated from the public schools.
Personally, I would add the change from considering music a science to considering it an art. It all comes down to we no longer teach our children the importance of words. We don’t teach them that “how” you say it is as important as “what” you mean to the expression of your message. We barely teach them to write and then we have teachers who are starting to accept the text mail shortcuts as appropriate classroom communication since it is symbols on paper that are intelligible. I remember about 10 years ago the fuss about allowing junior high students to write in gang script or graffiti alphabet. Today even that would be preferable since uniform spelling was still enforced.
“R U Hear?” Does not mean “Are you here?” in the classroom and should not be accepted as correct. If the teacher were accepting the assignments by text message that would be a different story. But around here at least, cell phones are banned in class and the shortened text script should be banned as well.
I hear parents complain that school doesn’t teach children to think, yet they complain about teaching the tools that would give the children a foundation on which to build the arguments and theses for logical thinking. But then what do I know, after all, I’m more concerned with the logic of the education rather than how the kids feel about themselves.