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The Path Less Traveled

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

ip-2014-13w-u697Most ruled journals out there are printed with straight lines that run horizontally across the page. According to famed San Diego based artist Naomi Ritchie, straight lines can inhibit the artistic flow. Fortunately there are drawing pads with our lines and now there is the Inspiration Pad, a composition book with each page sporting a different pattern of lines and grids.

The Pale Blue Dot

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

PaleBlueDotFrom this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

—Carl Sagan

[The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spaceprobe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40 AU) from Earth.]

Glue Dots

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

glue_dots_advanced_strength_sheets145_SGlue Dots® are a double-sided, pressure sensitive adhesive that bonds instantly to virtually any surface. They are mess-free, non-toxic and require no dry time. Available in a variety of formulas, Glue Dots® work very well for everything from quick repairs and school projects to hanging posters without damaging your walls.They even have industrial strength versions that hold over 8lbs.


Glue Dots Removable Dot Sheets Value Pack, Contains 600 (.5 Inch) Temporary Adhesive Dots (08388)
Glue Dots Removable Dot Sheets Value Pack, Contains 600 (.5 Inch) Temporary Adhesive Dots (08388)
Removable Glue Dots Sheet are clear-lined, double sided adhesives that bond instantly to most clean, dry surfaces. Glue Dots stay secure and replace messy liquid glues, requiring no drying time. Removable Glue Dots use a lightweight glue formula making a loose bond for transitional projects. Unlike tapes and putties, Removable Glue Dots can be removed easily without staining or leaving behind a sticky residue. These Dots are acid and lignin free, non-toxic, and photo safe. They bond easily, the pressure sensitive dots are perfect for the office, school and home. They also adhere to paper, vellum, fabric, wood, foam, plastic and more! They are ideal for kids, with no fumes, no mess and no drying time. Package contains 600 Dots, 1/2 inch diameter.

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  • 600 versatile Removable Glue Dots, perfect for Office, School and Home!
  • Works on paper, foam, plastic, metal, glass and more!
  • Removable, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
  • No fumes, mess or drying time is great for kids
  • Acid-free, Lignin-free, conforms to ASTM D-4236
  • Model: 8388
  • MPN: 8388
  • Size: 1/2" diameter
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