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23 September 2004 @ 12:59 pm
Thursday is hereby officially renamed Prefriday.  
As I was taking the elevator down on my way to lunch, I looked around me and thought, "If I started beating these people with my umbrella and yelling, 'Gnomes! Gnomes!,' they'd have quite a story to tell their friends." And then I wisely did not laugh maniacally and goose the person in front of me.

But here's something I wonder about. The other day there were these custom jewelry stalls in Pioneer Square, a kind of impromptu one-day sale, I guess. And as I went from vendor to vendor I saw a lot of things I might be interested in buying later. But almost none of these craftspeople had (a) business cards, or (b) web sites. One woman said, "Yes, it's a shame, but if we put our stuff up on a web site, people will steal our designs."

Uh huh.

Luddites! Luddites!

Although, what do I know. Maybe in the fast-paced, high-stakes, cutthroat world of Seattle jewelry design there's pilfering going on right and left and you can't be too careful.

I had a peanut-butter and banana sandwich today. Half, anyway, plus a hard-boiled egg. I got full fast. We'll see what the shelf-life of a PBB is.

You guys are so great. All those sweet responses to my last post. Like Ces, I'm kind of verklempt. Also kind of sleepy. Am looking forward to prancing around the gym after work to the new songs I've discovered, Erasure's remixed covers of "Solsbury Hill." Fantastic! If anyone has any other good remix/cover recs, especially club-beat stuff, I'm open. I tend to dislike ones where they only take a single line or two from the lyrics, because that gets old fast. (Though I'm fond of at least one exception to the rule.) And this is reminding me--I heard a very soft folk cover of Abba's "SOS" the other day. Unexpectedly compelling. I must remember to find out who did that.
 
 
 
Rebellious Jezebelmaggiesox on September 23rd, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
Now that you've said it, I'm going to have to fight the urge to start smacking people around in the elevator on the way home myself.

Gnomes, indeed. Heee!
Poshykittyposhcat on September 23rd, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Gnomes! Oh God, you should have done it. They would have been grateful for the diversion. No, really.

"Yes, it's a shame, but if we put our stuff up on a web site, people will steal our designs."

LOL! And then they'll all have to take each other to court and sue for millions, and you know how they press eats stuff like that right up. Bad PR as far as the eye can see. :0)

Erasure's remixed covers of "Solsbury Hill."

What?!? I love that song! In fact, it was my and my husband's favourite song when we were dating. ::reminisces::
silly_grlsilly_grl on September 23rd, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
you'd be surprised at how much design theft goes on in the art jewelry business - its hard to trademark a design and make it stick, and anyone can copy anything they see and can figure out.

Many many designers have this concern. I am designing a website now for a jewelry designer (beaded jewerly) and she will only let me use images from projects that have already been published or she has taught.
[Law]treacle_a on September 23rd, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
One woman said, "Yes, it's a shame, but if we put our stuff up on a web site, people will steal our designs."

Does she also believe that photography steals the subject's soul?
Trepkostrepkos on September 23rd, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hm.. thinking about some of our most photographed celebrities, that could actually be true.....
Trepkostrepkos on September 23rd, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
"If I started beating these people with my umbrella and yelling, 'Gnomes! Gnomes!,' they'd have quite a story to tell their friends."
Like street theatre, only lift theatre.
People get paid for that sort of thing.

And those small jewellery businesses will stay small.
Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on September 23rd, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah but... what happens when you do buy jewelry in Seattle? Are you allowed to wear it in public? Do you need special permission? Or should it remain safely in its box, in your lingerie drawer, with the little perfumed soaps? Because, you know, people could see it and steal the design.

I'm confused.
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on September 23rd, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh. And you may have heard the A*Teens version of SOS.
torchflambeau on September 23rd, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
You could beat them with your umbrella and yell "Luddites! Luddites!"

If I had your address I would send you a CD.

(Do I have your address?)
Anna S.eliade on September 23rd, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
You could beat them with your umbrella and yell "Luddites! Luddites!"

The people in the elevator, you mean? Yes, that could work. *g*

If I had your address I would send you a CD.

(Do I have your address?)


I don't know! But I will send it to you via e-mail. You should send me yours as well--I was actually thinking that recently, because then I could send you mysterious American things. I have an old one of yours, but I'm not sure it's still current.
torchflambeau on September 24th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
Mysterious American things!

And now I must check out Erasure's Solsbury Hill.
Angel: zen by lanningvalarltd on September 23rd, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
The gnome story is a good one.
twistedchick on September 23rd, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
There really is a great concern for theft of designs in contemporary craft jewelry -- a lot of small designers walk a very fine line in not stealing from the big names, and trying not to be stolen from themselves. Also, websites selling jewelry can be costly to set up and maintain; the profit margin for jewelry is small, so a lot of less-affluent merchants can't afford it.

Currently, also, so much jewelry is produced abroad and bought up for department stores and other venues at less than the cost of manufacture that it is extremely difficult for a small craft jeweler to stay in business at all. That's a major reason why my own jewelry business, Kit's Works, closed down four years ago.
Anna S.eliade on September 23rd, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Bummer. Now I feel bad at having maligned the name of small craftspeople for the sake of mere humor. I am eating carrots in penance. :(
for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on September 23rd, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Now I have "Gnomes! Gnomes!" stuck in my head.

I haven't told you lately that I love you, but I do. <3
raqs: johnandaerynraqs on September 23rd, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
i am stealing your gnomes bit and putting in my journal.

also, i am now alert for erasure's cover of "solsbury hill", since I LOVE COVERS and that would rock. it's not at the apple music store, however. trying to stay legal is so limiting.
Anna S.eliade on September 23rd, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
it's not at the apple music store, however. trying to stay legal is so limiting.

I know! I was so eager to get it that I went and bought a used copy of the single on Amazon. Here's the item:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00007L9NH/

My used copy was $3.65 and they have another one for about that same price listed right now.
raqsraqs on September 23rd, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
which track is the good one? the radio edit?

am i allowed to find it somewhat perverse that there are nine tracks on the "single"?
Anna S.eliade on September 23rd, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
The radio mix and the Manhattan extended mix are both really good--I haven't listened to the others yet.

Perversity, check. *g*
kaydee23kaydee23 on September 23rd, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, I want to do your *gnomes gnomes* thing for real. But I want. Once though,when I was a whoooooole lot younger, I actually did get on a crowded elevator by myself and turned around and stared at everyone else in a very fascinated/psycho-like manner. It just struck me as a funny thing to do, and by the time I got to my destination, boy those people were uncomfortable. I laughed myself silly for weeks when I thought about that. I guess I'm lucky someone didn't *beat that shit-eating grin right off my face*

I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I love mashing a banana and *lots* of peanut butter up in a bowl and stirring stirring stirring in it until it gets all slimey and then I eat it with a spoon.

My favorite treat is wheat pita bread and peanut butter and sliced red grapes sandwich. Sometimes I pop it in the microwave.

double-oh-wellno_detective on September 23rd, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... maybe Thursdays should be dubbed Prefridays: Random Acts of Violence Days? Because I had a very similar experience on the train today. There was a man sitting in my row on the other side of the aisle, talking on his cell phone. I hate having to listen to someone's one-sided conversation for more than ten minutes, especially if the said conversation is unforgivably dull.

So I toyed with the following idea: I could pick at my beef wrap (I was having my lunch on the train), tear out little bits, roll them into little balls with my fingertips, and throw them at him - all the time behaving as if I were doing something completely normal.

He got off the train seconds after I started rolling the first beef-wrap missile.
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