February 2nd, 2006

Party Tiki

Too Freaking Cool: Automated Tikis

kukla_tko42, who sells sewing machines that will do automatic embroidery, sent me the electronic pamphlet for a new software CD from Oklahoma Embroidery Supply and Design: "Tiki Lounge #1," asking what I thought of it and if I'd want a shirt with one of these designs on it. I'm blown away; whoever does their artwork "gets" tiki the way very few commercial illustrators seem to.

Each of those illustrations is actually a roughly 3" x 3" embroidery design that compatible machines will sew directly onto just about anything you can imagine. See also "Trade Winds," "Tropical Beauty 1," and especially "Tropical Beauty 2," any one of which'd also be cool for people who wanted to subtly tiki-fy clothing or hats or patches or insignia or accessories. There's a couple of cool things under "Hot! Hot! Hot! 1," too.

The way she's explained it to me is that in addition to being good, state of the art, do everything but serge sewing machines, these machines can take any design from these companies, or anything you design on your home computer, and embroider it onto just about any fabric. They can even scale it up or down pretty far either way. Not even vaguely cheap (which is why they offer financing), but man what an amazing thing to be able to do whenever you want.
Brad @ Burning Man

Letter to the STLPD editor just sent, re "Muhammed's face"

Now that the controversy over the 12 "Muhammed's face" cartoons that appeared in the September 30th, 2005 Jyllands-Posten (Jutlands Post) has flared up into violence and threats of assassination and terrorism, I am writing to encourage the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to take its own action to show solidarity with the rights of journalists in every free country.

I fully support freedom of religion. But in this case, the offended Muslims are demanding a right that we do not grant to anyone else, either, and that is a right to veto things written, drawn, or published by people who are not of their faith. Nor do they extend this veto to people whose faith might be offended by what their authors, artists, or publishers produce. They may feel that they are entitled to this veto because (as is obvious to them and to no one else) their religion is right and everybody else's religion is wrong. The rest of us will not, and must not, concede that point.

I am encouraging the Post-Dispatch to join the dozen or more other newspapers around the world that have printed these images. If every city and every nation in the free world does so, then perhaps they'll realize that their campaign of intimidation has failed. And it must fail if civilization is to survive; to surrender here is to grant one and only one religion rights above all others, and to prevent that it is worth shedding any amount of blood, lest those who fought the centuries-long fight against theocracy and for freedom have died in vain.

J. Brad Hicks
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

I encourage my LiveJournal and RSS readers to similarly encourage their local papers. Any St. Louisans who would also like to encourage the StLPD, in your own words, to take such action may write to letters@post-dispatch.com.