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Other people doing (my) awesome work

So way back in June of 2010 I put together this great template for a cross stitch pattern I wanted to stitch called “Epic Mario Thru the Ages.” I quickly realized that there was NO WAY I had the time or patience to do the piece – it was huge, has tons of colors, and I was working full-time.  But I put the image on the Sprite Stitch Board knowing that *someone* would want to do it.

Sure enough – a lot of people showed interest and user Osmosis was good enough to make a pattern based off of my image. A little more than a year later and the first piece was finished by user  tetris<3 (who was also nice enough to PM me)!! She posted photos of her finished work (page 7) and made me want to pick up this project again! (someday… maybe).

I’m super impressed by both her talent/persistence/etc and how well the pattern worked. I know there are others out there working on this pattern and I hope her example encourages you to finish (or start) an Epic cross stitch of your own. All photos of the completed pattern are from tetris<3s work  – please visit the boards if you want the pattern.

– kuja.girl

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The Sony Hacks

I’m going to leave the crafts for a bit to comment on the recent attacks and hacks that have happened to Sony lately. There has been a lot of press coverage blaming Sony for what happened. I understand that people are upset, heck I’ve been part of the PlayStation Network since the ’90’s, but I don’t blame Sony. I blame the hackers (and their customers).

It was going to happen sooner or later and while I wish Sony had taken better precautions and been more forthright with what had happened the fact remains that this is not their fault. Yes, they could have handled it better and sure they could have had better security but are they really to blame?

Nothing is safe online. If your computer is connected to the internet then it is not “safe.” I don’t care what kind of virus scan, firewalls, or other measures you take your data is available to anyone willing to take the time and effort to get at it. Luckily for most of us we do not have much that’s worth that amount of time and effort. Sony’s database was worth the effort – but that’s only because there’s a market (which is another serious issue).

In short: a company can take hundreds of measures and spend lots of money trying to protect their data from hackers but it only takes one successful attack to null all of that effort. It’s a losing battle for the data-holder from the start, the best way to keep safe is to stay under the radar… or offline.

Completed: Sam & Max project

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I finished stitching this over a month ago but since it was a gift for a friend I didn’t want to publish any photos until I gave it to her.

It took a lot of time to graph this out – I had to resize it from the original and then had to add all the details that were lost in resizing as backstitches. Then it took even longer to stitch it – working on dark fabric is really hard, especially in winter when there is no sunlight to help you after 5pm.

Even though I made some mistakes (nothing major) I’m really happy with how it turned out. Sadly I forgot to image it before we framed it so there’s some glare in the photos, but the finished piece looks great.
Click “more” for the photos and a link to the pattern.

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