What will be deadly in 100 years’ time?

30 12 2013

While searching Trove for newspaper articles as part of my genealogical research, I spotted this advertisement (yellow highlights) in the 22 November 1919 edition of a state newspaper:


Makes you wonder what currently acceptable and ‘worthwhile’ material will be as deadly to us in 100 years’ time as asbestos was proved to be several decades after this ad was published.

Note also the ad at the bottom of the column for getting rid of grey hair! Some things never change…

Serendipitous juxtapositions

30 12 2013

Ah, Facebook and Twitter! How I love the times when the feeds coming through either match in content or colour or some other attribute.I don’t think it’s deliberate… just a quirk of circumstance.

I’ve collected these examples of interesting juxtapositions over the past few weeks:


Steph lives in Australia and Gretchen lives in the US, but both Tweeted about their pets and food at Christmas.



Air quality discussions by two people I know who live at opposite ends of California




Steph in Australia has several cats; Char in the US has a menagerie of pets (Cassie is a dog, and Sagwa and Midnight are two cats). No matter the location, the pets want to take over!



Sarah’s picture has a big diaper box in the right corner, and Paul’s Tweet just a short while earlier told of an interesting diaper situation on his flight.

Interesting headlines

30 12 2013

Sometimes I see interesting headlines in my travails around the internet. Here are two recent ones from some Australian news websites:



In the one above, there really was a link to a page titled ‘This story has been removed’ which mentioned some doctor up on a sexual assault charge. The story was there, but the headline was odd. I suspect there was some threat of legal action and the story should have been deleted, but instead it remained and the headline and thus the summary headline/link reflected the changed title. Oops.

The one below was a lovely mismatch of the headline/picture with the abstract. The headline/picture matched, but neither matched the abstract. Puts a new meaning on ‘successful swimmers’ I guess 😉


Facebook has NO idea about me

30 12 2013

Facebook continually wants me to complete my profile. Well, sorry FB, but I don’t want to. I really don’t think it’s any of your business where I went to school (how many decades ago was that?), where I grew up, where I work, etc. and I’m not going to tell you. My friends and family who might need to know either already know or can ask me directly and I’ll tell them. But honestly, of what concern is that past history to anyone else?

So it’s with some delight that I realise that FB knows very little about me and tries to predict what it does know from the people I interact with (see the images below). The problem with these automated ‘predictions’ is that like most people I know, I have far-ranging and not necessarily overlapping groups of people I ‘know’ on FB. There’s my family scattered in Australia and the US mostly, there are my fellow professionals scattered right across the world, there are people I’ve worked with in various companies, and there are my quilting buddies who are also scattered across the world. And there are some others too, but those groups I listed would cover most of my FB ‘friends’.

As an example of how FB’s predictions about me are wildly off the mark, try these:


Ummmm… neither. Ever.


I’ve only heard of two of these and have definitely not attended any of them. Besides, high school was SUCH a long time ago who on earth cares?


Where’s Mordialloc? Never been there or travelled through there as far as I know. And while I may have lived in Perth, I didn’t ‘grow up’ there.


Well, I driven through Austin (over the top of it on the interstate is the closest I’ve come to that fair city), and I’ve never even heard of Sugar House in Utah, though I did visit Utah once LONG before FB came along. And while I lived in Perth for some years, I sure didn’t grow up there, and left there long before I joined FB.

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen bobbin case

30 12 2013

When is an M bobbin case not an M bobbin case? When it’s made by different manufacturers for different machines! Currently, there’s a discussion on the forum for the owners of sit-down models of quilting machines about the M bobbin case for the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen/Babylock Tiara, and one of the members posted a picture of the black spring she was told to remove to use the pre-wound Glide bobbins. The problem is that my bobbin case DOES NOT have this black spring and I suspect never had it as I can’t recall seeing it. (Update: Newer Sweet Sixteens have bobbin cases with the black spring.)

So I took some photos of my only bobbin case — the one that came with my Sweet Sixteen machine back in April 2011 — so that I’d have them on hand for future reference. I took several photos from different angles.

The only ‘spring’-like thing INSIDE my bobbin case is the flat metal piece that’s screwed into the housing — you could not remove it without first removing the screw. On its inner side, this flat metal piece has a straight edge, then sweeps into a scythe-like curve. Also, note the width and shape of the bobbin case opening (not the ‘fingers’ surrounding the opening, but the opening itself) — it’s a sort of skinny ‘D’ shape.






As a result of this discussion, I went searching for M size bobbin cases on the internet and found that there are all sorts of variations of these. Below I some photos I grabbed from the internet. Notice the shape of the opening, the ‘spring’ shape, and the black spring (in some cases), and even a ‘pigtail’ spring. They are all a little different to the bobbin case I have. So buyer beware! If you purchase any old M size bobbin case from the internet, it may not be the correct one for your machine!


Tin Lizzie






Japanese A1 long-arm