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Friday, January 20th, 2017
11:46 am
Great American Baking Show
So! I really enjoy the Great British Baking show, and was happy to find an American counterpart. However, I am miffed with episode 2-5(?), Chocolate Week. Specifically, the Technical Challenge of Truffles.

Truffles are candy.


No dough.
No batter.
No oven.

And I Am Annoyed.

Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
1:04 pm
Dr Who
Oh, last night's ep made me cry. Dr Who's good at making me cry. Wonderful show, wish I could see more of the Classics. (I'm limited to what's available on Netflix, and of course there's large parts of the series which are lost, whichis really a shame.)

Just rewatched the 4+minute trailer for the 50th anniversary special (The First Question) - really looking forward to it. Collapse )

I would happily go to theaters to see this special. I doubt it'll be in theaters, but if it were I would go.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
11:01 am
STOP the scary legislation!
Not that I have much in the way of readership, but for those of you who are seeing this: Please consider (and hopefully sign) this petition, and pass it on. I have done both.

Imagine a world where you could be dragged to court and receive a large fine just for clicking on a link, where service providers would hand over information about your online activities without privacy safeguards, and where online content could be removed by big media conglomerates at will.

This scenario could become a reality before we know it. In just a few days, a group of 600 lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected trade representatives are scheming behind closed doors to decide how the Internet will be governed, including whether you could get fined for your Internet use. Instead of debating this openly, they’re meeting secretly to craft an Internet trap through an international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In short, it appears that it will be Big Media lobbyists—not citizens—who get to decide whether citizens will be fined as suspected copyright criminals. Please help us raise a loud call before it’s too late. Visit: http://stopthetrap.net

We know from leaked documents that industry lobbyists intend to blanket these new restrictions and laws around the world, without us having any say in the matter. How can they do this? Instead of an open, public process, they’ll use international tribunals to go around domestic judicial systems. And once the trap is set, there’s no going back.

Here are the details—the TPP’s Internet trap would:

1. Criminalize your everyday use of the Internet,
2. Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards, and
3. Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use, remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate your access to the Internet.

The TPP is secretive, it’s extreme, and it will criminalize your daily use of the Internet. Don’t let Big Media lobbyists lure you into this Internet trap. Speak out now.

We deserve to know what will be blocked, and what we and our families will be fined for. If enough of us speak out now, we can prevent governments from slow-walking us into an Internet trap. Make your voice heard today: http://stopthetrap.net

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Sunday, July 15th, 2012
6:37 pm
I got a new Project!
With a capitol "P"
And that rhymes with "C"
And that stands for "Cross-Stitch"!

/Music Man
(I've been wanting to use that for a while. ^_^ )

So, some of you may remember, at the dawn of 2008 I bought a cross stitch pattern of Stealing the Moon. I've made some decent headway since then (not nearly as much as I'd hoped, but...) and recently came to a conclusion:

The colors are wrong.

Put simply, DMC doesn't make about half the colors needed to do a good job on it.

I imagine at some point I'll dye my own flosses and re-chart it and start over. Maybe, within 5 years. Anyway, in the meantime, I needed a new non-holiday BAP (Big Ass Project) to work on in the non-holiday season (since I have Saint Nicholas Dragon Sleigher to work on in the holiday season. ^_^ )


July 4, in the wee hours, I purchased another BAP pattern from Heaven and Earth Designs.

This one.
400W x 512H

I've been in love with this image since I first visited HAED's website in 2008 (shortly after I brought Stealing home). After acquiring the pattern (yay, auto-download of PDFs!) I found that there's sparklies in it. O.O Lots of sparklies. The snow is sparkly iridescent Kreinik braid. Unfortunately, so is the banner.

I opened the pattern in my PDF editor and added white to it so I could de-sparkle the banner. This took... about ten days of diligent work. I changed a little over 3000 stitches (about 40% of the sparklies), symbol by symbol. Then I re-saved it as a new PDF - for the printing-out thereof, soon. I also made a PDF cheat-sheet (single page with the symbol key), instead of doing the print-cut-tape-copy routine I did for Stealing and St Nick.

Now I just(!) have to print out the pattern and acquire the materials. It'll take longest to get the fabric, since I don't have a car the get to my NSLNS (Not So Local Needlework Shop/Store), and I need a big piece of 25 count. L-Etendard is an even 50 stitches (2 inches) shorter than Stealing, so that's also an even 20,000 stithces fewer to make. The colors seem much more clumped and much less confetti than in St Nick, so I imagine it'll be less annoying to stitch - though I plan to keep using the area method of stitching instead of the color method since it's easier to keep track of where I am and therefore make fewer mistakes.

I've already decided to sew this into a tab-topped (and -bottomed) wall hanging as a finish, in keeping with the banner in the image. Fabric to be determined at a later date.

tl;dr - New BAP! ^__^

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
1:52 am
The Parental Units visited last weekend, and one of the last things we did before they left on Monday was go see the Avengers movie.


I can also honestly say I felt it lived up to the hype. Now, since we saw it in 2D, I'm going to try to see it in IMAX-3D. Today. (And yes, I know there's other things I should be doing with my time, but it's only going to be showing in that format for a short while.) I would ask others to join me, but I'm aiming for the 10:30AM showing (matinee prices, yay!), so I'm expecting people to be at work. In just a few hours I expect to be busing up to Rosedale; that means it's time for me to get back to work, so I can feel justified in taking the break. ^_^;;

edit: It's deifinitely worth seeing in 3D (IMAX, whoo!), and there is a short scene after the credits. ^_^

also edit: Loki's asymmetrical lapels drive me nuts!

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Friday, April 20th, 2012
9:47 pm
So! I now have a Dreamwidth account (same username as LJ). I expect it'll get the same frequencey of posts from me (read: v.low). I'll still be looking at LJ, though, so my friends who live there won't be abandoned.

Also: this post to test crossposting. Never tried such before. Hoping it'll show up (and that I remembered my password).
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
11:51 pm
Stop internet censorship!
On the off chance that this will reach a wider audience than my emails, I'm posting this here.

Yes, I've signed it myself.

Dear Friend,

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would end the internet as we know it.

If it passes, the "Protect IP Act" would give corporate copyright holders the authority to demand that the government shut down any website without a court order. All they would need is to allege that the website contains copyrighted material.

This bill has been rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.

I told my senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. You should do the same. You can sign the petition at the link below.


Current Mood: angry
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
12:46 pm
I has a Kindle! ^_____^ This is an especially happy event, because I hate the feel of paper.

I can now bring my fic with me without printing it out! Yay! (Also very good, because I don't have a printer.).And, I'm going to see if I can stitch a cross stitch from a pattern it's displaying - it goes to screensaver after 10min of inactivity, so I'm not sure how well it'll work. It would be nice if I could change that setting, but I don't think I can.

Jewels (Bejeweled)! Mahjong solitaire! Sudoku! I now have thee in portable electronic form!

Must construct carrying case. Need Tooling leather and purple suede and leather lacing and a ~19in reversible zipper with a pulltab that can flip from one side to the other instead of having a pulltab on both sides. (I know those zippers exist, my coat has at least one.)

Now I just have to re-purchase books I already own. Boo.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
8:06 pm
I give them full points for concept!

It's worksafe.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
10:25 am
Guess what I found airing on Qubo Channel (a kids' channel) last night?

He-Man and She-Ra!

The He-Man from the '80s, not the 2000s. An hour, each, and it looks like they're playing them every night. This pleases and amuses me. (I wonder if it's in the middle of the night because there's fighting in just about every episode, which is not currently kosher for kids' shows...?)

Current Mood: delighted
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
10:06 pm
I haven't seen any of these. Yet.

Karate Kid
Looks good. Fun. True to the spirit of the original. Wanna watch. In theater. Probably will.

Knight & Day
The trailers make me crack up. I'm so gonna go see that.

Last Airbender
N. O. NO.

Looks pretty. Landscaping, effects, lots of the pretty. TOTALLY SCREWED THE CASTING. I don't care how good it looks, I don't care if the writing is awesome, I don't care if they don't totally mangle the plot (and emotions behind it — but they probably did), I don't care if the (MISCAST) actors can act (judging from the 1 line Yue has in one of the trailers, I doubt it). The characters look wrong, and I am pissed off about it. Even during those brief moments when I think the pretty might overcome the rest of my thought processes and make me want to go see this (3D or otherwise), I'm still pissed off about it. I know that if my sensibilities lapsed enough for me to go see this, I would be pissed off about it going into the theater, throughout watching the film, and leaving the theater. If I'm going to spend money on something (and right now I really shouldn't be spending money on movies), I'll be damned if I go to something that's been making me mad for a year now. NO.

I love the show. I have nothing but goodwill for the creators. I HOPE THE MOVIE BOMBS!

(BTW, this is how all those people are supposed to look, and this is what they did to them.)


Current Mood: (generally) pissed off
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
6:04 am

After 2years of sitting, out of its scrollframe, wrapped in its dust-cloth, on a flat surface in my bedroom, I have resumed working on Collapse ) cross-stitch.

Why now, after 2years? Because I now have a new frame to hold my scrollframe up so I can work on it. Thanks to miFadduh, who helpfully hauled his drill press up from Madison two weekends ago, so I (we) could drill vertical, parallel holes down the length of two PVC pipes, roughly 2" apart, and one hole in the center of both of the side-pieces of my scroll-frame so it can pivot on them. Yay! Stitchage! On a decade-project!

And, on a related note, I have determined that 25count fabric is the perfect size for cross-stitch; high enough that the stitches are tiny, low enough that the stitches don't cause the fabric to distort or the unstitched stitches disappear into their stitched neighbors.

crossposted to cross_stitch lj community

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
5:40 pm
This made me ::heee::
...though of my f-list, I think only berzerker_prime will appreciate it as much as I do.

My, he's gotten a lot of ink done in the past 15 years.
Monday, December 1st, 2008
3:02 am

Saw the movie twilight with pkat on Saturday. Grinned through the whole thing. Will probably see it in theaters again at some point, and plan to own a copy when it comes out. Am now craving re-reading the books (not that I've read the last one? two? There's four in the series, and the author's planning to publish another version of the first book from the other main character's POV, which I can't wait to read, either.). Immediately after the movie, we hit the Borders next to the theater, where I bought Collapse ) wallscroll. Wallscroll! Yay!! ^_______^ (so superior to posters) Okay, $20 seemed a bit much for a 'scroll, but I'm still grinning every time I look at it, so I don't feel it wasn't worth it.

Oh! Intarwebs at home, now. (Have already downloaded some anime.) Extra Yay!

Current Mood: giddy
Friday, July 25th, 2008
10:08 am
I'm moving (again). On Thursday the 31st. pkat will be taking her modem to her new place sometime this weekend, and I'm not going to get new internet before I move, so if that's how you contact me don't expect to get a hold of me for about a week.

Wish me good weather! ^_^
Monday, June 9th, 2008
10:24 am
My couch is gone. I soldeded it yesterday morning, and they took it away.

It was big. It was comfy. It was my grandma's.

I's gonna miss it. ::sniff::

Current Mood: melancholy
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
11:29 pm
random teapot!
isn't this nifty-lookin'?
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
12:45 pm
You know what I love?
A good trailer. Generally the ones for movies, but video games and new TV series are good, too.

I am currently trying to find good trailers online so I can burn them to DVD and watch them. So. Can anyone recommend places to go to find trailers, or link me to specific trailers (not just tell me about them, but actual links to something downloadable)? Preferably high-quality and in QuickTime format. I've already gone through trailerdownload.net, but they don't have everything. A few specific trailers I'm looking for are 'The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe', the first 3 Harry Potter movies, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', and 'FFvsXIII'.

edit: now the link should work
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
10:39 am
Anime Detour. Next weekend. Haven't finished filing. Need more/bigger fileboxes. Making badges tomorrow. Haven't finished commissioned costume pieces. Haven't finished regular work for the week. No time to make own costume (again). Haven't finished judging AD fic contest entries. Haven't started taxes.


Must learn better time-management skills. Or how not to sleep.

::now returning to sewing machine::

Current Mood: rushed
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
11:26 pm
nostalgic squee!
Remember those things that you did and loved when you were *cough* much younger than you are now? And then you sometimes wish you could do those things again? Well, I found one of my such things tonight, arranged so that I could!

Sonic the Hedgehog video games! (go ahead and laugh. I don't mind.)

There's, like, the first 7 Sega games on 1 PS2 disc. And I got it used (read: cheaper)!

Nostalgic squee!

Current Mood: happy
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