Shire Meeting

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Shire meeting went well last night. We had a good section of people, lots of good conversation, and it looks like we have a new person.

Her name is Eilis (I think?). She looks to be in her late 20's/early 30's. She moved into the area from New Haven, CT last year. I think she may live over in KC proper, but she didn't know about the Shire. Ysabel has run into her at some events and was chatting with her, and found that she had run into the usual issue with the Barony--the Fight Practice. That's their main focus every week, and then some people do stuff in the background, but they are not good about talking to new people, or introducing them around, or stuff like that. Unless you're a fighter, then you're golden.

The Shire, OTOH, is heavily arts and sciences oriented. We do have some fighters, who usually attend the Barony's fight practice. It's so close-by, and they have some of Calontir's best fighters! So the Shire has not been very regular about our own fight practices. So our meetings are a lot of sitting around, chatting, and crafting, with a business meeting at some point.

Anyway, I was chatting with Roderick, who was a new guy that I was mentoring along last year when I was chatelaine. He's very big into music (he has a master's degree in it) and I know just enough about medieval/renaissance music that I can follow the conversation. He's super-nice and so happy to be in the SCA. People like him keep me grounded in what is important about this organization when the politics get me down.

Anyway, we were talking about some rare book on recorders that he is researching. He doesn't use computers, so I said I'd see if the text is online in a PDF or something. He's trying to get a copy via inter-library loan, too. Anyway, he's convinced me to try out the music practice on Tuesday nights at Margaurite's house. She lives very close to Aileth (from the Barony) who hosts sewing on Tuesday. Since Aileth starts up at 5:30 and Margaurite usually doesn't get home until after 8 pm, I should be able to do both.

I took out my old recorder last night and did some practice runs. I'm not sure about the tuning, but it still plays well. It needs cleaning, so I'll get on that later today. Margaurite would prefer a wooden recorder, but this is what I have on hand, so this is what I will start with. She did like the idea of a fourth person in the group, because there's some very good quartet music out there she's been wanting to try.

Looks like our Shire is going to put in a bid to host Known World Costuming Symposium. Our group has been running the Calontir Clothier's event for, I don't know, 20 something years? So we have experience, and the event is starting to draw out-of-kingdom teachers and attendees.

However, we do have some logistical issues to think about. I need to sit down with Giraude (who is the one in charge of the bid) and bring these things up for her to consider.

Sleepy Shuuji

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:05 pm
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Never fails. Bob gets put on Midnight shift and I get insomnia! I got to sleep after he came home this morning, but only got about 3 hours.

I'm on a scroll deadline. I've actually been working steadily at this one (wonders of wonders), but ran into a delay due to text approval. Someone in the Shire is having a party this afternoon/evening, but I don't want to lose a day's work on the scroll. I hate being pushed to the last minute--I'm really hoping to be able to finish this tomorrow or Monday. I think Thursday is when I need to get it over to the Scribe? Or Wednesday? Regardless, I want it out of my hair!

This is the first shodo scroll I've done*, and there are several things with the medium of washi (mulberry/rice paper) that I was unsure of, so I've had to do more experiments and drafts than I usually bother with. In fact, the work I'm doing today is a size exercise. I'm using a pre-mounted scroll, and the workspace is larger than I expected, so I need to do a draft on larger practice paper to see what size I need to make the kanji and how to do the layout so it balanced with the figure I've drawn at the bottom.

I've already sketched in the figure and don't really want to erase and move it upwards, but we'll see how the draft goes. I may have to. I also may have to use the larger brush--I don't like pushing a brush to its size limits. My shodo teacher had me try that with my first medium-size brush (brushed to very large kanji) and IMHO it shortened the life of the brush.

*I've done three other Japanese-style scrolls over the years, but using Western materials and methods. This is the first time I've done the work using Japanese tools and methods.


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Aug. 18th, 2017 12:31 pm
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I finally finished binding the bottom of the new stays! Hooray! I also was able to cut out the straps, sew them on, and cover the seam. I managed to bind half of the top of the stays before I had to turn in. So, I'm really in the home stretch now! I can't wait to be done with them.

Of course, now I can't find my shift. -_- They had my favourite engageantes stitched into the cuff, too, I need to find it. I did manage to find a half-dozen petticoats that I'd thought I lost, though. How is it that I have a million petticoats, but I always manage to lose my shifts/chemises? That Edwardian chemise with all the inset lace? Gone. The six Regency chemises I made for New Orleans? Gone. Now my 18thC shift is gone. Whyyyyyyyyy?

Will definitely be heading to Dallas tomorrow to bump up my Stash game. I've mostly whittled down my current selection to utility fabrics and stuff I bought for specific cosplays that I will probably never actually use, so I need some good period-appropriate stuff again. M really wanted to come with me, which will give me a chance to let him pick out some fabrics for some new waistcoats and things.
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Aug. 18th, 2017 09:43 am
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Daniel Craig has confirmed that he's coming back for another Bond movie.

Which also means that Christoph Waltz will return as Blofeld. He signed a two-picture deal that was contingent on Craig's return.


Aug. 18th, 2017 09:33 am
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The Daily Stormer is a horrible Neo-Nazi web site that was part of the group that organized last weekend's rally in Charlottesville. They are a canker on the bum of the internet. But apparently they've finally crossed the line and ISPs can no longer justify hosting them in the name of free speech.

I hope they never find another home for their hateful speech.

Andrew Anglin, the website’s publisher, told The Associated Press in an email that he had essentially been “banned from the internet” and that he was having trouble finding a domain registry service that would allow The Daily Stormer’s content.
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It’s Friday! *Kermit arms*

There is a discussion of a possible Guild invasion of Penn Renn at the end of October to to see Wolgemut! And word is that Penn Renn has an Emperor Maximilian plotline this year! Whoo, Germans with the Germans with the Germans! *happy thinky thoughts*

I am looking forward to having a weekend. I need a reset. Saturday I have a bunch of errands and chores that need to get done. And Sunday I’m headed up to Maine to have lunch with Pop and the Momster. My annual reminder about which of my quirks are Nature and which are Nurture. “Oh yeah, that’s why I do that thing….”

It’s been a long week ful of sad and crazy. I’m so ready to unplug this weekend. I’m going to try to mostly stay offline this weekend. I need more creative time and less screen time.

Too many wonder linkies to count
Too Many Wonderful Women to Count The New York Times on all the female acting talent out there right now.

The Invisible Workload the Drags Women Down. Time Magazine on who carries the mental load.
Even when their male partners “helped out” by doing their fair share of chores and errands, it was the women who noticed what needed to be done.
Seidman suggested she had a “seeing superpower” that her husband and children did not. But she doesn’t, of course. It’s just that her willingness to do it allows everyone else the freedom not to.

The Week I was Wonder Woman. (Warning, site has annoying popups)

What’s Better than “Wonder Woman” is Warrior Women
Even though women have participated in almost every aspect of warfare as nurses, pilots, mechanics, and soldiers, women are typically absent from war movies outside of roles as victims, widows, or prostitutes. With women missing from warfare, Hollywood makes it very clear that war is a man’s game only: No women allowed.

From Xena to Wonder Woman: The Physics of Female Fighters
She runs towards it, and with the extra energy she gets from their synchronized push, she reaches her target. Every step of this process mirrors how gymnasts start on the vault, sprinting towards the springboard so they can perform their event with full power. Sure, Wonder Woman is working with godly powers, but the manner of her jump is supported by physics.

This One's For The Girls

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

(ATTENTION MOMS: this post may be mildly inappropriate for young children.)


Alright ladies, it's OUR turn.

That's right: it's time to turn the tables on all those chauvinistic guys who order the boob or butt cakes, rendering the female form as nothing more than an object - and an edible one at that! It's time to ogle the MALE form in cake for once, and show them how it feels! You heard me, gentlemen: prepare... to be objectified!! [rubbing hands together] Heheheh. This is gonna be awesome.

Ok, let's start the show!

First up, ladies, check out this sexy little...


["Urp"ing noise]

Sorry, sorry. Uh, yeah, Julie B.? This one's really not doing anything for me. In fact, the neck hump area is kind of grossing me out.


Not to worry, though; there's more where that came from. Next!


Um, Donna B., not that I don't appreciate the liberal use of painted-on under-arm hair (and other hair which I was kind enough to cover - you're welcome) and the whole "good luck on your wedding night" sentiment, but again, this is really having more of the opposite effect on me. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it looks like the chest of a pasty-white prepubescent.


Ohhhkay. Now I just creeped myself out, looking at this. [averting eyes] Next! NEXT!!

Whoa! I think we just went to the other extreme; this guys looks to be about 70. And is it just me, or does he have a bunch of raisins on his chest? That, or his chest hair has gone all matted and clumpy.

[gagging] Rapidly. Losing. Appetite.

By the way, Amanda E., not that I'm complaining, but I don't think he has any nipples. Again, NOT complaining. Really. Put those raisins down, woman!


Oh, look: Tam & Annabel found Mr. Heard-it-through-the-grapevine's bottom half, and it begs the question...

Is acupuncture ever a good package deal? Just wondering.


Ok, this is ridiculous. I don't feel like we've objectified any guys at all with these cakes! Sarah W., you're our last hope. Bring it, sistah.

Aaaugh!! My eyes! My seared, bleeding eyes!

What this headless, neckless, armless, and legless torso lacks in limbs it certainly makes up for with day-glo orange streakiness. Not to mention that it exudes a kind of sinister intelligence: I swear it's looking at me.

In fact, here's a hypothetical for y'all: You get up in the middle of the night, and turn suddenly to find this cake hopping along behind you. Do you:

a) scream
b) laugh
c) grab a fork or
d) all of the above?


Well, ladies, I'm sorry: our quest to objectify men using cakes has failed. But on the bright side, we'll always have Tom Selleck - right?


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Bad Kitties

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:06 am
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Someone has been playing with the edge of the sheet hanging off the bed and clawed or chewed several holes in the sheets.

I. Am. NOT. Pleased.

Dammit, I don't want to have to tuck the sheets in every day when I made the bed just so they don't destroy my bed linens!

Also, high thread-count sheets are fucking expensive. I was hoping to get a couple more years out of these.


Aug. 17th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Today we had a structural engineer come over to inspect the house, do measurements, and basically tell us how bad our foundation issues really are. Short version: $$$$$, although it looks like we may be able to do the repairs in stages over time.

In more detail )

No idea how much this will cost, beyond "a lot". We'll get bids once the Engineer's report arrives, and Midwest winters being what they are, it'll probably be spring before anything can be done. We'll probably have to do things in stages, starting with the south wall where the most visible damage is.

Yes, I had a huge cry after Eric the Engineer left. But what can we do? If we ever want to move, we'd have to fix this, and better to address the issue sooner than later.

Books read in 2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:31 am
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47. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
46. Just One Damned Thing After Another, Jodi Taylor (e)
45. Wildfire, Ilona Andrews (e)
44. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (e) (re-read)
43. The Rose and the Dagger, Renée Ahdieh
42. Blaze of Memory, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
41. The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh
40. Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir, Mark Vonnegut MD (e)
39. The Rule of Luck, Catherine Cerveny (e) (arc)
38. The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
37. The Girl with Ghost Eyes, M.H. Boroson (e)
36. Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
35. White Hot, Ilona Andrews (e)
34.  The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, Tom Reiss (e)
33. Mouse and Dragon, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
32. Caszandra, Andrea K. Host (e)
31. Lab Rat One, Andrea K. Host (e)
30. Stray, Andrea K. Host (e)
29. The Cat Who Turned On and Off, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
28. Apprentice in Death, J.D. Robb (e/l)
27. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
26. The Face in the Frost, John Bellairs (e)
25. Hanged for a Sheep, Frances and Richard Lockridge (e)
24. Xamnesia, Lizzie Harwood (e)
23. Convergence, C. J. Cherryh, (read aloud with Steve)
22. Rock Addiction, Nalini Singh (e)
21. The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel
20. Etched in Bone, Anne Bishop (e)
19. Rider at the Gate, CJ Cherryh (re-read)
18. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
17. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman
15. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
14. Memory, Linda Nagata (e)
13.  Bonita Faye, Margaret Moseley (e)
12.  Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (e)
11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

The Power of Purr

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:25 am
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Today, with the exception of needing to go to the doctor for a follow-up exam this afternoon, is a Work Day, and I will be shutting down the internets very soon.

I do want to mention, for the people who are here for the cats...the marvelous healing power of purrs.

At the ER Monday night, I was given a shot of high-test ibuprofen, and given a muscle-relaxant in pill form to take before I went to bed. In theory, this was to help me sleep through the night.

In fact, it helped me sleep for about four hours, when the pain woke me again and I lay in bed counting the hours until CVS opened and I -- well, actually, Steve -- could go into town and get the prescriptions filled. I twisted and turned and couldn't find any position that provided relief -- for an hour or so by the clock on the ceiling.

About 4 am, I decided that, if I started walking, I could be in Waterville when CVS opened, Belle jumped up to the foot of the bed, STOMPED up until she was next to me, sat down and HUFFED. It really was very clearly, "What on earth is the matter with you, stupid kitten?" -- and she started to purr.

"It won't work," I told her. Whereupon she blinked at me, threw herself against my chest (I was laying on my side) and brought up the Big, Deep, Rough purrs from 'way down at the bottom of the Purr Box. I closed my eyes, still convinced that it wasn't going to work. . .

And woke up at 9 am with my back hurting, but somewhat less.

The rest of Tuesday was spent with heating pad on/heating pad off, listening to Pandora and dozing. Trooper took day-shift, with Sprite filling in for necessary breaks. Yesterday, all was very nearly back to normal, though Trooper and Belle still hung close, and today, as previously suggested is a work day.

As I type, Belle is in the wooden basket on my desk, and Trooper is sitting next to the keyboard, purring and aiming head-butts at my chin.

Everybody have a good day.

TBT: Hello Dolly (1969)

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:30 pm
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Posted by Trystan L. Bass

It’s the last of the classic Hollywood historical musicals, and some think it set 20th Century Fox back for years. But Hello Dolly! (1969) has all the singing and dancing and big, bold costumes I need on a slow Sunday. Yeah, Barbara Streisand always looks like her ’60s self, but Irene Sharaff’s Oscar-nominated 1890s costume... Read more →

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The REAL King Cake

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, so I thought I'd feature some appropriate cakes. However, I realize many of our younger readers may not be familiar with The King. So listen up, whipper snappers! Picture an older, more talented, better looking, Southern Justin Bieber wearing a white, bedazzled jumpsuit.


Also, he may or may not be dead.


Maybe don't picture that part.


Right. All together now? Then let's get started!


This is Elvis:

Rawr! Ffft ffft...


This... not Elvis.  I'm thinking either Ray Liotta or Wayne Newton.



Not Elvis:

John claims this looks like Jimmy Durante. It's like I don't even know who he is anymore. (John, I mean. Jimmy I had to wiki.)





I'm going with Liza Minelli.



Oh! Wait! I know this one!

The Brawny paper towel guy!


And finally, Elvis:


Queen Amidala. Or maybe one of the guys from Menudo. (Thanks, John!)

No, no, I'm staying with Amidala.


Thanks to Paula H., Diana C., Connie B., and Chrissy K. who are all, collectively, nuthin' but hound dogs. And oh! The crying! ALL the TIME! Enough, already!

Ah thank you. Thankyouverramuuuch.


Update from john: The Munsters! The last one looks like the kid from The Munsters! I knew it was something with an "M" from my childhood.


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Cool Science Fact of the Day

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:18 am
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From our internal mailing list, we were discussing the fact that Linux is part of a recent space launch. And a guy who used to work for NASA was telling stories.

FYI – JPL = Jet Propulsion Lab

JPL wasn't allowed to put their own logo on Curiosity - NASA told them no since it was an "agency effort". They then put "JPL" in the wheel treads so that you'd see it in the tracks left in the Martian soil, but NASA told them they couldn't do that either. So, creatively, they actually etched the wheel treads with Morse code for "J" "P" "L" one after the other... NASA didn't catch it :)

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