anotheranon: (cool)
From lo these many weeks past:

  • The Star Trek: Into Darkness Spoiler FAQ: Explains the plot holes you can drive a semi through in a very amusing way. Warning: sweary language (the FAQ answerer is clearly of strong opinions). Spoilerage abounds, so I'm declaring comments to this post to be a SPOILER FRIENDLY ZONE for ST:ID.

  • First clip from "Only Lovers Left Alive" features Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton hot un-kissing/making out [YouTube]. VampireLoki + VampireTildaSwinton = how do I get an invite to this party?? 'Cos I need one. For... research.

  • Why do men keep putting me in the girlfriend zone? (Hat tip [ profile] glitter_femme). I've only been in this situation once and the guy got verbally abusive when I told him I wasn't interested. Full disclosure: when I was a stupid teenager I "boyfriend-zoned" a good bit. Then I grew up and learned that the 'verse doesn't owe me boy/girlfriends.

  • Club veteran Princess Julia's piece on the attractions of club life and the role of the DJ. This quote especially resonated with me:

    Mark Moore dj, music producer and frontman of seminal band S-Express began his career as a dj and continues to involve himself in the spirit of it, 'My experience of djing is similar to when friends come round your house and you play music to them. Every record that brings joy to them and blows their mind also brings joy to you so it's really a way of bonding and sharing - communion! The DJ experience is just a bigger version of this with more people and more energy.

    I was the kid ever making mixtapes for my friends to evangelize my taste in music, and that urge to share is part of what got me into radio in college. Even when I was trying to learn to mix, I don't think I ever really wanted to be a club dj - I always wanted to be John Peel, introducing people to sounds they've never heard before.

  • And 'cos the quote is from Mark Moore: Enjoy this trip. And it is a trip. Countdown is progressing... [YouTube]. Oldie but goodie.

  • Remittance Girl's blog post on feeling like an exile stuck in my head: "There have been times in my life, I’ve masqueraded inclusion. I’ve pretended to join, I’ve faked communion, I’ve partaken of the flesh, without swallowing. There is almost always a thin membrane, a wrap of impenetrable film that keeps me in exile." For good or ill, I kinda get that. Even when I've tried I've always felt a bit "off-center", and with age I'm (slowly, oh so very slowly) starting to accept that. (FYI this entry is worksafe but the rest of Remittance Girl's site emphatically is not; having said this if you're looking for quality erotica of all sorts go here).


May. 19th, 2013 06:01 pm
anotheranon: (busy)
After being felled by a rotten cold last weekend, I used this one to do all the stuff I'd not been able to:

Local sari shop: that I've known about for months but never visited due to my astounding capacity for passivity, I finally found it after passing it 3 times and it was worth the effort :) I was looking for fabrics that I could potentially use to create a turban and/or lightweight wrap to wear with my Regency gown, and found both a cotton (day) and silk-like-enough polyester (evening). One sari = ~7-9 yards of fabric, so I might be able to get quite a bit more else out of them.

Went with D., Badger, and C. to the latest Star Trek, which I enjoyed. No spoilers, but while I thought the intro scene was a bit over the top (which I guess it had to be, they had to try and top the first movie somehow), I thought Benedict Cumberbatch made a spectacular monologuing baddie, we finally get to see Kirk learn to be less of a jerk, and there was Moar Pegg, which makes everything better.

(Aside - I've also seen Iron Man 3, which D. and I saw opening weekend, because Iron Man. Also enjoyed, though it felt like they were trying to cram in too many different story lines. It also had more badass/competent Rhodey and I didn't think I could enjoy the Pepper/Tony dynamic more until I saw it).

I'm juggling several sewing projects: patching a saber mask for a fencing buddy (I want to see how good my curved mattress needles are at these kinds of repairs), D.'s scholar's robe (which needs a draping, to figure out just what the neckline is doing) and a sized-up Miyake (to see if sizing up one of those cracky patterns is even possible). Save the turbans/wraps I don't think I'm making anything new for Dress U due to lack of time - needing a summer skirt for work is a larger priority. I am also discovering that I make more headway when I stop fidgeting with notions and fscking do it already.

If you can't tell by my typing rhythm here, I'm also drinking more coffee than usual. This may or may not be a good thing, but it's acclimating me to upcoming greater caffeine requirements created by a con (1st weekend of June) followed the next week by an uncon (the second).
anotheranon: (quizzical)
Some noteworthy things crossed my screen this morning:

Best dressed of the 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala: which COULD have been interesting as the exhibit is Punk: Chaos to Couture but looking through the images, it seems like only Madonna got the memo. Michael Musto nails it.

For the record, I do plan to go up for the exhibit and I have no illusions about high fashion stealing ideas from the street - it always has and always will. I do find it disappointing that while it appears the exhibit will delve into the roots and philosophy of original punk (anti)fashion, no actual punks were in attendance (lurve you Vivienne Westwood, but you've not been a punk for a long time). Not like punks would actually show up to a fashion gala, but one would think they would have invited some, at least in a cynical attempt to shock.

It's also aesthetically disappointing because it's another parade of pretty people wearing predictably sleek designer gear. Don't get me wrong - I like looking at sleek designer gear and pretty people - but it's not challenging or interesting and one would have hoped the theme would encourage SOMEONE to take some fashion risks, but no.

As an aside, this is also why I don't go out of my way to view the Oscar red carpet - there are no surprises. Gimme another Bjork swan dress (a dress so odd it has it's own Wikipedia page!) and maybe I'll go to the trouble.

The other is this photo essay Rave kids in the '90s vs. rave kids today, and I know I'm going to sound like an old crusty, but here goes: I find it sad that the current styles for women are so sexualized. Nothing wrong with sex or being sexy, but Back In The Day(TM), raving was about dancing - hard, sweatily, all night. You didn't run around in a sports bra to look hot, but because it was so hot it was raining indoors - in short, you dressed so you could dance comfortably.

I love the costumey aspect, but I imagine it's hard to seriously pound the parquet if you're afraid your clothes are going to fall off :P

Also one of the things I loved about raving was that I was coming out of a club scene that emphasized tight minidresses and "dress to impress" and it was a relief to go out and not have to be sexy sexy sexy just to get in the door. I could just dance and let the music take me.

If raving is just another fashion show, I think that's sad. But I'm also heartened that if this is the case there will inevitably be a pendulum swing away from that, if there isn't already.
anotheranon: (busy)
'Cos it was a busy one:

Saturday I made it down to the Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s exhibit. Last day + pretty weather + free admission = it was PACKED, and some of the posters and paraphernalia were situated in narrow hallways that were skin-scrapingly annoying to navigate. Having said this, I'm glad I went: I knew a bit about the DC punk scene but next to nothing about go-go or graffiti. Also got the nice hardcover catalog (natch) that will hopefully cover all of the labels I couldn't read because there were so many people.

Today I did the women's competition in the Cherry Blossom Open and did possibly the best I'd ever done at this always-challenging annual event: won one in pools but due to a lucky mismatch (? maybe I AM that good?) won my first direct elimination bout. I lost my second to an endlessly patient B-rated woman who I have fenced before: this time I lost 15-6 instead of 15-3, so I'm going to call that an accomplishment :) Also got to see [ profile] skill_grl who spectated and shot video for me (thank you for both!)

Health observations: it wasn't hot but the air was close, and my finicky lungs rebelled. I think my inhaler must be empty, as it didn't seem to have any effect. As I get tired I get kind of "punch-drunk": my coordination deteriorates and I tend to laugh to relieve tension - which isn't great when I'm already lacking air. I need to work on stamina but it is going to SUCK.

In other news: gloriously beautiful day! I'm sitting here with the windows open listening to the crickets chirp, and I think this time it will last :)

I've also decided what I'm doing for my birthday: I'm going to get a Thai yoga massage. It's supposed to be a combination of massage and yoga postures that helps heal and prevent injury and I keep saying I'll get some sort of massage to aid the wear and tear so it's time to just do it.
anotheranon: (busy)

  • Two Not enough to slow things down, but enough to look pretty and make the freezing weather a little more bearable.
  • Cut out and pieced the scholar's robe that I've been threatening to make D. for some years now. This is technically an update for the past 2 weeks as it took one weekend to draft and one to cut out/piece back together.
    some background/geeking - this got rather long )

    To give you some idea of the size, this is just the back, and not laid out flat either:

    D.'s scholar's robe-to-be taking up my workroom floor )

  • Go the F**k to Sleep, Avengers version is the funniest thing I've read all day. Here's Samuel L. Jackson reading the original [YouTube, starts about 1 min in, NSFW] if it helps you imagine Nick Fury reading it.

  • Lesson learned from brief illness earlier in the week - sometimes it's better to just give in and be sick, hydrate and rest than try to power it out. Yes, I know, this shouldn't be a revelation, but it is.

  • Weekend: getting rid of clutter and getting a proper lamp and something to put a suitcase on for the guest room.

anotheranon: (cool)
Gathered from here, there, and everywhere:

Learn to be a better writer by reading fanfiction - especially the bits about villians needing motivation and using crackfic to get unstuck.

John Cleese on creativity - “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” - so true. Hat tip @ITSLENNYHENRY (yes, the real one).

Femme Doctors and crossplayers: not that different - elegant description of the what cross play is and isn’t, and why it’s appealing. Wonderful fun, but also put on your gender studies hat.

Dates to remember for 2013 - first two weeks of May are looking awfully good. And there’s gonna be a 3rd Riddick movie? Hat tip D.

The Star Trek-Middleman crossover you’ve been cautiously excited for - seriously, if you never watched The Middleman, go forth and view now. It’s rather like Firefly, killed before it’s time, wonderfully witty and only 13 hours of footage. Related: Middleman-Doctor Who crossover.

Edit 7:45 pm Links fixed. Dunno what LJ was doing adding extra quotes.
anotheranon: (humor)
Via [ profile] vvalkyri, this rivals the New Zealand airline safety video for Most Attention Getting Instructional Video of the year:

doG knows how they got Patrick Stewart for the voiceover.
anotheranon: (neat)
Starting off with the crunchiest and most worth reading: [ profile] hrj's Sex Between Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a worthy followup to her Essay on Cross Dressing in the SCA, which I also highly recommend. It is thorough, somber research but given the subject matter it might be NSFW. Writers and RPGers might find these very useful.

A thoughtful article on privilege and losing it, via @Mactavish.

Will rap music change the face of enterprise IT? "RapGenius is a site that lets users upload lyrics. Then it lets other users annotate and explain the meaning of the words for each song.”

Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, and Billy Connolly sit down for a podcast - no really! Recommended with one caveat - I had never heard of Sophie Winkleman before, and lamentably didn’t learn much about her from this podcast, as it’s illustrative of the unfortunate fact that women speak drastically less when they’re surrounded by dudes.

An old article on the winning mindset via “Being an effective competitor in martial arts (or doing any challenging task for that matter) requires that you develop faith in yourself and in your ability” - no kidding! I think this is one of my main stumbling blocks - no matter how much awesome I can pull out, I still don’t quite believe I can do it again.

"Held", Jane Fradgley, Guy’s Hospital, London, Through March 2013 - exhibit of “strong clothing” (19th century strait jackets). Sobering but fascinating, I’ve never even heard of such things being exhibited before.

How to start a hackerspace - parts 1 and 2 of a total of 7 are already up. [ profile] dustdaughter, might hackerspaces be the “salons” of the 21st century?

Edited 11/15/2012: Fixed links - I won't be using that editor again!
anotheranon: (bunk)
Whilst cruising Tumblr for pix of Tilda Swinton for my Style Inspirations Pinterest board*, I happened across: So apparently there’s a movie coming out where Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are two vampires in love and this sounds promising:

movie poster )

More plot here, but "Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are two vampires in love" is enough to convince me I'd watch this movie every day and twice on Sundays :P My only question is why Hiddleston gets first billing. After all, he is not The Tilda.

*As an aside, I'm loving Pinterest. Takes up lots less space and effort than my old method of cataloging fashion pictures I like by cutting up magazines!
anotheranon: (neat)
Saturday. D. and I went to see Epic Win Burlesque, a show of, by, and for sci fi/comic book/pop culture geeks.

I'd heard of these guys, or something like them, but didn't know they were going to be in town until [ profile] nminusone mentioned it on his Facebook feed. I'd enjoyed the burlesque I saw with C. in Las Vegas and thought D. would at least enjoy the nerdy angle, so I got tix and we met up with [ profile] nminusone and [ profile] geekchick at the venue.

Oh, it was AWESOME! Just the right blend of silly and sexy. They did only a sampling of their repertoire but they've covered almost every major fandom I can think of and encourage the audience to post their videos and photos, so there's a lot more on YouTube, etc. Both men and women perform, though IMHO on this particular evening the women were hotter [YouTube]. ObCostume: evidently at least some of the performers make their own, and go to a great deal of effort on them as well.

Perhaps the funniest part of the evening was when it dawned on us that "KittenBot" was doing her act to the "Fruity Oaty Bar" song from Serenity [YouTube].

So if these guys come your way, go out and show some support, 'cos there's not enough of it in the world. We'd definitely go again!

P.S. Obviously none of the links are work safe. Wouldn't want y'all getting in trouble at work :P
anotheranon: (neat)
Because cruising the internet is more fun than packing/waiting for Olympic fencing to grace my tv screen:

  • Christian Bale's physical transformation - I've always been in awe of Bale's ability and willingness to turn himself physically inside out in order to vanish into his various roles, but hawtness aside: it can't possibly be healthy to go through cycles of such extreme weight loss/muscle re-buildup.* I echo the commenter who would like to see him live long enough to get more Oscars.

  • The Geek Zodiac - I'm a wizard, which is alright, but is it possible to be a wizard/ninja hybrid (wizard with ninja ascendant)? 'Cos ninjas are cool.

  • Henry 8.0, in which Bluff Prince Hal discovers the internet and Top Gear, featuring BRIAN BLESSED in the role he was born to play (and his name must always be in all caps, because he TALKS LIKE THIS).

  • More Henry VIII weirdness in Henry the Superstar [YouTube] put out by the UK's Royal Palaces. Right up there with CDC's Zombie Preparedness Guide for Best Educational Use of Pop Culture by a Government Entity.

*While repelled I'm simultaneously fascinated by the willpower it must take to control food/exercise to the extent that it gets these kinds of results. But then, Bale has the resources to get trainers/nutritionists etc. to keep his nose to the grindstone - he's like Bruce Wayne that way.
anotheranon: (eggman)
This whole Palmer/Pletsch fitting thing has reminded me yet again that bodies aren't perfect and off the rack doesn't (and probably can't) accommodate every deviation from the (fictional) "norm". I've not done a body map yet, but it's kind of a relief to know that someone has come up with a plan that acknowledges and addresses uneven shoulders, long torsos, short legs, and the like. As Already Pretty so succinctly puts it, it's not you, it's the clothes.

I don't know what the solution is. Not everyone can make their own clothes and I certainly don't make all of mine. I'm trying to resign myself to the fact that nothing I purchase is going to fit perfectly and so not get bent out of shape about it. Tailoring is an option, if you can do it yourself or have a good dry cleaner - evidently this is the trick celebs use to look effortlessly fabulous - yes, they even have t shirts fitted(!) So they're not perfect either - they just have better resources than us ordinary mortals :P

At the end of the day, I guess aim for best fit and keep it clean and in good repair. After all there's more to life than clothes.
anotheranon: (music)
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Good question. It was only after watching the Queen: Days of Our Lives documentary at my sister's suggestion that I realized I know a LOT of their songs despite never really following them. So many of their singles became ubiquitous that Queen is unavoidable, I suspect everyone has a favorite whether they're a fan or not.

I have a particular affection for "We Are the Champions" because I associate it with "A Knight's Tale", but only in the original - Robbie Williams IS NO FREDDIE MERCURY, so I'm not going to post the video :P But, I will post the Knight's Tale intro for knights who rock you:

anotheranon: (neat)
Gay men on one side, straight on the other, all eager to hash out the rules of gender, what it really means to be “masculine” or “feminine,” and the roles that these words play in our lives and style in 2011. Ranges far beyond a discussion of gender in fashion, the video is about 12 minutes (why I don't link to it directly) and illuminating for me. From Stylelikeu, source of all kinds of fashion inspiration.

Fashion-able: Hacktivism and engaged fashion design - I'm late to the party because von Busch published his thesis (PDF) back in 2009, and while I've not had time to read all of it yet I love the ideas he's playing with - designer as facilitator of DIY, fashion as a collaborative process instead of dictated from on high, and how DIY relates to hacking, fan fiction, etc. Courtesy Outsapop Trashion, fine purveyor of all manner of DIY tutorials and ideas.

Ending with a silly - does anyone else remember the Brady Bunch parody movies that came out ~10 years ago? If not, they are delightfully wrong entertainment if you're familiar with the TV show:
anotheranon: (nonsequitor)
In a stroke of irony, I found the link to My Name Is Me on my Google+ stream - the very same folks who went on an account purge of anything not perceived to be a "real name". I'm a vigorous advocate of online aliases and I'll tell you why:

at some length )

I'm not knocking FB and G+ - both have their place in my online life, but they're more like opening the window to wave hello. LJ is more like letting people in the front door, and even then I have better control over which rooms they go into.
anotheranon: (Default)
First 4 courtesy D., who is fantastic at enabling my costume nrrd:

  • Femme de Lascaux: costume, art, and other oddities. Some morbid, some NSFW, all fabulous. Favorite so far: I am no bro.

  • Morbid Fashion - what it says on the tin: gothicky fashion both high and low.

  • Ornamented Being - currently on a mad tiara jag. Go for the shiny!

  • Costume and Construction - the creator seems to have started with her wedding dress and gone from there. Lots of Regency, which is great timing as I'm seeking inspiration for accessorizing my own.

Found my own self:
anotheranon: (eggman)
D. and I have been re-watching Angel. It originally aired in 1999-2003, which is not all that long ago, and I still find myself marveling at the everyday technological advancements over the past 10 years: cell phones didn't have touch screens or internet connectivity. Monitors used to be these huge cubes, not the slick flat screens we have now. High definition tv was new and rare.

Then [ profile] idragosani links to 10 Ways the World has Changed Since "Firefly" First Aired and it further enforces my sense that either change is speeding up or becoming more widely distributed.

I used to think my grandfather had seen a lot in his life, having been born the year before the airplane and having lived to see the space shuttle, but it's not as if he ever flew either. I was born with land lines and no home computers and now have a tidy combination of both that can fit in my pocket.

I'm further convinced that I need to watch after my health to make sure I live a long enough life to see all the cool stuff to come.

"Cool stuff to come" - that sounds almost optimistic :)
anotheranon: (neat)
So you'll have something to look at while I work myself up to original content:

A L'allure Garconniere tumblr - some posts NSFW but all are awesome. Favorite: Romaine Brooks self-portrait; link to "Queer Enough": "My woman- self is a lusty warrior. Grace Jones in a James Bond film, power-lifting a full-grown man over her head in haute couture and heels. French novelist, burlesque dancer and body builder Colette, dressed in a 19th century men’s suit."

Apochronaut (FYI, music upon opening), "travel & fashion for the pre/post-apocalyptic nomad". Favorites: Anything by Gareth Pugh.

G. D. Falksen's tumblr fashion posts, hat tip [ profile] danabren, almost as good as OMGThatDress.

In honor of the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress just past, Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in their entirety [YouTube]. Actually, just all of BBC Worldwide's channel.
anotheranon: (costume)
I don't usually watch the Oscars, which may be surprising given my fashion nerdery - wouldn't I WANT to see all the celebs in their fantastic gowns?

And yeah - I love a pretty dress as much as anyone else who cares about such things, but one after another perfect porcelain beauty gets really dull. Short version: A lot of what La Garconniere says about the catty fashion-policing of any woman who doesn't fit a very narrow definition of on-trend, mainstream beauty resonates with me, as much for aesthetic reasons as social/feminist/political ones.

Growing up in the shoulder-padded, acid washed jeans suburban fashion wasteland, I fantasized about a fashion world that encouraged expression and exploration, clothes as toys instead of rigorous enforcers of normality. Working retail kind of shattered that illusion, as retailers are in the business of making money, and selling a safe definition is easier than selling endless options.

As relief, I leave you with On This Day in Fashion's Rachel’s Top-10 “F*ck It” Oscar Outfits. Again, love 'em or 'hate 'em, Diane Keaton's real-life Annie Hall and Bjork's "swan dress" are a welcome change from unrelenting, unchallenging perfection.
anotheranon: (Default)
In Praise of Helena Bonham Carter, fashion tragedy - do check the links. I may not love every outfit, but I LOVE that she wears what she damn well pleases, instead of being another overpolished Hollywood glamour girl. She's a Westwood fan, and it suits her.

StyleLikeU, unrepentant fashion eccentrics each and every one. I can only aspire to be this elegantly cool - they have more time than me, and likely less fussy feet.

Cats adore, manipulate women - and men! Won't someone think of the crazy cat men, and the cats who love them (like my little grey girl who seems to prefer men over women hands er, paws down)? Consolation: evidently our pet cats do like us for something other than working the can opener. They just don't hesitate to throw down the cute when it suits their purposes.

Showtime turns their attention from the Tudors to the Borgias. With Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander. As with the Tudors, the history is colorful enough that they won't need to sex/gore it up, so I hope they don't.

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