anotheranon: (exercisegonebad)
This week 2 things started going bad: my car and my feet.

Car: Part of this has likely been my fault; I went twice over the recommended mileage between oil changes so when I went in they had to do a lot in addition to the oil change: rotate tires, change air filter, replace rear light bulb, etc. all of which went well.

Things started going south when they unwittingly rolled down my "trick" driver's side window - beyond a certain point it always sticks and the only way to roll it back up is to take the inside door panels off and do it manually. Which they dutifully did, but it required a lot of time on both mine and the mechanic's parts.

This morning I wake up to find that something has shorted out the trunk latch as well. It won't stay closed, which means that even if the battery stays charged (increasingly unlikely) I'll likely get pulled over if I drive it.

I'm going to try and take it into the mechanic this week and get it fixed but I'm not too concerned about a long term fix because all of this is a strong indicator that it's time to get a new(er) car. Not how I wanted to spend the next couple of weeks, but this is a long time coming and can't wait anymore.

I'm looking at a hybrid because I like the ethics of extreme fuel efficiency, but much as I like D.'s Prius I don't like the lack of rear visibility when switching lanes so I'm not sure what I'm going to end up with.

On the up side: NEW CAR!

My feet: I do believe I'm developing a bunion on my right foot! I'm no expert but I'm definitely getting a tender bump and my big toe is developing an obvious inward angle. Neither side of my family has a history of bunions and I don't wear heels often so I can only suspect that this is another artifact of fencing. It doesn't hurt too much or look bad...yet. I've booked an appointment with a podiatrist to fix this before either happens: not only do I not want another painful circus like I had a few years ago with plantaar fasciitis, I am too young and too vain to have bony "old lady" feet yet :P (And I love my occasional heel, gorramit!).
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Because I found a few gems that couldn't wait for a long link dump:

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).

anotheranon: (avengers)
Short short:

Thorin Dreamboatshield: An Unexpected Hotness Of Dwarves - possibly the funniest review of The Hobbit I've read. Courtesy [ profile] wendyzski.

Make your own trophy werewolf head. Like you do. Plenty of time 'til Halloween. Hat tip [ profile] danabren.

For some reason I find my icon endlessly amusing. Made by [ profile] flyingsideways.

Rococopunk is not only sillier than Steampunk, it’s also more punk - and wasn't it also called New Romantic 30 years ago (the book in the latter link is excellent, BTW, another of my Christmas haul)?
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!
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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
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  • The most insidious earworm EVER [YouTube]; I share in an effort to exorcise. Lyrics NSFW unless sweary sing-alongs are in your job description. The video is deceptively clean. Courtesy D., who I thank (?) for demonstrating that there's something sticker than old Bon Jovi tunes.

  • Joan of Arc on Stil P1, Swedish radio - probably only [ profile] tommdroid and [ profile] sealwhiskers can appreciate it, but I must include the link because the English site where I found it says the show is about juicy, seemingly disparate subjects like "'short hair and men’s clothes' on women throughout fashion history, the power and danger of dressing against the norm, historical re-creations of clothing from the Middle Ages in Sweden, jewelry as armor, and super hero costumes." Someone let me know if it's as good as advertised.

  • Anarchists of Style: Ann Nzinga, Queen of N’Dongo (1582-1663) - she kicked the Portuguese out of her country with women warriors, and looked GOOD doing it, in men's baroque clothing. Historical kickass woman, but I can't find much else about her on the web!

  • Eartha Kitt: A Catwoman....or THE Catwoman? FWIW I thought Anne Hathaway was a good choice for Nolan's more realistic, understated Bat-verse, but Kitt made the role her own in the campy 1960s version. This article is actually less about Kitt's acting and more about her anti-war, anti-apartheid sentiments. Another kickass woman, in another way.

  • Secrets of Geek Mating Rituals - sweet memories of how D. and I got together :)
anotheranon: (housetorture)
Presented without comment, except to note that these may be NSFW depending on the nature of your work:

Uhura vs. Leia, from the Fanvixens calendar.

Mirror Universe Spock's Got 99 Problems, by Aman Chaudhary.
anotheranon: (bunk)
The slashfic, it writes itself:

Original Content(TM) coming soon.
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anotheranon: (busy)
I took advantage of the energy conferred by Saturday's unseasonably, unreasonably warm weather (70F?! In January? And today it's snowing) to do some much needed clutter reduction: put away and organized the Christmas decorations, took out a ton of recycling and cleared some junk out of the basement. My house may never be ready for its' Better Homes and Gardens closeup, but I can walk all the way around the dining room table, and that's something.

D. spent much of the weekend Sith-stomping, so I had the teevee to myself and started last year's "Pillars of the Earth" miniseries. I've not read the book, but I'm impressed with the screen adaptation, if only the way the characters' stories rapidly twist together. It's about a time period I'm not overly familiar with (The Anarchy of the 12th century) so there's the element of discovery as well.

Progress on the vest crawls along. Despite all my careful fitting, I still got the back waist too short, so I'm going to attempt to attach the peplum with a 1/4" seam allowance. For maximum control of the seam (and the rounded edges of the peplum) I've again been using the Elizabethan seam. Eats time but satisfies my control freakiness.

Over the holidays my step-father-in-law tipped me off that many carcinogens/endocrine disruptors/other bad stuff in cosmetics aren't regulated by the FDA; not news but I didn't know quite how bad it could get until I poked around the Cosmetics Database. Happily only a couple of things I use were in the dangerous red zone, but hey - any excuse to play with new lotions and creams :P I'm giving this a whirl to see if it keeps me moisturized without making me break out.

Fencing lesson this week included V.'s grand experiment to take video for all of us. I took some before the holidays, but haven't analyzed the results as carefully as I could. It's fair to say I now have plenty of footage to make me flinch review.

Badger and I are doing a week of quickie "fashion blogging" over on Facebook. Of course my alarm failed to go off this morning so my first entry is rather lackluster, but I'm plotting blockbusters for the rest of the week!

Last bits: I've not caught up on the latest season of PBS' Sherlock, but [ profile] faunblade posted this compelling shot; I don't think Cumberbatch is all that, but it got my attention. Found this [YouTube] via [ profile] yuki_onna which she (accurately?) describes as "what I think that mask scene in Eyes Wide Shut might have been if that movie weren’t mainly about white people not feeling things".

It's too cold down here. I'm going to put on my alpaca socks.
anotheranon: (busy)
I've been remiss in updating the ol' LJ, mostly because I'm still in lazy holiday mode/on west coast time:

Christmas week was great but hectic. We went out to Seattle to see D.'s family. Rarely and wonderfully, mom and stepdad and all of the siblings and their families were able to get together, and Seattle was chosen because that's where the new niece is - and she's an ideal baby, all smiles and never cries unless something is really wrong. Four-year-old niece is on a princess kick and got the most fabulous dress-up dresses with twirlable skirts. The older nieces are going through preteen rockiness but mostly well; the nephews are for all purposes adults and fun to talk to.

The siblings all seem to be happy, and togetherness was balanced by time apart - each family had their own place to stay (including a two-level delightfully minimalist loft in the arts district that set my aesthetic lust all a-quiver!) I'm very fortunate that I get along with my in-laws and enjoy spending time with them!

We did spend a good amount of time walking, mostly around the hotel and the Pike/Pine area, finding record stores with genuine vinyl records and almost as rare, an independent brick and mortar bookstore that reminded me of the late lamented Oxford Books of Atlanta. I made a deliberate trip to Red Light Vintage, and though I found nothing that fit I recommend it to vintage seekers if you're ever in town as the prices are criminally low.

Due to the whimsical inclinations of Google Maps we got to see even more of the city, driving past multiple (as in, every corner, sometimes twice) coffee houses, wig shops (?) tattoo parlors and restaurants in search of a drugstore (that ended up being a block from the hotel :P) I'm surprised that I like Seattle in winter as much as I do in spring, even without the blisteringly bright plants in bloom. It's more casual, funky, and relaxed than DC, which was much needed as being at home can be such a roller-coaster. Our hotel was nice (free coffee every morning!), so we spent much of our quiet time just sleeping and reading.

And oh, there was reading! D. got me a Kindle for Christmas and despite my misgivings (I can't share books, I'm limited to Amazon's format) it's addictive at first use - at last I can read all of those obscure novels that the library doesn't get, without eating shelf space! There's also internet access so it functions as a limited laptop.

As with all holidays there was an unholy amount of food and wine. We found gut-busting Italian, old fashioned pies, Belgian waffles and deep, dense coffee (of course).

Saw the new Sherlock Holmes (a total scream, especially Stephen Fry as Mycroft) and New Year's Eve (better and more poignant than expected).

Due to a 10-hour break between hotel checkout and redeye flight home, we visited the Museum of Glass and marveled at tiny glass flowers, and had a quiet evening at Indochine, with just about perfect food and wine.

It was good :)
anotheranon: (foodporn)
Something D. and I have been doing in our spare time is go through the Everyday Guide To Wine DVD course.

This was initially D.'s idea, the seed having been planted during the '08 Italy trip where we learned to let red wine breathe. Our aim is not to become wine snobs who look down their noses at everyone else, but to learn what we like, where it comes from, and how to get it (without paying an arm and a leg). D. has been visiting every recommended wine shop in the area for our "course materials" and found some very good ones (wines, and shops)!

We've only done a couple of courses but I'm amazed at how much science goes into winemaking: the flavor is not only reliant on the grape variety but on the preparation and for how long; it's not just the soil that makes a great grape but also what it's grown with and where. Of course the long, long history appeals to me, involving as it does aspects of geography, chemistry, trade, etc.

I've also learned some common words for describing flavor, but find that I lack the flavor experience to use them: blackberry vs. raspberry means little when I can't tell them apart. I find myself using words for texture (round, thin, crispy, velvety) to describe what I'm tasting instead. I also learned that bouquet doesn't always correspond with flavor (we tried one that smelled, I swear, like burnt rubber - but tasted fruity).

Given that we open 3-5 bottles of wine to taste for each lecture and have busy schedules, we estimate it will take us a year to get through the whole thing (and at least a week to get through each lecture's bottles).
anotheranon: (davelister)
Latest update includes no pictures because nothing has changed visibly.

What I did discover is that the coat was very big on me - evidently men's chest measurements do not directly correspond with a woman's bust measurement :P

I was thinking I'd be able to fob this error off as "helloooo, pirate! I stole it from someone bigger than me!" but I did manage to take about 4" of width out by taking in the back and side seams. It's not as snug up top as was considered ideal in period, but it looks and hangs a lot better.

Note to self: no matter what the measurements say, measure the pattern pieces, and actually TRY ON the muslin before cutting your good fabric. Especially do this before you've finished the seams and put in the facings on the finished product :P

On an almost completely unrelated note, check out this interview with the architecture professor who just wrote a book on the design of the Apollo spacesuits (hat tip [ profile] glitter_femme)! The seamstresses worked for Playtex and "...had to sew to a 1/64th of an inch tolerance without using any pins". DAMN.
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3 Tumblrs and one honest-to-doG blog:

Femme Dandy - THIS is my style!

More of the same:


La Garçonne

And completely different but oh so WONDERFUL:

Westwood Ho!
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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:


Mar. 28th, 2011 09:49 pm
anotheranon: (neat)
FIT's Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89 online exhibit for those who can't make it in person. Charts her start dressing punks and new wavers through her establishment as fully-fledged designer. Don't miss the extras section that includes interviews and music videos of her early work.

TechieStyle, the owner of which cosplays Senator Leia while throwing down feminist critique of Slave Leia when she's not putting together smart outfits for everyday.

Paul Gorman is... mostly rock/pop fashion/history, including Blokes of Britain men's style and the story behind a famous photo shoot of Westwood/McLaren's "Sex" shop.

"Contemporary Wardrobe is a specialist hire company which supplies vintage street fashion, couture items and accessories to the Film, TV and Fashion industries." You've probably seen bands and movies wearing some of their collection. They had a 30-year anniversary exhibit back in 2008.
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Friday was my long anticipated trip to visit the Fortuny gown.

I was a bit nervous. Even though I've been behind the scenes at museums before and even used to volunteer years ago, this was my first self-scheduled trip to see a specific garment on my own. I decided to choke down the simultaneous "OMG it's the REAL THING" and "I'm not worthy" internal chatter and just get on with it.

The curator was courteous and informal, which took a lot of the edge off. She even went to the trouble of pulling other "inspired by" garments from the collection for me to look at.

The Fortuny itself was...well, it was the real thing. No one has done anything like those tiny pleats on such whisper-fine silk before or since, and though there are many imitators, there is only one master. To see it is a beautiful thing, to handle it was to fulfill a childhood dream.

I was extremely careful and under the curator's supervision I was able to turn it over and look at the inside in a limited way. Fortunately for me, there was enough wear that stitches and other construction details were easily visible. I was even allowed to take photos(!), which I didn't expect and was grateful for, though I didn't end up taking many. I wasn't sure I could completely prevent the flash from going off, and the "macro" setting wasn't fine enough to get what I really wanted: photos of those tiny hand stitches and worn fibers. Out of maybe 3, only 1 came out and it's not what I'd hoped for :/

The single best reason this went as well as it did was that I planned beforehand: I had a list of questions that came out of my reading so I'd have some direction, and I'd checked in advance into what kind of handling and instruments would and would not be allowed. I also set the appointment several months in advance so I'd have time to get all of the above together.

What I'd do differently next time is be more systematic with my measurement taking (with a chart, if necessary), bring some kind of graph paper for more accurate sketches, and use a better quality camera. Any photo buffs know how to get insanely detailed close up photos without a flash?
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