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My first project from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is the Easy Knit Pencil Skirt. The name says it all really. I made mine in a nice dotted Ponte de Roma knit. Sew it up, wear. The length hits about mid/upper shin/calf, and it is so comfortable to wear, but looks so smart. Will have to make more.

The book says to use 30mm elastic, but I couldn't find any anywhere. It's either 25mm or 38mm. I used 25mm, it doesn't seem to affect the outcome.

It also says to use a twin needle to hem. Which seems straight forward, but whether it was the fabric or the machine, this just refused to work for me. Used a stretch/lightning stitch instead.

Finished Easy Knit Pencil Skirt
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LED'd plush Cthulhu

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:56 pm
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Choly Knight has a free plush Cthulhu pattern on their website that is totally adorable. (Actually, many cute plushies!) But, maybe, could be a little more terrifying? LEDs, yes, LEDs for eyes!

Also, I want to play with the Gemma M0, which is much like the previous Gemma, but it comes set up with CircuitPython, a derivative of MicroPython. So instead of installing the Arduino IDE and installing all the boards and libraries, it mounts as a USB flash drive, and you just write your python script in any text editor. Save it, unplug, and it will start running it. (Caveat; space is limited so not all libraries are on the Gemma M0. You'll have to copy over a library if it isn't there. Luckily there's lots of documentation. (And the NeoPixel library is already there.))

Labour for the Great Old Ones! )

All hail
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The problem

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:16 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Sexual violence against women and girls is endemic. There's an absolute mountain of evidence that this is the case, from the experiences of my friends to any number of posts on social media to rigorous studies. A big part of the reason I decided to identify as a feminist is because women are routinely denied bodily autonomy and feminism seems to be the only political movement that cares about this.

links and personal observations about sexual violence against women )

I absolutely believe everybody else's experiences, people I know and strangers writing brave, brave columns and blog posts. I am just a total outlier, and I really shouldn't be. So I'm signal boosting others' accounts, because I know that I needed to be made aware of the scale of the problem, and perhaps some other people reading this could also use the information.
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purple galaxy cover titled in purple "Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue Hallows" I'm revisiting an older NaNoWriMo project (that one backstory is still canon) and focusing on the Science Fantasy side, Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue: Hallows

Follow the adventures of the ship Hallows, an Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue/Emergency Services Team. A mage named Dani and their ghost husband Emmanuel co-captain the ship Hallows as they recruit their crew and have various adventures.


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media consumed

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:32 am
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I am so bad at this updating thing.

Between having a week off work and then getting sick (again), I've been spending a lot of time on the couch binge watching. Here is a list of tv stuffs I have been watching in the last month or so:

The Good Place: I find this fun, but now that I am caught up and have to wait for weekly episodes, each one feels short.

Glitch: season two - so good, so interesting, but now we are more into the SF of how people came back from the dead, and less into their personal histories.

Bojack Horseman: I watched the entire 4 seasons in just over a week. I'd assumed this was yet another mean and sarcastic cartoon for adults, but I ended up caring a lot about the characters, even the mean and sarcastic ones.

Star Trek: Discovery: I think I want to like this more than I actually do, but it doesn't matter as I am utterly smitten with Michael Burnham and want her to be happy, which means I'll probably keep watching forever.

Dance Academy: seasons one and two on Netflix, season three on iview - I find this silly show for teenagers about a Sydney ballet school surprisingly charming and easy to watch.

Grace and Frankie: Another show I didn't watch before and then devoured in a few sittings. I have loved Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda since I was about 12, and they are a delight to watch together. Some good stuff about ageing and being single older women. I find some of the story lines a bit clunky, but there is good natured humour to keep me watching.

American Vandal: Who drew the dicks? I wasn't sure about it but the mockumentary format really works, and the kids actually look and act like teenagers and their theories are so dumb that it's beautiful.

The Good Fight: A spin off from The Good Wife and does assume background knowledge for some plots and characters. I like Rose Leslie's character, strange to see her playing and American, but she does it well. It still does that annoying thing of ever so slightly fictionalising actual people and events and the episode with the character who was Not!Milo was one of the weakest.

I am frustrated with Netflix for making new shows I want to watch which only air weekly. I guess it's because they want to sell them to other networks, but it sucks.

Music meme: day 24 of 30

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:40 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Another song category I disagree with: A song by a band you wish were still together. A band breaking up is like any relationship coming to an end: if the people involved don't want to be together any more, who am I to wish they stayed in a situation no longer good for them?

It's also partly another example where I don't have the relationship with music that the meme seems to assume. I don't really have any bands that I follow in the manner of eagerly anticipating a new release, therefore none that make me sad if they split up and there won't be any new material coming. The existing songs that I like are still there for me to listen to. I do occasionally go to live gigs performed by ageing rockers, and that's cool, but it's not something I wish for more of in my life.

So I'm going to pick Joy Division. I wish at least that Curtis had lived for the band to split up due to creative differences, rather than coming to an end with his death. He'd be 60 now, and it's hard to imagine what Joy Division might have done if he'd had even one more decade with them let alone four. A lot of other bands from that sort of era, if they have carried on, have tended to get more bleepy and less raw noise, and New Order certainly went in that direction, but Joy Division were something else, and I imagine that they might have continued to innovate musically, maybe not all the way through to the 2010s but through the 80s and 90s at least.

Here's something a bit more gentle and thinky than their big hits like Love will tear us apart: Passover, by Joy Division.

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Sailfish X, part 4

Oct. 11th, 2017 05:13 pm
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Once you got the Emma tool you need to make sure the phone is running a high enough version of Android (before you replace it). Connect the phone to Windows while holding the Volume Down key. LED will go green. Select a service of at least build version 34.3.A.0.228, and Apply Service to phone. Disconnect, boot it up, go through Setup Wizard, turn it off.

Download Sailfish OS (or buy it if you haven't already) and the Sony binaries (for an older version of Android). Extract both into one folder.

Connect phone to Windows while holding the Volume Up key. LED will go blue. Run the flash-on-windows.bat script. Follow on screen instructions, then reboot phone into SailfishX.

Also, there are official instructions now.

Music meme: day 23 of 30

Oct. 11th, 2017 05:15 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Things that are not helpful to a [personal profile] liv recovering from an asthma attack: Cab drivers who smoke in their cars. I took a taxi to work yesterday because I wasn't sure I was up to cycling, and the cab smelled of smoke and air freshener, which maybe makes the smell less bad but also makes my breathing even worse than just stale smoke.

Things that are even further unhelpful: colleagues who observe that I am coughing a little bit (due to the smoke exposure), and passive-aggressively tell me that I ought not to be at work while I'm sick. I mean, I agree with the general principle that people shouldn't come into work with colds and infect and annoy everybody else. But nobody realistically expects anyone to actually stay off work for the several weeks it can take for a cold to completely clear from one's chest, once past the stage of being actively infectious and unable to think clearly. And I'm annoyed at not being believed when I said that my asthma was making me sound sicker than I really am.

To be fair, I'm annoyed at busybody colleagues due to factors which are not entirely their fault. Not their fault that I'm sensitive about being told off (even gently) for having asthma, due to a miserable year when I was 9 and my class teacher was convinced I was faking not being able to breathe for attention. (I certainly didn't want the kind of attention that involved an adult in a position of authority standing over me and yelling my face and never letting me be absolutely certain she wouldn't hit me, though she never quite got to the point of physical violence.) Not their fault that work has an annoying policy where being allowed to work from home is reserved for people more senior than me. But the upshot is that I've been given special permission to work from home today, and I resent being made to look like a slacker, but there you go.

So I have a moment to catch up with the meme that I've entirely abandoned for a month and a half while in the middle of moving jobs. And I find that I'd stopped just before the section where I have philosophical objections to the questions. A song you think everybody should listen to: there's no such song, because everybody has different tastes in music! And I don't believe in a moral obligation to listen to music, because it might be very good, but people get to decide what to do with their own listening time.

But let me try and post something anyway, cos I am completionist even when I'm very slow. I have sometimes wanted to sit people down and make them listen to The house of Orange by Stan Rogers. It's a very good song, with a message I think is important. But by no means everybody should listen to it, only people who have managed to pick up the foolish notion that sectarian violence is romantic. And, well, people who appreciate well-written but hard hitting songs might get something positive out of it, but I wouldn't go as far as to say should.

I think if I have to pick one song that if not everybody, then at least lots of people who are generally in political and musical sympathy with me might appreciate, I'm going to go for Tam Lyn retold by The Imagined Village and Benjamin Zephaniah. Because Zephaniah is an amazing poet, and The Imagined Village is an exceptionally interesting and innovative folk project. And because it's a really brilliant reworking and interpretation of the Tam Lin story, which itself one of those core folk pieces. I recommend it even if you don't generally like folk music; it's not in the musical style associated with folk at all. And because it's musically great, it's nearly ten minutes long and I usually have to repeat it several times every time it comes up on my playlist. And finally because I agree with its pro-refugee and pro-migrant message, so if I'm going to impose one song on everybody, this is my pick.

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Not the weekend I hoped for

Oct. 9th, 2017 02:32 pm
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[personal profile] liv
TL;DR: I had a medical problem, I got appropriate treatment, and I'm now safe and recovering.

includes breathing difficulties, but not gory )

At this point, comments I would find helpful are: expressions of sympathy; discussions of healthcare policy. I would prefer if you could skip telling me your own stories about asthma and breathing troubles, and I don't really want to hear any experiences with prednisolone right now. I know that's not very socially appropriate of me when I've just told you a long story about my asthma experience, but I find other people's descriptions of asthma triggering and my breathing still isn't quite right. And prednisolone has an effing scary side effect profile, so I'm trying not to scare myself into believing I have any symptoms, so I would rather wait until after I've finished the course to compare experiences.
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Let's start with interviews with some of the most prominent Beats and their contemporaries, of those still alive, that is.

A pair of things that are important - the near-impossibility of paying for care and living when you're older, coupled with the idea that everyone deserves retirement not just from "men's" work, but "women's" work, too, especially those who have been performing that "women's" work for most of their lives.

The multi-camera sitcom is undergoing a revival, which is good, because a lot of good shows are in that format. (And so are a lot of bad ones.)

Hollywood is having a bad time with portraying interracial couples, even though it's been fifty years since marriage between races was legalized.

A man sent home for wearing shorts came back in a dress. French bus drivers use skirts to beat the heat when their shorts are deemed inappropriate. Exeter students wearing skirts when told they can't wear shorts in the heat.

What you think about discrimination is strongly influenced by your political leaning and your region of the country. After all, the Southern Baptist Convention almost managed not to condemn racism and white supremacy. (They have produced a more gender-inclusive translation of the Christian Foundational Writings, even though if you asked them, they'd deny they were doing it that way, claming it's just historical accuracy.

Long after the mosque was set ablaze, a Muslim community still feels the effects of terrorism. In places that aren't beset by radicals, breaking bread with your neighbors, regardless of their religious beliefs, brings community together. Exposing an insular person to the realities around them can change their minds.

Inside a high school that has nearly half of its student population as refugees from other countries.

Photographs of black soldiers working in the Army Corps of Engineers to build Alaskan land links. Repurposing a highway stretch to become a more civic-oriented and community-building place.

The practice of women serving in combat roles in the army of the United States is older than the United States. Using a pole and friends to walk up walls.

Venezuelans are crossing the border to get necessary supplies in Colombia before coming home. The problem is that even with minimum wage increases, the puchasing power of the currency is going down. In Brazil, the squatters are banding together to try and eke out their living while the government is cleaning all sorts of house as corruption is revealed and prosecuted all across the parties.

Soccer academies across Africa are giving some residents a shot at a U.S.-based education along with the sport training, but there are far too few academy students to meet the needs for thorough education in many of the target countries.

Riding the trains of India that were revolutionary...about a hundred years ago.

The cookbook of District Six, a South African neighborhood forcibly altered by apartheid. Bosnian students protesting segregated schools.

International schools that teach in English are getting more popular as parents seek a competitive edge for their children in the United States. The cultural forces working to make Indian-Americans spelling bee champions. The long climb to get black students competing with white ones in the spelling bees.

Japan's child shelters need significant amount of work to get up to the standards of other nations. South Korea is not a welcoming place for tattoo artists, especially those tattoo artists that are women, due to cultural notions of purity and a law that forbids being a tattoo artist.

Movies where more than 30% of the main cast are nonwhite do waaaaaaaay better at the box office.

Inmates in a tent city in the middle of Arizona - no air conditioning, and if they're lucky, the low might be 90 degrees. And to his credit, the current Sheriff is shutting it down...because it's uneconomical. Maybe not so much credit. Because prisons put heavy costs on those who want to visit. That is, when the prisons themselves aren't causing health risks by being situated on toxic ground or failing to correct, or even have entities supposed to catch, things going wrong in a prison.

A Kansas inmate was released after it came to light that a person that looked exceedlingly like him and had a similar name was in the same area the inmate was when he was accused of a crime.

Human trafficking happens plenty for farm workers who can't get any oher jobs without their immigration status becoming known.

The United States Post Office used to be the center of technical innovation in the service of getting the mail to move faster and to the farthest reaches of the country.

The need to be able to not only be armed with fact against fakery, but to be able to provide it in ways that can't be weaseled out of.

Differences in culture can mean easy passage of a test that confounds another cultural group.The calculation of the earth's circumference, based on observations of shadows cast.

An interview with the journalist that discovered the anti-gay purge in Chechnya.

Disney princesses and Disney Queens, portrayed by models and their mothers.

A nonsense rhymer of India, Anushka Ravishankar, being compared to Theodor Seuss Geisel. Soviet propaganda books for children. A fable, fairy tale, and folklore classification index.

Liberal arts colleges are putting in special efforts and cohorts to get veterans graduated with college degrees.

Linguistics explains why trying to say "covfefe" is going to result in your vocal systems rebelling against you.

Using tattoo work to give scars context and art, jewelry pieces that look like scale, the first registered tattoo artist of Victorian England, with pictures of his work,

An African show produced by MTV that's also subtly providing useful sex ed for Africans.

a study supporting the idea that high lead level exposures as children resulted in more violent crime later on in life.

Honey created with colors, using sugar sources other than plants, microbes evolving to eat petroleum products of various sorts, elk get better at avoiding hunters with age , herd dynamics are complex mathematical situations, dinosaurs owe volacnoes thanks for their evolutionary supremacy, New York City, when it was mostly farmland and grazing space, the ways that cats became human companions, the cats of a museum, animals in funny situations, foxes that decorate with skeletons, popsicles made from the polluted waters of Taiwan, crocheting giant urchins for the marina landscape, which is different than the giant rubber duck that appeared in a water near me during a maritime festival, the best cats of Reyjavik, tattoos and drawings of cats giving tattoos, trying to conserve giant insects in New Zealand, studying antlers and the cells that make them to see if we can achieve impressive regeneration in humans, modeling the possibilities of crop failures worldwide - it's not a pretty picture, farmers benefiting from less intensive methods in crop production in a zone with climate troubles, different breads may have a different blood sugar response in different people, trying to reduce the rate in which kittens are killed, desperately trying to save soil from being farmed and then blown away in a dust storm, the economic benefits of reversing climate change, a non-organized fractal planting pattern results in optimum yields without coordination, a garden grown in a prison yard that the inmates started illicitly, but that helped keep them behaving well while there, and s baby bird preseved in amber that teaches us a lot about the dinosaurs that the birds came from.

In technology, the Deseret alphabet, designed by Mormons, the rubber-chicken solution to a broken bus stop problem, raiding the pharmacopeias of previous eras to find new ways of fighting infections and microbes, some of the first color photographs from an autochrome process, trying to figure out when fire became a staple of early human life, noticing cuneiform as accounting language, the changing ideas about whether windows are good for patient rooms or bad, the prominence of currency throughout history, using a particular copper form to potentially produce biofuels with carbon dioxide and electric current, the reason why every baker has chemists to thank for baking powder, a "social media" app that doesn't actually offer social. Or media. Or lets you do anything but just tap to watch things appear, the successes of public health against deaths by diarrhea, the importance of following the Do Not Track protocol, analyzing malware meant to infect and turn off power grids, making microbeads out of plant matter, watching light bend apparently frictionlessly around substances, the possibility that the television you consume can shape your views toward authoritarianism, as much of the television produces leans in the direction of authoritarianism, a gene that might express how much we feel pain, the House of David baseball team, cultists with remarkably good bat, ball, and pepper game skills, and the difficulties of preserving a thing that was made with things that decompose, change, or otherwise refuse to stay put.

The Supreme Court of the United States says people cannot be banned from the Internet in general, regardless of what they've done to earn it.

Last for tonight, a heat wave in the desert melts much of the technology humans use to survive in that desert.

The terminiology around marijuana has changed...some in the last sixty years. And some hasn't.

The Silent Reading Club, which sounds a lot like a great way to get your introverts to recharge after a day of having to people, remembering the books that were essential to you but that others may not recall at all, the unionization announcement of the Baby-Sitter's Club,

And how much Dungeons and Dragons owes to women, as writers, columnists, and book authors. Along with a lot of other things that lots of geeks owe to women. And women scientists in countries where women are not considered good enough for anything.

Lois Lane explains to us the very first instance of Superdickery.