curgoth: (mad science)
( Jul. 2nd, 2010 01:51 pm)
I find myself thinking far too seriously about difficult it would be to build either a sedan chair or a rickshaw. Because, that way we could carry around [ profile] mycrazyhair at Kaleidoscope and other fun events she hasn't the spoons to go to!

Surely all I'd need is an Ikea armchair, some bolt on rings and wooden dowels...
A list of ongoing creative sewing projects, in no particular order;

  • Great sarong tie review; I have grown gradually fatter since I started wearing sarongs, so the older the sarong, the shorter the ties. The older ones are now too shrot to wear. So, I need to sew on longer ties to the older ones. also, the black sarong I got last year has no ties at all on it.

  • Make two new satin cravats. I have the material, just need to rearrange the living room so that I have the space to measure and cut.

  • Fix both pairs of thai fisherman's pants. The bigger pair have a gaping crotch hole that needs to get patched. Thankfully, the pants came in a bag of the same material, so I have somethign to patch with. The other pair just need to get some sitching replaced.

  • Sew buttons on to pinstripe pants. This is for attaching button braces to. I also need to get at least one more set of button braces.

  • Steampunk Kscope outfit. I'm thinking sarong-weight double-breasted waistcoat over wrap pants or a sarong, big boots, bandana, goggles and leather cuffs. Maybe a cravat, and maybe a standalone collar to go with it above the waistcoat. And the bat-utility belt, of course. Sketching will hopefully happen at lunch time today.

  • polar fleece arm-warmers. These have been sitting in the sewing bin for probably close to two years at this point.

  • Utility belt. Needs more grommets, another pair of pouches and two more belt loops. Also considering making a removable larger pouch to hang down one side to put a paperback in.

  • Raven hoodie. Black hoodie with a raven cut out from an old t-shirt, plus glow in the dark skull and crossbones patches on the arms. I want to lengthen the sleeves with some sort of black and white stripe pattern. Do I want to use alternating strips of black and white sweatshirt material to match the hoodie? Will that result in the white getting greyed out when the hoodie gets washed? What about using white spray paint or screen printing ink to add white stripes to black? I suspect that I will continue to add bits and pieces as I find more neat stuff to sew on to it over time.

  • I should also make a pair or two of gaiters to wear over combat boots etc. They'd also be useful when biking, as long as I made them snug enough.

  • black flannel hakama; because 7 layers of flannel should keep me warm pretty much anywhere... Again, I have the material and a pattern, but no space to lay out the pattern, etc. Also, i still suck at using patterns.

curgoth: (Head Goggles)
( Nov. 19th, 2009 10:30 pm)
How to reproduce the cravat knot seen on Charles Babbage here. It's also the same knot used by Doc Cochran on Deadwood.

Babbage's version uses a relatively stiff fabric, and a cravat that is roughly the same width throughout. Cochran uses the same knot with a softer fabric.

Instructions on the knot can be found here. It's basically the same as tying a bowtie, if you happen to know how to do that.

The cravat in the instruction set is widens towards the end, which will give the nice puffy bow instead of the severe one Babbage wore.

Damn. I think this means I really am a costuming geek, doesn't it?
Now I need to make some more cravats with a variety of fabrics, widths and styles...
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( Nov. 14th, 2009 03:44 pm)
There will be more in this ficton. I will need a name for it eventually.

No name for this ficton yet )
curgoth: (brass goggles)
( Nov. 10th, 2009 02:15 pm)
As suggested by [ profile] mcroft: The Buggy Future

The Buggy Future )

I always seem to do fine until I hit the first weekend. Ah well.
curgoth: (psychic monkey)
( Nov. 6th, 2009 10:19 am)
As suggested by [ profile] corbet; "From the closet, there came a soft 'ook.'"

ook )
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( Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:51 pm)
Via Seventh Sanctum's Writing Challenge Generator: "The story must have a traveler in it. A character gives birth. A character becomes sad during the story. During the story, a character finds a long-lost friend."

Post-gender pronouns are a bitch.

Transhuman Blues )

I am also accepting short descriptions or phrases for turning into microfic.

If I get really stuck, I may also use Wondermark's Fiction Generator.
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( Sep. 20th, 2009 09:15 pm)
So, for last Hallowe'en, I made myself a lab coat. Due to an unexpected work crisis, I ended up having 12 hours less to work on it the weekend of CHEESE than I had planned. I got rushed, and the coat made it through the night, but I took a lot of shortcuts and accepted a lot of shoddy work. Most notably, the sleeves (my first sort of drafted/tailored sleeves) were messed up, since I hadn't gotten the gather right and ended up with the notches cut into the pattern to help it bend sticking out through the seam.

For an upcoming party, I decided to take the excuse opportunity to fix the coat and get it to a more usable state. Part of this was pulling off the sleeves to reattach them. I got them taken off, and figured out the right setting on my sewing machine so that I can do the gather properly.

First problem; when I took the sleeves off, I didn't label them, so I don't know which is which.
Second problem; I figured I could just go to the website where I got the instructions on how to draft the sleeves. It has gone down and the google cache is useless without pics.

I'll figure it out eventually, but man - this stuff never works out to be simple.
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( Aug. 26th, 2009 10:17 pm)
1. I did a last test on my red flat EL wire kit before e-mailing the company with a demand for replacement, and it just worked. No idea what went wrong the first time, but it's clearly functional now. Plans for glowclothes can proceed.
2. My pseudo jambalaya/paella/whatever recipe worked out okay
3. I didn't have to spend 2-3 hours sitting in rush hour traffic today.

I must look authoritative when in my work clothes - two people mistook me for someone who worked at the hospital today. Of course, one of them was later arrested after having twenty one stitches put in his face. The other guy seemed really desperate for pizza.
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( Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:11 am)
Lines about fire from genre films;

Roy Batty, Blade Runner "I;ve seen things you people wouldn't believe... attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion"

Funboy, the Crow; "We can get high and watch this whole fucking city burn!"

T-Bird, The Crow; "Lake Erie caught fire once, from all the crap in it. I wish I coulda seen that."

T-Bird's crew, the Crow "Fire it up!"

Top Dollar, The Crow "I want you to light a fire so god damned big the gods will notice us again!"

Tank, The Matrix "Believe it or not, ,you piece of shit, you're still gonna burn!"

Hellboy "I'm fireproof, you're not."

Plus some musical segments;

Nitzer Ebb, Join in the Chant; "Fire, fire!"

Arthur Brown, Fire "I am the god of Hellfire, and I bring you... (fire)"

The Prodigy, Firestarter "I'm the firestarter, twisted firestarter"


Milton Waddams, Office Space "I could set the building on fire. "
and "..and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire... "

Any good lines I missed?

I figure some day I will have time to kill and throw a heavy industrial beat and some bleeps, maybe an oontz or two together, and lay the above lines on top.
curgoth: (brass goggles)
( Jul. 19th, 2009 03:25 pm)
A while ago, I asked about hole punches. The general impression I got is that I did in fact have the right tools. Despite that, I found if I did it by hand, it took me 15-20 minutes to cut a hole by hand through the heavy denim by twisting the punch, and hammering with a mallet made nice round circles in the wood on the other side, but didn't pierce the denim. Tough stuff.

Today I figured out how to fix it. I took the cutting tip from the manual hole punch and put it in my power drill. It's still not *easy* - after cutting eight holes, my arm is tired enough to need a break, and the piece of wood I'm using as backing is full of round holes. But it works! Work can resume on the utility belt of doom.
As I sit here reviewing the latest Service Request document, listening to Dr. Steel sing about the Singularity with an article on transhumanism open in the web browser, it suddenly hits me: I am passively, yet eagerly, awaiting the future. The passivity bugs me.

The question I am asking myself is this; "What am I doing to make the future more awesome?"

How does one make the future more awesome? Technology is one way. Organ cloning, iPhones, collaborative technology and the stuff of incomprehensible buzzwords. The raw tools of the Amazing Future are the technological and scientific discoveries of today.

Another way is cultural1 - art, Art, music, fashion, literature and the other dozens of media that bond us all together. The simultaneous record and genesis of our collective unconscious. Vaguely speaking, contributing to intentionally changing society into something a little bit niftier.

I have friends doing thier part on the technology side. I have friends doing thier part to stave off the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, and friends working to be ready for when it comes anyway. Friends who write, friends who create art, friends that fight for political change, friends who are walking paradigm shifts2 in stylish shoes.

When I look at my own life, I find that I just sort of sit here waiting for the Future to arrive. I am a passive consumer of the Future, sitting around reading about tomorrow and wondering when my flying car and jet pack are going to arrive.

Now, having 31 years of experience of being me, I strongly suspect that I'm not going to undergo some major change of self that's going to see this changing.

In the end analysis, the answer to the question "What am I doing to make the future more awesome?" is simply "Waiting. Watching. And hoping I notice the Future when it comes by." I don't know that that is good enough, but it might be all I've got.

1And yes, I'm blurring media, art and culture together into one bucket. It is intentional.

2I cannot believe I just intentionally used the phrase "paradigm shift".
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( May. 14th, 2009 03:35 pm)
Anyone know where I can get a decent holepunch? Of the sort used for fabric. I had one I got from Home Despot, and while it was okay for putting new holes in leather belts, when I was using it to punch holes in denim for my utility belt, I sheared the metal in the wheel mechanism and it blew up. I have this thoery that somewhere there are more heavy duty holepunching tools, perhaps intended for use on heavy leather or something, that can handle going through a couple layers of denim.

Of course, I eventually also need to get myself stuff for working with leather, too, but that's another expenditure.

Also on the RFI subject; one of these days, I really want to learn basic wiring so I can build stuff with LEDs. I own a soldering iron, but have only a vague idea of how to use one.

I also need a month off to work on my various random projects.


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