May 15, 2015
As you can see, I’ve taken out the paper mache again, so that I can make a Thing. It’s a secret project. I might post pictures of the finished thing, or I might not, because there are some extenuating circumstances. How’s that for mysterious? Anyway, this bit is what I did Wednesday. I worked on Phase 2 last night, and left a wet sopping mess to dry overnight. (I love living in an arid part of the country, where paper mache actually dries overnight. I was reading one set of instructions that suggested putting your paper mache in the oven to dry, and that just sounded like a disaster waiting to happen. Or maybe that’s just my oven.)
When I got up this morning and took a look at it? Ooooooooh, it’s lookin’ really good! I’m really excited! Next step: paint.
April 10, 2015
This is becoming a thing, I think, where I get to the end of the week and throw together a blog post. I’m late today because I went riding this morning. TinyHorse for the win! She’s doing great.
Agents of SHIELD. I’m frustrated with this show because it feels like the last three episodes were pretty much all the same episode, with the same dialog but just spoken in different situations. Kyle MacLachlan is making it bearable with his truly enjoyable brand of crazy. Basically: if AoS is going to be hamstrung by the release of the big Marvel movie in May every year, they maybe ought to think of just canning it. Or running it in the summer. Or something.
Justified. I think it should end with Art throwing everyone in prison and walking off into the sunset wearing Raylen’s hat.
The Flash. As a fan of the first Flash TV show, the Mark Hamill guest appearance was a thing of beauty and perfection. Also, this show has now won all the fan service points. There are no more fan service points to win.
Here, have a picture of days of superhero Halloweens past:
I just noticed the terrible 1970’s carpet in this. Yikes.
April 6, 2015
Here’s another of the things I saved from the old kindergarten/preschool file:
What I really love about this: I’m pretty sure that what I was trying to do here was create my own version of this:
This has always been my favorite Sesame Street sketch. As a small child, it fascinated me. So strange, so oddly beautiful. Which of course makes this drawing quite possibly my very first fan art. So awesome.
April 1, 2015
March 23, 2015
I FINALLY got to see Urinetown, the satirical dystopian musical, which I’ve known about since it came out 15 years ago because you can’t be into musical theater and not know about a musical called Urinetown. I had no idea what to expect, but it turns out it was great, because it knows exactly how silly it is and goes full meta, and it turns out that’s a great way to do a quick, punchy, funny musical.
I also had no idea what to expect because this was the first production I’d seen by the local theater group, the Longmont Theater Company. I was braced for iffy, but they started singing, they were great, and I relaxed. The show had that homemade look to it but everyone knew what they were doing and they did an excellent job. I enjoyed it. (Having done community theater in high school, I know exactly how iffy it can get, like when your Nellie and Emile in South Pacific have zero chemistry, and in fact your Nellie and Joe start dating before the end of the show… ANYHOO.)
I’m caught up on this final season of Justified, and for the most part I think it’s great, particularly the villains’ tangled plots and Raylen trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
But I gotta tell you, I think they’re completely screwing up Ava again. After the last two seasons, you cannot convince me that she’s that much of a wet dishrag idiot. That she would really put up with the shit Boyd’s pulling on her. All I can think is that she must have some big epic plan up her sleeve to screw everyone over by the end. But if so, the show is keeping it really well hidden. And it’s not satisfying.
Also, I propose that you know Sam Elliott’s a bad guy in this because he doesn’t have his mustache. Sam Elliott without a mustache is JUST WRONG.
March 2, 2015
I listen to a lot of classical music on the radio, and my current station is pretty stodgy — I judge a classical station’s stodginess by how frequently they play John Williams movie scores, and this one doesn’t play any at all.
But they played the theme song to the original Star Trek to announce Leonard Nimoy’s passing. And they kept playing it throughout the day, on the hour. It was like the geek version of church bells tolling.
That’s a measure of the impact Nimoy had — particularly in his role as Spock. Even non-geeks, even the most mainstream outlets imaginable, even places I didn’t expect an acknowledgement at all, marked the news. Everyone understands how important that character is as a model, as a symbol. As Scalzi said: Every geek just lost their favorite grandparent.
I don’t think I realized how far-reaching Nimoy and Spock’s influence really reached, and I just keep thinking, what a life. What a profound and meaningful life.
February 18, 2015
Quick Wednesday post. I had a great time at Boskone but it’s taking me a little while to recover. Even though I think I may be the only person at the convention whose flight wasn’t cancelled. May I always be so lucky.
So here’s more stuff that I’ve made/acquired, this time in the category of OOOH SPARKLIES. It’s my weakness.
At some point I acquired some pearls. (This is another thing that happens in the SCA. You get gifted with the most marvelous things like fabric and jewelry and odds and ends.) I had them for years, waiting for inspiration, which finally struck: I had a Renaissance gown with no jewelry to go with it. Eeek! So I made a necklace:
And another one:
I love them! I’m glad I waited to use the pearls because these turned out so nice, and I have a feeling they’ll be versatile and I’ll get to wear them with lots of different outfits.
This one, I didn’t make, but acquired at the Boskone art show. It’s by Priscilla Olson, and I grabbed it up because I think it’ll go with both my period outfits and my steampunk wardrobe.
SPARKLIES! It’s a bit of an addiction, but it’s one I indulge in because I like to support the artists who make these pretties, and it’s wearable, which speaks to my practical side.