Posts Tagged ‘finished’

Wagons off we ride

Well, Blogtoberfest was a learning experience. I learned that trying to blog daily and finish a semester’s graphic design folio for uni are not necessarily goals that should run concurrently. It was also a learning experience where I let myself stop doing something I had committed to, without driving myself into the ground with guilt. Well done, me. I do have some interesting things I have created that I might share sometime, though.

Meanwhile, I made a craft thing. Clearly it’s been long enough since submission that I can bear to think about creating again. It wasn’t a difficult – or particularly original – thing to create, but it caused much mirth. It was for my mum’s birthday yesterday, and it was themed with the other part of her present.

A moustache!

Or are they buffalo horns?

Perhaps it is a unibrow.

No, definitely a moustache.

You see, the other part of the present was ‘The Rise and Fall of Goodtown’ by The Wagons. You might recall a post from mid-October about them? Well, let me refresh your memory about Henry Wagon’s excellent facial hair:

(incidentally, I believe that is Henry Wagon in front of a Henry J Wagon. Correct me if I’m wrong.)

I thoroughly encourage you to listen to this excellent song:

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I’ve been in a creative rut, for a while. But I finally managed to finish something. It’s all the more remarkable because this is the second attempt to make this project, and usually once it doesn’t work the first time – it’s over. Cranky. Failed. Didn’t work, never going to work. Does anyone else do this? Or is it just me? I’m half a perfectionist. It didn’t go perfectly, so I’m not going to try. Anyway, I beat it this time, hooray.

Pip tentatively enquired yesterday if anyone ever feels like going to action movies, and if they did, could she come? You see, she went to film school, and all her friends went to film school, and they take film very seriously, and can be a bit judgemental of people who see trash. So she’s pretty selective about who she tells if she wants to see something crap. I, however, will see any old thing, as long as it offers me escapeism. Like today I saw Hancock, wasn’t half bad. But I digress.

I am faced with a similar problem. I have a thesis in Literature, but you know, sometimes I like to read trash. Real, solid trash. And then, I don’t want everyone to know about it. When I’m reading Orwell, or Fowles, or Flaubert, which I do, it’s fine, everyone can know. But when I’m reading a chintzy romance with some distressed damsel, or teenage fiction, or toilet-paper worthy detective novel, it’s a lot of work to read and focus and enjoy the escapism and HIDE THE COVER FROM EVERYONE all at the same time. So I made a book cover.



Mmm, apples. I sized it for the book pictured because it’s average sized and what I was reading at the time (not because I was ashamed!), but it conveniently fits smaller books and thicker books. I will vehemently claim that I meant it like that.

The book, Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, was just a wee bit life changing… it challenged the way I think of food related ethics, which is a bit of a big deal for me, because I’ve been an ethical vegetarian since I was three. So there’s a bit of being set in my ways there, and my boundaries were challenged. It also made me think very seriously about choosing food locally. What a basic thing, that people just don’t question enough.

Incidentally, that was what brought on the cherry outburst. All this thinking about local, in-season food, then I turn up to my dad’s place and there are cherries in the middle of winter. So i did what any right thinking ethicist would in the situation – i gorged myself on them.

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Today’s post publicly acknowledges and celebrates geekery, more specifically, my own. This is motivated by two things – first of all, a recent visit to Game On, a history of video games held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and the completion of my first ever cross-stitch. Well, maybe not first ever – I might have done some when I was quite small – but it’s safe to say it’s the first time I’ve ever enjoyed it. Which is worth celebrating.

Oh. So many games. Three hours passed before I even thought to reach overload point. Best $10 I’ve spent in a while… The exhibition is organised into game families and chronology, and there are examples of everything, most of them playable. Nostalgia for anyone who has ever pushed a pixel. All I could think, everywhere I looked, was oh god, that would look great as a cross stitch.


This is my first successful embroidery. It is of Kirby, from Kirby’s Dreamland, a game I used to play on my GameBoy in primary school. Look at him! Isn’t he cute? Is he flying, or is he sucking up an enemy to use as firepower? I GUESS WE’LL NEVER KNOW.

The pattern came from my first and favorite geek craft site, Sprite Stitch. What an endless resource. But! For geek needlearts, look no further than the absolutely mindblowing Geek Central Station. They made an entire set of Firefly amigurumi!

Such amazing detail is included with the individual figures. Jayne even come with Vera!

Jayne 3Q Right Front , originally uploaded by artoo1121.

Or, if Firefly isn’t your thing, gaze in wonder at Dr Zoidberg, everyone’s favorite grotesque stinking lobster!

Zoidberg Front, originally uploaded by artoo1121.

If you wanted a piece of the action you could even kick it up a notch with a to crochet your own Spice Weasel lip balm cozy. BAM!

Other sites worth looking at is the ‘geek craft’ tag collection of *geeksugar, and Geek Crafts. Need to make anyone a Tardis cake? Find your inspiration here.

So, sometimes I’m a little embarrassed to own up to being a geek. My geek cred is pretty poor, really, when it comes down to it, but there nonetheless. However, if I’m ever feeling too geeky, I will remember the man who inserted an entire computer into a GameBoy, and I will remember, I’m not that bad. Yet. A computer in a GameBoy?? I do wonder a little, what’s the point? But really, I imagine the point is that he could. Isn’t that enough?

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Rain, so much sudden rain. Grey, wet world. Today heralded the first gumboots day of the year, and the first gloves day. Today also marked my first adventure into the world of following someone else’s instructions while making a softie, instead of just cobbling together some random shit from out of my own head.

Inspiration and instructions from this grand book, clear and concise and interesting. Super cute, too. If I can find some fleece I want to make the awesome cheeky lookin devil like the one on the cover.

Anyhow. I made an Arno Cat, designed by Sooz. Results yielded:



Reading: Moominpappa at Sea – Tove Jansson
Watching: Stargate Series 1, episode 3

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it happened again

Had an episode yesterday at acro, and it’s thrown me for a serious spin. Worse than I’ve had for a while. Now there are kids from down the road playing in our driveway, so I’m hovering, incapacitated, in bed. Should be leaving for sewing class, but hell, it’s cold, there’s children, i feel crap. Maybe I might be justified staying home. As much as I’m rearing to get started on my cool trousers with my cool brown tweedy type fabric, maybe sitting in the warm under a doona is the answer.

I finished my skirt though, and I’m pretty proud of it. Now I just need to fix up the pattern and remake it, in a fabric I might actually ever wear. Calico – not really my colour. Maybe I could print on it, or dye it. Maybe. So I’ll put up photos at some point, but seeing as noone reads this right now, doesn’t really matter if it’s not up yet, right? And if someone does read this, then comment, whydon’tcha?

Part of me wonders what the point of this blog is. Will anyone even want to read it? I’m an odd writer, I think, when it comes to style-en-blog. But hell, people I never met wanted to read my old blog. We shall see. On the other hand, I’ve just decided I want to be a writer – why has it taken me so long to work *that* out? – and it seems important, well, to write often. Is this the place to be testing it out? Praps, praps not. It’s mine though, I guess it’s my choice. SUCKERS. You have to read it. Or not. Wheeee. Aren’t *i* rambly? and full of *stars*?

Just out of interest, is HIGH-larious originally from Firefly? Or is Jayne using it incidentally?

Anyway, I had a fun afternoon updating my blogroll (my *first ever* blogroll) and less fun trying to work out how to change the theme. It isn’t letting me, and I think this theme is a bit of a dud. I wonder if I need Firefox instead of Safari. Maybe I’ll look into that.

Go away children, go away. Erk. Damn post-traumatic stress.

Think I might make hot cross buns. Chock full of religiosity, I am.


I’m bored. Can you suggest interesting activities under $25? According to Ask Metafilter (via not martha)

My favorite fic-eteer, and a wee interview about the books she wrote.

Speaking of things to do when bored, via Dioramarama, a list of the (American, I assume) AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, and those that I have and haven’t seen. Moral of the story is there’s a whole lotta important movies I haven’t seen, and plenty to catch up on. Get ready…

plain = never seen
bold = seen
italics = seen but need/want to see again

1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. Casablanca (1942)
4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
6. Gone With The Wind (1939)
7. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
9. Vertigo (1958)
10. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
11. City Lights (1931)
12. The Searchers (1956)
13. Star Wars (1977)
14. Psycho (1960)
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
16. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
17. The Graduate (1967)
18. The General (1927)
19. On The Waterfront (1954)
20. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
21. Chinatown (1974)
22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
23. The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
25. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
26. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
27. High Noon (1952)
28. All About Eve (1950)
29. Double Indemnity (1944)
30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
34. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35. Annie Hall (1977)
36. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
37. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
38. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
40. The Sound Of Music (1965)
41. King Kong (1933)
42. Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
45. Shane (1953)
46. It Happened One Night (1934)
47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
48. Rear Window (1954)
49. Intolerance (1916)
50. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
51. West Side Story (1961)
52. Taxi Driver (1976)
53. The Deer Hunter (1978)
54. M*A*S*H (1970)
55. North By Northwest (1959)
56. Jaws (1975)
57. Rocky (1976)
58. The Gold Rush (1925)
59. Nashville (1975)
60. Duck Soup (1933)
61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
62. American Graffiti (1973)
63. Cabaret (1972)
64. Network (1976)
65. The African Queen (1951)
66. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
67. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
68. Unforgiven (1992)
69. Tootsie (1982)
70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
73. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
74. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
75. In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
76. Forrest Gump (1994)
77. All The President’s Men (1976)
78. Modern Times (1936)
79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
80. The Apartment (1960)
81. Spartacus (1960)
82. Sunrise (1927)
83. Titanic (1997)
84. Easy Rider (1969)
85. A Night At The Opera (1935)
86. Platoon (1986)
87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
92. Goodfellas (1990)
93. The French Connection (1971)
94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do The Right Thing (1989)
97. Blade Runner (1982)
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
99. Toy Story (1995)
100. Ben-Hur (1959)

Plenty of time consumption there. What should I start with? Any advice?

Reading: Wrong About Japan, by Peter Carey
Listening: Firefly theme song

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