crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (Lady)
So I made a necklace a little bit ago, and finally took some awesome pictures of it so that I could sell it on etsy!

image and link under cut to save you mobile users )

While I was taking pictures I also took an outfit photo. First of 2011! I also have a closeup of the gloves, which [personal profile] ambersweet made me.

outfit! )

Also, I've been kind of playing stylist lately for a couple people; not that they dress badly, because they don't. I guess just helping them sort things in an elegant manner? I have a lot of fun making polyvore sets, and well, I'm pretty good at shopping with/for people I've heard (I'm the only person in the family can find things that my incredibly fussy sister will actually wear). This is mostly for entertainment/personal advice, I'm not a professional.

where I play stylist )
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (Default)
Felt like doing a style post, because it's Fall and I love this season! Same with spring. Note that I did nothing during summer, because blah. Sundresses and tank tops. Big whoop. I also a similarly blah about winter.

But anyway, let's look at pretty things I like right now!

some outfit inspirations, going with the season )

And a couple outfits I've been able to put together this season so far!

witchy and librarian-y )
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (scarlet)
Spent a lot of the weekend working remotely, as we had a grant due at noon today. Came in kind of early today to help finish it; yup, I still have my ability to pull shit out of my ass under pressure, which proved useful considering that someone forgot about the sustainability plan. I also took care of all the references and put them together for everyone. Everyone crashed and headed home around 1pm, I'm still here because I have to meet one of the interns to go over his programming stuff. So that meant I've been writing and generally not doing a lot of serious work for the past couple hours because I put in extra hours this weekend. XD

So, other stuff!

- Fashionista pics. I'm linking because I don't feel like formatting. Feb 22 (in which I wear a wool skirt I found at a thrift store) and Feb 24 (in which I wear suspenders). I'm still figuring out flash with those photos, so.

- Empty Bellies Do Not Beget Genius. Good sentiment, and very very true.

- Achievement Porn. I'm not going to comment on this, because I think you should read it and form your own opinions. It gave me a LOT to think about.

- Jealousy's a Green-Eyed Bitch

- T Lo talks about ice skating costumes. A comedy in three acts: one two three.

- [ profile] ff_kissbattle is still going on! I just filled out another prompt myself today. So I can write some EBCJ fics. Because Sev and Drakon are evil. Come on, there's still people without prompts filled out AT ALL. I'd fill out them, but some of them are for canons I don't know too well, so. (FFXII and FFX-2... I never finished FFX-2--or cared much about Those Three Random Guys They Threw In--and I've played very little of FFXII... plus I wasn't terribly interested in FFXII anyway). If this sounds like something you write, go do so!

- I also made some earrings this weekend, while I was waiting on dudes to send me shit (my weekend was a lot of sit around, wait, FREAK OUT WRITE STUFF FIND SOURCES, wait, eat nachos), I'll take pics later. I kind of don't want to part with any of them. I went and got some more hardware for them (while my stuff is primarily made from recycled and random stuff, I use new stuff for like, the bits you put in your ears... because that's sanitary). If I get off my duff I may work on the hats I'm going to sew (nice wide-brimmed ones for spring!). And finish the vest I started like a week ago. The fallout from working on it is behind me on a table in one of the fashionista photos. XD

- Goodwill gifted me with another picture frame (I have a TON of art I'm trying to frame) and I caved and bought a couple new frames (on sale... frames are so expensive otherwise) and a pair of very steampunk wool shortpants that I can't wait to wear (dry cleaning them first... they're dry clean only and from goodwill, so yeah). Now my giant cat watercolor has a frame and it's lovely. Haven't figured out which of the art I want in the other frames yet. And need to wait until poster frames get cheap, as I don't want to ruin my awesome Audrey posters. Man, to have a place where I can put up all my art at once...

- Oh, and fake flowers and replacing my lightbulbs with brighter ones? Make me so very happy. Soon I will put up my tube lights!
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (Default)
This is a post about style and clothes and stuff. You've been warned!

So the thing about my work is that despite the fact I've been insanely busy and my little intern mentees are fabulous and I got to teach them physics I have a fabulous little tumblr button that lets me save stuff so that when the end of Friday when no one cares and that wonderful initial content design that Biology Siren and I worked on the past couple days is still awaiting feedback I can thus wander into the things that I saved for later.

Commence thoughts!

I had a little time to let my mind wander )
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (planet gay)
This is the kind of thing I'd wear on a Friday. And yes, I got that shirt at Ohayocon. Sidekick was mad I didn't get him one. Well he was the loser that lived an hour away and didn't show up. So nyah.

And man did I miss having red hair. It's so much more me.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (Default)
So I have a camera now and I can subject you to more of these. But I will also give you some fun relevant links so it's not just boring pictures of myself! XD

- Style and the social self.
- You're not normal. (but I don't think you're a special snowflake either. :P)
- FYI, beauty ideals change.
- On Good Authority: An Affordable Wardrobe Something for the mens.
- And Vivien Westwood bases her new menswear off the homeless Put down the crack pipe, Viv.

And less relevant:

- How Do I Become a Grownup? Yes, I have asked the same thing myself a few times. Still working on that one.

Now the pictures. Apparently I can't put an image from flickr on here anymore. :/ So here's some links:

My New Year's outfit.
That hat was a Christmas present from my parents that they picked up in Austin (there is a super fab hat shop in Austin and I saw that hat and was disappointed that it wasn't in my price range... so I was very excited to see they'd bought it). The sequined lapel jacket was something I saw at Kohl's during my "using gift cards" time and ah... so I have a jacket problem. Yes, I have worn it to work too, and it looked fab. Those shoes are pimp, no? Silly mirror picture in same outfit.

Something for the office, I woke up that morning thinking "wow today I feel like going in a little Victorian".
Somehow between me and Biology Maven the other chicks have started to dress up more a little too. Interesting, no? That tuxedo jacket with the tails is the foundation piece for my steampunk!Reno costume, btw. And basically my favorite jacket now ever. The little pin on the lapel is from the Aero department goodie bag I got upon graduating. XD And yes, I try to wear the hat as often as possible, whatever gives you that idea? Actually I got three new hats for Christmas, hence my ah, selling/giving away some. Closeup for hat and scarf.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (tim gunn catchphrase)
Ok, now that I am DEFINITELY off all pain meds and BSG is over and I have a tendency of starting projects at random times, I figured I'd let ya'll know I started a comm.

[profile] we_r_nerdpunk

This is basically the result of several random conversations I have with people, and my sort of coming out as a bit of a dork when it comes to clothes and girly stuff. While I still adore lots of the places I watch as far as straight up aesthetics or fashion or decorating, I've found that there's a real lack of super nerdy places (other than cosplay related) having anything to do with aesthetics. So yeah. Also I was dared.

Please post stuff! Cool shit you see! Questions you have! WHATEVER. Just make it somehow related to fun things like clothes and decorating and dorkery. Think of it like Vogue with robots. Or something.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (joan.peggy misery)
I clearly need to do one of these once in a while. XD Skip everything else if you need to, but check it out, Jay McCarroll is making fabrics!. I'm not into the whole 60s and 70s thing overmuch, but even I think some of those are darling and perfect for the etsy crowd and I would make something for my mom out of said fabric.

closet reorganization )

paper thin tees and wtf is up with that? )

style categorization, thoughts )
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (austin happy)
If it's not obvious to everyone, something that has always brought me joy is being able to make things. Sure, they're not always good or beautiful, but being able to say, "I made that" is like, basically what brings me joy in life. This extends to hacks and various other things that I consider on the creative side. And as much as I bitch about math, I'm in a very "making things" career field. And I do love science. It's hard sometimes, but the second joy of my life is to be able to point at something and be like, "I understand why that works".

That said, it should be obvious I'm somewhat addicted to "making things" type of reality television. Sure, there's drama and hell, sometimes I like that, but the bottom line to the things that I watch on TV is there's a level of... creativity I like. I really don't like watching people be idiots. I don't really like Desperate Housewives, or House, or Dr. Who. House can be clever sometimes, but... hrm. I want to like it. But I have way more fun watching people trying to put clothes together (or a room, goddamn you Top Design). I mean, there are other shows I like (Battlestar Galactica and Mad Men are at the top right now) but those are almost like movies to me, and fall heavily into my obsession with tragedy thing.

Anyway, that whole babble was to preface the fact I watched the Project Runway finale. AND I WAS FUCKING EXCITED.

leanimal! )

I've also been watching Metalocalypse. Omg, hilarious. It reminds me of Minion J's stories about his Dragonforce fixation. I've watched all the episodes I've been able to find online. It's kind of nice they're ADD short, because I don't have to devote much time. Toki's my favorite. I kind of want to hug him. So I found this nifty cover of the Metalocalypse theme song. I have an obsession with classical instrument covers of metal songs. >.>


And check out [profile] phoenixmonthly if you haven't yet, kids.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (tim gunn catchphrase)
Have about three hours of work left (because I decided to just go home instead of staying super late on Friday, due to leaving early for headache and hanging out with my mom other days) for today. Might take care of the annoying sort of tendious things that take a while so that starting Monday I am all set for things. Considering I only have a three day week and all. XD

Because of Otakon and all that, I felt very dramatic yesterday, so I wore my Edea hat to work. And played around with my tripod (it's a mini-pod) since I found it and the timer function on the crap camera my parents have. Darn Wardrobe Remix you're such an addictive little community. Then again, I used to be very camera-shy (I preferred to take pictures than be IN them), so maybe this has been a good thing.

And here's Step 1 of my process of making those hairsticks. Because it's fun to take pictures. Lord, I miss having my own camera. But there's talk of me getting a Canon Rebel for a graduation gift, so that's one more incentive to graduate. I'll get my own little snapshot camera for those times when I'm not being an Artiste.

Back to sewing and packing and working now.


P.S. Working outside is awesome. Thank you battery life on computer and parents for building this deck.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (tellah spoony)
I have been following with some amusement the epic struggle at work between the minions and our Political Game guy. The minions, while sometimes annoying, do get their shit done, and done well and cause me the least amount of problems. I went and had lunch today, where the gloves were off and they got to air their frustrations. We also shared humorous stories of weirdos we've known.

Granted, when I talk about "weirdos" it's with a certain sort of self-deprecation. Teasing is a family past time, and to keep it from abuse, you have to offer a little of your own strangeness. Minions apparently want Otakon pictures really badly for this reason.

Anyway, there was a comment about Political Game guy being a middle-aged prima donna (he is). So I took a sip of my tea and suggested they buy him a tiara and leave it on his desk. This idea seemed to please them greatly and there was much plotting. I may have inadvertently started something, due to being somewhat dry humored.

I'd like to think I have a healthy level of fantasy vs. reality, and like having reminders that I am in fact a dork (but I like being one). Hanging with the minions provides good perspective. I just wanted to say, I appreciate all my friends, and their quirks and everything. I enjoy knowing quirky and varied people. The world can look so grey otherwise. A lack of self-consciousness is something I'm getting back and I enjoy finding people that I don't have to worry about looking silly with.

In other news, hairstick materials all found, I laid out the materials and took a picture (which I haven't uploaded) in order to do some in progress shots. Because those are fun. I am excited about some of the materials I've found for them. ^^

And random fashionista picture. I have worn that purple sweater several times lately. But it's so comfortable. Plus, I love the couch at work. I may go sit on it later today.

So far so good today.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (cold war)
Raining, and my connection at work pissed me off enough that I fled to a cafe. Happens to be one of my favorite places to eat, so I feel much better even if walking here was a little soggy. Hostess recognized me, which is something I like about regular places; familiarity and a homeliness.

Sat everyone down and made them talk to me about wtf was up, what they needed, what the hell wasn't clear and all that, I am glad I'm going to the library after this, I need focus without distraction and the feeling of being WATCHED. I hate this thing going around that I wasn't working, now I feel jumpy to take breaks, which just snowballs into worse focus--so I said screw that and hence I'm out of the office all day. But not anywhere as distracting as HOME, which is horribly distracting, considering all my projects. I guess I'm perturbed this stuff didn't come up a month ago, when I had far more time and far less things to handle. But since everyone was busy with grants and they weren't exactly looking at anything to give me feedback...

But food is good, and I am feeling good. They're really on the ball today, not five minutes after ordering my food was out. Then again, I came in around 1pm, which is when lunch is usually ENDING for people.

Will do my Monthly Music Post sometime today, likely when I'm taking a break from spelling out every. little. detail. of crap. I'm not that innovative and intelligent, geez. I even avoided jargon! Why are we still not communicating?

Other good things, to keep my mood up:

- Went out with my mom last night, as she hasn't done that with me for a while. Purchased lots of ribbon and other jewelry-related things and finally used my Kohl's gift card. Bought those extremely skinny jeans (what the hell, you're only young once and I have great legs. at least they're pants, not tights) and went a little over budget over another Vera Wang article of clothing (I know it's a white button-up shirt, which may sound silly, but it is the most comfortable and flattering white button-up I've ever tried on, and it was marked down quite a bit from what you see on the website and is made of the softest cotton I've ever touched). My mom also found me some luggage (I was going to borrow their luggage set, but we found a really nice set that was marked down to a ridiculous amount... plus it's red) which is rather well-timed, considering Otakon.

- Sub-point: I need to get more hips or something so I can wear women's sized pants. Other than Levi's, Junior's pants are full of ill-fitting skankery. Seriously, I do not like my pants so low that I'd have to shave to wear them. I also do not have a ghetto booty. Or a desire to have lacing, bling, or other things on my pants. Junior's section, you FAIL. I know, I'm complaining about being too small... but there are frustrations in things being too huge in areas that are not easy to fix with a sewing machine

- I have started [profile] first_seventhe's hairsticks. I'm using wooden knitting needles as the base (they were cheap and nifty) and debating painting them. I think they will be cute.

- I am extremely fond of this cafe... I look forward to graduating and living in this general vicinity so I can walk here for breakfast or lunch on random days when I need a pick-me-up. It's probably a good thing that I have a high metabolism, good food is such a mood lifter for me.

- Ha, one of the waiters wanted to know where I got my hat (this fedora came from Delia*s, actually... it's my first fedora. got it in high school). I think I may have inadvertently caused hilarity, especially if he checks out the website. XD

- Um... yeah, mostly just waiting until next weekend. Gah. NEED VACATION.


P.S. Ever have one of those experiences of bumping into someone and then you don't know their name OR where you know them from and so you ask for the name, it doesn't jog anything and it bothers you for a while until it suddenly dawns on you?

Yeah, just had one of those. I ran into someone from the card factory (DARK TIMES THOSE WERE). Man, that was awkward. I remember he got fired over drugs, now that I think about it and liked to get into philosophical arguments with me and hit on the one trashy girl that sat at our folding table (I was sorta friends with the OTHER chick at that table, because she wasn't lazy or stupid and had a lot of interesting things to say which no one bothered because she had a thick accent... one of these days I'm going to write this all down, I swear).

Though, it did produce this little gem of a conversation:

"Hey, so how did your wedding go?"

"Wedding was fine, marriage was a shambles, I'm dating a hot woman now."


"Mind if I get back to work? I'm actually on the clock and have a lot of stuff to get done today."

"What do you do?"

"Educational video game design."

"Definitely a step up from the factory."

"I've leveled up in life, even if I'm a few random encounters short of having some decent levels Engineering Class."

"Alright, I forgot that you didn't speak plain English, nerd. Nice to see you."
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (cary grant)
Man, craaaaazy Friday. Some highlights!

+ The issue with The Intern has been resolved and now he sort of jumps a little when I look over in his direction. I AM NOT SCARY. Seriously, I'm 5'2", tiny, and overall NOT SCARY. Just because I appealed to a higher power and they smacked down on you for playing at work and my evaluation determines how well you did on this internship does not suddenly turn me into The Devil. Alright, maybe that IS a little scary.

+ I have been given use of the Proposal Minion. This means I have someone that will fix up my things and get them publish-worthy. Whoo hoo! I have been given some more control over our curriculum and I have some teachers to interview soon. I will not let the power get to me.

+ Exciting things with [profile] phoenixmonthly! Letters are going out and awesomeness is happening. And Afterdark still has very few submissions, but that kind of makes me feel good about humanity? Is that wrong?

+ Prolly going to take Caricature off the wordpress so I can fix it up and make sure I have enough stamina to try and submit it to [profile] indianconundrum. I mean, what the hell. I can be a real hobby writer then.

+ Dorky fashionista picture.

+ I will do some massive costume work this weekend, as Otakon is coming up. SOON. OMG. Oh, the WIPs.

+ FSTs. Of crazy. Suddenly realized it's nearing the end of the month and I need to put together my Brick FST.

I kind of secretly love having all this stuff to do? I don't idle well. It usually involves waaaaay too much time browsing etsy and flickr.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (laura femme fatale)
Is a good day. Got all but the very top portion of the seam done on the bodice of my dress. And I tried it on and there were no ripping sounds! Even if I can't button it up all the way. But since this is an Edea outfit and she believes in crazy necklines, I am working with that. There will be black lace involved.

For [profile] first_seventhe's fashionista pic today, I even ended up a little steampunk in my normal wear.

That's basically what I did today besides possibly getting into a monthly fic mag. More on that later.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (delphine suspension)
Funny how I suck horribly at math when I'm being tested or have to use it, but told to explain the math behind some randomly generated problem and I can do it with no issues. Maybe it's a confidence thing. Hrm.

Minions and I had to go fast food today for my budget, and there was much joking about lessons learned from the McD's cups. And pointing out by Minion J (who is proficient in several languages) that they got the German part wrong. Whoops. Much fun BS going around.

Oh, and yesterday I got to corrupt children. I'd nearly forgotten about it, until about an hour before I had to go. I proved once again I have all the directional capacity of a drunken pidgeon and nearly got Minion M and I lost trying to get to the school. Then there was fun sitting on the floor time, letting the quiet kid with the Iron Maiden T-shirt talk, practically getting mobbed by excited eight year olds when I mentioned Boba Fett, and deflecting some pseudo-sexist comments about the One Girl In The Class. I had a strangely easy time keeping them interested in the conversation, which was kind of surprising considering I had one of the biggest disciplinary cases in the class in my group (a fact I was told after, by the haggard looking teacher's assistant). Overall, I remembered why I like kids, and why I like being around them for times when I'm not taking care of them. Kids don't let you down like adults do, everything's still amazing to them, even if a couple of the preteens wanted to pretend they were Too Cool for some things. I think I may have to volunteer at a Wonderlab someday. I need Fun School again, enough of this Boring College Stuff. XD

[profile] first_seventhe's fashionista pic for the day: I don't always dress like a boy.

I had more random babbles, mostly concerning hunting down a Palm OS version of Tetris for my mom that was free, but that was just silly.

Oh and I'm reading Corey Doctorow's book Little Brother which reminded me why I love cyberpunk and dislike teenaged protagonists until they get knocked around a bit (as sad as that sounds). So far the beginning teenspeak was a little offputting (and a little fanboy hackerish, if you ask me) but once things got Serious it stopped dominating and only popped up during Technical Lessons, which are thankfully brief. I most appreciate that there is literally no subtlety to the book, which works here. It's like a young Tyler Durden smacking you upside and saying THIS IS YOUR LIFE. Ever so glad that Doctorow does ebooks and people like to convert things to Plucker format so I can put it on my Palm Pilot and basically have the Most Portable Book Evar.

Though, I probably shouldn't be reading that and The Difference Engine at the same time, as that has made me paranoid. I mean, I was probably one of the few kids that when we were asked to bring floppies in for assignments it was like, encrypted beyond belief. Oh, the aftereffects of being the daughter of an electrical test engineer. If I had a penny for every time Dad came home complaining that they shut off the port to his workstation because he was playing around with open source code...

Now I believe we will go to the greenhouse. Yesterday was too wet.

crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (femme fatale)
Camera is on its last legs, but I'm still having fun with it. Temptation to buy myself a cheap digital camera is strong, as I intend on holding out for an SLR.

Pictures of my workspace and my mom's art studio space mixed in with each other. Just click the pictures to the right, as they're newer. The ones to the left are older. Or just click around. XD

More fashionista pics for [profile] first_seventhe:

+ With trenchcoat.
+ Without trenchcoat.

Basically, I looked like a gangster yesterday. It was awesome. Today I look like a girl. Pictures tomorrow. XD

As much as I love wardrobe_remix I am starting to get annoyed by the lack of... variety. True, some things are "in" right now, and some of them pretty horrid, but is it too much to ask to see some people that don't dress like hippies and art students? Maybe I'm just an old man at heart, but a lot of what I see just looks... messy. XD Or overly girly (I have my girly days, but they are far tamer). Maybe it's just me and my dislike of the BILLOWING SHIRTS. OF DOOM. I miss kilt guy. :< He was dapper.

Started reading The Difference Engine and am thus far intrigued. Hopefully since I didn't go eat with the minions I'll have time to read it. I have to wait on this phone conference to end before I can use the microwave for my lunch... *grumbles* but that shouldn't go on TOO much longer.

Going to the greenhouse today, should be fun. Greenhouses are lovely, and this means we're finally getting to the garden. Yay!


P.S. In picture related things, this isn't a half bad list of web-based editing softwares. I still like Photochop, but that's just because I'm familiar with it now. And play a lot with the various things.

One step closer to a Star Trek computer of my very own.


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