Book Arts: Slot & Tab books

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:31 am
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Last night I made models of both the "Slot & Tab Book" and the "Pocket Triangle & Diamond Book" from Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden.

The success of these structures depends on paper choice: you need something sturdy enough to stand up to use/folding and flexible/resilient enough to spring back without creases after you fold/curl the sides of the paper to slip the "tab" pages through the "slot" pages. (And in the case of the Pocket Triangle variation, you need a paper that will both hold a crease and not crease too readily!)

One of the nice things about these projects is that they are not dependent on having the exact "right" sizes of paper as given in the book, provided your paper's proportions are basically the same. Also, while exact measurement gives cleaner results and is a good thing to practice, you don't have to be absolutely precise.

Burning Questions

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:30 pm
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Of course, the most burning questions on my end are 1) Is someone going to vid Zero Motivation? and 2) If so, are they going to do it to every song that came out in the nineties omgf adjsfldg.

I mean. Is it just me or is this a hugely nineties kids movie. I know it's not just me. Right? Right?

I'm sorry I'm not sorry but this movie does things to my brain. I mean. It's a movie about the army that's not only relevant to my experiences but aggressively so. I MEAN.

I cannot with this movie. I. can. not.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Decoding the Creative Process. Similar to deciding it. #ferranadria #scienceandcooking

Breaker of Chains

Oct. 20th, 2014 03:02 pm
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For the second game on my Xbox I played Infinite Undiscovery which I finished yesterday. It's developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix.

I liked it quite a bit! The premise is that the evil Order of Chains has chained the moon so it stays in one place, which is wreaking havoc on the land. You are part of the Liberation Force which is going around breaking the chains. There's some nice character development as you start out as a reluctant companion and evolve into competent leader. All the characters are likable (except Edward, who starts out as rather a jerk) and have stories of their own.

The gameplay is action-based. Pressing A deals a quick attack, whereas pressing B deals a slower attack that has more power behind it. You can also hold down A or B to execute special attacks, which are as signed in the Battle menu. There's a neat system in which you Connect to other characters. During battle, you can Connect to them to perform special actions. For instance, Aya is a bow user, so you can Connect to her to snipe enemies from a distance. If you Connect to characters in town, dialogue with NPCs may change.

The game reminded me a bit of a western RPG because there are quests to be done. Many are fetch quests and require running about town a lot. There are also some killing enemies quests. Even with all the quests, the game is pretty short - I only put 40 hours into it. I started it again on Hard mode, lol. This time I'm going to spend more time on crafting, in order to get the crafting achievements. One thing I dislike is that shops change their wares, and in endgame there's not a lot of materials to be found in the shops, making crafting impossible. I've read that you can download vouchers from the Live marketplace that fixes this, but my Xbox isn't connected to the network, so that rules that out, darn. So I'm going to stockpile materials and do crafting as soon as possible to try to get around this issue. I also might skip the shop upgrade quests.

I really enjoyed this game, and wish I had more JRPGs to play. I do have Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS which I might play next, haven't decided. Otherwise, it will be a western RPG on my Xbox. I've got a playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins in the works, but I might restart it because it's been so long since I played it. I also have Mass Effect, which I barely got into.

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Oct. 20th, 2014 09:11 pm
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so yeah tumblr's definitely eaten me. if anyone's still hanging out exclusively here, er... sorry ;_; feel free to ping me in comments if you'd like to catch up and/or exchange tumblr urls.

also I'm going to put a yuletide letter here, because that's a thing I still do :3

if you are a yuletide human here looking for the letter and it's not here yet, my past letters are all in my fandom tag! I've recycled some fandoms and I think last year's says good things about my general taste.

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost First frost tonight; pumpkin from @wilsonfarm ready for a slow afternoon roast. (As the base for kaddo bourani!)

Yuletide Sign-Ups Are Open

Oct. 19th, 2014 01:37 pm
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Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.

Book Arts: Making Handmade Books

Oct. 19th, 2014 12:01 pm
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I am making up models for the projects in Alisa Golden's Making Handmade Books.

The first eight projects (X Book, X Book with Pockets, Shorts Book/Ox Plough pamplet, Pants Book Simple Accordion, Pants Book Simple Accordion with Tunnel, Snake Book, Storybook Theatre, and Twist Card), many of which I've made before (though I can't find my previous models just now), all worked up very quickly and easily.

I got halfway through the ninth, the Brush Book, and couldn't figure out what was going on with the binding. After reading the instructions a few times and then experimenting on my own for a bit, I decided to turn to the internet for help and found Alisa's own tips post which clarified the process considerably.

ETA: I also completed the Venetian Blind Book, T-Cut Book, House Card, Little Room Book, Guest Book, and Crown Binding. The Crown Binding is especially interesting and, due to its extra width at the binding, might make for a nice album. I'm mostly using plain 8.5 x 11 paper for the models, so they're not much to look at, which accounts for the lack of pictures.


Oct. 19th, 2014 01:49 pm
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Did a test for a job. Owe a phone call for another job. Looked up Open U and they had no useful information to provide, other than reminding me that I signed up for a group with no face-to-face instruction. Now I need to do lunch, but I've gotten to the place where I'm too hungry to eat, I have no appetite and there's nothing especially tempting in the house.

Health blather )

Anyway I got the [community profile] femslashex in and it's... uh, in English. It has sentences and there are girl kisses and more than a thousand words. Technically it meets the qualifications for a fill. Whether it can exceed the base level requirements is beyond my capacity to speculate on, right now.

I am going to go eat a food.

vid announcement: bad kids

Oct. 18th, 2014 09:14 pm
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So I made a thing for [personal profile] niqaeli's birthday.

vid: Bad Kids
fandom: The Losers
song: Bad Kids by Lady Gaga
file format: mp4, 28.1MB
runtime: 2:09
link: http:/ (right click to download)
warnings: muzzle flash, explosions, blood etc ala canon, shadowpuppet noncon

Five against the fortress. Team vid. Go Petunias.

Yuletide 2014: Dear Author

Oct. 17th, 2014 09:34 pm
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So, it's Yuletide time again! Dear author, thank you for loving one of my small fandoms enough to agree to write about it for me. I wholeheartedly believe in Optional Details Are Optional, but here are some thoughts on my requests if you'd like to read them.

For reference, these are me:
[ profile] fenellaevangela
[ profile] lnich

General Likes & Dislikes

I like pairings of all flavours, and genfic as well. I'm open to any rating you think works for the story, although I like some plot with my porn (even if it's just a little). Some tropes and stuff that I enjoy include identity porn, secret relationships/kids/family, sedoretus, five things stories, casefic, zerophiliac AUs, and I dunno, maybe some fuck-or-die.

I'm not into gore, sad endings, or grimdark interpretations. Basically, angst isn't really my thing unless it's a stepping-stone on the way to everything working out. Also, I'm more interested in magic/supernatural AUs in mundane fandoms than the other way around.

Himalayan Mountain Climbers RPF (Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay)

Details )

Orphan Black RPF (Tatiana Maslany, Kathryn Alexandre)

Details )

Decoys (2004) (Roger, Constance Snowden)

Details )

Maleficent (Aurora, Diaval, Maleficent, Prince Phillip)

Details )

Gargoyles (Puck | Owen)

Details )

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Rosa Diaz)

Details )

How To Get Away With Murder

Oct. 17th, 2014 02:59 pm
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OMG THIS SHOW IS SO FUCKING GOOD! I mean it's got it's issues as all shows do, but on so many levels it is amazing.

I love Viola Davis' Annalise. Holy hells she is a complicated and amazing character. I just am so thrilled that I get to see a woman being this real and this nuanced.

I just marathoned the first three eps today (via Hulu through my tv-net provider) and I am just blown away. The mysteries and cases and stories are just so utterly compelling and interesting and then the characters (the regulars I mean) are themselves just so multi-layered and intriguing. No one is exactly what they seem, and everything is important.

Like most tv shows, even ones I love, I can listen to rather than watch about 50% of the time. HTWAWM, on the other hand, has to be watched nearly every moment because there are visual things that inform the story. It's so cool.

There is a case-a-week sort of thing going on, but the ongoing plot(s) are very compelling and never completely fade out of the picture.


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