Link Dump

Mar. 12th, 2013 02:08 pm
shanmonster: (Purple mohawk)
Time to clear my browser tabs! Here are a few links I've had open for too long. You may enjoy them, too.

School of Thrones: Game of Thrones meets DeGrassi....

Chocolate Cake: Grain-free recipe I want to try out.

Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature’s Most Fantastic Works: Science fiction/fantasy literature course by a professor whose style I enjoy.

675 Free Online Courses from Top Universities: This is how I get my university education, nowadays.

Upsided-Down Pancake with Apricots and Plums: Another tasty-looking grain-free recipe.

Pope Innocent VIII: What a crazy life and death.

Link Dump!

Sep. 21st, 2011 09:03 am
shanmonster: (Zombie ShanMonster)
Well, it's back to life as usual! Today, I start taking contemporary dance classes again. And tomorrow, I plan on starting my CrossFit training. I think there will be a couple of weeks before I can begin it in earnest (due to scheduling), but I shall be doing weight-training in the interim. I need to schedule my voice training classes, and I have painting homework to do.

I've finished uploading all my trip photos. It took over twelve hours. Yikes. I will not be dumping them all upon you at once, but in sections. Here's a teaser.

[Big Ben]

I hope you enjoy them!

But first, here's an overdue link dump.

Zhang Nan has 15cm eel swim into his penis and has it removed from his bladder: He "just realized" it went up there. Riiiiight.

Someday soon you could be drinking pigeon milk: I'd try it.

While touring England, it seemed that everywhere I went, I saw some architectural marvel or another which had been created by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A while back, a cartoon was made about this man. It's clever, amusing, and informative. You could spend a worse few minutes than by watching this! Part I, Part II, Part III.

The Epicurean Body Builder: Because getting a superfit body doesn't mean you have to eat bland, boring food.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet: Because if you're anything like me, you always end up with a big wad of fabric.

I'm already trying to figure out where next to go on vacation, and I have been looking at this. Do you know anything about touring Transylvania? Have you heard anything about this tour? I've long been interested in Dracula, both the historical figure and the literary one, and the tie-in with the witch trials makes this sound right up my alley.


Sep. 7th, 2011 08:57 am
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About twenty years ago, when I first started going to the gym, I remember needing to get help from some of the big guys whenever I needed to remove 45-lb plates from the leg press. I remember getting on an exercise bike for a ten-minute warm-up, and being absolutely exhausted and drenched with sweat, heart pounding a million or so beats per minute when I got off it, staggering for balance. I'd noodle around on the various exercise machines, and make minimal progress.

Sometimes, while I was exercising, someone would see me using a machine wrong and would show me how to use it properly. Other than that, I was ignored and left alone.

Now, about twenty years later, I carry around plenty more than 45 lbs at a time, and never need to enlist aid. I rarely use machines, opting instead for barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, or my own body weight. Instead of running on the treadmill or elliptical, I do plyometric exercises. Sometimes now, the big guys see me doing some of my exercises (like extended plank push-ups or single-leg squats) and they shake their heads and grin, saying the reason more people don't do those kinds of exercises are because they're too hard, and that they think I'm damned fit. And the women, who seem more shy, approach me in the change room and ask me for advice on how to do particular exercises.

I wonder where I'll be in the next twenty years?


It's been a while since I've done a link dump. Here you go!

Fandom wasn’t always such a negative experience for creators. I'd never heard of commonplace books, but it seems like social media like Google+, FaceBook, and MySpace are the modern counterparts of this Victorian concept. Short, and interesting article!

I Wish I Had the Balls to Risk My Life Like This Man: How long would it take you to scale a 13,025-foot mountain in the Bernese Alps? Probably a lot longer than this speed climber.

British Columbia Joins War on Wolves: Open season on wolf hunting, ostensibly because wolves are killing all the livestock. Yet "wolf-caused losses represent slightly over 0.01 percent, about half the number that die on the way to the slaughterhouse or are injured and have to be euthanized."

Sperm Donor System Under Scrutiny After Donor Fathers 150 Children: Accidental incest becomes much more possible in such situations.

The sky was gorgeous last night, so I snapped some photos. )
shanmonster: (Zombie ShanMonster)
Despite the horrendous heat and humidity, I've been doing a lot of walking lately. On Saturday, I figure I walked for around five or six hours, and that was after leading a fitness boot camp class. I went to a few festivals.

The first one was the non-violence festival, which was decidedly non-festive. People were sitting in semi lotus position, meditating. A few musicians playing esoteric musical instruments played slow music, calm, and dare I say it?--boring music. The local NDP representative had a booth there, and so did an AIDS awareness group. That reminds me: a man at that booth gave me a safe sex kit. I wonder what I got? Probably a couple of condoms. Maybe some lube.... I have a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of a festival based on non-violence. Is it to counteract all the festivals dedicated to shooting one another, kicking ass, etc.? In any case, my perverse persnickety side made me want to dig out a few boffer weapons and squirt guns and start a melee. But I was good.

From there, I walked to the Cherry Festival at Cherry Park. I'd never been to Cherry Park before. I falsely assumed that the park would have lots of cherry trees. It didn't have many trees at all. It was a huge field, with the grass baked yellow-brown by the incessant sun. Everyone looked melty. I saw no violence at the Cherry Festival. I bought a cute belt with a cherry design, and a scoop of cherry ice cream, and then I walked home.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Turkish Festival.

I was walking along the Iron Horse Trail when one of the more "colourful" (ie. crazy/drunk) locals was headed toward me clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, despite the temperature. While I watched, he began flailing his arms and head around like an excited worshipper at a snake-handling church, and then he flung himself face-first into the bushes.

I kept walking by, and peeked off to the side at him. He was lying there in a sprawled position, his tongue lolling from his mouth. He looked like a caricature of roadkill.

There was no way I wanted to go up to this guy to check to see if he was all right. He looked like he'd been faking it, hardcore. But at the same time, considering the heat, his garb, and possibly the dehydrating effects of alcohol, there actually was a possibility that this ridiculous display actually would make him pass out and succumb to heat stroke.

I decided that I'd take a look around for a police officer and send one his way.

But then, apparently disappointed I hadn't checked in on him, he just got up and continued on his way as though nothing had happened.


The Turkish festival was a bit disappointing. I was hoping I'd find kasiklar, but there was nothing like that at all. There were just a couple of food booths, a booth selling a few scarves and tshirts, and an information booth manned by a guy who didn't seem to know what was going on. A dervish whirled slowly on a small stage. I saw no violence at the Turkish Festival.

After grabbing a bite to eat at a sushi restaurant, I came back home and got good and tipsy off half of a beer. Oh dehydration, maker of cheap drunks.

Yesterday, I got up bright an early and went for a run. Even though it was a short run and I got home well before 9 am, I was slick with sweat. So hot! Gah! I had a bit of a nap to reboot, and then went off to dance class feeling much refreshed. Once I finished with that, I went out for ice cream, because it was still ridiculously hot. And when I got home, I had another beer. This time, I didn't get tipsy. But I did undo all my hard work at trying to keep my diet clean. Stupid hot weather, melting me, and melting my resolve!

Today I have another TRX session. This one is all about lunges, I think. I'm looking forward to feeling wobbly. Gonna grow my biglegs and bigbutt again!

Link time? I think so.

At home with Albania's last sworn virgins: Fascinating article about how women forswore sex to become culturally accepted as men.

Feminist Figure Girl: Interesting blog by a feminist body builder.

Body Weight Coach: I've been especially interested in learning more about training incorporating body weight rather than other weights, lately. There are plenty of good exercises on this website. I have been working on holding extended planks, lately. See?

[Extended plank]

I want to be able to do them like this guy!

Bones With Bling: Because sometimes you CAN take it with you.

Have Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage made the greatest movie ever?: This upcoming LARP movie looks awesome! I want to see it.

Animals Being Dicks: Hilarity! I thought I'd piss myself!

Woman Died From Sex With Dog, Sean McDonnell Arrested In Limerick, Ireland: I didn't even know someone could be allergic to dog sex. How utterly bizarre!

Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says: This is what comes from trying to force people into molds of "real men" and such.

Iraqi bolts headcam to skull in name of art: Cyborg art.
shanmonster: (Zombie ShanMonster)
I have gone for a run around the park, done some housework, tried my hand at vegan baking (peanut butter and banana cookies), and had a shower and braided my hair. I've also contemplated different ways necromancy might be worked, dreamed that I went back in time to destroy the Apostle Paul for the good of all humanity (apparently I was a fire mage, and I incinerated him with the power of my mind), and I critiqued dance technique for a student. I discovered a song that makes me want to make up another dance performance.

I still want to do more housework, practice my sumi-e, and do some writing before the day is up. And listen to more of my audio book....

It's been a while since I've done a link dump, so here you go!

Don't Kill the Oxford Comma: The Oxford comma is the only way lists make sense to me. When you read a list aloud, a breath is taken before the last part, so the comma just belongs there. Also, leaving the comma out groups those last two items together as one. Here's an example where the comma completely changes the meaning of the sentence:

My favourite collaborations are by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Trent Reznor and Tori Amos, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and Laverne and Shirley.


My favourite collaborations are by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Trent Reznor and Tori Amos, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and Laverne and Shirley.

The former implies Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Laverne, and Shirley all collaborated together, which is a bit of a mind boggler, I must say.

What Most Women Do WRONG!!: An excellent read for any woman who wants to get in shape, lose weight, or "tone."

How to Talk to Little Girls: This is also applicable to little boys, of course.

This Guy is My New Hero: Apocryphal, but hilarious! Excellent zinger.

Body may have been in pool for days: I just can't fathom (heh) how this is possible. Especially with lifeguards on duty.

This video is really cool! Be sure to check it out:

Two more in the series, and the band's videos also contain elements of the story. Delicious!
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In case you're interested, here are a few more links about Viking clothing/jewellery/props.

Making a Drinking Horn: I have a small horn, already. I need to make it watertight. Looks like I'll need to get some beeswax.

Medieval Design: Not just Viking clothes. Lots of medieval European garments here. This is a shop, but has some nice photos which I've found helpful for my own costuming.

Pattern and Instructions for Viking Age Re-enactor’s Trousers: A PDF file explaining the construction of Thorsbjerg style trousers.

Raymond's Quiet Press: I think I've linked to this before, but here it is again. Contains a wide assortment of reproduction Viking jewellery and accoutrements. Also has Saxon, Roman, and other medieval stylings.

Viking Outfit Project: A helpful description of one costumer's men's clothing project.

Link Dump

May. 25th, 2011 12:37 pm
shanmonster: (Tiger claw)
Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these, and my browser is seriously constipated with open tabs and multiple windows galore.

Ready? Steady? GO!

50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography: I really want to try this out, but I don't think my little camera can manage it.

Amazing Mona Lisa Painting Made with 3604 Cups of Coffee: Ephemeral reproduction work.

Epic Cover Letter: How To Get Hired For Your Dream Job: There is nothing epic about this letter. It is, however, pretty awesome. I'd even have hired the guy, but he ruined his chances with me by misspelling "taupe."

Fuck Yeah Historical Hotties: I think I've linked this before, but it's worth sharing again. Oppenheimer was pretty darned cute.

DO NOT CLICK ON THIS: NOT safe for work. NOT safe for lunch. I am not kidding (thanks, Bevin, for ruining my lunch and my sex life).

Parents keep child's gender secret: Interesting. The letters at the end are pretty telling. People get very upset when you don't let them know if a baby is a boy or a girl. Does it really, really matter?

Nazis tried to train dogs to talk, read and spell to win WW2: This is the weirdest WWII story I think I've read, so far. And there are some doozies out there.

Here's a painting by Brenda Clews inspired by a photo of me. You can read more about the painting here.
[Lady of Green Fire]
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Here are a few costuming links that I found useful. You might find them handy, too.

Basic Clothing Guide: Headgear: Helpful illustrations.

Kit: Hats, hoods, caps & wimples: Descriptions, photos, and links.

Basic Clothing Guide: Female Clothing: Description of standard Viking/Dark Ages garb.

Female Headgear: Caps: I used this to make my caps, but increased the dimensions an extra 10 cm because I have a huge noggin.

Short Glossary of Medieval Clothing Terms: Doesn't supply links or pictures, but just definitions.

Fiber and Needle Guild: Tailoring: Links to all sorts of costuming sites.

Garb Patterns: More links. Many are dead, but a few are extant.

Greek Dress: Peplos and chiton.

Naalbinding tutorial: Video is not in English, but I could still follow along.

Historiska världars dräkter: Guess what? Not in English! But has full outfits (head to toe) of a variety of historical garbs. Includes 2 male Viking outfits, and one female. Patterns are included.

Othalacraft: A shop that sells all sorts of lovely Viking clothing. No patterns, but lots of inspiration.

Raymond's Quiet Press Historical Recreations from Jewellery to Helms: What it says! Lots of reproduction metal work. Covers Romans, Vikings, Celts, Romano-British, Normans, and more.


Botswana’s metal fans are perfecting the Thunderdome chic: And now for something completely different.

Making a Miniature Book: Ok, not costuming, but it is prop creation, which is related, in my opinion.

Dink Lump

Mar. 30th, 2011 03:04 pm
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The Perfect Vagina: I think this is an important video to watch, because it shows just how uneducated so many people are about what vulvas look like, and shows just how incredibly emotionally damaged some people are when it comes to their twats. Parts of this documentary actually horrified me. I don't have a porn star-looking crotch, and I'm perfectly ok with that.

Canada watches its democracy erode: "Edmund Burke noted that all that was necessary for evil to triumph was for good men to do nothing. Canadians are certainly good and worthy folks, but they suffer an excess of civil obedience, politeness and lack of civic rage that could be harnessed to combat political atrophy. At a time when Arabs risk life and limb for political freedoms, Canadians seem largely apathetic about the erosion of their democracy." Why are Canadians blind to what is obvious to people from other countries?

Disturbing fairy tale black and white photos: Evocative photography which captures the macabre quality of unbowdlerized fairy tales.

Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle: "This elaborate miniature house was created by silent film star Colleen Moore in the 1930s, and was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in 1949. It will delight you with its tiny treasures—including murals and paintings painted by Walt Disney himself; chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls; the tiniest bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840; and ancient statues more than 2,000 years old."

A flyaway success: Victorian dress made from 1,000 beetle wings restored at a cost of £50,000: I posted a link related to this dress before. This article has full-colour photographs of the restored dress. It's gorgeous. I want a beetle wing dress too, please.

Other Victorian dresses used beetle wings, too. Here's an article on the phenomenon.

You Don't Know Squat: "Your Pelvic Floor, Hip, and Knee health require regular squatting." I have been doing this exercise regimen daily. I'm experimenting to see if it helps me with the issues I've been having with my SI joint and hips lately.

How to Make Homemade Lara Bars: If I had a food processor, I'd give this a go. The recipes look simple and good.

Bangable Dudes in History: Long-dead historical hotties. And there are a few women in there, too.

INSA 10-Inch Elephant Dung Heels!: The weirdest shoes I've seen in a while, for sure. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lady Gaga sporting them sometime soon.

Beware Your Tiny Hat: A hilarious video clip on what happens if you superglue a miniature hat to your head.

6 Socially Conscious Actions That Only Look Like They Help: Educate yourself before you stick your nose in and make an even bigger mess.

Dink Lump

Mar. 16th, 2011 10:49 pm
shanmonster: (Tiger claw)
I am in a food coma. I went to The 41 with [ profile] f00dave for his birthday and ate far too much food. I even ate cheesecake, and I don't even like cheesecake. The blue cheese cheesecake was acceptable, though, which means to someone who actually likes cheesecake, it was probably amazing.

Link time? Ok.

Woman admits to stealing, beating baby: I am honestly mystified that this woman avoided being lynched.

Burlesque-Performing Professor Gets Fired: This is just balls, I say. Balls.

50 Photos of Basset Hounds Running: Utterly ridiculous. Might make you guffaw.

This dog has just been bought for £1m. So why is he so valuable?: This is also utterly ridiculous.

U.S. bill would make it illegal to take a picture of a farm: If you don't see the unsavoury truths of where your food comes from, you'll probably not worry about it, right?

The Top 10 Psychology Studies of 2010: I think some of these are pretty interesting.

World bee decline signals ‘sixth major extinction’: Not the bees. NOT THE BEES.

Cooking the Perfect Steak: I think I will try this the next time I cook steak.

Ellen Terry's beetlewing gown back in limelight after £110,000 restoration: This dress is utterly insane. Can you imagine collecting and sewing thousands of beetle wings to a dress?

Free Online Courses at MIT: Educate yourself!

Virgin Mary Art Sets Off a Furor in France: I like it!

How to Create Bodyweight Workouts During Economic Crisis: Personally, I don't think you need to be destitute to do these workouts. They're good no matter how much is or isn't in your bank account.

Buttermilk Pie: I plan on making this custard pie for this weekend.


Link Dump

Mar. 9th, 2011 09:42 am
shanmonster: (Zombie ShanMonster)
Sustainability: City of Vancouver: I think what Vancouver is doing is very, very cool. I wish all cities would do this.

Stallion Semen Served Up in New Zealand as New Energy Drink: "It is the protein of the stallion. It is going to be tastefully done."

Theme & Variations: Lamma Bada: This is a beautiful piece of music. "The best-known Arabic classical music is likely an ancient Moorish song called 'Lamma Bada Yata Thanna,' a fascinating piece of music set in the samai rhythm, which is written in 10/8. Its origins can be traced back to the tenth century, and it continues to be a familiar in the Arabic world today."

Monsanto: The evil corporation in your refrigerator: This is scary shit.

Deconstructing the Complete and Utter Insanity of 'Batman: Odyssey': None of it makes any sense at all, but I can't stop looking at it and trying to make it make sense. Batman has arguments, then lies down to take a nap. A bad guy shoots a kid at point blank range, and the kid's father AND the guy who shot the kid start blaming Batman for shooting her. A guy starts fantasizing about punching Batman in his newly muscled, taut stomach. And naked Bruce Wayne eats a banana while gazing at us soulfully. MADNESS!

World's first tissue-engineered urethras hailed success: Huzzah for pee-hole science!

Zooborns: I am so cuted out that it hurts. Endangered baby animal pictures!

And now I ruin an aspect of your childhood.

[You're welcome]
shanmonster: (Tiger claw)
Last fall, when I was looking for whatever work I could find, I found a position for a party facilitator. Essentially, the worker would be in charge of running clothing swap parties. I thought that sounded pretty spiffy. I like clothing swap parties. But then I was reading more about the job, and found something peculiar. No item of clothing was to be more than a year old.

I don't own much that's a year old or less. I do most of my clothing shopping at vintage, consignment, and thrift shops. I find the stuff is both more economical and more interesting than stuff bought at the local Reitman's or whatever. And so I lost interest in the clothing swap party job. I applied anyway, but never heard back. I can't help but doubt it was a real job, anyhow.

Right now, I'm wearing a pair of leggings that I bought within the last year. Everything else is either of unknown age (blouse and skirt from clothing swap parties, one party being over six years ago), or at least four years old. I'm sure I've had these socks over ten years, now. I don't think I look shabby.

[Old blouse]

Link time? Ok.

Fantasmagorie: I'm a movie star! I co-star in this concept art film created by WhiteFeather. Check it out!

How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong: McDonald's: "From a marketing perspective, they can do almost nothing wrong; from a nutritional perspective, they can do almost nothing right, as the oatmeal fiasco demonstrates."

Clothing Sewing Patterns: Free patterns, from the very simple, to a bizarre creation of Alexander McQueen. If I ever finish my current project, I might give McQueen's shirt a go.

Forward Into the Past: A day of history brought to life. I signed up for a bunch of workshops, including on tablet weaving and naalbinding. Yay!

"Zombie" Ants Found With New Mind-Control Fungi: Awesomely creepy fungus. Right out of B-movies.


Feb. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm
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This week has been filled with dance, proofreading, and working out. I've had little time for anything else, and have been hustling my arse off to have everything in order by the time I leave for Toronto tomorrow. I finished the proofreading this morning, and I will be teaching my last class of the week tonight. I had no time for my workout today, so I'll either do it tomorrow morning, or tomorrow afternoon, once I'm in Toronto. Huzzah for a transferable gym membership! That's so handy. I'll be able to do my weight training after my dance classes, if there's anything left of me.

Rasputina is playing at Lee's Palace on Saturday night. I've made a few requests on FaceBook to see if anyone wants to go with me, but no one answered. So I guess I'll be going stag again.

I went in to see the doctor today for a full physical. While he was checking my stomach for whatever it is he was palpating it for, he suddenly paused and said, "I'm not used to there being muscle on my patients." I was amused, but I suppose I should really be sad that more of his patients aren't in shape.

Over all, I think I'm in good health. I've managed to fight off every flu and cold that's been aimed my way this season. That's a first! I hope this trend continues, because when I do get sick, my stupid asthma gets all excited and hangs on to the plague for as long as it can. My asthma is an illness whore.

I had a tetanus shot, too. I was a bit trepidatious about that, because the last time I had a tetanus shot, the nurse was a sadistic barbarian, and I think she used a javelin instead of a needle. My muscle was swollen and hurting for days. But this time, I barely felt it, and my shoulder feels just fine, which is good, because I don't want it aching while doing heaps of jumping jacks tonight.

I still need to pack for my trip. I need to do laundry, so I have clean dance gear. I need to figure out what I'll be doing for meals. I need to buy transit tokens. Gah! Stupid everyday mundanities getting in the way of dance! Wanna be my personal assistant/manager? I'll pay in dance/fitness training.

Link time? Ok.

Carnivorous Clock Takes a Bite Out of Bugs While Telling Time: This is just weird.

Bag Your Jacket Lining: A tutorial on how to line a jacket. I'm hoping I can figure this out for my coat (thanks, [ profile] chernobylred).

20 Cool Home Library Design Ideas: Now this is my kind of porn! SEXY!

Dancers Among Us - Gallery | Jordan Matter Photography: Truly gorgeous photos of dancers doing their thing in otherwise everyday scenarios.

Man has knife removed from brain after four years: "A man in China complaining of headaches and strange taste in his mouth was found to have a 4-inch knife buried in his brain."

Regrowing hair: Researchers may have accidentally discovered a solution: Better than hair plugs!

And here's what I looked like this morning while I was waiting for the dye to set on the tips of my hair.

[Waiting for the dye to set]


Feb. 1st, 2011 08:20 pm
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I showed up to meet my client, but she was not there. My co-worker experienced a no-show, as well. I'm guessing it's because of the about-to-happen snowstorm of dooooooom. I dunno. As a Maritimer, snow just doesn't scare me. The sky is still perfectly clear. I haven't seen a sign of a flake, though I won't be surprised if we do get dumped on overnight.

So anyhow, I was all set to go and pump some iron after my client. While I waited for her, I spun my poi for a bit, and that's when I realized that holy crap, I sure felt like shit. My arms felt weak, as though I'd just finished a big workout. But I hadn't. Yes, I'd spun poi earlier today. And taught a dance class. But I hadn't done anything which merited how tired and sore I feel. My back is really sore, too. I sure hope I'm not coming down with a flu or something. I have three classes to teach over the next two days, and I'm attending two dance workshops over Friday and Sunday. Ack!

Here's hoping that a nice, hot bath and another bowl of yummy soup will set me aright. I cooked up a pot of delicious curried shrimp and sweet potato soup, and I have applesauce on the make in the crock pot. My home smells delicious.

Even still, I managed to teach a dance class, do about an hour of poi practice, do 50 power jacks, a heap of dragons, two full pistol squats up and down from the floor, and several planks, so the day is not a bust, exercise-wise.

I was all gung-ho to try some naalbinding tonight, but now, I'm just too tired and sore. I think it will be a reading night. And so I'll break out the Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories book tonight and continue with that.

Links? Ok.

Allergic to orgasms? Man's sad story has happy ending: Nice title....

Reverse internet billing decision, Liberals say: Internet is on the cusp of becoming prohibitively expensive in Canada. No more streaming shows, online gaming, or video conferencing without paying big moolah. Such a ridiculous, greedy cash grab. Grr!

Please click on the image below and sign the petition. Thank you.

[Cash grab]
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When I got home from Toronto today, I knit myself a cowl scarf:


I had wanted to work on weaving, but I'm too tired to try anything too new and exciting today. So I used a knit stitch I'm already familiar with on my hat loom and did something different with it. I used two kinds of yarn: a variegated green/gold wool, and an emerald green wool/rayon blend. I'm quite pleased with the result.

Links? Ok.

Drug Catapult Found at U.S.-Mexico Border: The war on drugs gets medieval.

Keep Canadian Media Honest - Don't Let The CRTC Deregulate Truth in Journalism: "The proposed wording introduces a dangerous precedent wherein media may find grounds to report news that is false or misleading so long as the news in question does not directly endanger the lives, health or safety or the public." Please sign the petition against this.

Better in than out: African country set to make breaking wind a crime: Could feeding someone baked beans be considered entrapment?

Polar bear's epic nine day swim in search of sea ice: Although I object to the term "epic" used for a long swim, it doesn't make this story any less poignant or impressive.
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I was uploading a photo of my sister, and FB suddenly went tits up for me. I didn't worry. Sometimes the site crashes. I got an error message that read, "Account temporarily unavailable. Your account is currently unavailable due to a site issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly. Please try again in a few minutes." No biggy.

I tried again later. Nothing.

An hour or so later, it's still not working. But no one else's account seems effected. No one can access the wall on my account. So I submitted a report. Here's hoping they can resolve the issue. I do the bulk of my networking and event wrangling from there.

EDIT: It's alive again.

In other news, right about now, I'd like to scoop out my uterus with a grapefruit spoon. I had raspberry leaf tea, but it didn't seem to do diddly. So I took an Advil, and am waiting for that to kick in. I need to be functional, and not all bent over and clutching my abdomen. I have to teach a bootcamp class tonight, and I also need to go out for a few errands. There are library books awaiting me.

Ah well, I'll just do some reading for now, waiting for the meds to kick in.

In other news, one of my students gave me a set of weaving sticks last night. So now I have a new toy to play with. I ordered in an inkle loom, and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Whee!

Link time!

Some fabulous leggings (thanks, [ profile] chernobylred): Striped! Skulled! Mediterranean! Want.... I also want to make my own pair of these cage leggings. Easy peasy.

Historic Enterprises Dark Ages Clothing: Some excellent resources for my costuming endeavours, here. I want to make a whole outfit.

For sale, the house with a very strange hiss-tory: Desperate realtor slashes price on Idaho home infested with SNAKES: I'm not afraid of snakes, but there's no way I'd want to live there. Snake poo everywhere. Ew. And it would stink.

Basic Tablet Weaving: What I've been working on, rather sloppily.


Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:41 pm
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I've been busy.

I went to London last week to help out while my sister had her baby in the wee hours of Thursday morning. I am now the aunt of Alexandria Raine. She's fat and healthy, and here she is having her first bath:

[Alexandria Raine]

On Friday, after an eleventh-hour arrival by [ profile] knightky, we zoomed off to Cliterature arriving at the tail end of the first act. My reading of Daisy Chain went over very well, I'd say, with most of the audience laughing hysterically, and a few others being grossed right the hell out at my colourful descriptions of man sex.

I'm good at grossing people out. I almost made Kyle puke this morning, just with a few choice sentences. I didn't know that was possible. He has an iron constitution!

I read a pile of poems out loud, and we watched very diverse shows this weekend:
  • 2012 Supernova
  • Varsity Blues
  • Walking Dead
  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

I'm looking forward to more.

While I wait for the laundry to finish up, I'm contemplating what to do next. I've been thinking about stopping the progression of the story I'm working on to go back and write the beginning. A lot of crucial information is missing, such as history and character development. As it stands, the reader is plunged into the middle of a developed world in medias res. While I like that technique, there are just far too many missing factors that really need to be fleshed out. Time to work on them, I think.

Then again, I kind of want to do something nonproductive, like play a video game. I haven't done that in a long time. Maybe it's time to dust off my Katamari game.

Apropos to nothing, coriander smells amazing.

I may not have any performances lined up, at the moment, but I do have a lot of dance ahead of me. This week, I'm attending On the Move in Toronto. Next week, I'm taking a Caribbean belly dance fusion class with Cassandra Fox. After that, I have another workshop with Dave St. Pierre (contains nudity), will be checking out the Can-Asian Dance Festival, and will be training with Ziya Azazi, Jocelyne Montpetit, and Denise Fujiwara. I'm really looking forward to it.

Link dump? Sure.

Ancient Transylvanians Rich in Gold, Treasure Shows: Most of the gold jewellery found weighs over two pounds a piece.

Sevants in Heaven, Kings in Hell: A good collection of statuary, most of it funerary art.

Octopus Table: Oh wow. This needs to be my dining room table.

15 Incredibly Beautiful Birds: Gorgeous.
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After a conversation with [ profile] amelielee, I've dusted off a few of my fairy tale anthologies and started reading. Last night, I read Henry Morley's Melilot. The moral of the story seems to be that if you are completely subservient and always puts the needs of others ahead of your own needs--even so much as not eating when you are starving to death--that good things will happen to you. I can't say I agree with this philosophy, but it is a cute story.

I also read Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, which has a more believable moral: don't eat stuff offered to you by creepy, suspicious people. ESPECIALLY if they're extremely demanding about you eating it. Yikes. The story also has an overt sexual undercurrent going on, with plenty of veiled references to lesbian sex, incest, orgies, and bukkake. Those Victorians had their kink on, that's for sure.

For those of you folklore and fairy tale buffs, can you point out some stories which deal with characters being born with the caul? I'm aware of folklore about the caul itself, but not really any fairy tales, legends, or myths. David Copperfield isn't quite what I'm looking for, here.

I spent most of yesterday writing and brainstorming for the epic bit of fiction I've been writing. All of this research ties in, and I was excited to have an epiphany while in the shower. It was my own eureka moment, and it didn't even involve water displacement. Thanks, Archimedes, nonetheless.

Apropos of nothing, I want to make myself a set of flag poi. I got to play with some last week and thought they were flashy and fun. And there's really nothing to them, construction-wise. I also want to make myself a set of voi (veil poi). I just need to figure out the right amount of silk.

I joined a spin dance group, and got to do a few hours of practice last week. In about an hour, I went from not being able to use a hula hoop to getting so that I can work it up and down my body, up and down my arm, neck, and chest, and to being able to dance and travel while hooping. I must get my own hoop. I'd love to have one or two ninja hoops, because they're easy to travel with, and I do a lot of biking and busing. Oh great rich generous people, you know what I'm hinting! Hahahah!

It's nice to be spinning poi again. For one, it's working out the pull in my rhomboids/traps from my New Year's mishap. And for two, I'm not nearly so rusty, and managed to pull off a couple of split jump double-kick direction changes. Shazam! I've been practicing at the gym where I work as a warm-up to the classes I teach, and have taken to carrying my poi around with me again.

Link time? Ok.

Saudi Arabia Captures Israeli Vulture For Being Mossad Spy: "Saudi Arabian officials have reportedly arrested a vulture suspected of being a Mossad spy, after the bird, tagged by Israeli scientists, flew into Saudi territory." How does one interrogate a vulture, I wonder?

Man Shoots Christmas Ornament Hung From Friend's "Junk" Using High Powered Rifle: A Darwin Award winner in the making, methinks.

Power Balance Maker Admits Bands Are Worthless: The cure-all rubber bracelets, surprisingly enough, don't cure much of anything.

And now, just because she's in such amazing shape, here's Monica Brant demonstrating her leg workout:


Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:51 pm
shanmonster: (On the stairs)
I'm having a slow and lazy day, so far. I wanted to go to the gym, but I think I need to not, because I fucked up my shoulder pretty good the other day while horsing around. Ouch ouch ouch. I think a visit to the RMT is in order. I think I pulled something in there.

Link time? Well, sure.

The 25 most epic ads that aren't '1984': While I question the use of the word "epic," there's no denying these ads are pretty darned cool.

Facebook, a Placenta and a Lawsuit: I really don't understand this one. Some students post pictures of themselves with a placenta, and get kicked out of their program in college. I could perhaps understand if the pictures showed the students snogging with the organ or some such, but they don't. Weird....

Girl gang's grip on London underworld revealed: I rather think it was more of a women's gang than a girl gang, but the story is very compelling. It's about a women's guild of thieves that operated out of London from the 1700s through to the 1950s. Very interesting!

Nurse Sues Doc After Bizarre 'Job Interview': "A nurse claims the chairman of a hospital's surgery department injected her with 'truth serum' during a job interview, then 'pulled his pants down ... and injected himself in the groin area,' proceeded to ask her about her sexual fantasies, and offered her $1,000 to strip."

Is Wool the New Latex?: NSFW. Holy moley! Check out these HOT "erotic" knit onesies. Bwahahahah! No, this is not why I learned to knit, but I am halfway tempted to make one of these outfits just for shits and giggles. Mostly giggles.

Crochet Daisy Headband: I'm pretty awful at crocheting, but this project looks simple enough that maybe, just maybe, I can make something that's not fugly. Maybe.

Porn, recipes found on Toronto's dead drop: "Whenever I think of two people secretly exchanging information, I envision money bags left behind loose bricks and secret documents hidden in a hollowed out book. As it turns out, this method of sharing information has a name - it's called a dead drop." Now I want to find it!

The Authentic Knitting Board: Oh, this looks a lot more versatile than the Knifty Knitters I've been using. It's adjustable! I want some! Especially some for socks. I really want to make socks....

Argentina's Dancing with the Stars Is Pretty Much Straight Up Porn: NSFW. Sex dance, I guess. Definitely a step up from standard grinding and dirty dancing.

Aerialist AgentRed recently fell during a performance: this performance, actually, although the fall is not in this video clip. If you can afford it, donations are being sought to help with her hospitalization and surgery.

shanmonster: (Tiger claw)
See what I made?


Link time.

Athletic Body Diversity: Here are a whole pile of athletes at the top of their form, and there is such a wide range of body types. Some are rail thin, and some are good and fat. But there's no denying they are all fit. Fit comes in all sizes!

Aliens on Earth: macro photographs of insects by Igor Siwanowicz: Gorgeous insect photography. I want to take photos like these.

Elementary-school children’s report on bees published in prestigious journal: "It came with wobbly writing and hand-drawn diagrams, but an elementary school science project has made it into a peer-reviewed journal from Britain’s prestigious Royal Society."

How to Make Goat Cheese: I really want to do this. I must remember to pick up some goat milk today (thanks, [ profile] snowy_kathryn).

Star Trek Steampunk Photos: StarPunk.

Kaylene Kau's Prosthetic tentacle: Tentacle porn meets apotemnophilia! If I ever lose an arm, I want one of these.

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