Jul. 8th, 2017 03:26 am
elsewhence: (great plan)

look at this great TARDIS key. finally found a new one in this size after the old one broke due to being used as a keychain. i don't think this one would, looks to be solid aluminium! not going to risk it though. and of course two days after i decided to cave in and pay 14.90€, the shop started a 20% off sale. oh well.

i sure wish there'd be another theatre event sometime.

Jun. 9th, 2017 07:29 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

also, my woodland strawberries. they're going pretty overboard with the fruit this year. consider that this whole colony started out as a single plant... but considering the amount of runners they have even now, it's not really surprising.

these things are ridiculously low-maintenance. i just water them sometimes during the hottest part of the summer, if i remember to. they completely also die every winter and then return in the spring, no matter how long the soil was frozen. how do they do it?? they're pretty obviously in precisely the sort of climate they evolved for. and the fruit are a tiny concentrated punch of strawberry right to your tongue. what's not to like.

May. 28th, 2017 09:08 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)

i've always loved these teeny tiny blue flowers. i wish i knew what they're called! they're even smaller than forget-me-nots. or smaller than the variety that people grow in their gardens, anyway. these just grow in the wild, you find them in lawns sometimes. i guess the fact that some have settled on the balcony is a good start, though.

EDIT: they are field forget-me-nots! the ones grown in gardens are woodland forget-me-nots. that explains that. the flowers do have exactly the same colour.

May. 21st, 2017 05:18 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

intermission: a bodice draft from progressive pattern making and cutting out for needlework by mrs. e. griffith, originally published in 1931 (i have a seemingly unchanged reprint from 1946). i drafted it for a 96 cm bust - that's what would be proportionate for my height - because i could already tell that the shoulder area was going to turn out weird, and that a larger bust measurement was going to make it worse. some of the weird is caused by the fact that it seems to have a shoulder seam that's slightly displaced towards the back, but even without that, the shoulders are obviously too wide. (though weirdly, the neck width is good!) the length would actually have been okay when that really was my bust measurement, right now the front would be too short - that happens because they only measure the back length and add a fixed quantity to get the front length, instead of measuring both. still, it's an interesting system, i like the way they get the bust dart by just adding a certain amount to the front length, drawing the front side seam too long by that amount and then adding a dart to remove it. i wonder if i could rework the whole thing a bit...

May. 18th, 2017 02:31 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)

i tried a thing with drafting bodice patterns, because you know i'm obsessed with understanding why sewing patterns look the way they do. plus a scaled-up version of the final pattern, ready for testing. it actually looks almost exactly like one i made years ago, but now i know why! progress! plus i know that it's impossible to make patterns for things like bras or corsets from that pattern and have them fit without alterations, and what you'd have to use instead. namely, the second bodice front in this row (the very first sheet is a bodice back, it doesn't change between the different versions, though i'd move the darts a bit for actual garments). or the first, if you want distinct cups. no point in getting rid of distinct cups only to add them right back...

i now feel like i have to apologise to pia of http://overflowingstash.com/ even though i've never actually interacted with her in any way, because at one point i looked at her moulage pattern and thought that the shape of the bust circle couldn't possibly be right. no, it's exactly right, it can't be a perfect circle in that particular kind of pattern. and man, i've generally learned so much from her experiments in patternmaking. i'm very glad she's shared all of that online. i'd totally buy her a virtual cup of coffee or something if i could.

Sep. 19th, 2015 07:16 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

thought this building looked nice.

Aug. 24th, 2015 09:30 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)

trousers are not confusing, trousers are beautifully logical and regular. the end. the only thing that's even slightly odd about these is that they've been altered for knock knees, which means more shaping on the side seams and less on the inseams...

there's a really disproportionate amount of red jelly babies in this bag. not complaining, just confused.

Aug. 10th, 2015 06:38 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)

unused lot behind parking lot near the place where i'm currently wasting my time getting practical "training" wasting my time. berlin's a very green city. and this is definitely berlin proper, not like, suburbs. only a couple hundred meters from the next underground station and everything...

(have you seen U dahlem-dorf? that's very definitely berlin too. also take special note of the seating, ahaha.)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:01 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)


(also hey, i've got a useful hint regarding bobbin tension. leave it alone. you probably don't know what you're doing and it almost never needs to be changed anyway.)

Aug. 1st, 2015 11:05 pm
elsewhence: (jellybabies your pocket)

tinkering, woo! i don't know what has people so afraid to try this kind of thing. you could never do it anyway, you say? not with that attitude you can't. and come on, if the machine already doesn't work the way it should anyway, what's the worst that could possibly happen...

the little bag in the foreground has the part that i'm hopefully going to install. i need to find a flashlight first, though.

Jun. 1st, 2015 07:31 pm
elsewhence: (stars)

oh yeah this one turned out pretty well too.

my hair still isn't red, but it doesn't look like i get any say in the matter.

May. 31st, 2015 08:25 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

i went to madame tussauds berlin today, i regrettably did not have a decent camera with me but it was worth it anyway

(my pose in the first picture is cool. i might have to draw that. i generally look surprisingly not that fat, everything considered.)

(i don't know why my hair looks the way it does though! my hair is not red!)

Apr. 8th, 2015 06:47 pm
elsewhence: (ten science bitches)

look at this amazing stack of books though. i'm not totally sure it makes sense for it to not have fallen over yet. maybe books generate antigravity. maybe that's the secret.

Feb. 4th, 2015 06:48 pm
elsewhence: (great amounts of shit)

this stupid thing is my arch enemy. spent over an hour on sorting it all out, ugh. of course it's finished in this shot and hence looks all tidy and harmless, so here's an approximate representation of what i started out with (though it's obviously a different one):


progress as of lunch...

Jan. 29th, 2015 09:24 pm
elsewhence: (ten science bitches)

here have a look at this stupid mess. it's been worked on a bit since then, but it's still kind of a mess. also i'm pretty sure i'm not actually supposed to have taken this picture, but who cares! i'm not stupid enough to put the kind of information that would make it easy to identify me online where anyone can see it. (though granted, if one of my classmates saw this picture, they'd immediately know only one out of three people could have taken it, and only one of the three speaks english this well. eh, whatever.)

(hey, considering my choice of icon, i should totally bring my toy sonic screwdriver tomorrow and stubbornly pretend that it's a real tool. hm.)

Sep. 21st, 2014 12:37 am
elsewhence: (doctor who scarf love)

hey look how awesome the delivery i was chasing around and waiting for is, though. i said i was going to get a better one sooner or later, didn't i? this one's made of wool, the colours are much closer to the real thing and it's also somewhat wider. it's so awesome. i briefly considered knitting a new one myself, but a) i've already made four really long scarves in my life and i'm pretty sure that's four too many and b) when i looked up wool yarn options in the right colours the cost would've been so high i figured i might as well splurge and commission someone else to do the work for me. especially since apparently for some reason wool yarn is a lot cheaper in the US. (acrylic yarn or noticably imperfect colours weren't an option because, uh, i already had one with those features...)

this also means that HEY HELLO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS i'm giving the old scarf away. for free. if anyone reading this wants it, it's yours. no strings attached, just tassels. it's made of acrylic yarn, 3.5 m long including the tassels and not likely to stretch much more, 22 cm wide. the colours are somewhat off because i was poor when i made it and couldn't afford the brands that offered better colour options, but they're pretty consistently too saturated, so the overall effect isn't bad. (you did see my costume pictures, didn't you? you already know what it looks like!) i'm 1.7 m tall and if i wrap it once, the tassels clear the floor by a few centimeters. if none of you want it i'll probably try a sales community, i guess, so if you do want it, speak up now.

(i'm very disappointed to learn that LJ appearently doesn't support the blink tag. either that or firefox doesn't. the future isn't so cool after all.)

Aug. 24th, 2014 02:01 am
elsewhence: (nine looking to side)
okay twelve is completely absolutely awesome, i approve

i dunno how to feel about the new opening yet? the beginning feels a bit like it's trying too hard in the way it drives home the whole "hey this is a show about TIME TRAVEL" deal, but it also reminds me of the 1960 version of the time machine somehow, and also the opening of the time tunnel. the shot of the TARDIS flying reminds me of seven's opening, which is good, because i love that one (though it's partially down to finding the early use of computer graphics so charming). and that brief faded glimpse of capaldi's face is a nice touch, nice callback to the way so many earlier openings did that...

and generally, let's be honest, i love what moffat does with doctor who. all the people who act like RTD's era was some sort of golden age and it all went downhill afterwards can go stuff it. i just don't like its storytelling style at all! and ten is so fucking melodramatic and reactive and over-the-top! and it's very probable that i would've ended up hating nine too if he'd been around for more than one season! the end.

okay enough of that, look what an awesome four i was.

Aug. 18th, 2014 02:50 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

haha wow look how well these coloured contacts work on me. i mean, my natural eye colour is hazel, that's not that light, i expected at least some of it to remain visible...

weird to be wearing non-corrective contacts though. because see, disposable coloured toric contacts aren't really a thing, and my astigmatism is pronounced enough that ones with spherical correction only would've been about as useful as no correction at all, with the difference that i wouldn't even have been able to put glasses on top. so yeah.

(they're freshlook colorblends in sterling grey, but as you can see, they read as more of a very pale blue. i've even seen pictures of people with brown eyes wearing these and hiding their natural eye colour perfectly, but i'm still kind of shocked??)

Jul. 26th, 2014 01:56 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)


yeah i did end up buying a smartphone. it's like four years old though, and cost 25€, and doesn't have a SIM card (what a stupid idea that would be, the fact that they include a phone is the biggest flaw of smartphones), and look at that cute little keyboard, and how tiny it generally is. i like it. ebook reader, music player, video game console, what's not to like. (also, the description on ebay said that the display had large scratches? mind pointing these out to me? it's practically flawless...)

fuck if i know why i own a copy of kirby's adventure though. i don't even have an NES?

Jul. 19th, 2014 01:59 am
elsewhence: (beauty)

new haircut and new glasses, yay


also two pairs of glasses from zenni optical. i just couldn't resist the idea of actually having some variety in the glasses i wear, and they're so cheap. i picked some of the cheapest frames they offer and the kind of lenses you get for free with no extras, and paid 23.85$ including shipping. i found that i don't remember why i always insisted on glass lenses and that i do remember why i always insisted on glareproof coating. i just wanted to see whether they'd get the prescription right though, and they did, i wore both of these for several hours today and didn't get a horrible headache or anything. i'm probably going to get some sunglasses from them next, but i'll keep getting my main pairs from fielmann, because their service is so great and because i don't think it'd be fair to get my prescriptions from them but never buy anything.

(taking these pictures also made me realise just how horrible my chin looks right now, ugh. heal already. needless to say, i retouched these pictures. "but you can't retouch your flaws in real life either!" my ass, doesn't mean that i wouldn't if i could. and also to a certain degree i can, it's called concealer. it just doesn't work on scabs.)