Sep. 14th, 2017 04:25 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)

the mouse who had the huge abcess (that i originally thought was a tumour) is alright again! there's only a small fold of loose skin above her right eye now. which isn't really surprising, considering the abcess was almost as large as her head.

i showed this picture to the vet and she remarked on what a huge cob of corn that is. no, it's a regular-sized cob of corn and a regular-sized mouse. they just are that tiny.

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:49 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

and apparently i had to reach age 31 to successfully raise some brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys) to maturity. i used to get them as a gift with kids' magazines occasionally and they always died a few days after they hatched. who would've thought that the little bastards were actually this picky when it came to water quality? (well, relatively. they don't like hard water, they prefer a slightly alkaline pH, the salt you use can't contain iodine, flouride or anti-caking agents, but on the other hand they apparently don't care that their water is yellow...) and on the other hand they're far less picky when it comes to food than i was led to believe - they'll eat the powdered spirulina that's usually provided as their food, but also anything else that is small enough and remains suspended for a while, like dry yeast or wheat flour.

as i was saying, i'm completing a lot of old projects.

and now i'm considering the fact that i have an empty 10 litre tank i rescued from the trash (no leaks or anything, already checked that) and wondering what i could do with it. the possibilities are either triops or a small group of atlantic ditch shrimp (the species that's usually sold as live fish food). there isn't really anything else that'd be alright with a tank that small. i'd definitely need a filter in either case, though.

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:23 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)

please enjoy this picture of a mouse eating noodles

Aug. 17th, 2017 03:04 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)

man the way i draft patterns is kind of a mess. this will eventually become a hood, if you can believe it. i promise there's a logical thought process behind it too, i didn't just randomly stick bits of paper together. there's a careful process of making sure that this will fit into the neckline of the garment it belongs to but also provide enough width in the right places to go around the fullest part of my head. none of the hood drafts in any of my books made sense to me because none of them explained why a hood needs to look the way it does! (which is true of pretty much everything in these damn books, i don't know why i own so many and still collect more anyway!) so i'm DIYing it now.

here, i'll just show you something that's already finished too.

a convertible collar. which is the draft i was trying to remember. maybe that shows why i wanted to remember it, a hood is really just a collar that doesn't know when to stop. (i ended up finding a completely new way to draft this too, btw. i like this one better.)

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:56 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

we're in the year 1999 now.

first step to getting a 1999 notebook running: realise that no, you can't use disk director 11, it requires far too much memory. you have 300 mhz and 128 MB! show some gratitude!

Aug. 7th, 2017 02:21 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

new old notebook; hp elitebook 2760p, apparently originally released in 2013. originally a business-class model, just like the dell. it still has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen; this one has a wacom digitizer, but painter doesn't support the pressure sensitivity unless i say that it's an RTS device, so i'm not sure what the point is. it also doesn't recognise the stylus from my graphire 4, which is mildly disappointing. also the screen still swivels around and flips over, but it only swivels in one direction, and that upsets me

it's also tiny, which i enjoy, given that i'm one of the people who appreciated netbooks and was mad when they got supplanted by tablets. i don't want a bloody tablet, i want a tiny notebook! if i can have one that also functions as a graphics tablet, that's a bonus.

also it has an SSD instead of a HDD. that did force me to clean out some old files i wasn't even using anymore. and i crammed the RAM from the dell in, so i've got a total of 8 GB. which probably amounts to the most expensive RAM expansion ever, ugh. it's like we're back in 1994 and my parents just paid 800 DM to upgrade to 16 MB of RAM so wing commander III wouldn't have such bloody long loading times.

i'm now going to use it to play commander keen 5, because

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 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...