- Vernacular photographs.
- I did not expect to get sucked in to The People Vs OJ Simpson. Go Fug's Jessica (kind of) starts to get at why its fascinating, even to those of us who were paying attention at the time. There's more to it, mind, but is one of those attractions that will need to be chipped away at.
- Desire paths.
- This seals it. I have to get this book.
- Kenny can go to hell.
- All the feels. Well done, Audi.
- This makes me happy on so many different levels.
"I don’t think she’s finished getting dressed. I hope there’s a mumsy character who follows her around the game with a jumper saying, “Don’t forget your cardigan!” Is there? I would play that game."
-- from a Kotaku feature on women's costumes in video games.
- Carlos Danger. And, yes, I'll find a way to see this.
- In case you are wondering what to name your dog.
- The biggest wastes of time are not what you think they would be.
- Waiting for Bowie.
- For the GoT fans.
- What does a calorie measure?
- The Wolf of Scores.
- Marianne Williamson can suck it.
- If male scientists were written about like female scientists.
- On the 20th anniversary of the publication of one of the books that changed the way I view words and reading and humanity. (Which also means that there will be a ton of posts/articles by people trying to emulate DFW's style, which is a thing that shouldn't be done.)
I still do knit.
Lucy helped my ball up my yarn, which is CoBaSi (a cotton, bamboo, silk, and nylon blend (and I guess the name CoBaSiNy was taken?)) DK from the Makers Mercantile kit. Lucy helped me wind the ball.
She's very helpful.
And I started my knocker during an episode of Jessica Jones*:
A few days later, two knockers had been knocked out:
The one on top has been loosely stuffed with cotton balls. I intend to ship them flat but wanted to get an idea of what they'd look like. And, of course, I'll weave in that end. I'm not going for a whole stripper-tassel vibe, just got ahead of myself with the stuffing and picture taking.
The back opening is designed so that the wearer can customize the level of stuffing/firmness.
(For those inclined to knit a few: it's an easy knit once you get the first few rounds down. One skein of CoBaSi(Ny) made two C-cup size, with a walnut of yarn left over. Additionally, if you are like me, this yarn will remind you why you don't tend to knit with cotton but that it is worth the finger strain for a good cause.)
Now I'm back to working on my endless Fair Isle scarf, which I'll get around to taking pictures of soon. Lord knows it won't be finished anytime soon.
* Short review: the first few episodes are kind of meh. But when it picks up, holy sweet cowbells, is it good, so good that knitting is the only thing that keeps me from exploding from the narrative tension. ** Two warnings: NOT for kids and, if you have issues that trigger, pretty much all of them will be, including but not limited to needles in eyeballs.
** David Tennant is so, so good. I know you don't need me to tell you that but he's even better than you think.
"I am also an admirer of Sir Lawrence Bragg, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on X-ray crystallography in 1915. Bragg later became president of the Royal Institution of London. He loved the work, but missed gardening, so he took a job as a gardener one day a week at a house in South Kensington. The woman who engaged him had no idea that her gardener was one of the most distinguished scientists in Britain until a friend came for tea one day and, looking out the window, casually asked, 'My dear, why is the Nobel laureate Sir Lawrence Bragg pruning your hedges?'"
-- Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling, which is the new very funny, very cranky book from a funny and cranky man.
This week's Dry Martini, in which I talk about fascists and the number 15.
- Read this when you are free to laugh out loud. (NB: it may be funniest if you've been pregnant. I suspect it's still pretty damn funny if you haven't.)
- I'm totally ordering one of HRH Lucy.
- Long -- but so, so worth it.
- When Runner's World writers nail an essay, they really nail it.
- Peggy Carter is my spirit animal.
- You will always get Scruffy Hospitality from me.
"Which brings me to the first thing you need to know in order to drive the hell home in the snow: You are not actually required to lose your goddamn mind just because snow is falling. It is not the apocalypse. Neither physics nor society have been cancelled by it. It is not sulfuric ash. There are no abominable snowpeople stalking through it. It will not dissolve your body if it touches you. It is frozen water. You can drive in it, you can walk in it, you can stand in it long enough to help a fellow motorist get the fuck out of your way, you can ball it up and throw it at people who treat it like it's the end of the goddamn world. It is snow."
-- Albert Burneko, "How to Drive in the Snow, In a Regular-Ass Car, Without Freaking Out." Some of you might need this this weekend. My neck of the woods will not, even though we are highly skilled at this snow driving thing and would love to have some snow around. Le sigh.