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Katsucon is less than a month away! Which means I'm into 'panic' territory, but to a significantly smaller degree than previous years, because I am doing a lot less than in previous years, and am already well on my way working on it. Two and a half new costumes - it was going to be three and a half, but it turned out someone else was already doing Impa for the Ocarina of Time group, so I shelved that for now. The two and half new ones are Katakura Kojuro from Sengoku Basara, Gakuen Basara flavor; Homestuck AU of a cyberpunk AU of Hijikata Toshizo from Peacemaker Kurogane; and remaking some parts of Yamatonokami Yasusada from Touken Ranbu (which is the half - I have a wearable outfit for him already, it's just being made better). And it's been good to play around with a bunch of new techniques without the pressure of having SO MUCH stuff to do.

Kojuro is the simplest of these, because it's mostly pre-bought components. I'm doing some wig styling, too, but the real challenge will be make-up, because I'm still not much past 'generally passable' and I'd like to work on that more. Gotta do lots of practice...

Toshi has had the bulk of major new experimenting - mostly in the robot-arm, which I'm doing out of eva foam and thermoplastics, but I also had to reweft a wig to get the high ponytail, and this is what I was building my own screenprinting frame for. Lots of discussion on the arm to come, though not tonight. (and lest I forget, art is a commission from the fantastic [Bad username or site: roachpatrol @ tumblr.com"])

Yasusada has some foamwork as well - I'm making a new chestplate, because the one I've been using is actually from a different costume, and is both too big and has the wrong details for this one. The other new stuff is actually going old-school - I'm remaking the arm-guards in sheepskin leather with gold leaf for the crests, and I'm experimenting with traditional Japanese stencil-dyeing techniques and indigo dye to remake the haori. Exciting, if slightly messy!

Each one of these things will probably get it's own post, because I can talk forever about this stuff *g* Hopefully with a bunch of photos, though my documenting is far from thorough
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I have a bunch of different things I want to post about (sorting algorithms, focus, cosplay stuff, things I have been watching) but the last few years, it's felt so hard to pull words together into a coherent whole, and it takes an enormous amount of time that I don't have. But I'm writing this to, well, throw something out here, in hopes that if I keep doing it, it'll get easier again. That said - any topic in particular people would like first?
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What it says in the subject, mostly :) I have Liferea installed locally on my personal laptop, but I have more time to rifle through the short pieces many of my feeds contain at work, and it's probably a better use of my time and energy than falling into the Reddit pit. Any suggestions?
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#cosplay results for the day! Armor and bracers for Yasusada, shirt and robot-arm panel for Toshi.
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Media: Andy and I started watching Natsume Yujincho in the the between season lull, because I finally heard enough second-hand buzz to be interested. It's very charming, even if the art style is a bit generic, and we'll definitely keep watching. I watched the first episode of Emerald City with my mom on Friday - it's got a gorgeous aesthetic and some interesting worldbuilding, though the storytelling seemed rushed. I'll keep with it for a few more episodes and hope that gets better. Also watched the first six episodes of Black Mirror which.... is good? But also kind of like reading a pile of fatalistic Wired articles at once.

I've been reading Neil Gaiman's The View From The Cheap Seats during lunch at work, which has been excellent so far. I should probably read some at home, too, because it's super-overdue at the library, but once given free reign of the internet I end up frittering away my free time on other things.

Cosplay: Got my kimono for Yasusada properly hemmed, finally, and I made a trip out to Tandy Leather before work on Tuesday to take advantage of a really good sale they had on some garment leather, and to pick up some thinner veg-tan to redo my bracers out of. Monday night was spent making a terrific mess in the process of lifecasting my lower arms and hands so I can mold the bracers and thermoplastic on them easily. Turns out plaster of paris is a kind of too soft for this (I have managed to accidentally snap all the fingers off both of them), but they're good enough for now, and I have learned my lesson for next time.

Also put together a frame for my first homemade silkscreen, because it's way cheaper than buying prestretched screens. That was what the photo of the wood was from - I made a simple router jig to cut lap joins for the corners, but I didn't clamp it down well enough before routing the first end and it shifted. This afternoon was spent

DW: I've reached the clean-up stage of the /customize conversion, barring some new major problem making itself apparent. Hopefully it will be beta-ready by the end of the month? And then I can actually start working on the things I set out to fix to begin with, haha.
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From @sparrowdreams

rules:
copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers and put in your
own. when you are done tag up to 10 people and also tag the person that
tagged you….most importantly, have fun!

a / age - 28

b / biggest fear - That one of the people I care about is going to die in sudden, unanticipated freak circumstances.

c / current time - 12:37 EST

d / drink you had last - a cup of Republic of Tea’s HiCAF Toasted Coconut black tea

e / everyday starts with - A hot shower

f / favourite song - I have to pick just one? Let’s go with Vienna Teng’s ‘Level Up’

g / ghosts are real? - nah

h / hometown - Look, there are some things I don’t post publicly on the internet

i / in love with - hi-mi-tsu~

j / jealous of - people with good make-up skills

k / killed someone - nope

l / last time you cried - Teared up during the end of Arrival on Monday

m / middle name - It’s fairly uncommon, so again, not posting that publicly.

n / number of siblings - one

o / one wish - That the world becomes a more progressive place in the immediate future.

p / person you last called/texted - text my automated appointment reminder service to confirm

q / questions you’re always asked - How’s the dissertation?

r / reasons to smile - the sun is out and my cat is fluffy and adorable

s / song last sang - Mmm, something off the mix CD that’s currently in my car, though I don’t quite remember what track it was on last. KMFDM’s ‘Anarchy’, maybe?

t / time you woke up - 9:30ish

u / underwear color - decline to comment

v / vacation destination - Kyoto (hopefully)

w / worst habit - picking at my skin

x / xrays you have had - teeth, foot, lower back.

y / your favourite food - Most of them? I really can’t pick a single thing, though right now I haven’t had egg tarts or taiyaki in ages and I miss them terribly.

z / zodiac sign - Pisces

Too little brain to pick out a specific ten people, but if you want to do it, do it, and feel free to blame me.

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And this is why it's important to clamp your work down well. #woodworking #cosplay

2016-2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017 21:08
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I seriously thought I had done one of these for 2015 too, but the last 'new things this year' post I've been able to find is 2013, so, well, long over due I guess.

-got an actual real grown-up job that I actually (mostly) enjoy
-finished a second Bachelor's degree
-started wearing lolita fashion instead of just admiring it from afar
-finally taught myself some Javascript and how MVC frameworks work
-majorly upped my cosplay game - first corset, first mostly-armor costume, and a lot less cutting corners.

For 2017, I'd like to work more on my Japanese learning, maybe actually practice drawing, and spending more time reading and writing.
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Delicious Southern New Year's dinner - black-eyed peas for luck, collards for prosperity, pork for health, and cornbread because it's delicious ;)
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I have a big favor to ask - I've finished most of my rewrite of the /customize pages, but I'm frankly awful at testing, and this is a lot of code changes, so I really want to get at least some dev-side testing in before this makes it to being a beta on live. What to do:

1) Go to http://momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/ and register an account
2) Play around with settings on the various pages. These are:
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/options
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/advanced/ (probably fine)
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/advanced/layerbrowse (probably fine)
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/advanced/layers
- http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/advanced/styles
3) Let me know here what you find here! Any bugs that need fixing/weird behavior, or if you poke around and don't find anything odd!

Some things to know ahead of time:
-Stuff will be slow to load - this is a development environment, so it's low-spec and doesn't have caching or anything
-Layouts in the non-free repo are currently not working because of changes unrelated to mine. This affects Sunday Morning and Transmogrified, and a handful of themes on Bannering, Colorside, Modish, Modular, and Practicality. You will get an error that says ' undef error - Layout layer for this user layer not found. at /dreamhack/home/8267-momiji/dw/cgi-bin/LJ/Customize.pm line 377' if you apply one of these and try to reload, and you'll have to go to
http://www.momiji.hack.dreamwidth.net/customize/advanced/styles and pick a different style to use.
-As this is a dev environment, accounts/posts/etc may be wiped without notice at some point in the future.

Feel free to share this around, and if you give me feedback, I will convert an LJ custom CSS style of your choice to run on DW if you'd like!

Plurk Helper+

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:13
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This is mostly a post to have a stable, public location to link things to and get feedback, because my plurk is friends-only and plurk is not a particularly robust platform for discussions and updates over a long period of time.

This is my update of an older plurk auto-mute script, Plurk Helper by Skyer. It's the most recently-updated one I could find, appearing to have last been touched in 2012. The source for the update is here on a GitHub gist (though you do not need a github account to view it!). For the moment, you'll have to manually install it by opening Greasemonkey, creating a new userscript (you have to supply a name and namespace, but pasting in the source code will set them properly for it).

v 0.14
-updated the code to run on modern versions of Greasemonkey, with a more recent version of jQuery for the heavy lifting
-removed 'favor' feature because it's not clear what it's supposed to do and I don't care enough to figure out
-added a checkbox toggle to auto-mute all replurks
-changed code so that additions or deletions to the list take effect immediately, not on next refresh
-switched from a window timer to check for plurks to mute to a mutation observer to check, which means it only runs when new content is loaded.
-disabled the import/export button for now until I get it to actually work again.

This has been tested in Firefox 50.0 on both Linux and Windows, but no other browser combos. Please let me know if you find any weird issues or it just falls over or anything in the comments!
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It’s been a while since my last WIP post, huh? I started a new job in early October, which is exciting but also very time consuming, and honestly fall is kind of my chill season for cons - I made a new JSK for Teslacon, but that was it.

But! Katsucon is just over two months away, and I’ve already started working on new stuff for that. Current line-up:

  • HS!Toshi for fantrolls group (because an AU of an AU of a historical fiction series is very nearly an OC, honestly)
  • Yamatonokami Yasusada (hopefully with a new haori and armor)
  • Impa from Ocarina of Time
  • Katakura Kojuro in Gakuen Basara flavor

…and I might do CCP or Jiji’s internal affairs outfit for chilling in the evening, if I have time. We’ll see.

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Once trash, always trash... #cosplay
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I've discovered that for organizing stuff, there's a sweet-spot in terms of container space, where divisions are not so small I feel I have to find a specific location for Every Single Thing (which takes forever and is unmaintainable), but not so big I have to dump the whole container out and sift through it piece by piece to find an item. Unfortunately the ideal size varies by type of item, but I've found the bins for Kallax shelf units from Ikea are a good size for a lot of stuff, and the units look nice. I'm in the process of sewing up some smaller bags and whatnot for things that need a better level of organization than that - like my crochet hooks, which inevitably require me dumping out my whole bag of fiber arts tools to find.
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If you need a break from post-election stress, and don't mind subtitles (or really fake Russian accents in the dub, I guess), do yourself a favor and watch Yuri!!! On Ice AKA men's figure skating the anime AKA gay chicken on ice. It's charming and hilarious and gorgeous and somehow manages to get gayer every week. Share in this small ray of sunshine with me.
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...your solution to crappy bundled label-making software is to spend two hours figuring out a way to do it programmatically, which at current time involves gLabels, three different methods of editing CSV files, and ImageMagick commandline scripts, but which I may be able to coalesce into one commandline script, one method of editing CSV files, and gLabels.

Implementation details, for the curious, because I like to natter )

All this because the Avery software is shitty and lost three hours of my work because it said it had saved it but hadn't really.
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Happy Halloween! #halloween #catsofinstagram
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Getting my pumpkins ready for tomorrow - first time doing any pumpkin carving in years, so I'm really happy with them! #halloween #pumpkincarving
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We are definitely getting our $6 worth in entertainment from this pet costume. #catsofinstagram
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Who needs sleep when you have eye make-up? #rufflecon

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