Nirvana in Fire

Saturday, 22 July 2017 13:50
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Some assorted thoughts which I will try to keep spoiler-free? No guarantees about stuff in the comments though. I'm about halfway through and oh my god this series is so good.

-Jingrui is like, the obligatory precious cinnamon roll too good for this sinful world, too pure.

-I can't think of the last time I watched something live-action where men were allowed to show this dynamic range of feelings, both physically and verbally. And even in anime, dudes crying is usually only at the emotional climax of stuff, so it's really nice to have a range of sorrow and regret and longing and joy regularly shown from a variety of characters.

-Likewise, it's really great to have a huge variety of women of various roles and backgrounds and motivation who get plenty of screentime - there's definitely a sense that even if their positions are different than those of the men, they still have a great deal of power of various forms

-By which I mean I would let Nihaung use me as a doormat, what a fucking badass.

-Commander Meng does not have an ounce of guile in his body, and it's sort of adorable, particularly after he was introduced as such a serious badass.

-Basically every interaction between Lin Shu and his household is wonderful and precious. It's really clear how much they all care about him, even if they don't know how to keep him from literally working himself to death.

-EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY. Comes with the 'historical drama' territory, I guess, but god, some of the hair ornaments are to die for.
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Today is the day I scream about social media start-ups on tumblr, apparently. Linking rather than crossposting, because I'm pretty sure my auto-crossposter would pull in the whole reblog chain and that's obnoxious.

My response to WritScrib, the newest attempt at a tumblr alternative (tl;dr - DW has 90% of the features already, would not implement 5% of them because they're bad ideas, and it would be far, far easier to add the extra 5% than reinventing the fucking wheel).

My additions to a conversation about fandom culture and history on social media and why you should use DW.

Basically I just want to shake people and scream 'DREAMWIDTH IS RIGHT FUCKING THERE OKAY'

(and now I'm going to try to calm down and go back to watching Nirvana in Fire and sewing)
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I've been playing around with Python more lately, in part because it's one of the two main languages in my company's codebase (the other being Java, which just, kill me now, basically), and in part because it's like the one language with a good selection of OSS web frameworks that isn't PHP or Javascript. PHP is sort of a hot mess of a language, and most of the frameworks have security holes of varying degrees (I'm pretty sure my Drupal install is how my last host was compromised), and Javascript as a primary web framework offends me on general principle. I have a bit of a reputation as a Perl stan - I can recognize it's shortcomings, but I really enjoy using it. Unfortunately Perl web frameworks fall into two categories - so minimalist you're doing 99% of the work yourself (Catalyst) or a full app that you can't really change much on without a ton of work (Movable Type). In contrast, there's a number of popular, actively supported Python frameworks ranging the whole spectrum from lightweight to mostly-complete CMS.

And I'll admit some of my hesitation to get deep into Python is some hype backlash because Python people tend to be really evangelical about Python. But after doing more work in it.... I can kind of see why. There's a lot of the features I love about Perl - dynamic typing, good string support, agnostic to functional vs OO paradigms - without Perl's frustrations around variable passing and passing references/values. I do miss Perl's variable interpolation working in Python 2.7, but apparently they've added something similar in 3.5? I also appreciate that the Python community seems to be really good about docs - that's made a huge difference in getting up to speed on stuff. I ended up working with Flask, and got like 80% of a new cosplay site going over the course of about four days. The site is now up to 90% or so - I'll probably share a link here once I've got more content and whatnot up.

But yeah, you can probably consider me a convert here.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017 21:20
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I have like three half-written entries that I started and then got distracted and did not finish, which I am... going to try to finish this week maybe? Two are about cosplay things and one is about Python. Work is work - customers are frequently frustrating, coworkers continue to be cool, on the whole things are pretty good aside from the long commute and some obnoxious health insurance stuff from our new corporate overlords (one of those 'we'll give you a discount if you submit blood test results, but because it's not mandatory we're not violating anything' deals). I had a four-day weekend, which I spent generally Getting Things Done, including a bunch of cosplay stuff and actually doing some work on Dreamwidth API 2.0. More on that later, maybe?

I am also super-behind on my reading list right now, though I may spend a little time tonight catching up.
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Things I did this weekend: got an oil change, built a computer, and gave myself space hair. #dyedhair
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The most belated #internationallolitaday photo, because I'm old and bad at Instagram. I had a lovely time though! JSK, blouse, and hat are handmade, and the socks are from the lovely people at @screams #lolitafashion #ild

Using S2 overrides

Thursday, 8 June 2017 19:47
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You'll have to make a new layer in the Advanced Customization section - the easiest is probably to create a style-specific layer of type 'theme' and 'style' matching whatever your current layout is. Paste in the source code of your current theme layer, which you'll have to find on the list of public layers, and then add your overriding code at the bottom, and click 'Save and Compile'. You should then be able to find it in your custom layers and apply it, though you'll have to redo your other customizations.

Alternatively, you can add the code onto the bottom of the wizard layer already generated by the style interface - it'll be listed as 'auto-generated customizations' and highlighted to show that it's in use. However, if you add the new code there, and then make changes through the style interface, you'll have to go back and re-add the code - the info in the layer gets wiped out when you save changes in the interface.

(this is a reference post for me to link to, to save having to type these instructions up multiple times!)
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- Put together a bookcase frame (which I cut out on the Shopbot last night)
- Mounted one of my two drawers for comics - the second one needed a side glued on after I sanded down the edge so it'd fit, and that is drying now. Hopefully I can hang it tomorrow
- Threw together the first half of a blouse for an ILD meet next weekend.
- Spent an hour and a half trying to work out hacks to run Python web apps on a shared host
- Gave up and signed up for the cheapest unmanaged VPS service I could find, on which I am now learning to Apache all by myself.

Links and photos of all these things at some point, hopefully. And then maybe I'll have time to work on some Dreamwidth stuff before the DragonCon cosplay chaos begins?
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My name is Mikazuki Munechika. I’m one of the five great swords of Japan, and well, I’m also said to be the most beautiful.
I was born near the end of the 11th century. I guess you can say I’m an old man. Ha ha ha.

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Ready to go hit the floor at #acen2017 #cosplay #toukenranbu
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Still need to reassemble my sword, but otherwise, fancy grandpa is as done as he's going to be for ACen. #cosplay #toukenranbu #mikazukimunechika
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Doing this will never not feel like a magic trick #cosplay #toukenranbu #mikazukimunechika
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The end is in sight! Though augh there is gold paint everywhere. #toukenranbu #cosplay #mikazukimunechika
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One set of armor plates almost done... #toukenranbu #cosplay
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I might be able to finish this costume for ACen without dying.... #toukenranbu #cosplay
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Got four of the six armor plates I need for Mikazuki cut out (along with two screw-ups). Having access to a CNC machine helps so much. #cosplay #toukenranbu
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It was cold and wet at Japan Festival Boston today, but at least my dress was super cute! JSK/OTKs/bows are #metamorphose , blouse is #fanplusfriend and everything else is offbrand. Eventually I'll get the hang of not making weird faces in selfies! #egl #lolitafashion
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So I'm working on throwing together Mikazuki's battle outfit for Anime Central, which is in five weeks (oh god I don't want to think about that). Like a lot of the Touken Ranbu designs, there is kind of a lot going on, so I thought I would break down the components and make some notes of them for my own reference, and maybe that will be helpful for other people out there, too :) This post is going to be the big fabric bits, because they're sort of the foundation of the outfit.

Most of these pieces are actually pretty close to traditional Heian era garments - I'm using Reconstructing History's Heian men's clothing pattern as a base for most of it.

-Kosode: This is really only visible on the concept/reference art - on the in-game sprites, it only shows as the innermost white collar at his neckline. Important, though, because this is what actually covers your arms and sides! His is pretty much the same as historical versions, or a slight varation on a modern kimono - narrower body, no front tuck, ends about knee-length I'm using a white cotton sateen because I had a bunch already, and I'm a sweaty person so I need an under-layer that's machine washable. Mostly done already because I can sew kimono in my sleep, practically.

-Hitoe: The white layer that's mostly visible, right under the blue one. It's pretty close to Heian hitoe, with two exceptions, both in the sleeve area - one is that the sleeves look to be all one piece, instead of made up of two pieces (which is more an artifact of traditional Japanese fabric widths than anything), and then the sleeves are open on the bottom and wrist edge, as well as the body edge. So I'm going to take the traditional hitoe pattern, cut the sleeves as one block, and then line them because the edges are super-visible when they're open like that and I have enough hemming as it is. I think I'm going to buy some white polyester chirimen (chirimen is a type of tight crepe weave that is easily the most common fabric used for kimono). Normally I'd buy a bolt of vintage kimono silk from Ichiroya - you can get them for ~$50 plus shipping, and they're 15m or so - but 1) a lot of the whites tend to have discolored with age and 2) they're traditional width, which is about 15" and thus too narrow for me to do the sleeves in one piece for. Thankfully Tomato has 44" polyester chirimen for ~$14/m on their Rakuten store.

-Kariginu: The giant blue monstrosity. Like the hitoe, this mostly only differs from the traditional cut in having single-piece sleeves that are open all the way around. I'm lining the whole thing because there are a lot of visible edges/insides, and I have the feeling the fabric I'm using is going to be fray-tastic. It's a royal blue brocade with the sayagata pattern woven in - it's a little bigger, with slightly thicker lines than the patterning on Mikazuki's kariginu, but honestly, it's probably as close as you're going to get without actually weaving your own (don't do that, please). Okuyama sells it online, though I was lucky enough that a friend was willing to pick some up in person for me when she was in Tokyo last month, which saved me a bunch on shipping. My sewing project for today, I think!

-Hakama: The only part of this that isn't mostly-Heian in style. Hakama were part of Heian ensembles, but they had fewer pleats than modern styles, and were waaaay longer so they could be gathered up at the ankles and have a nice poof. The pleat arrangement and length on Mikazuki's place them pretty solidly in 'modern' (19th century to present) style. Round Earth's hakama pattern is my go-to for that, though I may leav off the backboard (which is solidly a 20th century martial arts addition). I'm airbrushing the gradient on a heavy matte polyester satin, which, uh, is an adventure. And probably a whole post to itself at some point.

Next time: armor, armor, and more armor!
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A short list of things that have been happening, some of which may get more elaboration later:

-Anime Boston, where I ran the Cosplay Repair Station and did not get nearly enough sleep, but had a good time anyway.

-We held Hackathon 10 and 5/7ths at work - I got pulled in to be on the decor committee (because an event run by a Burning Man regular does not do things by half-measures), and frankly it looked awesome. I will definitely be posting some photos of that, because I was so happy with it (and am still sad we had to return the office kitchen to just a kitchen)

-Python. So much Python.

-Whatever we're calling this most recent mass-exodus from LJ. I may actually finally turn off crossposting and go back and lock my entries there (not deleting, though, because I'd rather keep control of the username)
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Three guesses who's coming up soon on my cosplay list, and the first two don't count ;) #cosplay

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