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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:29
momijizukamori: Yuna from Final Fantasy X, dancing a sending. The text reads in script 'dreamer' (Yuna | Dreamer)
One thing I've been thinking about a lot the last few weeks, both because of the election and because of the number of tech podcasts I'm listening to and the various long-form pieces on the ethical and privacy implications of technology, is the importance of supporting platforms that are built by the community, for the community. Every month or so I see posts on my tumblr dash going 'why can't tumblr be more introspective and accepting of long-form pieces like LJ used to be' and frankly there is a pretty clear answer: Tumblr's business model revolves around getting you hooked on the dopamine rush of likes and reblogs, which is not a goal well-served by slow, thoughtful introspection. Basically all the other major social media sites - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - are the same way. They're popular because they're sticky, and their sticky because they were designed to be sticky, without a lot of attention paid to the kinds of interactions being fostered or the long-term effects on our attention-span or the way we relate to others. Which is why I spend the bare minimum of time on FB to keep up with my social groups I can't connect with anywhere else but there (or Twitter, but Twitter is everything I don't like about Tumblr turned to 11).

And the reason for this can be basically summed up as 1) advertising and 2) Wall Street. Denise has a huge essay on why advertising is a bad business model for social media and there is almost certainly a well-thought-out piece on why catering to the short-term gains for investors rather than long-term gains for end-users is a bad idea, but I don't feel like trying to find something - hopefully it's not a theory I have to really convince a lot of you on. At this point Facebook and podcasts are the only times I regularly experience advertising, because I don't watch broadcast television, and run ad-block software basically constantly, so the rare experiences I do have ads just highlight how fucking obnoxious they are, and the more I have to see and hear ads for MeUndies the more I never want to give them my money.

So in this sort world, a place like Dreamwidth becomes more and more important, and I'm going to try and do what I can to support it.
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Goodbye, #bishounencon! This moebot is tired and heading home, but it was a fun weekend. #cosplay #gundam00
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At #bishounencon! I really should name this starfish at some point #toukenranbu #cosplay
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Last-minute #ouji coord for lunch at Max Brenner - I went straight for dessert, haha. Blouse is #littledipper, cost is #atelierboz and everything else is off-brand.
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cowbuttcrunchies:


It is the year of our lord 2017, and we sure are still Homestuck Trash.


Katsucon Barstuck, Running of the Fantrolls
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(Far left of the big group shot - I look suitably ashamed of the hot mess that my wig is there)

Katsucon 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:50
momijizukamori: Dante and Virgil from Dante's Inferno. There is an arrow pointing to Dante reading 'gay for Virgil' (Dante/Virgl | 16th century Italian self-)
Katsucon was great - it was fantastic to see so many friends again, and it was nice to just relax and and not worry about stuff for a few days (once I got my forgotten kimono sorted out, anyway). I spent a lot of time people-watching and chatting. Part of me wishes I'd done a higher-profile cosplay or two, because all of my stuff was obscure shit and Katsu is a cosplay-con for me, but not losing my mind over cosplay for a month before was worth it, I think (and well, we can't all be e-famous *g*). I'm going to try to get some more non-IG shots up this week - I spent yesterday cleaning madly, and then woke up this morning with a massive tension headache and not enough sleep, which means I'm only just now getting to editing the photos off my camera.
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Date clan thug life with @pinnedtogethercosplay #cosplay #katsucon #sengokubasara
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Had fun cosplaying this smol nerd tantou tonight~ #katsucon #cosplay #toukenranbu
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Okitagumi 4 life #katsucon #toukenranbu #cosplay
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Rub'n'buff ALL the things #toukenranbu #cosplay
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The picture says it all, really.
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What I have left to do:

Yasusada:

  • crests on bracers
  • finish painting the chestplate
  • an entire haori

Toshii:

  • attach horns to wig + style bangs
  • detailing on prosthetic hand pieces
  • paint all prosthetic arm parts
  • assemble arm

Kojuro:

  • collar pins
  • finish styling wig

I thought I was pretty on top of stuff but sitting here looking at this is just like *screams inside*

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Mmm, spray paint fumes. Priming Yasusada's armor and robot arm panels. #cosplay #toukenranbu
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Really pleased with how my indigo dye and resist tests came out! #cosplay #fabric #dyeing
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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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