flummoxicated: (Steampunk girl)
No sooner did I express joy over the lack of heat, then a heat wave showed up and parked its sweaty ass on top of my state. Boo.

I just "accidentally" bought this corset! It was on sale for $47 and I thought, I don't really need it - then I found a $10 off coupon code (mustoff10 if you're curious) so with shipping it was $45. I have a couple of their corsets and they are pretty darn good. And yay for the length (I have a longer torso).

Turns out I've had this Livejournal for ten years this month. Wow.
flummoxicated: (Ohio)
Sunny and under 80 degrees in July - I love living here!
flummoxicated: (girl artist)
Also I've kind of gotten into glittery nail polish. Please don't judge me.
flummoxicated: (Decisions)
Also I've really gotten into sparkly nail polish lately. Don't judge me!
flummoxicated: (tattooed housewife)
The sun has finally come out! I wanted to plant my daffodil bulbs today (heirloom bulbs from Old House Gardens), but I need some topsoil and fertilizer and my spouse couldn't get away from work during lunch (buying that stuff is a two-person job) so I'll have to wait till tomorrow. I hope the weather will be as good because I need some Vitamin D!

I've been grading more than writing; as long as I get it out of the way I suppose it's all good. Once again I can't stress how excited I am to not be teaching first-year comp in the spring. I need to get back to sewing, too. Maybe during the break.

Apparently I've lost 10 pounds so far. The big change I've made is cutting WAY back on fast food. We haven't ordered pizza in months, and I usually bring a lo-cal frozen lunch to work. I know - they are processed and bad, but at least it's portion control, so until I have time to do more cooking at home, this will have to do. Phase 2 of the weight loss may include me asking for passes to yoga lessons.
flummoxicated: (Sorry we're DEAD)
Looks like I will have to investigate light therapy. It has been so dreary here for well over a week. Don't get me wrong, I still shun strong sunlight. It's just that it's so DARK almost all the time. And it gets dark so early. It's like - hey, it must be time for me to go to bed! (Check clock.) Nope, it's only 6:30! The time change has helped some, I've been zipping around doing housework like a responsibility champion, but I don't think the effect will last long.

Hypnotic

Sep. 12th, 2012 02:17 pm
flummoxicated: (squee)
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flummoxicated: (Mad Bad Dangerous)
The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off: "Alan Turing's suicide verdict isn't supportable." According to Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland, the two reasons we should revise the common story of Turing's death are 1 - because Turing was cheerful. Right. Because depressed people always act sad and gloomy. 2. - because this man, who was a freakin' genius, "was careless" when it came to working with cyanide, which he was doing at his home laboratory.

As someone who has had depression for years and years, I can tell you that depression doesn't always result in "acting sad." For me personally, it affects my thought patterns and energy levels, but I don't go around looking obviously depressed. It's a coping strategy, for me anyway.

And getting back to Turing's alleged carelessness: " he was known for tasting chemicals to identify them." Really? Someone that smart, working with cyanide, would resort to tasting it? This makes more sense: "In his authoritative biography, Andrew Hodges suggests that the experiment was a ruse to disguise suicide, a scenario Turing had apparently mentioned to a friend in the past." But no, a philosophy PhD from the UK says that we should revise our theory about his suicide because Turing seemed "in good humor."

Copeland needs to talk to people who have suffered with depression and the kind of stress Turing was under. If we're going to talk stereotypical behaviour, isn't the stereotype of the British that they keep that stiff upper lip? You know, "keep calm and carry on"?
flummoxicated: (Excuse me?)
The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off: "Alan Turing's suicide verdict isn't supportable." According to Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland, the two reasons we should revise the common story of Turing's death are 1 - because Turing was cheerful. Right. Because depressed people always act sad and gloomy. 2. - because this man, who was a freakin' genius, "was careless" when it came to working with cyanide, which he was doing at his home laboratory.

As someone who has had depression for years and years, I can tell you that depression doesn't always result in "acting sad." For me personally, it affects my thought patterns and energy levels, but I don't go around looking obviously depressed. It's a coping strategy, for me anyway.

And getting back to Turing's alleged carelessness: " he was known for tasting chemicals to identify them." Really? Someone that smart, working with cyanide, would resort to tasting it? This makes more sense: "In his authoritative biography, Andrew Hodges suggests that the experiment was a ruse to disguise suicide, a scenario Turing had apparently mentioned to a friend in the past." But no, a philosophy PhD from the UK says that we should revise our theory about his suicide because Turing seemed "in good humor."

Copeland needs to talk to people who have suffered with depression and the kind of stress Turing was under. If we're going to talk stereotypical behaviour, isn't the stereotype of the British that they keep that stiff upper lip? You know, "keep calm and carry on"?
flummoxicated: (Why)
Seriously. What sane human who understands how indoor plumbing works says, "forget about that easy to clean tile floor, no, I want to install motherfucking wall-to-wall carpet in the bathroom!" Joys of paying a mortgage. The toilet in the master bath broke even before we were living here full-time. Sigh. So we pulled out the old toilet and the regrettable carpeting tonight. Ick. The subfloor needs to air out, I hope it isn't ruined. The original plan was to put down some decent but cheap linoleum, though now I'm wondering how bad it would be to just go ahead and put in some tiles like this for the floor. And get a new vanity while we are at it, like this.  I think I will try to slap on a coat of paint, maybe a dusty purple, while there is no toilet in the way. Take out the dumb shower door, and ta-da, the bathroom is decent.
flummoxicated: (sewing la-la-la)
, I am about done with my bustle petticoat - thanks, Truly Victorian! I have to attach the rows of ruffles, I got the first one pinned on Tuesday night. I borrowed idea from "Diary of a Renaissance Seamstress" of edging the ruffles with black bias tape. Looks pretty sharp, and since my corset is black that will be a little less jarring. Not that many people will see. But still.
flummoxicated: (Decisions)
Testing...still posting primarily on the LJ but that place gets crazier by the day.
flummoxicated: (Sir Reginald)
My spouse's website has moved. If you liked shipbrook.com, you will love www.shipbrook.net!

I mention this because he has a bunch of interesting stuff that you may have come across and bookmarked or linked to. If not, you might be interested in checking it out. For example:

Fonts from the 1600s - http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/typograf.html
Old texts on music and dance, madrigals, 16th century joke book, etc. -
http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/#oldtexts
His page of Spanish costumes is popular - it's now http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/costumes.html

The index is here - http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/index.html - eclectic stuff, you may find something interesting.

Finally, his page on potted meat food product (http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/potted.html) has been around almost as long as the Internet. Every week he still gets emails that basically say, "Hey, I LIKE potted meat! You're a jerk!"

Ten Years!

Oct. 21st, 2010 07:47 am
flummoxicated: (happy cry)


Jeff and I have been married ten years today. That seems like a long time when you write it out...ten years...it doesn't feel like it was all that long ago. He makes me very happy :) That may sound sappy but it's true. Not many men in contemporary American society would move 800+ miles away so their wives could attend grad school. I hope I make him as happy as he makes me.
flummoxicated: (girl artist)
I've been on Etsy for a while, selling mostly vintage patterns. I have to say that I have been less and less impressed by their way of doing business, which is documented over at the blog Etsy Bitch, and to a lesser extent at Regretsy. One of the more annoying / disturbing habits management has over there is their canceling accounts of sellers who voice complaints over on their forums. There are other problems though - mainly their refusal to get rid of resellers - sure, there's nothing wrong with an artist selling her extra supplies - but who can compete with someone buying pre-made bracelets from Fire Mountain Gems?

So I've decided to take advantage of Artfire's latest promotion - $5.95 / mo for a premium shop. You can also list for free there, but this is a pretty decent deal. You need to be signed up before Friday, so if you decide to go for it, sign up now. They have solved a lot of the problems Etsy still struggles with - like every item listed on Artfire gets listed in Google Shopping. 

I don't get any referrals from Artfire, I just wanted to raise awareness of Etsy's dark side and offer an alternative.
flummoxicated: (Default)
High Tech Science figures out what ancient Greek and Roman statues originally looked like, all painted and gaudy.

I can't get over how tacky Caesar looks in blue and red. I had read before that they were originally painted, but this is the first time I've seen those colors actually applied.
flummoxicated: (girl artist)
High Tech Science figures out what ancient Greek and Roman statues originally looked like, all painted and gaudy.

I can't get over how tacky Caesar looks in blue and red. I had read before that they were originally painted, but this is the first time I've seen those colors actually applied.
flummoxicated: (Team Russell)
I so enjoyed the most recent ep of True Blood. I will make a better version of this icon, but for now my crude efforts must suffice. Team Russell!

ETA: spruced-up version complete and on this post. I don't know Twilight fandom  {*shudder*} so I'm not sure if the proper phrasing is "for Team whoever" or "on Team whoever".

:)

Aug. 10th, 2010 08:06 am
flummoxicated: (Elizabethan Croc)
ZOMG! You guys, I made Quote of the Week over at The Comics Curmudgeon!

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