Rejiquar Works rejiquar.com::atom 2017-11-19T21:21:49-05:00 copyright 2017 Sylvus Tarn Sylvus Tarn 2017-11-18T00:00:00-05:00 what really motivates people? RSA, with Dan Pink. 18nov2017

cropEvidently, waaaay back in 2010, I would create a bunch of blank posts, then fill them in. Only problem was, I sometimes lost track of ’em....as well as old link collections. The original links for Dan Pink's RSA animation discussing what really motivates people (hint: it's not more money, once you get above a certain threshold, yet another reason to cancel obscene, 1-percenter type wealth), which I found via a Scienceblog post by Grrlscientist. Well, Sb went completely defunct about a week or so ago, but fortunately, I'd used the original phrasing, and managed to find another copy of the recce.

I'm rather glad I found those old links—and I'd certainly agree, mastery, autonomy and making a difference are good motivators: they're pretty much my reasoning for plugging away at this site. (Though speaking of mastery, beadmaking requires practice. Right now I could not make the beads depicted in today's page without some serious ramp-up.

2017-11-14T08:49:59-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-18:/GlassBeads/2007solid_blue-gold6139
2017-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 That ole 2009 post about a paleontologist listening to a colleague till he thought blood was nearly leaking from his ears with boredom... 17nov2017

cropSomehow or other I managed to create three nearly identical posts back in 2009...one had one difference of note, a link to a 2009 blog post about a paleontologist observing a colleague bore his audience to the point this man felt like blood was leaking out his ears. Aside from the striking image—who hasn't been bored nearly to tears about technical minutiae, even in one's own area of expertise (not to mention boring other people with such, and sometimes I'm not quite fast enough to catch myself before their eyes totally glaze over)—it's kind of heartening to see a still functioning link in the now modern era of ‘blogs are defunct.’

Alas, the main topic of that post—how to educate people on difficult topics, particularly when a lot of them don't even accept the basic precepts—is more relevant than ever, so I guess it's good that it's still out there.

Also in 2009, I made a bunch of beads for a custom order. This post documents how I refined the design. (Which come to think of it, might bore y'all till blood leaks out your ears, but then, you can always stop reading, and click somewhere else, right...?)

2017-11-16T21:41:37-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-17:/GlassBeads/2009cobalt3hole_floral
20090225-20171116 2017-11-16T00:00:00-05:00 Well, I *meant* to post this page about stitch markers on 25feb09... 16nov2017

cropSo mebbe I did and mebbe I didn't post this page about stitch markers back in 2009, but since there was no text *whatsoever* in the intro, I kinda tend to think I didn't. And I'm back to knitting again, so it seems apropos to feature these luxury stitch markers that ultimately, (if they didn't get lost, which all but 1 or 2 did) ended up as goodies for me:)

But if you've any experience with crimping, beadalon, and seedbeads, they're very easy to make yourself, for a quite a small sum. So, on that basis, I'm sharing them as an idea:)

Enjoy.

2017-11-13T21:20:11-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-16:/Knit/2009green_stitch_markers
2017-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 Via slacktivist, LGM's discussion of Johnny Cash & _Your Own Personal Jesus_. 15nov2017

cropContinuing with old stuff, via slacktivist, LGM features several iterations of Your Own Personal Jesus, most notably by Johnny Cash. (Oh, and here's a link for the pop version that's broken on LGM., which, it turns out, is a song I really like.

This 6 year old post is about a truly beautiful animal, a macaw. Kim Fields has made a career of doing birds of this sort, and ISTR that I thought this photo might make a good ref for that sort of bead. Never got around to using it...till I realized, with a modern coda, that this photograph was as good as I was likely to get. Sometimes, you just gotta accept imperfection.

2017-11-15T10:01:29-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-15:/Vacation/2011jul15macaw4813
2017-11-14T00:00:00-05:00 The story of Ernest Seton Thompson and Lobo, which originally appeared in _Wild Animals I have Known_. 14nov2017

cropAnother pair of blasts from the past, courtesy of the latest iteration of website improvements/implementation of mojolicious. Via Boing Boing, Ernest Seton Thompson and the story of Lobo based on the story in Seton's collection, Wild Animals I have Known—I actually have this book. Mine isn't a first edition or anything (besides which the cover has nearly fallen off) but it was printed in the late 1800s or early 1900s, which child-me thought was pretty cool. (Actually it might be, since the book only came out in 1898, and iirc, that's when mine was printed...) This was the sort of thing, along with Zane Grey, and other animal stories written in the early 1900s, that made the wildnerness come alive—helped, of course, by childhood camping, which, though considerably tamer, nevertheless cemented a lifelong love of forests.

I also have a modern reproduction of his 1896 Anatomy of Animals, and yes, it's still the best reference I have for the patterns of wolf fur and feather patterns. It's an excellent book, and I recommend it, with helpful proportions carefully laid out in a way that anatomists no longer use.

To go with, a bead curtain strand from 2012, featuring beads that even older. Enjoy.

2017-11-14T08:32:18-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-14:/Beadcurtain/2012red_turq_lime
20281009 2017-11-13T00:00:00-05:00 random post dated 8oct2008... 13nov2017

cropSo about a decade ago, I started this post, and never finished it, for reasons that aren't clear. Now that I have better tools for scrolling through odds and ends, I found it again, and also determined, so far as I can tell, that it's not a duplicate post. So, enjoy.

2017-11-13T21:18:52-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-11-13:/GlassBeads/2008shard_bicone_blue
2017-10-25T00:00:00-05:00 It was dark, rainy and cold when I came home from helping my friend with her drywall; the world seemed very closed in and alien. So here's a link about a kind way to address the problem of Alzheimers' patients, whose memories---and thus view of the world---seems like it must be permanently blinker...

cropIt was dark, rainy and cold when I came home from helping my friend with her drywall; the world seemed very closed in and alien. So here's a link about a kind way to address the problem of Alzheimers’ patients, whose memories—and thus view of the world—seems like it must be permanently blinkered: fake bus stops in German (old folks’) homes are a good way to stop alzheimer patient wandering. But of course to work, people have to develop the lifelong habit of taking the bus. Which means having a decent public transportation system to make developing the habit worthwhile....

Or, here's a shirt that I dyed last year about this time. This one was a gift, so it won't be in the November First Friday collection, but I'll have other pieces in the series:)

2017-10-25T08:36:43-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-10-25:/Textile/long_sleeve_splotchT
2017-10-24T00:00:00-05:00 Mebbe it's the rain that's got me in a slightly foul, vengeful mood---I originally found the not-always-right website via a lovely, sweet tearjerker---their all-time, 10th anniversary fave posted on some other site, which I've completely lost track of...these other two, were #2 and #4(?) respective...

cropMebbe it's the rain that's got me in a slightly foul, vengeful mood—I originally found the not-always-right website via a lovely, sweet tearjerker—their all-time, 10th anniversary fave posted on some other site, which I've completely lost track of...these other two, were #2 and #4(?) respectively. The bra-ced one would be a great companion piece to Jessica Abel's 1 page comic ‘Oh! My Sisters!’

The other, Karkut, Thor and Loki walk into a bar fast food joint is for the male allies:)

Or you can read about another hand-painted project, part of my series of upcycled clothing I'll be featuring for the November First Friday.

2017-10-23T21:17:56-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-10-24:/Textile/bubble-pack_dyed_pants
2017-10-23T00:00:00-05:00 As we shift from summer to autumn weather, a giftwrap featuring seasonal flowers---annual sunflowers & chrysanthemums--- seems appropriate. Plus, I am getting ready for a November First Friday show with clothing inspired by henna designs, such as this one:) If that's a little staid & stationary ...

cropAs we shift from summer to autumn weather, a giftwrap featuring seasonal flowers—annual sunflowers & chrysanthemums—seems appropriate. Plus, I am getting ready for a November First Friday show with clothing inspired by henna designs, such as this one:)

If that's a little staid & stationary for your taste, check out this cool, fun animation of one of those victorian spinny animatey thingies:)

2017-10-22T22:19:03-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-10-23:/Giftwrap/2017henna_sunflower_giftwrap
2017-10-05T00:00:00-05:00 Whenever I'm making art---and I'm part of a group show opening this Friday, plus I will be participating in a First Friday event in November, for which, ideally,I should have at least 20 pieces---I tend not to post as much. But, having starting making webpages again, I thought I'd try to maintain ...

cropWhenever I'm making art—and I'm part of a group show opening this Friday, plus I will be participating in a First Friday event in November, for which, ideally,I should have at least 20 pieces—I tend not to post as much. But, having starting making webpages again, I thought I'd try to maintain that trend.

Today's page was stubbed out 13 and a half years ago, but remained merely a title until the tools the wizard reminded me I had helped me to find this abandoned page. So I dug up some floral pix from that era, & slotted them in.

About the time I created this page, I would have returned from my first overseas bike trip in Vietnam. I was putting up a series of machine embroidery pages and probably duplicated and/or lost track of the stub at that time. I didn't have the two-part post/work scheme I do now, but I was certainly very unhappy with the then-current administration. Little did I know what was in store...!

But, eventually things got better. These photos persisted for over a decade on my hard drive, and I do, in fact, dimly remember taking them: more, the feelings I had taken them, of joy and engagement. Life—and art moves on, however erratically and we do the best we can.

The phrase that comes to mind is, ‘be well everybody’. Or as well as you can be. In that vein, I offer my version of cat videos, aka flowerpix.

2017-10-22T19:45:40-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-10-05:/LocalFlora/tampopo
2017-10-02T00:00:00-05:00 Ugh, the news... 02oct2017

cropI guess Puerto Rico if finally getting some supplies in, though now we have yet new horrors to push their plight into the background...if ever we needed a cat video, now is the time, so here's one—just what it says on the tin: blind kitty hugs phone playing music by his rescuer.

The page went live but I failed to link it or tag it, so it's remained buried since July. Whoops.

2017-10-02T21:08:12-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-10-02:/Wirework/simple_chain_focal_necklace
2017-09-29T00:00:00-05:00 Still loving typography: here's an expert's faves. 29sep2017

cropToday, we have font links:)

Via pharyngula a pretty cool link to someone's calligraphically illustrated mathbook. I'm sorry to say I'm still learning how to do that copperplate style fancy scrolling, and this girl had it down by the age of 13. Using feathers, no less!

Via bb, a typography historian shares his favourite typefaces.. I certainly agree with his first example! The others are, hm, interesting, too. (The assembly one looks like it was tailor made for TeX...) Anyway, must persuade my library—actually any of the three libraries to which I have card—to buy his "book."

Or you can see my photography index, with my latest round of (boring, sorry) tips for shooting jewelry. You get a very nice shot of one Kristin Perkin's latest designs, though, so it's not completely wasted.

2017-09-27T10:19:44-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-09-29:/HowtoPhoto/2017using_flash
2017-09-28T00:00:00-05:00 Flow-er flowing flower animation 28sep2017

cropToday's item features flowers, and, more tangentially, flowing water, so this cute animation, via bb, seems apropos.

Or you can check out a little embroidered, beaded pouch. Enjoy.

2017-09-27T10:23:13-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-09-28:/Embroidery/2017bead_embroidered_henna_pouch
2017-09-27T00:00:00-05:00 book covers from the 70s, cleverly animated. 27sep2017

cropI am still hiding from the news, so here's another cute link about ‘modern’ book covers from the 70s, cleverly animated via a discussion about the changing mores of abortion amongst evangelicals, and how the procedure was uncontroversial in the 70s amongst them (though of course Catholics objected...mostly to distinguish themselves from the protestants back in the 1800s, afaict).

Man oh man, those covers took me back. That sort of design was ubiquitous, four decades ago, sort of the serious version of Peter Max posters & album covers—but still flat swathes of colour and flat, graphic design.

Today's item is also a blast from the past, if not as distant a past. And I'm working my way towards the present. Really.

2017-09-26T22:41:10-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-09-27:/OAGlassBeads/sylvus2009RRbracelet
2017-09-26T00:00:00-05:00 bone intro... 26sep2017

Well, here's a review—not a terrifically thorough one—of Jeff Smith's Bone. (Not least because I waited awhile after reading the book to write the ‘review’.) But that's all right, because courtesy of Alas, a Blog here's a much more gifted comics critiquer's collection of multi-panel pans by decade; looks like there's tons of other interesting stuff in the archives, too. (There's an argument about whether comics suffered from using so many filmic techniques, as opposed to taking advantage of other, more page-specific techniques...this is not precisely that discussion, but there's definitely some pointers for adapting the approach for the careful reader.)

And I get this thing kicked out. Now I gotta go make some art...

2017-09-26T22:42:45-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2017-09-26:/Fantasy/bone_comic