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26apr2016

Courtesy of boingboing, another fun and colourful post, this time about a skateboarder filmed in slowmo while using the board to spray coloured pigment all over. It's absolutely fantastic—just plain fun.

I have no doubt the guy got the idea from colour runs, which in their turn were inspired by the Indian holiday (Holi).. —Frankly, I love the concept, though I could wish it a little less commercialized. —Which is one reason I liked this variation, which is clearly a joyful cross-pollination, if you will, in the spirit of the original.

Speaking of colour, I've got another another giftwrap example.

25apr2016

Hey, let's celebrate spring with some giftwrap! Also, somewhere or other I stumbled upon a similarly happy and colourful vid, made to celebrate India's trans community. I really like the way ‘bad monitor artifacts’ —screen slicing, degraded images—have been used to give the video a distinctive look, while subtly suggesting that this community is only very imperfectly perceived by the rest of the world.

25mar2016

No rants today, just a link to a new index page for pysanky. Haven't actually got any new pysanky—I was acting as a studio assistant 4 days last week, and only really started to recover yesterday (hence the hiatus)—but there are plans to dye some, so perhaps next week.

24mar2016

So extremists continue to act badly, do they?

Well. There are many things to celebrate about current culture—the improving lot of various minorities (including my own), the fact that, however horrible the crime-of-the-week is, violence is on a downward trend—on a local note, that a highly experimental drug meant a fellow beadmaker won't drop dead of cholesterol poisoning because the standard drugs don't work for her. Or that dads, on the whole, are more involved in their children's lives than those from the Silent Generation.

Yay.

I'm not much of a fan of religion, the best I can say for it being that it's works as sort of an ethics_system1.0; I think there are better, more modern approaches. But it's a good and useful framework for many, and I found this woman (who frankly I'd never heard of) and her comments about courage interesting. We admired the tremendous sacrifices that, frex, the Brits made during WWII, and the courage Londoners displayed during the air raids.

The terrorists-of-the-week—be they Islamist extremists, or anti-abortion extremists, or any other kind—are attempting to polarize everyone else with fear. When I try to imagine what it must have been like even to live in this country during WWII (let alone the actual theatres) I think we could stand to emulate some of that earlier generation's fortitude.

And speaking of peace, love and all that—here is a post about easter eggs.

17mar2016

Happy St Patrick's Day! I'm happy to have an annual excuse to enjoy corned beef (on the extremely inauthentic but tasty onion rolls) & to make yet another themed charm bracelet in my favourite colour. Which I haven't even finished making the beads for, let alone put together, so I'm featuring some beads I made a few years ago that are in a properly festive green & orange colour scheme.

Enjoy.

16mar2016

Since today's post is a memorial of sorts, meant to keep memories of one now gone alive, it seems only appropriate to link to this series of photos of fin de siecle black women —via lovejoyfeminism. I'd hate to wear the clothes back then, but I sure like looking at them.

Speaking of which, via ML, which linked to a post about maligned historical figures which had this blog on its sidebar, the costumer did an absolutely gorgeous variation on a mantua she called a robe a la francaise which surely looks like something right out of one of Georgette Heyer's Georgian romances. Yum.

Seems apropos, given today's ‘ancient’ bead.