Say one thing do another

June 30, 2011 at 11:47 (Uncategorized)

I said words about doing mundane clothes this week and Tudor garb on the weekend.  I lied.  Tudor is more exciting 😀

What is not exciting is finger braiding.  It appears to be quite easy.  I saw someone do it, it really is easy – time consuming but easy.   And I cannot do it.  I don’t know why.  I even have the book now and I read the words and go ‘of course, that’s how it works’ and set about actually doing it only to not do it at all.  There is always one loop that isn’t in the loop!  It’s driving me mad.

I’ve been working my way through a box of comic.  I like what’s in the box and Polo likes the box.   Cardboard and paper have always been a source of endless chewing and tearing joy for Polo.  He isn’t discriminate about what paper he is tearing either, scraps, bills, R500 graphic novels – it’s all paper to him.   In order to read what’s in the box I have to wait until he is asleep.  It’s insane how he rules, but he does.

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A little colder… hotter…

June 27, 2011 at 17:51 (Uncategorized)

Last night was pretty chilly.  My feet were so cold I had to put socks otherwise their cold ache would have kept me awake.  Today, however, the weather wasn’t all that bad.  I only needed a jersey not a not a coat.  I’m not all that keep on weather that jumps around like this, pick something and stick to it.

I think I’ve come up with a new way of making toiles/patterns.  It requires a duct tape dummy and an old top of some kind – both of which I have.  I’ve been thinking about it for the better part of today and I think it might work, I’m going to give it a go tomorrow.  The pattern pieces won’t have any seam allowance but that can easily be added.  I have a bunch of my own sewing tasks I want to finish up this week along with a few other items of mundane description – I want to tackle the Tudor overgown this weekend.  I would like to do the bodice at least and the skirt isn’t difficult at all.  From my reading, the only thing I’m a little iffy on are the sleeves.  They are not like modern sleeves and I have to look at the pictures as I read.

I also have a craving to make up a Regency dress.  Spend about an hour last night looking at pictures and patterns but I shall focus on Tudor and finger braiding for the now.

I managed to get my one textbook for the Kindle for something mad like R 60 or so and on the Kindle.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the other one for for less than R 880 or R 900 something.  Juta didn’t have it either and I didn’t want to spend basically a thousand bucks on a book when I’m not currently working.  I was saved when I found a first addition on Amazon this afternoon for R 503.  It was also the last one.  And I’m pleased that either first or second addition is serviceable for the module.

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Electric vs. Electric

June 21, 2011 at 19:21 (Uncategorized)

Cleaning up folders on the computer leads to things I forgot I had, or had done.  I had a very brief foray into freelance journalism last year. Of all that I wrote only one was publish.  And this is it…

Green.  It’s a colour and it is a movement toward a better environment.  It is also a word that begins to sound silly the more you say it – green, green, green.  A lot of people are saying it and it doesn’t always sound silly.

Green car used to be a bit of an oxymoron but that is changing with the developments in electric cars.  They are becoming faster, sleeker and charging time is dwindling – the race is no longer for an alternative to petrol but to create the best electric car.

The electric car is not a new idea, they have been around from the beginning of car manufacturing and were the preferred automobile between the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.  The Ford Motor Company reduced the price of petrol cars leading to a decline in use of the electric car.  But the electric car was never truly forgotten, it was merely limited by the technology at hand and with recent developments in all spheres of technology, the electric car has received a lot of attention as the car of the future.

Tesla Roadster, the REVAi (also known as the G-Wiz), the Nissan Leaf and our very own Joule are a few examples of what is out there in terms of electric car for speed, size and affordability.  However, all of these use electricity to charge the battery within the car that powers the electric motor.  This electricity comes from power plants with their own eco disasters.  And the charging time for electric cars is still hours as opposed to the minutes it takes to refuel a petro or diesel car.

But there is another option among the electric cars, the Honda FCX Clarity.  The Clarity is also an electric car but it used hydrogen to create the electricity needed to move the car.  The Clarity does not run on hydrogen, the hydrogen, combined with oxygen, creates electricity within a fuel-cell rather than using batteries to store electricity.  This means the Clarity does not need to be charged at night, you fill up with hydrogen like you would with petrol.  And hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element.  So is this the best electric car?  Probably not.  Hydrogen does not occur naturally, it has to be created using either fossil fuels which results greenhouse gas emissions, or by using renewable resources such as the wind.

The finish line is not here yet and if things continue the way they are, who knows what will come out next.

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Buttons

June 19, 2011 at 18:16 (Uncategorized)

I dislike sewing button.  One replacement button here and there is no problem but sewing a string of buttons on a freshly made garment, I do not like.  I usually do so while watching something that I’ve seen a bajillion times but love anyway.  Today however, my dislike momentarily sunk into hatred when I realised I had sewn them incorrectly.   I realised when I had one left…  The mistake happened at button two and just progressed for seven more.  The coat looks good though and is very warm – just currently buttonless.

Toying with the idea of buying myself a fencing mask [almost said helmet], I kind of like the idea that I would be the only one sweating in it.  Eegh!

 

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Confused much?

June 15, 2011 at 10:30 (Uncategorized)

In COM101 they spoke about senders, mediums and receivers in communication.  Linguistics has speakers and listeners.  And Afl1501, about language use, talks about speakers and hearers.  With hearers being further classed into receivers  and addressees.  Some uniformity would neaten it all up a bit, I think.

I haven’t delved into the music books that deeply but the three non-electives appear, thus far, to be fairly straight forward.  The music CDs, however, are a serious pain as they have been copied from cassette into one track.  Apart from the early music examples, it might be easy to search for the music on Youtube rather than listening and searching for hours and hours…  I did start listening to the one CD and writing down the times of each track but what a faff!  I may continue or I may not.

Missed out seeing Priest on the big screen.  Didn’t seem to be there all that long.

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Foray into Japanese cooking

June 13, 2011 at 15:49 (Uncategorized)

I am not a keen cook.  I can put together some pretty good meals and can follow a recipe.  But I’m seldom inclined to do so.  With the Japanese feast coming up  and me being head cook, I felt I should try out some recipes before hand.  Some of them are really tasty, others not so much.  And while I’m keen on Japanese culture, it hasn’t kick started any desire to cook.  Sadly, the Heian jidai doesn’t have dessert so no baking.

I bought Batman Streets of Gotham Hush Money the other day.  The dude behind the counter looked at it for a while then said ‘don’t you usually by manga?’  I didn’t point out that I had just gone back to buying Batman temporarily.  It made me wonder when last I had bought a Batman – it must be years, I can’t even remember the last title I bought.

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Sometimes I’m slow

June 2, 2011 at 16:01 (Uncategorized)

Mother walks into the lounge.

M:  You know that felt you have.  You could cut a small piece of that.

Me:  Okay.

M:  With a bit of blanket stitching, and you can shape the one end.

Me:  Yes.

M:  Maybe with a daisy on one side.

Me:  Sure.  What is this for?

M:  A kindle cover.

Our conversation about kindle covers had occurred approximately two hours previously.  And we had since spoken about other things.  Most of the time I’m pretty good but not today.

But I’m also being a bit slow with my studies today.  The phonetic alphabet is quite hard.  So is trying to memorise all the parts of speech.  I think… grammar is easier O_o

 

 

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