Posts tagged Nerdy Kitten Pants
Posts tagged Nerdy Kitten Pants
So I made soda bread last night from a recipe I found online. It got too toasted on the outside and not cooked on the inside and didn’t taste too much like soda bread. My Irish side wept. Is there anyone out there that has a really good soda bread recipe?
March Fo(u)rth for GM’s Day!
Today is national GM’s Day. How are you celebrating?
This April 26th-27th the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens will be hosting its annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) festival. Every year I like to go in a yukata, but this year I decided to buy an actual kimono and go in style.
If you would like to as well, but don’t know the first thing about kimonos there are a lot of resources out there. I have compiled a few helpful sites to have you visiting the festival in style.
First you need to know which kimono to wear.
Wikipedia has a great guide to kimonos here. For Sakura Matsuri which kimono you go in depends on how formal you want to look, how old you are, and your relationship status (I’m not kidding).
if you are going casual a light yukata is perfect. Anyone can wear them and they are a bit easier to put on. They are usually made out of cotton and thus pretty inexpensive. In the picture above I am wearing a yukata.
If you are unmarried you can can wear a long sleeved furisode.
Once you get married you change to a tomesode.
Where to buy a kimono
I have found that ebay has a wide selection of inexpensive used kimonos. Many will be sold with very minor wear and tear. As long as you buy from a seller with high feedback and good images of the kimono, you can get a really nice deal. I got this kimono and obi set for $24.99 and it is in excellent condition.
If you live in NYC and don’t mind spending more you can always visit Kimono House at 131 Thompson Street, between Houston and Prince Street. They have a pretty good selection of everything you will need and are always willing to help you learn how to wear the kimono.
How to put it on
Putting on a kimono is probably the hardest part. There are a lot of freat youtube videos to get you started:
There are a lot of different ways to tie the obi. These sites give you some ideas:
How to tie an Obi
Lastly a few tips to remember:
The kimono crosses left over right. The other way is only for the dead.
Unless you are a prostitute don’t wear your obi knot in the front.Kimonos are not for cleavage. Your kimono should be closed to the hollow of your throat, and your collarbones should be hidden.
There should be some room between the back of your neck and the collar.
There is plenty of info out there. I don’t claim to be an expert. This is just a simple guide to get you started. I hope it helps. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know.
Are you going to Sakura Matsuri?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I found a great site that does cross-stitch patterns for videogames so I made my valentine this Zelda themed card.
You can find patterns like this at: Sprite Stitch
Tweenbots by Kacie Kinzer:
Given their extreme vulnerability, the vastness of city space, the dangers posed by traffic, suspicion of terrorism, and the possibility that no one would be interested in helping a lost little robot, I initially conceived the Tweenbots as disposable creatures which were more likely to struggle and die in the city than to reach their destination. Because I built them with minimal technology, I had no way of tracking the Tweenbot’s progress, and so I set out on the first test with a video camera hidden in my purse. I placed the Tweenbot down on the sidewalk, and walked far enough away that I would not be observed as the Tweenbot––a smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary––bumped along towards his inevitable fate.
The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the “right” direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, “You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.”
The Tweenbot’s unexpected presence in the city created an unfolding narrative that spoke not simply to the vastness of city space and to the journey of a human-assisted robot, but also to the power of a simple technological object to create a complex network powered by human intelligence and asynchronous interactions. But of more interest to me, was the fact that this ad-hoc crowdsourcing was driven primarily by human empathy for an anthropomorphized object. The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people’s willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone. As each encounter with a helpful pedestrian takes the robot one step closer to attaining it’s destination, the significance of our random discoveries and individual actions accumulates into a story about a vast space made small by an even smaller robot.
Man this is still one of my favorite little social projects/experiments.
Oh NY, how I love you.
We tried out Tales of Arabian Nights the other day. We laughed, we cried, we sighed at our inevitable next turns trapped in prison, wounded, and crazy, cursed to wander the land under someone else’s control.
We had a blast.
Lego Just Got Told Off By A 7-Year-Old Girl
Dear Lego company:
My name is Charlotte. I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls.
Today I went to a store and saw legos in two sections the girls pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks.
I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!
if anyone has a tough year ahead of them or behind them
this japanese fisherman will get you back on your feet, i can guarantee
I WON’T GIVE UP, JAPANESE FISHERMAN!!!
THIS IS ACTUALLY SURPRISINGLY INSPIRATIONAL, EVERYONE NEEDS A JAPANESE FISHERMAN TO YELL AT THEM SOMETIMES OKAY
…okay, I love this.
I kinda needed this.
Just tried Super Fight for the first time.
It’s like Cards Against Humanity shit a rainbow in my brain.
Did anyone else think that Ronso might have been evolved Behemoths?