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2014-12-07 11:54 pm
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Puppy K-9

This is crossposted from Curiousity.ca, my personal maker blog. If you want to link to this post, please use the original link since the formatting there is usually better.

So, remember a while ago I posted about a work in progress? She's still a work in progress, but while I don't have full setup for her internal hardware, her chassis did indeed get "finished" in time for ABQ Maker Faire, so here's a picture of her on my table:


This picture care of the fine folk at Quelab. I've kind of forgotten who actually took the picture. You can tell it wasn't me because that's my elbow in there!

You know how people joke that building ikea furniture together as a couple is the ultimate test of your relationship? Try designing steampunk robots together! With a deadline looming! I think we did most of this in around 2 weeks, although we had batted the idea around for a while.

The germ of the idea was my fault. I wanted a puppy k-9 who would be less hassle to travel with than John's full-sized k-9 replica, which weighs over a hundred pounds when you include the 3 pelican cases needed to ship him. And I wanted her to be steampunk, because it would break us away from being show-accurate and make her amusingly photogenic. Her job, by and large, is to convince people to come talk to us, although we have some other functional plans for her too! However, it's a long path from idea to finished project, and I have to say that John did the bulk of the execution while I handled the details -- he got the c&c machine to cut out dog panels and engineered it so I could have the wing doors I wanted without compromising structural integrity, while I convinced the c&c to cut out a modified minnowboard logo for the resin inlay, and figured out the hinges and staining. I admit, we might have done some arguing, but we worked her out!

I am quite pleased with the details we managed to get in. I insisted she have ears and a tail because John's larger k-9 replica still doesn't have those details. Her tail is a functional USB wireless antenna, and John even inserted a proper usb port into her butt so it's detachable when she gets packed for travel or so you can plug something else in easily while leaving the case closed. Her ears gave us a different kind of trouble, and we were running out of time until I started digging through the recycling bin and found a pair of 7-up bottle bottoms which I painted gold.

The computer on top there is the Minnowboard MAX, which will serve as Puppy's brains. We didn't get it mounted inside until after the show, and you can see the nice laser-cut mounting plate (again care of Quelab; thanks Morgan!) in front of her (it's the smokey grey piece with all the holes). That's all inside now, with a whole lot of hardware attached.

More pictures to come eventually, but since she's gotten side-tracked by xmas present projects, it might be a while before we get back to her!
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2014-03-29 12:33 pm

Sparkfun's Arduino Day Sale: looking for inspriation!

Arduino Day 2014

Sparkfun has a bunch of Arduinos on crazy sale today, and they're allowing backorders. It's a one day sale, ending just before midnight US mountain time, so you've still got time to buy your own! Those $3 minis are amazing.

I wound up buying the maximum amount I could, since I figure if I don't use them myself, they'll make nice presents. I have plans for two of the mini ones already, as part of one of my rainy day projects that's only a little past drawing board and into "let's practice arduino coding and reading sensor data" stage. But the rest are waiting for new plans!

I feel a teensy bit guilty about buying so many arduinos when I haven't even found a good use for the Raspberry Pi I got at PyCon last year. I did buy it a pretty rainbow case and a cable, but my original plan to use it as the brains for a homemade cnc machine got scuttled when John went and bought a nice handybot cnc router.

disassembled pibow case
A pretty picture of the pibow rainbow raspberry pi case from this most excellent post about it. They're on sale today too if you order through pimoroni

I've got a few arty projects with light that might be fun, but I kind of wanted to do something a bit more useful with it. Besides, I've got some arty blinky-light etextile projects that are going to happen first and by the time I'm done those I think I'll want something different.

And then there's the Galileo, which obviously is a big deal at work right now. One of the unexpected perks of my job is the maker community -- I've been hearing all about the cool things people have tried with their dev boards and seeing cool projects, and for a while we even had a biweekly meet-up going to chat with some of the local Hillsboro makers. I joined too late to get a chance at a board from the internal program, but I'll likely be picking one up up on my own dime once I've figured out how I'm going to use it! (John already has one and the case he made for it came off the 3d printer this morning and I'm jealous!)

So... I'm looking for inspiration: what's the neatest arduino/raspberry pi/galileo/etc. project you've seen lately?
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2014-02-09 09:52 am

The naming of things

My former hackerspace, in fundraising for the new space, offered up a reward tier that let you name one of the rooms, which was a pretty fun perk. "My" room is going to be #16 on this map, the larger of the two electronics labs:


Being the sort of person I am, I named it the "Pink Fluffy Unicorn Dancing on Rainbows Laboratory" thanks to this earwormy video. (Original song here, punk version here.)

They can call it PFUDOR labs for short or something. I actually proposed it as a joke when the campaign first was getting set up, but it got so many laughs that I decided it was actually kind of fun to have a name that really didn't take itself too seriously.

A few days after I made the official declaration, I got an email from an adult male friend there, bemoaning my choice of names in a gentle, joking, but also a little bit sincere way.

He is a friend and I don't want to mock his words in public, but I saw the email and thought THIS IS HOW I KNOW I HAVE CHOSEN THE RIGHT NAME. If this even a little hurts the manhood of even someone who knows me and my sense of humour, then you know that the anti-girly sentiment often prevalent in hacklabs is going to be rankled by this for as long as the space lasts. So now not only do I get to earworm my friends, but I run the risk of affronting people who haven't quite dealt with their own minor misogyny? And maybe give the hacklab an excuse to fill a space with rainbows, with all the connotations thereof? That actually kind of sounds like a bigger social win than I was intending, but maybe, just maybe, it'll combine with the already excellent people at Quelab to help keep the space as friendly and fun as it can be.

So next up I'm going to be buying a friend's pony patterns, a bunch of stuff from adafruit, some fabric, and I'll be making a hilarious e-textile pony with glowing rainbow neopixels to go in the space. Because I am not very subtle. ;)
terriko: Adorable icon care of John (bubble bobble)
2012-09-10 02:25 pm

Knitting cables!

And, to offset the griping in my private posts today, here's a pretty picture of something I'm working on:

Knitting big and small

I took this photo for the Active Assignment Weekly flickr group, which gives a weekly photo challenge. I haven't been participating much for a variety of reasons, but this week's challenge was "big and small" and the knitting was right there.

I have to say, though I love the final look of knitted cables, they are the most hand cramping awfulness at that size and my level of experience. The metal needles are new, purchased because I have horribly bent the wooden ones in that size that I was using. Glad I started on the wood, or I'd have given up in despair over dropped stitches on slippery needles, but I'm also glad I switched because it's so much easier now that I've got the hang of it. And I'm glad I didn't give up, 'cause gloves are a nice size to carry around and now that the first one's close to done I'm so darned pleased with myself for managing it! I have clearly leveled up in knitting between this and the chunky lace scarf I've been working on.

Next up: finishing my long-neglected pony for Katie (she has hair now, but I'm rubbish at embroidering cutie marks on crochet...) more crocheted angry birds for people to play with at the Albuquerque mini maker faire, and finishing my set of mane 6 teensy tiny felted crochet ponies. Plus a Top Secret present project that must be done before the end of September.

I am also trying very hard not to get drawn into making an arcade sona dress. I've been playing some more LoL specifically because she was free in the pax swag bag and not only do I like playing support (something I didn't have a char for in LoL) but I also enjoy the cute little video game touches they put on that skin. The DDR attack forces people to dance!

Unfortunately, I'm not interested in spending a day wearing nothing but a bra on top, so it's not likely cosplay for me. But I am obsessed with her skirt right now with the pixels and the rainbows. I have a problem, I know.

Edit: because the Arcade Sona costume idea is in my brain now -- wouldn't it be cool to build her console and have the buttons make the light effects, including the DDR attack? I could totally find a little set of projector lights that would let me do that... Darnit, I'm not talking myself out of this anytime soon, am I?
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2012-08-22 09:37 pm
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Star Hook Case

A random bit of makery 'cause it occurred to me to take a couple of pictures tonight:


No, the xbox controller has nothing to do with it. It's just there for scale, although I do find it amusing that it looks like I might be advertising for some gay gamer/maker thing or somesuch. I hope I didn't get anyone's hopes up!

Star Hook Case (open)

All it is is a nice way to hold a subset of my crochet hooks. I have a larger case that my friend Marlene made for me, but it's a bit too large to tote around, so if I want to take a small collection of hooks, now I've got an easy and colourful way to do so. yeay!

The pattern for the star hook case is available on ravelry or the direct pattern link on the author's blog. All I did was change colours every two rows to make a rainbow case, which maybe isn't quite as clean and classy, but I think it's fun! It's a pretty interesting pattern, since all it does is make use of a stitch pattern that contains reasonably tight holes to make a ornate mesh that I can push hooks through. So clever!

It's also very soft. I'm tempted to make myself a very rainbow scarf to wear around town. But my PAX costume isn't done yet, so that comes first!
terriko: I am a serious academic (Twlight Sparkle looking confused) (Serious Academic)
2012-05-26 05:09 pm

Little Violet Pony!

I'm working on a few other projects that are secret 'cause they're presents, but this one's a present that the recipient is expecting, so you get to see her now:

Violet Pony for KatieViolet Pony for KatieViolet Pony for KatieViolet Pony for KatieViolet Pony for Katie

I'm still waiting to hear from Katie to see if she needs any adjustment or whether the colour is what she had in mind, but it's nice to have another pony done!
terriko: Yup, I took this one. The eyes are paper, not photoshop (chair)
2012-05-12 05:44 pm
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I saw this giraffe pattern on Ravelry and knew I had to try it for the next person with a baby on the way... and a few weeks later one of my colleagues announced that his wife was pregnant with their first kid!

I'm absurdly early -- the kid's not due for another 5 months or so -- but this worked up really quickly. Now I need to decide if I should give it to him right away and then have an excuse to make something else if the lab decides to do a shower, or if I should wait so I don't look a little obsessed.

... Oh wait, everyone in the lab watches me crochet/knit constantly during meetings. I guess he gets the giraffe on Monday. ;)
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2012-04-30 04:49 pm
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Dr. Who Scarf effect

Ken sent me a text message this weekend that said something like, "Thanks again for the scarf. I've found it meets a niche in my life not unlike the towel in the hitchhiker's guide."

I think this may be the greatest endorsement ever. :)
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2012-04-28 10:50 pm

Crochet Pony Pattern inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic -- Now available for free!

As many of you know, I've been working on a pattern for making pones based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I finally sat down and stuck the pattern and the pictures together, so now you can all make ponies! And best of all, the pattern is free! (This is mostly 'cause I'm that kind of person, but it is complex for me to sell anything due to the conditions of my work visa here in the US. Which is to say please don't ask me if I can sell you a finished pony; I can't.)

The pattern as a pretty printable PDF
The pattern in HTML
The pattern on Ravelry
The pattern on DeviantArt (No good reason for this except that there's lots of bronies there and I might as well share where the community is!)

And to remind you, here's what you'd be making:

More photos here.

I'm really nervous about this because it's the most complex pattern I've ever posted online and because I know other people really want it. I hope people enjoy it!
terriko: Yup, I took this one. The eyes are paper, not photoshop (chair)
2012-04-28 04:52 pm
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Book reviews: Craft books

I don't normally review craft books, but since I've started getting them from the library and need some way to keep track of the ones I've seen and might want to get out again for projects, I figured book reviews was a good solution.

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding
by Fiona Goble

Instructions for very cute and slightly kitschy William & Kate royal wedding dolls. Lots of pictures and details in the clothing, so it's fun even if you haven't got time to knit and just want to look at the little doll dioramas. I think my favourite are the little corgis.

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
by Joelle Hoverson, Anna Williams

As a newbie knitter, I definitely appreciate patterns for things that are small and have estimated times attached. Unfortunately, the books are starting to all blur together since most contain variations on the same hats, socks, scarves, small bags, etc. The thing that makes this particular volume stand out is actually the photography and the careful use of colour (there's even a whole section about it!)

Positively Crochet!: 50 Fashionable Projects and Inspirational Tips
by Mary Jane Hall

I loved many of the patterns, many of which are nicely modern (surprisingly hard to find in a crochet book!) though I found the "positive" sidebars totally insipid. If, like me, you find that's not your thing, at least it's easy enough to ignore. I liked the mix of small and large projects, and the couple of patterns I've tried from this book have been clear and well-written. Looking forwards to trying a few more in the future!

Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Everyday
by Robyn Chachula

A beautifully photographed collection of nicely modern crochet designs. I haven't tried any of the patterns yet, but it looks like the instructions are very clear, and many projects are photographed from a variety of angles so that you can see the detail of the pattern and the places where joining might be tricky by instruction alone. I'm pretty sure I'm going to want to buy my own copy rather than constantly renewing the library one before I start any patterns, which is the reason I haven't done any yet.
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2012-04-13 04:42 pm
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Doctor Who Scarf: Finale

The scarf is finished and gifted! As I said in the first post, I wanted to make the scarf for Ken because he's the one who's really carried me through the new seasons of Doctor Who with his enthusiasm, even when my faith in the writers often flagged.

I hope Ken enjoys it. I'm sad I didn't manage a better photo of him -- he's usually quite photogenic when I don't mess up the focus on my camera! It's soft and warm, so at least it'll do its job as a scarf. He agreed with my choice to prioritize softness over perfect colour matching, of course. Turns out Ken hasn't watched much of the old Doctor Who, though, so now he feels like maybe he should.

Quite a few other people have recognized and liked it, at least, including my mother. Tom Baker is the doctor that I remember watching sometimes as a kid 'cause he was the one my parents liked, so no surprise that she thought this was fun (if a little crazy). And of course John wants one too, but I think he should learn to knit one himself! He's good at this sort of thing and I like the idea of him messing with people's heads when they ask, "Oh, did Terri make that for you?" and he can say, "No, I did it myself!"

The best story I heard was from my friend Andrew, whose sister-in-law asked if she could knit him anything for Christmas and he said "a doctor who scarf" and she said ok without knowing what that was. When she found out, she had to retract the offer and told him he was getting gloves or something else manageable!

I say the scarf is finished because I've given it away, but if you look at the picture you can tell I only got this far in the scarf pattern:

Just over 70%, or I think around 8 feet long? I forgot to measure it. Obviously long enough for usual scarfy purposes. It's also slightly less wide than the pattern calls for because I thought it was hilarious if it was 42 stitches wide. If I were doing one for myself I think I might make it even less wide, although I *did* appreciate being able to use it as a blanket while I was knitting on the plane. ;)

I keep saying it took me around 3 weeks, but looking through my journal it turns out I started on Mar 22, so it's actually been closer to 2 weeks. 2 weeks + 2 days in fact. This was helped by the fact that I can knit at work during seminars, colloquia and other meetings (an extra 5-8 hours of knitting at work per week), but I also spent a lot more time than usual listening to audiobooks, the radio, podcasts, and even watching TV. It was fun -- often I get so bored/fidgety when i try to watch TV that I'll wind up doing things like getting up and cleaning just to avoid staying still (which is why I usually prefer audio-only media and am so hooked on the radio) but the knitting kept me busy enough that I could actually enjoy TV on my own while John was off at collab summit. I'm pretty impressed with myself regardless.

I'm most definitely not taking orders for any more dr who scarves anytime soon, but I might consider doing it again sometime just so I can say that I made a complete one. Right now, I'm trying to lay off the knitting for a bit I work on wrangling mentors and student applications for Google Summer of Code, but I'm finding that I've gotten so used to having my hands busy all the time that I'm craving a new project. Perhaps a smaller one this time, though!
terriko: Adorable icon care of John (bubble bobble)
2012-03-21 08:47 pm

Small Penguin Ball

For PAX East last year, some friends and I made a bunch of Angry Birds, which resulted in a great many games with strangers and a lot of fun. I've taken a smaller set of birds out to a few other conferences since, and when I was hanging out with some open source folk, I developed a penguin ball to toss around with the Angry Birds. At my last conference, Pycon, I crocheted up a couple of little ones to give away to my fellow GNU Mailman developers:

Small Penguin Ball

Crochet Instructions:

I use Red Heart Super Saver yarn with a K hook, but anything would do.

Start with white yarn
0: Make a magic ring (6)
1: incr in each stitch (12)
2: {incr, sc} x 6 (18)
3-4: sc around (18)
Switch to black yarn
5-7: sc around (18)
8: {decr, sc} x 6 (12)
Stuff (I use pillow stuffing 'cause pillows were on sale and fiberfill was not)
9: decr around (6) and finish off. Tuck ends in.

Wings (make 2):
Make a magic ring using 7 dc (start with one sc to get you up there), but pull it into a half-circle instead of a full circle

Eyes (make 2):
In White: 0: magic ring (5)
In Black: tie a big knot, thread it through the center of the magic ring. (I chain 3 and then tie that in a knot to make it big enough)

0: magic ring (7) fold in half and sew together a little bit when you sew it on the penguin.

Basically, take all those things and sew them on the ball. I hide the join for the black and white body under one of the wings.
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2012-03-21 07:13 pm
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16g USB necklace

I decided I wanted to upgrade my flash drive and there was no reason it shouldn't be pretty, so I bought this 16G USB Flash Drive off Amazon.

It's so very shiny that when I opened it up, I decided that rather than just stuffing it into my purse, I should use it as a pendant. A few minutes, some jewelry wire, pliers, and a necklace wire I had on hand, and here it is:

I'm inordinately pleased with myself. :)
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2012-03-21 06:42 pm
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Knitted Kindle Fire Case

I'm still loving my Kindle Fire, but what I am not loving is that cases are still in the $40 range, and many were too bulky or otherwise not appealing to me. So I made my own little slipcover:

It's so simple that it barely needs a pattern, but in case someone wants one, I wrote it out:

Knitted Kindle Fire Case

Size 9 needles, I used Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted in colour "Seaside Ombre" and a 7" zipper (longer might be better)

Cast on 32 stitches.
This will look noticeably shorter than the 7" height of the Kindle Fire, but I preferred my case to have a snug fit. If you prefer it looser, you can add some stitches here.

Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Purl across
Repeat 1 and 2 until you've got something slightly more than double the width of your Kindle Fire.
This was around 70 rows for me.
Cast off.

Fold in half and sew up the sides. Put in the zipper on "top" and you're done!

You can see in the photo below that my 7" zipper was actually a bit too small, so I had to leave a bit of extra space at the end so it was easy to get the Kindle in and out of the pouch. If you have a longer zipper, you won't need to do this.

And that's it! Here's one last photo of it on and closed:

I learned to knit about a week before making this, so it's totally a suitable project for a beginner!
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2012-03-09 06:56 pm
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First visitor!

I had my very first visitor from Canada this week, which was absolutely lovely. It's great to have an excuse to do touristy things, and we actually haven't done many ourselves yet so it was new to us too!

I haven't really processed my photos, but it turns out my new phone takes panoramas relatively easily, so here's a few of the phone pictures for those who haven't seen them via other social media.

Sunday: M arrives! Late due to flight rescheduling!

Monday: Visit to Old Town. J gets home from Iowa/Boston.

Tuesday: M comes to my seminar and argues about biology with the computer scientists. As she is a Real Biochemist, her perspective is rather different from the rest of the group's, and I think it helps a lot. In the afternoon, we go to the zoo.

Wednesday: The Very Large Array. It was stupidly windy in a gale-force + sandstorm sort of way, which made the walking tour more exciting and resulted in us having teased 80's hair by the time we were done. You can't really tell from the photos, though.

The Very Large Array

The photo's much bigger, btw, and I think it looks nicest on black.

The dish on the far left is the one they used for the most photogenic parts of Contact. Now you know! Here it is, closer (I was still playing with the panorama function, which only works if you hold move the phone towards the small edge, so I had to take a slice of dish here):

The tourist dish at the Very Large Array

And here's my traveling companions (and me playing with the HDR function):


Thursday: Hiking at the Petroglyph National Monument:

Petroglyph national monument panorama

The petroglyphs themselves are pretty cool, although it's sometimes hard to tell which ones are ancient and which are modern. There's a lot of more recent graffiti at the site, though the gentleman at the visitor's center said there were around 600 petroglyphs on the trail, so quite a lot were original I guess!

Petroglyph national monument

After that, we went to a local quilt shop which has quite a lot of southwest and native designs, making it a perfect way for M to get souvenirs *and* quilting materials at once. The lovely lady there noticed my crocheted hat and scarf and wisely gave us a tip about the yarn shop around the corner:

Village Wools: Fiber Addiction Specialists since 1971

You can just tell from the tagline that this is going to be a store of fun people! I've just recently (as in, Wednesday) started to learn to knit and wanted to get myself some pretty yarn as motivation to practice enough to make a scarf I'll actually wear, and this was a great store to stop in to. Not so good for my usual needs of cheap brightly-coloured hard-wearing stuff for amigurumi angry birds and the like, but the point of learning to knit is to do some very different stuff than I do with crochet. And to try a pile of ravelry patterns I couldn't do before. ;)

From there, we went out to Santa Fe for a bit more tourism and dinner, which was awfully picturesque due to the lightly falling snow, but not so convenient for photography given that it was dark by the time we got there (too much time shopping!)

Friday: A short morning jaunt to Old Town for a last shot at souvenirs, then we saw M off at the airport. I spent the afternoon dealing with GSoC, taxes, and some work.

All in all, a rather lovely visit! I hope some other people will come to stay while I'm living down here!
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2012-01-09 10:36 am

Derpy Hooves - My Little Pony crochet pattern (in progress)

Happy new year! Most people try to use the new post of the year to reflect or summarize or plan for the future. I'm going to show you pictures of my incomplete crocheted my little pony. I wanted to be packing, and my mother wants me to figure out how all my taxes are going to work despite not having all that information, but the dog has decided I should do nothing other than sit on the couch with him, so that's what I'm doing.

As I said previously, it's my intention to release this pattern free to the public for a variety of reasons. Taxes are included in these reasons, in fact, so I'm totally thinking about taxes, Mom!

More in-progress pictures under the cut )

terriko: I am a serious academic (Twlight Sparkle looking confused) (Serious Academic)
2011-09-26 09:12 pm
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Pseudonymity enables my creative relaxation

It is incredibly relaxing for me to be working on new art projects and posting them under a completely new identity.

I'm working in a style and media in which I'm not proficient, and it's kinda fun to do it risk-free. No one's going to search one of my existing ids and find my first tries at stuff. "She" can experiment and squee over pretty creations and no one will use it as leverage about how I'm not a Serious Academic or Real Programmer or whatever because I'm playing around with some art.

As an incredibly surprising bonus fun thing for me, My alternate identity's already got some fans! Complete strangers are actually excited about seeing more of what she can do!

There's a lot of good reasons to care about pseudonymity. Many of those apply to me; sometimes I use my "real name" or derivatives thereof anyhow. But I'm really digging this playful use of a pseudonymous account to gain access to some extra creative freedom without being totally introverted about it. Fun!
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2011-09-14 01:18 pm
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My Little Pony crochet

One of the "benefits" to my abysmal phone internet connection is that I often have to wait a considerable amount of time while things load. Sometimes I can keep editing or read stuff that's already loaded, but sometimes I need something else to do while I wait…

So yeah, I've been working on making a crochet pattern based on the shapes of the ponies in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She's not done yet, and I suspect the next version will have some changes, but I'm pretty happy with how she turned out! Custom-made pony plushies are going for over $100 on ebay and while I appreciate that a lot of work goes into these, it sort of made me sad: one of the things that was great about my little pony for me as a little girl was that I could pick them up for 25 cents at a garage sale. I wanted to make something that I could maybe share with fans who wanted a cheaper custom pony.

She's almost ready for my beta pattern tester, but it'll be a little while before I get it written out clearly enough to share with everyone!
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2011-07-31 05:11 am
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Carling bridge replacement stop motion video

I'm inordinately pleased with this stop motion video I made of the bridge replacement:

That's hours of work condensed into a 2 minute video with ridiculously epic music to accompany the road construction. ;)

They do this neat thing where they build the new bridge beside the old ones, then lift the old bridge out and put the new bridges in so that the road needs to be closed for less than a day. I was busy so I couldn't go watch (and honestly, it's a pretty slow process) but the ministry of transportation had a couple of webcams pointed at the site.... So I wrote a perl script and made a stop motion video with pictures from the two webcams. Cool, eh?

These cut off around midnight 'cause that's when I made them, but I think they get most of the interesting bits. I might make complete ones once they're done in the morning.

I'd never actually done stop motion myself before, but I figured Apple's commercials always make it sound awesomely easy with a mac... I can't say I'm as impressed after using it, though. iMovie is incredibly easy if you don't care what order your images are in. Grr. Not exactly useful. I don't know why they thought it was a-ok to not have a sorting button, but I wound up having to sort them externally and then paste them in. I sure as heck wasn't sorting around one thousand photos manually! Maybe I should have gone with John's shell script mencode version, but it didn't deal as well with the few corrupted files that wound up in my set. Besides, I was too entertained by the idea of setting this "sexy engineering" to music after I saw the "sexy engineering" headline.

End result, though, after a bit of work and some experimentation, I have a couple of videos that I find highly entertaining. Who knows if anyone else in Ottawa will be as amused, but I hope so!

Video links in case the embeds don't work:
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2011-06-16 05:14 pm
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My first t-shirt surgery

Like most tech women, I get a lot of t-shirts that look horrible on me. I've been meaning to learn to do t-shirt surgery for ages, and the bright green shirt I got yesterday at the linux symposium inspired me enough to actually give it a go!

Sorry about the terrible phone pictures. I didn't want to spend too much time on this, and doing proper photos probably would have doubled the time it took! Seriously, this was a pretty quick hack.

In short, what I did was:

  1. Take in the sides so it was actually the right width for me. This tutorial was very helpful, but basically you just measure up against a shirt that fits you properly and don't forget to leave some for seam allowances. I found that the men's/unisex shirt I was using had a little less give to it than the women's cut shirt I used as a template, so I had to take it out again a little after trying it on.

  2. Switch to a v-neck. I was inspired by this tutorial, but I haven't gotten around to putting the ribbon I have on it 'cause once I got the base done I kinda liked it as was. However, I used black thread on the assumption that it'd be covered (and because I don't own bright green thread) so it's not as clean as it could be.

  3. Shorten the sleeves, again from the first tutorial. It was pretty nice as a tank-top, actually, but I wanted to try the sleeves for practice and I can always take them off later. I didn't cut the top of the shirt in as much as I should have, but as with the neckline I'm kinda entertained by the results and am leaving them as-is for now. I think it'd be even better if I replaced the sleeves with something lighter... maybe next time I do t-shirt surgery I will!

  4. I probably should shorten the shirt, as it's kinda mini-dress length on me, but I haven't bothered yet 'cause I didn't feel like dealing with a hemline.

It really didn't take very long at all, and now I have a usable and much more comfortable shirt. Woo!