soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Doom" themed Dreamsheep (DOOOOOOOM)
I ended up listening to more on the way to work today (after literal weeks of avoiding it), and I just.

I gotta talk about this book, okay. It is a trainwreck, and if I don't start talking about it, all of my thoughts are going to explode.

So, here are a bunch of spoilers )

Anyway, I'm currently planning to finish the book, if only for the I Can't Look Away factor, but yeah. Definitely a trainwreck. "Lord of the Flies But With Beauty Queens and a Trans Girl" is very much not the description I would use.

It's also something I would consider for a deconstruction, actually, together with Cinder. I may have to give that idea some more thought.
soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Anyone in these parts reach the end of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray? I'm about two-thirds of the way through the audiobook and at a squicking point I would very much like spoilers relating to. I'd just skip ahead in the text or skim until things got less potentially cringe-worthy, but that's a bit more complicated in an audiobook. If someone could help me out with some spoilers, that would be much appreciated.


For context: I learned about Beauty Queens when I saw it billed on Tumblr as "Lord of the Flies but with beauty pageant contestants who band together and use their skills to succeed and also one of them is a trans girl", which is. Not entirely 100% inaccurate*, but covers maybe half the plot at best (so far) and really mischaracterizes the entire thing as a character-driven work rather than the plot-driven (very pulpy) work that it actually is. I have very, very many thoughts and feelings about what I've listened to so far, mostly relating to how much I wish it were a better book, and hoping it gets to be a better book in the last third I haven't gotten to yet. At least to some small degree.

* The characters literally compare their situation to Lord of the Flies in the text, so I am not even remotely going to blame anyone who read it for passing that comparison on. It just left me grossly unprepared for the book I was actually setting up to listen to. In multiple ways.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Since my coloring pages are only lineart, it would be pretty simple to mat prints and go over the lines with puffy shirt paint. If I let it dry, it would conceivably preserve the raised paint lines, and allow blind people to feel how the art looks, to a certain extent.

Not something I currently have the technology to share via the internet, but definitely an idea. I may have to try it out with one or two pics at AI.

Input welcome, natch.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
I'm not sure whether I actually want to add more lines to this one or not. (I mean, I did kinda overlook post-evo Shellder's shell spots, but other than that.) I rather like it as is.

Slowbro is confused; Shellder is angry

Shellder: It's our anniversary you big pink nitwit! I can't believe you forgot! I have half a mind to unfuse with you! *chew chew chew*
Slowbro: Was there something I was supposed to remember...?

Current title is Amnesia, but I could just as easily go with Oblivious or Unaware.


As an aside, Shellder/Cloyster is one of the Kanto Pokemon that I'm somewhat disappointed never got an Alolan form. Just like Baby!Kangaskhan, the design is already in the game! It would make at least as much sense for it to exist as not, if not more. Hence: Disappointment. On the day that I'm in charge of the universe, I will finally fix this.

Ugh

Jun. 15th, 2017 09:24 pm
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Drinking Game)
Me this morning: Hmm, work week starts tomorrow; I'd better check if the new schedule got sent out.
Me: *checks*
Me: Nope! I'll check back in a few hours.

Me this afternoon: Okay, my new schedule still isn't here. It's still sort-of early, though; I'll send a text to my boss to see if she just forgot.
Me: *texts boss*
Me: *does other stuff*

Me half an hour ago: Boy I sure hope my schedule has shown up in my inbox by now.
Me: ...And that's a no. I guess I'll send another text?
Ten minutes: *pass*
Me: Okay, time for desperate measures. I'm calling the front desk.

Me now: *waiting patiently for the nice front desk person to get back to me, desperately hoping I don't have to be up at four tomorrow morning*

---Edited to add---

Me at 10:00pm: Okay, enough is enough. I'm calling again.
Front Desk: Oh, hey, I was just about to call you! Yeah, it looks like you're not working tomorrow.
Me: Oh thank god. *collapses*
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Just finished Kero-chan's new background, and two other coloring pages: The stylized letters AI with Buu-chan (our mascot) holding a bunch of balloons, and Piplup contemplating a bunch of bubbles ("Calm Mind"). No crappy phone pic previews this time 'cuz it's late, but I'm reasonably pleased with them. Piplup's is not quite as good as I would like it, but I mostly drew that one on request, so :P

Since I've got a grass starter and a water starter, I'm planning to draw a fire-type starter as well to round things out. My current plan is Cyndaquil being surprised by a ghost-type (Ghastly, maybe?) so its fire-quills are lit up. I'll be calling it "Astonish", to keep with my theme of attack and ability names :3

After that, I'll probably try to come up with a few more non-Pokemon options. Kyubei from Madoka is a possibility; really, cute animal-ish companions make pretty good models in general.

Honestly, I already have more pages than I was expecting to; I'm up to six done, with plans for one more at the very least. If I get up to twelve, I may make books of them available for sale at the Staff Art Table :3
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Drinking Game)
Do you love chocolate? Want to learn to love it less? Then come on down to Socchan's Bakery and Chocolate House! We'll teach you how to make all of your favorite confections, and in the process you'll lose all interest in even looking at chocolate ever again! Just remember to wear something you want an excuse to get rid of - like that hideous sweater your cousin Jody regifted to you last year, or Grandpa Steve's horribly oversized hand-me-down pants - and come on in, or call 1-555-CHOCO-H8 to sign up!


Disclaimer: Socchan's Bakery and Chocolate House is not responsible for any weight gain, weight loss, or pushy friends and relatives who are now demanding you make all of their favorite treats at the drop of a birthday. Dislike of chocolate is not guaranteed and may fade over time as you forget the horrors of working with it. May contain nuts.

Welp

Jun. 3rd, 2017 06:35 pm
soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Looks like this exact version of Kero-chan isn't going to be at the con, 'cuz I borrowed Sakura's sigil from online ^^a

For anyone 'round these parts who likes coloring, here's one final print version of Kero-chan. All the other pages are waiting until the con, as will a new version of Kero-chan with an original background.

Enjoy!

Lineart of Kero-chan in front of Sakura's magic circle

PS: I apparently didn't communicate effectively to my AI division head that I was drawing the anime-themed coloring pages, which resulted in some worry on his part and on the part of the con exec who oversees our division. Clarifying this is why I ended up eliminating the version with this background, but they both seemed pretty pleased to have otherwise misunderstood.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep on the Pokemon GO location background (Pokesheep Go)
Lineart of Kero-chan from Cardcaptor Sakura

Kero-chan! I'm quite pleased with how he turned out. Possibly the simplicity has something to do with it. Anyway, I managed to find a good HQ version of Sakura's magic circle, so I should be able to stick him in front of it with very little trouble once I get him scannned.


Butterfree sniffs Floette's flower

As you can see and/or read, I settled on Butterfree and Floette for "Sweet Scent". I may re-do both of their eyes, and I have plans to add ripple-lines to Butterfree's head and body, but otherwise I'd say it's done. I mean, there's some minor tweaks to do (erasing a couple of extra lines in Butterfree's wings mostly), but that's about it. Maybe I'll add some fluffy lights or something, though, IDK.


Spinda plays the tambourine

"Own Tempo". Boy am I pleased with how this one turned out. I was feeling lukewarm about it until I added all the little musical notes in addition to the big ones, but I think they really pull the image together well :) Plus, more stuff to color!




Final version of "Petal Dance"~! Well, final non-print-quality version. I'm tempted to color it in myself and use it as an icon :3 I'm looking forward to finding out what other people think at the next AI meeting tomorrow [er, later today].
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Void" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Void)
Me: *gets through the last episode of Brooklyn 99 available through the library*

Me: Noooooooooo!

Me: I'm not ready to be stuck streaming episodes yet!

Me: Oh, well. I guess I could try Parks and Rec, since I did happen to pick up the first three seasons at a Bookmobile garage sale fundraiser today. I mean, it is by some of the same people, and I've heard fantastic things about it. And it's complete, so there won't be any cliffhanger BS. I bet I'll love it!

Me: *puts first DVD in to play*

DVD: *immediately starts with documentary-style storytelling and shakycam footage*

Me: Noooooooooo!


Seriously though, shakycam style makes me feel dizzy :( I had to turn it off. And I guess I don't care much for fake-documentary-style storytelling either? IDK, it's like it's dancing right over a line between actual documentaries and reality TV that my brain insists shouldn't be crossed.

On the plus side, I got Petal Dance scanned and fixed up and almost ready to print, my Accessibility Dept sign is scanned and one-third colored, and my next coloring page, Own Tempo (or possibly Teeter Dance? Featuring a Spinda playing a tambourine), is finished inking, so that's some serious productivity right there :3b

Next up, drawing-wise: A butterfly Pokemon inspecting a flower-y Pokemon ("Sweet Scent"; I'm leaning towards Butterfree/Beautifly and Floette) and a better rough sketch for the charity auction poster.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
For the Accessibility Department this year, I thought it would be cool to have a collection of stim toys and related items for our attendees to use at AnimeIowa. I had a budget of ~$200, and this is what I got:

Stim stim stim )
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
I've been getting together stuff for AI's stim toy library, and have included some grown-up coloring books and colored pencils among the options. (More on this later.) Since I was feeling rather draw-y a few days ago, I thought I'd come up with a few anime-themed coloring pages to add to the mix.* Below is a preview of the first one I've finished.

Slightly blurry lineart of Bulbasaur and some cherry blossoms

"Bulbasaur used Petal Dance!"

This is a super crappy phone photo edit; it looks much more stunning in real life, with sharp, clear black lines. I'm planning to scan it properly, make a few minor edits, and print a bunch of copies to share at AI. Once AI is over (or maybe once it's begun), I'll also share high-res images (PDFs, maybe?) of the pics online :)

Anyway, I'm suuuuper pleased with how this one turned out. Not sure exactly what all else I'm going to draw, though more Pokemon are a probability. Kero-chan and Suppi-chan in front of Sakura's and Clow's magic circles respectively seem like good options as well, and I'm hoping to do at least one option with Buu-chan, our convention mascot. Besides that, I don't have a lot of plans. I guess I'll see where the muse takes me!

* I also eventually got some work done on the Accessibility Dept sign. The Charity Auction flyer still eludes me. Maybe after the next coloring page?
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Step one: Learn to crochet; start making amigurumi.

Step two: Get a dog.

Step three: Give your dog a crocheted toy or two, because you like making things and also making your dog happy.

Step four: Teach your dog to go down the stairs, because it is an important life skill and maybe you wouldn't mind seeing him down there from time to time.

Step five: Notice that your dog is much quicker to go back up the stairs when he finds something to take with him (such as dryer sheets (acceptable; he tears them apart and then gets bored, allowing whatever humans are near to pick up and dispose of the pieces) and socks (Chester put that down)), which is nice, because although you love him, you don't necessarily want to spend every single moment watching him.

Step six: Start stashing a few of his toys in hiding places downstairs for him to find, on the bases that A) This will be great enrichment and encourage natural behavior, and B) As stated above, this will get him to go back upstairs more quickly. Include your room, where you also store and do much of your crochet, as one of these hiding places.

Step seven: Neglect to close your door all the way before leaving for work, and trust that other people will help make sure that the door at the top of the stairs will be closed to prevent dachshunds from wreaking havoc downstairs.

Step eight: Final step. Return home to find destroyed crochet projects. Reflect on how you got to this point. Make a social media post about it and vow to do what you can to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Optional step nine: Pet your dog and let him lick your entiiiiiire face, because you know it's not his fault that he learned to do a thing you didn't want him to.

Daydreams

May. 13th, 2017 09:34 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
People I want to find:

* Whoever planned graduation day for the local university and community college to be the day before Mother's Day
* Whoever decided to give our hospitality graduates a 15% discount coupon for our restaurant well after my own graduation
* Whoever planned any local high school's proms to be the day before Mother's Day

What I intend to do when I find these people:

1. Drag them to my workplace
2. Get them suited up appropriately
3. Put them to work
4. Make them vow to either think more carefully next year or promise to come in and help us at the bakery; either would do

Backup wishes:
- Somehow convince the Sales team not to book anything the week immediately preceding both Easter and Mother's Day, and possibly a day or two after each for good measure
- Somehow convince TPTB to actually convert that classroom into a second bakery like they talked about and maybe even hire a second bakery team so we don't have six people working to cover two departments' needs (the restaurant and banquets)


Today's post is brought to you by me working thirty-eight hours over the past four days. I fully expect to work at least ten hours tomorrow, and can only pray that we don't have too much catch-up to do on Monday. Having no banquets on Monday is already out; we have some ridiculous number of dessert bars to serve, and cutting and traying those will definitely take far too long.

My next day off will be Wednesday. I hope my feet last until then.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
How to train your dog to seek out and destroy your crochet projects.

(Of the five Pride Piggies Chester got his teeth into, four of them sustained damage, though only one of them sustained major damage. D'you think anyone would be interested in an Ace Pride Piggy with only one eye? I can make an eyepatch for it. Edit: Upon closer inspection, the Demigirl Pride Piggy sustained heavier damage than I first thought. Not sure how reparable it is yet; it may end up in a similar boat to Pirate Ace Piggy.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Heart" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Heart)
Finally - finally - I have finished watching Wedding Peach. I forgot how much I'd enjoyed the manga, and the anime followed suit pretty well (in terms of enjoyment; I can't remember whether all of the plot points mirror, though I suspect they don't), though it got pretty intense towards the end. The OVAs were a nice refresher, though not without problems.

The important thing is, it's time for me to start watching a new anime! And boy do I have a lot to choose from.

The list, in no particular order )

I think that's it? I've. I've got a lot of watching to do. I need to figure out what I'm in the mood for.

(Way up high on the Definitely Gonna Watch This list is Tokyo Godfathers, since I checked it out from the library today. So at least that's one decided.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
I kinda want to start a Dreamwidth community dedicated to posting/sharing infographics. I mean, as soon as I thought of the idea, I was sure that one already existed, because how could one not? Only there... isn't one? Currently only three users even list "infographics" as an interest, and no one lists any of the variations I could think of. (I mean, I only tried three, but still.)

I am seriously tempted to start one. Part of my brain is definitely screaming at me over the mere thought of more responsibilities; the part that's on a continuous loop of, "Why isn't there such a community already, there should be one, I could make it and it wouldn't be very difficult I'm sure," is not quite as loud, but is going a lot faster so I'm less likely to notice any flaws in its arguments.

Probably this will just turn into one of those things where I'm in love with an idea and don't do anything about it, but possibly, just possibly it will turn into one of those things that I actually do.

(Unless someone else wants to do it for me, which I encourage. I might also accept someone doing it with me, but see again: Brain screaming that it's a bad idea, executive dysfunction, etc.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
This, but with extra super thick yarn and some slight adjustments so it's a blanket rather than a pillow.

(I am serious about that yarn thickness, I'm using a crochet hook that's at least twice my usual size for chunky yarn, and three times my usual size for worsted weight yarn (worsted weight probably being the size most people associate with yarn).)

I added an extra fifteen rows each to the top and bottom of the chart, but I don't actually have enough green for much beyond the original pattern, so the majority of that is going to be gold instead. The yarn I'm using was all on clearance at Michael's, so there's probably no getting more green. After doing the math, I should need eight skeins of green and three of gold for the main/original pattern, and then I can use the rest at my discretion. I have nine skeins of green total, and picked up eleven of the gold. The additional top and bottom rows come out to about three-and-a-half skeins each, and while I got all of the green I could find, there were at least five more skeins of the gold that I didn't buy (and I might pick up an extra just in case).

I got through the first nineteen rows at Crafting tonight, and only just started the first "real" row of the pattern (that is, the one with actual color changes in it). So it's going reasonably fast, and I can't say I'm complaining about that. I should definitely have it done by AnimeIowa, and maybe even by the end of the month, depending on distractions.

Unfortunately, the easiest place to rest the weight of the blanket as I'm working on it is on my lap, and it's starting to warm up around here. It's been in the sixties (Fahrenheit) for a few days now, and working on a heavy blanket while under a heavy blanket is not the most pleasant activity :P Makes me wish I'd save it for winter, but knowing me, I'm sure I'd forget about the yarn by then. So now it is. At least my basement is nice and cool.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
(Originally posted on Tumblr, but I liked it so much I wanted it here, too.)


It’s been twelve years since I read Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, and even then I didn’t make it all the way through. It was for class, though, and we had a lot of discussions, so I picked up some key points.

And I definitely don’t agree with everything Alighieri thought, just to be totally up front about that. Some of the lustful people, those violent against themselves or against nature, just for a few examples, I really don’t think need to be condemned to hell for eternity. But there are a few things I think are absolutely on track:

First, that separation of church and state is vital.

Second, that compound fraud - that is, fraud that has an element of violence - is among the worst of all sins (crimes), especially when committed against people who are supposed to be under your care.

Finally, that there are some people in the world who are so evil that their souls are swept away to hell to start suffering early, while a demon takes over their body and continues their work.

Honestly, it gives me some small measure of comfort to know that, whenever I think that the Trump administration should to go straight to hell, at least one school of thought posits that they are already there.
soc_puppet: Words "Language Barrier" in yellow (Language Barrier)
Companion to this post, about which homonym to use when.

Time for some tips for remembering which homonym is which! I will try to provide one for all words involved, but will make sure to provide one for at least one of the words in ever pair, or two for every trio. ...I may have definitely stretched for a few of them.

Mnemonic devices ahoy! )

Folks are more than welcome to share their own in the comments, if you have any :)

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