Look At My Pretty New Litter Box!
Topic: The New Box!
Tripod unveiled it's new Blog builder! Yay! It's just what I need! even the free account allows advanced customization and build from scratch options! I can add pretty colours, backgrounds and play with custom setting to my heart's content! Now I don't have to spend hours coding nested tables. I can even specify fancy fonts if I want! So I'm switching my blog to the official tripod blog builder!
If you are new and you've never ventured into the Kat's litterbox before, you might want to take a look at some of my previous litter boxes. which can be found here! To recap...we all know what goes into the Litter box. You never know what you will find in the litterbox, so don't be surprised. There might be buried treasure. There might be buried crap. You never know.
One thing you will always find is links to unique, wild and wonderful web sites. If it's out there...and it's *out there* You'll find it in here! Here's the post I made on my old page earlier today:
Yesterday while I was hard at work finding new and useless places on the web, my son Dan called me upstairs. He found something new in our junk drawer. Sorry...tool and other stuff drawer... he opened it up and showed me what he had found. He found a small brown dead mouse. We seem to have a bit of a mouse problem. At least once a month we are gifted with dead mice. It's nice that the cats are doing their jobs, however...I would prefer no mice at all.
By odd coincidence...my weird site of the day is... The Mouse Trap collection! If it can be collected...some one will collect it and then put up a web site about it.
Next in the line of weirdness is is World Jump Day! these people want everyone on earth to jump at the same time and knock the earth out of orbit. According to them, this will solve all the world's ills. Yeah right, all our problems will be solved as we go careening through space on a one way trip into the sun! I can hardly wait! How about you? In our time zone, EST, we are to jump on July, 20, 2006 at 16:39:13. They don't specify if that's standard time or daylight savings time. I suppose we'll have to jump at both times...just to be safe.
Someone has put Every Calvin and Hobbes Strip on Line! Obviously this man is doing the world a great service and deserves all of our support. There can be no higher calling than that of archiving my second favourite comic strip, after Krazy Kat.
Only You Have the Power to Save Toby! I say let the little rodent die and don't make this dweeb rich. Some people will do anything to suck money out of people. Remember, according to Bush, if we give in to bunny terrorists we let the bunny terrorists win...or something.
Perhaps you don't like fuzzy bunnies, perhaps you prefer Magical Dragons! Here's a downloadable toy for those moments when you need your toys to stare back at you. The main page of grand illusions has other such fun diversions to keep you away from what you are supposed to be doing.
That's enough web weirdness for now. On to other things.
I've been playing with different designs for skirts. I was inspired by something I wrote on a message board, that skirts are very basic, front, back, darts for shaping, not much else. That inspired me to think outside the old box, to discard the basic front back configuration, forget about the darts, and move into shapes that don't look the least bit skirt like. I started with the old fashioned skirt gore shape and went from there as the six gored skirt offers the most flexibility in drape and design. The gore became swirls, the swirls became circles. I broke the circle apart into fractals, adding the fractals at the hem, causing it to flip and ruffle while preserving the clean lines of the upper skirt. It ruffles but without having to add a gathered tier, which look too little girl or too "Little House on the Prairie." Then I took apart the swirls, turning it into a patchwork and adding further godets into the patchwork spaces, adding another layer of complexity to the skirt. These drape in new and interesting ways. I'm working in one third scale, I want to move up to half scale, then to full size.
After exploring the curve skirt shapes I want to move to "inside the box" shapes...where the skirt becomes a series of squares and rectangle, exploring the possibilities as these basic squares and rectangles are draped on the figure. Some develop a bias cut drape, some are severe lines, some form new and exciting patterns to their prints as gravity takes over and the drape to the ground. It's quite interesting to take something so simple and turn it into something new. I might post a picture of one of my patchwork swirl patterns.
Next. I plan to abandon the gores and use just pieces of fabric cut randomly and attach them to a waistband and see what happens.
Today is web site maintenance day. I'm moving my photo albums elsewhere and then recoding my pages so the links go to the new site. I need more space for pictures and the albums are taking up too much space. I may have to break down and get a paid site with more picture space. Well...time to get busy. Bye.
now...to work on more settings and stuff! Later!
Posted by lincatz
at 10:59 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 3 March 2005 11:46 AM EST