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Topic: What I Did This Weekend
For some reason I have the song "Paper Airplanes" by MIA stuck in my head.
I suppose the title should be "What I did since Thursday" or -more accurately- "what i did since the video card died in a sigh of one long and three short bios beeps" On Thursday Ben and I wen to my mom's for a while and when we returned he attempted to turn on the old computer only to be greeted with one long and three short beeps from the bios. Normally the bios makes one self assured BEEP! with an exclamation mark to let the world know that all is functioning well. If things are not functioning, then the bios sends out little R2D2 beeps to tell what's wrong. This sequence meant the video card was acting up. We decided to wait until saturday to fix the problem, since we had to find the electronic testing meter, bring the computer upstairs, take the thing aprt, etc. We tried everything we could think of, even cleaning the contacts, but we couldn't get the bios to recognize the card. So we repleced it with our old card.
So let's start with Thursday, shall we? The combination of Sara leaving and the writers strike put the show into a bit of a funk, unsure of it's direction. There has been talk in some of the internet groups that Thursday was going to hint at the shows new direction. If this is true then all i can say is "change to that direction now!" It was excellent! CSI's strecgth has always been that it appeals to geek culture. This episode played on the geekiness of the show. From the Start Trek trivia to the cameo appearance of the Mythbusters (Is that Jamie and Adam? It IS Jamie and Adam! What are the Mythbusters doing there? -that was our reaction! -along with one big all in the family nerdgasm) and the way both the lab rats and the regulars worked together --all this made worked together to make for a stand out episode. If this is the new direction, then i like this better than the "sin city/ tiny house killer" story lines of last year. And Adam and Jamie! Mythbusters! On CSI! totally cool!
Best line of the show:"It's like you're this geeky guy inside a woman's body" And she said "so are you" Talk about burnination! Believe me, I've heard that one about myself.
Friday was quite interesting. We had no computer, so Ben was bored out of his mind. Or he was until he remembered that he's was writing a story (long hand) back in the summer last year. So he brought out all his notes and began working on the story again. He's writing much of it long hand. If nothing else, his printing and hand writing is becoming legible. (I'm not being nasty, handwriting issues and fine motor control are a symptom of his autism, so this is a good thing)
For me, I began drawing the pattern for the jeans in the picture below. I followed a different draft, the modern mono-butt or booty cut draft and for some reason it didn't look correct. The grainlines -where they meet at the center back -seemed splayed out. And there seemed to be a bit of a tilt to the front. I fixed the front tilt and tried to adjust the back and it still looked wrong. I was unsure if I should fix it so it looked right to my eyes or to use it as is, since it was my first time using the draft. I didn't have a lot of brown twill, and I got the last two meters from the last brown bolt at Fabricland so I didn't have any twill to spare. What to do?
I got some muslin and made up a test garment for fitting. I was right. And I know why so many of thsoe jeans have gapitosis at the center back. it's built inot the pattern! I don't know if the fit models all had some spinal problem or some one was on drugs or what they were thinking, but there was a gap at the back that would be from the grainlines not coming to the correct point at the center back seam. The dart between the back yoke and the main pant at the side seam is very pronounced, it's close to an inch and a half, that's likely why these newer cut jeans fit the butt so well. The front tilt needds to sty where it is, it helps the low rise jeans hug the body at the hips and stay in place when the tilt is brought forward when the pants are sewn up and worn. The back was fixed by angling the centerback seam and adding the change to the side seam. So there was a problem, and the other problem isn't a problem, it's a clever way to take care of a classic hip-hugger fit issue.
Saturday was a day for nerdgasms. A total geekarama day. For not only was it FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! it was also the day of the annual Rock, Mineral, and Gemstone exhibition. And both were within three blocks of each other. We got several comic books. There were two per person allowed. Heather got two how to draw books, Dan got X-Men and a how to draw. Ben got two Hellboys. I got the EC sampler and a sampler of alt-underground comics. I have never ever seen Carry-On so busy. Ther was a constant line up with a minimum of five people waiting. Free comic book day was a complete success. Ben also got the next Sandman novel, World's End, he's still all agog over the ending. I got 1941-42 Krazy Kat Kollection. So we not only got free books, we spent real money.
I also checked out Dave's Dave Sim that is -Dave's new title, Glamourpuss. It's apparently supposed to be a humourous take on the world of fashion. It's in reality a humourous take on fashion written by someone with no sense of humour and with nary an inkling of what goes on in the fashion world. It's like he picked up one issue of Cosmo girl and then forgot everything that was in it. And even more problematic, fashion is supposed to be about the cutting edge, the shock of the new, yesterday is long forgotten...this whole book felt...dated...old...not in step with what's new and what's happening. Being old, out moded and out of step can be the kiss of death in the fashion world. He's not into fashion enough to know what's funny, what's food for humour, what's not funny, and what should be treated reverently. The only way you can successfully be irreverent is by knowing what is sacred. He seems to think fashion is just a bunch of teenage girls buying clothes, he couldn't be more wrong. Yes, Ugly Betty an The Devil Wears Prada both are successful satires of the fashion world: but both are done by people who were once on the inside. And outsider like Dave can't even begin to satirize that which he doesn't know. He really needs to immerse himself in the fashion world and treat it seriously, not with contempt. And by immersing himself in the fashion world, that he should do more than just reading my blog. And those out of dated clip art fashion plates kill the "fashion aspect of the book.
He's got some asinine petition going, if *we* agree that he isn't a mysoginist wea are supposed to drop a line or publically post somewhere that we agree with him. It's sort of in the manner of the "do you still beat your wife" type of loaded question; the kind Groucho Marx made famous. And if we don't agree with him then he's going to take all his toys home and we are never invited back to play with him again. I wonder if Dave still has all the Marx Brother's movies on video or DVD or whatever? One Sunday we spent eight hours watching Marx Brothers. I was all marxed out at the end of the day.
My formal resonse is: I believe with all my heart that Dave thinks he isn't a misogynist, that he really does believe in what he says and if we would all do as he says he really does believe the wrold would be a better place Dave can also think and believe in his heart of hearts that blue monkeys fly out his ass, but that doens't neccesarily make it true. Dave needs to learn that he can have his opinion, and everyone else can have theirs, and it doesn't make his wrong, mine wrong or anyone's wrong. Opinions are like assholes, we all have one. And when we see pur opinion as some sort of higher "Truth" in capital letters, then we are merely living out that quote from usenet: "People who capitalize the word truth in the middle of a sentence are usually furthest from it."
On the other hand, I think I understand what he's trying to say, he's not misogynist against all women, only the ones who fit the profile of the type who screwed him over when he was still dating. These he's constructed into a strawman that he calls the "marxist feminist" Women who aren't "marxist feminists" he's okay with. Unfortunately this strawman is of his own construct, and this strawman tends to be a liquid concept as Dave changes the parameters of the definition. It changes as Dave's opinion changes. I have met a few of his female voids (the ones who destroy all light and life), and a few of his marxist feminists, and to be sure they are as reprehensible as Dave believes. But most of us pass of the so called "voids" as utter bitches and ignore them or roll our eyes at specific incidences of bitchiness. The feminist writers who he rails against have lost most of their influence in the feminsit community simply because their fallacious arguments have been exposed as fallacies. The ones who espoused nurture over nature and every sex act is an act of violence have mostly been ignoreed by the feminist community, indeed that line of thought dates from the early nineties and is now mostly ignored by 21st century feminists. Man hate is badly out of date.
I do feel sympathy for Dave. He's an incredibly complex person and that comlexity does NOT come through his writing. Indeed he seems the opposite, shallow, spiteful, and odious; the very things he dislikes in others. As I have said many times, there are two Daves, the guy who writes the comics and the essays and the guy who came to the family christmas eve party and who was a sparkling converstaionalist and a charming companion -and the two were in a constant battle. I still say the wrong Dave won. I think maybe he's getting his feelings hurt again. Maybe it's time for him to reach out to others and agree to disagree and maybe we can all meet halfway in the middle. He can hate me all he wants, but it won't change my mind about him. I don't hate him. Life's too short to waste on hate. And far too short to spend ranting agaist imaginary strawmen and far too short to get into a lather about deep philosophies that aren't really that important in the grand scheme of things.
None of that should overshadow his artistry, espcecially on Cerebus. He left an indelible stamp on the art of graphic story telling, from his freeform use of panel layout, his style of narrative to making the text, the ballons that contain the text, and sound-effect words an integral part of both the visual appearance of the page and as a method of advancing the story line. When Cerebus belched you could almost smell the sour, gassy, booze smell conveyed by the unique way the letters themselves were formed. His work shouldn't be questioned. And that's far too much talk about Dave. And this will be deleted if I start getting any flak about it or too many comments.
After the comic book store it was off to the rock show. I'm very happy i didn't have any money, it was far too tempting for me. Ther were about twenty vendors selling gems, rough stones and component for making jewlery. I was wanted to get some moonstones and some tumbled stones, but I have enough other projects to keep me busy as it is. All the people from the local rock club said that anyone who wears an ammonite fossil as a piece of jewllery should belong to a rock collectors club. That actually sounds like an excelent idea. They were giving away a few fossils at one place. You got to sift through some fossil laced mud, and you could keep five fossils. Dan got couple shark teeth, a fish fin, and a shell and his girlfriend found a peice of fossilized fish poo. Once she got her fossil fish poo she was happy.
Free comics...and a rock and mineral show. Does it get any geekier than that? I doubt it!
Sunday Dave -talking about my hubby Dave -worked on the basement. It appears the leak is fixed so Dave drywalled the wall back up. Now we have to tape it, plaster it, then prime and paint it. The room, as mentioned -is going to be painted in retro colours and it's going to have a new retro theme.
Today I have a busy day. I have to do laundry, there are two working guys in the family now aming dirty business casual clothes, not to mention pre shrinking my brown twill, and i need to do sme gardening. On saturday we had heavy rain and we could see everything turning green, the grass, the trees, everything. I want to take advantage of some warm sun on some moist soil and plant some more lettuce. Last night we had or first harvest of the spring with dinner, some sorrel leaves and some fresh green spring onions. Yummy! I made them up with some special rice that a combo of six types of rice, and I seasoned it with some sumac powder. It comes from the ripe berries of thsoe ubiquitous shrubs that grow alongside highways and the sunny side of glacial eskers. It's got a sweet, pink grapefruit/pink lemonade taste and goes well with the lemony tang of sorrel.
I have a hair appointment coming up mid month. I'm thinking warm blond, and letting my hair grow a bit longer. I see far too many with the bob these days. Last spring it was a bold move against the long and sraight hair ewveryone else wore, now EVERYONE seems to have a bob. Or maybe I'll get some side layers, and go copper. I know -copper and blond streaks! I liked that combination. Do did Dave --hubby Dave that is. But I do like blond...the only problem is that people tend to talk slower and louder to me when I have blond hair.
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