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Which is creating the Amazon and Chapters links for the book being review, I know one particular book is $19.19 if you buy it from Kobo and $11.71 from Kindle....


Sep. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm
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Haven't been around long enough for an adult to reference the technology as something around when they were kids. That's just crazy talk -- 16 years ago, you say?

Defenders drive-by review

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:22 pm
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On a more trivial note (yes, yes, the world is ending, and I'm blogging about telly), I really enjoyed hate-watching Defenders. Which is to say that it was nearly all shit except for the scene where Luke Cage teaches Iron Fist about white privilege. I mean, I can't believe I wasted like 8 hours of my life but in the same way, it made me feel like a better writer because I didn't write it.

spoilers )

I've noticed a problem

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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Once upon a time, I pinned a bunch of rings.  I pinned anything that it looked like I could make.  There's a lot of twisted wire types, like from my previous post.

I was looking at the UK Detector Find Database, to look for the proper record for one of the rings I posted about yesterday, when I discovered the problem:

I have found a lot more rings there that seem to be makeable.  LOL

Project Plan

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:34 pm
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I'm right now watching a TD talk about learning. He says that it really just takes about 20 hours to get decent at something.  

Which got me to thinking about making rings.  I've made two rings. I'm sure I've spent more than 20 hours doing this.  I'm not "decent" at it yet.  The guy says that you should break your thing down into sub-skills, and I think that may be key to this.  There are so many skills involved in silversmithing that I probably have to spend 20 hours on each one.  So I have a project plan in mind.

First things 1st, I need to cast my garbage into raw materials.  Whether I use this raw material I cast is another matter, because casting and taking raw ingots and making wire are more skills.
Since I want to recycle the 2 rings I've already made, and try both again. I'm going to need to take detailed pictures of them, for comparison's sake.

Cut for photos )

Step two will be to select rings that will let me practice soldering, and then setting.  

Wish me luck.

Brown marmorated stink bugs

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:42 pm
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A few of them started showing up again, over the last week or so. But today they are really blowing up. There are at least 20 of them on the window (which is screened) in front of my desk.

They must reproduce fast, because they don't move very well. They are slow and if one of them falls on its back it seems to just get stuck. Even if nothing eats them, they have got to be dying of misadventure, at an alarming rate. I don't want to close the window because I don't want the tracks filled with squished beetles.

At least this year they are OUTSIDE the house. Last year, we were still having construction at this season and after we moved in, it took months to evict all the beetles that got in here while the place was not yet sealed up.

Using only the Brat Pack

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:07 am
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Cast a 1980s New Teen Titans film....
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It occurs to me I haven't looked at the Heavy Gear rules in a long time....

I will follow this advice

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:19 pm
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According to my brother, one should not bounce a chainsaw off one's knee as it is very hard on denim.

Murder Murder & Manslaughter

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:24 am
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It's hard getting into new music when you're old.

There's various reasons, cultural and perhaps biological, that make it harder to passionately love bands that you hear in your 30s and 40s as much as bands that you encountered in your teens and 20s. I do try to listen to new bands—and support them financially—as much as I can, but I often find that even when I fall in love with a new-to-me band, half the time it turns out they they've been around for 30 years and I'd just never heard of them. I just don't bond with new artists as much as I'd like to.

So when there is a band that's new and hits all of my musical buttons, I get evangelical. I'm gonna do that for a bit. About a year and a half ago, I clicked on a semi-random link (someone complaining about a thing) and accidentally heard a single from a Sudbury band called Murder Murder who described themselves as "bloodgrass" and played nothing but murder ballads.

How do I describe this band beyond that they're a phenomenally talented bluegrass band with a morbid streak as deep as a 19th gold vein on your rival's stake? If your favourite Nick Cave & the Bad Seed albums are Murder Ballads and Kicking Against the Pricks, you think Deadwood was criminally underrated, and you find goth-hipster-cowboy a compelling aesthetic, you will dig them.

One of the things about them is that after hearing all their stuff, I knew that they would be fantastic live. Of course, the main problem is that, in the short time I've been obsessed with them, they have played everywhere but Toronto. They have in the past, but they mainly seem to do folk festivals in towns I've never heard of. I mean, they're big in Sudbury, but that is a bit far to go for a gig.

They finally announced a Toronto show, the launch party for their third album. By the way, their publicity is terrible. It took some actual digging for me to find out things like "when" and "where" and "is this a thing that is happening for sure?" It appeared to only be advertised on FB, with no advance tickets, and some initial uncertainty as to where the venue was. But! Found all that out, dragged my mother, who does not like country music at all but enjoyed this almost as much as I did, and at last got to see them live.

I was nearly as excited for the opening act, based on the description alone. Manslaughter are an all-female collective outlaw band. I would love to link you to their stuff, but this was only their second gig. You can add them on Facebook, though, which has links to all the members' other projects.


They did not disappoint. They're a bit like Neko Case except that there are 4-6 of them (depending on the song/show) and I am in love. Their best song is called "Murder Murder" and is completely adorable and I just hope they release an album soon so that I can play it for you all.

Murder Murder, as predicted, were phenomenal. Intense, rowdy, punk as fuck, and just a joy to listen to. Their new album, which I am currently listening to, is as excellent as their last two. Beyond the novelty concept (which, don't get me wrong, I adore), they are just really, really musically talented. You should check them out so that I do not obsess alone.

murder murder
Crappy cell pictures are a Sabs concert tradition.

Anyway here's their latest single: And have two more for the road, just because they're two of my favourites and they played both last night.

ETA: Why is formatting in DW such bullshit? Can I not just embed videos and move on with my life?


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