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Happy Halloween! October 31, 2010

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I haven’t been much into Halloween the last few years.  We didn’t have many kids in my neighborhood and didn’t get any trick-or-treaters at all  last year.  A lot of young families have moved in the last year or so and there’s a bumper crop of the crumb munchers around so I bought some candy and I’m carving a pumpkin for the first time in quite a while. Carving two in fact, one is for the Parental Units.  Tonight I’m going to watch Sleepy Hollow and finishing of a series of short films on the web called Camera Obscura.  I found that in a link by Lemur King over at McGoo’s place where he has a couple more shorts by the same guy.  Really good stuff, go check them out.

I know I’ve posted this before but it’s a good song and it matches the season (no it’s not Monster Mash):

Pumpkin pics later!

***Pumpkin Update (clicky to embiggen)***

Yeah, kinda lame-ish but it took longer to clean up my garage enough to get some space to work in and I got up late anyway.  I have the one on the left set up at my house and the Parental Units have the other one.  They’re both electric lighted.  I put a strobe light in the one on the right and it looks pretty cool.  I need to pick up another strobe for next year.

I pulled the plug on the pumpkin and turned off the porch light at 9:30. There was just five groups, managed and directed by parents and no more than two kids each. They were all very young. I heard and saw that there were packs of older kids around but they didn’t drop by. Almost all the other houses on this row were dark and I’m at the end of it so I guess it just wasn’t worth traveling that fifty feet to get free candy. And I bought the good stuff too. Asshole kids.

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Did It Just Get REALLY Cool Around Here? October 25, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Steampunk.
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And I ain’t talking about the weather

New stuff just came in and The Outfit nears completion:

The credit cards are now smoking...

The hat I ordered shortly after the other two on Etsy. I just had to have a green leather top hat. You can see I really had no choice in the matter right?  The goggles I ordered a while ago (and yes, they’re these).  Again, there was really no choice in the matter after the general dissatisfaction with the other pair.  The hat I got pretty quickly but there were some issues with the goggles and they were just delivered today.  The cuff links arrived promptly and they’re gorgeous.  Shirts with French cuffs are hard to find in the stores around here, so I ordered one from the interwebberytubes and it should be here tomorrow or Wednesday.  There are a couple more items that I picked up but haven’t shown you yet.

So.  What have you been up to?

New Phone October 20, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Science & Technology.
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So I found out I was eligible for a new phone since I’ve had my current one for two years.  “Smart Phones” are all the rage now of course and I can get a top-end one for a couple hundred bucks.  I have Verizon so iPhone is right out, but it looks like these “Droids” are generally just as good.  Right now I’m considering the Droid X or Droid 2 by Motorola, the Droid Incredible by HTC and the Fascinate by Samsung.  Any of y’all have any experience with any of these?  Insights?  Cautions?  If so, drop a note in the comments.  Thanks!

Droid X surges into the lead!!

It features an HDMI output (SW33T!), full support for hotmail and better battery life than the Incredible. I’m sure I would have been happy with any of these but overall the features of the X I think match me the best. It has me really pumped for my first smartyphone. To think, it wasn’t but a couple years ago I made fun of cell phone people!

*****Update*****

I HAVE IT!!  Truly this is the Phone Of The Gods.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have sex with this thing now.  I’m pretty sure there’s an app I can download for that.

 

Banana Mango High School October 18, 2010

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My God, it’s full of awesome.

Via Ghost of A Flea.  I don’t know where he finds this stuff, but I’m very grateful that he does.  Oh, and make sure you check out the trailer for Lesbian Vampire Killers he has posted.  I can’t steal ALL his stuff.

Why Can’t I Like Cheap Stuff? October 16, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Art.
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It never fails.  Whenever I have a choice between two or more similar items I’m ALWAYS instantly drawn to the more expensive one.  And of course, I have a real hard time convincing myself that the lesser priced item is perfectly good.  I know plenty of people who have no problem with this at all.  Here the matter at hand is more stuff for my current steampunk obsession.  Now that y’all have convinced me that it’s still a real, viable cool thing I’ve continued with assembling the components for my look.

I’ve already bought one item that cost way more than I really expected, but it has other uses too, so that’s OK.  These top hats I bought have a distinctly American Western feel, as does the leather duster coat so I’m going that direction in general.  To that end I picked up a black leather vest at a local western wear store.  Yes, of course they had several similar versions priced from about thirty dollars to a hundred.  And yes, of course I had to go with the hundred dollar one.  It was the buttons.  The lower priced ones had snaps.  Yeah, that just doesn’t work does it?  Oh Lord.  It just occurred to me that they are plastic buttons.  I’m going to need metal steampunk buttons aren’t I?  Well, gosh darn I think I probably will.  Ooo – silver buttons?  Those would be nice.  Yes, antique silver buttons would be gorgeous.  I need Professional Help.

Tomorrow I’m going over to the Men’s Wearhouse and pick up a nice white, long-sleeve button down shirt with French cuffs and a pair of plain black pants.  That should complete the Basic Outfit I think.  Oh, and cuff-links.  Yes, I will need those.  Steampunk cuff-links?  But of course!  Happily there is a VERY wide selection of clockwork cuff-links on Etsy.

I’ve looked at dozens of them now and I’m drawn to a few that I’m having a hard time deciding between.  Check them out:  Matched Bulovas, Their #1 Seller, and the Matched Hamiltons.  One thing that does save me some money is the fact that I prefer to match black with silver-toned stuff rather than gold-toned.  Otherwise I’d have no choice and have to go with the Jules Jergensens.  As it is, regardless of which ones I go with I’m nearly out a hundred bucks just for cuff-links.  Sure, there are plenty that are cheaper, but after seeing these I just can’t make myself even consider them.  It’s a tough life.

So of the three I posted, which ones do y’all like the best?  Or if you find another set elsewhere for a similar price let me know about them too.

Is Steampunk Over? October 11, 2010

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So sayeth Lileks

At the end of of one of his latest posts on The Bleat:

Also on the list of OVER and ENOUGH:

Zombies
Vampires
Steampunk
Virus movies

Rut roh.  Obviously James and I are on the same wavelength regarding zombies and vampires.  And frankly we can tuck “virus movies” under the zombie heading because, come on, they’re really the same thing.  What this all means is I have to take his assessment of what’s “over and enough” seriously.
In the back of my mind I was kinda-sorta wondering about this. Usually when something cool first comes along it’s done by people who are really interested in it and they have to make the stuff for it themselves because you can’t just walk into a store somewhere and pluck it off the shelf.  Once something gets successfully and fully commercialized a lot of the cool-factor is sucked out, because now people who have a mild-to-moderate interest in the cool thing can indulge in it without actually investing a lot of their own personal time and creativity.  Yes, I am talking about myself here, but you know what I mean.  It’s at this point the authenticity starts leeching out of the cool thing and gradually gets replaced with plastic until in the end it becomes a happy meal toy.  Halloween has basically gone this route. 

Dammit.  I always do this.  I hop on the bandwagon just when all the original people who originally made the bandwagon decide that all the fun is out of the ride and start hopping off.

Butterfly…My Butterfly! October 10, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Home, Knives.
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Look at what Lemur King made me buy

This here is the Morpho Bali-Song 51 by Benchmade knives.

Lemur King casually drops a reference to a butterfly knife in his latest story which in turn made me realize that I had a serious hole in my knife collection.  Naturally I had to correct this situation immediately so I dropped by the local knife shop and picked up this little number.  Now I’m trying to learn all those cool flips and twirls without slicing my hands into ribbons.  Actually I taped up the sharp side of the blade so it’s not really all that dangerous to practice with.

*Update*

More knifery.  Since Lemur King asked, yes I do have a tanto.  The blade is just under 11 inches and the whole thing is about 19 inches long.  I bought it when I was about 29 and I thought it looked cool in the catalog.

Hats Are Here! October 8, 2010

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Man I’m Getting Old

Hat with crow’s feet.  Nrrk.

This isn’t a great picture, but I promised to put something up when they came in.  This is the suede one.  In this light you really can’t tell the difference between this and the other one except it’s brim is still straight.  I shaped this on a little bit to make it fit better.

The hats are very nice quality and they fit great.  One annoyance is that the hat bands seemed to be glued on, which means it’s going to be a pain to take them off if I find ones that I like better.

Gotta say, I’m not a real big fan of these goggles.  They’re okay, but they’re not the greatest quality and all too modern to look  Steampunkery.  Particularly when compared to these.

Fall Is Here! October 5, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Music.
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Finally, the fingers of Summer’s death-grip on our weather are broken!  A front rolled through tonight and for the first time since the Great Baking begun in June I’m enjoying a cool evening’s breeze blowing through my house.  And at long last, the money-sucking AC is quiet.  I always celebrate this day with a song.  This year’s fall kick-off  is Autumn Interlude by Amethystium.

This song is one of my most favorite of theirs, but they’re all good.  There’s a bunch more on Youtube of course.  Here’s another one I really like and was actually my first introduction to them:  Arcane Voices.  Albums are available on Amazon of course.

That’s all I got for now.  I’m working a conference for the rest of the week and even giving a presentation at it on Thursday (wish me luck!), so I probably won’t be around much either here or in comments elsewhere for the rest of the week.  The hats will probably be here by Friday (Saturday for sure) so look for pictures then.  Thanks as always for stopping by.  Good night!

Hat Watch October 1, 2010

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Update

Yay!!  I got a notification from UPS that hats will soon be on their way!  So now we know.  It takes them ten days to get product out the door.  I still never got any responses from them to my e-mails.

Mmmmmmm.  So it’s been nearly a week since I ordered my hats, and I haven’t received anything from the company except the initial order acknowledgment.  The company is in California, and the items were “In Stock”.  I ordered other items from another company the same day in California and they arrived yesterday.   I sent the hat company an e-mail yesterday inquiring about the status of my order, but as of 10 pm today I haven’t heard back yet.

*Taps foot impatiently*