Tagged: frivol
picspam: space Arthurians
chris. | 15 January 2011 | 7:21 pm | (culture) transforming | Comments closed

Andy and i have been filling the gap until the next “Doctor Who” series starts by watching oldWho.  There’s probably a longer post or zine article to be written some day about my relationship with Doctor Who, but not today.  Today we are going to write about one of the most awesome of the episodes from the Sylvester McCoy / Seventh Doctor years:


I’ve not seen “Battlefield” on anyone’s list of “old ‘Doctor Who’ episodes not to miss.”  For the McCoy years i’ve mostly seen “Ghost Light” mentioned with everything else noted as being easily skipped.  And “Ghost Light” is really good and probably the best of the McCoy years.  But do you like Arthuriana and cheesy sci fi??  Then, really, you can’t miss “Battlefield.”

I can’t really tell you exactly what the plot is for “Battlefield” because, uh, well, that’s just the way of things with some old “Doctor Who” episodes.  Basically: Arthurians from another dimension decide to attack Earth (modern day, from around Ace’s time period) for mumble mumble hand-wave-y reasons.  There are awesome battles where some people have swords, some people have howitzers, and some people have ray guns.

Still not convinced?  Let us commence with a picspam!  (With apologies to those of you on the RSS feed.)  This doesn’t cover the entire plot, merely points where Andy and i laughed our asses off.

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Annie Lennox makes ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ fabulous
chris. | 22 December 2010 | 2:12 pm | culture, glosses | Comments closed

Annie Lennox, what are you wearing….

and can i have it??

time traveller’s kit
chris. | 9 November 2010 | 10:08 pm | favorite things, wrdnrd | 8 Comments

I’ve been fascinated by time travel for a long, long time.  I’m not sure if my interest in time travel stories preceded my initiation into “Doctor Who,” or if it was The Doctor who inspired it.  At any rate, i’ve been a fan of time travel stories since at least age 12.

So naturally i was immediately drawn to “The Time-Traveler’s Survival Kit” at Wyrding Studios:

Vintage thumbtack tin (containing a compass, button, bus token, key for opening tins of things, a spare cork, a map of Hartford CT, assorted reference papers, seeds, and the missing button from the shirt you left at the drycleaners last Thursday) set in antiqued brass wire with glass and carnelian and a large vintage lucite bead.

I would have bought it the instant i saw it except for the $150 price tag.  Ouch. I love Kythryne’s jewelry and i’m sure the piece is absolutely worth the price, but that is still way out of my budget.  Even during the 5th anniversary sale this past weekend when it was marked down by 35% it was still out of my budget.

“Bugger that,” i thought to myself.  “I’ll love a time travelling kit way more if i put one together myself.”

it's bigger than it looks

it's bigger than it looks

And so!

This is my favorite purse.  It has always been my favorite purse, but what was the perfect size for a high school student is about 50% too small for a woman in her 30s who spends a lot of time away from her house as she travels around her city.  I absolutely cannot shove even my smallest tea thermos into this purse and so there’s simply no way the purse will be used regularly.

But one does not simply get rid of one’s favorite purse.  One’s otherwise-near-perfect purse.  It might come in handy some day!

It might, in fact, be utterly perfect for a time traveller’s kit.  Large enough to hold a few essentials, small enough to be tucked into a larger bag.  Sleek and unobtrusive enough to fit into any time period, or to fit under a coat or cloak should the need for camouflage arise.

And now …. what to put in it?  I have a few rules i think should apply.

First of all, i’m not looking to fill this with new-bought items.  This is a general rule that guides most of my life, but i think it’s especially applicable in creating a time traveller’s kit.  A time traveller’s kit — or, at least, my kit — should not be a blank slate, waiting to have stories written on it.  A time traveller’s kit should come with bearing some histories and stories already.  Altho’ i leave open the possibility that occasionally i may see some completely brand new, history-less item that simply needs to be in the kit: i’m not ruling it out, just saying that used not new is the prime, guiding rule.

Second, items that are salvaged from my own past form the best starting point.  A map of my college town from when i lived there?  Yes.  An old skeleton key i found once that i have no idea what it opens?  Oh my, yes.

Third, items gifted to me by family or friends — especially items from their pasts — are likewise good.  The 1st thing i put into my kit is the mini binder notebook my grandfather always carried with him.  I don’t use it myself, and so it still has his notations on a carpentry project he was working on.

Fourth, however, dictates that this is a time traveller’s kit and not a time capsule.  And so, (a) as noted above is that occasional new items are okay.  Also, (b) items should have some purpose and not just sentimental value.  Granted, i specialize in attaching stories and sentimental value to even the most mundane items, so while i tossed in a small knife for practicality’s sake, it’s a somewhat special knife in that it was given to me by the projectionist who’s come to be known as my “brother” at the cinema — he thought i should be carrying a knife on me when i walk down Murder Alley after closing up the cinema at night.

(Note: No murders, to my knowledge, have been committed in this alley. But the lights do insist on flickering and going off whenever i walk under them, and i know a horror movie trope when i see one.)

Here’s a quick list of what i have in the kit so far and what i’ll be looking to put into it once i can find things in my disorganized apartment:

  • Gpa’s notebook
  • Pair of strands of fake pearls from my great-grandmother’s house
  • Map of my college town from when i lived there in my so very beloved apartment
  • Keys to said apartment, plus random skeleton key
  • Knife from H.
  • Measuring tape from Gma (tho’ that means i’ll have to find a measuring tape to carry in my regular purse, because i right now i carry Gma’s tape with me all the time)
  • My random collection of furrin monies.  (Altho’ i seem to have gotten rid of the wallet i used to carry in this purse.  No matter, i think i still have the Alice in Wonderland wallet i had when i was 5.)
  • Probably also my Oyster card from London.  (It needs to come out of my transit pouch anyway since it messes up the RFID readers when i try to scan my ORCA card.)

What else would you suggest?

I do fully plan to wear my kit — not daily, but on a not-infrequent basis.  Why, yes, this borders on cosplay.  Some day maybe i’ll flesh out my time travelling persona!  If i feel inspired with a name and backstory.  Tho’ since i do approach my daily outfits more like i’m creating a costume for a play rather than simply getting dressed, this is hardly out-of-the-ordinary for me.

If you see me carrying my time travelling kit, do feel free to come up and talk to me about it!  When i’m wearing my zine-maker’s outfits, i love it when people talk zines to me.  When i’m wearing my proofreading/editor outfits, i love it when people talk nit-picky language to me.  When i’m wearing my time traveller’s kit, i will absolutely love it if you come talk time travelling with me.

i would love me some Fluevog Hildegard boots
chris. | 8 November 2010 | 8:34 pm | grab bag | Comments closed
Fluevog Hildegard boots (black)

Fluevog Hildegard boots (black)

This post is one of those “it’s a wacky idea and a real long shot, but let’s put it out there and see what happens” sort of internet gambits.

These sexy, awesome, Superhero Fighting Crime In Space (Andy’s assessment) boots are the Hildegard boots by Fluevog.  They were discontinued earlier this year — or at any rate, that’s when they were removed from the Fluevog website such that i could no longer even ogle them during low points at work.  Much as i lusted after these glorious boots, i was certainly not in a position to buy them: brand new they retailed for (if i’m remembering correctly) more than $500, and even the close-out price was well out of my price range.

But, truth be told, i still kind of lust at them.  Occasionally i see used pairs come up for sale on eBay, but never in my size.  Got close once with a pair in size 8.  I could probably make that work.

The problem, of course, is that i’m a size 7-1/2.  A true size 7-1/2 from heel to toe.  And while i know that Fluevog sizing can sometimes be whimsical, i know that in these boots i’d still take a size 7-1/2 because they’re made on the Operettas footbed and i have 2 other styles of Operettas in size 7-1/2 that fit perfectly.  This is a problem because size 7-1/2 in women’s shoes is one of the most common sizes in the U.S.  I would be one super lucky lady if i found a pair of these in my size for a reasonable price on eBay.

Fluevog Hildegard boots (black)

Fluevog Hildegard boots (black)

Or…..  Maybe i will be a super lucky lady if you’re reading this and have a pair of these boots in my size languishing in the back of your closet?

Yes, i know — i said it was a longshot!  :)

But, as Lyle Lovett says, “What would we be if we didn’t even try?  We have to try.”

So here’s what i’m tossing out there like a message in a bottle:  I would love to have these Hildegard boots.  Black or olive — doesn’t matter (or both!).  Size 7-1/2.  Used.  For a reasonable price.

Have a pair you can bear to part with?  Drop me a note.

encouraging young lunatics
chris. | 22 January 2009 | 10:53 am | science! | Comments closed

A Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks.

Heck, i think i want these for myself.

a tale of 2 periodic tables
chris. | 9 January 2009 | 11:21 pm | science! | Comments closed

FAIL.  I wanted it to be cool, but then, BAM!, element — excuse me, “Awesoment” #13: Boobs.  Of course.  Because it’s not SCIENCE or GEEKY unless we’re objectifying women.

On the other hand:  SO TOTALLY WIN.  A wooden table, designed as a working periodic table.  “Working” here means this:

This website documents, in great depth, a large collection of chemical elements and examples of their applications, common and uncommon. Click any element tile above and you will find probably more than you ever wanted to know about that element. All these samples (well, at least the ones that fit) are stored in a wooden periodic table, by which I mean a physical table you can actually sit at[...].