Monthly Archives: July 2012

Steampunk

A little off topic…again…

I don’t post pictures of myself often, but this time I will make an exception as I am quite proud of this outfit I put it together entirely on a last-minute whim. The skirt was in my closet, part of a previous pirate costume, the bodice had been purchased last year and was worn occasionally for various ren faire costumes, but what brought it together was that jacket that I found on Thursday at the Goodwill. That was a wonderful find.

My steampunk outfit for Steampunk day 2012 at the Bristol Renaissance Faire

The umbrella was also found at Goodwill, but when I found it was a normal large black umbrella, I spent part of Thursday and Friday ripping out panels and adding new ones to give it an appropriate parasol type look (and for someone who doesn’t sew, I was impressed). The hat was made by my husband out of an old alarm clock.

For those that don’t get it this was a steampunk outfit. Definition of Steampunk from Wikipedia;

Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West“-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistictechnology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.

It was steampunk weekend at the Bristol Renassance Faire. For those of you interested in Steampunk then I suggest you check out the work of Highwind Steamworks, my friend Jeff and his wife Dawn make some excellent steampunk gear, you can also subscribe to their Facebook page.

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To those in Colorado….

I am sorry that people are responding so harshly, the only blame should fall on the gunman, It wasn’t even a spontaneous act of insanity on his part, it was fully planned. He is the only one to be blamed for anything.

Taking children to any event that they desperately want to attend is not a crime, it is a treat. It is the parents responsibility to determine if it is an event that is appropriate for a child some children can handle it, some cannot. I have seen children freaked out by Bambi  (I know adults that cry when Bambis mom is shot) and Cinderella others have no problem watching Batman.

To all of you that are blaming the attendees for various things…STOP IT.  You were not there. People react spontaneously in a situation like that, your mind is filled with survival. Everyone reacts differently in a panic situation…. some freeze, some run, others find time almost slowing down which gives them time to think.

I want to stop hearing and seeing people who say “well I would have…” …No you wouldn’t have…you might think that is what you would have done, it might be what you want to do, but it is not what would have happened. You don’t know what would have happened.

No one is to blame except the gunman himself.

To anyone associated with the victims, or anyone receiving backlash due to the stupidity and ignorance of others……

I am sorry

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Things are slow

Wow are things slow… I went from more than I could handle to not nearly enough. I still have car article I am doing for http://carsugar.com/, I am currently working on a series for Ford suspensions, but I can’t put out too many per week. +I have a guy that wants ‘best of lists’ on products but I am running out of ideas for that one, I’ve already done close to 80 lists for him.

Still no word from my non-payer and I could really use that money, my Vue needs new brakes and soon an exhaust system. The brakes I can do myself, but the exhaust is not something I can do. The extent of my exhaust work is using soup cans to recreate parts of eroded exhaust pipes.

The more I talk to my friends the more depressing life seems. The government keeps telling everyone how unemployment rates have been dropping and how many jobs have been created each month. They aren’t giving you the truth. Yes, less people are claiming unemployment, that is because people are falling off of it as their time runs out. These same people are then hanging in limbo because they don’t qualify for welfare because their property is worth too much, or their spouse works.  The jobs that are being created are a joke, companies are taking advantage of people desperation and offering a fraction of what the job is actually worth. Jobs that were paying $20 an hour five years ago, might be paying $15 now, I have seen some offering the same position for $10.

I have friends falling into the deep end and there is nothing I can do for them. I know people who have their houses in foreclosure, sold their cars, moved in with their parents or siblings. I just found out that one guy has been living off of Ramen for three months. I know of people who are considering committing crimes just so they can go to jail and get a room and board.

When will this all end?

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