Las week I had to skip Bullet Sunday so I could attend Avitable's Halloween Bash, but I'm back and fully-loaded this week.
• Sewn! For those who asked, YES I made my own Halloween costume for Avitable's party, and I have pictures to prove it! When I was 13, my grandmother taught me how to use her sewing machine, and so I borrowed it from her to make my "Holo-Virus Rimmer" garb. Despite not having touched a sewing machine in over 20 years, I was able to pick it up again fairly quickly. I started with a McCall's pattern for a Wizard of Oz Dorothy dress, then modified it so it would fit by using an old shirt I had laying around as a sizing guide...
The main part of the dress was pretty easy to make, since it was just a big tube sewn to a kind of "vest"...
The tough part was making the sleeves, because they had to be big and puffy. The pattern's instructions were all crappy and vague about how to do this, so I used hundreds of straight pins to tack it all together. After that, I just ran the sewing machine around them and hoped for the best. This worked surprisingly well...
But the hardest part of the costume by far was the bonnet. Again, I used hundreds of pins to create the gathers and hold the elastic in place so I could just sew over the whole thing. To create the pigtails, I butchered a "Rapunzel" wig and braided it over some wire when I got to my hotel room in Orlando (can you imagine trying to get that through airport security?)...
All that was left was to put on some combat boots I bought when I was in Seattle and wear Mr. Flibble on my hand (if you want a Mr. Flibble of your own, you can get them on sale at WHO North America)...
• Wonder! Question of the day... If the WonderWorks attraction ever goes out of business in Orlando, what do they do with the building?
As I was walking past WonderWorks on my way to lunch at Johnny Rockets last Saturday, it occurred to me that it's not like they could take a giant up-side-down building and turn it into an Applebees or something. Might make a good giant upside-down McDonalds though. I've driven past WonderWorks many times, but have never gone inside... preferring to spend my time at DisneyWorld and Universal Studios instead.
• Strike! Uhhhh.... yeah, I totally support the writers on this one. If Hollywood big media is making money off of material being distributed on the internet, then writers of that material deserve to get a cut. The argument that no money is being made with digital distribution is absurd but, even if it were true, a percentage of nothing is nothing, so what's the problem? I remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached quickly on this (and other issues), because I needs me my TV. If the strike drags on and we end up with nothing but crappy reality shows, I'll go homicidal.
• Birthday! Hey! Today is Hilly's birthday! Drop by her blog and wish her a good one!
• Cut! My sliced finger is feeling much better, so thanks to everybody who was asking about it. I cleaned the wounds pretty good with hydrogen peroxide, so no infection! Anybody who has to put together metal shelving should know that the turned-over edges are still totally sharp and should be avoided.
My final bullet point is stuck in an extended entry because it's a rebuttal to a comment I got on my Macintosh Leopard ramblings from yesterday. And now that this entry is done, I'm off to work... yay!
• Ellegance! I received a long... very long... email from somebody who took grave offense by my saying that The Finder in Leopard isn't an elegant tool. Rather than get into a long debate over the issue (I'm a Apple-loving Mac whore after all), I just thought that I would give an example of what I am talking about.
Let's say I've downloaded a bunch of Elizabeth Hurley photos off the internet and want to crop them then save them in a named series of "Elizabeth Hurley 001.jpg" then "Elizabeth Hurley 002.jpg" and so on. Previously, in Tiger, I would just click on a previous filename, press the down-arrow to go to the end of name, backspace over the old number, type the new number, and save. But this is broken in Leopard...
Clicking on a previous filename populates the "Save As" field as expected...
But instead of highlighting the entirety of the new name, it only highlights the same number of characters that were in the previous filename (meaning that you can't change you mind and immediately overwrite with a new name if you want)...
And when you press the down arrow, you go to the end of the extension, NOT the name. This means you have to left-arrow back four spaces so you can backspace over the number like you wanted in the first place...
And that's what I mean when I say that The Finder is not an elegant tool. In this example, it's actually a step backwards from Tiger. One of the little things that makes a Mac such a joy to use has been broken in Leopard, because somebody isn't watching out for the details. So, while MacOS X Leopard may be one of the best operating systems ever released (and is still very much worth the money), all is not perfect. I can only hope that these bugs will be fixed in future Leopard updates. Along with .Mac syncing, which sucks more every day. Bleh.
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Just for future reference… scroll down to the picture of the gathering part.
You NEVER need to use a gazillion pins.
Just thought you’d like to know how to do it should the occasion ever come up where you need to sew again.
Thanks for letting me share.
When I queried about where you found that costume I didn’t believe for a second that you could have made it yourself.
Now I’m scared that you’re going to show yourself to be an evil overlord because you sure ain’t a mere mortal.
Or maybe you’re turn out to be the inquisitor and we’re all have to defend our right to exist.
That is some serious sewing action. Very impressive.
My birthday is tomorrow. Am I GOING TO GET A GIANT POSTER?? HUH? HHHHUUUUUUUUHHHHHH?
That Wonderworks building looks like it should be in California. Crazy!
And he can sew, too!
Seriously — and that was serious — that is one more talent added to your repertoire. I can cook, garden, and BBQ like a caveman, but no sewing, at least so far. Now the goal is to learn the Mac OS all over again after ten years away.
I’ve never seen that building before. That is awesome!
That is way too much work on a costume. Something tells me this isn’t the first time you’ve made yourself a dress.
Awww, thanks for the awesome birthday toon, Davy-Joe :). I do believe I feel all important and speshul and stuff!
Today you get FIVE puffy hearts! The three that you normally get, another one for my awesome bday graphic, and another because you know how to sew! You know how to sew! Sorry, I am always impressed by that cause I suck at it 🙂
Teebopop… I tried gathering, it was too hard to get the pleats evenly spaced for me, so I just stuck (ha ha) with the pins. 🙂
MRK… I love The Inquisitor, but unfortunately he has been deleted from existence!
Suzy… You have to take me to Disneyland in order to get that kind of birthday action!
Lisa… I dunno… it looks pretty much at home with the bizarre buildings on International Drive in Orlando!
Bogup… My sewing skills are actually pretty poor… but the costume only had to last for one night, and people were only going to see it in the dark, so it was all good.
Whit… I’m surprised that SoCal doesn’t have one in the Disney area. One of these days I need to go inside of it.
Yellojkt… Nope, first time. But if this is your way of hinting that you want me to sew you a dress, I’m too busy to make you something pretty right now.
Hilly… Just don’t look at my costume too closely. It’s… uhhh… not exactly well-made. 🙂
I am QUITE impressed that you sewed that bonnet! Pleats drive me insane!
ok, seriously, you never sleep do you? how do you get SO MUCH done?!
i’m impressed with the sewing. 😉
Dave, you made that costume? You’re too cool 🙂 I wish I was as creative as you 🙂
Hey, are you naked underneath that dress?
Slipshod or not, I’m still totally impressed that you made your costume yourself.
As for linking to Who NA, I don’t know whether to thank or damn you. Too cool. Maybe I can justify a purchase for me if I buy my bro something Red Dwarf or Blake’s 7.
Wow, totally impressed with the sewing job! My machine’s moved from apartment to apartment and then just sat in the closet for the last 5 years.
They’ve got one of those WonderWorks buildings over in Pigeon Forge, too. It just weirds me out.
I use that file renaming “feature” all the time for my photos (I refuse to have filenames for my digital pictures that all start with “IMGDXS_xxxx.jpg”).
Guess I found another reason for me to hold off upgrading to Tiger for now.
Dave, if you loosen up the tension when you gather, it’s really easy to do. Just make bigger stitches, pull the bottom string, and voila…gathers! Then you can sew over the gathers with a tighter tension and shorter stitches to hold it in place.
Not that you’ll be making another dress for yourself or anything….right?
That WonderWorks place was opposite my hotel in Orlando last year. We didn’t go into it though. There was a Hooters pretty close to it if memory serves me right.
I don’t think I realized you had sewed that, either. Now I think it’s a tie between you and James (Rainbow Randolph) for most effort put into a costume.
I couldn’t even sew the rip in my store bought costume myself. I bow down to your obvious supremacy.
Your dedication to your costume and attention to detail is most impressive. If I can’t find it in the Walgreens costume aisle, it ain’t gonna happen.
I am thoroughly impressed by your sewing ability. And with a little more practice, you will be able to do the machine gathering that Teebopop suggested. By the way, in the past I have always made my own costumes, probably because my mom used to make them for me when I was a kid. That way you know (hopefully) no one else will have the exact same thing that you do.
omg, you sewed your own costume? you really can do it all, can’t you, dave! i’m impressed!!
I’ll bet your ears were burning all day yesterday!
After 20 years you managed to create that costume?!? Amazing! So what happens with it now? Are you chucking it out or keeping it as a keep-sake?? You should definitely keep Mr Flibble =D
My mom will be pleased, then, that her spanking-new MacBook came with Tiger instead of Leopard. She is already in love with that thing.