Oh shit. I started writing it.
My 3-year project of researching the crap out of American-Soviet Lend-Lease in order to write a fucking historical romance (don’t you judge me) is finally coming to fruition.
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Of course I can’t just write the story and throw in historical details now and then. Oh, no, cause that would make sense and not take 5 reference books for the goddamn prologue, not to mention a bunch of sites in Russian and a stamp collector’s website because apparently the early Soviets didn’t believe in taking pictures of things or something unless it’s thereafter lithiographed and put on a STAMP.
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Feels good to finally get words down. Obviously it will need some for-serious polishing before I do any kind of non-blog-y publishing. I’m a wordy bastard. I love clauses and I seem to have a dislike for the period. (As in the punctuation, not the time frame, as I am clearly obsessed.)
I plunked down a 900 page hardcover book that was number 2 of a 4-part series on Stalingrad during the research of this story and a colleague of mine finally questioned my sanity.
that didn’t that long D: D:
I am in a cave. Anyone who has levelled with me in WoW knows how lost I get in caves. Someone tell me parents where I’ve died kthx.
Happy Dead Archduke Franz Ferdinand Day from the City Museum Ferris wheel!
I have a real job in the nearest city and my own place and internet that is faster than 60kbps (hooray).
If only my bank account wasn’t so low, I’d be all set.
Oh, and also my fridge has a dead mouse somewhere stuck in it and making smellz on the food — but INTERNET of REALNESS /dead
Open Source Clothing.
Now I feel it imperative to reblog this, because the project seems to have hit a snag: The video they put up has been taken down because of claims of 3rd-party content, whatever whatever corporate lawyer stuff internet throttling stuff. That makes me think that Bennetton or one of the others whose stores were glimpsed in the background got their hooks in Vimeo.
So I thought I’d tell you a yarn about how this thing works:
You download the open-source plans for the machine.
You build it.
You download their open-souce clothing-maker program.
You enter the desired measurements into the fields (the ones I remember from the video were arm and neck and chest measurements, so I’m sure they have waist and/or hips too)
You print out your sweater, or hat, or scarf, or cardigan, or whatever it was that you selected. It takes an hour to print out the sweater, working off of the two yarn spools that you can see in the bottom right corner of this .gif
That’s it. Custom-fit, custom-color clothing in an hour, for the price of yarn. Can you see why one of the clothing companies targetted in the video might have felt threatened enough to force the video to come down?
I know if I sold overpriced manufactured clothes, I’d see this as a looming menace.
I WILL HAVE HAUTE COUTURE
^i knew that was coming lol
(Source: prostheticknowledge, via verin-mystal)