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Merry Christmas!

Tibute to Doctor Who

This is brilliant.  And be sure to watch during the credits for a hilarious bonus track!

YouTube Videos

To tide you over until I return from FaerieWorlds in Eugene, OR with lots of pics, vids, and stories to tell, here’s two of the coolest youtube videos to cross my path this week.

Why do we watch period films?  I don’t know about you, but I do it for the dresses and the dancing.  So really, all I need to watch is this video:

About halfway in, there’s even footage of David Tennant in 1700’s menswear (so cute!) and yes, he’s dancing!

And since Lost is starting its final season next week, here’s a great parady video of all the questions we need answers for.  Lost.  Best show ever that you won’t understand.  Personally, I’d watch just for the smoke monster and Sawyer.  And Ben.  This last season I’d watch just for Ben.

Cool Things from YouTube

I’m sick, so while I have a rambling essay on writing and the book I’m currently writing, I’m entirely too tired to type it up.  I’ve had this thing for a week now, and this morning I thought: “Hey, I feel pretty energetic!  I’m going to go out to the studio and sew!”  Heh.  I managed to sew for maybe half an hour before I was exhausted.  My brother thinks we have the swine flu.  He might be right.  Heaven knows I’ve never had anything that doesn’t actually make me feel all that bad knock me out of business so badly and for so long.  And it’s interesting that I got sick in summer, because I never, ever get sick in summer.  Good thing I’ve still got two weeks to get my energy back before the Renfaire!!!

And on to the cool stuff….

I meant to post this earlier on my “All about Harry Potter” blog, but it slipped my mind, so here it is now.  Wizard rock!  Yea!  How can you not love it just for the sheer dorky awesomeness (even when it’s bad) – and these guys are actually pretty good.  I present to you the Ministry of Magic’s “Snape vs Snape”.

I adore Snape.  He’s just plain written of awesome.

And “Simon’s Cat” has a new episode out!  I don’t know who puts these out, but he sure has a handle on what makes cats tick.

Who doesn’t like penguins?

And here’s my latest music discovery.  Amaranth, by Nightwish.  Love the visuals – they put stories in my head.

United Breaks Guitars

This is deeply cool.  Not that the guitar was damaged, of course, but this group’s response to it.  YouTube, the righter of wrongs.

“In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise. “

And the response from United?

Glad they didn’t take the money to sit down and shut up, because I’m looking forward to video #2!

Cool things of Sundry Description

Okay…cool things…what have I got?

Well, thanks to my friend Bonnie (who I hope is feeling better!), I have this mindboggling youtube timewaster.  Yup, that’s my favorite sort of internet thingee!

BarackPaperScissors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2mcdS6ioo8

Go there.  You’ll love it.

I’m currently obsessed with genealogy, but even before I became obsessed with Ancestry.com, I wanted to know more about my Great-Grandmother Merritt.  I’ve always felt a sort of affinity with her, even though she died before I was born.  I’ve collected several family heirlooms that were hers.  But I was never able to find out more about the Merritt family’s origins – the only thing I had was the name of her father, and I could find out nothing about him.  It was deeply frustrating.

But then I was cruising ebay, and I found this guy:

http://myworld.ebay.com/boba216/

He offers 2 hours of professional genealogy research for a starting bid of $3.  You can’t beat that!  So I won my auction, and put him to work.  So far, he’s worked one hour, and traced the Merritts back five generations!  Very, very cool.  I may have to purchase some time later at his normal wage of $12 an hour and have him solve another problem that’s been bugging me.

In my own genealogy research, I’ve found I’m direct-blood related to King John I of England (he of Robin Hood infamy), King Duncan I of Scotland (he who was murdered by MacBeth), and Charlemagne.  I’ve also got a family line of Stuarts, and it turns out I’m some sort of cousin to Robert the Bruce (his daughter married my ancestor’s brother….)

What else is cool?  Oh yes.  I’m past the 100,000 word mark in Arassa!  Now I can only hope I reach the The End soon.  I don’t want to write another massive book after the last one I wrote (which was so huge I broke it up into two novels, and they were still on the longish side!)  This is the stage where I’m using lots and lots of pure determination and stubbornness.  Arassa is still fun to write, but it’s so tempting to put it aside and work on something new and different.  The Othermind isn’t helping, either, because lately I’ve been positively bombarded with images and ideas for the next book.  They sneak up on me, these ideas.  It’s a good sign that I’m reaching the end of Arassa, though.

This costumer’s blog is awesome (and cool).

http://theartofclothes.blogspot.com/

She’s one of the people I want to grow up to be.  I’m so bloody envious of her hand-sewn eyelets on her new corset-in-the-making, that I am probably going to attempt some on my new corset.  And look!  I’ve got the boning for that corset!

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It’s basically 5mm lengths of wooden sticks.  Technically, they’re used for basket-making, but if you want to make a really, really authentic corset…well, they didn’t have plastic boning in the 1700s, did they?

I’ll leave you with this image of two indian runner ducks…

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….because let’s face it.

Ducks are basically the coolest things on the planet.

Getting Dressed in the 1800s

Here’s something interesting for all you fans of period/historical films. I’m sure you’ve been envious of a gown or two, and wondered what it would be like to live in that time and wear one like it. But maybe you’ve never thought about all the layers that go underneath, or what they all look like.

Here’s an informative youtube video showing a modern day costumer getting dressed in her lovely 1860s outfit, and demonstrating all the different layers and what they looked like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq3JD52aNK0&feature=channel_page

And here’s another, showing how to get dressed in a rather complicated fashion of 1805.  This woman makes wonderfully accurate historical dresses- and they’re nearly all hand-sewn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO_4PnO8KDM&feature=channel_page

If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, here’s a link to her website:

http://www.koshka-the-cat.com/index.html