Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


Commercial Sewing Pattern Poll

The following is a survey I am conducting for a problem-solving class in college. It seems to me that [redacted]. If you have the time, please copy and paste the questions and post your answers to the comments of this entry, just like if you were filling out a meme. Thanks very much for your time!

1.) What is your age range? (Please specify):

18 – 24       25 – 30       31 – 40
41 – 50       51 – 60       61 – 70

2.) How many years of sewing experience do you have?

3.) How often do you sew?

4.) Why do you sew this frequently or infrequently?

5.) Do you sew most often for yourself, or for other people?

6.) What do you sew the most often? (Examples: Clothes for adults, clothes for children, costumes, gender specific clothes, et cetera)

7.) Do you generally use commercial sewing patterns produced by companies such as Simplicity, Butterick, and McCall’s? Why or why not?

8.) If you have used commercial sewing patterns published by other companies (Note: Vogue is a child company of McCall’s), what did you like or not like about their pattern instructions? Why did you like or not like these things?

9.) Do you follow a pattern’s instructions while you are using it? Why or why not?

10.) Do you feel that the instructions for commercial sewing patterns are easy to follow? Why or why not?

11.) Should the instructions for commercial sewing patterns be more specifically aimed at inexperienced seamstresses, and therefore use plainer language and clearer descriptions (just as a start)? Why or why not?

12.) Do you think that the diagrams included in commercial sewing pattern instructions are confusing? Why or why not?

13.) Do you think there should be more diagrams used in commercial sewing pattern instructions? Why or why not?

14.) Would you be interested in the ability to access pattern instructions on the Internet, as well as having a printed copy with your pattern? Keep in mind this would have many benefits other than allowing you access to the instructions if you lose your printed copy. Why or why not?

15.) Would you be interested in having access to instructional videos on the Internet for the pattern you are using? Why or why not?

16.) What changes would you like to see made to commercial pattern instructions to make them more convenient for your use?

17.) What pattern would you say has been the most difficult for you? If you can’t name a specific pattern, the name of the company that published it will do nicely. Why was this pattern so difficult for you?

You guys TOTALLY rock my socks off! Thank you all so much for your responses! Keep your responses flowing!

EDIT the second
For those who may be interested, I have added my own replies to the survey in the comments. It's time to start colating the data, so I'm not really worried about tainting future answers, since I'm not really accepting any. Keep an eye out for a later post with some stats from the data in it!

Movie Boycott

I am posting this entry publicly, because I feel it is something important enough to share with any random strangers who happen upon my journal.

You can read more in-depth information about this issue here.

In an attempt to summarize my thoughts and feelings on the matter, I will say this.

Universal has committed theft, plain and simple. I will not pay money to see "Repo Men", and I will do what I can to discourage others from wasting their money on it. I will instead refer them to the original and better incarnation of the idea, that of course being "REPO! The Genetic Opera". I know that legally, Universal has not committed theft. However, I feel the lawyers should get bent. It's still theft, even if the United States Judicial System doesn't believe it is.

I am Repo Army. And Universal will not get one red cent of my money in the name of their movie "Repo Men".

Seeing Sideways: Final Project

For my final project, I decided to research cats. While I know it may be hard for some people to believe, I've actually never done any formal research on them. What I know about them is knowledge I acquired through having and being around them. I've literally had cats all my life.

You can read up on them here.

I had intended to come in dressed as a cat (which I did), and to talk about what I read. Of course, being in character, I wasn't going to just start spouting off a bunch of things. I was hoping people would actually ask questions about them, or provide me with convenient segues (which did happen a bit) and thereby allow me to wow you with my knowledge of cats while staying in character. That....didn't work too well.

I absolutely love how my cat ears turned out, though. They were a total experiment.

So it was a fun project. I learned things I didn't know (like the fact that the spines on cats' tongues are rigid because they contain keratin, the same stuff that makes up your fingernails). I do wish I had looked into the subject more. I think I would specifically be interested in learning more about cat behavior.

So until next time, meow.

Also, to see a full list of the Seeing Sideways blogs, please click here. Beth, if you're missing any, or think you're missing any, please let me know. I should only have missed three.

Seeing Sideways: Assignment Ilostcountbecauseit'salmostbreakanddon'tcareaboutnumbersanymore

So, this week we are supposed to make up a holiday. I quite like this idea, as who doesn't like holidays? You get the excuse to take a load off, eat lots of food, see people you (hopefully) like, and sometimes even get and receive gifts. We need more holidays, I feel. And not necessarily ones where we are expected to give gifts, like the greeting card companies seem to enjoy fabricating. Just a time to be with people we love, eat things we love, and generally be groovy and mellow.

Good lord I sound like a hippie who enjoys his reefer. Anyway.

My holiday isn't one I've made up necessarily, but it is one that I feel more people should recognize exists. My holiday is the Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Day can be any day or series of days during the year. It generally occurrs when one is too stressed or overworked to deal with the rest of the world. Typical customs for celebrating this holiday include (at least for me) catching up on sleep, catching up on homework, eating comfort food, playing video games, sewing, catching up on housework, writing, reading, and watching TV and/or movies.

Mental Health Day can be celebrated in numerous ways, and it is possible that it knows no cultural bounds. Everyone needs a day off from the rest of the world sometimes.

So the next time you're tearing your hair out due to stress, take a step back and schedule yourself a Mental Health Day. Curl up on the couch with your favorite munchies and the TV remote easily in reach, and tell the world to go fuck itself for the day. Or if you're extra lucky and have some vacation time saved up, tell the world to fuck itself for multiple days! Don't check your email, don't answer the phone, forget about venturing outside to check the mail. Though do make sure you still take care of your pets, as they are part of YOUR world, not the rest of the world.

Happy Mental Health Day!