Inspired by the Institute For Figuring. This is what you get when you start with a round of six chain stitches, and double each stitch for six full rounds.
403: (Tetris)
( May. 3rd, 2010 11:18 pm)
Instant Gratification Project of Champions.

(Pics when it's dry.)
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Sunset I
Closeup Left
Closeup Right

The yellow and red in this one are Rit dye (heat setting), the blue is from the same Tulip kit as the last one (time setting). I had planned for the colors to go yellow/orange/red/purple, but as you can see that didn't quite happen. Other than the fact that you start with boiling water, Rit dye is easy to work with and gives both intense color and fast results. You let the fabric soak in hot dye for 30min, rather than overnight like the Tulip dyes, then rinse it out. The interesting pattern around the ends happened when the Tulip blue wicked up into the red area while sitting overnight.
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403: Spiral of black and white stones, on a go board. (Spiral)
( Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:26 am)
Under pressure, I'll eventually start leaking creativity. Yesterday was like that.

Proof of concept: tie-dyed silk scarf.
The same scarf, hanging in my window.
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403: Listen to the song of the paper cranes... (Cranesong)
( Dec. 21st, 2009 07:27 pm)
Today I went out to take photos and get into art-making gear. I also got around to uploading the best several from 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/v_lhhw/
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Neural correlates of interspecies perspective taking in the post-mortem Atlantic Salmon: An argument for multiple comparisons correction. Dead fish in an MRI, with a real point to the experiment? Someone's going after an IgNobel prize.

Dispatchwork seeks to whimsically repair the world's public spaces.

Now I need to write a 3min talk on the chemistry of the BZ reaction, and make some slides for it. Should get started.
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Okay, so I have a bicycle on layaway. I'd like to finish paying for it ASAP, 'cause I need it for things like hauling groceries. In order to do so, I need to come up with $250. That's only slightly less than my monthly gross income.

Rather than subsist on ramen for a month, I've decided to ask for donations. If you donate $15 or more, I'll draw or paint something for you. (DeviantArt has a representative sample.) The "basic" option will get you a 4x5" monochrome, either real media on good paper or a non-lossy file suitable for printing at that size. For larger donations, I'll do larger dimensions, more colors, or additional "basic" pictures.

I will begin working on the pictures on Dec. 15th, 2009 (the day after my last final exam) and expect to complete them no later than Jan. 17th, 2010 (the day before spring semester begins).

Be sure to list an e-mail address with your donation so that we can talk about things like subject matter and mailing address.


EDIT: Paypal link removed. 3h and change after I got this request for donations up and running, I've covered the cost of the bike. Thanks everyone, you rock!
In a whiplash reaction against making Other People's Stuff to-order in my internship (oh, yeah, I should write about that), my brain has decided that it wants to do something new and creative. Specifically, it's telling me to try to learn the violin.

There are significant obstacles to this.
* I don't have a violin. (Perhaps possible to remedy via some ebay hovering.)
* I can't pay for lessons. (Err, anyone accept barter?)
* I have rather poor time management skills, and most of the year I have a full schedule on top of it.

And yet, that doesn't stop me from wanting to give it a try.

In the mean time, I've made Essene bread (a great boon to the beer theory of civilization because the first steps are identical - malt grain) and should write about that, but not right now. 'cause I should've been asleep more than an hour ago.
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