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Thor's Day 
11th-Mar-2010 07:47 am
Happy birthday to the radiant saraphina_marie and sairaali!

Yep, still pneumonia. *sit* I am vexed. And my chest hurts.

If you are a fan of s00j, read this now! And if you're a New England fan, vote for October 1-3, because I'll be at Intervention on the other suggested weekend.

I know you guys know about this stuff.
Elayna wants a top hat and goggles for her birthday. I always wondered how she'd manage to rebel. Now I know. She's gone steampunk.

So. So far as goggles, these seem good and not hideously expensive. As for a top hat... well. She should properly have a Gypsy Lady hat like Tricky Pixie's, but those are custom and she won't get it on time. Recommendations for an inexpensive top hat that is not a piece of crap? EDIT: You know? I'll just give her a Gypsy Lady gift certificate so she can design her own. And a pair of sihaya09 earrings.

Recommendations for other little things to throw in? Do you make anything steampunky? If so, do you do barter? Because I am on a budget, thanks to spending $500 on glasses for myself and Elayna.

Link Soup
* Free Clash cover album!
* Hugo-award-winning editor John Klima's Hugo ballot. Special attention please to the Campbell. :) If you're eligible to vote and haven't yet, please do - the deadline is Saturday!
* Renaming comic books as what you really say about them.

Daily Science
Cryogenic electron emission phenomenon has no known physics explanation.

I am once again couchbound. We'll see if I have sufficient brain to write. If not, I read and knit and nap.
11th-Mar-2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I always wondered how she'd manage to rebel. Now I know. She's gone steampunk.

Okay, I lol'd at this. :)
11th-Mar-2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
It was just as funny in person.
11th-Mar-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Recommendations for other little things to throw in?

If you stumble across a cheap pocketwatch (they exist!), that might work.
11th-Mar-2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
The Mart of Wal has them for $10.
11th-Mar-2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hot Topic may well have some inexpensive toppers, as they have a big Alice in Wonderland thing going on right now. :-)
11th-Mar-2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Go to sciplus.com and type in goggles and you will see those same welding goggles minus gold paint and decorative applique for half the price.
11th-Mar-2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the cryogenics link, and yay for people paying attention to anomalous nuisances!

Edited at 2010-03-11 05:09 pm (UTC)
11th-Mar-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
If she's really, seriously into steampunk, a sewing machine would probably be the most practical thing. I can teach her how to use it this summer, or I'm positive there's someone local who'd be able to do it also.

Past that, a really good bustle (if she's into it hardcore) or a practical everyday skirt. That looks like a good bet, or this. Either will give her the right look and will be super comfy.
11th-Mar-2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I have an older portable machine that needs a tune-up and some adjusting, but will almost certainly work well once it's tweaked; the motor was fine and everything was there, I just could never get the tension right. Sewing turned out to be very much Not My Thing, so if you think Elayna would like it and you can find someone to do a tune-up... I'd trade it for some BPAL or something. (Song, I think you were hanging on to some imps for me at one point anyway? I keep forgetting.)
11th-Mar-2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, Pneumonia here too. And my antibiotic actually makes me anxious and nervy...so much for bedrest. Hopefully the new stuff i'm going on tonight will be better.
11th-Mar-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I have a very nice, but inexpensive top hat from a local costume shop.
They also have some nice inexpensive pocket watches.
I would be very happy to barter for any jewelry, watch chain, frilly garters, hair cha-cha/fascinator, or anything else that falls under my abilities. I <3 Steampunk!
12th-Mar-2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Love the detailing on the side of those goggles.

I hope you recover quickly, chica!!
12th-Mar-2010 03:27 am (UTC) - How I made my goggles
I started with a pair of Alpine goggles from the Army/Navy store. They are brass-looking when you strip off the black paint (and stripping it unevenly gives a nice effect). Then I swapped out the webbing strap for some velvet ribbon attached with fancy buttons. I think the whole project cost about $20 and took less than an hour.

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