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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
1st-Aug-2011 10:19 am
State of the 'Song
Down to just cough and some fatigue, thank goodness.

That was weird.
This is the first year since 2003 that I haven't done Blogathon. :( I bowed out months ago, when I was pretty sure I was going to be leaving my job and having a lot to deal with around the time that I needed to be organizing the auction. The bout of bronchitis was unanticipated, but yeah, when that hit? I was very relieved that I'd already decided not to do Blogathon!

Still, it's a thing I love doing and a major landmark of my summer. So. Strange.

Projects: Knitting Version
* I am starting this quilt! I have a ton of sock-yarn leftovers, and I don't like the look of the mitered-square sock-yarn-leftover blankets. This is adorable and apparently way easier to put together. So expect to see me knitting hexipuffs everywhere. Also, if you have sock yarn leftovers you don't need, I would love them. EDIT: Actually, I'm thinking it would be really nifty to include yarn from as many of y'all as possible - represent people from around the world in the quilt, if I can!

* I am starting to really want to knit myself a cardigan, and I am flailing as to which one. If you're on Ravelry, want to check out that part of my queue and opine? I am also, of course, open to stuff that's not on my queue that I may not have seen. Note: My body shape does not lend itself to the terribly-popular buttons-over-sternum-or-breasts-and-hangs-open-otherwise style. (Note: Disregard baby cardigans and the Hew, which is for Elayna.)

Link Soup
* The Vidocq Society. "Nineteen years ago three men had the idea of a regular lunch club for crime experts that would try to solve some of the United States' most baffling homicides. The Vidocq Society has now been instrumental in solving hundreds of crimes."
* Minority rules: Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas.
* This one may make you cry: How You Get Unstuck. It reminds me a lot of my work with BARCC in recovery high schools.

Daily Science
Physicists at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the universities of Kiel and Hamburg are the first to discover a regular lattice of stable magnetic skyrmions – radial spiral structures made up of atomic-scale spins – on a surface instead of in bulk materials. Such tiny formations could one day form the basis of a new generation of smaller and more efficient data storage units in the field of information technology.

Writing! Also, I need to photograph my recently-finished knitted stuff, because I need to mail my mother's shawl, which is blocking in my office right now. And I need to decide which gluten-free breads I'm attempting first, because I need to make a GF flour shopping list. Attempting bread is intimidating! I have a hard time dealing with the frustration of failure - an artifact of a Type-A overachieving childhood - and I know that I won't get the desired results on my first or second or third try. But I have to try if I want to get there. *decisive nod*
1st-Aug-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of sock remnants to which you are welcome. I'll try to get them in the mail in the next week or two.
1st-Aug-2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3
1st-Aug-2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
The Murder Room is a fascinating book about the Vidocq Society. It was a cross between fascinating and horrifying to read, but well-written using one case as a thread throughout the book and describing the process of solving several other cases. I liked it, but I'm glad I just borrowed it from the library because I don't want it around my house.
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1st-Aug-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Of course! :) It's only right that you be represented in my quilt, and I in yours. <3
1st-Aug-2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Rabbit rabbit.
2nd-Aug-2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting How You Get Unstuck. I have seen and heard a lot in the shelter system and the women I've met have blown me away. I'm trying to get unstuck from some things going on in my life right now, and sometimes it feels as if it will never get better, but this whole situation reminds me daily why I cannot give up. Some people have worse or more stuff to deal with and work through than I do, and it's easy to get caught up in my problems and forget this.
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