Haramaki

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 03:04 pm
taimatsu: (i make stuff)
A while back Eve found an article about haramaki. This is a type of old-fashioned underwear worn in Japan - the name means 'belly warmer'. They have been languishing in obscurity because they have the same coolness factor as granny pants do here - but now they are experiencing a renaissance, and are being made in funky patterns and colours. They look quite fun - people are shown wearing them over jeans, like a little mini-skirt but higher, or under long tops, like another layer. I could see myself wearing one.

Here is the original article, and here is a tutorial written by someone else (though I think the result looks a bit skimpier than I'd like).

I have camouflage-pattern stretch fleece. I think I know what I'm doing with it.

Shades of grey

Wednesday, 21 March 2007 04:30 pm
taimatsu: (Default)
Something that's bugging me right now:

Do you remember at primary school when people would want to borrow your pencil-sharpener, they'd ask 'Does it break pencils?' meaning, does it break the point off over and over? I believed (and still do) that this phenomenon is to do with the pencil, not the sharpener - but I have no proof! And why do kids believe in the 'bad pencil-sharpener'?

Or is it just me?

Thursday, 1 February 2007 07:58 pm
taimatsu: (happy)
I have noticed a couple of posts on my friendslist announcing journals as Valentine-free zones - not checking any LJ valentine communities, not posting any messages therein. I'd kind of like to be able to do the same, as it does get a bit silly. But I know what I'm like - I'm a soppy pile of fluff and squishiness, and I know I will post things and check for things. So I have given in to it and signed up with valentinr, an auto-valentine thingummy.

My Valentinr - lucyclare

Yes, I am silly.

The Eye of Argon

Thursday, 25 January 2007 10:24 am
taimatsu: (minako)
I was mentioning the Eye of Argon to Dave and Eve a little while back, so here are some links:

Standard HTML version
MST3K version

Read with caution.

The thing that really surprises me about this, er, narrative, when I think about it (which I try to avoid) is that it was written before the advent of the online thesaurus.

Doubletake

Monday, 4 December 2006 06:20 pm
taimatsu: (typeface)
From John R Biggs, An Approach to Type, p 52

"It could be argued that in English, at any rate, we should be better off without the letter C, and though it would look odd to see the word Kake it would at least be directly related to the sound in speech."

First thought: but Kake doesn't look odd at all!

:)
taimatsu: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] camwyn posted about wanting to hear Hugh Grant saying the line "Excuse me, I, ah, well, well, I could be wrong, but I seem to... erm... be a brain in some sort of... jar?"

My stupid brain misinterpreted this as referring to Hugh Laurie, and so I produced the following comment (slightly edited for infelicities of expression - the original is on the post above) which I think is perhaps worthy of reproduction.

Read on... )

Friday, 24 February 2006 06:39 pm
taimatsu: (minako)
GAH! I have a hippycrap CD (also known as 'relaxation music') on to stop me faffing too much while working on my critical analysis - and it's a RAINFALL one, and it's making me NEED A WEE. That's no bloody good, is it?

Wednesday, 20 July 2005 07:18 pm
taimatsu: (musical)
Yumpty-yumpty-yumpty-yum, yumpty-yum, yumpty-yum...


This is the 'Lucy Is Eating Tasty Grapes' song. It is believed to be a derivative work based on the 'Lucy Is Hoiking Things Up The Stairs' song, which goes

Humpty-humpty-humpty-hum, humpty-hum, humpty-hum...


You may notice the similarity.

Said songs are heard only in very specific circumstances; not only must the Lucy be (respectively) eating tasty grapes or hoiking things up the stairs, she must be happy while so doing. These are rare occurrences, to be savoured and enjoyed by the intrepid anthropologist.

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