Chainmaille

trying to learn a new to me weave, and flub it rather drastically

And as I’m sitting there contemplating that flub, my husband leans over my shoulder and says “I bet you could put a D20 in that…..”

Turns out I can repeat said flub too

I did eventually manage to make the weave I was trying for at least….


No memes this week

The graphics card on my computer is failing. Have you looked at the prices on graphics cards lately? Plus they’re saying weeks for delivery. Ugh. Anyway, no big picture dumps till thats resolved. Damn, I’m going to have to find something else to post……


New spinning wheel!

Ok, so I know I posted about getting a new wheel about a year and a half ago. Great little wheel, very portable and fairly easy to use. But since it was a prototype it had some issues. Well, the guy who designed it took all the feedback we gave him, and made a big brother for it!

Right out of the box this is an easier wheel to use. The Nano was fiddly. While I was able to use it right out of the box, it took fiddling to get it to work the way I wanted. While this one was damn near to plug and play.

It is a bigger wheel, but still small enough to be easily portable.

If you want one click here!


ooops

In the process of trying to fix something else I somehow screwed up the theme. Its going to be a long week. Also at least one person is telling me they’re having trouble with subscribe to comments, if you’re having issues please let me know here.

Edit: hah, fixed the theme. If you’re having any issues with the subscribe to comments please let me know. To be clear, I think I fixed it, I need to know if you’re having current issues.


In an attempt to not be depressing

While I’m not a rabid MCU fan, I do greatly enjoy the universe and have watched most of the movies, some of them I have watched enough times that I can recite the dialog along with the actors. I’m NOT watching the WandaVision show on Disney+, its not a style that appeals to me, though I may go back once its all up and watch it all at once.

I am however rather impatiently waiting for the Falcon And Winter Soldier show. And the latest trailer made me LOL.

2/11/21 Edited to add: Dammit Disney, can you stop being a dumbass long enough for me to get through this show at least? Please please pretty please??


Playing music on my Android phone

I keep a fair bit of music loaded onto my phone, specifically so that I can plug in headphones when I’m on my lunch break at work. I didn’t used to use headphones in the break room, but I have several co-workers who not only seem to enjoy loud and annoying TV shows (why is pranking people on TV such a big thing? And even if I didn’t mind that the hosts have especially annoying laughs), but who’ll walk into the break room and turn up the volume on the TV, and then hold loud and obnoxious conversations over the top of the TV. So, noise canceling headphones for the win!

With my newest phone I was just using Google Music. It came preinstalled, and since I don’t need anything fancy, or anything streaming, I didn’t care about any other features. The last couple weeks its been prompting me to “upload your music to Youtube for streaming anywhere!”, which I ignored. I don’t want streaming, I don’t want to use signal, I want to play the music already on the damn phone.

Yesterday I plugged in my headphones, tapped the music player, and got a message “Google Music is no longer available for streaming services, upload your music to Youtube to continue!”. And wouldn’t let me just play the music on my phone.

So I’m sitting there swearing at my phone (to the shock and amusement of my coworkers who are regularly shocked at the language that I know, why I don’t know), and scrolling through the Google Play Store trying to find a music player that didn’t cost anything, didn’t have ads, and just played MY MUSIC ALREADY ON MY PHONE DAMYOU. After thinking about it a minute longer, I disabled the Google Music app, and then went into the file manager, found my music, and tapped…..and it played! No special app required! Woot! No ads, no annoying “upload your music for streaming!!”, nothing! Just played.

So, lesson learned. If you have a reasonably recent model Android phone (and possibly older ones too, since I don’t have the newest and fanciest) you may not need a special app to play music!


Hairsticks

I’ve always loved hair decor. Decorative clips, barrets, hairsticks and so on. Unfortunately they don’t tend to love me, or at least my hair type. I have slippery fine hair, and unless I pin and hairspray the hell out of them they don’t stay in my hair. I’d long since given up on wearing anything of the sort except for very dress-up occasions because of it.

Then I ran across these:

The hairsticks are made from G10 laminate, the same stuff often used on knife handles. Its NOT slippery, infact has a fair bit of texture to it, which in turn means that they actually stay in my hair! The only hair elastic in that picture is at the base of the pony tail before I twisted it into a bun, and those sticks stayed in my hair for a good shake and another couple hours after the photo before I had to take them out to change clothes.

The hairsticks can be found here on Instagram or here on Facebook. If you’re on neither let me know and I’ll get the maker’s email to send you. He charges $30 a pair for single color sets like the ones pictured above, more for bicolor depending on the number of layers involved.

The chainmaille dragons come from here. And you totally need to check out Cedar’s stuff. After getting my dragons in the mail I was suddenly taken with a mad desire to make more decorative pendants for my hairsticks, and Cedar was wonderful about answering my questions about the hobby. Cause I TOTALLY needed a new hobby to add to my list don’t-cha-know.

For additional thoughts and pictures of the hairsticks see LawDog’s take on them here.

I have to add, I’ve now worn a pair of these hairsticks at work, all day, for the last week. They’ve actually STAYED in my hair for an 8hr day running around the sales floor and doing all sorts of physical labor. They’re awesome. I’ll also note that the black ones pictured are 7.5″ long, the others are 6.5″. If you have especially thick hair, or a longer neck, you may want them to be longer rather than shorter, but he makes them to order, so he can make them whatever length you want.