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In which Nokia's underwater capacities are tested and I don't sew my finger - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 30th, 2013

10:13 am - In which Nokia's underwater capacities are tested and I don't sew my finger

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My normal morning routine during the week is to get up, make my lunch, eat breakfast, make coffee and then take it back to bed and wake Dr Wheel up with it*. But, there just seems no point getting back into bed when Dr Wheel isn't in it. So now I'm getting up and having coffee in front of the internet. It's.. not as pleasant as sharing morning coffee with Dr Wheel.

Joel - He's Better Than The Internet!

Also, he informs me that Dutch supermarkets contain all his childhood treats. He's supposed to be buying camping supplies for Ohm. Which will win? Will he be sharing his tent with a wheelbarrow full of licorice?

* In the interest of honesty, he sometimes makes the coffee because he is awesome.


So on my way home last night I happened to glance into the bucket fountain, and what should I see lying there, but this:



Yes, that is a Nokia phone. I did not fish it out to see if it still worked, but it was gone this morning so it seems someone thought it was worth getting wet for.

Meanwhile, last night I used the limited light for the next layer of gryphon-embossing - Mod Podge over the hardened gel medium, to round off the ridges and give it more relief:



I'm pretty sure this is the last layer it'll need, because a lot of how this works will be based on judicious application of highlighting and lowlighting. I also put the first layer of medium on the arm badge, since this seems to be the technique that works.

And once it got dark, there was a rivet party! (sorry rivet there were no studs). I decided to start with the kneepads Footwraps of the Silent One. These have three straps per leg, so that meant attaching 6 buckles to my pre-made, pre-dyed straps, and sewing keepers for them. Then I glued the top strap into the inside of the kneeguard part for each knee, and then glued the inner lining for the kneeguard into place, thus:



After this, since I was using contact glue which dries really fast, I also had time to glue the outer leather on to each guard. This means that tonight I'll be able to sew around the edges. Eventually I'll get good with a speedy stitcher, right? After that, I can add the final two straps and the kneeguards/footwraps/leg thingies will be done (I already have some brown boots that'll work with this outfit). I don't know if I'll get all that done tonight, but it'll be nice to have part of it done. Then rinse/repeat with the gloves, which have four straps each.

Tonight's mission while I have light will be the Mod Podging (?) of the arm badge gryphon, and sewing the quilting for the jacket so I can start adding studs to it. So never fear, rivet, there will be a stud party, it's just not in conjuction with the rivet party. Sorry about that.


This just in - the complete folly of the notion of drug testing beneficiaries is now demonstrated by evidence. Florida tested 4086 applicants and returned 108 positive tests. That's a rate of 2.6% - less than a third of the rate among the wider population. The net cost to the state of Florida was over $45,000, and that's taking into account the savings on the benefits of those who tested positive. Dunno about in the US, but in NZ that would support roughly 4 extra beneficiaries for a year. I'd rather that than pour it down the black hole of pointless drug testing, just a thought.

Meanwhile, I'm playing Life on Mars as the background to my activities of an evening atm. I've come to the conclusion that John Simm's superpower is being hot even when he's having a giant tantrum. Seriously, I could deny that man nothing. I think the US equivalent would be Ed Norton. Hmm..

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From:rivet
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Mmm John Sim.... That might be better than a stud party, to be frank.

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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I concur. Resoundingly!

(the other day, Dr Wheel and I invented a game, called Adverb Abuse. the aim is to communicate with as many adverbs as possible. fun for the whole family)
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From:rivet
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
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awww... sounds like my kind of goofy fun <3
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Indubitably.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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duck duck fish
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Obligingly...



Edited at 2013-07-29 10:56 pm (UTC)
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From:pombagira
Date:July 29th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
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bwahahaha... awsome

goose goose fish...

*glee*
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 31st, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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Koi!!!!

Squee! Also some cute Canadians there :-)
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From:coyotegoth
Date:July 29th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
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I have fond memories of that bucket fountain, from my one visit to the Cuba Street area.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
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It's iconic for Wellington. I mean, it's a piece of shite that keeps breaking down, doesn't work as well as the concept implies it should, and drenches unsuspecting passers-by. Some folks think it's an eyesore.

But somehow it's wormed its way into the heart of Wellington and when the council suggested removing it a few years ago, there was an outcry. Cuba St without the bucket fountain would be less of a hub.

Also, it's in my front yard. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 30th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
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It's such an icon of Wellington that some reports of last weeks earthquake included a tsunami warning for the bucket fountain...
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From:coyotegoth
Date:July 31st, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
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Drat, I could have said hello! ;p
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From:meathiel
Date:July 30th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
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I'm all for a wheelbarrow full of liquorice ... ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 30th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I have passed your support on to him. I guess I'll know if he did it if he returns home with a huge smile, black teeth and diabetes. ;-)
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From:fairwells
Date:July 30th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)

bucket fountain, crafts, drug testing

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I wonder if they fished out the phone to throw away or try to salvage it.

Your crafts look great as usual.

I agree about the pointless drug testing after reading that article.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 30th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)

Re: bucket fountain, crafts, drug testing

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I would like to think that being a Nokia, it'd still work after being fished out. ;-)
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From:fairwells
Date:July 30th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)

Re: bucket fountain, crafts, drug testing

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Yes, it probably would :)
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