July 17th, 2013


For science!

I've decided that now I there's time, I might as well add a few finishing details to the apostate mage costume I made at high speed the other day. Things like, piping on the train of the dress to match that of the tunic, eyelets for the thong that holds the tunic closed to stop it from gaping when I sit, and a dagger. Because all mages carry a dagger (I think some of them might be invisible, but trust me on this).

Thing is, one cannot generally go about in public carrying a dagger that can actually be used as a weapon. I've had a few people talk to me about making LARP-safe weapons, and I know that a lot of cons won't allow even carved wooden weapons because you can hurt people with them. Luckily, the internet is full of methods for making non-deadly but realistic-looking daggers, swords and the like. I wasn't sure which method would work best for me, so I'm trying two different ones. For science!

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Meanwhile, you know how yesterday I mentioned that the NZ government has just brought in policy to drug test beneficiaries? I should be clear about this - they say they aren't testing all beneficiaries - "it only applies to those with a work expectation attached to their benefit and only for jobs requiring drug tests."

So, um, that means pretty much everybody, given that the government is also supporting an employment environment in which drug testing is becoming increasingly common, and that they just placed work expectations on both domestic purposes benefits and sickness benefits.

Anyway, what I didn't know was that they are also making the beneficiaries pay for the tests themselves. Here's more from the horse's mouth.

So next time you see something about the bullshit that goes on in the US and think to yourself, "At least it's not that bad here", think again. It's worse.