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Bones! - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 4th, 2013

09:15 am - Bones!

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This morning I topped up the YoT's phone for the last time, and switched off the calendar reminder to do it. A small part of me twinged at this, and I gave the small part a swift kick up the backside for being a control freak and a lecture on how he's a grown up and can work this stuff out for himself. I've never been an apron-strings kind of Mum anyway, but it's weird the little things that I'm all "MY BOY!" about. I mean really? Get a grip, Small Part!

Today will be his third day of work. Yesterday he did that thing - he talked shop to me. To which I smiled internally, because that's my kid over there, talking shop about his job. He's joined the social club - the McD's one is probably quite good because they are all young and go paintballing and play laserforce instead of going lawn bowling like *cough* some workplaces *cough* do. This week is training, next week he starts on full shifts. Gosh. I will be over here, feeling something very strange that's a combination of pride and surprise at how fast things change, with a little bit of Yay! and some bizarre nostalgia for the two-year-old who told me he wanted to be a fish and chip seller when he grew up. O.o


Meet Yorick:



I bought Yorick from a Welshman who is a taxidermy buff and also makes things from bones. I'm not sure what it's called when you're into skeletons for a hobby, but he's one of those. In his workshop he has three horses, a cow, an ostrich, numerous fish and birds, some goats.. you get the picture. Mostly they're in boxes, but the ostrich was assembled. At the moment he's making a three metre high rearing horse skeleton with a person skeleton trying to control it. When I got there he was bolting together a leg, and he used it as a pointer while we were talking.

In the workshop there's also a large vat for the boiling and removal of bits that aren't bone, and once the boiled bones are dry, they go into a cupboard in bins that are full of flesh-eating bugs. It's all a bit macabre, but also quite fascinating - and doesn't smell anything like as bad as you'd think.

So anyway, I bought this skull because I'm not really set up to prepare them myself any more, and I needed one to be ready now instead of in 6 months' time. Yorick will be the centrepiece for the first staff I'll make that's not taken from a video game. It will be TACKY AS FUCK. That's kind of the point.

Question for the art critics among us - should I put in some LED red eyes with a sensor that responds to a magnetic field generated by a ring of some kind? So they'll only glow for a particular person (whoever's wearing the ring)?

I would like to do this because I think it'd be an interesting project, and let's face it, if you're mucking about with skulls you've already stepped over a line...

la la la

Meanwhile, the Magister Staff and Cold Blooded are both close to being finished. They got put aside for a while because I was pissed off at the Magister one for falling over and breaking, but lately I've been feeling like working on non-digital art, and now I'm pissed off at the Brainfart because

I am a knob and bought an expensive battery charger that runs on DC and I didn't realise till it arrived so I can't actually charge the battery yet and now I have to buy an adapter to make it work and that is of course all the Brainfart's fault so it can sit there till I'm over feeling silly and then I'll get on with it.

On the upside, I have a battery charger that'll run off a car for those times when you need one of those, like at a festival. So I'm not a complete ninny. I totally did that on purpose.

*ahem*

I expect that'll take one more weekend of finishing other projects, then there'll be a flurry of obsessive making to get the Brainfart prototype working, which will then be mostly reduced to coding new patterns, and I'll have handspace free for making tacky as fuck skull staffs for undisclosed recipients. Yep.


Today I am wearing heels. I don't know what came over me this morning, but I decided that I needed to be wearing four inch heeled, knee high, shiny black boots. My walk to work is about 7 minutes and I was regretting it after 3. I haven't worn heels for over a year and I should just chuck the bloody things out because they are crippling - I can't run, skip, dodge, or even stride in them, and by the end of the day my feet will hate me. How do people wear these all the time? Why do people wear these all the time?

In other snappy dressing news, Dr Wheel bought a suit. He is speaking to the select committee about the GSCB Bill tomorrow, and he's decided to dress the part. I am all *om nom nom nom* about this - which I'm not sure is the reaction he's after - but picture it, if you will. Dr Wheel, in a suit, being all brainy and passionate about something he knows quite a lot about? I'd be persuaded, just saying.

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From:anna_en_route
Date:July 3rd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Yorick = awesome and kind of dignified looking(would a bone enthusiast be an oesteophile?)

Heels = ok in only in exceedingly small doses (would you be able to work barefoot and put them on only at the end of the day?). They do look awesome though.

Men (and women) in suits= droolworthy (R got his first suit late last year and has since become a massive suit & tie-geek, it's kind of scary in way, especially since up til now he's gone for jeans).


Edited at 2013-07-03 09:30 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I looked up osteophilia on google, but apparently it doesn't exist.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I knew someone would pull me up on that. Come to think of it, I knew it'd be you.

So, plz supply a word that means 'no longer involves nerve damage from overuse of scissors, extra washing from slarting paint around, burns from soldering or bits of broken wire scattered all over the floor, and instead involves a lot of headdesking, occasional cries of "WHY AM I SO STUPID", and incessant banging on a laptop.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 3rd, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
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*squee* Yorick, skulls should alwasy have names.. *nods* and leds in their eyes.. it helps the spirit see better..


*grins*


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From:tatjna
Date:July 3rd, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Mwuahahahahahaaaa....
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 4th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
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I think a skull staff without glowing red eyes would hardly be a skull staff at all.

The YOT had a more realistic childhood goal than Caspian; he wanted to grow up to be a dinosaur.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
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It really wouldn't, would it? I feel validated! ;-)

(the world may regret encouraging me)
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From:richaarde
Date:July 4th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Red LED eyes!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Done! I am convinced by my flist, who I now know are as tacky as I am. Awesome.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 4th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I'd say yes to red eyes as well ... more geeky! ;-)

What kind of skull is it ... I mean ... what animal?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Is sheep. Probably a fairly young one, like about a year old, because it's smaller than a full adult and the teeth have hardly any wear.

Eventually it'll have horns. I could have bought one with horns, but the process of making them is part of what I want to have a go at.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:July 5th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
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Many years ago Eric's cat died and he wanted to preserve the skull. I was the one who ended up removing the head and boiling it. It's now buried in our yard where I know a lot of ants reside after years of hanging out in the freezer because I didn't know how to get boiled brains out of it. I should dig it up this summer and see how good a job they've done.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
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You totally should. Cat skulls are awesome.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 6th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)

Re: Bones, you say?

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He has a whole room full of bones, and I reckon the best bet would be to get in touch and ask. He gave me his card, and when I find it I'll pass the info on. Otherwise, google 'sheep skull buy nz' and he should come up. He's based in Brooklyn.
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:July 5th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE laserforce! One never gets too old for that :)

heels? I think it's so unfair men's fancy clothing is made to be very comfy and not crippling in any way. They're most welcome to run, skip, dodge, or even stride in them, and their feet will probably never hate them. Can there never be a fashion for women allowing for both feeling sexy and ready for whatever the world decides to throw at you?

Nice to meet Yorick :)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 6th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
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I am trying to imagine men tottering around in heels and, well... I can't. But then, I can't imagine myself in them either. O.o
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 12th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes to Yorick! Do eet!

Also, I had a pretty similar reaction to the addition of a three piece suit in the adjacent wardrobe.
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