Nerdiness Olde and New

The Renaissance Faire this weekend was lovely.  I’m putting up two photos here, and I want to give credit where it’s due.  I made my dress last summer using Butterick pattern B4571,  which was easy to follow.  I adapted the pattern for my boyfriend’s surcoat from a tutorial on Corvus Tristis.  I got the insignia by googling “hufflepuff badger” until I found something I could trace.  Oh, and I only wish I could claim I had something to do with the armor in the picture at the end, but I bought that at the fair.

If you prefer your nerdiness a little more high-tech and futuristic, I’ve just found out that Portal is available as a free download through Tuesday.  I’ve always heard it highly recommended (Ars Technica wrote: “Portal is one of the rare games that can change the way we think about the world, how we view the physical space around us.”), so I’m really excited to give it a try.  Like pattern alteration, Portal turns on spatial reasoning.

I’ll get something up to start responding to comments on “The Soup Nazi Approach to Sex” this afternoon or early tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s another shot of our costumes.

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  • Cute pictures! I'd love to hear what you think of Portal. My boyfriend had me play it (1) when Portal 2 came out and it was wild! I enjoyed it.

  • Joe

    You make an excellent Joan of Arc!!!

  • You both look really great! And…where do I get a boyfriend this cute?

  • You know, if you can make your own clothes for the ren fair, you can make your own armor too. Chainmail is an especially easy, if time-consuming (though sort of meditative), project. Lots of how-to resources on the net too.