My Belt is being Phagocytosed!

This is the last in-progress Monday update for my Ms. Frizzle costume you'll get.  I've got to have the whole thing finished by this Saturday.  So, I spent most of Saturday drawing germs, tracing them onto interfacing, ironing the interfacing onto fabric, and then pinning and topstitching the appliques onto the dress.In case that was a little in the weeds, I'm drawing designs onto this kind of fabric:The interfacing gets ironed onto the pretty fabric to make it stronger and to keep it … [Read more...]

Want to do a mitzvah for Greta Christina?

Greta Christina, an atheist blogger, has been struggling with grief the last few weeks after the death of her father.  Unfortunately, she's also just been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.  She transitioned to full time writing and speaking earlier this year, which means being slowed down by illness and treatment has a huge impact on her finances.She's asking for donations (and book recommendations), and I'm chipping in (and shipping Arcadia).  I know I've got a crossover audience, so I wan … [Read more...]

A Binder Full of Women in Every Pot!

I tend to watch the debates with Twitter and Facebook open.  When both candidates are committed to not answering the question asked, my temper gets short, and I need the snarky tweets of Tristyn to be able to go on without hitting something.  So I saw the memification of "binders full of women" play out in real time, and I was ticked off.If you care to pop over to The Huffington Post, I have a piece up praising the actual content of Romney's answer: There are a lot of things about Romney I d … [Read more...]

Tell Me Which Women Scientists/Authors/Geeks Inspire You

There is a big old fight happening in the comments thread of my Ada Lovelace Day post.  That's totally fine, but I do want people to share recommendations, without risking being drawn into an argument or having to scroll past discussions of differing rates of married male and female saints to find the suggestions.So, normal commenting rules are suspended for this post.Here's what you can post:Women in STEM fields (living or dead, fiction or nonfictional) that you'd like us to know mo … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I hope you all have parties planned.  In case you don't remember from last year's celebration, Ada Lovelace day is a time to celebrate and bring attention to women in science, tech, and math.  Here's how it got started and how it works today: Ada Lovelace Day was launched in 2009 with a simple pledge on British civil action site, Pledgebank. Nearly 2,000 people signed up to blog about a woman in technology whom they admired on 24 March. The day was an astounding success, with contributors wr … [Read more...]

Stop, Drop, and Catch Fire

Oh dear.The dryad costume is not going well.  My inability to hand draft a corset meant I had to turn to a commercial pattern.  While I waited for it to arrive, I started working on the big branchy mask, only to find that I'd ordered the wrong gauge of wire, and this stuff was too weak to help my hair stand on end (even though this is the style my hair is normally most cooperative with!).So now I've got all my materials finally lined up, but very little accomplished.  It happens to be hi … [Read more...]

Costuming Collapse

This week, I was working on making a new muslin draft of my corset pattern for my Dryad costume.  Unfortunately, once again the fit was quite off, so the test fit pictures are NSFW.  With Halloween drawing on apace, I'm caving and looking for a commercial pattern this week.  While I wait for it to arrive, I'll start working on  the mask (since I only need to run to a hardware store to pick up wire).  Next week you should expect a mask draft (hopefully a complete one!) and the arrival of the patt … [Read more...]