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21 March 2010 @ 12:28 pm
Exciting things  
  • I'm making a giant puppet for Beltane this year. I've been wanting to get into making puppets for ages, and this is a great opportunity to do it. It's also a relatively low-time-commitment way to stay involved with Beltane.
  • I've got a new housemate, the girlfriend of one of my existing housemates, with a van. Indirectly this has made it possible to completely rearrange the kitchen here so it's a pleasure to use, no longer cramped and misshapen. It also means we now have a truly massive tea collection - her collection's about as big as mine, and mostly but not exclusively herbal, so there's now a full shelf of tea tea and a full shelf of tisanes. We should probably have a tea party.
  • I've been playing about with jQuery, a beautifully designed JavaScript library. Among other things this has allowed me to hide the trickier bits of my page about trigonometry under expandable headings. I'm quite pleased with the effect, and I'll probably be using jQuery to make better interactive diagrams for the page later. I do like interactive diagrams.
  • I finally retrieved my wood-carving chisels when I was down in London in the Winter - someone had tidied them away unfindably a few years ago, much to my disappointment. I've just about finished carving a snake into my monopod-staff now, doubling as grips for my fingers.
  • I had fun reading the odd little piece 'The King, Multidimensional', about fifteen ways for Elvis to die, for the next Everything2 podcast. Hear it here if you're interested.
  • I made myself a pinhole camera! Actually I made the pinhole bit about a year ago, but got stuck trying to figure out a way to build a winding mechanism for 120 film into the tea tin I'm using. Went to a pinhole workshop at the Forest yesterday and discovered there was an old Hasselblad back kicking around in the darkroom! That takes care of the winding very neatly - all I had to do was cut a square in the back of the tin for it to sit on top of, and apply gaffer tape to hold it in place. I'm not confident it's sufficiently light-tight, and I'm not sure how far I should be turning the handle for each frame, but these are things I can sort out after I've run a film through it.
  • I'm going to the Miyazaki double bill at the Cameo in an hour - the new one, Ponyo, plus Spirited Away. I've been watching quite a bit of Studio Ghibli lately - I think I've got through most of them now.
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Train Song by Eliza Carthy
Angelaruggrat on March 21st, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Ponyo is adorable.
0olong0olong on March 21st, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! Very glad I got to it.

So far the only Ghibli I haven't really liked was Howl's Moving Castle... and even that I mostly enjoyed while watching.
katieheyokish on March 21st, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
yay pinhole (though gaffer tape is NOT light tight. Three layers, minimum, to make it so.
0olong: photography0olong on March 21st, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. If I'm very lucky the metal will have been sufficiently flush against the other metal that what I have will have worked; if not I'll have wasted a film and a bit of time, and I'll do better next time.
FilthyMacNastymomentsmusicaux on March 21st, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
jQuery is brilliant. It's built into Drupal, so I do a fair bit of work with it. Try the jQueryUI site too -- there are some very cool widgets there. And quite a few great plugins written in jQ for fancy effects.

Giant puppet sounds fun!
0olong: Beltane0olong on March 21st, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice! I hadn't seen the jQueryUI site, looks like lots of fun is to be had there. I'll look out for how jQuery's being used when I do more experimenting with Drupal.

The giant puppet should indeed be fun!