camwyn: (knitting)
Sentences I honestly had not expected to see at any point during my day when I got up this morning:

"In more than 30 years of cymbal cleaning I have used everything from ketchup to gasoline."

(I was trying to find out whether Noxon, a metal cleaner I remember using as early as Montessori preschool, would remove green discoloration from Artistic Wire, which is copper with a colored or clear coating. Turns out the process of cutting the wire into little bits and bending/looping/etc. the bits to make figure-of-eight chain exposes a lot of copper to the air and provides the opportunity for verdigris to form.)
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Confession time: I had been kind of almost sorta hoping Jose would be a little stronger this morning so I could work from home. I am aware, yes, that even if the storm had been stronger, my area would not have born the brunt of it and other people whose livelihoods and homes depend on the ocean's weather not killing them would have been badly hurt. I am also aware that I used to work for the Red Cross and would feel obligated to join one of the local chapters in any relief efforts to this area should such a storm strike occur even though I haven't been a member in years.

Every so often there are areas in which I cannot help but consider myself a little bit of a terrible human being, and rooting for extreme weather even though I know I am not the one who is going to pay the consequences is one of those areas, and I am very sorry.
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Still here, I promise. Mostly been busy on Tumblr and working on jewelry stuff at night while watching a friend of mine slug their way through Mass Effect Andromeda for the first time. There has been a lot of bitching over sequence-breaking and the fact that this game is good when it could have been great, it's just bug laden/bad at pacing/etc.

Trying to avoid spoilers for the rest of the game; it's currently up to Kadara and a bunch of people's loyalty missions, fwiw.
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The voting on the A Day At The Beach jewelry design challenge from this post began, and they fixed the error people were getting when they tried to sign up to vote. This should be fun.
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1. Left foot OFF the pedal
2. Down collective (while saying the words 'Down collective')
3. Roll the throttle off (while saying the words 'close throttle')
4. Right pedal (while saying the words 'right pedal as needed')
5. Lift collective about an inch (while saying the words 'Check collective')
5. Announce something scatological (do not actually do anything scatological at this time)

While an actual engine-failure-inspired autorotation has to be done very quickly and without hesitation, the practice ones can be handled at a slightly slower pace to make sure you learn to do them quickly. Turns out that if you announce each step out loud it paces you properly, plus if you announce 'Down collective! Close throttle! Right pedal! Check collective! Piss your pants!', you feel much, much less need to actually dump core in any way.
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Bead and Button Magazine has a monthly design challenge where people are given a theme a month or two in advance and are asked to submit their results for both editor judging and reader voting. The theme for August was 'A Day At The Beach'. I submitted my entry yesterday; voting begins on the 18th.

Here's the piece. )
If you use a text reader for these posts please let me know. I've described the photos in the alt tag; if your reader doesn't pick up on them please tell me which tag I should use so I can edit this post to make it more readable for you.
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https://www.aftcra.com/crowmarkcreations

I'm still getting the hang of setting prices, but I'm working on it. And on everything else about the store and the jewelry on offer. Once I figure out where I have to go to set image descriptions for visually impaired users I'll configure those; in the meantime I hope the general item description is at least useful.

Hey, it's a start!
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Went to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets last night. Things I disliked:

- The male lead's acting
- The female lead's acting
- The fact that I had to sit through previews for Pitch Perfect 3 and Daddy's Home 2 but did not get one for The Shape of Water
I actually really liked this movie but I don't know if anyone is planning to watch it, so I'm cutting the rest of my dislikes and also my likes and other comments for possible spoilers. )
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Hola, all.

Realized it's been a little bit longer than usual since I posted here last. Things are going okay; I'm posting and reblogging (mostly reblogging) on Tumblr. I'm also getting things together for online handmade jewelry sales- last week I got my business certificate! Turns out Workbar, the co-working space company, has a 'community' option for people who only need a physical place of business on a very limited basis, and the city of Boston seems to be okay with that as an address (it is, after all, commercial real estate). I'll be setting up an account at Aftcra.com to sell stuff. Aftcra is an online craft seller that's based in Wisconsin, and their big distinguishing points are: 1. All sellers based in the United States. 2. No 'vintage' or 'antique' stuff, and no craft supplies, just handmade items. 3. No listing fees, you get charged when you sell. 4. Smaller than Etsy so you don't get completely lost in a sea of other sellers. I get the feeling on Etsy that the size of the jewelry section is on par with the population of Hoboken...

Anyway. I'll let you know when I have things available.

In the meantime, on other fronts, I am getting closer to my first solo flight. We've been practicing autorotations the last several lessons and this weekend my instructor wants me to come in for ground class so I'll be prepping for the written exam- after you solo you need to pass a written exam and an oral exam and get some night hours and solo hours and a cross-country flight before you can take your checkride with the FAA examiner. So there's that. And also I am dealing with a next-door neighbor who represents the first time I've actually called the police on someone, because it gets a little gross here. ) We'll see what happens from here on that front.

That's it for now. Hope your day is going well.
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My bank has just informed me that multiple accounts including my own are showing fraudulent withdrawals from another bank's ATM. The fraudulent withdrawals are coming from an ATM at 627 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA. This is a TD Bank location. I am not a TD Bank customer and have not to my knowledge used this ATM. If you have an account at a Boston-area bank, especially if it's Citizens Bank , do yourself a favor and check your account balance.

And call your bank IMMEDIATELY if unfamiliar ATM withdrawals appear.
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Heard from the landlord; he says he can't sign off on me registering a business with the apartment's address after all.

Any of you reading this happen to be homeowners who live in Massachusetts who would be open to renting me the use of your address instead?
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I have a vague recollection of someone in the past month or two mentioning that they needed my snail address, but I never got around to answering them. If you are reading this and you are that person, please let me know.

Unrelated: very little is better than walking into the office the weekend after a horror show like the Wcry outbreak and not hearing a damn thing from my users other than complaints about Bloomberg. I spent most of Saturday the 13th updating every single server in the organization, and I had been approving updates for the desktops on an every-other-day schedule, and it was just... really kind of lovely to walk in and know that nothing bad at all had happened this weekend because of those actions.
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These past few days I've been looking to register as a business with the state of Massachusetts so I can sell the jewelry I've made online. I'm aware that lots of people don't actually go through with this before selling things online, and I'm also aware that I'm doing this as a hobby so registering may be overkill, but I'd like to be able to offer stuff aboveboard and pay sales taxes properly and all of that. Most of the process is pretty simple, but there's an issue: I don't own my home. I rent an apartment. And today I spoke to my landlord; he doesn't like the idea of me operating a business out of the apartment. He's offered to look at the papers involved but I don't know whether he's likely to give the okay. For the moment I'm assuming the answer is no.

Can't register a business with a PO box or with a UPS Mailbox With Real Street Address(tm)!. I already checked.

Not sure how to proceed from here.
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Every web site I look at for advice on how to begin selling jewelry online as a means of getting it out of the house and into the hands of friends assumes that I am trying to operate as a business, rather than as a hobby that happens to occasionally sell things. The legal difference between these two states involves making a profit two or three years out of five, and determines how much you're allowed to deduct from your taxes. The personal difference is how serious you are and how much time, money, etc. you're planning on investing in the thing.

I'm not planning on making jewelry-selling a business to any great degree. I'm just looking to register everything necessary to keep the state of Massachusetts and the IRS from freaking out if I do manage to sell stuff online. So that's hobby status. Nevertheless, I have followed the advice of the various OF COURSE YOU ARE STARTING A BUSINESS TO SUPPORT YOURSELF, WHY WOULD YOU LOOK FOR ADVICE IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO RUIN YOUR HOBBY ENJOYMENT BY MAKING IT SOMETHING YOU HAD TO DO ALL THE TIME EVER sites, and written a business plan.

It includes the sentence 'If the business turns a profit at the end of one year I shall buy a paper party hat, and if it turns a profit three years out of five, I shall celebrate with a wooden kazoo'.
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So I saw Logan last night.

Some spoilers. )
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Hm. Atlas Obscura has an article on fordite today. I'd read about the stuff a few weeks back, but this one's more detailed, and has some pictures. There's some nice color patterns out there. Wonder if Ic ould get my hands on some to work with...

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/fordite-paint-jewelry-gemstones-ford-cars-automotive-detroit
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Finished a new jewelry piece last night. Sea glass, this time.
Read more... )
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Signed up for my third stair climb of the season yesterday. This one's for Wediko School, which is a New England school for kids with mental health and emotional issues. I backed them last year after I found out about them during a stretch of jury duty, and I haven't been able to find anything bad about them, unlike a lot of other places that claim to be working for kids with issues. These guys actually seem to help. So I'll be doing 46 floors on May 7th to raise money for them, if anyone's interested.

... sorry, that wasn't my best post ever, but I'm tired this morning and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
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Multiple. I'll settle for one that's over six feet tall.

However, the landlord says no putting holes in the walls, and a six foot tall bookcase kind of needs to be braced.

Anyone have suggestions on how to do this without violating my lease? The ceiling's a little too high, otherwise I'd be looking into spring rods of some kind- not to mention that I don't know what it's made of or if it'd stand up to constant pressure.

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