Welcome To The Surveillance State

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OK, new Facebook rule: compose your posts in an offline editor and then copy-paste to Facebook and post. Apparently, Facebook monitors what you type even before you post. A study on “self censorship” (i.e., how you change a post before actually posting it) was recently presented at a conference (1).  The only way the data for this study could have… Read more »

24 strand Daigo-gumi (“Emperor’s Name”) Spiral Braid

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A braid for our SCA friend Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle on the occasion of his being inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. I love spirals. Especially when I’m trying to find a way to get the colors of someone’s arms into a braid.  In this case, Eginhard’s device uses Or (Gold), Argent (Silver), Azure (Blue) and Sable (Black), the… Read more »

McCarthy’s Legacy

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember… Read more »

Save Your History

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They say that “the winners write history”.  I think it’s less that they write history and more that they have the power to erase those parts that don’t fit into their worldview.  Donald Trump’s recent attempt to purge people who believe in climate change from government agencies is likely just the beginning.  Scientists across the world are desperately trying to… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror…

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So, it occurs to me, lying awake at 5 AM, that this election isn’t really about policy.  It’s not about our taxes or our guns or religious freedom.  These things, as always, will be decided in the Senate, and in Congress, with the Supreme Court keeping a watchful eye on things.  No, this election is a giant mirror reflecting who… Read more »

Modified Uneri-maru-Genji With Agemaki Knot

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This combines a Kongoh braid with Genji, however, I modified it to balance the primary colors of Duke Sir Brion’s arms.  (Four strands in the ‘Kongoh’ part (blue) became an additional four strands in the ‘Genji’ part (gold/red).  

Kongoh 16 strand ‘S’ Spiral with Aioi knot.

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A straight up Kongoh spiral: gold, blue, white and green. Eight two-strand moves working counter-clockwise around the mirror. Not terribly challenging, but it let me keep the metals/colors separated.  The colors worked out better than I thought, but Duchess Anna’s arms have a lot of interplay between the colors and the simple spiral didn’t really reflect that.  Adding the Aioi… Read more »

Threads, Braids and Knots

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Some years ago, at Pennsic, I bought one of those little foam kumihimo disks and started playing with it.  It pretty much consumed that Pennsic.  (When my wife has to remind me that it’s time to armor up for a battle, you know something’s wrong with the world.)  I’ve calmed down somewhat since then, but braids still come out at… Read more »

Body/Horror: Forced Feminization in the Movie “(Re)Assignment”

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The other day, my wife told me about a new movie coming out in 2017.  “(Re)Assignment”.  I’ll give you the IMDB summary: Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for revenge, aided… Read more »

Vote Your Conscience

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I voted for Bernie  in the primary  (you probably knew that already) but I will be backing Hillary  in November.  However much I would prefer Bernie, the consequences of a Trump presidency are just too horrific to contemplate unless you’re some straight white guy who’s willing to sieg hell his way through it. So, for those of you who are going to vote Green, or… Read more »