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01 Oct 18:19

I made Blixa Bargeld laugh

by villeashell
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I made Blixa Bargeld laugh:


So, I made Blixa Bargeld laugh.

The venue was tiny and I was sitting nearly directly in front of him, front row. Introducing the song Axolotl, he asked the audience if they knew what the axolotl was. I said yes, at which point he asked me what it was. Instead of saying a word,…


29 Sep 22:24

Dress Codes for Girls: Are Teachers the New Objectifiers?

by Corinne Gaston
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shamesuitWhen I was in seventh grade, a teacher at my very small Quaker school once sent the boys out of the room and started talking to us girls about how we dressed. It wasn’t too far from “The Talk,” but it focused on our clothing. This teacher told us that we had to be more mindful with the way we would sit and that we had to be careful not to move our legs the wrong way because, well, you know, the boys.

“They’re at that age when they’re just waiting for you to move your legs the wrong way,” she said, laughing a little, but clearly warning us.

Most of us giggled at that idea, although I thought the image she had painted was disturbing: The boys were predatory, and because of that we were the ones tasked with the responsibility to self-consciously keep ourselves covered and folded up from their prying eyes while they allegedly scanned under the desks for the girl in the skirt with her legs apart.

I personally was never heavily policed for what I wore to school, although I have gotten “strikes” for being out of dress code (never amounting to detention). What I remember more that the strikes, however, was the awkward, revealing spotlight I felt was shining on me when, in high school, a male teacher cocked his head and asked if my skirt was the appropriate dress-code length. Because that was going to help me concentrate in class and be a good student: knowing my teacher had been looking at my legs and had then called me out in front of my peers. This was a change from middle school, where the people we were told would be objectifying us were the boys in our grade. Then it became teachers who were supposedly just enforcing the dress code.

While the dress code policing at my high school was present, it was never over the top. It was leagues away from the middle-school girls now getting punished for wearing leggings, girls forced to wear “shame suits” and the superintendent in Oklahoma who is currently taking heat for allegedly having a “bend over” dress code check for girls wearing skirts, and refers to some of the girls as “skanks.” The policing of women’s bodies, especially the policing and punishing of middle-school and high-school age girls, has always been absurd. But now the policing has become downright obscene.

School officials have become so fixated on girls’ clothing at school and whether or not they are “distractions” to boys (which is insulting and dehumanizing on its own), that they have created an environment of exacerbated self-consciousness, humiliation, sexualization and dehumanization for those students. Instead of focusing on school, they are being forced and conditioned to obsess over their appearances and objectify themselves by constantly worrying about how other people are looking at their bodies.

The so-called “predatory boys” whom I was told would be objectifying me (and I’m sure some of them are) are being erased from the issue, with teachers and deans taking their places. As authority figures in schools, they need to take it upon themselves to not only stop overly policing girls’ bodies, but to also develop holistic programs to discuss sexualization and objectification with students of all genders and how that affects their development. Forcing a girl to wear a “shame suit” when she doesn’t want to doesn’t solve the problem, it simply objectifies her body further.

READ MORE: What Do Dress Codes Say About Girls’ Bodies?

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30 Sep 18:37

‘Anonymous Gods’, Screenshots of Google Street View Automatically Blurring the Faces of Statues

by EDW Lynch
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Anonymous Gods by Marion Balac

In her series “Anonymous Gods,” artist Marion Balac documents the wonderfully absurd instances when Google Street View automatically applies its face blurring effect to statues of gods and other monumental figures.

Anonymous Gods by Marion Balac

Anonymous Gods by Marion Balac

Anonymous Gods by Marion Balac

Anonymous Gods by Marion Balac

images via Marion Balac

30 Sep 17:04

Some people have been saying that these are not cats. I...

Some people have been saying that these are not cats. I understand wanting to believe that. It’s like wanting to believe that racism is over. We all want to believe that the world is a better place than it is.

However, it is clear that what you see here are in fact cats.They are just not very good cats.

30 Sep 17:07

Things that are good about cats soft fur cute face fluffy...

Things that are good about cats

  • soft fur
  • cute face
  • fluffy tail
  • adorable
  • dry

This cat fails on all levels

22 Sep 21:01





19 Sep 01:30

UNIFORM | Radcliffe College

by Lizzie
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"Did Normcore start at Radcliffe?"

attn otters

Photos via Radcliffe yearbooks.

Did Normcore start at Radcliffe?

[Photo 1]: Garrett Leight Milwood frames ($285); Uniqlo silk blouse ($60); Keds Champion Originals ($45), beat up pair of Vans Authentics pictured, but I think she's probably in Keds). [Photo 2]: Bud Heavy; Snake Bite earrings ($130); J. Press Shaggy Dog sweater ($230). [Photo 3]: Ann Mashburn crewneck pullover ($295); vintage field hockey stick ($42); Chance button down oxford ($118); Levi's 501s ($88).

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29 Sep 14:00

How to sew mitered corners

by Devon


When hemming two edges that meet, the multiple folds along each edge pile up on top of each other and create an excess of fabric at the corner. Mitered corners reduce the bulk, allow the edges to meet evenly, and look oh-so-satisfyingly neat and tidy.

Here are two different methods for making mitered corners.


On all edges, press half your hem allowance to the wrong side.


Press the same amount again. At the corners, make sure you fold and press evenly. It will be bulky.


Unfold everything.


Find the middle square formed by the folds. Mark a line through its corners all the way across as shown.


Trim along line.


Fold angled edge in so that the creases line up with each other. The creases you should be aligning are marked in blue. Press lightly, taking care not to press out your other folds.


Refold along first fold and press.


Refold along second line and press.


Pin corner and sew around inner fold, pivoting in mitered corner directly between folds.


Sewn and Topstitched

This form of mitered corner is stronger and will stand up to more wear and tear.

First, divide your hem allowance in two parts. You can divide it evenly, or, for a wider finished hem, divide it into a smaller and bigger portion. (For example, if my hem allowance is 1″, I can either divide it into 1/2″ and 1/2″, or 1/4″ and 3/4″.)

Press half your hem allowance towards the wrong side along both edges. If you divided your hem unevenly, press the smaller portion.


Press half your hem allowance towards the wrong side again. If you divided your hem unevenly, this time press the larger portion.


Unfold the second fold only. Fold the corner in towards the wrong side as shown so that the creases line up with those from the second fold. The creases we are aligning are traced in blue.


Press to crease and unfold.


Now fold the corner right sides together, aligning the outer edges. You should be folding so that the most recent crease – the one diagonally across the corner – is lined up with itself through the layers. This crease is marked in blue. Pin.


Stitch along crease, backstitching at beginning and end. Cut off excess and clip top corner.


Turn corner right side out and use point turner or chopstick to push it out.


Press, then topstitch around free inner fold, pivoting at the corner.



30 Sep 01:07

Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones Settle; Terms Undisclosed

by John Gruber
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Here’s to hoping this worked out fairly for everyone involved.

29 Sep 15:42

Shorties (David Cronenberg on His Debut Novel, Bob Dylan Lyrics in Scientific Papers, and more)

by david

Filmmaker David Cronenberg talked to All Things Considered about his debut novel Consumed.

The Guardian reports that several Swedish scientists have a long-running bet on who can sneak the most Bob Dylan lyrics into academic papers.

The Rumpus interviewed author David Bezmozgis.

Carl Wilson reviewed John Darnielle's new novel Wolf in White Van at Slate.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

SPIN ranked every Led Zeppelin song.

The New York Times examined Lena Dunham's whirlwind book tour for

The New Yorker profiles singer-songwriter John Vamderslice.

Paul Theroux talked to Weekend Edition about his new short story collection Mr. Bones.

"I think of my writing, generally, as being about the odd man out or the odd woman out, so it's maybe extraordinary people, but maybe also fantasies that I have. A short story is often the fantasy of a writer, as well as the experience of a writer."

NPR Music is streaming the new Ex Hex album, Rips.

Poet Richard Blanco talked to All Things Considered about his memoir The Prince of los Cocuyos.

NPR Music is streaming the new Foxygen album ...And Star Power.

The New York Times featured a new short story by László Krasznahorkai.

Max Richter shared a track-by-track guide to his album The Blue Notebooks on its 10th anniversary at Drowned in Sound.

Karl Ove Knausgaard's essay on International Ibsen Award winner Peter Handke.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.

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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

28 Sep 23:27

How Madewell Bought And Sold My Family's History

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In 1937, my great-grandfather started a workwear company in New England called Madewell. In 2006, 17 years after the last factory shut down, J.Crew relaunched a women’s clothing company with the same name and logo, based on a 50-year history in which it had no part.
29 Sep 16:05

heidiblairmontag: rebekahlynnlove: fantasticallyweirdshit: Sin...

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Single serving Comunion

jesus 2 go 

prepackaged and processed for your sins 

29 Sep 16:50

gailsimone: I have been asking Kate Beaton to draw a Red Sonja...

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I have been asking Kate Beaton to draw a Red Sonja cover for the monthly book since issue one. Since she hasn’t done a lot of covers, she was the ONLY female artist we asked who (reluctantly) turned us down.

I think she has agreed to do one if time permits, and she sent this on Twitter to hold us over and I just love it. Kate, you are awesome!

I picked up Red Sonja vol. 1 yesterday and read it cover to cover.  I hadn’t really read the comics when I drew this doodle, but it was a super fun (and violent and all the rest) read!  

29 Sep 18:35

USPS Batman Forever stamps

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USPS Batman Forever stamps

29 Sep 00:31

Bangkok Journal: You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge

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A boxy contraption scans food samples to produce a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be that of authentic Thai food.

26 Sep 13:58

AutocompleteMe, A Chrome Extension That Begins Typing Random Searches Into Google When the Browser Goes Idle

by Rollin Bishop
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via rosalind


AutocompleteMe is a Chrome extension by Benjamin Gaulon that automatically begins to type searches into Google after the browser goes idle in order to showcase amusing autocomplete suggestions.

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24 Sep 15:05

Graffiti Removal Guy Comes Back to Discover Image of Himself in the Same Spot | artFido's Blog

by djempirical
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via firehose

Street artist DS recently added a couple of paste-ups to a wall in London. It didn’t take too long before a graffiti removal guy removed the paste-ups.  Shortly after that, DS was back with a paste up of the graffiti removal guy removing the graffiti. Gold!

Art imitates removal of art!


We’ve seen this before. From CDH:

“A few nights ago I went out and put up a poster. It’s a photo of a building on that building, like a surreal mirror of the environment it’s in.”


“The next day I went to photograph the poster in the light of day. While I was photographing the poster, a man came out of the building and rushed up to me. I’m paraphrasing but the conversation went like this:

Guy (agitated): “Did you put this up?”
Me: “Nope.” (lie)
Guy: “But you know who did.”
Me: “Nope. I’m just a guy who likes photographing street art.”
Guy: “Huh, street art… No such thing. This is all just vandalism. I’d know, I have an Arts degree” (he actually said that).
Me: “I don’t know. Some of it looks really good. Surely this poster is better than the tag it went over?”
Guy: “I guess it’s a little better than tagging. But it’s still just vandalism. It’s not art. These people are just junkies high on petrol fumes and…”

I kind of laughed at that point. But it was one of those laughs that you try to hold in, so it comes out more like a snort. That made him a lot more angry. I guess he figured that I was either the artist, or I knew the artist because he then made a point of trying to tear down the poster in front of me. However I have just started coating posters in polyurethane to make them waterproof. What he (and I) didn’t know is that this apparently also makes the posters near impossible to tear off by hand. So instead of tearing it, he could only chip at the edges. He caught his finger nail under it, hurt himself and really cracked the angries. Then he pulled out his keys and kind of scratched at it for a while, but didn’t make much progress.

Me: “Do you mind if I photograph you tearing the poster down?”
Guy: “No. You should photograph it and put it on one of those little websites, to let all these other vandals know what happens when they put up this crap.”
Me: “Ok, I’ll do that.”
Camera: Click, click.

I took the photo of him tearing down the poster. I then turned that photo into a poster and put it right next to the last one.”



I assume he’ll take both these posters down now with a high pressure hose. So I also stencilled a special little message under the new poster to my new #1 fan.

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22 Sep 20:45

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds

by EDW Lynch
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via rosalind

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds by Leila Jeffreys
Southern Boobook Owl

Sydney-based photographer Leila Jeffreys takes wonderfully detailed studio portraits of birds. Her series of wild cockatoos is particularly amusing. Her photos of birds of prey, on the other hand, have an almost regal air. Jeffreys’ photos are on display at Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney, Australia through September 28th, 2014. She also posts her work on Instagram.

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds by Leila Jeffreys
Palm Cockatoo

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds by Leila Jeffreys
Brown Goshawk

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds by Leila Jeffreys
Barking Owl

Beautifully Detailed Photographic Portraits of Birds by Leila Jeffreys
Penguin the Magpie, a rescued magpie that likes to lay on her back and has her own Instagram account.

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22 Sep 01:49

Apples in the News

Roxbury’s long-gone orchards are well known in local history circles. The Roxbury Russet apple and Bartlett Pear both hail from our long-ago days as an agricultural community, and it’s not uncommon to see a few Russets planted at historical sites. But until recently, people who aren’t history buffs wouldn’t have heard of these fruits or known that Roxbury was once known far and wide for its orchards.

That seems to be changing. Across the country, grocery stores and restaurants now feature all sorts of artisanal and heirloom foods that would have been completely foreign to most eaters 20 years ago. So it’s no surprise that the Roxbury Russet, in particular, is making something of a comeback.

Fans of apple lore and Roxbury history will be pleased to see that this attention has put the apple in the news, propelled by the release of a new book titled “Apples of Uncommon Character.” The book, which has led to stories in the Boston Globe and on WBUR, is getting positive reviews so far. I’m sure it will be a worthy addition to any local historian’s bookshelf. 

With apple picking season upon us, now’s a great time to go out pick a few Roxbury Russets of your own. There are a handful of trees around Roxbury, but most are privately owned or otherwise not suitable for public consumption. The nearest commercial orchard I could find that advertises the apple is Clarkdale Farm in Deerfield.  The UMass Amherst Cold Spring Orchard also sells the Russet, which is available in the first half of October. 

Of course, most apple buffs also know that apples were prized less for their fruit than for their use to make hard cider. West County Cider in Colerain, MA, has been making some excellent single-apple varietals in recent years. Luckily for us, one of those is the Roxbury Russet. The cider can sometimes be found at Blanchard’s in JP. If it’s not their, they may be able to special order it for you. West County doesn’t have much of a website, but they did make a pretty good YouTube video a couple of years ago that gives a good overview of cider production.

If you’ve got a plot of land with some sun and you’re hoping to grow apples, you’re also in luck. A number of vendors sell Roxbury Russets, including Fedco, Stark Bros., Trees of Antiquity, Maple Valley, and Century Farm.

Whether you prefer to read about apples, eat them raw, turn them into pies, or drink a glass of cider, it’s great to see the Roxbury’s history as an apple producing town getting some press. Happy fall!

19 Sep 23:00

Knitting Simulator 2014

by Andrew Salomone
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via rosalind

knitting-simulator-2Artist Kara Stone and graphic designer Gabby DeRienzo created a knitting simulator for knitting virtual sweaters!

Read more on MAKE

20 Sep 18:17

Basic crocheting for knitters: chain stitch (ch. st.), slip stitch (sl. st.) and single crochet (sc)

by TECHknitter
(Here's another post, half-written for years, which has kicked around my hard drive long enough.)
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This post tackles the three most basic crochet stitches: chain stitch (ch. st), slip stitch (sl. st) and single crochet (sc).  All of these are of good use to knitters for edgings, drawstrings, fabric stabilization, seaming, attaching patch pockets and so on. If this subject interests you, sit tight, we're going for a ride--it's a long post with lots of illustrations.

Crocheted chain (chain stitch, abbreviated as "ch. st.")
A crocheted chain forms the basis of much crocheting.  On its own, it's useful too: crocheting the chain stitch is wonderful way to make a strong little cord, very good for drawstrings in knitted garments.  From the front, chain stitch looks just like a column of knitting.

What a crocheted chain looks like, as seen from the front

Chains traditionally begin with a slip knot. The easiest way to form one is to create a pretzel of yarn by lifting the ball end of the yarn over the tail end forming a loop, then draw the ball end under the entire loop just made, leaving the whole assembly very soft and loose, as shown below. Next, insert the crochet hook into the pretzel from upper R to lower L, so only the inner right leg of the pretzel is over the barrel of the hook.

set up to make a slip knot

Next, hold the yarn ends in one hand and the crochet hook in the other, then pull in opposite directions.  The left loop of the pretzel will snug up into a granny-knot made out of the tail end, and this knot will freely slide up and down the ball end of the yarn--voilà: a knot which slips, a slip-knot.  Leave the loop of the slip knot over the barrel of the hook.

finished slip knot over the barrel of the hook

Once you have a slip knot on your hook, trap the nub of the knot between your left thumb and left middle finger, then use your left forefinger to tension the running yarn in position above the loop (running yarn=yarn running out of the ball, ball end of the yarn) as shown below. Holding the hook in your right hand, reach up and grab the running yarn from UNDERNEATH, so that the running yarn winds around the crochet hook in the clockwise direction. With the lip of the hook facing you, slide the hook down along the running yarn until the lip of the hook is over the running yarn, then draw the loaded hook down, out of the slip knit, in the direction of the arrow, as shown.

set up to make the first chain

You will now find that the yarn you drew down out of the first loop has formed a new, second loop around your hook, as shown below.

first chain stitch made

Repeat the same yarn-winding action again and you will find a new loop is created each time you draw the hook through the loop.  This creates a chain of stitches--the chain stitch, shown below.  Note that when just about to work the chain stitch, there are two yarns over the hook: the just-made loop through which the hook is inserted (arrow #1) while the running yarn caught under the lip of the hook waiting to be drawn through (arrow #2) creates a second yarn over the hook-barrel.

crocheted chain closeup

The chain shown here is very loose.  In real life, however, you would snug up the loops as you make them, just as you would tension your yarn in knitting.

Slip stitch (sl. st.)
For knitters, chain stitch is handy for making cords.  However, its first cousin, slip stitch is much more versatile: imho it's the most useful crochet stitch a knitter can know. So useful and fundamental in fact, that even knitters who never held a crochet hook have almost certainly done the slip stitch. You see, structurally, the crocheted slip stitch is identical to the chain bind off. Yes, despite slip stitch being done with a hook and the chain bind off with knitting needle, they are the same exact stitch.

The slip stitch in crocheting differs from chain stitch in only one regard.  Whereas the chain is free-standing, slip stitch is worked attached to a previously created fabric. Like the chain stitch, slip stitch confers no particular height to the work. For height, more complicated crochet stitches such as single crochet, double crochet etc. must be used. Stated otherwise, although it is attached to a previously-made fabric, slip stitch more in the nature of a utility stitch: useful as an edging, fastening, or stabilizer.

Slip stitch always starts with a loop over the hook. In the illustration below, slip stitch is being made in a traditional manner: on a foundation row of chain stitch, and the existing loop comes from the last stitch of the previously-made chain (arrow #1). The hook is then inserted from front to back under the arm of the second chain from the end (arrow #2).  Once you have these two yarns laying over over the barrel of the crochet hook, use the hook to catch the running yarn "up from under," so it lays as shown below (arrow #3).

set up for first slip stitch
From the above set up, the slip stitch is worked by pulling the third yarn, which is the running yarn, through both other loops on the hook.  This starts the cycle over again, as shown below: one loop remains on the hook (arrow #1) The hook is again inserted from front to back through the arm of the next chain (arrow #2) then again catches the running yarn (arrow #3).  The second slip stitch is performed like the first, by pulling loop 3 through the other two.

first slip stitch made, set up for second one

first slip stitch made, set up for second oneAfter a making several stitches, you can see that the slip stitch looks very much like the chain stitch.  Aaaand, that's because it IS the chain stitch, with the added extra step of catching that attachment arm out of the fabric, before the running yarn is drawn through.  The "chainy" part is colored red.

slip stitch closeup
Here's the proof that the chain bind off and the slip stitch are identical: a closeup of the chain bind off at the top of a knitted fabric, also colored red, shows same structure as the slip stitch, above.  So, one immediate use of a crochet hook could be to speed up chain cast off by working with a crochet hook rather than knitting needles--the hook is substantially faster (so much faster that it's easy to get moving too fast and get too tight:  you have to really watch the tension). 

knitted chain bind off, closeup

Another common use for slip stitch is to stabilize a fabric.  So, when you slip stitch into a chain as shown in the slip stitch closeup, you get a double-sided, double thick chain (a good trick to thicken and strengthen a chain-stitch for high-use drawstrings).

Slip stitch can stabilize knit fabric, too. When used on knit fabric, slip stitch does not required a foundation row.  In  other words, no need to make a chain, just start right in slip stitching through the knit fabric.  Below is a closeup of the slip stitch through the middle of a fabric--in this case, used to stabilize the neckline of a garment which would otherwise sag.

slip stitching through knit fabric to stabilize a sweater neck

When working the slip stitch through the middle of a fabric, begin by deciding on which fabric face of the garment you want the pretty-looking "chained" part of the slip stitch to appear.  We'll call this fabric face the "front," because it will be facing you when working the slip stitch.  Note, however, that sometimes the pretty side might be what you normally think of as the back or inside fabric face of the garment.

In the example above, the fabric being stabilized is the back of a stockinette sweater with a fold-over collar. The outside of the neck is hidden under the collar, so the purled fabric inside of the sweater neck (which you might see at certain angles if the sweater is worn unbuttoned) is the pretty ("front") fabric face in this example.

To start the slip stitching, hold the yarn on the not-pretty side--the back side.  Insert the hook from the front to the back and draw up a loop.  Keeping the loop over the barrel of the hook, move the hook one stitch over, then insert the hook through the fabric again and draw up a second loop from the back.  Finish the slip stitch by drawing this second loop through the first.  For each slip stitch wanted, repeat the process. Finish by cutting the running yarn then pull the resulting tail through the last loop. Work this tail in as you would for a cut-end in knitting--skim it in (with a sewing needle or with a knit-picker on the fabric-back, or weave it in).

Slip stitch can also be used to stabilize the long edge of a fabric. Because there is already a TECHknitting post on this, the instructions are not repeated here, but here's a photo to show the idea. (Both the post and the below photo show a stabilizing slip stitch on a garter stitch edge--the long edge of garter stitch is especially prone to flaring--but slip stitching can be worked through any sort of knit fabric.)
slip stitching to stabilize a garter stitch edge*

Yet another common use for slip stitch is in seaming, to attach two pieces of knitting together.  This is done exactly the same as slip stitching to stabilize a long edge, the only difference being that you would hold the two pieces of knitting one behind the other and slip stitch through both at the same time, matching stitch for stitch.  The below schematic shows the idea, however, you must decide for yourself which column edge to work along: the schematic shows the hook inserted 1/2 column in from the edge, yet a loose fabric might require an entire column.

Inserting the hook for slip stitch seaming (note that, in this diagram, the purl fabric faces are intended to be the "public" side of the garment, as would be the case with a cable sweater worked on a reverse stockinette background, for example.  If the smooth stockinette side of the garment is to be the public side, then the fabrics would be held smooth-face-to-smooth-face in seaming.)

If you have a slipped selvedge, a very pretty effect can be obtained if you insert the hook through the inner loops on each fabric edge.  Where the outer loops are forced to the fabric surface, you get a very pretty line of V's down the seam line.

a slip-stitched seam on a slipped knitted selvedge. The photo shows how very pretty this seam is, but not the equally pretty "valley" which opens in the middle of this seam when the seam is stretched. It's a subtle touch, very professional looking, but impossible (for me, anyhow!) to photograph.*

When used for seaming, slip stitch can be easily removed if you find you've gotten off your stitch-for-stitch count, or if you find your tension is wrong. This is a huge advantage over picking out sewing, especially easier than picking out mattress stitch. On the downside, a slip-stitched seam is bulkier than a sewn one, yet even this disadvantage can be minimized by working the seam in a color-matched thin (sock) yarn, instead of the bulkier main garment yarn.

Attaching patch pockets on sweater fronts is another great use of slip stitch. Worked vertically, the "knit column" look of the slip stitch makes this blend right in, worked horizontally, the slip stitch looks like a particularly lovely stitch pick up and bind off.

Eliminating gaps on cables is a good trick too. You know that gap that forms behind a giant cable where the cable arms twist over one another? A line of discreet slip stitching right between the arms of the outermost cable columns will seal that gap forever.  The stitching will show on the inside, sure, but on the outside the addition of an extra column will never show, the little V's of the slip stitch simply disappear amongst the stockinette columns of the cables themselves.

Single crochet (sc)
In terms of progression and complication, slip stitch was "chain stitch plus:" chain stitch + attachment to fabric edge = slip stitch.  In this same way, single crochet is "slip stitch plus."  This time, the extra step involves making an extra loop with the hook before the final draw through: slip stitch + extra loop = single crochet. This extra loop adds height to the stitch. So, unlike (the very flat) slip stitch, it is perfectly possible to make a fabric in  single crochet.

Like slip stitch, single crochet traditionally begins on a chain foundation row. So, if this illustration looks familiar, that's because it's the exact same set up as for the slip stitch. However, this time, instead of pulling the running yarn (gray) through BOTH loops on the needle as for slip stitch, STOP when you've pulled the running yarn through only the FIRST loop, as shown below.
Set up for the sc.  This looks just like the set up for slip stitch, but to work the first step of the sc, STOP after pulling the running yarn through the first loop on the hook-barrel: the running yarn is not pulled through the second loop until the next step

The loop just made (gray) is over the barrel of the hook. Reload the hook: wrap the running yarn (which I've now colored red) around the barrel of the hook, slide the hook down along the running yarn until the running yarn is caught under the hook lip.  There will again be three yarns over the needle as shown below--the now-red running yarn, the gray loop previously made, and last on the needle, the loop from the original chain. Draw the red running yarn through both loops, in the direction of the blue arrow to make the first sc.

step 2 of the sc

The result (first finished sc) is as below.

first finished sc, worked on a chain stitch foundation

The cycle begins again by inserting the hook under the arm of the next foundation stitch and pulling a single loop through the arm only.

Work a several sc's and the structure becomes apparent--the top (red) loop looks just like a slip stitch (or a chain bind off, since those are the same thing) but the blue bar highlights the additional layer of (gray) loops.  These are the "extra step" loops--one per stitch--which make single crochet a taller (higher) fabric than slip stitch.

single crochet on a chain stitch foundation, closeup

Knitters commonly use single crochet as an edging on baby blankets, scarves and the like.   Below is a close-up of the look.

sc border worked on knitted (garter st) fabric

For this use, no need to have a foundation chain.  In other words, just as slip stitch can be worked directly through a knit fabric, so too with single crochet edging.  Begin by pulling the first loop through the knit fabric from back to front. * Retaining the loop on the hook, insert the hook into the next knit stitch and pull up a second loop. On these two loops, work the single crochet as shown above, second-to-last illustration. Repeat from * all the way around the blanket. A very neat finish can be worked the same way you'd bind off circular knits (the first method at the link would be the best one to use for sc).

Until the next post, good knitting (or should I say, crocheting?)

* The two photos with the asterisks (seam and stabilization photos) come from a TECHknitting Ravelry pattern for the Elizabeth Cap-- the slip stitch seam and edging help stabilize the cap's very stretchy garter stitch fabric.  If you go to the link, you'll see it works: some of caps shown with the pattern at the link had been regularly worn by the time they were photographed, but the slip stitching prevented stretching or sagging and kept them looking new.

This has been aTECHknitting blog post about crocheting for knitters, featuring chain stitch (ch. st.) slip stitch (sl st) and single crochet (sc).  Thanks for reading! 
11 Sep 14:00

I’m A Gamer

by Jaya Saxena

gamerrrsI’m a gamer. I’m really into games. I’m hardcore into tag.

I’m just saying that if a woman wants to play Heads Up Seven Up, she needs to understand Heads Up Seven Up culture.

What are you, some kind of fake Tiddlywinks girl? Get out of this forum.

I got into Pick-Up Sticks because women didn’t want to talk to me, and now they’re just pretending to be into it because it’s cool? I hate these bitches.

Only a SELECT MINORITY of jump ropers are harassing women, please don’t lump us all together.

Hundreds of millions of people play Capture the Flag. Here are 140 links to help you better understand the situation.

There are no women in Funnel ball. This is an egregious attack by feminist bullies on a game I’ve played for 20 years.

No one cares that you’re a girl playing Mumblety-peg, you just shouldn’t advertise that you’re a girl playing Mumblety-peg. People only specify “girl Mumblety-peg player” to get attention.

If Red Rover is as toxic to women as the SJWs are saying, how come 50% of Red Rover players are women?

Oh, so female Hopscotch players can demand all Hopscotch boards can be drawn with them in mind, with fucking PINK CHALK or something, but I call them out on it and I’m “cis male scum”? Reverse sexism.

If Musical Chairs actually catered to women they’d hate it because they wouldn’t get to play the victim anymore.

Misandry is going to create pro-male bias where it didn’t previously exist. Rock-Paper-Scissors players now have to act like gender warriors, when all they wanted to do was play Rock-Paper-Scissors in peace.

Feminists control everything. This just proves that we need a by-men-for-men Patty Cake community. We need to insulate ourselves against feminist lies…about Patty Cake.

Stop derailing the conversation. This isn’t about harassing women, but about exposing the nepotistic relationships between corrupt Hot Potato journalism and the Hot Potato developers.


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19 Sep 20:41

Clemson Pulls Training Program That Asked Students About Sex Lives

by Eliana Dockterman

Clemson University suspended a controversial online course this week that was sent out to all students as a mandatory program at the beginning of the school year. The program, created by Campus Clarity for college and universities across the country, was designed to provide comprehensive training on sexual discrimination, harassment and assault, as well as address issues related to drugs and alcohol education. The university adopted the program in an effort to train students in Title IX, the federal law concerning gender discrimination in schools that has made headlines this past year as students have protested the way schools across the country handle cases of sexual assault. But students at the South Carolina school balked at some of the required questions that probed into the students sexual pasts, and the program was suspended Wednesday.

One question asked how many times students had had sex in the past three months and with how many different people. The program also asked students about drinking habits and whether they participated in Greek life or were a member of an athletic team. Students were told the answers would be anonymous but had to log in with their student IDs in order to complete the training.

“It’s not that I have an issue with being trained on Title IX,” one Clemson student told the blog Campus Reform. “I have an issue with the personal questions that are asked, and the fact that I’m told it’s anonymous, but it’s clearly linked to my name, and it’s obviously through a third party so not only is my information that I’m going to be filling out—incredibly personal information regarding my sex life that I have issues with speaking about—it’s not only going to the university, it’s going to a third party company that I don’t know.”

“Does the university need to know if I had oral or normal sex in the last three months after I’ve been drinking alcohol or using drugs recreationally or if I used a condom during?” another student complained. “They don’t need to know that for a gender equality questionnaire.”

Campus Clarity did not respond to requests for comment. But its privacy policy notes that student responses are not linked to their names or IDs.

The university said it had been assured all information would be kept private and thought gathering anonymous information from students would both help the administration determine how well it was dealing with safety issues and dispel misconceptions about behavior in the student population.”Specifically with questions related to alcohol, relationships and sex, [participants] would get real-time feedback about how aggregate peers would respond to similar questions,” Shannon Finning, Dean of Students at Clemson University, told TIME. “That really is critical… in terms of breaking down this stereotype or dangerous illusion that students often have that everyone else is doing certain activities.”

Research has shown that college students tend to vastly overestimate the number of their peers having casual sex or “hookups,” for example. A study at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln found that 90% of college students thought their peers were “hooking up” two or more times per school year, when in reality only 37% of students reported doing so.

Finning believes that seeing how other students responded will help students with making decision making processes. “How does my behavior compare with others? Maybe there are people making good decisions like me. Or, if I’m struggling with a decision, knowing there are others making different decisions, maybe I’ll have the courage to make an informed change,” she says.

The White House has recently put pressure on college and universities to conduct surveys to better understand how frequently students are experiencing sexual assault. But protests against the program Clemson used calls into question the best way to gather such information while respecting student privacy.

“Our student feedback from our new students who completed this program over the summer—over 6000 of them—was overwhelmingly positive,” Finning said.

Finning said Clemson is currently reviewing the program.


19 Sep 17:31

Jamie Bissonnette’s Top 5 Restaurants in Cambridge - Condé Nast Traveler

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spoilers: all the places I love, plus puritan, which I somehow haven't been to yet

James Beard Award-winning chef and recent author of The New Charcuterie Cookbook Jamie Bissonnette reveals the top places to eat in his favorite Boston neighborhood, Cambridge.
19 Sep 16:25

Ugly Custody Battle Over Ian McKellen Narrowly Avoided

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—Following Scotland’s referendum Thursday rejecting independence from the United Kingdom, sources confirmed that a protracted and ugly custody battle over celebrated actor Sir Ian McKellen had been narrowly avoided.

18 Sep 14:14

the-goddamazon: wise-barrel-maker: Why does Voldemort want to...

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Why does Voldemort want to rule over Panem’s lumber district?

Think about…wandmaking.

18 Sep 17:52

Nick Cave told Kylie Minogue to sing less - Yahoo New Zealand - Yahoo New Zealand Entertainment

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"OK, so he did kill me with a rock - but you know what I'm saying."

Reminiscing about their time together, Kylie is quoted by NME Magazine as saying: "When I first worked with Nick it was tender and genuine. And then I saw him perform and speed-read his biography, and I realised that the person I'm watching on stage singing, 'From Her To Eternity' is very different to my experience with him. OK, so he did kill me with a rock - but you know what I'm saying."
17 Sep 23:30

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes Airbnb announced that it will begin collecting a 14% occupancy tax on behalf of its San Francisco hosts October 1. "This is the culmination of a long process that began earlier this year when we announced our intent to help collect and remit occupancy taxes in San Francisco," wrote Airbnb public policy leader David Owen. The company already collects taxes in Portland, and has discussed the possibility of collecting taxes in New York.

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16 Sep 18:50

Comstock Saloon rebuilds, looks to reopen Thursday

by Paolo Lucchesi
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Comstock Saloon car crash

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In the wake of yesterday’s dramatic car crash, Comstock Saloon‘s owners and staffers are picking up the pieces to the back bar and dining room.

The good news is that Comstock Saloon is currently scheduled to reopen its front room and saloon area on Thursday evening at 4pm. The full dinner menu will be served, along with the usual selection of standout cocktails. Lunch will return the following day, Friday.

The damaged room, dubbed the Monkey Bar, will be boarded up and remain closed, probably about a month or so. It’s a tough break for Comstock Saloon, which just painstakingly remodeled the back room last winter. Now, owners Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger will have to rebuild it. The return date is largely dependent on when they can procure the right materials and the contractors’ timeline, says Raglin.

Fortunately, Raglin says that insurance will cover most of the damage, but one customer did end up in the hospital for an extended visit with a fractured knee and lacerations. As it happens, that person is a fellow bartender, visiting from Rhode Island. Comstock was his first stop on his three-day trip.

Raglin contacted him this morning, and along with some other local bartenders, is helping to organize a casual fundraiser for their injured comrade at 15 Romolo tonight (9/16) tomorrow night (9/17) from 9pm to closing. Here’s hoping he’ll be able to make a return trip to San Francisco, and perhaps indulge in some less eventful libations.

· Previously: Car crashes into North Beach bar – 3 injured [San Francisco Chronicle]

Comstock Saloon: 155 Columbus Ave. (at Kearny Street) San Francisco. (415) 617-0071 or

18 Sep 23:34

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

by samzenpus
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via firehose writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us." Now Jeff John Roberts writes at Gigaom that Apple's warrant canary has disappeared. A review of the company's last two Transparency Reports, covering the second half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014, shows that the "canary" language is no longer there suggesting that Apple is now part of FISA or PRISM proceedings. Warrant canaries are a tool used by companies and publishers to signify to their users that, so far, they have not been subject to a given type of law enforcement request such as a secret subpoena. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request. This may also give some insight into Apple's recent decision to rework its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police.

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