I hate everything
A series of infographics showcase stats about the original Sherlock Holmes stories.
I am not responsible for how you will feel if you watch this
via Nathan Fhtagn
In a monumental victory for public health, California will no longer allow parents to forgo school vaccinations for their kids because of “personal belief.” California Gov. Jerry Brown stated that his choice to sign SB277 is rooted in the science, which supports the fact that vaccines protect children from a variety of diseases. However, many feel that vaccinations are unsafe and that California’s decision to remove the personal-belief exemption from mandatory vaccinations is an enormous public health risk as well as an infringement upon citizens’ rights.
sometimes newspaper advice columns are the only thing that can make me think that maybe I'm not quite *the* worst person
River Song has become a bit of a controversial figure on Doctor Who—even the fans who like her aren’t sure they want her to return to the show. But while River isn’t back on the TV show for now, she is making the leap to Doctor Who audio plays. And this time, she gets to have adventures with classic Doctors.
BREAK TIME: Relics Ankoku Yousai’s deluxe packaging/Famicom disc case.
(Bothtec - 1987)
[whisper]: fold-over elastic is kind of overrated
A couple of years ago I spent a week making panties from my knit scraps. I was on a real knit kick, making everything from dresses, to tanks, to pajamas. I ended up with a huge pile of knit scraps. I was dedicated to the making the most of these unused pieces of fabric. I ordered several yards of plush-back picot elastic.
This is the type of lingerie elastic I was most familiar with, and thus seemed like the obvious choice.I set to work, drafting patterns and planning fabric combinations, by the time my elastic arrived I was more than ready to get started.
In one afternoon I whipped through 4 pairs of underwear. That is when tragedy struck. I was out of elastic. I drove to the nearest fabric store only to find no picot elastic. This wasn’t going to stop me. I grabbed several yards of fold over elastic and 1/4″ braided elastic.
This happy accident led me to experiment with different elastic applications that I would have otherwise not used. I still like to make use of my scrap pieces of knit fabric by making pretty under-things. These are the three elastic techniques that I use regularly.
This is the most widely used lingerie elastic, and with good reason. It is so cute! Picot elastic comes in a variety of scalloped and decorative edges. It is also incredibly easy to use.
1) Pin elastic to edge of fabric right sides together, aligning plain edge of elastic with raw edge of fabric.
2) Sew 1/8 away from the decorative edge using a zigzag stitch set at length 2 width 3.
3) Trim excess fabric using small trimming scissors.
4) Fold elastic towards the wrong side of the garment. Topstitch using a 3-step zigzag with a length of 1 and width of 4.
The results of this technique are both pretty and comfortable to wear. I love using bright colored elastic to liven up a more neutral self fabric. The popularity of fold-over elastic in crafts has made this notion especially easy to get your hands on in recent years.
1) Place fabric and fold over elastic wrong sides together, lining up edge of elastic with the edge of the fabric.
2) Use a zigzag stitch to baste along the innermost edge of the elastic.
3) Trim back any excess fabric on the right side.
4) Fold the elastic along the fold-line towards the right side of garment. Top stitch using a zigzag stitch.
This is easily the most accessible technique, given the wide availability of woven and braided elastic, but beware, not all elastic is created equally! Check to make sure elastic is not rigid and stiff before purchasing. My local fabric shop carries swimwear elastic that has a high cotton content. This makes the elastic plush and perfectly suited to more delicate purposes.
1) Pin elastic to wrong side of fabric, lining the edge of the elastic up with the raw edge of the fabric. Pin along the length of the elastic for extra control.
2) Baste elastic to the wrong side of fabric using a zigzag stitch.
3) Fold elastic under, towards the wrong side if garment.
4) Topstitch using a zigzag stitch.
I like that now I have a broader arsenal of lingerie elastic techniques. If I hadn’t run out of elastic that fateful day, I would probably have never experimented with different options. Do you have any sewing crutches? Have you ever learned a valuable sewing lesson when you reached passed your comfort zone?
"Scheiße! Divergence in West Germanic faecal vocabulary."
It’s a while since I wrote a proper post here: time has been scarce. To make up for it, here’s a bumper set of links on swearing from around the internet.
How much do we curse?
The ever-expanding Timelines of Slang.
Scheiße! Divergence in West Germanic faecal vocabulary.
‘You whose shit comes out leftwards!’ The grammar of Hua insults.
Rude words are ‘the croutons in the soup of language’.
A woman in California says her grandchildren are cursing in Spanish after copying the parrot next door.
The best banner at London’s recent End Austerity Now protest.
In defence of the Chicago Transit Authority’s use of crap.
The law on cursing at cops in the US.
Swearword etymology and the history of English.
In 17–18thC Malta, blasphemies were ‘not a mere short utterance but rather complex short stories’.
Monkey on the car (NSFW):
A highlight in the annals of NYT taboo-avoidance: ‘an intervening, ungenteel participle’.
Dumbass or dumb-ass?
A teacher who was suspended for making fun of a curse word in a student’s name has lost her appeal.
‘Fuck de Koning’, and a field day for satirists in the Netherlands.
Swearing at someone on WhatsApp in the UAE (or even sending a middle finger emoji) could get you jailed or heavily fined.
A Porsche owner who parked close to the line has Fuck scratched into it in retaliation. (The news report uses the following terms to avoid fuck: swear word, expletive, a word, the F word, four-letter expletive, not-so-pretty word, and bad words.)
On the right to say fuck off.
Swearing is boring, unprincipled, and ‘a blight’, concludes person who paid attention to Jay Leno.
My preschooler swears (well, ‘Dang’), and I allow it.
New Zealand MP Ron Mark mutters a swear which is picked up by the sign language interpreter.
Sheep art – sometimes rude – lifts spirits in drought-ravaged North Canterbury.
When good words go bad – a historical overview of profanity and taboo in Quebec French.
‘Motherfucker is barely a cuss word any more; it’s a send-up of a motherfuckin’ cuss word.’
A man is sentenced to 33 years in prison for killing a 3-year-old who swore at a video game.
Myles na gCopaleen in full flow in the Irish Times, 1942 (from Flann O’Brien: An Illustrated Biography by Peter Costello and Peter van de Kamp).
A few more tweets we liked:
If you flip someone off at the exact moment lightning strikes it's called The Thunderbird and it's currently the most powerful known swear
— Ryan (@RyGuyTooFly) April 20, 2015
dick, n.4: slang. Abbreviation of *dictionary* 1873 A man who uses fine words without much judgment is said to have ‘swallowed the dick’.
— Iva Cheung (@IvaCheung) June 22, 2015
Actually, ignorami is little paper animals made of folded-up pages of bullshit written by fools.
— James Harbeck (@sesquiotic) June 21, 2015
Thanks to all who voted for us in Bab.la’s recent poll – we made the top 25 Language Learning blogs. So if anyone reprimands you for reading Strong Language, tell them it’s damned educational. And for more sweary links, follow @stronglang on Twitter.
'Instead of binge-drinking in short bursts, Americans often imbibed all day long. “Right after the Constitution is ratified, you could see the alcoholic consumption starting to go up,” said Bustard. Over the next four decades, Americans kept drinking steadily more, hitting a peak of 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol per person per year in 1830. By comparison, in 2013, Americans older than 14 each drank an average of 2.34 gallons of pure alcohol—an estimate which measures how much ethanol people consumed, regardless of how strong or weak their drinks were. Although some colonial-era beers might have been even weaker than today's light beers, people drank a lot more of them.'
a friend did this; she is brilliant and if you happen to know anyone in boston who can give her a job in public radio or documentary film, seriously get in touch with me, because I want her to move back here for a variety of selfish reasons
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.Read More →
why is there no biographical motion picture starring helena bonham carter
Let us take a moment to remember Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, aka “Princess TNT” - German royalty/punk icon of the 80s. After her husband Johannes (an openly bisexual libertine who scandalized much of Europe with his pranks and sex-positive lifestyle) died, she was left a young uneducated mother of three - with mountains of debt.
She got her act together right quick, learned to invest, and turned things around. She traded on her “punk princess” image, turning her castle into a tourist destination (and source of income). Now middle-aged, she’s become a successful businesswoman and put her wilder days behind her. But the world may never forget “Princess TNT.”
(and on a last note, her birth name is actually, and I’m not making this up: Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg)
via otters ("autoshare (I still haven't seen Steven Universe" ME NEITHER)
Steven Universe pays homage to Revolutionary Girl Utena
a.k.a. The exact moment I fell in love with Steven Universe.