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I'm done substituting as a linear algebra instructor for the summer, and all I have left to worry about is the wedding & dissertation research and maybe the department's fall picnic, so of course I'm doing my level best to come up with unrelated projects.

I've been doing a little bit of research into c. 1320 clothing for [livejournal.com profile] glasseye. For some reason, the early fourteenth century is very unpopular in costuming circles. It looks to me as if the characteristic garment is a fairly baggy tunic, somewhere between knee-length and ankle-length (working men prefer the shorter version), with sleeves that are loose at the upper arm and become very tight toward the wrist.

The second Saint Eligius image clearly shows buttons from wrist to elbow. Anyone have suggestions for cutting a sleeve like this? I'm assuming it's more or less a rectangular construction trapezoid? What about places to buy buttons?
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I told [livejournal.com profile] gwacie:

We could play the [livejournal.com profile] reasie game. What do you want to hear about first? Ceremony? Food? Clothes? People? Wise advice?

She replied:

Start with the vigil :) Did you do a formal vigil? With a tent and things?

The question itself makes for an interesting bit of inter-kingdom anthropology: if I hadn't talked to [livejournal.com profile] sue_n_julia, I might not know what you mean about the tent. Vigils in An Tir are pretty free-form: usually there's a spread of food and the opportunity to talk to the person on vigil, sometimes in private, sometimes in a big group, but there's no real standard, and no requirement to keep non-peers from hearing the secret knowledge. "Formal" to me means "research vigils for knighthood and do the rituals involving a formal bath and clothing of a certain color". Since I was basing my ceremony on the Golden Fleece ceremony, and members of knightly orders were already knights, I didn't feel the need for the ritual bath. Instead, I made lots and lots of food.

food, people, advice )
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Holes in tire
Originally uploaded by ursulageorges
I was going to go to Portland this weekend. I made it to a truck loading zone just off the James St. exit, downtown Seattle, where I called [livejournal.com profile] glasseye and AAA. [livejournal.com profile] glasseye found my spare tire, and the AAA towtruck driver jacked up my car with his fancy jack and told me where to find more air-- and then followed me to the gas station to warn me that my brake lights weren't working. So no more car for me, until we fix the brake lights (I'm hoping a connection has just been knocked loose) and pay someone to put a new tire on this rim.


Apr. 30th, 2007 10:12 pm
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dalek 002
Originally uploaded by ursulageorges.
This is a get-well-soon card for [livejournal.com profile] glasseye's father, who's up for back surgery. [livejournal.com profile] glasseye made me promise to share it with The Internet.

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