Friday Links 8/4

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As usual, here is my new desktop background for the month of August. As usual, it is tiled and I have no idea where it came from.

After a one week break from links, we here at list Mimsy (i.e., me) are back. Capisce?
Capisce. Continue reading “Friday Links 8/4”

Saturday Links July 22

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It’s a Saturday edition of the regular Friday links post, which you could look at as a very exciting new development or just sad evidence of my disorganization.
Truthfully, it’s neither: I’m visiting Lily this weekend and we were very wrapped up in seeing each other again (it’s been two whole months, which is a lot when you’ve just been living with someone for four years!) and the rediscovery of the film, A Bug’s Life.

A Bug’s Life was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, but watching it as an adult (for the first time!) has had a lot of unanticipated results. 1) I can’t help but recognize how far computer animation has come. It’s much more detailed now. 2)A Bug’s Life is basically a mashup of Aesop’s Fable (The Ant and the Grasshopper) and the classic film The Seven Samurai. Who knew? (Not three year old me). Continue reading “Saturday Links July 22”

February: Links I Love

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Happy February, the month of amour! But actually screw Valentine’s Day, I’m not into it. But the above is my desktop background because it seemed apropos.  One of my favorite little joys is hunting down graphic images that tile well.  Images with some kind of repetitive pattern or that would look good if repeated.  Graphic designs, illustrations, wallpaper prints, and fabric are all great sources.
Last month I used an illustration of cartoon penguins spelling out the alphabet. My favorite was the super-diva-ish letter R.

In other news, we have a snowy day here, but not a snow day.  The city has declared a snow emergency and the buses and shuttles around campus aren’t running, but we’re still supposed to be trekking around to class.  But my professor canceled my 9 am anyway and I have my fingers crossed for my 2:30.  It’s a good day for staying in the warm indoors, cuddling a cat, and surfing the net. Continue reading “February: Links I Love”

Links for January

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I’ve so many interesting and exciting links (the wide world of the internet, what can you do?)- I haven’t done a links post in a while.  I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Mine would be better if it weren’t so chilly- I’m sitting on my radiator in my dorm room as I type this.  Actually, I’m going to the library.

Well, that’s a bit better. Continue reading “Links for January”

Numbered Days; Pretty Calendars

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I was bragging a few posts ago about how absolutely beautiful and lovely my paint chip wall calendar is, so I’ll lead off with that one.
Here it is! Very pretty, very bright, very beautiful. Even more perfect than the 2016 one.
In fact, I’m almost a bit sad that I didn’t switch over to it in August (because it goes from August 2016-December 2017) much as I love the version that is one my wall now (but the dreary December palate is really bumming me out). Continue reading “Numbered Days; Pretty Calendars”

Shopping: Stitch ‘n’ Bitch

A few disclaimers before we get into the meat and gristle of this here post. 1) I do know that I’m stealing the title of this post from a book (Mom’s a big knitter- go check out Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller on amazon) and 2) have I been talking about shopping and fashion a bit too much recently? I don’t think so, but I’ve some movie and book lists on the burner.

I’m not a very crafty person.  My idea of DIY is more my Dad’s (power tools for the win!) than Mom’s (knitting and quilting) but I do have a great appreciation for handiwork.  Particularly when that handiwork hits just the right balance between the tenderly personal and the gleefully subversive. Continue reading “Shopping: Stitch ‘n’ Bitch”

Shopping: Handmade Bookmarks

It’s kind of a necessity for a person like me- you know, someone who tries to get through a book a day and will read in line at the store.
But this day marks the first day I’ve ever had a real, certified bookmark.  It’s a very important rite of passage, having a grown up bookmark (rather than those torn up shreds of waste paper I had been using for years).  It’s even more a rite of passage as the bookmark comes to me as a 21st birthday present. (Happy birthday to me!)
My mom uses postcards from art museums, which is a beautiful idea, but I rather prefer my own. 😉 Continue reading “Shopping: Handmade Bookmarks”