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Friday, November 30th, 2012
12:00 pm - Concerning this journal...
So this LJ has a lot of Friends Only content. If you want to quote or reblog content that's Friends Only, ask - it is very likely that I will allow you to QWP. If the entry isn't friendslocked, you can totally feel free to snag it for linking, reposting, quoting etc as long as I'm credited.

While I'm here...

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AIM: Moniquill
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MSN: Dreadfulmoqui [at] hotmail.com
Yahoo: Poiriermonique [at] ymail.com (I do not check mail here - chat only)

current mood: awake

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
11:27 pm - So I probably should make a post about this...
Because it's been like two days now.
But we didn't' have a name for her yet.




current mood: PUPPIES!

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Sunday, April 24th, 2011
6:31 pm - The Easter Bunny used to be a lot more badass is all I'm saying...
Maddy Prior - The Fabled Hare

I shall goe unto a hare
Wi' sorrow and such mickle care
I shall goe in the devil's name
An while I go home again

I am ruled by the moon
I move under her mantle
I am the symbol of her moods;
Of rebirth's cycle

I am companion to the Gods
I can conceive while I am pregnant
I call the dawn and spring in
I am the advent

I bring life from water
In a cup that must be broken
I whisper to the bursting egg
I'm Aestre's token

Scent of dog, scent of man
Closer closer, smell them coming
Hot breath, hot death
Closer closer, hard the running

Tongues pant, hearts thump
Closer closer, through the fields
Teeth snap, bones crack
Closer closer, at my heels

Nearer, yet and nearer
I can hear the hunter's knife
He is running for my dinner
I am running for my life

Winter wakeneth al my care
Nou this leues waxeth bare;
Ofte y sike ant mourne sare
When hit cometh in my thoht
Of this worldes joie hou hit geth al to noht

Man sprays no weeds
The scythe cuts, the corn bleeds
Leverets trapped in a harvest blade
'Tis the time of man, the hare said

Here's the tractor, here's the plough
And where shall we go now
We'll lie in forms as still as the dead
In the open fields, the hare said

No cover but the camouflage
From the winter's wild and bitter rage
All our defence is in our legs
We run like the wind, the hare said

I've been cursed, I've been despised
As a witch with darkest powers
I shall goe unto a hare
I've been hunted trapped and punished
In these my darkest hours
Wi' sorrow and such mickle care

I've been thrown into the fire
But I do not fear it
I shall goe until a hare
It purifies and resurrects
And I can bear it
Wi' sorrow and such mickle care

I have outrun dogs and foxes
And I've dodged the tractor wheels
I shall goe unto a hare
I've survived your persecution
And your ever-changing fields
Wi' sorrow and such mickle care

I will run and run forever
Where the wild fields are mine
I shall goe unto a hare
I'm a symbol of endurance
Running through the mists of time
Wi' sorrow and such mickle care

current mood: drained

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
11:14 pm - MAD Craft science, bwahahahahah etc.
So yesterday parts for a project I've been toying with in the concept stages for quite some time showed up. I spent most of the day making my project a reality. I present:

Steampunk Clockwork Reanimated BirdCollapse )

It's made from chicken bones and aluminum wire, mostly, with some copper wire, model magic, watch parts, feathers (goose and dove) and a TON of glue. I'm quite pleased with the outcome! Next step is to make a shoulder mount for it. I want to finish my bandolier-o'-test tubes for, to make sure that it doesn't conflict with shoulder mounting options (and possibly incorporate)

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
1:41 am - Dear everyone who's seen Suckerpunch!
Psychologist Says: This Review Is Awesomesauce!

current mood: awake

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
8:19 am - Imported from Tumblr



Quinoa, a grain-like superfood, has become so popular in Western markets that Bolivians can no longer afford to eat it. Instead, they’re turning to cheap, processed foods, raising concerns about malnutrition in a poor country where it has long been a problem.

For centuries Bolivians lived off quinoa, and it was “little more than a curiosity outside the Andes.” But it has recently caught on in wealthier countries as a healthy alternative to grains, becoming a staple at places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. With demand soaring, prices have nearly tripled over the past five years. That’s great for Bolivian farmers. But it means many Bolivians can no longer afford what has long been a healthy staple of their diet. Quinoa consumption in Bolivia has dropped by 34 percent in five years. “The shift offers a glimpse into the consequences of rising global food prices and changing eating habits in both prosperous and developing nations,’ say Simon Romaro and Sara Shahriari in The New York Times.

Read more about this problem here. What exactly is quinoa, and how do you pronounce it?

Photo: CC BY rusvaplauke



This horrifies me, especially since Quinoa has so much potential as a world food.

The solution, to me, would be to make growing it IN THE US a priority. Those with the time, space, and basic knowledge of gardening can grow it themselves. But home gardening isn't enough and will never be enough, because local food chains come with their own set of problems and require a certain assumed level of privilege to set into motion. We need to make it a domestic -commercial- crop and stop/drastically reduce importing it, which is ultimately what depletes native supplies and drives up the prices in its native lands. Hell, we could even begin exporting it, making it as much of a worldwide staple as rice or corn. That's the power we have as a privileged nation.

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2:48 am
I got a fever*... and more cowbell is proving far less effective than I have been led to believe would be the case...

*also chills, nausea, headache, muscle aches, and general malaise.

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Monday, March 28th, 2011
3:51 am
Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

Take the quiz at
About.com Political Humor

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
12:50 am - Moccaspats!!
So I've been looking for something to do in terms of footwear to go with my new leather dress; it calls for tights, which paired with socks and shoes look retro in all the wrong ways for Steampunk. Enter: Moccaspats. The fusion-child of Eastern Woodland Center-seam moccasins and high-button spats.

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I also got my mom to do a photo shoot of my dress with bustle and some of my accouterments, to give a better idea of what the ensemble looks like. (Note the tights with socks. Hello Steampunk 80's....)

Even Moar Pix!Collapse )

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011
1:45 am - Random rant is random.
So I saw this comic:

Which got me thinking about this phenomenon enough to look up articles on the subject.

Whereby I found this:

"Today, however, business educators are discussing the appalling lack of cursive. Some students can't write it and others can't read it. And it's not just an elementary-secondary school problem. Even some college teachers are concerned about the ability of some students to read and write cursive. It's time for business educators to lead a cursive revival."


See, this storied history of penmanship? Was a story of class warfare and systemic oppression. Penmanship was a marker of social class, so that those educated in the recognition of various styles would be able to immediately recognize the age, gender, and social class of whomever had written the note (women and men were taught radically different styles, for example) and basically allowed for yet another of class judgement and deliniation - a codified version of the tone argument. The content of a message would be weighed and measured based on how neatly it was written and in what style of script:

"But writing? Inessential. A good eye with a hunting rifle, the ability to judge planting times, good weaving skills, yes; but not writing. Writing was at best a commercial skill. For women, it held the same importance as needlework or dancing, while illegible writing on the part of gentlemen was considered proof that they were above crass commercialism. These attitudes also served as a powerful social control.

Suppose you were a lowly clerk with the proper mercantile "hand" for your station. Suppose you had some rather radical political or social ideas and the audacity to write an inflammatory pamphlet. You’d most likely have it published scribally, meaning it would be reproduced by hand by someone who, as I understand it, would reproduce it using a style appropriate for your station in life. Anyone among the upper classes (or other classes, for that matter) would know by the handwriting style with which the piece was written that you were only a clerk and that your words and thoughts should carry no weight."

That is bullshit.

"A mindset has been promulgated among students and teachers alike that penmanship doesn't matter because students "will type everything."

In much of the modern world, they will. They will, in fact, often be required to.

"Other complaints have been made that keyboards, joysticks, cell phone touch pads, and the mouse have taken practice time away from handwriting. This practice time is necessary to achieve handwriting sensitivity and coordination. The lack of practice decreases the ability to write legibly."

Not so much the case for manuscript. You can get the skills needed to write that legibly down in under a year and then get on with your life.

"Many students don't even know how to hold a pencil properly or how to handwrite in a way that limits injuries."


"Others lament the loss in more personal terms. "Cursive was so character defining when I was in school," says Amy Greene to USAToday. "The way you wrote something was considered part of your inner being, your core, your worth.... Now it's considered an anachronism."


(also from the USAToday article)
"Michael Sull, a 54-year-old artist in Overland Park, Kan., says today's third graders have not developed proper forearm and hand musculature, seated posture or mental discipline for cursive. The former president of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting says keyboards, joysticks and cell phone touch pads have ruined kids' ability to hold a pencil properly, let alone write legibly."

BAW! Kids aren't developing skills that have no relevancy to their lives! Why most of them don't even have the musculature or discipline to manually churn butter!

"...who wants to send their teenager to college printing? Cursive is simply more efficient for notetaking!"

Know what's even more efficient? Typing. Know what's more efficient than any style in which you're uncomfortable or untalented? One in which you possess speed and alacrity borne of comfort. If that's manuscript, THAT IS MORE EFFICIENT.

I contend that there is no goddamned reason that students should be forced to learn anything other than the simple sans-serif manuscript methodology of writing that we teach them in kindergarten. It is perfectly capable of conveying messages. Most people will never be called upon in life to write anything that cannot be adequately conveyed with this system, nor should they be - we as humans have achieved a level of technology that generally allows most people to produce lovely, scripted documents -by choosing from a wide array of font faces-.

Those who want to pursue calligraphy as an art for are of course welcome to and should be nurtured in that interest. But that's what script is at this point; a niche art form. It is CRUEL to force children who have no talent or interest in producing it to do so. It serves to valid function. Why the fuck would we want to bring it back?


current mood: bitchy

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011
11:24 pm - Bustle Update...
So yesterday's dress. I was unhappy with the mustle and its flatness and lack of definition. So today, I took it all apart and put it back together with about 50% more ruching and dyed the edges of the leather.

Pix!Collapse )

current mood: severely overcaffeinated

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
10:38 pm
As promised, the leather dress made with the same pattern as yesterday's corset

PIX!Collapse )

Ignore the missing button; I only tacked them on and it came off during posing. I also intent to add more ties on the back opening, and adorn the whole thing significantly with beading and possibly painting.

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
11:58 pm - Corsetry!
Today, I completed a corset. Beware, images contain HIRSUIT ARMPITS!
Pix below the cut!Collapse )

Tomorrow or the next day: The leather dress made with the same pattern.

ETA: Corset was drafted with this method: http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/underbust-pattern-tutorial/ with bust extrapolated from this: http://www.patternschool.com/?page_id=239

The latter is the most awesome block I have ever worked with re: huge tracts of land.

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, March 7th, 2011
2:25 am
Moniquill: dear folks squeeing about whalebone in corsets: You know that whales are sensitive, intelligent creatures right? And that whaling in the 19th and early 20th century is exactly what's responsible for their horrifically endangered status today?
KittiKattie: But but but STAEMPAAAANK.
KittiKattie: especially the poor
Moniquill: The whom? Oh, you mean those people we need to shovel coal.

current mood: annoyed

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Friday, March 4th, 2011
3:33 am - Dear people who do Steampunk like this,
You folks here?

No really, you are.

You are exhibiting classist, ageist, racist, -asshole- behavior.

And by doing so while identifying yourself as a member of the steampunk community, you are negatively reflecting upon the rest of us.

Some choice quotes of asshattery:

"What is this T shirt you speak of? (I only wear those dreadful plebian clothes when cleaning the house or gardening in the privacy of my cloister)"

How nice for you.

"The first question was, and I'm quoting here:
"So, dawg...you in a play or sumpin?"

To which my response was:
"Were you addressing me sir? As I see no members of the canis genus hereabouts one must assume that you are indeed referring to me & I am not a dog sir, my name is Dr. Chronotis."

Whereupon the one chap said:

I retorted with:
" I was simply pointing out that there were no dogs in the vicinity and then introducing myself to you.
As to your query about the theatrical profession I must inform you that I am not as you put it, in a "play or sumpin"

The other chap gave me the oddest glance up and down and then motioned to his comrade to be on their way.
As they turned and walked away I, having manners that they apparently lacked bid them good evening....

Yes, yes, I must say that the sheer lack of manners is truly abhorrent...."

Yo asshole? You were the one exhibiting socially-aberrant behavior. And you were approached with nonjudgmental curiosity. And you proceeded to shut down the conversation for the sake of feeling superior. And those guys, who were probably legitimately interested in learning more about Steampunk and/or your style choices, left this encounter with the legitimate association of 'people dressed like that = pompous jackasses'

"Yet another example of the 'feral human' we are surrounded with. For all of their need to be accepted by society, they will NEVER be accepted by Society.
Sad. Ah well, we will always need someone to shovel coal....."


"why is it im perceived as odd when dressed well? since when did it become weird to dress nice and not like a savage?"


"I've gotten pretty disgusted at the complete lack of any sort of formality in the dress of the "common" man (or woman, child etc.) these days, since most folks look as though they just either got out of bed or were working in a field."

"Our society has become so sloppy. When I was a teen, I would NEVER have been caught dead wearing PJ bottoms and slippers to the store! Unheard of!"

"Of course, what's really funny is when some gang-banger wannabe looks at you strange for wearing tweeds or a UK and he's got his pants halfway down his butt, his baseball cap on sideways, is wearing a fur hooded parka in July and has BIG pot leaves all over his shirt... and he thinks I look weird wearing a solid black kilt, a shirt and vest, a tweed jacket and a bowler?"


There's just so much bashing of ALL MODERN ATTIRE EVER on the thread...
Newsflash, jackasses: Every single one of these styles? Is assembled with the exact same level of thought and care that you're putting into your attire choices, IF NOT MORE. You just aren't knowledgeable about the codified nature of those attire choices and thus can't 'read' the layers of meaning that are displayed therein.

Also? A whole lot of the comments come off as horrifyingly histrionic. Seriously, if you have a deep-seated need to stand out in EVERY crowd and be noticed EVERYWHERE you go, and you assume that everyone else on earth has or should have this same desire (I.E. 'it's sad that people don't dress to get noticed more') then you may just have some social attention issues to examine within yourself. Wanting to look presentable is well and good. Wanting to dress sharply is nice. Wanting to be NOTICED by EVERYONE is problematic.

And let's not forget some delightful morality policing... because, yanno, levels of 'modesty' have nothing to do with personal comfort and can't change from day to day. How you're dressed at any given time is a TRUE AND DEEP REFLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL SELF-WORTH. Remember that, ladies.

"I too dress modestly and find that I am looked upon as if Iam the one who is lacking confidence in my appearance. In fact, I believe the opposite is true. because I AM comfortable in my own skin, I feel I don't need to flaunt it and be noticed for it to feel attractive. I have an 8 y.o. daughter that I am trying to model this behavior to, because if she ever thinks that I would allow her out of the house dressed like some of the 5th graders at her elementary school, then she has a lot to learn!"

"I found that in this day and age it seems that so many young "ladies"are wearing clothing so immodest that no one even notices anymore.I have found that wearing feminine, modestly designed clothing ends up getting me noticed more. I feel it takes much more confidence and sense of self-esteem to wear more modest, feminine styles than to leave nothing to the imagination and it's that confidence that gets noticed."

Remember, folks: When you're out and about in the real world, your faux-victorian-upperclass attitude isn't 'in character'. It's just being a douche.

current mood: bitchy

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Friday, February 18th, 2011
3:41 am
Moniquill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumptuary_law

Ok so how fun would it be to RP a sumptuary law constable of some sort at a con of ANY KIND? And hand out citations left and right while acting more and more apoplectic? And finally cry at the bar?

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
2:37 am - I should know better by now...
than to go looking on Etsy for 'feathers'

current mood: distressed

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Friday, February 11th, 2011
10:26 pm - Poll Time!
If you were in the market for 'NDN Flavored Decoration' how much would you willingly pay for this:

current mood: contemplative

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Monday, January 31st, 2011
5:29 pm - So I bought a car today.
2007 Honda Fit. Silver. It is a Nize* Car.
Pix to follow. I have two corsets to make and at least one load of laundry to do before Friday.

*see here for more information on 'Nize' and how it differs from 'Nice'

current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
11:26 pm - Today in craft science
I made a boned bodice dress from leather;
pix below the cutCollapse )

current mood: accomplished

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