calzephyr: (birds)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at Daylight Savings Time According to Father Knows Best
How's that first week of DST treating you, if you're in North America?

While we might find of DST as a modern curse and invention, it's history goes back a lot longer than you might think and was hilariously captured in this episode of Father Knows Best from 1950.
calzephyr: (procrastinating)
You can put it in the win column!

Originally posted by [ profile] ext_4017148 at Help to find book about Charlotte/Charlie YA *FOUND
I need help finding a book that I read a while ago, probably at least ten years ago. I borrowed it from my local library and loved it, but cannot remember the name for the life of me. It's a period setting, maybe later 1800's? The cover had a beautiful picture, half of a girl's face, half of a horse face, both reddish hair and blue eyes. The copy I read was hardcover, and it seemed a few years old.
The main character was named Charlotte, I think she lived in an orphanage, maybe her parents' home, but was getting too old be taken care of, and so was going to be handed over to the state or something. Before that happened, she climbed out her window and ran away. I remember clearly the description of her walking through ice cold water on her way. She disguised herself as a young teenage boy named Charlie, and eventually got a job in a barn. She described the painful process of binding her chest to look flat.
Somewhere along the way, she meets a specific horse, but I cant remember what the reasoning was, besides it being in the barn she was working for.
I feel like one of the other workers found out her identity, and maybe they fell in love?

Thanks for the help!

Thank you calzephyr77 for finding this book! Now I have to go get it and read it again!
calzephyr: (Crafts)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at Reitform Sponging Technique
Hi guys, I swear, it's LJ's inability to post pictures easily that keep me from posting more :-D Here's a technique I learned at the craft club and it's ridiculously easy and interesting. It's called reitform and basically you just mask off areas with Post-It Notes and sponge inside with ink. You could probably do the same with watered down acrylics and watercolours too, plus you could draw or stamp within the area. I did a whole sheet and cut them up for artist trading cards. They were instant masterpieces...or at least some of them were :-)

Art or craft? Sponging fun using the reitform technique of masking #crafts #crafting #instacraft #rubberstamp #stamping #yycblogger #yycblogger #yycartist #artsandcrafts #yycartist

Free Birds

Feb. 19th, 2017 06:19 am
calzephyr: (birds)
Spoilers ahead

Let me start by saying that children's movies, like children's books, are often very weird fare. Adults recognize the story gaps that go over children's heads and I don't know about anyone else, but they can be difficult to reconcile. For example, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree was an extremely popular book when I was a child but it also has been scrutinized as being a tale of poor boundaries and co-dependence. Rather than overthinking the story, the problem just might be poor writing and production that invites comparison or confusion where none is intended. I think that's what happened to Free Birds - the one progressive part of the movie gets lost in the problematic parts and it just becomes a hot mess. To be honest, I also fell asleep in the middle of the movie and had to be nudged awake :-P

In a nutshell, it's about two time travelling turkeys, Reggie and Jake, who try to get turkey off the Thanksgiving dinner menu. They go back in time to the first Thanksgiving and encounter a bunch of wild turkeys who wear face paint and live underground to avoid capture by the pilgrims. Reggie falls in love with the chief's daughter, Jenny.

Perhaps it's a little unfair that Pixar has created such high standards for story and visuals in animated movies and the turkeys can barely clear this hurdle. Some of the animation was truly dreadful, such as Myles Standish's three dogs and the plasticity of the pilgrims. The character designers also seem to have mixed up Myles Standish with an Old West bounty hunter and the depiction of First Nations people isn't very respectful.

There are lots of laughs and the rivalry between Jake and Jenny's older brother Ranger is pretty funny. The parts where the turkeys are talking but are heard by humans as gobbling are hilarious! But the whole thing is so unevenly paced, incoherent and weird. There's even a turkey funeral which seems like an attempt to bring some emotion to the film...but unlike, say, Up, it comes across as out of place and patched on. The film is just full of weird stuff like that - one later scene flashes back to Jake's youth where he escaped from a factory farm. I hate to say it, but I have watched two hour Vine compilations more coherent than this movie :-D

There are so many messages in Free Birds that by the end of the movie, everything feels unresolved even though the turkeys are successful in changing Thanksgiving by turning it into a pizza party. Movies don't have to be this bad!
calzephyr: (star trek)
You may know that I post in [ profile] vintage_ads, but I just joined [ profile] vintagephoto and enjoy it daily!
calzephyr: (Muffin Buffin)
I made a little Facebook page for my bird! It updates on Sundays and Wednesdays. Click the picture to visit and like.

calzephyr: (creative)
Every now and then I find this book on my book shelf and every time it feels like the moment I found it at the bookstore back in 2009. This sturdy, pocket sized manual is many things - how to book, pattern book and a peek into people's lives and hobbies from the pages of Popular Mechanics. In some ways it's not a proper "craft book" as the patterns are quite small, but the ideas are often sound. As with many vintage craft and recipe books, the materials may have been renamed or are not as readily available today. You might have guessed that there is a "boy edition" but I'd be willing to bet that it is as gender neutral as this book.

I was surprised to see that the text invited girls to saw and craft with their parents help. The variety of crafts, toys and games is pretty astounding and I wish my parents had been more the maker type to build a few things from this book like the basement golf course or weaving loom. From braiding to mold casting, doll houses to a full size backyard merry go round, I can only imagine how many hours of fun these plans provided.

x-posted to [ profile] craftgrrl, [ profile] books and [ profile] bookish
calzephyr: (birds)
A couple of months ago I remarked to a friend that I had not seen the original Alien movie or Disney's The Little Mermaid. He replied I should come over to watch both, because "those are two movies that just go great together" (LOL).

So it was that my husband I found ourselves watching the dreadful Bee Movie after watching the very grim Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a 2013 movie based on a French graphic novel starring Chris Evans and Song Kang-ho. It's actually backed by a Korean studio - which is a growing trend among Asian studios. There are definitely more and more Asian backed films that have a big Hollywood box office star for the main draw.

I don't know if Snowpiercer was in theatres very long. It's an excellent movie, very "thinky" and full of action, but it does fall apart the more one thinks about it. Just as utopias are unattainable, dystopias are rarely sustainable and the logistics of a train that can't stop running and support the people on board doesn't make a lot of sense. It's easier to think of the train as a symbol for class systems. Snowpiercer was so dark and even the hopeful ending ends on the wrong note. In terms of story and style it reminded me of Brazil and Children of Men and a third movie I still can't put my finger on.

Bee Movie should have been the cheerful antidote to Snowpiercer, but I was so bored. This movie is sooooo weird and not very entertaining at all. True, 3D animation in 2007 wasn't that great, but the movie comes off as sounding like it's making fun of oppressed people everywhere when Barry B. Benson, the bee, sues the humans for stealing honey. Ugggghhhh!
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Just wanted to toss this out there that [ profile] 2017revival has been set up in case you are looking for new LJ friends!


Dec. 25th, 2016 10:54 pm
calzephyr: (Christmas)
We didn't want to spend Christmas evening watching something violent - we wanted to laugh and feel good - but we didn't want to get stuck watching Adam Sandler movies or somesuch at the same time. I remembered Matilda because it pops up a lot on Buzzfeed and Matilda herself - Mara Wilson - has recently written articles for Cracked and elsewhere. I was very touched by her recent story about her mother's death while the film was being made.

I would have been a bit too old for Matilda when it first came out, but I wholeheartedly would have loved it as a child because I loved reading and nothing thrills the wee folk like adults getting their come-uppance. I wouldn't have been able to appreciate it though on an aesthetic level however. I loved the tacky, trashy lives of her parents played with great gusto by Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman and I loved the tons of detail put into the sets as well as the camera work. 80s and 90s movies have a really special feel about them with so much purposely designed that you don't see anymore. Maybe it was all the practical effects instead of whiz bang CGI. Anyhow, we really enjoyed it and still found a lot to laugh about :-)
calzephyr: (oh noes!)
Speaking of my super hot muffins, here's a potluck entry that didn't go so well on local news.

My favourite YouTube comment is: "I admire that woman, she messed up a recipe but instead of throwing it away she decided to torture people with it."

LMAO! Awww!

calzephyr: (Christmas)
I sent out Christmas cards on Monday - I can't believe it, but I sent out about two dozen handmade cards to friends near and far. Usually I'm so behind that I send out New Year's cards :-D I'll post the pictures after Christmas as I remembered to save two for myself!

We're in a deep freeze this week and I think my brain froze. I forgot about the craft club on Thursday and I'm so bummed. Still, plenty of crafting is going on! On Tuesday I gave out about 45 hand stamped bells to my co-workers. I used my bells cutting file to cut six bells to a 12x12" sheet, then stamped them with a striped background stamp and added a sentiment. I threaded gold thread through each one. My original plan was to thread Hershey's kisses onto each one, but that would have taken forever and make everything a tangled mess anyway! Most everyone appreciated their bells and it was nice to see them hung up around the office. When someone makes you something handmade, that means they really like you :-)

Making flat bell cards with my SVG file.
calzephyr: (cooking)
No, my bird has not joined a biker gang :-D I had to toss 9 out of 12 muffins that I made on Monday for the craft club potluck on Tuesday. I was going to make my mildly spicy polenta muffins. The grocery store didn't have any of the big fat red chilies that the recipe required, so I bought a package of small, mixed hot peppers.

I only cut up four for the recipe (they were all lady finger sized) and as you can imagine...well...making substitutions is always tricky and sometimes ill-advised.

Fortunately I tried a muffin after it came out of the oven - hot!! Thinking that it was just one muffin that got most of the peppers, I tried another one - hot!! Thinking that some dip might cool down the taste, I had half of a third muffin and the inside of my ears burned!.

Dang, I don't know what kind of hot peppers these were, but I ended up getting up early on Tuesday to make a new batch, sans peppers. If you want to be friends with people, it's probably best not to melt their faces :-D
calzephyr: (birds)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at Why Do People in Old Movies Talk Weird?
Not just old movies...but old time radio too! Watch this clip if you ever had this thought.

calzephyr: (Christmas)
Admittedly last year Her Worship flubbed Toy Day. It's tough being mayor when you don't have anyone to guide you, even though Isabelle was as helpful as possible! This year Her Worship is going to make it the best Toy Day ever even if it means dressing up in an itchy Santa suit.

Celia wants something colourful and food.
Ruby wants a new instrument.
Agnes wants some yellow clothes.
Boomer wants a toy.
Shep wants something orange and a doll.
Robin wants food.
Alice wants a carpet that's green.
Deena wants a...
Apollo wants a piece of white furniture.
Frita wants pink clothes.

Hopefully the other animals will drop some more hints soon!
calzephyr: (birds)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at Unfinished ferris wheel, Las Vegas
While on my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I was kind of bothered by all the empty lots. Many of the old time hotels have been demolished with nothing to replace them. Or, at least, nothing finished to replace them. The strip suffers from empty lot syndrome greatly. It's a little difficult to tease out the "unbuilt" Las Vegas from all the touristy sites, but if you're feeling ambitious and it's not too hot, you can walk the north end of the strip and see at least two unfinished resorts.

If you haven't been to Las Vegas, imagine that each hotel property is the size of a mall. It can take hours to walk the strip and it's very easy to underestimate just how long it will take since everything looks close together.

We did a little shopping as Canadians love to do ("OMG Target!! Kohl's!! JCP!!") and while on the way back to the timeshare we stayed at with our friends (itself surrounded by empty lots), I noticed these giant pillars that reminded me a bit of the poem "Ozymandias"

The two giant legs, in this case, belong to the Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel which was supposed to open in 2012. Signs around the lot advertised that the land was for sale. It joins the "Voyager" as an unbuilt ferris wheel - and in case you're wondering one ferris wheel did manage to get built, the "High Roller".

Pic under cut )
calzephyr: (Animal Crossing)

Her Worship is a busy soul, what with visiting and learning from other municipalities and rezoning a piece of land on the East side of Burshire to make room for Harv's RV camp.

Even on a day like today, the Harvest Festival, which should have been carefree and relaxing, Her Worship was busting her butt helping Franklin prepare a four course meal. Of course it would have helped if Isabelle had reminded Her Worship to stock up on some of the different fish around town before today, but sometimes even the most diligent of assistants drop the ball now and then!

calzephyr: (scholarly)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at A real whoooodunit!
Pardon for the terrible pun, but I couldn't help myself. I guess there's a murder case that has been dragging on since 2001 and there's a theory that an owl attack led to the death of the victim. Quite a fascinating read regardless! Here's the story on Audubon.
calzephyr: (birds)
Originally posted by [ profile] calzephyr77 at Greeting cards
I did a summer greeting card exchange with another LJ group and realized I hadn't shared here. These were a challenge to make - and I made five!

Brown sugar commercial cardstock
Pink copy paper
Vanilla cardstock and copy paper
Best Birds stamps and dies plus woodgrain background, Stampin Up
Flower border and walnut ink by Martha Stewart
Pink flowers with an old Sizzix die

I regret doing the flower border. The border isn't meant to be standalone, so I trimmed it from the piece of paper that I punched on. Uggghh! I hope the cards were well received!

And there was finally craft time! Made a bunch of cards for a community card exchange.

calzephyr: (Christmas)
Hi friends,

Time again for a Christmas card call! At the rate that I go, you might get a New Year's card or even a Valentine's card. Please leave your email below (all entries screened) or send me a PM if you want to exchange cards :-) If you have my address, it still hasn't changed!


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