Blanket forts are the bomb.

How to color eggs with onion shells.



This must be the most beautiful DIY tutorial I have ever seen. And it so happens to be in style of this weekend. Found on Ulicam, a very nice blog by Ulrika Kestere, photographer and illustrator. For the whole tutorial and lot’s of inspiration, click here.







Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.

I hate this country.

What I learned from this video:

  • 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
  • Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
  • Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
  • The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
  • There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies 
  • In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
  • Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
  • "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
  • California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”

The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)

In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites 

This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.

Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.

Things to marinate on this “holiday” weekend


Snow Capped Mountains, Bulgaria, by Filip Stoyanov (click images for details)


So to those that might not get many asks or just dont know what pose they might want to do here is the Palette-Pose Maker!!

Palette: [x]
Poses: a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h

And I think it goes without saying that if you get a number+letter that dont exist pick again!



In honor of it being the “Curiosity’s (Mars Science Laboratory) birthday…..


'Curiosity: Carl Sagan’s Vision Of Robotic Exploration On Mars is the 26th installment of Callum C. J. Sutherland’s ‘Carl Sagan Tribute Series, which communicate some of Carl’s most influential words through visuals that mirror unique moments throughout Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, and translate the unique pedigree of prophetic wisdom he imparted on us amidst his audiobook, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision Of The Human Future In Space.

This particular video highlights the feats accomplished throughout our expeditions and explorations of Mars via spacecraft and autonomous robotic emissaries. Let’s not forget how long we’ve been at this, why Mars is still very much a goal, and how much collaboration has been involved with our failed and successful attempts to get there…


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Most notable of our Mars conquests were the highly sophisticated Viking Landers 1 & 2, which revolutionized our understanding of Mars with full 360-degree pictures, analyzed samples of the Martian soil, diagnostic monitoring of temperature, wind direction, and wind speed, the Viking Landers revealed further details of volcanoes, lava plains, massive canyons, and the blatant effects of wind and water. Soil analysis via the landing sites exposed them to be rich in iron, but absent of any signs of life.


Viking 1, the first U.S. lander, successfully touched down on July 20, 1976 in Mars’ Chryse Planitia. As a lander - meaning, it landed and did not “rove” - Viking 1 beamed back data for 6 years. The iconic image above shows one of the first images returned from the lander, and our first actual “foot print” on the surface of the red planet.


Viking 2 (image above) provided insight into a more rocky landscape, using its intricate seismometer (Viking 1’s failed), the lander measured ‘Marsquakes’ on the surface, which provided data about the thickness of the Martian regolith and crust below, along with measuring wind pressure to study the “cold fronts.”

In the video above, a segment from Cosmos' Episode 6: Blues For A Red Planet is excerpted, where Carl describes the Viking landers in such a way only he could…


"The Viking Lander is a superbly instrumented and designed machine. It extends human capabilities to other and alien landscapes. By some standards, it’s about as smart as a grasshopper, by others, only as intelligent as a bacterium. There’s nothing demeaning in these comparisons; it took nature hundreds of millions of years to evolve a bacterium, and billions of years to make a grasshopper. With only a little experience in this sort of business, we’re getting pretty good at it."

However extraordinary the feats of Viking 1 & 2 were and still are today, there happens to be - even despite the persistent triumphs of the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity - one little rover that knocks on my sciencey feels of Martian exploration and my love and adoration for Carl: Mars Pathfinder.


Mars Pathfinder was the first spacecraft to land on the surface of the red planet since the Viking mission in 1976. On reaching Mars on July 4, 1997, the spacecraft entered the planet’s thin atmosphere, was slowed by a parachute and then rockets, and then landed by bouncing on inflated airbags. The protective aeroshell then unfolded to provide the three flat platforms, one of which held a rover (Sojourner). Pathfinder had a TV camera and scientific instruments to gather scientific data on the martian atmosphere and weather, as well as solar cells to provide power and communications. The lander operated for over 90 days, during which it relayed 2.3 gigabits of data including that gathered by Sojourner. Some of this data suggest the presence of large amounts of water on Mars in the distant past. [source]

Mars Pathfinder laid the groundwork for autonomous rovers to follow in its tracks (not literally, Mars is still a big place for a rover to cover the same territory twice!) Pathfinder was equipped with a suite of instruments to study the atmosphere, climate, geology and composition of rocks and soil. The Sojourner rover - its name meaning “traveler”, was a small, lightweight vehicle the lander carried inside. With a small suite of science experiments along with front and rear cameras, it provided us an up close and personal view of Mars we had never seen, using the lander as its base to communicate with Earth.


The Mars panorama, courtesy of the Pathfinder mission. View full size HERE.

Carl’s words in the above video strike through me to the core, foreshadowing achievements we’ve now made possible with missions leading up to Curiosity and currently in development, when he outlines what we will need to explore the Martian terrain via advancements in autonomous robotic technology, while continuing on about Viking:

"…One of the things that a grasshopper can do that Viking can’t, is move. We landed in the dull places on Mars. For all the solid scientific findings and tantalizing hints which Viking provided, we know there are an enormous number of places on the planet far more interesting. What we need is a roving vehicle with advanced experiments in biology and organic chemistry, able to land in the safe but dull places, and wander to the interesting places. A Mars rover hasn’t got time to ask whether it should attempt a steep slope. Radio waves traveling at the speed of light take about 20 minutes on the round trip to Earth. By the time it got an answer, it might be a heap of twisted metal at the bottom of a canyon. A rover has to think for itself."


Size comparison of Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Pathfinder (MPF), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Three generations of Mars Rovers. [source]

Carl continues…and we smile, knowing his ambitions toward his dreams of Martian exploration have been thus, so far, realized…

"Imagine a rover with laser eyes…but packed with sophisticated biological and chemical instruments, sampler arms, microscopes and television cameras, wandering over the Martian landscape. It could drive to its own horizon every day, a distant feature - it barely resolves at sunrise - it can be sniffing and tasting by nightfall…"





Keeping up with “Curiosity…the Mars Science Laboratory.

"Billions of people could watch the unfolding adventure on their television sets as the rover explores the ancient river bottoms, or cautiously approaches the enigmatic pyramids of Elysium. Most of the human species would witness the exploration of another world. A new age of discovery would have begun."


Crowds gathered at Times Square for the landing of Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity”.

Why does this pull on my sciencey heart strings?

Because Carl Sagan never got to see his vision of robotic roving Mars exploration realized. He passed away two weeks after the launch of the very first Mars rover, little Sojourner, aboard the Mars Pathfinder mission, which landed on July 4, 1997.

Due to Carl’s vital contributions to the previous Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo missions, along with the monumental impact in the waves of science communication in his time which still ripple beyond us still, NASA renamed Sojourners lander - its communications relay to Earth - the Carl Sagan Memorial Station.


So it was with great pleasure, and an indescribable feeling of love and nostalgia, that I was able to take my now-fiance, Melissa (lawngirl) on her first voyage to the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, VA, where we gazed upon the full-scale engineering prototype designed and built by JPL for NASA’s Office of Space Science (above).



I speak for her and I when I confess that it was an emotional moment to say the least, as it’s Carl and his impact on our lives which effectively brought us together. We love you, Carl.

"Science is a collaborative enterprise, spanning the generations. When it permits us to see the far side of some new horizon, we remember those who prepared the way, seeing for them also."

— Carl Sagan



Crystal Dream Carnival Tiered JSK - Navy

Angelic Pretty, 2014


Anonymous asked:

Hi Hhhhammy and Gothichamlet! I just started sewing, and am attempting Rumminov’s fancystuck Jade design (with some changes, of course) and wondering if you could help me with some minor pattern changes. I’m working with Simplicity Costume Pattern 2827 design C. I bought sizes 6-12, but the bodice seems a little snug on 12. I was hoping you had some tips on adding fabric for larger arm-holes and more fabric around the upper chest. Thank you!!

Slash and Spread is a great technique to use any time you need to selectively increase/decrease the volume in a commercial pattern!  Traditionally it’s used for adding gathers and changing the silhouette, but it can also be used to tailor standard patterns to better fit your body.  As always, be sure to experiment with muslin first before cutting into your nice fabric, in order to determine how deep and wide to spread your new pattern piece.

ETA: Updated a lot of the images to reflect a full bust adjustment!