UCU was and is off the homemade necklace

Urban Craft Uprising - run if you're in Seattle! - was stupid fun yesterday and had me convinced that the DIY crowd can survive the recession.

Cool logo, too.

It was pleasantly packed, and it's too bad I forgot my camera, but there honestly was too much to look at as it was. Buttercup got a ridiculously dope hat from Trouble. clothing [can't find a link] and I almost broke my nothing-but-necessities rule for some of the illness at Rivkasmom.

I did need a wallet, however, since I'm past trifold status now. There were lots of options but I ended up with an all-recycled one from Mugwump, whose proprietor, Suzanne Keolker, hustled up from Portland to offer bags made out of books and board games, among other stuff.

Sounders colors, almost.

Also the colors of etsyRAIN, a loose collective of Seattle crafters who use Etsy, which sponsored the event along with everyone cool ever.

So yeah, if you're reading this and are in the area, SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY get the eff out and go. 11 to 5. I woke up to let the world know.



[Urban Craft Uprising]

[depressing] timekiller: jacob holdt

A lot of the pictures in the Dogville credits in the last post were taken by this dude: Jacob Holdt.

A Danish photographer who traveled America, Holdt sold his blood plasma to buy film in order to record all American walks of life. The depictions of poverty were so powerful, the Soviet Union wanted to use the pics to undermine Jimmy Carter's human rights posturing.

Click the picture below for a 170 page gallery of Holdt's work.


A lot of 'em are great. A lot of 'em are NSFW, too.

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timekiller: hero creator

This thing - a simple way to make your own superhero - has been around a while, but it's gotten a lot better. Now it's Heromachine 2.5, for what that's worth.

Miss Thang's disturbingly accurate rendition of herself:


Yeah, not so much with the superpowers. And the fact that 'tail' is a drop-down menu category makes one a little fur-cautious. But if you're actually trying to make a goofy superhero - whether for yourself or of your friends - there's no better way to kill an hour.

The one issue with the program is that it's not too easy to grab your image. For those who don't know, peep the screen grabbing technique: Print Screen - 'Prnt Scrn' - copies what is displayed on your screen to a clipboard. Then you can paste in Paint or 'Shop or whatever you use.

Miss Thang's horrifying renditions of me:

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[UGO: Heromachine 2.5]

[All Heromachines]