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The introductory post wot sometimes appears at the top of journals (hi)

Greetings, visitors!

The first thing you'll notice is that I don't post very frequently.  That's not because most of the posts are friends-locked, it's because I find Twitter to be a communication vehicle that works very well for the type of things I want to broadcast.

If you want to see what I'm saying on a daily basis, you can find me at twitter.com/taerin. I post or re-tweet links to articles about tech, books and food, and mention things going on with me. (I was having each day's twitter content posted here each night, but really, if you want to know what I'm up to, I'm betting you'll follow me there and just get irritated finding everything duplicated here.)

Here, you'll find postings when I have longer things to say, and time to actually say them.

You don't need my permission to friend me, though I'm always happy when someone actually says hello. :-) You also have my permission link to something I posted without asking first (not that such a thing is likely to happen all that often. See: rarely post.)

I'm trying to get tags on everything to make it all easier to group and find, but that's a work in progress. The ones I have so far are here: http://taerin.livejournal.com/tag/

So, welcome to my little piece of the blogosphere.  Pull up a comfy chair and here, let me pour you something nice to drink.
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Meme: 19 Questions

Got this one from grail76, but I'm not tagging anyone.  If you want to do it, feel free.

01. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.
     1. A tube of cheap glow-stick bracelets
     2. A stack of blank DVDs
     3. An empty cotton candy tub, waiting to become a mini top hat
     4. A hand-formed glass sun, courtesy of my friend Susy.
     5. The printer/scanner/copier

02. How do you style your hair?
After washing, I apply a bit of Biosilk polisher, then blow it dry and part it on the side.

03. What are wearing now?
Jeans, socks and a multicolored (mostly green and blue) 3/4 length-sleeve shirt

04. What's your ringtone?
My ringtone for who?  Most people who actually call me have their own assigned.

05. What do you hear right now?
A CNN video about a fire funnel thing in Brazil.

06. What's your favorite guilty pleasure treat?
Fettuccine alfredo.

07. What are you thinking about right now?
What time to head over to my Mom's to take her trash and recycling out, pick up her mail and throw a load of laundry into the washer.

08. Write the first word that comes to mind.
Minecraft

09. What's your favorite holiday?
4th of July, I think.  LOVE fireworks. 

10. If you came across $5000 (or other currency) would you keep it or turn it in?
Turn it in. 

11. What was the last thing you bought?
Gas for my car.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland.

13. Where do you see yourself in 5 minutes?
Probably going to the kitchen for another deviled egg.

14. Last book you read?
In the middle of Margaret Ronald's Soul Hunt.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Saturday was about two things:  Doctor Who and preparing for Sunday.  Sunday is about Easter and birthday, and doing more work on my faire costume for next month.

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
Probably a piano or a sax.

17. How are you?
Fine, and you?

18. What are you doing tomorrow?
Going to work and then having dinner with some friends at one of our favorite restaurants, which is having their one year anniversary.

19. What are you looking forward to the most?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Moon
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    tired tired
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Sharing tutorials for decoratives and edibles

I tend to get more crafty than usual around the holidays, and below are projects I came across in the last few months that I'm finally getting around to sharing (even though it's too late/early for many of them.)
 
Click their names to load the pages with instructions, and remember that since you're making them, they can all be customized!

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Enjoy!
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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Soundtrack - Underwater Secrets
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A "three things" meme

Because I haven't done one of these in awhile...

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Meredith
2. taerin
3. Ember

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. My gnome pendant
2. Jeans
3. My wedding ring

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. To get over this damn cough
2. To get all the new memberships entered into the database before tomorrow's meeting
3. To cram minion-themed carbs into my face at IHOP

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME

Do it, don't do it, whatever.

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Entered memberships into the database
2. Read the Beyond Wonderland graphic novel
3. Made greek salad and corndogs for supper

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. Becky
2. Juliet
3. Mom

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. Drop a car off at the mechanic's
2. FenCon meeting
3. Start Diana Rowland's Blood of the Demon.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. Fresh squeezed lemonade
2. Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy hot tea
3. Hank's root beer

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. Sealing tape that looks like brass hinges
2. All the neat stuff in this Etsy shop
3. Robot arms made from legos
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    Anuna - Fionnghuala
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My brother loves me, Sonic edition

I've been helping my brother with a computer issue, and to thank me he actually sent me a Sonic Screwdriver!

I've been wanting one of these for ages, even/especially after reading warmcanofcoke's review, so it was a fantastic surprise. :-D

Unfortunately, this lovely toy has a design flaw.  There are two buttons you can press to make the emitter tip light up and simultaneously produce various noises.  However, only one of the buttons can be pushed when the emitter is extended, and it's the one you can't actually press when you're holding the screwdriver properly.

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None of this is to say, however, that I'm not beyond squeeful about owning one of these. :-D  It's even steamy enough that I'll probably include it in my Steampunk Navigator outfit.
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    Tricky Pixie - Mushroom Song
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Threadbanger Mad Hatter hat building instructions

Greetings and salutations!

I'm about to get started creating a Mad Hatter costume to wear to Disney's new Alice in Wonderland movie when it comes out in March (much to my sister's dismay.)  To my delight, Threadbanger released an excellent video showing how to make both the hat and the rest of the costume.

I decided to write the hat steps out so I won't have to keep rewinding the video to check each part while I'm working on it, and thought I'd share.

First, please watch the video (below the cut) so you can see each step I refer to.  There's an ad, then the hat instructions, another ad, and then the rest of the costume.  Warning: the video autoplays.  

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Here's a Threadbanger blog post with pictures of the hats and costumes that Thread Heads have made after watching the video.  My favorite is Rachel Wase's, because that color mixture is just fantastic.

I'd also love to see pictures of whatever you guys come up with if you choose to make one of these costumes too.  Please do share!