Thursday, July 27th, 2017 07:01 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3858 ⌋

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Thursday, July 27th, 2017 11:54 am
I made a pandapotamus! (Hippopandamus might be better, but I thought of the other name first and can't make the switch.)

hippo in panda colors

It's about 18" long and took a *lot* of stuffing to fill.
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 06:20 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3857 ⌋

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 02:14 pm
I finally made it to the dentist today about my night guard, which cracked three weeks ago. The appointment was only rescheduled three times.

I noticed the hole in the back of the thing when I got up on July 4. With the week shortened by the holiday, they couldn't get me in until the next Wednesday. Which was fine, since the night guard was still usuable.

But by the next week, I had come down with an adenovirus: badly infected tonsils, lots of congestion, coughing heavily, and pink eye. It didn't seem like a good idea to drag my contagious self to the dentist, so I rescheduled my appointment for the following Wednesday (last week). But my tonsils were still pretty infected by last week, so I--very apologetically--called to reschedule again. That brought it to this Monday morning at 10:30. (The time is relevant; bear with me.)

Saturday evening I got home from the stained glass class to a message that they would need to reschedule my appointment again. Fair enough. I called first thing Monday morning and rescheduled again, to this morning at 11:15. I got there around 11:00 to be greeted by the receptionist telling me that my appointment had been for 10:30, not 11:15. I'm pretty sure she's the one that got confused about the time (presumably because that's what time the Monday appointment had been for); I distinctly remember her saying 11:15, and that's what I wrote down at the time of the call two days ago. But whatever. I told her that this appointment was obviously doomed.

They did manage to fit me in without too much trouble. Even better, the dentist was able to repair the hole in the night guard with dental acrylic. If it doesn't hold, I'll need a new one, but at least I don't need a replacement yet. I had expected to, so not having to is good news. Better still, they didn't charge me for the visit, since it's all part of the fee for the night guard itself.

This is my angry icon, but it's also the only one with teeth showing. :)
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 07:06 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3856 ⌋

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Monday, July 24th, 2017 07:17 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3855 ⌋

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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 06:19 pm
Today went much faster. It helped that I have done both foiling and soldering before, at Musecon, so I just needed a few reminders of how it goes. I was finished with the cat panel by lunchtime, although the instructor added the hanging loops for me later on. She had said yesterday that anyone who finished early should feel free to start another piece. So I did.

I knew I didn't have time to make another full panel, so I just did the rocket itself. Cutting that out was *much* faster. Not only is it only four pieces, but also where they meet is all straight lines *and*, since they don't have to fit into a frame, I didn't have to be so absolutely precise about the size of each one. I did make a hanging loop for the top. Interestingly, the rocket is almost as tall as the cat panel.

Even with the second piece, I finished more than half an hour early, so I was able to catch an earlier train.

~8" stained glass panel with of a cat ~7" stained glass rocket

more pictures, including the patterns that I didn't use
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 04:19 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3854 ⌋

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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 03:27 pm
Photobucket has announced that as of the 27th of July, I believe, that they will no longer allow you to post your photos to third party providers of which this site is one of them. This means that years of photos that are attached to various blog entries are going to vanish overnight. The work in progress photos. The how I made this photos. The adventure photos are all going away. Not very happy with this at all.

As much as I would love to post photos of all the things I have been doing and people we have met, I can’t because I know shortly they will be removed. I am looking for suggestions for a good place to host the photos for my blogs because I post this in three to four places.

What have we been doing?

Lots of stuff.

Shorleave, except for the eye problem, was a lot of fun. Peter met a fan who had been waiting 20 years to tell him how much he loved his work. When asked in a Q& A whether he had ever been star struck with all the people he has met while working on the Big Bang Theory, Kevin Sussman (Stewart the comic book shop owner in the show) said, “Yeah, happen today. I got to meet Peter David and tell him how much I loved his work.”

We got to talk to Marina Sirtis who didn’t recognize Peter without a beard but was happy to see him. Caroline got some Gargoyle questions answers and they talked about other topics with great passion.

I spent time hanging out with my ‘gang’ at the convention swapping stories and the like.

I was a prop in AJ’s costume entry. I was dressed up at the 12th Doctor and looked like I had gone through hell.

David read the following as I staggered across the stage

“Once again time, injury, and the BBC have combined to cause the Doctor to regenerate. He’d rather not, but he must because ya’ know contracts”

I stopped turned to the audience and shrugged as if to say ‘what are ya going do?’ and continued to lurch until off stage.

“Determined to be stronger than even and sick of the dumb-ass fans who said he was too old, this new Doctor is determined to give them an incarnation that they will never forget.”

AJ entered with a bow tie and his sonic screwdriver dragging my extra vest.

The audience laughed.

The title of the entry was “The Doctor Falls, but he gets up again. You are never going to keep him down”

So that was fun. Again I have some lovely pictures I would like to show you, but photobucket stinks.

I did various panels talking about various topics and had fun.

Monday was Doc in the Box day.

Tuesday we went to Geppi’s museum and enjoyed ourselves. I have great pics for that but Photobucket…..

Wednesday I got to take Caroline to the Air and Space museum and show her some of my favorite things. Again photos but no photos here. Thanks Photobucket. We touched moon rock. Walked through Skylab. Looked at the restored Enterprise. And wondered why there is a plaque in the exhibit about the solar system all about Sherlock Holmes not knowing about the Solar system. Our conclusion is that Holmes is everywhere.

Thursday we visited with Ariel, Anthony and AJ at their house before driving to Raleigh and the Raleigh SuperCon. Wish you could see the cute AJ photos I took.

Raleigh SuperCon is part of a group of conventions run by the same people who do right by their guests and make the time there as enjoyable as possible. We can highly recommend them if they ask you to be a guest at their conventions. The fans were having a blast too. Lots of great costumes including an incredible Davros which I would love to show you but Photobucket sucks. I met a group of fellow Doctor Who Cosplayers and we had a lot of fun together. We got to talk about the choice of the next Doctor before and after it was announced. My friend Patty was moderating Alex Kingston’s Q&A when she found out. Her reaction was priceless. I got to speak to her and know what I am doing for her River Song puppet.

From Raleigh we went to Orlando and straight to Disney for a couple of days. A lot of fun and really good food was had by all. We saw old friends. We rode pretty much all the rides we wanted. The only disaster was Peter’s cane getting tossed from the Buzz Lightyear ride but we got it back two days later and they gave Peter a loaner. We did not go to Animal Kingdom figuring to let the Pandora fervor lessen before going to see what that is about. Lots of great pictures but ya know Photobucket.

From there we drove to St. Augustine where my parents have had a timeshare for over 30 years for this particular week in July. We are here now just taking a couple of days to regroup and not worry about anything but ‘will we get to the beach once or twice today’ and ‘what’s for the next meal’. It is very relaxing.

Friday we will be going to the Florida SuperCon in Fort Lauderdale where adventures will be had and photos will be taken but then Photobucket so until I find a solution to that, I am down to words to describe what happened.

I am grateful for all the fun we have had so far this trip.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 07:54 pm
First day of the stained glass weekend workshop was devoted to cutting out our projects. I had been surprised--and pleased--to learn that we could do our own designs. I spent the last week drafting and refining ideas. I ultimately took two along today, a cat and a rocket. I had been worried about the curves on the cat (which is why I took the rocket too), but they said that curves are not inherently harder than straight lines. So I'm doing the cat.

Just picking out colors took over an hour. That plus the initial instruction and practice cutting took up until lunchtime. I did finish cutting out all my pieces, which puts me in the middle of the pack. A couple of people already moved on to foiling the edges (because the solder won't stick to glass), and a few people are still not finished with the cutting.

Tomorrow is another full day. I should finish with no trouble; the piece I did at Musecon two years ago was bigger and more elaborate and only took three hours starting from precut pieces.

Right now I'm pooped.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 04:04 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3853 ⌋

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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm
[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 29th.



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2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
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Friday, July 21st, 2017 06:25 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3852 ⌋

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Thursday, July 20th, 2017 07:01 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3851 ⌋

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 07:09 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3850 ⌋

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 06:58 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3849 ⌋

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 03:05 pm
Photobucket is making me seriously angry.

The story so far: They changed their terms of service the beginning of July, to forbid "3rd party hosting" for free accounts. They didn't bother to send out any notice of this. Instead, last week they started sending me repeated nastygrams, accusing me of nefarious practices (that I hadn't know were a problem, see: lack of notice), and demanding that I upgrade to a paid account. Last Wednesday, after I investigated and discovered what the issue actually was, I deleted my account. They gave me 48 hours to change my mind, so the account should have been gone by Friday night.

Just now, I got another of those identical nastygrams. I figured something had gone wrong with the deletion, so I headed back over to Photobucket to see what's up. I can't log in, meaning my account is in fact gone (GOOD!). So WHY AM I STILL GETTING EMAILS ABOUT MISUSE OF MY DELETED ACCOUNT??!!!!!!!!!
Monday, July 17th, 2017 06:38 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3848 ⌋

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Sunday, July 16th, 2017 06:03 pm
I hadn't realized it, but we get to make our own designs for the stained glass workshop next weekend. Constraints: no more than nine pieces (that's the hard one), must be a 7.5" square or a 7.5"x8.5" rectangle (no free-form).

I'm an over-achiever; I have four designs: a cat, a dolphin, a peacock, and a rocket. I'm torn between the first three. The rocket would be easiest, but it's also my least favorite; I may take it along anyway in case the instructor rejects the other three.
Sunday, July 16th, 2017 04:09 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3847 ⌋

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