Randomness.

May. 6th, 2010 02:11 am
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Contact Juggling)
So, I have a small snowdrift of words and phrases I have cut out of a book, and I don't know what exactly to do with them.

I want to make something, both because I think it would be neat and would like for this book to be made into something positive, and also because I would like to sell what I make and split the profits with a worthy GLBTQA charity.

I've considered covering boxes in them, but I don't know if I should go for a theme, a story, a poem, or just stream-of consciousness surreality. I have no idea what I'm doing. Or how to do it. Tweezers and glue?

Has anyone worked with something like this before? What process worked for you? I know that [livejournal.com profile] copperwise does the wonderful pendants at [livejournal.com profile] chimera_fancies like this. I'm not looking to do anything like what she does because she's a friend, but I would be lying if I said that the genesis of the idea, cutting apart and reassembling words and phrases, didn't have its roots there.

In other news, there is a longhaired black kitty in Fairfield, Iowa, who is looking for a home. The lady who found her thinks the cat is a girl, but isn't sure. She's described as 7-9 months old, and extremely loving. Also, litter-trained.

Let me tell you internets, 7-9 months is a wonderful, wonderful age to adopt a cat. They are still impressionable and not set in their ways, but they are past the worst of the obnoxiousness that plagues all youthful beasts. We got Fish at that age, and she's been a wonderful cat.

If you or anyone you know is looking, the kitty-keeper is Gina Luna, ginaluna@lisco.com. She has ten cats already, so she really doesn't have room for another!

And, last, so I can keep track, the contact juggling is going well. I am at the point where I can do the over-the-pinky flip about half the time, even if it looks like crap. That one is hard. The over-the-index-finger flip is coming right along and I can do it back and forth pretty well; my record is 22 repetitions in a row. Not nearly as controlled or as smooth as I would like, but getting there.

I attempted transfers today for the first time, switching the sphere from one hand to the other while it's in motion. Basically, each hand does a flip right after the other, and the ball rolls off the first hand at the end of the flip and onto the other, then it repeats the other way. Got the transfer to go off over both sides of the hand. I only did it, like, once each way, but I did it. Looks like crap but, again, the smooth motion only comes with practice. Not hitting yourself in the face comes first.

Still very rewarding; I aim for an hour a day but usually give it closer to two because it's easy to just keep going. I've started practicing outside more, both because there's nothing to break out there besides me and the ball, and because the ball rolls way less on grass than on carpet. There's visible improvement every day, and miraculously, ambidexterity is still not a problem. Even fucking up, it's fun. Dropping the ball constantly doesn't actually interfere with how weirdly soothing it is.

Mostly I'm sticking to it out of continual surprise that I'm teaching myself something that works. I've felt so frustrated and ineffective lately. Starting from nothing and teaching myself something has helped.

Randomness.

May. 6th, 2010 02:11 am
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Contact Juggling)
So, I have a small snowdrift of words and phrases I have cut out of a book, and I don't know what exactly to do with them.

I want to make something, both because I think it would be neat and would like for this book to be made into something positive, and also because I would like to sell what I make and split the profits with a worthy GLBTQA charity.

I've considered covering boxes in them, but I don't know if I should go for a theme, a story, a poem, or just stream-of consciousness surreality. I have no idea what I'm doing. Or how to do it. Tweezers and glue?

Has anyone worked with something like this before? What process worked for you? I know that [livejournal.com profile] copperwise does the wonderful pendants at [livejournal.com profile] chimera_fancies like this. I'm not looking to do anything like what she does because she's a friend, but I would be lying if I said that the genesis of the idea, cutting apart and reassembling words and phrases, didn't have its roots there.

In other news, there is a longhaired black kitty in Fairfield, Iowa, who is looking for a home. The lady who found her thinks the cat is a girl, but isn't sure. She's described as 7-9 months old, and extremely loving. Also, litter-trained.

Let me tell you internets, 7-9 months is a wonderful, wonderful age to adopt a cat. They are still impressionable and not set in their ways, but they are past the worst of the obnoxiousness that plagues all youthful beasts. We got Fish at that age, and she's been a wonderful cat.

If you or anyone you know is looking, the kitty-keeper is Gina Luna, ginaluna@lisco.com. She has ten cats already, so she really doesn't have room for another!

And, last, so I can keep track, the contact juggling is going well. I am at the point where I can do the over-the-pinky flip about half the time, even if it looks like crap. That one is hard. The over-the-index-finger flip is coming right along and I can do it back and forth pretty well; my record is 22 repetitions in a row. Not nearly as controlled or as smooth as I would like, but getting there.

I attempted transfers today for the first time, switching the sphere from one hand to the other while it's in motion. Basically, each hand does a flip right after the other, and the ball rolls off the first hand at the end of the flip and onto the other, then it repeats the other way. Got the transfer to go off over both sides of the hand. I only did it, like, once each way, but I did it. Looks like crap but, again, the smooth motion only comes with practice. Not hitting yourself in the face comes first.

Still very rewarding; I aim for an hour a day but usually give it closer to two because it's easy to just keep going. I've started practicing outside more, both because there's nothing to break out there besides me and the ball, and because the ball rolls way less on grass than on carpet. There's visible improvement every day, and miraculously, ambidexterity is still not a problem. Even fucking up, it's fun. Dropping the ball constantly doesn't actually interfere with how weirdly soothing it is.

Mostly I'm sticking to it out of continual surprise that I'm teaching myself something that works. I've felt so frustrated and ineffective lately. Starting from nothing and teaching myself something has helped.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Contact Juggling)
Feeling almost completely better. The cold was mild and pretty much spent itself after two days, but it left behind lingering fatigue, and suddenly my sinuses have become the world's richest source of magazine insert glue. I've been sleeping a lot.

Thanks to a generous loan from a good friend, I have been teaching myself contact juggling. Basically, that awesome stuff that David Bowie was doing in Labyrinth with the spheres. Only it wasn't him, it was a guy called Michael Moschen. I have always wanted to learn to do this.

Anyway, it's immensely satisfying, and I hope I stick with it long enough to get good. Checking in here might motivate me to keep it up, I don't know.

After four hours of practice I can do basic hand circles in both directions, two stalls, and I am almost there with the basic over-the-index-finger flip. I am really, really good at dropping the ball, however, which is the most basic move there is. I'm practicing in the hallway sitting down so I don't fling the sphere into something breakable.

Interestingly, I am having almost no trouble at all doing it with both hands. I'm actually better with my left than with my right. I don't know if that's a mixed dominance thing, or just the fact that I am nearly always fidgeting with something in that hand. Whatever, it's making things a lot easier.

The cats find it interesting, especially Fish, who is very human-child-like in that anything you are doing, she wants to come and do as well. If I'm drawing, I have to give her some paper to lay on. If I'm playing with dice, I have to give her one to nose at. So the day before yesterday I was practicing in the hall -- I swear this is true -- and I looked over and Fish had brought over her little toy ball (that she almost never plays with) and was pushing it around on the floor with one paw and watching me intently. I thought I was going to die it was so cute.

Anyway, the learning curve on this is really something. I went from not being able to do hand circles very well at all to being able to do them pretty darn well just while we were watching a movie and chatting with company last night.

It's physical and tactile, and requires awareness of my body and what it is doing, which is something I really miss about dancing. It does it in a positive way that doesn't leave me with negative thoughts about myself, though.

It's really cool, too, learning to do something that is new. And I don't just mean new to me, I mean new. Some parts of it have been around for a long time just as part of juggling, but the rest is late eighties/early nineties, developed by one guy with magic hands. I wouldn't have thought that angle of it would appeal to me, but it does. Go figure.

As an aside, I know that there is an animated Labyrinth icon out there of Jareth spinning the spheres. Anyone have that one? I can't find it.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Contact Juggling)
Feeling almost completely better. The cold was mild and pretty much spent itself after two days, but it left behind lingering fatigue, and suddenly my sinuses have become the world's richest source of magazine insert glue. I've been sleeping a lot.

Thanks to a generous loan from a good friend, I have been teaching myself contact juggling. Basically, that awesome stuff that David Bowie was doing in Labyrinth with the spheres. Only it wasn't him, it was a guy called Michael Moschen. I have always wanted to learn to do this.

Anyway, it's immensely satisfying, and I hope I stick with it long enough to get good. Checking in here might motivate me to keep it up, I don't know.

After four hours of practice I can do basic hand circles in both directions, two stalls, and I am almost there with the basic over-the-index-finger flip. I am really, really good at dropping the ball, however, which is the most basic move there is. I'm practicing in the hallway sitting down so I don't fling the sphere into something breakable.

Interestingly, I am having almost no trouble at all doing it with both hands. I'm actually better with my left than with my right. I don't know if that's a mixed dominance thing, or just the fact that I am nearly always fidgeting with something in that hand. Whatever, it's making things a lot easier.

The cats find it interesting, especially Fish, who is very human-child-like in that anything you are doing, she wants to come and do as well. If I'm drawing, I have to give her some paper to lay on. If I'm playing with dice, I have to give her one to nose at. So the day before yesterday I was practicing in the hall -- I swear this is true -- and I looked over and Fish had brought over her little toy ball (that she almost never plays with) and was pushing it around on the floor with one paw and watching me intently. I thought I was going to die it was so cute.

Anyway, the learning curve on this is really something. I went from not being able to do hand circles very well at all to being able to do them pretty darn well just while we were watching a movie and chatting with company last night.

It's physical and tactile, and requires awareness of my body and what it is doing, which is something I really miss about dancing. It does it in a positive way that doesn't leave me with negative thoughts about myself, though.

It's really cool, too, learning to do something that is new. And I don't just mean new to me, I mean new. Some parts of it have been around for a long time just as part of juggling, but the rest is late eighties/early nineties, developed by one guy with magic hands. I wouldn't have thought that angle of it would appeal to me, but it does. Go figure.

As an aside, I know that there is an animated Labyrinth icon out there of Jareth spinning the spheres. Anyone have that one? I can't find it.

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