May 15th, 2014

The Librarian

And the title recs ...

... from the magic random "pick of the day" features are:

Reading: Baltimore, or, The steadfast tin soldier and the vampire, by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Volume one of their "Baltimore" series ... deliciously grim stuff.
Listening: The Best of Bill Cosby, by Bill Cosby. A compilation of tracks from his 1960s.
Viewing: "The Talons of Weng Chiang", story #91 of Doctor Who (and looking at THAT record reminds me how much data cleanup I've been neglecting ... I need to do some major tidying in there before I even think of transferring to new cataloguing software)
The Librarian

Dear knitwear designers ...

(I'm talking to the fashion industry, not the handknit designers, who mostly know better**)

Yes, there are some visually interesting, sometimes even spectacular effects that can occur with deliberately dropped stitches. I imagine Clapotis is a pattern name people in the deepest, no-contact-with-the-outside-world valleys of Papua New Guinea probably recognize. Kieran Foley has come up with some incredible designs based on using them. The Seafoam stitch is an old classic. Unfortunately what you seem to be trying to imitate is Matrix without grasping that snipping stitches in a length of machine-knitted fabric to create "runs" kinda misses the whole spirit of the design ... what you've ended up with is pretty much either a "ran into some barbed wire and didn't have time to repair it" or else "the moths got at it" look. ***le sigh***

**I say mostly because sometimes things like this happen. It's not the deliberate holes that make it "wrong" (to me, anyway), it's the fact that they've been worked as giant buttonholes rather than as dropped stitches (a true multi-row dropped stitch is exactly the same principle as that run in your pantyhose ... a ladder effect with a hole at one end)
Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler0

Nipped up to Kensington today ...

... to pick up this month's "Nightcrawler" fix. This is promising to be such a refreshing change from the usual Marvel return-from-the-dead-and-carry-on-as-if-nothing-happened-or-changed ... Claremont's actually speculating on what effect such a stunt would have on an individual, portraying Kurt as being confused and distressed by the situation behind the cheery front he's putting on for everyone (and possibly depressed as well, as there's a tinge of the suicidal in his thoughts in this ish). Not that it's all gloom'n'doom ... he's also happy to have this second chance (which is part of the confusion). So wonderful to have Claremont and his ability to write characters as well as stories back in print! And word is, from the man himself, that the sales numbers are good so looks as if he's going to get to develop this properly. :-)
The Librarian

And back to the reading without pictures ...

Re-read Cherryh's Heavy Time yesterday as a character/situation refresher so that I could start reading its sequel, Hellburner, for the first time today. Have no idea how that one slipped by me when it was first published back in 1993 though I suspect I can chalk it up to the era being pre-publicly available Internet, pre-big box bookstore and the small bookstores generally having miniscule science fiction sections. But not complaining ... I own a copy now and it's brand-shiny-new-to-me Pollard doing his best to suppress his urge to kill Dekker (but only because giving in would look bad on his record). :-)