A recipe for disaster

Thursday, December 17, 2009
I turned around in time to catch this on my phone. Now I know how Tyger managed to have a "car accident" yesterday without being in the car. At least Kalea tried to save him!

Purple hemp bracelet

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Those 100% purple bracelets are knotted from hemp and each have seven knots completing one full twist. Some bracelets have 4 purple beads, while others have 5. The 4 bead bracelets are suited for children or people with narrow / slim wrists. The 5 bead bracelets are suited for adults.

Each bracelet is adjustible - one size fits all. The difference is how much extra cord is left over after securing the sliding clasp. The extra cord can be wound around the bracelet, or it can be cut to fit and re-knotted at the end (don't forget some extra slack is needed to open the bracelet and get it off!)

Modelled on a child's wrist. See second picture for a closer up look of the bracelet sliding clasp.

Sand cake!

Here's a photo of the children's artwork. They made something for me and called it a birthday cake despite it not being my birthday :)

My cock is bigger! WoW Achievements

Monday, June 15, 2009
Get a load of those Achievements from World of Warcraft. Go patriarchy. Go sexist game programmers. Gotta love all that woman hate and cock worship.

Achievement - "Kiss and Make Up"
Kiss Sara in Ulduar while she is angry with you on Normal difficulty.

*Looks like someone is a woman abuser over at Blizzard. Only an abuser would think it was funny to kiss a woman that is angry with him.

Achievement - "Blushing Bride"
Kiss someone wearing an Elegant Dress while wearing a White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants.

*Oh nice. This of course assumes that the player is a MALE and furthers the "girls don't play wow" bullshit. You're the one wearing the tuxedo while the other person is in a dress. Traditionally, the one wearing the tuxedo is... wait for it... the MALE!

Achievement - "Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho's"
Use mistletoe on the Horde "Brothers" during the Feast of the Winter Veil

*Ha ha ha. Funny. Not. Title says it all. Male friends before your female partners. And the female partners are whores. And of course thats chuckleworthy to make a play on Santa and that particular piece of ghetto sexism. It must be nice having a cock in our patriarchal world.

Achievement - "My Girl Loves to Skadi All The Time"
Defeat Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle on Heroic Difficulty after having killed Grauf from 100% to dead in a single pass

*My girl? Fuck off already. Girls are children. Women are adult females. Bunch of pedophiles. Anyhow that is certainly a bragworthy achievement isn't it? Having a girl that loooooves to "skadi" all the time. Ugh.

Achievement - "Momma Said Knock You Out"
Defeat Grand Widow Faerlina in Naxxramas on normalal difficulty without dispelling or preventing frenzy.

*Hmm. Blaming a woman for violence inflicted by you? Wonder if it was the same abuser that came up with the kissing idea. But it probably most likely was ANOTHER one. Lots of abusers outta there.

Achievement - "Crazy Cat Lady"
Defeat Auriaya without destorying her Sanctum Sentries on Normal difficulty


Achievement - "The Bread Winner"
Make 10,000 gold from quest rewards

*Hah. We all know who they were thinking of in coming up with that title. Man. The one with the swingin' cock, rakin in the lewt and bringin home the money.

More to come. Get all the above achievements completed to ding a new one "My Cock's Bigger Than Yours!" Get all of the abuser ones and you'll win the Wife Beater Tee prize. How fun.

Blizzard reinforces sexism

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
If the sexist beliefs in many players isn't enough for you, there's Blizzard to contend with as well. With players, you can usually ignore the misogyny by turning off Trash Chat (General/Trade) where the occasional conversation pops up about how "girls don't play wow" and that if you're actually a real female, you get lots of money, benefits, extra help all for nothing but the fact that you've got cunt and booby status. With Blizzard, you can't ignore it.

There seems to be sexist patriarchal values present in Blizzard's employees which become obvious in game programming. Take for instance the female bear quest in Zul'Drak where you have to find female bears by lifting up bear tails. Sure. Thats funny. I was amused for the first few seconds. What is not funny however, is the female bears don't take offense to this invasion of their body. They dociley go with you. If its a male however, a message pops up saying "It is an angry male!" and the bear attacks you.

This is just another reinforcement that males are angry and will fight back if they are violated whereas females are hapless docile victims to do with as you will. Disgusting.

Yet another example from Zul'Drak is the Drakkari Warlord of Zol'Maz quest. You've got to kill his family members. Lets look at his wife, Tiri first. She flies at you saying "You get out of here!" and brandishes a rolling pin as a weapon. As a female gamer I really resent how women are decipted with kitchen implements for weapons. Where are all the rolling pin and frying pan brandishing men? Pfft.

As for the other female, the daughter of Zol'Maz - Yara. She cries out "Daddy!" It doesn't matter that Yara is one up from Tiri in that she has a flamin' sword instead of a measly rolling pin to fight you with. She's a female and that MUST be reinforced by Blizzard. Female = helpless, powerless, lesser, needs to call male for aid. BOOO!

Her brother is another story. He yells out "I'LL KILL YOU!" and attacks you. Notice how he is hulking and all buffed up in armour? Male = capable, violent, in power, aggressive, buff. Doesn't need to cry out for his Daddy, or rush at you with a rolling pin shrieking to get out of there.

Lovely way to implement patriarchal family values here Blizzard, and further the already existing sexism present in many players.

Dread Evolution!

If there is something natural dreads teach, it is how to chill out and let go of expectations. A lesson in patience and letting go of strict control. How to deal with obsessing by doing nothing and seeing where it takes you.

The Beginning: July 2008

Half of my head is done. I had a friend do some backcombing with random sections so that I wouldn't have to keep worrying about separating my hair or one big natty matted dread. From there on, there was no crocheting, no dread wax, no maintenance and not very much palmrolling since I'm a lazy slacker and high maintenance just isn't my thang. (See, dreads don't necessarily have to be high maintenance hairstyles!)

A Couple of Days Later

One Month Dreadlocks August 2008

Two Month Dreadlocks September 2008

After washing my hair with the usual bicarb/vinegar thang, it looked very messy with lots of loose hair. The backcombing was coming undone as the dreads knotted up. You can see how the dreadlock above is knotting up from the bottom - the part of backcombing that unravelled first!

Five Month Dreadlocks November 2008

You can click on those two pics above to see my hair better.

Seven Month Dreadlocks January 2009

Eight Month Dreadlocks February 2009

Dyed my hair with nasty chemicals at 8 months. The second picture above freakishly could be my youngest brother on the computer. That photo of me looks REALLY like him, except I don't have his Adam's apple hahahaha

Nine Month Dreadlocks March 2009

Knotwork for Dreads

Friday, May 29, 2009
I found gorgeous dread beads - $7.95USD a bead. Expensive if you're after beads to squish lumps or kinks into your dreads instead of serving the role of fashion accessory.

While on my pursuit of the perfect barefoot sandal, I came across macrame ones instead of beaded jewellery ones. The knotwork looked really awesome so I set out to give it a go. From there, I got the brilliant idea to knot up some dread beads!

Here are some of my early attempts making dread beads using sisal twine;

It gets better. I came across some stiff coloured hemp cord to make knotwork dread beads and this is the result;

Getting the knotwork ends to join up without breaking the pattern is tricky. I am still working on a technique for finishing off the dread bead.

Some of my early attempts at knotting dread beads left hard lumpy bits inside the rim, making it hard to slide it up dreads. And it just isn't asethetically pleasing to have those lumpy bits on the outside and visible! The red and brown wooden dread bead above is one of my better ones.

Making Barefoot Sandals

Friday, May 22, 2009
I am not a shoe wearing fan and prefer to go barefoot.

However, nearly missing a plane because I had forgotten to take my one pair of sandals with me led me to wonder ways around it. It was ridiculous to make it onto the plane, huffing and puffing, wearing tacky airport thongs, to see people TAKING THEIR SHOES OFF. Apparently you can't board without shoes, but once on they don't seem to have an issue with bare feet!

I saw someone with foot jewellery and at first glance, I thought they had some funky designed sandals on, and with another look I realised they were barefoot! Those ones below are similiar to what I saw;

I'm not really interested in beading jewellery and whatnot, but I came across macrame knotwork and I fell in love. My first attempt at knotwork was making barefoot sandals from sisal twine and coarse hemp twine that came across in the hardware section of the grocery shops.

This evolved into dread bead making using macrame knotwork and when I got better hemp, I made this;

My limitation at the moment is supplies. I am on the lookout for beads, soft and stiff hemp cord as well as black elastic cord.

World of Womanhate

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Rush out today and get your Jetze's Bell!

Jezebel. Whore. Loose woman. Slut. Tart. Tramp. Slut. Floozy.

Go Blizzard. This particular offensive anti-woman item is a trinket that when equipped gives you the chance to gain 100 mana per 5 for 15 sec each time you cast a spell and also increases spell power by 106. What caster wouldn't want one? There's even a rumour that on the test servers, this Jetze'Bell item had really offensive flavour text on it which had to be removed for the official game servers. If you're a player on the test realms, feel free to pop in and let us know what it said!

Epic flying mounts, shiny purples, epic cant miss raids... and pew pew pew!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
*snort* EPIC FAIL!

This post is intended as an insightful rant
into the life I once lived with an abusive partner.

Welcome to the alluring addiction that is World of Warcraft. Having played the game myself I know the ins and outs of WoW and how it impacts relationships, parenting and life. Simply put, WoW is designed to be addictive, in that it encourages further playing. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is either
1. A liar or ;
2. An addict in denial or ;
3. Your partner.
Most of the time, it is all of the above.

First there's the time consuming requirement of leveling your character to the maximum possible level. Then when youre maxed out unfortunately the game is not over. FAR from it. Youve got high end raiding, instances to run to get the best lewt (read shiny epic purples), reputation to build, hardcore raid or pvp guilds that do nothing but raid or pvp to join. Guild obligations and requirements that take a chunk of your time and attention. Raids that go for HOURS and require 100% attention cos you dont want to be the one responsible for wiping a 25 or 40 man raid. Oh nosiree. Raids that FAIL and go for even longer unless someone chucks a fit and ragequits causing the large group to collapse on itself. Believe me there is heaps more to WoW - heaps more that takes up heaps more time too.

WoW is HUGELY time consuming. But oh so very addictive. You can't help it. Even if you set limits on WoW play, its just one more quest to do, just one more turn in, just 15 more minutes, just buying skills, just gotta put stuff up on the auction house, just one more attempt on the boss that you've wiped out on 15 times already.

Get the fuck over it already. I play WoW so your excuses are lost on me. I know the game, but theres one difference between YOU and ME. REAL LIFE COMES FIRST.

The kids needs come first. So what if you have to hold up 25 people for five measly minutes? Its going to take HOURS anyway, throw me a fucking crumb and give me five god damn bloody minutes. You don't HAVE to corpse run. You've got a fucking priest with your party. They can fucking ressurect you. Get the fuck of the computer and go fucking take care of your kids for FIVE minutes. Oh my bad. You're the priest? Damn. Well the pally can ressurect you. Oh you're the raid leader? GOOD! Call a time out then oh great and mighty important leader. GTFO!

Oh whats this? You want me to serve you dinner at the computer because you can't GET UP for 20 seconds to get your own fucking plate? You can't eat cos you're tanking? Don't fucking whinge when your food's cold and don't fucking get hoity at me when I complain that you've wasted your food. OMIGODDESS. YOU JUST IGNORED ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN!? How dare you speak to them like that? How dare you tell them you're busy when you're playing a FUCKING GAME?? How dare you tell them to go away! How dare you tell them to wait 5 minutes when it means "wait until I finish the raid hours later"!? How dare you tell them to shut up, to be quiet, to WAIT? How dare you get angry at them for being noisy or whinging or crying when you're trying to talk to your stupid raid group or guildies?

I've cooked dinner and taken care of the kids and now I'm playing WoW and you're telling me to make myself useful and do something just cos I made you wash up and you can't stand working when I'm PLAYING!? Well I have news for you. I. Am. Busy. Go. Away. After all, thats what you say to us isn't it? Shall I emphasise the importance of my request by SMASHING MY FIST DOWN ON THE COMPUTER TABLE?

I have news for you. If your partner plays World of Warcraft (or any other game) or has any other kind of addiction (drug, alcohol etc) and behaves similarly like to what I have described above this is called ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR. It is not cool. Entitlement like this is NOT ON. Lundy Bancroft's "Why Does He Do That" has a section on substance abuse and abusers. World of Warcraft addiction is a form of substance abuse (as is obsessive gaming).
ad·dic·tion  (-dkshn)
a. Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance: a drug used in the treatment of heroin addiction.
b. An instance of this: a person with multiple chemical addictions.
a. The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.
b. An instance of this: had an addiction for fast cars.

Got a pet complaint about your partner and WoW? Vent away here!

Wheres my epic flying mount and $$$?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Yeah I'm a woman. Not pre-pubescent girl. Adult female. Woman! And I play WoW. So where's my FREE epic flying mount? Where's the gold and assistance that I'm supposed to get from other people on account of my owning real life boobs and a cunny?

*I'm sure the idiots that sprout that sexist crap in General have trouble identifying sarcasm when they see it. So a note for the idiots: The above is sarcasm.

The following isn't sarcasm - Go QQ somewhere else if you've been bested or one-upwomanshipped by a female.

*Another note: Besting and oneupwo"man"ship are patriarchal values. I couldn't care less if I can tank and you can't. I don't give a shit if you think your char looks "sexier" than my char.
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