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I <3 Lou Reads the Internet or The Great Magnet Adventure

It’s been a while and I do apologize. I’ve been busy with school (kicking ass in my World Philosophers on Death class!! Go me! Ahem!) and thus have not had much time or presence of mind to write anything worth letting the entire internet read. So today’s is a very special edition.

Back Story:

My boyfriend, Tom, is a huge fan of Lou Reads the Internet For You. If you have never heard of it it’s a podcast where a lovely gent named Lou reads… well… the internet and records it. He often finds strange and somewhat unusual sites and forums to read from. Some are fetish forums, others are political forums… you get the idea. If you need more info check it out at  . I think you will be amused. I know I am. In fact I am also a huge fan. Anyways, I am going off on a tangent. That is loosly related to the title of this segment but… again I digress.

So Tom is a huge fan and he had downloaded the then most recent podcast and while looking at the picture that was used as the thumbnail he did a double take and then promptly messaged me.

“Did you ever do a vampire costume in a red dress?” He asked.

“Yes. Why?”

“I think Lou Reads used a picture of you for his latest pod cast.”

So I checked and low and behold… there I was… staring me right in the face. The picture that had been used was a picture of me in my Carmila costume. You remember that one. I posted about it a while back. So I decided to post a comment on the site.

Now some of you might think that I was all “Oh hell no! How dare you use a picture on me for a segment about a forum with people who actually think they’re vampires.” But… Really… I wasn’t. I was kind of flattered really and figured that Lou wasn’t implying that I thought I was a vampire of some such silliness like that. Later I received and email from him thanking me for being cool and offering both me and Tom magnets. With the caveat that we send him pictures of the magnets in their new home environment.

A few days later I received an envelope… handed to me by my very confused mother. And who could blame her… look at it…

I love this envelope. It makes me giggle every time I see it. I adored Lou before this and the fact he took the time to draw a picture on the envelope endured him even more to me… and I’ve never even met the guy.

As I said I’ve been busy. So I didn’t get the pictures of the magnets like I promised and I feel bad. So to make up for it the rest of the segment will be the pictures I’ve taken in my quest for the perfect spot for my Lou Reads the Internet For You magnet.

One would think that the refrigerator is the perfect place for a magnet but I am a rebel. I went with the hood above the stove for my first shot. The idea of cooking with Lou there to watch over my food like some weird internet guardian angel amused me.

My Magnet hanging out over the stove

But I thought… I could totally do better than this. So I moved on to some place else. A place one never sees or expects a magnet. The Bathroom!

Needless to say my family found this creepy and I worried for the magnets safety as I’m not sure how water resistant it is. So… onto the next unlikely place… the water heater!

I liked it but I decided to try it on another spot…

It was okay… but I still thought I hadn’t exahusted all my options. Though I did love the “WARNING” and the “FOR YOUR SAFETY READ BEFORE LIGHTING” stuff. So onto the next option… living things. For this I tried my nephew and my cats. On the off chance that one of them was metal. With disturbing results.

My nephew turned out to be a cyborg… and I’m sad to say that his grades have gone down since I introduced a magnet to his head. I’ve been told it’s not permanent.

Mama Kitty turns out to be a robot cat. Which explains all the pancakes ( If you dont’ get this joke please watch the video located here: )

Dante as it turns out is not made of metal. But he really seemed to like the magnet. Once he relinquished it after his nap it was onto other options.

I placed the magnet by my bottle of Scotch but I felt kind of like I was being judged every time I went for a drink with Lou peeking out around the bottle so I decided to go with the one place that seemed like a natural spot.

I kind of like it on my white board the best. I should ask Lou if there are some good sites that can tell me where I can become a vampire and see if he has suggestions for the second part of the plan. The profit part is easy.

That’s it for my fangirly geekery with a magnet. I hope you enjoyed it. I know I did. My family just sort of stared at me and wondered why i was wandering a round with a magnet and taking pictures of it.

Diclaimer: No cats, robot cats, cyborgs, nephews, water heaters, bottles of booze, bath tubs, stoves or anything else was harmed in this adventure. If they had been I certainly wouldn’t have put photo documentation up on the internet >.>


Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Random Stuff


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Cosplay: The Blood Countess Carmila

Me as The Blood Countess Carmila at Fanime. Picture credits:

Time for my first ever Cosplay/Costume post. I’ll start with one of my earliest costumes since well… it makes sense.

Character: The Blood Countess Carmila

From: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Why: Because the second I saw here on the screen I wanted to make that costume. I’ve this thing for villains and vampires. Especially if they’re in amazing dresses. It’s just something I love.I also loved the challenge of it.

Hours of Construction: Um… I lost count. Well over 500. Probably closer to 1000. I wore here to Fanime and BayCon several years in a row and kept adding to here as Time went on. So I really don’t know how long I spent on her. I can tell you that the initial construction took about two weeks and that from there I just kept improving here with trims and beading and all sorts of other things.

Details: So you can’t see it in the pictures but there’s little red seed beads on the shoulder things and on the hip puffs. The skirt was made using a pattern from a Renaissance costume. The bodice from a gypsy costume. The Jacket was just a basic balaro style jacket pattern and the hip puffs were taken from a Cinderella costume. The rest (long sleeves, shoulder puffs and collar) were all things I just made up without a pattern.

The necklace, earrings and crown tiara designed and constructed by me.

The fangs are costume fangs. They are plastic but they look like porcelain. I got a lot of compliments on them from a fang maker who thought they were his work so I’ve never felt the need to buy the super expensive ones.

Make up and hair (no that IS NOT a wig. I styled my hair with two pieces of foam, a lot of hair spray and some prayers to the dark gods of cosplay) were designed by me.

The trims on the costume were inspired by the art work of an artist by the name of Shannon Hubbard.

Fabrics: I like to talk about fabric choices because they are important in costume making. The wrong fabric can make a costume look weird.

Carmila was made from red and white satin (bought at the local Hancocks fabrics) some gold curtains ala 1970 something (given to me by a neighbor) and some sea foam green liner fabric (also given to me by a neighbor. As well as some red stretch velvet also acquired at the local fabric store. Gold and black trip, seed beads, crystals and wire all acquired at local crafts stores.

When choosing the fabrics and trims I looked closely at her design and did a lot of research on the character. Who she was, personality, portrayal, role in the film, etc. What I noticed was that she was a very vein and conniving person. She’s seductive and pretends to be your friend just to get what she wants. It was obvious that she was partially inspired by the historical figure Elizabeth Bathory and the book Carmila so I did research on those. I also looked at the costume aspects and found that there was a lot of elements taken from the Renaissance and 1700s. So I chose rich overly lavish fabrics that matched her aristocracy and vainty but also choose some antique fabrics (the curtains and the liner fabric were both old or old looking) since she had been sitting around her palace for a while collecting dust. In the movie she’s sort of a ghosts or psychic projection so I wanted to use fabrics that were a bit out of date when put with the newer fabrics. Just a little off. Like her.

Color Choice was easy, I just looked at the movie and concept art. Found that I really liked the sea foam green color with the vivid blood red and gold. I also wanted to use texture to kind of break it up and make it look interesting.

Awards: I won Best Novice in the BayCon Masquerade and a slew of hall costume awards.

Final Notes: I really enjoyed this costume. Sadly I have outgrown it otherwise I’d still be wearing here. Someday I will remake her but for now I don’t have the time, space, money to do so. One day though.

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Costuming, Cosplays and Fashion


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