I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


How to contact me:

     laura @ cybermenology.com
     Cybermenology Handmade

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So I built myself a lightbox.

Posted at 02 Jul 2010 01:55:18 PM

So I built myself a lightbox.

I have to crop things a bit oddly still, since what I'm using as a posterboard backdrop is about an inch and a half less wide than the box is- so if I'm not careful you can see cardboard in the background.

That can be rectified the next time I go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's, though.

I think I like it!

I put in some work on the sleeve of my Twist Cardigan, too. (You thought I'd forgotten about it, didn't you? Nice try!)

There's a mistake in there. I know where it is. No need to tell me.

In other news, the Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday. We won't be here, as there's a family reunion that day, but I'm not too worried. My goal is to suck less at the suri alpaca mentioned a few posts down, and since I want a worsted or aran 3-ply I think I'll be able to spin it up in a month. I did some training with a 2-ply mini skein just to see how it would behave after washing and thwacking; it fluffs up some, but not too badly. It's doable (as long as I don't get distracted by the Blue Morpho batt... ;) )

In other-other news, I'm still wrassling (technical term) with the comments system. I don't know why it's flagging perfectly good comments as spam, and I apologize to anyone it's kicked out! I have some more logging in now, so hopefully we can get to the bottom of this.

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Comments are fixed

Posted at 26 Jun 2010 11:39:00 AM

I am reasonably sure that comments are working properly now.

As to why the site doesn't display properly formatted in Safari on the iPad (and presumably iPhone), I don't know, but it's not serious enough for me to want to find out why Safari doesn't like <center> tags.

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It was great when it all began

Posted at 17 Jun 2010 02:34:41 PM

I'm fairly certain that I've broken the comment system again, but other than that and a few small image changes on which I have yet to decide I think that this will be the next incarnation of cybermenology.com.

Version 4, as it were. I'd ask for feedback, but there's that pesky comment system in the way.

(Incidentally, it's not all my fault. I seem to have lost ssh access to my server, somehow.)

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Hot damn

Posted at 22 Aug 2008 12:22:52 AM

Hot fucking damn, to be exact.

I finally finished the back-end system to this place. I can now add, edit *and* delete posts without having to resort to phpMyAdmin.

Fucking right!

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Imminent perfume sale/giveaway

Posted at 19 Aug 2008 01:39:32 PM

I did some work on the website. You can edit your own comments again, as well as properly reply to other peoples'. Fixed some bizarre miscellaneous stuff as well.. it's doubtful that anyone will notice most of it.

Random thoughts re: BPAL: I've got vials of more than one fragrance now (I used to wear Morgause, or non-BPAL). Since getting a vial of Zorya (finally!) I've started wearing other things as well... Lady of Shallot specifically, as I love the theme almost as much as I love the fragrance. Am thinking rather definitively about getting a vial or two of it.

Apropos of the limited edition Hallowe'en 2008 scents:
Truly the scent of autumn itself -- damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

I am thinking that this could either smell AMAZING, or like an ambulatory pumpkin pie strolling through a raver's private forest. Can't decide whether finding out is worth the price of an imp...

Terminal sugar rush. A little goblin's candy bag, upended.

Smushed candy corn, rock candy dust, marshmallow gunk, strawberry goo, spun blue sugar, globs of salt water taffy, and lint.

Oh. My. God. What? I can't even imagine how that must smell. I'm going into insulin shock just reading the description!

Dried orange peels floating in simmering cider, roasted apples, smoldering firewood, chimney smoke, sassafras beer, warm hawthorn wood, and oakmoss.

Hmmmm. I kind of want to try this one, too!

----> Item of Potential Interest:
I am thinking that a Great Sorting-Out of the Perfume Basket on the bathroom sink is in order. It currently holds, at a very rough guess, maybe 30 or so bottles of perfumes. I actually wear the following: Morgause (vial), Zorya (vial), Lady of Shallot (imp), Bess (rarely; imp), Jasmine oil (glass vial w/ roller ball), Vanille (glass vial w/ roller ball). Sometimes I'll use my B&BW body sprays.

8 out of 30, and it's the TINY 8 -- I'm not using any of the space-hogging larger bottles. That's not a terribly good ratio, and it doesn't make for a good explanation of why my crap is eating the bathroom counter alive.

SO. The next time I remember, which may or may not be tonight given that it's T5 night in SSC, I will make a list of all of the perfume that I don't wear. It will be listed here and on LJ. If anyone wants to try anything new, watch this space for updates!

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Bother this language

Posted at 25 Jun 2007 06:55:13 PM

Interim update - no, I'm not dead.

However, my web hosts appear to have moved everything here to a shiny new server, which unfortunately did not initially include one of my Python modules (MySQLdb, which for obvious reasons is kind of important). I asked for it to be put back, and it was...

but things still don't work. And I'm getting very tired of fighting with it. Over the next few days I'm going to try to get this rewritten in Perl, but you know me - don't hold your breath.

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Happy Birthday to me?

Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:54:22 AM

My ToDo list includes an update here, so here goes :-)

Dan's flight got into BGM at midnight on Thursday. I had Friday and Monday off, so we had a really nice long weekend. Hung out on Friday, mostly just enjoying each other's company. It was incredibly good to be with him again...a month and a half is just too long, it really is! We did go out for breakfast (around noon ;) ) and then headed out to see Shrek 3. I was incredibly impressed, personally - they made it all the way through a trilogy without being corny or cliched, and honestly lately that's quite the achievement.

Saturday we got up late, threw some stuff in a bag and went up to Ithaca. We hiked along the Buttermilk Falls trail, to the swimming hole and back (which was /gorgeous/, and we had a great day for it. Could have been sunnier, from Dan's St Louis perspective, but from mine it was plenty sunny enough!) Wound up with an extra hour or two, so we went and knocked around the Commons. Did a little shopping - I found books and a big gingerbread cookie, and Dan found a pair of sandals that he's been needing but probably wasn't actually going to get around to buying anytime soon, heh. We left about half an hour earlier than planned, which was probably good seeing as my directions consisted largely of "Get from the Commons to Route 81" and the big road atlas that Uncle Mike gave me last time I was in Maryland. I will say this - however bad my sense of direction is (mental note #57283: Get a GPS!), Dan is equally good at keeping me calm and un-panicky.

The ball game was a lot of fun - hamburgers and fries and beer for all! Syracuse won the game, came back from being 2 down in the bottom of the 9th. Durham had 4 errors by the end of the game - they just couldn't keep the ball in the glove. The poor Syracuse center fielder took a header into the field-level scoreboard, knocked out a half-dozen international league scores and himself; finally got taken off the field in an ambulance after about 20 minutes. I checked the Sky Chief's website earlier yesterday and they didn't have any notices up or anything, so I assume he was ok. In any case, happy winning ball game birthday to me :)

Came home on Sunday afternoon, knocked around the apartment for a bit and then swung by the grocery store on the way to Frosty and Kristen's for dinner. I volunteered to cook penne ala vodka, which came out well although it could have been considerably more spicy. I blame the heinous death sauce that I was fool enough to try half an hour before taste-testing the sauce... kind of burned out my taste buds!

We didn't do a whole lot on Monday... I was working on my computer and trying really hard not to think about the fact that he'd be gone in a few hours. Got to the airport a little before 5 for his 5:30 flight... I fell apart in the car after he'd gone. Things like this are why I keep a box of kleenex in there... Stopped by Friendly's on the way home on the theory that a Reeses Pieces and vanilla ice cream were an absolute goddamn necessity at that moment. Went through some more tissues that night when my pillows still smelled like him... Was kind of expecting that.

I spent some not-inconsiderable time putting 2 shiny new 500gb drives in my computer, and transferring all of my file structures over onto them. Had a lot of running about trying to get it to boot, and it still doesn't do it smoothly - for some reason I have to F11 into the boot menu and manually choose the master hdd before it'll kick off lilo. Heavens only know why. It was great up until this afternoon, when the whole system was frozen after I got home from work... I just rebooted it now, and 5 minutes later it froze again. Grrrr >_< It's not overheating, as the whole thing got a good ol'fashioned canned-air cleaning out while I was playing around with the hardware.
I have a sinking feeling that it's a bad hard drive, and if so I will be PISSED.

I took down the About Me... page, and put up the little blurb box there on the left. I think it's easier. Simpler, and less expostulatory. Also, expostulatory is a lot of fun to say!

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Soliloquy v. 3

Posted at 15 May 2007 07:07:24 PM

Well, something's different around here... :)

I really, really like it. A lot, actually. Most of it got done in about a 16-hour period over Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (spent 5 hours on Saturday afternoon copying recipes into my book, which I'd really wanted to get done as well). I didn't really even plan to do the whole thing then, I just ... ran across that bleeding heart image, loved it, and the rest kind of wrote itself...which was truly amazing to feel.

The overlapping boxes here took the most time, but the neat part is now that I've done it once, I could probably repeat it seventeen different ways without breaking a sweat.

Also, the tags system works now -- both the links from each entry, plus those from the box over there on the right. I've really wanted to get that done for the longest time now, so that's incredibly gratifying.

And hey - there are comments in my source code now! Accurate ones! *grin*

In non-websitey news, Dan will be here at midnight on Thursday, and I absolutely cannot wait. It will be better than I can possibly express to see him, and I know for a fact that 4 days won't be long enough, but we'll make the best of them. I'm hoping to head up to Ithaca, knock around the gorges for a day or so, catch a ball game in Syracuse on Saturday, come home on Sunday and hang out at Frosty's for Sunday night dinner. Friday and Monday are ours :)


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