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May 11th, 2006
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Not really impressed
Busks

Got the wooden busks I ordered from Grannd Garb last night. They just don't measure up to the one I got from AlterYears. For one, they are pine (the website said they would be pine or ash. I am not sure I would equate those two...), so I can distress them with a mere thumbnail. The shaping is minimal. Give me some basic woodshop tools (one, I admit, would be a table router) and I could churn better versions out by the cart load. I mean, they aren't even all the same size! The range in length from 14" to 14 and 5/16" and the widths vary by about 1/4". The holes drilled in them aren't all the same size. They are FLAT with just the edges rounded and remind me strongly of paddles. I seriously doubt they are really worth the $10.50 I paid for each. :( Just so not impressed.

David Copperfield show

Did someone call him a narcissist and he's decided to show us what that REALLY means? It IS funny, but I wonder at the origin. Also, he really shouldn't rely on TV cameras to prove the veracity of his illusions, because I do believe my generation just doesn't trust anything unbelievable they see on screen. Camera tricks are just too easy. It made his finale rather flat for me. Now, making a HUGE car just appear on-stage with people standing all around it? THAT was impressive.

I did like the bits with the duck, though. And 'redoing' the "dissapear duck in box, reappear duck in bucket" illusion in 'slow motion' was just hysterical.


Corset

I seem to be procrastinating putting the grommets in the corset, likely because then I can try it on and see that is doesn't fit. Or something.


End complaining

The headache I walked out of the Copperfield show with was gone soon after I had some dinner, I had some pleasant IM conversations and found a new, fun game on Real Arcade, so the evening was saved.

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From:starstraf
Date:May 11th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
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you must reveil the new fun real arcade game!
I had much fun with cake mania
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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I go for the puzzle type games, just a warning. It's a 'find these objects in a busy picture' type game. Darn, I can't think of the name right now.
From:starstraf
Date:May 11th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I like the complete task and the puzzle ones
most recent was adventure inlay since it was the freebie
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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I am pretty sure it was either in the banner five, or the list of Top New Games, or both. Something about Mystery or Detective, in the title.
From:starstraf
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
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mystery case files huntsville?

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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like it!
From:the_themiscyran
Date:May 11th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Pity about the busks. I really like the woman who runs Grannd Garb. I've usually been pleased with what I get from her.
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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
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I am likely just spoiled by the AlterYears busk. The only other things I have ordered through there is some artificial whalebone (it's currently in the corset I need to put grommets in) and a busk that I didn't notice at the time of ordering wasn't tapered (the regency type busk I think I mentioned before).

On the other hand, the order did come very quickly.
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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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In Grannd Garb's defense, busks match right up with their description. They are just ungainly and ugly next to the busk I like so much. And quality control seems a touch iffy.
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From:verminiusrex
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
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We have a band saw and table router, they would need setting up but if you ever wanted to make your own we could do it. Although getting the router bit of your choice may require a run to the hardware store.
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From:solan_t
Date:May 11th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Now, that, sir, is tempting. I don't suppose you have a band sander? That's what would be best to make the busk like the AlterYears one. On the other hand, I now have a handful of busks to use first. I might take you up on the offer, if only to size them to what I really wanted in the first place.
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From:verminiusrex
Date:May 11th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Sounds good. We don't have a belt sander, but that could be a good reason to add to the woodshop supplies sometime in the future.
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