Inspired Stays: Sleeping with History in Bologna words by Silvia Donati Imagine sleeping in a 900-year-old tower in the heart of a medieval town in Italy. You can fulfill this fantasy in Bologna, where the Prendiparte Tower, one of the few remaining towers in town, has been converted into a bed & breakfast consisting of one multi-level suite. It sleeps up to four people but it is generally reserved by couples, especially to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday or simply to spend a romantic night in a magical building suffused with history. “It is a place that emphasizes feelings, that allows you to dream, to test the sensitivity of your partner, his or her attention to the peculiar, the historical, the beautiful,” says the tower's owner, Matteo Giovanardi, a jovial Bolognese man who inherited the tower in 1972 from his father, who had bought it both to make an investment and to fulfill his passion for historical buildings. The tower sits right in the centre of town, in the small Sant'Alò square.
64 Things Every Geek Should Know - laptoplogic.com The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject. A techie geek is usually one who knows a little about everything, and is thus the person family and friends turn to whenever they have a question. 1. USB – Universal Serial Bus GPU – Graphics Processing Unit CPU – Central Processing Unit SATA – Serial ATA HTML – Hyper-text Markup Language HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol FTP – File Transfer Protocol P2P – Person to Person data sharing 2. 3. Here’s what one looks like: 4.
Spats Tutorial Hello world, Upon a few requests over at Threadbanger, I've decided to put together a quick tutorial for the spats I made to match my she-tails: Apologies that I don't have pictures of the first couple of steps - I began making this pair before I decided to make a tutorial! :) Materials and tools Main fabric - at least 1x0.5mLining fabric - at least 1x0.5mMatching cotton threadIron-on interfacing Elastic - 2x 10-12cm lengths; use thin elastic, like 5-10mm width Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Baste your elastic in place on the main fabric. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Et voila! Alright. As a side note, I decided I will give this tutorial's pair away to the first person who leaves a comment saying they're interested and with a way for me to contact them. [EDIT] Congrats Allegra, you will be seeing some spats in the mail shortly. ~Jessica
Vendors « Piece by Amy Rosentha, picture by Babs of Eventography! Wicked Faire is known for many things, and among them is the size and assortment of its vendor offerings. We can say with some confidence that you could go to three or four other events and not see the range and breadth of vending available at Wicked Faire. Vending hours: Friday: 4pm-midnight Saturday: 11am-midnight Sunday: 11am- 6pmClick here to see the full list of vendors organized by location at the event! Agreeable Agony Toys for pleasure, and toys for pain… Agreeable Agony is a collective of crafters/artisans and kinksters from the east coast who make beautiful handmade floggers, candles, claws, pretty colored bondage rope, and other kinky toys, and have a passion for sex education! Akima Botanicals Akima Botanicals: Eco-friendly Bath & Body products from Mother Earth, hand-crafted in small batches with the finest quality ingredients. The Bee Folks Belethil Belethil brings fantasy to life. Big Circle Jewelry & Steampunk Emporium
The Featured Creature : Showcasing Unique and Unusual Wildlife How to Convert an Ordinary Suit Coat into a Tail Coat Materials: Suit Coat Piece of Chalk Scissors Pins and/or Safetypins Needle & Thread or Fabric Glue Step I: Finding a Coat Finding a suit coat free or for cheap is quite easy. Before you go shopping for one, ask your parents, friends and family if they have any sitting around that you can have. Often, relatives will have a lot of them, so pick through what they have to find one you like. If you are not so lucky as to get a coat for free, look through thrift stores, ideally the Salvation Army or, failing that, Goodwill. Step II: Choosing a Coat Choosing a coat is also easy, and your primary concern is that your coat is comfortable and looks the way you like; although remember that you can always change or customize the color of the coat and buttons. If you want to dye or bleach the coat, make sure you do this before you begin cutting. Step IV: Cutting Before you cut, you will need to loosen the lining for when you start cutting. Now you can begin cutting. With that, you are finished.
Steampunk Threads Steampunk fashion has a definite Victorian look and feel, often embellished with wildly creative bits of hardware or technology that might have been conceived by a Victorian mind. While wearing something off-the-rack might be the antithesis of the underlying thrust of dressing in Steampunk attire, the fact is the favored style of clothing is at heart Victorian, and not everyone has the skill or inclination to create these types of garments. This makes Steampunk Threads the ideal place to start creating your own unique wardrobe. Here, you will be able to find all of the basics – like lovely corsets and uber-feminine skirts and bodices for the ladies, or an elegant frock coat or period-inspired timepiece for the gents – that will provide a foundation upon which you can create your own personal style. We have also done some serious hunting to gather must-have accessories, like those ubiquitous eye-loupe goggles with copper frames and tinted lenses, and period timepieces and parasols.
Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzles Lateral Thinking Puzzles, unlike most puzzles, are inexact. In a sense, they are a hybrid between puzzles and storytelling. In each puzzle, some clues to a scenario are given, but the clues don't tell the full story. Your job is to fill in the details and complete the story. Obviously, there is usually more than one answer to any given puzzle, but, in general, only one solution is truly satisfying. You can try solving these puzzles on your own -- that's certainly a legitimate way to go about this -- but usually you can have more fun if you involve other people. Warning: For some reason, these puzzles have a tendency to be rather morbid. The scenarios given on this page are realistic, if unlikely.
Ladies' Guide to Steampunk Fashion, 2011 Ladies, what will you wear to the Steampunk Ball, September 17? If you've not put together a costume yet, no worries! There's plenty of time to compile a fantabulous ensemble from thrifted pieces, odds and ends, and a little Victorian inspiration. What Is Steampunk? Are There Steampunk Costuming "Rules?" There are no rules for what women can and can't wear - pants, corsets, no corsets, short skirts, striped stockings, no stockings, hats, no hats, you name it, there's nothing proper or improper. Steampunk sub-genres include: Adventurer/Safari Steampunk, Cowboy/Western Steampunk, Neo-Victorian Steampunk, Goth and Supernatural Steampunk, Steamship/Sea-Faring Steampunk, Air Pirates, Mad Scientists, Military Steampunk, and I'm sure there are many more, so don't feel limited! Check out these images below for some steamy ideas: Also try adding "steampunky" elements to your Victorian historical gowns. Online Vendors: Local Vendors (Reno area): Melting Pot World Emporium - 1049 S.
Origami Envelope If you’d like to make these cute little “Flap Lock” Origami Envelopes–all you’ll need is a piece of square paper…any size. I used Christmas scrapbook paper. 1. Fold the paper in half to form a triangle. Make sure your edges are even. 2. 3. fold the right corner about 1/3 of the way to the left. 4. 5. 6. 6. 7. 8. 9. And there you have it! Now scurry off and make a million of these–or at least 24 if you’re using them for the Family Advent Countdown Calendar. Not in the mood to fold your own? harness in fabric The Fantasy Fiction Formula "Rob Parnell is the World's Foremost Writing Guru" - Writers Digest Best Writers' Site - Critters #1 Best Writers' Info Site 2010 - 2011 Writers! Click here to get published free by Magellan Books. The Fantasy Fiction Formula Rob Parnell Now, most fantasy writers have been constructing their fictional world since childhood. I remember an interview with JK Rowling where she wandered her home town for the camera, recounting the points, places and people that influenced her Harry Potter world, right from when she was a kid. Similarly, JR Tolkein was an ardent lifelong scholar of "Middle Earth" languages way before he set pen to paper. But if you're new to the genre, where do you begin? Many professional fantasy writers will joke about 'the formula' for good fantasy because it does exist and good fantasy authors still use it - not because they're lazy but because the fans want it - in fact insist on it! It has been condensed thus: 'Hero, artifact, quest'. Get a very large sheet of paper.