*Bong* Start Again

My triconsonontal language is getting torn apart and redone from the name up.  

I do think it’s handy that I can have a distinction between kulsis, “language, tool for speech” and Kolis, “This language, The Speech”.

It’s Me I’m Back Again

Oddly, I appear to still be logged into WordPress, even though the last time I updated this blog was nigh on two years ago.  I’m not sure what to think about that.

I’m not feeling particularly communicative, I just had an impulse and I figured I had better post something before my initiative leaked away again…

Playing With Cards

OK.  How to adapt Bruce Scheiner’s Solitaire for use with a Tarot deck¹?

The easy way to do it is to make the Tarot deck into a deck of playing cards.  Take the page out of each of the Minor Suits, and read clubs/wands, diamonds/pentacles, hearts/cups, spades/swords; use Majors for the jokers (I’d go with the Fool and the World for simplicity, but you could pick whatever you liked).  Simple, but not really what I want to do.

Instead, I’d like a way to integrate the extraneous cards.  There are a few ways I can think of that might work, but I welcome additional ideas.

First idea: The pages and the Majors are included in the deck, but they’re nulls except for the two Majors doing duty as jokers.  When you land on one, at any step, you disregard it and keep going till you hit a non-null.  This adds a bit of complexity to the deck because you have to specify in your deck setup where the nulls go; I think that’s good.

Second idea: For this version, the kings get pulled from the alphabetical symbolism rather than the pages.  If you land on a king or a Major when determining a letter, treat it as above and keep going till you hit a card that isn’t.  But if you land on one during a non-letter step, use its numerical value as normal: kings are 14, the Majors go by their numbers (and I strongly suggest using the Fool as a joker in this setup to avoid problems with zero).  Again, it makes the deck more complex, which is good.

Third idea: Pull the pages, use the Fool as one of your jokers.  Any card hit during a numerical step uses its numerical value; Minors hit on a letter step are determined as in vanilla Solitaire, and a Major hit on a letter step gives a letter by its number–which, yes, means that there’s a third, truncated run of the alphabet that leaves out V-Z and one other letter for the second joker (or you could use one of the pages as the second joker).  I don’t know nearly enough about cryptology to know if having a truncated third alphabet would skew the encryption in a good or a bad way, and if bad whether the increased complexity makes up for it.

1: Solitaire keys the 52 regular cards of a standard deck to two run-throughs of the alphabet, with the two jokers as important markers.  Tarot has four suits of 14 cards each, the Minor Arcana, plus a fifth “suit” that’s numbered 0-21 as the Major Arcana.  That’s 24 extra cards.

Design Oddities

What I don’t get is why so many people choose blog styles that make their own entries the least important part of the layout.  You get two sidebars with buttons and links and implements of destruction, and background outside the sidebars, and the blog entires themselves take up maaaaybe a quarter of the width of the browser.  And everything’s all colorful and bright and blinking, except the actual content of the blog–though sometimes they pick weird fonts.

Why do this?  I assume that people who come to my blog are doing it so they can read, you know, my blog.  I supply links and things because I’m not the one-stop shop for all things entertaining, sure, but I would think that if you wanted to read the Yarn Harlot‘s blog and not mine, you’d just go straight there.

The Packing, It Has Commenced

Since I’m going to the airport to pick up Ajax this afternoon, and he will then be taking the Cavalier to drive up for landgrab tomorrow morning, I had to put stuff in it before leaving for work.  I put in: my garb, two sleeping bags, a comforter, the futon, and the small canvas tent for the use of our end-of-War guest.  That means that what we have to fit in the Aveo is the big tent, Liam’s garb, pillows and sheets, toiletries, and whatever sundries we’re bringing (books, cloaks, projects, stuffed animals…).  This should be doable.

Next question is, what do I want to take up for projects?  I have this pair of socks that can be knocked off in an afternoon or less, and probably my tablet weaving.  I think Boreas should go, now that it has a spiffy bag to live in.  I’m not taking the wheel up this year, I don’t think, both because of logistics and because I didn’t work with it much last year.  And possibly the Hwaet socks, for when I feel like being less finicky than Boreas but not totally mindless.

Seriously, didn’t we get back from last War like, two weeks ago?


OK.  I have three stolae, and fabric for one more.  I only have one tunica, but I can probably get another yard or two  of linen over the weekend; one yard of 54″ fabric makes a quite nice tunica for me.   Luckily the stolae can pretend to be chitons if the tunica is dirty. I’ll take my good shift, bodice and skirt, but I should really take the bodice in an inch or two because I got it before the weight loss.  The black shift dress, otherwise known as “really fancy for the Dark Ages”, will go for cool evenings.  I don’t know as I’m going to have an event fancy enough to require the blue bliaut or the red cotehardie, but in both cases the underpinnings need to be washed so I should look into that.  My cloak will go up, but more as extra bedding than because I’m going to need it otherwise.  My odds of obtaining tropical-weight wool to make strophia from before War are nil, so that’s a project for next year, but I think I might be able to manage a second palla.

I need to put buttonholes in Liam’s new red Chinese thingie, and look into fixing one or two of his tunics.  Perhaps I can hide the horrid Celtic knotwork tunic thing before he packs it?

The Benefit of Reading LJ Archives…

…is that I get to do all the nifty old memes.

Q. Elaborate on your default photo:
It’s a small part of the Ace of Wands from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot.

Q. What’s your current relationship status?

Q. What exactly are you wearing right now?
Skirt, hoodie, stockings, appropriate undergarments, ballet flats, glasses, ring, watch

Q. What is your current problem?
This frickin’ pit in my back

Q. What do you love most?
I’m bad at favorites.

Q. What makes you most happy?

Q. If you could go back in time, and change something, what would it be?
I’d’ve realized what was on offer was better than what I had, sooner.

Q. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day, what would it be?
A cat, hands down.  But probably a big cat, not a housecat.

Q. Ever have a near death experience?

Q. What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?
I have no idea what it’s called, one of those whiny early-00’s things.

Q. Who will cut and paste this first?

My name is Carrie, not Cassie.

Q. Name someone with the same b-day as you:
A bunch of people, none of whom I can bring to mind at the moment.  But I share the Goldfish with Spock and Emma Peel, so I’m good.

Q. Have you ever vandalized someone’s private property?
Not unless I’m forgetting something dumb I did as a kid.

Q. Have you ever been in a fight?
In the sense of “physical conflict that lasted more than one blow,” no, but I’ve hit a few people.  The most recent one was drunk and trying to feel me up.

Q. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience?
Frequently; I was in chorus in high school and once or twice have sung at large bardic circles at Pennsic.

Q. What’s the first thing you notice about the OPPOSITE sex?
The way they move.

Q. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Medium chai latte, hot or iced as suits the season.

Q. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?
Yes.  Occasionally it’s even been recreational, nudge nudge wink wink say no more.

Q. Tell a secret about yourself.
…if I did that they wouldn’t be secrets anymore.

Q. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
Seems to me it’s happened once or twice, but I’ll be switched if I can remember which celebrity.

Q. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
Sometimes, especially the various animated holiday specials.

Q. Did you have braces?

Q. Are you comfortable with your height?
Yes, though I do occasionally realize it might be handy to be taller.

Q. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
Given up the opportunity to make several hundred dollars to spend time with me.

Q. Do you speak any other languages?
Sadly, no, though I’m learning French again.

Q. What is your favorite smell?
OK, quizmakers of the world, I’m going to say this one more time: I’m bad at favorites.

Q. Have you ever been to a tanning salon?
What the heck for?

Q. What magazines do you read?
Knitting ones, and I have a subscription to Real Simple.

Q. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

Q. Has anyone you were really close with passed away?

Q. Do you ever watch MTV?
Not anymore, and not much even when I did.

Q. What’s the latest you have ever stayed up?
I don’t know; probably on the order of 36 hours.

Q. Have you ever been rushed into the emergency room?

When I was six or seven, after falling into the stairwell for the exterior steps to the basement of our house.  I ended up with five stitched in my chin.


Note to self: stitch gauge and row gauge are not the same thing. Getting one does not guarantee getting the other.

I swatched for the stockings. I was a good 8 stitches off gauge, so I bought needles 1.25 mm smaller. I swatched again (OK, I started knitting the stockinette rolled top, on the theory that if I was getting gauge I could just keep going), and there I was, bang on 7 stitches to the inch, 28 over 4 inches. Problem is, I’m not getting 32 rows to 4 inches, more like 40.

I’m now most of the way to the ankle on stocking one.  I’m going to finish it and try it on.  If it fits, I’ll do the other one on the small needles.  If it doesn’t, I’m going to go back to the larger needles and pray–basically, hoping that the extra width will turn into extra length when worn.

On the upside, the fabric produced by the merino/linen blend is almost worth the wait it took to get it.

Inverted Heel Flap

Over at String or Nothing, Kim’s talking about making a heel-flap heel (as opposed to i.e. a short-row heel) on toe-up socks.  She’s having issues with it, and has posted at length.  This makes me wonder whether it can possibly be as simple as I’m imagining it.

Make your toe as usual, knit to about where the arch of the instep starts rising, increase two every other round on either “edge” of the foot till you’ve done 1/4 your base number of stitches (64 for me, usually, so 16) on each side.  Start knitting back and forth, centered over the back heel on 1/4+2 of your base, increasing one stitch at each end of each row and catching one of your live stitches likewise, till you have 1/2 your base number on the heel needles.  Then knit back and forth, still catching a live stitch on each row, till the instep needle has 1/2 your base number on it and switch back to working in the round.

It’s pretty much an exact reversal of the Dutch heel that many people learn for top-down socks.  Am I oversimplifying?