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Dec. 27th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Experiment with intaglio #1

I made the cuts deeper and then washed it well after I took this photo. I am pleased with it, but also annoyed, the other two cabs I got are carnelian and bloodstone. They are both harder than my tungsten dremel bit. Now I must find/order a diamond one.

I am debating doing an amber one of these. Rekon (on etsy), seems to carve any large cab he can find already set. That could be a fun plan, but so far the internet has not handed me the exact things I'm looking for. Must keep looking!


I need to practice the following: drawing the pattern on before I start, varying the depth (this one is all the same), getting cleaner, deeper lines faster, etc.

but overall, that was AWESOME. Way cheaper than buying the one I coveted. Maybe if I'm really tricky I could even sell a few and make back my dremel bit purchases :)

Nov. 24th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Holiday list 2013

As always, I am not demanding presents, I don't really expect them, I am just putting this out there in case you feel the need to buy me something and don't know what. Be aware that you are likely getting a very strange homemade woozle in return, so... :P

Of course, what I love most is getting to hang out with people I love. Since it is the season of hot drinks, games, huddling around the fire, snuggling under blankets, making (and eating!) piles of delicious foods, football, fabulous holiday traditions, singing carols, dancing, decorating, and parties, hopefully I'll get to share some of the awesome with YOU!

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Oct. 8th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

I object, my science career should have nothing to do with my ability to display my boobs nicely.

There is an article out, which goes into many of the reasons behind the disparity in how many men and women choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) as a career. In it, the author talks about Big Bang Theory.

"Although two of the scientists on the show are women, one, Bernadette, speaks in a voice so shrill it could shatter a test tube. When she was working her way toward a Ph.D. in microbiology, rather than working in a lab, as any real doctoral student would do, she waitressed with Penny. Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays Amy, a neurobiologist who becomes semiromantically involved with the childlike but brilliant physicist Sheldon, really does have a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is in no way the hideously dumpy woman she is presented as on the show. “The Big Bang Theory” is a sitcom, of course, and therefore every character is a caricature, but what remotely normal young person would want to enter a field populated by misfits like Sheldon, Howard and Raj? And what remotely normal young woman would want to imagine herself as dowdy, socially clueless Amy rather than as stylish, bouncy, math-and-science-illiterate Penny?"


She goes on to discuss how female scientists from other countries dress "like women" with lots of cleavage and short skirts.

I have so many objections. First, why should my career as a scientist depend on how I dress? My career depends on the data I produce, the students I mentor, and my ability to communicate what I have found. I fail to see why cleavage is important in this conversation in any way. I could be either a verifiable pin-up, or a completely androgynous human, and that should in no way change the trajectory of a scientific career. Does my hemline change how much data I have? Do my heels or lack-thereof influence my ideas? No? Then why are we having this conversation?

Second, showing young, successful women who don't display a lot of cleavage and wear tiny skirts, ON TELEVISION! THE HORROR! Someone might interpret this as meaning that you can be a good scientist without having to spend 3 hours dressing each morning! Young women might think that life is NOT all about appearance! That is obviously unacceptable.

Oh no, who would want to be Bernadette? Yes, she waitressed briefly while finishing up writing her dissertation. I have known many graduate students who had to take second jobs. Now she has a successful career, is married, and they are discussing buying a house. Yes, she and her husband have had issues, ones that they talk about, and work on. She makes more money than he does, and they have discussed having him (an engineer who builds items for the space station) quit his job to take care of their potential children. Who would EVER want to grow up to be a well paid scientist with friends, love, career, and hobbies????

Which brings us to Amy. Again, showing, on a very popular show, a character who is not conventionally beautiful, but who is navigating the world as an adult. There is a plot in which Amy publishes a paper in a well-known journal, indicating that her science is successful. Yes, Amy is awkward, and does not dress in a way that flatters her body. Why should that matter, as a scientist?

The author of this article is saying that boobs still matter more than brains.

She says that young girls will only want to grow up to be the pretty blonde. Why? Because there are no awkward girls out there? Because no one, no matter what they look like, has ever FELT awkward? That is might be a wonderful thing to show that fulfilling work, hobbies, love, and the rest of a really awesome adult life are not dependent on ONLY how you look.

There are plenty of lovely humans in science. There are women who spend a lot of time on their appearance. There are also those who show up after working for 30 hours strait in their pajamas and an old sweatshirt. I've slept under my desk, and at that point, I couldn't care less what I look like. I love vintage dresses, but they are not appropriate to wear in our cold-room, where I will spend the day pouring bleach into dirty tanks, picking up maggots, and carrying buckets of rocks.

I love my job, and I am appalled that people I consider to be my heroes are being held up as examples of everything a girl would never want to be. Because that means that I am also a bad example, that no one would want to be ME. And I think I'm pretty awesome.

Aug. 2nd, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Birthday list

It's that time of year! As always, no I am not demanding gifts, this is the stuff I am looking for, if you know of one for cheap, I'd happily go get it myself :)

Yes, I totally realize this list has ridiculous things on it, remember, I am utterly broke at the moment :) I do not have the cash to just buy things that I need, let alone things that I want.

Regular life stuff:
(in order of how badly I need/want it, roughly)
****waterproof jacket (size medium)***
***fixing the fan on my car*** (no defrost is bad!)
**help cleaning up my house and shed, weeding my garden, and getting the winter garden started**
**greenhouse (the plastic tent kind is just fine)**
**a bookshelf or two. One needs to be fairly shallow (less than a foot deep), both need to be tall and sturdy**
*fixing the tent-sewing machine, sigh*
*blue canning jars* (Ball is making these, only this year, then they are gone)
*soda stream*
*big bags of sugar, flour, flats of peaches, and any blackberries you can pick. Yes, I want FOOD*
-sandals (chacos, W9 or M8, with toe loops)
-brightly colored stainless steel water bottle (green or that new golden yellow would be AWESOME) I like Klean Kanteen best, as then I don't have to find a unique lid every time I reach into the cupboard
-Some nalgene bottles to make iced tea in (old ones are fine)
-telestrations game
-little pill boxes (I have to carry pills with me now, and would like pretty boxes that don't pop open all the time)
-viking purple potatoes
-seeds!!!! (any variety you think is awesome)
-rose oil
-Bras (32C, mine are dying, sigh)
-UNDERPANTS! (size small, cotton, black)
-smartwool socks
-vintage bandannas with cool patterns
-cool new towels and washcloths (secondhand is fine)
-field pants (especially light weight ones, waist size 32-34, length doesn't matter)
-booze, I would like to try new kinds of it, and also just have some to drink :)
-spiffy cabling needle for knitting (copper or wood would be cool)
-ball winder
-PLANTS! Herbs, rhubarb, roses, cool bulbs, whatever :)
-Awesome patterned t-shirts and sweatshirts. Size medium, black.
-Big propane burner (crab boil burner). This is so I can do my canning outside when it is HOT.
-"The Art of Fermentation" by Sandor Katz (I have his other book, but hear this one is awesome)
-a basket making kit. I'd like to try it once, I think I want to make lots, but we'd better find out if I can first :) http://www.amazon.com/Commonwealth-Basket-Ridge-8-Inch-9-Inch/dp/B001GS4SLW/ref=pd_bxgy_ac_img_z

-shoes :( oh, HOW I covet new shoes! Little viking boots!!!!
-marver (2)
-that niddy noddy with poppies on it that Nemo made
-little wooden spoon with a loop on the top
-Freon tank cooking pot
-3.5 yards of wool cardweaving (or nice inkle), about 3/4 inch wide (up to 1 inch). I am working on a project and am too lazy to weave it myself, grin. It is going on dark brown, so red, green, brown, black, etc.
-s-hooks (for the fire) mine have run off

For Joe

-full size sheets in 100% cotton
-new SCA weapons, especially great weapons
-Wide inkle/card weaving for a bag strap, black and green
-Shorts (38), black, sturdy
-funny t-shirts, black, size XL
-button down shirts, short sleeved best, black, size XL
Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Fermenting kits!

Are you curious about fermented foods? Always wanted to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, etc? Would you like a kit? I have one!
For $20, you'll get two glass jars (1/2 gallon and quart), one plastic lid with a hole in it, one airlock with a cork, pre-measured salt for one batch, and a booklet of recipes and instructions.
All you need to add is the vegetables you want to ferment, water, and a little liquid from the top of your yogurt (whey). This set up also works great for small batches of alcohol (cider, mead, etc).
I can deliver at SoK, CdV fighter practice, and possibly Sept. Crown. Delicious fermented foods for you!


Jun. 28th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

MORE awesome plans for An Tir-West War!

We are hosting a solar!
Time/place: Saturday from 10am to noon, under a pavilion in A&S land ;) NOT at our camp!

What is a solar? A solar is an informal time to work on projects and share skills. We will provide a variety of small projects, but please bring your own if you want to!
The solar will go for two hours. At the start of each hour, we will have a brief discussion/presentation of a skill. You do not need to participate in these to attend, but everyone is welcome. We will have kits for those who wish to try the three skills, the kits will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, and will cost between $1 and $5 each. We will have at least 10 kits for each skill.
The first hour skill will be: Viking Age knotwork applied to fabric (Birka)
The second hour skill will be: Applied mica decoration from examples at Birka.
I'm also bringing the weights for whipcord braiding with weights, so if we are bored, we'll do that.

Please bring a chair, any snacks or drinks you prefer, cash for any kits you are interested in, and your own projects to discuss and share!

Instructors/facilitators: HL Gersvinda Gaeslinger, Meistara Kathlin in Storradtha

May. 8th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry


In case you didn't know, I have several websites going ;)

SCA stuff is here: https://sites.google.com/site/kadasresearch/

Gardening, modern cooking, and canning is here: https://sites.google.com/site/gardeninavalley/
(garden blog here: https://sites.google.com/site/gardeninavalley/home/gardening/garden-blog)

Feb. 20th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Kingdom A&S discussion: single entry or multiple entry?

Most of this I posted on another thread, but it seems easiest to put it here so I'm not repeating myself as the discussion spreads :)

PLEASE feel free to disagree, and leave comments to disprove my hypotheses! :P

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Jan. 17th, 2013

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry


Freezer/microwave enchiladas (otherwise known as lunch)

Cook some frozen corn (in my case, in the microwave).
Take corn tortillas. Trim one or both ends until they fit into your usual freezer containers. Put about 1/4 inch of enchilada sauce in the bin, fold two tortillas in half. Fill tortillas with deliciousness. I used a lot of corn, some finely sliced raw serrano chiles, bbq sauce, and hot sauce. You could also add beans, sweet pepper chunks, shredded chicken, or whatever else. Top the filling with some shredded cheese. Roll up the tortillas, and top with more enchilada sauce, and cheese. Freeze promply. Microwave until totally melted to eat.

Dec. 24th, 2012

Dorrie, Dory, Dorry

Awesome + recipes + erg, my headache!

Last things first ;)
I have a migraine. I HATE it. Boooooo.

Backing up. On Friday there was an awesome party at Piperelle's house, and we played games far into the night. I would not recommend Arkam Horror. Bleh. Not a game I am likely to agree to again, and I love games.
Saturday and Sunday we rested and watched football and made food.

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