Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fluffy Dinosaurs and SHOP UPDATE

So fuzzy

Ok cool.  This week I went to Chicago for some college visits.  A friend and I visited the Field Museum and looked at stuff.  I bought a tiny T. Rex figurine and I still don't know what I'll do with it.  School starts on Tuesday, and it's become clear to me that my mascot for the summer were dinosaurs.  I mean,  For three weeks I only wore a volunteer shirt with a Stegosaurus on it and the Field Museum is famous for it's enormous skeleton of Sue, the most complete T. Rex fossil ever found.

This is Sue.  She would mess you up.

Me, a stegosaurus, and the aforementioned shirt.

Dinosaurs are cool.  For the longest time I wanted to be a paleontologist.  I think it's really cool that our perception of dinosaurs is always changing because we're always learning new things about them!  What color where they!?  Do they actually look like how we always imagine them?  And feathers!! SO COOL!!!  Here's a few xkcd comics about dinosaurs that explain some cool features about them!  

For example, T. Rex is now believed to have walked like it did in the picture of Sue above, leaning forward wit it's tail sticking out.  Check out this vintage illustration of T. Rex being all bipedal!

This picture is from the Internet Archive database of book illustrations.  Totally public domain!  YEAH!

Because I love you all so much, here's some more vintage dinosaur pictures!  All pictures below are from the Internet Archive, unless noted.  Also, they're probably horribly inaccurate. 

CAW! CAW!  The original context is that this is just a primitive bird, but birds are dinosaurs so yeah.

Dang I love sauropods.

 I think this is Struthiomimus, but look how cute it is!

Pointy thing with giant scary beak.

This is a Dimetrodon.  It is not a dinosaur, but is often lumped in with them.  

Plesiosaurus ( not a dinosaur, but a huge water-dwelling reptile) skeleton, discovered by Mary Anning, an important female figure in 19th century paleontology.  This pic is public domain in the US from Wikimedia Commons.

I hope you all had a fun summer.  Tell me your favorite dinosaur in the comments!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Living the dream.


Last two weeks of August! Had a few friends over this week and ate way too much candy.  We went to a restaurant that was fashioned after taverns of the 19th century, complete with communal seating and lemonade served with a hollow piece of pasta for a straw.  The menu even had a "temperance beverages" section.  Gotta love old-timey passive-aggression!  Yesterday (August 18*) was Bad Poetry Day.  I love weird holidays.  I'm going to Chicago next week for a few college visits (and museum tours) so the store will be closed from the 24-28th, BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S OPEN SO YEAH GO LOOK AT THAT!  

*I wrote this comic yesterday.  I was going to put it up yesterday, but sometime between inking the third and fourth panels I had a flash of inspiration/procrastination.  I spent the rest of my day trying to modify simple Arduino programs and build a light that automatically turns on when it's dark.  I need to learn more about programming and how resistors work...


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tofu: Based on a Conversation My Parents Had Earlier This Week


Here's a few of my favorite things this week:

Adventure Time #30 By Ryan North and Boom! Studios
I used to read the Adventure Time comic every month, but stopped because I couldn't find it anymore.  I picked up 30 because it is a one shot with the premise of the characters making a bunch of comic strips for a zine (awesomely named "Marcelzine".)  There's a preview of some pages (like BMO's, which is one of my favorites) over at Comics Alliance. Recently, Boom! Studios has been making some top-notch comics.

Lavender Hand Soap
Or just any nice-scented hand soap, really.

Sailor Moon (1992-1997 Toei Animation)
I am 17 and I had never seen Sailor Moon until last month. There's a few episodes on Hulu and so I've been slowly making my way through that.  It's adorable, man.  The pastel colors are soooo cute ahhhhhh!  I haven't seen the new reboot, but I'll probably do that sometime.

Weird Books About Where You Live

Humorous Embroidery

What's some of your favorite things recently? Tell me below!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hipst-Earth and a Haiku

This totally is
not a parody of my
childhood dream.  Nope.


Friday (yesterday, when I drew this) was geology day at my science camp job.  Rocks are cool, but sometimes they're not, like igneous rock or lava.  When I was in elementary school, I really wanted to be either a paleontologist or a geologist.  I used to know a lot about rocks and dinosaurs, but I've since forgotten most of it.  Every so often, I find my old books or stuff from my rock collection.  Frankly, who DIDN'T have a rock collection?!  Mine's still on my window sill.

Suggested Reading: "Spirit Week" by me

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dik-Dik and Embroidered Badges

The cutest little antelope intern


So my favorite project I worked on at camp was STEM Merit Patches.  The assignment was to make ANYTHING with fabric as long as it had a seam in the background and 3 embellishments.  Recently, I've had a weird fascination with badges and patches.  Cloth objects that mark some sort of achievement.  I created my own badges for the achievements that humankind can do as a whole.

1.  "Discovered a New Species Badges" - The Bird
The bird represents undiscovered species that we can learn from about the origins of life.  New types of life are being discovered in places we've deemed "uninhabitable", and this can teach us about how life starts on other planets.

2. "Went to Mars Badge" - The Rocket
45 years ago, this week, humans first stepped onto a world that was not our own.  I believe that we can advance as a species far enough so we can go to other planets.  With developments like the Curiosity rover to this meteorite containing possible fossils of microscopic life, we have a lot to learn about Mars and the origins of life.

3. "Eradicated a Disease Badge" - The Amoeba
We've come so far in the research of illnesses and microbiology.  Modern medicine has eliminated plagues like smallpox.  The minds of today can make things like the common cold a thing of the past.  (I currently have a cold.  Thanks a lot, rhinovirus (#- n -) .)

4.  "Created an Artificial Intelligence Badge" - The Robot
Programming is an important skill that everyone, especially women, should learn.  Everything is becoming more mechanized, and it is amazing how much more fascinating everything becomes if one knows how it works.  I took a beginners programming class this year, and even with rudimentary skills, it's interesting how everything makes a little bit more sense, even if it's in a language I've never even seen.

Yesterday's procrastination produced this 2 inch glow-in-the-dark Anglerfish badge.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Here's the really good DIY tutorial I used from the Etsy Blog.

I think I'm going to try to do embroidery more often.
What do you want a badge for?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stuff At Blue Lake: July 15th, 2014

Every year, I go to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a 12 day long lesson on music, dance, theater, or visual arts.  I go for visual arts.  This was my 6th and final year. The following is adapted from a letter I sent my parents.

This cool plant which I later painted.

So this is the coldest session at Blue Lake I've ever had.  I packed for sweltering heat but today was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  My original pullover wasn't warm enough so I bought the smallest zip-up sweatshirt they had.  I also forgot to bring long pajama pants.  On several occasions, I wore my formal uniform maxi-skirt to bed.

Yesterday, I bought an international postage stamp and it was round and I thought that was cool.

The camp store was famous for it's "rice cream", vegan (and misleadingly soy) ice cream.  This year, they changed it to a more-expensive actual ice cream and added a sundae option to their menu.  It was good.

There's a tree than leans over one of the paths.  People leave dry cereal at its trunk or else it eats the younger campers.

The generic dry cereal at breakfast is somehow better than name brand cereal.  I have to find these somewhere.

I hope you enjoyed this!  I'm going to go huddle for warmth now.

Love, Victoria.

Hey everyone!  I've returned from an internetless place.  It's my favorite place in the world, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan.  It' very rustic.
Little Blue Lake.  No joke, we once found a cactus growing on the ground in the lower right corner.  Cacti don't grow in Michigan.

The porch connected to the fiber arts building.  It's fun to sit out here, but super procrastinative.

The elusive reverse-centaur unicorn.

"Euphoniums Rule!"

An HD photo of a moth to give everyone just a little bit of mottephobia.

I'll talk about the actual art process of Blue Lake in the future.  If you have the chance, I recommend going.  It's the absolute best place in the world.

Did you go to summer camp?  Tell me below!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quickly: Camp and a Haiku

Hey everyone!  I'm going to be in an internetless place until the 20th, so yeah.  It's art camp.  More specifically, my last year of camp as a camper.  I'll tell you more about it later.  BTW, the shop is closed until then.

In the woods, there's a
Lot of spiders and bugs I dislike.
Eww go away, bugs.