Katie. Overly inquisitive since 1988. Introverted she-geek who sits and thinks all day. Tireless autodidact, godless heathen, and occasional lucid dreamer.

This blog is a place to document things I observe and enjoy, so that means it has no particular topic, or maybe lots of them. But I reblog a lot of lightning and treehouses, for some reason.


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A World of Curves and Lines Electric

A nice, personal writing pad for your thoughts 'n stuff

Actually, this is a fairly normal conversation.

  • Brian, surfing the net after a hard night of swilling beer and watching House M.D.: Hey! You know that motel we stayed in after we left my dad's house? The one where we ate TV dinners because the room had a microwave or something?
  • Katie: Yeah?
  • Brian: That's where Kurt Cobain was from!
  • Katie: Oh. Neat! And I was right! Neurontin IS for epilepsy!
  • Katie, five minutes later: (...Wait. The way he phrased that makes it sound like Kurt Cobain lived in a microwave-equipped motel.)


Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Here’s some Tesla posts to keep you occupied.

I hear Tesla’s birthday party was awesome, except Edison stole all his cake.

We observed a new state at 125 GeV and it seems consistent with a Standard Model Higgs boson. We have NOT discovered the SM Higgs boson because we simply haven’t confirmed that this new particle is the SM Higgs because we’re only looking at mass itself. It could be something else with a mass of 125 GeV. To actually claim it is the SM Higgs, we need to confirm that it has spin 0, the right coupling ratios, etc. And that’s what I’m working on right now. But it is very exciting because we have discovered new physics.

(Source: stevenfische)

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I do a lot of weird little textbook illustrations. This was one in a series showing the blood clotting process in a laceration. I think it was for an immunology book. I used Adobe Illustrator only because it had to be entirely vector. It was sort of a challenge, because I was limited to a very narrow palette. When friends and relatives ask me if I have any work they can hang in their house, I’m never sure what to tell them. I’m trying to picture this hanging over someone’s sofa.

It would look cool over mine! :D


Prometheus in a nut-shell.

I was disappointed with this movie, but David won me over with this shit. (What they ended up doing with his character, however…)


I finished the space dress this weekend! The shape is based on Simplicity pattern #3902, which is actually a kid’s pattern but the girls’ 14 fit me pretty well. The only modifications I made were a slight altering of the neckline (I made it more scoop-like as I don’t really like “sweetheart” necklines) and the addition of side pockets, which are invisible as they’re hidden in the seam. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty darn cool and it was good practice using the sewing machine for a greater variety of functions.

OMG! I bought a bunch of that same fabric with plans to make a sort of full swishy skirt with alternating panels of this and other fabric. (Thinking of making my own batik with some space-themed stencils that I’ve had lying around.) It looks so neat as a dress, too! :D

Uploading to show a friend the sound effect at the beginning.






Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.

One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.

First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.

There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

Just a drive-by comment to say that I love graffiti, and what your dad did was really awesome. If it’s YOUR damn building, you should be allowed to let people draw on it. :P

(Source: vandalslife, via cijithgeek-deactivated20121104)

I’ve totally been in there! :D

It’s in Roswell. And it isn’t even the best alien bric-a-brac store in town.

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Cyanide and Happiness

Good bye Christopher Hitchens. You are missed.

So much this. :(


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