thing 2: with the release of number seven, i threw a SAW party with sic737 in his fancy new dual-level apartment. we invited a bunch of people over & watched saw I-IV on saturday, then on sunday watched V & VI & went to see saw VII in the theatre. we interspersed the movies with amazing chris-made food, & made it a giant two-day torture porn extravaganza. i wore my baby teeth plugs the first day & triskelions the second, both of which i thought were highly appropriate. (& i worked a dread client saturday, thus making it a lucrative party, too.)
saw VII sucked. in short, they turned the last piece of a genius, tangled series of intelligent ableit gory films into a stupid horror flick where murders are committed for no reason & attention to what a human body would actually do (xref: o-kee-pah suspensions) is forgotten. the lighting wasn't even right - it was all bright & plastic instead of looking like everything could give you tetanusherpes or worse. in an effort to avoid this sort of post, i'm not going into further detail on why it was so bad, but it certainly would've been better had they gone back to saw I & given us the backstories on those characters, interweaving it as they have all the others... but whatever, I-VI are still amazing, so it was a good weekend anyhow.
thing 3: i found out i have an extra week of vacation to burn before 2011, in ADDITION to the solid week joe & i take together at the end of december each year, which i've already scheduled. so my november & december are full of three- & four-day weekends - i don't have a single 5-day work week until next year. awesome.
thing 4: i got in on a pretty rockin' slickdeal for $200 worth of sony points for signing up for a new capital one card. most people were using this to get a PS3 for $99, but i was interested in cameras. so i was approved for 10k within two minutes, researched online, then pranced down to the sony store to test drive new cameras. the last time i had a "new" camera was in 2005 when i acquired my dsc-p100 (discounting when i replaced it with the exact same model after knocking it off a table last year), & it was discontinued even then - so it's pretty exciting to see the advances of the past seven-ish years. (point-&-shoots can record movies in 3D now!#!@$ it was so much fun to play with, but has zero practical application for me.)
while DSLRs & aNEXs are tempting, i really don't need that much camera. so i decided on another cybershot, the fairly high-end dsc-hx1. it's absurdly configurable yet has a very intelligent "easy mode", & the largest optical zoom i could ask for at 20x (!). according to wiki, it came out in 2009, but i obviously don't mind being a little behind the times.
of course i'm a dealhunter, though, so instead of buying it right from sony, i found a "lightly used" bundle on ebay from a private seller - the hx1, a telephoto lens, a decent memory stick (same size i have now), & a huge case i don't want. retail new it'd be worth around $750, but the auction only hit $410 when i sniped it. so for $11 more than the price of the camera new, i got a nearly new camera, a sweet lens, & a bag to resell, PLUS i still had $200 to spend on sonystyle.com for a giant memory stick, additional battery, smaller case, whatever.
i probably shouldn't mention that i found a working coupon code on google for 15% off sonystyle, which means i stretched my free $200 out to $230 for just five minutes of searching. & i REALLY shouldn't mention that the $410 was just a part of my cut from the sales i made of a friend's jewelry collection... making the whole deal free from the start. on top of this ridiculousness, i can also resell my old p100 setup for a couple hundred. so yeah. :D
when i told rj, he said he looks forward to seeing much finer detail on joe's ass. happy birthday to me!
things 5, 6, & 7:
updated collection post! - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5488799.html:
this link is to my last collection post, from august '09. there are detailed pics of my custom jewelry box there for those who haven't managed to
regarding organization: i like to keep similar types together within each drawer, & of course each drawer is by material. my more favored plugs are generally (but not always) towards the left & top of each material section, specifically excepting the dichro drawer which is by color, & part of the stone drawer where i've grouped relic & then flashiness together. i also organize on how the drawer looks as a whole - e.g, i don't like seeing two whitish pairs next to each other in the same column. whenever i adopt a new pair into my collection, i rearrange them & the less-favored plugs in the appropriate drawer. i find that moving the pieces around sometimes helps me to notice & thus wear a pair i haven't been paying much attention to.
regarding restriction: i'm firm on the idea that no one needs more than 100 pairs of plugs; if i'm wearing a pair less often than three times a year, they should be sold. (the expection is for specific wear pieces - e.g. i only wear earskins swimming or to amusement parks.) though my jewelry box is basically full now, there are pairs in each material that i wouldn't much miss if i needed the space for something spectacular.
regarding categorization: sometimes i wonder where to put certain DIY plugs. the drusy i inlaid in horn are with organics (wood/horn), but the stone plugs in acrylic eyelets live in the stone drawer. stone cabs on acrylic bases are also with stone, but glass cabs on acrylic bases are in mixed-media. my dime plugs could easily go in Ti/steel (general metal), & the mirrorbacks i inlaid in acrylic eyelets could be with glass, but those are both with mixed-media too. it's one of those rare things for me for which there's apparently no hard & fast rule, & i'll surely flex on these arrangements to fit a new pair into a specific drawer.
regarding GET TO THE PICS: enough text, on with the glamour shots!
everything's 3/4" & 4ga unless noted. there are more pics & a detailed write-up at each item's "(link)".
drawer 1 - organics & titanium/steel
00ga titanium fractal creations captive eyelet (link)
14ga titanium fractal creations double eyebrow spike, unanodized by me
6ga titanium fractal creations serenity II captive, unanodized by me (link)
drawer 2 - acrylics/mixed-media & silicone
4ga horn spirals (link)
4ga SF IS red regular dichro (old style ball flare)
4ga DF IS red regular dichro
4ga DF IS aqua regular dichro
4ga DF IS silver-blue trans dichro
4ga DF FF blue trans dichro
4ga GWS DF yellow trans dichro
4ga kaos 1/4" clear earskin
0ga SF GG black glass plug (self-shortened)
0ga SF blue glass plug (self-shortened)
0ga kaos 1/4" clear earskin
00ga DF titanium neometal prototype two-piece eyelet
click here to see the reversible plugs flipped
drawer 3 - stone
drawer 4 - glass
drawer 5 - luciferins & dichroic glass
a comparative septum experience, with pics - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5488933.html:
since other folks have posted about their small-gauge-with-plans-to-stretch septums, i thought i might do the same. on sunday evening i added a second septum piercing in front of my existing hole.
my older septum piercing, made in early 1997, is up high & through the cartilage. i have one of those cutesy upturned noses (shut up), & if placed through the sweet spot, you'd almost be able to see the top of the ring... an aesthetic that's ugly to me. my piercer & i made the call to put it where it'd look best, pain be damned.
piercing septum cartilage is no fun. we went 14ga, & it was slow & hurt more than most of my other piercings. basic healing was uneventful, no problems or scarring or anything, but it continued to sting intermittently & randomly send sharp pains through my nose for most of a year afterwards. finally it healed fully & stayed quiet. by 2001 it had self-stretched to 12ga, & i was able to encourage it to 10ga in 2009. for visible jewelry, that's large enough for my face, & goes well with my double 16ga left nostril piercings.
this community has made me really appreciate large gauge septums, & seeing as my cartilage septum would never make it, i've often debated putting a second hole in there to stretch & see what my nose does. when a tiny 12ga glass retainer came up recently on gaugetrade, & me with spare 12ga needles... i answered that door when opportunity knocked.
it sat on my desk for a month or two, & eventually the time felt right. i scrubbed down myself & my tools, & swabbed my nose. i marked a line to follow, & pierced into a receiving tube. it was all quite simple. i've pierced others' septums before, but it's quite interesting doing your own. though staying perfectly straight isn't that important in a hole that's going to be stretched, i was pleased to see i'd kept my composure & followed the markings precisely. out of curiousity, i tugged down on the needle, which gave me a vague idea of how my nose might change - & which was pretty interesting to feel, considering the cartilage septum obviously doesn't move.
of course the piercing hurt, but nothing like the cartilage did. my eyes watered, as expected, & the jewelry went in smoothly enough. (i always bring a taper in case i lose connection with the needle, but the retainer was rounded, which made it easier to insert.) it stopped hurting almost immediately, & didn't twinge at me. an hour after, i could gently press the front of my nose & feel it in there without pain, just some soreness. there was no blood. overall, MUCH less painful & simpler than the first. (even when i totally forgot about it the next morning & sleepily itched my nose by rubbing the end, it only hurt for a few minutes, heh.)
i wear a circular barbell in my older septum, & it tends to spin to the right, so i keep an o-ring on the left. i'm right-handed, so i pierced towards the left, which put both o-rings on the same side. they're just barely not touching, but i'll flip the retainer when i heal enough. my nose has no cartilage in the very front - i wager i could punch a 2ga there, if it were possible to get the tools in line - but i wanted the opportunity to stretch & potentially wear jewelry if i liked it. my placement should allow for a 4ga pincher to hang properly & not bump into the front of my nostrils, but my general goal is just a
since i have a small nose & the holes are close, i'm a liiiiiittle concerned about having room to stretch to ~4ga (i don't want to go larger than that because i don't like the profile of a round nose), but i can always punch or scalpel forward if the older piercing becomes crowded - which seems unlikely considering 1/8" of cartilage is in the way of that. i might look to stretching forward using weights. oughta be interesting, anyhow.
so i have some highly edited & ridiculously close pics to share. please enjoy staring up my nose.
i'm making elvis face to bring you these shots:
hunka hunka burnin' septum
i look forward to posting equally faceless pics of the middle of my face as i stretch this lovely new hole. :D
oh hi, flashy black moonstone - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5498291.html:
please pause now & clean the area around your computer desk, so your jaw doesn't get dirty when it hits the floor.
ok, so middlewoodland made what now?
i received the following email out of nowhere:
Can you wear an 11mm thickness of plug? Its just 1-1.5mm shorter than the usual 1/2" thickness.
I am currently working on one pair of insanely SICK, fucking ridiculous blinding 100% silver flash bomb-of-all-bombs chatoyant (as chatoyant as lab) black moonstone. When this shit 'goes off' ya gotta run for cover.
Dude, I kid you not. I can't even describe the insanity. I could send pics tomorrow of the faces if you'd like but I gotta go get a welding mask to use while taking the pic.
i prefer shorter widths due to my vertical conch piercings (my amber are just 5/16" total width), so of course this was insanely exciting. i responded immediately & quite positively indeed.
brian noted that black moonstone is sometimes called black labradorite, & that to him it looks like "a black & white film negative of a forest". he went on to add that he's "Super Excited and could barely get to sleep last night at 2am. last time i was that jacked was with your completed calcite". i love that. :D
i was soon regaled with pics, & later told that he finished making the 3/4" pair during a full moon. :)
here are the shots brian sent of one plug finished:
& the completed, perfectly mirrored, perfectly flashy pair:
but what struck me hard about these was this first shot he sent of them NOT flashing:
the stone has such depth, like a forest floor thick with dry pine needles... similar yet in stark contrast to the wintery frozen pine needles of my seraphanite. here are more flashless shots from brian:
& brian's pics of the full, finished set. the 4ga front flare is pretty honkin' big, but i kind of like it because it's like having a small representation of the oversized flares he normally makes. it puts his mark on the set.
brian promised procedurals this time, & deliver he did:
& procedurals of the 4ga:
here are some shots i took:
these are the backs - somehow there's also full flash there. WITCHCRAFT
of course i made you a video of them. note how wide an angle the flash is visible from - about 120 degrees on this pair! labs have a much shorter range; mine have a sweet spot of about 70 degrees max.
in-ears. as shown above, it hardly matters how they're arranged in-ear, they flash wildly from several directions as i move. they're much more active than labradorite, that's for sure.
see what i mean?
a lit in-ear set that shows the stone not flashing (these pics were hard to get, haha):
the "front flash" in-ears. i had to turn them a bit funny to get the camera to pick it up properly, but i wear them positioned vertically as shown above & they just shine all over the friggin' place.
for those wondering, i sold my DIY rainbow moonstone cabs to make space for these. :) & oh yeah, brian made this to prove he's a dork:
enjoy! i know i will. :D
ok so there's that. & if you missed the anti-subtlety above, my birthday is coming up mighty quick. send love notes & sushi posthaste & forthwith.