Friday, September 23, 2011

Burda Style 9/2011

Better late than never, huh? Sorry, I have to admit that I'm not a fan of "Trachten" (traditional German/bavarian costumes), so an issue with mainly is hardly on my top of the to-do-list. Which means that it totally sliped my mind that I should do this review...

Okay, if you leave out the dirndls, there are some patterns I liked. The blazer - minus the bellow pockets - is rather neutral. I like blazers in general, so this pattern would do no harm.
The blazer on the right (spotting a pattern in my pattern choice?! ;) ) has this interesting foldover detail, although I find the neckline rather bland. Do you think that the fold in front would interfere with a revers collar? If not I should put this on my to sew list!
The winning dress looks like a new take on the galaxy dress. Intersting neckline, clean pattern, longsleeves for autumn/winter - could be nice, but you need an occassion to wear this...

From goodies to baddies: Okay, I don't want to pick on the Trachten-stuff again, but this cardigan is borderline ugly. It looks frumpy and bumpy and what about this embroidery detail? Honestly, I have nothig nice to say about this design. If you want to invest the time to knit a cardigan yourself, choose a prettier pattern!
The rectangle vest on the left doesn't make this issue better. Who wants to wear a square of fur over your waist? Not flattering unless you have very skinny arms, no chest and a big belly which admittedly would be hidden...
Worst pattern for me is this coat. I have to admit that the choice of fabric increases my annoiance by this pattern (Leopard sleeves? Honestly? Not enough money/boldness to go full leopard? ). But still: Sagging shoulders? Contrast sleeves? O-shaped? Even the model wearing the coat looks somewhat disappointed...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday cake - boring lemon muffins again!

Yes, I was very creative today in repeating lemon muffins. But they taste good, my boyfriend eats them (one of the few baked goods he likes) and sometimes it's better to be less creative but still make cake!

The true star of this picture is not the muffin, but the great cup my freind from Bremen gave to my boyfriend for his birthday! The handle is a scythe blade! O.O'
For english readers
the sheep says: Why does your scythe have a handle on top?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

zombie saturday - zombie science

Today let us dive into the zombie as a matter of scientifc interest. Altough ficiton, the spreading of undead diseases and the survival after aggressive encounter are topics which can be adapted to normal settings as well...

This pdf tells us how a zombie endemic will spread over earth and how chances of survival are under different conditions. Even a setup with a cure for zombie-ism (which most movies leave out except the Resident evil series) is included in their mathmatical view on zombies:

"Zombies are a popular figure in pop culture/entertainment and they are usually
portrayed as being brought about through an outbreak or epidemic. Consequently,
we model a zombie attack, using biological assumptions based on popular zombie
movies. We introduce a basic model for zombie infection, determine equilibria and
their stability, and illustrate the outcome with numerical solutions. We then refine the
model to introduce a latent period of zombification, whereby humans are infected, but
not infectious, before becoming undead. We then modify the model to include the
effects of possible quarantine or a cure. Finally, we examine the impact of regular,
impulsive reductions in the number of zombies and derive conditions under which
eradication can occur. We show that only quick, aggressive attacks can stave off the
doomsday scenario: the collapse of society as zombies overtake us all."
In addition to zombies in maths, some more or less scientific survival guides have been published, including one of Mel Brook's son

Zombies also serve as a measure of society's anxiety. I never thought so until I read this publication about how movies about original zombies - dead people controlled by another person, their master- were mirrors of society's fear of being controlled by other people. Nowadays the zombies - infected human hunters and brain eaters- represent what aliens were in old movies, the "other", superior culture which tries to overtake humanity but has to be defeated by humans relying on their own strengths.

Even the question of self and being undead is a matter of science: How do you actually know that you are not a zombie? Ever since watching "Wasting away" I am not sure if this question is easy to answer. Do zombies themselves feel undead? Does a hunger for brains give you away? Brain has been source of nutrition to many cultures... Although mostly animal brains, but the brain of a warrior was supposed to give you his abilities if you eat it after you killed him in many wilder cultures. The question "What is it like to be a zombie?" and consequences of being not entirely sure of one's own personality seems to be a very interesting subject for philosophers...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Birthday present

It seems that I'm only sewing for other people at the moment! Boyfriend's mum wanted some trousers shortened, I'm participating in the NuS Halloween Swap and boyfriend's birthday also required some needle swinging... As the Swap results will have to remain secret until the gifted person recieves the presents, and the trousers were rather boring, I will show you boyfriend's gift today:

I made him an earlobe stretching pillow! No, you don't stretch your earlobe to match the pillow, but while you are stretching you are not allowed to add pressure to your ear. With this pillow you can keep your ear in the monster's mouth and still sleep on the side (which BF prefers)!

Stretched earlobes
I was inspired by Soda - yes, she's one of the inventers of my favourite sewing site and forum - who made such a pillow for Natron and even was kind enough to post a how-to on her blog!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zalando gives away a year full of clothes!

Zalando challenge

For Zalando's next give away, a lucky person can win a full flatrate for 3,600 Euro whicht means that you could buy a full new wardrobe! The only thing you have to do is to show your favourites from their site on your blog/facebook page...

Here is what I used:

So, keep your fingers crossed and enter the raffle yourselves:
Zalando Fashion Flatrate

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday cake - triple chocolate

My friend who visited me this weekend would probably have stayed longer if she knew about me doing the sunday cake challenge. She loves chocolate cake as much as me, so she might regret driving home yesterday instead of today... Nevertheless it was a great visit with shooting rabbits (Wii only, we were playing Rayman's raving Rabbits - I'm still against killing of animals!), eating great food, meeting new people and partying hard! We met Neisella and Meara at the EOD, so the evenign was even better than expexted!

Back to topic: This sunday I present to you triple chocolate cake! I used backing cacao, but later found out that we were out of sugar. So I improvised and used  white hot chocolate instead. And I added some bitter chocolate chunks, so this was a rather tart cake... I only made a small cake, but I will bring the rest to work tomorrow, unfortunately my 1 week vacation is over! *sigh*

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Zombie saturday - Romero's movies 2

Since the humans adapted to living with undead neighbours in the past movie "Day of the dead", they built reinforced houses and cities in "Land of the dead". While a few wealthy individuals can live in luxury, most survivors are poor and entertain themselves with prostitution and zombiefights. To gather food and supplies, a taskforce named Dead reckoning visits neighbouring cities, kills the zombies living there (by distracting them with fireworks and shooting them - cowards! -.-#) and takes gas, food and everything that might be of use.

Main focus of this movies is an - more or less, don't expect Albert Einstein- intelligent zombie named Big Daddy. He learns and leads the other zombies to kill humans in the protected cities... I really recommend this movie because the zombies kind of develop a personality beyond muttering "Brains"!

Last, but not least in Romero's Zombie storyline is "Diary of the dead". This movie starts with an inception, a zombie movie being made in a zombie movie! The movie is done in retrospect, the zombie infection is not known and surprises the film team when they come to a hospital. They are constantly running away from zombies while the undead turn one after the other into brain-hungry zombies...

In comparison to "Land of the dead" this movie is a step back to the more traditional zombie movie with young people running away and screaming a lot. Nevertheless this move is worth watching, although it is kind of a letdown after Land of the dead with zombie evolution.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

sunday cake - marble muffins

Today, I was invited to my aunt. Of course my mum asked me to bring some cake with me. Her requirements were "something without fruit and soft" (soft because my uncle still recovers from mouth surgery)... I therefore made marble muffins!

Same recipe as before, just add backing 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon milk to half of the dough... Yummi!