A query from a self-published pundit.

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:44 pm
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My Bitcoin pundit career is going great guns! I got to go on BBC Newsnight and call cryptocurrency garbage. Don't ever buy into cryptos, btw, they're a car crash. Trust me, I'm an expert.

Soooo I just got a note inviting me to speak at a seminar, about why blokechain is pants, to a small number of people who have money. I'm gonna charge for my time of course, but I can sell books there. Which means physical paperbacks I bring in a box.

Now, one of the great things about this self-publishing racket in TYOOL 2017 is 0 capital expenditure. Has anyone here done this, or anything like it? Was it worth it? Did you end up with a box of books under your bed forever?

The books are $3.03 each to print, but all author copies come from America (because Createspace is dumb), at some ruinous shipping rate to the UK. Assuming Kindle and CreateSpace pay promptly I'll have a pile of money on September 30, but I sorta don't right now.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to approach this? Doing a talk with a box of nonfiction books - good idea, bad idea, no idea?

(I'll no doubt do a pile of flyers for people who haven't got cash on them right there. Who carries cash in the UK these days? Less people than you might think.)

Intimate verses by Augusto dos Anjos

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:15 pm
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Intimate verses

Look! No one saw the amazing
Burial of your one final dream.
Only the ungrateful and mean
Gave you a shoulder for weeping!
Get used to the cesspit that awaits!
Man, in this miserable land,
Surrounded by wild beasts, can only stand
By dishing out even stronger bites.
Take a match – light your cigarette!
The kiss, the friend, precedes the spit,
The hand caresses – before the stick.
If someone saves you from hell,
Stone the hand that treats you well,
Spit on those who try to kiss you!

Translated by Daniel Vianna. Extracted from here.

Blind Review: Closet Curve London

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:04 am
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*In a Blind Review, an item is selected from an independent small brand. Using their measurement chart we purchase the size that best fits the reviewer’s measurements. All tags, maker’s identifying marks, and packaging is removed so brand preconceptions won’t affect the review. Once the blogger has sent in their review, we disclose the brand and retail price and ask for their final reaction.

Closet Curves Navy Long Sleeve Drape Curve Dress rp: £55.00 sp: £38.50

Emily(UK 16): Well, for a dress that was thrown in my direction less than two hours ago, it’s not the worst fitting thing I’ve ever worn.

Knee length, dark blue and coming in at the waistline. These three things are a recipe for everything I want in a dress. It’s well fitting and the stitch work is damn near perfect. I have to admit though the back is far more visually interesting than the front. The simplicity of the front is perfect for a formal setting, however, as a girl who favours big patterns and bright colours, I have to say that I was underwhelmed.

The back holds a little more interest for me but only because of the choice to make the zipper big, obvious and metallic in colour. Not exactly innovative but at least it gives whoever is behind me something to look at. The material is not one that I would normally choose to wear. While style is obviously important when picking out something in a store to buy, the first thing I look for in a dress is comfort. It’s all well and good looking stunning in something but it’s all pointless if after an hour I feel the need to tear it off and return to the safety of pyjamas. This dress was not comfortable to me, the fabric felt cheap and irritating against my skin. I admit that this is a personal response to the designer’s fabric choices but past experience makes me wary. Nothing kills confidence like a red rash.

This dress is designed to instil a sense of confidence in its wearer, it’s meant to be worn to a job interview to make you feel like you’re the only person for the job. However, it made me think about just how easily I could show everyone I was trying to impress the underwear that I have underneath. I’m reasonably tall, standing at 5’8’’, so the dress is too short before it splits meaning that it would need to be pinned in order to more easily maintain what little dignity I have remaining.

Due to the materials chosen, I would estimate that this dress is in the £20 – £30 range. I’d be willing to pay the top of my estimation as I do think that the stitch work would have taken a lot more time than some dresses I’ve seen on the high street. Overall I do like the dress and I’ll probably end up wearing it to the next interview I end up in. I would be far more willing to wear this dress again if it had been made from a more suitable fabric.

Steff (UK 26): It’s a lovely colour – I’m fond of dark blue. I don’t often wear shift dresses so this is a new one for me; generally, I don’t like the way they look on me, but I felt it important to look at this one with an impartial eye. I do quite like the cut of this – with my large bust, sometimes the waist height is cut too high and winds up under – or just on – my bust. This, on the other hand, has plenty of room and is comfortable to walk around in – not too tight, but perhaps a little too loose in the waist for me. I think the split skirt works especially well and allows for comfort and flexibility.

However … I am really not a fan of the material – I tend to prefer softer cottons and fabrics and after wearing for a while I found this abrasive against my skin. It also seems to cling around my hips in a rather unforgiving way so I, personally, wouldn’t be wearing this without any shapewear underneath it. Asides my personal preferences, though, I’d say generally this is a lovely dress that I would wear in an office or interview setting – very smart!


Emily: I have to say that I wasn’t all that surprised that the price was higher than I expected. For the kind of dress, it is I wouldn’t lament paying £50 all that much. It’s made from a material that is going to be long lasting and durable – all you’d expect from a work dress – however, it still feels slightly cheap against my skin and has a habit of creasing very easily. All in all, I’d say that this is a worthy addition to any working woman’s wardrobe.

Steff: This isn’t a brand I’ve heard of, but the site is well laid out and clear. I also appreciate that the clothes are made in the UK. There are some lovely designs on the site. The original price surprised me, as I’d put it at £40 or thereabouts. The sale price makes more sense. If this was my kind of dress I’d buy it at the sale price, otherwise I’d let it pass me by.


Mirrored from Indie+Design.

Never Drunk Click Facebook Ads

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:50 pm
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Drunk phoning your ex can have fewer disastrous repercussions to your self-esteem than drunk clicking Facebook ads. I’d tell you the date, but I only partially remember the whole episode. It wasn’t until the bag arrived in the post that bits of what I had done floated to the surface.

You know the ads – if they aren’t straight up Chinese knock offs of (swear they’re real!) Louboutin at half price, it’s the promise of a really great dress in your size that turns out to be one size fits none. On this occasion, it was looked like a truly innovative concept for new plus size bra design. As a lingerie designer, it was a sucker bet, and they had me. A wireless full cup bra that really looked like it supported. So I punched in my size – not seeing the warning in the description, which in my defense was down the page and on the other side of where the sizing was. And look! You could pay with PayPal so if the thing never arrived from you could dispute it and get your money back! For £13.00 I was ready to spend, spend, spend! (I do love to live close to the edge!) And then I promptly forgot all about it.



Surprisingly, it arrived far sooner than expected, despite I had forgotten and wasn’t expecting anything. So yay points for the quick delivery. And when I opened it and saw the bra it was as I’d remembered and did look like the ad pictures so more yay points. The times I or friends have opened packages to find complete mysteries … well, there are plenty of sites with eBay prom dress horror pics that I’ll let you google it.

I give you the charmingly named: Wireless Antibacterial Adjustable Anti Sagging Silver Fiber Thin Bras

NOTE:The chest size runs small,pls choose 1 sizes up.For example,according to our size charts,if your size is 36C,you should choose 38C.

There are some absolutely stunning design elements in this bra. It’s such a shame that the proportions are shit. It looked fine and well made out of the packet. I ordered a 40DD, which is my size not their recommended size. Elements I was really happy to see:

  • Instead of the single piece of plastic boning at the side seam they had two. (Outlined on the left for you.) I often use more than two boning channels at the side as I believe side support is crucial to comfort and support. I don’t like using plastic bones as they warm to the body and then reshape/warp. Having more than one bone makes this less likely and will dig in less prolonging the life and comfort of the bra.
  • The elastic at both the band and straps are really wide, thick AND soft.
  • The bra came with a free matching extender. the manufacturers were obviously aware of the size differences and prepared to keep the customer satisfied in case of mismeasuring. This was a well thought out touch.

The inside. It’s a little difficult to see but the centre seam is not quite centre and jigs to the right. Not a big deal, but could distort more over time. Otherwise, the construction is very good. All seams are finished very nicely and well stitched and strong. I am a little puzzled as to why they used hook fasteners for the straps at the back as the straps are quite short and could never be used as a multiway/crossover bra. It may be because the straps are so wide that they could not have flat slides produced…

The cup design has three elements; an outer soft sheer fabric cup, a middle light foam covered cup, and an inner underbust supporting half cup. Underwire channeling is used to define the shape of the bust and anchor the cups together. The antibacterial bits are the “silver” line on the inner cup.

It looks good, but the above image does not show how flat the bra looks. I had real doubts before I even tried it on. And after putting this bra on, it lived up to every one of them.

Fatal flaws:

The band (size 40) fit fine – the cup was a disaster. The support is there but even If I had ordered a band size up and a DD, no way would the cup have been gi enough to hold the ladies in check. I have helpfully, and embarrassingly, outlined the excess of side boob splurging out and over the cups. Frankly, it was a lot worse IRL. Honestly, it felt like I was wearing pasties.

I will have you know the great scarifies I go through for you all! I totally shaved for this photo!

From the sales pic (fig 1), it looks almost like a long line bra, or at least the sides come up really high. Having high wings at the side means better support through the breast root, less friction and rubbing when moving your arms, and allows for smoother drape of your clothes. The sides are actually really short, and the above photo does not accurately represent the overflow. But you can see the area where the side through the breast root is not supported.

The final disaster is the back. Fig2 shows deep and wide wings and wide straps centrally located on the model’s shoulders. The reality is far from it. It is obvious that the pattern was not even scaled, they just added inches onto the band at the hooks. The straps are BARELY on my shoulders – and I have wide shoulders. I am having to shrug my shoulders just to keep them on.

The extra added, final clincher, sell it to you bonus is that your boobs can turn on a lightbulb! Wonder how these look in airport X-ray security machines?

Look Ma! My boobs light up!

The Moral of This Story

Never drink and drive! Or drunk click Facebook ads. Or believe the hype. Or think that Louboutins are less than £200. Or that Google won’t change your ad profile to send you continuous sh*te in your feed from that moment on…

Actually – it ain’t all that bad. As a lingerie designer, I am going to rip this apart and learn from it. Some of the better elements will be absorbed into future soft bra designs. Some won’t. The boob/light ball thing requires further contemplation.

Mirrored from Indie+Design.

Giraffe (Zebra) Call Open!

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:32 am
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I am opening a Giraffe Call Prompt Call with the theme of Autumn, Fall, and Falling.

Funds raised will help me afford the bathroom renovations that I really want.

Prompting is free; tipping gets you more words and more fics.


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