Sep. 13th, 2010

Costuming

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I'm dressing as Utena for Halloween. Partially because we're watching it in anime club, and it's the only place I have to wear a costume*. The nice thing is the only thing I need to make is the jacket -- I can buy the wig, shoes, socks, pants and a shirt under the jacket. Anyway, I ordered a wig off of eBay (new), red over-the-knee socks on Sock Dreams and red shorts and white tennis shoes off of Sears. The top I'm wearing under my jacket is a navy tank top from Old Navy.

It all showed up today. I snapped a picture of me wearing the shirt and shorts before work (and the shoes, but you can't see my feet), and tried on the socks -- which can't quite make it all the way up my legs, but work. Also tried on the wig, but need to both cut bangs into it and figure out the best way to get my hair to stick to my head and not peek out.

Besides the jacket, I have to fix my shoes. Utena's are white with black toes and heels and red laces. For the laces, I can use some of my ribbon and bind the ends to stop fraying, but I haven't decided how to do the shoe patterns. Gluing black canvas on would probably look better, but it would be harder to cut the right shapes, especially on the toes. Paint would be quicker, but it would be weird on the toes without a seam to follow. Either way, the shoes are a bit too tight for me, but were cheaper than buying them in the store. Having black shoes with white toes and heels would have been a lot easier.

It's funny. I don't normally deal much with shoes in my cosplays, since I subscribe to the principle of comfort first. As a result, normally I either wear my sneakers or my black dress boots -- or try and fail to make boot covers to go over my sneakers. Part of this is because when I'm con-going, I want to be seen in costume, but I want to actually do stuff.

(An aside, it's funny to listen to peoples' theories about Utena in anime club, since most of them haven't seen it.)

* Well, the Thursday before I'm helping at the Museum of the Earth for their annual astronomy-themed Halloween, but I usually try to wear a costume related to astronomy.
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Jul. 15th, 2008

Planets and Costumes

So, I'm trying to think of a Halloween costume. Here are my criteria, in order from strongest to least strong:

1. No wigs. Hats are okay, and makeup is okay, and I might even go for hair extensions, but I don't feel like putting down the money for a quality wig. (And I don't want to deal with a cheap wig -- someone else can tell the story about how Integra Hellsing suddenly developed short, dark hair because my cheap wig gave up the ghost around lunchtime of Day I of AnimeIowa)

2. Something I can wear to CJAS's cosplay contest. Which means anime or manga character. Maybe video game. Probably not anything from Western fandoms or webcomics.

3. Something that is recognizable as something* by the mundanes, in case I go out with my work friends, or decide to wear the costume to campus or something. By which, I mean, they might not recognize Kenshin Himura, but the sword and outfit look like 'samurai'.

* Something reasonably specific, not 'what the hell costume is that?'

Current Ideas )

Also, I found this blog post by Mike Brown that pretty much sums up the whole planet debate. It makes the point that scientists had two classifications: 'round & geologically varied (plus the gas giants, which are round and atmospherically varied with interesting interiors)' versus 'not round and & impact-dominated geology' and 'single objects in distinct orbits' versus 'clouds of similar objects in similar orbits'. Both are useful, and a scientist might deal with one more than the other (a geologist cares more about the first, to the point of even throwing in moons, while a dynamicist the second), and asking 'which is a better classification scheme' is silly, because they are both good and useful things. The IAU wasn't asked that -- they were asked, which classification scheme should be used as planet versus not-a-planet. Which is really a judgment call.

I was thinking the same thing, but this post explains it better. I was thinking about it because I noticed Dr. Bell (Martian geologist) has a 'Save Pluto' bumper sticker pinned to his bulletin board. In retaliation (I assume), Dr. Margot (asteroid and Kuiper Belt dynamicist) put up a 'Save Pallas' sign on his bulletin board. (Guess what both of them think of the IAU's definition? Go on, guess.)

We also have a new official dwarf planet -- Pluto, Ceres and Eris can welcome Makemake (mah-keh-mah-keh) to their numbers. First dwarf planet named after a non-Greco-Roman god, also! (Makemake was the creation deity of Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island) -- Makemake was discovered near Easter, and informally called Easterbunny.)