November 28th, 2016

Macbeth the Usurper


This was a long weekend.

On Thursday, we had Jenny's Dad, Sally, Ryan, Mark, and Izzy over for Thanksgiving.

I made two pies for the feast. Both tasted good, but had issues. The crust was too tough (because I overworked the dough) and underdone (because I don't know why). I'll need to make notes. I've already hit YouTube to pick up more tips and tricks.

In contrast, my dinner rolls came out heavenly. Yay, dinner rolls.

On Friday, we had a family outing to Moana, followed by a session at the paint your own pottery place. I thought Moana rather pretty. The plot was rather stock but well done and the whole thing had a heaping helping of heart.

On Saturday, we spent more time with Jen's family, down in Georgetown, playing a room escape game. If we really had to live, we would have died, but we got through 90%+ of the puzzle without help. Some technical issues with the room confounded us for another 5%, and the last 5% was genuinely getting stuck.

On Sunday, we did church, followed by another film, Fantastic Creatures, this one with Jen's family. We also discovered that there was a movie theater near to church, which means we could park, church, movie, and home. This may change our movie habits.

Meanwhile, there was Black Friday, where I picked up Fallout 4 four $20. Yes, that's my price range.
Macbeth the Usurper

Art Deco 101 - Origins of Art Deco: The Styles of the Day

In many ways, Art Deco isn't original at all. There's nothing about the designs that couldn't be designed or manufactured ten or twenty years before.

If you take a look at houses sitting between the late 1800's and the early 1900's, you'll see many standard features that later became Art Deco. The reason that you see these features is the same reason that you see the features in Art Deco: they were easy to produce at the drafting table, and skill artisans could then produce the designs on houses.

For example, semi-circles often appear at the top of windows and door. Later on, when builders were called onto create other curved features, they already had the expertise to do so. Likewise, when looking at period ironwork, you see lines, circles, and diamonds everywhere. Ironworkers knew how to create these shapes. When Art Deco came along and rearranged the shapes, the work was already well within their expertise.

Once you see the elements in the preceding decades, the emergence of beauty based on those elements becomes rather sensical, if not inevitable.

With the advent of standardized windows and chain-link fences, ironwork fell into disfavor and windows returned to their usual square appearance.

Return to: Art Deco 101

Douglas Milewski is a fantasy writer who liked drafting class too much. In his recent artistic struggles to produce art deco for his own covers, he found no internet sites dedicated to the technical underpinnings of the art. Seeing a niche that needed filling, he has documented his hard learned experiences. He doesn't claim that he's right, and would very much appreciate it if someone more competent would save him from his own folly.
Macbeth the Usurper

Nerilka's Story (1986)

Nerilka's Story (1986), a novella by Anne McCaffrey, is set well before the classic era of Pern. The pass is almost over, a disease is about to sweep the land, and Moreta is about to go on her legendary ride.

Against this backdrop is the story of Nerilka, yet another McCaffrey heroine who isn't appreciated at home, doesn't quite fit in with the other girls, and who goes off on her own to find people who appreciate her. Her father is callous, of course, and there's also an egotistical domineering woman who ruins everything.

The story is fairly turnkey McCaffrey fare, competently done and smoothly related. It's a good afternoon read with no major flaws or blemishes, and being a novella, not loaded down with bloat. If it were a novel, I might knock off some points, but it's not. It's just enough of Pern to get a satisfying swig and no more.