Sunday, November 20, 2011

Episode 8: Hugos

In this episode, we mostly geek out in an interview with Chris Garcia, who won the Hugo award for the best fanzine at WorldCon 2011. Then we hit up the craft section briefly with our upcoming projects.

Come & give a listen!

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Geeking Out
For this episode , Jade & España ventured off into the wilds of Mountain View, and met up with our local Hugo award winner, Chris, and his lovely & talented girlfriend, Linda, at a quaint little place, Kapp’s Pizza Bar & Grill. We interviewed him regarding his winning the Hugo for "The Drink Tank" -- the Best Fanzine at this year’s World Science Fiction convention in Reno.

Christopher J. Garcia, is a fan writer and hyper-prolific fan editor of multiple zines including Journey Planet, Exhibition Hall, Claims Department and the Drink Tank.

See Chris win the Hugo (

Geeky Crafting

Linda knitting during Chris' interview

Pointy Sticks & Crooked Hooks
  • Jade
    • Everybody Knows Sweatter (Knitty 2008) -- Jade finished the body, but doesn't have enough for the sleeves. She's spun one ounce of Frank for sleeve yardage
    • Machine Knitting -- Cascade 220. (See LJ for notes)
  • Sandy
    • Spent the Veteran’s Day weekend powering down on the Afghans for Afgans knit. She finished the entire body and wrote up the pattern, then cast on for the sleeves.
Make it Sew
  • taking apart a cartridge pleated skirt to make a bigger waistband. Cartridge pleating pleats a lot of fabric along a seam w/o bulk. You create the pleats, then you whipstitch the gathered edge of your pleated fabric to a finished waistband or seam (
  • Hemmed a 1930s dress for the Bal de Vampyre so that she could dance in it w/o catching the hem of my skirt
Espana: hemmed up a dress, which she is counting as sewing.

Espana -- Art; Fan Art for John Coxon’s Procrastinations #9 out now and Chris Garcia’s Drink Tank #300 coming out soon. Working on something for upcoming Holmes issue of Journey Planet. Prepping and printing for Loscon. Belated new issue of Yipe is up, after some technical issues, next month is the cocktail issue.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Episode 7: Boobies!

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Part I: Geeky Stuff

Administrative Stuff:

  • There's an explicit tag for this podcast, as we talk about the female anatomy in art.
  • Also, please let us know about the audio quality. We're trying to make improvements, as we record over Skype.


Book Stack:

  • Sandy:  
    • Tiassa (Vlad Taltos) Highly recommended for continuing fans of the Taltos series.
    • Leviathan --- A steampunk world set on the brink of our history’s World War I, with an england that’s figured out genetic modification to an extent that they have bizarre crossbred animals bred for war and industry. On the other side of the sea, Germany has incredibly large and complex machines, especially big walker-style robots.
  • España; One Con Glory --- Movie/comic ready account of a geek girl and her adventures at a SDCC style convention. Highly recommended for any con-goer & fan (The author's website:

Topic du Jour:

The girls do a short dive into the topic: Why do Women in video games, comic books, or SF/F art always seem to wear very little armor?

This topic is pretty vast and there are a lot of nuances. The girls talk about why this is and how it's much as they can within 30 minutes....

Blogs from Women Artists & Gamers about the subject:

An excellent art site filled with women in reasonable armor

A photograph of male version of some of the female "pointless" armor as an example (NSFW!!!)


Part II: Crafty Section

Pointy Sticks & Crooked Hooks

  • Sandy:

    • Apres Surf hoodie.
    • Still working on the Afghans for Afghans. She had a problem with gauge & tension from working in the round to flat knitting (afghans For Afghans main site. The current drive is asking for mainly sweaters, also vests, mittens, socks, hats, and blankets, in wool or animal fibers ONLY, due date January 2012.)
  • Jade:

    • Everybody knows, from Knitty 2008 -- using Frank handspun from TDF 2011. She might need to spin up more of Frank.
    • Stephen West's Daybreak. Using Cascade Venezia Sport in Copper & Cobalt blue
    • Gift for a friend using handspun Targhee in the Malificent colorway from Abstract Fibers.
    • She finally got the knitting machine over to the store for replacement parts (the sponge). Now, she just needs to get it back in order to start the Doctor Who scarf for her Viking.


Jade is still plugging away on Gretta as she hasn't had time to spin lately. She's 6 ounces into a 2lb fleece....

Make it Sew

Jade talks about her adventures in Fez making

Halloween Costuming

  • Sandy talks about her dead Frida Kahlo costume, and how she got away with making it for $25.00
  • Espana wore her most comfortable costume yet. She & friends cosplayed the roommates from The Young Ones
  • Jade dug into her costume closet to pull together an Indiana Jones/adventurer costume for work.

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