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Halloween Costume Ideas
Sep 29, 2014 - 9:04 AM - by BottomHeavyKate
BottomHeavyKate's Avatar I'm hosting a women's group ride when Pigster is out in Chicago.

I need ideas for something I can ride in that will be simple, cheap, and comfortable.

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Kashue's (and anyone else who wants to) New Ink Thread
Jun 21, 2013 - 8:47 PM - by King Kashue
King Kashue's Avatar This was "NID Day" for ink and instrument, but I'm planning a lot of work and didn't want to start a new thread every time.

**original message**

Yes, it should be I*2, not I, but the latter is more visually striking. So I got a really good deal on an Art & Lutherie (c.f., Godin/Seagull) Parlor guitar today, and I got the first two of around a dozen pieces that I'm getting from the crowdfunding deal I did with my tattoo artist. If C7 remembers playing the parlor guitar at Chicago Music Exchange, this is very similar.

And the two pieces I got were my left front shoulder, which is based off of the exterior of the Rose window in the West Facade of the Cathedral of St. Denis, and the collarbone text, which is a mirrored line from Tertullian's [I]apologeticus[/I].

Eventually there will be a Nautical Rose Compass (based off of the one that my grandparents used when they sailed) on the opposite shoulder in essentially the same scale and location. St. Denis is where the Kings of France were buried for over 1000 years and it was originally founded and patronized during the Merovingian and Carolingian periods (i.e., my periods of study). The Cathedral itself is considered the first Gothic cathedral. Here's the window:

The line from Tertullian is what was said to Roman generals during a triumphal procession (according to Tertullian, at least). A slave supposedly rode in the chariot behind the general and said [I]"Respice post te. Hominem te memento."[/I] meaning "Look behind you, remember you are (just) a man". The idea being to remember to stay humble. It later was the origin of the phrase "Memento Mori" which means "Remember your death/you will die" which has both a sense of humility but also a "cease the day" sort of vibe. I pulled the lettering from a Carolingian manuscript where the scribe's hand was really nice, and then reversed it so it read normally in the mirror. He'll need to hit some of the flourishes in the strokes during touch ups, but given he was working with letters that didn't look like letters written in a way that folks haven't written in 500 years, I think he did a great job. Here's a comparison to the letters I pulled from the 9th century manuscript:

Also, don't worry. That is not a rabid muskrat attacking my right shoulder. I suffered no wounds and am fine.
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Men's Fashion/Clothing/Shoes thread
Sep 10, 2011 - 11:55 PM - by King Kashue
King Kashue's Avatar I wanted to mention [url=http://www.josbank.com/]this great sale at Jos. A. Bank[/url] for anyone who is looking for suits. 40% off the 1st, 60% off the 2nd, 70% off the 3rd, 80% off the 4th. If anyone needs to create a wardrobe from scratch, you can get 4 suits for the price of 1.5.

And since since several threads have been started seeking advice when interviewing, etc., I figured a thread dedicated to the general subject would be a useful resource, so here it is.

As a note, I'm definitely buying [url=http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_101830]this suit[/url], because it's something [url=http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/don%20draper.jpg]Don Draper would wear[/url] and I'm a follower...

Edit: As a note on the sale, the website's shopping cart doesn't seem to be working correctly, so if you take advantage, figure out what you want and then place the order by phone.
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You have to be a real sociopath to become a cop...
Feb 08, 2012 - 6:14 AM - by bassesofalessergod
bassesofalessergod's Avatar How is this kind of stuff not at the front of everyone's mind?

Corrupt thugs hired to "serve and protect"?

America is spiraling down the drain now that the technology is there to "lift the veil" that's been covering people's eyes for the last 225 years!

I grew up loving America and respecting the police. Man, was i fooled.


this is not trolling, this is me expressing my opinion.
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P1gg1eback on Kate's costume thread
Sep 29, 2014 - 2:23 PM - by ec437
ec437's Avatar My gf and I need family-appropriate costumes for trick or treating. Ideas?
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