Clockwork Oddities

A collection of costuming, crafting, oddments, bits, and whatnot.

kurvendiskussionen:

lucy-corsetry:

The first two illustrations are mere speculation of the position of a tightlacer’s organs, drawn by an artist who only had a basic knowledge of anatomy, during a time when Germ Theory was not even widely accepted.

The second two photos are real MRI scans of modern tightlacer Eden Berlin, in a non-ferrous corset made by TO.mTO, presented by Dr. Eckhart von Hirschhausen. Liver and stomach are slightly shifted above the waist, and the morphology of the liver is barely changed. Kidneys and lungs show no notable change either. The most affected organ is the large intestine, which by nature is flexible and easily flattens/ moves aside - otherwise peristalsis, pregnancy, yoga or basic twisting or movement of the torso would be impossible.

For more info, I’ve written a post about it on my website here.

It’s time to stop perpetuating baseless myths about how corsets affect your internal organs and look to modern science.

SCIENCE <3

(via dblmagus)

lollipopandroid:

LornaSallyDane
yep explains a lot.

Pffft. Nice.

lollipopandroid:

LornaSallyDane

yep explains a lot.

Pffft. Nice.

(via polarisaz)

hanakima:

kaiplue:

decayingmalady:

vgkait:

dj-smackdown:

glittergirl86:

This, children, is how we used to connect to the internet.

this gif should be slowed down immensely for accuracy.



I can hear the sound as I watch this and it makes me want to scream.

#/click #beep beep beep errRRRRR GRRNRRGRRNRRRSSGGHHGHGHHGHH#KSKSHHHSKSHSHSHSHSKHSHSHSHS #SHIT MY PARENTS ARE UP

my god yes

Back in my day&#8230;. we had to walk uphill both ways to get to the Internets.  And then we&#8217;d have to sign off real fast, because someone else needed to use the phone.  And then reconnect.  With that godawful sccreeeeeeeeee-oiooooooo-bweeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ccccchhrrrrrrrrrrrr noise.

hanakima:

kaiplue:

decayingmalady:

vgkait:

dj-smackdown:

glittergirl86:

This, children, is how we used to connect to the internet.

this gif should be slowed down immensely for accuracy.

I can hear the sound as I watch this and it makes me want to scream.

  

my god yes

Back in my day…. we had to walk uphill both ways to get to the Internets.  And then we’d have to sign off real fast, because someone else needed to use the phone.  And then reconnect.  With that godawful sccreeeeeeeeee-oiooooooo-bweeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ccccchhrrrrrrrrrrrr noise.

(Source: spacecadet, via hbreckel)

almanacpony:

pickaxes-and-test-tubes:

this-book-has-been-loved:

kissmymahogany:

koopat911:

Notice only 20 shades of gray

It’s been proven that women actually have an acute ability to pick up subtle differences in colors

In response to that last comment^^

Yes. It comes from the Hunter-Gatherer days.

Women were the gatherers. They had to be able to discern between the different shades of colors to know which plants were poisonous and which were not.

Men were out hunting, so they didn’t have to worry about that.

Which is why women see “Blood orange” and “crimson” and “scarlet” etc while guys just see “red”.

Well, that explains…

this explains so much. o.o

Because the color names are really useful. Also pretty. Hurray colorful things.

(Source: best-of-memes, via hbreckel)

beben-eleben:

A Summary of Marvel Movies

Interesting way of putting this….

(via baconflavoredcosplay)

saveanxf:

All New X-Factor is being cancelled at issue #20 because of sales being low (x) so we thought we would clear up what that means.
These are the numbers according to comichron.com (they post the figures from Diamond Comics Distributor. These are the guys responsible for putting hard copies in your hands!). Some things to keep in mind while you read ahead:
These numbers are estimates. Close estimates, but estimates nonetheless. They are quite valid, but do have some of that colloquial wiggle room.
Reorders, international sales (UK alone adds about 10% to the sales), and digital sales, and most bookstores/newsstands sales ARE NOT COUNTED IN THESE NUMBERS. (x)
 For the month of January, issue #1 was ranked the 30th most sold comic, and issue #2 was ranked 57th (x). By February of this year, there were 47,643 copies of All New X-Factor #1. To put that in perspective, “Batman #27” was ranked 1 and sold ~115,492 copes, and "Uncanny X-Men #16" was ranked 17 and sold ~58,676 issues.
By March, the sales of the series were down by about 1.6 times.
In August, All New X-Factor #12 was in 110th place. Numbers for September have not been reported yet.
All New X-Factor #15 is scheduled to come out on October 22nd, so in about three weeks. A goal for issue #15 is to try to stay at the number we are now (so around 21.3k issues) and not dip further. After that, we have 5 more issues to make our statement with. I feel that if we can even begin to pull a steady 5% increase (adding 1,068 comics), we might be able to gain some traction. There might be a spike in issues sold for #17 &amp; #18 because they are tie-ins for the AXIS event, but if we can increase it more from there, that could send a positive message.
Here are some steps you can take to keep this comic going:
Do you know where your local comic store is? Find out! Remember that Diamond Comics Distributor from earlier? They put out these huge catalogs that consist of comics from every large comics publisher and give you an order form to fill out. Fill out the form saying you want to get All New X-Factor #17 &amp; #18. You can check it so that ANXF will be on your pull-list, so you’ll get the subsequent issues as well! Many local comic stores offer subscription services that give you a discount on titles you add to your pull-list. You could be helping save All New X-Factor AND getting a discount!
Are you driving by your LCS? Bring your friends and tell them to buy a copy. They will fall in love with the comic, too. Every issue counts!
Live too far away from a comic store? You can buy the comic digitally from Marvel here. You really want that hard copy in your hands? Mycomicshop has got you covered. 
Remember every issue counts.
TL;DR? Just read what’s bolded for the gist of it. 
#SaveANXF

This comic deserves more of a chance than it has been given.  It is well written, amusing scenarios, and believable characters.  It is a nice breath of fresh air with a sense of humor about itself and the world it exists in, while it also has moments of emotional depth and drama.
Give it a chance - I highly recommend it.

saveanxf:

All New X-Factor is being cancelled at issue #20 because of sales being low (x) so we thought we would clear up what that means.

These are the numbers according to comichron.com (they post the figures from Diamond Comics Distributor. These are the guys responsible for putting hard copies in your hands!). Some things to keep in mind while you read ahead:

  • These numbers are estimates. Close estimates, but estimates nonetheless. They are quite valid, but do have some of that colloquial wiggle room.
  • Reorders, international sales (UK alone adds about 10% to the sales), and digital sales, and most bookstores/newsstands sales ARE NOT COUNTED IN THESE NUMBERS. (x)

 For the month of January, issue #1 was ranked the 30th most sold comic, and issue #2 was ranked 57th (x). By February of this year, there were 47,643 copies of All New X-Factor #1. To put that in perspective, “Batman #27” was ranked 1 and sold ~115,492 copes, and "Uncanny X-Men #16" was ranked 17 and sold ~58,676 issues.

By March, the sales of the series were down by about 1.6 times.

In August, All New X-Factor #12 was in 110th place. Numbers for September have not been reported yet.

All New X-Factor #15 is scheduled to come out on October 22nd, so in about three weeks. A goal for issue #15 is to try to stay at the number we are now (so around 21.3k issues) and not dip further. After that, we have 5 more issues to make our statement with. I feel that if we can even begin to pull a steady 5% increase (adding 1,068 comics), we might be able to gain some traction. There might be a spike in issues sold for #17 & #18 because they are tie-ins for the AXIS event, but if we can increase it more from there, that could send a positive message.

Here are some steps you can take to keep this comic going:

  • Do you know where your local comic store is? Find out! Remember that Diamond Comics Distributor from earlier? They put out these huge catalogs that consist of comics from every large comics publisher and give you an order form to fill out. Fill out the form saying you want to get All New X-Factor #17 & #18. You can check it so that ANXF will be on your pull-list, so you’ll get the subsequent issues as well! Many local comic stores offer subscription services that give you a discount on titles you add to your pull-list. You could be helping save All New X-Factor AND getting a discount!
  • Are you driving by your LCS? Bring your friends and tell them to buy a copy. They will fall in love with the comic, too. Every issue counts!
  • Live too far away from a comic store? You can buy the comic digitally from Marvel here. You really want that hard copy in your hands? Mycomicshop has got you covered. 

Remember every issue counts.

TL;DR? Just read what’s bolded for the gist of it. 

#SaveANXF

This comic deserves more of a chance than it has been given.  It is well written, amusing scenarios, and believable characters.  It is a nice breath of fresh air with a sense of humor about itself and the world it exists in, while it also has moments of emotional depth and drama.

Give it a chance - I highly recommend it.

formaldehydedoesstuff:

jeshala:

napternal:

tommyistoofastforthisshit:

cumaeansibyl:

nehirose:

post-and-out:

opalborn:

intrepidcrow:

queerlittlemermaid:

carpeumbra:

klay-ra:

I’m just gonna start preaching this shit.

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Published: April 30, 2012
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A mysterious and troubling phenomenon called “visual snow” is a distinct syndrome that does not appear to stem from illicit drug use, a researcher said here. People with visual snow report seeing a mix of swimming dots, flying objects, and trailing shadow images that fill the visual field all the time.

"…It is probably nothing more than an exaggerated type of normal visual function."

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

He said the visual-snow phenomenon centers on a disturbance described as similar to watching a grainy TV picture. Patients can still see real objects but with tiny black and white dots throughout the visual field.

Another common aspect of the syndrome is that, when patients look at a clear blue sky, they see small white objects zooming around randomly.

A third feature is that moving objects appear to leave trails behind them.

Most but not all respondents saw the zooming white objects in the sky and the trails behind moving objects. More than half, but not necessarily the same half, reported a variety of other effects. These included halos and starbursts surrounding objects, floaters, poor night vision, photosensitivity, and colored swirls and waves when their eyes were closed.

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

She noted the prevalence of so-called entopic phenomena in Schankin’s sample — the floaters, zooming white objects, and images seen even with closed eyes. Such perceptions usually stem from retinal activation.

"When we have entopic firing from our retina … if you look at the white wall and really focus on it with the right lighting, you can see it," she said. "It’s the same thing with afterimages. It’s normal to see afterimages."

"Most of us pay no attention to it," Friedman continued. "But if you’re a really observant person, you start noticing it, and then you notice it all the time.”

Schankin said that many of the patients were indeed “extremely high functioning.”

I’m so glad this was finally validated.

The doctors said visual snow was only when you saw snow/dots falling. That isn’t what I see. I have this. My weird-eye thing has a name now. I have no words.

Oh. I totally thought this was just a normal eye thing. Apparently I have visual snow.

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life trying to explain this phenomenon to my optometrists in an attempt to get rid of it.

Wait everybody doesn’t see this all the time? OMG I thought this came standard.

…yeah i didn’t realize that not everyone did that, either. huh. neat!

I dunno about the “hyperobservant” part though because I have all of those symptoms and a lot of it has to do with how I’m so near-sighted that my retinas, being so misshapen, do all kinds of weird things with light processing (and also they have weak points so I have more bits of eye matter floating around in there)

also if you start seeing more snow than usual it could be a sign of an impending retinal detachment so don’t just write it off as, like, extra specialness

Seeing the swirling colours when you close your eyes isn’t standard? I’m so confused right now.

its not standard????

I dunno I thought it was a part of my vision, in general, being fukken amazing.  Fairly confident that everyone gets these and just don’t stop to really notice it, or get anxious (like I did at first years ago).

Reporting in saying that I’ve never ever seen this and that I pay very close attention to what my vision is doing due to paranoia. But I am thoroughly intrigued now.

I don’t know about the negative afterimage bit, though. Since I— basically can’t look up at the sky ever without being BLINDED. I used to fall of my bike on my way to school in the morning because the sun’s reflection in car hoods would render my eyes useless.

I did not realize the swirling colors and patterns when I closed my eyes wasn’t a “normal” thing - I thought everyone had that.  When I close my eyes I tend to see muted dark colors in sort of a swirling oil-puddle pattern that just move.  Sometimes they’re brighter and more jagged patterns, but I never see just darkness when I close my eyes.

As for the visual snow… I’ve had it since I was little.  It isn’t quite constant, or I’ve learned to ignore it over the years.  Either way - I get floaters, I get snow.  My vision is sort of crap in general - diagnosed with astigmatism and wearing glasses since I was about 3-4.  Overly bright lights suck generally.

surfcontra:

disgustinganimals:

youthxcrew69:

THIS IS A CAT IN A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PLAYING WITH A TINY PUMPKIN THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

IT’S NOT EVEN OCTOBER

IT’S ALWAYS OCTOBER

surfcontra:

disgustinganimals:

youthxcrew69:

THIS IS A CAT IN A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PLAYING WITH A TINY PUMPKIN THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

IT’S NOT EVEN OCTOBER

IT’S ALWAYS OCTOBER

(Source: spybook, via thecutestofthecute)

iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for psychologicalmumbojumbo hey you know whats impossible to get tired of after drawing 1000 times. not dice

I think this is my favorite so far!

iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for psychologicalmumbojumbo hey you know whats impossible to get tired of after drawing 1000 times. not dice

I think this is my favorite so far!

(via belgianwhovian)

uncannypanels:

saveanxf:

#S a v e A N X F
What’s going on?

Peter David (writer of All New X-Factor) announced that the series will be cancelled at issue #20 because sales are low. (source) There are a great deal of people who adore this comic, and we want to share that awesome with everyone else. This is a campaign to lift that cancellation and try to renew the series.

What is being done?

If you care about All New X-Factor as much as we do, we urge you to take action. We are planning on setting up times to attempt to get #SaveANXF trending on Twitter to introduce the series to a wider audience. There are 6 issues left until the series is scheduled to come to an end. If we can raise sales and get Marvel’s attention, perhaps we can save it - or at least increase the possibility of the characters sticking around. We would also like to propose an “All New X-Factor Week” at some point in the near future; participation is encouraged to further spread the word.

How can I help?

If you can think of anything else, let us know! We want as many people to be involved as possible. Follow us on twitter: @saveanxf. Spread the news. Reblog/retweet. Most importantly, buy All New X-Factor.

Thank you for your support!

This is such a huge bummer. Peter David’s previous run on X-Factor was one of the best Marvel titles of the last decade. And while All-New X-Factor hadn’t quite reached the heights of the last series, it clearly was building towards something great.
I’d been keeping track of the sales through Comichron and they’ve been pretty bad for most of the run. The latest sales records for August shows that ANXF only sold 21,352 copies. This also doesn’t bode well for Captain Marvel, All-New Ghost Rider, Secret Avengers, All-New Invaders, Elektra, and All-New Ultimates as they all sell less copies.
I think part of the problem why this book wasn’t successful was due to two reasons. First of all, it’s an X-book that doesn’t feature either Wolverine, Cyclops, or Storm. In fact the most popular character in X-Factor is Gambit, and his last series was cancelled not too long ago as was Astonishing X-Men that was the only X-Men title that featured him heavily. A team featuring Polaris, Quicksilver, Warlock, Cypher, and Danger wasn’t going to be the most popular.
The other big issue was the art. Carmine Di Giandomenico is not a very well known artist and his work is extremely stylized. It grew on me over time, but I can see why many readers would be turned off.
I was hoping the Axis tie-in issues would have helped the sales but clearly they weren’t enough.
Peter David wrote on his blog:

Also for some reason Bleeding Cool is associating it with the fact that Quicksilver will be returning to the Avengers and that’s why the book is going away. No, it’s because not enough people are buying it. Which is exactly the reason they cancelled “Gambit” as well, so it’ll probably be a long time before he gets to star in another book.
All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups. Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that. Whatever.

The Serval Industries concept could have had so much mileage. It breaks my heart that this book is getting the boot. I’m sure Gambit and Polaris will show up up in various X-books. Gambit would fit in perfectly in Amazing X-Men to pal around with Nightcrawler and Colossus, or maybe he could be a teacher at the Jean Grey School in Spider-Man and the X-Men. Polaris would fit in perfectly on the all female squad in X-Men, along with her former teammate Monet. Cypher and Warlock are always likely to show up any time there is a New Mutants revival. Quicksilver has the Avengers. Poor Danger is likely to be the one left behind..
I doubt Peter David will return to the X-Factor title again, which is the biggest crime. I’m sure he’ll continue to write random books. Spider-Man 2099 is a blast and I’m interested to see how he writes Deadpool in Deadpool’s Art of War. He continues to write the Marvel adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, and his upcoming Phantom mini-series on Hermes Press looks very impressive. Unless Marvel and David want to revive the government sponsored team or the private detective incarnation, this might be the last time we see a David/X-Factor title.


Great comic series with so much potential. Pick up a few copies and check it out - maybe it&#8217;ll stick around.

uncannypanels:

saveanxf:

#S a v e A N X F

What’s going on?

Peter David (writer of All New X-Factor) announced that the series will be cancelled at issue #20 because sales are low. (source) There are a great deal of people who adore this comic, and we want to share that awesome with everyone else. This is a campaign to lift that cancellation and try to renew the series.

What is being done?

If you care about All New X-Factor as much as we do, we urge you to take action. We are planning on setting up times to attempt to get #SaveANXF trending on Twitter to introduce the series to a wider audience. There are 6 issues left until the series is scheduled to come to an end. If we can raise sales and get Marvel’s attention, perhaps we can save it - or at least increase the possibility of the characters sticking around. We would also like to propose an “All New X-Factor Week” at some point in the near future; participation is encouraged to further spread the word.

How can I help?

If you can think of anything else, let us know! We want as many people to be involved as possible. Follow us on twitter: @saveanxf. Spread the news. Reblog/retweet. Most importantly, buy All New X-Factor.

Thank you for your support!

This is such a huge bummer. Peter David’s previous run on X-Factor was one of the best Marvel titles of the last decade. And while All-New X-Factor hadn’t quite reached the heights of the last series, it clearly was building towards something great.

I’d been keeping track of the sales through Comichron and they’ve been pretty bad for most of the run. The latest sales records for August shows that ANXF only sold 21,352 copies. This also doesn’t bode well for Captain MarvelAll-New Ghost Rider, Secret Avengers, All-New InvadersElektra, and All-New Ultimates as they all sell less copies.

I think part of the problem why this book wasn’t successful was due to two reasons. First of all, it’s an X-book that doesn’t feature either Wolverine, Cyclops, or Storm. In fact the most popular character in X-Factor is Gambit, and his last series was cancelled not too long ago as was Astonishing X-Men that was the only X-Men title that featured him heavily. A team featuring Polaris, Quicksilver, Warlock, Cypher, and Danger wasn’t going to be the most popular.

The other big issue was the art. Carmine Di Giandomenico is not a very well known artist and his work is extremely stylized. It grew on me over time, but I can see why many readers would be turned off.

I was hoping the Axis tie-in issues would have helped the sales but clearly they weren’t enough.

Peter David wrote on his blog:

Also for some reason Bleeding Cool is associating it with the fact that Quicksilver will be returning to the Avengers and that’s why the book is going away. No, it’s because not enough people are buying it. Which is exactly the reason they cancelled “Gambit” as well, so it’ll probably be a long time before he gets to star in another book.

All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups. Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that. Whatever.

The Serval Industries concept could have had so much mileage. It breaks my heart that this book is getting the boot. I’m sure Gambit and Polaris will show up up in various X-books. Gambit would fit in perfectly in Amazing X-Men to pal around with Nightcrawler and Colossus, or maybe he could be a teacher at the Jean Grey School in Spider-Man and the X-Men. Polaris would fit in perfectly on the all female squad in X-Men, along with her former teammate Monet. Cypher and Warlock are always likely to show up any time there is a New Mutants revival. Quicksilver has the Avengers. Poor Danger is likely to be the one left behind..

I doubt Peter David will return to the X-Factor title again, which is the biggest crime. I’m sure he’ll continue to write random books. Spider-Man 2099 is a blast and I’m interested to see how he writes Deadpool in Deadpool’s Art of War. He continues to write the Marvel adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, and his upcoming Phantom mini-series on Hermes Press looks very impressive. Unless Marvel and David want to revive the government sponsored team or the private detective incarnation, this might be the last time we see a David/X-Factor title.

Great comic series with so much potential. Pick up a few copies and check it out - maybe it’ll stick around.

(via polarisaz)