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comment on this post and say HEY, DO ME BABY or something like that. i will choose five interests from your profile and you can then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. if you want, post a similar invitation along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

[livejournal.com profile] la_penguinita picked:

industrial archaeology

is the systematic investigation of structures and artefacts as a means of enlarging one's understanding of the industrial past. it's kinda presumptuous for me to have that as an interest because i am completely not systematic, and i don't even study it. i just have a thing for industrial ruins and how things work, and when i come across something that looks cool and "weird" i try to find out what it was used for, and how people did things. my first interest is usually visual, such as seeing a structure and taking a picture of it, like the morden colliery tipple. but sometimes i come at it from trying to figure out how to do something myself with modest means and simple tools, and that usually leads me to how people did it some centuries ago.

collecting other people's hobbies

*heh*. i stole the expression from [livejournal.com profile] firecat and i think we're still the only two people on LJ who have it as an interest. if you have a hobby and you talk about it enthusiastically to me, i will be infected by your enthusiasm, and i will want to talk with you knowledgeably about the hobby, and i'll therefore pick it up and learn about it. i'll probably never get very far into it, but i will learn enough so i can ask good questions and wonder about interesting aspects of it. this is part why i am a jack of all trades and a master of none, but i actually like this aspect of myself because my knowledge base is very broad, and it allows for a lot of lateral thinking.


first there was making my own clothes. for which one can use knitting and crochet. for which one needs yarn. once i had yarn, i wanted to not only create my own colours (-> dyeing -> growing plants for natural dyes), but i also wanted to learn to construct my own because then i can control the material and the texture. and the cheapest way to make your own yarn is spinning with a handspindle (you can make one from a dowel and a toy wheel or a CD). i sometimes joke that keeping and breeding sheep or alpacas is next (and i am only half-joking).

nina paley

a talented cartoonist, illustrator, and animator whom i knew when i lived in champaign-urbana. she got me into comics because she drew the funniest things with some bite, while i had previously only been exposed to superhero comics (which bored me stiff). i still have a lot of her early work (waves to [livejournal.com profile] zemblan), and i've loosely followed her career since then. oh, i see she has a wikipedia entry now. here's her personal site. she puts the fun into dysfunctional. :)


浮世絵, "pictures of the floating world", is the main genre of japanese woodblock printing from the 17th to 20th centuries. the "floating world" was the world of pleasure-seeking culture of the urban centres -- teahouses, kabuki theatre, brothels, more broadly, the world of common people. i am less interested in the depiction of geisha, sumo wrestlers, and actors as more into what ukiyoe broadened out into in the 18th century -- depictions of landscapes, daily life, and motifs from nature. the process of creating a woodblock print is fascinating, and it's easy to see why it became so popular -- it allowed for "mass production" of famous sights before photography, even non-wealthy people could afford the equivalent of postcards from far-away places. you have probably seen some ukiyoe; they became quite famous in the west during the impressionist era and beyond, they influenced van gogh, manet, degas, toulouse-lautrec and others. i think everyone has seen at least hokusai's great wave off kanagawa. wikipedia has an article with links to sites that go into much more detail.


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