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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    #Edible Flowers

    Elederflower wine is nice and refreshing, and Badger Brewery make (or at least I think they still make) a pretty good little Elderflower beer called Golden Glory. Dunno how widely available it'll be in your neck of the woods, though. On the food front, I've seen Courgette flowers fried in tempura batter before, but alas not tasted them.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    #Edible Flowers

    When I was on holiday recently, we visited Skara Brae, and one of the historians / archaeologists there was making a kind of reproduction neolithic ale from malted spelt flavoured with meadowsweet. Very tasty, although I'm not sure how well it would work with modern brewing processes.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    I too long for the day when i can answer a question here. Obviously a lot of you are helping each other out which is the main thing.sigh..'nuff said.
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    @Tablets

    Creating art using a mouse is for masochists. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I can confirm that, for photo manipulation (rather than drawing), the Wacom Bamboo models are fine. (They're OK for drawing too, but the Intuos are better.) (The Graphire line was discontinued a few years ago, replaced by the Bamboos.) I'd recommend the Bamboo Create ($200) from their current line-up, mostly because the others are too small.

    For greater portability, another option would be to get a used TabletPC computer. I picked one up a few years ago for under $300, and having a self-contained unit (in slate configuration) that allows me to draw on the screen is great. The main downside (aside from being stuck with Windows) is that a 10"-12" screen at 1024x768 (which is typical for these) is a bit cramped.
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    #edible flowers
    I was once served courgettes with the flowers still on, stuffed with a lovely cream cheese and herb mixture. Can't recall if they were lightly roasted or just flashed over the griddle. delicious anyway!
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    #Japanese/Katakana

    Because I am stupid I put this in the wrong thread to start with, so let's try again:


    #Japanese/Katakana

    Can anyone help me to translate the text in this image? It's apparently a phonetically spelt phrase, which is either in japanese or is a borrowed, japanese-ified phrase. Usual translation software type things have failed.

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    #Japanese/Katakana

    My extremely limited knowledge of katakana suggests it's something like

    jiwoshido(??)po womopodoyowoho

    I'm sure someone else can point out exactly what I've done wrong :)
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011 edited
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    #Japanese/Katakana
    jiwoshido(??)po womopodoyowoho
    I believe that's actually (right-to-left) wo mo po do yo wo ho - de wo tsu do (saki) po
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    #Japanese/Katakana

    I reiterate, extremely limited knowledge :D
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    #Japanese/Katakana

    Thanks. Anyone got any idea what that might actually mean?

    I'm speculating that it might be a semi-nonsense phrase akin to 'Abracadabra, Hey Presto' but the one kanji symbol in there is weird and sort of throws that.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011 edited
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    #Japanese/Katakana

    What's the context, Ali? "de(w)otsudo sakipo" is (not really but I could see it being misspelled as) kinda close to "dead end" (de-d(little tsu)-do saki-ppo). If you squint. A lot. And assume it was transcribed by someone that was a squinting a bit, too.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    Well, it's actually part of a puzzle to work out, so there isn't any context. It's related to a magic trick and may either be the name of the trick or the secret to it.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    Card trick, box trick, rabbit trick? It might very well be a mnemonic device, but there's no way I can guess what words it might be without knowing what they apply to.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    I don't actually know - that's all part of the game :( An illusion in which someone gets horribly decapitated, or something like that though, probably.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    So... you've got a string of symbols that don't actually say anything (verified with Japanese friends), and you're supposed to use them and nothing else to... guess what sort of magic trick they may or may not signify? Is that about it?

    If you were in public, I'd say the "magic trick" is while you're distracted trying to read the kana, a rabbit will steal your wallet.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    That's about the size of it, yeah.
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    #notgettingpaid.

    I love my jobs- i work for myself, I am both a make-up artist and a milliner. (i am a make-up artist not an anesthetization) In my work I get contacted by amateur and professional photographers alike (and models as well). I'm currently having a problem with not getting paid, twice in two consecutive days. The first day was five models (hair and make up) was supposed to be paid 260 and got paid 75 (my rate for one model......) the next day I got stiffed twenty bucks and I even provided free wardrobe AND drove the model and photographer around!
    I'm sincerely thinking about quitting entirely. I have two previous contracts with professional photographers- if i quit i will only honor them.
    The hat business is picking up and is being quite lucrative and am thinking of just devoting all of my time on that in its stead, I enjoy it much more- I do not have to worry about drama ect.

    Should I just quit entirely? Just focus on the professional photographers and models? (who have never had any problem paying me- they even tip me sometimes)
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    Not so much an answer as a handy little tip someone gave me: if you need to hide stuff at home - keys, documents, money, weed - find a bong shop and check out their range of stash hiders.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
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    #notgettingpaid

    Only work with individuals, professional or otherwise, who are known to you to pay what they owe.

    If someone is not known to be trustworthy to you, do not work with them. If they do the artistic equivalent of cry and call you names for not "trusting" them, you will be double justified in turning down the collaboration.

    If you must, in order to build a career, work with people you don't have information on to determine trust, you should probably have a contract you require them to sign.

    Having a contract is a good idea in all circumstances, actually. Business is conducted by contract for this exact reason, so compensation is clearly defined in a way neither party can dispute, and so a framework exists for the resolution of differences if they arise in the course of work.

    Insisting on contracts before work begins will mean that you probably will end up working with professionals, as abiding the terms of contracts is professional behavior. Those photographers have their models sign releases, right? Those are contracts. They can't reasonably refuse to be bound by you in the same way they are binding their models, to terms of engagement that will protect your interests.

    Watch this 40 minute talk by a graphic designer and his lawyer - it is very engaging and is directly applicable to your situation:

    Mike Montiero - Fuck You, Pay Me
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
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    @ComicBookBunny,

    #notgettingpaid

    CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT