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    @rough night - no! I haven't! Thankyou, sounds good.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2013
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    #GoogleReaderAlternatives

    Feedly has some tips on their blog for getting Feedly to look more like Google Reader:

    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/tips-for-google-reader-users-migrating-to-feedly/

    And there's also a Greasemonkey extension: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/162237

    And a userstyles thingummy: http://userstyles.org/styles/84449/feedly-to-google-reader
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    #BlockRockinBeats

    Some friends and I are toying with the idea of recording some truly, truly horrible chap-hop, with the possibility of posting it up on YouTube for the world to laugh at. In order to do so we'll actually need something to rap* over, and as we collectively have all the musical skill of a pack of below-average stoats we need to find a source for it.

    Can anyone point us in the direction of some free/extremely cheap beats** or towards some free/extremely cheap software that would allow easy creation of such.

    * by which I actually mean shout tunelessly about steam engines in a vaguely rhythmical way.
    ** As I believe the young people call them...
  3.  (10882.4)
    #BlockRockinBeats

    Give me a time signature and pace, and I'll make you some if you like. Assuming you want loops. If not, give me a track length as well.
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    #CorruptingMyFriend

    @Warped Savant - I'm looking at a book called Panel One, which is a bunch of scripts, with comments. It seems promising, and we'll look up scripts online, too. Thanks!
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    #BlockRockinBeats

    @Kay Orchison - That's a fantastic offer! Thank you! :)

    Some loops in 4/4 time at about 100bpm would be brilliant.
  6.  (10882.7)
    Alright, Friday is music day, I'll send you something.
  7.  (10882.8)
    #BlockRockinBeats

    @Kay Orchison - Greatly, greatly appreciated. When the Stovepipe Jimmies are top of the charts we shall credit it all to you.

    (Not that you should hold your breath or anything :)
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    #BlockRockinBeats

    Ms. Wyrm: AIFF files OK? Where should I put them?
  9.  (10882.10)
    #BlockRockinBeats

    AIFF is great. Maybe send them through mailbigfile.com to dpwyrm at wyrmworld dot com. Again, I can't thank you enough for the assistance.

    Also. Ms? Not the last time I checked ;D
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    My apologies, Captain Wyrm. Won't happen again.

    Er, I have a party to attend this fine afternoon and am still at studio while sound files are at home, will send you stuffs in the AM tomorrow. No guarantees as to quality or suitability for purpose, but I can guarantee its legal usability, having made it with mine own front paws.
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    Hey, it's guaranteed to be more suitable for purpose than anything we could come up with, and I was seriously expecting to have to plug away for weeks to get anything useable at all, so an extra 24 hours or so is nothing.
  12.  (10882.13)
    #makeup/beauty blogs

    Do any of you have favorite makeup beauty blogs? Particularly for someone like me who doesn't want to spend all that much time putting it on, and have limited funds. I also like being able to watch trends on the street and the runway. And help picking out foundation etc, especially considering I'm limited to whatever is at Walmart or Walgreens. I was considering starting a skincare/makeup thread (particularly after noticing the reactions to the pornstar makeup post), but I don't think it would make for that big of a discussion (or would it?).
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2013
     (10882.14)
    #makeupblogs

    Of the ones I read, the one who posts the most about drugstore makeup is Musings of a Muse, which has well well written reviews, but aside from the terrible blog name, doesn't have the best product photos. There's always a shadow going across the bottom of her face, so it's hard to see how they actually go on the face.

    The rest of the ones I read are good for makeup ideas and tips in general, as well as swatches of products, but they tend to be geared towards more expensive makeup like MAC and stuff from Sephora.

    Temptalia
    Killer Colours
    xSparkage
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2013
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    #makeup/beauty blogs

    Not a blog, but if you're looking for good inexpensive foundation, I really like the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. It feels like powder when it's on, covers well, and it's the only thing that doesn't make me break out that I've ever tried. You and I are both pretty fair skinned, and it's actually light enough for me, so it might work for you too.
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      CommentAuthorsseloske
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2013
     (10882.16)
    #makeup/beauty blogs

    @ Fishelle, Trini: I'm another pale girl and I use that foundation too. It doesn't really need a powder to set, but I find this stuff goes over top very nicely and is sold pretty much everywhere. It washes off easier than most.
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    @Fishelle & sseloske: I'll definitely check those out. What do you use to put them on?

    @Argos: Thanks! I checked them out and am going to give them another look when I have more time.
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2013
     (10882.18)
    I just use my fingers and wash my hands afterward for the foundation. I'm not about to spend money on cosmetic sponges.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2013 edited
     (10882.19)
    #makeup

    I like using brushes to apply foundation. They can be expensive, but I've found that it's a great investment. That said, if you find that you can blend it well enough with your fingers so it doesn't look streaky, there's no need to splurge on them. I use this brush to apply and buff in my foundation.

    I will also vouch for Maybelline as a good drugstore brand. I've never used their mouse, but I've used their FitMe! concealer and the BB cream (which is really just a tinted SPF moisturizer), as well as various eyeliners and mascaras and they're all really good.

    Also, if you tend to get oily, as I do, you'll want either a translucent setting powder or a pressed or loose powder in the same color as your foundation to apply on top. You just need a little bit, so it doesn't look cakey, but it'll help set everything so it lasts longer and will also absorb some oil (if you have dry skin, skip this step since it can make dry patches more visible). If you ever do SFX makeup for Halloween or a cosplay or zombiewalk or anything - always always always translucent setting powder on top. It just locks everything in. For this, you'll want either a big fluffy brush or a powder puff to apply. For general use, I prefer the brushes so it doesn't go on heavy, but if you do makeup with delicate detail, say sugar skill makeup, then you'll want a puff so that the brush strokes don't rub your makeup. It's happened to me before T__T

    Also, if you're going the drugstore makeup route, look in various stores to check out their selection. My local grocery store has some stuff but the selection is otherwise teeny tiny, while a different drugstore down the street has a rather large makeup selection.

    Lastly, I had forgotten about this one earlier, but this blog is good for general makeup application tips. More technique, less product reviews and current trends.
  14.  (10882.20)
    #makeup
    Do any of you use primer? Is it really that important? (Should I just start a makeup/skincare thread?)