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Several people have asked me how I made the floor of my Uncanny Dream set. The short answer is "blood and sweat" (there were no tears), but I also took some progress shots.

More progress photos under the cut. )
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I am completely beat, but the show was awesome. There were so many people that for a while it was practically standing room only. I put up pictures of the displays on DoA, but here are some more detail photos of my diorama. I wasn't able to finish all the parts I wanted, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'll keep adding to it and tweaking it, and use it for a photo set.

I'll start off with a shot of Ǝrəšiš. She was displayed alone, on a pedestal in the middle of the exhibition room.

More photos, all stupidly large. )
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Several of my heads are currently out for faceups, and I just got preview pictures of Hunter. He's looking just how I had envisioned him. Now if only I could find him a more suitable wig...

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Rupali has returned from her visit to Lyn Raftis, and is definitely rocking her new faceup. I'm in love with this. Lyn took my sketchy "I kinda' want her to look professional, but also casual, and I want her lips red but not too red, more like reddish, and her eyebrows black and nice, but really just do whatever you want" and turned it into EXACTLY what I wanted. She's a miracle worker, really. And just in time for me to get my gal all put back together again and ensconced safely in the WUNPO-crew doll cabinet before I go under the knife next week. DOUBLE WIN!

I do apologize for the crappy photo. I snapped it quickly at work, and the lighting here sucks. (Also, I think I will get a new camera this year. My point-and-shoot just...isn't cutting it anymore.)
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It's been a while since I've posted anything! I've been pretty busy, but am currently snowed-in on a day off from work, and have some time.

In news, on December 26th I was unexpectedly landed with a new family member. It's a long story, but this is one of the three cats that belonged to Jae and Steph back when we used to share an apartment. I've always adored her, and when she needed a new home the day after Christmas, I took her in (and with only a couple of hours of advance notice, too). She's adapting well to the new environment - although the introductions did mean lots of hissing and growling and general cat unhappiness in my little one-bedroom apartment for a while there. She and MingMing have now settled into a mutual avoidance routine, for the most part, with only the occasional "Oh, yeah, I'm not happy you're here," hiss for the sake of appearances. Both have lived in multiple-cat homes before, so I have no doubt that they will eventually warm up to one another enough to cuddle up together.

Anyhow, without further delay, I present Kamikaze, also known as "Kami." (Previously known as "Dizzy," a name that I've always hated, and which she seemed quite happy to abandon - she responded to "Kami" without any hesitation.)

More under the link, as well as some of MingMing, and a single shot of Waldere. )


Dec. 8th, 2010 05:26 pm
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Rupali arrived yesterday. Her head is going out to Lyn Raftis for a faceup this week, but here's a quick-and-dirty shot of her anyway. ^__^

I was without a computer for the last two weeks of November, thanks to a failure in my power adapter and then some shipping issues. So I've been pretty limited in what I could do online until this last weekend when the new adapter arrived, as I only had an iPod and a Kindle to access the internet on. ^_^;; Have you ever tried to write HTML on an iPod? It's possible, but NOT easy. So while the website framework is done now, I've still got a lot of content to create, write, and upload. But that's the easy part. I'm pleased with the progress I made despite the limitations of the tiny touchscreen, though!
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Here are two quick shots of Ha-Neul, as requested. He needs new eyes, new hair, and new clothes, but I adore him all the same.

And one more. )
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Just a quick shot of TinyLizard being tiny and cute on my finger. Under a cut because it's fairly wide.

Look, TinyLizard is posturing at the camera! Isn't it cute? )
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Here are some shots of other pets. ^___^

Enkidu, the Hyla cinerea (American green tree frog) that lives with Gilgamesh and Manimekalai in the large "anole terrarium." They get along beautifully - that is to say, the anoles and the frog totally ignore each other.

Two more under here. )
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Expect a lot more of these if this little nubbin' makes it. Which is still up in the air. Feeding it has been difficult thus far (it's refusing everything I've tried). I'm hoping that will pass, and that it will start eating soon. There's not much information about raising these guys in captivity, as most people don't bother (it's nearly impossible to find captive bred anoles) because they're so common in their range in the wild, and so easy to catch if you even kind of know what you're doing.

I did find this, though:

For the first few days he will be living off of the egg nutrients. They will start to feed after about 3 days. Fruit flies usually are good but some just have different tastes. If he wont eat the flightless fruit flies then try buying some "pinhead" or hatchling crickets these are tiny as well and can be found at most pet stores carrying crickets. Remember to look at them before buying them they should be no bigger then the space between his little eye balls. The baby should be in the same exact setup as the parents just different container. So same UV same heat, same humidity, and vitamin supplements food dust etc. After feeding about 15 minutes make sure you remove all live food because it can and will bite at the hatchling's toes. Baby food is a good option just remember that fruits are treats and chicken is a better one then banana or other fruit. Only feed a little bit of this and only if he is still ignoring insects. If he isn't eating because you are watching then take a sheet or towel and wrap up his enclosure and take a corner to peek through so hopefully he doesn't see you and watch him to see if he eats. It might take some time so be patient. Good luck.

Hopefully that's correct, and I don't need to worry about the not eating unless it continues through Friday and into Saturday.

TinyLizard with a US nickel.

TinyLizard on my finger.
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(Ironic that this should happen right after I posted about my vague, hormone-induced desire to pop out the next link in my evolutionary chain.)

I woke up and found that one of my anole eggs had hatched! I was starting to think they weren't fertile, because they've all just been going wrinkly and dark and hardening. BABY LIZARD IS TINY!!

Here's hoping he/she/it survives the night, because I have to go to work and can't stay here to care for it. Not that there's much I could do, anyway. It's probably best that I'm not going to be fluttering around making "BABY LIZARD, BABY LIZARD" noises at it while it tries to sleep. I guess they've got about a 30-40% survival rate in captivity.

First thing in the morning, I have to swing by the PetCo and get a vial of flightless fruit flies. Even my tiniest crickets (just under 1/4" long) appear to be too large for this little dude(tte?), as I don't have any proper pinheads.

UPDATE 23:45 - Pictures! I have pictures!

As you can see, its head is almost comically large in comparison to its body. It's also WAY too small to determine the gender yet. The body is about an inch long from snout to the tips of the rear toes, and the tail is about another inch and a half from base to tip. Tiny, TINY baby anole!

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This is a redux of the Moonlight on Water shoot I did with Aiko back in January of 2009. She's got a new body and a new haircut now, and she's rocking both of them. I swung by the park on the way home and spent a few minutes taking pictures of her in the early morning light.

The rest of the photos are under here. )
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As promised, here are a couple (crappy) shots of Hunter. He's got a ways to go yet before he looks like himself, but that attitude is already coming though loud and clear. (Amazingly, he may be keeping these eyes.)

And an individual shot of Hunter, with an extra one of Aiko sporting her new body and a new haircut! )
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Here's Waldere with Zsuzsa and a sleeping Jisszhurat (his head is not permanent at this point). I had him out of his terrarium to check him over (we're still working on the "handling" thing, though he's the tamest gecko I've ever seen), and he leapt from my shoulder to the sofa, where I had the dolls set up to take some photos (Zsuzsa just got a new faceup). He started to climb Zsuzsa - I think he thought her braids were vines. I managed to snap two pictures before he bolted and I had to abandon the camera to go lizard hunting, and this was the one that was closest to being in focus.


Jul. 29th, 2010 08:07 am
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I'm such a dork.

Tongue FTW

Jul. 28th, 2010 05:37 pm
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Is this not the cutest damn thing ever? (Lucky shot on my part - that tongue is fast!)

Pet Spam

Jul. 24th, 2010 10:45 am
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Title is fairly self-explanatory, I think.

Waldere on the glass wall of his terrarium. (He's not missing toes on his left front foot, they're just folded under.)

Bunch of large pet pictures under the cut. )
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So, I've always known my eyes were kind of strange. I've got this orangey-brown area around the middle of each iris. People occasionally comment on it, because it becomes more apparent when my pupils change size, or in certain lighting.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered this weird thing has a name, and a cause! I apparently have "central heterochromia." It's not as rare as the other kinds of heterochromia of the eyes (where one eye is a completely different color from the other, or where one or both eyes have big blobs of different colors in them), but it's not terribly common, either. However, it might explain my lifelong aversion to sunlight, since it's often connected to low levels of melanin in the eye. I work graveyards because sunlight gives me a headache, has since I was little.

It's also very difficult to take pictures of your own eye.

And here's the right side. )
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Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce the newest addition to my household, and the first denizen of my terrarium. This is Gilgamesh, a male Anolis carinolensis, or Green Anole. These little lizards are sometimes mistakenly referred to as "American chameleons," because they can change from bright green to tan, brown, and even a blackish color. However, they are not true chameleons, and the mechanism of the color change is different from that seen in a chameleon.

Although the rule with herps (and most reptiles) is generally to keep different species housed in separate terrariums, all the information I've been able to find indicates that Green Anoles and Rough Green Snakes have the surprising ability to cohabit without running into the usual problems (snake eating lizard, lizard dying of fright-induced-stress, lizard trying to kill snake, etc) that can happen in these situations. In addition, they eat the same foods, and require the same humidity and temperature, as well as sharing other environmental needs. The people I've talked to who keep or have kept Rough Greens (including the nice reptile/herp specialist at the pet store) have all agreed that, in the case of these two species, an exception to the normal isolation rule isn't a problem. Some even suggested it could extend the life of one or both of the pets, but I'm not sure I believe that. These are creatures of pure instinct, all stress/not-stress and response to stimuli. I'm not sure they really have social needs/preferences, or experience loneliness.

Unfortunately, I have not yet managed to get any photos of him when his dewlap is on display. He has been eating crickets just fine, and seems to be adjusting well to his new home.