|Space. The Final Dolly Frontier. These are the voyages of Luciana Vega.|
Woot! Another DoC! Luciana keeps up the trajectory, but I plan to keep up the #AGDoCGotY talk. That's two for two, AG. Well, actually one and a half. Let's be real. Gabby got shanked, and it's clear that Tenney-Sue was supposed to be the GotY but some word got out that folk were watching, and AG swerved at the last minute. Was it the CBS interview, just before Melody came out, when the interviewer straight up asked why there'd only been three named black characters in the line and the person she was interviewing blinked and stumbled over herself? I'm inclined to think it was a factor, because that was semi-national. Gabby is my love but she was done wrong. Tenney coming out not even six weeks later. No large items--yes, a bed, but that wasn't super unique like a damn stage or a hut or a bakery. No movie, no major tie ins, no nuffin. AG didn't even let her have her own earrings. Those were clearly for Tenney--they have birds on them. Gabby's symbol is hearts. Everything was clearly set up for Tenney to be the girl of the year, and then AG got called out, and Gabby got pulled in at the last minute.
I see you AG. You best give me another black girl, and one not done at the last minute. I am not appeased. (And don't gimme no shit about never being happy. I can be happy for Gabby's existence and annoyed that she was clearly slopped together compared to those before her and after her. It's called nuance and critique, people should have more of it.) More DoC. All the DoC. Won't stop til every culture in the US has been covered--and I don't mean five shades of white--and there's just as many DoC as there have been white girls. But I will update my image around IG to include her in the spread of continuing to ask for Dolls of Color. Gabby will stay around for a few months, if you got her for Giftmas and want chunks of her collection for yourself. I dunno when she'll go away, but she will eventually, so love her while the lovin's good.
Before I get into the stuff, a quick talk about why AGC's forums are all gone from sight if you don't have an account. You can read about it here. The TL;DR is that, since we discovered some carbon blobs with no home training acting out on the tubes towards the forums, the mods got together and talked about what to do to protect the teens on our board and other sensitive people. We decided that we were going to lock down the main part of our boards for the time being. So no drive by reading for now. Some people are just ugly all over, got MegaBlox and RoseArt in their stockings, and they were never taught how to be a disappointment to the world silently. If you can contact any of the mods and show sincere desire to be part of our weird and socially conscious doll board, then we'll look at your application and figure out letting you in. And talking in my comments is not a contact.
I don't think I missed taking a picture of anything, but it was harder than normal so the pics might be strange. There were lots of people around, and they kept putting their hands in my shots. It did help, though, that when I went just before year's end, all the new moddie stuff was out and I got shots of it then, so I didn't have to fight everyone everywhere to look at everything.
You Will Go To Space Today2 with Luciana Vega
|My dog doesn't poop on the floor like your dog.|
...help I like her a lot. See, I grew up in Texas, and at the time I was about Luciana's age, long ago in the early 90s? The Houston Museum of Natural Science had--and still has--a Space Expedition Center. My gifted class took a field trip there, and we got to pretend to go on a space mission. I loved it, even though I ultimately decided that I was going to do a life of art and writing instead of science and technology.5 I went on a space mission twice, and the first time I got stuck on a dumb team--it was like, communications or something, and the kids I got paired with were a bunch of brats. The second time, I got to actually be part of the active mission, and we got to finish the whole thing instead of a sudden "solar flare" kicking us out of our space station. It was still cool to go on a mission to interact with Haley's Comet and think about being an astronaut.
I am sincerely looking at this month's spoiler money to decide. I just got a push from the fates to make me go get her. Budgeting must happen. But no special earrings for Luciana. I guess I'll just have to craft my own.
|Are you happy now, box whiners?|
Luciana's Meet Outfit: Aw crap, we're doing the single basic dress thing again. Oh well. It's a galaxy print dress, silver choker, belt with a side bag, necklace, and super shiny silver holo boots that are hella kickass. Also? Generic pink panties. No exciting underpants today. Maybe I'll make her some when she comes home Neth what are you doing you have so many dolls.
|Backpacks, Star Charts, and Space Cream.|
|For kids who like shiny space things.|
Luciana and Luciana Braving the Deep: I could probably tell you more about the book if they hadn't been out of stock of the first book. Suffering. They had the second, but I can't walk around reading book two before book one. What kinda reader am I? Hopefully by the time I go back in a few weeks, the first books will be in stock. This is what I get going at 11 instead of at 9 a.m. But look, I like sleep.
|Everyone needs to make things. Including non-STEM things.|
Luciana's Robotic Dog: It's a robopuppy! It has a wrench for a bone! It's not that expensive for a robopuppy! I like it. I wonder if it barks. I will have to see later.
Luciana's Maker Station: Build some shit today at your table! Look at a plant! Have a sticker! Use a robo-arm! Wear a smock! Look at Solar System models! And build with the off brand Lego. They're MegaBloks--sorry, MegaConstrux--because guess what Mattel owns? Yeah. Suffer. I like it, and we're getting a maker space in a local library, but it's hard on the maybe.
Also? I have a rant on maker spaces and the artificial division between Maker and Crafter that no one asked for but you're getting today in the middle of my Luciana talks. Scroll if you don't care but I do.
As one AGC member said? "Talk to me about 'makerspace' when those spaces include industrial grade sewing machines, sergers, and embroidery machines next to the 3d printers and raspberry pis and arduinos, because as far as I see it, makerspace is still coded male because when women make stuff it's 'crafting' not 'maker.'" I know getting women in STEM is a great thing--and Luciana being STEM-focused a is good thing--but making things and making space for making "engineering" things shouldn't be at the expense of the other side of making--textile work. Back in November, when we were getting hype for Lucci, I saw something on Twitter and I am so feeling the truth of the whole threaded discussion:
Read a comment this morning stating that Maker culture is 80% male and had to laugh. Only if you discount the millions of women sewing, knitting, weaving, and more. But oh right, they're just "crafters." That artificial distinction enrages me. :rage:I am a maker. No, I can't use wires and chips to make a computer, and then use that computer to make a code, and then use that code and make a robot dance. I'm pretty shit at connecting sticks into boats that float, or typing lines of things that say how things will run in a program. I haven't done KiSS (KiSEKae) dolls in a while--those have kinda stopped being a thing anyways--and I don't do much raw HTML anymore though I keep up with some aspects. I was always a fan of the WYSIWYG editors instead of being the cool kid who could just code my whole website in Notepad. Calculus fucks me up; anything higher than basic algebra and some geometry is pushing it, even if my Daddy taught me all kinds of math.
But I make things. I make my things of cloth and needle and thread, of wool and sticks, of spin and twist, with paintbrushes and inks. I can turn raw sheep hair into viable yarn and can precisely tangle that into a sweater of any size, given the dimensions of the wearer and some basic math, and if I get any further back on the "making cloth" diagram I'm gonna be living on a lesbian farm full of sheep and alpaca. I know what colors to mix together and what concentration of acid and the time frames to make the chemical reaction that makes dye color stick to wool or cotton or other things and stay there without running out. Then I can take my newly made colored string--or other colored string of the same general thickness--and make socks or hats or sweaters or anything, and then write down how I turned it into a pair of socks or hat or whatever. If I use the right codes for how I made my thing, someone can follow my code, and make the same thing I made. I know color theory and balance, so that things look good together.
I got bored while thinking of the next part of my book, popped the cape off my stuffed Pikachu, figured out how to put it back on, and put it back on--all in an hour, the same way someone would take apart a vacuum and put it back together. I used to gut my stuffies and disassemble clothes to fix broken seams the same ways children are encouraged to know the inner workings of a small motor or find the error in lines of code that make a bug.
I can look at an outfit, and my brain figures out how to take it apart into pattern parts and I can make those pattern pieces and then make them go together and then write to another person how to put the pieces together and they can get the same thing I made! I can take something from 3D to 2D and then back to 3D again--or an illustration to a 3D representation, for those many of us that turn AG's old illustrations to outfits--and I can do it well, for all that bullshit about women not knowing how to think in 3D proper because I personally can't think about what a box might look like flat or the other side of a shape figure. I am starting to study puppet making and want to, when it's viable, make a decent working puppet and self perform with it, even if it's just for fun..
My makerspace has rulers, fluff, stacks of patterns and books, three sewing machines (even if only one ever likes to behave), fistfuls of knitting needles and crochet hooks, four drop spindles (just got a turkish, that bitch spins like a dream) tons of art supplies, and a spinning wheel. Someday, I'll have a dressmaker dummy and a proper home embroidery machine. I made a whole quilt, bigger than a king sized bed.
But according to STEM, I'm not a "maker", I'm a "crafter", because the shit I do is heavily feminine coded. And the fuck outta here with that shit. I am disgusted at how how "maker" culture is considered making "proper" techy things using 3-D printers and electronics and wires and LEGO and spark components with oil and dirt and wires and engines, and not that "silly girly" shit of using cloth and string, or string and one or two sticks, and making a shirt. I will die on the fucking hill of "don't you dare tell me my makework of putting together a dress from cloth and paper diagrams is less cool than making a blueprint for a 3D printer to form a figurine." Plus when the power goes out I can still put a dress together, so hah.
Making is to crafting as action figure is to doll. If you're going to devalue my makercraft because it's not coded masculine enough, then I expect you in the apocalypse not to ask folk to make you anything to wear. Go turn your computer into a suit.7
Rant over. Back to the dolly shit.
|Stuff from Space!|
|Look at Space today!|
Luciana's Telescope Projector Set: It doesn't look through, it more projects the looks, I think. But it comes with a sitting mat and a cellphone, and if I get it maybe then one of my gang members can have a smartphone finally.
|Space suit? Space suit.|
|You know how many people kept touching this? It took me an hour just to get a good shot!|
Luciana's Mars Habitat: Man is this damn thing an example of how Gabby got screwed. I'm imagining a fine dance studio for Gabby and all we got was a reversible backdrop. Le sigh. I'll just have to cuss later. This, however? This is kickass. It has a computer, little weights, space carrots, creamed spinach and potatoes in a bag, it closes up to airlock, there's space rocks--it's so loverly! I have no where to put this but I want it, and that is possibly the summary of my entire life right now. I have a year to save the funds for it. Well, I'll say I have til September. I will make all the efforts. Everyone kept touching and playing with this the whole time I was there, and it got most of the attention from everyone. It has high playability and high use. I like sets like that.
...damn it, Luciana, why are you so great. Okay. Moving on. I have other stuff to yammer about.
That One White Kid: Oh, You're Still Here
|Are you still getting stuff, then?|
- Tenney's Split-Front Dress;
- Tenney's Tour Shorts;
- Tenney's Fringe Top;
- Tenney's Rosy Sunglasses;
- Tenney's Tour Jacket;
- Tenney's Concert Tee;
- Tenney's Sparkly Sneakers;
- Tenney's Show Shoes;
- and Tenney's Microphone Set.
This post got long because I had to rant about maker stuff. So the Moddies and the Wellies are going into Part 2, which I'll start after dinner and some other stuff, because I have to do a lot of coding to remove red links in the post. Practically none of the moddie stuff has Wiki pages up, and if I don't want the links to look dumb, then I need to take my time.
|Why do I fight what my heart wants?|
1 As stated by twitter user @Raymond_Miguel: "If you play “Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé at exactly 11:58:50 pm on New Year’s Eve, Beyoncé will say “World Stop” in 2017 and “Carry On” in 2018! what a great way to start your year!!!!" And that, plus a kiss from my husband, some mead, and a delicious Lindt white peppermint candy, was a great way to start my year.
2 Up Goer Five. And I do own the Thing Explainer book. Fun fact? Nine is not one of the top ten hundred words.
3 There was a running thing on AGC that we wanted a STEM DoC with a pet lizard, which would be the opposite of all these white girls with dogs and/or horses. And, well....
4 Three in a row if you count Lea. I don't count Lea by canon, because she's as Brazilian as I am white practically. But if you have her as PoC, then it counts.
5 When I was a kid we didn't call it STEM. That started being a widespread term after I got out of college or so. But I love the shiny parts of STEM. Just not all the parts that make my brain hurt, like calculus.
6...I don't know that I ever got a good shot of Gabby's accessories at the store. I'll just have to take a shot of my own.
7 Also? The first 'computers' were actually automated looms for weaving jacquard/brocade. You changed the patterns produced by the looms with various cards, like the first punch card computers. These were from the 1740s. There's still methods to turn code into neat patterns. Women carried code in knitting needles during WWII. So don't let anyone tell you that fabric/textiles aren't technical.