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( Apr. 8th, 2011 08:26 am)

http://xkcd.com/883/

But XKCD does.

I have to use the doctor's scale of pain, and even that is hideously wrong.

I have 3 different scale levels of pain: discomfort, inconvenience, and pain. Each one has 10 points.

Discomfort is sitting in a hot stuffy room and sweating, needing to pee and no chance to get to a toilet, a bruise (assuming I even felt the bump that led to the bruise), a stubbed toe (yes, I know, the initial stub hits Pain, but it quickly subsides to inconvenience and then into discomfort and is soon forgotten), a mild heat rash, a mild allergy reaction, scrapes, small cuts, static shocks.

Inconvenience is a broken bone (the initial injury hits Pain, but within 24 hours is usually into Discomfort), a sprain (again, the initial moment of injury may be Pain, but it quickly subsides), indigestion, sore throat, sinus infection, earache, broken fingernail below the quick, cuts that need stitches, a paper cut, mild second degree burns (sunburn).

Pain is when the bone breaks or the sprain occurs (but that pain is fleeting and hardly counts), a deep cut (surgical incision deep) that damages a nerve, severe second degree burns and up, amputation, flayed skin, and beyond.

My Pain 1 begins where most people are saying their pain level is at a 9 or 10. If I'm not dismissing it as discomfort or inconvenience, and actually call it "pain", then it's pretty serious.

These are patterns that can easily be adapted for steampunk use. Most are for women, but there are a few for men, too!

Please note that if you buy more than 10 patterns, combined, you will be charged full price for all patterns over 10, so if you're getting both Butterick and Simplicity, and want 10 of each, buy them at separate times.

On sale at Hancock's April 14-17 for $1.00 each, limit 10:

Simplicity
2400
3784
4401
3533 (the shrug)
2183
2223
2313
2341
2355
2478
2556
3628
4079
4134
2516
2187
2940
5366 - men's
7030 - men's
4762 - men's
2346 - men's
5443 - unisex (mad scientist)
2972 - bags
5201 - apron
9447S - doll (raggedy Ann and Andy)
9520 (me - dog)
5461 - bear
3939 (me - dog, swimsuit)
3752 - apron - but turn it around and it would be a good bustle!
3544 (me- apron)
2904 (me - dog)
40960- table cloths
2172 - Victorian Steampunk
2207 - Victorian Steampunk
2354 - colonial
2517 - Men's Victorian coat
2525 - jacket
2581 - men's and women's driving coat
2757
2777
2843 - saloon/western
2851 - western/saloon
2881 - civil war
2887 - civil war
2890 - women's undies
2895 - men's western
3677 - women's pirate
3723 - colonial
4083 - men's fantasy Victorian
3727 - civil war
4923 - men's pirate
8399 - women's Titanic
9769 - women's undies
2621 - hoop skirt

Butterick - April 14-17 - $1.99 each, limit 10

5568
5530
5392
5393
4929
4688
5425
5580 - belt, bags
5006 - pouch with pockets
5543 - civil war
5544 - women's nighties
5509 - Victorian pinner apron
5370 - gloves
5371 - belts, pouches
5266
5265
5232
5061
4954
4952
4210
3072 - Men's colonial
6630 - Edwardian/titanic


McCall's - April 20-23, $1.00, limit 10

3880
6030
5759
5138
5052
6291
5633
5901
6523
6338
4321 - men's
2452
5600 (for storing your costumes!)
6139
6140
6143 - Men's
6097
5937
4548 - women's undies
2337
9423
4861
4107
4745 - Men's
talon: (Default)
( Apr. 8th, 2011 04:02 pm)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/08/964900/-Dig-The-Hole-Yourself#?story_id=964900

The military buries 100 - 150 soldiers a month. If there's a government shut-down, the grieving families of these soldiers won't be able to bury them in military graveyards, won't receive the death benefit that allows the families to bury their loved one, may not be able to buy the flag that comes with military honors, and may not have the funds to meet the unexpected expenses that always arise with a death.

If there's a government shut-down, what are we, the people, going to do about this?

We must rise to help these families. Those politicians who are wrapping themselves in the flag need to be reminded that the soldiers who die during the shut down won't have a flag to be wrapped in as they are laid to rest for eternity.

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