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Archive for August, 2012



August 31, 2012

Today the Contour Corsets website hit 1,000,000 views!  Officially the site went public in March of 2009, and interest in the site has been surprisingly steady for the past 3 years and 5 months.  I am very pleased that people are interested in what I do, and that they like the site, it is all very much a labor of love.  I write the code, I do the graphics and photography, and I do the vlogs and such.  It all keeps me pretty busy.  But the Contour website is my only advertising for any of my work. I do not have ads anywhere, in print or on the internet, and I do not publish any print material or catalogs - it is all right here.  Thanks for watching and reading, and 'yall come back now, 'ya hear!



August 30, 2012
Angst tells it like it is....
From the album "Angst", 1983



August 29, 2012
From 2007 - a beautiful assortment of one-of-a-kind Frantone 10th Anniversary Special Edition Peachfuzz pedals I made in my Brooklyn shop.  Each unique and never repeated.  Pure Candy!



August 28, 2012
Work in progress - Assembled, showing the fine leather interior, but still without any steels or locking hardware - the leather is so heavy and thick it just stands on its own!



August 27, 2012
Work in progress - Premium locking hobble corset in dual layer fine cow leather inside and out with triple reinforced heavy cotton core and double heavy steels.  The heaviest, stiffest, thickest hobble corset of all time??  Maybe....



August 26, 2012
     Neil Armstrong died on Saturday at the age of 82.  Others who walked on the moon had passed away before him, but none of those ever captured the hearts, minds, and imaginations of humankind as completely as Neil Armstrong did.  I have often wondered what it could have been like to be Armstrong, and I am not alone.

     Buzz Aldrin had once said, "Neil Armstrong, one of the quietest, most private guys I'd ever met, has often been described as taciturn, but that's an understatement.  His family was his social life.  He was not the hard-drinking, fast-driving 'right-stuff-er' the public seemed to think all the astronauts were." 
     Craig Nelson wrote in his book Rocket Men, "Neil Armstrong was a test pilot's test pilot, an aeronautical engineer's aeronautical engineer, and a loner's loner, who baffled writers and journalists - not to mention his colleagues - for over four decades." 

     It had been said by those at NASA that Armstrong was a man who was untouchably distant, and impossible to know, even by his closest colleagues.  He was probably the most intelligent of all the Apollo astronaut corps, and agreeably the best engineer. 

On a July night in 1969 my parents got me out of bed.  It was a special occasion... they wanted me to watch the first attempted moon landing on our little black and white television.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were going to land on the moon in their LEM they called Eagle.
As the Eagle was heading down for the first lunar landing on Apollo 11, Armstrong and Aldrin were supposed to be passive passengers.  The landing was automated, and the LEM's computer and radar were to take them down to the surface without incident.  But the computer's core memory was filled with incorrect data, and the alarms were telling mission control that the computer was overburdened, and could not complete the necessary calculations in time to function.  Armstrong sees that the Eagle is headed for a field of large boulders, not the smooth plateau that was intended, so he switches control of the LEM to manual, and guides the Eagle down himself to a safe landing site some distance away, touching down easy, with razor edge precision, with mere seconds of fuel left remaining.  Calmly, he says to mission control, "Tranquility base here....  the Eagle has landed."

     Charlie Duke said that "Neil Armstrong was probably the coolest under pressure of anyone that I ever had the privilege of flying with.  He was just Mr. Cool Stone, if you would."



August 25, 2012
Let your imagination run wild with this article.  Researchers have finally used DNA for supermassive data storage and biochemically replicated the data.
Contemplate the future.... the very near future -



August 24, 2012
If you do not own any Zolar X records you soon will - because you read my updates! 

"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here.  My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about....  ZOLAR X???"



August 23, 2012
Geeks have historically lacked rhythm, social skills, and fashion sense.  Easier to write code than impress at a party.  But recently it has been irrefutably proven that geeks can indeed get down.... to the surface of Mars! 



August 22, 2012
I have been a photographer for over 30 years, and until I converted to digital in the late 1990's I developed my own film and processed my own prints.  The new generation of sensors has made for high resolution digital imaging at capture speeds that far exceed the fastest optical films.  The ultimate end of this technology has been reached in Femtophotography - the taking of a photo at 1 trillionth of a second - so fast, that the camera actually captures the movement of light itself.  This video is from the amazing TED series.... 



August 21, 2012
When I was four Mister Rogers told me through the television that I was special, that there was no one in the world just like me, and that he liked me just the way I was.  Thanks for believing in me, Mister Rogers.



August 20, 2012
Earlier this month I posted a story about how the flags that were left on the moon by the Apollo Astronauts were now bleached white.  Here is a great article from Air and Space Smithsonian which elaborates on the larger scope of NASA with the recent turns in funding and the retirement of the Shuttle.  Will NASA ever have a manned space program again?  It's all up to Congress - and they are in full support of space exploration..... so long as it is done without US Federal money.  The photo below is fake, but probably close to what is there on the moon today.



August 19, 2012
A lot of your life is a blur.  Why?  Because you move your eyes - and the brain needs to cut the fat in memory storage, so blurry moments are put in the trash bin.  The end result of this mental fact is saccadic masking - the stock and trade of illusionists since the beginning of slight of hand.  If it's too fast for your eye to focus on you won't see it, and if it's a blur then you won't even remember it happening.  You can thank your own brain for that.
 
 



August 18, 2012
Moving boxes today I found old photos... Here is a long-haired 20 year old future engineer at their prized Commodore 64 workstation with floppy drive - state of the art home computing - on home developed black and white film, 1987.



August 17, 2012
Cicadas! Cicadas everywhere!  Here are a couple photos from the front of my shop, showing cicada shells on the brick outside and one close up on one of my bushes.  When you get close, they SCREEEAM!  Cool to have a bug the size of a small bird that will also scream at you.



August 16, 2012
Taking a few days from sewing to catch up on some workspace improvements.
I put up new pieces in the Contour Corset Gallery page and I am upgrading my computer capabilities to solve some issues I have been having with the new HD webcam.  Hopefully I will be able to get a new update vlog done over the weekend too.  Never a dull moment at Contour!



August 15, 2012
From the website Curvy Girl Revolution:

And remember.... Corsets Are All About Curves! 



August 14, 2012
Okay - if you are captivated by my geeky daily updates then you obviously love Valve and think that Half-Life and Portal are the best game series of all time.  Sure, Quake was great too, but....  is it all really related?  Hmmm...  Watch this informative video about the history of how Half-Life came to be, and what might come in the near future.  Enjoy!



August 13, 2012
Website updates today and an updated vlog for this week on the Contour home page where I mention that I am ripening a papaya.  One thing I forgot to mention is that papayas come in several varieties, and the bitter ones are favored in many regions where papayas are grown. But here is a great tip - to correct the ph balance of a bitter papaya, dice into cubes, place in a bowl, and pour a shot of lime juice over the pieces, cover and shake the bowl to evenly coat the pieces with lime juice, pour the lime juice out of the bowl, and eat. The papaya will no longer be bitter, and complex tropical notes are brought out.



August 12, 2012
Behold..... The Visible Universe
(Sloan Digital Sky Survey)




August 11, 2012
There is a new Fransworld Daily Updates Archive which has the posts for July 2012 here. I will add new pages to the archive each month which will be indexed on the links page.  I apologize for confusing anyone who had bookmarked the previous daily.html link, it will now be in its own directory. 

While I sort out my website, you might want to take a look at the full size high resolution image of one of the most amazing views ever seen - Today on Mars!



August 10, 2012
It is Friday so why not have a little entertainment - from a classic 1950's 3-D spectacular - The Empire Strikes Back!
 
 



August 9, 2012
No posting for a few days as I was catching up on sewing and emails.  I plan to do a Vlog update over the weekend, and the weather continues to be very hot in PA so best to stay in the air conditioning and get things done. Meanwhile, thinking of 'cooler' times, here is a happy moment - a snap shot of Kate Schellenbach and myself during our holiday party at the Frantone Factory, Williamsburg Brooklyn, December 2000. It was very cold that day!



August 6, 2012
Woohoo!  A new frontier on Mars!

Image of the shadow of Curiosity on the surface of Mars as relayed back to Earth just seconds after touchdown, 1:31am August 6, 2012.


The most amazing action shot - As the MSL descended to the Martian surface, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was flying overhead in a synchronized rendezvous, aiming its high resolution cameras towards the MSL flight path.  This image was captured of the MSL after the supersonic parachute had deployed.  A one in a billion photo opportunity, and another stunning photo in an absolutely triumphant day for science. 
 
 
 
 

 



August 4, 2012
A lot of science stuff this week, but it is a very science charged weekend as space enthusiasts around the world await the touchdown of the most ambitious and hardest (and perhaps final) mission to explore the surface of Mars.  I will be staying up late on Sunday to view the events on NASA TV .  The Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the rover Curiosity, is an atomic powered automobile sized robot equipped with a rock blasting high power laser and the most impressive array of scientific instruments to land on the Red Planet.  The only thing standing between us and all this science is the most difficult landing ever attempted anywhere.  How hard is it to set down a car on Mars?  Well, it is very very hard. 
 
 

 



August 3, 2012
Today it is more science - a video series from one of my favorite Youtube channels about the recent superheavy particle discoveries at CERN - Higgs Boson, is that really you?  And what exactly are you anyway, Mr. Boson?  If indeed that IS your real name....



August 2, 2012
The factoid of the day is from a great blog "It's Okay To Be Smart" - you know I agree completely - about photos taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Apollo landing sites showing by the shadow falls that 5 of the 6 flags placed there by the astronauts are still standing tall.... Sorry Al Bean!   Though due to four decades of exposure to the lunar environment the flags are most certainly bleached white.



August 1, 2012
I completed a special set of custom restraints in beautiful white patent lambskin over black cow leather that I know will surely impress at any formal function!

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