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 Female-Cis-Bi-31-Married-Lives in Iowa, kicks people and plays with stinging insects for fun. Come for the beekeeping, stay for the shitposting.
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Hand Painted Bee Glass Mugs, Teapots & Kitchenware by  StekloCraft
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Hand Painted Bee Glass Mugs, Teapots & Kitchenware by StekloCraft

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Christian Dior, spring 1998 haute couture (click to enlarge)
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Christian Dior, spring 1998 haute couture (click to enlarge)

So the other night during D&D, I had the sudden thoughts that:

1) Binary files are 1s and 0s

2) Knitting has knit stitches and purl stitches

You could represent binary data in knitting, as a pattern of knits and purls…

You can knit Doom.

However, after crunching some more numbers:

The compressed Doom installer binary is 2.93 MB. Assuming you are using sock weight yarn, with 7 stitches per inch, results in knitted doom being…

3322 square feet

Factoring it out…302 people, each knitting a relatively reasonable 11 square feet, could knit Doom.

Hi fun fact!!

The idea of a “binary code” was originally developed in the textile industry in pretty much this exact form. Remember punch cards? Probably not! They were a precursor to the floppy disc, and were used to store information in the same sort of binary code that we still use:

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Here’s Mary Jackson (c.late 1950s) at a computer. If you look closely in the yellow box, you’ll see a stack of blank punch cards that she will use to store her calculations.

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This is what a card might look like once punched. Note that the written numbers on the card are for human reference, and not understood by the computer. 

But what does it have to do with textiles? Almost exactly what OP suggested. Now even though machine knitting is old as balls, I feel that there are few people outside of the industry or craft communities who have ever seen a knitting machine. 

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Here’s a flatbed knitting machine (as opposed to a round or tube machine), which honestly looks pretty damn similar to the ones that were first invented in the sixteenth century, and here’s a nice little diagram explaining how it works:

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But what if you don’t just want a plain stocking stitch sweater? What if you want a multi-color design, or lace, or the like? You can quite easily add in another color and integrate it into your design, but for, say, a consistent intarsia (two-color repeating pattern), human error is too likely. Plus, it takes too long for a knitter in an industrial setting. This is where the binary comes in!

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Here’s an intarsia swatch I made in my knitwear class last year. As you can see, the front of the swatch is the inverse of the back. When knitting this, I put a punch card in the reader,

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and as you can see, the holes (or 0′s) told the machine not to knit the ground color (1′s) and the machine was set up in such a way that the second color would come through when the first color was told not to knit.

tl;dr the textiles industry is more important than people give it credit for, and I would suggest using a machine if you were going to try to knit almost 3 megabytes of information.

@we-are-threadmage

Someone port Doom to a blanket

I really love tumblr for this 🙌

It goes beyond this.  Every computer out there has memory.  The kind of memory you might call RAM.  The earliest kind of memory was magnetic core memory.  It looked like this:

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Wires going through magnets.  This is how all of the important early digital computers stored information temporarily.  Each magnetic core could store a single bit - a 0 or a 1.  Here’s a picture of a variation of this, called rope core memory, from one NASA’s Apollo guidance computers:

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You may think this looks incredibly handmade, and that’s because it is.  But these are also extreme close-ups.  Here’s the scale of the individual cores:

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The only people who had the skills necessary to thread all of these cores precisely enough were textile and garment workers.  Little old ladies would literally thread the wires by hand.

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And thanks to them, we were able to land on the moon.  This is also why memory in early computers was so expensive.  It had to be hand-crafted, and took a lot of time.

(little old ladies sewed the space suits, too)

Fun fact: one nickname for it was LOL Memory, for “little old lady memory.”

I mean let’s also touch on the Jacquard Loom, if you want to get all Textiles In Sciencey. It was officially created in 1801 or 1804 depending on who you ask (although you can see it in proto-form as early as 1725) and used a literal chain of punch cards to tell the loom which warps to raise on hooks before passing the weft through. It replaced the “weaver yelling at Draw Boy” technique, in which the weaver would call to the kid manning the heddles “raise these and these, lower these!” and hope that he got it right. 

With a Jacquard loom instead of painstakingly picking up every little thread by hand to weave in a pattern, which is what folks used to do for brocades in Ye Olde Times, this basically automated that. Essentially all you have to do to weave here is advance the punch cards and throw the shuttle. SO EASY. 

ALSO, it’s not just “little old ladies sewed the first spacesuits,” it’s “the women from the Playtex Corp were the only ones who could sew within the tolerances needed.” Yes, THAT Playtex Corp, the one who makes bras. Bra-makers sent us to the moon. 

And the cool thing with them was that they did it all WITHOUT PINS, WITHOUT SEAM RIPPING and in ONE TRY. You couldn’t use pins or re-sew seams because the spacesuits had to be airtight, so any additional holes in them were NO GOOD. They were also sewing to some STUPID tight tolerances-in our costume shop if you’re within an eighth of an inch of being on the line, you’re usually good. The Playtex ladies were working on tolerances of 1/32nd of an inch. 1/32nd. AND IN 21 LAYERS OF FABRIC. 

The women who made the spacesuits were BADASSES. (and yes, I’ve tried to get Space-X to hire me more than once. They don’t seem interested these days)

This is fascinating. I knew there was a correlation between binary and weaving but this just takes it to a whole nother level. 

I’m in Venice, Italy several times a year (lucky me!) and last year I went on a private tour of the Luigi Bevilacqua factory. Founded in 1875, they still use their original jacquard looms to hand make velvet.Here are the looms:

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Here are the punch cards:

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Some of these looms take up to 1600 spools. That is necessary to make their many different patterns. Here are some patterns:

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How many punchcards per pattern?

 This many:

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Modern computing owes its very life to textiles - And to women. From antiquity weaving has been the domain of women. Sure, we remember Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lamarr, but while Joseph Marie Jacquard gets all the credit for his loom, the operators and designers were for the most part women.

I’ve seen this cross my dash a few times, but I’ve never watched the video before. Maybe I just didn’t pay attention when I was a kid, but I don’t remember ever seeing just how the Jacquard loom works. I just knew that the punch cards controlled which threads were raised. It’s cool to see the how, not just the what.

Don’t hide this in the tags, @drylime :D

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So the other night during D&D, I had the sudden thoughts that: 1) Binary files are 1s and 0s 2) Knitting has knit stitches and...

I haven't really given much thought to what the rest of the world looks like in The Last Girl Scout but

I feel like the Middle East contains various progressive, regressive, and imperialist factions & microstates that all have maddeningly similar names

"So who are y'all?"

"Oh, we're Fedayeen."

"Yeah--we saw the signs coming in--but are y'all like the cool ones or the shitty ones?"

"Depends on who you ask, I guess. So who are y'all? Peshmerga?"

"Yeah."

"But are y'all like the cool ones or the shitty ones?"

If there's no United States then the financial and political motivation to go do a terrorism is significantly reduced so the reactionary factions are much more localized

Israel pretty much isn't a thing anymore in terms of geopolitics but whatever polity makes up Palestine in the post-apocalypse has a disproportionately large number of kibbutzim. Kind of like ACR, actually.

Post-apocalypse Saudi Arabia is oddly similar to post-apocalypse Florida, i.e. it's basically the same as anyplace else except for a couple of tiny enclaves of rich weirdos trying to pitifully do a monarchism and the locals are like "Woooof, watch out for those dudes."

>Kind of like the ACR

"Ah, yes, the Levant. The Kentucky of Asia."

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Climate change and nuclear winter probably haven't been too good to them, but yeah let's say that the Connollyist Republic of Ireland and Also Ireland is doing just fine.

The Unified Republic of Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man came out okay, but you can't say the same for the Hun Exclusion Zone.

European wasteland scavengers be like “We’re gonna follow the Thames through the exclusion zone down towards Derrylondon.”

Natalie have I said lately that I love you.

Because this is brilliant.

I’m also assuming the Steppe peoples in Mongolia and Tibet have largely just gone on with life, somewhat less bothered by tourists than before.

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I haven't really given much thought to what the rest of the world looks like in The Last Girl Scout but I feel like the Middle...

Y’all I’m having an idea

A quilt made of the scraps of all the face masks that I’ve made, titled “COVID, 2020″

Ok this is not a “ugh people have already done this” take- but every single member of all four fiber arts groups my mom is in are doing this, so that when this is over and we can gather again, they can put on a show of all the private effort that has gone into protecting each other so we feel a little less lonely doing the hard work of Being A Decent Human, because feeling like you’re the one person taking this seriously while watching your neighbors hold a BBQ or go bar hopping is psychologically devastating.

So not only should you do this, we should make it a NATIONAL project so we know we’re not alone in a sea of idiots.

Line ‘em all up in an art museum next to pictures of dipshits gathering at parties and bars and call it ‘The Care and Conceit of Humanity’

gurl, do it, get some news tv shit, and in 3 months netflix will make a movie out of it.

Nah, they won’t do it until like, 20 years down the road, and then they’ll do it in a ‘can you believe there was a debate about masks’ sorta way, to which I will say ‘neither can I’ while looking dead into the eyes of everyone who wouldn’t wear one.

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Oh not like, FROM the masks! From the scraps of fabric left over after cutting out the masks themselves. Scrap fabric from a project, known colloquially to sewers as ‘cabbage’ for some reason I’ve never figured out.

We all tend to shove it in a bag or something just Knowing we’ll find a use for it later. This is how quilting STARTED, incidentally; as a way to use up all your scrap cabbage in a useful way.

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Y’all I’m having an idea A quilt made of the scraps of all the face masks that I’ve made, titled “COVID, 2020″

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If I didn’t remember actually reading this in an actual Calvin and Hobbes book as a child I’d think it was ironically...
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I’m a dumb idiot who needed Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to hit in the same month to realize Kaijus in Pacific Rim were a...
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I’m a dumb idiot who needed Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to hit in the same month to realize Kaijus in Pacific Rim were a...

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I've gotten the feeling that The Old Man has been trying to wiggle his way into my pantheon of beliefs for A While now, (which...

a family doesn’t have to be mom and dad and two kids. a family can be a god and his wolf son, his giant serpent child and his daughter that rules over the underworld

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a family doesn’t have to be mom and dad and two kids. a family can be a god and his wolf son, his giant serpent child and his...

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HAPPY BI-VISIBILITY DAY, EVERYONE!   💙💜❤️

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HAPPY BI-VISIBILITY DAY, EVERYONE! 💙💜❤️

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It’s decorative gourd season, motherfucker

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It’s decorative gourd season, motherfucker

In other news, my brother baked a cake and frosted it in the Bi flag colors for his fiancee for Bi Visibility day (she’s bi), which is stupidly adorable.

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In other news, my brother baked a cake and frosted it in the Bi flag colors for his fiancee for Bi Visibility day (she’s bi),...

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I know y'all did not read the books but Roald Dahl  talks about this in the book. Charlie’s teacher points out the fact that...

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I know y'all did not read the books but Roald Dahl talks about this in the book. Charlie’s teacher points out the fact that...

My religious school teachers: The Talmud is the backbone of Judaism. It contains the wisdom of generations of great rabbis. It is dense and deep and cryptic. Only a very sharp, legalistic mind can truly master it.

The Talmud: so this one time a woman called Rabbi Yishmael and Rabbi Elazar too fat to have sex so they told her their dicks were proportional to their bellies. here’s why the sages liked that answer and their best guesses on the sizes of those dicks.

No such passage in the Talmud.

Bava Metzia 84a.

כי הוו מקלעי ר’ ישמעאל ברבי יוסי ור’ אלעזר בר’ שמעון בהדי הדדי הוה עייל בקרא דתורי בינייהו ולא הוה נגעה בהו

§ With regard to these Sages, the Gemara adds: When Rabbi Yishmael, son of Rabbi Yosei, and Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Shimon, would meet each other, it was possible for a pair of oxen to enter and fit between them, under their bellies, without touching them, due to their excessive obesity.

אמרה להו ההיא מטרוניתא בניכם אינם שלכם אמרו לה שלהן גדול משלנו כל שכן איכא דאמרי הכי אמרו לה (שופטים ח, כא) כי כאיש גבורתו איכא דאמרי הכי אמרו לה אהבה דוחקת את הבשר

A certain Roman noblewoman [matronita] once said to them: Your children are not really your own, as due to your obesity it is impossible that you engaged in intercourse with your wives. They said to her: Theirs, i.e., our wives’ bellies, are larger than ours. She said to them: All the more so you could not have had intercourse. There are those who say that this is what they said to her: “For as the man is, so is his strength” (Judges 8:21), i.e., our sexual organs are proportionate to our bellies. There are those who say that this is what they said to her: Love compresses the flesh.

ולמה להו לאהדורי לה והא כתיב (משלי כו, ד) אל תען כסיל כאולתו שלא להוציא לעז על בניהם

The Gemara asks: And why did they respond to her audacious and foolish question? After all, it is written: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him” (Proverbs 26:4). The Gemara answers: They answered her in order not to cast aspersions on the lineage of their children.

א"ר יוחנן איבריה דר’ ישמעאל [בר’ יוסי] כחמת בת תשע קבין אמר רב פפא איבריה דרבי יוחנן כחמת בת חמשת קבין ואמרי לה בת שלשת קבין דרב פפא גופיה כי דקורי דהרפנאי

The Gemara continues discussing the bodies of these Sages: Rabbi Yoḥanan said: The organ of Rabbi Yishmael, son of Rabbi Yosei, was the size of a jug of nine kav. Rav Pappa said: The organ of Rabbi Yoḥanan was the size of a jug of five kav, and some say it was the size of a jug of three kav. Rav Pappa himself had a belly like the baskets [dikurei] made in Harpanya.

For context, this is immediately followed by a detailed description of Rabbi Yoḥanan‘s beauty and the fact that he would go hang out by the mikveh so that the women would see his beauty and think about him while having sex with their husbands, which he claimed would make them have beautiful, learned children.

Talmud is wild, y’all.

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My religious school teachers: The Talmud is the backbone of Judaism. It contains the wisdom of generations of great rabbis. It...

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I hope you don’t mind, but I slowed the gif down because that is a FANTASTIC move.

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I hope you don’t mind, but I slowed the gif down because that is a FANTASTIC move.

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#love is stored in the Nicky
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#love is stored in the Nicky

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This Just In: joe definitely had a leg between nickys when they were sleeping at the paris safehouse

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