I'm finally starting a list of the "new" items on the page, which
can be used as a historical document. Sorry, all the past year's updates
aren't recorded anywhere.
Sorry to anyone who made a donation and didn't get a thank-you email. I
just discovered the spam filter was catching the notifications. I thanked
people back to May or April, but after a certain point those messages are
automatically deleted, and so I would have missed any older than what's there.
In other news, I *did* take pictures for more self-braiding
instructions - I just haven't resized them or written instructions for them
yet. Maybe this weekend I'll make the time for it.
Meddled some with the Songs page. Am thinking of posting a page of
"fun things", links to things that tickled me. It would be
something that I could put up even when I don't have time to add new
braids. Good news, too, on that front: I have today off, I just called a
friend and she's willing to come take the pictures for a new set of
It would seem I've been a bit lazy. I've finally posted some new examples
which I braided in August. I also switched which pictures get to represent
the Example categories.
I'll be in Britain Feb 3-17. If you'd like to meet, drop
me an email. I'm looking for suggestions of places to go as well as
offers of places to stay.
I've discovered that my web provider changed the authentication requirements for
their email server. Thus, I've been receiving mail from the website, but
any mail I've sent from it since the change hasn't actually been sent, and I didn't
receive notification that it didn't get sent. I need to buy a new
version of Eudora Pro; the 4.2 doesn't have the necessary authentication
capability. If you've emailed me and I haven't replied, re-send.
Once I get a new copy of Eudora I'll be doing a re-send, but I don't know how
long ago they made the change.
Added some new songs. Enjoy!
1/04 Added text-only
instructions for the Arwen Braid that appears
only in the documentaries for TTT. I think it's what she wore when she was
in Helm's Deep.
12/17 Sad news for Johnny Cunningham fans. He died of a
heart attack on Monday night. He was only 46. Remembrances may be
sent via http://www.johnnycunningham.com/news.html.
Why is Johnny even being mentioned here, since this is a braiding website?
Well, for one because he was my favorite fiddler, and I was hoping to hear him
live again - it's been just over 10 years since last I heard him play.
There is a direct braiding connection, however: he's the first person on whom I
ever attempted a braid consisting of more than three strands.
12/16 Added a picture of the TTT
Arwen braid, which I'm not sure actually ever appears in the movie, since
Arwen was edited out of Helm's Deep. However, thanks to the commentary, we
have it in glorious detail, and I've reproduced it. It's a French perfect
classic with the hair in back braided into 7 3-strands, and then all of the
braids (including the two from the classic) are braided into a 9-strand.
And now - it's off to the midnight
showing of return of the king with me!
11/23 I do not do cornrows, but here's someone who does! http//cornrows.co.uk/cornrowslinks.html.
Go talk to her!
10/19 Please note that Cornrows are simply Dutch
braids done on hair parted in 1"-2" wide rows. Please do not
ask me for further instructions on cornrows, as I find them tedious and will
never master the finer points well enough to be comfortable making instructions
specifically for them.
10/15 I have finally added photos to to poem Screag
an Iolair, which I've been meaning to do since I put it up.
10/8 I've added a new picture to Odd
Images, as well as new example pictures to Crowns,
Combos, and Variations.
Look towards the bottom for the new examples.
9/19 I've added many more example pictures, though not to the
technique pages. The only example pages I DIDN'T add to were Herringbones,
Ribbons and Variations. I'll need to reclassify soon - there are too many
pictures per page. I also linked a couple of silly
pictures off of the Musings page. Enjoy!
9/16 Email was not working for a week. We manually
cleared out the mailbox and messages are again downloading. Don't know why
it hadn't worked for awhile. If you sent something and it bounced, please
re-send. I'll get it this time!
8/20 Between yesterday and today alone I have received well
over 100 email viruses. If you email me about the website, don't use the
subject lines: Thank you, Details, My details, Approved, Your application,
Wicked screensaver, That movie, etc. I often do get website emails with
just "Thank you" in the subject line - for right now, those will be
deleted unread. I'm getting so many in a batch that I'm not bothering to
count the number of times my virus software pops up, and simply delete the
emails with the subject lines that are being commonly used with viruses.
7/26/03 I have added a snail mail address to the Donations
page for those of you who want to donate but don't have a credit card or don't
want to use PayPal.
7/14 For the first time in my life I've written a convention
report, this one for Weekend in
Sherwood. This is essentially the full story of "What I did last
weekend". There will be more pictures included eventually.
SELF DEFENSE: IMPACT
Safety Group is having a Community Celebration on July 27 in Columbus,
Ohio. This is essentially a graduation, a demonstration of the skills
gained by the people who have just completed the class. It's a great
opportunity to see IMPACT techniques in action and talk to people who have
already taken the course. If you are in the area, I highly recommend you
come to the graduation, which is free to attend. This is a wonderful
program, and the graduation can be an incredibly moving experience.
6/28 Long hair is prettier! I found this fine
article on Yahoo News.
6/12 I've added two new instruction pages - French
braiding on yourself and one of Eowyn's
hairstyles. If you have links to certain pages, you'll also discover
(much to your dismay and disgust) that I've renamed some pages to be kinder to
certain kinds of servers. Sorry for the inconvenience!
5/30 I've added alternate instructions for the 5-strand
braid. Similar to the alternate French and Dutch instructions, these
explain where the strands should go rather than what the hands do to get them
5/11 Fun news! I make a cameo appearance on pgs. 329-331
of Tanya Huff's latest novel, Long Hot Summoning. This is what
happens when one happens to be handy to jump start an author's truck at the end
of a science fiction convention.
5/4 Public Service Message: It is summer.
Remember to watch for bicyclers and pedestrians before turning right on
red. Also, it's a good idea to keep your radio down to a level that you
can hear said bicyclers or pedestrians shouting at you when you're about to hit
them. </public service message>
4/30 Besides adding a hairpiece
example, I also added a picture to the Aikido
haiku. This was from my first couple years of Aikido, since I'm not
wearing a hakama.
4/28 Added a couple new example pictures, one in crowns,
one in combos.
There are various little changes, but I'll leave those for you to
Seeking an Opinion: I'm thinking of making braided hair pieces,
targeting the bellydancer market specifically. It would be braids
connected to a hair band or one of those brown plastic headband things.
Some of the braids would have ribbon, some beaded, some plain. Email
me if you're interested - I want to try to gauge the interest before I jump
into making them. I just put up the first example.
There will be more later, as I experiment.
4/19 Added examples of other things you can do with braiding
techniques - link is at the bottom of the pertinent instructions.
Same pictures as in the regular example pages, just grouped differently.
4/18 Added some links to Recommended
Links and Craft Links. Also added
simplified Dutch braid instructions, similar to the way I've had the French
braid instructions. Caryn (Kyrae) of Wamogo High School told me to.
I also added a list (two, really) of recommended
books and authors. I love to read, and these are some of my
favorites. They're not organized by anything in
particular. I left off Tolkien, since everyone is probably reading his
works right now anyway. ;-)
4/17 I'm oh-so-proud - I made an archery glove and quiver
myself. I haven't written instructions for it yet, but I have pictures
of the finished product..
3/31 I added some new example pictures. They're on the Classics,
Variations, and Other
pages. This includes the Arwen braid. Don't inspect specific
instructions soon. Really, it's just three herringbones. Yes, I will
go see TTT for the third time one of these days so I can pay attention to Eowyn
in the dream sequence.
I also clarified the links page slightly.
2/24 With the recent rise in hit rate, I've gotten an influx of
mail - both good, reasonable mail to which I'm happy to respond, as well as hate
mail. If you're in a bad mood and feel like sending me hate mail to ruin
my day as well as yours, please read this.
2/21 I discovered the Paypal link in the footer wasn't working,
and corrected it. I'm still working on the voiceover of the #%@!@!!! mpeg
of the Legolas braid. Sometime in the next week I should break down and do
a text and pictures version of the instructions. Since I'll soon be the
sole occupant of my computer again soon, there should be more site improvements
Thanks again to those who have donated, and please think about
donating if you haven't. I just paid to keep the URL for the next five
years, which was $100, and I pay a little over $100/year for web space. I
got almost enough to cover last year. Since I am currently unemployed (ah,
the life of a contract worker), it would be nice to have people who enjoy the
site help to support it. Thanks!
1/6/03 I added a page
with some VERY poor-quality mp3s
of some of my songs, including two songs I started writing in November, finished
12/17 Picky, picky. So it's not enough that I've added
a history of web updates, but you want a link to it,
too? Sheesh. I've finally restructured the instructions
page and added a couple explanatory terms to the terminology
12/15 Today I've created a New Items page - basically, it will be a
record of everything that has been in this red box. Real news:
I've added some information and a link to a Robin of Sherwood convention
happening near Detroit in July. Find it on the Robin
Speaking of which, you may notice that there's a...bit of a difference with the
links pages. Sorry for those of you who had bookmarks to specific pages.
11/11 Hmm....I noticed while in Boston that my most recent
update did some weird things to my webpage. Don't know why, it just messed
up the shared borders.
11/7 I've added wav files to some of my songs. This is a bad
time to do so, since I'm just getting over a bad cold and haven't rehearsed some
of them in years. No, this isn't an Irish "oh, I have a cold,
ask me to sing anyway". This is me almost losing my voice for a few
days. However, people who want to know what the melodies sound like can
hear them now. Since Windows recorder only does 60 seconds at a time
without acrobatics, a lot of them are only one verse and a refrain.
10/23 I've mucked about with the site a bit. Changed a
few page borders, navigation bars, etc. Most importantly, I'm finally
putting in the second set of French braid
instructions, to see which people liked better. I'd been hoping to get
feedback on whether they were helpful, and never did. Opinions on which is
more helpful would be interesting to me.
I also added a new page showing different braids on my hair, not necessarily
braided by me. It is deliberately buried. Once I get around to
adding more braids done myself as an example of what can be done on one's own
hair, I may make it more accessible. Until then, it's purely a vanity