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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Imaginary Friends on: August 29, 2005 02:28:27 AM
This is a fascinating thread. I studied psychology at uni for three years, and dumped it because (a) statistics and I did not get along, (b) the blatant ethnocentricism of a lot of theory and research really, really pissed me off.

It sounds to me (and I am both not a professional and only marginally informed) like the imaginary friend is a kind of cognitive 'tic,' something that's part coping mechanism and part a result of the way you think anyway. When I was studying psych I was seriously fascinated by cognitive psychology - the study of *how* we think, the way we process information, the way we decide things. It sounds very dry but it was amazing to think of all the stuff that goes on in our heads. For instance, think about all the sensory information bombarding you right now - the sensation of your clothing on your skin, every sound drifting around us from your hands on the keyboard to cars outside, all the light and movement from your computer screen, the walls around you, maybe your cat demanding attention. All of that goes on and our brain filters and decides what is important, what it will see, what it will hear, what it will feel.

A large part of that seperation is learnt and developed as we grow up. For instance, we learn how to perceive depth and distance and our bodies in space. It's part of the reason why very small children move really awkwardly. And, when you think about it, we have to do the same thing with our sense of self, the idea that you are you and I am I and the cat is that cat and we're all different and discrete.  We have to learn that other people and things see, feel and do things differently to ourselves. I think that's why kids empathise so strongly with inanimate objects and so on; we just haven't learned that they don't have feelings like us.

So, in my very, very uninformed opinion, part of the imaginary friend has to do with the cognitive experience of self. Tehn again, I could be wrong.

*removes head from ass now*

Freakiigreeniiz, it definitely sounds like you have a fascinating, creative mind. Maybe you could find a good psychologist to talk about this stuff, not to make yourself 'better' (because there sure as hell is nothing sick about being different) but it would be neat to explore your own mind and way of thinking with someone who knows what they're talking about.
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pimples, zits, whiteheads, pus pockets... on: August 29, 2005 01:56:09 AM
I completely agree with popping zits. I love it, if I didn't hate the bastards so much. Acne made my life completely miserable through high school, and now I'm 22 it's still not gone. I was on two <i>consecutive</i> courses of roaccutane, y'all. Those who have been on it can cringe now.

Paula Begoun's website (cosmeticscop.com) has some great advice on getting rid of pimples. I've found that what works for people's skin differs all the time, but in my experience don't bother with anything you can't buy in a pharmacy (drug store). At the moment I use a fairly plain Neutrogena moisturiser with sunscreen (I can since my skin isn't anywhere near as oily after roaccutane, but I still have big pores and breakouts), and go through Clearasil face wipes and 10% benzoyl peroxide gel by the case. The Clearasil wipes are basically just salicylic acid, which is actually proven to exfoliate in the pore (as in medically proven, not proven by L'oreal or Clinique), and benzoyl peroxide disinfects within the pore. I go through caseloads of the salicyic acid wipes in particular because I also use them on the clogged pores on my arms, chest and back. It isn't backne yet but I can <i>feel</i> it and that's what counts.

It helps, but zits have a cycle. If I don't acid/disinfect my face (it's not as bad as it sounds, but I have skin like a rhino; if you have sensitive skin my routine would be horrible) one night I'll break out about three days later, guaranteed. A pimple is the end stage of a cycle. Once they're there nothing will make them magically disappear, you can just speed them to their ineivitable end.

That's my 2c.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pillowcase babydoll DRESS. flowery and stripeys. on: August 28, 2005 07:42:59 AM
you can ask me morequestions if im not clear which im probably not.

Oh, no, not at all. Your instructions were great. I might even have a crack at it soon on account of my vast collection of thrift store pillowcases.
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Jellyfish out of water (big pics) on: August 27, 2005 08:55:00 AM
If you were to make a tutorial, Evilwench, I'm sure many, many people would be grateful. Although it does look like the kind of thing that takes an awful lot of practice and skill.
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Crocheted cassette tape ipod mini cozy on: August 26, 2005 07:29:15 PM
That's okay. A piste is the strip you fence on, so that's why I was asking.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Crocheted cassette tape ipod mini cozy on: August 26, 2005 01:15:27 AM
So little hooks are the way to go...

Off topic, but I just noticed your username. You wouldn't happen to be a fencer, Miss Starpiste?
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ick, I hate sweat on: August 26, 2005 12:30:05 AM
Oh, bunny, it's terrible how this big imaginary spotlight shines on you when you're around someone you like. Trust me, I know. The only (perhaps unuseful) bit of advice I would have to give is that when you think you look sweaty, red in the face and wrong, you probably look just as fresh and charming as you always do, it's just the big imaginary spotlight making you feel gross.

If it helps, I have disgustingly oily skin and find that Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector (this odd, siliconey stuff you put on after your moisturiser) really helps, but it's foolishly expensive.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pillowcase babydoll DRESS. flowery and stripeys. on: August 25, 2005 11:32:44 PM
Thanks everyone.
yeah it was REALLY easy to make.
Ill work on a tute.
but basically as a pre-tute thing, it is just the pillowcase cut in 2, boob part and dress part
then i measured and made the stripeys the size of my ribcage and right under my arms
sewed the pieces together, gathering the pillowcase so it would fit with stripey parts, then
zipper and hook and eye on the side.


So you ripped the side seams of the pillowcase first so you could insert the zipper?

(edited to say I just looked at the photos again and noticed your flair. Hawt.)
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Crocheted cassette tape ipod mini cozy on: August 25, 2005 11:07:16 PM
Cut Copy are awesome. You say it's not scratchy? It occurred that cassette tape might make a nice skinny tie for my Joy Division obsessed friend...
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Jellyfish out of water (big pics) on: August 25, 2005 10:58:37 PM
I'm absolutely astonished, that is breathtaking and slightly surreal. I love it. I also really admire how smooth and even your work is. I crocheted a wire bracelet for a swap, and I wanted it to look 'piratey,' which was a good thing because I could not keep the tension even. Brilliantly done. I'd love to know how you did it - it looks like there are two 'balls' and then the tentacles are attached to those.
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