Jan. 20th, 2017

rebeccmeister: (bikegirl)
The Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Association here continues to be a helpful asset for me. Last night, they sponsored a [pep] talk by a guy named Peter Fiske, author of a book titled Put Your Science to Work, about alt-academic careers. Talking to one of the VSPA workers, it sounds like they bring him in about once a year, to which I say, good.

It never ceases to amaze me how much it helps just to hear words of encouragement, especially after feeling beaten-down within the academic system. It's very easy to forget that this little academic universe is its own pernicious sort of bubble, and that in the real world I do, in fact, have a lot of useful and valuable skills and qualities.
rebeccmeister: (bikegirl)
I think it's time to learn more about various water-resistant fabric options and how to sew them.

For bicycling, it looks like I want a product that doesn't exist - a cross between a gaiter and a shoe cover that is waterproof, and not made of flimsy spandex or neoprene. It needs to extend to cover my toes so my shoes stay dry. Gaiters usually don't - they stop at the laces. I believe I have at least one friend who would also like a pair, if not more than one friend, heh.

If my replacement basket ever shows up for the Jolly Roger, I want to make a water-resistant cover for it, which should also help with prolonging its life by reducing UV exposure. [livejournal.com profile] scrottie would like a pack cover, and if I make one for him, I should make one for myself, too, really. And then maybe I can design something that will work better than my current "shower cap" approach for my Arkel shopper-pannier.

I just ordered myself some RainLegs, because I don't like full rain pants, but completely sopping-wet pants are really annoying.

I should probably just push for a REAL visit to Seattle Fabric Supply, next time I'm in town.

This is not going to be cheap, but if it works, it will be SO WORTHWHILE.

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