Give Me Elves, or Give Me Death

October 10, 2016

Trigger warning: We briefly discuss a fictional character’s suicide from 42:08 to 43:22. Please skip that as needed, and take care of yourself.

• “Mass Effect.”

• “Dragon Age: Origins.”

Ness’ (not Bell’s) robot boyfriend. (See also: “The Boy Is Mine.”)

• Crunk Crafting.

Morristown Festival of Books.

“Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow.

Naomi Novik.

Organization for Transformative Works.

Episode with Kirstin of OTW.

V.E./Victoria Schwab.  

“Sorcerer to the Crown” by Zen Cho.

“The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers.

• “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin”  by Margaret Atwood.

• “The Dispatcher,” “Lock In” and the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi. (Here, have a review of “The End of All Things” and an interview with Scalzi by Ness!)

• “Fellside” by M.R. Carey.

• “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff.

• “Gena/Finn” by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgerson.

The Pancake Sex Book Club where we tore apart “Emma: A Modern Retelling” by Alexander McCall Smith.

• “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”

The Dragon Age episode of Fan Friction with Sam Maggs, Katey, Meg and Ness.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Fanfiction By Way of Nail Polish

September 20, 2016

On this episode of The Crafting System, we finally get to bring you our conversation with Samantha of Incidental Twin. Our technical setup had another case of the gremlins so this one's a little short, but if you want to hear even more from Samantha over on her weekly webshow "Professional Fangirl."

Despite sounding underwater, we chatted about:

  • Learning to quilt (cheer Ness on!)
  • Scrapping projects in fits of artistic temperament 
  • Fallen London
  • Mass Effect Andromeada
  • Deep thoughts about Asari boobs
  • Star Trek - The genesis of many a young nerd
  • Stranger Things
  • BRING BACK DOUBLE DASH
  • Are you realistic about your zombie apocalypse survival odds?
  • Yo, Samantha's Orphan Black polishes are officially licensed! How cool is that!?
  • Storedemort: (noun) A retail location whose former employees are loathe to give name to

As mentioned before, you can get more from Samantha at Professional Fangirl and her twitter, @pirategirljack.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Take that, Space Martin Sheen!

September 6, 2016

This episode of The Crafting System is just a big ol' Mass Effect gab-fest since Eris finally finished Mass Effect 2 and Ness wants to know what that trip through the galaxy looked like...but mostly she wants to know what romance choice Eris made because, let's be honest, that's like most of the game.

The few things we managed to talk about other than Mass Effect include:

  • The Dragon Age Series
  • This comic about a very difficult decision
  • A very important update about Eris's aquarium
  • snail eating a cube of jello
  • No Man's Sky
  • The fact that some graphic engines age better than others

And then it's Mass Effect. We go over everything Eris did wrong, discover the German word for second hand embarrassment, how hard it can be to not reload to fix your mistakes, and find fun new ways to describe Turian physiology (after recording, I thought up "scaly ostriches").

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Sad Libs

August 23, 2016

Sad Libs

In episode 20 of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris are joined by the lovely and talented Izzy, who is part of The BlankShowCast and Bag Talk, is a member of the Pancake Sex Book Club, and has her own Etsy shop, Doodle Sewing.

Eris got an adorable betta fish. Ness is crying about grad school applications. Izzy is preparing for Halloween.

They also mention:

“Welcome to Night Vale.”

• Cotton + Steel Halloween.

• Knitting looms.

• Elizabeth Zimmerman knitting designs, which are apparently some kind of magic.

Conrad Verner (Ness’ Conrad Verner impersonation is on point.).

• Ness’ Audible books: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell and “Born With Teeth” by Kate Mulgrew.

“Gena/Finn” by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson.

“The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin (and also “The Fifth Season,” which we talked about in August’s Pancake Sex Book Club)

“The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers.

Serial Reader.

Baby Metal.

Mystery Brewing Co.

Pokemon or N.J. Towns.

• The August Pancake Sex Book Club pick: “Emma: A Modern Retelling” by Alexander McCall Smith.

Hogarth Shakespeare retellings.

Sarah McLean.

All the Books!

“Bossman” by Vi Keeland.

Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

“His Wicked Reputation” by Madeline Hunter.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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The Holtzman Spectrum

August 8, 2016

The Holtzman Spectrum

In episode 19 of The Crafting System, Ness and Eris talk about new awesome 2016 “Ghostbusters.” Ness rewatched 1984 “Ghostbusters” and does not like. (Fangirl Happy Hour summed up her feelings on this pretty well.) Plus Eris goes on a pretty great bee rant.

Also mentioned:

• Comfort games. Also “Dragon Age: Inquisition” spoilers for “Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.” Also the name of the “Mass Effect 2” DLC Ness was desperately searching for is “Arrival.” Also Ness almost spoiled Thane’s arc in ME2 and ME3 for Eris but managed not to. That’s friendship, y’all.

Eris’ first fandom was “Ghostbusters.”

Tips from 2015 on how to cosplay 2016 Ghostbusters. How to find screen accurate 1984 Ghostbusters.

The screw you necklace.

• Here, have some patterns that might work for Ghostbusters coveralls: https://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3389. Here’s a discussion with patterns for women’s jumpsuits: http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=10184.0.

Violet Ramis talks about the new “Ghostbusters.”

• Eris comes through with tutorials on how to knit.

• Watch “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Basking in Reflected Fandom

July 26, 2016

Episode 18 - Basking in Reflected Fandom

On this episode, Eris sits back while Ness enjoys the company of Elisabeth of the Enthusiastic Candle Co. who has actually seen “Hamilton” with her own eyes! No screen! Actual people on an actual stage! But before that, we talk about how she decided what the first United States Treasury Secretary would smell like as well as:

• Is it possible for something to be too cool to count as “geeky?”

John Green on enthusiasm

New York Comic Con

Tokyo Mew Mew (you’re never too old to be a Magical Girl)

Black Butler

• The glory days of homemade Halloween costumes (thanks, moms!)

• Sewing patterns? More like swearing patterns, amirite? (oh geez, why does Ness let me write show notes)

Nicole Miller Fabric

• All the cool Funko Pop figures that have come out

• They’re re-releasing Skyrim! Ignore the plot and yell at dragons for 120 hours IN HD!

• Skooma: Not Even Once (correction! You need a mod to properly be able to trip your balls off in Skyrim. Morrowind had funny side effects)

• Book Lovers’ Soy Candles

• Anthology Candles

Shiro Cosmetics

• The original cinnamon roll that was too good for this world, too pure

Mimia Draws is responsible for the super cute art on Elisabeth’s candles! (Here’s her Twitter. Go bask in her awesome. -n)

• Now, more than ever, America needs President Bartlet

• Sports Night

• Bonus “Star Wars” poem!

• And, at long last, Hamilton

Find Elisabeth at her Etsy shop, on Twitter and on her personal Tumblr.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Grief and Also Falconry

July 12, 2016

On this episode, Ness and Eris talk about their comfort zones and an avalanche of books both read and unread. Bullet points include:

A Beaver That Welcomes You To Canada

Knitpicks yarn

• ALWAYS check your gauge. ALWAYS.

• Some old favorites: Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect

• Our Pokemon! Let us show you them!: Pokemon Go, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

• Can you call something a “guilty pleasure” is you feel no guilt about it at all? Either way, hell yeah to hidden object games. The Artifex Mundi ones are the top tier.

Murder, She Wrote, a.k.a. “The Hidden Object Game of TV Shows”

SubNautica (still waiting on my kickass undersea fort!)

Aquaria

• Overwatch’s competitive mode has some serious issues

• So many books!

The Rogues of the Republic series (more in this world, pls)

Masked Empire

Dumplin’

1Q84

• We were not nice to The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder on the last Pancake Sex Book Club

Yes, Please and Bossypants

H is for Hawk

Roses and Rot

Six Gun Snow White

Big Magic

Washington: A Life

The Queen’s Thief series

The Sin Du Jour series

A Darker Shade of Magic

Gravity’s Rainbow

• Special Audiobook Shout-outs

Welcome to Night Vale

The Flavia DeLuce series

Small Gods (and I was mixed up during the recording, Nigel Planer is my favorite Discworld reader; still much respect to Stephen Briggs, though!)

Fangirl Happy Hour has the hookup for even more books

Cara McGee’s lovely creations

• Eris really just wants senpai to notice her

• But, seriously, why do we keep being weird in the general direction of Patrick Weekes?

• F’dora M’lady: The best D&D character that doesn’t exist yet.

Thanks for listening, and if you guys have anything you want to share—projects you want to show off, comfort games, suggested character sheets for F’dora M’lady—you can find us at @craftingsystem or individually at @erissaid or @paperbytheton

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem. We’re on iTunes. If you could rate and review us there, that would be awesome. Ness will send you Hamilton gifs if you do.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal

July 8, 2016

On this episode of The Crafting System, it’s not really an episode. The dog ate our homework, which is to say that technology ate the audio of the one person who couldn’t record a backup, so the whole thing would have been Ness and Eris having two thirds of a conversation. Instead, here’s the one bit of usable audio from that recording session as we discuss:

• Betrayal.

• Nothing else.

We’ll be back on Tuesday with a normal episode which, now that I think of it, is basically this but like for an hour instead of two minutes. Thanks for sticking with us!

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Fandom Is Not A Monolith

June 20, 2016

Fandom Is Not a Monolith


This time, Ness and Eris talk about fan entitlement, false equivalency, and punching down. Ness is really mad, you guys.

Before that, though, they talk about some cool stuff:

Lou Box Top pattern by Sew DIY.

• The Maria Apron pattern by Maven Patterns available at Indie Sew.

How to make your own bias tape.

And then to the rage:

The article that set everything off. And his back-pedalling followup.

• The AV Club article Eris mentions.

• A great piece from Bibliodaze about what that original article is straight-up wrong.

• The two-part episode (part one, part two) Ness mentioned on race from Fansplaining (and also another great episode on breaking the fourth wall in fandom).

• The Jessica Plummer piece on Panels that Ness read from on why Hydra Cap is so harmful.

• A piece in Tablet Magazine by (Ness’ friend) Esther Bergdahl about why Marvel’s move to Hydra Cap is anti-Semitic. (There’s another great piece about why Nazi Cap is the superhero bigoted fans deserve.)

• Gavia Baker-Whitelaw in the Daily Dot talks about the false eqivalency of the backlash against female Ghostbusters and Nazi Cap.

Zoe Quinn’s take on toxic fandom (something she knows a thing or two about).

• Patrick Weekes’ Rogues of the Republic series (and the Pancake Sex Book Club episode about it). (P.S., Ness is so sorry about the end slate, Mr. Weekes.)

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The Last Thing I Drew Was an Ass Hat

May 31, 2016

Ness and Eris talk (again) with Amanda, aka Fluidfyre, about her Etsy shop, cosplay, and the games that grab onto our hearts and refuse to let us go. They also talk:

• Ness’ BB-8 shirt. (Pattern is Seamwork’s Akita).

Sprout Patterns and Spoonflower.

Red Nebula Cosplay.

Craftsy (and the Brett Bara class on skirt-making that includes the best way to sew darts Ness has ever encountered).

Mass Effect;

Dragon Age;

Fallout.

Reach out to us. Email Ness at ness@cant-talk.com and Eris at eris@cant-talk.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @craftingsystem. Follow Eris at @erissaid. Follow Ness at @paperbytheton. You can also check out what we’re doing on our Instagram, @craftingsystem. We’re on iTunes. If you could rate and review us there, that would be awesome. Ness will send you Hamilton gifs if you do.

Ness an editor and contributor at Can’t Talk. Eris Esquire runs Law Levels Up.

Our avi is by Chachi Bobinks, and our theme song is “Peanut Butter Cupquakes” by Big Giant Circles.

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