One Bad Clown Beating Should Stop All This Clowning Around

Clowns have been at it again recently, making random appearances and freaking out people.

Hey, that’s fun! Who wouldn’t want to scare people like that?

Well, lots don’t but lots still would, kind of like practical jokes and Hallowe’en jokes, except on a more adult level with a little more creep. And as long as there’s no cost or consequences, what’s to stop someone from doing so?

Ah, but that’s the magic phrase!

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My First Ao Dai

Recently, I submitted an entry into a sewing contest. For it, I motivated myself to finally learn how to make anĀ ao dai (ow-yai, meaning long garment), the national garment of Viet Nam, my country of origin. I used a pattern for a base, Folkwear 139. However, I customized it to fit a 5’10” friend who was my sewing model. I also fixed how the shoulders were done because sewing it as instructed left a very jagged shoulder “dart”, which was essentially what I was doing more than sewing it together as a seam. Then I extended the neck line from the body up so it didn’t leave such a big collar. Finally, on my real garment, I redrafted the front and back pieces to remove the vertical darts so as not to disturb the beautiful big print, and took out a dart on the sleeve.

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A Symbolic Fashion Suggestion for Justin Trudeau

Trinity knot how to TieToday was a great day for Canada as Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, introduced a gender-balanced Cabinet, and showed Canadians so many ways as to how his government will be different from anything we have seen before. However, one thing that had not changed, but could in a small way with big visibility, was the “fashion”, or lack thereof, of most of the male politicians. They practically all wore ties with the traditional and boring Windsor knot.

So here’s my suggestion. What if they were to wear the beautiful and distinctly visible Trinity Knot in the picture at right?

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