I wrote stuff (in Finnish) on my blog. I’ve lately been thinking about body image, cosplay and such for these past few months especially, and when couple of people started this band wagon, I got the courage and power to hop on.
So if you feel like it, go ahead and read it. It is very personal, so trigger warning included.
I feel like a sad excuse of a cosplayer atm.
I’ve been cosplaying for six years now, and not until today, when the fabric couldn’t get through the sewing machine properly anymore, I realized that the sewing machine can be maintained by yourself. So I opened the machine and DEAR GOD the amount of dust and dirt! (Also I accidentally made myself bleed during the process. I’m hardcore I know.) And I had always thought that the lamp had burned several years ago but during the maintenance I learned that it had just loosened up. How come I haven’t realized this, like, at least 4 years ago? Yes. I feel stupid.
But at least my sewing machine is working miraculously again, just as good as new!
Just let me say this. If I manage to design and make costumes for a play, around 20 roles, write at least 5 pages for my candidate thesis and make a cosplay contest costume plus performance all during the next a bit under two months, I’m a super woman and I have to treat myself something nice then.
(This is the reason I would have REALLY liked Cosvision to think things through with the whole guest cosplay contest, because if they want quality they need to give the contestants more than three months heads up. Sure, if it was summer it would be a different case, but people tend to have school or/and work during spring, so the time needed is tripled. If this kind of thing is happening again with some other con, I’ll be sure to remind the organizers to make haste with the invitation stuff. Because seriously, inviting only 10 contestants and no spares with only 3 months warning during working months is just ridiculous and I won’t be surprised if some of the contestants have to cancel their participating, the worst case scenario being that the whole contest has to be canceled [nowadays far too many contests have] for the lack of enough contestants. I know that I could well end up like that. Sure, I have made many of my cosplays in two weeks but they have always been during a vacation and as said: quality means more time consumed. Still trying, though. That’s me: fighting till the end even if it cost me some of my health.
Also, some people offered that I’d take part with my Flemeth cosplay [Dragon Age II], but I’m so not willing to risk the possibility of the load of shit storm arousing from it, because I’ve already won with that costume. No matter that I didn’t have a performance then and would need one now. So yeah. No.)
Anonymous asked: Sorry if you've already answered this, but did you go to a public or a private school?
alright let me just get this straight because the whole public/private school thing has always bothered me.
There are no private schools in Finland.
Here it is forbidden by law for any school to make profit. whether the school is raising the funds on their own or if they’re getting it from the local administrative division, they are not allowed to charge their students one cent. Basically, all kids go to a public school, all kids start on the same level regardless of their background, the child of a CEO sits in the same classroom with the child of a blue-collar.
Here’s what I love about the Finnish education system: the government has understood that offering kids equal chances in learning is - well - equality. The quality of their education, the possibility to a better life should not be dependent on the amount of money a parent can afford to put into their kid’s education.
But let’s face it, public schools offer terrible education, low-quality teachers who are not even qualified to teach, and paid a meagre wage even if they are… And public schools, of course, have the “no child left behind”-policy, that forces slower kids through the school year at an unmanageable speed, while faster kids are held back. Public schools suck. So if all schools in Finland are public, how come they even keep up with the US?
This may be the case in the US, because the US school system and its separation into public or private divisions perpetuates this inequality.
You must understand that the “public school” stigma doesn’t truly exist in many other countries outside the US. The quality of teaching in all Finnish schools is high, teachers are better paid and better educated themselves, and the government ultimately supervises all education happening in the country to make sure it is up to international standards. Since the beginning of PISA tests in 2000, USA has ranked around 20th-40th, while Finland has been one of the leading nations worldwide, often in the top three.
so I’d say we can “keep up” just fine.
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Okay, so whose great idea it was to, in the middle of the night, start reorganizing the whole layout of their room and then notice that none of the new forms fit into the room and then after huffing and puffing they have to change it back the way it was? And while doing so they have made quite a huge pile of mess.
Oh yeah. It was mine.
Oh how I just love the feeling of freshly washed skinny jeans and, to get them on, you have to jump around the house a bit.
Oh, this was no sarcasm. I seriously love the feeling of tight jeans that. Fit. You. Just. Right. Because they are your jeans and they have already gotten some shape on you. But they are still tight and clean and fit you well. Ahh. Bliss.
So I’ve been working on a cosplay project since yesterday morning and I think today (well not “today” today, more like before I go to sleep today) I might get it finished. I took a break and looked at what I had done so far. And suddenly these tears started flowing and I’m just. So. Happy. I think I broke myself. It’s nothing too special that I’m making atm but still it’s huge for me and I like the outcome so far.
These tears of happiness are not stopping. Send help!