ave project

Thinking about future yard projects…

There’s a little hill in our backyard that would be perfect to hang a hammock on.  Put some brick and gravel stairs up to it, maybe find a cheapy outdoor table for drinks and stuff.  Have lazy summer afternoons, reading in the hammock.  Yeah…

Dutsen ado Munduwa || Reference Piece

Wakandan Bead Bracelets

Wakandan bead bracelets, also known as Wakandan tech bracelets, are advanced pieces of “invisible” Wakandan life-style technology. Its predecessor, the kimoyo card, an extremely powerful and versatile PDA comparable to the modern-day Stark Phone, was completely phased out in 1998 when it was replaced by the bead bracelets. The vibranium technology used in the bead bracelets is an upgraded form of what was present in the kimoyo cards.

The bead bracelets are modular devices that are completely customisable, and they are capable of holding up to twenty-five beads, excluding the prime bead. The function of each bead can be programmed to suit the needs of its wearer – examples of popular bead functions include AV holographic projecting, digital photography capturing, storing, and sharing, and text and voice messaging.

The prime bead that is placed at the centre of the bracelet differs visually from the rest of the beads, and its design is symbolic of its wearer’s social status or profession. The prime bead is given to all Wakandan children at the time of their birth, and it has only one function – the storage of vital medical records. The prime bead is the only bead whose data can be read via radio-frequency identification (RFID) scanners, making the information it holds accessible to medical professionals outside of Wakanda.

T’Challa’s Bracelet

The majority of T’Challa’s bead bracelet is constructed from the same black reverbium vibranium that composes the Panther Suit, whereas the prime bead is anti-metal vibranium, the same silver vibranium from which his claws were forged. With this, T’Challa’s bead bracelet is equally as durable as his armoured regalia, ensuring that it will not sustain damage in combat.

T’Challa’s bead bracelet is also a unique build – there exists no other pure vibranium bracelet construct within Wakanda. With pure Wakandan vibranium priced at $10,000 per gram, it is also the most expensive bead bracelet in Wakanda, with an estimated value of $1,200,000 when all twenty-five beads and the prime bead are worn.


Today’s project!  I didn’t get a good before picture this time, but you can kinda see what it looked like in the top photo.  Overgrown, blegh, and more untended lawn than flower bed.

So!  I dug out EVERYTHING in there.  Clawed up the dirt real good and mixed in a bunch of fresh fertilized dirt.  Pulled out the bricks I could half-see, only to discover that the garden had slumped downhill over the years, and that the *REAL* brick line was almost a foot back from where I thought it was.  So, I took care of that and rebuilt the wall in its proper spot.  Planted bungleweed and threw down SO MANY columbine seeds (and seeds for something short and blue-flowering I can’t remember the name of.)

It’s a proper garden again!  :D

Mid-Hiatus Musings

So I feel an odd compulsion to mention that I’m really, really bad at this “do not interact at all with Tumblr” during hiatus thing, especially since the main reason I was worried enough to back off Tumblr specifically generally seems to be alright by an unreasonable worry warting mother hen’s standards. Combine that with having a blast on Twitter, pixiv correspondence, reviving my Instagram, a top secret project @miss-rebecca-two-hands talked me into, reconnecting with my non-animanga Facebook account (JFC what happened to that hellsite, I have no idea what’s going on) and being surprised by the Soy Vegas learning curve with every attempt at an AV project, I still find myself wandering over here every now and again almost every day.

I have been killing it when it comes to not “doing homework” and being experimental and exploring new shows, and pondering my existential crisis over whether or not I should bother with Shinobu Ohtaka’s works as the main series has comedically transformed into a prime example of Bad Storytelling™.

I don’t know what I’m going for here other than what I’m putting in the tag: expressing miya’s random thoughts. I suppose part of me wants to reassert what you can expect on @miyamanga (and to varying extents on my sideblogs) on the 15th:

1) A wider variety of original content with an even greater degree of focus on serious literature and the sociopolitical implications of such works.

2) Those who think I’m going to be “more chill” about people bringing drama on this or any of my blogs are sorely mistaken. 

This hiatus has been all about regaining perspective and efficiency. This is still my house. I’m not looking for pity, negativity, personal attacks either way, or drama. But trust and believe that my that my tolerance for bullshit in the territory that is @miyamanga, @sindria-no-bouken @otsucottage @triguntime @gilkidu-gallery, and super top-secret project in collaboration with @miss-rebecca-two-hands is going to be shorter than ever. 

So if you’re a trolling Tumblrina in your teens to late twenties (hand to god, my biggest troublemakers have been in my 25+ age demographic) it’s probably for the best that you pick another target for your daily amusement and/or sense of fighting for “social justice.” You won’t get what you want, and you’re likely to get a nasty reminder that there are authorities more powerful than Tumblr staff deleting your blog that you should be worrying about when you start a crusade or start runnin’ that “sassy” mouth.

Just saw this on IG, and I thought of posting it up here to share it to everyone! :) And if you’re joining, why don’t you snap a photo and tag it to #aveatquevale / #aveatquevalewillherondale on your SNS(IG twitter tumblr) on June 19th so we can trend ;) I don’t know which standard day to follow though… but maybe June 19th in London? since that’s where Will lived? cassandraclare fangirlingthenephilim nephilimdaily fuckyeahmortalinstruments fuckyeahtheinfernaldevices

We’re excited to participate in #AskAnArchivist on October 30! Archivists from our locations across the nation are ready to answer your questions at @usnatarchives on Twitter tomorrow.

We have archivists that concentrate on the history of the National Archives, work with audiovisual materials, declassify documents, textual reference, Presidential materials and more.

This is your chance to find out how archivists came to have these jobs, what they like or dislike, and what they do! No question is too serious or too silly–so find out about FOIA or learn about the invention of the Beach Cart.

The schedule is below, but feel free to tweet us questions ahead of time!


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Got a question for our Presidential libraries? Tweet a question to








Schedule for @usnatarchives

8:30-9 am EDT, Steve Greene

Steve Greene is an Archivist and the Special Media Holdings Coordinator for the Office of Presidential Libraries since 2010. Before that, Steve was the AV Archivist for the Nixon Presidential Library. Steve has worked with the Preservation, Processing and Reference Service on Stills, Sound Recordings and Moving Images at the Presidential Libraries for over 15 years.

9-9:30 am EDT, Amber Forrester

Amber Forrester is an Archivist in NARA’s National Declassification Center, where she has worked for four years. She spends her days working with NARA’s classified holdings and living the NDC motto: “Releasing all we can, protecting what we must.” Amber holds an MLS in Archives & Records Management from the University of Maryland and a BA in American Studies and History from Case Western Reserve University.

9:30-10 am EDT, Rebecca Collier

Rebecca Collier is a Supervisory Archivist of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD. She has worked in reference at NARA for over 29 years. Her unit assists the public daily and responds to requests concerning many topics including diplomatic, labor, commerce, treasury, National Park Service, American Red Cross records as well as military unit records during the 20th Century (especially WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War) and various intelligence agencies. She has a Master of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio Northern University.

10-10:30 am EDT, Jessie Kratz

As Historian of the National Archives, Jessie promotes the history and importance of the agency. She regularly writes articles and blog posts, and gives talks on Archives history. Before becoming Historian, Jessie worked at the Center for LegislativeArchives from 2000 to 2013 where she created publications and exhibits that highlighted Congress’s role in American history. Jessie has an M.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

11-11:30 am EDT, Joseph Keefe

Joseph P. Keefe is an Archives Specialist and Reference Team Lead and Social Media co-coordinator with the National Archives Northeast Region-Boston and has worked for the National Archives for over 10 years. He began his National Archives career in the Federal Records Center where he worked in both research and the transfer of records into the facility. He moved to the archives in 2006 in his current position as an Archives Specialist. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in History from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a MA in American History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

1-2 pm EDT, Alan Walker

Alan is an archivist in Textual Processing at Archives II. He works with records of civilian Federal agencies, including those of the National Archives itself. He loves photography and worked with our photographic holdings in the Still Pictures unit here at the Archives for many years. Alan received his M.A. in History from George Mason University.

2-3 pm EDT, Christina Jones and Ketina Taylor

Ketina Taylor started with the National Archives in 2000 in the Still Picture Unit in College Park, Maryland.  In 2005, she was promoted to archivist and moved to the State Department Reference Team and eventually the Civilian Records Processing Team. In 2007, Ketina accepted a position for the future George W. Bush Library, and in 2012, she was transferred to the National Archives at Fort Worth.

3 pm EDT, Gerald Ford Presidential Library

Elizabeth Druga and Stacy Davis will be available to answer questions. Elizabeth Druga is an archives technician at the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She works with textual and AV collections.

3:30 pm EDT, Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library

Jason Schulz, supervisory archivist; Meghan Lee-Parker, archivist; and Carla Braswell, archives technician, will be available to answer questions.

4:30 pm EDT (1:30 pm PDT) Sue Karren

Sue has been with the National Archives for 28 years and is now the director of the National Archives at Seattle. Previously she also worked in the Chicago and Washington, DC, offices and often says, “Come see what we’re saving for you!” Sue has a Master’s degree in 20th-century military history but after 25 years in Seattle thinks of herself as a Western history generalist.

Presidential Libraries

@FDRLibrary, 10-11 a.m. EDT

Bob Clark, the FDR Library’s Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist will answer your questions.

@IkeLibrary, 10-11 a.m. CDT

Tim Rives, Deputy Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, will be on hand with archivist Chris Abraham.

@LBJLibrary, noon to 5 pm EDT

Liza Talbot is a digital archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX, where her reference responsibilities include questions about President Johnson and politics, speeches, and science. She also works to make the LBJ Library’s holdings–especially the spectacular photo, audio, and video collections–available on the web for everyone to use. Liza has a BA in History and English from Oberlin College and an MSIS in Archives and Digital Libraries and from the University of Texas, and she is very interested these days in Public History on the web; she created the LBJ Time Machine blog (http://lbjlibrary.tumblr.com/) to experiment with telling stories in new ways.

@CarterLibrary, 8:30-10:30 am, 1:30-3 pm EDT

8:30-10:30 a.m. Ryan Rutkowski is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. At the Carter Library, he processes records, responds to research requests, and assists the AV Archivist with her projects. In his eight years as an archivist (3 years with Carter), Ryan have developed skills in the areas of archives and records management, exhibit design, policy creation, and historical research and writing. Ryan received his MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

11:30-12:30 Amanda Pellerin is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library working mainly with the foreign relations materials in the collections. Amanda also has responsibilities in digital projects at the Carter Library including the ongoing processing of oral history collections. She has worked in the archival profession for 10 years (4 years with Carter) gaining experience in processing sensitive collections, donor relations, outreach initiatives, and policy development. She has a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Valdosta State University.

@WJCLibrary, 9 am-noon CDT

A group of archivists from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library will be available to answer questions: Brittany Gerke, Racheal Carter-Ragan, Jamie Metrailer, Kara Ellis, Kim Coryat, and Whitney Ross.

@bush41library, 10-11 am CDT

Michelle Bogart is a certified archivist with an MSIS in archives. She has worked in collecting and administrative archives and has been at the Bush Library for five years.

Image: An Archives staff member in the 1930sshows off the cellulose acetate used for the lamination of documents. (64-NA-464; National Archives Identifier 3493252)