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58 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names
  • Petrichor: the way it smells outside after rain.
  • Purlicue: the space between the thumb and forefingers.
  • Wamble: stomach rumbling.
  • Aglet: the plastic coating on a shoelace.
  • Vagitus: the cry of a newborn baby.
  • Glabella: the space between your eyebrows.
  • Chanking: spat-out food.
  • Lunule: the white, crescent shaped part of the nail.
  • Peen: the side opposite the hammer’s striking side.
  • Tines: the prongs on a fork.
  • Souffle cup: a ketchup/condiment cup.
  • Natiform: something that resembles a butt.
  • Phosphenes: the lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.
  • Nurdle: a tiny dab of toothpaste.
  • Box tent: the table in the middle of a pizza box.
  • Cornicione: the outer part of the crust on a pizza.
  • Barm: the foam on a beer.
  • Rasceta: the lines on the inside of your wrist.
  • Overmorrow: the day after tomorrow.
  • Ferrule: the metal part at the end of a pencil.
  • Punt: the bottom of a wine bottle.
  • Keeper: the loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
  • Minimus: your little toe or finger.
  • Zarf: the cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup.
  • Rectal Tenesmus: the feeling of incomplete defecation.
  • Agraffe: the wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne.
  • Columella nasi: the space between your nostrils.
  • Lemniscate: the infinity symbol.
  • Desire path: a path created by natural means, simply because it is the “shortest or most easily navigated” way.
  • Armscye: the armhole in most clothing.
  • Dysania: the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.
  • Collywobbles: butterflies in your stomach.
  • Nibling: the non-gender-specific term for a niece or nephew — like sibling.
  • Griffonage: unreadable handwriting.
  • Paresthesia: that “pins and needles” feeling.
  • Defenestrate: to throw out a window.
  • Muntin: the strip separating window panes.
  • Philtrum: the groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.
  • Snood: the fleshy thing around the neck of a turkey.
  • Vocable: the na na nas and la la las in song lyrics that don’t have any meaning.
  • Tittle: the dot over an “i” or a “j.”
  • Morton’s toe: when your second toe is bigger than your big toe.
  • Crepuscular rays: rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. AKA what your aunt might have called “God’s rays.”
  • Snellen chart: the chart you look at when you take an eye exam.
  • Crapulence: that sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much.
  • Obelus: the division sign (÷).
  • Ideolocator: a “you are here” sign.
  • Brannock device: the thing they use to measure your feet at the shoe store.
  • Interrobang: what it’s called when you combine a question mark with an exclamation point like this: ?!
  • Mamihlapinatapai: the look shared by two people who both hope the other will offer to do something that they both want but aren’t willing to do.
  • Phloem bundles: those long stringy things you see when peeling a banana.
  • Semantic satiation: what happens when you say a word so long it loses meaning.
  • Octothorpe: the pound (#) button on a telephone.
  • Gynecomastia: man-boobs.
  • Mondegreen: misheard song lyrics.
  • Scurryfunge: the time you run around cleaning frantically right before company comes over.
  • Aphthongs: silent letters.
  • Tmesis: when you separate a word into two for effect. Example: “I AM GOING TO ASBO-FREAKIN’-LUTELY BE THE BEST SCRABBLE PLAYER ON THE PLANET NOW!”
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As promised here’s the the whole thing, beginning to end. 15 hrs of work! 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ASK THEM HERE AND I WILL ANSWER IN THE NEXT VIDEO 

Also sorry I did not put a full view of the finished piece at the end, here is the finished piece! http://kris-brannock.tumblr.com/post/161654159237/the-prince-and-the-king-fisher-i-screen-captured I will remember to do that on the next video.

Cosplay: Things to Know About SHOES

As a professional working in the costuming world, I have some important things that you should know about shoes. This is aimed mostly at cosplayers, but there’s a lot of stuff about shoes people don’t know.

People’s feet come in all shapes and sizes. Shoes from a designer/company are made to fit generic feet. Your foot is not a generic foot. You may need wide, narrow, etc.

Your foot is more than just a size. Shoe sizes have been developed mostly around the size of your foot on a flat surface. I don’t know about your feet, but my feet are three-dimensional. The arch/instep area is just as, if not MORE important than the area your foot takes up on a Brannock (shoe-measurement device).

Poor-fitting shoes can cause long-term damage to your feet. Even if you only wear them for a few hours, shoes that don’t fit your feet can upset the many bones/joints/nerves/etc. in your feet. For best results, wear shoes that are broken in (meaning: you’ve not only walked in them, but you’ve sweat into them) with the correct insoles for the needs of your feet.

Breaking in shoes does more than just soften them. To really break in a shoe, especially leather ones, you need to get your sweat into the material. Leather shapes to your foot using the moisture from your body. To speed up the process, try products like shoe stretch spray and shoe stretchers. When a shoe is broken in, it is more likely to accommodate your foot correctly when walking or standing.

The right sole/insole makes all the difference. When walking long distances like people do at conventions, it is important to wear shoes that are made to be moved in. Avoid buying shoes that are intended for specific athletics that do not involve walking/running (dance shoes, wrestling boots, etc.) and shoes which put extreme pressure on the balls of your feet and toes (higher heels). Insoles are also available for heel cushion, arch support, and other orthopedic issues.

Last, but not least, consider getting shoes made for moving in. Not all costumes can accommodate a walking shoe, but if you’re going to be moving a lot in them or wearing them for a long time, the best thing you can do for your foot is try to get the best fit.

Love y’all. Stay safe. Keep your feet happy. :D