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If I write it down here, then I have to do it [Oct. 14th, 2010|09:48 am]
Lindsey Kuper

Yesterday morning in the shower, I hit on the perfect Halloween costume idea. For Halloween, I want to be the first, and heretofore only, member of the entirely fictional School of Informatics and Computing roller derby team. Things I'll need:

  • leggings
  • ...under torn-up fishnets
  • ...under stripey knee socks
  • roller skates
  • ludicrously tiny shorts
  • possibly also a tutu
  • knee pads
  • elbow pads
  • wrist guards or wristbands or something
  • fingerless gloves
  • a couple of layers of shirt or tank top, featuring...
  • an awesome and suitable derby name and number and maybe some art
  • a helmet, appropriately decorated
  • pigtails
  • maybe some hair dye
  • lots of makeup, with e.g. stickers and glitter
  • stuff sharpie'd onto my arms

The skates and the pads will probably be the most expensive to procure, although maybe I can borrow them from someone. The shirt will probably be the hardest -- I need to figure out how to either make a shirt or have one made. But I think I can have this ready in time for the Mad Scientist Ball. I have two weeks! I need your ideas and your help!

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[User Picture]From: cos
2010-10-14 02:39 pm (UTC)
Why did you tinyurl that link?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 02:53 pm (UTC)
Heh. We (the organizers of the party) did that so that we could put a more memorable URL up on our posters. There was no particular reason to use that URL here. It's just the one I remembered.
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[User Picture]From: lyceum_arabica
2010-10-14 02:53 pm (UTC)

do it (grins) (sounds awesome)

the Lethal Lambda's? (possibly lethal lady lambdas)
the Free Variables?


the goodwill store near krogers is full of good stuff, and the one out on the west side near the bmv isn't bad either. for making a shirt, there's always the 80's style fabric paint/gel stuff, you can still get it at craft stores last I looked. And it at least *used* to come with glitter in it.


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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 09:15 pm (UTC)

Re: do it (grins) (sounds awesome)

I hesitate to pick a name that non-PL people won't get. I'm thinking Stack Smashers would work, and it's appropriately violent.
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[User Picture]From: linettasky
2010-10-14 03:07 pm (UTC)
There are so many ways to make your own t-shirt at home -- just Google around for "silkscreen at home" or "print on a t-shirt" or things like that. "How to print your own shirts." Some methods are more involved than others, but you're a smart cookie, so you can figure out how to do it yourself. :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-15 03:49 pm (UTC)
It turns out that UberPrints will let me design and order just one shirt for a reasonable price. The online shirt design tools are even pretty decent.
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[User Picture]From: sstrickl
2010-10-14 03:37 pm (UTC)
You just need to find a way to make it nonfictional. It's not like I don't already know other grad student derby dames! A team of computer scientists would be awesome, and in honor of Dan, you should call it "Lambda Lambda Lambda" :P

But, yes, as a costume idea, it's totally awesome :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 09:13 pm (UTC)
I want to go with a name that's more generally CS, rather than PL-specific. (The audience at this party tends to be science and math grad students but not necessarily CS people. I don't know if they'll get CS jokes, and they'll almost certainly not get PL jokes.)
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[User Picture]From: sstrickl
2010-10-14 09:16 pm (UTC)
I like Stack Smashers also.

I am thinking about it, and then I realized I've been in PL too long, as I'm having problems thinking of non-PL things. ARGH.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 11:36 pm (UTC)
ME TOO.
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2010-10-14 05:54 pm (UTC)
My name is keystricken and I endorse this message.
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[User Picture]From: tim.dreamwidth.org
2010-10-14 08:07 pm (UTC)
But what part of it denotes that you're a computer science derby girl rather than any other kind of derby girl?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's what I mean by choosing a suitable name.
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[User Picture]From: aleffert
2010-10-14 08:45 pm (UTC)
I think you need to be The Stack Smashers, though I kind of like the Free Variables as suggested above.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-14 09:06 pm (UTC)
The only problem with Free Variables is that it doesn't sound violent enough. Stack Smashers is pretty good!
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From: ms_nico_blue
2010-10-15 02:39 am (UTC)
best I can come up with is "Aggregate Fucktion"
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From: ms_nico_blue
2010-10-14 10:15 pm (UTC)
Other important accessories are beer and ice packs for your knees! ;)

But yes, you should do this! <3!!

Also, those Ink Jet Printer iron-on t-shirt transfers work really well if the t-shirt only needs to last a day or so ;)

Just remember to print your image in reverse
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[User Picture]From: aleffert
2010-10-15 01:53 am (UTC)
Your number could be something like S(S(PAIN)). Hrrrm, maybe that looks too much like SPAIN?

Also, you need cheers! Just a verse or so that you can teach people. Maybe there are some actual sports team cheers you can adapt?


(I love stuff like this. My parents are prone to dressing up and handing out ridiculous manifestos on halloween and I seem to have inherited the bug).
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2010-10-15 03:06 am (UTC)
I... uh... do your parents want to hang out?

(where do they live?)
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[User Picture]From: aleffert
2010-10-15 06:37 am (UTC)
They are in Cambridge, Massachusetts and wonderful people.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-15 04:27 am (UTC)
I was thinking of having my number be 5! and being Y BOMBINATOR. But if you have any other ideas, I really (really really) want to hear them.
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[User Picture]From: lyceum_arabica
2010-10-15 03:34 pm (UTC)
I actually really like the Y bombinator, for my part :-)

I wonder if 'stack' might not be connected with CS for non-programmers? (shrugs). CS needs more violent terminology. If this were physics, you'd have the "high energy colliders"...

(grins) also, not that this is remotely helpful to your cause, but now I want to see a derby team of functional PL people called the "side effects"...



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[User Picture]From: lyceum_arabica
2010-10-15 03:36 pm (UTC)
can we just start a CS rollar derby conference? :-P
...that would totally beat the volley ball or bowling that departments usually do.


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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-15 03:50 pm (UTC)
If I actually cough up for the skates and pads and stuff, then I may really have to take up roller derby (or at least roller skating), just to make it worth it!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
Monzy lyrics are a good source for violent CS terminology. It's also in the roller derby tradition to have ridiculous puns, so I have to work that in there somewhere. I'm gonna go with Y BOMBINATOR. It suits me. But I also could have been MYTHICAL MANHANDLER or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: aleffert
2010-10-15 09:57 pm (UTC)
I really like Y BOMBINATOR. If you can work in jokes about Combinatorial Explosion, I'm sure the mathematicians would appreciate it.
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[User Picture]From: lyceum_arabica
2010-10-16 05:29 pm (UTC)
yes!!

Alright, if I join your rollar derby team I want my name to be the "Intractable Problem" and my number can be "2^(2^n)"

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[User Picture]From: pixelherder
2010-10-15 08:56 pm (UTC)
Some initial ideas off the top of my head:

the Feeping Creatures (my favorite)
the Blue Screen of Death (white text/blue shirt)
the Bit Bashers
the Byzantine Generals
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
Can send a helmet (styrofoam with stiff plastic on the outside, suitable for decals; youth size, but works on my head if I remove the inner foam padding). Chin straps, of course.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2010-10-16 03:27 pm (UTC)
Whoops, sorry. That last message was from me.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-16 05:17 pm (UTC)
I think I'm all set, but thanks!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-10-27 02:58 am (UTC)
IN THE DARK FUTURE OF CS DERBY THERE IS ONLY STRIPEY SOCKS.
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