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stopstoner [userpic]
Вонючий суд как диагноз эпохе
by stopstoner (stopstoner)
at April 17th, 2014 (05:32 am)

3,5 миллиaрдoв рублeй мoжнo былo нe трaтить. Всe рaвнo в нoвoм здaнии Пeтeрбургскoгo гoрoдскoгo судa никтo рaбoтaть нe мoжeт – вo всex кaбинeтax стoит нeвынoсимый зaпax aммиaкa. И xoтя, врoдe бы, нaшлись смeльчaки, нa вeсь гoрoд пoтрeбoвaвшиe рaзoбрaться в скaндaлe, пeрспeктив у aммиaчнoгo дeлa – нeмaлo. Вeдь фигурaнтoв и иx высoкoe нaчaльствo мoгут связывaть… oсoбыe oтнoшeния.

Пeтeрбургскaя Фeмидa гoтoвa нaдeть прoтивoгaз

Нeльзя скaзaть, чтo aммиaчный скaндaл грeмит в Пeтeрбургe впeрвыe. Житeли нoвoстрoeк жaлoвaлись нa эту бeду и рaньшe, нeкoтoрыe – дaжe выигрывaли суды. Ужe был, нaпримeр, случaй, кoгдa oблaдaтeльницa oднoй из «вoнючиx» квaртир смoглa oтсудить у зaстрoйщикa пoлoвину квaртиры. Кaлaмбур, oднaкo, сoстoит в тoм, чтo тeпeрь нeвoзмoжнo нaxoдиться и в сaмoм судe. Тoчнee, в eгo нoвoм здaнии.

Пo пoдряду здaниe гoрoдскoгo судa у мeтрo пaрк Пoбeды вoзвoдилa кoмпaния «Спeцстрoй» – видимо, использовала дешевый цемент или бетонные смеси. По крайней мере, именно это считается основной причиной появления неприятных запахов. Однако приемщиков почему-то аммиак не смутил, хотя еще до переезда его содержание было превышено в 27 раз. На нарушение норм закрыли глаза и судьи начали масштабный переезд.

Скрыть нарушения не получилось. Возмущенным указывали на дверь, но привычные чиновничьи робость и раболепие отступили, поскольку иначе просто невозможно было работать. И поскольку договорить не удавалось, дело быстро приняло скандальный характер. Одним из пострадавших был подан судебный иск, началось расследование. И тогда выяснилось, что нормы предельной концентрации аммиака в кабинетах превышены от 2.5 до 5.4 раз – то, чего раньше руководство в упор не замечало.

Какзалось бы, причем тут «голубое лобби»?

Ответственный за ситуацию в городском суде хорошо известен – это начальник отдела строительства Городского суда Юрий Петрович Боровков. Хотя в социальной сети «Мой круг» он предпочитает указывать куда более респектабельную, по его мнению, должность – «главный бухгалтер минЕстерства обороны». Вероятнее всего, именно на его совести все попытки замять дело, придав его минимальной огласке. Сначала он скрывал факт превышения допустимого количества аммиака, теперь в его интересах – склонить заявителей к мировой, избежав лишнего шума.

Но не только в его. По слухам, делу совсем не рады и наверху – в Судебном департаменте при Верховном Суде. А в том, чтобы виноватых в аммиачном скандале не нашли, может быть непосредственно заинтересован его глава Валерий Силюков. Во-первых, именно его ведомство выступало заказчиком по зданию городского суда. Боровков, фактически, всего лишь нерадивый подчиненный. Во-вторых, со своим «подчиненным» Силюкова могут связывать отнюдь не только деловые отношения. Возможно, это всего лишь клевета, но такие предположения в судебных кругах озвучивают все чаще.

В любом случае силу голубого лобби не стоит недооценивать. В 2010 году президент Владимир Путин получил специальный доклад, в котором эксперты с Лубянки анализировали его влияние на политическую жизнь страны. Резюме было бескомпромиссным: «голубое лобби наносит России вред, сопоставимый по масштабам с коррупцией». А в государственном аппарате было предложено проводить масштабную чистку.

А дважды заплатят налогоплательщики?

Один из аккредитованных Минюстом экспертов в области противодействия коррупции, пожелавший остаться неназванным уже заявил в интервью газете «КоммерсантЪ», чем реально может разрешиться скандал с аммиаком в городском суде. По его словам, у Судебного департамента РФ есть лазейка для устранения недостатков строительства за счет дополнительного текущего ремонта, что, по сути, означает двойное бюджетное финансирование.

При этом, естественно, никаких посадок. А все виновные – продолжат работать на местах. Как же иначе, если людей связывают такие близкие отношения?

http://businessnews24.ru/busines-i-finanse/vonyuchiy-sud-kak-diagnoz-epohe.html

Sarah McIntyre [userpic]
top tip for putting together a picture book
by Sarah McIntyre (jabberworks)
at April 16th, 2014 (08:21 am)

My desk is a sea of paper, so yesterday I tried to tackle some of the mess and found these thumbnail roughs for You Can't Scare a Princess!, my picture book with Gillian Rogerson. Thumbnail roughs are called that because often they're very small, just a doodle that lets my editor and art director know how I plan to lay out the page before I draw a more complicated full-size rough in pencil.

If you know the book, you'll see that, except for pages 20-21 (the treasure digging scene), I pretty much followed these layouts in the final artwork.



Top tip: the grid here looks a bit dull, but if you've ever tried to get a picture book published, you'll know this template is solid gold. It takes most aspiring writers and illustrators ages to figure out this basic layout. If you go into a shop and count picture book pages, they'll vary slightly, which is confusing. That's because publishers have a little leeway with how they engineer the endpapers, so you might get some extra pages. But if you want to get published, this is the most cost-efficient way of cutting one big sheet of paper into a book, so an editor will be far, far more interested in your book if you work to this format.



In some ways, it can make your job easier, because you think Here's the set number of pages I have; how am I going to fill them? I often print out the grid and write the story right into it. Don't forget, you'll need a title page and a page for all that small-print information, so the words in your story may not really start going until page 6.



Often a paperback will have two more pages than the hardcover version because the endpapers aren't glued down to the covers. Here's There's a Shark in the Bath; you can see the paperback, top, has an extra page. In the hardcover version, bottom, this page would be glued down to the cover board, which holds the pages into the book.



You don't have to stick to the template exactly, with the title page on page 5. Sometimes people put the small-print information at the end of the book, and often the story starts right in the front endpapers, not after the title page. (I like to use the endpapers to set the scene for the book.) But if you stray from this format, it's good to have a well-thought-out reason why you've done it. Board books are usually shorter than this, since the pages are thicker. If you want to see the variations, get yourself down to your local bookshop or library and start counting pages.

Some useful terms:

Double-page spread: When you open a book and two pages look up at you, this is a double-page spread. You can either have a picture or pictures on each page, or you can have one big picture spanning both pages. These spreads can be very effective; think about the size of a child. When they're reading or being read to, the picture wraps around them, plunging them into the world you've made.

Gutter: This is the middle of the book, where the pages come together. Try not to put any very important things here, such as eyes, or text, because they might disappear down the gap.

Endpapers: the pages holding the book into its cover. These might be made of a single-coloured piece of paper with nothing printed on it (the cheapest method), decorated with pictures in one colour of ink (mid-price) or full colour (the most expensive).

Pagination: Anything to do with pages. Traditionally in a 32-page picture book, the front cover is page 1. Left-hand pages are always even-numbered, right-hand pages always odd-numbered.

Bleed: When you do the final artwork, you'll slightly need to extend the edges of the picture (let it 'bleed') if you're doing a picture that goes right to the edge of the page. So paint your picture a little longer and wider than the page itself, or if you're laying out the page digitally, give extra room around the edges. Talk with your designer; the bleed will be anything from 5mm - 15mm each side. This is in case the printer doesn't cut the paper exactly right, there won't be white bits showing on the edges of the pages. Or if there's a problem fitting text, your designer will have a bit of wiggle room to move things around. (I must confess the term 'bleed' made me smile while I was working on the shark book.)

Right, hope that might be helpful for a few people! I wish I'd been given the 32-page template when I first started making books; it would have saved me a lot of time. You can find a few more tips over on the FAQ section of my website.


Other news: this year's Manchester Children's Book Festival is all Sea Monkeys! I was thrilled when they asked us to give the entire festival a Seawigs theme. If you're near Manchester on Sat, 28 July, do drop by, learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and have us sign and draw in your book! (Booking details here).



Last thing: one of my university friends posted this video on her Facebook page (via Sploid) and it is so, so wonderful. It follows the adventure of two elderly ladies, An and Ria, as they take go on their very first flight. One of them has a laugh that's so contagious, I was laughing out loud while I was watching it.

Bex [userpic]
Oscar-esque Awards
by Bex (sexy_bex_e)
at April 15th, 2014 (07:19 pm)

Hey there, fellow crafters! It's been a long time since I've actually contributed to this page. Today, I'm only half contributing because I'm linking to my personal craft blog (still here on LJ) for my most recent entry.

See, I'm on a roller derby team, and a pair of us volunteered to make awards for the bouts. Have a peek at our first round of awards!

http://paradiseoflife.livejournal.com/12985.html

zafania [userpic]
by zafania (zafania)
at April 15th, 2014 (12:43 pm)

A finished medieval hood, embroidered and darned
http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/finished-hood-and-some-creative-darning/

Екатерина Костинская [userpic]
Two animated beading tutorials
by Екатерина Костинская (kathy_kostinsky)
at April 15th, 2014 (03:45 am)

Hello, everyone!
Let me show you two my new cartooned beading tutorials
Square Stitch and Peyote and Herringbone stitch TriangleCollapse )

she_of_emeralds [userpic]
ripple afghans
by she_of_emeralds (she_of_emeralds)
at April 14th, 2014 (07:39 pm)

I decided to try and make one of these (as a stashbuster) and came across soooooo many different patterns for them on Ravelry that my eyes are bugging out.

Is there any fundamental difference between one ripple afghan and another?

Pookat [userpic]
Triceratops Plush
by Pookat (crimson_flygon)
at April 14th, 2014 (09:49 am)
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It's been awhile since I've posted. I'm happy to share some of the products of a pattern I just made yesterday. In conjunction with the various dinosaurs I like to make, I recently designed a Triceratops one.

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They're all handmade from fleece, and of course I can't make up my mind on what colors I like to use - u -

Sarah McIntyre [userpic]
sea monkeys invade worth abbey
by Sarah McIntyre (jabberworks)
at April 13th, 2014 (12:01 pm)

This weekend the Federation of Children's Book Group conference had an infestation! Two Oxford University Press publicists, both named Charlotte, both have mothers who can knit and both mothers made wonderfully cheeky Sea Monkeys. Here's Charlotte Armstrong, with the Sea Monkey who kept cracking jokes, asking how to get this lady off its bum.



We had several people ask where they could get a Sea Monkey, and the answer is... you can knit one yourself! Or find a friend who can! Free pattern on my website, developed by my studio mate Deadly Knitshade; do click over if you want your very own Sea Monkey.



When Philip Reeve and I first started doing Oliver and the Seawigs events, we focused more on how we met, and decided to start writing books together. But these days we're having more fun talking about the actual story. Here we are, enacting the scene when Mr and Mrs Crisp meet at the top of Mt Everest.


Photo tweeted by @FCBGNews
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Linda [userpic]
Boxed Bag and Sewing Needle Holder/Pincushion
by Linda (lindapendant)
at April 11th, 2014 (02:20 pm)
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I made this boxed bag to hold some of my knitting tools, and a matching felt needle holder to keep track of my darning needles which are forever impossible to find.

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I used a tutorial to make the boxed bag, there are several great ones online.

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