Cool Things Other People Do: Hammer and Thread Leatherwork

Because no nerd recommendation page is complete without a quality pouch and a leather bracer or two.

Hey there!

As usual I want to make a quick post boosting a small business, and, because I know an amazing array of cool people (I’m seriously lucky) I have the opportunity to boost another person I know. Full disclosure, Hammer and Thread Leatherwork is my Uncle’s company, and the stuff they create is awesome.

So, you’ve probably gathered by now that I am a great big ol’ nerd, with a serious love of all things nerd and geek. I don’t quite have my own weekly game night, but that’s mostly because making adult schedules work is just downright difficult.

Hammer and Thread Leatherwork fits right in that theme as a store focused on bringing leather goods like pouches, arm-bracers, and even leather corsets to life. Perfect for cosplay, medieval reenactment, ren-faire costuming, LARPing, or just bringing a little fantasy flavor into every day life, I can’t recommend their goods enough.

Leather waist cincher
Can anyone say “Steampunk”? 

Looking around their website I noticed a customer review from a wildcraft herbalist who uses her leather pouch as an easily accessible storage accessory for her profession-which just goes to show that often this kind of product can be just as useful day to day as it is in costuming. But, they also offer minimalist leather wallets and a longer belt pouch perfect for cell-phones and other modern necessities that can add a little flare to the everyday without seeming like you’re wearing your DnD character’s kit to work.

Long belt pouch
The One Stop Solution to Tiny Pockets!

Lucky for those of you in the Midwest (U.S.), Hammer and Thread Leatherwork also regularly attends renfaires, they’ll be at the Bristol faire starting the weekend of July 6th, merchanting weekends till Labor Day. After Labor Day they’ll be switching faires and attending the Kansas City Renaissance Fair for the next several weekends.
In addition to their individual product offerings, Hammer and Thread Leatherwork also has a “Costume Bundle” which includes a pouch, leather belt, and wrist bracers, resulting in a high-quality kit for almost all medieval reenactment or costuming needs. Those three things, plus almost any dress or tunic, and you’re ready to attend your next event in style.

costume pack
The Very Latest in Ranger Fashion Statements!

Now, as always, because I think it’s important for nerds and geeks to support each other, and because, let’s face it, actual nerds and geeks make better nerd and geek gear than corporations just trying to cash in on nerd culture, I have to vouch for the people behind the products. I know that they have a real love and respect for leather as a material. Their products are made knowing what their customers want because they designed the stuff they would want in their reenactment and fantasy gaming world!

Oh, one last thing. Want to look like you stepped straight out of a fantasy video game or movie?

Spiked Fantasy Bracers
Because Sometimes the Look is as Important as the Function. 

I hope you are well.

All photo credit to Hammer And Thread Leatherwork.



Minor Updates Coming

Long story short, I don’t show up in Google and I’m trying to change that.

Hey there!

I’m writing this mostly to let my current readers know that you might see some updates to my current articles and content in the coming weeks. The core content will not change, whats there is there, but I will be going through and doing some keyword optimization and slight adjustments accordingly.
Basically I’m doing an SEO (search engine optimization) audit. What I’m saying isn’t going to change, but I’m going to more closely align what I’m talking about with how people search for those terms. For instance, my articles about what I have been calling the Just World Theory will be replaced with the Just World Phenomenon and the Just World Hypothesis, not because I’m changing subjects, but because those search terms perform better in Google.

I’m telling you this for a couple reasons. For one thing, I don’t want to waste your time re-reading articles that are, at the core, exactly the same as they were. Mostly, though, it is in the interest of transparency. I am attempting to capture some search traffic, which means that from now on my articles are going to go through a SEO process in order to learn what makes my content more accessible on the web.

As part of that process, beyond changing the terminology on my articles slightly, I may also look at altering my current website template, my username will probably change in order to make my writing more searchable, and the click-through menus on the website might change.

I will be working hard to make sure that none of my content is lost in the process, and I am committed to ensuring my integrity as a writer, and the content I produce, remains the same. I will continue writing political commentary, personal essays, and boosting the kinds of cool things other people make and do. If I do it right, you probably won’t even notice the minor changes. Once this process is finished and my website is again in a stable version, and I’m not making minor content and title adjustments, I’m going to take this post down. But, right now, I thought it important to tell you that those minor adjustments are being made.

I hope you’re well.


The Just World Hypothesis and Trump’s Border Wall

One of the ways to make sense of an unfathomable truth, one which does not makes sense with the world as we understand it, is to blame that unfathomable truth on something or someone else.

Well, hey there!

I know I’m supposed to be talking about the Just World Hypothesis and Trump’s border wall, per the title and my previous article on this topic. But, first I have to lay some additional groundwork.

You see, last week I looked at the Just World Fallacy in general terms. I outlined how the belief that the world is a fundamentally Just and Fair place can (key word there) lead to victim-blaming mentalities and behavior. In order to accurately capture how this leads to the rhetorical power of the idea of a border wall (all Trump really needs is the idea and to appear to be fighting for it after all), I need to first spend some time talking about the economy, which will be something of a theme for these articles.

Buckle up. Continue reading “The Just World Hypothesis and Trump’s Border Wall”

Cool Things Other People Do: Morning Wood Custom Creations

Hey there!

For a second look at cool things other people do I want to take a look at Morning Wood Custom Creations, a father/daughter duo creating custom wood tables and jewelry. Bonus, like Haunted Mountain these are people I know! Like Haunted Mountain these two are here to follow their passions, make cool stuff, and build a business as strong as their relationship.  Continue reading “Cool Things Other People Do: Morning Wood Custom Creations”

The Just World Theory has Infiltrated the U.S.

That’s the thing about Ideals, they are almost always out of reach. We will, in all likelihood, always be working them. We’ve got a good way to go yet.

Hey there!

The world isn’t fair. It isn’t nice. It isn’t particularly Just.

I want to believe that it is, or that it could be, because a Just world makes so much more sense. A Just World gives us (humans) some control. We can enter into a transactional sphere where our actions have real and understandable consequences, good and bad, and those consequences make sense. Hard work = good job / successful life, etc. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way.

Continue reading “The Just World Theory has Infiltrated the U.S.”

Pride Month: An Update

For me, being my best self means being and owning that I am queer. With or without place. You don’t have to like it.

Hey there! Happy Pride!

I knew I would come back to this. I knew it. Last year I wrote a post about pride month expressing my discomfort in queer spaces and identities, despite identifying as a pansexual genderfluid human. If you haven’t read that post yet it’s worth taking a look before diving into this one. Continue reading “Pride Month: An Update”

Cool Things Other People Do: Haunted Mountain

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So, if you’ve read my other posts you’ve probably noticed that I occasionally name and link books and other cool things I’ve found. There’s a reason for that, I think part of being a creator is recognizing and supporting the creative work other people are doing. We’re all part of a community, specifically a community that often relies on a direct connection to the people we’re making things for. When I started this blog I knew that part of what I wanted to do was to find and share the many amazing creators whose hard work makes life just that little bit more fun every day. Continue reading “Cool Things Other People Do: Haunted Mountain”