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The Purple Hat (MythBusters-era)

This is my purple hat, with the button lineup exactly as it was when I wore it to the Mythbusters episode [redacted]. Images link to full-size versions; buttons are transcribed for those without images and those who have difficulty reading the cameraphone picture.

My beloved purple hat, part 1 on Twitpic

This is a purple wool cloth hat with a broad brim, somewhat battered as it is almost 20 years old and well-loved by a not particularly gentle young woman. It has Mardi Gras beads (green spheres and pink oblong) strung about it in place of a hatband, and various buttons/badges/flair pinned to it. (The green ones were won at Folsom Street Fair '09 in the traditional way; the pink ones are from a late-night BART party.)

Turning the hat right to left:

A huge rainbow badge (with a political slogan obscured by black electrical tape).
A tiny blacked-out button (of a writing challenge website).
A tiny blacked-out button (of a tight-knit technical organization).
I owe my peace of mind to sleep deprivation and caffeine

The blacked-out buttons are because the instructions to volunteers for MythBusters filming specifically said to neither wear nor bring any items with visible logos; the observant viewer of the show may notice that when items that would otherwise have logos are visible on the show, the logos have been redacted by physical obscuring (gaffer tape or MythBusters branding) or with a digitally-added mosaic. I wanted to wear the hat, but did not want to take off some of the buttons, particularly as one of the buttons is instrumental in holding on the beads. So I sat down with a roll of electrical tape and a pair of scissors.

Hat 3 on Twitpic (hat 2 is the same angle, overexposed)

A tiny blacked-out button (with the UK cover image and title of a favorite book).
A tiny blacked-out button (with the logo of a favorite social media site).
A bunny.
I feel pretty & witty & gay!
Coffee isn't helping. Get the jumper cable.

Hat 4 on Twitpic

Just because I have a short attention span doesn't mean I
If 'progress' means 'moving forward' then what does 'congress' mean?
If it's not caffeinated what's the damn point?
I refuse to organize my life. It would interfere with the creative process.
I don't do NORMAL.
If you think this personality is weird, wait until you meet the others.

Two orange-brown blips of paint decorate the brim, legacy of set-painting at the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp in 1996.

Hat 5 on Twitpic

The Dark is Afraid of Me
(tiny) a peace sign
(tiny) Question Reality


I love this hat. The buttons on it change according to my whim, and it's seen me through good times and bad. This particular lineup, for the MythBusters filming on 2010 May 06, was one of the best times yet. Here's to many more years with my hat!

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Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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