Intro Post

Sep. 27th, 2020 02:22 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, art and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others.
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kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Excuse me if you've seen these before, but I think I forgot to post them at the time. This is a bunch of craft I made earlier this year, mostly in January.

cut for lots of thumbnails )
kerravonsen: Four images of Avon: INTJ (Avon-INTJ)
So... INTJs are apparently scary and sinister. I've pondered this on and off for a while, since I am an INTJ and absolutely not scary or sinister (though I can produce a rather good Evil Laugh). I was prompted to get back to this subject by this article, which points out, among other things, that in fiction, INTJs are usually cast as villains... because INTJs make very good villains on the surface: cold, rational, solitary, brilliant... masterminds. Of course, calling the INTJ type "The Mastermind" reinforces this impression.

But the impression is WRONG. In real life, INTJs are no more likely to be villainous than anyone else. No less, but also no more. As the article says, "In real life, do-gooders like Nikola Tesla and Isaac Newton were INTJs. Jane Austen and CS Lewis were also INTJs."

So why do people get it so wrong?
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kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis)
...that I really must dislike Clara, because I have not read ANY fic with her in it.

Which is kind of sad. I mean, I don't like disliking companions. But I haven't even gone looking for Clara-fic. Haven't wanted to. It's all "meh".

I'm not sure I can ask for recs, because I doubt anyone has written a story which will change my mind about Clara, because people who like Clara won't think anyone needs persuading, and people who dislike Clara won't write stories that put Clara in a good light.

Why do I dislike Clara? I can't get past her lying to the people closest to her (Danny and the Doctor). I read some good meta which kind of explained why Clara lied - that she was under stress, that she felt that she couldn't choose, so she fell back on lying in order not to have to choose between the Doctor and Danny. So, yes, there are reasons. But they are stupid and foolish reasons; if she had been honest, she could have worked something out between the three of them, while instead, she did the dumbest and most hurtful thing possible: she lied. I have no sympathy for her reasons. Instead, I am angry and disappointed. I want to shake her and say "How dare you! How dare you betray those you love by lying to them? How dare you claim to love them at all? For shame!"

Hmmm. I didn't realize I was so angry about it. It obviously hit a nerve.

Not sure what to do about it, either. Suggestions?
kerravonsen: Cally: Silent but sure (Cally-silent-but-sure)
So, the US Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal. Many people are celebrating. Others are gnashing their teeth. Me, I am doing neither.

I haven't posted on this issue before, because it would have just been asking for trouble. There have been things I've said repeatedly in person, but I haven't discussed this in depth with anyone; sometimes because I couldn't get that far, sometimes because the person made assumptions they couldn't get past (either that I agreed with them, or that I disagreed with them), or because there were things I just couldn't unpack fully. I'm not sure that I can untangle it all in a well-ordered way, so I'll just touch on points, bit by bit, in no particular sequence, and hope that some sort of order will emerge.

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(Note, because this is a contentious issue, I am screening comments except those on my flist. I trust y'all to be nice to each other.)
kerravonsen: Sydney with VR glasses on: "Lost in cyberspace" (lost-in-cyberspace)
I've been watching a bit of Psych (season 1) recently, and, as with other murder-mysteries, discovering a body is a dangerous thing. If you are in a murder-mystery, try to avoid discovering a body. If you do discover a body, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Do not flee the scene. It makes you look guilty.
2. Do not pick up the murder weapon. It makes you look guilty.
3. Do not lie about anything. It makes you look guilty. No matter how shameful or embarrassing the thing is, it isn't as bad as Murder 1.

If you are in a Doctor Who episode, the above still applies, since many Doctor Who episodes are also murder-mysteries. Applying #3 is problematical though, because they won't believe you. Also, be prepared to run at any moment.
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Belated convention report for Continuum 11, which took place over the Queen's Birthday weekend. Possibly not as detailed as reports I have done previously. We shall see.

Friday 5th June 2015 )
Saturday 6th June 2015 )
Sunday 7th June 2015 )
Monday 8th June 2015 )
Collected Recs )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)

The [ profile] acd_holmesfest reveals have happened! This is what I made for it.

Title: Treasure

Recipient: tweedisgood

Artist: kerravonsen

Rating: G

Summary: Holmes is the gem, Watson is the setting.

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more notes )
Who? )

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With Continuum XI coming up, I have been contemplating a few things I've learned by experience over years of convention-going, and I thought I'd share them, in the hope that it will be helpful to somebody.

First, preface everything I say here with "If you can" and "If you can afford it". Because I know that some things are not feasible, and some things are not affordable... but I'd rather not have to repeat myself. So just take that as given, okay?
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kerravonsen: Young James Kirk leaping from a car (freedom)
(Just as I had nearly finished writing up this entry... the neighbourhood lost power. So I ended up sitting in the light of one candle, doing luceting. Fortunately the power came back in less than an hour. And fortunately I had been writing to a file rather than straight to journal, so I didn't end up losing anything.)

I saw "Mad Max: Fury Road" today. It was good. It had what I expected of a Mad Max film: dusty desert, dust, desert, grit, dirty faces, oddball characters, leather armour, bristling armoured trucks, truck chases, explosions, exploding trucks, guns, guns, guns, flamethrowers, crossbows, knives, hair-raising stunts, chasing chasing chasing, forlorn hopes, sad deaths, hairs-breadth escapes, nail-biting action, betrayals, and heart-stopping twists.
It had that, and it went beyond it.
spoilers will die in blood and fire )


May. 26th, 2015 12:38 am
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Fallen off the Something-Every-Day wagon, but climbing back on again.

I've been pondering about different types of (hand-made) cords and what might make one choose one over another. Because of course they aren't all the same, and their different characteristics have advantages and disadvantages for different applications.

So I'll consider a few categories to compare.

Dense: is the cord dense, that is, tightly woven, or is it more open and lacy?
Width depends on: the width of the cord can be affected by two things - the thickness of the yarn which goes into making the cord, and/or the size of the tool used in making the cord (such as the size of the knitting needle or crochet hook)
Strands: the usual number of different strands required by the cord; I don't include "two strands used as if they are one strand" in this. The number of strands affects the number of different colours of yarn which can be used in the cord.
Pre-cut strands: does this method require the strands of yarn to be cut beforehand?
Length limit: what things affect the length of the final cord?
Speed: is the cord slow or fast to make?
Portability: how portable is the making of this cord?
Plainness: is the cord very plain, or is it more decorative?
comparing various cords )
So that's my pondering, hope it was interesting and/or useful to somebody.
kerravonsen: a green leaf: Hope (hope)
How do we change the world?
Change the culture.

How do we change the culture?
Change the stories we tell ourselves.

How do we change the stories?
Tell better ones.
kerravonsen: "Homicidal faeries make things more interesting." (homicidal-faeries)
1. Cast Iron Frying Pan
For cooking steak.
Also for attacking Fae who can't cope with Cold Iron.

2. Garlic
For cooking with the steak.
Also for warding off vampires.

3. Vinegar
For putting on the salad you made to eat with the steak.
Also for attacking Slitheen.
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
Yeah, I made another lucet. This one is huge. It is also the prettiest by far. Made of 4.8mm copper wire (approx 3/16 of an inch); the handle is wrapped with brown leather. The handle is twice as long as it needs to be, because I basically didn't figure out how much wire I needed, I just cut a length and started working on it. I made five bends (very thick wire, hard to bend) and then I hammered and I hammered and I hammered. Then I de-tarnished it with citric acid, and gave it "put in the wash" treatment. It came up nice and shiny. Then I wrapped the handle with leather thonging, gluing it down with black (sticks-to-metal) hot glue. And burnt myself once (oops). Then I wrapped more leather thonging around the bit of the fork between the straight prongs, and where it bent inwards towards the handle, so there's a triangular "hole" at the base of the fork.

- distance between prongs, 4cm
- length of prongs, 5cm
- length of handle, 14.5cm
- length of entire lucet, 23cm

Despite this being so large, it works much better than Lucet #3 which I made yesterday. The fact that the wire comes together in a V to make the handle means that the handle is easy to grasp with the last three fingers of the hand, leaving the index finger and thumb free to turn the fork. My hands actually feel less fatigued than they did yesterday.

It's amazing all the things one doesn't realize which go into a good working tool.
kerravonsen: cartoon Ood: "would you like a piece of my mind?" (Ood)
This morning I washed my hair with anti-dandruff shampoo. The bottle said "antidandruff medicated shampoo". Ooooh, medicated! Does that mean it's different from other anti-dandruff shampoos?

To the dictionary, Robin!

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

  Medicate \Med"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Medicated}; p. pr. &
     vb. n. {Medicating}.] [L. medicatus, p. p. of medicare,
     medicari. See {Medicable}.]
     1. To tincture or impregnate with anything medicinal; to
        drug. ``Medicated waters.'' --Arbuthnot.
     2. To treat with medicine.

So, to say it's "medicated" means.... it's a treatment. For dandruff. Which is what "anti-dandruff" means.
Holy tautology, Batman, it's a tautology!

I loathe advertising-speak. So long as they are not outright lying, they can be as deceptive as they want, tossing in feel-good content-free words with abandon, or rendering perfectly good words content-free by using them as a tautology.

I prefer spades to be called spades, not agricultural real-metal-bladed natural-wooden-handled spades.
kerravonsen: Peter Pevensie: Strong will (Peter)
Today I made another lucet. I made it out of scraps of tiny pipe, and bits of craft sticks, and string, and hot glue. On the good side, the prongs were nice and round, and they were nicely spaced apart. On the bad side, the handle was very wide, too wide to turn comfortably with one movement. Grrr. Will I have to learn woodcarving to make the perfect lucet?

Anyway, the characteristics of this lucet were such that I thought I'd try to figure out the "no-turn turn" method of luceting. When I tried before, I was so used to doing the "fast grab" turning method that I got all tangled and confused. This time I decided to ignore all the instructions, and figure it out as if I were doing it via the fast-grab method. One prong was exactly the same, obviously. The other prong, I figured out the following:

1. index finger of hand holding the lucet: press down on the back of the prong you just worked (first prong), holding the stitch you just finished, so it isn't pulled too soon
2. dominant hand: wrap the working yarn around the back, to the outside of the second prong, round the front, and to the back again; hold with little finger (it sounds more complicated than it is)
3. grab the back of the loop on the second prong (dominant hand), lift up the index finger away from the first prong (other hand), and pull on the loop to close the previous stitch (dominant hand)
4. lift the loop over the prong from the back to the front
5. move the working yarn from the middle where it was, through the front, over to the side past the second prong, and tug (again, this sounds more complicated than it is).

Luceting is dangerous. I just lose track of time when I'm doing it, and I end up overdoing it and my hands do not thank me.
kerravonsen: a rose bud: "Beauty is mysterious" (beauty)
I mentioned yesterday that a brown and turquoise colour scheme in jewellery evokes a "tribal" look. I kind of winced at using the word "tribal" (and why I put it in quotes) because, even though it is a common term used in describing jewellery, part of me says "and which tribes are you referring to?". And yet I'm also afraid of referring to specific ethnicities, in case I'm perpetuating stereotypes. And perhaps the imitation of any kind of non-local style is cultural appropriation. Arrrgh!

But I do want to talk about themes of various kinds. We'll see how I go.
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This by no means covers covers all themes, but this post, like this day, must come to an end.
kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
One of the first things to consider when choosing a colour scheme for jewellery is "Silver or Gold?" One reason is that the most common colours for findings are silver and gold. The more important reason is that jewellery, unlike paintings, is made for wearing, and it is usually worn close to the skin; the skin is the backdrop of the jewellery. Some people have warm skin tones, and some people have cool skin tones(*). If the jewellery doesn't match the skin tone, the person can end up looking washed-out and ill. Warm skin tones need warm colours (gold), and cool skin tones need cool colours (silver).

The colour wheel can be divided into cool colours and warm colours. The warm colours are fire colours and autumn colours: the reds, oranges, yellows, golds, browns. The cool colours centre around blue: blues, greens, purples. Green and purple, however, are on the edge; the yellow in green can make it warm, and the red in purple can make it warm. Purple can be a bit paradoxical; it can look cool against warm colours and warm against cool colours. Green can look good with either warm or cool colours. Pastels also tend to be cool, because they have a lot of white in them, and white is cool. Silver, white, grey and black are all cool.

Just because you want your jewellery to be warm or cool doesn't mean you're limited to use only certain colours. One can often "warm up" or "cool down" a colour scheme by adding lots of gold to warm it up, or lots of silver to cool it down.
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P.S. One thing I don't understand, I have no theory for, is why "jewel-toned" colours work with cool skin tones. I mean, things like sapphire-blue and emerald-green are understandable, but why does ruby-red work? Tomato-red is awful, but things that are crimson and scarlet - those dark, deep reds - they work well. Why?
kerravonsen: colourful circles: "Cool" (cool)
My favourite craft book ever is "The Complete Book of Beads" by Janet Coles & Robert Budwig. Unfortunately, it is out of print, though a diligent seeker might find it second-hand. The reason why I love this book is because, unlike practically every other craft book ever, it doesn't just have "recipes" to make stuff, but it discusses design, and has fabulous pictures of beads and necklaces to inspire you. It talked about planning, about shape, texture, size and weight. And it talked about colours and themes. Awesome.

So today I'd like to talk about colour. Mainly in regard to bead-stringing, but this is also applicable to other crafts where you have to choose coloured items from a limited palette, such as perler beads, chainmaille rings, and yarn. Color Terms for Art and Design 1 tells you about hues, the colour wheel, primary, secondary and tertiary colours, analogous colours, and complementary colours, so go and read it if you don't know what they are, because it has pretty pictures and I don't.
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Have some examples from my own work....
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I fear this means that I am terribly unadventurous in my colour schemes. Oh well. It works for me.

I hope this post has been helpful in thinking about colours.


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