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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, craft and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others. things you should know about me )

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kerravonsen: galaxy: "Behold, it was very good" (behold-good)
Heaven declares: the sum of Everything is Love.
Love never ends.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Infinity.

Hell disputes: Love is naught.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Zero.

Hell's ways are narrow and small,
grasping and desperate;
For the sum of Everything is Zero.
Giving is losing
Generosity is weakness
For nothing is gained without taking from another.
The laws of scarcity apply.
If resources are scarce, accounting must be strict.
The books must balance,
The beans must be counted
Even in a den of thieves.
Debts are never forgiven;
they are collected with interest.
Number One is greater than Everything, for One is greater than Zero.
Power is the only rule,
Selfishness the only virtue.

Heaven's virtues derive from abundance.
There is no scarcity in Love, no clock ticking down to nothing.
There are eternities of patience in Heaven's stores.
Mercy is more fruitful than Justice,
for Mercy adds when Justice subtracts;
Forgiveness multiplies while Vengeance divides.
Though the tally of Justice must still be filled,
The accounting of Love pays all debts in full, overflowing,
For debts are merely finite against the infinity of Love.
To give is to gain, for it delivers
Love to the power of two;
Both giver and receiver are blessed.
Heaven's ways are open-handed and kind,
Generous and full of hope
For the sum of Everything is Infinity.
kerravonsen: Daniel: What I see, you can't even imagine (Daniel-what-I-see)
...not the one which came first in the poll. Firstly, I was taking account of the LJ comments as well, and secondly, any name which had a reasonable objection to it, got ruled out even if it was popular, not because I'm being overly negative, but if someone pointed out problems with a name, and I agreed with them, it became a name I was uncomfortable using. Hence, "Artisan of Awesome" got ruled out, "Handmade by KJA" shouldn't even have been on the poll, "Imaginary Cheese" dropped out when all the logo ideas I came up with were really dumb, and "Diverse Devisings" made my tongue stumble every time I tried to say it aloud.

So the name, ladies and gentlebeings, is... Essence of Eclectic. I think it's very me. I've spent yesterday and today working on various logo ideas, and I have come up with a design I rather like.

cut for images and poll )
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "thinking" (Doc9-thinks)
Someone pointed out to me that "Handmade By KJA" sounds like a corporation, and suggested "Handmade By Kathryn" as an alternative. Unfortunately, that name is already taken. Indeed, many, many names (and variants thereof) are already taken for Etsy stores, because they never allow names to be reused, even if they are no longer active.

So, I've been checking possible names, and here are some which are available... for the moment. I've made a poll, to see what y'all think of them.

Poll #18030 Etsy Names
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9

Which name do you prefer for my Etsy Store?

View Answers

Handmade By KJA
4 (44.4%)

Artisan Of Awesome
5 (55.6%)

Gazillion Things
1 (11.1%)

Essence Of Eclectic
3 (33.3%)

Diverse Devisings
1 (11.1%)

Imaginary Cheese
2 (22.2%)

(those on LJ can answer in the comments)

  • Handmade By KJA

  • Artisan Of Awesome

  • Gazillion Things

  • Essence Of Eclectic

  • Diverse Devisings

  • Imaginary Cheese

Yes, the last one is silly. That's why it's there, because it's silly.
kerravonsen: 7th Doctor frowning: *frown* (frown)
Note to self: TinyWebGallery is crap. I just downloaded and tried out version 2.4. From the evidence that I had the archive for TWG 2.3 in my downloads, I must have come across it before and intended to try it out. Well, self, don't do that again!

Why is it crap? Because the skins don't work. They are supposed to work out of the box and they do not. No matter what skin I select, the gallery is white and unstyled. Am I going to waste my time debugging it? No. I'd rather waste my time writing my own. (sigh)

Yes, I have a Flickr account, to which many pictures have been recently uploaded. But the Flickr app uploads EVERY SINGLE PICTURE from my Droid, not just photos I've taken. It uploads wallpapers and album covers and... is really dumb. I had to spend a lot of time deleting all those, and naturally I've turned off auto-upload from the Flickr app. Now I'm using Dropbox to auto-sync my photos. That seems to work nice and simply.

So why not keep using Flickr? Well, maybe I will and maybe I won't. I just don't fancy uploading pictures one-single-photo-at-a-time, having to use a GUI interface to upload them, no. Give me rsync any day! Of course, they usually won't give me rsync at all.

I'm using ZenPhoto on my site, and it is pretty good... but I need to upgrade it to a newer version, and that means I have to do a lot of messing around... and I'm not so sure I really want a gallery that requires a MySQL database backend, even though most of the more sophisticated ones do. It makes upgrading twice as messy. (sigh)

And why am I messing around with online galleries anyway? Because I am re-thinking how to share My Work with the Internet. Because of Other Things about which I have not spoken. Yet.
kerravonsen: Miles: The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart. (Miles)
Those who are suffering greatly may win through to a kind of serenity, not because things have gotten better, but because their survival depends on it. They must consciously reject the voice of despair, because the destruction that Despair will wreak is more than they can recover from. On the left, a precipice. On the right, a fog. There are no other choices left.
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)

App folders are a way of de-cluttering your Android home page, and organising your apps into categories to make them easier to find. Now, some people prefer organising their app-drawer (the thing that comes up when you click on the Apps button) but I prefer to access my apps from the home page, because there are a lot of (pre-installed) apps in the app drawer that I'm just not interested in using; I just consider the app-drawer as a drawer that I only occasionally rummage in. Now, initially when I was organising my Droid, I would just put all the app-icons on different pages, loosely clustered by type. And while that has worked for some apps (the music, audiobook and verse-of-the-day widgets are all together on one page), usually the groups are either too small or too big to all fit together on one page, and there would end up being too many pages to easily navigate. So, app folders.

There are two styles of app folder: the single-icon type, and the scrolling type. The single-icon type takes up a 1x1 space on the page, and you click on it, and a window pops up which contains the icons in that folder. Then you can click on the desired icon to start that app. The scrolling type of folder takes up a larger amount of space -- anything from 2x1 to 4x4 -- and it becomes a scrollable window with the icons in it; to access the desired icon, you scroll up and down (or left to right, depending on the implementation, but it's usually up-and-down) until you find the icon and then click on it. There are advantages and disadvantages to both styles, and there are different implementations which have their own quirks. And I'm trying to decide which one(s) to use.

cut for lots of comparisons )

And after all that, I still can't decide which I prefer. It isn't that none of them do exactly what I want... it's that I can't figure out exactly what I do want! Well, guess I'll just have to play around some more...

kerravonsen: Simon Illyan: "It's nearly a prosthetic memory, Miles. I'm thinking of chaining it to my belt." (prosthetic-memory)

Launchers are basically the Android equivalent to a "desktop environment" on a PC. The stock launcher on my device is TouchWiz. I've been switching between it and the Nova Launcher, which is a popular launcher. I tried out Nova not because I really want all the fancy fancy features of it, but because there are a couple of the features I like, which are lacking in TouchWiz. Unfortunately, there are a couple of features that I like which TouchWiz has, which Nova does not. So both of them irritate me a little.

cut for long length )

Since finding how much worse all the other launchers are, I may go back to Nova. Or TouchWiz. Which leaves me in the same position that I started in! Except that now at least I know that everything else is worse.

kerravonsen: parchment with slowly appearing writing: "I solemnly swear I am up to no spoilers" (no-spoilers)
I've read it now!

Spoiler-free reaction: ♥ Albus & Scorpius! ♥

I liked the way that there were a lot of emotional resolutions in this.

I found Ron & Hermione unconvincing, but then I always did. I'm afraid this didn't change my mind. I loved Harry & Ginny, though.

Anything else I have to say is spoilery, so I'll leave it at that. Feel free to discuss in the comments, and I'll just put a note here if the comments become spoilery. (Ooh, I get to use my "no spoilers" icon!)
kerravonsen: Soolin with a half-smile: impress me (Soolin-impress-me)
In regard to the "Bourke Street Incident", instead of having to write a bunch of stuff, I've put my tweets about it on Storify.
cut for stuff )
But what angers me is the selfish stupidity, gossip, and confirmation bias that people have to incidents of this kind. I've drawn a flow chart.
cut for diagram )
(Edited to add) Here is a revised chart, still demonstrating the stupidity of public opinion.
new chart )
kerravonsen: Simon Illyan: "It's nearly a prosthetic memory, Miles. I'm thinking of chaining it to my belt." (prosthetic-memory)

Hello everyone!

So now I'm back from holidays and my family have scattered. I did stuff... played games - must get hold of a copy of Splendor, great game, simple rules but somehow rather addictive. Made things with resin - I have a rather large backlog of items I need to photograph.

And I got myself a smartphone. )

So there you have it.

Who of you has an Android smartphone, and what do you use it for? What are your favourite apps?

kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)


  • a punnet of fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • handful of frozen strawberries
  • vanilla yoghurt
  • milk


  1. Take one punnet of strawberries and chop them up.
  2. Put one half into a milkshake-suitable container (e.g. a beer stein)
  3. Put the second half in a microwave-safe jug (e.g. Pyrex) with 1 tsp of your favourite sweetener (e.g. Natvia) and microwave on high for 60 - 90 seconds, until the strawberries are reduced to a heaving, bubbling mass. This intensifies the flavour.
  4. Put the cooked strawberries on top of the raw strawberries.
  5. Add a handful of frozen strawberries.
  6. Add three tablespoonfulls of your favourite vanilla yoghurt (e.g. Jalna Creamy Vanilla)
  7. Top up with milk.
  8. Take your stick-blender (Bamix) and pulverize the mixture.

Drink and enjoy.

kerravonsen: "Seriousness is not a Virtue" (seriousness-not-a-virtue)
On a lighter note, my new gardener was doing my lawn this morning, riding on a motor-mower... dressed in a Santa suit. 8-)
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (angry)
Just got an email from the Peter the Possum Man people, for a "requested quote" which came to more than $1000. Apparently their so-called "six-month guarantee" only guarantees two visits, which I have now used up, less than three months after their first visit. Even though THEY DIDN'T DO THE JOB PROPERLY, they are asking me to pay them MORE money? No way.

I'm not paying them more. There's no proof that the second possum (a ringtail) is getting in (just indications that it might have tried to), and they've already put a wire mesh over the chimney so that no future possums will fall down the chimney.

If another possum does get in, I'm calling someone else. They aren't they only possum removalists in town.

I've got nothing against the guys who did the actual possum stuff, they were nice guys.

kerravonsen: 7th Doctor with an open umbrella: foresight (Doc7)
Pondering on this:
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."

---- Romans 7:15-20 (NIV)

Thing is... it isn't as if I don't want to do the things that I do, or I wouldn't do them. I want to do them at that moment. But... the problem seems to me, that I have contradictory wants that are incompatible with each other. I don't mean "the battle between good and evil in my soul". It isn't that straightforward. If it were, it would be easier to choose between them.

Take this example: I want to go to bed at a reasonable time, so I get adequate rest. I also want to keep working on the project I am working on. It's not like one of these is evil, but they are incompatible with each other when it's after 11PM at night. Why is it that I keep working on the project when I also know that working on the project will prevent me from sleeping?

Want #1: keep working
Want #2: stop working

I can't do both.

I'm wondering if this is a combination of inertia (keep doing what you are currently doing) and inability to grasp delayed gratification -- that is, the project is here now in front of me, the good sleep is more ephemeral, because it isn't like I will fall asleep as soon as I want to. The Superego knows that I ought to stop, while the Id just wants to keep working.

And in the meantime, I get tired.
kerravonsen: Gandalf and the Ninth Doctor, with lightning: Storm Crows. (StormCrows)
To my local MP. (via GetUp)
Please explain why the government has $1Billion dollars free to give to the Adani coal mine, and not enough money to maintain Medicare. The Medicare rebate freeze causes financial hardship to the Aussie battlers who need it the most. The Adani mine gives money to rich foreigners who don't vote. Guess who is going to vote you out? The Aussie battlers are. Be sensible. Support Medicare, not foreigners.

Blunt, and far too pragmatic, but I didn't have the energy to be more subtle.
kerravonsen: Let sleeping possums lie - possum sleeping on top of bookcase (possum)

As I said in my previous entry, the possum has returned. When we last left our persistent possum, it was huddled inside the wardrobe of my study. Whenever I peeked in at it, it was not asleep. I'm not sure whether that was because my opening the door (squeaky hinges) woke it up, or because it was too uncomfortable and scared to relax enough to sleep. I'm fairly certain it didn't drink the water I left, because it appeared not to have moved. Perhaps it felt that its position on a half-fallen-over suitcase was too precarious for it to move.

I had, as I said, left a message with the possum man Frans, on his mobile. But I did not hear back from him. Fair enough, he could have been on holiday or out or something. The sun was going down, and I didn't want to leave the possum in the wardrobe overnight, for my sake, for its sake, and for the sake of the contents of the wardrobe. So I decided that if I hadn't heard from Frans by eight o'clock, I would have to evict the possum myself.

Eight o'clock rolled around. It was eviction time.

eviction time )

I still have no idea how the possum got in.

kerravonsen: Let sleeping possums lie - possum sleeping on top of bookcase (possum)
I woke up this morning to find a scene of somewhat chaos on the floor of my study. I mean, only slightly more chaotic, considering that there is the chaos of I-am-in-the-middle-of-decluttering, which includes a bunch of bags and stuff on the floor. But this was not chaos caused by me (and I haven't been writing in any magical diaries either). There was a big black box-lid on the floor, and a bunch of things fallen from the shelves onto the floor. At first I thought it was the Pancake Dalek (aka my Roomba) but it wasn't consistent with the kind of disturbance that robotic appliance causes: it wasn't a case of things pushed around from somewhere else, or things that were on the floor being knocked over, nor of something getting tangled in its bristles and being dragged. And I hadn't thought that the things I'd put on the shelves were that unbalanced or precarious that they would fall down on their own.

So I started tidying up, putting things back inside containers and onto the shelves. And when I picked up a laptop-protector bag to put it back at the bottom of the wardrobe... I saw It.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Neo falling, flailing his arms: "oops!" (oops)

Played with alcohol ink, ceramic tiles, and fire again tonight.

  1. Do not paint Jo Sonja Glaze Medium onto alcohol inks unless you have left them to dry for 24 hours, or not at all, unless you want your pretty pattern to be wiped off with every brushstroke. (oops)
    • So I washed off the two tiles I mentioned in my previous post, washed with water and metho(*).
    • I'm not sure what the best thing is to seal my tiles. 8-( It needs to be something that isn't going to react with the ink. I had thought a water-based medium would be okay. And maybe it is. And maybe it isn't.
  2. Less is more.
    • I messed up designs two or three times by adding more stuff when I should have stopped. The "more stuff" was either more ink (which muddied up the colours) or more alcohol squirted on it, which made some bits too light and other bits too dark, and also muddied the colours.
  3. Metho is good. I need more metho.
    • The designs I messed up, I simply poured metho on and wiped the whole tile clean.

(*) For the non-Australians in the audience, see Denatured Alcohol.

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