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.
things you should know about me )
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Transformative Works Policy

If you wish to transform my work, I have Transformative Works Policy to clarify stuff in advance!
http://www.katspace.org/fiction/stories/kathryn_a_info/Transformative_Works/

Other stuff
If you want to write fic for me, here is my Generic Ficathon Elaboration Post.

After you have friended/subscribed to me, I would appreciate it if you drop me a comment here, saying hello and what brought you here. No need to ask permission beforehand, but it would be nice to give me a note afterwards.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Pendant, finished today:
pendant-20150826
Pendant; stamped copper, paint/ink pen, clear embossing powder

This is another stamped, inked and sealed pendant, but I had a Eureka moment with it, when I attempted stamping with my newly-acquired 2lb sledgehammer and still failed to make an impression. The copper needed to be annealed.

and saying stuff about it )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Finally, I have managed to scan in the bubble-wrap pendants I made earlier this week (last week? I forget). Bubble-wrap pendants, you ask? Instructions are here: Bubble Wrap Necklace. Basically you fold the bubble-wrap and iron it and it fuses together. Then you fold and iron it again etc. Then you can cut it out into shapes. Hence, pendants.

there be pictures and words )
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
Due to a conversation with [personal profile] dawnmist at lunch time on Tuesday, I got the urge to see if I could construct a Mobius-shaped knitting loom.

(apologies to NaArMaMo folks for not yet posting my bubble-wrap plastic pendants; thought it would be better to post something than nothing, and the loom stuff is what I have photos of right now)
craft-tool experimentation ho! )
kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)

My arsenal in the "avoid the potato chips from the Seven-Eleven" plan:

  • dried apricots
  • dried peaches
  • dried apples
  • sultanas
  • dried cranberries
  • dates
  • banana chips
  • toasted coconut
  • Surprise peas
  • unsalted roast peanuts
  • unsalted roast pepitas & sunflower seeds
  • smoked almonds
  • salted roast pistachios (in shells)
  • roasted corn kernels
  • beef jerky

Snack boxes made up and ready to roll. Each box has a different mix. Most of them are either all-savoury or all-sweet. I also avoided mixing moist things and non-moist things (e.g. don't put dried apricots and banana chips together or the banana chips will go limp). The reason for making up my own snack boxes rather than getting Harvest Box is that, while theirs might be more nutritionally balanced, and even though one can rate the various mixes and put "do not want" on some of them, even the ones I like the most contain things I don't like - such as raw pepitas & sunflower seeds. I prefer them cooked. I generally don't like raw nuts full stop. So these boxes I made up don't contain anything at all that I dislike. They do contain things that I may like more than others, but there is nothing there that I dislike. So, we shall see how this goes, next week.

kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco-turn-back)
Had a thought as I was getting dressed (as one does). In my Draco-time-travel-AU (which, when I get back to it, I am going to have to throw away everything but the prologue) I originally had both Draco and Harry sorted into Slytherin; Draco wanted to go into Ravenclaw, but the Hat also considered Gryffindor (due to the circumstances of Draco travelling back in time).

Anyway, it occurred to me... what if Harry were in Slytherin, Draco was in Gryffindor... and Ron was in Slytherin? That would certainly put the cat among the pigeons! But I'm not sure if I dare.

Here's my reasoning, though:
* Harry could be in Slytherin, that's canon.
* Draco, yes, he's a coward, but in travelling back in time he did something brave, and the Sorting Hat could point out that bravery isn't not being afraid, but going ahead and doing something even when you are afraid. (This could be very interesting character development for Draco)
* Ron is lazy, yes, but he also wants to prove himself different from his brothers. He also might want to be in Slytherin because Harry is - though that might be a problem too, since Ron will be jealous of Harry's fame. On the other hand, if Ron is in the same House, he might be able to see that Harry doesn't like his fame. Also, getting Ron out of Gryffindor when Draco is in Gryffindor would remove a source of friction which Draco doesn't need. (Draco is going to have enough trouble as it is)

So... what do y'all think? Stupid idea?
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
More faux-embossed pendants today. And dirty fingers.

This time I was trying out this marbling technique, though again with variations.

there be images and ramblings )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
A faux-enamel pendant, yes, but this one is based on a large steel washer; a little larger than the aluminium tags (2 inches rather than 1.5 inches) and much heavier.

pendant-20150810
Pendant; steel washer, embossing powder, archival ink.

This was another one where the underneath wasn't quite working -- the colours started to get all muddy -- so I covered it with more white powder.

Then I tried something inspired by this marbling tutorial, where one puts archival ink on the cooled item, then re-melts the embossing powder. The variation I did here was that, rather than applying similar-coloured ink directly, I used black ink on a stamp (which was a stamp with all these radial lines) and then I did the re-melting. Somehow, it makes me think of something tribal. What you can't see in the picture is the little bit of silver glitter underneath, when it catches the light just right.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Just one pendant done today.

pendant-20150809
Pendant; anodized aluminium tag, embossing powder.

This one had a number of layers of embossing powder, not quite what I wanted, so I covered the whole thing with white embossing powder and poked it with a toothpick while I was heating it, then let the heat gun blow very closely to smooth things out. I rather like the effect of just a little bit of the underneath showing through. I'm tempted to call this one "The Light Side of the Moon", though it isn't cratery.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I did more playing with pendants and hammers and embossing powder today.

Here's the results:
pendants-20150808
Various pendants; square copper, metal stamped, blue permanent ink, clear embossing powder; round black aluminium, various embossing powders; the purple one also used mica powder

read on for details )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Just one thing tonight, well sort of two things, since one was a precursor to the other.
there be stuff )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Not content to stop with embossing powder, I continued on in my pendant-making, this time playing with hot glue and glittery mica powder. And silicon molds.

there be stuff here )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
After my visitors had left (a good time was had by all), I started playing around with some of my recent purchases. First I watched a long video on youtube about metal stamping, then I attempted to stamp some metal. It did not work very well at all. I think I need to get a two-pound hammer. Or to give up on stamping and get a texture hammer - texture hammering seems to be easier, partly because it is required to be random.
so then I tried other things )
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?
Read more... )
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.

Read more... )
(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 )

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