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: "Are you challenging my ingenuity?" (ingenuity)
It's interesting to compare Elementary and Sherlock; they are both good, but both quite different. Sherlock is basically AU fanfic set in the modern day; that is, it takes the characters and the plots and translates them into a universe where they take place in the modern day; some of the plots closer than others, but the characters very close to the spirit of the original; not just Holmes and Watson, but Le Strade, Mrs Hudson, Mycroft, Moriarty, Irene Adler...
Elementary, by contrast, is much more of an "inspired by"; it takes the original concept of a brilliant observant detective and his doctor sidekick, and runs with it into uncharted territory. In that way, it's much more of its own show, and needs to be judged on its own merits, not on its merits as Sherlock Holmes fanfic. That makes the two shows quite different beasties.

I've now seen six episodes of Elementary, and am still enjoying it: intriguing mysteries mixed well with good characterisation; I love how both Watson and Holmes make insightful observations about the other, observations that can be painful in their accuracy. As I said, good characterisation.
Alas (alas?) now that I've seen six episodes and sat back and thought a little, it has happened: I have discerned patterns in the plots, and thus they may well end up becoming more predictable.
spoilers will be MURDERED )
Still, I don't think that will prevent me from enjoying it.
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor, relaxed, eyes closed: "Breathe deep" (Doc8-breathe)
I did bad things to my wrist/arm/shoulder with all that scale-mailleing yesterday, so today I have to stay away from temptation and not do craft.

So I'm watching Elementary on DVD.

I liked it. The setup enables Holmes to wander around poking his nose in things, and Watson to come with him. I liked how Holmes is brilliant, easily bored, manipulative and a jerk. I liked how Watson eventually cuts past Holmes' bullshit with observations of her own.
I like it.

8-)
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I did it!

After much experimentation, I found a method of combining scales and loom-knitting that I was actually satisfied with. This method will likely work with needle-knitting and crochet as well. Unfortunately, it is rather time-consuming.

The secret is: knit the item first, then add the scales by doing scale-maille, with two important differences:
1. The instructions given by TRL link the scales together from the back, going from the top to the bottom. This method links the scales together from the front, going from the bottom to the top.
2. As well as linking the scales to each other with the rings, link them to the knitting, by putting rings through the stitches at the same time as one is putting them through the scales.

The tricky bit is that the gauge of the stitches is likely not to match the spacing of the scales, so you will have to figure out some sort of compromise while still trying to keep the attachments at regular intervals. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to attach every ring to a stitch; every second ring will still work, so long as you pull up the scales so they're stretched out. This works with both large and small scales.

Some would ask "If you're going to do traditional scale-maille anyway, why bother with the knitting?"
The answer to that is that the knitting provides protection for bare skin, is more comfortable to wear, and fits better because of its elasticity.
Another reason is that it is actually more stable to work with than straight scale-maille, since the scales are resting on the knitting instead of flipping over while you're working on the maille.

So, I made myself a long fingerless glove (bracer)!
cut for PICTURE )
I did it!
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis)
Finally caught up!
Oh, this was a good one.
spoilers will be flattened )
kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)
Because I felt like it.

* Chop up one apple.
* 6 tablespoons of brown sugar (because brown sugar is yummy)
* 1 teaspoon of Mixed Spice (because I don't know what spices are in it)
* 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon (because cinnamon is my favourite spice)

Put in microwave-safe dish and nuke on high for 3 1/2 minutes.

Spoon/Pour over vanilla ice cream.

Eat. Yum.
kerravonsen: An open book: "All books are either dreams or swords." (books)
Here follows more of my very SPOILERY notes, ponderings and speculations about "This Crumbling Pageant", written as I am reading it.
This section is for chapters 10-15.
there be SPOILERS here! )
kerravonsen: cover of "The Blue Sword": Fantasy (Fantasy)
For the first time in a while, I've started reading a novel as soon as it arrived in my post-box, rather than adding it to my to-be-read pile. More of a matter of timing, really, the fact that I'm on holidays and had just finished re-reading "The Twenty" when it arrived.

This fantasy novel was recommended as something that an SS/HG fan would like, and I can certainly see the resemblance.

Vespasian Wyltt (aka Vespasian Jones), dark, despicable, thin, ugly, bastard (literally as well as figuratively), brilliant, driven, wielder of dark magics.
They would all be kindling to the fire of his ambition, and he would glory in their burning.

Persephone Fury, thin, plain, bluestocking, defiant, brave, troubled by dark and powerful magic that she cannot control.

This must be good, because I am only up to chapter nine, and I want to make notes!
So here follows my very SPOILERY notes, ponderings and speculations about the book so far.
there be SPOILERS here! )
Has anyone else around here read this novel? What did you think?
kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)
Yes, I'm still behind.
I got the impression from (spoiler-free) reactions around the net when this originally aired, that it was rather controversial; some liked it, some hated it.
Me... mixed.
spoilers will be blown up )

Heads Up!

Oct. 13th, 2014 12:13 pm
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (Hermione-angry)
Reposting from [profile] julet316:
Somebody with this website is reposting several authors/fanartists fics on there without listing the name of the authors/fanartists on there and apparently in most cases, without permission. I've seen a good number of stories/fanart I'm familar with on the site (all of them most likely swiped from LJ and LJ comms as several LJ links to the original authors LJs are still attached), so if your fic/art is there I'd definitely tell this person to take it down immediately.

They're apparently justifying their wholesale reposts by saying that the Creative Commons Licence applies to everything on the internet, and it would be "too hard" to ask permission of 1000 authors.

*headdesk*
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I tried out doing scale-knitting with large scales on a knifty-knitter (that's the large-gauge plastic one) and the results were... mixed.
cut for pictures )
kerravonsen: symbolic representation of an antibody (antibody)
Expanding on some thinky thoughts I had on twitter, prompted by this tweet about vaccination:

Polarized, contentious "debates" give us nothing but anger, because people don't bother to find out WHY the other party thinks the way they do. How on earth can you get someone to listen to you if you insult them by declaring them stupid, selfish, deluded, willfully ignorant? The biggest misstep is attributing (malicious) motives to the other party, when you have no way of knowing what their motives are. I've seen this from both sides of many debates, political and religious. Terrorists are "jealous". Atheists deny the existence of God because they "want to keep sinning". Theists believe in God because they are "weak" and need "comfort". And so on and on and on.

It is too simple to say that this is caused by a lack of empathy; I mean, sure, it's not very empathetic to attribute the other person's motives to malice (or to stupidity). But why are we attributing a lack of intelligence and a lack of goodwill to the other party so often?

I think one reason is frustration and confusion, when a person feels that their position is so obviously correct that it is self-evident. This gets called "arrogance" by the person's opponents (and leads to the ridiculous assertion that it's wrong to consider oneself to be right; that certainty is immoral). It isn't the certainty that is the problem. It is that they have internalized their reasons for believing whatever-it-is so much that they can't really explain (even to themselves) why they believe what they do. Or, they can explain, but the explanation is partial, not complete. Not everyone has the skills or mental inclination towards self-analysis to be able to do so. But what the person ends up with is increasing frustration as the other party doesn't grok what they are saying, so they just repeat and repeat it louder and louder (as if that would somehow help) and then finally give up, throw their hands in air, toss in the figurative towel, etc. It isn't so much blaming the other person for one's own lack of skill (because if persuasion was just a matter of skill, then we'd all be buying bridges in Brooklyn) but incomprehension of why the other person couldn't be persuaded. After all, "But it's obvious!" isn't much of an argument.

Frustration, confusion, attribution.

Clearly, one cannot correct this problem in others, but one can attempt to be aware of it in oneself.
kerravonsen: Hiro with arms spread: "I DID it!" (i-did-it)
Ever since I discovered the amazing knitting with scales done by Crafty Mutt, I've wanted to do it with crochet or loom-knitting, since I don't needle-knit. I looked in vain for a similar crochet tutorial as to the knit tutorial, but all I could find were these Etsy instructions that you had to pay for. And nothing about loom-knitting. (Yesterday, after I had already done my first experiment with loom-knit scales, I found this video about crocheting scales done by someone else. Timing, huh?)

But I have figured it out, all on my lonesome!
Look! )
kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)
I'm nearly caught up!
Mixed feelings about this one, quite possibly influenced by other people's disappointment.
spoilers will be Solved by Destruction )
kerravonsen: Cyrano Jones offering a Tribble: "It's only one Plot Tribble" (Plot Tribbles only one)
(via [personal profile] tptigger)
GenFicSwap is looking for pinch hitters.
#9 (The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Old Kingdom)

#10 (MCU, Burn Notice, XMFC/DOFP)
kerravonsen: fobwatch: "Windmills of your mind" (mind)
Well, that was better than I expected. I was expecting it to be an all-out scare-fest, and nothing other than that. Instead...
spoilers will have their legs grabbed from under the bed )
kerravonsen: cover of "The Blue Sword": Fantasy (Fantasy)
Not much to say about this one, except that It Was Fun. Very much a romp.
spoilers will be shot with a golden arrow )

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