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: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)

Stumbled across this on Pinterest, have already experimented with it, too.

Sugarless, Flourless, Three-ingredient Mug Cake


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa (NOT drink mix, just plain cocoa)

Instructions: Puree/blend/mix ingredients together in microwave-proof container, until it forms a thick batter. Scrape down the sides and even out the top of the batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute.

What you get is a moist chocolate pudding, really, rather than a cake. But yummy. Very nice with ice-cream, too (if one wishes to indulge).

The taste may vary a bit, depending on the ripeness and size of the banana.

Variant #1: as well as the cocoa, add a tablespoon of cinnamon. Also yummy.

I also want to try one using solely "Christmas spices" - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves. But I haven't figured out the amounts yet.

kerravonsen: Rose looking at puzzled Ninth Doctor: "Eh?" (Doc9-eh)
Has anyone else been getting these weird spammy comments on old posts on LJ? I've gotten three so far; the characteristic is that the comment is simply the repetition of one sentence from the actual post. Two of the comments I observed were exactly the same sentence on exactly the same post. I suspect it's a bot or a virus or something like that, because the accounts that did it looked like legitimate accounts, rather than accounts that had just been created for the purpose of spamming.

No, I can't point to the actual comments in question, because I deleted them. Weird comments are often used by spammers to test whether a site is being neglected, and therefore vulnerable to being used as a spam platform.
kerravonsen: a rose bud: "Beauty is mysterious" (beauty)
"The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success." -- Elbert Hubbard

I'm tempted to say something similar: the secret of happiness is this: there is no secret of happiness. But that isn't quite it, though it is similarly paradoxical. Happiness is like a wild bird: if you pursue it, it will flee from you, but if you sit still, it may creep up on you while you're not looking. Why do I say that? Because pursuing happiness as a goal means you have to decide beforehand what will make you happy, and pursue that thing; if you fail to get that thing, you will be unhappy; if you succeed in getting that thing, it may still not make you happy, so you chase some other thing which may or may not make you happy - it's like chasing a mirage. If you don't predefine what will make you happy, you give life an opportunity to pleasantly surprise you.

But if you can't pursue happiness, how can you find it? It is frustrating to me when people speak in generalities like "think positive" without saying how to do so, when life is full of negatives that get you down. It's like saying "you can be happy by being happy" - circular logic is not helpful.

So I figured I'd try to be helpful by noting some things for the stealth-ninja method of allowing happiness to creep up on you.

Read more... )
kerravonsen: Rose hanging onto rope: "Bronze medal in heroics" (Rose)
I had my suspicions yesterday, certain items disturbed, knocked over, but my brother dismissed them.
but... )
kerravonsen: (me)
Tetanus shot: check
Antibiotics: check
Pain killers: check
Medical certificate: check


Sep. 24th, 2016 09:06 pm
kerravonsen: Simm!Master: "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know" (Master)
In brief (as typing slow/painful).
Possum: 1
KA: -1

Minus one soup-pot, that is. It broke in the struggle. Struggle between me and possum, which had again fallen into the kitchen cupboard from behind the oven. This time, however, I did not escape unscathed when I attempted to remove it; it scratched and bit me, and my hand is quite sore. And gouged.

Soup pot was pyrex, lay in glassy pieces on the floor. Possum ran into my bedroom. I opened the front door and hid in bathroom with band-aids, and I think the possum left at that point. Then I slowly and tearily cleaned up the mess. (sigh)
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
Mind you, I expect that anyone who follows me who is interested, already knows about this.

2016 banner 1

I'm tempted, but not likely to it this year; there are too many things happening which are due in November.
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)
Things would be a lot simpler if God were not merciful.

Justice would be swift, vengeance would be complete. People would get exactly what they deserve; instant Karma for everyone. One could use someone's status in the world to determine their status with God. All misfortunes would be judgements, and all good fortune would be an indication of merit.

This is the God that many people seem to want. Especially the self-righteous. This is the God that they have created in their own image: swift to anger, slow to forgive.

If God were not merciful, things would be simpler. They would not be better.

For one thing, humanity would have been wiped out a long time ago.
kerravonsen: stone egg on wood: "Simplicity" (simplicity)
I couldn't resist doing more of this heat-treating stuff, so I took out some of my copper and bronze tags, and stuck them in the flames.
cut for a picture )
Now I find that the thing which takes most time is polishing them with Renaissance Wax afterwards. I tried to speed it up by using my Dremel, but it didn't seem to do as good a job as doing it by hand. 8-( My index fingers are sore.
kerravonsen: glass button: "Shiny!" (shiny)
So yesterday I was looking at How to EASILY Anodize Titanium at Home (2 Methods) and wondering if I should invest in a dozen or so 9-volt batteries and where I might purchase some insulated alligator-clip wires...
This morning it occurred to me that I could test out Method 2 -- the heat method -- without needing any extra equipment; just a gas stove and some fine metal tongs, which I had. And a pyrex dish filled with ice water. And some already-anodized Titanium scales, which I had thought I had ruined by over-tumbling them.


I did some playing with fire.

cut for images )

Ta-da! I got the multi-colour effect by sticking just the tip of the scale in the flames; that caused the oxidation to be graduated from the tip to the base. Cool, eh?

Then I wondered, in the interests of science, what would happen if I did the same thing with copper scales. I made the mistake with the first one to put it into the ice water, and it went completely black with firescale. Then the second one, I put on my breadboard, which now has a leaf-shaped outline burnt into it. So I got my smallest tempered glass board and put the scales on that instead. Two more dud scales, but the rest were... astonishing. Nothing that I had expected. So cool!
cut for another image )
The trick with the ones with the v-shaped pattern and the dark base, was not to leave it poking into the flames too long, only to allow the tip to heat to a dull red. If one left it a teeny little longer, the colour-change went over all the scale like an oil slick, which was really cool, but if one left it a moment beyond that, it went a uniform pale pinkish-orange colour all over, not very interesting. Very tricky timing.

I polished them with Renaissance Wax, I hope that will preserve the colours.

Edited to Add:
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kerravonsen: (me-cartoon)
Today I played around with GIMP, trying to make interesting star-like things, and doing LOTS of tweaking tweaking tweaking. It's kind of hard to stop tweaking once you start, because you can never be sure that the next image won't be better than the previous one.
Infinitudes1.png Infinitudes2.png Infinitudes4a.png

more images )
kerravonsen: Jo Grant smiling and holding up set of keys: "not a dumb blonde" (not-a-dumb-blonde)

Every now and then, I wonder if I should make myself an Etsy store. Usually when people ask me if I do commissions, after reveals have happened on a fan fest. One of the things I ponder when that happens, is shop names. I've gone through a few (I have a list) that turn out to be (a) not available, (b) too similar to something else, even if it is available, or (c) available, but not quite appealing enough to me.

see names, see names go )

What are your thoughts on this, peoples?

kerravonsen: Severus Snape silhuetted inside the image of Hermione Granger: secrets (secrets)
You know the saying "those who trade Liberty for Security deserve neither"?
I have another one to add to it: those who trade Privacy for Convenience deserve neither.
kerravonsen: rainbow sparkles: "Squee!" (squee!)
Saw Ghostbusters yesterday. It was fun. Yes, there were shout-outs to the original movie, but it was its own self. I loved the friendshippiness. Definitely.
spoilers will be slimed )
kerravonsen: Miles: The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart. (trade-heart)
I would rather be thought of as naive and gullible, than to treat innocent people with suspicion and fear.
kerravonsen: The words of Martin Niemoller, about Nazi Germany. (first-they-came)
One does not truly believe in freedom of speech until one defends the right of someone else to be Wrong In Public.

It's easy to defend the rights of someone you agree with. It's not so easy to defend the rights of someone who is "mistaken at the top of their voice".

(This post brought to you courtesy of an argument I had with someone on a completely different topic.)
kerravonsen: Severus Snape in black-and-white, looking sorrowful (Snape)
I'd forgotten that the Summer of Severus promptfest was on. I've now just added a whole bunch of prompts there, please check them out.


Jun. 20th, 2016 07:44 am
kerravonsen: Edmund + Aslan: "Ransomed Soul" (Edmund)
The difference between envy and jealousy is this: with envy, you see something that someone else has, and you want to have it as well; with jealousy, you see something that someone else has, and you want to take it away from them.

I remember being jealous of someone's attention once; it was an ugly feeling. I did not like the me that I was when I was feeling it.

I suspect/speculate that the Fall was caused by Lucifer being jealous of God's attention to these puny beings called mankind.

Though the problem with using jealousy as an explanation is that it is often used as an excuse; that is, "You're just jealous" is a counter-accusation used by party B when party A has a grievance with party B, and party B does not want to acknowledge that party A has any right to this grievance. This is used for anything from terrorism (Isama Bin Laden was apparently jealous of America) to negative fanfic reviews (yes, I was accused of jealousy by someone whom I gave a negative review to, which was completely illogical, because by that logic, I would give negative reviews to any story that was good).


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