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Jan. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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)

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

  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.

(sigh)
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.

kerravonsen: Vila, worried, Avon, both looking off to the right: "We're lost, aren't we?" (lost)
Which you all appeared to be bored by. (sigh)

Yesterday and Tuesday night, crafting. More resin. Behind on photos (oh, my pretties are piling up in my photo cubicle...) (they are still pretty). Let me see, what was I doing...
* Undersea coaster (my first coaster)
* two different attempts at faux opals. I still much prefer the real thing. I want to make some faux boulder-opals, I think that would work with polymer clay, not resin.
* some tiny black things made with the leftover black resin from the faux opals
* part one of a frog-on-a-log; looking very promising
* part one of some wood in transparent-coloured resin (this was my first use of transparent colour in resin); I'm not sure if I'll leave it as is or pour another layer on it.

Also played around with alcohol ink for the first time. Splattered and dabbed some on big steel washers to make pendants. And got impatient, and did what I knew wouldn't work: attempted to do a resin dome with the Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos... which didn't cure properly. (sigh). Did some more which I have sealed with Jo Sonja's Glaze Medium; not sure whether I will attempt doming on the sealed ones or not. Oh yes I will; the bits that did cure do look 200% nicer than leaving it flat.

And, inspired by this video, I set alcohol ink on fire. On purpose. Discovered a few things:
* one doesn't get the pretty effects on washers; I think the surface area is too small, and the shape is not suited for it; just got a ring of dark ink around the edges and lighter ink in the middle.
* 70% isopropyl alcohol doesn't catch on fire very well. Methylated spirits do, however.
* doing the splatter-and-set-on-fire thing on ceramic tiles... looks fabulous. I've done two -- I have a pile of ceramic tiles which have been set aside to do "draw on with sharpies and blend them with alcohol" decoration, but forget that, the proper alcohol ink is much better. I will do more of these.
* be very very very careful when doing this. I was perhaps not quite as careful as I should have been, but nothing caught fire that shouldn't have. I did lean back in alarm at one point, though. 8-P
* always wear gloves when working with alcohol ink. Otherwise your hands will inevitably get stained. I did wear gloves, but then I took them off, and... I did a lot of scrubbing in the bath this morning. And the stains are gone, apart from a few stubborn bits under my fingernails.

I need to do some serious decluttering. (sigh)
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
I was pondering bible-studies I had participated in, and I realised something. Many Christians just sit around in bible-studies and wait to be told what to think. How totally bizarre! What do they think bible-studies are for? A place where someone in authority (the leader) spoon-feeds them pre-digested doctrine, and then they have a cup of tea and a gossip?

Don't they want to find out for themselves? Do they think themselves incapable of finding out for themselves? Or not qualified? Or not authorised? Or is it just like too much hard work? It's a text. Read it. Think about what it says. Figure out what it means. Like we did in English at school.

What do they teach them at these schools?

Yeah, I know. They teach them to hate learning.

Thank God for fandom, where people analyse texts in minute detail, for fun.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)

Mostly resin, but some bits weren't. (Note that I have other pendants I completed this week lying around waiting to be photographed. Soon. I may or may not post them when I do so, depending on interest.)

(later: okay, obviously no interest (sigh))

lotsa resin )

I used up a lot of gloves, toothpicks, paper towels and tissues today. I've also been watching a bunch of youtube videos by this guy, for fun, not because I could make any of his DIYs, due to lacking the aforementioned workshop full of power tools. But this guy and this other guy even more make me wish that I had a lathe.

Polyhedra

Nov. 29th, 2016 12:37 am
kerravonsen: (fractal2)
I stumbled across this chart showing the relationships between various polyhedrons (polyhedra?), a useful and interesting chart. It got me thinking about which ones were my favourite.

* dodecahedron
* icosahedron
* truncated icosahedron
* icosadodecahedron (say that three times fast!)
* cuboctahedron

With a soft spot for the tetrahedron and the octahedron.

What are your favourite polyhedra?
kerravonsen: Blair Sandburg: Take back the glee (take-back-the-glee2)
This resin stuff is getting addictive. I've done some more, both with UV resin and epoxy resin. I did some more today too, but I won't know how those turn out until tomorrow night.
So... here are some I prepared earlier.
there be pictures )
kerravonsen: Cat staring upwards: OMG iz fulla starz (full-of-stars)

This morning, knowing that it was going to be a sunny day without rain, I took the dubious UV resin pieces that I hadn't already thrown out (a rose, a starfish, and three teardrops) and put them on the back step so that they would be out in the sun ALL DAY. When I got home, I retrieved them, and they had set solid, no squishes or sticky bits. Yay! So I think that supports my theory that there wasn't enough UV in the sunlight when the sun had reached too close to the horizon. I mean, that's why we have sunsets anyway, why they're red and orange and pink.

Some more pondering on resins... )

Resinating

Nov. 16th, 2016 10:29 pm
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I have been experimenting with multiple types of resin!

pendants-20161116-202157
Resin pendants and embellishments. Top row: all these were done with two-part epoxy resin, PearlEx mica powder, and then domed with UV resin and more mica powder. Bottom left: leaves made with layered UV resin and mica powder. Bottom centre: two-part epoxy resin and mica powder (no doming with this one). Bottom right: two-part epoxy resin, various brass beads, washers, and cogs, and golden mica powder; domed later with UV resin.

and here be the fuller story )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I have been busy this weekend. I made a present, and gave it. Another piece of my symbolic jewellery. The design for this one has been on the drawing-board for months, but I did no physical work on it until this weekend, starting it on Saturday and finishing it on Sunday.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
This is the Grand Total of the things I have made for the upcoming "Creating a Welcome" market (all proceeds go to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre).

One infinity scarf.
One hair scrunchie.
One dishcloth.
Nine necklace-and-earring sets.
Three necklace-and-bracelet sets.
Three standalone pairs of earrings.
Twenty-seven standalone bracelets.
Twenty-seven standalone necklaces.

Whew!

And here be pictures. Some of the pendants you've seen before, posted as WIPs, and now they are complete as necklaces!
cut for lots of images )
kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco)
I have a Draco-centric story which has been stalled for ages and ages. And the longer it's stalled, the more daunting it is. I need help to get re-started. I need inspiration, and I need a better insight into Draco's character. Sooooo I'm asking y'all to point me in the direction of:

1. good Draco-related meta (hey [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa, have you written any Draco meta?)

2. good Draco-centric fic, which is NOT slash (I do NOT read slash, keep it away from me). It might be preferable for it to not be het either, because for popular pairings (such as Draco/Hermione) the author often starts out with the assumption that their readers already agree that the pairing is Meant To Be, which means the author goes to less effort to convince the readers why the characters are behaving that way... and a story like that is less likely to give me good insights into how Draco ticks.

So please give me links, if you have any.

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