Intro Post

Feb. 21st, 2030 06:13 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, craft and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others. Things you should probably know about me:

  • Despite my handle being "Kerr Avonsen", I am a female.
  • I live in Australia, unlike most of the Internet.
  • I follow Jesus the Christ, but I am neither a fundamentalist nor a liberal. (I'm not a Liberal either)
  • I am a fan of both Media and Book SF&F.
  • I am an artisan.
  • I am a computer programmer.
  • I have been on the internet since before the World Wide Web was invented.
  • Thus, one can logically deduce that, unless I am a genius, I am over forty.
  • I am not a genius.
  • My Meyers-Briggs type is INTJ.
  • I suffer from certain chronic illnesses, but those are usually discussed under friends-lock.

Where you can buy my work:

Other sites:

My journals:

My art sites:

My fan fiction:

My software:

Transformative Works Policy

If you wish to transform my work, I have Transformative Works Policy to clarify stuff in advance!

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.

Date: 2017-04-08 12:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
OK, if you're crazy enough to write Perl AND contribute it to CPAN, you're definitely my flavor of crazy! I've written one serious production Perl program in my working career, a utility that parsed all of the SQL Server instances that I managed, sucked in their log, and filtered it Just So. Worked great up until SQL Server 2012, then they changed their file locking methodology and it broke. I might try it again in Python

While I don't write fanfic, I do read it occasionally. My wife is on AO3 as Quasar, she is well-known enough that she got a scholarship as a sort of GoH to a slash convention in Las Vegas a few years ago.

Date: 2017-04-08 12:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
Plus, you read Moira's blog, which is also a good recommendation for me.

Date: 2017-04-08 01:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
Ah, you're correct. I ran in to someone on Moira Moore's blog who turned out to be a Canuck. Why I confused Canada with Australia, I have no idea. But Reynardo definitely seems like a cool person, I've enjoyed my limited conversations with her thus far.

Date: 2017-04-08 07:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
I totally agree on both being awesome. And both a little nuts. But that's ok as the USA is currently insane.

Date: 2017-04-08 01:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
I'm not in to slash either, but I accept it. I have no problem reading beyond the stuff that I don't care for. The coolest thing that I've read recently was a Torchwood/Galaxy Quest crossover where the Torchwood characters with all of their drama were the stars of the GC movie, it was a lot of fun.

I'm not keen on the significant whitespace of Python either, but I can live with it: I grew up early with COBOL and needing line continuation characters in column 72 (IIRC). Having said that, like Perl, I only wrote one COBOL program for work: it was a pivot table summary report on a Wang mini back in the very early '90s. I thought it was so cool that I could go in the computer room, pull up the program, and the moment I hit the Run PFkey the printer started printing!

I was easily amused back then, but I thought those Wangs were pretty nifty.

Date: 2017-04-08 07:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
At one time I could hold up an 80 column punch card and read the punches. I never had to work with punch cards, mine was the first year that they switched entirely to VDTs, KSR-33 teletypes, and Decwriter printer terminals. All with dial-up acoustic coupler modems!

I studied a bit of ForTran, I still have at least one of my books (at my parent's house). In grade 11, IIRC, I started taking college courses. My parent's house was a block from Central Avenue, the main drag, and I could take a bus about 10 miles downtown to the tech college building. My dad would pick me up at night. It was about the only thing that kept me sane in my junior and senior high school days.

Worst programming language that I learned at uni? RPG. I remember the teacher telling us "You will always get compile errors because the compiler has bugs. So go ahead and run the link/edit steps and try to execute the code." What a way to learn a language!

The Torchwood/Galaxy Quest is at

It's relationship slashy, not explicitly sex slashy, if I recall correctly. The warnings don't say anything about sex. It was pretty much typical Torchwood.

Another excellent story that my wife came across on AO3 was Monstrous Fellowship, taking characters from Fellowship of the Rings and putting them in Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment. It was quite awesome. This might be beyond your slash comfort level, as I recall there were some mild explicit sex. I think most of the sex was Fade To Black, New Scene. It's at

I loaded up the two stories on my iPadearly last year for my flight to Washington, DC, they were both of sufficient length to provide a lot of entertainment. I go to DC every year, and it was an excellent chance to read unusual things. I have dozens of books on my iPad, so I have huge variety available if I get bored with something. I don't take physical books with me when I travel as I have so much garbage to haul with me.

I started studying a book called Teach Your Kids Python, and they had an excellent approach. They start (after installing the system) with a sample program that uses the turtle library, which lets the program work as a sort of Etch-a-Sketch and draw things on the screen. I think that's an excellent way to teach programming, do something that gives a graphical feedback. The book goes on in to some much higher level subjects like objects and file I/O. A friend of mine unexpectedly landed a job teaching CS using Python, and I recommended the book to him.

Me, professionally I was a database guy. Basic business records keeping. Became a DBA, working pretty much exclusively with SQL Server and needing to learn some open source things, specifically I need to improve my MySQL knowledge and learn PostgreSQL and Hadoop.

Date: 2017-04-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
Regarding your download/convert to epub, I take it that you missed that you can directly download AO3 in epub format? That's what I do: download, copy to Dropbox, load directly in to iBooks on my iPad. I use Stanza for converting other things in to epub, but not from AO3.

I was very happy when I found that option!


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