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Well, that was interesting.
Again, there were bits of dialogue I missed. Lucky there's a transcript here.
spoilers will melt into goo )
kerravonsen: Sam Carter, red desert, moon: Another day, Another planet (another-planet)
So, what can one do with odd socks, besides throw them out? I would like to be recycling-minded with the 11 odd socks which I discovered when I sorted ALL my socks yesterday.
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So, watched the next Doctor Who episode on my list.
Wow. Just... wow.

Transcript here.
spoilers will go down the rabbit-hole )
kerravonsen: Twelfth Doctor looking down, with the number 12 in the top left corner (Doc12)
The last five minutes of this took me so aback that the rest of the episode faded in comparison.
SPOILERS WILL BE SPOILERED )
kerravonsen: A bee sipping from a flower: "The busy bee has no time for sorrow" (busy bee)
There is a week to go before Continuum XIII, and I will be there, and on the Sunday afternoon, I will have a table at the "Craft Market" they are doing as part of the convention.

I am trying not to panic about the things I have to get done before then; I keep on telling myself "What gets done will get done, and what doesn't get done, won't get done." If worst comes to worst, I won't be wearing any costumes. If second-worst happens, I'll toss in a whole bunch of costume accoutrements without actually planning what I'm wearing. Because costumes come second to preparing for the craft market. I've been crocheting scrunchies like mad, bending aluminium cuff bracelets... and that's been the easy stuff. I want to have as great a variety of stuff as possible, to see what sells. Of course, it may be that NOTHING sells. Ah well.

Read more... )
kerravonsen: An open book: "All books are either dreams or swords." (books)
Seanan McGuire is a guest of honour at Continuum XIII in June. I've made it a resolution to read at least one work by a GoH before the convention, rather than afterwards. I find it increases my enjoyment of the convention. And, look, I've read two: "Indexing" and "Every Heart A Doorway".

I think I'd say that Indexing is what would happen if you crossed Jim Hines' "The Stepsister Scheme" and his "Libriomancer" and upped the darkness a notch or two. With (forgive me Jim) better characterisation and more lyrical descriptions. I was surprised that I ended up liking the bitchy character quite a lot; funny how one can completely flip one's assessment of a character when you discover the motives behind their behaviour. The ensemble cast... you might consider them a team of firemen who have been dealing with a massive outbreak of serial arsonists in the middle of a drought in the height of summer. Only the "fire" is the intrusion of Fairy Tales into the real world. I'm reminded of this quote from Doctor Who:

"They want to kill us!"
"They want you to be happy. Killing you is just a side-effect."

The Fairy Tales want their Ever After. Killing you is just a side-effect.

"Every Heart A Doorway" is also urban fantasy; it again has the theme that "ever after" is seldom happy in the real world. In this case, it considers what happens to children after they come back from their portal-fantasies -- when they come back up the rabbit-hole, come out of the mirror, close the wardrobe door. When they come back changed and their parents can't accept it. Again with the good characterisation and the lyrical descriptions. Also again with the darkness. There are parts of this which are downright gruesome. I'm not very likely to read the upcoming prequel, which is the backstory of Jack and Jill, because I'm reeeeeally not into vampires. The third book (coming in 2018) looks more appealing to me.

I did also, a few years ago, start listening to an audiobook of the first October Daye novel, "Rosemary and Rue" but I couldn't get into it. Makes me think of the way I couldn't really get into Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series either... I think they're just past the line of how much darkness I can deal with in my fantasy. Just too much grimness and gloom, of the "life sucks" variety.
kerravonsen: Three penguins around the TARDIS: Adoration of the Penguini (tardis-penguins)
The Timeline of River Song; beautifully edited clipshow of River Song's appearances in chronological order.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: "Any place. Any time. (but not where you intended)" (tardis-any-place)
I need a Twelfth Doctor icon! Where's a good place to look for one that's freely available?
I kept on thinking that I would make myself one, but I clearly haven't.
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis-blue)
Yes, more Doctor Who.
Tropes are side-stepped, Bill gets to be clever.

Transcript is here

spoilers will be consumed )
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "I'm a Time Lord, I walk in Eternity." (eternity)
Yes, I am behind. I will eventually catch up, I'm certain.
Liked it. Bill was magnificent.
Though I had to turn the volume up to maximum to catch what they were saying, and didn't always succeed.
Transcript here.

Y'know, I would hate to be a companion. But having the Doctor as my own personal tutor? That would be awesome squared. I meant to say that in relation to "The Pilot", but I'm saying it now.
spoilers will fall through thin ice )
kerravonsen: Gregory House listening on earphones: "Listen" (listen)
I was going to say "happy songs" but they aren't just happy, they are songs which try to be encouraging. I'm pondering the nature of encouraging songs, and the different approaches they take. Some of them mean well, but end up being DIScouraging instead.

There are a whole pile of "encouraging" songs that I'm not going to list here, which I find more irritating than anything. They're the ones which declare that "you are special" and that all you have to do is just go for it and believe in yourself and everything will work out. No. To "believe in yourself" may be a necessary condition, but it is not sufficient. These songs can be downright discouraging, because they imply that success is as easy as snapping your fingers to summon the right attitude, and that after that, there won't be any problems. Far too naive and simplistic for me. Almost bordering on blame-the-victim, too; that if you don't succeed, there is something wrong with you because you weren't optimistic enough.

Read more... )
kerravonsen: steampunk raygun behind glass: "Use in Emergency" (raygun-emergency)

Mmmm, I liked this one. I like how Bill is sassy in her own Bill way. And again with the non-usual questions.

Transcript is here.

spoilers will be made to smile )

kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)

Yes, I am behind! I am catching up.

I rather liked this one. Oh boy, this is reminding me why I like Twelve. Very frustrating: there were points at which I couldn't catch more than one word in three of what Bill was saying. Am I going deaf, or did other people have that problem too?

Oooh, I found a transcript! Here! (goes and reads)

spoilers will be pursued to the end of the universe )

kerravonsen: Jack O'Neill: Excuse me? I think you'll find that the number of the SUBJECT determines the number of the VERB. (grammar)
And the word is: rodomontade

rodomontade:
n 1: vain and empty boasting [syn: {braggadocio}, {bluster}]
kerravonsen: Romana with hand on chin: *sigh* (sigh)
Well, so LJ has a new user agreement, and have locked everyone out until they agree.
So I signed, in order to have access to my own blog. Grrr. Very bad form, LJ!
Whether or not the agreement is actually dodgy, it has been handled very badly... but since when has that been a surprise for LJ management? (Since before LJ was sold for the first time, that's when)

So, some people are panicking and deleting their journals, some are being less drastic. I'm not inclined to delete my journal (the past is the past), nor am I inclined to stop following the people/communities I'm following on LJ (why should I stop doing what I enjoy?). The only thing I'm considering is to stop crossposting from Dreamwidth. But... if I'm still going to be following people, and commenting, is there really any point in stopping crossposting? Especially since there are people following me on LJ who don't have Dreamwidth accounts. (FYI, my account on Dreamwidth has the same username as this one, if any of you are moving to Dreamwidth and want to follow me there.) My account on LJ is a permanent account, so it's not like I'm paying them any money now.

It is slightly amusing to see the complaints of people "not wanting to be subjected to another country's laws" (that is, Russian law rather than US law) when non-US-ians are subjected to another country's laws every time they use a US-based website! Even more so when US laws like the DMCA are very dodgy laws anyway. Remember Dmitry Sklyarov?

Would my posts be censored? If they were, the full version would be available on DW.
Would they revoke my agreement and delete my journal? If they did, I'm not going to do their work for them!
Would they put ads on my journal? I don't know, the agreement is unclear on that point. Bloody annoying if they do.
kerravonsen: fobwatch: "Windmills of your mind" (fobwatch)
Saw this on twitter this morning:

Cultural appropriation of rainbow

Of course, everyone is mocking the original tweet, but it did get me thinking. Because, as a Christian, it has annoyed me for a long time that I can no longer use a rainbow as a symbol of God's love. Because the symbol is more commonly recognised in these times, as belonging to another group, symbolising something completely different. And that makes it feel like it has been stolen. Is that cultural appropriation? I'm not sure that it is; after all, the rainbow is up there in the sky, and people have used it before the LGBTQ movement to symbolise other things, such as ending racial discrimination. So why do I feel as if it has been stolen? Partly, I expect, because the LGBTQ symbol represents something completely anathema to God's teachings. Other uses of the rainbow haven't been for something hostile to Christianity. Does that hostility make it cultural appropriation? I don't know. It is something, but I'm not sure whether "cultural appropriation" is the right term for it.

Hey, thoughtful people, what do you think?
kerravonsen: galaxy: "Behold, it was very good" (behold-good)
Heaven declares: the sum of Everything is Love.
Love never ends.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Infinity.

Hell disputes: Love is naught.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Zero.

Hell's ways are narrow and small,
grasping and desperate;
For the sum of Everything is Zero.
Giving is losing
Generosity is weakness
For nothing is gained without taking from another.
The laws of scarcity apply.
If resources are scarce, accounting must be strict.
The books must balance,
The beans must be counted
Even in a den of thieves.
Debts are never forgiven;
they are collected with interest.
Number One is greater than Everything, for One is greater than Zero.
Power is the only rule,
Selfishness the only virtue.

Heaven's virtues derive from abundance.
There is no scarcity in Love, no clock ticking down to nothing.
There are eternities of patience in Heaven's stores.
Mercy is more fruitful than Justice,
for Mercy adds when Justice subtracts;
Forgiveness multiplies while Vengeance divides.
Though the tally of Justice must still be filled,
The accounting of Love pays all debts in full, overflowing,
For debts are merely finite against the infinity of Love.
To give is to gain, for it delivers
Love to the power of two;
Both giver and receiver are blessed.
Heaven's ways are open-handed and kind,
Generous and full of hope
For the sum of Everything is Infinity.
kerravonsen: Daniel: What I see, you can't even imagine (Daniel-what-I-see)
...not the one which came first in the poll. Firstly, I was taking account of the LJ comments as well, and secondly, any name which had a reasonable objection to it, got ruled out even if it was popular, not because I'm being overly negative, but if someone pointed out problems with a name, and I agreed with them, it became a name I was uncomfortable using. Hence, "Artisan of Awesome" got ruled out, "Handmade by KJA" shouldn't even have been on the poll, "Imaginary Cheese" dropped out when all the logo ideas I came up with were really dumb, and "Diverse Devisings" made my tongue stumble every time I tried to say it aloud.

So the name, ladies and gentlebeings, is... Essence of Eclectic. I think it's very me. I've spent yesterday and today working on various logo ideas, and I have come up with a design I rather like.

cut for images and poll )
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "thinking" (Doc9-thinks)
Someone pointed out to me that "Handmade By KJA" sounds like a corporation, and suggested "Handmade By Kathryn" as an alternative. Unfortunately, that name is already taken. Indeed, many, many names (and variants thereof) are already taken for Etsy stores, because they never allow names to be reused, even if they are no longer active.

So, I've been checking possible names, and here are some which are available... for the moment. I've made a poll, to see what y'all think of them.

Poll #18030 Etsy Names
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


Which name do you prefer for my Etsy Store?

View Answers

Handmade By KJA
4 (44.4%)

Artisan Of Awesome
5 (55.6%)

Gazillion Things
1 (11.1%)

Essence Of Eclectic
3 (33.3%)

Diverse Devisings
1 (11.1%)

Imaginary Cheese
2 (22.2%)



(those on LJ can answer in the comments)

  • Handmade By KJA

  • Artisan Of Awesome

  • Gazillion Things

  • Essence Of Eclectic

  • Diverse Devisings

  • Imaginary Cheese


Yes, the last one is silly. That's why it's there, because it's silly.

Geekery

Feb. 11th, 2017 05:52 pm
kerravonsen: 7th Doctor frowning: *frown* (frown)
Note to self: TinyWebGallery is crap. I just downloaded and tried out version 2.4. From the evidence that I had the archive for TWG 2.3 in my downloads, I must have come across it before and intended to try it out. Well, self, don't do that again!

Why is it crap? Because the skins don't work. They are supposed to work out of the box and they do not. No matter what skin I select, the gallery is white and unstyled. Am I going to waste my time debugging it? No. I'd rather waste my time writing my own. (sigh)

Yes, I have a Flickr account, to which many pictures have been recently uploaded. But the Flickr app uploads EVERY SINGLE PICTURE from my Droid, not just photos I've taken. It uploads wallpapers and album covers and... is really dumb. I had to spend a lot of time deleting all those, and naturally I've turned off auto-upload from the Flickr app. Now I'm using Dropbox to auto-sync my photos. That seems to work nice and simply.

So why not keep using Flickr? Well, maybe I will and maybe I won't. I just don't fancy uploading pictures one-single-photo-at-a-time, having to use a GUI interface to upload them, no. Give me rsync any day! Of course, they usually won't give me rsync at all.

I'm using ZenPhoto on my katspaces.org site, and it is pretty good... but I need to upgrade it to a newer version, and that means I have to do a lot of messing around... and I'm not so sure I really want a gallery that requires a MySQL database backend, even though most of the more sophisticated ones do. It makes upgrading twice as messy. (sigh)

And why am I messing around with online galleries anyway? Because I am re-thinking how to share My Work with the Internet. Because of Other Things about which I have not spoken. Yet.

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