st_aurafina: John Reese, looking down, covered in fairy lights (POI: John lights)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
It's so cold I had to make myself a beanie. It's perfectly made to fit my melon-sized head and it has a huge pom-pom. It makes me feel tall. And the yarn is variegated, so the pom-pom has a big splash of red in an otherwise blue-green ball. [personal profile] lilacsigil said it has heterochromia, which, as Charles Xavier has taught us, is a very groovy mutation.

The downside of having a very groovy hat is dodging that never-ending thing when you make stuff, the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion. I could sell them. I'd blow out my thumb tendons trying to make a profit, and I don't want to do that. So it's not going to happen. I make stuff because I love making stuff. If I give you something, it's because I think fondly of you. Argh, why is this so hard to understand?

Also, all the makers on my flist: you are heroes, and I wish that your heroism was recognised, because I'm sure it's not, to the degree that it should be.

I'm having a bad time, mood wise. Thank goodness for fidget cubes, rubber bands and pink wine. Hopefully it's just the leftovers from the family birthday season (last one is today, thank goodness.) In the meantime, I am very tetchy, and only want to wear my beanie and watch Person of Interest. There are worse things to happen on mood swings, I know.

Adult things I have done: been to the dentist for a checkup. Updated my prescriptions at the doctor. Had a haircut. Made plans to go to Melbourne to see [personal profile] lilacsigil's family. Planted more lettuce.

Things I want to talk about but do not have the brain: Riverdale, American Gods (holy shit, Gillian Anderson!), icon making (cos I've been making a few, this post is kind of a GIP), recipes, Agents of Shield, Supergirl, yarn. Sense8. Twin Peaks (omg Twin Peaks!) The Star Trek: Discovery trailer, or as I saw it referred to: Star Trek: Disco Very.

Things I am actually going to talk about instead because it's easier: linkspams.

- via [personal profile] miss_s_b, [syndicated profile] lewis_and_quark_feed is the feed for a science blogger who works with neural networks. (You know those lists? Hobbit names as generated by a neural network, etc? Or, as I recently saw, The neural network writes the episode list for next season’s Dr. Who. The Daleks of the Daleks. Would watch.)

- via [personal profile] chinashop, [community profile] nanodownunder, or, a NaNo-style writing challenge for the southern hemisphere's winter. (Because in traditional NaNo, we're sweltering or on fire.) Not just for the Antipodean writer. For anyone. Kicking off for June - a locked comm for writers wanting to set themselves a deadline.

- Something I came across messing around on Twitter but don't know from where it came: Audio dramas sorted by genre

- something I have open all the time when I'm writing Harold Finch: a massive chart of birds of North America

- via [personal profile] dunmurderin, Bingo card generator.

- via [personal profile] misbegotten, The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type (because I can never get enough random MBPT stuff.)

- Boing Boing link: Crashed computer at Oslo pizzeria reveals covert facial recognition scheme (From deep within the Person of Interest gravity well where I live right now, I have to say this is some scary Samaritan-level stuff.)

- So you know that we really know how to live it up in the country, there was a local button festival: Button up for a colourful display at Buttonfest. (And the local paper didn't miss a beat when titling that article.) I love buttons. I could so become one of those button collectors. It scares me a little, because I don't have room for a hobby like that.

- Rare Photos of Frida Kahlo as a Young Woman in the 1920s. So amazing!

- Okay, I do have one American Gods link, via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, so you can watch it over and over like I have, American Gods Teaser Shows Gillian Anderson As [deleted for spoilers but go watch, it's amazing] (Spoilers for Episode Five, obviously.)

- last link! Japanese Woman Spotted Wearing Heels That Look Exactly Like Pigeons. Because she was worried about the welfare of the pigeons she was walking past. (Because, apparently, she didn't know that they would tear her to pieces in a minute if their life depended on it. Pigeons are survivors.)

Okay. Prayer circle for my brain weasels. And for my [community profile] wipbigbang, which currently lies disassembled on my screen and I'm not sure how to put it together.

Date: 2017-05-29 11:56 am (UTC)
author_by_night: (Folks by ozqueen (quoted from To Kill a)
From: [personal profile] author_by_night
People love saying you can do your hobbies for money. It works for some people, but not everyone!

Date: 2017-05-29 12:02 pm (UTC)
misbegotten: Charles Xavier is in your brain (XM Charles Thinking Hard)
From: [personal profile] misbegotten
If I give you something, it's because I think fondly of you. Argh, why is this so hard to understand?

I get this. I am all thumbs when it comes to making things, but I do give stuff to people because I am fond of them (perhaps too frequently). I remember one time when I was a kid, we were on vacation and I bought a present for someone and my father actually yelled at me for spending my pocket money on a gift for someone else rather than a souvenir for myself. Dad's priorities were always a little skewed, but let's just say that when I give people stuff, I sometimes feel like I'm about to get in trouble.

I am babbling in your journal about My Issues. Here, have an American Gods link: AG Characters Ranked By How Weirdly Intriguing They Are.

Date: 2017-05-29 12:11 pm (UTC)
james: a shot of the desert mostly sand (Default)
From: [personal profile] james
Yay pom-poms! They make every hat better.

Date: 2017-05-29 12:38 pm (UTC)
gokuma: (Rey)
From: [personal profile] gokuma
How about making just customized hats? You'd have slightly less clients but you could charge them higher, plus there would be some variety in things you'd be making.

One must-see addition to your linkspam: http://akireyta.tumblr.com/post/161142252463/arrghigiveup-excuse-me-while-i-die-of-laughter

Date: 2017-06-01 04:50 pm (UTC)
gokuma: (flower)
From: [personal profile] gokuma
Oh, I see. That can be annoying. In my opinion you need hobbies that are just "for you" - so you could enjoy them without thinking (even subconsciously) who wanted want and how much should I charge for that. I understand your point better now. I hope people will stop bugging you about that

Date: 2017-05-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
copracat: Julia Margaret Cameron's photo of Alice Liddell as Pomona (pomona)
From: [personal profile] copracat
Those Frida Kahlo photographs are amazing and wonderful.

Date: 2017-05-29 02:24 pm (UTC)
musesfool: "We'll sleep later! Time for cake!" (time for cake!)
From: [personal profile] musesfool
The downside of having a very groovy hat is dodging that never-ending thing when you make stuff, the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion.

oh my gosh, yes. Like, if I were doing it for money, it wouldn't be fun for very long! Just shut up and eat the cake / wear the lip balm!

Date: 2017-05-29 02:34 pm (UTC)
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
From: [personal profile] neotoma
Very few people actually want to pay for a handknit hat if they have to pay living wages, I've found. Some people don't even want to cover your yarn costs -- I've heard "I could buy that at a store!" more than enough times, and they're always wrong. They could buy a hat at the store, probably knit flat on a machine and sewn together, and out of acrylic or at best a wool blend. It's not the same thing at all.

Hmmm... American Gods has really made me happy. I'm actually looking forward to a tv show for a change!

Date: 2017-05-29 02:41 pm (UTC)
lurkingcat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lurkingcat
The downside of having a very groovy hat is dodging that never-ending thing when you make stuff, the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion.

I still don't get why so many people think that everything should have a monetary aim. Sometimes you make things just because you enjoy making things and sometimes you write just because you enjoy writing things for yourself. Neither of those has to be a career path.

Date: 2017-05-29 02:55 pm (UTC)
vass: Stitch roaring, on cross-hatched background, caption: "Cross Stitch" (Cross Stitch)
From: [personal profile] vass
I blame capitalism. It ruins everything, even those people's ability to give a compliment.

I could sell them. I'd blow out my thumb tendons trying to make a profit, and I don't want to do that. So it's not going to happen. I make stuff because I love making stuff.

Not to mention, do you love running a small business? Do you love marketing yourself? Even adamantium tendons wouldn't help with that. And by crocheting as a hobby and not trying to make money you get to not do those parts.

Your pompom sounds like Jupiter. Does it look like Jupiter?

I love those neural network posts. So great.

something I have open all the time when I'm writing Harold Finch: a massive chart of birds of North America

All of a sudden, I'm thinking about Harold Finch Down Under. It'd be a lot harder to keep it subtle.

Harold Currawong. Harold Lyrebird. Major Harold Mitchell.

*joins prayer circle for your brain weasels and WIP big bang* (if enough people pray, do you think your brain weasels would finish it for you?)

Date: 2017-05-30 11:55 am (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Major Harold Mitchell

I like that one - very clever!

Date: 2017-06-01 09:37 pm (UTC)
vass: a jar of Vegemite (Happy Little Vegemite)
From: [personal profile] vass
Very pretty. A planet version of your pompom would also be gorgeous. (Have you thought of going into terraforming? While you're being advised to take up impractical new jobs?)

Gosh, this is a fun game! Harold Fairy-Penguin. Harold Emu. Harold Murderbird. (John likes that last one.)

Harold Wagtail. Harold Kookaburra. After which we get into parrots and related species... Harold Corella. Harold Lorikeet. Harold Budgerigar.

Date: 2017-05-29 04:22 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Heh, I know, it's annoying! It's part compliment, though - they don't always mean you should sell them (although some definitely do), I think with some people it's partly telling you that it's that good.

I'm praying that the exterminators are brought in to deal with your brain weasels. (Humanely, of course.) Good luck!

Also, your icons are lovely, and I've been really enjoying finding some active small-challenge icon comms around here to play in. It's lovely and reminds me to expand a bit in what I do. (Although I still like NICE CLEAR BRIGHT icons best. Heh.)

Date: 2017-06-01 08:28 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (james maxwell)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Indeed! I mean, it's unrealistic. Mind, my family quite like indulging in the fantasy where we sell things we make, but then we know it's really a fantasy. (When my middle sis was having terrible job troubles we came up with a lot of fantasy alternatives, like a wardrobe advisory business, cupcake making (possibly with small dairy-free cafe attached), & buying old furniture and doing it up, but she didn't actually try any of them, funnily enough! Some people, of course, don't realise they're fantasists...

ME TOO! I usually strip off the frou-frou before I upload any of the icons I've made for a contest - I very much prefer a clever crop and some nice colouring.

:-D I can't abide stuff where people make it dark and grainy or apply anything like a paint filter - I work with 1970s screencaps half the time! My entire aim is to clean them up as prettily as I can and my fingers start itching at the sight of 'spoiled' modern caps. (I get the same with filters on fanvids.)

Date: 2017-05-29 08:49 pm (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: I can stop knitting anytime. How about right after this skein? (Knitting: addict)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
I love the Myers-Briggs hell article. Most of them made me go "yeah, that would be unpleasant," except for INTJ, which made me wince; INFJ, which made me want to curl up in a ball of horror (that's what I usually test as, though I'm close on the T/F spectrum); and INTP, my husband's type, which made me laugh at how much that would drive him crazy.

Date: 2017-05-29 08:53 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Prayer circle for your brain, a'ight!

Date: 2017-05-29 11:26 pm (UTC)
adafrog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adafrog
Star Trek: Disco Very
lolol

I'm afraid to read the Meyers Briggs thing. eek! Oh man, disappointing. With the picture of lava I thought it was going to be something good, like being stuck in a party having to make small talk the rest of my life. aaaiiieeeee!!!

Date: 2017-05-30 03:58 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (feet in water)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Good luck with fending off the brain weasels and with the words coming together! *hugs*

Date: 2017-05-30 11:39 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
This Meyers Briggs things would make awesome fic prompts... I may have to suggest them to my fan_flashworks co-mod. *g*

Date: 2017-05-30 02:45 pm (UTC)
anandrine: (american mary. look away)
From: [personal profile] anandrine
something i saw advice about when i was considering my business was: be careful about making a hobby a job, because it won't be a hobby anymore. and that sounds like "DUH" but it really does change the dynamic of doing something you like and people don't realize that! also yeah, the whole "actual business administration" part.

that said, you could choose to offer one-off word-of-mouth customs here and there versus making it an actual business. but people are under no obligation to produce for profit :)

Date: 2017-05-30 05:29 pm (UTC)
batmarg: (Default)
From: [personal profile] batmarg
I am very tetchy, and only want to wear my beanie and watch Person of Interest.
Too hot for beanies here, but otherwise I'm totally with you.

On the fun things you have no brain for atm: Riverdale (awesome and I'm one ep away from being caught up), American Gods (I havent started yet, but Gillian gives me extra motivation), & Twin Peaks (I'm the loser who still hasn't seen s2 yet. Rewatching s1 before I do that and omg so good)

Your audio drama link is v appreciated.

Date: 2017-05-30 07:48 pm (UTC)
eglantiere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eglantiere
wow, a hat! this is so awesome. i don't get the 'if you do a thing you must be making and selling things' idea too, but purely having an ability to want hat = make hat: AWESOME. go you :D

Date: 2017-05-30 11:48 pm (UTC)
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
AH YES THE WHY DO YOU NOT JUST MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR KNITTING CONVERSATION

sometimes I take passive aggressive revenge by sharing a history of the Luddite movement and early labor history and how industrialization basically made that really hard to do. (never mind that it's really hard to do and maintain creative juices.)

person: why don't you make money with your knitting?
me: WHAT AN INTERESTING THOUGHT. actually do you know the origin of the term "spinster" and how it relates to the modern labor rights movement?
person: uhh...
me: LET ME TELL YOU, FRIEND

either we have a great nerd conversation about history, or they edge away slowly and stop bringing up the whole "knitting as a thing I should do for money" thing.

Date: 2017-06-15 01:46 pm (UTC)
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
You're welcome! I shall cackle a little, inside, knowing that I have spread this to your side of the globe and that you are deploying it as needed.

Date: 2017-06-02 03:15 am (UTC)
seeksadventure: (Default)
From: [personal profile] seeksadventure
Prayer circle and all the good thoughts!

I am so impressed by people who make things, and by people who make things and sell things. I don't know that I'll be able to do it for anything but writing. We will see.

Date: 2017-06-05 12:06 pm (UTC)
tinny: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tinny
the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion

Ha, yes. I think most of us know that one - why do you write fanfic, don't you want to become a "real" author? /o\

Ummm.... no. :D

Adult things I have done

Tons... yay! I feel like I am not doing any of those. *sigh*

icon making (cos I've been making a few, this post is kind of a GIP)

Yay, it's great to have you at icontalking. Iconmaking is fun, and I'm glad there's such a nice group of people on DW who enjoy it, too.

Lol'ed at the Myers-Briggs hells. A lot of those are indeed hellish, and accurately so. :D

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