Sep. 1st, 2017 05:36 pm
elsewhence: (alligator)
hey dad, didn't you learn in school that nobody likes the guy who keeps on telling the same joke even though he's the only one who's actually laughing

Sep. 1st, 2017 04:32 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
"but surely you disapprove of ships that-"

no i don't, because they are fictional, and because people who would resort to using fucking fanfic to justify shitty and/or outright illegal behaviour would sure as hell not stop just because you'd taken their current excuse away. you seriously think they wouldn't just find another excuse straight away?? by your logic they are not capable of that and did therefore not even exist before fanfiction did! yeah, that sure fits the entire story of human history!

Aug. 31st, 2017 05:05 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)


made an 18th century liquid lip and cheek rouge. essentially, the distant ancestor of benetint.

workable recipe in modern units: 50 ml 70% ethanol, 5 g powdered red sandalwood, 1 g powdered alum. (what kind of alum? hahaha you think 18th century sources are going to tell you that? i used potassium alum, since that can also be used in food.) higher percentages of ethanol will also work - my first batch used denatured cleaning alcohol because i wanted to see whether it even worked before buying additional supplies, and man do i ever regret the decision to test it on my lips anyway. it's foul even after it's dried down and i knew that would happen, what the fuck, past me. lower percentages likely won't, vodka didn't, it didn't take on a strong enough colour. whatever you use: combine it all in a suitable container, let it sit for about a week and shake it up once a day, then filter.

you will end up with less than 50 ml (the bottle i have it in originally contained 150 ml of a different product), but that should still be enough for a long time. i decanted some into a small lipgloss container because the alternative would be to apply it with a brush and my experience with benetint has taught me that that's a) inconvenient and b) unpleasant.

the effect when applied to the lips is more to darken and redden than to completely override, though my judgement may be biased by the fact that my lips are pretty dark anyway. you can see what a dark colour it is in the bottle! you can build it up if you apply multiple layers and it should last for a while since the pigment (santalin) isn't water-soluble. it does have the same downside as modern lip tints: if there's any patches of dry or flaky skin on your lips, it will emphasise them mercilessly. haven't tried it on my cheeks yet...

tangentially, i just learned that you can make scented sandalwood oil using (regular) powdered sandalwood and a carrier oil and i will probably try that next. i've never been able to find a sandalwood oil i like, so why not!

EDIT: and actually, since this stuff is pretty drying, maybe i should look into historic recipes for lip balm-like things. i found a pomade that's made of bleached beeswax, spermaceti, sweet almond oil and rosewater. that's very similar to more recent lip balm recipes. i obviously can't use spermaceti, but there's synthetic replacements for that...

Aug. 30th, 2017 06:28 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
come on, as if lapis wanting to leave earth would be a bad thing

Aug. 30th, 2017 12:12 am
elsewhence: (peridot annoyed)
so, putting aside the question of why light-skinned vulcans not only exist, but seemingly outnumber dark-skinned ones... why don't vulcans as a species skew towards being nocturnal? why doesn't the entire ecosystem of the damn planet skew towards being nocturnal? seems like animal life on a desert world would have a much easier time if it avoided the parts of the day when the sun is most likely to fucking murder it

Aug. 29th, 2017 01:35 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
comparators are literally just amplifiers that don't know when to stop... that realisation would've made some things so much easier

a transistor acting as a switch is also just a transistor acting as an amplifier that doesn't know when to stop

Aug. 28th, 2017 08:37 am
elsewhence: (unemployed LEGO stormtrooper)


so... what exactly was going on for the last week or so, body? suddenly jump up by 1.1 kg, wobble around a bit, then suddenly jump down by 1.1 kg? what's the fucking point?

just give up on that fucking kilogram, we all know it can't possibly be anything other than water weight...

Aug. 28th, 2017 06:16 am
elsewhence: (alligator)
"if you're not a feminist, you're a sexist"

guess i'm a sexist then! i'll just have to figure out what particular sex it's directed at. maybe it's one of the many mating types of fungi? i hear some species have hundreds of them!

it's hilarious how you think calling someone sexist actually means anything. in the real world, people judge me by how i actually treat different sexes and genders, not by whether i'm willing to have an ancient worn-out term applied to me. being called sexist is not actually worth getting upset about, or taking great measures to avoid. you're just a butthurt stranger i'll very likely never have any actual interactions with, out of seven and a half billion people in the world, what makes you think that your opinion of all people will definitely be the one to make me completely reconsider my life?

Aug. 28th, 2017 05:59 am
elsewhence: (peridot annoyed)
man, the explanation that patamon and tailmon were able to armour evolve because their partners hold the crests of hope and light is still such a disappointing arsepull all those years later. why not just say that they also, coincidentally, happened to belong to species capable of pulling it off? it would be less of a coincidence to swallow than what the series actually did! or completely get rid of the notion that only certain digimon are capable of armour evolution and say that actually, the digital world powers in charge of that kind of thing actually just weren't complete arseholes and decided to cut the older chosen children a break because they had more real world stuff going on and wouldn't have been able to function effectively in both worlds. and that's why they didn't get the upgrade to D-3 digivices, which in that scenario are the only thing required for armour evolution. though it certainly would've been nice to tell them so and not leave so much potential for angst about how apparently everything they went through for the digital world's sake had ceased to matter...

also oh my god, the designs for the digimentals of hope and light are so damn uninspired. why not just call them digimental of patamon and digimental of tailmon at that point. (that reminds me, maybe it's time to work on my old digimental of kindness redesign some more. it doesn't have to be pink, does it? the crest of love is red, but the digimental of love is silver... the crest of knowledge is purple, but the digimental of knowledge yellow. a digimental of kindness that's neither flowery nor pink sure would be easier to design armour evolutions with!)

... i wonder whether when the series first aired all these years back, people were speculating about whether the show was going to introduce completely new crests so takeru and hikari could also get two digimentals each?

Aug. 27th, 2017 07:46 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
also look, i lived through the whole "third person shooters turn people into violent murderers!" panic, which eventually petered out into absolutely nothing, which the only actual scientific finding being that people who already *are* prone to violence are more likely to choose to play that kind of game, but the games don't make anyone else more violent than they already are. that's well enough for me to never take any "[type of fiction] turns people into [criminals]!" type of moral panic seriously again.

as i was saying, the actual reason tumblr teens are "scared" of adults is because their bullying tactics don't work on people with more than a bit of life experience.

Aug. 27th, 2017 07:27 pm
elsewhence: (alligator)
"if you scroll past this post you are..."

a human being who knows how to set priorities, thank you and goodbye

fun fact: you are not entitled to my time, i only have the one life and once it's over that's it and i choose how to spend any given bit of it

Aug. 26th, 2017 06:14 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
why do fire type starter pokémon (except chimchar) consistently have such shitty evolutions. seriously, what's up with that?

honestly, the best thing you can say about charmander's evolutions is that they're dull... torchic had so much potential to become some kind of phoenix and instead it became the amazing fighting chicken... fynx is a cool fox and becomes a pseudo-humanoid mistake... let's not even talk about litten

Aug. 23rd, 2017 07:42 pm
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
why did i just get a french newsletter from a german online shop i have an account with??

why do i understand the french newsletter. don't even have to translate inside my head, i just go slower than for german or english.

:(

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:06 am
elsewhence: (petty bickering)
only thing more idiotic than the decision to make cross-gender regeneration a thing is that time a couple of years ago when i found someone's whiny post about how the idea was transphobic somehow. presumably they objected to the assumption that the process of physically becoming a different sex wouldn't result in gender dysphoria, and thought that this in turn would negatively affect peoples' perceptions of trans people. the way it actually read, though, was like... so you can imagine time lords being capable of physical change to the point where they can switch sexes, but the concept that they could also switch genders at same time is inconceivable? really? you do know that gender is just a function of a physical organ, right? one that definitely is affected by regeneration, because if it wasn't, there would be no personality changes? and there would have to be some mechanism that causes sexual characteristics to generally line up properly, because if it was totally random you'd have a ton of intersex time lords and very few who were definitely male or female...

Aug. 23rd, 2017 07:27 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
speaking of "guilt tripping chosen children into accepting their role", give me the AU where osamu lived and where he actually wanted to keep the digivice away from ken because he feared for his safety. and then the powers that govern the digital world went "hmm, we can work with this" and he was chosen himself. of course considering that his death was a large part of what lead ken to become the kaiser in the first place, the plot beyond that would change a lot more...

(bonus points if ken never gets the original digivice back, or even attempts to - he just gets another, which osamu doesn't even know about at first. of course he flips out when he first sees it. then he realises that no, ken isn't lying, that digivice is still right where you put it. it's yours now, have fun.)

Aug. 23rd, 2017 05:53 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
thoughts on digimon adventure 02, episode 2: so what would happen if a chosen child just outright refused the call? miyako kind of freaked out for a moment there, but one pep talk later she was right as rain and i don't think the subject ever came up again. still though, what if? would a digimon partner even be able to get any power from a human who just straight out refused to fight? is the actual reason children get picked to defend the digital world because it's easier to make them fall in line through guilt and peer pressure, and because they're more likely to accept the "chosen one" trope at face value?

Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:28 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
have stopped respecting people who make excuses why they're not able to lose weight; absolutely do respect people who say that they simply don't want to try, for absolutely any reason at all

(well, any reason except bullshit like "sticking it to ~*fatphobic*~ society". you really need to feel oppressed that badly?)

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:38 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
hey wait, i can buy clothes from H&M again! i'm back in the range of sizes that they offer all models in! i'll probably even be able to wear those old size 42 blazers again soon! past me made a good decision for once! or two good decisions really, she decided to keep the blazers even though they didn't fit anymore and she decided to try losing weight...

being on a diet is honestly so rewarding, i can sit on my arse all day and eat whatever i like and still lose weight and laugh at people who think that losing weight means having to completely give up this or that! no, i'm not going to gain more fat from 100 kcal of chocolate than from 100 kcal of salad. in fact i'm not going to gain any fat at all because that contradicts the laws of physics, my body simply isn't getting the energy it would need to do so, i'm not a fucking plant and can't photosynthesise

in fact, look at this blazer. it's red. no such thing as too much red. i should probably really wait to lose a couple centimeters more before i buy new clothing, though. 3 centimeters would put me back into size 42, and the lower end of size 42 is my goal. still slightly overweight, but not enough so to do significant harm, and also what i personally find the most aesthetically pleasing on my body. it's mine, why should other peoples' opinions on what shape they'd prefer it to be matter...

Aug. 21st, 2017 05:58 am
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
rewatching digimon adventure 02, so why not some commentary.

- digimon tamers really played up the whole "three primary colours" motif for a while, but it wasn't new at all. there were three new chosen children at the beginning of digimon adventure 02, and their digivices were blue, red and yellow. that's the subtractive primaries used by artists. tamers was going for the additive primaries red, green and blue. (also i just realised that for all the fuss they made of the "primary colours" theme, the set of secondary colours was never completed. nobody has a teal d-ark. that annoys me. could've given it to ryou, too, instead of his super special unique colour scheme)

- seeing 2s in binary code isn't new. one of the digimon adventure 02 eye catches has binary code that has only 0s and 2s. it just referred to the whole "02" theme back then, of course...

- i really would've preferred it if losing the holy ring had caused tailmon to revert to plotmon because of data loss, and she'd only have been able to reach adult level with hikari's help from that point on (though with full adult power, unlike actual 02 tailmon) until she finally got the ring back. would've been a lot more of a punch to the gut that way.

- i also never liked the plot point where the holy ring was what made jogress evolution possible (it was clearly still possible in movie 4 too!), so i guess she could've gotten it back sooner. maybe it was needed for some other special purpose in this alternate universe, one that was resolved sooner? maybe tailmon lost it and the digimon kaiser found it a lot sooner, and used it as a template for the original evil ring? they were said to be based on the design of the holy ring. in that case, the chosen children would be able to find it inside the digimon kaiser's base, and she would've returned to permanently being tailmon around the same point the newly introduced partners evolved naturally for the first time...

- also also, you sure could've packed in a lot more angst about the older chosen children (minus takeru and hikari) feeling that they'd lost their crests for good and that the digital world had rejected them despite all they'd done for it. from their point of view it probably seemed like their lost crests had returned in the form of digimentals, but now would not respond to them! i guess that's more of a thing for the kind of target audience that now watches digimon adventure tri, though.

Aug. 19th, 2017 04:34 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
oh great, now i get to have fun restoring deleted files because my father didn't understand the concept "move the videos from HDD 1 into the movies directory on HDD 2 and then format HDD 1"

how idiotic can you be, especially considering a normally intelligent person