zeborah: Zebra with mop and text: Clean all the things! (housework)
2016-11-19 09:27 pm

In which she re-upholsters a stool

I originally made this stool in woodwork class about 26 years ago. I got the fabric from Mum, and I remember her pointing out ruefully that I used the wrong side of it. I disagreed: whatever the manufacturer had intended, I much preferred it this way out.

26 years later the fabric has faded and worn and frayed. And then it got in the way of my cat dealing with an upset stomach and I tried cleaning it, but well. So before I went to shop for new fabric I asked Mum if, by any chance, she still had any of that fabric.

My family is a family of hoarders. I really shouldn't have doubted.

So I unscrewed the base, pried out the staples holding the old fabric on, and on my next visit to my parents used Dad's staplegun to affix the new fabric. (I even managed to ward off Dad's attempts to Help. It wasn't that hard.) Then just put the screws back in.

Not that hard, but stunning results:
Stool upholstered in blue/green/yellow maybe-damask-like pattern or something, I don't really know fabrics
Pictured is the stool with its new fabric, and on the left the faded old fabric for comparison (its corner turned over to show the "correct" side). That should do me for another quarter century, and there's still plenty of fabric left over for when that time comes.
zeborah: Zebra holding a pen, its stripes forming the word "Write" (writing)
2014-08-16 08:25 pm
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Fanfic: Really Slowly. In the Right Order. (part 5/12)

Three (wow) years ago I started posting this Doctor Who fanfic about young Rory and Amy as I was writing the story. I got stuck at a certain point, and distracted by other things, and stuck at another point, and so forth, but recently I actually finished it.

I'm currently posting it one chapter a day on Archive of Our Own. So you can now read part 5 there, or catch up from the start. Or in about a week you can read the whole thing at once; I'll post here again when the complete story has been posted.
zeborah: Map of New Zealand with a zebra salient (Default)
2014-04-11 07:09 pm

In which she has a timely idea

A friend and I were discussing things a week ago and this concept popped into my head of a time capsule website, where you could read something written by someone a {time period} ago and write something of your own for a stranger a {time period} in the future.

I like this idea, and I could make the technical side of this idea happen; what I'm wondering is whether enough other people like this idea that it'd be worth me spending the time on it. So this post is that question.

How it'd work
For the first year after launch, it'd be seeded with diary material that's in the public domain, because otherwise it'd be boring. So you'd arrive on this page and it'd say "100 years ago today, someone wrote: {random diary entry}".

Then below this would be a box asking you to write about something that you think will be forgotten in a year's time. (Or some other prompt, or a choice of prompts.)

You'd type stuff in the box.

There would be metadata, with explanations why each is necessary. Definitely:
  • a timestamp, autogenerated. (Needed so it can be retrieved at the appropriate point in the future.)
  • language, to allow for multilingual capability
and I think demographic metadata (for purposes of "Am I getting sufficiently diverse submissions or do I need to reach out to other audiences?" and potentially for research/historical value, see below on human ethics discussion):
  • a city- or country-level location, guesstimated by computer but correctable. (Plus because it might be cool to give future-people the entry closest to their location.)
  • gender? age? ethnicity? sexuality? religion? I don't know, what would be useful/appropriate/intrusive? Anyway they'd all default to unspecified, and have a dropdown menu with options including a "write-in" option that'd pop up a box (whose contents would be added to the drop-down menu for future visitors)
And then before you hit the 'submit' button there'd be a permissions section (here's my attempt at being a good human ethicist), telling people that:
  • linky link to privacy policy, which will be:
    • I'll keep their submission as private as I can but NSA and warrants exist
    • the text only (no demographic metadata) will be displayed to someone in one year's time and potentially at other intervals thereafter (eg ten years, a hundred years (I can dream big))
    • I may publish aggregated demographic data but it won't link in any way to the entries
  • in the event that I can no longer maintain the website they can choose whether I will:
    • delete all their data
    • include their entry, but not the demographic metadata, in a bundle licensed CC-Zero and posted to figshare for the benefit of researchers and other interested parties
    • include their entry *with* the demographic metadata in said bundle
In a year's time, visitors would start seeing these user-submitted entries.

Important enhancement: email list/RSS feed/twitter that sends out a random entry each day and prompts people to make a submission.

[If the poll below doesn't work for you, try the PollDaddy version.]

Poll #15210 Anonymous poll!
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1

Would you personally:

View Answers

visit the time capsule
1 (100.0%)

tell people about the time capsule
1 (100.0%)

subscribe to the time capsule by email/rss/other
0 (0.0%)

submit an entry for future time capsule visitors
1 (100.0%)

give permission for your entry to be (in the event of the site's demise) published with or without metadata in a time capsule bundle
1 (100.0%)

donate a little for server costs and/or other enhancements
0 (0.0%)

be pretty disinterested
0 (0.0%)

think it's a terrible idea
0 (0.0%)

other
0 (0.0%)

ticky box
0 (0.0%)

Do you think other people on the interwebs would:

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visit the time capsule
1 (100.0%)

tell people about the time capsule
1 (100.0%)

subscribe to the time capsule by email/rss/other
1 (100.0%)

submit an entry for future time capsule visitors
1 (100.0%)

give permission for their entry to be (in the event of the site's demise) published with or without metadata in a time capsule bundle
1 (100.0%)

donate a little for server costs and/or other enhancements
0 (0.0%)

be pretty disinterested
0 (0.0%)

think it's a terrible idea
0 (0.0%)

other
0 (0.0%)

ticky box
0 (0.0%)

I have other thoughts, to wit:

zeborah: Zebra with stripes falling off (stress and confusion)
2012-06-08 07:33 am

In which she has a panic dream. Or not...

So I was sleeping badly anyway due to my nose having a tendency to block. (Winter, new gas fire drying it up, something like that.)

Then I dreamed I was back in Korea taking a taxi to our apartment, and accidentally got it to drop us off in the wrong apartment block. So we were walking through to get to our own, and came around a corner to where just a few fragments of brick walls remained - fragments of murals painted on what had been the inside - and I realised it was the church I'd last visited there before the quakes, and even though I'd only been there the once it hit me really hard. I had my hand over my nose and mouth just sobbing and sobbing and sobbing...

...and woke up sobbing and sobbing and sobbing, and got the waterworks going too, and then suddenly I thought: Wait, am I actually emotionally affected here or was this just a breathing problem? And I took one deep breath to stop the sobbing and then I was absolutely fine.

So that was anticlimactic; and then my alarm went off before I could get back to sleep. Le sigh. OTOH I've just had too full snowdays off work so I suppose I can't complain too much about going in to work for today.

Oh look! I made you a bonus haiku thing:

I thought, "Wait for spring
to see the cherry blossom," but
here are snow and dawn.
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2012-04-14 03:03 pm

Fanvid: Lemmings in Love (Criminal Minds)

Title: Lemmings in Love
Vidder: Zeborah
Fandom: Criminal Minds (seasons 1-5)
Music: Lemmings in Love by pornophonique (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA)
Licensed: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Summary: Haley and Aaron Hotchner walk side by side. Even when they don't.

Trigger warnings: Lots of quick cutting. Some violence and blood.

Download link at my fanvid master post; YouTube embed follows (captions available)



Lyrics )

Notes )
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2012-03-24 10:42 pm

White Collar Fanfic: An Abbreviated Lexicon of Email Scams

Title: An Abbreviated Lexicon of Email Scams
Author: Zeborah
Fandom: White Collar (vague spoilers for season 1; inconsistent with end of season 3)
Summary: Scams might rely on altruism or greed, friendship or loneliness, or any of a dozen other human qualities. But they always rely on the investment principle: the more time, effort, and emotion you invest into something, the less willing you are to give it up....

An Abbreviated Lexicon of Email Scams )
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2012-03-19 07:54 pm

Fanvid: Straight to Hell (White Collar)

Title: Straight to Hell
Vidder: Zeborah
Video source: White Collar (fair use for purposes of commentary, etc)
Spoilers: All of seasons 1-3
Music source: Straight to Hell by Lorenzo's Music, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike; therefore
Fanvid license: Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike
Summary: Peter's road is paved with good intentions.

Download link at my fanvid master post; YouTube embed follows (includes captions):



Lyrics )

Notes )
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2012-02-12 11:55 pm

Fanvid: Long Walk Home

Title: Long Walk Home
Author: Zeborah
Fandom: Covert Affairs (seasons 1-2)
Song: Long Walk Home by Cathleen, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Germany

(If you've never seen Covert Affairs, all you need to know is that Annie Walker is a CIA operative and lives with her sister Danielle.)

Download: from Minus (.avi, 43MB)
Streaming at Youtube:



Lyrics )

Notes )
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2012-01-02 12:20 pm

Fanvid: Literal Eclipse of the Heart

First off, if you haven't seen the literal video version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, you need to do that, it's probably the classic of the genre. Here, let me make it easy:


(In case you wondered, Sony don't understand the concept of "parody" so got the original taken down; the reframing with the cat means it's not automatically discovered so has been able to stay up longer in most countries.)

Now my fanvid:
Literal Eclipse of the Heart
Lead Vocals: PersephoneMaewyn
Lyrics / Vocals / Editing: dascottjr
Music: Jim Steinman
Video: from Doctor Who (New Who) seasons 1-6
Vidder: Zeborah
Summary: A literal fanvid of the literal video version of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. My meta, let me show you it.

Download: Download link at my fanvid master post; YouTube embed follows (captions available)



Notes )
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2011-11-16 11:00 pm

Two fanvids I'm not perfectly happy with and why

Both of these I have days where I look at them and think they're pretty darn fine despite their flaws, and days where I look at them and think they're terribly flawed despite being otherwise fine.

Download links for each are at my fanvid master post.

Title: Just One Person
Fandom: Criminal Minds - (up to season 2 episode 15)
Music: "Just One Person" by Bernadette Peters

YouTube (no captions, sorry; doing both speech and lyrics would require serious actual fiddling with timing, and it's late and I don't adore the vid quite sufficiently for the effort):



Notes on Just One Person )


Title: Wishin' and Hopin'
Fandom: White Collar (up to season 3 episode 10)
Pairing: OT3 Elizabeth/Peter/Neal
Music: "Wishin' and Hopin'" by Ani DiFranco

YouTube (includes captions):



Notes on Wishin' and Hopin' )
zeborah: Fezzes are cool.  Amy and River blow it up. (cool)
2011-10-10 09:19 pm

Fanvid: Living Doll

Title: Living Doll
Fandom: Doctor Who - spoilers for most of season 6
Music: "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard

Download link at my fanvid master post; YouTube embed follows:



Notes )
zeborah: Fezzes are cool.  Amy and River blow it up. (cool)
2011-09-15 11:23 pm

Fanfic: Interlude: a Fugue for Three Voices

Fandom: Doctor Who
Spoilers: Particularly for episodes 6.08 and 6.10.
Notes: From a long-held ember of a thought, combined with the spark of an anonymous comment. A gift for fans who mourn.


Interlude: a Fugue for Three Voices
by Zeborah

'Help me,' the Doctor pleaded... )
zeborah: Zebra with stripes shaking (earthquake)
2011-03-05 10:15 pm
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In which she gets a new water system

It looks like my water is in fact settling into the "works at night, is turned off during the day while water folk work on faults" routine. Before I was quite certain of this, however, it started raining and I grabbed the bits of fencing that the neighbour's chimney had knocked down:

New Water System

At first the rain was light but it grew heavier; I emptied one bucket a) doing some non-essential cleaning b) with the byproduct of cleaning the bucket of accumulated dirt the rain had washed off the fencing into it. I've put the bucket back out and am hopeful the resulting rainwater will be clean enough to wash dishes in (I wouldn't drink it - I don't know what's in that paint). The other bucket wasn't quite full and I had nothing to do with it right then and it was dark, so I left it there while pondering the opportunities overnight. Maybe wash my hair? [livejournal.com profile] kyhwana also suggests the addition of a tarp for cleanliness and greater coverage; I've got a good sheet of plastic in the garage which I'll dig out tomorrow if it's still raining.

In other news, I'm disappointed by the Sandbaggers DVDs: every time I try to convert the DVDs to my region I get told the disks have "Bad Sectors". I know, I know, I'm supposed to be playing them on my all-region DVD player which just happens to not have a working TV connected to it. I'll try them on my parents' tomorrow and see if it's a general error or some cunning new DRM technique.

This evening continued to gather data on the relative startlingness of big vs small aftershocks.
zeborah: Zebra with mop and text: Clean all the things! (housework)
2010-11-29 09:31 pm
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In which she creates an impromptu recipe

(aka throws things in a pot and calls it dinner, but with sufficient success that she may repeat the method some other lazy evening)

Two eggs and a serving-sized amount of pasta in a pot with cold water, boiled while doing overdue dishes. [All the recipes say to boil the water then add pasta, but it seems to work my way too.]

When almost ready, chopped green stuff (spinach would have been perfect but I had bok choy and that was just fine) and added to same pot until a nice bright green.

Drained water out. Shelled and mashed eggs. Sprinkled on lemon-pepper seasoning. Mixed together.

Ate from the pot. I really like minimising dishes.

I think I shall have an apricot for dessert.
zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
2010-10-16 01:45 pm
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Fanfic: The Trouble With Lipstick

Title: The Trouble With Lipstick
Author: Zeborah
Fandom: Doctor Who
Spoilers: New Who season 5 (but only minor points)
Summary: On a mission, River Song starts questioning her taste in makeup.


The trouble with hallucinogenic lipstick was that a lot more of it got on your lips than on the person you kissed. )
zeborah: Zebra with stripes shaking (earthquake)
2010-09-08 04:37 pm

In which cracks appear

Aftershocks during the night gave me the opportunity to discover by experiment that "Oh thank goodness I can just pull my pillow over my head" wins out over force of habit. Also that it's a lot easier to get back to sleep that way.

There was a big aftershock this morning that everyone (twitter, radio, Civil Defence, etc) thought was the long-feared 6 (rule of thumb is that aftershocks can be up to 1 magnitude less than the original) but it turned out to be a mere 5.1, just really close and really shallow. Afterwards people started reporting sulphur, and bear in mind that the area the shock came from is not so far from old volcanoes. I dismissed this as power of suggestion until the reports apparently became so widespread that Civil Defence felt the need to reassure us that we've got nothing to worry about.

After that one there was news of fresh cracks in Lyttelton Tunnel (now judged sound again), and more buildings being evacuated and/or collapsing, and, curse it, libraries that were going to open today now need to be checked again, and the university which was going to start allowing staff in to cleanup is now delaying that another day too. I thought I was going to be able to go in tomorrow to move a million books back onto shelves, but apparently I get to sit here going mildly crazy for another day instead.

Had a lovely phonecall from a colleague saying I was welcome to go visit her if I liked. And then I went out to bring in my empty rubbish bins (rubbish was collected before that shock! but word is that mail delivery was cancelled after it) and met a neighbour and we chatted for a bit and she said I was welcome to go visit them if I liked. At some point I also assured her that my house is wood so awesome resilient. And then it occurred to me that my garage, by contrast, is concrete blocks and plaster so maybe I should go look at that.

...So yeah, then I phoned a friend who's keeping a car in there in case she wants to rethink that plan, and then I took photos, and then I took increasingly suspicious photos of probably-just-surface-but-who-knows? cracks in my house's foundations, and then I filed a claim with the Earthquake Commission (webforms mean never having to wait on hold) and left a message on my insurance company's answerphone to let them know I'd done so. It's minor stuff so won't be high on anyone's priority list but at least it's started.

Then I felt the need for a whine on Twitter and some chocolate.

Then Mum rang and we had a nice chat while I looked upwards and thought, "You know, I don't think the light fixture used to have that crack where it joins the ceiling." So, mental note not to stand underneath that until I can get a proper look at it.

And then I felt the need to create a silly icon, and lo, here it is:

zebra with stripes shaking

So I've gone and updated all my DreamWidth earthquake entries to include that, and now I feel a little bit better. Though more chocolate probably won't hurt either.