afterthree: (donna isn't that wizard)
This post, mostly because it contains bits entirely unrelated to each other, is in three parts:

1. It has been a Ted Talks kind of weekend. Fortunately for everyone who does not care, I am only linking to this one by Jonathan Haidt, wherein he discusses the moral matrix and the real difference between conservatives and liberals. As anyone who knows me really well is aware, my scale of morality has no end caps and tends to look deceptively like globs of swirly many-toned gray paint. Obviously, this talk appeals to that intrinsic part of my nature in many ways, least of which is how my political pendulum swings depending on the topic and the weather.

2. A few weeks ago, my good home keyboard stopped working just about the same time my good home mouse stopped working. I am growing weary of my awful backup ones (I am very picky about only a couple of things, and the feel of a keyboard as I type is right up there at the top of the list), and so tomorrow I think it's time to give Best Buy some money. And while I cringe at the thought of hooking any Microsoft products to my Mac, I think I'm going to spring for the same keyboard I have at work, because I love it that much. Hopefully it does not give my iMac some sort of Microsoft virus....

3. Crafty pictures! I mentioned to [ profile] bazcat89 a week or so ago that I would post these pictures and I've finally gotten around to it. They were taken with ye olde iPhone and for whatever reason they look over-exposed, so the quality is not superb. But I think the cuteness shines through:

james potterlily potterdumbledorevoldemort

I also made a Ron, but neglected to snap a photo before I sent him to [ profile] bazcat89, in whose hands I've heard he has become quite the Potter Puppet Pals backup singer. They're all made of felt, hand-stitched, and stand about five inches high. The basic doll and cloak I drafted a pattern for in an evening, and then I made each doll's hair one-off and free-style. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to make James Potter's hair "messy" using felt, but I think it turned out okay. Dumbledore is probably my favourite, though every time I see tiny!Voldy's thick, angry eyebrows and red eyes I giggle a little bit. Each doll took around six hours from start to finish.

afterthree: (bleep bleep)
It's TedTalk season again!

Sharing this one from Elizabeth Gilbert on the impossible things we expect from artists of all kinds, and on the incomprehensible strain of living up to genius. A great, heartfelt talk on a topic any creative or artistic person can relate to.

afterthree: (kill with my brain)
I listen to quite a lot of Ted Talks, generally at work while I'm doing some sort of mindless data-entry task, and today this one really intrigued and interested me.  It's about collaborative online projects (like Wikipedia, peer to peer networking, the Open Directory Project, etc.) and their impact on organization, possession, economics, and competition.  He talks about how normal individual people are massing together to cooperate on a given project, leveling the playing field with corporate giants who are doing the same thing with comparatively zero cost.

Anyone interested in how the internet will change the world, you should listen to this.

afterthree: (fueled by impetuesness and caprice)
This is hugely relevant to anyone involved in this or any other fandom who reads, writes, draws, or in any way creates a fan work.  I strongly encourage everyone to take the twenty minutes to view this presentation on copyright law and the new age of content.  Also, there's some fantastically funny remixes included to boot.

Larry Lessig and The Case For Creative Freedom

This blurring line between the consumers of content and creators of content is something that is aptly timed to current Harry Potter Fandom affairs, what with the Lexicon fiasco and all.  I would be extremely interested to hear Larry Lessig's take on this situation in light of this talk.
afterthree: (shoot 'em)
So I'm at work listening to TEDTalks, and I'm on Erin McKean's lecture (she's a lexicographer) and she just gave me one of the best quotes ever, and I know y'all will appreciate it, 'cause most of you like words and the internet.

"This is a little known technological fact about the internet: the internet is actually made up of words and enthusiasm."

This Erin McKean is so cute, and I'm listening to her and wondering why on earth lexicographer wasn't one of the career paths I considered.  Probably because I didn't know it existed.  Do people actually get paid to find words?  I love words.  I collect them for free.  Is there a lexicographer recruitment centre somewhere I can visit?



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