A question

Feb. 21st, 2017 04:36 pm
rhondacrockett: (Am I addicted? - dava)
Is it considered unremarkable and acceptable behaviour to ask for a stranger's contact details (namely, a phone number) immediately upon engaging with them online? And is it considered unremarkable and acceptable behaviour to give it upon such a request? And is it therefore considered bizarre, rude, anti-social or verging on the hysterical to refuse?

I am completely baffled by this. Common sense tells me that asking for a stranger's number is presumptous and riven with the potential to go wrong, but when I tell them no, they act like I'm being unreasonable or that I just need to be persuaded.
rhondacrockett: (Am I addicted? - dava)
I should probably post something... Finding my feet with my new job and getting used to the people I'm working with. Some of them (naming no names and indicating no numbers) are a little bit self-entitled and bossy...

I really should post more. I have all these deep musings about how I've trained myself to be secretive over the years and how that spills over into my on-line life, but I only get the chance to post something at 4:45pm and I'm like... "Yeah, I want to go home."
rhondacrockett: (loneliness & the assassin)
So. Update.

These days, I tend to access the net by tablet rather than desktop computer. Which is great for speed but awkward when you want to type something, say, an email or a blog entry. The way sites appear on tablets keeps changing and not always in a more user-friendly manner (Outlook, I'm looking at you). And trying to log off LiveJournal is an exercise in frustration as the drop down menu repeatedly refuses to open and I keep getting sent to my Recent Entries page. Hence, quietness.

I actually prefer using a desktop. A mouse and a proper keyboard are marvellous inventions. Using the desktop, however, leads to a whole day vanishing with me in my room doing... not very much as it happens, apart, perhaps, from getting a headache.

I should probably buy a laptop or lapbook or whatever they're called now but I was brought up not to 'waste' money on 'luxuries' like the latest model of gadget unless they were absolutely, totally necessary. Or unless someone else bought them for me. (Which is partially why I'm still using a pre-paid phone when everyone else in my family has switched to contract.) I am a late adopter - so late, it's a wonder I can operate in the 21st century at all.

It's annoying.

New job. Well, initially it didn't turn out to be all that new. The powers-that-be decided I should do the exact same work that I was doing, just in a different place. I was not a happy bunny but met with the usual 'business needs' bullshit. BUT. The new workplace has a greater variety and number of job posts available; three transfers came up in quick succession and third time, it seems, is the charm. I now have an actual, new, I've-never-done-this-before job. Although I suspect I got it because I was the only one who applied... but hey! New job! :D I am much happier.

Other news. I love living in the city again. I was born and raised in the country and don't get me wrong, I'm quite content there, but I love the city-life too. I love the streets, I love the bustle. I love the walking, the public transport, the sense of convenience: that you can just hop on a bus or train or walk out of the door and go somewhere. I love that sense of being surrounded by people, even if they are strangers who don't talk to you.

I still need to arrange a social life outside of work, though. It's a little too easy to come home at night and veg out with my sister in front of the TV...
rhondacrockett: (Am I addicted? - dava)
So. Early Tuesday morning last week, our internet hub got fried in a thunderstorm. We got a new hub set up just on Monday past.

What I really missed about the internet was (a) the news and (b) having something to do if there are no other available activities of interest (also known as 'timewasting'). Otherwise... I was ok with it.

Another thing I came to realise: at school, especially in adolescence, I didn't talk much*. Instead, I sat on the edges of conversations and listened to the others. It was my way of belonging. I use the internet in the same way; I 'listen in' on what's being 'said' but I rarely respond and even more rarely speak myself. And I still get that sense of belonging... but now, no one else sees me sitting at the table.

And I know the above sounds depressing but I'm not depressed. I'm more, "Oooh, so that's why!"



* I'm still a pretty poor conversationalist in real life; it's something I'm working on.
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
TL; DR: I am not dead. My place of work is closing and I am stressed. Also, I don't come on the internet much, 'cos reasons.

The longer version )

I need to go; supper's ready.
rhondacrockett: (dazzler v gaga)
The working week just eats my drawing time...

Sketchy Sunday 48 photo SketchySunday48_zps01885a7b.jpg


Photobucket's share links still won't let me copy/paste them (>:8) but I found the easy linking mode and that seems to work, so...

Tuesday's woman has been left without irises and pupils because I like her that way, she looks like a classical statue. Also, figure skaters get themselves into some weird positions. Her arms are obscenely long in comparison to her body...
rhondacrockett: (Mad as all hell!!!)
Damnit. I was going to post a whole string of Sketchy Sundays but Photobucket is being a complete div and I can't copy/paste any of the image links!!! DX< So here are the direct links instead:

Week 43: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday43_zps23be01cb.jpg.html?sort=3&o=6

Every time I draw a guy's lips, they always come out so damn girly. Mind you, the guy in the reference had very girly lips to start with.

Week 44: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday44_zpsdf20bea2.jpg.html?sort=3&o=5

Studies in preparation for a... certain something *mysterious thing is mysterious*

Why is it, that when I go looking for references for certain poses, I can never find exactly what I want? I think I need to hire a pair of life-models to pose for me.

Week 45: Ok, so there is a bit of this which might possibly be considered NSFW, I can't decide. There's no genitalia on show and the atmosphere is sweet rather than sexy, but they are both naked, so I'm erring on the side of caution.

The most definitely SFW stuff first: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday45SFW_zps9e945262.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

I am well aware that the hand in the hair is grossly out of proportion to the head. I have learned my lesson: if drawing a hand holding something, sketch in that something first before sketching the hand!

And then the I-don't-think-it-is-but-others-might NSFW: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday45possNSFW_zps35bf89bd.jpg.html?sort=3&o=3

I think this may be the cutest thing I've drawn ever. It gives me the warm fuzzies every time I look at it (:) I know he's missing a thumb, btw; unfortunately, I didn't notice it until after I had stuck a piece of sellotape over it, trying to repair a rip in the page, so I couldn't correct it >:(

And with all pieces for Week 45 together: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday45_zps20fc8050.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4

Week 46: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday46_zps7926f5a1.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

You know the trouble with working from references? You end up wanting to do references all the time, and not actually making up stuff yourself. So I tried to avoid references for a while... and it turned out all pathetic *sigh*

Week 47: http://s23.photobucket.com/user/rhondacrockett/media/Sketchy%20Sundays/SketchySunday47_zps661e210c.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

The ear studies are not all from reference; I was playing around, seeing if I could make it up, while at the same time surreptitiously studying the ears of my sister, my dad, the people on TV...
rhondacrockett: (The fourth wall... it broked)
I went on-line around 2pm, intending to answer some emails, book some flights, maybe buy a book I've been thinking about, then come off.

By 5pm, I had only achieved the first and had spent the rest of my time browsing art on Tumblr and DeviantArt.

I have a big discipline problem when going on-line. For me, the internet is usually about amusement, so my default is to search for something new and interesting to stare at for a while. Which means if I do go on intending to do something (e.g. booking flights), I frequently end up forgetting what I wanted and waste hours just trolling about, going, "ENTERTAIN ME INTERWEBZ!!"
rhondacrockett: (Weird is rad)
This Monday, I like... Jeremy Clay's Victorian Strangeness series.

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Image taken from this particular column in the series


They say that the past is a foreign country. Thanks to Jeremy Clay's Victorian Strangeness series at the BBC News Magazine Monitor blog, we can find out exactly how foreign the nineteenth century was. Each Saturday, Mr Clay, the author of The Burgler Caught by a Skeleton, posts a new tale of the outlandish, ghoulish, bizarre and sensational, gleaned from the glut of newspapers and periodicals of the Victorian age. So far, we have met with a lion in the spa town of Llandrindod, monks running a black market trade in clothes stolen from corpses, a wife-beater getting a taste of his own medicine from an all-female mob, and a monkey whose interest in public hangings does not end well.

The nineteenth century is a time period that's close to my heart: old enough to be properly 'historical', modern enough that you can see how it connects with today. These tall-but-true tales are a fascinating and wry glimpse into a time when technology seemed to run amok, eccentrics were ten a penny, and everybody was obsessed with death, particularly violent death. Suddenly, all those ludicrous Victorian potboilers don't seem quite so ludicrous anymore...
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
This Monday, I like... the Doctor Who cartoons of Fonora.

Lots and lots and lots of Nu-Who comic strips, focused on Ten and Eleven - and an increasing number featuring Twelve as well! The style is sorta scruffy, sorta scratchy; all the men have red noses and everybody has long, gangly limbs. It reminds me of the illustrations of Tony Ross (Google him). The strips are (with one exception*) really funny, perfectly capturing the adorable, slapstick ridiculousness which has been such a feature of Nu-Who. My current favourites include:

Finding Gallifrey
Beach of Doomsday (I always thought the goodbye scene between Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor was irritating, particularly Rose's stupid crying)
Gentleman (it's the smirk; the smirk gets me every time XD)
Wrong Universe
and (shout out to The Emperor's New Groove!) Wrong Lever (btw, these guys would definitely pronounce it "LEEV-er", NOT "LEV-ur").

And she kinda ships Eleven and Elsa from Frozen, which is surprisingly adorable :3

Even better, unlike some DeviantArtists I watch, Fonora updates pretty regularly, so there's usually something new to have a giggle over.




* The exception? This one. I'm sorry, did she miss the bit where he was beating her up?!?! Spoiler )
rhondacrockett: (scribble scribble)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28128028

This... fits with a lot of stuff that's been occupying my mind recently. The line about being "stuck at home with only my own opinion of myself as it wavers between the apocalyptic and the grandiose" is particularly pointed.

...

(This is aimed entirely at myself, btw, not at anyone else.)

[Edit to add:] And after all that thoughtfulness, have a couple of pretty space pictures to make you go, "Wow!"

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140705.html
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140703.html
rhondacrockett: (The fourth wall... it broked)
Back again! And this Monday, I like... the cartoon art of LetsSaveTheUniverse (otherwise known as Caterina).

No image this week, folks - you can follow the link to the art. And I do recommend it, even if you don't get the references because, frankly, I don't get a lot of them either! This is an insane mixture of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, the BBC's Sherlock AND the Robert Downey Jnr. movies Sherlock Holmes, a little bit of Supernatural, and something called Cabin Pressure, which I have never heard of before...

Parts of it are original cartoons, parts of it are cartoons made by taking a piece of dialogue from one show and putting it in the mouths of characters from another. The latter can be confusing if you don't know where the dialogue or the characters came from, but the confusion is part of the charm. And they are incredibly charming, with their simple bold outlines, tiny black-button eyes and U-shaped smiles. The style reminds me of Dick Bruna and Miffy the Rabbit; there is a child-like sweetness here even when mentioning frisky women and spying on high-functioning sociopaths who refuse to wear trousers.

And oh, they make me laugh! Ok, many of the jokes sail over my head - particularly the Cabin Pressure ones - but it's all so silly, I grin like a fool. My two favourites are the High-functioning Patronus (you'll have to click on it to read it) and the Bubble Pipe (particularly when you add in the bit of dialogue she's written below). (Interesting that both feature Benedict Cumberbatch's version of Sherlock Holmes, when I've never watched that show...)

So when I need a little sweet-and-silly cuteness involving multi-crossover fandoms, I take a look to see what new stuff LSTU might have put up, because even when I don't get it, it gives me a smile. :)
rhondacrockett: (batmint - dava)
In other news, my Karen Hallion T-shirts landed yesterday and they are awesome and look so good and I am very happy and I really must get a digital camera that works and doesn't eat batteries like they're Jelly Tots so I can show how cool they look :DDD
rhondacrockett: (scribble scribble)
I may be developing a slight addiction to on-line art. I have been twitching all evening to browse DeviantArt and Tumblr... Yeah, might want to keep an eye on that...
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
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I am FINALLY getting Karen Hallion's Belle and the TARDIS on a T-shirt which is NOT that hideous green which is the only colour it was available in up until now!!!! (I went with the charcoal.) IT IS SO STUPID THE LEVEL OF EXCITED I AM ABOUT A FRICKING T-SHIRT EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

I also got the Cinderella one in navy because it just looked so good! But Belle's the one I've really been after. She and Mary Poppins are my two favourites of Ms Hallion's Disney/Doctor mash-ups, and I got the Mary Poppins one about a month ago through another site. My collection is now complete *happy sigh*
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
Yes, yes, I know it's not Sunday anymore! But the internet was playing up yesterday and I wasn't able to post until today. Better late than never, eh?

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I am totally blaming Tues/Wednesday's and Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sunday's sketches on the fact that I've been listening to Evanescence's Fallen for the past week and a half; I blame that on this particular post on the Mary Sue Problems Tumblr, and I blame that on this post on Paperback Writer lol.

This week has been a case of being-really-happy-even-though-I-know-there-are-problems. Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sunday's, for instance: I know I'm all over the place with my perspective and placement of shadows and my attempts to make the boulders in the foreground look 3D are clumsy - but I still like it a lot. And Tues/Wednesday's, well...

Sketchy Sunday 16 - Angeldiving original photo SketchySunday16angeloriginal_zpse76f75e9.jpg Sketchy Sunday 16 - Angeldiving rotated photo SketchySunday16angelrotated_zpscac1b48c.jpg


...the wings are weird. They're supposed to be folded back-to-back and stretched straight up (or down, depending on your perspective), so that they're as thin and flat as possible: the wing equivalent of putting your arms above your head with hands pressed palm-to-palm. I just could not work out how to put that on paper, so I ended up with the mess above. But I love the feathery detail along the edges of the wings, I think it works really well. And I adore his little upside-down head! - as long as it's upside down; when you rotate it, he looks like a pig.

Also, in the rotated version his legs look ridiculously short, but in the original they look fine. I wanted his body to look curved, with the legs and head bending back from the viewer and his trunk pushed forward... and I kinda think it does look like that... but I don't know if anyone else sees it...
rhondacrockett: (loneliness & the assassin)
... Have just spent faaaaaaaaaar too long on KnowYourMeme.com. My brain feels filthy. It has now joined TVTropes.com on the list of Internet Sites Which Rhonda Must Not Look At In The Name Of Sanity.

-_-'
rhondacrockett: (Nature is beautiful)
Because I'm seeing it everywhere I go at the minute, this Monday, I like... cherry blossom.

I Like Monday - cherry blossom photo 640px-Cherry_blossoms_in_Vancouver_3_crop_zpse8d48687.jpg
Image taken from Wikipedia. Photograph is copyright Eviatar Bach.


Which is odd because I'm not a fan of pink flowers generally. I find them too obviously "pretty", too simperingly girly, and as a not-really-very-girly female, I have a kneejerk reaction against them. But cherry blossom is such a sweet, delicate, barely-there pink - the merest blush of colour - and it comes out in such a mass that it overwhelms my usual crusty suspiciousness. When I see a cherry tree in bloom, it always makes me smile.

Of course, cherry blossom may also appeal to me because in amongst the pink are streaks of maroon and carmine on the blossom stalks and sepals, and as I have mentioned previously, red is one of my favourite colours. Now when I picture it in my head, the brownish reds of the stems and candy-like tones of the flowers ought to clash horribly. But somehow in real life, it works, creating lovely, soft red shadows which glow underneath the blossoms.

A world with cherry blossom in it is fresh, charming, kind and a little daydreamy, with spring breezes which scatter petals like rain and turn lawns into pools of baby pink. Below are some links, mostly to Pinterest pages, with more pictures of cherry blossom. Go take a wander around and just enjoy the pretty :)

Link one
Link two
Link three
Link four
Link five
Link six (I particularly like the one with the squirrel)
Link seven

And to finish, a cherry blossom-based quiz yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] jellostar. (I don't think this sounds a bit like me, though, except for the last two sentences):




You Are Logical



You are a very rational and cool-headed person. People are often surprised by your reaction to the world.

You are a big fan of order, and no one organizes chaos better than you do. You know how to make sense of madness.



Although you are quite unemotional, you are a very happy and content person. You know how to neutralize strong feelings.

You are both creative and a perfectionist. You get great satisfaction out of a job done right.




rhondacrockett: (Am I addicted? - dava)
This is just way too pretty not to share :D
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