jmtorres: (organizing)
Lists are almost as good as doing things. Because lists help me figure out what to do.

house
--cooking food. I've decided the cooking of food, esp for immediate/next day eating, counts as doing things around the house. Relatedly, the dishes
--taking books back to main library (since this will also clean up the back room a lot)
--laundry
--building the CD shelves
--taking trash and/or recycling out
--mopping/vacuuming
--mending clothes

stab the cat
--go to bank and set up checking account
--go to camera place to look at potential equipment
--budget spreadsheet
--clothes sorting for costume budget
--lyric writing and storyboarding
--pulling the particle accelerator .wavs for sampling
--location scouting
--building the landsail

writing
--I don't know what to put here other than writing. It just needs to get done. I mean, I could list stories, but that doesn't seem useful
--although I was considering writing up things about my yuletide fandoms now as I reread them. btw this year: all out of print books. And possibly Girl Genius as the safety

vidding
--get lyrics and music to n and d for glee vid
--video n and d singing glee vid for lip sync reference
--get clean copies of Enterprise blooper reels for T'Pol adorbs
--...possibly reacquire Enterprise vidding copies. damn it
--force self to rewatch Adam Worth episodes
--finish cleaning the TV ads out of the s1 Sanctuary clips
--and also I just have to sit down and vid

homework
--NOTHING RIGHT NOW
--although possibly I should talk to my advisor. DNW.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (enterprise)
I'm totally allowed to use bloopers for vids whose canons I do not take seriously, right?

Because I randomly ended up on Enterprise outtakes tonight and between the fact that Bakula can carry off a fuck-up with an ad lib and panache and that Blalock cracking up is an automatic character break, there's some really adorable stuff in here.

ETA: Okay, dude, also, it's fucking hilarious when they start bitching about how it's hard to deliver crappy lines.

Meme time

Feb. 15th, 2011 01:43 am
jmtorres: a flying sheep, which I am informed has special significance in World of Warcraft (meme)
Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. With the variant from torch: Upon request, I will quote a random line from any of these files.

Roughly in order of most recently touched to hasn't been touched since 2003 with a small amount of by fandom (my WIP folder is actually sorted by fandom, so you know, the ones that only list one fandom and say 'crossover' are not meaningless in context. But also when I sorted by my recent date it was imperfect because I've had overlapping/longterm fandoms).

ivan and gregor
lady bel vorkosigan
secret agent ivan
V60
the john and ruby show
The surfer dudes came up to the house...
Kurt's Dad Dies AU
studio60/trust me xover
Kryptonian Neal
Archer and T'Pol
rubyverse snippets
Ruby decides to set Dean up with the ...
Once, in the middle of a fight about ...
The Other 179 Steps
five AUs
The beginning was easy, mostly becaus...
superhero neal
beautifulthings
"Man, I could go for some pie right a...
rubyverse outline
clairefic
kitty MerlinShared
Untitled
the once and future king
Chuck epic AU outline
wrongwrongOMGwrong
epic AU sequel B
Chuck vs the Intersect, Once more with Feeling
Uther's ghost
Zoe A
otherdisasters
misshornblower
ghostsoup
OatTyule
joeled
trashyvulcanromance
danielhauntsjack--revisions-8-13-08
AmitaAtlantis
michael
housesga
lightsout
magicathosians
simonnarim
AP
teylaliz
lesbiansperm
meridanfix
klausG
eroicaimmortal
poly60sketch
vanityfair
mistresspepper
tonysmorningafterfreakout
ironmaiden
electricsheep
owensgoon
clone
martharose
marthasarahjane
dextorch
pwjack
fuckingbipolarthreesome
danielrose
postroseten
jackremembers
diefdeaf
ghostvictoria
dsfranniekids
arrayfic
hugheshome
royhugheslies
salamander
gracieis
winryroy
4fingers
carnivale
3impossibletasks
kierastory
delivery
loioshpern
cawti
oat-xover
book1
book2
book3
book4
lomyw
ladiesaux
Ghinfidelity
GHfamilyrelations
topaya
toaster
ayaaya
ghmx
dreamau
wb-laby
wb-hl
kenneth-joan
jackivan
theboys
piotrAU
fishing
kml3
allgay
au
qlb5
circuit
memory
mpregdon
agentramunjan
randompr0n
threetwo
riverxover
wingwilson
wilsoncooks
efcxover
amandabday
prize
hlbtvssnippetybippet
ats-hl
OUaTiM-hl
deathamanda
marryjoe
kingsransom
joeknows
notmethos
bastardmethos
mythseeker
salzer
neitherservenorreign
GGslash
gilmoreslayers
storyofbanandginji
twinloss
fcwk
malriver
auofdoom
wkff
sixthport
lgmalt
universe-hop
7dayscross
green
7u
lettersfromtelemachus
DRverse
lenivan
santaclauseAU
valentomb
lomsopadoom
fragments

So.

Aug. 1st, 2010 10:58 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I want to make a vid at Vividcon. I was toying with one idea but... I decided the one idea was too much emotional work, primarily. So I'm pulling up other items on the burner and putting it to a vote. I don't swear to abide by the vote but you know, might influence me.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


What vid should I make at vividcon?

View Answers

Big Wolf on Campus - Scott Bakula. Pros: source makes me happy. Cons: source is late nineties VHS rip.
2 (14.3%)

Enterprise - Mrs. Robinson. Pros: source makes me happy. Cons: Lots of source, also few other people will watch with me.
0 (0.0%)

Leverage - I Drink Alone. Pros: source makes me happy; this vid will probably only get made if I can do it in one weekend. Cons: I haaaate Nathan Ford.
1 (7.1%)

Sherlock Holmes - Bad Romance. Pros: very short source, many people want this. Cons: effects heavy, has been awhile since I was passionate, song cut is um *almost* done.
3 (21.4%)

Supernatural - Come Out And Play. Pros: About half done already. Cons: A little burned out on SPN right now.
1 (7.1%)

White Collar - The Distance. Pros: source makes me happy, about a third done. Cons: Working off a back-up file due to crashed drive, and remastering that finished section from DVD rip.
7 (50.0%)

jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I am going to be brave enough to put this list out here publicly, because as much as I might irrationally fear it, no one's going to poach my vid ideas, for two reasons: vidders all have more ideas of their own than they will ever have time to make (I know I do), and no one can make the vid I would make, because I am unique (just like everyone else).

Vids that live in my head:

Being Human - Season of Illusions by Ladytron (the abusive boyfriend vid)
Big Wolf on Campus - Scott Bakula by Sunspot (the Merton's gay dilemma vid)
Enterprise - Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads (the trashy holonovel vid)
Merlin - Falcon in the Dive (the [personal profile] ysobel is going to vid with me damn it vid)
Meta - Tradition (the two finger salute vid)
Multifandom - Beautiful Things by Bobby Darin (the OOH SHINY heist tribute)
Multifandom - Woodstock by Joni Mitchell (the escaping dystopia vid)
Multifandom - various (the Badfic vid)
Red Dwarf - Never Set the Cat on Fire by Frank Hayes (the co-vid with [personal profile] traykor)
Sherlock Holmes - Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (the objectifying the masculine vid)
Supernatural - Please Don't Leave Me by Pink (the candy tears vid)
Supernatural - Come Out and Play by The Offspring (the thesis on season 4 vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups (Janie's vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Dark Eyes (the history of Ruby vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Turning the Page by, probably, Metallica (the fixing your con vid)
Tru Calling - Madeleine by Jonathan Coulton (the I had to watch it, I have to mock it vid)
White Collar - The Distance by Cake (the Kate as quest object vid)
White Collar - Pisco Bandito by Moxy Früvous (the everyone needs a themesong vid)

This is not all-inclusive, though I am a little startled at some of the older projects that sat up and said HEY when I was making this list.

*ponders list* Three vids primarily about heterosexual relationships (all negative!, in different ways), three vids primarily about homosexual relationships (hmm, more ambiguous), three vids that are essentially male character studies (ranging), three vids that are essentially female character studies (all sympathetic), three vids that are primarily about social issues before any specific fannish content, three vids that my brain files as crack (instead of in any of the preceding categories).

Hmm.

Anyone wanna talk vids with me?
jmtorres: Aya from Weiss Kreuz gets petted, text: Everyone needs a kitten (kitten)
I'm rereading [personal profile] viridian5's Glass Houses, a Weiß Kreuz AU epic WIP that I was reading along with early on, but somehow lost track of over the years. I love this story to pieces and I have unfinished fic for it floating around on my hard drive, more than I thought I did, actually--over 5,000 words of fluff about Schwarz & co invading Crawford's family, 2100 words of Yoji and Schuldig's relationship drama (they are in no way exclusive, but when Yoji, with help, blocks Schu's telepathy, that's totally cheating), and an actually complete scene, at 1500 words, of did I really? yes, I really did, why god why Nagi/Omi lifted directly from my own personal experience that I thankfully did not ever post.

(Gosh, I have a lot of half-finished WK fic in general, actually. Conveniently I even wrote the end of the Quantum Leap crossover, so I know how the plot on that one works.)

I went skimming through vid WIPs too and I seem to have vidded 90% of a Weiß Kreuz vid, though I think I would have to take it apart at the seams and put it back together before I'd be happy with it now: it doesn't move enough.

Other things in the vid WIP pile:

--The first 19 seconds of an Enterprise vid that makes me cackle with glee (WHO'S YOUR MOMMY)
--The first 58 seconds of my thesis on s4 Supernatural that includes, among other things, Ruby flirting with Cas and Cas giving WTF face
--About 48 seconds of a Fullmetal Alchemist vid, from the middle, being all about how Roy is a broken, fucked-up moppet because Hughes dies
--The first 23 seconds of a Being Human vid that is pretty but also depressing.

I am making an effort to commit fic to computer as it happens in my brain. Last night I wrote 800 words of Janie's declarations; tonight I wrote 600 words of the John and Ruby show. I love the John and Ruby show, and the piece I wrote tonight clears up part of the plot that I was banging my head against. So yay for that.

It's harder to commit to the braindump as instantaneously with vidding because the stuff I've been running in my head is stuff I'm going to have to hunt material to construct, it's not "and this clip from this episode would be perfect!", it's "where is a clip of Ruby lying on her back I could manip into this part of this story." So that's hard.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (enterprise)
It is sort of amazing how much joy I get from mocking the shit out of this show.

prompts?

Sep. 7th, 2009 04:14 pm
jmtorres: (stand-in)
I am vidding, so of course I think I might like to do some writing now.

Things what I have watched recently:
Being Human
Logan's Run
Zero Population Growth
Dark City
1984
Raines
DS9
Enterprise
(and have read) Vorkosigan

Anyone have requests for fic?
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (spock)
Are we still spoiler cutting for the reboot movie?

[personal profile] niqaeli and I went to see ST:Reboot for the, uh, seventh time. In addition to vid-related "covered in fangirls!" moments and our usual assorted fanwanks regarding Daddy's wink and sex on the bridge and how the f-bomb was clearly used, we, uh, developed a new theory.

supernova my ass, also interstellar politics )
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
Writing:
--the hilarious epic romance Vulcan harlequin of Archer and T'Pol (I heart my trashy holonovel show)
--Ivan Vorpatril, secret agent
--I feel like there was some other Vorkosigan thing, it'll come to me...
--the gay Chuck AU (*waves at [personal profile] everysecondtuesday*)

Vidding:
--Uther is a bad, bad daddy (no really, this one is quite a serious look at his madness, I just can't take Merlin seriously while I'm clipping for it)
--the cute threesome/historical overview of Vulcan/Human relations (hi, trashy holonovel!)
--the Being Human one that was supposed to be cute threesome but for which I found the wangsty emo song instead
--the Dystopias We Live In vid of spiritual sequeltude to She Walks
--if I'm writing the gay Chuck AU, clearly I need to make the gay Chuck opening credits.

Would anyone like to voice encouragement or engage in discussion? Because Juls is made of fail right now.
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (spock)
Vid: The Long Spear
Vidders: MANY--Please credit to "[personal profile] jmtorres, [personal profile] niqaeli, et al", not JUST to [personal profile] jmtorres. This was NOT a solo vid
Music: The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel, with additional material
Fandom: Star Trek and... Star Trek. Yes.
LINK (right-click or ctrl-click to download and save): http://jmtorres.dreamhosters.com/vids/longspear.avi (39MB)

I promised since, oh, about the second time I saw the movie that this vid would say everything I wanted said and that if it didn't I would cry and hang up my hat as a vidder because clearly I would be no good at communicating in the medium.

So I will limit my remarks here and let the vid do most of the talking. I really only want to say three things:

1. An expansion of the credits:
[personal profile] jmtorres and [personal profile] niqaeli were the primary vidders in the sense of putting material on the timeline.

[personal profile] traykor, [personal profile] echan, and [personal profile] grey_bard did lots and lots additional clipping above and beyond what [personal profile] jmtorres and [personal profile] niqaeli managed.

[personal profile] grey_bard also recorded the vocal track for the last verse specifically for this project. The other women whose singing I sampled for this vid are Joni Mitchell and Lorenna McKennit.

[personal profile] killabeez and [livejournal.com profile] slasher69 are two vidders to whose work we paid homage. Those vids were: Killa's Dante's Prayer, because Killa is a seminal Trek vidder of the modern era (Dante's Prayer has been cited as "Hey, you guys! We can use those computers things for vidding!"), and Kandy Fong's Both Sides Now, which is, so far as I know, the earliest vid of which we have visual record (see this OTW journal article for more on the history of vidding).

The following fangirls took pictures of themselves in Vulcan salute for me to use at the end of the vid: [personal profile] ysobel, [livejournal.com profile] lierdumoa, [personal profile] settiai, [personal profile] lferion, [personal profile] azurelunatic, [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [personal profile] gchick, [personal profile] zarhooie, [livejournal.com profile] missingwatch.

[personal profile] elfling made the awesome costumes we wore to Club Vivid.

I would also like to give a special nod to [personal profile] nshoe, who, while not one of our women's voices in the traditional sense, did help out with Memory Alpha abuse for clipping and making one of my hard drives live again. His wife, [personal profile] niqaeli, also notes that he was very patient with the crazy women in the house.

2. I did, briefly, want to explain the title, because I used a metaphor that I thought was not uncommon, but google entirely disagrees. So you may never have heard it before unless you read all the same stuff I do. [livejournal.com profile] papersky writes about her spearpoint theory; the example she was using it on when I appropriated it into my personal vocabulary was the Vorkosigan novels, how the later novels like Brothers in Arms and Memory are that sharp point on the long spear, they have an emotional impact because of the history of the other novels they carry. I consider the Star Trek Reboot movie to be the sharp point. Since I'm trying not to overexplain the vid, I'll leave the rest of the metaphor unspoken.

3. My hat is made of tin.

I will now take questions from the audience.

(Holy cow, it's harder to hear people cry than to hear them laugh.)

What

Jul. 25th, 2009 01:04 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I was in bed by midnight and slept for like, twelve hours. How am I still tired.

In other news: I told the pink-skin joke on eboard.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
1. I finished watching Enterprise!

2. Alas, my love affair with the trashy holonovel is not over. I'm reading fic. None of it is what I'd call good fic, which is why I'm leaning heavily on comedy--a well-formatted comedy can live without a plot and with mangled characterizations, whereas drama with the same flaws make me stab the back button.

But my actual second comment was a related issue to the bad fic: I keep trying to figure out what woman on Enterprise Archer might be talking to who would be considered blonde (not T'Pol, surely not Hoshi), only to realize he's talking to Trip. You guys! Blonde with an e, girl!Trip. Blond without an e, boy!Trip. Continually referring to characters by their hair color instead of their name, so last decade.

[personal profile] niqaeli and I discussed it and girl!Trip is awesome and I want actual fic about her (as opposed to whoops, stop calling boy!Trip the blonde mmmkay?). She's totally queer. Like, not completely lesbian, about the same ratio of hitting on alien women and bonding in highly suspect ways with Archer and Reed as the next Trip--but she is queer, and self-aware about it, which means she totally calls Reed on his shit, Reed being the least self-aware queer in the history of Starfleet. Also, she's about ten times less ass-hatty about the one-night stand with T'Pol. In my head her name is still Trip which means she's probably actually also still Charles Tucker III because her father so desperately wanted a son to carry on the line that he gave his daughter massive issues to carry around. Fun times! Is there any chance this story has actually been written? Is there any chance it's any good?
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
Teaser of the Vulcan romance epic I'm writing excerpts from:

Daughter of T'Les, T'Pol learned stories
of the stars at her mother's knee.
T'Les passed on the family tales, her mother's
mother's adventures in service of
the High Command. T'Mir, foremother of
T'Les, had gone to Earth before their first
warp flight, before they reached their moon, before
they had sent probes out to the stars, all calling:
Hello, we are human. Ad astra
per aspera. Here is our star. Come find us,
bravely, blindly seeking, knowing not
who would reply. That Vulcans were those ones
was fortunate for Earth—and filled T'Pol's
young heart with triumph, so possessive of
the world she thought of as T'Mir's was she.
She felt that Earth awaited her, a destined
and inherited domain she would
someday explore, just as T'Mir had done.

ahahahaha

Jul. 10th, 2009 04:46 pm
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
Enterprise found the Western planet. Undercover cowboy Archer and Trip! Mildly schoolmarmish bandana-club T'Pol! OMG heart.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
So I've said that if I ever made an Archer/T'Pol vid it would be like, 90% Archer's WTF face. They'll be going along slowly, feeling each other out and building trust with careful stubbornness like proper representatives of adversarial cultures and then all of the sudden T'Pol will cop to 1) being an individual 2) having a sense of humor and 3) either having been amused by something Archer said, or having pulled a practical joke on him. And then the facade slides back in place and Archer is left going, "Did that just happen?" (Like the time she spins this long yarn billed as factual about her great grandmother that Archer and Trip are going, "No way, did that really happen?" and she concludes with, "...you asked me to tell you a story." Archer's head is SIDEWAYS in wtf, I tell you. Or the time the Ferengi took over the ship, which despite being totally implausible from a timeline perspective is one of my favorite cracky this-is-a-holonovel episodes because Trip spends literally half the episode running around saving the ship in his underwear. Also Archer attempts to tell the Ferengi that T'Pol's not worth kidnapping, she's way too boring, no sense of humor, and T'Pol later gives him shit about claiming she had no sense of humor and refuses to unlock his handcuffs until he gets into the swing of the game and bribes her with the completely mythical gold the Ferengi have been after.)

Archer, T'Pol and Trip have dinner in Archer's ready room a lot, this is going to contribute to my threesome love I think. In any case! There is an episode that starts with wtf face. Archer is choking on his dinner and Trip is going, "Excuse me?" and when T'Pol starts to repeat what she said, they're like, "Nonono omg we HEARD YOU." Apparently she asked them if they were suffering from a lack of sexual activity. They ask why she would think so; she points out that if they followed frat regs, they haven't had sex in ten months.

(Time out to pat Enterprise on the head for having frat regs. Those poor bastards, none of the other Treks did.)

Trip points out that T'Pol is not subject to Starfleet's frat regs (why I do not know, she subject to things like chain of command, you'd think that would be a related issue) and how is her sex life doing? T'Pol replies that Vulcans only have sex every seven years. Thereby shooting down their hopes that her inquiry was an offer. But Archer keeps bugging her about why she's so interested and her reply is that she understands the human mating ritual is supposed to relieve stress, and their efficiency ratings are down three percent. They need an optimally efficient captain, clearly he needs to do sex.

Which is why she has picked out a planet for them to visit for shore leave. At this point I am going, "Risa? The way this episode has been going it has to be Risa." Sure enough it is Risa. T'Pol hilariously informs them that she selected it as a shore leave planet for its pristine beaches. Archer asks if it is populated, at which point the truth comes out, for T'Pol admits that the population is humanoid and quite willing to help relieve stress.

This is canon, yo, for varying values of canon. Mind you, they do not get to Risa in this episode, they spend the next three episodes taking detours and answering distress calls, but opening every episode with "we were on our way to Risa when..." so I choose to take the fact that they get there in the end as proof of T'Pol's stubbornness on the getting-the-captain-laid plan. When they finally get there Archer is all guilty about going down when half the crew has to stay aboard. T'Pol points out that there was a lottery and he had the same chance as anyone else, which I choose to read as T'Pol rigged that sucker because by Surak's big toe she was getting the captain laid.

Speaking of Surak, she arranges to have a present waiting for Archer in his villa by the sea on Risa. You just see the note first, it says "For relaxation." I half-expected it to be a horga'hn, the Risian symbol of fertility that you display as an invitation to casual sex (ie the souvenir Riker asked Picard to pick up for him without explaining what it was so that Picard was fending off hot girls for days and cursing Riker's name when he found out). But no. T'Pol sent Archer a copy of the philosophy of Surak. Honestly for that to have any relevance to T'Pol's averred interest in getting the captain laid for his own good, I think the unexpurgated Surak must have some choice bits on My Vulcan Brethren, When Your Time Is Upon You, You Must Embrace Your Sexuality For It Is Illogical To Die Rather Than To Have Sex. Not that most humans have ever seen unexpurgated Surak and Archer may be rather surprised if he ever compares his copy to the standard library editions back on Earth.

*SQUISH* I love them so.

HEEEEEEE

Jun. 28th, 2009 01:44 am
jmtorres: (ds9)
So sometime around watching the Enterprise episode "Acquisition" I decided that not only was Enterprise the trashy holonovel it is depicted as in the finale, it was written by Jake and Nog.

Today [personal profile] grey_bard pointed me at an Enterprise tie-in novel entitled "The Good that Men Do." It has a fascinating framing device.

Read more... )

blargh

Jun. 27th, 2009 07:14 pm
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
I feel like throwing up. I am not sure whether I'm actually getting sick or just having fucking jitters about the vid.

The happy place in my head right now is T'Pol being extremely smug in bed with Archer and Trip.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
I have a talky Vulcan in my head.

And by "talky Vulcan" I mean a characteristically taciturn Vulcan speaking through a human mouthpiece.

pop quiz

Jun. 18th, 2009 11:28 pm
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (trek)
What is your favorite episode or movie of Trek? Any series. Tell me why.

I am exceptionally fond of DS9 "The Wire" personally. Because you know, I ship Bashir/Garak a lot and Garak snarking about the value of truth and lies is awesome. I also quite like TNG "Tapestry," for the moment where Picard rolls over to discover Q in bed with him.

If you are visiting my dreamwidth from LJ: sign in with openID and then come back to this entry to comment.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (enterprise)
Number one weirdest appellation by fanfic writer reluctant to just call characters by name:

The Floridian.

So the like, three extant QL/Enterprise crossovers (every fan of Enterprise wrote one?) are all about Sam leaping into Archer. Which could be fun except for how everyone knows what's going on and honestly, watching Sam flail around trying not to out himself was uh, part of the appeal. And in any case, is not actually how I generally handle same-actor crossovers. I maybe be ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE on this one but my brain always tries to supply how the two characters could be THE SAME PERSON for same-actor crossovers. Weirdly there's been no doppelganger sex in the QL/Enterprise crossovers I've found. That's usually considered a feature.

halp

Jun. 17th, 2009 02:11 pm
jmtorres: Quantum leap, Sam and Al. (QL)
Can anyone stand both QL and Enterprise long enough to talk to me about plot bunnies? Because I keep watching Enterprise and they keep having nonsensical time travel shenanigans and OH MY GOD.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (enterprise)
I should really, really be writing a paper right now! Or at least doing research? And instead, I am plotty fic in my head. But not just any fic, no. Enterprise fic. Which I rightfully suspect no one will read and if anyone does read it, no one will admit to it. Oh Enterprise, you unacceptable racial epithet step-child of Trek canon.

plot bunnies, cut because no one will actually want to read these, right? )
jmtorres: sewing machine operation modelled (crafty)
Does anyone know anything about casting faces and creating prosthetic appliances? My experience: one undergraduate make-up class, in which we used liquid latex and kleenex to make scars.

My current goal: making custom Vulcan ears for [personal profile] niqaeli. Also pointy eyebrows for the both of us (but I am less concerned about that).

Most of my questions have to do with materials. Like, my textbook here says use alginate to do the cast of the face. [personal profile] echan claims we could do it with papier maché, though I am thinking I don't want to try to get newsprint strips fine enough to deal with the ear. So, alginate. (My book is all about the accu-cast brand; I admit I am looking at mold gel purely for local availability.) Do I want quick set (like, 3 minutes) or slow set (like, 8 or 9 minutes)? I mean, as a beginner at this, will I actually get the stuff on before it sets in three minutes? Or if I get the slow set will I end up going "Hold still, it's almost set... almost..." for like, five minutes?

So then, making the positive plaster cast off the alginate face ear mold (ps: I am thinking I will be casting just her ears since that is all I need to make appliances for. Is there any compelling reason to do a full face cast?). Materials for the plaster cast--is there any reason I need to be using hydro super stone pro stuff, vs plaster of paris I could pick up at Joann's?

Once I clay model the pointy ears and make a negative plaster cast of that, I am then a little waffly about what to make the actual appliances out of. Like, I'm reading about painting layers of liquid latex into the mold which would make an ear that conforms externally to what I sculpted but which would not be perfectly molded to the top of her ear. It would be... hollow, I guess? I get that you can't fill up the whole closed mold (inclusive of the positive cast of the ear) with liquid latex, that that won't set because liquid latex needs air to set? That if I want to do something that matches up perfectly to her ear, I'm looking at foaming materials--foam latex, poly-urethane foam, silicone foam, foam gelatin. Any recs re: my low experience level and affordability of materials? Or is a foam appliance overkill for this--should I just make the hollow latex appliance?

current materials list for niq's approval )

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