Sunday, 9 February 2020

Prophecies of Green and Gold


 I have just discovered that it has been a month since we last plopped something up on the blog.  A month!  The Ms Scarlet Approach has got out of control somewhat...
 We have got so many things that we have "almost done" and "nearly finished" and "not quite got around to yet", but nothing in a state worthy of a post.  Well, not on their own-
Oh, get on with it!
Yes. Get on with it!



 Oh, all right!  Here are some of the many things that have kept us otherwise occupied in the last month that will likely be expanded upon into posts of their own at some point:

 Between Christmas and New Year (and even afterwards) we fannied around with some new designs for a blog header.


 This is the best of what we came up with, but I'm not overly enthused with it, so it will probably change later in the year.
 Hey!  I quite like it.  The font, anyway.

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 I vaguely recall threatening another Tin Foil Hat Competition at some point reasonably recently - this time with a Ferrero Rocher flavoured theme.  With that in mind, I set to devouring a box of the Ambassador's favourites but didn't get very far:


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 Some Star Trek stuff now.  First up, some sketches and colour trials for a Betazoid starship, specifically a royal yacht for the likes of Lwaxana Troi (or her ancestor, Lyannifaer, who featured here).


 Except for the ringship Enterprise, XCV 330 (depicted in various images in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Enterprise), the Vulcans are the only Trek race who use annular warp drive (a warp ring, or coleopteric warp drive) rather than twin nacelles, so I thought I'd balance things out in having the Betazoids use it too.  However, in spite of my first sketch (top left in ivory & gold), I've decided that the Betazoid version uses a ring that's in line with the direction of travel, rather than perpendicular to it.

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 And now something for Hound and Ms Scarlet - Tales from a Romulan Tarot:

The Shaipouin "false door" card

 The new Star Trek: Picard show (which I haven't seen yet) features a most interesting set of playing cards used (and seemingly invented by) the Romulans, called pixmit - A type of tarot, it would appear.
 I have seen various clips and read various synopses and, except for Picard's Romulan housekeepers, it's only these pixmit cards that have me intrigued enough to watch the show.

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 Dobbin the pantomime horse appeared in my wardrobe two or three weeks ago - the work of Timothy Claypole, no doubt - and won't vacate it until I let him come with us on our next adventure over the Cusp.  Needless to say, this is what's holding up the now non-Christmas Panto.  I'm trying to get it rescheduled for Shrove Tuesday, but I have a feeling even the Spring Equinox will be pushing it...

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 This morning, to help me understand how slack at blogging we'd become, I had The Host create this graph showing the amount of posts we'd published each month for the past five years:


 I don't know if it helps or hinders, to be honest?

17 comments:

  1. Ooh that tarot looks interesting! With any luck it will be put out as merch.
    I actually found the patterns in your graph rather mesmerising and found myself in a forest where I met Timothy Claypole who said 'Prithee, does anyone remember me before I died of Aids?' I told him you did and he will be back in your wardrobe shortly. Now I have to decide between watching Monty Python and Rentaghost!

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    1. Just in case pixmit doesn't become official merchandise, today I purchased some card and a navy blue fineliner (I already have gold) to construct my own. Or at least a few cards in a similar vein, as I very much doubt I'll have the patience to make a full set. Especially if I shall be enjoying a Claypole dalliance in my wardrobe!

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  2. A Ferrero Rocher hat contest!!! Oh yes, what a wonderful excuse to stuff my face. I might go the whole hog and make a three piece suite.
    The Ms Scarlet approach to blogging is something I've been trying to dump for the last five years, I don't recommend it!
    I have seen the episode with the cards - they are rather pretty.
    And, your graph.... I dread to think what mine would look like, but I feel like I should try to make it.
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    1. I was very excited when my sister and her husband gave me a tray of Ferrero Rocher in black, white and the traditional gold for babysitting the Little Witch and vom Smallhausen the other day. My excitement turned to disappointment when I discovered that the black (dark brown, really) and white wrappers were plastic and not foil.

      I think a graph might help with dumping the Ms Scarlet Approach?

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  3. P.S Love the header!!
    Sx

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  4. Nice header.
    But I can't get over the "colonoplected warp drive". Sounds awful, pffftt ...

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    1. I'm never going to look at it in the same way again. Thanks, Mago...

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  5. Did you know that both halves of the Rentaghost Pantomime Horse played monsters called "The Myrka" in Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep in 1984? You're welcome. Jx

    PS Thank you for reminding me how yummy Ferrero Rocher are. I am going to have to buy some from Iceland now...

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    1. I did not know that - Thank you! I think I'll stick with Dobbin for our Cusp escapades, though.

      P.S. Ferrero Rocher are also available in England. Possibly even Wood Green?!

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    2. Harumph. Iceland-the-shop started putting out Valentine's Day/Easter chocolates as early as Boxing Day. I doubt I'll need to "paddle up the Skagerrak, Reykjavík-bound..." Jx

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    3. Kit and The Widow - Delightful! Not a beard or wooly hat to be found.

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  6. Ferrero Rocher wrappers can be used to gilt your teeth, if you're that way inclined.

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    1. If you follow Mitzi's advice, keep your head out of the microwave.

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    2. Well, I know I mentioned Ferrero Rocher foil hats, but I draw the line at caps.

      Hexenhäusli DeVice is microwave free! Although, I'm now concerned about my electric toothbrush...

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    3. No microwave?!! But how are you going to cook THESE?

      Jx

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    4. Good gods! Don't you threaten me with those, Jon!

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