Midnight Pub

Too good to be true

~tryops

I think there is an important element in works that is often overlooked: human error. Most of the time it is seen as something bad that you want to keep as minimal as possible.

But that is only true in very technical environments and less everywhere else, like creative fields. Spotting human error in a work, be it a text, artwork or a video can make everything about the work so much more human. It reminds you that there was a real person sitting there making this thing.

I think this is one of the reasons I like lofi hiphop so much, because you can hear the (often intentional) mediocre sound quality that references the creation process of the song, which is something you don't get much in other genres.

I also prefer websites that feel more handcrafted rather than sticking-to-a-strict-standard-à-la-material-design for example.

However, just making mistakes doesn't automatically make it more personal. Take a look at this table:

                     +-------------+---------------+
                     | intentional | unintentional |
+--------------------+-------------+---------------+
| making mistakes    |      A      |       B       |
+--------------------+-------------+---------------+
| making no mistakes |      C      |       D       |
+--------------------+-------------+---------------+

A mixture of case A and B is what I'm referring to here: Making mistakes by accident without the intention of making it perfect. It is the the same attitude you have when you make something for yourself. You just make it however you make it no matter how it turns out to be. You could make it better if you put in more time and revised it more often but its good enough for you and there isn't anyone you need to please other than you. That feels the most natural and personal to me I think.


shiloh

Hmm, I like your observation here! I made a couple chess boards over the summer, and only majorly fucked up one of them. That's the one I kept, and I gave the other two to a friend and my old wrestling coach/history teacher. Even though the lines don't match up exactly and there's a little space between the playing area and the border piece, I still like to use the board. And I guess I place some extra value on it because I made it myself, and the mistakes make it unique without compromising its usability.

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nsilvestri

I've started brewing my own alcohol, and I'll just say that my first batch of cider is not enjoyable at all. But I'll be damned if I don't drink and enjoy it anyway, because I made it!

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shiloh

Yeah, same here! My first batch was god-awful. I didn't know how to cold crash, and I didn't have a fridge in that dorm, even if I wanted to. So I drank room temperature cider with all the yeaties in it with my buddies. Good times, but that shit was gross.

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nsilvestri

I siphoned up all the yeast on my first batch of cider, so that's my problem. I figured it out by the time I did the mead, though! And I have two more gallons of cider going now. Some mistakes I only want to make once :)

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shiloh

Ooh yeah, that must have been pretty nasty! I just got done fermenting my first mead. I just used an old whiskey bottle, water, honey, and some cloves, kaffir lime leaves, and foraged sumac. I haven't tried it yet, but just racked it to age for a while. Smells more like a summer drink, so I think I'll wait til then. How's the cider? I just made another gallon and a half. It's in high demand by my friends for our Thanksgiving and Christmas parties!

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nsilvestri

The cider is still not great, and the mead is awful. But these new ciders are made are tasting pretty good! In one of them I steeped some teabags of spices and I'm really liking its characteristics, but I've only just racked and need to let it chill out for a while longer. Gravity is 1.000 but still needs to finish that last little bit of fermentation most likely.

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shiloh

I love the cider + spices mixture! My go-to combo is apple juice with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and a couple kaffir limes leaves. Great for winter days! Well, the coolest days we can get in Florida, at least. I heard mead needs to age to taste good, that's why I'm leaving mine. But I've never had it so I don't really know.

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tatterdemalion

That's why I missed one question on my Starfleet Medical final exam (mixed up a preganglionic fiber with a postganglionic nerve) and only graduated as salutatorian.

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