|February 20th, 2019 08:14 pm|
Todo list update:
- started reading Words Are My Matter since it was tied most of the day and it's due back soonest; about 1/3 of the way through
- have not written (yet)
- not cleaning bathroom due to emergency storm water supply being in the way
- have finished animals! opened box of "old doll clothes" expecting to find ones I played with back in the day; instead found ones my grandmother played with.
- have not done any sewing, except for repairs to animals. Did find cut-but-not-sewed antique doll clothes in box, though, so number of sewing WIPs has increased instead. sigh
- just put laundry in! mostly animals and doll clothes, but it counts.
- have not worked on knitting projects, that's up next
- officially not dealing with desk today. :P
- officially not working on books today. :P
- listened to lots podcasts!
- writing dreamwidth post as we speak. substance questionable :P
Here is a photo of all of my Daekor Potbelly bears and raccoons - Dropbear and his friends and relations. There are, apparently, 17 of them, which means I've acquired a new on on average every two years.
The koalas, going clockwise, are: Bonnie (by far the best condition, still has original fur texture); Bongo (not actually Daekor, but a very similar design, and as the largest, an honorary uncle); Big Boy (the one who is exactly the same size relative to me as KB was when I was a toddler, and is therefore on emergency hug duty at all times - he got a new nose today); Ol' One-Eye (with his brand-new eyepatch!); Nobody (named after the Emily Dickinson poem, distinguished by having no distinguishable features - the third one I ever owned); Scarface (lurking like the bear of mystery he is!); Joanie (so named because she came on a road trip with me to find America right after college); Drop-Bear (aka KB, the original who's been with me since I was born); and Little One.
The brown bears just go by The Three Bears. The raccoons mostly don't have names, but the pinkish-colored one in the middle is Posey, and one of the others has the name Kekko on her tag.
Names and genders subject to change without notice, I just go by what they tell me.
No I do not need 17 semi-identical stuffed animals (or the, uh, 100-ish others I repaired and re-displayed today) but they bring me joy. And those first three - KB, Scarface, and Nobody - taught me early on just how much three creatures theoretically made from the exact same pattern can all have very obviously different personalities.
|February 19th, 2019 09:37 pm - Snow day!|
I am going to get SO MUCH done!†
Here, let's try this markdown list thing again, for accountability:
- read at least one (1) library book††
- write at least five hundred (500) words of a wip
- finish the post-septic-tank-issues bathroom clean
- tidy the animals and dolls
- sew my cloak pockets finally! and replace the buttons, and do cutting for next sewing project
- do one (1) load of laundry
- finish two (2) knitting projects†††
- reorganize my desk
- be ready to start nf book weeding
- catch up on podcasts††††
- write up a dreamwidth post with actual substance
That's totally reasonable, right? Right! Especially since Sunbeam on the Couch won't be luring me into spending the morning basking like a cat.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49
†††they're both less than 30 minutes from done, so it's not as ambitious at it sounds - it's just what's left is the annoying fiddly bits and I keep putting it off
††††I have seven podcasts I'm behind on, and they're all at exactly nine episodes, so that's only about 63 hours, perfectly doable!
†††††Apparently DW markdown does not like footnotes at all. or polls.
|February 17th, 2019 08:06 pm|
Finally re-made my bed today!
Weight of the 'anti-anxiety' weighted blankets they are now selling in local stores for people my size : 12 lbs
Total weight of my usual winter bedding (flannel sheet, 2 fleece throws, hand-made vintage quilt, Southwestern-style woven cotton blanket or doubled woven wool blanket) : 11.8 lbs.
Well, there's another thing to go on the list of "what do you mean, coping mechanism for non-neurotypical people? That's just how we've always done it here!"
Also went to the thrift store for the half-off sale. Bought:
-mini basketweaving kit
-2 yd plaid flannel
-2 small blank sketchbooks
-hedgehog kitchen timer
-steampunk aviator goggles
-pack of vintage Crayola
-2 8-oz Coke glasses
-handheld electric bubble maker
-pad of watercolor & charcoal paper
....I need to be kept away from thrift store.
|February 15th, 2019 05:59 pm - Things I am not currently posting about:|
fanfic I read this week, even though I really like doing those posts, and novembermond is hosting fanfic friday to encourage people to do that and share it, because I looked back over my AO3 history for the week, and nope it's too embarrassing to share;
this other "study" that showed up on pinboard about how social media is bad for you, which I was thinking about doing a bonus science teardown of, except it's such bad science there isn't even anything to tear down, so I'm just going to link to Bad PR instead;
a post about putting favorite characters on "too cool for school/just wants to be a good boy" axes spun off from china_shop's very scientific guardian poll because my attempt at doing it spun off into thoughts on power/race/gender vs. tropes vs. sf settings that play with both, and why black panther is so great; and anyway that's too much work to write about;
the fanfic I'm currently trying to finish which was supposed to be on the "write a quick ending and call it done" list, hahaha
hats, pictures of hats, why I own so many hats, and konmari, because I haven't gotten to the point in the reorganizing project where I am on to hats yet
next steps in nonfiction library reshelving project, begun two years ago
the martian, welcome to mars, opportunitygrrl, and how humans are so human about people stranded on mars
why every attempt I make to use markdown to do easy lists in DW entries fails
work bullshit, because auugh
more thoughts about into the spiderverse inspired by listening to the spiderverse soundtrack on my commute inspired by work bullshit
weighted blankets vs. blankets that just happens to be weighty because I would have to have made my bed first
this unrelated playlist I'm suddenly working on\
further bookmarklet updates
the current state of the New Septic Tank saga
the half-finished december meme post I'm supposed to be posting next
probably I will add to this list as I remember more things
|February 14th, 2019 10:15 pm - Lupercalia|
Oh hey, it's Lupercalia already! I was going to post some never-to-be-finished psychic wolf fics for Lupercalia, wasn't I.
Here's ~1000 words of the beginning of a Hogan's Heroes wolfbrother fic the world *definitely* needed, from the February where I got really depressed and marathoned about half of Hogan's Heroes on youtube!( 'This is a violation of the Geneva Convention!' Hogan insisted, emphasizing it with a fist to Klink's office desk. )
...and from there it was supposed to go into Hogan trying to run the usual caper plot via the secret tunnel while everything gets increasingly hazy and hormonal. I have no idea what the caper plot was supposed to *be*, though, or what (if any) pairings we were going to end up with. (I think I mostly wanted to figure out the worldbuilding for how they handled wolves in that setting, and I got that far!)
|February 14th, 2019 09:07 am - Signal Boost: Signal Boost bookmarklet with user name tags for more sites|lj_writes
posted: Signal Boost bookmarklet with user name tags for more sites
I made a fork/update to melannen's fork of astolat's signal boost bookmarklet, which adds user name tags for more of the sites recognized by the DW user tag. I also made small changes to the text generated by the bookmarklet.
updated the bookmark code again a few days ago, and then I updated it more, and then lj_writes
updated it even more!
So now it
a) preserves html in the copied text (astolat);
b) works for some people it had been broken for before (me);
c)strips out multiple signal boost: prefixes in titles (me, sorry);
d) fails better with non-DW websites (me);
e) actually works well with a list of non-DW websites that are compatible with DW (lj-writes)
f) has slightly more best-practices formatting (lj-writes).
....at some point we're going to have to stop calling it a "tiny" bookmarklet. :D
I also updated the drag-and-droppable version I'm hosting on my website, if you're somewhere that making a new bookmark manually is too annoying, go here and use the link:
(If I keep wanting to code things, I need to update my DW style next! Nobody let me do anything else! Even if CSS is the worst!)
|February 13th, 2019 09:57 pm - tdap|
Um. I should post something! I feel like I have a bunch of things that are almost ready to post and no energy to get any of them the rest of the way.
OK here, have a contribution to the vaccination discourse:
If you would like someone to use as an example of someone who might not be here if other people didn't vaccinate their kids, here I am. I didn't get the full childhood pertussis/whooping cough vaccination course as a child.
Not because of ethical or religious or financial reasons - my parents were going to get their kids all the vaccines they needed, for sure!
And not because I have some kind of "immune condition" that always gets mentioned in pro-herd-immunity posts, which always calls to mind the kids in childrens' hospital commercials or people with visible disabilities.*
Nope, I just got the first dose of the combined DTP vaccine as a toddler, and then slept for two days straight, which understandably worried my parents and my doctor.
That's not, afaict, a listed side effect of the current TDaP vaccine, and I don't think it was ever a common one for DTP either, and it was never connected with any larger diagnosis for me than 'this one had a weird and scary side effect'. But they decided among themselves that it was probably not a good idea to continue with the pertussis vaccine in particular, which was known to have slightly more risk of side effects. After all, the risk to me in skipping it was fairly small - bad reactions were still super rare, so everybody else around me would be vaccinated, so the chances I would contact anyone who was contagious were low.
Because of that, because this was the 80s and whooping cough was a disease you only heard about in old novels, it was no big deal. And nobody would ever think to point to me and say "there's an example of someone who depends on herd immunity because of medical reasons"; a note in my childhood vaccination record is the only effect it ever had on my life. And I didn't even know I was one vaccine short until I was an adult and anti-vaxxers started showing up in the news and my mother mentioned it in passing.
But if we hadn't had herd immunity, if pertussis was contagious in the community, it would have been a very different risk calculation when I was a toddler. And I might not be here now.
*not that there's any reason not to protect those people too! but the way it's worded always feels like it's designed to be othering, to let people say 'well, I don't know anyone that sick, so it's fine'. I know DW doesn't need the reminder, because you probably do know anyone that sick. Or you are someone that sick. But there are lots of other reasons people can't get vaccines, too, and you probably know people who aren't fully vaccinated for medical reasons like mine, that they might not even know about - and a good thing about herd immunity is that they don't have to be drastic reasons, they can just be 'better safe than sorry' reasons, like my weird two-day nap. And abusing that 'better safe than sorry' makes everybody way less safe, you can't predict who.
|February 5th, 2019 10:31 pm - Webs|
I watched Into the Spiderverse
over the weekend! It is just as amazing in all different ways as everybody has been saying. Definitely worth the big screen, even almost maybe got me to think it might be worth trying in 3D.
Two questions out of that movie: Why is there not more Liv/May fic already? Specifically why is there not more Liv/May where they've spent the past ten years in a Reed-Doom style UST-powered mad engineer's duel? Because that is pretty obviously what that movie was implying. (You should go read everything on AO3 already, of course, but that will only take you a couple hours.)
Also, where is the Shadowshaper
--for the shipposters and based on the slightly more complicated version of the pairing randomizer, this will tell you the basic relationship plot arc of your next fanfic! You should click it, and then comment to tell me what pairing it is for, and then (optional) either rec me or write me something that fits it. :D
--this was actually intended to be a srs useful tool, but it has turned out to be much
This is a pretty basic computer sorting algorithm, but this version assumes the person sorting it is a human making subjective judgements, and therefore sometimes they will rank A higher than B higher than C higher than A; or choose A over B but also B over A; or be unable to choose which is higher even though one definitely is. And it assumes that's a feature of having humans do your sorting, not a but, so makes you make a LOT of choices. But every time I've tried it, I've completely agreed with the list I ended up with, even if I was verklempt to start! It works best with lists between ~5 and 15 items, though, or you end up with a completely ridiculous number of choices.
For example, here's lists of Knights and/or Ladies of the Round Table you can copy+paste in and rank:
Gawain, Percival, Lancelot, Galahad, Gareth, Britomart, Palomedes, Tristan, Dinadan, Bedwyr, Kay, Not-Appearing-In-This-Film
Elaine of Astolat, Elaine of Corbenic, Elaine of Benoic, Elaine of Garlot, Elaine the Younger, Elaine the Peerles;, Elaine of Listenoise, Isuelt the Elder, Isuelt of Ireland, Isuelt of the White Hands, The Lady of Hautdesert
..and that pretty much clears out my coding WIPs! Except wrotegoat
, which was supposed to be a fork of written?kitten!
that fixed some bugs, had some more visible customization options, and also let you pick if you wanted your images from Flickr, Tumblr, dA, or a directory on your own hard drive, because Flickr wasn't coming up with anything good for super-fannish keywords. But somebody else fixed the bugs first, the Tumblr and dA APIs were SO ANNOYING (and also I'd never done anything with APIs before, so that didn't help), and it will
...and I also threw up a drag-and-droppable version of the DW SignalBoost bookmarklet that started all this: SignalBoost 1.1
. (If I keep going on the coding the next project is probably changing that so that a) subject lines don't stack and b) non-DW links fail more gracefully - both things I pretty much know how I would do already, but the devil's in the details.)
|February 1st, 2019 11:56 am - December meme (in February): pre-20th century literature|
For the December Meme, skygiants
asked for me to talk about my favorite pre-20th-century literature.
So on one hand, it's easy : I do not think I will ever quite make it all the way back out of Les Mis fandom.
Nor will I ever stop attempting to get people to read Hans of Iceland
(if only because Hugo would so very much rather I didn't.)
But other than that it's harder than I expected - especially since I ran a panel on really old fandoms
at con.txt! - because for most of my oldest fandoms, part of what draws me to them is that canon works differently when you have that much time; I like the fact that they have centuries of interpretations and reinterpretations built up, so that in going back to 'canon' it's hard to deny what's lost
in taking the original as the 'real' thing and scraping off all the transformative work done on it. Even something as relatively concrete as Shakespeare - I like certain productions of the plays; I like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, and that everybody from now on who encounters MacBeth for the first time will remember Tolkien and think Shakespeare should have gone all-out on his prophecies; that my first exposure to the Bard was on Sesame street.
...Also it's hard because when I think of some of my very favorite old stories I go 'oh yeah, I should probably get around to reading the original at some point'. I am not. Actually. As well-read as I give off the impression of being.
In terms of really old literature - I keep coming back to Tao Te Ching, but I haven't yet found an English translation I like well enough I'd recommend it, though I've read six or seven; I keep coming back to Ecclesiastes/Qohelet, but I haven't read any translations from outside the Christian tradition so I don't know if the ones I have are really any good.
But! In honor of Shitposting February, there is one Very Old Fandom where I have Very Strong Opinions about the "canon", and that is that @$#P%@#$ Chretien de Troyes
ruined Arthurian fandom forever with his annoying OC 'Lance-a-Lot The Perfectly Perfect' and his soap opera, and the only good stuff is the stuff that came out before Lancelot ate the fandom and ruined it. :P
So here, poall:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 65
Who is the best Knight of all the Knights of the Round Table?
Who was the true Grail Knight?
Once this was made, all later Arthurian canon sucks.
ETA: Also I forgot, what prompted this is that they just found some new Arthur fanfic! It's from after Lancelot but pre-Malory so it's still pretty exciting!
|January 29th, 2019 12:18 pm - on swindles and fandoms|
's post about Multi-Level Marketing and monetizing fandom
is still going around, and I keep wanting to put mostly-side-issue long comments on other people's posts, so here they are here instead.
I commented on the original post about how I felt like the correct comparison was not MLMs to fandom patreons (etc), but pyramid schemes to predatory publishers. The people who tell you how your novel will be a best-seller now that they've discovered your genius, and all you have to do is give them thousands of dollars for them to ship you thousands of copies of a badly-edited, badly-bound book for you to sell to your friends and family, they're the ones coercing writers to destroy their own social networks for other people's profit.
And in a lot of ways, the fandom monetizing methods actually inoculate against this - a member of a fan community who know about things like patreon and crowdfunding and kindle originals and legit self-publishing, who is friendly with other pro authors, who knows the histories of other people who've made the transitions and can chat with other people in the process and has things like beta-readers and knows that there's more to getting readers than just writing a thing - that person is way less likely to fall victim to a predatory publisher.
There's a lot of people misunderstanding MLMs in this discussion, too. ( on mlms and pyramid schemes )
MLMs are legal; pyramid schemes aren't. So the pyramid schemes have to have just enough of a 'product' to pretend they're a real MLM long enough to take the money and run, which makes them harder to talk people out of. And the problem isn't so much the MLM structure as that the whole thing's a swindle.
And we certainly have swindles in monetized fandom! Any method of making money can be turned into a swindle, by someone who wants to swindle people. We can probably all name several exciting chapters in the history of online fandom when fan swindlers have succeeded, for a little while at least.
And any method of making money can feel
like a swindle if the people involved in it are just really bad at it
(which also applies to a lot of v. small publishers who look predatory through sheer incompetence, but aren't actually making any money for themselves either.) We can all name situations like that too, probably.
And any profit-prioritizing corporation under late-stage capitalism is, at some level, built on a swindle, because our entire global economic system is currently built on a series of stacked swindles. So there's some stuff that does make me side-eye things like Patreon and Kofi, and what they try to promise people, even as fandom uses them more and more, but that's really pretty ancillary to the question of MLMs. And even at their worst, they don't
require the initial outlay of capital to chain you to the swindle, or pressure you to pressure your friends to put themselves into the same level of debt as you.
So I'm still way more worried about predatory publishers going 'ooh, girls are selling fanfic now! Our fandom market's not limited to boys with no social support and WoW-with-the-numbers-filed-off epics!' or about homegrown swindles and for-pay fanfic sites than I am about people using crowdfunding or commissions to fill out that last couple of hundred dollars of rent. The real, ongoing problem with monetizing that destroys relationships is large corporations recruiting people to swindle other people for them, not individual fans looking for compensation for labor.
(The question of compensation for creative labor in general is an entirely different one.) (as is the question that's silently threaded through this whole discussions about helping needy people via pure charity vs. under a smokescreen of nominal 'earned payment', and whether that choice should be up to the helper or the helped.)(as is the question of to what extent patreon and company are themselves exploiting the fans who use them.)
(one of my cousins over christmas seemed to think I was anticapitalist or something, dunno what gave him that impression.)
|January 27th, 2019 07:52 pm - some things|
I have been told of two random pairing generators based on the the shiptoast generator
I posted for other people to modify:
*BUFFYVERSE OTP GENERATOR
*Ensemble Stars Pairing Generator
Hooray for people learning to make their own web scripts! (I think my own coding farr may have subsided for another couple few years, so I can get other stuff done. Maybe.)
I had a friend visiting this weekend (We got some very important house-related things done, and also unrelatedly I acquired too many new books again) (also for the first time in my life I bought new underpants just so I could go longer without doing laundry, I feel like that's a major life milestone I should record) and by the time I was staring at DW again I was at ?skip=160!
exists as a new meta newsletter comm! DW is being as DW as possible about it again. :P (I have seen a few people saying "I won't bother to link because I know you'll see it all on the meta comm", btw, and I just want to say please link anyway, if that's a thing you do! If you link, I know you
wanted me to see it, and that's important information.)
*There are three comms that have lasted almost the entire history of DW that I keep thinking of in the meta meta discussions and the community-creation discussions, because they all use(d) basically the same method: structured encouragement of members to make their own recs posts. They're all communities I'd recommend and would love to see more activity on, too:
signs up people every week to rec fanart in a certain fandom (this is where I look at most of my fanart these days, so I can't sign up, but I really enjoy looking at what gets recommended) - ratcreature
has kept this one going, afaict, mainly with sheer grit and determination.
picks themes/tropes by popular vote, and then for the next month, members posts fanwork recs for that theme/trope. The variety of rec'ers and variety of themes means a lot of good hidden gems show up there. jerakeen
has been doing the work to keep this one going.
is for posting good poetry! It was started with people being scheduled for a week of posting to keep it going, + free posting by anyone at any time. That got it enough momentum that it's been running on free posting with very little mod input for quite awhile, though.
And, in the spirit of poetry
, here is a thing from the depths of the old WIPs files, which I think was made by me in a fit of despair, but if not, I'd be happy to find another credit!
This Art (very closely after Elizabeth Bishop)
The art of writing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be wrote that their writing's no disaster.
Write something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of writing isn’t hard to master.
Then practice writing farther, writing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you thought.
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.
I wrote my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses wrought.
The art of writing isn’t hard to master.
I wrote two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I wrote, two rivers, a continent.
They're mangled, but it wasn’t a disaster.
—Even writing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of writing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Lose it!) like disaster.
|January 22nd, 2019 07:40 pm - WIPs update|
So, motivated by finding that USB drive, I have gone through all of my copious backups, and sorted ALL of my wips into a single Scrivener file. (Well, not all - there’s quite a few that have only ever existed on paper, and this doesn’t include filk and comic scripts, and this is only things where I’ve actually started a writing file, not outlines and commentfic and bunnies and notfic, and my entire Stargate/Supernatural period in the mid-2000s seems to be missing - I’ll have to try to dig that out from the old backup drives. But this will do for now.)
There are just over 100 different stories, and well over 250,000 words! That’s almost impressive, until you realize it took about 20 years. (On the other hand, 20 years makes the total number of stories seem a little bit less terrifying?)
Every year I make a resolution to reduce that number rather than growing it, and every year I fail. So I’m going to try again this year, with a twist: the goal isn’t to finish them, it’s to either finish, post unfinished, or trash them. Surely I can do that! And maybe if they’re posted in some form, they will haunt me less, since the primary reason I write is that it makes me sad that my daydreams are trapped with me. (That means I will be posting fic on average every four days…. Maybe I will batch them by fandom.)
Per that goal, I have sorted them into categories:
True WIPs: These are stories where I have a fair amount left to write, and I really want to finish them properly. (10 stories, oldest is about 10 years)
Finish Quick: These are stories where it should take less than 1000 words to finish, and I should really just do it and post them; or at least write the 1000 words and then re-evaluate. (10 stories, oldest is over 15 years.)
Cauterize: There are stories where I had big plans, but on re-read, maybe the reason I stopped working on them is that I said what I wanted to say and got to a good stopping point? So the goal is to revise them to pass, and post, as finished stories without adding much more content. (8 stories, oldest is about ten years)
Carrot: I have written less than 1000 words of them but I really want to finish them! (17 stories, oldest is about 15 years old)
Post undone: I have not finished these, will not finish these, have no particular interest in finishing them anymore - many of them are in fandoms that went in a direction I was not interested in following. (71 stories in 28 fandoms, oldest is over 20 years old.)
There’s also a separate category of “things I have posted as finished even though I want to write more.” Also original stories. But those are just depressing, so we’re not going to enumerate them.
The point of the “Carrot” category is that anytime I finish and post something in category 1 or 2, I get to either move something from the “Carrot” category to the “Actual WIPs” category, or start something new and add it to the “Carrot” category, and otherwise I’m not allowed to touch that category. We’ll see if that actually works as a carrot!
Below the cut are the stories in the first four categories. They have tickyboxes! Not because the tickyboxes mean anything, I just felt like it’s been too long since there were tickyboxes.
( That's too many stories. Put some back. )
If anybody would like to mention one of the stories above in a comment, I will whine at them about how writing is hard and that story, in particular, is impossible. (The short version that all of these have in common, though, is: I only feel confident in my fanfic when I’ve been immersed in the fandom, and I can’t be immersed in 100 fandoms at at time all the time, it is not possible! So instead I finish nothing.)
|January 17th, 2019 11:10 pm - More Joy: Itchy Coding Fingers Edition|
I don't have anything super joyful for more joy day, but I do still have itchy coding fingers. I forget that the reason I don't code very much anymore is that I haven't really learned how to stop
has declared February Dreamwidth is for Shitposting month (sorry, too late to take it back):
DREAMWIDTH IS FOR SHITPOSTING: AN EXERCISE IN FEBRUARY
Since I have suggested it twice in comments and people seem to like the idea, I now propose it formally, a solution to two experiences we might like not to have: one, February, when it rains, or is excessively hot, or is in some other way invariably unsatisfactory! a month from which we would like to be distracted until circumstances improve! and two, this illusion that DREAMWIDTH IS FOR SERIOUS, which...no, I am here to assure you that we have been entirely full of shit on this website since the dawn of same. BUT! you say, Sara, everyone here is OLD and also ERUDITE AS FUCK and sometimes it is ALL A BIT MUCH.
I don't know if I will participate because I am shit at shitposting (it either becomes srs longform meta or homestuck references with me, no middle ground) but I look forward to seeing everyone else shitposting like crackerjack that month.
She included an AMAZING list of suggested topics, but she made the mistake of saying "or there could be a randomizer; or there could be any number of things. But there aren't." and the thing is, I had this randomizer just sitting around, so... now there is a randomizer for it?shiptoast topic generator
I had that code just lying around because it is basically the code from the les miserables random pairing generator
(there is also one that is just injokes from miseres chat
. Ah, sweet shitposting nostalgia.)
I was going to offer to make random pairing generators with that code for anybody who has a list of things they would like to randomly pair, but actually, it's REALLY SIMPLE code, so instead, I am going to tell you how to do it YOURSELF, even if you think you can't write code.
Here's how to do it: either copy + paste the code in the box below into a TEXT EDITOR (notepad is the basic choice, if you're on windows, or something equally stripped down - no microsoft word or any of that nonsense!) or download the file http://melannen.katycat.net/shiptoast.html
, and then open that in your TEXT EDITOR (It will want to open in your browser, but don't let it.)
If you don't have a text editor at home, you can also edit the code right in the text box on this page, but there will be no way to save it except to copy + paste it somewhere else.
1. if it starts with // or <!-- , that's comments for humans. Computers will ignore it. You can do literally anything you want there.
2. Punctuation is very important, don't mess with it. Linebreaks and whitespace are mostly decorative, you can mess with them.( the point of this is to prove that anybody can write code, even if they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. that means you! Unless you do know what you're doing in which case pls don't look. )
If you try this and it doesn't work and you can't figure out why, or if you need me to break something down more simply or I missed a step, feel free to ask in a comment! (You will probably need to put any bits of code in <textarea> tags or dw will try to read them as html.)
that I am leeching from my sister shhhh
if you get them to me by next Tuesday. Email me your .html file (my @dreamwidth.org address should still work if you don't have my main one) and I will test it and then upload it and send you the new web address!
|January 16th, 2019 01:17 pm - Signal Boost: SignalBoost✔ bookmarklet|
astolat posted: SignalBoost bookmarklet
Okay, here is the little bookmarklet -- it's pretty limited, but it serves my own laziness, so I share it FWIW and if anyone has the time and wants to upgrade it, go for it and drop me a comment and I'll (ha ha) signal boost any new versions! astolat
And the first comment on it was somebody hoping people would check for access lock when using it, and, well, my coding fingers were itchy (they get itchy about every six months, which is not actually often enough to build skill, sadly), and astolat
gave permission to modify, so here's a modified version that automatically warns you if you're about to link to a locked DW post. (I think it would probably also work on locked LJ posts but I haven't accepted LJ TOS, so I can't test that.)
All you do is log in to DW, go to the page you want to signal boost, highlight any text you want to quote, and then click on the bookmarklet. If it's access-locked, you'll get a pop-up warning you and asking you if you want to continue. On any other webpage, it will automatically redirect to the DW posting window.
To set it up, make a new bookmark, and copy-paste the following as the URL:
(If I get around to it, I may figure out how to make it open in a new tab, too. If so I'll update this post.)
|January 15th, 2019 07:42 pm - a gate to many wonders|
I spent much of my snow day cleaning, and as a result, I found the USB drive I lost several months ago that had all my writing on it! This wasn't as much of a disaster as it could have been, because I have been writing so slowly that there were only a few things that had been changed since my last backup, but one of them was the Force Ghosts story with the Taoism.
And re-reading it on the recovered drive, I realized that I'd actually gotten to a pretty natural stopping point, and the odds of me finishing the entire planned story were fairly low at this point, so I cleaned it up and posted it! Here it is. (There may be more in this universe that gets written someday? I really want to write something with Han and Finn, if nothing else. But there may not be more. At least not before the next movie comes out.)a gate to many wonders
(3643 words) by melannen
Fandom: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker, Ben Solo | Kylo Ren
Additional Tags: Force Ghost Luke Skywalker, Force Ghost Han Solo, Force Ghost Yoda (Star Wars), Post-Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Force Ghost Anakin Skywalker
Summary: "Dying, for a Jedi Master in the line of Yoda, was a gentle thing"; or, "Hi, Not Listening To This Anymore," Han said, appearing suddenly. "I'm dead."
My writing files became a confused mess during the period the drive was lost, so I'm hoping in the next few weeks to go through the WIPS and sort them into "Never going to write any more of this, clean up what you've got and post it as a forever-WIP"; "This was supposed to be the start of a 100000 word epic but you are never going to write the epic so get it to a stopping point, cauterize it, and post it"; "This was meant to be a short thing and you were only a thousand words short when you lost your nerve so just do it already"; and "actual WIPs." So hopefully maybe you'll see some results from that coming through soonish.
On the Star Wars front, I have been reading the Doctor Aphra comics, because lesbian chaotic neutral archaeologist during the Rebellion era written by Kieron Gillen, yes please. And it is very good but now I have run out of her solo series and I am at serious risk of getting sucked into the Darth Vader comics she first appeared in and if I go that far, then who knows how far down in the pit I will end up? If I start posting about Grand Admiral Thrawn or something, somebody throw me a rope.
|January 13th, 2019 02:26 pm - Yuletide: Three Tellings about Dead Things in the Earth|
Okay, back to December meme, where were we?hannah
wanted me to talk about Always Coming Home
by Ursula le Guin, but Always Coming Home was my yuletide fandom, so I had to screen the comment until now. :D
I wrote Three Tellings about Dead Things In The Earth
and it was a great experience to write!Three Tellings About Dead Things in the Earth
(5376 words) by melannen
Fandom: Always Coming Home - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Pandora, Stone Telling
Additional Tags: plays, Visions, Coal - Freeform
Summary: Some things a geomythologer brought out of the archives of the Madrone Lodge at Wakwaha: a life history from a woman of Sinshan; an account of a play performed in Tachas Touchas; a story left behind from a traveler in the Valley.
Always Coming Home is a strange sort of book; it’s a novella mixed with a worldbuilding bible mixed with an ethnography mixed with a poetry collection, basically. My assigned request said "I don’t know how to write fic for Always Coming Home at all, so I’ll leave you without any specific prompts." I didn’t really know how to write fic for Always Coming Home either, but they mentioned in a prompt for a different fandom that they like paleontological trivia, and they got assigned to me, so what resulted was fairly inevitable.
I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to do a "Five Things" related to the Valley of the Na and palaeontology (each of them over the yuletide limit individually), because the book is also set up as a collection of related shorts, and also that way I’d have a better chance that recip would get at least 1000 words of something
The first step of course was to put on reserve at the library all the LeGuin nonfiction they had, and also all of Adrienne Mayor’s books about the way premodern cultures conceptualized fossils, and figure out what interesting palaeontology stuff was near the Kesh, and also to pull every open-access science paper about the geomythology of fossils that I could find online.
"Reread Always Coming Home" should probably have been higher on that list, but you live and learn.
I came up fairly quickly with five-ish ideas I thought would probably work, although some vaguer than others, and they changed a lot after I did re-read canon, each of them connecting somehow to both palaeontology and some of the major themes of the book, which ended up outlined as so:
1. Stone Telling and the Stone Trees (from Stone Telling’s story and the Calistoga forest)
2. A Woman Who Lived On The Coast (vaguely based on Mary Anning and some of the fossil cliffs around the Bay)
3. Life, Heya, Finds a Way (based on the Chindi/Job play in the book, and Jurassic Park)
4. Visiting Pandora in the Water (based on the Mt. Diablo coal mines southwest of Napa and the Pandora section in the book)
5. The City Underground (about the geology - and infrastructure - underlying the Valley.)
...then all the papers got lost in work’s computer issues, and also I got distracted by multiple things and didn’t actually get through all the background reading in time, and also my plan to make a full multi-layer GIS map of the Valley did not happen, and I ended up only writing three of the five. #2 got dropped because I wasn’t having much luck finding good accounts of the fossil cliffs near the Bay, beyond that they existed and what age they were, and also that figuring out the coastal geography (both physical and cultural) during the time of the Kesh was going to be very complicated. #5 got dropped because it was going to take a disproportionate amount of research and worldbuilding and I couldn’t figure out how to make it not be boring anyway.
Planning a series of connected-but-independent shorts makes it very easy to scale back as needed; I recommend the strategy.
So here’s more about each of the three that I did end up writing:( A Life Story: Bones Dancing )( A Dramatic Work: Owing Greatly and the Bird Women )( Alexander-Ammon Visits Pandora In The Water )
Anyway in conclusion, Le Guin's poetry is great, Always Coming Home
is a great book and you should all read it and then write fanfic for it, and I got a lot of comments on this story, which I still need to answer, and which I can only attribute to a) a fandom at the beginning of the alphabet and b) people wanting to tell me they got the joke in Chapter 2.
|January 10th, 2019 01:50 pm - You're about to view content that the journal owner has marked as possibly inappropriate for anyone|
Okay, I was going to post my YT followup today, but then there was a post on fictional_fans
that triggered a rant that was apparently all ready to go. So here: My Thoughts On Adult Content Warnings on DW.
As far as I know, setting your entire journal to adult on DW does three things:
1) It puts a note on your profile under your username.
2) It means that people who have deliberately chosen to block adult content will get a warning.
3) It means that logged-out users will get a warning.
-It does not automatically block under-18 users from seeing your content (DW leaves this up to individual users and does not age-check.) ETA: It looks like I was reading the FAQ wrong: if you don't give a birth year that marks you as over 18, it does automatically apply the filter. There's no attempt to verify the birth year given, though, except requiring it to be less than 120 years ago, and they're not actually blocked - they can still click through the warning.
-It does not trigger external porn filters (at least, not the fairly stupid one where I work.)
-It does not mark entries as adult in any way that logged-in users without the filter turned on can see, unless they check your profile.
-It *might*, as a side effect, block your content from getting indexed/archived by bots, but there's a separate setting you can choose to turn that off if that's the actual effect you want (And if you do want to be able to google-search your journal, you might not be able to).
And what I think a lot of people don't realize (because they don't use DW logged out very often) is what the warnings actually look like for logged-out users. I spend a lot of time in incognito browser windows, so I see them a lot.
First, they are VERY ANNOYING. If I'm trying to read the journal of someone who has that setting, I first have to click through a warning page to see their journal at all; then every individual entry has its content replaced with the warning; then if I click through the entry, I have to click through the same warning page again
to see the entry. If it's on a reading list, I see the entry text replaced with the warning, and click on it, and then still have to click through the second warning page to see the entry. I have to do this for every individual entry, it does not remember. There is no way to see them on the reading list without clicking though to the individual entries. If it's a direct link, the direct link redirects to the warning page, which I then have to click through. And there is no way to see an adult-content entry with cuts if you're not logged in (which is especially a problem if you're using cuts for things like extra trigger warnings.)
Maybe that is your intent, you want to scare people off with annoyingness! But if you haven't tried reading your journal logged-out recently, I suggest opening an icognito window and trying, just so you actually know what it looks like.
Because the other thing is: the adult content warning on all the entries does not make a distinction between "this entry is marked adult" and "this journal is marked adult". When you click through to the second warning page, it does give a reason if you entered a reason, but that's it, and that doesn't show on reading pages. And most people who have their entire journal set to adult are doing it "just in case", and 90% of their entries are not, in fact, adult. This can lead to a weird impression.
What people actually see is an entry text replaced with ( You're about to view content that the journal owner has marked as possibly inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. )
When the content under the cut is, like, a chocolate chip cookie recipe or a cute cat picture, it's just kind of funny.
When the content under the cut is talking about a fun date they went on with a same-sex partner, or a list of crisis hotlines, or a photo of their toddler in a swimsuit, or something like that, it's less funny.
Once in awhile, I have had to click through ( You're about to view content that the journal owner has marked as possibly inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. ) in order to read a rant about how it's homophobic to mark all lgbt-related content as adult
, and then it's just kind of deeply tragic.
So I strongly suggest:
1) Look at what your account looks like to logged-out users once in awhile.*
2) Unless your journal really is at least 75% adult content (it's a sideblog for just your pornfic, it's a journal of your D/s adventures, something like that), don't mark it as adult content by default, or you will be implying things you may not mean to imply.
3) If you are posting mostly non-adult content but still want to cover yourself, you write your own warning in your profile and/or sidebar, and then put the official adult content warning on individual posts that are actually adult.
4) If you do want to keep the default adult content warning anyway, because your journal's not for logged-out users, you can individually mark entries as not-adult, and you should think about that when posting an entry where the adult content warning might create the wrong impression about what you think is adult content (or if you're posting an entry you intend to be linked to people outside DW.)
* Actually, I strongly recommend this for all websites everywhere, because so many of them are just a crappy experience for logged-out users - I had to point out an AO3 bug recently that had been ongoing for years that nobody had noticed because I'm apparently the only power user who ever reads the site logged-out. This is something that's become sort of a social-justice bugbear for me, actually. Because if you're assuming all your users will just log in and stay logged in, you're assuming they all have their own computer, which they control access to, and use on connections and in spaces that are secure enough that they are comfortable leaving everything logged in all the time. And, as a library employee, I can tell you: there are a lot of people who do not. And they are poor people, people in insecure housing, people living with abusers, etc. So maybe most of your users do stay logged in all the time: but when you design your site around that, you're telling the person who walked to the library from the women's shelter that your site isn't for people like her.
(DW in general is really good about this, it's just the adult content warnings in individual journals that don't need them where I notice it.)
(Tumblr has actually gotten better about this lately: it used to hide the login button up in the corner of the logged-out homepage, but it moved it front and center awhile ago. An actual interface improvement on Tumblr!!!)
|December 30th, 2018 10:27 pm - Well that's a wrap|
I have had a very unproductive liminal week, which has felt really great, but has also meant the to-do list is still longer than I was hoping it would be at this point. Oh well! Got some more fun holiday presents; also found an LP of "Gesang der Junglinge" and "Kontakte" at a thrift store, which I am totally going to creep myself out with tonight.
Family visit was good, but involved more time actually interacting with family and less time sitting around my uncle's house reading books than I had planned. I am feeling very thankful for my family, extended and otherwise, this year ( especially hearing everyone else's family stories on DW )
I got four Yuletide gifts!
This was my assigned fic, and it's great - exactly the sort of Heimdall fic I wished there were went I went looking earlier this year, and couldn't find. The writer knows their Norse myth and is really good at evoking atmosphere.The Theft and the Gift
(3494 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Norse Religion & Lore
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Heimdallr | Heimdall & Loki (Norse Religion & Lore), Loki & Thor
Characters: Heimdallr | Heimdall (Norse Religion & Lore), Loki (Norse Religion & Lore), Freyja | Freya (Norse Religion & Lore), Þórr | Thor (Norse Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: necklace-stealing, hammer-stealing, Loki being Loki, shape-shifting, Talking Animals, Implied Relationships, implied pairings if you squinted
Summary: Just because the world around him behaves like a madhouse doesn't mean Heimdall has to be part of it.
I also got a treat in Pokemon: Magikarp Jump from someone who knows their Pokemon battles really well:Between a Magikarp and a Golem
(6013 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pokemon: Magikarp Jump (Video Game)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: After a long reign as champion, Alex (trainer) finds themselves longing for something more. They later find themself in Hoppy Town . What are they doing there? Training Magikarp to just to extreme levels of course.
And two madness stories, which were both really great and exactly the sort of thing I like!Falling Upward
(543 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Round Planet (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Garth de la Spong (Round Planet), Tabitha Pippit-Whistle (Round Planet), Armstrong Wedgewood (Round Planet)
Additional Tags: Humor, Alcohol, Garth No, Garth YES!
Summary: Seven hours in the film vault, and Garth had enough tape for an entire nature documentary from the discarded clips from another documentary. Planet Something. Right. Round Planet. Practically the same thing, really.Murderbot's Accidental Exchange Program
(8605 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells
, Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Murderbot (Murderbot Diaries), Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Mercy of Kalr (Imperial Radch), Seivarden Vendaai, Gem of Sphene (Imperial Radch), Ekalu (Imperial Radch), Mercy of Kalr Kalr Five | Ettan
Additional Tags: mention of extreme violence, Cussing, Tea
Summary: What if Murderbot had needed to take a few more hops to get to Milu, and had found an uncrewed cargo ship to take it that way? And what if things had gotten... weird... during the journey?
I wrote one thing for Yuletide, and it's possibly the most obviously by-me thing that has ever been written, and I know I said that last year but I mean it even more this year. And the recip liked it! and so did a fair number of other people! So that's good. It's always reassuring when your anon fics don't do noticeably worse (or better) than your namespace ones.
I haven't read anything in the Yuletide collection this year except my gift fics, mostly because first I wanted to finish the new Murderbot book (A++, you should read it) and the new Rivers of London book (A++, you should read it) and the new Hamster Princess book (A++, you should read it) and the new Becky Chambers book and the Doctor Aphra trades (...still sitting on my to-read pile), all of which had come in from the library last month and I was saving until my yuletide writing was done. Maybe I will get in a few hours of collection-reading tonight, since I've decided to have a hermit New Year's Eve. (I think maybe I will try to get my friends together for Twelfth Night instead, since it's a weekend this year.)
Uh. I should probably do more of a year-end wrap-up this year, but ... it's been a weird year, where the good times were Great and there were also very long stretches of Not That. I dropped a lot of threads; I don't really feel like counting them. I failed my Goodreads reading challenge hard this year, wrote a lot more beginnings of stories than ends, and spent a lot of time putting one foot in front of the other. But I did keep doing that.
Anyway, I will pick the December Meme topics back up again next year, and maybe even FMK after that (stranger things have happened!)
Meanwhile here's that book list from james_davis_nicoll
.( 100 sf books to read in the new year )
(If you're interested in trying to read down this list, you should check out elf
's spreadsheet of which ones are available as free or non-DRM'd ebooks.
|December 22nd, 2018 08:55 pm|
Okay, I am leaving for family tomorrow, but thank to the joy of public library wifi hotspots, I should actually be on the internet the whole time for once! And I have mostly done all the things on the list from last entry, in that I am mostly better from the cold, mostly packed and ready for the holiday, mostly caught up on comments, and not at all ready for yuletide. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It doesn't help that I have a whole pile of Yuletide gifts waiting that I IN NO WAY deserve this year.
(Has anyone else noticed that as you've gotten older, you don't get different colds, you just get the same cold over and over again? When I was a kid it was always an exciting random lottery of which cold symptoms I'd get in which order when I was sick, but since I turned 30 it seems like it's always 1) exhaustion and brain-fog, 2) really bad sore throat + headache + earache, 3) uncontrollable but intermittent dry cough, 4) mucus. Always the same order, the only variation is how long each stage lasts and how much the different stages overlap. Either my immune system has finally figured out its most efficient plan of attack and just goes for it no matter what virus it is, or I'm now immune to all the cold germs except this one specific one that they just can't figure out.)
Anyway, we opened the presents from Santa (etc.) under the tree tonight so we don't have to haul them all the way out, and here is what I got, in lyrical form:( many things )
|December 18th, 2018 07:40 pm|
Okay, sorry all, I'm putting pause on december meme posts until at least two of the following have happened:
1) I'm at least vaguely caught up on comments;
2) I'm satisfied with my yuletide fic;
3) I'm prepared for holiday travel;
4) The cold that hit me last night stops hitting me so hard.
I'll pick it back up where I left off, promise! I will have internet and no other demands on my time once holiday travel happens, so at very latest I'll pick up again then.