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Aug. 13th, 2010

I HEREBY DECLARE THIS CRAPPY WEEK OVER.

Aug. 7th, 2010

Layout tutorial

So, here's that layout tutorial I was talking about. I must start this with a qualifier: I am NOT an expert at this stuff, I have never made a custom layout on my own and don't have any interest in doing so, but I am pretty good at following instructions. And for most of these, that's all you have to do. (For those who might want to brave CSS, the lovely [info]seleneheart has put together a tutorial that puts that into normal language. Recommended!)

So what I'm going to do here is walk you through a new design for my page. By following it, I think it'll be pretty easy to recreate this for yourself.

May. 6th, 2010

It's here!

The new Shiny is here! And has been dubbed Clive because, well, all black and chrome and sleek, who else could he be?



It's a hell of a learning curve, what with Windows 7 (I was on Windows XP) and Office 2007 (I had 2003). It feels really cluttered and things move around too much, or they go faint or opaque, or kind of... I don't know, quiver. I like my programs to sit quietly and behave themselves. Instead, it's like my OS is a class of toddlers hopped up on pixie stix. But I'll get the hang of it, I'm sure. And people say they love it, after a while. We'll see.

I'm trying to keep the old girl chugging away through this weekend, when I'm going to wipe her completely and try to install everything we need for EKP. Please, keep your fingers crossed for me that I don't completely futz everything up.

I am not supposed to be dealing with technology! I am a word person! When did we have to learn to hack into television networks and workaround compatibility issues and finding patches for uncommunicative routers? I would be quite happy with cave drawings, thank you very much.

As long as I get to keep Clive.

May. 2nd, 2010

An update, of sorts

In response to a couple of posts about IJ being quieter than usual... I honestly can't say I've noticed, because of the surge of activity in the shiny new AWZ asylums, [info]no7_awz and [info]eskimo_kiss. That being said, I have been quiet here. So while yet another computer scan runs, I think I'll do an update.

Today, yes. )

Mar. 14th, 2010

The Special Hell

Last week, a fucking Trojan got into my computer. GAH!!!! These people that create these things, I hope that there is a truly Special Hell where they will writhe in misery for all eternity. I thought I'd tracked the bastard down with my virus scanner, but then little things started going wrong. First I couldn't upload to Youtube, but that's not unusual, Youtube's a picky bitch. Then I couldn't upload pics to Photobucket, and then I couldn't get Windows updates, and then I couldn't get on Chrome or IE. The thing was spreading faster than Stella's lip herpes, and the malware programs I was running would catch it just to have it pop up somewhere else.

So I ended up taking it in to be deloused. And for once, Staples did an incredible job -- I have to hand it to them, they went above and beyond to track down and kill the little bastard, and they only charged me $50. I'm pretty impressed.

In my night offline, I did manage a massive houseleaing, altered and glitterfied three t-shirts, and cooked a pork roast. Productivity kinda rocks... if only I hadn't kept thinking of all I needed to do online.

Now... *looks around* ...what'd I miss?

eta: Going through emails, I just found out that an interview I did (with much help from [info]aldiara was just published in VelvetParkMedia. It's ostensibly about the Gays of Our Lives event, but it's really more about why women like slash and how cool AWZ is. And I think we've got some new converts. :D

Nov. 29th, 2009

Enough already

Hello, dear neglected f-list. Long time no see.

I'm not having a good weekend at all, and today I am closer than I've ever been to tossing my laptop off the roof and joining a commune that disavows that Demon Electricity.


Gah, it feels like all I ever do these days is bitch about technical stuff, sorry for that, but if it would just throw me a fucking bone I would not have to. Aldi and I have already vowed never to take streaming episodes for granted again; now I long for those blissful days when I could complete the entire conversion-editing-rendering process without wanting to bludgeon something.

In happier news, we did close the gap between our old timeline (the AWZ episodes that aired long before we started EKP) and the current storyline we're covering. It's quite an accomplishment -- we've got nearly 500 videos! Not to mention, tons of love from all the viewers. *cuddles you lot*

And we got this adorable comment from some poor naive soul: I was just wondering about the description for one of the episodes. It said "Marian's totally proud of his lover Etienne evading the police". This made me a little confused... did Marian have a thing with Etienne and Mike? I'm a little confused. I thought he was with Nadja? Could you clear this confusion up for me? Aw, bless. No, Schatz, much as we like to pretend that everybody on this show is gay, that's just in our imaginations. SO FAR.

Well, it's time to get back to work and see if I can't battle this into submission. We've got an episode to get out!

Nov. 23rd, 2009

omgyay!!!!

GERMAN HACKER KIDS RULE!!!!!!



That is all.

Nov. 6th, 2009

EKP IS BACK

After a week and a half of pulling our hair out and shaking angry fists towards Luxembourg, we finally got back to what we should've been doing all along -- promoting this bloody Show! Yes, free publicity, RTL, why do you make this so hard?

The situation's not ideal by any means. Instead of capturing clips directly from the video stream like we used to, now we're stuck spending literally hours on screencaptures. It's totally draining -- the RTL player is, quite frankly, crap. Everytime it stalls, I have to rebuffer and restart the recording. On about a third of the files the soundtrack comes out wonky. And even at its best, the quality is jerky because it is, after all, a string of screencaps. THANK GOD THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN BEFORE REUNION!

Still! We posted episode* and we're getting comments again (they are like a drug, I tell you!) and I'm going to sit here and drink wine and spam like whoa. And if I have enough wine, I just might make a defiant "you can't take the Show sky from me" vid.

Hope you're all ready for an awesome weekend!


* This episode was nabbed before we left for Germany; it's not representative of the new stuff we're getting. You'll know what I mean when you see those in a few days. Boy, will you know what I mean.

Nov. 5th, 2009

SNOW!!!!

Which was kinda weird to see -- I mean, mentally I've been trying to brace myself*, but when I looked out the window to see things moving nearly horizontally across my view, my first thought was "what an odd rain." (Followed quickly by nooooooooooooooooooooo.)

Also, [personal profile] deakat is a goddess! She waved her magic wand over my laptop (she called it installing drivers, but I caught a glimpse of her wand before she stashed it away) and now my screencapture software works, and we maybe have an (albeit imperfect) workaround to nab episodes of AWZ.

To celebrate, we watched Bandits, which was AWESOME! Wonderful cracky fun right up until the end. (The end which I have recut in my head.) And now I have a long list of new movies I must see staring Katja Riemann *sigh* My work is never done.

So in conclusion, today looks a bit brighter than yesterday, despite the grey snow clouds overhead.



* Sorry, much as I love Canada, this transplanted Texan is never going to fully embrace winter. At least I don't run screaming to the Dominican Republic anymore...

Nov. 4th, 2009

Grump

If I just crawl back into bed and burrow under the covers, will the world be better when I wake up? I feel like every bit of the shiny world I was in last week has disappeared.

First RTL goes and closes the loophole that let us capture episodes. [personal profile] aldiara and I are sitting amidst piles of hair ripped from our heads while searching for a workaround. It's all extra-maddening because we came home from such a high, ready to dive into all the exciting stuff that we know is coming... and suddenly the door's slammed in our faces.

Then they make things worse by (we think) discontinuing free episodes. I say "we think" because there's no communication of any sort, just a price tag on the current episode. So much for encouraging people to watch the source! How can a corporation be so shortsighted? They have to give a little free to hook people for more -- have they learned nothing from drug pushers. But no, they really don't understand fandom or anything more than making disposable, mediocre entertainment that nobody would ever want to watch more than once.

(But maybe it's just a glitch, and maybe they'll get it fixed, and maybe we'll be able to download eps again. *flings glitter feebly*)

I'm weary from it all though. And then I read about Maine. What is this voting on civil rights bullshit? Last week, in a moment of pissiness over Harper, I said that Canada was no better than the U.S. I officially retract those words.

Hmmm, sorry for the super cranky post. Let's see. THINGS WOT ARE GOOD:

*I have gummi bears.
*My cat's snuggling because it's cold.
*I only have one more client to finish before 6.
*Massive trip report is getting a good response. I admit, I feel the crankiness fade while reading these comments.

Mar. 10th, 2009

It's been days since an update. What've I been doing? Mainly rocking that ebook! I'm up to 16K words now ... and it just might possibly get finished before I leave. Maybe. If I can continue to have no other life than just to sit and mindlessly plonk on the keyboard, it just might get done.

And there've been bouts of panic about leaving in six days and hating every item of clothing I own, and debating flying to London in a bathrobe and shopping for a new wardrobe. And then more panic over the clothes strewn around the bedroom which I must clean before [info]takhys comes to housesit. *sigh* Life is hard.


So that's been my week, exciting as it is. And it will continue to be this way for the next few days. I'm sure you're all so very excited!

P.S. PSA: I'm not a big fan of Twitter, they're too random for my tastes. Thanks to [info]firefly124, here's how you can filter them from your flist: 1) Go to Customize Journal Style (LJ or IJ). 2) Click on Custom CSS. 3) Add this line in the Custom Stylesheet box: .loudtwitter { display: none!important } (I just put it at the bottom of my code there; if you don't have any custom code, just put it in the box and make sure "Yes" is clicked above on "Use base weblog") 4) Save changes. You'll still see the entry, but now you'll just see the line "Shipped by twitter" and you can choose to click on it or not.

Feb. 23rd, 2009

Woe is Monday

The old neurons are really not firing today. The only thing this brain seems capable of doing is setting up iPod playlists so I can sync for my flight tomorrow. Essential, yes, but probably not the best priority ATM.

I blame Bradley James who kept me up again last night ... and to write fluff, not even porn. :( I am starting to hate this muse and his complete disregard of timezones: Mothers Always Know (Merlin, Bradley/Colin RPS lies. Summary: Bradley can't tell his mum about Colin.

Also, I seem to have banjaxed my keyboard when I tried to clean out the cushion of cat hair that'd got under it. I have to pound on the '?' key and the '.' key feels really spongy. And guess when my full service warranty expired? Yup, that would be January 31, 2009.

*wanders off to do... something*

Feb. 18th, 2009

Randomy stuff and Winterlude picspam

I'm giddy! Not only is [info]muppet (who says she doesn't read fanfic) now reading Merlin fanfic, but [info]kabal42 is watching and analysing the symbols and totally feeding my obsession. And [info]astolat wrote kinky softcore porn about magical people, aka The Court of the Summer King. So YAYs all around!

Now if I could just figure out how to redeem my Big Bang story idea from horrifying MarySueness, I'd be completely happy.

Then there's this: They've announced the Doctor's next companion. I like her -- she was awesome in Lost in Austen and Mansfield Park -- but I resent this line in the article: Duncan, who is starring as Baroness Thatcher in the BBC2 drama Margaret, will play Adelaide - the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. Way to diss Donna and Martha, guys. (And Rose, too, I guess, tho I always found her more lucky than clever.) Not the actress' fault for that phrasing, of course -- hyperbole sells. It'll be interesting to see the dynamic between her and Matt Smith.

Also, some of you might be interested in this: How to watch Hulu & BBC iPlayer outside the US or UK. I saw it as a comment on LJ -- haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

I really must do productive things today. My boss is making these low grumbling noises that sound kind of like I imagine a volcano sounds before it explodes.

But first, some pics from Winterlude.

Dec. 8th, 2008

Sunday stuff

So this is kind of cool: my cousin who I haven't heard from in nearly 15 years found me through my company's website and left a message. We played phone tag a bit, and he finally caught up with me tonight -- and we spent over an hour on the phone. He's raising alpacas and angora sheep (!!!), his new wife is a spinner and weaver, and his daughter (who was a kidlet when I saw her last) is graduated from college and working on an organic farm in Argentina. Why haven't I kept up with him?!

Well, I do know, I'm shite at keeping up with RL people in my life. In fandom I'll spam you 20 times a day and love every minute of it, but talking (especially on the phone, I hate phones!) about family and children and blah blah blah ... I'd rather have Sylar feast on my brains.

But tonight? Tonight was fun.


I'll leave you with a laugh from AfterElton: How to code Dumbledore queer. My favourite: Patronus spitting image of porn superstar Jeff Stryker.

Nov. 23rd, 2008

Battling the pink robots

Is it the right-brain or the left-brain that best handles technical stuff? Whichever it is, I think mine's overloaded. I've been wrestling with technology since pretty much the moment I woke up. It's all because of the soopersekrit project (the one that isn't really secret at all, but I don't want to jinx it with premature squees) that my darlings [info]sdk and [info]aldiara and I will have ready very soon.

I *love* it when technical things go smoothly. There's such a rush of accomplishment when you pick something apart and it finally rewards you. And then there are the times when you don't and it doesn't. That's what's been happening today.

Granted, some things did go beautifully. That's all due to the amazing [info]paraka, who spent all day with me yesterday going over vidding techniques, sharing her favourite vids (you see them so differently when you know what to look for!!), and giving me just enough taste of vidding theory to want more. It's really fascinating stuff! I don't know that I'll ever become a serious vidder (famous last words, right?) but because of her I feel much more capable of handling this project. And check out her lovely QAF video.



Of course, as soon as she left I started fumbling. I never truly realised how much patience you have to have for this kind of work. And how much I just don't have. That 50 min. downtime for rendering drives me batty, since I have to devote my entire computer to it.

I'm trying my best to be zen though. I played with the animals, I finally got out my exacto and salvaged some of my graphic novels that got wet and the pages stuck together, I remembered how much I loved Sandman: The Dreamhunters when I reread it, I tried to take a walk but it was -9 so I didn't get far. I even picked up a pen and pad and wrote a silly little story by hand, which I haven't done in forever:

Making Out (Alles Was Zählt, Deniz, 350 words, PG-13)

It's just a little thing, but I'm quite pleased that at last one of my stories is inching towards porn. It's about time. And that alone beats my entire 3rd week of WriSo, in which I wrote one AWZ drabble and a Dumbledore crackfic. Not my best week. I'm one paragraph away from finishing another story, but I haven't been able to touch it for a few days. Do your muses ever scare you? Mine took a very dark, very disturbing turn down Obsessive Avenue and I had to coax him back. I let him wander down there one of these days, but it needs to be in another setting -- this story did *not* warrant that kind of behaviour!

I'm thinking bed now, and musing, and rendering more video files, all at the same time. Good night, kits!


p.s. Oh, and if you were ever thinking of getting a perm account, now's the time. $30 for forever? That's hard to beat. (And I really don't need 5000 icons, do I?)

Oct. 30th, 2008

*bounces*

I just won the bidding on an adorable little EEE PC!!! I think I shall call him "Ingo."

Oct. 7th, 2008

Dear John

It's a John Barrowman kind of day -- I cannot resist posting this picture:


(From a quite nice interview in the Daily Mail.)


And I watched the latest Heroes.
Umkay... )

Still massively crushing over the Alles Was Zaehlt and found what I believe is the only English fanfic ever written in this fandom. And I'm not tempted, no, not at all...

While I waste my life on television, technology marches on. Here's Google's latest attempt to help you out with Mail Goggles to keep you from sending those embarrassing late-night booze-inspired emails. What do you think? Would that have saved you? Personally, I think it'd be much more useful to have a name blocker on google to prevent late-night booze-inspired searches. Those are never a good idea.

ETA: Rudy's had an exceptionally energetic day today -- he's feistier than he's been since that whole experience with the vet a few weeks ago. I don't know if it's the cooler weather or what, but I'm glad of it.

Sep. 16th, 2008

Excessively random bits

Have any of you used Chrome, Google's new browser? My boss is recommending it to speed up our convoluted Salesforce system, but I'm wary of beta software. And I just recently moved up to Firefox 3. Another change so soon? Can I can handle the stress? I feel all tingly just thinking about it.

I love John Cusack, I love his hyperbole and I love his urgency and I love his political sincerity. Did anybody else see War, Inc.? Brilliant movie, although it flew by without much fanfare here. I know Jon Stewart caught it at least, he's referred to it more than once. Everyone should see it.

And Middleman. So much love.

And I have tacos.

Jul. 29th, 2008

MS Office doth vex me

I've been having serious MS Outlook woe lately—every time I close it, I get a message saying it encountered an error and has to close. Whatever, that's just mildly annoying. But today it wouldn't connect to the gmail POP server and that's not on. So I summoned up my courage and uninstalled Office. Boy, like I was telling [info]muppet, watching all your files flip from Word and Excel docs to unreadable creatures needs to be on that list of most traumatic life experiences, not far behind divorce and losing your job. Both of which I've experienced, so I think the comparison is apt. Anyway, everything's reinstalled now, only a few hiccups in restoring my backup file, and gmail's feeding in now, but the error message is still there. Now it's gone from mildly annoying to grrr!

You know, last year when my sucky HP laptop was in the service centre for over 100 days and I was flipping through Staples' loaner computers, I got really good at installing and troubleshooting things. After a year of not having to deal with it, I've forgotten so much and I've lost a lot of the confidence in my abilities. I'm a bit sorry about that. Not that I want to return to those days, but I miss feeling that tech savvy.

Guess it's like anything you practice, tho, which is why I've really got to push myself to write. That muscle's atrophying too. I've got about 1000 words of my [info]bbtp_challenge entry written but it's still pre-porn, dammit! *shoves the boys together* And I was really hoping to have a second one done by then, too. "The hammer is my penis" is far too tempting a prompt to ignore.

Wow, I can't believe it's almost August, scary thought there! Time to start thinking about the Toronto Film Festival (Sept 4-13). I'm debating whether to splurge and stay downtown (which would mean only going for a few days) or staying longer at a cheap hotel in the hinterlands. Of course, as always the schedule won't be released until like the day before the festival starts. Prepare to hear plenty of bitching about TIFF admin in upcoming weeks! (And if there's anybody in T who cares to meet up, please let me know! I'm definitely planning a visit to The Purple Purl this year.)

Jul. 14th, 2008

Belated birthdays

I just realised that I missed three very important birthdays. Although none of them check IJ often, I still want to mark (albeit belatedly) the occasion:

Dernhelm )

Happie_Bunnie )

Frayach )

Happy birthday wishes to all you ladies, to last the whole year through!

And tonight I put up a new layout courtesy of [info]scotchbonnet. It was truly painful to give up the gorgeous Tara MacPherson layout that the wonderful [info]seleneheart made for me a year ago, but I felt the need for change. This one's bright and the text area is clean, with just enough curlicues along the edges to keep me happy.

I also discovered the best add-on for FF3: No Squint, which ups the text size (I've got it set on a 20% default) without increasing the size of graphics. And I love how FF3 organizes my bookmark library. It's just awesome when my online world gets simpler.

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