Random #19

Apr. 29th, 2010 10:22 am
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
☞ I have no idea what's up with my browser. For some unfathomable reason it decided to display titles of [livejournal.com profile] ontd_spnparty posts and the blurb on the AO3 frontpage as gibberish. I've tried changing the code and it doesn't happen anywhere else, but it's really annoying when a post only consists of "Cut for spoilers" and I have no idea what spoilers because the authors put that in the title. Maybe it's the font?

☞ Since this is [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

☞ A propos [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, I think I'm going to take the comm off my reading list. There are just too many entries there, and some feel like personal journal entries and not like something suited to a community. It's a bit overwhelming.

☞ Maybe I'll post my first picspam later, depending on how I feel and whether I still think it looks halfway decent then.
rodo: rat: because i'm worthless (worthless)
Remember my last post on support requests?

So, my problem is that I want to update my website. I have wanted to for some time, but for some reason it's always an insane amount of trouble. I have to download a new client every time I do it, for example. The website is hosted by Host Europe, and the only Windows compatible FTP client they offer instructions for is FileZilla, which I use, because their login information is kind of confusing and I can't figure out where to enter what to use other clients. FileZilla is telling me, no matter how often I check, that my login info is incorrect. I double and triple checked everything; the login info is correct. It's not the firewall, I use the right settings and everything.

The Host Europe people checked and told me everything is working on their end (after I had finally managed to convince them that I'm not too dumb to type a password).

The FileZilla people are stumped.

I guess I will have to give up on the website. It's really not much good when I can't do anything with it. It's just sitting there and costs me money (not much, but I could buy two books a year with it instead).

*grrrrrrr* I hate my life.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
Does it really make me mean and elitist that I think that Sturgeon's Law applies to fanfiction? Even my own? Because it's wrong and insults the average fanfic writer by calling them incompetent (which, btw, I didn't, I was talking about stories, but apparently story = author).

I really, really should stay away from the internet for a while, or at least certain parts of it. It's just making things worse for me at the moment. Because whatever I try, if I'm feeling even remotely positive about it someone else comes and tears it completely apart.

The only problem is: I don't have anything better to do at the moment.

*whiny post is whiny*

Random #5

Aug. 2nd, 2009 06:34 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
☞ Please remind me to never try an old fandom ever again. I just finished the Hornblower TV series and was desperate for fic. Well, I looked and found a number of promising rec lists, an archive and a very long list of stories. The very long list of stories, unfortunately, contained no useful information beyond title and author. The archive had no fics that interested me, but at least it wasn't frozen in 2002 and about the rec lists ... at least half the links were dead. The others led to stories that I had no interest in. It's especially sad because the first link I clicked on seemed to be exactly the kind of story I was looking for. The author seems to have deleted all her fics, of course. I tried ff.net too, but the Sues put an end to that. *sigh* Never again.

☞ PS: Has anybody any idea how the ancient file size label translates to word count?

☞ Why the translation exchange post on ff.de is doomed to fail: People offer to translate from English to German and authors offer stories to be translated from German to English.
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☞ Since I finished the first of my long reading projects last month (an abridged version of The Canterbury Tales), I started reading the Bible again. Just, you know, because it's part of our culture and all. I stopped somewhere in the Second Book of Moses (Exodus) the last time, because it's very, very boring. And I refuse to skip books. Anyway, I started with the ten commandments again, and read a few pages. I learned quite a few things: 1) If you beat up your slave and he doesn't die immediately but a few days afterwards, you won't be punished. 2) There are only three things listed under "offenses punishable by death" in my version (being a witch, having sex with animals and sacrificing to other gods). There are a lot of crimes you can be executed for, though. 3) God is weirdly specific when it comes to interior design. In fact, he goes on about it for several pages.

[livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek seems like a funny comm, but I really shouldn't follow any links there. My computer has less problems with InDesign, even though I don't have the RAM, the processor and the space on my hard drive that it requires. *sigh*

☞ Does anyone other than me watch Kings? I like the series, despite the fact that certain parts of it are rather problematic.

IJ

Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:52 pm
rodo: rat: because i'm worthless (worthless)
Has anyone else been having problems with IJ lately? It's been down a lot every day in the past few days for me.

And I really want to answer to the people who commented on my latest entry.
rodo: granny knits thug for life sweater (thug)
I'm still behind schedule. *sigh* And I can't really think of anything clever to say, so this will be one of those random ramblings mentioned in [personal profile] blnchflr's latest post.

To be honest, I didn't do much lately. I read Corambis, which I didn't like quite as much as its prequels and which I found a bit disappointing as a last book in a series. I don't know why exactly, but I feel as if there was still a book left. I also didn't know quite what to do with the number of new characters, considering that most of the cast was the same in the first three books and none of them showed up again. Not to mention the really sloppy solution for the dialect of the Caloxan people ("dost", "thee", "thou" etc.).

I also spent hours on LibraryThing (link to my page), which I first found about two months ago via this wank report. And, well, I quite like it. Is there anybody else on my flist who has an account there? I have a feeling I know this person.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
Ich bin jetzt schon eine ganze Weile auf fanfiktion.de. Seit Herbst 2004, um genau zu sein, also anderthalb Jahre nachdem ich das Fandom über Animexx entdeckt habe. Über lange Zeit war es nicht mein Hauptarchiv, aber seit ich einige meiner Sachen nicht mehr auf Animexx posten konnte und ich es dort generell nicht mehr so gut fand (aber das wäre ein Thema für einen anderen Post), ist ff.de quasi mein Hauptarchiv. ff.net taugt schließlich nicht wirklich als Alternative für Deutschsprachiges und mit anderen Seiten konnte ich mich auch nicht anfreunden. Findet außer mir noch irgendwer, dass myfanfiction.de vom Layout her zu myspacig ist?. Außerdem ist „Depression“ kein Genre, und es ist auch mit Sicherheit nicht das, was sie im Blurb angeben.

Aber nun zum Thema. Die Punkte sind nicht vollkommen durchdacht und wahrscheinlich würde mir noch mehr einfallen, wenn ich etwas länger darüber nachdenken würde:

8 Kritikpunkte zu ff.de, ohne besondere Reihenfolge )

Wahrscheinlich bin ich einfach zu verwöhnt durch InsaneJournal, LiveJournal und meine eigene Webseite, bei denen ich (größtenteils) machen kann was ich will und mich nicht mit dämlichen Beschränkungen herumärgern muss. Außerdem zeigt das OTW-Archiv, dass diese Optionen durchaus technisch umzusetzen sind.

Urgh!

Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:21 am
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (nano)
The NaNo website is driving me mad! Updating the Wordcount takes at least one hour. I know it was a bit difficult last time as well, but it was nowhere near as annoying, or am I hallucinating here.

Anyway, I wrote ... 6553 words so far, according to Word. Hopefully I'll be able to continue at that speed, but I doubt it.

Fanlore

Sep. 29th, 2008 09:38 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (squee)
For those of you who didn't know yet:

The beta version of Fanlore, the OTW's wiki has been launched.

My reaction for now: *points at icon*
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (citizen kane)


Note: This was prompted by the current Supernatural discussion, but it is something I have been thinking about a lot, even before now. It is mainly about my own behaviour online and an attempt at rationalising it. This is also not meant to be a generalisation of fandom interaction in general.


How the spiral of silence influences my posting habits: )

Last but not least: This is meant to be descriptive. I don't want to get people to change their behaviour, I just want to explain mine. I understand that it is probably difficult to be calm about something if you feel rather passionately about it (even though I am not a very passionate person), and I think that this is very important, because otherwise, nobody would be able to overcome a spiral of silence like the one I am caught up in. So, in a way, I envy anyone who does not feel this way about discussions in fandom.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (meta)
Confessions of a Reader

As some of you might have noticed, I don't comment much. On anything. I know that this is generally considered to be a bad thing in fandom, but I can't help it. I just refuse to comment when all I have to say is "Well, it was good", because for some reason people don't appreciate comments like that. I've often been told that I am just not enthusiastic enough when I try to tell people that their stuff was... well, good.

Another reason why I don't comment much is that most of the time, I simply don't have anything to say. Yes, really. It's nothing personal, I just can't come up with something witty or thoughtful enough to add to what you, dear reader, already said in your post. So don't feel insulted if I don't reply to your posts most of the time.

I guess this is the reason why I always feel slightly insulted when people de-friend me because I didn't comment enough. I can understand it if you de-friend me because you're not interested in reading my journal, God knows I don't write nearly as much as I would like to, but because I don't comment? Sorry, I just don't understand it. But maybe that's because I don't expect anyone to comment on my journal, friend or not.

And even though I do write, I still spend most of my time online as a reader. A reader who is not worth much, in the eyes of some, because I don't comment. So I have a proposition for you: If you want to know if I read your story/entry/whatever, and if you're a paid user, why not put a poll at the end of the post, asking your readers if they read it, and if they liked it or disliked it, while still encouraging them to comment?
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Tea)
Okay, so I read a bit about the recent LJ-drama, and I'm only mildly interested in it, but I noticed something about myself while I kept reading some of the comments to the news posts: The more people complain, the less I care about their concerns.

I think that the reason for this is probably that it feels much like a deja-vu:

Cut for Length )
rodo: girl hugs tv (tv)
Okay, Animexx hat es tatsächlich geschafft, die bescheuertste neue Regel für den Fanfiction-Bereich zu erstellen die mir bisher untergekommen ist. Sie lautet wie folgt:

Hallo,

es wird eine neue Regelung bezüglich FFs, die zum Inhalt die Verwaltigung an Minderjährigen in HARRY POTTER FFs geben.
Diese sind absofort verboten.
Der Grund ist der, dass durch die Realverfilmung sich der eigentlich fiktive Gegenstand zu leicht auf reales übertragen lässt und wir uns deshalb genötigt sehen dies nicht länger zuzulassen (und nein, ich habe mir das nicht ausgedacht). (1)


Meine Kritik )

(1) Quelle: http://animexx.onlinewelten.com/forum/?forum=1&kategorie=2&thread=195662
rodo: girl hugs tv (tv)
Firstly, I have to admit that yes, I did volunteer for the OTW. My reason for doing so was neither my belief that what they do is the best thing that ever happened to fandom, but rather my realisation that it was time to stop whining and do something. I have been in online fandom for almost five years now. But really, I drew fanart long before that. It all started when I googled for news on the fifth Harry Potter book and I ended up reading a fic about Harry and Draco having sex. I was appalled at first. But still, I could not wait for the next book, and so I looked for other, less slashy stories. I was hooked, and I stayed. During these five years, I witnessed a few skirmishes with TPTB, and neither of them ended in favour of the fannish side. The fans whined about it and migrated elsewhere. This flexibility is one of the things I admire fandom for, but my admiration never stopped me from wishing there would be no more migration, that we would all live happily ever after in our own perfect place. And that, in essence, is what the OTW offers. That does not mean that I agree with all their ideas, but I realised that I did not improve things by quietly whining in my own little corner of fandom, but that I have to work with them to make sure they take the direction I want them to. I have seen a lot of people criticising them, but only a few of them made an effort to talk to them.

Cut for tl;dr )

I know that I did not touch upon a lot of the criticism I read, but these are the most common points, I think. I apologise for the sheer length of my ramblings and the mistakes I likely made.

[insanejournal.com profile] doro_chan

Two in One

Dec. 30th, 2007 05:18 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (citizen kane)
Seems like I haven't updated in ages. Again.

This time, there's a simple reason for that: I was busy.

NaNovember )
December )

Happy New Year to all of you,

[insanejournal.com profile] doro_chan
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I know it’s been a while since I last posted anything, and that I’ve not been very active lately. The reason is a Serious Problem. I’m better now, but I am still far from okay, despite (or because of) the medication and it’s going to take a lot of time to get well again.

Anyway, one of the symptoms I’m fighting with is a serious lack of creative energy. I just can’t write. I have some ideas, and the words are there, but I can’t put them down for some reason. That’s why (Im)Perfect hasn’t been updated yet, even though it’s almost finished, and that’s why I could not start working on anything else either.


But I did get some things done during the last two months:


Read more... )
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theljstaff posted an update on lj_biz, the first one that was actually written in English and not some obscure form of legalese. I really would like to congratulate them on this, but then I remember that it's a requirement for successful communication and not some sort of shiny extra.

Apart from that, LJ reinstated elaboration, who posted the e-mail LJ send her in the comments at lj_biz. I can't say it made me trust LJ again, because apparently they still insist that her picture was against the rules. The only reason she got reinstated is, as far as I can tell, the fact that she should not have been banned instantly. Her picture got deleted, by the way, and I suppose we'll never see it since it would get her permanently suspended this time if she linked it and somebody found out.

It worries me that LJ seems to use a definition of what an underage character in a drawing should look like that most people, especially in anime fandoms, would not agree on. I suppose nobody would really mind if they said they did not want any explicit drawings of minors. The problem is that they don't understand the concept of bishounen and the anime/manga style of drawing, both of which make characters look younger to the untrained eye.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
They finally defined what they are going to ban over at lj_biz. I wish I understood it. Really, is it so hard to give people a practical rule for this? I suppose so. In this case, I'd prefer Animexx, because they, at least, try to explain things like porn and shota to their users.

Anyway, I really hope this fan project is going to work out. And I am sick and tired of the wank. I feel as if fandom hasn't done anything but wank for the past two or three months. LJ keeping everyone on their toes definitely does not help matters much.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
Okay, LJ's really going to have a problem.

For those of you who speak German: There's an article about Strikethrough/Boldthrough on the website of Der Spiegel (the most important newsmag in Germany).

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