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2017-06-19 10:46 pm

website software, Efiction, AO3

I really wish EFiction wasn't MySQL based.  That's how intertexius got broken the first time around, corrupted DB. 

Trying to write my own little piece but damn physical pain, so I can't stay on the computer to work for more than 30 or so minutes at a time.

I know, Iknow, AO3... but I can't make heads or tails of it, as a reader or a writer.  Plus I like all our work in one place.  Unless we die, then I don't care where y'all want to post things.

Speaking of which, since lots of ppl have asked for ABP on AO3, can we just make an entry for it on AO3 but not put the actual story text there, just the link to it?  So people can find it on searches and leave kudos etc.?  Or is that not permitted? 

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2017-06-11 11:20 am
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ugh, forgot how much work current book we left off on needs...
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2017-06-09 09:47 pm

Not getting comment notifications on DW

scrolling thru my journal, or following links back to posts on other people's journal's where I made a comment, I've noticed that people have replied, but I didn't know, so I look like a jerk ignoring them....   LJ still sends me notifications of replies to comments, but DW doesn't.  I can't remember if it used to and stopped, or never did.

Is there a setting I need to reset?  Is this a paid-account only feature?  A bug (known or that should be reported)?


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2017-06-08 05:42 pm

fandom as gendered space, then vs now?

i was looking thru old LJ meta posts and curious... is fandom, especilly slash fandom, still seen by a significant percent as a 'safe place for (women born) women ONLY', anyone else being pretty much tresspassing / not to be trusted, their fic/art seen as not 'authentic' etc?  the meta was like 10 yrs old, and curious if this has changed or has stayed the same...?
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2017-05-15 02:31 pm
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So depressed.... laptop repair update :-(

So depressed.   The item on ebay with the right part number turns out to only be the visual part of the screen, and doesn't include the  touch screen glass!   Why would you use the same part number for two different things???

Unless someone knows where else I can get the parts, or has the same laptop that is dead for another reason (eg: dead motherboard etc), I need to raise almost double what I have already, as with the touch screen glass, they want  $300 :-(  which is sadly still cheeper than the $900 that HP wants! 

Here's the reply from the seller I asked just to be sure before spending the money:

Going to ask if they sell JUST the glass, but I rather doubt it, :-(

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2017-05-15 03:21 am

Update on Computer help, life, thank yous...

Posted an update with thank yous and specifics about where I am right now on our farm site here:

I also added an amazon list for those that did not want to use PayPal or did not have ability to use it.  You can also PM me for a postal address if you happen to have the Wacom Pen (even if the nib is missing) etc.

I'm exhausted from working on that, despite breaks, so sorry sort post, and all thank yous are over there.  Gotta try to sleep now.

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2017-05-14 08:36 am

Anyone know the artist or any other info about this artwork?

Why is it so hard to find any info on this stained glass art? Judas Iscariot, hanging from a tree, his soul 'as a baby being pulled out of his belly by satan.
It is in the Chicago Art Museaum in the medieval hall- on the opposite side of the room from where the armor and spears etc are displayed. I think it was made in the 1500's? give or take.
I have tried googling everything I can think of ("judas iscariot" + "art institute chicago", "judas iscariot" + hanging + stained glass) and so on. Tried google links and google images. Can't find a damn thing!

Image under cut (if I do this right.... Read more... )
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2017-05-14 01:15 am

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This is how JKR's vocal  fanbase supports her by villifying marginslised people, and how JKR can't even be bothered to respond, let alone apologise, to a fan who point out the reality of her actions.  JKR only wants to hear from those who praise her, the rest, can be eaten by her minions.

Dr Adrienne Keene told Rowling on Twitter that “it’s not ‘your’ world. It’s our (real) Native world. And skinwalker stories have context, roots, and reality … You can’t just claim and take a living tradition of a marginalised people. That’s straight up colonialism/appropriation.”

After she spoke out on Twitter, Keene said that she had been deluged with responses, “with the typical accusations of my oversensitivity and asking if I understand that Harry Potter is fictional, and more directed hate telling me my doctorate is being misused and I’m an idiot.... 

Also worthy of note is that Rowling is known for responding directly to fan questions on Twitter, and overall being accessible to her fanbase. Despite thousands of tweets directed at her about these concerns, she has not addressed it at all. The silence is noted, and it’s deafening,” wrote Keene.
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2017-05-13 04:36 am

Gaming Problems

When playing a game such as, The Sims, I pretty much always get a craving for whatever the characters are wanting to eat or actually eating- usually mac n cheese.

When playing The Long Dark, I am lucky when my character has tinned tomato soup.   Unfortunately, that's a bit of a luxury.  Most often, my character starts with nothing but: mouldy granola, stale crackers, sardines and DOG FOOD.  You're doing good if, before finding a working gun, you find a deer carcas and scavange some rancid deer meat.  YUM!


ETA: as I'm telling Bug about this, Mikołaj the Service Dog woke up and is making pathetic sounds like 'where's the Rancid Deer Meat?  I waaaaaant some!'

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2017-05-12 06:47 pm

so someone stold jkr's postcard. boohoo.

J K 'lockhart' Rowling made millions by appropriating (that means STEALING) cultural experiences, some of which are extremely emotionally painful for people of those groups, and ignoring others minorities or throwing them bones and then taking undeserved praise for it.   First with Europeans, and now, like her golden 'where's my slave, i want a sandwich' so called hero, she still hasnt matured/learned and did it again to the Indigenous nations in north america.

A few 'zingers' (not even good ones) on her twitter feed when you trash us in your books does not make you an ally!  it makes you a NIMBY twofaced PR whore.

With her insincere...i know this controversial but...  'i'd like to apologise for...' followed by ducking for cover, you can hear the giggling like she's still mentally 14, and like her 'hero' she did this super great thing, and she's got to ride it for the rest of her life to maintain her living standard and place in the spotlight.... where's her slave and sandwich?  go get it slavering fans!

I say, GOOD LUCK to the 'theif' of the postcard! 

keep it.  post it to the internet for masses.  burn it.  whatever you like.   but, if the jewellry isn't hers though, it should be returned, unless this is a case of stealing to afford the only medication that would save your loved ones life and the greedy insurance co's refuse to cover it type of thing.  Then I hope you get enough for it to cover the expenses.

She can donate the auctioned amount out of her own blood-lined pockets.  Theft of an object will never equate to the theft of cultural identity, experience, trauma, and life/genocide, but y'never know what experience might set a person onto the path of rethinking their world view to be more inclusive (one gay, celibate, dead wizard, mentioned after the series had been published, doesnt count, unless the books were written 100 yrs earlier and fell thru a time warp), more compassionate when the PR machine isn't watching, and more understanding of real love... if she knew anything about it, she sure never managed to get it communicated on paper, except for a stunted, toxic version mistaken as the real thing by other emotionally immature people who would think a real 'friend' dumps you in your moment of greatest need or that the ideal boyfriend/father should be excused for being an emotionally and sexually abusive bully to both those he doesnt like for simply 'existing' as well as to his wife that he lied to, letting her think he stopped his bullying ways when he hadnt.    

If she cares about whats 'right' she can start by donating, no sorry, returning, the money she made to the groups that she has exploited and or ignored, hurting either way, along with an apology and advise to other current and would be authors to cut that shit out.  pull your books, movies etc from circulation, stop profiting from other people's suffering, stop accepting praise for throwing minorities bones, stop sharing your toxic mindset and confusing  young people that are still trying to figure out things like love and compassion.

i'm glad my grandparents arent able to read her trash... she'd have ripped open the scars on their hearts and rubbed salt in the wounds, making money and being praised for it by a younger generation that has lost touch, or was never well taught the truth of history for fear of not teaching to the final exams or offending some family that would claim their 'religious freedom' to lie to their children was being trampled on, because they'd rather teach their children that  the holocaust or trail of tears etc never happened, and alex jones is the lone truth-teller in all of journalism, i mean, entertaintainment, no i mean, lunatic ravings.



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2017-05-12 06:36 pm

ABP filter

if you asked to be on the filter for questions, feedback etc before we go posting ABP again, (as discussed here )  and you do not see a locked post just before this one for that, please let me know so i can fix it.  thnx.
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2017-05-08 08:47 pm

snarry fans

i know ppl still go to our fannish website for the fics, but dont know who on my reading list is still into it, or has moved on.

if you are still into snarry, and interested in ABP being updated, and can keep a secret or two (i have questions on some things, 'should we do it this way or that way'.), comment, so i can put you on a filter for those posts.

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2017-05-08 08:03 pm

some help needed

i don't post about but a fraction of the offline crap we deal with, even back when i posted much much more often on LJ. Like last month, when our amazing service dog woke me up (a very difficult task) because Bugland was not breathing. like not at all, blue and cold lips. I think bug is right that i havent finished processing that one, and no doubt some other crisis will appear before i do.

Anyway, this crisis led to a problem i have to seek help on which I feel absolutely guilty for... trying to raise money or find someone who has the computer parts that would donate them, to fix my laptop and tablet, because when the emergancy workers showed up, they dumped this heavy box thing (i keep thinking it was a defibulator, but i dont know, maybr just supplies) on the table, right on top of my laptop, cracking the touch screen, and damaging the wacom tablets pen.

i've tried to get my online store and ebay back up and running, but between just being sickér than i was when i used to do that, and the damage to my laptop which prevents me from using it but in short bursts, Its going so ridiculously slow that i doubt i will have it up and running before the crack gets worse and the computer becomes unusable.

i wrote about this, in great length, on our non-fannish blog for our farm... its long because i always have a hard time writing about being unable to support ourselves, and bad shit happening, etc. basically, the accidental damage warrantee will not refund me enough to afford a laptop that meets my needs.  I can however buy the damaged parts online, such as ebay, and repair it myself... or if i can raise enough, spare my arthritic hands and  have a local repair shop do it.    The screen on ebay looks around $150 to 300.  Dunno what a repair shop would charge tfor the work.  Wacom tablet is fine (because the mouse works) but the pen is damaged, but that shouldnt be too much more.

I sent a link request to Copperbadge's Radio Free Monday and told him to go ahead and consolodate/rephease it. (i don't remember how to make user names into links, so  if anyone reading doesnt already follow his journal, i recommend it.  if you cant help us, maybe there's someone else you can, and i may feel slightly less guilty then about asking for help if it helps someone else).  Anyway, I think it is much clearer as he put it...

"[personal profile] alchemia is raising funds to replace equipment damaged when his spouse had a medical emergency and EMS workers dumped a heavy box of supplies on top of his laptop on the table. The laptop is not just a computer but also an assistive device for Alchemia, as well as a major social outlet; in addition, his Wacom tablet was damaged. You can read more and support the fundraiser in a number of ways here, including donating money but also sending used or purchased parts"

feel free to share the link, maybe i can make an extra 5 or 10 dollars on ad revenue... every bit helps!

For those in the Chicago area (esp far west suburbs) I also have backyard chickens hatched April 4 thru 14 for sale, and toys, both commercial and handmade, for pet rats hamsters gerbils, bords/parrots, cars, dogs etc...   oh, also got some gently used cages suitable for ferrets, rats, sugargliders and similar small pets.   if you want to buy and pick up these kind of things, thatd be much better than having postal costs and paypal and ebay fees that cut into profits. Message or email me for info on those things.

sorry for any typos... using the mini tablet and the tiny screen's tiny online keyboard is really hard to use without making typos.

For those that want to donate but not cluck thru all the links and rambling on in my blog, here's my paypal link:


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2017-05-08 06:19 am

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Bugland and I have been working on ABP stuff (almost regularily now, yay) and there is a plot point that a while back we discussed changing.  The other day I realised the change really wouldn't work, so I turned to them to suggest we go back to the original idea.  First they said "no, absolutely not..." and then proceeded to explain that this was because Snape "believed in the cycle of life" and as such such would want to be eaten by "scavengers", like vultures in Tibet, and how would Harry feel about that, for that matter, how would *I* feel about it, given that we already have burial plots, and how would we ensure that we were both eaten by the same scavegers?  Especially as one may drag a body one way and another drag the other body another way... they'd have to post someone to watch and shoo away all but one vulture who would have to eat both of us (which gave me a mental imagine of a grim parody of the movie "Seven", but with a vulture being forced to eat bowls and bowls of entrails instead of spaghetti)  Anyway,  by this point, I realised they were talking in their sleep, and reassured them, they just needed to tie the bodies together, no one had to stand guard.

Well, the next day, I told them about it, and they laughed so hard, Mikolaj, our service dog, came running over to check on them, acting as if he was worried that Bug was having a seizure.  After a bit, he realised Bug was not having a seizure, and boy, did he look like the world's happiest dog just them.

It also came up, the ways the internet has changed since we started ABP, and where as we used to do text 'outtakes', today, youtube videos of what we say out loud while writing certain scenes could be the equivilent.  Except enither of us want to have a camera on us.  I suppose we could point it at Mikolaj, so you'd have silly dog faces as commentary to our talking while writing.

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2017-05-03 11:55 pm

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did not need to stumble on an unidentified link to that duplicitous hack's twitter feed of bs 'apologies' & more bs.


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2017-04-04 03:24 am

friends? mutual reader/writers?

i miss being active in (mostly) fannish discussions nearly everyday a deacde + ago on LJ.  I know, I can write more posts - but who is reading?  I could reply to posts, but... I just looked at my 'reading list'/'friends page' and one page represents a whole week :-(  that's pretty sparse.  I need more DW 'friends'.


IDK, rec me people / groups, or rec me to ppl you know?  Is this like a pathetic attempt at a personals ad?  I like slash, especially Snarry, and meta discussions about HP or fandom in general.  But I really dislike JKR and the 'canon'.  I guess that might make some fannish relationships difficult, since in the past, people would be all ''book 7 came out!  Squeeee!'' and I would be ''JKR has again, outdid herself on being a priveledged, cultural-appropiating, hypocrite and enabler of X-phobia/X-bashing, oh and she's a hack who lacks any real writing talent.''  I'd rather talk Fanon than canon as the first is more interesting, the second more triggery/angering.

Uhm, ok, other than the very little specific fandom circle I follow and the few fen in it that I don't offend with my dislike of the creator of a series that had so much potential.... I am Autistic (very very anti Autism $peaks), queer, married (with whom I do much co-writing with), ocassionally complains about chronic pain and lack of spoons, havent had a TV for almost 2 decades and cant afford online subscriptions so I cant really connect with fandoms based on tv shows.  rarely bother with movies too (ironic since film was part of my first create-your-own major) due to lack of $$$ and the sensory issues that overwhlm me in theatres.  I used to love comics, but again, haven't bought any for decades due to money.  I read a lot on medieval history / literature / etc, as well as ancient history, and WWI 7 WWII, world religions/mythologies (although I am an athiest), and biology/genetics and other sciences in general.  I like painting / crafting / sculpting.  We have a mini farm with chickens, miniature sheep, giant but gentle dogs, fancy rats, gerbils, african grey parrot, and rabbits

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2017-04-03 03:46 am

fandom & snape / snarry

I got an email notification from Fanlore about a change to Telanu's page ( ) so of course, I was curious as to why her site was removed, and a google search got me to a SnarryFicFind post about it, which was even weirder to me... Why would someone remove all their work from one fandom / pairing, but not others?  I found a possible explaination in the thread below the post:

Evidently, this is another fandom thing I've missed during our barely being around ( :-( ) but... I don't get it.  Don't ALL fandoms have characters that some people love and others hate?  Why worry about it?  Why not just avoid / block those people that you can't stand?   Or avoid fandom on site X and enjoy it on site Y where people share your interests?  Unless you're getting death threats or something, why hide just because there are more people now who don't like the character/pairing you like?  I have to think that either Telanu left for some other reason(s), and/or I'm more out of the loop with fandom than I thought and need to be filled in on wtf is going on as its beyond my ability to imagine (filled in that is beyond what was explained in the linked thread, because if that is all, then, as far as I'm concerned, doesn't change a thing for me.  It sucks sure; but the world is full of people who are shallow, who are mean, who are hypocrites etc.  But JKR's writing and her interviews etc told me long time ago that she was shallow and a hypocrite, so really, I am not surprised she'd attract a fanbase that was.  I've always thought the circles on the LJ / DW sites were generally more insightful and caring, and that this was a minority of fandom anyway.   I read and write what I want, and I don't care what a bunch of people I never met think about it (I don't even care what most people I do know think of it)).

And on the subject of writing Snape /  Snarry... 

Bug and I have gradually got into something more resembling a regular writing pattern.  Writing 'new' stuff has been important for us since we do it together, and we've needed more of that lately.  The turning the script into prose form is something we do seperete, and just proof for eachother.  We have a future 'stopping point'  in mind ('pausing point'?  not the end of the fic,its just about 1/3rd into the book following the one we left off in the middle of so many years ago)  at which point we'll start working on the proseupdates again.  Then we can go back to alternating between the two as we used to, and even if something gets in the way of writing new stuff, there should be enough script material to keep doing updates for a while. 

I dont expect anyone to really believe it until they see the updates, (hopefully over summer or fall), but thats ok.   Saying it helps me formalise the goals in my head.  (and even if you DO believe me, please hold off on re-reading. We want to make some edits / polish some of the old stuff / make some things more clear that weren't as much as we thought they were after getting feedback/reviews etc.)


Grrr Why won't my posts from DW crosspost to LJ????  I made a test post and thought I fixed it, as the test post showed up, but when I try to repost the actual post, it will not crosspost! >:-(  I had to manually repost it over there ( )

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2017-01-24 06:28 am

Harryplax Severus

LOL, new crab is named Harryslashplex Severus.   The next one they find will be named ''Snarry Chan''.

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2017-01-21 12:17 pm

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just saw 'proud gryffindor' userpic w/confederate flag background on facebook; not surprised. Hatefilled bookseries.