laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Kumiko x Reina)
After following the advice of a coworker, I revoked Pokemon Go's access to my camera. Since then, the app crashes less than it had previously, and I've actually been able to catch some Pokemon. I'm one of many now hanging out at [community profile] pokestop, so if you're also playing or interested, join us!



I've written about Sparkler Monthly here before, and I wanted to plug their Kickstarter, which has 3 days and a few more thousand dollars to go. If they don't meet their goal, Year 4 won't happen :(

I've been a monthly subscriber for a couple years now. Some series are done, so you can sit and plow through, while others are still being updated periodically. I really loved the audio drama "Awake," and have been hoping for more time so that I can get caught up in "The Cat-Lover's Circumstance." They have mostly-prose stuff similar to Japanese light novels, too.

Basically, if you think visual and audio media directed at the non-male gaze is something to support, please consider donating to Sparkler. In addition to non-male artists and writers, the stories often feature LGBTQ characters as well. People of color, too! It's just really fantastic, and I would hate to see them fail.
They also operate as a distro for series published elsewhere, for example you can buy the paperback Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal through Sparkler.
They're also opening up submissions once this Kickstarter ends, so if you have some work that needs an audience, consider submitting!

Sparkler also has an explicit line called "Cherry Bomb." These include listener-focused "situational audio dramas," which I've been meaning to try. Apparently they are quite popular in Japan! Best of all, in Sparkler's, "[t]he listener isn't gendered, so anyone can identify!"

The Kickstarter itself is a great intro to their site and their content. You can still score commissions from artists in some of the tiers! There are many tiers and options to choose from in this Kickstarter. I'm really tempted to get a copy of every paperback they've published so far, and share them with my comics club. That tier is $200, though, so it takes a lot of thought. [Most tiers are way less!]

laceblade: fanart of Ohana smiling at viewer, Yuina winking while putting her hands on Ohana's arm (Hanasaku Iroha: Ohana/Yuina)
[personal profile] troisroyaumes is doing a give-away of Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad.
A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.
Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.

The post is here, if you're interested. The condition is that you review it on your journal or blog or Goodreads.
laceblade: Fanart of Chibi-Usa from Sailor Moon, grown up & in high school uniform, smiling. (Sailor Moon: Rini high school)
[community profile] jobhunters is a new-ish Dreamwidth community. I know it's relevant to a bunch of you, so you should join & comment! There's an open thread every Sunday, which I think could be used to help focus weekly searches/progress, etc.


Over at [community profile] moogle_university, two DW users are playing through Final Fantasys I-XII, one each in the year of 2013. So, right now obviously, they're on Final Fantasy IV.
For the moment, I am not playing along, but the posts are really fun to read, and I assume will become even moreso as they get up to the Final Fantasys with which I am more familiar!

Screencaps, reflections, caps lock, etc. It's like a community made for me, :)


I keep rereading this post & the comments on it: Thinking About Anger by [personal profile] sparkymonster


[personal profile] littlebutfierce has uploaded some music for me b/c I am the most spoiled friend in the history of the internet. This post has songs about women being in a band,, or as I've titled it in my iTunes, "K-ON! fanmix," :D :D :D
I love-love-love listening to mixes of any length on themes, so I'm delighted by this.
Also this post from a couple weeks ago with 2 songs. "Stone by Stone" is a superior anthem, the lyrics are amazing.
"Rock This" is a fantastic GET UP AND GO!!! song, imo.


I rolled my eyes a lot at the coverage of the demise of J-Manga.com. So I was really grateful for this post by [personal profile] snarp.
* You were asking people to pay real-book-type prices for low-resolution scans of poorly-edited manga.

* Which were not downloadable. Not even with DRM. They could be accessed only from your servers, using your website and or your proprietary apps.

* As such - as any erstwhile user of Yahoo! Music or other such services well knew - we did not buy those low-resolution scans from you. We merely rented them, until came the day upon which you would shrug your shoulders, say "welp, I tried," and shut down your servers.

* You didn't actually try.

* Like, your website and apps were so bad? That I think they were meant as some kind of deliberate "fuck you."

* You didn't even release the mobile apps until last October.

* Wait, did the iPad app ever come out? (Edit: It didn't.)

* It's just kind of hard to believe you were serious about entering this market, is I guess what I'm saying, JManga.

I then got into a Twitter exchange with Deb Aoki (who writes about manga at About.com), basically about how commentators ALWAYS BLAME fans who "pirate everything" or are ungrateful assholes or what-fucking ever.

I was disgusted by Erica Friedman's apparent rage-quit post in her blog, which was inspired by J-Manga closing up shop.
So I was really glad when [personal profile] snarp ALSO commented on that in JManga Stockholm Syndrome.
Ms. Friedman, you are a treasure to that internet demographic preoccupied with swordfighting lesbian schoolgirls (me), but this is bullshit. JManga was deliberately marketing towards people who didn't know enough about the internet to realize that the manga they'd bought was going to disappear on them.

I'm so tired of the way anime/manga industry commentators in the US talk about piracy/etc. whenever a company goes under.
I can't think of any other industry that constantly blames its consumers for its own failures.
laceblade: Manga drawing of Yamada sipping from a milk carton with a straw (Honey & Clover: Yamada drink)
Hi, new-ish people.

There was actually a different DW friending meme a little over a month ago, so feel free to read my still-accurate intro post!

The intro post is locked; if you want me to grant you access, ask.


If anyone has any questions about me, leave a comment and I will narcissistically answer it, :)
laceblade: Risa of Lovely Complex, contorting thumbs & index fingers into a heart, winking (Love*Com: Risa Heart)
There's another influx of people coming to Dreamwidth from LiveJournal. In particular, I like the formatting of this friending meme!

the
[ MULTI-FANDOM ]
LiveJournal DreamWidth
friending meme

<3 Meme

Oct. 23rd, 2012 10:35 am
laceblade: Mio fixing Azusa's tie, screenshot from K-On! (K-On!: Azu & Mio tie)
[personal profile] littlebutfierce is hosting a love meme.
My thread is here, if you'd like to leave a comment.

[personal profile] dingsi has created an alphabetized index here for easy browsing.
For those too shy to nominate themselves, [personal profile] dingsi has also offered to put your name in for you (anon or not, depending on your preference).


I myself am sometimes hesitant to start new threads in love memes because I know that some people find them more anxious-making than not. So I guess this is to say that if you feel like you need it, I highly recommend starting a thread for yourself. You can start a thread anon or not!anon.

Whether you participate in the love meme or not, just wanted to say that I <3 all of you and I'm always glad to read your comments on my entries.
laceblade: Chord Overstreet offering his hand to Chris Colfer. Glee live-tour. (Glee: Colferstreet)
Umm, I have a thread in a love meme, if you're into that.

ETA: If you're leaving a comment for me, please reply to the top-most Anonymous comment there, which has "laceblade" as a subject line.
If you just click "Post a new comment," then I will have multiple threads & I need not suck up this entire love meme!
laceblade: Season 3 Buffy. text: I'm the slayer, so fuck you. (Buffy: I'm the slayer so fuck you.)
What is UP with n00bs to DW posting to comms like they are their personal journals?

PEOPLE. GET IT TOGETHER.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Sailor Moon: Rei piano)
I don't know about other people, but I spend more time online during the holidays. This makes me turn into a posting machine, unfortunately.
If you're bored, here are things I'm thinking about lately.



--After a day and a half of infrequent use, my Kobo Touch has stopped responding to....touch! I explain my problem in this post over at [community profile] ebooks. If you have any advice or commiseration, please offer it there!

--Dreamwidth has had thousands of accounts made in the last few days, mainly due to people moving here from LiveJournal, due to the latest round of heinousness (turning on automatic payments without people's permission - check your settings!; getting rid of subject lines in comments). Whether you're new to Dreamwidth or you've been on the site for a while, [personal profile] rydra_wong has made a welcome pack post describing where to get info about Dreamwidth, how to connect with people, and how to find communities that relate to your interests.

--[personal profile] commodorified is starting a blog carnival called "Cooking For People Who Don't." The topic this round is called "Food Security." The post is here.
I'm a person who doesn't cook very well. I've learned how to make some food because I live alone and would like to cook. Usually things don't go great.
As a person with dietary restrictions, I really, really love this advice for the blog posts:
That said, Describe much; Prescribe little. Readers may be complete beginners in the kitchen, food store, or garden patch, but they are, and deserve to be respected as, experts on their own lives, resources, abilities, and circumstances. Avoid the phrases, and the mindset, "anyone can", or "everyone should".
That latter sentence is great general life advice, I think.

--[personal profile] littlebutfierce made a post titled, "productivity for the low-of-spoons," aka those with low energy levels for whatever reason. The post is here. I know I struggle with this. [community profile] bitesizedcleaning is great for housekeeping tasks, but I'm starting to think about "getting things done" in life more generally, outside of work (I don't have an issue there). I'd like to write, like to actively correspond with friends, etc. I just don't, at the moment. Still chewing on some ideas that other people posted there.

--I'm also still cruising around at [community profile] eastasianfandomgiftbag, a low-key gift exchange for anime/manga/video game/etc. fandoms. It's great especially for small fandoms! I WILL PRODUCE...SOMETHING?!



Reccing Things


--A recent NPR's Planet Money podcast called "Europe Turns on the Bat Signal" compared the Fed and the European Central Bank to super heroes. The podcast purports that to understand how both entities act now, one needs to know their origin stories and mottos, and then they explain. IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE TO ME NOW! Here's a direct link to the podcast.

--Fruits Basket manga: This is more of a minor note. Usually, manga-ka use the margin space to write notes about things I don't care about: groceries, thanking their assistants, conversations with their editors. Occasionally, they can be hilarious (see: Hiromu Arakawa & Kaoru Mori), but usually not.
I <3 a lot of Natsuki Takaya's notes. She talks about playing video games like FF7 and FF8, but also video games in general. My favorite recently read one was about how instead of watching in horror when a character in your party dies, all she can think is, "I hope I get all the stuff I have equipped on you right now." BWAHAHA.
As for Fruits Basket itself: I've only seen the anime and have never previously read the manga. It's pretty great.

--Yozakura Quartet anime: Humans and demons live side-by-side in a city in Tokyo. Based on the description, I wasn't expecting to like this series as much as I do. It's about kids with special powers. Which sounds awesome, but navigating society with things that make you "special" in ways that are sometimes a curse is pretty difficult. It took me a few episodes to really dig it, but from then on, it was great. As a bonus, I like the character designs a lot, too.

A POLL

Jun. 16th, 2011 08:25 am
laceblade: Screenshot of FF7. Aeris: Don't fight here! you'll ruin the flowers! (FF7: You'll ruin the flowers!)
Dear Friends,

Help me decide my life.

Should I participate in [community profile] megaflare_ff? [Megaflare is a Big Bang for Final Fantasy video games.]

Fic commitments can be made for one of these four levels:
Flare - 5,000 words
Ultima - 10,000 words
Mega Flare - 20,000 words
Giga Flare - 40,000 words


Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Should I participate in Megaflare?

View Answers

Yes
4 (80.0%)

No
1 (20.0%)



If "Yes," should I work on the FF VII Inception AU in earnest? (haven't touched it in....a couple months?) Or something different?

(If FFVII Inception AU, I think I'd lean toward the latter two word counts. D: )


I am insecure fanperson, ;_;
One day, I will make these decisions for myself!
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Tutu & Rue)
Next week starts Three Weeks for Dreamwidth.

For those who don't know about it, it basically means, "Post a lot, contribute to the comms you're part of, and make new friends, celebrate dreamwidth, yay."

SO.

If there are things you want me to write about, leave a comment and tell me what you want to hear.
I'm not guaranteeing that I'll write everything (if I don't have the spoons), but even if I don't get to it next week, maybe I will in TEH FUTURES.

Followings!

Jan. 8th, 2011 07:26 am
laceblade: Fanart of Revolutionary Girl Utena, holding sword and looking at viewer. (Utena fanart)
I never have time to post Follow Fridays when it's actually Friday.

Here are some communities/Internet things I've been enjoying this week.

[community profile] bitesizedcleaning - One of my New Year's Resolutions is actually to clean bit-by-bit instead of letting everything go and then having a 2-hour freak out session. I need to cut stress out of my life, and I'm usually actually happier when things are tidy. SO. Win.

[community profile] inkitout - I am also hoping to write a lot this year, and to actually do it instead of just making another resolution. Sign-ups are still going on right now; the minimum requirement is to try and write 75,000 words this year, although the comm will strive to be non-judgmental.


Unsounded - a webcomic written and drawn by Ashley Cope. I think I've plugged this before, but it's really great. It's a good time to dive in, too; the comic is on a brief hiatus (only a couple of weeks left, I think!) so that she can build up more back log. But right now, the first two chapters are complete. I think that her writing style is very high caliber for an online comic. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great online comics, but a lot of people really suck at their pacing. Like, I like The Meek, but all of the different characters have yet to be shown to be related to one another. Thus, every time a new chapter begins, I get kind of frustrated with making myself care about the characters. I have made a feed on Dreamwidth ([syndicated profile] unsounded_feed) if you want to get your updates that way.


FF7 Coordinated Playthrough - This is happening over at the FF7 comm at LiveJournal. This week, people went from the opening to Tifa's bar. I love how many comments there are, and how smart everyone is! A number of us seem super interested in noticing Tifa, and how Aeris is portrayed (as opposed to her other Compilation counterparts). I'm excited about this because I love FF7, but also because I'm hoping to write more fanfiction, so...RESEARCH!



If anyone has any heinous Tumblr recs, I AM GAME. (I mostly look at FF fanarts and listen to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's covers.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Tifa & Aeris)
[community profile] beer_marmalade - for the real-life WisCon-inspired Beer & Marmalade Book Club. Members are especially encouraged to join (serves the same purpose as LJ comm; announcements will be cross-posted), but even if you're not a member, feel free to follow along and see what we're up to. We use the community for announcements, but side-discussions are encouraged, especially if related to WisCon, things we've read lately, etc.
ETA: Just to clarify, membership is moderated because we post when/where we're meeting in locked entries.

[community profile] fuckyeahfinalfantasy is having an anonymous fic meme here. Request content or write content, it's up to you. Recommended ratio is 5 requests/1 fic written. No limits, etc. on fic.

Follow Friday feed is here.
laceblade: Ed of Cowboy Bebop, goggles glowing, grinning (Ed)
I like the idea of Follow Fridays, but Fridays are kind of the worst day of the week for me to be thinking about/following new DW users/comms.

So I'm doing my own recommendations for things to follow on Dreamwidth! On a Monday!
There are a lot of places I like to hang out and read posts at Dreamwidth, but I've purposely tried to pick things that not everyone and their mom recommends.

[personal profile] thewalk - My best friend's public account. Short entries (never longer than the length of my hand, palm to fingertip) about life in Japan. These are often posts about the walk to/from work, but also focus on cultural differences between Japan and the U.S., being an ALT, etc.

[community profile] sailormoon - For discussion of all versions of Sailor Moon (manga, anime, musicals, PGSM, etc.)

[community profile] manga - Sharing and discussion of

[personal profile] snarp - Hilarious, snark, talk of manga, book reviews. Lately there have been a few translations of blog posts written by manga-ka; most interesting to me, Kaoru Mori (Emma).

Communities I Wish Had More Activity (Note to self: You can post, too!)

[community profile] girlycon - From the Community Profile: Simply posting about books is great but here's the concept behind holding an instance of GirlyCon. Have a sleepover, a party, an evening get together, a weekend retreat at your house and invite a bunch of people. Do readings out loud of various girls' books and then have discussions. Do weird craft projects, write fic, have quiet reading time, and swap books. Or whatever! Then write it up and post about it and cross-post here.

At some point we could have a bigger con, but the central idea is that girlycon is everywhere and anytime - just declare it's happening, host it, and write it up. Tag whatever you produce with girlycon or #girlycon.


It is my secret dream to be a part of a GirlyCon in My Town.

[community profile] fresh_haul - Post excitedly when you get stuff from the Farmer's Market, your CSA, or etc.

[community profile] post_apocalypse - for posts about books/movies/etc. that take place in post-apocalyptic worlds
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (TSCC: SO HELP ME)
So do I have to go to Dreamwidth to read your journal now?
No; all entries will be cross-posted to LiveJournal, using Dreamwidth's easy-peasy cross-post feature. Even if I write a locked post, you will 1) be able to see it on LiveJournal, and 2) comment on it on Dreamwidth using OpenID.
HOWEVER! I personally consider icons an expressive part of the posting experience. Once my paid LJ account expires (in September), I will only have 6 icons at LJ (or however many you get).

Oh! I'll be generous and buy you a paid account!
Please don't! I don't want LiveJournal getting any money on my behalf. If you want to spend money on me, ask me for my Amazon wishlist, :D

Are you deleting old LiveJournal posts, meaning I can't search your tags any more?
No. I will be copying everything from LiveJournal over to Dreawmwith, but all of the posts will remain on LiveJournal.

Will you still read my journal if I only post on LiveJournal?
Yes, I will.

How can I leave you comments?
You will have to leave comments on Dreamwidth. Instructions on how to do so will be included at the bottom of every LiveJournal post.

Ugh! So you mean I need to have a Dreamwidth account to leave you comments?!
No. You can leave a comment using OpenID. (But you can also get a DW account if you want one.)

I don't have an OpenID account!
Yes, you do. No, really. If you have an account with Google, Blogger, LiveJournal, or a handful of other websites, then you already have an OpenID account. This means that your comments will appear as "[your username].livejournal.com." It also means that I can give you access to the same posts on Dreamwidth as I can on LiveJournal.

How do I get my own Dreamwidth account?
You need a code.

Here are some codes for you to use. You don't need to comment or ask permission; just copy and paste and use them. Take as many as you want; if you want to make roleplay journals, or multiple accounts, you go right ahead.
BG4WG2TG8VT2GAAAFTPE
EAYXBZE8NCP23AAAFTPG
F27ZPM6K4FB7JAAAFTPH
CA8H9SVYV7YH6AAAFTPJ
TQH3FA35424RDAAAFTPK
FJKXE8HGYTDJMAAAFTPL
JG2ABPBFCXBQTAAAFTPM
Q7R5RC6VVGMFJAAAFTPN
BVC79JKMC2W49AAAJV3H
5HHVC4YZXVD65AAAJV3J
ZM56V58PW2V8YAAAJV3K
YSG4Z65286XYRAAAJV3L
WDAYHYTJHE2AWAAAJV3M
YH4HR5J4HYH92AAAJV3N
TFVE36BY4V9Q7AAAJV3P

Alternatively, try the DW code_sharing community.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Default)
I just got 10 new Dreamwidth invite codes. If any of you want one, let me know. Even if you don't normally comment, it's cool.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Default)
There is this business of Dreamwidth. This post is not about my own posting habits (I have yet to utilize my DW account for regular posting), but rather about the way in which I follow you people.

Because I have friended many people both here and on Dreamwidth, I frequently become annoyed when I go to DW, as many posts there are ones I've already read here, and it is irritating to sort through them to find the ones I haven't read yet.

I hope to solve this problem with a poll. You are of course welcome to leave comments to this post, advising me where best to read you. Whether I follow you on DW or LJ, you will not lose "access" to my private posts in any way. However, I wish to only follow *your* posts in one place: LiveJournal or Dreamwidth.

And for the record, my public posts are still cross-posted to my blog, which is where this business began in the first place, almost a decade ago.

ETA: I have answered the poll myself for anyone wishing to confirm my own habits!

[Poll #1503067]

Free stuff

May. 16th, 2009 10:35 pm
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Default)
I have two Dreamwidth invite codes; let me know if you want one.

INDECISION

Apr. 15th, 2009 10:47 pm
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Default)
So I'd like to register a Dreamwidth account mostly just so I can keep track of the rest of you fools.

1) When I register with OpenID using my LJ account, while I be able to name it a different username?


2) What should by username be? "mystickeeper" was an alias made by 14-year-old!me, to go with my website, Mystical Fields. Mystic Keeper was a really clever pseudonym! *cough*
I want something bad-ass. What kinds of things do I like? Guns, knives, books, anime, manga, trope-bending, the band Placebo, maps, food, dogs, puppies, wolves, West Wing, Buffy, Veronica Mars, Firefly, TERMINATOR, meta, politics, blah. ALL OF THOSE THINGS SHOULD MELD INTO ONE NAME.

Maybe I could just be "Jaina Solo." Or, in allegiance to Steph, "thejacklescackles."
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, apparently about to kiss (Default)
I've been reading all kinds of commentaries on the season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and have added ones I like to my memories. My most recent favorite is here, by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink. I corrupted my boyfriend with this show! He watched the entirety of season 2 in the last week! Unfortunately, Ausiello reports that it won't be renewed for a third season. Ausiello is a pretty solid source, so far as TV news goes, but this is pretty disheartening. A lot of press coverage keeps focusing on Summer Glau, too. Yeah, she was fantastic in Terminator, but I'm just as ready to follow the careers of just about every other actor on the show, Dekker and Headey especially.



[livejournal.com profile] wrdnrd is still accepting submissions for a zine on class here.



As for this Dreamwidth business.....I am very grumpy about all of this moving nonsense! I just settled down here and am already cross-posting on Blogspot! (Technically, cross-posting from Blogspot to LiveJournal). I guess I should register with an OpenID account (I don't have an OpenID account?!) so that I'm entered in the lottery, as I seem to keep missing my chances when friends post with, "I have an invite code! Post here!"
I do not use LiveJournal at work! :[



I registered for a Delicious account so that I can help out with a collaborative project, but I don't really understand it yet. Am I just supposed to bookmark websites I frequent on a relatively frequent basis? It's not supposed to be used for articles I read an enjoy (like Digg), is it? I figured out how to embed it in my browser, and that's about it.

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