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Sep. 22nd, 2013

I think this AO3 filtering trick deserves more attention

Unfortunately the tag filtering on AO3 still doesn't have an easy way to exclude stories with certain tags, but I didn't realize that you can use a - with the "Search Within Results" in the sidebar to narrow things down and not only in the full search. (I almost never use the full AO3 search, I dislike it.)

And even better, you can (in an admittedly somewhat tedious way) exclude wrangled relationship tags by their id, so that you don't exclude text matches in the summary accidentally. This archive news post describes how. I won't use this for casual searches, but it is worth looking up the ids of the few pairings I really loathe to get them excluded in all my searches. And apparently there is an unofficial userscript for this too, so maybe I'll install that... Right now I use a blurb blocker to filter, but it would be more efficient to get the search right rather than hide results.

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Jun. 15th, 2013


Looking at the Worst Room Tumblr just now (a blog that posts photos of horrible rooms and small "apartments" for rent in NYC at outrageous prices) makes me feel so much better about my place.

Also, of course I knew that fictional depictions of supposedly crappy NYC apartments in tv series and such always make them vastly larger than they would be in reality (perhaps because you couldn't actually fit a professional camera larger than an iPhone, the person operating it, and a person being filmed into an actual crappy NYC apartment from the looks of these photos so you'd probably have to stage them and leave one wall out that you don't see or something), but these are just astoundingly awful. Like, many seem to be either windowless closets rented as bedroom for several hundred dollars or some sort of crawlspaces repurposed for sleeping in, that are too low to stand or even sit.

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Feb. 18th, 2013

linking to a discussion

[personal profile] mashimero is brainstorming about what it would take to make a fanfic&fanart/media challenge truly collaborative and is looking for ideas/experiences/opinions from a wider circle.

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Aug. 17th, 2011

awesome use of post-it notes

Take a look.
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Apr. 17th, 2010

community promotion

A while ago I wished that there was a fanart request community on Dreamwidth, i.e. a place where you could ask for fanart you'd like to see, and which in turn artists could browse for inspiration and ideas, and additionally have the opportunity to make someone happy with a fulfilled request. Like the fanfic kink memes in some fandoms, but with requests in posts, and tagged and thus easier to browse than comment threads. However I was too lazy to create and moderate such a comm myself, so I just described my idea in [community profile] create_my_comm.

And now the fabulous [personal profile] noxie has created [community profile] artondemand. It's still very new, but you should check it out.

Also, I just noticed in my profile that it's my one year anniversary on DW. And I got a comm as a gift. ;)
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Apr. 9th, 2010

*kicks LJ*

I know they have server trouble, but this is annoying. I'm in the middle of reading a multichapter story there, but it takes always five attempts or so to get the thing to respond, and just now it doesn't at all for me. *grumble*

In other news, AO3 has a post asking what features you would like to see in your ideal fanart archive, as they plan to expand from just fiction eventually. There are many ideas already in comments, but if you are a fanartist or like looking at fanart, you should chime in too.
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Mar. 9th, 2010

SPN link

In case you haven't seen it: [ profile] reveria made an awesome looking Supernopoly (Supernatural themed Monopoly game). Just wow.

Jan. 16th, 2010

fascinating optical illusion

It is really cool how color perception works.
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Jun. 25th, 2009

art rec

Today I came across the website of this really cool artist, Alex CF, who creates fake specimen display cases with horror and fantasy animals and such, in the style you might find in old museums or cabinets of curiosities. The website describes it as "cryptozoological scientific art". Sometimes it is whole sets, with documents, skeletons, preserved specimens, tools and all sorts of stuff and they come with short stories of a sort explaining the fictional background. I especially liked Cthulhu Specimen Box, The Lycanthropy research of Edward Harrell, Severed “Draco Alatus” Head and Infant stillborn Draco Alatus, Expedition to the Plateau - Lost World Exploration Case and Experiments in extra dimensions; The Cheshire cat, but really you should browse the whole site. (Obviously due to the nature of the art the displays are slightly gory.) I only wish the photos of the works were in a higher resolution, because you can't make out all the awesome detail and read the text in the documents on the site.

Mar. 24th, 2009

random video link

This goes to show that rabbits can be vicious, dangerous animals: Video of a rabbit attacking a snake and chasing it up a tree
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Mar. 5th, 2009

Del Rey offers some free e-books

I just stumbled upon this via my friendsfriends view: Del Rey now offers some free pdf files of their books, among them the first Temeraire book.

Feb. 6th, 2009

drawing references linkspam

This probably is already obvious to anyone not me, but: I was browsing the internet archive for books, and found that they archived some vintage mail order catalogs, which have lots of pictures and illustrations and thus are great for easy to find period references for anything from clothes to carriages, farm equipment and kitchen stuff. Not to mention that it is just kind of cool to look at mail order catalogs from 1900, 1907 or 1920. I had no idea that you could find old catalogs online, but there's all kinds of interesting scanned things with pictures available there, like I found some sort of British government guideline for protective clothing worn by female factory workers in 1917, with photos of what they were wearing.

I also found old course books on fashion drawing and costume design, which look kind of helpful for clueless and fashion-challenged people like me to figure out how clothing more complicated than t-shirts actually fits together, because when I look at pictures of older clothes I often can't figure out the pieces, and old photographs aren't the clearest either. I mean, even drawing contemporary clothing is hard.

I also found this old book on pen drawing with lots of examples for different crosshatching and other b/w inking techniques for illustrations, which I have only skimmed so far, but it looks interesting.

Jan. 14th, 2009


As stupid as some of the motifs chosen are (often still somewhat funny though), I find the underlying hoax that Czech artist played hilarious. I think that definitely makes it count as performance art that works, and makes a statement about the EU. Far better than if it had taken itself seriously and really been some kind of pompous assembly of 27 artists from different countries, rather than invented personae.
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Nov. 1st, 2008

weirdest cover image I've seen today...

It's the cover of the current issue of the Italian politics magazine Internazionale covering the US election. Though I guess Obama/McCain slashers (and if there are any? kind of disturbing btw) would get a kick out of this. I don't actually speak Italian, so I have no idea why they have a cover illustration with an Obama/McCain kiss, I just saw this on an image blog.
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Sep. 23rd, 2008

random link

I hadn't known about Deletionpedia, a site that via a bot archives all the articles that get deleted from Wikipedia as not relevant or encyclopedic enough and such. I'm thrilled this exists, because frequently fan stuff and lists get deleted from Wikipedia for being irrelevant, trivia, or "original research" and they don't always get transferred to a fan wiki. I mean, I can understand why you wouldn't want lists of minor Star Wars bounty hunters or The Simpson chalkboard gags, or the timeline of the Stargate universe in an encyclopedia, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't want to look such things up. So if your favorite "irrelevant" article vanished from Wikipedia you can actually find it again easily.

Sep. 15th, 2008

art comms (and rat health update)

First, some art comm linkage (even though I suspect most interested people will already know of these):

Yuletart, a multi-fandom art exchange, has started with the nomination process for this year's fandoms. For the next couple of days only the participants from last year can suggest fandoms for this year, but soon it'll open up to new participants. Since I suggested fandoms I guess that'll mean I'm going to do a holiday exchange again this year. Meep.

Also, Paintedspires recently got an overhaul and reopened as an SGA flash art community. The first challenge has been posted, and you should all join or at least watch.

In less happy news rat health update )

Jul. 23rd, 2008

a random happy link

While I'm among the few people who didn't care for that Discovery channel video (you know the 'I Love the World -- Boom De Ah Dah' one?), I thought the xkcd comic referencing it was neat -- however this video reenacting the xkcd version as live action video is just completely adorkable. A prime example for derivative works making the original so much more enjoyable.

Jun. 6th, 2008


I don't often link to random stuff I've come across, but this dragon sand sculpture is very impressive. Here's a photo from another angle where you can see the baby dragon the big one is cradling.
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Apr. 21st, 2008

random creepy things you learn from the internet...

I follow Dark Roasted Blend, because it often has cool photos and links, however yesterday it featured parasites, which is kind of gross, but okay, so I read about a bunch of parasites.

And this is apparently old news, only I still did not know of this cat parasite, toxoplasma gondii, that also uses humans as intermediate hosts, and is known to change behavior in rats and mice (making them loose their fear of cats, so that they get eaten by the final host the parasite needs). It's apparently still speculative whether the toxoplasmosis disease caused by this also affects behavior in humans, though some scientists apparently claim to have observed correlations showing this, but still. The prevalence of humans with antibodies to this parasite, i.e. they either were infected or still are, is really high, actually over fifty percent where I live (more widely spread than in the US where it's a bit over twenty percent according to what i read), it is kind creepy. I mean, it's more likely than not that I was or still am carrying parasites that potentially can make cysts in your brain to change brain chemistry... Maybe the Goa'uld are less science fiction like than I though. Eeep.

Nov. 28th, 2007

if you're looking for a way to waste some time...

This simple online game is really quite addictive. Also I never manage to clear the board of blocks past level five. I have no idea how people are getting high scores like that.

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