Title: Relatives & Relativity
Creator: [archiveofourown.org profile] Yahtzee
Rating: G
Word Count/Length/Size: 17,942 words
Creator's Summary: "Elinor – do you think it could be real – that he could – that he might be a magician?"/ "His speech is rather rough, dearest. More likely he is a day-labourer from the North."
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Elinor & Marianne Dashwood
Warnings/Notes: None.

Reasons for reccing: I wouldn't want the 'short' theme for this month to prevent anyone reccing longer Nine fic, so I've fished up an old one but a very good one. It's set pre-Rose for the Doctor and is perfectly in character for both canons (no mean feat when one of them is Austen), and is a wonderful read, and is both humorous and bittersweet.

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/71046/chapters/94080

(Also here at the Teaspoon.)
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([personal profile] aunty_marion Apr. 21st, 2019 01:30 pm)
Over on Twitter, [twitter.com profile] dyddgu and I have been having fun finding crossovers between the MCU and ... other 'universes'.

It all started when she tweeted that she was watching Captain America: The First Avenger, and realised that one of the girls Bucky took to the exhibition was Clara from Doctor Who. And then we ran with it... )

Who have we missed?

ETA: Woke up in the small hours to wee, then was looking at pics of the Endgame premiere in LA, and realised there was someone else on the Trek crossover branch line - Gamora (Zoe Saldana)/Uhura!! Oops?

ETA2: Went into local print shop to ask about acid-free sleeve for old photo, & had a lovely chat with the owner who turns out to be a massive Trek/Who/SF media fan (loads of photos of him and various stars!), who reminded me of *headdesk* Radagast (Sylvester McCoy)/Doctor Seven!!

ETA3: And [twitter.com profile] dyddgu has pointed out that we have two Sherlock Holmeses and two John Watsons in the MCU. Yes, I should have realised; I'm still slightly miffed that neither Dr Strange nor Tony Stark said 'No shit, Sherlock' to the other during Infinity War...
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 20th, 2019 10:54 pm)
I picked up Sony Vegas 14 at HumbleBundle a while back, and finally got around to installing it.

I want to make a vid. I want to make a vid I know damn well nobody else will make, so I guess I gotta learn vidding.

However, the vid I want to make is complicated and involves several sources from different eras, which I know is a pain. So first, I gotta make an easy-for-beginners vid to get used to the software.

Criteria for beginner vidding:
* Ideally, single video source (a movie or single episode)
* Video source you don't mind watching a zillion times because you don't know what you're doing so you're going to see a LOT of it
* Song you don't mind hearing a zillion times, for the same reason
* Not your dream vid project - this is not going to be perfect

Various other vidding tips apply: something visually interesting, song that has enough "story" or tempo changes to give you some structure, avoid songs or vid material that's been used lots of times unless you want to be The New Version of one of those.

I figured out what I want to do.

I think I'm ready to try this )
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 19th, 2019 11:17 pm)
The topic of specialized readings came up on a Discord channel, so I made a layout for the full moon in Libra (that's today, technically in about 5 hours; the next day and a half or so are still considered "full moon" for magical workings).

Large image under the cut )
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 18th, 2019 07:30 pm)
I know it's hard to find anything on Tumblr, so I found some of it for you. Five things make a post, right?

This is where we are in the current fannish drama about "underage characters":
"aging up a character and continuing to say/commission/draw/write nsfw with them in it isn't okay, because you still looked at a MINOR, an ACTUAL CHILD, and found them attractive, and made them an adult to try and justify your attraction to them..."
(It continues. Gets worse. Is followed by comments from other people, with screencaps of other... fascinating perspectives on relationships between characters of different ages.)

Fic Rec
Family Feud by codenamed-queenie, Batfamily, short and hilarious. Gen, no warnings.

Teacher Shenanigans
How scantron tests are made

Tech Tips
How To Track Anonymous Asks on Tumblr, using "view selection source" and "view page source" to find out who sent them.

Writing Tips (also tabletop RPG tips)
Estimating walking travel time (In good circumstances, "an adult can do about 30 miles (approximately 48km) in a day.")
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 17th, 2019 02:28 pm)
In the various discussions about PF's user content rules, legalities, social standards, and so on, someone happened to notice that PF's domain host, .io, doesn't allow adult content of any sort.


Pillofort immediately started looking for a new domain extension. They found one, and have begun the process of shifting over. The site's been cloned; logins work; posting doesn't. They'll keep the .io addresses for at least a year (unless the NIC.IO staffers happen to notice them and cancel it in the meantime), but the whole site will be officially moving soon, like this month sometime.

I'm going to edit my previous PF posts to use the .social domain for the links, so they'll still work in the long run.

... On the one hand, glad they're doing something about this. On the other, how am I supposed to trust they can manage user conflicts and TOS edge cases and the business hassles of running a social platform, when they didn't bother to look at their domain host's content rules.

They come out to 3 pages when pasted into Word. It's less than a thousand words long. And it says, "No .IO domain may be used, directly or indirectly, for any purpose that is sexual or pornographic or that is against the statutory laws of any Nation."

Now, there's some possible quibbling there - I really, REALLY don't want to have to restrict all my content to comply with every nation's blasphemy laws. And maybe "no sexual purposes" means "no hookup sites and no sex toy shops." But it sure looks like it means "no explicit videos." And Pillowfort's staff just... didn't notice, when they were picking a domain for their new social media platform, that this one bans the stuff that Tumblr refugees are interested in hosting.
Today is a happy, happy day, because I finished not one, but two bookbinding projects! I've been working on the both of them for months, so it's both strange and exciting to have them done. One of them is the slipcase that I mentioned before, and that's the one I'll talk about today. The other I simply call THE bookbinding project, because that one was intense. I can't tell you more about it than that at the moment, for reasons most of you already know, but I'll write a proper post about it later.

The slipcase )

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([personal profile] pauraque Apr. 16th, 2019 03:10 pm)
Remember when I reviewed the game Submerged and said it was good but overpriced so you should wait for a sale?

That sale is now happening! $1.99 USD on Steam until April 22nd.
This is a sequel to Part 1 - Money; sometime later, I'll write Part 3 - User Conflicts.

I don't want Pillowfort to be doomed. I want new social media options, and I love some of PF's features. But... I watched Yahoo shut down Yahoo Clubs. I have an Imzy t-shirt. I funded WritScrib. They're not alone in failing to figure out how to make "give people a place to hang out online" profitable.


Pillowfort faces two major problems with administration: lack of transparency and ambiguous policies. Neither of those would make the site nonviable (plenty of very large social platforms have both), but they'll combine with the other problems (money, user conflicts) and will make it very, very hard for Pillowfort to achieve the critical mass of active users it needs to survive beyond the initial "hey it's new and shiny everyone come try this" phase.

Both the lack of communication with users and uncertainty about the policies lead to lack of trust. Right now, users are assuming that things are mostly fine. A few people are unhappy over changes in policies, and a few are unhappy with some of the dev judgment calls, but most people agree that nothing's been shocking or convinced them they couldn't tolerate the site. However, every new surprise, every new "wtf was that, staff???" reaction, will increase the paranoia and suspicion.

Users who don't trust the staff (1) won't pay for features, even if they want them (because a staff that arbitrarily changes policies, can decide "oh hey your 1-year subscription is now a 3-month subscription; sorry about that"), and (2) won't tell their friends about the site, even if they're actively using it. That latter is the killer: if what they're saying isn't, "hey come join me!" but "well, there's some great artists there, but I don't know how long they'll be allowed to post," PF is not going to gain the new users it needs to survive the attrition rate.

No roadmap )
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([personal profile] ayebydan posting in [community profile] hp_fanworks Apr. 16th, 2019 12:35 am)
Title: the aftermath of war 1/ fanfic.net//ao3 // dw
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s)/Characters: Narcissa Black / Lucius Malfoy, Bill Weasley, Charlie Weasley, Percy Weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Draco Malfoy
Word Count/ Art Medium: 2958
Warnings (if any): none, unless you count an angry young Bill.

Disclaimer: I own nothing and make no monitory profit. All I have are my OCs and my ideas and a lot of effort. JK's world is just a sandpit I make castles in.

Summary: "Weasleys!"

"Children, Lucius. Imagine if something happened to us? Custody of Draco would automatically go to Andromeda and that Muggleborn husband of hers. Ed or Ted or something."

A strange sound erupts from his throat and his eyes bulge but Narcissa knows that she has his attention. He pours more red wine into his wine glass and not as much into his wife's showing his growing anxiety over the matter.

"Children are not responsible for their parent's actions. They need a home, my love, and I won't have anyone thinking we won't give them one. Merlin, I won't leave them on the street regardless! We always wanted more."

"One!", Lucius snaps, "Perhaps two more. But seven. Just because we have space does not mean that we can cope."
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([personal profile] therealsnape Apr. 15th, 2019 09:21 pm)
For those who don't have access to French newsstreams: the reason they don't use firefighting helicopters is that the jets of water from a helicopter are that strong you can't use them on such an old building. The structure would not survive.
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([personal profile] therealsnape Apr. 15th, 2019 07:58 pm)
Notre Dame de Paris is on fire! The images are so devastating. This masterpiece will be lost. I can't believe it. I can't believe what I'm seeing.
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 15th, 2019 12:12 am)
This year, I used CreditKarma's "totally free plz don't notice how much of your data we're demanding the right to use" service. (Since the other services wanted $40-$70, I was willing to deal with the data harvesters. I don't mind getting $40 worth of services for data that I know damn well Google already has.)

I'll be getting a modest-but-helpful refund, which is what usually happens. Yay? (Too tired to have much reaction right now. I thought I would've been done three hours ago; I'd typo'd something on an early page and the return was rejected, and I wound up going through four years of past records trying to find the discrepancy.)

Anyone want to start a nonprofit with the goal of putting TurboTax out of business by filing for free without skeevy data-harvesting activity? Because for the vast majority of people, taxes shouldn't be a headeache; they should be "insert numbers forms HERE; receive tax results; download the PDF and either print it or submit electronically." I mean, I thought this would be the year that I started itemizing medical expenses... nope. Medical expenses would need to be much, much higher for that.
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([personal profile] elf Apr. 13th, 2019 10:31 pm)
A Gaming First: Superhero team goes bowling against the FBI in order to take down the local mafia.

GM was not entirely happy with this whole setup. I'm not entirely sure how it got to that point, since not a single character actually had bowling skills. ("I'll roll... ah... agility, okay?")

However, it looks like we're not going to qualify for regionals, since my sonic scream, intended to be subtly disguised in my "Yay!" scream to nudge a few extra pins over, actually took down about three lanes worth of pins, exploded some of the lights, and knocked some of the bricks loose from the wall. Oops.
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([personal profile] paean Apr. 13th, 2019 02:05 pm)
Sitting in the car with Monkey and Pigeon both asleep in the back seat. Practically a miracle. ..

And now they are both awake and immediately vocal about their extreme displeasure at the state of existence. Abort post.
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([personal profile] auroracloud posting in [community profile] tardis_library Apr. 12th, 2019 01:19 pm)
Title: Restaurants
Creator: [archiveofourown.org profile] chaya
Rating: General audiences
Word Count/Length/Size: 573 words
Creator's Summary: When in Rome.
Characters/Pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot

Reasons for reccing: For this month's "shorts" theme and just because it's delightful, this little fic that consists of four brief scenes that nevertheless manage to paint vivid scenes of the events! Basically, various scenes of where Second Doctor era TARDIS teams go to restaurants, and Jamie has some problems adjusting to the fussy expectations of how to be in restaurants. But to make it even better, there's also one in which Jamie's on his turf and knows exactly how to behave while the others are confused.

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/485601


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