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It was nice and fun last year, so I think I'll do it again.

kerravonsen: Gay Ellis: "I heart SF" (TV-SF)
[community profile] fancake is a multi-fandom themed rec comm.
The way this works is that every month (from the 15th of the month to the 15th of the next month) there is a theme, such as "crossovers", "female characters", "complete AU" etc. This month it is "minor characters".
People then post recs from any fandom, of any rating or type, so long as it fits the theme.
And all recs are tagged. And an even more complete set of tagging is done on the comm's pinboard account. So it makes it easy to look for fic of the kind you like.

Kind of like having a multi-fandom SSHG Quiz. Only it's monthly instead of weekly, there's more than ten recs per theme, and there isn't any quiz.

For someone like me who is very eclectic in her fandoms... yes, I like.
Check it out. And if you wish, join and make some recs.

P.S. For this month's theme, Snape counts as a "minor character". (hint hint) Though Hermione doesn't.

P.P.S. [livejournal.com profile] wneleh you have been recced. And not even by me!
kerravonsen: Dayna pointing a gun: "I don't NEED to kill you with my brain" (Dayna-kill)
For those of you who might not have noticed yet, LiveJournal has put their "improved" friends page into open beta. As [personal profile] kalypso said, Well, it's possible that one of the 586 comments so far in response to that announcement says the redesigned friends page looks lovely, but it may take some time to find it. Most of those responding think it's more difficult to read, and particularly object to the introduction of an "infinite scrolling" feature... Others are complaining because the new page (which forces the site style on everyone) means they can't customize it for their reading comfort (e.g. the black on white gives some people migraines).

Look, I switched away from the site style on comment pages because I hated it - you want to force that crap on me for everything? Curse your inevitable betrayal, LJ!

For those of you on my flist who are only on LJ, can I beg you to get a Dreamwidth account and crosspost? Please? PLEASE? Right now, invite codes aren't required to join Dreamwidth, but if they're reinstated to control the influx, I'm sure I will have codes to give folks who want to join.

New friends page: DO NOT WANT!

If LJ does not regain their senses, can anyone recommend a good RSS feed reader for Linux? One that would enable me to read protected entries as well as public ones?

ETA: For those who are daunted by crossposting from DW to LJ: Evilawyer's Brief Tutorial on Crossposting
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For those of you who might be interested in buying comics/books/DVDs/soundtracks, my friend [personal profile] settiai is doing one of those "get rid of stuff" sell-offs here:
http://settiai.dreamwidth.org/1891896.html
http://settiai.livejournal.com/1713812.html

Including Fullmetal Alchemist stuff! Take note, [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl!
kerravonsen: Fourth Doctor, frowning: "not amused" (Doc4-not-amused)
LJ friends, if you've ever used a credit card to pay for anything on LJ, please check your account settings! The latest release has apparently enabled automatic payments for some people even though they had them turned off.
While the tin-foil hat brigade is saying this is deliberate fraud, it's more likely that it's carelessness. But whether it is or not, please check your settings.
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (Hermione-angry)
Reposting an entry by [personal profile] eponymous_rose:

On this day in 1989, a man named Marc Lépine walked into a mechanical engineering classroom at the École Polytechnique in Montreal with a legally obtained rifle and told all the men to leave the room. He claimed he was fighting feminism: "You're women, you're going to be engineers. You're all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists." He then shot all nine women in the room, killing six of them, then moved through the hallways and killed another eight women. Fourteen women killed, ten women injured, and four men injured.

This is not an event that's well-known outside of Canada - I was still a baby when it happened, but as a woman studying science in Montreal, this is a tragedy that looms large. I'm sure there are going to be a lot of articles today pointing out the dangerous idiocy of the Conservatives tearing down the very same gun-control laws that emerged as a response to this massacre, and while it's important to keep in mind the political consequences of this tragedy and the political motivators behind it, that's not what any of this is really about. This is about the fourteen women who were killed for the crime of studying engineering while female.

Geneviève Bergeron, 21, civil engineering
Nathalie Croteau, 23, mechanical engineering
Anne-Marie Edward, 21, chemical engineering
Maryse Laganière, 25, budget clerk in school's finance dept
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22, mechanical engineering
Michèle Richard, 21, materials engineering
Annie Turcotte, 21, materials engineering
Hélène Colgan, 23, mechanical engineering
Barbara Daigneault, 22, mechanical engineering
Maud Haviernick, 29, materials engineering
Maryse Leclair, 23, materials engineering
Sonia Pelletier, 28, mechanical engineering
Annie St-Arneault, 23, mechanical engineering
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, 31, nursing

If this isn't something you'd heard of, please consider reposting on your own journal. These women - and the circumstances of their deaths - deserve to be remembered. In Canada, today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. You can read more here.
kerravonsen: The words of Martin Niemoller, about Nazi Germany. (first-they-came)
Save the Internet. It's kind of a big deal.

Though you can only do anything about it if you're a US citizen, of course. But considering how much of the internet goes through the US, we're all affected.

ETA: Here's an international petition that non USAians can sign:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor screaming: "you've been cut adrift" (cut-adrift)
As [personal profile] lizbee said:
Just as a heads up, LJ's new code push included some truly impressive bugs, the most notable being that people are finding themselves logged in to other people's accounts. With complete access to locked and private entries, comments, everything.

And as usual, LJ failed to communicate about this serious security issue.

Anyone who wishes to escape, I have Dreamwidth invite codes I can give you; just ask.
kerravonsen: Jenny: all things new (all-things-new)
This... I have no words. Why have I never come across this before?

kerravonsen: Cally in the dark: all alone in the night (alone in the night)
From [personal profile] yvi:
With recent problems with LJ, there has been an influx of people coming over from there, and a significant portion of those users are from Russia, blogging in Russian. There have been complaints about this, and one of those complaints annoyed me enough that I ranted about it.

And thoughts came up for a non-English language fest on Dreamwidth. And there was the question of whether this should be a fest (length to be determined) for people posting in non-English or if it should be more focused on native speakers posting in their language. The first option was favored, however, I am going for the other one.


http://yvi.dreamwidth.org/218972.html
kerravonsen: Frodo staring at the Ring: "such a small thing" (Frodo)
Because [personal profile] settiai put it better than me:
If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to read The City Boy, the Peasant Women, and the Dragon in the Tower - A Fable. (Basically, it's an amusing summary of the whole Keith Mander, Lord of the Rings, fanfiction archive for profit mess. If you've somehow missed that story until now, I congratulate you. And point you toward Fandom Wank.)

In other news, yes, I still have a wretched cold.
kerravonsen: Frodo staring at the Ring: "such a small thing" (Frodo)
LOTR and Twilight Fan Fiction Archives Bought - For Profit: http://otw-news.livejournal.com/126815.html

The AO3 is rallying around for those who want to move their fic from those archives.
kerravonsen: Yin-Yang symbol, black and rainbow-sparkles (yin-yang)
[community profile] junetide

I woke up at 12:30 with the stereo in the lounge blasting the radio, which tends to happen when there's been a power glitch, so I got up to turn it off, and to reboot the computers, which tend not to reboot when there's been a power glitch, and then I started looking at LJ and DW and... it's later.
kerravonsen: a green leaf: Hope (hope)
Here is my thread at [livejournal.com profile] help_japan.

My writing brain is taken up with [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang, but my art-brain is free, so I am offering icons.

Bid for my mad iconing skillz!
kerravonsen: Soolin with a half-smile: impress me (impress-me)
Take the Ada Initiative Census

Interestingly enough, they're including "transformative works" (i.e. fanfic, fan art) as part of "open culture". I was tossing up between chosing open source programming and transformative works as my "primary" open culture, since a lot of my free time goes into both, but I ended up deciding "transformative works" because I've been involved in that a lot longer, and I do tend to write more fanfic than FOSS.
kerravonsen: The words of Martin Niemoller, about Nazi Germany. (civil-liberties)
"Times have changed, but the numbers remain the same."
kerravonsen: I signed up to write WHAT? (ficathon-signup)
Alternate Universe Big Bang
More Information


I am seriously considering signing up for this, if I can manage to come up with a sufficiently detailed outline for my AU Draco story, which I should be pondering about today. If I do sign up for it, I probably won't participate in the finish-a-thon, even though I will still be running it, because there's no way I could work on TWO major writing projects simultaneously.

Whether or not I sign up, please do consider signing on as a cheerleader, beta or artist, yes? Especially a cheerleader, which does not require either artistic or editorial skill, just the ability to encourage.

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