erinptah: A map. (books)
Fixed all the broken images in my DW layouts tag. Here's one I never posted:

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Original layout using this Creative-Commons-licensed Manhattan panorama.

Live preview | Screenshot

Title: New York Evening (Fluid)
Credit to: [personal profile] erinptah
Base style: Tabula Rasa
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Chrome
Features: customizable, variable-width, 2 columns




To use:
  1. Go to Select Journal Style and set your theme to one of the Tabula Rasa styles: 2 columns, sidebar on the right.

  2. Go to Customize Journal Style: Custom CSS, untick Use layout's stylesheet(s), and copy the contents of the above textarea into Use embedded CSS.

  3. Save and enjoy!
erinptah: (Default)
Went from sailorptah to [personal profile] erinptah on DW, and [archiveofourown.org profile] ErinPtah on the AO3.

The first one redirects. The second one doesn't. But all the fics are still at the same URLs, so I'm sure people will find me if they want to.
erinptah: A map. (writing)

Dreamwidth is currently testing this super-special-awesome syntax called Markdown that makes things really convenient once you have the relevant shortcuts down.

I've barely even used it, but I love it. So much less typing. My only complaint is that other sites aren't on board with this yet, so I have to keep typing out all the HTML on anything that's going to be crossposted. Hopefully they'll come around.

erinptah: (Default)
preview

Original layout using this Creative-Commons-licensed Manhattan panorama. Screenshot is of the version with the old image; live preview has the new image.

Live preview | Screenshot

Title: New York Evening [Fixed]
Credit to: [personal profile] erinptah
Base style: Tabula Rasa
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Chrome
Features: customizable, fixed width, 2 columns






To use:
  1. Go to Select Journal Style and set your theme to one of the Tabula Rasa styles: 2 columns, sidebar on the right.

  2. Go to Customize Journal Style: Custom CSS, untick Use layout's stylesheet(s), and copy the contents of the above textarea into Use embedded CSS.

  3. Save and enjoy!

DW updates~

Feb. 4th, 2012 05:35 pm
erinptah: (Kitten)
DW now has OpenID claiming! So you can take imported comments associated with your LJ account and permanently attach them to your DW account. Mmmm, streamlining.

I didn't notice when this happened, but at some point they also implemented reading filters for your flist. A lot of my fic comms -- not to mention the mahou shoujo feeds from other fic sites (chronicled at [community profile] frillsofjustice) -- are now shunted off onto their own filter, so I can keep up with the rest of my reading list during busy times without generating zillions of "to read later" tabs.

There will be a personal-stuff update post...soon? Maybe? It's been kind of an exhausting week. But all to the good, no worries.
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
preview

Import of the Sweet Blossoms theme on Wordpress.

Screenshot

Title: Sweet Blossoms
Credit to: [personal profile] erinptah
Base style: Tabula Rasa
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome
Features: customizable, fixed width, 2 columns




To use:
  1. Go to Select Journal Style and set your theme to one of the Tabula Rasa styles: 2 columns, sidebar on the right.

  2. Go to Customize Journal Style: Custom CSS, untick Use layout's stylesheet(s), and copy the contents of the above textarea into Use embedded CSS.

  3. Save and enjoy!


* I have more layouts in mind, but am running out of journals to showcase them on. If you install this layout and are willing to let me use your journal as the new "Live Preview" link, please let me know!
erinptah: (Default)
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Layout code modified from Just An Illusion by [personal profile] fania at [community profile] mentahelada.
Art by Kohta Hirano from the Hellsing manga.
Color scheme and graphics by yours truly.

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Title: Gunshots & Ashes
Credit to: [community profile] mentahelada & Kohta Hirano
Base style: Transmogrified
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome
Features: customizable, fixed width, 2 columns




To use:
  1. Go to Select Journal Style and set your theme to one of the Transmogrified styles.

  2. Go to Customize Journal Style: Custom CSS, untick Use layout's stylesheet(s), and copy the contents of the above textarea into Use embedded CSS.

  3. Save and enjoy!


* I have more layouts in mind, but am running out of journals to showcase them on. If you install this layout and are willing to let me use your journal as the new "Live Preview" link, please let me know!
erinptah: (Default)
preview

Layout code modified from the DW-modified Elegant Grunge layout by Alis Dee ([personal profile] dee).
Color scheme and some graphics by yours truly.

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Title: Open Skies
Credit to: Mostly [personal profile] dee, frankly.
Base style: Transmogrified
Type: Full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768+
Tested in: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome
Features: customizable, fixed width, 2 columns




To use:
  1. Go to Select Journal Style, make sure you have a Reading Page Title chosen, and set your theme to one of the Transmogrified styles.

  2. Go to Customize Journal Style: Text and set Link text to read comments to 1 // #. Repeat with Link text to read comments on a friends view entry.

  3. Go to Customize Journal Style: Custom CSS, untick Use layout's stylesheet(s), and copy the contents of the above textarea into Use embedded CSS.

  4. Save and enjoy!
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
The latest [site community profile] dw_news post has lots of information for people who just moved from a certain other journaling site, as well as exciting updates in general. This welcome-link pack by [personal profile] rydra_wong has a shortlist of good official stuff to follow.

FFA thread with translation of LJ's comment announcement, with discussion. Though that's the main inspiration for the current wave of moves, it would be nice if people were more aware of recent security and staff issues, with similar reports going back years.

A tutorial for setting up LJ layouts with your DW account, made simple. Check out [community profile] dreamwidthlayouts for other pretty options.

For people still on LJ, if you want a simple replica of the old comment look (say, if you're running a kink meme): FFA has code that does it smoothly and prettily. XMen_FirstKink has worked out similar code as well. If anyone has recs for other such layouts, please leave links!
erinptah: (legendary)
LJ's being DDoSed again, and DW's feeling the pressure of the extra traffic. Sigh.

Good things on other sites that have happened lately:

The Boy Who Lived Forever: probably the best professional news article on fanfiction I've ever seen. The author and a couple of fic writers discuss further on this radio show.

In an epic struggle for religious freedom, an Austrian Pastafarian wins the right to wear a pasta strainer in his driver's license photo.

The gay puppets in Avenue Q join the same-sex couples getting married in New York.
erinptah: (Default)
Reason #2501845 I love DW: OpenID users can join communities. So if there are locked posts, or if the comm is set to "only members can comment", you still don't need an actual DW account to have a way in.

Reason #2501846 I love DW: It's good for LJ. (Link includes a whole history of online journaling services. Inside views and all.)

§

Just recently started listening to Pandora again. Had forgotten how much I love it.

The premise: you tell the program some music you like, and it goes out and finds similar-sounding songs to play for you. If you're a music junkie, it's addictive. And it's added a ton of background info since I was last there, including lyrics, artist histories, and album reviews.

So a song by H.I.M. comes up on one of these stations (this one, which is how I got introduced to Plumb, Delain, Fireflight, and Leaves' Eyes), and I click through to their artist page, and what do I see?

Cut for suspense! )
erinptah: (Alice)
I've been trying to figure out how to consolidate my blogging, but it just keeps getting more scattered. The current plan:

~Artwork will remain on DeviantArt, at [syndicated profile] da_sailorptah_feed.

~Fiction is on [livejournal.com profile] reseda_ptah for the moment, but will get moved to [personal profile] ptahrrific eventually. (A sidenote: check out that shiny, shiny layout on [personal profile] ptahrrific. Isn't that gorgeous? Yes, it is.)

~Posts which would be best served by the LJ/DW commenting format (such as meta posts) will go here.

~The weekly "here is all the stuff I've posted in the past seven days" roundup will continue to appear on my Wordpress blog, at [syndicated profile] erinptah_feed.

~The semi-regular linkspams are currently getting posted both here and on Wordpress. I'm not sure if I should pick one, or continue to crosspost, or post to both but direct the comments to one, or what.

(That last practice has sparked some controversy. See here for thoughts. And, while I'm on the subject, have some Dreamwidth/LiveJournal hatesex fic.)

You know what's really nifty, though? You can follow any and all of these things via Dreamwidth. Even if I never do manage to get my act together, anyone who has a DW account will be able to cope.
erinptah: (Default)
All right, flist, help me out.

I think I've maxed out my moar-invite-codes-plz requesting for the near future, but I'm still hearing from a steady trickle of people who want to sign up. So to those of you whom I've already invited: you owe me, now pay up would you mind dropping by the Manage Invite Codes page?

If you have codes (and they're not already promised to other people), PM me one of 'em. If not, make a request for some! (The reasoning doesn't need to be anything more complex than "I have some friends I want to invite.")

Would be deeply appreciated, both by me and by the code-seekers ♥

And, to make this post worthwhile for the rest of you, have a mini-picspam (by which I mean one screencap) of Wilson needing a hug.

erinptah: (Integra)
Some favorite places to watch/join:

Dreamwidth Info
[site community profile] dw_news
[site community profile] dw_maintenance
[site community profile] dw_nifty - random cool stuff
[community profile] dreamwidthlayouts - for those of us who aren't good at building from scratch
[community profile] getting_started - for general help
[site community profile] dw_codesharing - for invite codes
[site community profile] dw_community_promo - for finding other communities

Fandom
[community profile] metafandom
[community profile] dwfiction - this "DW" stands for Doctor Who
[community profile] punditfic - for the fake news, etc. crowd
[community profile] girlgay - femslash
[community profile] shineheaven - for Shine, Hellsing, R.O.D, etc.
(Not sure whether there's enough interest for a general Hellsing or Hirano comm. If someone creates one, I'll join, but in the meantime, Hellsing-related posts will end up here.)
[community profile] otp - OTP claiming!
[community profile] labyrinthlust - for Labyrinth
[community profile] flashbastard - for Good Omens
[community profile] dontpanic - for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

General
[community profile] multibeautiful - pretty people
[community profile] metaquotes - fun quotes
[community profile] audiophilia - music sharing
[community profile] thatswhatshesaid - self-explanatory
[community profile] secrets - ditto

Twitters
[syndicated profile] bstreetholmie_feed - Sherlock Holmes
[syndicated profile] drjohnwatson_feed - and his faithful Boswell
[syndicated profile] stephenathome_feed - "Stephen Colbert"
[syndicated profile] rolandhedley_feed - Doonesbury's Roland Hedley

Other Feeds
[syndicated profile] malesubart_feed - sexy!
[syndicated profile] savagelove_feed - Dan Savage's column
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed - Urban legends
[syndicated profile] strange_maps_feed - Weird maps
[syndicated profile] stuffwhitepeoplelike_feed - Stuff White People Like

Me & Mine
[syndicated profile] erinptah_feed - Fanstuff blog
[syndicated profile] hobbitland_feed - Updates from New Zealand
[personal profile] ptahrrific - Fic journal (under construction)
[syndicated profile] shineheaven_feed - Shine itself

Will be updated as things develop!

Moving day.

May. 4th, 2009 03:52 pm
erinptah: (Kitten)
So I'm in the process of moving to Dreamwidth.

Why? (Other than "all the cool kids are doing it", of course.)

Because there are all sorts of marvelous features. My favorites are detailed here.

Because, in addition to all its other increasing and well-documented issues, LiveJournal these days accepts crazy homophobic advertisers.

Because interrelation is easy. With the push of a button you can import your whole LJ, including comments, rather than having to start from scratch. LJ users can comment with OpenID on DW entries, and vice versa. You can have DW automatically crosspost to accounts on LJ and any of its various clones - and, if you go back and edit the DW post, it'll edit the others as well.

Because I've been waiting for a service like this one to come along for years.

In 2004, long before the cool kids were talking about leaving LJ, I went looking for an alternative. The one I found was GreatestJournal. In 2007, a traffic influx (thanks to Strikethrough '07) fried GreatestJournal's servers, and some time recently the site disappeared altogether. I didn't get backups.

I have a WordPress blog, but it isn't the same. From communities to flists to comment threads, LJ and its clones are just better at fostering interaction. So I've been watching every alternative (JournalFen, InsaneJournal, DeadJournal, Scriblit, and on and on...), looking for something that has that kind of organization, but with involved founders. Something with a reason for existence beyond "making money" or "not being LJ". Something, in other words, that I trust not to go the way of GJ.

And you know what? I trust Dreamwidth.

All of which is a lead-up to: I have invite codes to hand out! Comment if you want one, and I'll send a PM your way.

(You need a code to get an account. They're doing this to manage their growth, keeping traffic at a level that won't, uh, fry their servers. You see why I like these people?)
erinptah: (Maggie)
Like the profile says, I wasn't planning to create a DW account yet - but then I won the OpenID lottery, so I figured, why not.

Am still not ready to make the Big Move. I'm waiting at least for open beta first (plus things like better import tools, OpenID-to-DW-account linkage, more layouts, etc., etc.). When the site has progressed a bit more, this place will start to look lived-in.

In the meantime, have a placeholder.

Stuff I Like About DreamWidth )

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Where the towels are oh so fluffy

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