erinptah: (Default)
Down to the last 399 images in my Photobucket account! Among the randomest of the broken images: desktop-screenshot memes from 8 years ago.

Here's what it looked like June 2009, two computers ago, running Windows XP:

And here's September 2009, my previous computer, running the just-released Windows 7:

Picking up the theme, the computer I got during grad school and still have, in July 2017:

That's the wonderful Desktop Calendar app running in the lower right. And in the second column of icons, you can see the folder with miscellaneous Photobucket rescues.
erinptah: Cat in a backpack (happy)
His Dark Materials discussion thread! A real one, not a contemplation of what daemons every other series' characters would have.

Daemon thread with more on worldbuilding, including thoughts on how Shakespeare plays are staged in these universes.

Yet more on daemons, including naming conventions, cultural influences on settling, and how creepy a possibility it would be to have a human-shaped one.

Swap the main characters of the last two canons you consumed. (Mine ended up being Olivia Dunham and Lyra Silvertongue.) Protagonist swap, part two! (Carlos the Scientist and Philip J. Fry.)

Mash up two canons based on titles alone. "Air Bud Wolf - Ain't no rule that says a dog can't fly a helicopter. Alternatively: ain't no rule that a helicopter can't play basketball." And again! "Sailor New Moon. The breakup arc in R gets even worse by having a bunch of episodes where nothing happens besides 22 minutes of sad music."

Write 3-5 lines via fandom osmosis, lots of fandom prompts.

Characters as in-universe trolls. (Cecil Palmer: writes totally-earnest fanfiction, everyone from the real world assumes he's a trolling grandmaster.)
erinptah: (space)
I'm going to totally break the chain-meme component of this, but I'll answer the questions on the post I was tagged in anyway.

1. Do you still keep in touch with friends you had before high school?
A few! Mostly in the form of liking each other's Facebook posts.

2. What is one skill or physical ability (within typical human capabilities) that you'd like to acquire?
Composing music. I love writing new lyrics for existing songs, but don't have the talent with notes and instruments to come up with new ones.

3. Do you consider yourself an artist, or rather, someone who happens to do art, and what leads you to this conclusion? (No need to answer if you don't do art at all.)
An artist. Because I do a lot of art, on a regular basis, and would miss it if I wasn't able to. (For contrast: I've knitted a couple of scarves, but I haven't done any knitting in years, and don't feel any pull to get back to it. So I'm not A Knitter, just someone who happens to have knitted.)

4. Do you have a food you like that most people you know hate or won't try? If the latter, do you think their unwillingness is reasonable or not?
Black jelly beans! If other people don't like them, that's fine -- more for me. Regular bags of jelly beans often don't even include them any more...but in exchange, they sell bags that are 100% black jelly beans. I am all over this deal.

5. Suppose that when you die, your soul will reside forever in a place from your past. What would you like that place to be?
If I'm existing in that moment/reliving events: CTY from when I was 16. If I'm just floating around the general area: Christchurch, New Zealand.

6. What's your favorite language and why? (Not necessarily one you understand.)
How am I supposed to pick one? Languages in general are fascinating. IDK, ancient Sumerian seems neat.

7. What would you put on your personal coat of arms?
Cats rampant. Some Sailor-Moon-related motifs. The quartered pattern of the Hellsing coat of arms. Forest green and gold.

8. What artistic medium do you most admire?
I bow to anyone who can create complex, subtle, detailed works in watercolor.

9. Would you rather be poor or unloved?
Depends. Does "unloved" mean I don't get any positive social interaction at all? Or does it just mean nobody will be in love with me, maybe I won't have deep lifelong tell-each-other-everything kinds of friendships, but people will still leave nice comments on my fanart and so on? Because I'd take the latter.

10. Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunrises. They remind you to go to bed.

Friends & followers, if anyone wants to answer these same questions, take the meme and run with it.

Haiku meme

Mar. 11th, 2015 02:43 am
erinptah: (daily show)
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
Got asked for yuri recs on Tumblr, and, wouldn't you know, it's [community profile] halfamoon season. Good timing.

I went for series where the yuri is a main focus of the story (so, not Sailor Moon), where the f/f attraction is explicit and unambiguous (so, not Madoka Magica), and where said attraction is more than one-sided (so, not Tokyo Mew Mew or Cardcaptor Sakura).

These aren’t in order by most- to least-favorite or anything, just my top 5 overall….

Utena, Iono the Fanatics, Creo the Crimson Crises, and more )
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.


All the other Rimmer boys had volunteered, but not Arnie J., no sirree. There were plenty of young people in Two just chafing at the bit to be tributes; let one of those poor saps jump at the chance. And if by some stroke of terrible luck nobody did, well, that was just too bad for the chumps who get reaped, wasn't it?


Getting some pop out of the fridge and pouring it into a glass doesn't seem that fascinating, but Carlos watches like it's as complicated as one of his seismology lectures. Well, maybe it is, if you're muddled enough to not be sure how stop signs work.


Madoka is moonlight in comparison, subtle and ethereal. To Homura's eyes, the pale yellow on the front of her dress is the only touch of color in a silver-and-white ensemble, tied off with ink-black ribbons. She's a ghost. She's calligraphy.
erinptah: Cat in christmas lights (christmas)
Saw this going around, figured it couldn't hurt to put one out there.

Part 1:

* Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) with a list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related, to medium, to really big. The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
* If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
* Include some version of these guidelines in your journal so that the holiday joy will spread.

Part 2:

* Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
* If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another fan's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

Part 3: The Wishes:
  1. Fanworks for But I'm A Cat Person. Guest strips, art of the characters, fic, icons, a Broadway adaptation...whatever you feel moved to do.
  2. These Eternal SM earrings or these Sailor Saturn earrings.
  3. A rec at [community profile] fancake for a fic of mine that you liked. (They're doing an amnesty round from now until the end of the year, so all the themes they've ever done are fair game.)
  4. Carlos to come home, already.
  5. One of those lightweight, portable solar chargers, with USB input.
  6. Empowered volume 7 and volume 8.
  7. A new Sailor Moon anime with a top-of-the-line budget and well-crafted, lovingly-detailed action scenes.
  8. Money never hurts. Gotta keep the heat on and the Internet running. I can take donations via Paypal, sailorptah [at] gmail [dot] com.
  9. ...I think that's it.
  10. Unless you have an opening for a full-time job doing digital preservation and/or archivist work in the Boston area? In which case, I'll take that.
If anyone wants to buy one of the physical items, PM me for a shipping address! Everything else should be pretty straightforward, I think. Y'all know where online to find me.
erinptah: A map. (writing)
1) Visit Web VocabProfile Classic
2) Paste a selection of your writing (under 2K words) into the main text box; hit "Submit"
3) Scroll down the list of just the red words
4) Copy, paste, and share!

What it does is break down the writing based on how common the words are. The 1000 most-common words are in blue, the next-most-common 1000 in green, words from some Academic Word List they have on-file are in yellow, and everything else is in red.

(Hat tip to [ profile] fail_fandomanon for finding this.)

Upcoming chapter of HDM/Night Vale fic

People's names: carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos carlos cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil cecil gerald gerald gerald hua hua isaña isaña isaña isaña isaña kevin khoshekh li li raimondi raimondi raimondi

The rest of the words: alethiometer alethiometer alethiometer alpha armored awful blankness bluffs bluffs bluffs bluffs chameleon chin collaborate compass compass conditioner daemon dials dials dials disaster drug drug drugs empathy factly fantasies favors flush foul gazes genetic gosh gulping hell hint hispania horrible hourglass hourglass hovers hugs hybrid infamous infamy internet kidney lather madhouse marionette menacing mirror mockery monsters muscle nationals nods nova okay omega ouija overdosed personality protests putters reassuring rehab retrospect rinses serpent shivers sic simultaneous singlehandedly sluggishly smacks sociopath species specimen stares startles subtle surgery switches teasing territory theology theology transplant tub tucks twitches undercover unsubstantiated update vague vale valentine wren wren wrestles wretched

Beginning of a Hunger Games AU for Red Dwarf

People's names: ace ace arn arn arnie arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold arnold dave dave dave dave dave dave dave dave frank gran gran gran howard howard john john john jr kochanski kochanski kochanski kris kris kris kris krissie krissie krissie krissie kristine kristine lister lister lister michelle rimmer rimmer rimmer rimmer rimmer rimmer rimmer

The rest of the words: ah aisle aptitude auburn awful awful banging bashing bid blanks bloke bother bounty breed capitol capitol capitol capitol chafing chumps circuit circuit circuitry classmates classmates co cocky cute daydreams dolls doomed drilled dubious dumb electronics electronics eligible figured figuring fisher folks foreman fumbles grove guitar guy haircuts headbutts height heroes hmm jerky kids kids kids kids kids mandatory math mic microphone microwaves mood numb ol olds orphan pacified panem peacekeeper peacekeeper peacekeepers pelted privilege quiz quizzes rack rack reaped reaping reaping reaping reaping rebellion repay romance saps scores senior shoo sirree smug specialty specialty spokesperson squish streamlined sucker swagger technician television television tesserae tesserae tesserae tesserae tesserae tiny tone tributes trucks uncertainly ups utterly vending vicious victors victors victors washtub yeah yeah

This is unreasonably entertaining.

("Gosh gulping hell" would make a great creative interjection, and "victors victors victors washtub yeah" just sounds like it should be set to a beat.)
erinptah: A map. (books)
Ben Franklin on taxes: "The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. [...] All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition."

"Fincher’s $70,000 farm subsidy haul in 2012 dwarfs the average 2012 SNAP benefit in Tennessee of $1,586.40, and it is nearly double of Tennessee’s median household income. After voting to cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, Fincher joined his colleagues to support a proposal to expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the next 10 years."

"The IRS actually threatened to revoke the church's tax-emption because Pastor George Regas said: ‘Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine," on the Sunday before the 2004 election. [...] Conservative churches that actively campaigned for President Bush in 2004 were not audited by the IRS."

"'When he came in and showed me all of the documents, it was just unbelievable,' Henry said. 'Who gets foreclosed on when they've made all payments on time?'"

"Obamacare passed a major milestone in California, which late last week announced lower-than-expected healthcare premiums for its 5.3 million uninsured, less than many small businesses now pay in group plans....In contrast, the refusal by red-state America to create these health exchanges, which would be more local control—a supposed Republican value—and to accept federal funds to expand state-run Medicaid programs for the poor, means that about half the states are turning their backs on their residents, especially millions of the poorest people."

Old Economy Steven. It hurts my heart a little how true some of these are.

At least we can leave all this on a hopeful note:

"The [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] reviewed my complaint, and sent me an email the very next day saying they had submitted it to Fifth Third Bank. The email directed me to my own account page that would show all the correspondence among the parties. When Fifth Third Bank responded two days later, CFPB notified me immediately by email of the new development. [...] A week later, the bank refunded $280 – all the fees they had charged me."
erinptah: (Default)
Send me a ship and I will tell you:

--when or if I started shipping it:
--my thoughts:
--what makes me happy about them:
--what makes me sad about them:
--things done in fanfic that annoys me:
--things I look for in fanfic:
--who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
--my happily ever after for them:
--what is their favorite non-sexual activity:

(You all know my fandoms by now, I presume...)


May. 19th, 2012 05:30 am
erinptah: (disney)
Spent Friday afternoon at a cobbled-together meetup for local people who hang out on FFA. Four anons showed up, self included, and we all sat around in the coffee-and-bagels area of a bookstore and spent two hours talking about Anime Web Turnpike and our cosplay habits and Animorphs and how baffled we are by things like hockey RPF or coffeeshop AUs.

It was pretty awesome.

And more social interaction than I've managed to wrangle out of my IRL friends the past couple of weeks, but that's neither here or there.

On that note, a memey mini-roundup:

When the random people in Internet memes find out about their memedom, and other tales of accidental online fame.

"Meme, if you could only pick one, would you rather be in a fandom where people shipped nothing but slash while ignoring or occasionally bashing the female characters, or a fandom where people loved the female characters but wrote nothing but het and sometimes seemed to be kind of homophobic?"

Social justice poetry. Including a freeverse ode to FFA.

Fandom community college! What's your major? Your minor? The title of your thesis?
erinptah: (waldo-carmen)
Questions from [personal profile] sarcasticsra, who was doing a meme about them...

1) Is there a different frame of mind you need to be in to work on a comic as opposed to writing a fic?

Definitely. There's a rhythm to comics; you need a punch line, or, if it's a serious sequence, some kind of dramatic/cliffhanger-y moment -- something to pull the reader on to the next page. It's especially pronounced in a three- or four-panel strip. Fics have an overall shape in terms of Freytag's pyramid, and in long fics it also applies to individual chapters, but the pattern doesn't get as fine-grained as that constant, strip-by-strip heartbeat.

Continued under the cut. )
erinptah: Cat in christmas lights (christmas)
Spending the holidays with the family, marathoning the box set of all the Harry Potter movies and being lightly mauled by Ziggy Stardust (that's the cat). Good times.

2011 First Lines Meme:

January: I've come to the conviction that nobody actually manufactures New Year's commemorative spectacles or paper hats. They spring forth fully formed once any given party is in full swing, in a kind of celebratory parthenogenesis.

February: Another round of poems - all in one thread this time. (One of them is seventeenth-century tentacle porn. In couplets. No, really.)

March: Continued from yesterday's post: the conclusion of the adventures of The Steamypuff Girls.

April: Anyone have recommendations for good sites where you can sell used books? (And hopefully DVDs, CDs, etcetera.)

May: For example: several anons from extremely small towns tl;dr about the experience of growing up there.

June: This is a topic I've been pondering a lot recently. It's probably a natural result of following a bunch of Issue-based fandom comms, rec lists, and fests...but honestly, what spurred the post was a bunch of summaries that looked intriguing and thoughtful, leading into fics that were just bad.

July: Just spent my evening finishing off the ebook for But I'm A Cat Person #1, then the rest of the night promoting it everywhere I can.

August: Back in the land of the Internet after almost a week of sporadic access. Computer is groaning under the weight of all the tabs I have open, poor thing.

September: I've applied to grad school for library science, starting in the spring semester of 2012.

October: FFA's reputation in other Internet spaces. Very through-a-glass-darkly. Thread was frozen over contentious discussion of triggering events on other communities, so do tread carefully.

November: The OTW is the topic of the moment, with Yuletide and board elections on the horizon; and I'm glad the meme is around, because now that [community profile] metafandom is dead I have no good source for roundups of this stuff.

December: (To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest Ye, Unitarians

Will do the same meme for [personal profile] ptahrrific soonish.
erinptah: (sailor moon)
1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Gold cranes on red
Made by [personal profile] jai, who occasionally does color-themed sets of stock icons. Picked it up one year to be Christmassy, then kept it around because I like making paper cranes.

Birds in a cage
Made by [ profile] motoric. I don't even remember where I found this one; I just thought it was pretty.

Road at sunset
Made by [community profile] visualwit. Another pretty one. ...Clearly I need to stop using so many stock-image icons and pick up more actual clever ones. They make good defaults, okay?

Interrogated kitten
"You are interrogating this kitten from the wrong perspective. So knock it off!" Don't even know who made this one. It's just useful when making grumpy posts about People Who Are Wrong On The Internet.

College lesbian
Finally, one I can ramble about! "College (graduate, and still a) Lesbian." Made after some wanky anon accused me of being fake-gay (well, fake-bi, but that makes even less sense). I was still in college at the time, so I put together the icon and hoarded it until graduation, after which I had it as my default for a while.

The background art is from Maka-Maka, a gorgeous yuri manga which you can read at [ profile] daily_yuri. The jacket-letter font is SF Collegiate. Not sure what the smaller font is, and unfortunately I'm not bored enough to go track it down.
erinptah: (Integra)
I didn't get this from anyone, but hey, every meme has to start somewhere:

Describe ten series that you've been into lately, in one line each. See how many people can guess what they are.

Uses a loose definition of "lately" meaning "over the past year or two". Includes manga, anime, Western animation, and live-action.

1. When it comes to friendshippy detective-sidekick pairings, you can keep your John and Sherlock.

2. It's the evil megacorp your evil megacorp could smell like.

3. EVERY EPISODE is a Wham Episode. Seriously. YOU ARE NOT PREPARED. (Puella Magi Magica Madoka, guessed by [personal profile] biichan)

4. This show is sheer elegance in its simplicity. (The Middleman, guessed by [personal profile] biichan)

5. An affectionate, non-mocking comedy that doesn't wildly misrepresent the minds of slash fangirls? Dare I hope they'll keep it up?

6. Pure lighthearted comedy, which makes it that much more dissonant to watch the episode about a natural disaster potentially destroying a Pacific island nation.

7. "Jesus is my homeboy." --Buddha (Saint Young Men, guessed by [personal profile] hokuton_punch)

8. It doesn't actually mean anything. Just sit back and enjoy the adorable puppy.

9. Unless something better's on TV...(Hint: nothing is.)

10. I don't know whether to be glad it was canceled before it became obvious the writers were making things up as they went along, or devastated because it looks like, unlike with its predecessor, they might have actually thought this one through.
erinptah: (Kitten)
Meme #1, from URLAI:

" is probably written by a female somewhere between 26-35 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time."


Meme #2:

If you read this, you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your dwircle/flist the real you.

My hair is extremely short right now, the result of a hairdresser's valiant attempt to undo the damage of a year's worth of self-administered cuts. There's a chunk above my ear there where it's still weirdly short; she thankfully decided not to trim all the rest to match that one bit.

The cat is Darcy. Along with her sister Bingley, she belongs to my roommate [personal profile] stellar_dust. Have some more pictures of Darcy.

Cozy cat is cozy. )
erinptah: (college lesbian)
Over at [personal profile] eisen:

Plenty of writers talk about "showing their id", but our id is a vital and unavoidable part of the fic-writing experience - it shows itself in everything we write, whether we know it or not! The id is an awesome thing. Plenty of our favorite fics would never have existed without it. But there's always that pesky question a writer gets to asking (or is that just me?): am I getting my ideas across clearly? How much of my id is showing up when I mean it to, and am I showing off parts of my id I didn't realize I had? It's important to know these things! Conscious id-identification can only improve one's ability to evoke what makes that particular idea so enjoyable for us!

So, we come before you, oh sages of the internet, with a question: what parts of our id do you see? We really want to know! (Don't be scared. We'll only bite you if you want it!)

My thread is here. And y'all should know that my fic is collected at [personal profile] ptahrrific.
erinptah: (waldo-carmen)
Genderbend Big Bang is still looking for artists. Anyone who would be up for illustrating an awesome long story that involves screwing with gender, go take a look.

Gorgeous Oz art - the original Neill illustrations from four of the books - at A couple of my favorites: Dorothy in Kansas; Princess Ozma; Dorothy, Glinda, and Ozma (with bonus tied-up Ruggedo).

Upcoming live-action Maria-sama ga Miteru movie! There's a pretty slideshow of the cast here.

Manga enthusiasm among kids at Queens libraries, treated with a refreshing amount of respect.

Neil Gaiman talks Good Omens, including the trickiness inherent in the idea of writing a sequel now that there's so much fanfiction it would have to measure up to.

Werner Herzog reads Where's Waldo. Delightfully existential.

A panel discussion on what makes a meme go mainstream, along with the mainstreaming of the concept of memes in general.

Pro author Cecilia Tan declares her full support for fanfiction of her work. Note especially the solid legal ground on which she rests her position.

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