Damn, I keep missing people's (and communities') posts on LJ/DW! I can't really figure out why, either. They have both slowed down enough that it should be easy to click through a day's posts.
I think part of the part of the problem may be the behavior of the things I have as feeds on the two sites. Sometimes they won't post for a day or two, and then they'll dump a lot at once. The result is I'll be flipping through my reading list/friends feed and hit something I know I've read already, and then I'll stop. And in some cases, I've read it already at the source blog or site itself (like Scalzi's Whatever) instead of on LJ/DW.
I'm going to try to do a better job of combing though these things more carefully. I keep missing beta requests on Fan Grammarians as well as posts on things like the Weiss v. Saiyuki writing challenge comm.
There's a new DW perfume comm called smellsgood. Generally, I assume that I can't wear most of what will be discussed, but given my reaction to the recent rash of perfumery reviews going around (rapt attention), I'm sure I'll enjoy what's posted anyway.
So I'm loading my iPad Mini with favorite stories. Stories that are on AO3 are easy: I download them as ePub files and then I can open them in iBooks.
Stories that aren't on AO3 were a bit more challenging. But then I discovered Pocket. Pocket captures HTML files and puts them on your mobile device so you can look at them when you have no connectivity. I've downloaded four files, and it seems to work like a champ. One of the great things about it, from my point of view, is that it downloads them as clean HTML with minimal layout, graphics, etc.
One problem is, it uses whatever the HTML page title was. This is not always a good thing: if the LJ or DW entry with your story was titled something generic rather than the actual title of your story, then the Pocket copy will be titled that way too. And there's no way to edit the titles, although that seems to be something that lots of users are requesting, so maybe someday.
Anyway ... this ends my commercial for Pocket. We'll see how it pans out when I put, say, all 27 chapters of "Cupidity" on the Mini.
Two very different things, in fact:
Writer Madeline Ashby addresses a topic of great concern to a number of us: Periods, and how to write them. I like the cut of her jib. (Warning: very frank talk about female body functions.)
"[I]t seems to be an issue with alter.net, which is run by Verizon."
And if I try searching for recent messages online about Alter.net and communications problems, I find, for example, this: "The host google-gw.customer.alter.net (alter.net is part of Verizon network) is experiencing horrific packet loss, sometime upwards of 50%." That means that along this route, communications on the Web, which is broken up into a stream of chunks called "packets," is being compromised not only by the loss of the packets themselves, but by the fact that if the sending server (the host) knows that a packet has gone missing, it will re-transit the packet, and so traffic bulks up again.
It seems that playing Youtube videos is where the major slowdown is seen most often. There were several recent postings at various message boards about this issue.
I tried doing a "traceroute" myself, and yes, I can see where the communication runs through Alter.net.
On the other hand, response this morning is pretty sprightly. Either things have improved, or there are just fewer people online (and downloading chunky stuff like videos) at 8:00 a.m. U.S. ET!
So yeah, if your connection to DW runs through Alter.net, you may be seeing (or have seen - let's be optimistic) this issue, and if not, you likely won't.
"The FBI has uncovered a network of rogue DNS servers and has taken steps to disable it. The FBI is also undertaking an effort to identify and notify victims who have been impacted by the DNSChanger malware. One consequence of disabling the rogue DNS network is that victims who rely on the rogue DNS network for DNS service could lose access to DNS services ... ."
Basically, this malware gets into your system's DNS (domain name server) lookup tables and routes all your network access through their server. The idea was (I believe) that they could create a botnet this way. The FBI nabbed them and has kept the server up for a while, but they are taking it down Monday. So if you were hit with this malware, you won't be able to get online after that.
Check out this page on the FBI site for more, including links to pages that will check your system for you and how to check your system yourself, manually. (I did both for the netbook - I still need to do it on this box.)
And if you are really paranoid - not a bad thing in this case - don't use that link but just go to the FBI site directly by entering the URL (which is exactly what you think it is - remember, .gov) and use the news link on the front about this.
To quote Wikipedia (simply because it's convenient and seems to have the facts in order): "On May 17, 2012, [Anita] Sarkeesian began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new series of short videos that would examine gender tropes in video games. The Kickstarter campaign was featured as a campaign of note on the official Kickstarter blog, and reached its funding goal of $6,000 within 24 hours, eventually raising $158,917 over the course of a month. It also received a large number of negative comments, including threats of death and rape, racial abuse, and an extended attempt to have the campaign suspended ... "
Hip-hop artist/video blogger Jay Smooth has some opinions on this:
This female person thanks you, Mr. Smooth!
So I'm guessing that most if not all of you know about Danish cartoonist/artist Humon's webcomic Scandanavia and the World (a/k/a SATW), which seems to be her answer to Hetalia. I was poking around her DeviantArt site the other day and found that she has another webcomic that more or less fulfills my ideal combination of cuteness plus sexy stuff: Manala Next Door (also known among fans as "Jacob and Nini") [WARNING - mostly very NSFW!)
Manala Next Door is a comic about mythology and cultural assumptions. Jacob is a yaksha (nature spirit from Hindu mythology) who was raised by demons (yes, Humon knows that "Jacob" is not a Hindu name). He's still basically on the side of good, but he's pretty earthy (to say the least). Nini is a sweet adorable little female kappa ... complete with just about all the real habits and behaviors of the kappa from classical Japanese mythology. They are in love. And ... smutty hilarity ensues.
- Modest Demons (this one is actually worksafe): Jacob and Nini looking very cute in traditional clothing from their respective cultures
- Nini the Cute Kappa (NSFW): how they met
- The Yokai Bar (NSFW): Jacob takes his new sweetie to meet his buddies at the bar, including Ruth (!), the big blue oni.
- Sweet Nothings (NSFW): The things Jacob does for love. This is probably my favorite comic of the set.
- Foundling (just a little semi-nudity and brain-breaking-ness): Yes, Nini is a demon.
- Girls' Night (NSFW): Nini invites five of her best friends over to get to know Jacob.
- Surprise Fail (NSFW): Jacob's the one who has an unpleasant surprise.
This is about the issue that was freaking me out last night, after I upgraded my browser. The http:// protocol prefix wasn't showing in URLs (it did show https:// though) in the location/address field.
So I found this last night just before I logged off, but I was feeling hyper and cruddy and didn't trust myself to deal with it. (Today I'm sick - just some cruddy little bug, I think, exacerbated by stress.)
The solution is from Nicole Cozma at CNET, here. I'm going to put a summary in this post, just in case they rearrange their site so I can't find it again when I need it. (These things happen.)( Cut for a summary of the CNET instructions )
I just upgraded to Firefox 10, and it seems to be allergic to URLs and stuff!
The location bar doesn't have the http:// prefix, so if I copy that to make links, they're borked. Plus, when I hover over a link on a page, I can't see the URL anywhere! (I'm used to having it show up at the bottom of the page.)
I'm looking for fixes, but I'm not finding them!
HELP! I want to know where links are before I go to them! I want to be able to copy and paste URLs without having to type in the protocol prefix manually!
ETA: OK, I found the URL hover ... it's floating off at right bottom. Still can't find the solution to the http:// in the location field.