Goodreads!

Jan. 1st, 2013 06:28 pm
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
So I finally got around to signing up for Goodreads, and was reminded just how much I enjoy categorising my books. I used to spend hours recategorising my bookshelves as a kid. If you're interested in seeing my favourite scifi/lgbt/romance/science etc books it may be useful.

Does anyone else have an account? I mean to keep posting reviews here but may crosspost, I don't know. So far I can only be bothered rating and categorising.
alias_sqbr: (up and down)
Links given to me by Stumbleupon:
Art/Science: 30%
Humour/cat pictures: 30%
Politics/religion: 20%
Cheese based recipes aimed at children: 19%
Recipes that do not contain cheese and/or are aimed at adults: 1%

This despite the fact that I am an adult with no children who is allergic to cheese.

It's my own fault of course, I'm pretty sure that to begin with I was judging them based on whether or not they'd be nice if you took the cheese out.

Speaking of which I am quite hungry. And my body has finally decided to punish me for doing so much recently. Still, no plans for the next few days.

(Note: numbers are made up off the top of my head and do not necessarily reflect actual Stumbleupon statistics)
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great livejournal entry. (livejournal)
I can't remember if I wrote a post about this or not, if I did I tagged it badly.

Anyway! I have been quite enjoying tumblr and thought I'd explain why for anyone else who might like it or is just curious.

I have two tumblrs:
alias_sqbr is for my art.
sqbr is for everything else, and tends to be reblogs of fanart (currently mostly Homestuck) and social justice rants/info, and the very odd bit of conversation.

I was going to rec some tumblrs but it all got too stressful deciding. Click on any tags on sqbr that relate to content you're interested in and see who I'm reblogging.
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Misc things

Feb. 7th, 2011 10:27 am
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
First off: Look what [personal profile] havocthecat sent me!
Present!

(Me holding an awesome little blue bag and wearing a cool little pendant)
When it arrived I spent a while looking at the return address thinking "Who on earth is *insert havocthecat's real name* and why are they sending me things from the US?" :)

Why I Like Fullmetal Alchemist, by Stultiloquentia and RHB is a fun picspam explaining why you should all check out "Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood" if you haven't already.

[livejournal.com profile] halfamoon is being it's usual great celebrating-of-female-characters self.

[community profile] white_lotus's gift exchange is producing some great Avatar the Last Airbender fanworks.
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
My Yuletart gift! A very cute Ouran Host Club picture of the aftermath of a party, with Tamaki in a dress collapsed on Haruhi's lap. If you can't read it she's saying "Sempai, you're heavy."

A picture of sqbr by picassowary. For those who haven't met me in person: yes, I am in fact a square bear that goes rawr.

These both make me very happy ^_^

Something else that makes me happy is being basically ready for xmas at LAST. Ug.

Movies!

Oct. 24th, 2010 09:21 pm
alias_sqbr: exploding train (train)
Two movies I watched and enjoyed after squee from people on Tumblr and other places. Taken together they have a whole heap of things I like in a movie :)

How to Train Your Dragon
This is a genuinely fantastic kids film. A moderately straightforward "Boy doesn't fit in, befriends powerful creature, saves the day through determination and goodness, gets the girl" narrative, and some bits rubbed me the wrong way the ways these things usually do (the major flaw being that the love interest does pretty much nothing notable once she becomes a love interest) but overall it was really well done. The hero is a genuinely sweet, decent and clever guy, there's a strong moral about the pointlessness of unnecessary violence, it's funny and well characterised, there's two kickass female characters and pretty pretty dragons. The portrayal of disability is surprisingly nuanced too.

The Losers

So this was nowhere near as good a film, but I liked it anyway. It dragged in parts and was very cheesy and B-grade, but in a good naturedly grungy way, and it felt like they took the characters seriously (apart from the villain, who fell very flat). Specifically, Zoe Saldana's character stays kickass right to the very end of the film. While the hero and villain are white a large proportion of all the other characters aren't and for this sort of film it was pretty low on cliched exotification. I liked how the violence wasn't too glossy and sanitised, while likeable the Losers felt like genuinely dangerous and slightly sociopathic people.

Also, Jeffery Dean Morgan or Zoe Saldana are remarkably badass and pretty, especially when they're together :)
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Every time for the last few years that I've seen people talk about old computer games being rereleased I've gone "Oooh, do they have..." and they didn't. But this time they did!

So, at long last, about a decade after first hearing about it and thinking "Wow, that sound like just my sort of thing, I should play that." I can buy a copy of Planescape Torment.

I haven't done it yet since I am waaaay too sleepy today after a very tiring but awesome day hanging with friends yesterday, but I have Plans.

From the same site, there are the Gabriel Knight games. I LOVED these games when I played them back around 1999-2001. I mean loved. Interesting, well written plot and characters! Well researched fantasy/horror ideas with a solid grasp of history and mythology! Clever puzzles that made you think and read up about stuff and felt integrated into the mystery! The graphics were distractingly bad even then (as you can see from the screenshots) but I loved feeling like I was actually in a supernatural story solving a well written mystery, plus that "I am actually learning real history and using it to win at games" feeling I loved from "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiago?". I can't say how well they'd hold up today, these reviews are based on my 20-ish year old self's opinions.

Gabriel Knight 1: Mysterious deaths in New Orleans. Plus: the writer obviously loves New Orleans and there's a great sense of place and character. Minus: Goes to the same racist place as every other "Mysterious deaths in New Orleans" story, though with some attempt at nuance.

Gabriel Knight 2: Wolves, castles, and homoeroticism in Germany. Has a very effective air of melancholy and historical depth. Has a bit of a gay=doomed subtext as I recall.

Gabriel Knight 3: French churches and art history and The Secrets Of The Knights Templar. The most complex and interesting, though the graphics do take some getting used to. Plus, ah...certain aspects of the plot probably seem less original now than they did in 1999.
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
OH DREAMWIDTH HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU NEVER LEAVE AGAIN. (No idea what brought it back, but back it appears to be. FOR NOW)

Anyway, to celebrate, some fanart I drew:

DAO: Making Cookies
by ~sqbr on deviantART where there is a description
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
It turns out the ever awesome [personal profile] cesy has created a solution to the lack of drafts at AO3: the Unrevealed Drafts Collection.

It's a hack but one that works :)

I tried it out and I feel much better about those stories now (in this case, they're in an anonymous competition whose judge I'm like 80% sure has given up on it, and I'm waiting to get up the courage to PM her and check. But I'm sure I'll use it for other drafts too.)

Oh noes!

Apr. 5th, 2010 06:53 pm
alias_sqbr: exploding train (train)
Just got home from Swancon, it was awesome, but..the server is being buggy! It may be on it's last legs! DON'T GO, INTERNET, I ONLY JUST GOT YOU BACK!!! (Well, properly, anyway, it was not fun surfing on a teeny laptop with none of my bookmarks etc)

Wooo, I am sleepy.
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
You know, someone should make a lj comm for insomniacs to post at while they are awake at 4am. Not as a general insomnia support group, just a place to say "WHY AM I AWAKE? Anyway, here's some random pictures of kitties I found." etc :)

EDIT: Ha! And someone else already had this idea: [livejournal.com profile] fuckimawake

(Also: WHY AM I AWAKE? Alas, I have no pictures of kitties. Princess Tutu, whatever it's other brilliant aspects, actually kind of takes the fun out of kitties with it's rather creepy Mr Cat.)
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Text of spam I got today, haven't seen this approach before:

Hey, some jerk has posted your pictures (u understand what kind of pictures are there) and sent a link of them to all ur friends. I have already replied back. Said, that he is an idiot. See the link: *insert link*
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Flamebyrd made a post pondering the idea of a challenge for fic where one character of the pairing has the same name as a character from the other character's fandom. I thought about this and said I thought it would be more interesting to have it not necessarily pairing based, but with characters with the same name from different fandoms.

I thought about this some more and got Inspired.

Thus:
X meets X at AO3, open to anyone to submit their own works
X meets X at DeviantArt, a collection of pictures I've found (less strictly defined since it's just whatever strikes my fancy)

And the stuff I've created:
Parker meets Parker Spiderman/Leverage
By the Rhine Gilmore Girls/German mythology

Of course this will be a challenge for the tag wranglers :)

Flamebyrd has also made a google wave for playing around with these ideas, let me know if you want an invite.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
Oh man. I just found this site that lets you upload fabric designs and then buy/sell them, kind of like Cafepress etc do for shirts.

There is some cool stuff:


YOU GUYS I COULD MAKE A DRESS OUT OF MY THESIS OMG

(Unfortunately I think my skinflint-yness will probably stop me doing anything quite so dramatic. But I might buy a small amount of something interesting to add as a highlight to plainer cheaper fabrics)
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
One of the main reasons I got a livejournal was to be able to get comment notifications when I replied to people. And one of the main reasons I switched over completely was that I liked the comment threading and notifications, they created a much more vibrant discussion that I ever got at my blogger blog. I used to spend a lot of time in forums etc getting frustrated at having to constantly check all the threads I was in and being forced to engage with the WHOLE discussion on a post/topic rather than just the bit I was interested in, eg any time there was a troll everyone got derailed.

Having gotten used to lj style commenting I am loathe to get involved in any online discussions that don't have comment notifications and threading. Most places have comment notification now (Thank GOD) but most blogs and mailing lists don't have threading, or not to the full extent of lj. I was surprised in a discussion about comment policies at Hoyden About Town by some people who hate threading, but I guess I can see how that would be annoying if you always DO want to hear the whole conversation at once and don't like things splitting off.

I also am lazy and can't be bothered reading stuff I can't navigate entirely by my friendlists and email, though I'm not as bad as the people who refuse to read feeds or more than one flist (I have 4, though I never check my insanejournal) Thus I can't bring myself to engage with forums, even stuff like Starship Earth or the Jane Austen forums which aren't replicated elsewhere.

I remember when I had the feed to my blog people kept commenting on the feed (which I didn't get notifications for, and which vanished within a week or two) rather than clicking to get to the blog itself. This was very annoying.

Anyway, this post was inspired by wanting to comment on an article at the F word and discovering that their comment policy is "you send us an email, and if we like it we add it to a monthly comment digest". !!!

So how do you feel about commenting? I realise it's not a very exciting topic but I felt like talking about it :)
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
It's funny, I used to despise Fandom Wank, and now I quite enjoy it, I couldn't really tell you what's changed. But I have no desire to comment 99% of the time and the vibe of the place sometimes rubs me the wrong way.

Anyway this post about ontd_ai and the resulting post about that post on ontd_ai and then the thread on fw about that post I think sum up the self conscious forced-ness that snark communities can fall prey to. (Well, [livejournal.com profile] dot_gimp_snark seems pretty safe, but that's a different sort of snark)

And no, I'm not doing the same thing. I'm doing quietly smug non-snarky moral-high-ground-taking, which is just as bad but different :D It's definitely as prone to self conscious "By deliberately not falling into this behaviour, am I thus being everything I despise? But by deliberately avoiding that..." recursive loops, rather like "Anyone who calls themselves a hipster isn't really a hipster"/"anyone who tries to be cool isn't cool" etc. I used to worry about this sort of thing a lot more then I decided to just accept that there was no way to avoid being a bit up myself and hypocritical.

(nb I would rather people didn't snark the snarking snarkers, I've reached my limit for the evening. If you like that sort of thing there's two perfectly good posts you can join in on :))
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
I have a journalfen account, if any of you are over there too and want to say hi. Almost certainly only going to be used for commenting, and not that frequently at that.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
Amusing snark at religion? Yes!
Adorable images of animal friends? Yes!
Mean spirited snark at christians? No!
Cats in sinks? Yes!
More mean spirited snark at christians? No dammit!
Singing horses flash animation? Yes!
Pseudoscience propaganda? No! (I think "Ah crap, now it thinks I'm anti-atheist AND anti-christian.")
Women's magazine? No!
911Truth.org? NO!
*I decide to stop before I cycle round to "Christian propaganda?" and then go full circle*

Heh. I write this a while ago, then stumbled again today. The first site I got? Mean spirited snark at Americans :)

(The "yes" sites can be found at my favourites page)
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
As [livejournal.com profile] violetsquirrel reminded me, Geocities is going away!. (Anyone who was around the internet in the 90s should read that article, it's a work of art)

So, before it goes, here's my Geocities page. Fairly nondescript since I actually kept editing it until around 2001 (I got it back in my late teens. And I have to say, violetsquirrel saying "Oh no, my childhood!" makes me feel very old. We didn't have homepages when I was a child. We had to sumbit to class newspapers! Printed on dot matrix printers! In the snow!)

Anyone else got a Geocities page they want to share, revel in a bit of Gen X/Gen Y nostalgia?

I'd like to laugh at my siblings pages (they were children at the time, and very big fans of animated gifs. They've since moved on to MySpace) but alas I have lost the links. That award is from my sister, by the way, total nepotism in action.

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