alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
A link roundup if you haven't heard about it.

Anyway: I'm going to keep crossposting for now, but I get why some people aren't.
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
Yes, people I follow who have been doing that for ages, I did think you were just typing it all out consistently each time.

So, let's test it out!

(via this post by [personal profile] snarp)

EDIT: The crossposted post.
alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
Dreamwidth Friending Meme, 2015 edition!

If you're reading this because I added you, no stress about adding me back if you don't want! (Does that sentence make sense? I am sleepy)
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
I haven't done one of these in a while, and have added a bunch of new side blogs (which I update like once every 2 months but hey)

All have image descriptions unless stated otherwise.

[personal profile] alias_sqbr Fannish and personal stuff. Updated frequently, usually a mix of reviews, art dumps, and health stuff, for which I have a special filter.
[personal profile] sqbr Serious social justice discussions. Quieter than it used to be but still updated semi regularly, though posts these days are usually locked.

[ profile] alias_sqbr: Crossposts of [personal profile] alias_sqbr. I answer comments etc but dreamwidth is the blog's real home.

[ profile] sqbr Fairly active, random mix of nerdery, pretty things, and social justice.
[ profile] alias-sqbr Creative things I have made. Updated semi regularly eg whenever I make something. Mostly fanart.

[ profile] sqbr Quietish, mix of reblogs, Australian politics and silly comments about my cat. Mostly used for following people I know in Perth.

Creative things:
[ profile] sqbr AO3: fanfic, art for exchanges or with multiple pages, the odd game or piece of original fiction.
[ profile] sqbr Deviantart: art, mostly fanart
[ profile] sqbr fanfiction

I also have Professional Artist And Game Developer stuff that avoid linking to my fannish persona publicaly but can be seen here if you're on the access list for sqbr or here for alias_sqbr.

And I have a Facebook account under my legal name which I try to keep separate from all the rest. I tend to only really add people I'm friends with offline, especially family and people in Perth. If you fit that description and know my legal name then feel free to friend me.

Other than that pretty much anyone is welcome to follow any of my blogs. I'd rather noone followed me for hatereading or whatever but if you're doing that you presumably don't care.

I think that's everything!
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
Nabbed from [personal profile] owlmoose. I've been SUPER DISTRACTED over December but really enjoyed reading other people's posts for this meme.

Pick a date in January. Pick a topic. On the date you choose I will post something about that topic. It can be fandom-related or not. Pretty much anything you've ever seen me post about unlocked, or comment on in other venues, is fair game. If a topic is uncomfortable for me (too personal or potentially identifying) or simply something I know very little about (unfamiliar canon, say), I may ask you to make a second choice. If you want to request more than one topic, pick a different day for each.
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
I wrote One Lazy White Artist's Guide to Drawing Dark Skinned and POC Characters after seeing some annoying comments about how it was basically impossible.

Digging through my old posts to find some of the links I came across proof I predicted the Elementary finale, woo! (Spoilers, obviously)

I have now read every Han Gyul/Eun Chan Coffee Prince fic on the AO3 and (there were about 6, all fairly short) I did not read the many fics with summaries like "Hermione must pretend to be a man to work at Draco's coffee shop", or the fic where the secondary female character is sent off so that her poor woobie man can be with someone better. Ah,

After watching the anime, thinking about it, looking up and reading long pages of discussion, rewatching the first episode ten years later, and reading some more theories on various webpages I think I finally understand what the hell was going on with those weird emails at the start of Serial Experiments Lain. Maybe. Does anyone else feel it has a certain stylistic similarity to Puella Magi Madoka Magica?

Lain spoilers )
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 19

How great is tree for buying me a paid account?

View Answers

Super Awesome
10 (52.6%)

Amazingly Awesome
6 (31.6%)

Splendiferously Awesome
11 (57.9%)

The fact that you think her amazingness can be contained in a poll question is an insult to her treetacularness
11 (57.9%)

4 (21.1%)

(Sorry lj peeps your version of this post will be kind of boring)
alias_sqbr: exploding train (train)
So I just went through and defriended a bunch of people, mostly on lj. Sorry guys. I've been putting off doing this for ages, but...ok it's hard to articulate but it's important to me to feel able to control the social environment I'm in. I don't dislike any of you though, or I wouldn't have added you in the first place.

I may well go through and do another winnowing without warning in the near future, I was on the line with some people (and couldn't remember who several of you are, oh for notes)
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Sorry everyone, but I have been getting SO MUCH SPAM. You should definitely able to comment with OpenID at dreamwidth as long as you have an lj account, but I can't remember if I have anon commenting on.

It's annoying, I really want to be open to comments from a wide variety of people, but the spammers make that difficult :/
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Two [personal profile] sqbr posts you all might be interested in:

"Mini" femslash meta: Lovers in a Dangerous Time What's your approach to writing femslash in times and places that are notoriously unfriendly for f/f relationships, especially historical settings?"

Blogging about disability day: National Disability Insurance Scheme rally I went to a real rally! It was very exciting! (Ok, not that exciting. But there are pictures)

Saw the romantic comedy "Friends with benefits", I really enjoyed it. Descends a little into traditional romantic comedy tropes (including soulmates) at the end, but it mostly felt like it was about real people not A Man and A Woman, and was charming and funny. Also, Mila Kunis spends a lot of time in very little clothing.

Finally: Instead of celebrating Three Weeks For Dreamwidth with exclusive-to-DW content, I am going to celebrate it by letting my fellow DW (and LJ ;)) users pick the content. Is there something you'd like me to post about that isn't fic? Meta, episode/book/show/movie reviews (for something I've already read/seen), memes, DVD commentaries on stuff I've done, history posts, whatever; just comment here and ask for it! Weird topics you think nobody else will care about are totally acceptable, at worst I will just write a very short post :)

(modified from this post by toft. Because I was thinking of doing something like this anyway, and now have an excuse)
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Ladystuck is live! And I am so happy with my gift, it's so utterly, perfectly crafted to appeal to me. They referenced my Pride and Prejudice works. And made Terezi actually kind of disabled! Also, she tried to arrest Napoleon.

An Injured Body (2402 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rose Lalonde/Terezi Pyrope
Characters: Rose Lalonde, Terezi Pyrope, Kanaya Maryam, Equius Zahhak
Summary: In which Miss Rose Lalonde learns to enjoy novels. Also, there is licking.

If you like femslash, check out girlgay's list of femslashers active on dreamwidth. Or, more generally, this very useful discussion of active dreamwidth communities.

And if you like romances, someone took my idea for a social justice minded discussion community for romance novels and made [community profile] thoughtfulromantics!

I haven't been keeping up with Yuletide very well at all, but I was utterly charmed by the Baccano! fic Nice Holystone Remains Unafraid to Throw Herself Into Explosive Situations by [personal profile] skygiants, it makes a really nice coda to the anime.

Ok, I think that's everything.
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
Hobbit babbling A transcript of the trailer and some very interesting discussion of how the movie may incorporate various bits of Tolkien lore.

So, livejournal! These new comment settings sure are annoying, huh? If you have a paid or plus account you can use css trickery to bring back subject lines for comments and various other functionality. I have a Basic account but I don't get many comments on lj any more (and even fewer with subjects) so am not too fussed.

Also, check your livejournal account settings some people have been unknowingly signed up for automatic payments. "Luckily" we had our credit card number stolen and had to get new cards since the last time I paid for an lj account.

I don't want to be one of those dreamwidth evangelists, but if you do decide you want an account I think they're still not requiring invites right now (EDIT: not for the rest of the year), and I have plenty spare anyway.
alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
[personal profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr, [ profile] sqbr and of course [ profile] alias_sqbr.

(I'm actually alias_sqbr a few places, plus a few other names, but this looked cooler :))

Still not working: [ profile] sqbr
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
I've seen various discussions around the place discussing good places to find interesting meta. So I decided to list everything I'm subscribed to in various ways where I could see at least two unlocked posts of at least vaguely fannish(*) meta on the first page, produced in the last few months.
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: Me on a couch asleep with a cat sitting on my lap top, with the caption out of spoons error (spoons)
I'm in the process of rejigging how I filter posts, so thought it would be a good idea to double check who wants to be on my health filter. So! Comment/answer the dw poll if you want to be added to or taken off my filter for posts I feel too self conscious to put under general lock. Comments are screened. If you don't respond I'll just leave you as you are.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 28

Would you like to be on the sickblargle filter?

25 (100.0%)

Would you like to be taken off the sickblargle filter?

1 (100.0%)

Is this is question unnecesary?

6 (33.3%)

12 (66.7%)

What you'd be getting into )
alias_sqbr: Me on a couch asleep with a cat sitting on my lap top, with the caption out of spoons error (spoons)
Best wishes for any of you in London or anywhere else affected by riots or other scariness at the moment :(

[personal profile] djkittycat came over yesterday, it was really fantastic to meet in person and we had a nice long chat. I have to get better at remembering that when I'm feeling excited about talking to someone I feel more energetic than I really am, and need to force myself to sit down. My legs are not happy with me today, indeed they are not. (A similar effect caused a lot of peaks and troughs of energy when I had jobs involving public speaking)

I made a post over at sqbr about the marketing involving the female Shepard character in Mass Effect 3.

There's a fest for non-English speaking Dreamwidth users in the works.

Here is a cool Stargate cake that I am too lazy to submit as a post to [ profile] nerdycookies.

I've been discovering the joy of the right sort of anonymous fannish discussion, see for example this femslash one at girlgay. Speaking of which....

Lost Girl season 2 teaser trailer! Woo! (Nothing actually happens in it apart from Bo sitting in an atmospheric white room playing a large music box. I'm just excited about it existing at all :))
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
I've been feeling fairly critical about things recently. So, a post of things that have been making me happy that may make you happy too.

Reading my dreamwidth network without the feeds. The ratio of stuff I want to read to stuff I don't is much more useful.

The Manga Guide to Databases by Mana Takahashi: For anyone who has wanted the fundamentals of Databases and SQL explained to them in the form of a cute manga about a princess and a fairy. No, really, it's adorable. It's not the best textbook ever, I did learn some stuff but a lot of the explanations were very shallow, I think it would work best as introduction in conjunction with a more dense text with lots of in-depth definitions. And the plot is pretty light, I can't see it appealing to anyone who isn't genuinely interested in databases (which I am, having used them at my old job with no theoretical training beyond my second year Computer Science data structures course) But I was the perfect audience, and I enjoyed it :)

The Morishima Akiko tag at daily_yuri (she can also be found at Lililicious), especially "Off Time" and "Happy Picture Diary", which both show the happy lives of adult lesbian Japanese women (as opposed to angsty schoolgirls as in a lot of yuri). Her comics are always so adorable and happy.

Some vids (mostly angsty, because angsty vids make me happy):

  • Rolling in the Deep: all the Xmen films. The Charles/Erik vid I've always wanted. (Well, it's more focussed on them rather than the broader themes than I'd like, but that's not really an objective flaw)
  • Seamstress Nikita: The Nikita&Alex vid I never knew I needed. I've watched very little Nikita but the complex codependent mentor thing hits all my buttons.
  • Don't Lose Yourself Doctor Who. Donna ;_;
  • Around Us Avatar the Last Airbender. I had to go back through a few pages of bookmarks to find something genuinely happy :)
    alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
    The amount of spam I've been getting today is ridiculous. Apologies to any actual people who want to reply anonymously!

    (Wow, I don't remember the last time I made a dreamwidth only post. HOW EXCITING)
    alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
    Since I know LJ's recent flakiness has increased the interest: I have a bunch of Dreamwidth invites if anyone wants one. PM me your email address. Archiving your old entries and crossposting to lj is relatively painless if like me you don't want to switch entirely, though you should wait until LJ's current wave of flakiness stops before importing.

    I'm playing Dragon Age 2 for the third time and enjoying it more than I thought I would. The plot really is pretty railroady with most "important" decisions (especially early on) having only an illusion of choice, but with a sufficiently different personality the experience still feels fairly fresh. Rowan is a sensible devoutly moral pro-Templar female warrior, as a contrast to Stefan the good natured wishy-washily pro-mage-freedom male rogue and May the aggressive snarky amoral female mage.

    The "Taunt enemies to come closer, make them explode with Holy Smite" warrior technique is nearly as much fun as making fireballs rain down from the sky as a mage :D
    Spoilery stuff )
    alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
    It turns out that thanks to me forgetting to mark my sticky post as "date out of order" my lj crossposts haven't been showing up since the 3rd of March (when I offered a free tv)

    I've gotten them all to crosspost now, sorry for the sudden flood!

    (People on dw may also have noticed a slight downturn in post frequency, but that was just due to me not feeling like posting anything :))

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