Dreamwidth News: 1 Dec 2015

Dec. 1st, 2015 03:43
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Hello, Dreamwidth!

It's December, and those of you who have been around for a while know what that means: the December Holiday Points Bonus!

All Dreamwidth Shop orders of paid time or points made (by a logged-in account) between now and midnight UTC on December 31 will get a 10% points bonus for you to save or spend in the future. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), you'll get another 35 points once the order is complete for you to use on a future order.

This bonus only applies to orders of paid time or points -- bonus icons and rename tokens don't receive points bonuses. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the bonus points will go to you, not to them.

The holiday points bonus is our way of saying "thank you" for continuing to support Dreamwidth. Our income comes entirely from you -- we have no advertising, no outside investors, and no venture capital, so you know that the decisions we make are always 100% in your best interest. Thank you to everyone who's bought paid time, extra services, or points this year. You make it possible for us to keep the site running for everyone, and we love you for it.

As 2015 draws to a close -- it's hard to believe we're finishing up our sixth year of Dreamwidth! -- we'd like to wish a very happy set of holidays to you, no matter what winter holidays you celebrate. Here's to an awesome 2016.

(EDIT: Also, there was a brief problem with the promotion not properly adding the bonus points to your account -- that's been fixed, and I'm manually applying the bonus points for the accounts/orders that were affected.)

While I have you here, I'd also like to highlight some of the changes we've made over the last few code pushes in case you've missed them:

An incomplete list of the improvements we've made )

We've also had a request for another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic! For those who weren't around last time we did this: it's a great way to get recommendations for communities to participate in that you might enjoy.

Here's how it works:

* If you're looking for new communities to join, comment here with a list of some of your interests, and the kind of community you enjoy reading and participating in.

* Or, read through the other comments and see what things other people are listing. If you see someone you think would be a perfect match for a community you admin or participate in, comment back to them and point them at the community!

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Not every fan would call fandom sacred but lots of people are finding it important http://bit.ly/1LIZFpF

some things

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:41
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prilosec, zantac, protonix )

My notes suggest that I have now had more unexpected (bad) side effects to prescription medications than not, lifetime. Good thing I don't have many issues that invite medications. My mother shook her head at the pantoprazole (increased risk of hip fracture for someone at high risk of osteoporosis who has already lost some bone density == bad combo), but hey, no more prazole experimentation for me! Now I will try even harder to avoid eating after 7:30 p.m., I guess, like a senior citizen. I want to be able to sing in my amateur way again without cracking.
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Over the past few weeks I've been feeling particularly cross about the short daylight hours. Maybe this is because I didn't spend the past two winters in the UK, although it's not as if northern New England has lots of daylight at this time of year either. For whatever reason I've been feeling hard done by: one should be able to get up at 7am without being wrapped in the pitch black of night. Similarly sunset before 4pm (which we're just coming up to) is a bit harsh, particularly when you work till 6pm. I was on the bus coming home from London the other day, working away on my laptop as you do, and it just felt as if it had been night for ages. It was still before 5pm.

It's funny because I actually like the low light of winter, as long as the sun is above the horizon. I would be perfectly happy if I never saw the high noons of summer. But the darkness is getting a bit much. As said in the title, a full winter in Iceland would probably be a little beyond me, much though I may be fascinated by the concept.

(Sunrise and sunset times just fascinate me in general, though. I got a photographer's app so I could track all this stuff on my phone.)

In a broader sense, I've realised that I'm a connoisseur of cold, snowy winters depicted onscreen or in novels. There are not enough movies and TV shows that are filmed somewhere really believably cold – I even got excited about an episode of Person of Interest that was obviously filmed in the depths of a New York City winter, even though NYC winters don't get that deep. I enjoyed the winter in Fortitude, though it was obviously a mild Icelandic one (there are non-mild Icelandic winters, but this wasn't an example) rather than a Spitsbergen one.

On the flip side, still working my way through Game of Thrones, and I should feel much more of a threat from this approaching lengthy winter than I actually do. There is a chapter where a character has been walking all day in the frozen north, and desperately needing shelter as night comes on, and the narrative comments, "his own face had gone numb." Well duh. Didn't that happen in the first half hour? Do none of these characters actually cover their faces? All the snowdrifts feel like so much set dressing, although to be fair George R. R. Martin doesn't seem that great at geographical/climactic description and scene-setting in general. Tolkien he is not.

By contrast Ursula le Guin does winter very well in The Left Hand of Darkness. This is one of the things that really spoke to me about the book. I once did a last minute Yuletide beta for a fic set during the glacier-crossing scene, and I ended up talking the poor author's ear off about realistic depictions of frostbite. Oh well. I do care about this stuff.

Any recommendations for books/films/shows that do winter well?

stop the presses

Nov. 27th, 2015 21:19
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Two fics in one week? Unheard of!

It happened, though.

Close Quarters (1467 words) by inkstone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: One Piece
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Monkey D. Luffy/Nami/Trafalgar Law
Characters: Monkey D. Luffy, Nami (One Piece), Trafalgar Law
Additional Tags: Cuddling & Snuggling, Canon-Typical Violence, Fluff

Summary: Law is done with the Strawhats. Except for when he's not.


Nov. 27th, 2015 17:17
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Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go has been made into a jdrama:
Synopsis: Hoshina Kyoko (Ayase Haruka), Doi Tomohiko (Miura Haruma) and Sakai Miwa (Mizukawa Asami) have been leading ordinary lives working as adults. Raised at Yoko Gakuen which was isolated from the world, the three of them enjoyed child-like lives and education and were supposed to be normal children. One day, they were taught by their principal Kamikawa Emiko (Aso Yumi) that they are special children who have been given a “mission” from birth and were informed of their “true destiny”.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/never-let-me-go (source)

So, that kittens game

Nov. 27th, 2015 21:48
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The Kittens Game by bloodrizer is amazing. It is quite addictive. You are a kitten in a field of catnip. You can gather catnip. When you have enough catnip, you can plant it in a field and grow more. Then you can make wood, and build huts, and it grows into this great resource-mining game. It's very well balanced, with lots of interesting quirks. I was delighted when I first tamed a unicorn. Now I have collected unicorn tears, reset the game and collected my karma, my kitties have drilled oil wells and built amphitheatres and trade with the zebras and sharks on a regular basis. I discovered it from comments in [personal profile] yvi's post about constructive games a while back.

Is anyone else playing?
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banner with 'Wolf and Hound' written, from that website

Wolf and Hound, a Sirius Black/Remus Lupin archive, is being imported to AO3. If you contributed/visited, read on!


Nov. 27th, 2015 11:09
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Jane the Virgin DVDs are $8 at Amazon today.

fiber tuesday

Nov. 26th, 2015 09:50
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. . . on Thursday because I forgot to post on Tuesday.
not long, but probably not interesting, either! )

OTW Fannews: From Philes to Fire

Nov. 26th, 2015 17:16
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Background flames with text saying From Philes to Fire
There have been big waves in the fandom ocean over the years. It's important to remember our history and how we got where we are. http://bit.ly/1MTEToZ

five by five

Nov. 25th, 2015 23:15
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Kate Elliott, Court of Fives (2015): middle child Jessamy has trained in secret for the Fives, an obstacle/endurance race, because she doesn't want to risk the perilous status of her family: Patron/Saroese soldier father, Commoner/Efean mother whom he couldn't wed legally, eldest sister studying for an Archives position both for love and against her own unmarriageability, younger sister poised to make a good match, imminent tiny progeny (the mother is pregnant), and a twin Cassandra-like sister of whom we see little. During her first real race, at the last minute she chooses to fumble it because winning would require unmasking herself and ruining her father. Well, ruination comes like an arrow regardless, for unrelated reasons. Because the book is in part a love letter to smart, athletic girls, Jes is able to use her training in ways she doesn't expect. I really love the ending, for once, and am finding it hard to determine how much context to offer before a summary would become truly spoilery. I guess we have to mention the bona-fide prince character, Kalliarkos, who is also a Fives competitor....

Read more... )

I really want to see more of that unpeeling of secondary-world history, and it'd be nice to learn how Jessamy fares, first-person present tense notwithstanding. Sign me up for the next book (forthcoming 2016, I think).

(no subject)

Nov. 25th, 2015 14:18
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I'm going to embrace my true nature and write letters to companies complaining that their products don't have functional handles and as an arthritis sufferer, etc.
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AO3 (and other projects) will keep running as usual. Learn more in this update from the OTW Board members-elect: http://bit.ly/1T2to24

Me in summary.

Nov. 24th, 2015 18:18
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I sent this email the other day. I feel that it basically sums up the impression I give IRL. Once you have read it, you will have officially met me.

"Okay. Black tea, chamomile, lavender, vanilla, or other?

Also, is there a beige argyle sweatervest over there somewhere? I have lost my beige argyle sweatervest and it's interfering with my ability to be a huge asshole effectively."
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Does anyone know of any good reason I shouldn't use Mustache, or have strong feelings either way about Liquid?

ERB, HAML, and SLIM are not acceptable for my purposes - basically every page needs to be safely and relatively-unchallengingly end-user-customizable.

OTW Fannews: Improve Your Life

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:33
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Want to stay healthy, do hands-on learning, or have the greatest day of your life? Fandom can get you there!


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