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Jun. 20th, 2012

State of Me

Warnings: talk of mental health )
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May. 21st, 2012

I can't believe the friends I have

Thursday started off as any normal day. I was just sitting at my desk at work, poking at what I'd have to do for the day, when I checked my personal email. The first thing I noticed was that [personal profile] fire_juggler posted to [community profile] amplificathon. Then I noticed that she'd sent me a DM, which I checked first. It said

Happy 5-Year Anniversary! Had we known that you would switch fandoms 2 weeks before, we might have chosen differently. But regardless, know that we love you lots and lots, and maybe you can have one last fling with AI before you go. *glomps*

And after reading it (while, actually), I promptly burst into tears. This was kind of awkward and two coworkers had just walked over and they looked kind of alarmed. It actually took me about half an hour to stop crying that morning. I kept working, which I think just made things weirder for my coworkers, as we discussed rebates and filing as I cried. :P

I just, I can't, I honestly don't even know what to say, you guys. I've been trying to write this thank you post for days now and I still am pretty speechless over the whole thing. No one's ever done something like this before. That I have so many friends that were willing to come together and make this for me (and a few others who tried or would have had they known about it) is just so amazing to me.

This is seriously the most amazing thing that ever has happened to me in fandom (and fandom is pretty amazing, so that's saying something). I haven't the preoper words to express how I feel, god.

I haven't finished listening to all my podfic yet, but so far everything has been wonderful and amazing and I love it all.

So, in conclusion, thank you so, so much to [personal profile] fire_juggler for organizing all of this, and to everyone else who contributed:
[ profile] applegeuse, [personal profile] argentumlupine, [personal profile] bessyboo, [personal profile] crazybutsound, [personal profile] croissantkatie, [personal profile] dapatty, [personal profile] exmanhater, [personal profile] fire_juggler (again), [personal profile] fishpatrol, [personal profile] greedy_dancer, [personal profile] heard_the_owl, [personal profile] inkjunket, [personal profile] isweedan, [personal profile] letsgofriday, [personal profile] lunate8, [personal profile] klb, [personal profile] reena_jenkins, [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [personal profile] sly_hostetter, [personal profile] takola and [personal profile] via_ostiense

Also to [personal profile] bessyboo for the cover, now all of fandom can see that ridiculous picture or me. :P

Jan. 19th, 2012


Guys, megaupload has been shut down. D:

Yes, there was a lot of pirated files up there, but worse, there was also a lot of fannish works up there.

I've said this a couple different places and at different times, but if anyone wants a fannish home to host their fanworks (podfic, vids, art, whatever) I'm happy to share my webspace. I host things for a number of people already. And would be happy to host for others too.

Details )

I'm seriously offering this to any fan, you don't need to know me to take me up on the offer. :)

ETA: Because some people have asked, there is some statistics tracking available if you want to host with me. Here's an example of what the stats page looks like.
People are also free to use the space to make an actual webpage if they like (rather than just hosting files there). My default is to set people up with an FTP account but if you want something with My SQL or something we can talk. :)

ETA2: I'm actually out of town this weekend. I will have internet access to answer questions and/or set up accounts, it just might take me a bit before I can answer.

ETA3: This offer is still open to anyone. If you'd like to take me up on it, can you please leave me an email address so I can forward the info to you. Also, please let me know if you'd like the website to have a different name than your journal name (otherwise I'll default to your journal name).

Jan. 6th, 2012

Podfic Up for Acutions!

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Fandom Supports Scarleteen!
[dw community profile] scarleteenfans has been the premier online sexuality resource for young people worldwide since 1998. Countless members of various fandoms have used information from Scarleteen when making fanworks, as well as in our own lives. They were there when we needed them. Now they need us.
Offer or bid on fanworks to support the best sex ed site on the web!

I'm not offering anything this round (I have to finish off last year's charity works before I can take on any new ones, god) but there are lots of other awesome podficcers up:

-[personal profile] anatsuno Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: LotRiPS (usually Hobbit actors, not the Men so much), SGA, Inception, dabbling in Dr. Who, Community, Sherlock Holmes (any), Mythbusters, HP. Message / comment / email me if you want something else, I'm not opposed.)

-[personal profile] fire_juggler Offering: podfic up to 8K (Fandoms: Harry Potter, American Idol RPF, Sherlock (BBC), Merlin, Hawaii Five-O, Supernatural, Supernatural RPF)

-[personal profile] flyingthesky Offering: 10K of podfic (Fandoms: My main fandoms are various kinds of RPF, The Social Network (+rpf), High School Musical, Suits, Merlin, and BBC Sherlock. However, if it's some sort of Disney media, it appears on any masterlist and/or it's anywhere in my tags, you can probably ask for it*.)

-[personal profile] flyingthesky Offering: 10K-40K podfic (Fandoms: My main fandoms are various kinds of RPF, The Social Network (+rpf), High School Musical, Suits, Merlin, and BBC Sherlock. However, if it's some sort of Disney media, it appears on any masterlist and/or it's anywhere in my tags, you can probably ask for it*.)

-[ profile] kalakirya Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: supernatural, man from UNCLE, due south, young wizards, sherlock (BBC), good omens, lord of the rings, star trek (any except enterprise), stargate: atlantis, thor, the avengers, white collar, ncis, merlin, xena, vorkosigan, x-men: first class, iron man, psych)

-[personal profile] leish Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: I'm most familiar with bandom, Merlin, Doctor Who, Sherlock and The Social Network, but I would be willing to make something for Inception, Community, Glee, Harry Potter or Star Trek XI.)

-[personal profile] nickelmountain Offering: podfic up to 5K (Fandoms: Supernatural, Star Trek (any), Fringe, T:SCC, Firefly, BSG, or any other fandom I've already recorded podfic in. Other fandoms are totally negotiable. I'm flexible!)

-[personal profile] tinypinkmouse Offering: podfic up to 15K (Fandoms: Any, really. Though obviously I'm not familiar with ALL the fandoms. :) But I'm okay with recording something in a fandom I'm not familiar with as well.)

-[personal profile] via_ostiense Offering: podfic up to 2K (Fandoms: St. Trinian's, White Collar, Vorkosigan, Coffee Prince, Sherlock (BBC, RDJ movie, canon), Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, or Harry Potter. If you want another fandom, PM me or comment here.)

Dec. 28th, 2011

Scarleteen Auction

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Fandom Supports Scarleteen!
[dw community profile] scarleteenfans has been the premier online sexuality resource for young people worldwide since 1998. Countless members of various fandoms have used information from Scarleteen when making fanworks, as well as in our own lives. They were there when we needed them. Now they need us.
Offer or bid on fanworks to support the best sex ed site on the web!

The awesome [personal profile] garden_hoe21 is running this comm, and while I'm not sure if I'm going to offer anything (I still owe [ profile] adamaddict_rh a podfic from January) it's definitely worth checking out!

Dec. 22nd, 2011

Unpopular fannish opinion

So, I have an unpopular fannish opinion, and unlike the last one I had, I don't think I can keep this one private.

For those that don't already know, Adam Lambert was arrested last night... )

And with that, I'm gonna go back to podficcing.

ETA: Adam just tweeted "Violence is not to be taken lightly. Embarrassed by drunkenness. No punches thrown, no injuries and no charges. Media always exaggerates." So I'll take him at his word and assume the media did exaggerate what happened greatly. But I still stand by my comments and that I dislike the silencing/shaming of voices I saw occurring when the information we had said otherwise.

Oct. 4th, 2011

Fannish Delicious Ideas

Anyone who follows me on Twitter was there with me last Tuesday (and probably joined in) on my huge moaning/wailing/flailing over the "new Delicious".

I knew that the Delicious take over was happening and I was pretty wary about any changes, but I never imagined that the changes would be so drastic so fast. God.

This is such a huge loss to fandom. Delicious as it is right now is completely unusable for most fans. See this post by [ profile] kronos999 for the details. I know that Delicious plans to bring back a lot of the missing features but who knows how long that'll take, or how good the new old features will be?

As [personal profile] seperis said, "This isn't the equivalent of either time we got new management at LJ--and Livejournal, you realize you are officially going to be many people's new perfect standard of changeover, right? No, seriously, you are. People are going to be saying how awesome and wonderful and sensitive you were!"

To make matters worse, there isn't really a Delicious clone for people to flock to (like we did to GJ/IJ/DW). There's Pinboard, which seems like the site with the best features and has a fandom friendly owner, however fandom is never going to fully embrace a site without free accounts. Too many people won't be able to afford it or can't pay for things online. A lot just won't pay/put the money out there. Others, who are lurkers won't adapt to it (because they won't pay for something that they're not adding content to).

Diigo is free and is similar to Delicious, however they censor links posted to their site.

AO3 has it's bookmarking, but even they have said that they're not a viable alternative at the moment. There's also the fact that AO3 is a little too fannish. I want something a little more flexible from a social bookmarking site. There are a lot of things that I use fannishly that aren't specifically fanish. Like useful sites for researching fic ideas or meta that applies to fandom but isn't written by fandom. Or hell, just the random bookmarks I want to add that aren't related to fandom at all.

There are other Delicious-like options, but they just feel so off to me, and seem much more focused on web 2.0 where pictures or video supersede things link tag visibility.

There've been a couple places where people have talked about building a fandom Delicious, most of which have centralized to working with the Slash Report team. I'm really seriously considering joining their efforts (I'm not really a coder but I'm a good organizer!) but I need to examine my time commitments before I fully commit.

Back in December, when news of Delicious being "sunset"ed surfaced, my roommate [ profile] kronos999 started seriously talking about building a fannish Delicious (which she dubbed "" in her head). She started researching and learning about new kinds of code (she does have programming experience, just not much with web programming - She's since joined the team headed by Slash Report).

We ([ profile] kronos999, our other roommate [personal profile] diurnal_lee and I) also spent a lot of time in the months after that first announcement talking about what we'd want a fannish Delicious to have. Everything from basic functionality all the way to pie-in-the-sky-what-we'd-add-if-we-won-the-lottery-and-could-hire-a-team-of-coders-full-time.

We've had many conversations about it but, with what happened to Delicious, we thought it'd be a good idea to actually get them organized and written down. Our living room is currently filled with multicoloured sticky notes and whiteboards covered in ideas (in a spectrum of do-ability). :P

So, without further ado, here's our ideas. Please feel free to throw in your own ideas, or talk about any of our ideas that don't work for you in the comments.

Basic, Must-Have Features )

The above features would ideally be there for rollout. Delicious already had most of those features and I'm sure there will be other basic features that Delicious had that I'm forgetting that would be included too (although feel free to remind me what they are). The next sections are add ons. Some could be implemented rather easily, others are OMG amazing features that for practical purposes are almost impossible (at the moment!).

Advanced Features )

So yeah, those were the features we thought up. What do you think?

Sep. 15th, 2011


OMG guys, new music from Kris leaked! It was a beautiful thing to wake up to this morning :D I've been listening to it on repeat whenever I have a chance. If you want to listen it's here (download in the comments). SO GOOD!

True story, I was in the public computer/study area between classes today writing an email to about a job (!! OMG good new there too!) when someone's computer started playing really loud music. I sat there glaring at the guy across from me because he wasn't doing anything to turn in off or turn it down when suddenly Kris' voice came on and I realized it was me. OMG, so embarrassing (stupid Windows had restarted and when I opened my browser all my tabs reloaded and the new song was up).

On the good job news front, I got the job offer today where they didn't say my hours, but they did say how much I'd get paid an hour, which I was shocked to find out would be the same hourly rate as when I was working full time! A good $8/hr more than I was expecting! :O I had been kind of worried that I wouldn't get enough hours going back to my old job part-time but at more than double what I'd get working elsewhere I really can't say no. I'm going in tomorrow to sign the paperwork.

Sep. 6th, 2011

Podfic Fangirl Meet Up

I actually started writing this email while in the airport on my way to Vividcon and even then it was super late! I think it's time I finally post it :P

So back in June [personal profile] cantarina emailed me that a couple podfic fangirls were having a get together, and would I be interested in joining them. That was kind of in the middle of my work stress so I welcomed the excuse to get away and said "hell yes!"

The only problem was that the get together was being held on a Wednesday 5 hours from where I live.

Getting the Time Off )

Podfic Fangirls! )
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Aug. 11th, 2011

State of Me

So I'm sitting in the airport in Toronto and decided that now would be a good time to make that post I've been wanting to make for forever. It seems like all I've used this journal for all year is to make podfic announcements. To be fair though, this year feels like the year of podfic (and stress). If I were to sum up the year so far it would go something like this:

Podfic: yay!

Work: Crushing blows; self confidence annihilated; *cries* (a lot).
-> Me: Apply to go back to school.

Fandom: Charity auctions!
Me: *signs up for them all*

American Idol: Frustrating at times but also strangely addictive.
-> My Twitter: *explodes*

Podfic: *stresses a bit*

[community profile] amplificathon: Yay! (but stressed)

School: *accepts*
-> Me: Weight on shoulders lifted.

[community profile] remopodmo: *iz determined* *winz* *feels accomplished* *flops over ded*

[community profile] pod_together: Yay! *worries* *stresses the fuck out* *collapses ded*

Podfic Fangirls: Let's get together!
-> Me: Yay! (but OMG why a Wednesday?)

Work: We hate you.
-> Me: *waves goodbye to weekends* *stresses* *QUITS*

In General: *stresses the fuck out all over the place* *gets depressed*

Podfic: "These charity podfics from January aren't going to do themselves." *taps foot*

[community profile] multipodicity: *loves it* for being several orders of magnitude less stressful than [community profile] pod_together. Also the participants are super awesome this year and get things in early.

Work: We're not going to have your replacement start till a month after you've left.
->Coworkers: *glare*

Vividcon: Yay! OMG, things are getting awesome!

And after Vividcon I only have 3 days left of work, then 2 weeks of vacation before school starts. I have a few other things that I want to say, but I'm afraid if I cram too much into this post I'll never get it posted, so I might be spammy (for me) for the next little while as I break things up into multiple posts.
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Jun. 14th, 2011

Update on My Projects

So, back in January, I made a post with my podficcing plans for the year.

I... haven’t exactly kept to that schedule very well, but I thought that since we’re now about halfway through the year, that I’d update my plans and list what I’ve done.

Accomplishments (so far) )

Things Currently on my Plate )

Things I Will Definitely Do, but Haven’t Started Yet )

Things That Will Probably Get Done, but Also Haven’t Been Started Yet )

Based on my original schedule I was planning on podficcing 13 podfics this year for a total of ~20 hours. According to the schedule, by tomorrow, I was supposed to have podficced 9 podfics at ~12 hours. In reality I’ve podficced 12 podfics for a total of ~8 hours. Which... doesn’t actually look that far off from schedule, but 4 hours of podfic is a big difference. I’ve got to get my rear in gear and keep on top of this!

I actually started this post on Friday but was including a section titled "Things I Would Like To Do, But Unless I Win The Lottery I’m Unlikely To Get Done Any Time Soon (If Ever)" but it was sooooo long, like probably at around 50 fics when I gave up and deleted it because, yeah, at that point it was getting kind of pointless. Still, I would like to podfic some Cook/Archie fics, there’s a sad lack of S7 podfic. :(
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Dec. 24th, 2010

Fandom Meme

Leave a comment saying you want to do the meme and I will give you five words I associate with you. Then post about what they mean to you, along with this, at your journal.

[ profile] kira_dark_wing gave me: Kradam, Podfic, music, rant(in a good way ;p) and fandom )

Oct. 28th, 2010

An Actual Update!

It feels like forever since I've made an actual, non-podfic post. Although, I can't really call this post a non-podfic one :P

Just an FYI, I've mostly been hanging out on Twitter lately, if you're on there and want to follow me, I'm @paraka12.

I've been feeling kind of stressed lately and oddly enough, half of that has been fandom related, with the other half being work related.

Work Stuff )

Podfic Meta Stuff )

Podbang Woes )

NaNoWrimo )

Halloween (with pics!) )

Last year I dressed up as Donna Noble for the party, this year, I'm totally going as Adam Lambert :D When [ profile] kronos999 was trying to think of what to go as, I suggested she wear plaid and we could go as Kradam but then we decided she was too tall to be Kris (I'm 5'5" she's 5'10" - taller than Kris :P).

Sep. 22nd, 2010

Fandom's Unwritten Rules

Last night I got into this big discussion about the "rules" of fandom. I kind of want to meta about it, but know that I'm unlikely to be able to get all my thoughts down, so instead, I want to have a general discussion about the "rules" of fandom.

So, my questions to you dear flist:
-What rules in fandom do you like?
-Which ones do you think are stupid?
-Which ones do you just not understand?
-Which ones do you feel are necessary?
-Which ones do you feel have out grown their usefulness?
-Which ones aren't really followed anymore but you wish they still were?

And any other thoughts you may have about fandom rules. Everyone join in (my journal is always open to random passer byers too)!
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Aug. 27th, 2010

Why Do I Do This To Myself?

It seems like forever since I've made a post just for the sake of posting. I haven't really been on LJ that much in the past year. I have been pretty active in Twitter if anyone wants to friend me there (I'm paraka12 over there).

I'm seriously thinking of giving up any claim to the thought of a RL from now until the end of the year and just devoting myself entirely to fannish things. God. I have issues with over commiting. Seriously.

Fannish things I'm currently working on:
-Running [community profile] podremix (things are kinda of quiet right now, but I'm anticipating some crazy pinch hits near it's end)

-Signed up for podbang. Twice *winces* I did it last year and it was awesome. Although this year I'm pretty much only into Kradam but I signed up as part of grou slashpad so I'm likely going to have to do something non-AI for that one.

-I offered myself up over at [ profile] help_pakistan

-Still slowly working on (this is not) a statement ([personal profile] seperis mentioned tonight that she has about 50k written in sequels, so if I plan on podficing this 'verse, I better get my ass in gear). I'm hoping that when I go back to this I can get it to move a little more smoothly. I was having trouble getting some of the dialogue to work, since things that were easy to follow visually were getting a bit confusing in the podfic, but I spoke to [personal profile] seperis about it at Vividcon and she gave me the go ahead to make edits to the text where needed. Yay! for extra dialog tags.

-I've also started to podfic Husband Revealing Magical Lemonade. When I asked permission, I mentioned I probably wouldn't have time until December/January but I just couldn't wait to get started.

-I've somehow managed to start organizing a multi person anthology podfic of [community profile] oldspice_kinkmeme fics. *blinks*

-Slashpad is also slowly working on a 100+K SGA podfic. I have no idea when it'll be done though. At this rate? Never.

-I spent last night trolling through the lastes [ profile] aianonlovefest prompts and picking a couple interesting ones out and may try my hand at one of them to get me into the groove of writing fic because next weekend is 3 day novel! and I think I'm going to try and get some of that Kradam love at first sight touch fic written.

So yes, I have a lot of fannish stuff on the go right now :S So when, at work, my boss sent out an email asking for people to do overtime, I just deleted it. Then she pulled me aside and was all "but you're the best at this, are you sure you can't make some time?" And because I have issues with over commiting, I agreed to take on an extra project for over time. Except I have no time for it! The only day this week I could do it was today. I was given about 200 lines to crossrefernce. In the two hours of overtime I did today, I got about 10 lines done. Kill me now. This project needs to be done next week and at this rate I'd have to give up sleep to get it done. But that's not everything. Monday, I'm leaving for Guelph straight after work because on Tuesday [personal profile] raxhel is defending her Master's thesis! Which means I have Tuesday off. And Wednesday is the first day I'm volunteering at a place called Voice Print. So it's due Friday and I'll be able to work on it Thursday.
*sigh* Which means I'll likely spend this Sunday at work (I can't go in Saturday since I'm having friends over for a party).

Seriously, I'm so screwed.

Nov. 6th, 2009

Dear Lord

Once, just once, I would like for news of a shows cancellation to not be met with internet petitions and letter writing campaigns.

I know, I know, I've participated in them as well but the fact that every time a show is cancelled, no matter how long the run, or how ready it is to go, that people get all up in arms and try and stop it, well, it gets a little tiring.

Numb3rs has had 6 seasons. That a lot. The only show that I've watched that has had more was SG-1 and I watched the whole thing within a year and wasn't fannish about it, so I tend not to count it.

It's just, you'd think that the more campaigns of this kind that go on, the less weight they carry with them each time they happen. Can we not save our efforts for the great shows that are killed before their time and actually have a chance of succeeding (I loved SGA and Terminator to pieces but while I may have raged against their untimely cancellation, I never participated in the campaigns to keep them, since I knew TPTB were not going to listen no matter what).

Oct. 23rd, 2009

Website Stats

So every once in a while I remember that I can check out my website stats and end trolling through them out of curiosity. It's always interesting, for example to see why certain sites link to you. Or to see what kind of search terms were used to find your site. Some of them can be really wierd. Like someone found my site using the search term fruit head photo WTF? I don't even know why that search term would point towards my site. *iz confuzzled*

Or while looking through the referrer links I saw that one lead back to a rec of one of my vids. It was an older rec for one of my more obscure vids and as I read it, it made me wonder if I had seen the rec before, only to hit the comments and find out I was like the only one to comment on the rec :P

And, since I'm looking at stats, I took a look at my YouTube stats as well. YouTube has such different standards when it comes to vids than LJ that it always kind of boggles my mind. On LJ my most popular vid, by far was Hurt. While Hurt doesn't do badly over there (unlike, say my Vance vid or Open Your Eyes), it's not really that popular either.
On the other hand, the two vids that I put together in the most slap dash way (there were deadlines involved and two due at once!) are my most popular ones. Justin's Hair at almost 80K views and Lovers at almost 40K views (and that's saying something since YouTube took it down for copyright violations like 2 years ago). God, had I known that Hair was going to turn out to be so popular, I definitely would have taken greater care when making it. It kind of makes me cringe to think that that's the vid I'm most... "famous" for.
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Oct. 19th, 2009


So every once in a while I go through bouts of vid recs but I very rarely rec anything else on my flist. I don't think I mentioned this on my journal before but back in August [info] kronos999 and I decided to do an, I don't know, experiment maybe? Where we basically are bookmarking on delicious every fic we read (the good and the bad, although we both decided that we don't have to bookmark it if we don't actually finish reading it, so the truly bad isn't making it).

Anyways that, combined with my reading [info - personal] accioslash's meta on recs had me thinking about maybe making more of an effort to rec things on my journal. Would anyone be interested in that should I make the effort?

Oct. 9th, 2009


So, I love me some podfic. I listen to it a lot at work. So this morning I was going through the new podfics that have been posted since yesterday (why yes, I download daily, that might be why I have over 30GBs of it on my work computer) and saw that someone (or rather, a group of someones) did a podfic of Misha Collin's Twitter posts.

Oh fandom and Misha, never stop being awesome :D

(I haven't listened to it yet, so I can't tell you how good it is, but just the idea seems awesome to me :P)
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Sep. 30th, 2009


So, a discussion I was having with someone on my flist earlier got me to thinking about what people get out of fandom. I know that, personally I get a ton of things from fandom from entertainment to friendship. And I was kind of curious as to what other people enjoyed most from fandom.

I found it was far too difficult to put many of the awesome things about fandom into a poll however (feelings of community, friends, challenges, etc.) so decided to narrow it down to basic products that fandom produces. Communities, archives, websites, etc. started making the list too long too, so I have the basic products that we produce and consume. I'm sure I'm missing a bunch, these are mostly the ones I consume but I'm curious as to what other people consume.

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