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Apr. 20th, 2013

AO3 hits meme

So [personal profile] greedy_dancer posted (locked) about it being 1 year since the AO3 hit meme went around last year and I just remembered I did it too. So I thought I'd copy her and revisit my stats. Because I enjoy stats.

AO3 Hits Meme )
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Jan. 16th, 2010

Help Haiti and Podfic Feedback Exchange.

Well, it looks like I shouldn't have worried over my mail for a year idea. Not only is it my highest bid, a whole bunch of other people are now offering it from their various locations and with themes. :)

Since I didn't link to it in the last entry, if you'd like to bid on getting mail from me for a year you can do so here

I don't actually want to pimp myself out too much but I'll probably do so at least once more before everything's over. Anyways, my podfic offer is here (current bids at $15) and my vid offer is here (no bids yet :( ).

In other news, I spent the day trying to match people up for my podfic feedback exchange. 30 people signed up, with 20 podfics to review. I spent a huge amount of time working on the matching yesterday too. I set up a spreadsheet that was really helpful in getting an idea of what I needed to put in the spreadsheet and how to approach certain things. However I just couldn't see the whole thing without making the font too small to read. I'm a really visual person, so I have to be able to see everything. So the next step was getting the craft paper out and transferring the info to paper. [personal profile] diurnal_lee has this giant pad of paper that's 18"12". My first draft wasn't properly spaced so the columns by the end were like 3mm wide, which just didn't work. In fact just as I finished matching everyone up last night, I realized that there were 2 reviewers that didn't have fics to review! I did some quick and dirty changes but at that point I realized that it was 2 am and I had been working on this mostly non-stop since 4pm.

This morning, even though I had everyone matched up from the night before, I decided to do it again. I wasn't really all that satisfied, and I figured I knew what I did wrong last time :P I made a new paper spreadsheet, better spaced this time. However I still wasn't able to fit all the information I wanted on it comfortably, so out came the markers and highlighters. The second matching took much less time, about 5 hours with lots of distractions and I would run downstairs and announce "OMG! I forgot to take into account that some of these podfics where gifts to reviewers during podbang!" It seems kind of tacky to ask someone to review their gift. I also almost assigned someone their own podfic the night before :S

Anyways, everyone's matched up now. I'm going to double check everything tomorrow and then start sending out the assignments. Maybe I'll take pictures of may crazy charts so you can see how nuts I am. :P

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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Aug. 5th, 2009

Vid Beta?

Hey lovely flist. I was wondering if anyone had time to do a quick vid beta for my SPN Big Bang vid.

Jun. 7th, 2009

Boring Day

So, I really did nothing this weekend. Like at all. I slept, and organized my vids. Although I will say, that organizing my vids is quite the task. I've been doing it for over a week. When I first started I had about 1500 vids on my computer. I've deleted a bunch and the current count is 821. Of those left, 614 have been renamed so that all my files are in the format fndm-vid name-vidder (and man that really took the longest) and organized into folders. I have an additional 70 which have been renamed but not put into files yet.

Before this new organizational idea from me, I had been using WMP's star system to organize my vids. Which worked nicely when it was working, but I've had to wipe my computer or change computers a couple times since I started using that and the stars don't transfer over, so I was left having to reorganize each time. Now that I'm thinking of switching to Linux, I decided I needed a new system.

It's also nice to just clean up. In my early days online, I used to download every vid I came across, and being a pack rat, I kept it, even if it sucked. It was ridiculous how big my vid folder was getting. Now I've deleted a lot of the older, bad vids (or, you know the ones that weren't that bad, but now that I'm no longer in that fandom, I don't feel attached to). My vids folder is now down to a more manageable size of 21GBs.

Dec. 22nd, 2008

Vid Recs?

So, I spent a good portion of this past weekend falling in love with vids (again). I've slowly been organizing the vids on my computer and have been rewatching my favourites. Doing so never ceases to remind me just how much I love vidding and how there are some truly talented people out there. It really makes me want to share the love with my flist. I was thinking it might be fun to try and challenge myself so for the month of January, I'm going to try and post one vid rec a day.
Is anyone interested in seeing this? I can't promise that they'll be the most original recs, a lot of the vids currently on my computer are older, or else I found them through someone else's rec. I am hoping that this can help me a bit as a vidder. So often I just watch a vid and get swept away with it but never take the time to articulate why it was able to do that.

I've already started to write some up (so at the very least you'll get 4 recs :P)

And while I'm updating, here's that first line meme so many are doing: )
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Mar. 24th, 2007

Sweet Charity!

Ok, so I totally thought I had more time for this, but apperantly Sweet Charity ends in a couple hours, so here's my self pimping post!

Sweet Charity: Buy Me, Baby

There are a ton of people offering themselves up, I'm personally offering a vid (either QaF, SGA, SG-1, SPN, Numb3rs, House, Medium, The 4400, or Life on Mars) and right now some anonymous person is winning me, which makes me very nervous. :S

Seriously though, an staggering $10,000 CND has already been pledged, go and help people!
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Mar. 11th, 2006

Charity Time

Hi all!

I would like to take a moment to tell you all about a charity project I'm working on called Sweet Charity being run by [info]lithiumdoll.

Sweet Charity

Basically we're trying to raise money for RAINN an American organisation for rape, abuse and incest victims. The charity is the favoured organisation of Maria "Danzy" Delgado, in whose memory this auction is taking place. In this spirit 25 different people have put themselves up for auction, offering 11 vids, 25 fics, 10 peices of art, and 3 misc projects!

I've also put myself up offering a vid!

So if any of you out there have wanted a vid, or a fic, or something made, come check us out, it's for a great cause!
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Sep. 5th, 2005

QaF in China

Well last night Sara and I went for a walk down the street behind our apartment in the hopes of finding food (never an easy thing to do when the menu's are in Chinese and the most English you can expect is a friendly "Hello"), but on the way there we passed a DVD shop and thought we'd stop and take a look at what they had.

Most of the movies there were either in English or German with Chinese subtitles, so it's pretty easy to get English movies over here. When you walked in though there was an entire wall with box sets of shows, and guess what was right there to the right? Season *5* of QaF. I was a bit confused at first, because all of the big writing on it is in Chinese, and on the back they had pics from season 4 and 5, but then Sara noticed on the front in smallish writing, Season 5.

I really wasn't sure how it could be out since it's not out yet in North America, but I figured someone might have gotten their hands on it and started selling it here in China, and honestly for 45 yuan, I was willing to take the risk that it'd be in Chinese, so I bought it.

The quality of the eps are pretty good, although they all have that little summary of what heppened at the end of the last ep, which made me start to think that this might be boot legged, but what really gave that fact away was the last disk: The disk with the extra features.

The first extra feature is an interview with Peter and Scott, I havn't watched all of it yet, but they were just talking about random stuff (the topics I saw were aliteration and the secret romance between Ted and Justin). But the rest of the special features were all vids. They had:

-[info]sisabet's 66
-Aida's Defying Gravity
-[info]f1renze's Fresh Feeling
-It's is a Pig, which is a Gale Randy vid, I can't quite remember who made it, but it was signed "for Rachelface"
-[info]kitkatbyte's Juliet
-Poem_Sunshine-noname which is one I hadn't actually seen before....

I suppose to be somewhat fair, they didn't doctor the vids at all, and left everyone's signature on it, if there was one to begin with. Still I don't know if some of these vidders will appreciate this, I think *I* would be flattered, but that's just me.

It also kind of gets me, because I wonder if this person who basically stole the episodes might have possibly have gotten them from my site. I mean that sooo wasn't my intention when I made the group, but I could see people misusing it that way...