calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
Before you delete your Livejournal account, if you plan to do so? Or even just if you’re planning to stay, and don’t plan to delete it, you may desire to claim your Open ID account anyway. It’s one of the many links in the Dreamwidth Starter Kit that [personal profile] bisharp made, but I thought I’d do a separate post on the topic, just in case anyone missed it.

As an example, back when I did it, I simply typed in calliopes-pen.livejournal.com and calliopes-pen.insanejournal.com.

Once you’ve done that, older comments that you made that were imported from both Livejournal and Insanejournal immediately become linked to your Dreamwidth account. So calliopes-pen.insanejournal.com becomes calliopes_pen in whatever journal, and goes straight here when clicked on. A user icon will then appear beside it, just as it once did wherever the comment originated.

(Expect it to take a while longer to import your journals, too, if you haven’t seen that update already. It’s still going quite admirably as it tries to bring over [community profile] big_damn_quests. As of this moment, it’s 1614 others waiting in the queue, after a day. I’m amused, more than anything. I’m just glad the site hasn’t broken from the strain.)
calliopes_pen: (made_in_ink Butterfly effect Psylocke)
Since it was pretty much a resounding yes in the poll, I am in the process of importing [community profile] big_damn_quests on over to Dreamwidth at this very moment. The group was made, the profile and one (the only one there) icon were transferred over successfully. The entries and comments are on their way. It's currently over 1000 people deep for the queue, so I know to be patient.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
I have successfully transferred all images in the Livejournal Scrapbook over to Dreamwidth for the ice storm post from 2009, and switched out all the accompanying links there, and for the Livejournal side, before deleting the images in the Scrapbook.

I noticed that it had a duplicate entry. My first thought was that it was caused back when I first imported everything years ago, but no. It's that way on the Livejournal side as well, so it's an old Livejournal hiccup that occurred at some point. As there were no comments to that Livejournal hiccup, I deleted it on both sides to prevent further issues.

Edit: Oh, and for those interested: [personal profile] bisharp has made a Dreamwidth Starter Kit, for those that are making the move from Livejournal to Dreamwidth, and need tutorials, customizations, groups for obtaining assistance, and an assortment of other things.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Perhaps it’s due to the comments being screened, but I didn’t receive the notifications for the love meme. I happened to glance in, and just saw them. Thank you (each of you will see my thanks over there, too, when those comments are unscreened) so much for the kind words and hearts, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] azurelunatic, and [personal profile] elistaire. They are truly greatly appreciated.

I was looking through the payment history tab on Livejournal to see just how long I’ve had my Permanent Account over there...and how long I’ve been on LJ as a whole. My account was created on November 10th, 2003, so I’ve been there for nearly 14 years. I obtained the Permanent Account in June of 2005. I renamed my journal in October of that same year.

Back then, my username was faith_of_borg; when I began to gradually move away from my interests in both Buffy and Star Trek, I wanted a username that I wouldn’t really drift away from liking. I didn’t want one that focused on one particular fandom, just in case I jumped ship. I always enjoyed mythology, and eventually picked what I have these days.

As of right now, it’s looking like I will definitely be bringing [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests over to Dreamwidth. 8 votes in favor, 0 against. I remember what it was like when Greatestjournal disappeared before I could think to save a lot of fannish history in groups I enjoyed. Hence my whole ‘do it while there’s still time’ mentality for archiving.

calliopes_pen: (cruelest_month Dani valkyrie)
All car related images (for the new one, and what happened to the old one) have now been removed from Livejournal’s Scrapbook, placed into Dreamwidth’s image hosting, and then all corresponding links were then edited to direct to the correct location. The banner and book cover for Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders are hosted on Photobucket, so I don’t need to do any editing to that story.

The only thing left is to save, move, and alter the links for everything about the ice storm of 2009, and I’ll be done. I'll do that later.
calliopes_pen: (pookies_revenge power of gods)
After finally reading through the entirety of the [livejournal.com profile] strega_willow journal, I decided that it was best to delete it. The icons (one of which I'm using for this post) were salvaged prior to its deletion.

Now, since I’m the owner of [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests, I thought I would leave its fate up to a poll. Keep in mind it would be for archival purposes if it were imported.

Poll #18154 Should big_damn_quests be imported to Dreamwidth?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


All those in favor or against, vote here:

View Answers

Yes, please bring it over
8 (100.0%)

No, leave it where it is
0 (0.0%)

I created the poll on the Dreamwidth side. For those on the Livejournal side (if I made another poll, in another post, it would just get imported separately the next time I did that), feel free to chime in via comments. I’ll give it a deadline of Tuesday morning, and combine all the votes then.
calliopes_pen: (mojotastic Helping the Helpless)
On the Livejournal side of things, I deleted the Tara banner I use over there, while I was cleaning up the Livejournal Scrapbook. This has the added benefit that everyone should be able to see the top post over there, as it's no longer covered by it (nothing I ever did to fix it ever worked anyway when it came to resizing, while it was always fine on Insanejournal).

This also has the added benefit that if anyone has posted and it was at the top of the Friends page, now I can actually see it.

Meanwhile, I deleted around five or so ancient role-playing journals over on Livejournal that I didn't see the need to keep. I salvaged the icons from a few beforehand--like the one for Cordelia that I'm using for this post, on the Dreamwidth side.

The journals I didn't delete I'm putting serious thought into importing, for archival purposes.
calliopes_pen: (fuesch books are weapons)
*People have discovered that if you disable Javascript, you disable the message that appears and won’t go away until you agree to the new TOS. You can do this by using Ghostery or uBlock Origin or Noscript. At which point, while you can’t make a new post or comment or cross-post without agreeing, you can still delete your journal over there if that’s what you personally feel is right for you. Found via [personal profile] justhuman: [personal profile] rosefox shows the steps for getting it to go away with uBlock Origin.

*The full English translation of the Russian version of the new TOS.

*If you make the transition and change your username, there’s always this post at [community profile] 2017revival: Want to find an old LJ friend? Linking DW and LJ identities. [community profile] lj_refugees is another place to go if you just joined, as is [community profile] getting_started.

*How to move to Dreamwidth and like it.

*From [personal profile] rahirah: How to redirect comments on a crosspost.

*I was trying to determine if I should import anything I was maintainer of long ago. [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests is seriously long since dead. Would anyone be averse to me importing it on over to Dreamwidth, just for archival purposes? It’s been dead for 10 years as of this year, and I’ve moved away from the Firefly fandom.

*I just completed saving all the inactive icons in the [livejournal.com profile] x_meggan journal. Over 70 of those.

*Tomorrow I’ll get started on slowly adding what was in Livejournal’s scrapbook to Dreamwidth’s service, and then slowly go through and try to correct broken links as I delete them from the Livejournal side.

*Long ago, I roleplayed Willow from Buffy, under the name [livejournal.com profile] strega_willow. I’ve just saved all the inactive icons there, and I’m thinking of importing it over to Dreamwidth, too. That will only happen if I decide any of it’s worth keeping after I go through and read it. If it isn't, then I'll delete that journal.

*If I haven’t added someone on the Dreamwidth side yet, please let me know in the comments and I will do it.

Edit: As of 1:40 PM, I finished going through the entirety of Scrapbook, and deleted anything I would never need again. It was time for cleaning out the assorted junk that had accumulated anyway. As stated earlier, whatever is left will be hosted on Dreamwidth soon.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn dark and stormy story)
In regards to Livejournal not allowing people onto the site (or even allowing cross-posting until you agree--so yeah, I agreed so I could do that) unless they agree to the new terms and conditions: If you don’t want to remain on Livejournal, and are reading this from there, you can always find me on Dreamwidth under this same username.

Feel free to add me if you're only just going over to the Dreamwidth side, if you haven’t already. I know there are people that still prefer commenting on the Livejournal side, so I will continue to cross-post for now.

I choose not to panic. I will not delete my journal.

I respect the decision to get out of there and delete your journal, if you’ve made that one. I also understand why some don’t want to go. If things get even sketchier, or particular restrictions go into effect that don't allow particular topics over there, then I might do only Dreamwidth posting at that point. I will warn everyone in advance should that time come.

There are far too many things I might need again that are located on Livejournal at this moment, like access to particular groups that are locked, the LJ Memories, and their Scrapbook.

Everything I have posted to my Livejournal is backed up on Dreamwidth as a result of cross-posting and importing. All of my icons are backed up on Dreamwidth--I have more on Dreamwidth than I do on the Livejournal side. Thanks to the import function, almost all (well, I’m about to do yet another import, so that’ll be all shortly) comments from over there are backed up on Dreamwidth. And thanks to that function, my fanfic and cross-posting thereof is backed up on Dreamwidth (and Ao3, and wherever else).

I have the old stuff from the 2009 ice storm and a few other things (like at least one image of one of my late cats that I stumbled across in there, which I have yet to move) currently hosted on Livejournal’s Scrapbook that I might try to save elsewhere.

So in summary: This is basically the same thing I said back in December, really. At least I'm consistent?

calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Taken from many people, here’s a fanfic focused meme.

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

My fanfic (from Yuletides past, mainly) can be found here at Ao3. Or here at Teaspoon, where I last added anything from Doctor Who seven years ago.

Or you can peer into the depths of a tag called ‘fanfic I’ve written.’ There’s one Firefly fanfic down there somewhere, and quite a few drabbles for that and Buffy from back when I was starting to dabble in fanfic for the first time.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Gatekeeper Dana)
Bernie Wrightson has passed away at the age of 68, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. His work looked familiar to me; I eventually realized that he did the illustration/concept design for the original Ghostbusters (1984). It was featured in the book Making Ghostbusters.

And if anyone out there desires to get a look at Making Ghostbusters, and can’t locate a physical copy, (it tends to be rare, or ridiculously expensive) you can download a pdf copy over at Spook Central. It’s the third book featured on the page—right click and download the full book pdf.

After a quick perusal of his Wikipedia page, I see that I’ve also seen his work in Batman: The Cult, Batman/Aliens, and Heroes For Hope: Starring The X-Men #1 (he worked on three pages). I never knew about his comic book adaptation of Frankenstein until now.
calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
Robert Osborne has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. He was the host of TCM, and provided commentary and trivia both before and after films.

Comcast doesn’t provide Turner Classic Movies where I am aside from the occasional fluke where I'm able to get it via On Demand, which is unfortunate. However, I caught quite a few segments Osborne hosted regarding classic horror films when someone uploaded them to Youtube at one point, and loved them. He will be missed.

Meme

Feb. 28th, 2017 05:35 pm
calliopes_pen: (widowshillicons Angelique spell)
Taken from several people:

If you could remix any of my stories, what would you pick and what would you do with it?
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh puzzle to solve Doctor)
Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61, due to complications from heart surgery. May he rest in peace. I liked him as John Garrett on Agents of SHIELD, when I still sporadically watched the series. Until I checked his IMDB page, I never realized he played Chet in Weird Science (1985); I always preferred the 90’s series over the movie, so never really saw it more than a handful of times. He was also Severen in Near Dark (1987) and Simon in True Lies (1994).

Others will remember him from Twister and Titanic.

The Terminator (1984) gets rerun a lot on Comet TV and This TV; he’s a punk leader there. Someday I’ll get around to watching Aliens (1986).

Neil Fingleton has passed away at the age of 36, following a heart attack. May he rest in peace. On Doctor Who he played the Fisher King in the episodes Under The Lake and Before The Flood. Apparently, he was also known for being the tallest man in the UK.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
Chris Wiggins has passed away at the age of 87, following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace. He played Jack Marshak on Friday The 13th: The Series. I never caught very many episodes in reruns on Syfy, although I did like his character from what I saw; I recently purchased season 1 from a library book sale. I’ll finally watch the first few episodes of that this afternoon.

A quick check of IMDB tells me he played Dr. Hardy in Murder By Decree (1979), and apparently was the Great Wishing Star in Care Bears II: A New Generation (1986)...in addition to a large amount of other voicework. I’ll eventually get around to a rewatch of Murder By Decree.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula's brides)
Sites that use Cloudflare have been leaking https information. Dreamwidth and Livejournal appear to be unaffected by this as of when I last checked, along with Amazon, Reddit, Yahoo, and Gmail. Quite a few of the sites that used Cloudflare, and that are affected by this, have been listed by a user on Github. Some technical discussion (particularly in the second link) on Reddit can be found here and here. You can find a bit on the mobile iOS apps that were affected here. From everything I have read, if you need to change your passwords, it should be safe to do so.

Edit: Just found a good tool: Does It Use Cloudflare? Just type in a site address, and it will let you know if the site does/did on the date the problem was traced back to; at that point, you'll know if you must change your password at the site with the problem.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
So as promised, I read Powers of Darkness, by Valdimar Ásmundsson, and translated by Hans De Roos (which he accomplished with the help of many, many others, based on the credited people in the end of the book) and basically catalogued all the differences I could catch between what was formerly known as Makt Myrkranna, and the Stoker version.

Beneath the cut, you will find the long list of differences, and little things I noticed. )

calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
It appears that Insanejournal is purging journals that have been inactive for 2 years or more. Some of these I haven't even looked at in so long. A couple were made for a game that started on Greatestjournal--or at least, I think so--which never made it over to Insanejournal after all. Just going by the fact there's a now long dead link to an RPG application, which was somewhere on Greatestjournal and is now lost in the void.

The last time I made a post under my own username over there looks to have been in August of 2010. Since I basically remain logged in with that one via Firefox and take a peek around every few months, it comes through without an inactivity notice.

In another one, I spotted that I had uploaded some user icons others had made from the first issue of the original team of Excalibur. So prior to the permanent deletion of that journal, I saved the icons, and uploaded them Dreamwidth. Nothing was there to be saved in the rest, and it's fine for them to join the list of the deleted.

If you're on the Dreamwidth side of the fence, you can see one of the icons I spared is being used for this post.
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
The book arrived from Amazon a day early--yesterday afternoon, and I’m in the process of reading it. For those that may be interested, I’m making a list of differences between the Stoker novel and this. The introduction listed several of them, which helped. The large quantity of footnotes point out the smaller bits that I’ve already spotted anyway.

Like how Jonathan stays at a hotel called The Golden Krone on the way to the castle, whereas Thomas stays at The Golden Crown. And the three vampire ladies are just one named The Countess.

(They even have a floor plan for the castle, in the midst of all the extra things they discuss.)

Meme

Feb. 15th, 2017 10:12 am
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook:

Comment to this post with a fic title (a word, phrase or quotation), a fandom and, if desired, a character or pairing. I'll reply with a summary of the fic I won't write for that title, in this way generating plot-bunnies, gaiety of nations and perhaps even actual fic by other people.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
I thought I had linked to this already, but apparently I hadn’t. For Yuletide Madness, [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook wrote the fantastic Night Falls for me, for Dracula (1968). I recommend reading it.

Night Falls (8535 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Dracula, John Seward, Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Weston, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: Mental Institutions, Mental Disintegration, Victorian, Victorian Attitudes, Pre-Canon, Period Typical Attitudes to Mental Illness, Mind Control, Vampires
Summary:

Something unknown and sinister is coming for them all…

In other Dracula related news, I just now ordered Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula. It’s the Icelandic version, which was originally published/translated into that in 1900, and now finally translated into English--with extra characters and a few other differences in the plot from the original novel, from all I’ve heard. I’ll finally get to see how different it is.

calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
Sir John Hurt has passed away, at the age of 77, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace; he died five days after his birthday. I mostly recognized him from his role as The War Doctor on Doctor Who, but apparently he was also the voice of the dragon on Merlin (which I watched for a couple seasons, and then jumped ship).

He is perhaps most famous for his role as Gilbert Kane in Alien (1979). His death scene is one that I unfortunately watched first at the age of 5, when it was suddenly shown in the middle of Terror In The Aisles (suspense films, stuff from the 40’s in black and white, sudden unexpected--well, to me--chestburster scene followed as the show talked about bloodier horror; I think that is how that went, and then gory then on out). I didn’t know that was him when I watched Spaceballs many years later.

He was The Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985), and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (the Ralph Bakshi version from 1978).

And when it comes to horror films, I remember him from Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and The Skeleton Key (2005). I haven’t seen The Ghoul (1975), so I need to watch that at some point, along with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (it also stars the late Alan Rickman) and Whistle And I’ll Come To You (2010).

(I don't have an icon of The War Doctor, so here's one of the Brigadier.)
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
Miguel Ferrer has passed away at the age of 61, following a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I thought I only knew him as the voice of J’onn J’onnz in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), and as The Weather Man in the infamously bad Justice League of America (1997).

Apparently, he also played a First Officer in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984). According to IMDB, I might have seen him in passing in I Love The 90’s: Part Deux as a commentator, and I Love The 70’s, along with the E! True Hollywood Story: The Curse of Poltergeist, from 2002.

He had also just been revealed as the voice for Deathstroke in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, which was due to be released later in the year.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Jonathan cape possessed)
I have now successfully updated Wrap The Cloak of Night Around His Shoulders, so that the banner [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook made for [community profile] fandom_stocking is included just before the story starts. At 100% zoom level in IE, it’s a bit cut off. However, at 75%, it looks perfect. If anyone is having any issues seeing it in their browser, if they're using something else, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

I’ve added the book cover to just before the deleted scenes in part 2.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
Taken from several people:

Which fictional setting would you put me in, and what sort of role would I play there?
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula's brides)
I am truly beyond thrilled with all that I received for [community profile] fandom_stocking this year.

To sum up, I received:

-Two beautiful banners/book covers from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, for the Yuletide story I wrote for her, as well as two icons (and two others to share because they’re fantastic) for Dracula (1968). I’ll see if I can put the second banner in without wrecking anything on Ao3 once I figure out the coding and upload it elsewhere. I'm not sure about creating a third chapter over there just to show them off, but it's an option.

-17 Supergirl icons from [personal profile] medie, and 2 Supergirl related icons from [personal profile] tarlanx.
-3 Dark Shadows icons from [personal profile] liadtbunny.
-A great Methos centered Highlander drabble from [personal profile] misbegotten.
-A book recommendation (which I’ll track down soon) from [personal profile] john_amend_all.
-A massive helping of book recommendations from [personal profile] rebecca_selene. I will be tracking down a large amount of them, if not all of them, in all likelihood.
-Links to Halloween focused stuff from [personal profile] valarltd
-Happy New Year from [profile] falcon_hours, [personal profile] knowmefirst and [personal profile] twinsarein.

I’m uploading as many icons as I can to Dreamwidth, and saving others so I can switch them out at another date if I want. To all that are on my circle/friends list and provided something, thank you again.

I’ll look through the collection further on Ao3 in a little while.
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
William Peter Blatty passed away last night at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He is likely most famous for being the author of The Exorcist. He wrote and directed The Exorcist III (1990), and worked on the scripts for comedies like A Shot In The Dark (1964).

While I have never truly had a desire to read that particular novel, or watch the adaptation of it, I am interested in The Exorcist III. Perhaps eventually, I’ll give it a watch.

There was a brief period in 2013 when I desperately needed some older style humor in my life. I developed an oddly short-lived fondness for The Pink Panther films, and enjoyed A Shot In The Dark in particular.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh puzzle to solve Doctor)
For those working on [community profile] fandom_stocking things, there’s been an extension—apparently, for either Saturday or Sunday for reveals this time. If anyone wants to volunteer to help them out further, their post for doing that is here.

Might as well also link to my own stocking for (hopefully) one final time while I’m doing this.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
1. Jonathan Harker (Dracula 1968)
2. Methos (Highlander: The Series)
3. Edith Cushing (Crimson Peak)
4. Jack Harkness (Torchwood)
5. Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
6. Vanessa Ives (Penny Dreadful)
7. Sherlock Holmes (the Conan Doyle version)
8. Endora (Bewitched)
9. Angelique (original Dark Shadows)
10. Dr. John Seward (Dracula 1968)
11. Lili (Legend 1985)
12. Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula 1968)
13. Barry Allen (The current Flash tv series)
14. Lucille Sharpe (Crimson Peak)
15. Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)

Beneath the cut, I answer the questions from the following: lost_spook, schneefink, sallymn, lynndyre, graycardinal, dolimir_k, highlander_ii, and SeanDC. )


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