[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

Apr. 6th, 2015 11:26 am
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Word usage to look out for when you haven't got a Beta. (with particular reference to Iron Man and Avengers fandom). This doesn't cover grammar, canon, formatting or any of the other facets of betaing, just words that I've seen used where they don't belong.

If you're unsure of the difference between 'Affect' and 'Effect', 'Fewer' and 'Less', 'Callus' and 'Callous', or when to use an apostrophe (rule of thumb, apostrophe used where a letter is omitted, or to indicate possession where there does not already exist a possessive form without the apostrophe) then this might help you.

Proper use of possessive pronouns: its dog (the dog is its), his cat (the cat is his), her goldfish (the goldfish is hers), my aardvark (the aardvark is mine), your horse (the horse is yours), Our bunny (the bunny is ours), Their canary (the canary is theirs).

Then there are a few special cases- Whose elephant is that? (the elephant belongs to an unknown), and One's ferret (ferret belonging to a generic one- apparently in a tribe where ferret ownership is assumed).


This is a long list. I've been coming back and adding more as I encounter them. So far I've found no examples beginning with N, X, or Z.

I haven't time to beta for anyone,alas. )
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Well, LJ scrapbook is still letting me upload, but the 'add to post' from inside the scrapbook isn't working. Click on 'add to post' of an individual photo-- nada--- click on the select box for a group of photos and click on 'add to post'-- nada, click on the green 'add to post' button-- nada. Even the 'publish all to entry' button isn't working.

Fortunately, the add image from inside a post does still work, so I was able to get the URLS. DW says LJ has unblocked them, so theoretically, this should cross post.

2 photos of sox doxies, plus 4 photos of mockingbirds fighting )
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So, last night I made a sock dachshund. Today it was 99.9 degrees F, so I went out and briefly took photos of the puppy sniffing around at the flowers & fruits & then watered & then said 'too hot, imma gonna be inside with the AC, yes'.

9 photos )

so tired

Feb. 24th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Last night, I thought I will just do a LITTLE coloring in on a paisley design I'd made... so...along about 2 am I finished

In case you're wondering, this is how the coloring turned out.

Springtime Floral Paisley on Sky Blue

and thought... I will just glance at the swatches that arrived today.

Bugger. Flawed. *sigh* And it's the identical flaw to the last sampler- exactly the same problem and in the same position on the fabric. I had hoped that they would FIX the printer after my first complaint (they did send me a reprint, which was fine, probably printed on a different machine.)

And then of course I was too miffed to sleep. So around 3:30 I finally fell asleep. And then 'Tasha decided around 6am to nag me. I fended her off and got a few more ZZZ but she kept returning, so around 8 I gave up and got up. Ironed the swatches & photographed, uploaded and fixed the photos of the three swatches which most obviously showed the flaw. Wrote complaining email, with added photos and ask for replacement and pointed out this is an ongoing problem & they need to fix the machine.

Nuisance. Got the reply- apologies, assurance they'll send me the reprint & will forward my complaint & the pics to the technical department. So now I just need to wait for the collection reprint before I can change the scale of 4 designs & set them for sale. To fit the whole design on a swatch, I scaled them small, but I intend them for decor pillows at a much larger scale.

I had a good dinner, so I'm more cheerful (chicken & apple meatballs, corn/rice/quinoa pasta, Newman's marinara sauce, Walled Off salad- Ambrosia apple, low salt almonds, romaine lettuce & Hellman's mayo). All gluten-free, I hope. ;^) MMm, hot dinner is a rare thing for me. I'm so lazy.

So, since I'm more cheerful, I've cut up a pair of sox and am attempting to make Sox Doxie. If it works, I will try to remember to post a picture.
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Weather looks good & innards seem to have settled & hip is only faintly cool/burny, which will probably improve if I get up and move around.

So called taxi & he says he'll be here in about 15 min. Time enough for a quick post. ;^)

Roostery (uses Spoonflower designs to make custom home furnishings) now offers wallpaper. I should go back to studying the CooperHewitt antique wallpapers, the high-res ones often have very good ideas for texture layerings- serpentine, criss cross, boxes, spaced groups of dots, etc. that all add interest to the featured motifs above.

and HAH! One of my designs is included in the 3 pages of featured wallpapers (out of the many thousands of available designs.) I am chuffed.

www.roostery.com/p/isobar-wallpaper/4566770-animals-jigsaw-white-by-eclectic_house

Ok, pulling the plug on the computer now. Wish me luck, I'm facing the wilds of Hellholeah.

EDIT: WHEW. 1:30 and I'm back.
This is Hellholeah. You know how it goes )
Am so tired. Dealing with human interaction is exhausting. BUT BUT BUT! I HAVE BANANANANANAANNAS! Life is good.

I may even cut up a banana and put chocolate syrup on it.

YAY. I just got a notice that someone bought 2 yards of fabric printed with one of my designs, from the Amazon shop. :^)

EDIT 2: Apparently the 3 pages featured wallpaper designs was a fleeting moment (they hadn't finished loading, I suppose. I'm now lost in the many thousands again. *sigh*) It was just ego, anyway. The wallpaper is very pricey and you can't even save by installing it yourself since it's got to be pasted & doublecut (at least Spoonflower's wallpaper is DIY and removable). So even the highest profile designs aren't really likely to be bought.

I had suggested they go with a sewing room chair for a new product- THAT someone might have bought, since there are few available & they're all covered in ugly fabrics. But you can get wallpaper in zillions of designs in zillions of places, including walk in stores where you can judge the quality before you buy.
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Once again I failed to obtain groceries or post package. Woke up with aching hip, but got into my going out clothes anyway, but before it got to the time I figured taxi guy might answer the phone it started raining. AND RAINING.

So, ok, my sinuses tell me days ahead of time, and my hip tells me NOW, when it's gonna be deluge.

Good part is that I found a big bag of lawn food in the rusting out shed & was waiting for a rainy day to spread it. The lawn food was wet muck, though, so I couldn't use the nice plant food spreader gadget. Eh, handfuls work. It's not as if it matters if some areas get too much and kill the weeds. The rain slowed down around noon for just long enough for me to spread the lawn food, before returning to steady rain.

There's so much water the ground can't absorb it. YAY, NO MORE YARD WORK TODAY!

So instead I made 24 variations of paisley, based on a doodle I did yesterday when I didn't have energy to do anything else. Haven't set them all up yet. My hands are sore from clicking & mousing.

Ok, in between watching season 2 of RWBY I set up the designs, currently they're in these two temporary collections if you're curious.

http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/79415-temp-4-by-eclectic_house

http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/77987-temp-3-by-eclectic_house

HAH, someone ordered a Sprout pattern for a man's shorts, printed with my design 'Hobo Signs on Black'. Since they didn't save it as a public project, I went ahead and made it to see how it would look.

It's so CUTE. :^)


https://sproutpatterns.com/projects/7bb3dcf6-7aae-4d56-b7ca-b177e960874d

If you scroll down to the little square thumbnail of the design and hover your mouse over the top left, you get a + option for a zoom, so you can read all the signs. I think this will make a fun pair of shorts for a guy. :^)
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Kinda gray, and sinusy headache & my innards seem disinclined to cooperate with leaving the house, so I'm putting off the Post Office/Grocery run.

I am so bitchy today, complaining right and left )

I have a headache and want coffee, but if I have coffee it will make other matters worse. *sigh* Dilemma.
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Maybe the weather's going to change--

tired so rambling- you can ignore all of it, and just see what I actually did today. )

Temp 4 current collection, mainly a colorways collection of paisleys.

Also I've been re-reading one of my favorite SGA McShep AUs. 'Turn into Something Beautiful' wherein John is a Feline Shifter in a 'verse in which people like him are treated like animals (but with even less protection for their welfare than the humane societies give animals), while still expecting them to act like humans. Angst! And shape-shifting! And bad guys who are really speciest hateful monsters. And Rodney loves cats anyway...
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Marvel has been missing the opportunity to cast actors of the same ethnic groups as the comic book characters they're portraying for some time, but Lewis Tan not being cast as Iron Fist is possibly the biggest loss (so far, give them time.)

Short awesome video Lewis Tan practising with a katana, and his even more awesome coach, Caitlin Dechelle. Wow, he's great, she's unbelievably great.

(Although, you know, while he was expert in martial arts, I'm not SURE that Danny Rand was anything other than white bread. Hmm... it's not a comic I followed.)
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I woke up from a nap a few minutes ago, and hurried to write down what I remembered of my dream.

My nightmares are things of epic weirdness, but somehow they usually have plot )
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Last night after waiting hours to be sure the Surinam cherries had enough 'fridge time, I took them out. Lot of juice had formed, and did actually taste somewhat like mildly tart strawberries. I thought perhaps it would make nice ice cream.

Minor aggros. Multiple minor aggros )
Fancy Goldfish Tessellation

Fancy Goldfish Tessellation 2

So tired... my feet are swollen... maybe will go out and water. Temp has dropped to 92F. Don't think I'll need a sweater.
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Here's the Album containing all 28 of the versions I thought were best.
Natasha Odalesque Dreamscope Album on LJ

Gonna cut it into groups, because 28 pics is a lot to load. This group is all obviously based on classic paintings. Mostly of the Impressionistic type.

11 photos )
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There will be a delay while I sort through the Natasha Odalesque Dreamscope pics and fix them up. I'm gonna put them on LJ scrapbook because I just found out that Ipernity has decided to continue, with the membership price put at what *THEY* think is a competitive price in line with other photohost sites of 50 euros. That's currently $53 US, almost double the current fee. And when you consider that the system only lets you get the code for sharing for ONE image at a time, it's not worth it to me.

So, I guess I'll use LJ Scrapbook as much as I can. And if that fails I can... I dunno... use DW a *little* the limit is small & can only be on the blogs... and for Spoonflower swatches maybe...well, they only recommend Flickr (owned by Yahoo, owned by Verizon, and iffy as all), Pinterest (lots of image theft, but eh, lo res swatches, not much damage possible), or TinyPic (I dunno, see a lot of lost image blank spots with them...).

So, here's just the pics I have ready.
4 pics )
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My armies were sore from the vibration of the electric hedge clipper yesterday so I decided to just take *a few minutes* to sort out some photos to share.

Only... in between the yard snaps of fruit bearing plants I came across a snap I took of 'tasha yesterday in Odalesque pose, with an imperious superior expression on her face. And I thought-- well. It'd be fun to run that photo through one of the filters at Dreamscope.app.

Um... in the morning, the filters run fast, and it was...ok, my resistence to collecting shiny things is always low. SO... 1 1/2 hours later, 56 filters of the same photo and my hands are sore from mousing & clicking.

So, I think I will add the yard pics (and a couple mockups of last night's zinnia montage design) to this post later, after I rest up by doing chores & digging weeds for a while. And I think I'll upload the best of the 56 (a few were total disasters, and some were just blah) to an Ipernity album & just post the link. Ipernity's status is still up in the air- they haven't said it's folding at the end of Feb. but they haven't said it's NOT folding at the end of Feb.

I decided it was too many pics for one post, so here are 8 fruity pics )

Will put up another post in a few minutes. My tea is calling me.
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I've been trimming the hedges that face the road (was only 84F when I started) & came in for a break and hydration. Today is better than yesterday- I'm still a little afraid to eat, but I had thawed chicken breasts in the fridge so I made chicken soup & boiled chicken for salad & had a little nibble. *fingers crossed*

Also I had done a load of laundry and had hardly any 'sticktights' to pick out of my undies. My battle against the weeds is beginning to take its toll. There are still plenty of them, but fewer have reached blooming/seeding stage. I need to dig up some of the beds again, though, because they're full of weed sprouts. It would only take a few weeks for them to get back to where they had been.

Yesterday was just a pain- on top of everything else, I didn't get to email chat with Z (pretty much my only nearly daily human interaction so I REALLY look forward to it) after my nap, because the email was ridiculously delayed- I got Z's email 2 hours after it was sent, and I replied, but I don't know when Z got *that* but I got Z's reply to it an hour later, and by then it was way past bedtime & I just gave up.

EDIT: Finished the hedges and it's... 3:30 pm and 78F. OOh, I can still have tea! (Can't have it past 4pm, because it keeps me awake at bedtime.)

I would have finished sooner, but kept getting sidetracked- noticed another big branch rotting on the gardenia bush & had to saw it off- noticed a big Asp in the bushes and had to dig it up- noticed a mockingbird *inside* the hedge and had to wait until it left- noticed a turkey vulture right overhead and ran inside for my camera-- nope, gone. Eventually my yard will be less work, but there's still years of neglect needing catching up before I reach the stage of just maintenance.
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Cave Canem Pit Bull Terrier (contest entry)

And then I made 4 separate versions to scale for pillows. Currently scaled much smaller, so the whole design will fit on a swatch.

Cave Canem Pit Bull 1 for Pillow
Cave Canem Pit Bull 2 for Pillow
Cave Canem Pit Bull 3 for Pillow
Cave Canem Pit Bull 4 for Pillow

Still have a couple more designs to do today. Simple color change customization. But my hands are sore now... will read fic and rest up first.
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Bellyache continues, with interesting, not fun, side effects. (Leave us draw a discreet veil over that.)

It's gray today, alternating with glaring yellow white sky blaze, eye hurty bright. Lousy for photography, but it's not raining, so I will have to drag my aching body out to water anyway.

Last night my latest Spoonflower swatches arrived & today I photographed them & discovered printing defect. This hardly ever happens, and usually it's something tiny and ignorable. Not so this time. Fortunately the customized designs weren't affected so I felt I could go ahead and set them for sale & tell the customer she could get them.

Also was lucky that the LiveChat was available- it's been iffy lately. Gave my order number, explained the defect & attached photos of the two most obviously affected & was told they'd reprint and send it by expedited service, so that's good.

My innards are hurty, but... I have to try not to think about it. KITTENS. Kittens with wings. Butterfly winged kittens!

Ah, well... worth a try. I have things to do, cannot afford to baby my innards.

ARGGH. I worked on the Cave Canem design *maybe finished* and then I went out to water and walked headfirst into a spider web. I'll be picking imaginary spiders out of my hair all day.

Some days it just doesn't pay to gnaw through through the straps...
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Today's gonna be ow. I was forced to take some gas pills yesterday (after a week of lodged and painful gas I could not move) and it's had an unfortunate reaction with my delicate innards. *sigh* If I can't get a refund on this body, couldn't I at least have a 'help' button?

So, anyway, little sleep, early awaking, and I'm trying to do stuff in between assaults upon my dignity. Went out back to prepare for mowing & discovered more ASP. hidden partly under a bench. Dig dig dig dig dig dig. Wound up with a root ball bigger than my head, and underground runners going several feet in various directions to start new Asp.

So am taking a break and check my email-- DW announcement of the recent code changes included more details on the hosting. 500MB disk space for all accounts (possibly will increase later, esp. for accounts above the free level). BUT, the images can NOT be seen anywhere except DW or site you crosspost to. So if you normally crosspost to LJ or one of the other sites they allow, the images will be visible there. BUT YOU CAN'T use it as a general image host. The image hosting is for DW entries only.

So that shoots down my hopeful thought about maybe using it for emergencies to post swatch photos at Spoonflower. I'm *pretty sure* Spoonflower normally keeps the images on their Amazon host once you post them, so an image only needs to be accessible from the origin *once*. It's not like they hotlink, they just need an interface. Wish they'd let us upload direct from computer for swatch/project photos, but no. They only have that functionality for the designs themselves.

I need to mow. But I'm ow... But I need to mow. Maybe I'll work on my Cave Canem design for a few minutes.

EDIT: Worked on design, and then mowed, and guess what? Over by the gate. More Asp. *sigh* I need to rest up and then go dig dig dig some more.

*slump* 3pm and it's 86 F. had been hotter but I didn't check the numbers and I finally finished with the yard. I should have watered earlier in the day. Tony Radish and one 'maybestrawberry' seem to have succumbed. Surprised about Tony I thought he was doing so well... maybe he's only in a coma. :^)
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