[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

Apr. 6th, 2015 11:26 am
feng_shui_house: animated bunnies yawning text OMG plot bunnies! (Plot Bunnies)
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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I'm kinda having fun seeing what some of my designs would look like on the better (IMO) chair. A lot of designs just don't work because we can't change the scale or centering, but some look fun.

I may redo the giraffe spots in a larger scale, just for this.

EDIT: I did redo the giraffe spots, and since it was a rescale of a proofed design, customer service was willing to set it for immediate sale, so it will show up in the Roostery shop. I think I would enjoy having a giraffe chair. :^)


3 pics showing 12 different mockups )
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Three of the designs wound up with 2 votes each, so I got a yard of each. :^) Thanks for voting!

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I got a discount coupon from Spoonflower & added to my regular discount on my own designs, that makes 1 yard of this fleece (36 inches long by 56 inches wide) cost $19.44. I figure I could get two generous size knife edge pillows out of a yard (possibly box edge them).

These are the 5 designs I'm considering (probably would buy no more than 3, but if I had an attack of enthusiasm, all 5 is possible.)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to vote:
Which of these should I buy?

#1 Green and Blue Scrap Lightning
#2 Prairie Point Apples in Red and Green
#3 Red and Purple Paisley Chevron
#4 Christmas Bargello Kaleidoscope
#5 Christmas Bargello 2

Poll #17653 Fleeced for Christmas?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

Which of these should I buy? Choose as many ticky boxes as apply.

View Answers

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

2 (33.3%)

2 (33.3%)

2 (33.3%)

0 (0.0%)

1 (16.7%)

Some other design I'll mention in a comment.
0 (0.0%)

TICKY BOX!!! (Brian Blessed option)
4 (66.7%)

feng_shui_house: Avon red-tinted with gun text what did you say (Avon what did you say)
Well, not quite, but the Fandom Eligibility Post for 2016 is now up.

I read it and the only thing that caught my eye was 'Standalone trailers for non-existent fandoms will be considered on a case by case basis.' And my mind immediately went to 'Satan's Alley' the fake trailer in Tropic Thunder, in which RDJ was a blond, blue-eyed monk in love with monk Tobey Maguire.

Man, I'd read the heck out of fanfic of that. :^)

But, BOY, you have to have a college student level of comprehension to understand the Eligibility post-- I ran it through a Word Counter/Analysis.

Yuletide Eligibility Post Analysis 2016.jpg

(This is what happens when I'm tired, but not sleepy. Did some tile repair, laundry, made some designs, and did yard work and now I'm kinda brain-zizzling.)
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Well, it's raining, so I couldn't do yard work, and I can't do any more on the bathroom until the cement hardens, and I did get one comment in favor of it. So I went ahead and posted it. They're still hosted on LJ-- does AO3 have a photo hosting ability?

Blake's 7 Commemorative Professions and Hobbies Postage Stamps
feng_shui_house: Avon text this is my best humour the idiots smile is it working (Avon humoring idiots)
Postcards from a Primitive Planet was a series of cards I wrote as 'Avon' and mailed to 'Blake' in Nov. of 2005 when the internet was down for nearly a month and I was going into RPG withdrawal after several weeks. When I was saving the LJ scrapbook pics to my computer I came across them and was annoyed to be reminded that they'd lost one of the pics years ago. It took several hours, but I found a copy of the missing photo and put all of them into one album (unfortunately, it's not in order, but I can't see how to fix that.)


While looking for it, I also found 67 Postage Stamps commemorating various Blake's 7 Professions and Hobbies. I guess I had them on my B7 site way back when? Anyway, I uploaded them also to Crapbook. Poultry farmer is the only one with a non-B7 photo, but since that was the inspiration for the series, I wouldn't omit it.


I don't think either set is worth putting on AO3, but it might give you a few minutes amusement.
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Obsessive person is obsessive. Took me 3 days. Long story short, LJ still has all the photos but I now have copies of everything on the 'puter, and new albums of the Naart on Ipernity. Hope I don't have to move again--I had gone to Flickr for a while after Crapbook got bad, but then Flickr got evil and I moved the Naart that had been there to Ipernity. SO, at the moment, all my Naart is accessible on Ipernity.

Links directly to the albums.

Naarmamo 2006
Naarmamo 2007
Naarmamo 2008
Naarmamo 2009
Naarmamo 2010
Naarmamo 2011
Naarmamo 2012
Naarmamo 2013
Naarmamo 2014
Naarmamo 2015
Naarmamo 2016
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Today I tried putting links I'd saved to my old Naarmamo albums (the links worked last year) and discovered that all the links took me to the album collection index page. I wasted a lot of time trying different approaches, and finally I gave up and put in a Support Request.


If you want to know what I tried- it's the same stuff I put in the support request )
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A capslocked comment in an email had me thinking of Brian Blessed, so I googled 'Best of Brian Blessed' and found him on Have I got News for you.

OMG, it made me laugh so hard. I thought I would share it in case anyone could use a good hearty laugh.

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So far, so good. Yesterday I was too tired to do yard work and I wound up doodling a weed flower fairy. Today I decided it was a Spanish Needle weed flower fairy, and googled Spanish Needle & came up with several sites saying how great it was to eat, & how healthy it was, etc.

burp )
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My outside thermometer says it's 103.6 degrees outside. I don't think I can do much yard work today.

Tarzan, your jungle is calling you )
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Spoonflower recently introduced another offshoot, Roostery. Roostery lets you choose a Spoonflower design and a product (currently limited to two slightly different knife-edge pillows, two sizes of napkins, a tea towel, and placemats). They print, cut, sew (and in the case of the pillows, add a stuffing insert) and mail you the finished item.

They don't yet have a search by designer, BUT you can find any Spoonflower designers' stuff by using a specific URL format.

This is mine:

To see any other SF designer, just replace eclectic_house with the name of their Spoonflower shop.

Currently the first time a design is viewed it has to be clicked on to generate a mockup on the products (takes a few seconds, up to a minute) BUT once a mockup is generated, the mockup is stored & can be seen immediately. I've been generating mockups the last few days, but there are plenty more untouched, if you want the excitement! *grin* of being the first to view one. They look really cool in the pillows, I think.
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Stayed up til about 5am following old links to old SGA. Should NOT do that, a lot of the links are dead, which isn't a problem, some of them lead to 'buy this website' which is not a problem, but SOME of them lead to Evil sites that try to get you to click on downloads/upgrades, etc. and may even LOCK you onto the page to try to force you to DL evil.

So after being woke up after about 4 hours sleep

not much brain function here, but links at end to some pretty custom pillow mockups with a few of my designs )
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I've been in fic reading mode forever. Went on an Iron Man/Captain America/Avengers binge, followed by a Teen Wolf binge, and am currently on Stargate Atlantis and found a series of thematic recs & most recently was reading AUs where they're always animals, are shapeshifted animals who retain human minds, or are transformed into real animals (with possibly human minds, but not always.)

So, anyway I napped, and dreamed.

Separating the sheep from the goats )
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Had a bellyache so didn't feel up to doing anything strenuous, but wasn't quite tired enough for a nap, so I decided to look for more old Stargate Atlantis fic (been re-reading old favorites & have gone through most of the high Kudoed ones on AO3) so I went back to an old SGA McShep AU list on line.

in which I hunt )
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This week's non-contest prompt at Spoonflower is 'Vintage Flamingos' (including plastic lawn flamingos) so naturally the first thing that came to my mind was a series of photos I'd seen a while back where the T-rex plastic skeleton (accurate cast of Sue) on Google's 'campus' was gradually attacked by plastic lawn flamingos, since Google likes letting people fool around with harmless stuff.

So, I googled T-rex pics after drawing one from imagination which wasn't quite right, and see that the scientists have changed their minds yet again on how it looked.

I knew that they'd decided some years ago that dinos were muscular, not skinny, and that the bipedal ones 'hands' couldn't turn at the wrist as people's do, and that a large number of beautifully preserved fossils found in China showed evidence of feathers or at least proto-feathers on many dinos. Some of the fossils even had soft tissue! One T-rex had soft tissue in the marrow that contained a substance only found in ovulating birds! Which was really cool as it not only proved that the fossil was a female, but added further evidence to dinos close relationship with birds.

So I wasn't surprised that they now think T-rex had at least some feather coverage. But I didn't know they'd also decided the upright posture previously depicted would be unfeasibly difficult for the bone structure, so the new pose has the back nearly horizontal. AND they found evidence of enamel on the teeth (and enamel needs protection from the air), plus tiny holes above the teeth which are usually channels for nerves for lips, so they now believe T-rex had lips.

This is a whole new critter to me. I wound up using only some of what I learned because I don't think most fabric buyers would recognize T-rex with feathers.

Anyway, I also found this really lovely 3-D animation of a T-rex as currently envisioned, walking along, turning, etc.


Oh, and in case you're curious about my non-accurate T-Rex in conflict with Lawn Flamingos, here it is.

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In case anyone was thinking of buying something from Spoonflower but was put off by the cost of shipping, today the shipping is free, no matter what you buy (fabric, wallpaper-which can be bought by the swatch for crafting purchases- or giftwrap) or where you live. They now have guest shopping so you don't have to sign up for anything.

This offer runs between Monday, July 18th 12pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and 12pm EDT on Tuesday, July 19th. (I've TRIED telling them there is no such thing as 12pm or 12am, just noon and midnight, but it hasn't sunk in. Anyway, it started at NOON, so it will end at 12 noon EDT. tomorrow).

You can see more details here.


You can get any of the zillions of designs on Spoonflower, of course, but here's my shop if you'd like to see what I have- over 2,300 designs at the moment.

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That's a book you read at bedtime, either to relax yourself, or to read to kids. :^)


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