[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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The next 4 Spoonflower contests are all watercolor-- watercolor is HARD. But I tried. The upcoming contest is for Mythical creatures. I gave up on anything fancy and:

Watercolor Woods with Unicorn

And I made another TINY entry into Tic Tac Woe. The minimum word limit is only 300 words, and while I didn't plan it, this storylet was complete at 372 words. I try not to force fics to fit into a word limit box, so it was nice that I didn't have to stretch this.

Scarlet gets the blues

It's been *threatening* to rain all day, but hasn't, so I'm glad I dragged myself out and watered even tho I was tired from pruning the loquat tree yesterday (bulk pickup this Monday, had to try to get it done. Need to do great big orchid tree, but I need more strength. Have to climb a ladder and use a pole saw-- that's exhausting just thinking about it. Maybe next month...) napppp neeed napppp....
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I'm going to try Tic-Tac-Woe- this is a very laidback Bingo challenge. Any fandom (or even original work), fanworks not limited to fic, open interpretation of the prompts, a small card, no deadline, etc. etc.



Got my card )

Wrote my first fic for it. YAY. For the 'All adults/children vanish/die' square. It's a very short crack!fic, an Addams family (1964 TV) fic with Wednesday and Pugsley.

Child's Play
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Spoonflower's latest thing offers a few template choices, all of which allow you to fill 'blanks' with the designs of your choice (either one of yours, or other designers' set for sale designs). They're allowing the purchase of a fill-a-yard to count as proof swatching for ALL the designs used in it, which works out at the moment to be a good deal in the one template- I could get 42 designs proofed for the cost of 30 in the normal system. The squares are a little smaller & have no selvage around them, but I like the price- just need to make 42 designs to try in.

Checking it out for fun and this happened. American Doberman Flag. )
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Darn it, ONE DAY, just ONE DAY I put off checking the tomato plants until the afternoon, only to discover at least two feet of plants stripped bare by tomato hornworm caterpillars.

I only found two of them- they're camoflaged so good it's hard to find them until they're three inches long and clinging to a bare stem chewing a mouthful of the last bits of leaf.

I pulled them off with tongs and put them in a small bowl and poured liquid hand dishwashing soap over them and then rolled them over with tongs to coat them all over. I don't know where they breathe from, but I must have got them because they wriggled a bit and then went 'oh well, it was nice while it lasted'.

I try really hard not to use poisons- the only exception I'll make is slug-killer, because the kind I use is harmless to everything else (mammals, birds, insects, lizards, etc.), and is actually an iron-rich plant food.

EDIT: I was so annoyed I forgot to water the plants. So I went back out and ...YEP. Another one. They're so huge it seems ridiculous that you can overlook them on a bare stem. Anyway it had a nice bath, too.
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(There's a bunch of idiots so stupid they're hilarious.)
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-best-restaurant-stories-of-2015-1744079711

*note* There's also a news story that's not remotely funny- customer murders a restaurant worker for telling him smoking isn't allowed. So use your judgement whether you want to read this for the normally stupid people stories.

No, wait, it's ok, this link goes to a count down numbered list of stories *above* that horrible one. Just stop reading when you finish reading NUMBER 1 (edited because LJ now turns octothorpe followed by numbers into a TAG even when in the body of the post!) which is about movie popcorn and you'll be good.

I found one story among the bunch that is actually sweet and heart warming, so I'm putting it here. )
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Am sleepy so mindlessly went over to LJ Support to see if other people ranting would amuse me. Not so much, cuz most of them are in Russian & the English ones are pretty much the same few complaints. But this time also looked at the closed requests.
What? People asked about sex, fried chicken, orthopedic device removal?, and the best -someone trying to spam LJ into buying a service to 'help publisher increase earnings'  )
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I woke up vaguely, as I do, when the trash trucks came by to pick up the bins.
blogs are for venting, right? )
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Since I finally got 'round to making a design for tomorrow's contest* deadline I wound up relaxing by googling and found...

A 17th century book of birds-- Made of Feathers The Feather Book was created by Dionisio Minaggio, the Chief Gardener of the State of Milan in 1618.


*the contest themes are often weirdly stated- this was Birds and Blooms and they described it as springtime when the birds are pollinating the flowers... well... SOME birds pollinate, but only a small minority of species. In the US, that's mainly hummingbirds. They don't require the birds to be pollinating, but I thought I'd try to find something interesting... and I wound up with Rainbow Lorikeets, a member of the brush-tongued lory/lorikeet parrot group who eat nectar and do actually pollinate flowers.

Rainbow Lorikeets Love Nectar
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A series of new stories around the world where folks mistook toy animals for real ones and called the police. I have to admit, they looked pretty real! It's interesting how many of them are toy tigers that look almost identical... copycat fake news? I don't know. Still amusing.
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Yay. That always struck me as bogus.

In the EU, any copyright had expired on Jan. 1, 2017 as it was 70 years past the death of the last survivor author.

In the US the copyright had been sold to a company which had been bought by another company which was taking advantage of various copyright extensions, etc. to make millions off its use in movies, etc.

Someone went to court, and fought it out (lengthy battle with sneakiness) and won.

On June 28, 2016, the final settlement was officially granted and the US court declared that the song was in the public domain & as part of the settlement the company had to give back about $14 million it had made in recent years from the song.

So, next time you see a movie where the character has a birthday, you're likely to hear the song.
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It wound up a lot more than I anticipated! 22,321 words in 13 days.

A Little Merchant Prince

I'm not sure if it could usefully have more descriptive tags. I deliberately didn't mention all of the characters in tags- some because they needed to be kept as surprise, some because they had such small roles (or were not the versions people would expect) it didn't seem fair to tag them, but I have a vague feeling I'm overlooking some basic descriptive tags that would be helpful for people searching for a particular type of fic.

Just can't think what.
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EDIT:

The explanation of the horrible image on the news post- it's DELIBERATE. They wanted to make it look like Frank was a knife-wielding murderer. http://frank.livejournal.com/12180.html

A Frank history )
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Kinda a big picture, so putting behind a cut to reduce scrolling- it's ridiculously wide, too. Stupid LJ, Stupid. )
Huh, they automatically added hashtags. Nerts to that, I'm removing them.

I actually started out earlier than that, back when I thought I'd only use LJ to join one community where you answered a question in character. I was Kerr Avon, and that journal is... I don't know how much older. I just checked. I didn't bother trying to log in- can't recall the password anyway, but could see the profile.

Kerr Avon's Musings
as told to ORmAC
Account Created on 16 December 2003 (#1594643) Last updated on 14 September 2010

So that was over 13 years ago. As you can see, I stopped updating that journal a long time ago. There were a lot of reasons, but the main one was that LJ lost a LOT of comments- a lot of posts went from many comments to none, plus uncountable entire posts vanished- I could only tell when I had a series of posts sequentially numbered, and there were gaps. If a whole series went I had no way to tell. Since customer service did NOTHING, after numerous inquiries didn't even reply, I gave up on using them for RPGing, or anything else I particularly didn't want to risk vanishing.
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Jekesta mentioned Spice and my brain went to Dune (I've never read the book or seen the movie, but still...) I googled and found this awesome thing I could never make even if I could eat gluten. But it's so cool.

http://nerdist.com/make-dune-inspired-sandworm-bread-for-your-holiday-table/

And that led me to a site full of really fun looking recipes that all seem way too much work, but are beautiful. The Deadpool cookies look MAYBE doable.
https://kitchenoverlord.com

And then I found this- A jupiter cake. Unbelievable. She spent EIGHT HOURS alone doing the external decorating.

https://cakecrumbs.me/2013/07/24/jupiter-structural-layer-cake/
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News posted that it's 18 years old. LJ has two birthdays: March 18, 1999 (when Brad Fitzpatrick published his first post) and April 15, 1999 (when he registered livejournal.com domain)

http://news.livejournal.com/152002.html

(quick google says the minimum legal drinking age in Russia is 18.)
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I checked up on it a bit, since I knew it had been sold a year or so ago, and the company buying it had made vague noises about changes. I had originally been signed up under my gmail account back when they allowed that, and didn't ask for cell phone info. Once they did that, I signed up with Ipernity and just left my gmail account untouched.

I tried an old link just now

http://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/

I couldn't remember my password so I asked to get a temporary password sent to my gmail. I got the temporary, and used it and it said because of security problems I needed to make a new password and *update my mobile phone number*. I made a new password and got in to look at my photos. It didn't even ask for the cell phone.

I haven't tried to do anything, so I'm not sure it all works, but it looks hopeful so far.
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Various folks have been talking about mouse plagues and catching mice for humane release and somehow I stumbled across this video. This young man kindly attempted to release into the wild a mouse he'd trapped in his wastebasket with unforeseen results when a hawk entered the picture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VyQipO4miw

I once attempted to release tadpoles I'd raised to tiny froglets. Ducks ate them all in less than a minute. I get the feeling birds think of humans as inept predators who let yummy food get past them.

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