But first, an icon from a Questionable Content comic, because:
  1. That panel with Hanners and Faye needed to be made an icon;
  2. I had a lamentable lack of Hannelore icons; and
  3. [insert third point here]
So, icon. Yay.



And now, because I haven't really been doing much that's exciting, I'm going to talk about some comms for a bit. Namely, mine.

[livejournal.com profile] apathy_games is very nearly ready for everyone to start playing Lexicon. We nearly have the theme sorted out, and once we've got that (and a name for the damned thing) I can make a wiki somewhere and we can all make stuff up and squabble in-character about it. Hooray, hooray, hooray. (Also: Hooray!)

[livejournal.com profile] apathy_books has one post. It's the post template. This is kind of saddening, actually. For everyone who plans to read more books this year, TELL US ABOUT THEM. Or make other people join, and do it instead. That is all.

[livejournal.com profile] critique_club has one post, but that's because it's a writing critique comm that was created on the 8th of November. November! Clearly not the best timing. But now, since I've noticed people again posting writings and works of poetry and such, it seems like a good time to tell everyone about it again. As a special offer, since there's exactly one post already there, Rule 6 will be very, very minimally enforced for the rest of February.

[livejournal.com profile] nomicide, well, just kind of works (and I personally blame [livejournal.com profile] packbat for it not dying like the others), and can always do with more players. If you like seeing laws being made, and enjoy arguing with people, and trying to make and exploit loopholes, then we can always do with more players. If, on the other hand, you like seeing sausages being made, try the Yummy Channel.



And, lastly, I've somehow managed to miss posting about the pancakes and polls of Shrove/Super Tuesday. While I do mean to write at length about the US electoral process it won't be just yet, for I still need to get around to learning about the damned thing myself.

Still, for those of you voting today (um, your time) in a primary, please try not to confuse Shrove and Super Tuesdays. Not only is it inadvisable to eat ballot papers, I'm fairly certain you're not actually allowed to vote on pancakes. Or for pancakes. Unless pancakes are, in fact, your candidate's platform.
[livejournal.com profile] critique_club has userinfo! And a tentative theme, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] analise! And... no interests. So, tell me what you think of the userinfo (and if I've missed things), and  then (if you'd like) suggest interests for people to search under.



Also tentatively counted as an accomplishment will be this lolcat summary of the Arian Heresy, if only to justify the plural in the subject line.
Observation of the day: Fashioning a chain from paperclips is an essential skill, and should be taught in schools in case it's ever essential to find an escape route from invading zombies using only stationery. This is plain and simple fact.

On the other hand, making chainmail from paperclips is recommended in exactly the same way as using a mouse as a planishing stake, or corrugated cardboard and staples as substitutes for plate lam├ęs and rivets: ie, not. It's certainly possible, but the time and effort mean that by the time you had cardboard tassets or paperclip haubergeon, you'd have been eaten.

On the plus side, I now have a small piece of 4-to-1 paperclipmail where previously I had thirty fifty-two sixty-six paperclips of expired usefulness, which is probably proof against papercuts or something. Yay. Mercifully, the paperclip box is empty now.



And now for something far more useful: community info! In bold, so that it's easy to see.

I've been starting to kind of plot out the finished community info for [livejournal.com profile] critique_club, which (so far) mostly means making some notes and a couple of lists. In the interests of getting things right fairly quickly, what kind of things do you consider useful when someone comments on writing?

I'm especially interested in what those of you who write things other than prose fiction have to say, but I'll field suggestions from everyone.



Also, because I've just thought of it, I still need a tag for when I post ridiculous and/or nonsensical things. So!
[Poll #1087213]
[livejournal.com profile] apathy_books: it lives. Finally. It may need some work done on the layout, but... it's there. And it should work, and if it doesn't then tell me so that we can fix things.

(Let's pretend, for a moment, that I didn't accidentally post the intro post for the comm in this journal. Um... oops? (Of course, you'd probably never know if I hadn't told you.))



So, I kind of gave in: I have a copy of HP7, in the ZOMGgrownup cover, because (a) it's pretty, (b) no-one's bothering to post proper spoilers, so how else will I know what happens, and (c) there's no way I was buying the Pottergate cover with the Paul Kidby-esque artwork1 and the suspicious Dobby!pose.

At all. Ever.

This all means that I've spent almost twice as much as I planned to buying DH, but these things happen. Unusually often they happen to me, but still...



(Also, can someone explain to me the e.e. rowling dedication thingy? What's the point of that, I wonder? I mean, I get how she did it. I just ain't seeing the why. (Not to compare it to a floating chandelier or anything, though there's plenty enough scenes in early!HP where they do interrogate the buffet table.))



This would bring me to another subject, but now I want for it to be in another post, because it demands a certain kind of gravitas that you don't readily get from talking about book purchases. Or, at least, that I don't readily get from it.

Instead: icons. Movie!Luna amused me greatly, and then for no apparent reason I felt like making  broken image icons. So:



And then, for Seanetcaminofiremonkeyscapefoxzilla Navigator:



And that's it for now, unless I feel inspired in an hour or so and write that other post, once I've decided for a fourth time what my opinion on it is actually going to be.

  1. There's a reason why I buy Discworld in the stylish black trade paperbacks, and surprisingly enough it's not that I love paying extra for books.
Yes, one and all, it's that time of year where I again try to do something about making [livejournal.com profile] apathy_books happen. Optimism it may well be, but it's my optimism, which I'm convinced counts for something.

Ooh, a cut. Click if you dare. )
It's waaay past time I did something about getting [livejournal.com profile] apathy_books working properly. So, there's a moderately monstrous poll behind the cut.

It'll go toward defining how posts will work, and it'll help make a post template, and it'll help with tagging entries for users to find. So...

EDIT: Apparently, I did miss something. The questions about formatting of names, subjects, genres and such are for the tags, because it's important that they look the same. For the item itself, things like author/creator name should appear as they do on the item. It's why those three questions follow the one about tagging, but I probably should have made it clearer.

[Poll #932847]

And... yes, the options for question one are essentially just bits of a level two ISBD description of an item. But, that's kind of what it's designed for.

For all the semi-monstrousness of the poll, there's probably things I've missed; please, if you notice something, mention it.
active_apathy: (Planescape - The Lady of Pain)

Nomicide

Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:40 pm
No, really, that's its name - [livejournal.com profile] nomicide, as suggested by [livejournal.com profile] maggiebloome. It's the shiny new comm for the Nomic game. As a special bonus, she gets to start the game on 0 points.

And I'm basically going to reiterate what's been said in the admin post there. Please link people you think might be interested in playing to that post.

The process for joining is, I hope, fairly straightforward: you join the community, then you answer the token poll in the post. Membership is open at the moment; it'll change to moderated when the first proposal goes to vote.

And, um, that's about it for the moment.

Also, I've remade my Lady of Pain icon, because I'm a bit of a Planescape addict. Tony DiTerlizzi's take on the Lady of Pain has always been by far my favourite.

ETA: OH! There was another thing! Is there a layout somewhere that'll do pinned entries on free or plus accounts? I ask, because I'm not really keen on buying a community journal paid time just to hack a feature into a layout layer, and because - as we've all seen from [livejournal.com profile] opalcat and [livejournal.com profile] mock_the_stupid - forward-dating entries doesn't actually work in communities. Of course, there's always good old sidebar links.

ETA II: RAAAIIIIN! Squee! Is it maybe bad that my headphones are loud enough that I smelled the rain well before I'd have had any chance of hearing it?

ETA III: And now I remember the other thing that I wanted to mention. They've changed the layout of the icon upload page. I... like it, actually, but I think it might be better with the upload form on the right hand side of the page instead of on the left.
I have an assortment of comms. One got to be reasonably popular, but most of them showed early promise only to die a premature death.

This, apparently, is going to send me to hell.

The reason this happens - in my estimation - is that there's things I'm good at. I'm good at making some stuff up. I'm good at coming up with links between things. I'm good at strange ideas that Just Might Work. I'm good at overcommitting myself. This means that the one thing I have the most limited supply of - ie, me - can't really do all the things I want to be able to do.

And I want for things to work. So, here I'm going to go through those comms, one at a time, and talk about what I think probably needs to happen. So, in no particular order (ie, alphabetically by comm name), here they are:

[livejournal.com profile] adjectinventive

It's a comm for new words on LJ. NeoLJisms, as it were. It mostly came about as a result of comments in a post by [livejournal.com profile] lesslikeyou, and then failed to grow into a fun place for posting new LJwords.

I'm undecided as to the fate of this comm. On one hand, I'd like to keep it - if it could grow into a viable comm, it'd be Quite Fun Indeed. On the other hand, it's been about for over a year now, and hasn't done much of anything.

If people are interested in keeping this comm, then I'd like a person or two to make co-maintainer(s) of1, an influx of new members2, and (hopefully) some new posts. Maintainer responsibilities would probably include keeping peace, enforcing rules and keeping things tidy-ish.

[livejournal.com profile] apathy_books

This comm was based on the idea of a kind of fandom exchange - I would read HP, and other people would read some Garth Nix. Problem is, nowI've read HP up to and including HBP, so the premise of the comm has fallen apart some.

Oops.

Originally, I'd planned on keeping the comm afterwards as a kind of geographically dislocated asynchronous book group - ie, a comm for people to talk about books they like. I imagine these already exist elsewhere, but the difference is that this one would be mine. Which really just means that it'd be run by a library science student with overblown ideas on information access.

I'd still like to keep this comm, but I'll take the slash-and-burn approach of removing all the existing entries, rewriting the comm info, and adding some kind of standard format for describing the books that keeps me happy without the need to teach everyone to be cataloguers.

Again, a co-maintainer or two would be shiny1 - and the job would probably be one of keeping the peace and helping with (a) entry tags and (b) the community memories. The memories would index entries under the name of the book's author3, while the tags would provide access for author(s), subject4, genre5, series and anything else deemed important for finding related items.

New members would be good, too2, and please don't let me scare you.

[livejournal.com profile] apathy_games

This was a comm I had high hopes for, and was quite excited about. While I probably did quite poorly from the start - it was my first ever attempt at a journal RPG, my first shot at running a Serenity game, and then it was brutally interrupted by my newfound attempt at schooling - I'd have liked for it to work.

To all those who signed up, I have this to say: Sorry. No, really. Unfortunately, I don't think that game can be saved; not after the eight months it's been left.

I'll start cleaning the comm out in about 48 hours (posts and member list both). If you want to keep bits of the posts there, and it'll take longer than that to do it, please comment here to tell me so that I don't delete it before you get a copy.

[livejournal.com profile] palmer_kun has suggested a new pulp game, run using Spirit of the Century, a new FATE v3 RPG from Evil Hat. It's utterly fantastic, much like FATE before it, and I think it'd make for a fun game. This game would need two things: a GM6, and some players7. For those not yet familiar with SotC, there's a two-chapter .pdf preview here.

[livejournal.com profile] comms_anon

Intended as a community for community addicts to share communities they like, it, um, never really happened. I'm open to all suggestions for this one.

[livejournal.com profile] drama_review

This one sprang out of an AIM conversation with [livejournal.com profile] nyctanessa, andthen didn't really go anywhere. [livejournal.com profile] nyctanessa, if you want it, it's all yours. Otherwise, if someone else wants it, you're welcome to it. If no-one wants it, it'll probably be unexisted.

Lastly,

[livejournal.com profile] metaicons

has been vaguely successful. It's largely self-managing, and doesn't need much in the way of attention - except to prod those who make material fit for [livejournal.com profile] metaicons go and post it there. All I'm really looking at here is a co-maintainer or two; interested parties would mostly just poke people toward the comm and, um, be there in case something bad ever happens there. Again, 1.


And that's this list pretty much done. There's one comm that didn't make the list and was summarily unexisted, but that was from when I still played NationStates, and that was Quite Some Time Ago. So, now for the footnotes!
  1. If you'd like to put your virtual hand up for this, comment here, and tell me which comm you're interested in doing stuff for.
  2. If you'd like to join, just go and do it. And do feel free to post.
  3. Which is to say, first author, mostly. And by 'mostly', I mean that the memories entry would correspond with main entry in cataloguing except in cases where main entry would be under title, because that would make a silly memories list.
  4. For non-fiction items, because people read those too. This would involve coming up with some kind of scheme for subject tags, which I'd like to keep reasonably simple because it's meant to be a book group, not a catalogue.
  5. For fiction. Tagging makes hybrid genres easier to deal with, too, because you can just add each as a new tag.
  6. If you're interested, comment here. If more than one person is interested, then you can talk it over in the comments and decide who'll do it. I'm not going to do it - my schedule really can't fit the responsibilities of GMing, and I don't want another promising game to die. The eventual GM will get maintainer access to the comm, so that they can actually Do Stuff to make their game work.
  7. Spirit will comfortably take up to about six players, according to the book. Feel free to comment here with expressions of interest, but choice of players will ultimately be up to whoever will be GM.
...at [livejournal.com profile] apathy_books. If you're planning to join in, then wander over and sign up. If you've got other people in on it, then send them to sign up. Even if you're not in either category, feel free to join in and/or pimp the comm for all it's worth.

And if by pure coincidence I come up with something spectacularly funny in the near future, a shameless plug in front of the assembled membership of a certain large quote-oriented community would also be happily accepted.

Australian types: You may wish to seriously consider pre-orders for Serenity soonish, for the February 8th release. Aside from the general fantasticness that is the region 4 Serenity DVD, there's also a shiny collector's tin available for it. If portable movie watching is more your thing - and you own a PSP - then the UMD version of Serenity is due for release on the same day.
Spawned from an AIM conversation with [livejournal.com profile] nyctanessa, we have a shiny new comm:

[livejournal.com profile] drama_review

It's for critical reviews of webdrama, in much the same way as one would review a film or an album. Except with more funny, otherwise people can expect to find themselves... um... something. I'll make up a threat eventually.

Now why, I hear you ask, would I post this? The story runs thus: [livejournal.com profile] nyctanessa was reading some drama in a pony!forum, and found it rather immensely boring. What followed from there was me saying she should make a community for reviewing webdrama. She said I should make it, because my comms are (apparently) more popular.

So, yay. Join. Review.

And, a meme via [livejournal.com profile] ssha: You'll just have to click, won't you. WON'T YOU?! Um... sorry. )

Yay for me! I win at colour schemes!

...

And I didn't cheat on the results.
Those who've yet to join [livejournal.com profile] apathy_games (and wanted to play with us) may wish to be doing so soon-ish; I think I've been dragging my <lj-feet> for a bit too long, and should really get on with getting things all organised.

And that's about it really. My day's been fairly uneventful. I woke up at about 12:00, showered, cleaned some, had a nap, watched some tv, ate some food, watched selected Queen songs being beaten to death, borrowed some music from the Internet, and wrote a little bit of stuff on eljay.

[Edit: Also, it's only 3 days until the Big Damn Movie. Squeeee!]
Much love for anyone who writes the Rime of the Not-So-Ancient LJer.

But! That's not why I'm here. No, dear readers, it's time for me to post all the stuff I've been meaning to post since my PC went all splodey. I keep waiting to feel like posting, and that kind of post's probably never going to be posted so I might as well just go all posty now and then post postworthy things in posts once I've cleared my backlog of possible posts to post.

So, on to today's entry.

Son of a Witch is, according to rumour reality, the sequel to Wicked (which is now my favourite book ever, but not very far ahead of Messrs Gaiman, Nix and Pratchett). Oh, and, [livejournal.com profile] lesslikeyou, I meant to offer reasoned discussion along the way, but got rather addicted and read the rest of the book.

Still! Release dates for SoaW run thus:
  • United States: October
  • United Kingdom: November
  • New Zealand: December
  • Australia: OMGWTFsequel?
This is upsetting for obvious reasons, hence my sneaky, sneaky plan. I'm going to order a copy from the US in October, which will doubtless be cheaper than buying it locally anyway. So, HAHAHAHAHA. ha.

The next item of news is also to do with Wicked. Consider this passage:
Elphaba had a bad case of what Galinda called the reading sulks. Elphaba didn't curl up - she was too bony to curl - but she jackknifed herself nearer to herself, her funny pointed green nose poking in the moldy leaves of a book. She played with her hair while she read, coiling it up and down around fingers so thin and twiglike as to seem almost exoskeletal.

Gregory Maguire,
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,
p. 73
There's a lot of introduction for a very simple point: A few minor details aside, like my not being green, that's pretty much exactly how I was reading the book at the time - something like curled up, nose poking into clean, new-smelling pages, playing with hair.

Next: a new gamepad! It's got two thumbstick thingies, and arrow-button-thingies, and buttons all over the place. It cost me all of $AU10 (a bit over $US7). There are some slight issues, though: One is that the thumbstick-thingies are very sensitive, but that can be fixede yay. The other bit is that the games I've reinstalled so far (notably Thief II and MW4 don't want to play nice with it. Is there a simple solution to make uncooperative games get used to the idea of having 4 axes and a horde of buttons?

Next thing is that, quite obviously, I've decided to add a couple of my [livejournal.com profile] icons_at_random icons to my little assembly of lj-iconage. I'd tell you to fear the wobbly doll, but that's not terribly likely.

And this brings me neatly to the subject of LJ comms. I've made a new one, though haven't actually done anything to it. It's called [livejournal.com profile] apathy_games, and it's for sorting out, then eventually playing, the RPG. Expect to see me working on that there soonish.

And! Since there's new people here, I'll introduce you to my community addiction. I'm somewhat (or entirely) responsible for the existence of [livejournal.com profile] comms_anon, [livejournal.com profile] adjectinventive, [livejournal.com profile] blue_sun_region (which was to be for a NationStates region) and [livejournal.com profile] metaicons. These need members, but Blue Sun probably isn't quite the place you're looking for if you want a bit of a casuaal <lj-chat>.

Which reminds me: I've probably got a rather large pile of issues waiting for me. Sounds like fun.

The only other thing I can think of is my short trip through Wikipedia's Bad Jokes And Other Deleted Nonsense pages again last night. I bring to your attention two links, but first I'd like to mention a couple of amusing bits: That is, the Vote-for-Deletion of Votes-for-Deletion, and the Main Page VfD, which dates back to last year's April Fools' Day.

And now, the links I wanted to share:
  • The Hystricognathi article is perfectly correct, absolutely accurate, and incredibly unreadable. Some 'experts' want to 'fix' it, but it's been preserved simply for the sheer density of technical terms.
  • The page entry Engrish in version not up to date was Engrish written like. It make funny much to read but, preserved not has been. Words unreadable can be but it good a pointy thing makes.
Last, absolutely random and completely funny is an odd glitch that iTunes (my music library management tool of choice) has come up with. This fun error resulted in one of my MP3s assigned to a new artist - which I realised with a quick glance at the taskbar. This discovery went something like:
What I need is a good defenseOMGWTFU2!?
Which amused me, at least, before it got fixed.
There's now a post in [livejournal.com profile] adjectinventive. Surprising? Perhaps. Fun? Possibly. You must should all join right now. Please?

Secondly, there is no secondly. I'm just padding out the post so that it looks like I have something substantive to say. Tricky, isn't it.

Thirdly, a meme )stolen from [livejournal.com profile] silmaril.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] crackedwraith, I've discovered an intriguing online game called NationStates, which lets you create and manage your own country.

It's fun. No, really. Go and have a look. I'll wait.

We've even got a new region; it's called Blue Sun, after the most mysterious company in the 'verse. The place even has more intrigue and enigma than Wolfram and Hart, but I digress. There's a comm for the region, and it can be found at [livejournal.com profile] blue_sun_region.

In other news, 25% of the communities I'm in are now mine. Mine is an evil laugh.
[[ I have my internet back. Hoo-ray! ]]

Plans are afoot to remake all six Star Wars films.

In 3d.

This is, I suppose, both good and bad. Bits of Sith wouldn't be hurt by a bit of 3d-ness, which would at worst help us to understand Obi-Wan's examination of Anakin's arse. Some other scenes could be helped by it, but I can't help but imagine it's a complete waste of time quest for more money. Maybe they should re-release it tomorrow, but with the scenes in which Padme has a brain. That'd be good.

In other news, we have more new comms. Both of these have grown from jokes. The first is [livejournal.com profile] adjectinventive, which is for words made up (or first e-used) on LJ. The second, [livejournal.com profile] comms_anon, comes from talking to [livejournal.com profile] lesslikeyou about community addiction.

Lastly, Greg Dean (of Real Life Comics) wrote a fairly glowing review of Serenity after he went to see a test screening, and he's dying to see the final cut of the film. It seems like we can definitely expect our Mr Whedon to be in his finest storytelling form.
We have a shiny new community, [livejournal.com profile] metaicons, for all your [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes-inspired icon needs. It needs people to join. Joining is a wonderful thing you can do to increase the size of a community member list, and won't cost you anything. Just imagine the feeling of satisfaction, though, when your decision to join gives a community rather a lot of extra members.

It also needs posts. Many posts. Starting right about now, because it doesn't have any yet.

The other thing it needs is someone to say something that's [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes-able in there, so that it can get some free publicity. If you could all conspire to be that funny on a weekly basis, then I'll sit back and watch my evil plan unfold the member list grow.
Names and I have this odd kind of relationship. Some days, I can magically come up with inspiringly brilliant names for anything you'd care to drag before me. It's just all the other days that are the problem, the ones where I couldn't make up a name if my life depended on it.

This is one of those other days.

It's been suggested to me that there should be a comm for icons that are inspired by comments or posts from [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes. I certainly agree with this - and not just because I'm a rampant narcissist. The problem, as cunningly foreshadowed, is that I'm at a loss for a name that I could give it. Or, at least, a good one.

The obvious solution is to do right what I'm doing now, and tap the collective brain of my dangerously creative [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes-reading flist for a suitable name. If you have something to offer, or even a scrap of an idea that could be used to make a really good name, then I'd certainly like to hear it. I promise all collaborators on the final name widespread infamy and phenomenal cosmic power... or maybe a (dis)honourable mention in the comm info.

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