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mondhasen set me thinking over my last entry - how do folk add images to their entries? That is, how do you go about it, specifically? Do you upload to somewhere like imgur and add the URLs manually, or do you use LJ's rich text editor and let it take care of that? Or maybe a client app? Myself, I compose entries in a text editor, and add the URLs by hand. As for hosts, that's been imgur for a while, for general "images", and Flickr for my own photography. (Agh, I do hope Flickr's future remains assured, with Yahoo busily disintegrating. There are simply so many communities on Flickr! Hosting is comparatively trivial - getting people to establish communities is quite another matter, and seldom even touched upon in all the discussions I've read)

A Kickstarter to support: a David Bowie statue in Aylesbury Market Square, being the location he debuted Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust. They've secured the necessary permissions from the three councils involved, and even have a mask cast from his face, used in the filming of The Man Who Fell to Earth, so the likeness will be spot-on. The goal is £100,000, and they're at £17,505 after nine days, with 31 days to go. As far as they're aware, this will be the first David Bowie statue anywhere.

It doesn't matter if you're familiar with My Little Pony - this animation loop (as a GIF) is really quite nifty. ^_^ It's made of photos of fifteen carvings on eight pumpkins, each taking some seven hours to complete, with a total of 1000 photos taken before they narrowed the selection down. (h/t ungulata!) It's 3MB, so maybe best to wait if you're on a cellular piece of wet string.

I would be failing everyone were I to not highlight the trailer for Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity. ^_^ And you can buy the entire show, plus extras, DRM free, for a mere £τ.

I finally got to see Beyond Beyond, a Swedish animated feature, which I first encountered a couple years ago, but couldn't actually locate until recently. This was, unfortunately, with an autotranslated subtitles track, but nonetheless - I'd happily recommend it, if you might like a sort of modern fairy tale, animated, on a theme we'll all encounter sooner or later. The animation reminds me a little of Hoodwinked - they're perfectly aware they're not Pixar, and they're playing to that! It's quite a stylised look, but no less lovingly animated for that. It's available on iTunes, albeit with an English dub - but, with a cast including Cary Elwes and Patrick Warburton, that might actually be pretty good. ^_^

If you're sufficiently geekily inclined, here's a superb IEEE Spectrum article on the long path toward EUV lithography, which chip foundries expect to be crucial in going down to 7nm and smaller feature sizes in the next few years. It explains just how difficult progress has been - with the wavelengths involved being so much shorter than visible light, everything changes, with air being opaque, glass similarly, so lenses aren't an option, and even mirrors pose daunting challenges.

Just on the off-chance this'll show up in anybody else's searches on the topic: if you're having trouble with your Sennheiser headphones (the snappily named HD25-1 II, in my case, but it seems common across their range) exhibiting erratic loss of audio in one or both channels, fixed by nudging the cables around their entry point to the speakers, you may well not need to buy a replacement cable. Instead, try using some pliers to pull the connectors out, then plug them back in again. It seems the trouble is sometimes (often?) the pins making imperfect contact, not trouble with the cable. That's all but cured the problem here, though I have had to (literally) touch the right cable a couple times to restore perfect balance - otherwise, it's survived a normal cycle or two of being stuffed in the camera bag and taken out, and between rooms.

Might anyone have a monitor recommendation? ^_^ I'm pondering getting a small monitor to accompany Hazel, doubling as extension desktop space and TV. The catch appears to be that I don't really have space for anything big, and seemingly all the manufacturers dump fairly horrid resolution panels into monitors smaller than 24" or so - at 19", it seems to be a surprising challenge to find much at HD, let alone higher, with many at 1600x900, others not even that. Thin and light would be very good, and a wide color gamut would also be welcome. 17" would be ideal, 19" might be workable.. 15" might even be better. Internal speakers would be welcome, and I'd sort of prefer 16:9 (16:10 even better), but 4:3 would be okay.

Furry artwork of the week: The Quiet Forest, by Noben. (SFW) Such a delightfully serene, warmhearted scene. ^_^ (I haven't included an excerpt, as I couldn't really find a good crop - it needs to be viewed in its entirety)

Game of the week for me has to be PinOut, from Mediocre Games, of Does Not Commute. ^_^ It's sort of a pinball game, distilled into the game's essence, applied to a game that couldn't exist in the physical world. It's a little like an endless runner, in that the table is infinitely tall - your job, of course, is to accurately hit the ball such that you manage to ascend. It's all conducted in a gorgeously vivid environment strongly reminiscent of TRON, with a soundtrack to match. It's free, with a single IAP adding the ability to resume from checkpoints. I'll pay for that happily - this is much too good to simply enjoy for free!

Interesting to see the same flight I took a few weeks ago (the same plane, I believe) recently diverted to Vancouver when several staff took ill with some suspected ventilation fault. The investigation's ongoing, so few details have emerged, but it seems there was no lasting harm caused to any crew or passengers.

When life gives you a ginormous wildfire, make unique whisky. =:D (Originally typed as "wildlife"..)

These salt lamps are rather lovely. ^_^ Basically, a big chunk of Himalayan pink salt with a bulb inside, on a wooden base, so they give off quite an unusual, warm glow. Only downside is they ship with 15W pygmy incandescent bulbs, so I'd want to see if there are LED equivalents available, as they don't seem to last that long.

Doubtless inspired by the Mean Tweets series, here's Developers Read 1 Star Reviews.

Egh, I'll never understand publishers/labels/studios. How on Earth is it reasonable that The Art of Zootropolis is £20 as a physical hardcover, and £19 as a Kindle edition? Does the book really only cost £1 to produce, distribute, and deliver (free)? Bah.

The self-hosting seems to be working out - transfers, so far resulting purely from my previous entry, have cost 0.82¢. ^_^ Next, I think I want to get a simple gallery up, probably drawn directly from the previous site. If it turns out I need shopping cart functionality, I can always hop back onto SmugMug.
I use LJ's Scrapbook and insert the URL from there, or share from Flickr if I think the pic deserves a wider audience.

I've seen similar salt lamps (and they do look pretty!) at Christmas markets, so maybe you could check one out in person before committing.
Yeah, I also use Scrapbook and copy the URLs from there for my Monday/Friday image posts. Scrapbook's kind of a clumsy way to do it --- way too many clicks needed for the task --- but the only real catch is that it'll by default give you the URL for an 800-pixel-wide version of your picture. I change that to 'original' and then hack the URL to add this to the img tag:

style="max-width: 95%; margin-left: 2%; border:thin black groove;"

This way pictures don't overflow anyone's page horizontally (I guess unless they have inline stylesheets turned off) and they look centered and bordered. Not ideal but it works for me.
Ahh! Handy! Now, if only you could personalise the image URL generation to automagically add whatever style you wanted. I just use float:left; padding:8px (or right), but thus far, for ones intended to fit across the width, I've been rocking it old school with center-aligned single row tables. ^_^;

And yes, your postings have always rendered nicely for me.
That's very kind of you to be doing that, Austin!... It's nice to know that you go to the effort ^v^ ...any chance you wouldn't mind setting them to 50% instead? As long as they are clickable, one can always zoom in on the super-splendid ones :9 (tho I understand if you wish to stay 95%)
50%? ... I can do that, certainly, although I'm curious why you'd rather that. I don't believe it'll save on the amount of data being downloaded unless LiveJournal's servers are cleverer than I imagine. Is it to keep from needing to scroll vertically, especially for the taller-orientation pictures?
Wow, cool! Looking forward to see if it actually works as hoped (sometimes there's LJ-fail) ...
Yes, it's not a data issue... tiz more of just a layout preference... I'm used to a nice bit of border when reading the Friend'sPage, and when there's no limits to the photos, the entire screen-across fills up. Not a super big deal really, but when I heard you might be able to adjust that, thought I'd g'wan ahead n ask :}
I figure the vertical scroll will be there no matter what.. not a big deal really... just maybe some improvements on the horizontal scroll, which would be great if it was nil.... Thanks, Critter!
I'm surprised you're getting a horizontal scroll! If I had the CSS right it should make sure the whole horizontal width of things was less than the browser screen. I'll run some tests though and see what I can make better.
No probble :} ... tanx mucho! No matter what, it's not a huge hardship ta read ^v^
PS ! ... when looking at your feed directly, rest assured there is no horiz scroll, and it's very rare in mine too... *earfuzzles*
Ah, yes! I really ought to've thought of that, especially for LJ entries. I did use it a couple times, notably to share some Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery, but I think I then took to serving them from home, buffered by CoralCDN, before moving to space kindly provided by timberwoof, on an Xserve in one of the same colos as Second Life, at the time. Funny how SL's also managed to be something of a crucial thread in my life.. ^_^

That could be a good idea! Though I'd probably have to go to another burg to find anything like - the local one isn't exactly Bath's, let's say. =:) Have you plumped for one, I wonder? I do feel inclined toward one, as I'll routinely turn the bedroom light off well ahead of actually going to sleep - it would be rather convenient to have a soothing light readily at paw. Well, on top of the dresser, which also doubles as headboard. ^_^
Regarding LJ posts, I’m fairly old-school. I compose in a text editor offline and have a text snippet library with HTML templates for my link & image formats. Photos are generally hosted from my Zenfolio library, but other images (such as anime screencaps) and miscellaneous lesser-quality photos are hosted from my LJ Scrapbook.
Offline composition is about the only thing to save you from a browser or system crash, I try to use it on long posts.
Egh, indeed. Safari's been very reliable, but still, I tend to compose my entries over the course of multiple days - it seems fitting I keep it in TextEdit until I'm ready to begin the final editing, where I'll add many of the images, and rearrange things until they seem to flow reasonably well visually. Plus, LJ has that endearing way of sometimes falling over at just the moment you click to post a comment, disabling the text field from being copyable, so if that fails (especially on a weak cellular link), you're quite liable to lose the comment entirely - at times like those, I have to keep reminding myself to edit in something like Notes, and paste from there, given how peculiarly dissatisfying it is to try writing out just what you'already done a few minutes ago.

(Thankfully, not the case here - nice four blob 4G signal =:)
Something that I find amusing is that replying in an email box seems to be more reliable! It doesn't work, for me, on my iPhone or iPad. In those cases, I click on Reply At Web Site and that works fine. As a rule, I don't post from a cell phone though I have replied occasionally from them.
It's quite interesting to me to see how popular the Scrapbook is! I really ought to've been using it for the past couple years - still, now I'm finally back on (more or less) self-hosting, I get one perk I've been missing with the Imgur years: all the files remain identically named. Easy to maintain the same URL if I need to change hosting, and if anybody happens to want to drag & save any such images, they'll also gain the same real name, versus Imgur's alphabet soup.

I wnd up doing much the same, just with Flickr rather than Zenfolio. I did have an account with them, but when things got rather tight financially, I discovered they only offered annual pricing, and that simply wasn't practical. I hopped over to SmugMug, who were also very good, with the bizarre exception of not offering commenting on photos, and explicit in their refusal to do so. Quite why, nobody could adequately establish, but it seemed to revolve around spam comments. I tried pointing out that's not been a problem on LJ, or any number of Disqus comment threads, but they appeared quite steadfast in their position. Eventually, as the site wasn't paying for itself, I closed that account as well. If I can crack how to actually sell my work, though, I'd happily return to either.
I really hate the pricing of ebooks, and the difference of a pound between a hardcover and a Kindle edition is utterly ridiculous. Just Tuesday I picked up the new Honor Harrington hardback and what I wish for is that I could spend, say, $3 and also get the ebook edition. But you can't. I think, though I have no evidence to back it up, that publishers are trying to prop-up their overall sales since Amazon is eating everybody's lunch. As a result, I wait for deals to pop up, or I read from the plethora of ebooks that I have gotten from Project Gutenberg and other free sources. I can think of no more than 4-5 authors that I'll buy hardback, the rest I'll wait on. There's a couple of authors that I'm going to start tracking down used editions of in order to get to know them, but that will have to wait until I'm either somewhat gainfully employed or finally getting unemployment benefits. I'm hoping the latter will start next week.

My lungs are a curious (and badly damaged) thing, and I suspect that flight probably prwould have made me ill. I'm particularly sensitive to bleach, and just a few days ago I left a store to wait for my wife in the car because of a strong smell like that. That night, or perhaps the next, she was complaining at home about a cleaning product that I had used on the stove top, and it hadn't bothered me.
Interestingly, this week I bought a book from Amazon for $35, and they did offer the Kindle version as an add-on option for $4 more. I probably should have taken the one-time offer since I can't go back and do it now. The Kindle version by itself is $20. (I think my reasoning at the time is that the book I bought is filled with photos, and reading a photo book on my iPhone isn't going to be a great experience.)
That does sound like a good deal. My problem is that I am not a fan of the Kindle platform and would much rather buy an epub so that I'd have a file to call my own.
Yeah. I never buy Kindle books. I might have bought this one because it was cheap and a second copy of the book I wanted. The primary purchase of the physical book was the truly important thing and all I really wanted and needed.

Heck, I hardly ever buy physical books from Amazon. I always prefer to give money to my local bookstore. I'll routinely pay more to buy books at my local bookstore. (It does help that I live close to One of the Best Bookstores in the United States.)
I am VERY envious! (and happy for you) And totally in agreement that it is one of the best bookstores in the USA. I got to visit Powell's around 1990 and just absolutely loved it, I emerged with a foot or so of hardbacks and trade papers. Unfortunately I haven't been back up there since, though I always recommend a visit to Powell's whenever I hear of a friend going up there.

I grew up in Phoenix, and we have a regional chain called Bookmans, which I would highly recommend if you have an opportunity. Two locations in Phoenix, three in Tucson (where they originated) and one up in Flagstaff. One of the Phx locations is only two miles from my parent's house, so it always gets a visit or two when I'm in town.

Unfortunately we just lost our bookstore. Our closest decent bookstore, note that I did not say good, was Hastings, and the chain went bust. We can drive to Las Cruces or El Paso and hit B&N, which we do frequently.
I'm quite surprised that book publishing hasn't been disrupted at all, as yet, given the popularity of readers and tablets - with a purely electronic distribution model, there's no need for a chunk of cash to get a book printed and available. True, plenty of people do still prefer paper, but you'd think there'd at least be more of a cycle of starting electronically, before going to Kickstarter or a publisher.

And yes, part of the problem of large outfits like Amazon and Apple having such power is that they wind up wielding such power over the publishers. Thankfully, some writers and artists are fine with places like Gumroad for selling their ebooks, so you can then read the PDFs or suchlike on whatever device you like, in any suitable application. (For me, that's often just Acrobat on the iPad, as I long ago tired of Apple's insistence on sticking with the syncing model rather than simply being able to drop/delete a file)

Ultimately, it's rather tragic - I'd be much more likely to buy books casually if priced at a couple currency units per copy, but the current levels are quite a discouragement, beyond titles I'm quite certain I'll enjoy, like Kevin Godley's nifty memoirs, Spacecake, published as a genuine iBook, with plenty of little video embeds and such.
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Ouch, that's more depressing than anything. This is the last shining star in the universe!
Oh, I'm not in bad company! Check out the list of the top 25 or so, and theferrett's still going strong, as is ol' grrm. ^_^ What I'd love to try encouraging, somehow, is getting more folk to comment in others' journals. Poor eliki's wandered off for a spell because of that, and even lupestripe's fabulously written (though steadfastly devoid of photos, tragically) travelogues seldom get more than me and one or two others commenting. Maybe it's just a matter of reminding people just what interesting writing and people there are around here.

'Course, there are a few folk I'd love to see return to LJ, especially jessie_pup - I really miss her. Still, I have managed to stumble upon various other nifty folk in the meantime, as you see above. ^_^

And this is what makes LJ special. ^_^
If you look at images I've linked, you'll notice I've got my own hosting. I make 200x200 thumbnails, and I've got a script that loads my images into a gallery and lets me click to get the full-sized image.
I do all my posting in HTML. Generally, I add a link to the full-size image, and use the thumbnail for the image tag.
I type in Notepad++ and use Imgur for image hosting. I am dimly aware they will all vanish someday, but there's not much I can do about that.

I used to use scrapbook, but forgot how.
I'd been sort of happy with Imgur for a good while (probably about three years?), but a few weeks ago, something broke for me, with them apparently insisting on rendering the various links in Flash somehow, leaving just some broken placeholders in their place for me. So, I identified as an iPad instead, and that worked, until it didn't. At which point, I realised I should probably bail before it got worse, and that I had actually paid for some hosting in January 2014.. ^_^;

The problem they're having, it seems, is a combination of realising that serving images in their quantities costs money, and nobody wants to pay for it, plus Reddit opening up their own image hosting, displacing one of their core (and original raison d'etre) audiences. Still, paying for it myself has so far cost me almost one cent (0.99¢, to be exact =:), so I'll probably stick with this now. ^_^

I should give Scrapbook another try, all the same. If that goes down, I won't be worrying about the links in my journal. =:)
Those pumpkins!! That is not only an epic effort,... but very nice art!!

As for adding images.. old habits die hard :D ... I too add URLs by hands, as was normal at the outset of such ^v^

Not truly certain what to recommend for monitors... I got very lucky with an early near-solid metal Gateway 22" LCD full 1080p one (circa 2006 dated on the back), which I'm fairly certain will never die :D *waggle* We buy others regularly for work, so among those I'd say ASUS seems pretty good. We also see ACER but they are more of a roll of the dice. I've seen many a monitor with blurry-sections ;P There's a few other choices too, but I'm not at work or I'd round up the selections for ya.. *bunny ear fuzzles*

Kindle pricing... eeesh... sounds like a case of "price point" where they just decide how much profit they want on an item regardless of value, and nail a price on it (like edibles bought at a movie theatre)...
I just upload pictures to my own webspace and inline them using a bit of HTML. Primitive, and perhaps not the most intuitive, but rock solid, and hardly rocket science. :)

These salt lamps are rather lovely. ^_^ Basically, a big chunk of Himalayan pink salt with a bulb inside, on a wooden base, so they give off quite an unusual, warm glow. Only downside is they ship with 15W pygmy incandescent bulbs, so I'd want to see if there are LED equivalents available, as they don't seem to last that long.

I've got one of these salt lamps — one of the first lamps I got when moving out, actually. They're not worth it. :P

Which is to say — they do look good on paper, or on the Internet as the case may be, but I've never actually really used mine.
Glad you liked Beyond Beyond :o)I bought this DVD and only watched the English dubbed version (with the oh-so-recognizable Patrick Warburton).

Furry artwork of the week: The Quiet Forest, by Noben.
Nice! Nicer here on a pc at work, especially: the Kindle wouldn't let me expand the pic to it's its lovelier full size. *snicker* I immediately thought "Sleepy's Forest" when I saw the title... enough said!

-sorry for the edit: I hate spellcheck dropping in the contraction for It Is when I want the possessive Its!

Edited at 2016-11-06 08:12 pm (UTC)
...one more thing!

Your comment on using a text editor hit home. One problem I have on multiple devices is that LJ is not always willing to play nicely. I have had so many entries vanish when I'm searching for that perfect vignette pic to compliment my thoughts: and when LJ asks "restore?" it restores a previous entry :o(

So today I used my trusty Google docs to write and then examine my musing. This is good not only to keep a time consuming entry from floofing away into the aether but also to allow me time to rethink what I wrote before exposing my inner rabbit to the glares of others.
*sigh* wow... oh, remmmmbering those days when LJ entries would vanish b4 publishing... ;P .. rarrgh... Sounds like it still does for some people's interfaces.... luckily that hasn't haunted mine for a while (sticking to older skins, styles, etc)... Here's hoping your plan will preserve those henceforth ^v^ ..