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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.
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.
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.)
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Ouch, that's more depressing than anything. This is the last shining star in the universe!
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^ ..