Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts.
How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform
So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.
As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi, azriona!) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.
I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E.
( Collapse ) So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.
Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.
Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.
Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”
You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”
You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”
You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.
The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.
Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.) And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!
EDIT as of 22 April, 2019: It appears as if gdurl.com no longer provides the http://gdurl.com/ section of the code when it creates your permalink. Don't despair. Take the admittedly confusing very short piece of code you get when you hit "create permalink" - it'll be something like RbKx - and simply put in the http://gdurl.com/ in front. I'm not sure why gdurl is only providing the latter half of the URL,, nor can I guess whether this change will disappear and things will go back to what they were, but this is how to deal with it
( Collapse ) So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.
It's weird out. I'll try to resurface sometime soon.
I mean, it's not bad, just weird. But weird isn't helpful right now, so ... soon. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/758992.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
Challenge #4 - In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not.
I'm not sure I'm good at setting goals, although I'm very good at writing to-do lists. They're related, but not the same thing. To-do lists are much easier, of course, even if they're not actually easy in and of themselves. Today, for instance, my list consists of making sure the cat box is in decent shape, cleaning the top and back of my stove, watering plants, doing an invoice for my December Guild work and folding laundry. While there are some things on the list that I'll have to have BB nudge me to get done, none of them are breathtakingly difficult.
Goals, on the other hand? Yeah, difficult. But let me at least try. Let's say two general goals and two fannish goals. Does that work? Sure it'll work.
Being unafraid to become proactive with the Guild members I'm hired to help. Last year's drama and difficulty made me step back in a way that was, frankly cowardly. So losing that unnecessary and counter-productive fear is a goal.
Cleaning out the office, to make it more spacious and livable.
Continue on the path I've taken to a more healthy body, or more specifically, a body whose health suits me.
Huh; three general goals. Let's look at my fannish goals.
Finish a 2018 fandom_stocking story for one of my final undone gifts (this is horrendously overdue, and what I've started as a multiple fandom crossover is getting wordier and more difficult by the day. Silly kaffyr , to attempt something that might be completely undoable, especially because of the way you approach writing. So, a slight amendment ... finish this or start a new and less unforgiving story for this gift.
Work on the very first original story in years for which I've had some inspiration. It's not 100 percent fannish, but it's one that's right up there in importance to me.
Interact more with online friends and acquaintances: respond more to their posts; take part in their fests and challenges, even if it's sometimes hard to figure out how those fests and challenges work; just seek them out more in general.
And there you have it, six goals I have for 2020. Perhaps I'll come back next year around this time, to see if I met any of them.
He is not around LJ/LDW these days, but in case he's passing through, happy birthday (late in the day) to beamjockey. May you have a great year, one that includes as much dancing and ukulele playing as you'd like to have. I hope to see you sometime in the future! This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/758602.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
Challenge #3 - Pimp Your Favorite Communities, Fests or Challenges! ... What makes fandom more fun is when more people get involved. Tell us where the party is ... You never know where you might find your next fandom squee play place!
Oh boy. This is one of those challenges that leaves me vaguely ashamed of myself for not taking part in a lot of communities or fests. Or perhaps, in the low-stress fashion of this challenge, I should say rather that it leaves me very aware that my online fannish life has been rather hermetic. (Which my brain just misinterpreted as hermeneutic (see whut I did thar) and prompted me to run off to other site to help me remember what hermeneutics are, and then to semiotics ... I am easily sidetracked.)
Nor did it help to find out that one icon community I was going to pimp, iconomicon - filled with a cornucopia of icons of all kinds, from the occasionally problematic to the sidesplittingly and/or brilliantly funny - is no longer usable. The site's creator hadn't updated since 2012, but he'd left so may icons in previous posts that I could have mined it for years, and have done so as late as early 2019. Unfortunately, he apparently used Photobucket (ptui) to host them, and Photobuckapocalypse caught up with him. I checked the site last night, and all of the icons are blurred out, with photobucket's stupid wording across them. Gah, and bah.
But after a few days of indecision I decided to stop being indecisive. So here are a couple of communities and fests that I think represent the best of fannishness;at least my brand of it.
Snowflake Challenge #2 - How Came You to Fandom, Old One?
The second challenge: "In your own space, talk about your fannish history."
Huh - well, I looked at my welcome post for the first challenge, and realized that much of my fannish history was there. (Here: take a look at what I wrote for my #1 challenge/welcome.) That's in large part because I can't talk about my life without talking about fandom. It goes well beyond merely saying that I like this book, that television show, this or that genre.
But I was inspired by melagan, who in one sentence really said it all - "I make no bones about it. I love fandom. It's like this big balloon of love that just keeps getting bigger." It brought into very clear focus why fandom is so central to my life. It's love. It's family. It gives to and (I hope) receives from me.
( Collapse ) So that's fandom for me. And now I'll shut up.
* Oh, and the acronym on the cut? It's from general old SFF/skiffy fandom. Fandom Is A Way Of Life. Isn't it just?
... to ginger_rude, someone I'm coming to know and enjoy. I'm happy that we know each other, at least here online, and I enjoy reading her thoughts about shows and books and characters. Sometimes I disagree with what she says, but never because her views aren't worth thinking about. I love that. So here's to discovering more about you, and more from you; here's to a great year for you!
And I don't want to go without wishing a happy birthday to the long-silent monkey_pants7, whose birthday is today. Wherever you are, former TWoP and Who buddy, I hope you're doing well, enjoying knitting, and very happy. May this year be a good one for you. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/756995.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
This year I decided I'd take part in snowflake_challenge, in part because I want to keep active in fandom, tell people how much I value them and, (probably more than) occasionally, talk about who I am and why I do what I do.
The first challenge asked me to introduce myself to people. So here goes, but I've put it under a cut because it goes on and on and on.