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.
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.
When August started, I was sure I'd be able to post every day, or almost every day. I thought I had the energy - specifically the mental energy - to do that. Obviously it didn't turn out that way.
In the meantime, our block is slowly recovering from the Aug. 11 tornado, although the very base of the biggest downed tree is still lying on the greensward, with its roots in the air.
I didn't watch the Republican National Convention, because I knew my head would explode. I did do a sort of second-hand watch via a few clips shown on some of the late night shows including LENI RIEFENSTAHL-WANNA-BE KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE'S SPEECH, and the surreal horror of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protestors walking by their McMansion. The portion of Matt Gaetz's speech that I saw before back-buttoning in fear for my grasp of actual life in this actual universe was ... not of this universe.
beccadg, I haven't forgotten our brief discussion earlier in the month about what the Republican Party stands for, and what it should stand for in the eyes of Republicans who have been with the party longer than the past 12 years. As is the case with my fic, and with everything else, it seems, I am glacially slow. But it's an important question.
BB is fighting a fairly new physical battle. It's not life-threatening, but it is quality-of-life-threatening, and it exhausts him. Because we are so closely aligned, it also exhausts me. If you're the type to send out wishes to the universe, could you send a few out on his behalf? Casa KathBob would appreciate it. And that's all that will be said about that.
It's Sept. 1 - I'm officially on Medicare! w00t!!1!
And now, back to my WiP. Did I mention I'm glacially slow? I did? Good. Nevertheless, I persist.
I'll end with these pictures; a couple of the largest downed tree the day of the tornado (although I know that this is nothing compared to the horrendous climate-generated tornados, floods and wildfires other places in the U.S. are enduring), and my political action figures. Or should I say Action!! Figures!! (AOC doesn't actually look as wall-eyed as she seems, Trust me.) ( Collapse )This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/774769.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.
If I had one, something small enough to tuck into my back jeans pocket, or my front shirt pocket, I could pull it out and jot down the thoughts I have that make me go "Oh, I need to talk about that, I need to post my thoughts," when I have the thoughts, and then I could, you know, post about my thoughts, because I wouldn't have forgotten it. This is not necessarily what would happen, I know, knowing myself as I do. But still ....
I finished watching the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. I have thoughts. Of course I have thoughts.