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.
On Wednesday, I got up relatively early, cleaned the kitchen, took a shower, put on makeup and a festive top, added earrings and pearls, poured myself an initial mimosa, and gorged on Inauguration Day joy. I'm not kidding about what I wore; I believe that something as momentous as our nation scraping by its eyeteeth past the Jan. 6 insurrection, making it to Jan. 20 and seeing the 46th president of the United States installed in office is worth it. So is the installation of the first African American/South Asian woman as vice-president.
Bob joined me, and even had a celebratory mimosa of his own. Our celebration went on into the evening, watching and listening to the Parade Across America in the afternoon and the evening's concert.
Now, of course, the battles continue. As someone on Twitter said something along the line of, "You'll see me criticizing Joe Biden, his administration, and many of his policies. Don't worry. That's normal; that's what's supposed to happen in a democracy."
That's absolutely right\. You don't follow a leader, unthinkingly or even thoughtfully. You support a policy maker. And when that policy maker goes in directions with which you don't agree, you're free to oppose them, pressure them, and force them to listen to you and make changes if possible. Just not with, you know, guns or gallows.
So that was Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday were spent loving the Bernie Sanders memes on the Interwebz, especially the first three in this report (I saved the actual images, but the comments by Twitter posters who know Chicago oh, so well, are part of the fun. I didn't even mind enjoying that last New York based tweet. Heh.) I also managed to get a few things done, like cleaning out the top shelves of the fridge, and cleaning the shelves themselves. The middle shelves will be next, and yes, I've reached that point in my life where I can't get any given cleaning job done at one blow. It takes a lot of time, and time off between goes.
Today, I'm pleased to be able to post something.
Oh, and speaking of New York, which I did fleetingly just above? I have thoughts. On pizza. But those should come in a different post.This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/782831.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.
... is it bad day-drinking to start celebratory mimosas at, say, 10:30 a.m., Central Time, on Wednesday? Asking for, uh, me. #BidenHarrisInauguration #Aboutdamnedtime #Howmanyhoursleft #yo45dontletthedoorhityouonthewayout. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/782155.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.
So an insurrection happened. And may still be happening. We'll see how the next 5-6 days play out. I'm still dealing with a lot of poisonous anger, which doesn't seem apt to go away any time soon, especially with the increasing evidence of help for the traitors outside from inside the halls of Congress. Perhaps I can talk about it later. Right now, no, except to say I'm counting down the days to Jan. 21. Perhaps I can take a breath then.
A woman I like, respect, and care about, ljgeoff, had a birthday on the 14th. She is most estimable, most formidable, a woman of will, and nearly infinite love. Oh, and she writes beautiful fiction even as she works and cares for those around her. Would that more humans were like her.
I am coming off of *thinks* 11 days of back pain, a lot of which was spent on my back. That kind of pain makes it very hard to focus on posting or writing. Instead, I've watched a lot of Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert show clips during the times I could sit up at my desk. I truly hope I can be more productive soon but I'm having a different stress reaction now in my mouth, about which the less said, the less gross this sentence will end up.
But I'm here. I'll get back to reading posts and responding. Take care, love each other, be safe, and hope like hell we get to Jan. 21,This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/781616.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.