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.
Title: Layer Quake Fandom: Sapphire and Steel, Doctor Who Summary: As she dodged the ridiculously-titled Transient Beings, Liz Shaw had to agree with Silver: she'd dashed into the TARDIS after him, so she had to face the consequences. A brief tale in which one reality opens an escape route from another. Characters: Steel, Sapphire, Silver, Liz Shaw Words: 953 per Google Docs Notes: A few days ago, in an effort to get my creative juices flowing, and to pair that with an improvement in my writing discipline, I asked for prompts. The ever-lovely thisbluespirit was among those who obliged. This stems from her prompt "Steel/Sapphire/Silver - trapped between realities". As I considered it, this potential (and potentially silly) S&S fixit occurred to me. There's a certain lack of explanation that I will fob off to my desire not to get bogged down the way I usually do. Edited by: Absolutely no one, and it will probably show, but I'm putting it up at what (for me) is top speed. All mistakes are my own; let me know of them, and I'll endeavor to correct them. Disclaimer: I own nothing of the Whoniverse or the universe of Sapphire and Steel. All characters are the sole property of Peter J. Hammond, ATV, the BBC, and their various creators. I intend no copywrite infringement and take no coin. I just love them all. Addendum: Apologies for the lack of a cut, since I am apparently unable to create a proper one today.
Well, They Said the Second Dose Would Pack A Wallop
... and the ubiquitous "they" were right. I went to bed last night with an increasingly stiff right arm. I'/d exercised it a lot throughout the day, and took some Excedrin before going to bed, as I normally do, but I probably needed more Tylenol.
This morning I woke up with a temp of 100.3. Even with fever reducers, it was still about 99.9 half an hour ago. I'm also absolutely dragged out. Bob's very tired and achy, but in his case, we're not sure whether that's because of his vaccination or some of his chronic situation. Either way, we're definitely feeling poorly.
But since I was kind of expecting to be hit fairly hard, it hasn't really changed my happiness at getting the final shot. I know this will abate over the next day or day and a half.
Still, yeah; it's been hard to get things done. I've managed to change cat litter, water plants, and sweep the kitchen. Go, me ....
I thought our local temperatures would drop more today than they have. They're still in the 70s (yesterday, April 6, and it was up in the mid-80s), so we were able to open the windows again, to let fresh air circulate. We haven't gotten to the point where we need the AC on. and the temperature is supposed to be a more seasonal appropriate 50-55 tomorrow and the next few days. It's been enjoyable to get all the fresh air over the last couple of days, though.
I think I'm going to toddle off and lay down for a while. Then I have some lentil soup to make, Hope all is well with everyone. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/787266.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.
Look carefully, and you will see the proof of my second COVID-19 vaccination, hence the w00t. Bob and I took our second trip down to Chicago's United Center. Our shots were about 2.5 hours apart, albeit on the same day. Between them, we found a perfectly wonderful walk-up burger and dog place, where we had deliciously unhealthy food (I fully expect my body to get me back for the double bacon burger, but oh my god, was it good. And I say that even as I try to work my way out of meat-eating.) Then it was back to the UC for Bob's shot. Huzzah!
Of course, discovering after his return to the car that the car's battery had died bid fair to turn things ... unhappy. Luckily, our auto insurance includes roadside service, and they were able to send someone over to give us a jump within 10 minutes. Huzzah again! And since we were already going to take the car in for an unconnected problem on Thursday, we'll have them put a new battery in the Little Orange Hyundai.
My arm is a little more sore this time than it was after the initial shot, but so far, that's it. Bob hasn't had much reaction either, beyond a little tiredness.
Here's hoping that all of you either have had some or all of your vaccinations, or are scheduled to. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/787172.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.
The last few weeks have been - as too many weeks have been - "Nah, your brain has nothing to offer the world" time. But let's try again, shall we?
Bob and I will get our second vaccinations on Tuesday, which takes another weight off our shoulders, as does news that both Andy and Emily out in Seattle have gotten their vaccinations. Once April 30 rolls around, I've talked to our old friends Dr. Bob and Dr. Gonzo about them coming over for a celebratory supper. They've had their vaccinations for some time, and the idea of being able to host them and talk in our livingroom sans masks is alluring, to say the least.
We are currently fighting the good fight against a spring ant incursion and I think I'm handling it fairly well, considering that finding small insects busily building six-legged interstates on my floors in the morning is second only to toilet plumbing problems as a trigger.
The non-fanfic fiction I'm working on is now over 4,000 words. I may take a break and go back to the multiple crossover fic that is, ahem, two years late as a gift for someone on my f'list. That one is *checks* now 71 words away from 6,000, with no end yet in sight. I am undecided ....
Hmm: in an effort to keep my writing chops up to speed, can I ask people to leave me prompts? I'll try to do something short (short damnit, kaffyr, short) for all of them, and perhaps that will keep my brain trundling along creatively.
I will also start checking my f'list and actually responding to peoples' posts, as a civilized and communicative human should. Wow; an entire post. Go, me!This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/786901.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.