ratcreature: WTF!? (WTF!?)
2019-02-16 02:29 pm
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wtf spam bot?

So my last entry linking to my [community profile] chocolateboxcomm gift is getting a ridiculous amount of anon (and thus screened) spam bot comments in Japanese. Just that entry. I dutifully deleted and reported 28 since I posted, but it's been getting really annoying, so I disabled all comments to it now. I honestly don't get how the targeting of these spam bots works.

ETA: And now the bots apparently switched to this one. If this continues I will have to disable anon comments. Already have turned on captcha for anon, but apparently that is useless.

ETA2: I had to disable anon comments, after getting another flood of spam comments. Sorry to potential anon commenters, but they seem fairly rare anyway.
ratcreature: Squee!! (squee!!)
2019-02-15 09:27 am
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and I got a second Chocolate Box gift!

Another Check Please! Kent/OMC story, this one from a long-term boyfriend's POV:

Bite My Tongue (2509 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kent "Parse" Parson/Original Male Character(s), Eric "Bitty" Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Kent "Parse" Parson, Original Male Character(s), Jack Zimmermann, Alicia Zimmermann, Bob Zimmermann
Additional Tags: Meeting the Parents, First Impressions, Introspection

It wasn't that Angelo disliked the Zimmermanns. He wanted to like them. Honestly. Kent really liked them.

But Angelo was never quite sure what to think of them.

ratcreature: Squee!! (squee!!)
2019-02-15 08:36 am
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check out the Chocolate Box gift I got!

I got a Check Please! PWP about a Kent/OMC Grindr hook-up with a hopeful and sweet ending.

(As a side note, I had no idea you could do emojii titles on AO3.)

👀 (1032 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kent "Parse" Parson/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Kent "Parse" Parson, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Hook-Up, Dirty Talk, Beginnings

k: hey hows it going?
T👀: hey man
T👀: not bad, u?
k: horny lol
k: u want head?
T👀: got any pics?

ratcreature: hiding under my blanket (hiding under my blanket)
2019-02-10 09:05 pm
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the catastrophe options seem to expand every day

Just now I read that according to a review of multiple studies the insects populations are collapsing even faster than the (already bad) expectations were before, which will collapse all ecosystems and our food supply fast (even faster than climate change).

And since it's been 2017 since I did the last version of this poll...
Poll #21348 why ratcreature should only look at pictures of fluffy baby animals, 2019 ed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17

Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?

View Answers

I'll die in the ecological collapse caused by the ongoing insect extinction
2 (11.8%)

the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
2 (11.8%)

climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
5 (29.4%)

climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
5 (29.4%)

I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
3 (17.6%)

the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes or ticks before they're all extinct
3 (17.6%)

no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
9 (52.9%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by an ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
3 (17.6%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following Brexit in particular
1 (5.9%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by some rampaging "alt-right"/neo-fascist mob that felt slighted on the internet
1 (5.9%)

I won't die from any of the above disasters directly, but while fleeing from it
0 (0.0%)

nuclear armageddon! started intentionally by horrible politicians
1 (5.9%)

nuclear armageddon! but brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
1 (5.9%)

terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

my government's malicious policies will kill me without them bothering to label me as "terrorist"
4 (23.5%)

crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
0 (0.0%)

crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
0 (0.0%)

a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
0 (0.0%)

killer robots will get me
0 (0.0%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
1 (5.9%)

killer robots will get me, and somehow a Facebook algorithm will be at fault
1 (5.9%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be Amazon's algoritm that did it
0 (0.0%)

I will be killed by a Google algorithm smart enough to make it look like it's not killer robots
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
1 (5.9%)

and so on and so forth... (civilian nuclear disaster! genetically modified crops! micro-plastics!...)
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: Woe! RatCreature feels emo. (woe!)
2019-02-06 09:10 pm
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I need help with my Chocolate Box art

So the good news is that I actually managed to finish a sketch for my recipient before the deadline tomorrow. I even managed to get my finicky scanner to work (after the simpler phone photo attempt just produced a somewhat garbage result). So now I even have a file.

However, the exchange is supposed to be anon initially, but of course the AO3 does not support fanart, and unlike the fanart-only anon exchanges I have participated in, [community profile] chocolateboxcomm does not come with mod-provided temporary hosting. Normally I upload to my website, but of course my domain that would be visible in the URL is "ratcreature.net" so that would destroy the anonymity, ditto for dreamwidth image hosting.

I thought I could just upload it to Google photos temporarily, and set it to sharable, and eventually delete that and upload it to my website with a sig once the anon phase ends, but the share link that Google gives me doesn't get me the image, but some Google page showing it, that also shows my username.

So now I need to figure out, how I can anon host my image, so that it is embeddable but I can also easily delete it afterwards (because obviously I don't want the no-signature version out there permanently). And I also don't really want to have to create yet another account somewhere.
ratcreature: RatCreature as grey alien (alien)
2019-01-16 02:00 pm
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is that new CW Roswell series any good?

I quite liked the previous Roswell series from now twenty years ago, and I'm wondering whether I'd enjoy this one. Has anyone watched this?

(Also, yikes, how has it been twenty years?!)
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
2019-01-08 01:20 am

Dear Chocolatier,

I'm thrilled you will be creating a fanwork for me! As I indicated, I'll be equally happy to get either fanart or fanfic for any of them.

In my prompts I tried to give a mix of general and concrete to give you an idea what I like in the fandoms, without being too specific or complicated, so that they work for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm's low commitment nature. But if your ideas for the characters don't go in my prompt directions, they are of course optional, so feel free to take advantage of that and don't stress.

However, if you are looking for inspiration or more guidance and information about my likes and dislikes, I can be even more wordy than my requests (some of this repeats things from my requests).

Likes )
Dislikes )
Ratings )

As for additional preferences in my requested fandoms:

Check Please! )

Venom (Movie 2018) )

Lord of the Rings )

Rivers of London )

Farscape )
ratcreature: headdesk (headdesk)
2018-12-29 01:53 pm
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why are brains so ridiculous?

Mine currently responds to even slightly suspenseful moments in fiction, even ones that I know will be okay, like in romance, with a strong urge to abort and avoid in favor of weird displacement activities, like playing a some game or making a cup of tea or scrolling through Tumblr.

I already read soothing, fluffy things, what more does it want? These phases are very annoying, and disruptive for immersive reading.
ratcreature: RatCreature bounces like Tigger. (bounce)
2018-12-21 04:33 pm
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happy solstice!

Unfortunately I didn't get to see any sun today, even though theoretically there still might have been almost seven and a half hours of sunlight. If it hadn't been overcast, gloomy and raining all day, that is.

But from now on things slowly are looking up again in this hemisphere. :D And I did treat myself to some tasty apple-caramel-spice cake from my favorite bakery.
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
2018-12-07 07:46 pm
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Tumblr finally created my backup files

Just unzipping the archive, and the extra zip archive within the archive broke the image references, but I could fix that by manually moving the media folder into the post folder. So what I had heard from others that Tumblr's native backup still refers to the online site was not true for me. (maybe they tweaked it?)

Moving the media folder however did not fix the display for reblogged posts, though the images also seem to have been downloaded. Generally I do not use my Tumblr to reblog things, but I had reblogged my own art that was first posted to [tumblr.com profile] yuletart. Backups of those posts just display a link to the original post. The same is kind of true for backups of posts where I uploaded my art to Tumblr but also included a source link with the image to the corresponding DW post so people could see higher resolution details or such stuff. Only in that case the link isn't even shown, because it has no link text, it's just visible in the source code.

It doesn't save notes for posts, but did downloaded messages, so that is nice.
ratcreature: WTF!? (WTF!?)
2018-12-05 09:47 pm
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so just how long does the native Tumblr export typically take?

I haven't yet looked into the potentially helpful python script that [personal profile] odditycollector linked in the comments to my last post, but I did start the backup export option Tumblr provides yesterday. Only it seems to still be "processing" now.

Mind, I do not have many Tumblr posts, just 81. For comparison I have over 2500 posts here. So I am not a heavy Tumblr user. And yet, the site seems to be unable to export even this few. (My long defunct side Tumblr [tumblr.com profile] jamesmcavoywithsloths in its run actually got to 600 posts, which still isn't that many, and Tumblr is "processing" that as well.)

Is their backup just broken right now, because everybody is trying to use it?
ratcreature: Tech-Voodoo: RatCreature waves a dead chicken over a computer. (voodoo)
2018-12-03 10:38 pm
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in light of Tumblr's upcoming new content policy...

...is there some tool that let's you download all the Tumblr posts you liked? I've been good about downloading fanfic as I go along, but fanart much less so. I don't reblog with my Tumblr, but my likes are visible.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Dumbledore (dumbledore)
2018-11-17 09:42 pm
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Fantastic Beasts 2

So I watched Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald yesterday, and though I continue to like Newt, I mostly felt confused, and the story such as it was never really grabbed me. I think they maybe should not have spread out the plot over quite as many movies (and yet they somehow still fail to explain what happens).

I'm not sure whether that confusion was because I hadn't rewatched the first part since I watched it in cinema, or whether it was because I have gaps in my recall of the Dumbledore/Grindelwald backstory from the books, or the Harry Potter movies did some different set up (I've never watched those), or what but...

cut for spoilers )
ratcreature: headdesk (headdesk)
2018-11-05 10:49 pm
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why is it so impossible to ever find things again on Tumblr?

Recently I saw a webcomic on Tumblr (I don't think it originated there though), that was a couple of panels, all the same size iirc, where the protagonist wakes up having to do a "thing" today and goes through their day being reminded by others and reminding themselves to "Do the thing!" in increasingly dramatic fashion (one panel even had skywriting), with last panel showing them lying in bed at night realizing "I haven't done the thing."

I wanted to link someone to it, but now I can find it. Does anyone know the comic I'm talking about?
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
2018-10-13 10:46 am
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this is getting annoying

Is there a way to unsubscribe from the repeated AO3 fundraising E-Mails?

I get that they need money to run, but frankly mailing me more than once on top of the persistent banner that won't stay away after clicking it closed, is not making me more likely to donate to them.
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
2018-10-05 05:59 pm
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Babylon Berlin

After seeing the ads hyping this everywhere, now that it's available on free tv here, I decided to give Babylon Berlin a try. I watched the first four episodes so far, and have to say that I like it less than I expected.

Historical crime fiction is a genre I normally enjoy, but I also want to like the protagonist(s), and the first episodes didn't make me connect to any of the major characters.

I'll probably finish watching to see the case resolve, though, because it is not bad, and quite pretty to watch.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
2018-08-21 01:29 am
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why is Tumblr so broken?

In its mobile app (so no xkit) Tumblr keeps showing me stuff I haven't subscribed to, even though I unchecked all the options for it to mess with my dash (the "best first" as well as the option to show what others liked to me). And that wouldn't be that horrible now and then, but it keeps showing me the same things again and again, even after clicking the same thing away as uninteresting half a dozen time.

Just now I resorted to blocking an account just to (hopefully) make Tumblr stop showing it to me again and again, even though the user didn't do anything to me nor was the post upsetting, I just didn't want to see it, especially not more than once. I'm not sure that Tumblr is really doing these blogs a favor by "promoting" them like that.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spidey (spidey)
2018-07-28 08:18 pm

Ant-Man and the Wasp

I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp and I had a really good time, and not just because it was a few precious hours in a climate controlled environment. (As much of world we are having a heat wave here, and yesterday it was over 33°C, about ten degrees hotter than normal July temperatures. Today there has been a brief respite as in the afternoon with some thunderstorms temperatures fell to 20°C, but the forecast for tomorrow is much higher again, and Monday it's forecast as back to 33°C and staying hot as far as the forecast goes.)

Anyway, to get back from the weather whining, cut for spoilers )
ratcreature: hiding under my blanket (hiding under my blanket)
2018-06-27 10:29 am
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kind of obvious in retrospect

But when looking for some random TV distraction that is not news, because those are so depressing and anxiety inducing, settling on a Thirty Year War documentary might not have been the best choice.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Sarah Connor (sarah connor)
2018-06-03 01:27 pm

Sarah Connor Chronicles vid rec

The Upload by [personal profile] seekingferret is awesome. I love vids that tell a narrative story with a plot, rather than "just" an emotional one, especially AU ones like this. The summary is "John Connor uploads into a metal body and sends herself back in time to protect Sarah Connor. This does not always go as expected." and the creator has really interesting additional thoughts about the vid and the creative process in the post too (also, heed the imagery warnings).