Yuletide Is Coming

Jul. 28th, 2016 10:29 am
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Yuletide is coming earlier than expected this year. Nominations begin on September 9th; sign-ups begin on October 1st.

I’m currently watching numerous episodes of the original Dark Shadows, after stumbling across four DVD sets purchased in 2003, but never opened. I’m filling in the gaps by watching what has been uploaded to Youtube by various people. I rewatched all of the 1991 version for the Into A Bar story. (Which is sort of still in progress, but on hold for right now as I work on a bit of a plot issue.)

I know that I will definitely nominate Crimson Peak. The story I wrote last year was so much fun for me to write, even if it grew to almost impossible lengths and became rather dark. I will likely nominate Dark Shadows (1991), and hope that someone else nominates the 60’s version of the show.

My 'Read/Watch Before Yuletide' list is rather long, but here are the highlights.

-Penny Dreadful (found the series on Putlocker)
-The Conjuring 2 (2016)
-Kolchak: The Night Stalker (the original series; I think I spotted it on Youtube)
-Insidious (2010) (all three movies)
-The Skeleton Key (2005)
-Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974)
-The Innocents (1961)
-Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
-We Are Still Here (2015)
-The Spiral Staircase (1945)
-The Woman In Black (2012)
-Prince of Darkness (1987)
-The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
-The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
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Any website* [see ETA below] can be set up to allow access to your Lastpass vault without a hacker knowing or using your Lastpass Master Password. Mr. L33t "Are people really using this Lastpass thing?" Hakkor here indicates hackers can go in and delete your existing passwords without your knowledge or permission. Yes, I'm grateful he found this bug, but no, he doesn't need to be a total asswipe about it.

But the latest Lastpass "fix" version ALSO has a bug (at least in Firefox latest on Win10 Pro) that I just found. If this is your setup then set a "don't re-prompt" flag (for Master Password entry) IMMEDIATELY or Lastpass won't work. ETA2: you can take anything between this and the next ETA under advisement, but I haven't been able to repeat the success I had in further attempts after posting.

This isn't the most fun (ETAnth: and wow, I really wasn't kidding; what a mess) I'll ever have writing about Lastpass. I wasn't going to post anything until I saw news of the zero day flaw and installed Lastpass's "fix" version, only to run into this problem on the first site (Dreamwidth) that I tried to log into.

OK, so say that, like me, you've set Lastpass to make you type in a Master Password before you log into a website, then once it gets your Master Password, that it autofills your username and password for you. With the new "fix" version, if you don't check "don't re-prompt" and select a time frame (I selected 24 hours) Lastpass WILL NOT autofill your username or password (or it will, but somehow the login will still fail with a "wrong password" message and then the form fields will return blanked out; see ETAs below).

A question I have: are the blank form fields and the re-prompt on infinite loop? I'm not sure, but after Dreamwidth warned me I'd be booted for too many log-in attempts (because a blank field somehow equals a wrong password, in this case?) after four tries I gave up trying to do it the right way and went for the "don't re-prompt" box. Luckily my first instinct as to what was wrong was right.

tl;dr ad infinitum, dudes

Fix the latest Lastpass bug with this new version of Lastpass; if you have Lastpass set to prompt for Master Password before you log into each website, then before you log in, check the "don't re-prompt" box and select a timeframe, or you won't be able to log in - the form fields will NOT be autofilled and Lastpass will simply re-prompt for your Master Password in a seemingly (and quite possibly) endless loop.

ETA1: while Lastpass writes that pulling off the zero-day flaw would "require tricking a user via a phishing attack into going to a malicious website", the bug-finder says no, that's not true: any website can insert malicious code to view, modify, delete or steal the contents of your Lastpass vault.

ETA2a: The above fix worked on a newer tablet running Windows 10 but does not work on an older HP laptop I've been using since posting about this. Logging into Dreamwidth on the latter, the form fields are, in fact, being auto-filled, but are erased after log-in should occur. The log-in then fails with the "wrong password" message from Dreamwidth. Setting the "don't re-prompt" flag changes nothing; it was just rinse and repeat until my IP got banned for too many attempts. On my final retry I went into the Vault and copied/pasted my password directly into the form field.

Which puts my plaintext Dreamwidth password directly into Windows memory and is a really, really stupid thing to do.

And in copying it out from my Vault, I was supposed to have to enter my Master Password once again to even have access to it, but the prompt for that was turned off, so I was able to just copy it directly (yet another bug/security vulnerability).

I then tried to log into live.com (Dreamwidth and Live are the same websites I tried for my earlier version of this post) but this time the form fields on Live auto-filled just fine so I was logged in immediately.

I don't have an answer to the what's going on with Dreamwidth, nor how to get around the log-in problem without directly filling out the password field like I just did, but I'm not reporting it, because the version of Lastpass causing this issue will be considered unstable or not widely used, so would probably be relegated to low-priority for bug-fixing.

I'd actually suggest not using the "fix" version of Lastpass, because it seems to be breaking more than it's fixing (it's also breaking Dreamwidth's CSS on the log-in and log-in failure pages). On Dreamwidth, where it's literally not working at all, and on Live, where it seems to be working at least from my laptop, I'm getting the green bar along the top after my DW log-in failures and Live log-in successes saying, "Save this site?" when I already did - isn't that why I'm having a problem, after all?

On top of that, I'm starting to wonder about corporate responsibility and if Lastpass should go take a hike.

Rant time... )

Noncommittal Allbingo Square

Jul. 27th, 2016 11:27 am
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My ideas for stories lately have been overly abstract and difficult to realize, and also I keep forgetting to keep a notebook on me at all times. As a desperation maneuver I generated a square from [community profile] allbingo's legendary bingo square generator to try and force the issue using the old "double line" refinement procedure. It's worked for me before, but now I'm trying for original fiction (at least some of it), so the additional narrowing parameter of "what fandom is this right for" won't be on my side.

The square:

Read more... )

My ideas:

Read more... )

There are a lot of ideas locked in this card and I'm so glad I generated it. I don't know if I'll manage a strict double row for a bingo, but the goal is to write, and for that I hope it will suffice. Just have to jump the next hurdle, which is the threat of the blank page staring at you from the computer screen. But that's a perennial problem and not going to go away any time soon. I failed to write first thing in the morning today so I don't know if I'll manage any new words, but otherwise I feel like this is shaping up to be a pretty productive writing day. And the morning's not gone yet.

Thefts and Violence

Jul. 26th, 2016 06:51 pm
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1) Ugh, I get so annoyed with companies who say they're trying to "engage" with fans when what they really mean is "monetize" them. Case in point, the new Marvel Insider program which has the gall to say "It's our way of saying 'thank you' to our fans." Oh really? In what way is this a benefit to fans?

2) Speaking of people co-opting fan activities I was also rather annoyed by the NPR piece on serialized fiction projects that tries to make it seem like "binge watching TV." Actually the project they discuss sounds exactly like fan attempts to create virtual seasons, which I first saw in 2005 and I'm sure it wasn't the first. But this is apparently novel now because someone's trying to monetize it.

3) That said, at least we're in the era where someone's background in fanfiction is mentioned as an aside in a feature that otherwise focuses on broadening representation in the scifi/fantasy books field.

4) Speaking of NPR yet again, it was nice to hear their program Convention Conversations spend at least 20 minutes to have women call in to say how historic Hillary Clinton's confirmation as the Democratic nominee for president was. There was some talk during All Things Considered that there was remarkably little discussion of it in the news, perhaps because she's been on the political stage for a long time and that her nomination seems less groundbreaking than Barrack Obama's was. I can't help thinking it's the 72 cents on the dollar syndrome, just in terms of airtime.

5) I had a good laugh at this Merlin meta!fic piece, although really it applies to virtually any fandom and many many characters. It gave me the image of those overly well loved dolls and stuffed animals that have 3 hairs left, an eye hanging by a single thread and only one ear, and couldn't be scrubbed clean with a bucket of bleach.
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Penric & Desdemona Book 2
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Four years after the events in Penric and the Demon, Penric finds himself in the company of an impatient Senior Locator on the trail of a possibly murderous shaman and encounters some very usual dogs. Another lovely Penric novella.
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The Cloud Roads is the first installment of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series, a vivid and imaginative secondary world fantasy populated by a wealth of strange and fascinating creatures. Primary attention is given to the Raksura, a species of reptilian shapeshifters with a curious insectile social structure. This book is driven by worldbuilding, and as such, it must introduce a point-of-view that can ease the reader into the rich vitality of the setting, one piece at a time. Moon’s backstory as it is given is far from original, but as a vagabond traveler orphaned at a young age, he serves the book’s needs perfectly.

A well-rounded review requires revealing to the reader some things that the protagonist himself is initially ignorant of. Moon begins the story as a solitary being, camouflaged among strangers and unable to answer even the simplest questions about what he is or where he came from. The only others of his kind who he knew are long-dead. He does know a few things about himself, some of which he reveals to the readers, and others which he holds back. But the first turn of the plot is stated in the very beginning of chapter one, before doubling back to expose the transition in full.

Read more... )

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.

Life, in short

Jul. 26th, 2016 11:52 am
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Last week: first half of the week (and the second half of the previous) was dominated by the exam I had to take for the OU, fortunately my only one of the season (since I tanked badly on linear algebra). I didn't study quite well enough, but the exam went decently and I came out of it after an hour and a half feeling okay. And was able to put the matter out of mind and spend the evening and the following day decompressing in the extreme.

Then I went back to work and readjusted to routine, after a week of feeling weirdly detached from my own life and the schedule I built for myself. This is still a work in progress, I suppose. On Thursday they held a kind of team event which took us out of the office. I enjoyed it, but it was hot and I came home exhausted. On Friday my sister pointed out that I had been sunburned, a little bit, around the collar and on the back of my neck. Dedicated nerd, vampire jokes etc. etc. My doctor also says that my vitamin D is critically low again.

This week: work. On Sunday night I went to see the new Ghostbusters with my brother and found it delightful. Laughed out loud more than once, a rarity for me with comedies. Today is my first dedicated writing day in a while and I'm finding it hard to get back in the rhythm. Probably because sometime in the last week or so I sank back into The Sims 2 of all things, and last night I stayed up much later than I had intended.

I actually realized several times that I forgot to cross-post my review of Martha Wells' dragon shapeshifter books, but I kept forgetting to do something about it. I'm posting it now, back-dated. And I need to think on what my next blog post should be. I mean, I could review Ghostbusters, but I really don't have anything intelligent to say that hasn't been said a billion times already.

I made some writing-related business decisions re: Patreon and itch.io, but since I haven't properly implemented anything, it's soon to concern with that. I am making inroads with Ren'py, though, I can say that much. And with the script of my in-progress game taking on a distinct shape, I think I could make a decent visual novel out of it, if I can find the right assets. And then I would have something to put on my itch.io, and to link to when I say grandiose things like "I am a game writer".
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"Yahoo will be combined with AOL".

While I'm all for the synergies presented by Verizon owning both companies, I am - I realized after writing about it - *not* in favor of a) AOL being completely absorbed by Yahoo nor b) the opposite happening.

As I just got done bitching about under lock, if either thing occurs it means something like this fiasco might be the end result, which means I might have to blog again.

And noooooo, noooooo, noooooo. I don't want to.

ETA, minutes later: googled around and found The Verizon Yahoo purchase, explained. It seems Yahoo's the one shutting down about half of its "verticals" (aka, mostly their "websites") not AOL, which jibes with my thinking: AOL still has a vibrant sort of thing going on in some cases, traffic-wise, while Yahoo does not. Which also finally solves the riddle of Yahoo shutting down Messenger. Of course! Because now everyone can just use AIM. I knew something weird was behind that. I just never guessed what.

This is the better of the two folds for me because it means I won't have to blog. Historically I don't help people with losing their Yahoo stuff and have no reason to start doing so now.

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And with that, the consummation of the union I've pined away for for 10 freaking years (synergies, man; all the synergies) is well underway. Wedded bliss, at long last!

Like many marriages, this one was arranged by the groom's dad (Verizon, the proud adoptive parent of AOL) after the would-be-bride (the regal and perpetually purple-attired Queen Yahooniti) freaked out about it, saying, "I will NEVER marry you! Stop telling me I've got male! I don't want it!!!"

Finally her parents were like, "Money, bitches. Show us the money, and you can have our daughter; otherwise she will never be yours". So they showed it - $4.8 billion pieces of it, to be precise, one handsome dowry, indeed - which even includes Tim Armstrong, who the Queen's secretly been crushing on for years.

And the Yahoonitis were pleased.

But then there's Marissa. What will become of her? At least until the transition completes, her and Timmy are coworkers again (co-CEOS, I guess? Stranger things have happened), which might make me titter under normal circumstances, but from what I've heard they get on rather well, or at least did over at Google...the synergies, man.

I'm just basking in the warm glow of all these synergies.

New Saiyuki anime!?!!?

Jul. 26th, 2016 11:26 am
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Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload Blast Manga Gets Anime

Ichijinsha launched a website on Monday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki manga, and the site revealed that her Saiyuki Reload Blast manga is getting an anime adaptation.


Mail-order monarchs update

Jul. 24th, 2016 09:02 pm
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All the eggs seem to have hatched and most of the caterpillars have more than doubled in size and started to get stripey. A few were abseiling off their original plant when I checked on them this morning, but I had a second one that I was able to transfer them to.

More pix on Flickr now, including:

Fandom post

Jul. 24th, 2016 09:38 pm
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Steven Universe S03E06 (6/10)
Steven Universe S03E07 (8/10)
Steven Universe S03E08 (10/10)
Steven Universe S03E09 (8/10)

I'm gonna have Pearl's song stuck in my head for a while. )

Comics/Graphic Novels

Batman: Book of the Dead (3/5)The story is basically 'ancient aliens' mixed with 'historical revision,' 'international conspiracy,' and 'Mayan apocalypse.' )


Ghostbusters (2016) (10/10)The amount of whining I've seen about ruined childhoods just because this movie exists is astounding. )

TV Shows

DC's Legends of Tomorrow E10-11 (7/10)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow E12-13 (8/10)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow E14 (6/10)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow E15 (7/10)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow E16 (8/10)

Even with all my questions about time travel mechanics, this was a fun show. )
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I'd put writing about this off because I'm really tired but then it won't be the anniversary of her death anymore, so...when Amy died I didn't light a candle because at the time I just couldn't stomach her. She looked weird, and the bun, and the rather dramatic weight loss, and she was so foul-mouthed and contralto in her songs I just could not. Stand her.

I'd downloaded some of her music when she was still alive, and actually listened to it, so I tried. She's still the only famous Jewish pop singer I can think of offhand besides Barbra Streisand and as someone with a Jewish father, I admired her for that, because Jewish stars are rare and usually immensely talented if they do become famous. So knowing how celebrated and popular (and Jewish) she was, I tried to like her, or at least her music.

Then, I think sometime shortly after she passed, I listened to another song of hers. I can't recall if it was something I'd downloaded previously and perhaps never played because I was so disgusted with her other music and overall persona or if I just happened to catch it on Youtube, but I was crying before the song was over. It was a completely uncharacteristic-for-her ballad called Love Is A Losing Game. While I can do without the "five story fire" early on (I'd never understood what she thought she was adding to her catalog with her bawdiness or profanity, and I still don't) the rest of the song is a haunting retrospective on love gone wrong.

Seriously, there are maybe five songs in the world I can't listen to more than a few times a year, and even then only if I'm prepared to start crying because I know that's where this is leading, and this song is on that list.

With that, I not only forgave her transgressions against my ears and fashion sense, I actually, really got into her music. All of it. Now there's almost nothing mainstream I can hear from her that I don't like or already know the words to, with (so far) Tears Dry On Their Own (a rather upbeat and energetic live version she performed in Berlin; I don't really care for the studio recording or other versions), Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and Valerie among my favorites.

In clicking on news about her tonight I found some more covers she did, most of which I don't think I've heard yet, and saw mention of a posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which I'm pretty sure I haven't heard all the way through (but I'm playing it on Youtube while I type this; it's OK, so far; she could perform Valerie half-asleep and totally acapella and I swear I'd still dig it).

In A Cabin in the Woods

Jul. 23rd, 2016 08:51 pm
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1) I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who was thrilled to see the old Stephen back for The Word. But it also made me laugh to think of all those Stephen/Jon shippers squealing as the skit made it canon that the two have spent the last year together in a remote cabin. Not quite curtain fic given the conditions but still!

2) HT to Petzi for posting Michelle Obama's carpool karaoake segment. Sure going to miss having that family in the White House.

3) Mike has headed off to visit family for 10 days. I was amused by a note he left. Read more... )

4) On one of Mike's remade shelves, I was amused to discover several Star Wars action figures (78 vintage) sitting together in a corner. It made me think of Spike and the Boba Fett. Speaking of action figures, looks like the Ghostbuster toys are doing well. But surprise, surprise, the haters are all over the toy comments at Amazon too, voting down the ratings.

One other plus about these figures is that even the slimmer members of the Ghostbusters don't look stick thin as dolls and, of course, the costume isn't at all sexualized.

5) Heard an NPR story about the coolest birds ever, the Greater Honeyguide Read more... )

writing stuff

Jul. 23rd, 2016 05:18 pm
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With going through my old stuff looking for my fics, I have remembered that there are some wips. I wonder if I could even finish them now, and if I should even try?

As for my original work -- I'm seriously contemplating trying to write some het. Not my usual thing, but I have 2 different ideas that would be fun and pleasant, and maybe get me unstuck from the slash I've been trying to grind through. Sometimes you have to listen to you inner brain when it tells you to work on something else.


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