Grab bag

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:56 am
muccamukk: Bill standing in front of the TARDIS bookshelf. (DW: Queen of Books)
[personal profile] muccamukk
[personal profile] fuesch again has nice Doctor Who icons. This one included. Mostly New Who, but some classic Doctors in there.

So what is everyone doing for Photobucket replacement? I have a bit of leeway because my paid account is good until next June. I asked, and I'm grandfathered in at this rate until end of year 2018. Which I'll probably cancel before June. Which Means! I have to put something like 2500 pictures somewhere else before then. I'll move things like my mood themes and icons to DW, but I don't think I have that much hosting space here, and some of it goes to AO3 as well. I don't mind paying a bit, but not $500 a year!

Sorry I'm behind on the DVD meme. I'll get back to it soon.

Have just realised that I have a stack of comment fic and such that I never crossposted from LJ. ...guess I better move that! Some of them are a million years old and kind of terrible though, so I'm dithering on throwing them to the winds, and just moving the stuff I actually care about (mostly M&C and Hornblower drabbles). I guess I'll post them all in a fandom-theme blocks and tag lightly? I don't remember what everyone decided was least annoying.

[community profile] multifandomdrabble is so fun! I'm really glad it moved off imzy.

Also need to catch up on reading Wednesday.

I finally remembered to put Steam on this computer, but the only game I have is Marvel Pinball, which is FIVE GIGS so that's not happening. I'm looking for recs for games that I can kind of do as background de-stress and maybe listen to a book. I like Robot Unicorn Attack, Solitaire, Threes, 2048, the pinball game that used to come with windows. It can be a BIT more engaging than that, but I don't want something with a plot that I'll get addicted to and end up spending a lot of time on. I liked that game where you build Cologne Cathedral, but it was a bit too addictive and needed too much focus, if that's a measure. Also they have to be playable offline, for bandwidth reasons. And aren't huge files, ditto.

Catching up on Doctor Who finally, which we've been enjoying. Just watched 10x07. Onward!

Date: 2017-07-12 06:24 pm (UTC)
erinptah: (Default)
From: [personal profile] erinptah
I've been uploading all my Photobucket images to my actual website, hosted by A Small Orange. One handy side effect is that it makes the URLs a lot shorter.

Tumblr is an option for some graphics, if you don't mind highly randomized filenames. Deviantart will let you store up to 10 GB of anything in sta.sh, so that's what I use for large downloads, and commission previews. A standard Wordpress blog includes 3GB for media -- I use that for post graphics sometimes.

Date: 2017-07-12 09:43 pm (UTC)
peachpai: (armand loves the blender)
From: [personal profile] peachpai
...Dare I ask what's going on with Photobucket?

Date: 2017-07-13 01:13 pm (UTC)
peachpai: (kate beaton)
From: [personal profile] peachpai
Figures! I guess I'd better start looking for something else. But damn, I have 14 years of pictures on PB....

Date: 2017-07-12 10:07 pm (UTC)
sineala: Detail of The Unicorn in Captivity, from The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestry (Default)
From: [personal profile] sineala
Game recs (not sure which of these are offline; I know FTL at least is, because it has a non-Steam version):

FTL: Faster Than Light: Travel the galaxy in your spaceship and probably die. The combat in the game is real-time but you can pause it, give your crew orders, and unpause it; the majority of the game is kind of a choose-your-own-adventure deal as you arrive at various systems and select various narrative options and good and/or bad things happen to you. A full game takes at most about two hours, but most games are about half an hour until you catch on fire or run out of air or something.

Desktop Dungeons: A turn-based dungeon crawling game, top down, where all the levels fit in one screen each. The gimmick is that your character only regains health by exploring the map, so you have to do a lot of balancing to figure out when to attack higher-level opponents. A game takes about half an hour.

Hexcells: My absolute favorite puzzle game (there are three in the series). Minesweeper but on a hex grid. All puzzles are totally solvable without guessing.

Ironcast: Steampunk match-3 with mecha.

Regency Solitaire: Regency themed solitaire game. Why not? (The same devs have another historical solitaire game, Shadowhand, coming out in a couple weeks. I am looking forward to it.)

Shenzhen Solitaire: A cross between freecell and mahjong.

I have not yet tried Stardew Valley (a retro farming/village life game, like the Harvest Moon games) but everyone loves it and says it is very relaxing. I also got Stellaris and Darkest Dungeon but have not yet tried them.

Also I think Marvel Puzzle Quest would be ideal but, alas, it does require bandwidth.

Date: 2017-07-13 12:30 am (UTC)
themisto: (Default)
From: [personal profile] themisto
I use imgur for all my pictures, it is for free, it is fast (not at all like photobucket) and it doesn't spam your inbox or ypur gallery with advertisements.

Imgur allows me to upload my illus into their archives, I can choose whether to put them into sub-folders within my gallery (for ex. to separate icons from larger pictures, or fandoms from each other, etc.). With 2500 or so pictures it sounds to me that it could be an useful feature for you? Another Imgur interesting feature is allowing the users to choose whether other users can see your gallery or can't. All my pictures are set as private for example (only a direct link to the file would allow others to see them), regardless I can still hotlink/embed my pictures on external spaces, like AO3 in my case.

I hope that is of help. Anyway, good luck. :)

Edit: on reteading your post, I've just realized that it wasn't you asking for suggestions about a possible photobucket replacement. /o\ I apologize.
Edited Date: 2017-07-13 12:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-13 04:54 am (UTC)
lilysea: Serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
Re: photo hosting, is dropbox an option?

Date: 2017-07-13 08:38 am (UTC)
sparowe: (See)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
I used to use SmugMug, which was quite good. I believe it was around $45 a year for unlimited photo storage? Though eventually just dumped all of those into my Amazon Prime photo storage, and at some point I really need to go through them. It's mostly jousting stuff, so I'm not particularly eager. :/ Currently use Imgur for anything I need to access easily.

What's your Steam name, if you don't mind my asking? And, I'll see if I can think of anything that meets your criteria. :)

Date: 2017-07-14 05:00 pm (UTC)
sparowe: (AmbReigns)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Whether it's what you end up using or not, I hope you find something that works for you. Mine's pretty much set up just for sharing individual images, very seldom do I give links to the albums out. (I think AmbReigns in Tokyo is the only time.)

I tried adding you, and got a message that said there are no users that match my search. It does this sometimes, though. I'm chiisaisuzume, if you want to try adding me. :)

Date: 2017-07-14 11:50 pm (UTC)
sparowe: (Joy)
From: [personal profile] sparowe
Added back! :)

Date: 2017-07-15 09:36 pm (UTC)
laireshi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] laireshi
(I got your DVD meme reply and cackled a lot reading it :D And I'll answer properly when I have a bit more time, too.)

Apparently you can still install old Windows pinball? Or so this post says. I googled because I was curious - I used to like it too - but I can't check it on my Ubuntu.
I also used to really like Icy Tower. It's a typical platform game, engaging enough it stops you thinking about other stuff, but with exactly zero plot :P
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