State of the Audiofic Archive

Feb. 24th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Hey all,

This is an unofficial update on the state of the Audiofic Archive.

As some of you may know, back in December I started organizing a crowd sourcing of the missing back catalogue of the archive. We recovered almost 14,000 the approximately 20,000 files missing, leaving just over 6,000 to go.

However on February 3 while trying to upload podfics, I got an error saying that the server was out of space. I hoped that would be a temporary error, but thus far it has not been resolved. I've contacted the head of the Archive asking for help as they are the only ones able to contact the webhosting the company to get this straightened out but have not heard back (I'm sure many of you have been reading between the lines but the archivists have been working on their own to restore the archive without any guidance from the archive owner. We haven't had any news since the public update July 5th). This means we're unable to add any files to the Archive, whether they're new podfics or from the backlog of missing ones.

Thank you to everyone who helped get those 14K files back up, I'll follow up if anything changes in the future.

The Funeral - a beginning of a tale

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:48 pm
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This started out as something else, but it appears like in addition, it wants to be a murder mystery. Fae apoc, pre-apoc era, possibly 2010.

Senga didn’t believe it until she saw the body. Ellehemaei did not die very often, and they almost never died of natural causes; until she did a very quiet Working on the body itself, she was still working under the assumption that this was some trick of her Great-Aunt Mirabella’s.

The confirmation that it was real took her breath away. She walked past the body again, looking at what her diagnosis told her more than the corpse. Natural causes? Well, hawthorn was natural, she supposed, and her aunt was chock full of it.

“Miss Attenoin? Do please come to my office at noon. There’s the will reading.” The suited man stank of lawyer, and his suit stank of money. No surprise, considering her great-aunt. But...

“The will?” Senga frowned. “Great-Aunt Mirabella and I weren’t all that close…”
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Feb. 24th, 2017 09:13 am
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Middle School is fun. They are between 11 and 14 years old usually.

Overheard conversation of students discussing character in a book:

"He's a Mer-mee."
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Sites that use Cloudflare have been leaking https information. Dreamwidth and Livejournal appear to be unaffected by this as of when I last checked, along with Amazon, Reddit, Yahoo, and Gmail. Quite a few of the sites that used Cloudflare, and that are affected by this, have been listed by a user on Github. Some technical discussion (particularly in the second link) on Reddit can be found here and here. You can find a bit on the mobile iOS apps that were affected here. From everything I have read, if you need to change your passwords, it should be safe to do so.

Edit: Just found a good tool: Does It Use Cloudflare? Just type in a site address, and it will let you know if the site does/did on the date the problem was traced back to; at that point, you'll know if you must change your password at the site with the problem.
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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 24/70 - Other Places
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Links to CH24: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 24/70 - Other Places
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Links to CH24: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Julie Walters Happy Birthday!.
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• Bonnie Wright interviews Evanna Lynch about Harry Potter films, 'My Name is Emily'.
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• Warwick Davis to Host ‘Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary Panel.
• Emma Watson & Emma Thompson attend 'Beauty and the Beast' UK launch, new film features.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Katherine Waterston Narrates a Novel and Navigates the Dangers of Space.
• Colleen Atwood on the Coats and Hats of “Fantastic Beasts”.

Curse Child - Actors and News:
• Noma Dumezweni Hermione Is “Out of My Comfort Zone”.
'Cursed Child' plays celebrate rehearsal anniversary as Broadway auditions underway.
‘Cursed Child’ Playwright’s New Musical Opens This Week.
A Year of “Cursed Child”.

Communities:
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Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
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Fandom Recs:
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Resources:
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Archive News:
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Essay/Meta:
Why Did Lily Potter Let Herself Die? — Her Death from Her Point of View.

General Fandom News:
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Searches:
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Wish us luck, guys...

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:29 am
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Lee has to go back to the docs, again, tomorrow. That makes two doc visits and one immediate care visit so far this week.

We're still trying our best to make sure his bronchitis doesn't morph into full fledged pneumonia. He's on antibiotics and is doing nebulizer treatments of albuteral three times a day. His poor chest, back and stomach are all so sore from all the coughing he's been doing but that gunk has got to come up.

The reason for tomorrow's doc visit is that the whole left side of his face is swollen from what, I think, is an enlarged lymph node. The knot under his left jaw is about the size of a small tennis ball now. The right is swollen, too, but no where near as noticeably as the left. Honest to god I even asked him if he'd ever had the mumps the swelling is so bad. He's had a low grade headache all day from pressure on his Eustachian tubes. Hopefully we'll know more tomorrow when Dr. Donahue exams him.

Poor sweetie, I hate seeing him so miserable.
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Hi guys! I'm going to watch the episode after I get this posted for you, I wanted to get it up early so you wouldn't have to wait so late to see it. It's been a long week, Lee's still sick. We have to go back to the docs, again, tomorrow. Wish us luck, we sure could use it.

The files are almost finished uploading, both MP4 and the AVI formats. As soon as they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download whichever format you'd like best. :)

Click me! )

PS
If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:

http://download.cnet.com/Media-Player-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10749065.html

Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*

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Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:33 pm
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made it through work

came home and started cooking something and remembered why i never cook more than one thing at a time. my potatoes are taking WAY longer than anticipated to finish and everything else was getting cold so i ate 2/3 of my dinner and am waiting on the potatoes

at elast they're in a pyrex pan with a lid so i can just pop the whole thing in the fridge when it cools once i everntually get them done.

Safe Travels and Speedy Returns

Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:00 pm
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safe_travels_and_speedy_returns_by_amarynceus
Source: http://amarynceus.deviantart.com/art/Safe-Travels-and-Speedy-Returns-658478796

I'm pretty sure that horn is too far back and to one side. Since then the artist has done a series of busts where Twilight's horn is clearly ahead of the ears and emerging from her forehead. Otherwise, oh my!

Puppy Issue

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:24 pm
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Title: Puppy Issue
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyDrace
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters: Stiles StilinskiDerek HaleSheriff Stilinski
Rating: G
Summary: Stiles is temporarily a puppy. It's really unfair how amusing this is to everyone else.

Length: 4:30min
Right-click; save as: MP3|| 4.25MB


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Love Meme: Beryl and Stone

Feb. 23rd, 2017 03:38 pm
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The meme is here: Give me the names of two characters and I will tell you why character A loves character B.

Here is [personal profile] kelkyag's third prompt. Beryl and Stone are from the Aunt Family.


Beryl knew how most girls at school were with their big brothers.

In her opinion, much of that was because their big brothers were big jerks, but she had noticed that was the way family dynamics seemed to flow, outside of the Family.

(She made an informal study of such things, because she didn't really want to marry a cousin, should she end up marrying someone, and so she didn't want to be lost the way her father said he'd been, way back when.)

But Stone wasn't like that. Stone helped her with her homework, and, once, showed her how to cast a charm so her worst bully tripped over his feet every time he got close. And they talked about spellwork together, and she showed him secret tarot spreads and tricks with the tea leaves.

She told him Maddy Spinner was no good for him, too, but she was pretty sure any sister would've done that.

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MARKED - 4.2

Nilien smiled uncertainly at Professor Vaudelle. “Actually, Professor, speaking of that…”

“Yes, dear? I imagine Hestinger didn’t bring you all the way down here to pick out a treatise to read, at least not this early in your studies, did he? And it’s unlikely he’s testing your ability to not get lost in this place; he’s not the sort to do that.”

“He pointed out landmarks…” Professor Vaudelle’s logic was leaving Nilien a little lost. “So I don’t think he was trying to get me lost. No, he said you might be able to help with something about magic sight.”

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Coffee-Chocolate Layer Cake With Mocha-Mascarpone Frosting


http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/coffee-chocolate-layer-cake-with-mocha-mascarpone-frosting?mbid=social_facebook%3Fmbid%3DSocial_Facebook_Kitchn

As if this chocolate layer mocha cake wasn't enough, it's made with strong coffee and mascarpone cheese. You have been warned.

10 TO 12 SERVINGS


Ingredients

Cake
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups (packed) golden brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
4 teaspoons instant espresso powder dissolved in 3/4 cup hot water

Frosting
1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 8-ounce containers chilled mascarpone cheese
Bittersweet chocolate curls (optional)

Preparation

Cake
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Generously butter two 9-inch cake pans with 2-inch-high sides; dust with flour, tapping out any excess. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper.

Sift 2 cups cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add hot espresso-water mixture, beating just until smooth.

Divide batter between pans; smooth tops. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on rack 15 minutes. Run small knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes.

Invert cakes onto racks; lift pans off cakes and remove parchment. Place wire rack atop each cake; invert again so top side is up. Cool completely. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap each cake in plastic and store at room temperature.

Frosting

Sift cocoa powder into large bowl; add espresso powder. Bring 1 cup cream to boil in small saucepan. Slowly pour cream over cocoa mixture, whisking until cocoa is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup cream and sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Chill until cold, at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep chilled.

Add mascarpone to chilled cocoa mixture. Using electric mixer, beat on low speed until blended and smooth. Increase speed to medium-high; beat until mixture is thick and medium-firm peaks form when beaters are lifted, about 2 minutes (do not overbeat or mixture will curdle).

Using pastry brush, brush off crumbs from cakes. Place 1 cake layer, top side up, on platter. Spoon 1 3/4 cups frosting in dollops over top of cake. Using offset spatula, spread frosting to edges. Top with second cake layer, top side up, pressing to adhere. Spread thin layer of frosting over top and sides of cake. Chill 10 minutes. Using offset spatula, spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake, swirling decoratively. Top with chocolate curls, if desired. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome; chill. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Abigail Johnson Dodge
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Laketown with Smaug and Bard
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] breath-art

Why this piece is awesome: Another fantastic work from this artist. Highly stylised but still full of life and movement and the colours are just gorgeous.

Link: Bard with black arrow

They made me do this

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:19 am
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Wine Cats
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1921336382/?tag=email-cats-20

Title: Wine Cats
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 231

It wasn't like I wanted to pose for this. Not that I don't like posing but the thimbleful of wine wasn't to my taste and even if it was... it should have been milk or gravy or catnip tea. hmmmm catnip tea....

"Morris, look at the pretty birdy."

What birdy, human?! Idiot. And the name's not Morris.

"Okay, That's good. Thanks for the borrowing of your cat, we’ll send you a copy of the book. He’s a handsome addition to our homage to ‘the animals behind the wines we love’ series."

From the safe arms of my wizard, Thomas, I do a low growl at 'the Idiot' kneading deep with my claws.
When the photographer was safely in his car and driving away, "If you ever...!"

"I won't. I won't. Ow! Watch the claws!" Thomas dropped Hector. "We have to appear to be normal. Photo opps are part of it. AND it's not my fault. You were the one who put out the ad online with your photo prominently displayed as vineyard supervisor. ”

“It was for the wizarding audience. ‘Magical wine and tea for your Magical Life’.”

“Well, it went out to everyone on the internet. Next time use select sites or chose a magical security app. We’re lucky that they only wanted to do a photo of the ‘interesting cat’ and thought that it was only a boutique vineyard.”
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After Poise, to [personal profile] thnidu's commissioned continuation.

The question of was I poisoned was not as easy to answer as one might assume.

I did not, say, keel over (that is, turn my bottom over top) and die. But as I said, sometimes someone can poison your mind as well as just your body.

I knew I had what it took. My displays were perfect. My speech sounded unrehearsed and off-the-cuff and covered exactly everything I needed it to with no stuttering or humming or hawing. And the core product was sound. More than sound, it was brilliant and necessary.

But as I walked into that building - chin up, laptop bag in hand, looking like a million bucks and walking like I owned that place - I was secretly terrified. Five people had turned it down. Six of my friends had told me it was a long shot. Seven relatives had laughed in my face. To sum it up: I had been poisoned in my mind. I was ready, or I wanted to be ready, to make this presentation.

But was I ready? The doubts crowded onto the bus with me, shoved for a place in the elevator with me. I looked prepared. I looked proper. I looked prosperous. (Three more words that had no root in common, much to my surprise).

I was terrified.

I made my posture perfect. I smiled sweetly. I swallowed as if to bring more of that potion of poise into my body, into my mind.

I ran over all of my lines. I debated pertinent points sub-vocally. I told myself, once again, that my product was predestined to win this contact.

And in the back of my head, the poison continued to war with the potion. I was poised — but I was tainted by doubt. Two different sorts of weight were pulling at me.

The situation was grave, and it deserved gravity. Yet I found myself giggling. Here I was, pulling in two directions by the same thing — by a potion. By a great weight.

And that, my friends, was the lift I needed. The giggle, the laugh — the joke. By the time I left the elevator I had cut the strings weighing me to the criticism and doubt — if only temporarily, for those strings are very persistent — and I was buoyed up, walking on air, poised but yet no longer poisoned.

But had it even been poison? For if it had not been for that pun, I may not have been smiling, they might not have smiled, and the day might not have been won.

Funny things, potions and words, both.

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