eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I like RULES and I like LISTS so I really enjoy the clear dispute rules of Festivids - I like figuring out which fandoms are safeties and which fandoms are too big and so on. But I have heard a lot of people say that they wanted to check the size of their own fandoms or dispute a fandom, but youtube search was too awful to work with. So I thought I'd write down how I do it in hopes that someone might find it helpful.

Because youtube's search function is terrible, it will return results entirely unrelated to your query, so a youtube search alone doesn't count to disqualify a fandom1; instead you'll have to make a list of vids, or a youtube playlist, or find someone else's youtube playlist. (You could theoretically do a search and then just manually count results, but if someone says they don't believe you, you're stuck - in disputes, the burden of proof is on the challenger.) But of course since youtube search sucks it can be hard to find vids or hard to list them without duplicates. This is how I do it, trying to make sure that I only count things once and that I only count things that qualify as vids under festivids rules while still working quickly and without getting bored. Here's my method:

how to use youtube to check the size of a fandom )
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Title: parachute
Fandom: Masters of Sex
Song: Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson
Length: 2:34
Contains: no standard content notes apply
Summary: I'm not going to be around to see the testing become routine. I'm going to have to hand the work off. To someone who can fight the fight. Who can talk small, but think big. Who can find the shortest distance between two points. Do you know anyone like that?

Download (larger): parachute mp4, 1280x720, 59 MB, mediafire
Download (smaller): parachute mp4, 880x496, 28 MB, mediafire
Subtitles: parachute srt file (to use, give it the same file name as the vid file and put it in the same folder)

streaming version )

lyrics )
eruthros: Super Mario Galaxy: Mario staring at his creepy cosmic twin (Mario and Cosmic Mario)
Title: 9 to 5
Fandom: Lego Star Wars
Song: 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Length: 2:29
Contains: cartoon violence, cartoon character death
Summary: It's a tough life for a stormtrooper.

Download: 9 to 5 mp4, 848x474, 34 MB, sendspace
Subtitles: 9 to 5 srt file (to use, give it the same file name as the vid file and put it in the same folder)

streaming )

lyrics )
eruthros: Aang from Avatar:TLA facepalming (Avatar - facepalming aang)
1. When I clip, I use lagarith as my lossless codec of choice. (UTVideo is supposed to be better but it makes my computer sad.)

2. VLC didn't used to support lagarith. I use the old version of the KM player for watching my clips and exports before conversion (or MPC or whatever) but since VLC is my default player sometimes I accidentally open stuff in VLC and go "aaaahhhh!" because the video is terrible pink and green and blue jagged boxes.

3. VLC claims they added lagarith support with version 2.0.0 - 22 months ago.

4. Woohoo! That means I can watch clips in VLC without the terrible pixelated VLC freakout!

5. ... or not, actually, it doesn't work at all, I can't watch my clips in VLC, they still are a mess.

So that was annoying but didn't actually change my process. VLC didn't really add it or something, whatever, I'll keep using the KM player. However:

6. I export in lagarith from Premiere.

7. Sometimes I accidentally open exports in VLC by double-clicking.

8. ... about half the time, they play fine.


All of those exports are from the same project file! Frame size is consistent! And matches the clips anyway, none of which play in VLC. Frame rate's the same. They're all in the same colorspace. I briefly thought VLC could play reduced resolution lagarith files but not standard res files - I sometimes do quick exports in reduced resolution - but noooo, it plays some of each and chokes on some of each. There is literally no difference between those files except that some are exported on Tuesdays and some on Wednesdays. They even have the same filename! Like.

This isn't a problem, it's just a WHAT EVEN. Though who knows maybe there is an obvious answer that I'm just missing! Because vidding!
eruthros: A person running a wartenberg wheel over their chin. (kink: sensation play)
Title: Studies in Human Sexual Response: She Bop by Unwoman
Fandom: Masters of Sex
Song: She Bop - Unwoman
Length: 2:34
Contains: nudity, NSFW
Summary: Oooh she do she bop

Download (larger): studies in human sexual response mp4, 1280x720, 59 MB, mediafire
Download (smaller): studies in human sexual response mp4, 880x496, 32 MB, mediafire
Subtitles: studies in human sexual response srt file (to use, give it the same file name as the vid file and put it in the same folder)

Thanks to: [personal profile] chagrined, who made the credits! Twice, even, because the first time they had a typo. Ze and [personal profile] thingswithwings both betaed and the vid is much better for their input.

streaming )

lyrics )
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
I kept meaning to make this post when I see people talk about RSS reader alternatives, because NewsBlur changed my blog reading for the better and I love it! And I think maybe some of y'all would love it too. The basic reason: tag screening and story training means I can follow just some tags and screen out other tags from any RSS feed (including tumblr or AO3 feeds).

About NewsBlur! With pictures! )
eruthros: Janet van Dyne flying next to the Hulk; they're both smiling (A:EMH: Janet and the Hulk)
Thank you for making me a vid in one of the small fandoms that we share! I want you to have fun and do festivids however you want to do it, and if that means totally ignoring this that is fine by me. I like a lot of detail when I read letters, so that's how I write mine, but please don't feel obligated to read this all or to take any of this letter as a strict guideline - I like all kinds of vids (including critiques) and I like surprises and I like these sources, so you're pretty sure to make something I'll like.

General preferences )

Music )

My requests copied from the signup form plus some additional info: Sleep Dealer, the Crash Pad series, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, The Motorcycle Diaries, Super Mario Galaxy, The Runaways, The Marx Brothers films, Hanna )
eruthros: Janet van Dyne looking determined and making a fist (A:EMH: Janet looking determined)
I've been suspicious about the way tumblr blocking works for primary and secondary blogs for a while, and I just got a chance to test it with [personal profile] chagrined. Turns out it's a) massively fucked up and b) faaaaascinating. Many people have probably investigated this before, but I haven't seen it, so.

Basically, tumblr treats primary and secondary blogs as two separate accounts for the purposes of blocking. Which is ... reasonable in some ways? But leads to a totally broken functionality in others.

We both tested it using primary and secondary tumblrs, and every time we tested it, only the specific blocked tumblr was ignored. E.g. I ignored [personal profile] chagrined's primary, and could still see hir secondary in the tags, and ignored hir secondary, and could still see hir primary on my dash.

This is all very well and good if you use the ignore button the way I often do - "I don't want this person's spider posts in the black widow tag" - then, fine, just ignoring posts made by iheartspiders makes sense. But here's the catch: blocking/ignoring also makes my posts not show up on that user's dash and it prevents them from messaging me. But since tumblr treats primary and secondary accounts as separate, that reverse-blocking fails. There is no way to log in as my secondary account and block someone from there, so there is actually no way for me to remove my secondary account's posts from their dash. And depending on which of their accounts I ignore, they may still be able to message any of my accounts.

And since I can only follow/like/message from my primary account, if someone else blocks my secondary account that does absolutely nothing to my ability to follow/like/message - all it does is take my secondary blog's posts out of the tags and notes.

Which makes this weirdly varying blocking depending on whether you block a primary or secondary account. Like so:

I ignore a primary account: they can't see my primary's posts on their dash, but can still see my secondary's; I don't see their primary account's posts in the tags, but can still see their secondary account's posts; I don't see their notes, but can still see their secondary account's notes; there is no way for me to remove my secondary's posts from their dash. However, they can't ask either my primary or secondary account! The one and only place where tumblr treats those two accounts as the same! No, I don't know either. Reasons. I triple-checked because it was so weird. (And as a result can say that those asks do go into your inbox, they're just invisible, so if you un-ignore an account later, the old asks will be there, but with no new-message flag for a couple days. Suddenly, later, there will be a new message flag!)

I ignore a secondary account: they can still see my primary and secondary's posts on their dash; I don't see the secondary account's posts in the tags, but still see the primary account's posts; I don't see their secondary account's notes, but I can still see their primary account's notes and replies; they can still message either of my accounts from their primary account; there is no way for me to remove my secondary's posts from their dash.

some consequences )

We probably missed some possibilities in testing, and it's always plausible that one of us is affected by a weird tumblr bug, because who isn't. But it's pretty weird, isn't it?
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Okay, so, Marvel just did a back-dated story - Iron Man 258.1 through 258.4 - which fills in some of the time post-Armor Wars; basically it's an Iron Man story that fits in about 1990 in continuity but doesn't involve time travel or anything. Which makes the decision they made about the storyline make NO SENSE. And also makes that decision infuriating.

Iron Man 258.1-258.4 spoilers plus some discussion of plots from, like, 1994. Also, large images. )
eruthros: Kari from Mythbusters driving construction equipment (Mythbusters - Kari is awesome)
[personal profile] chagrined just posted an interesting poll about how people navigate tumblr, which reminded me that I wrote this post up like a month ago and never posted it. So!

A while ago, I wanted to un-ignore someone on tumblr that I'd added to the block (now ignore) list months and months ago. Because the block page wasn't paginated at the time, and only showed the last 100 people I'd blocked, the only way to do that was to un-block everyone until I finally made it back far enough. Since tumblr also has a bug where you can't un-block banned or deleted accounts, I knew eventually I'd hit a point where I couldn't go any further back - I'd be stuck with a page of 100 banned accounts - but I hoped I could make it back a couple months before that happened. (As it turned out, I couldn't even make it that far back, because of a separate tumblr bug which reduced the length of my block page to just 10 accounts at a time; that wasn't fixed until they finally decided to paginate. Oh, tumblr, why are you so broken.)

I wanted to re-block at least some of the accounts when I was done, so I started making a spreadsheet of which accounts I'd blocked and whether or not I wanted to continue to block them. I thought I might have to do this again in the future, if I ever needed to work backwards, and tumblr doesn't have a notes function, so since I already had that spreadsheet I started adding all the new people I blocked to it. As it turned out, this ended up being a kind of interesting spreadsheet full of Statistics About Tumblr, so I thought I would reproduce some of the numbers here! Obviously this is very idiosyncratic - it's, like, portrait of a person who is trigger-happy with the block button and sometimes regrets it later - plus it's very specific to the tags I track. But nonetheless, here are the numbers from the last 1000 accounts I blocked (some of whom I unblocked later).

An accidental and non-scientific study of tumblr accounts )

Also, I uploaded this spreadsheet with all the usernames blocked out except those of the spammers, in case anyone is curious about the numbers. Since I started writing this post I've added, like, another 150 accounts or so. Because the ignore button is awesome.

Oh, and I am [ profile] eruthrosish on tumblr, but I don't post/reblog anything using that account, I just follow people, because I'm not really interested in having conversations on tumblr. I do reblog to a secondary tumblr, [ profile] thingsfortwwings, which is for things [personal profile] thingswithwings might like and feeds an rss account on dw; mostly marvel, mostly fanart, some comics pages or movie stills, rarely gifs or videos. I try to tag for tumblr savior; thingsfortwwings tag list here.


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