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I've been working with AO3 a lot lately, trying to get everything going for [community profile] pod_together set. Namely, I needed to work with them with regards to streaming podfic on AO3.

Last year when I spoke to them about it, they added Google to their whitelist so we could use the Google Reader player to stream our podfics. Earlier this year though, Google started changing things around and the player basically stopped working. [personal profile] argentumlupine found a solution that involved uploading a copy of the player to other hosting and using that.

That's a problem on AO3 though, because they have to whitelist any sites hosting the player before it'll work over there. To get around that, they announced in their July 31, 2012 newsletter that they'd host their own copy of the player and gave out code that would eventually start working once they committed the code.

As the posting dates for [community profile] pod_together drew nearer, I started to panic. When I contacted AO3 again, they said they were being held up by Legal, because they thought hosting their own player might be against Google's TOS so they didn't want to go through with that option and if they did it would be very temporary while they figured out another option.

I've been hosting the code for anyone to use on I said I'd be willing to take on the liability of hosting the player if they didn't want to and they agreed to whitelist my site so we could use it for [community profile] pod_together (and so others can use it).

However, it looks like when they put my solution through, they also made the AO3 hosted solution work too. I saw some of my friends changing their streaming to the AO3 hosted solution, and worrying that they'd have to change things all over again later, I tried to warn people not to and today I emailed AO3 to find out what was going on.

I was told that, indeed, it was a mistake that the AO3 hosted solution was active and they've since deactivated it. So, if you fixed your streaming links using the AO3 hosted player, your streams are broken again. /o\

If you want to use my streaming code, it can be found here.
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Hey, so today the first of my 3 [community profile] pod_together projects was posted.

On Accents and Podfic, written by me and read by [personal profile] anatsuno.

This was in response to the poll about accents posted to [community profile] amplificathon at the end of last month. I had originally started writing different meta for [personal profile] anatsuno but when this conversation happened, it sort of ate my brain and this is what I was able to get out.

It was a little hard for me to sit on it this long, since I kept wanting to talk about what I was saying in it when the conversation was still happening, but hopefully people will still find it useful.

I highly suggest listening to the reading of the meta, because it all sounds so much more intelligent in [personal profile] anatsuno's voice (it's also amusing to hear her say that she's a Canadian who understands French accents fairly easily :P)

Meta Rec

17/6/12 11:08
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[personal profile] anatsuno has posted a rant about being inclusive to podfic. If you run anything fannish, I suggest reading it because I, personally, am getting tired of living in the fannish world she's describing. /o\
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Thursday started off as any normal day. I was just sitting at my desk at work, poking at what I'd have to do for the day, when I checked my personal email. The first thing I noticed was that [personal profile] fire_juggler posted to [community profile] amplificathon. Then I noticed that she'd sent me a DM, which I checked first. It said

Happy 5-Year Anniversary! Had we known that you would switch fandoms 2 weeks before, we might have chosen differently. But regardless, know that we love you lots and lots, and maybe you can have one last fling with AI before you go. *glomps*

And after reading it (while, actually), I promptly burst into tears. This was kind of awkward and two coworkers had just walked over and they looked kind of alarmed. It actually took me about half an hour to stop crying that morning. I kept working, which I think just made things weirder for my coworkers, as we discussed rebates and filing as I cried. :P

I just, I can't, I honestly don't even know what to say, you guys. I've been trying to write this thank you post for days now and I still am pretty speechless over the whole thing. No one's ever done something like this before. That I have so many friends that were willing to come together and make this for me (and a few others who tried or would have had they known about it) is just so amazing to me.

This is seriously the most amazing thing that ever has happened to me in fandom (and fandom is pretty amazing, so that's saying something). I haven't the preoper words to express how I feel, god.

I haven't finished listening to all my podfic yet, but so far everything has been wonderful and amazing and I love it all.

So, in conclusion, thank you so, so much to [personal profile] fire_juggler for organizing all of this, and to everyone else who contributed:
[ profile] applegeuse, [personal profile] argentumlupine, [personal profile] bessyboo, [personal profile] crazybutsound, [personal profile] croissantkatie, [personal profile] dapatty, [personal profile] exmanhater, [personal profile] fire_juggler (again), [personal profile] fishpatrol, [personal profile] greedy_dancer, [personal profile] heard_the_owl, [personal profile] inkjunket, [personal profile] isweedan, [personal profile] letsgofriday, [personal profile] lunate8, [personal profile] klb, [personal profile] reena_jenkins, [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [profile] sly_hostetter, [personal profile] takola and [personal profile] via_ostiense

Also to [personal profile] bessyboo for the cover, now all of fandom can see that ridiculous picture or me. :P
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So I've been meaning to do this for a while, if only because I'm kind of curious myself. I enjoy recording podfic so much more than editing it, so my to-edit folder is generally pretty large (I was the one who submitted this FY Podfic Platypus after all). Normally I'm able to buckle down and get things finished during [community profile] amplificathon but I didn't participate this year so, sadly, my to-edit folder just keeps growing.

It wasn't actually that easy to make this list since my WIPs are spread over many computers and removable storage devices. (Also, I generally ask for author permission after I finish a project, so if any of these do get finished by me, I'd still have to wait on permission).

My Podfic WIPs )

And that's all of them, over 20 hours of recorded, unshared podfic.. I know there have been others that I've started, but if I can't find the raw files for them, then they don't count. One day, one day! I will actually finish all most of the things I start. But until then, I will have a giant list. :P
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So, I've basically been going insane for the past few weeks, trying to finish up the school semester. Podfic is one of the only things getting me through this past month. Which leads me to the purpose of this entry.

Dear Bandom friends (you know who you are Twitter peeps),

I hate you all1. *glares* I have been successfully avoiding bandom for 2 years now, ever since [personal profile] klb tried to convert me. But apparently knowing all the bandom podficcers on Twitter, I've learned a lot through osmosis. And when I asked for podfic recs 12 days ago on Twitter, I got some bandom recs (big surprise). I've now listened to about 40 hours worth of bandom podfic in the, like, 2 weeks since I asked for podfic recs.

I've really been enjoying listening to so much podfic. In the past I listened to podfic a lot at work, so would be listening on a computer. Since I went back to school I haven't had nearly as much podfic listening time since I wasn't at work with the podfic sitting there. But part of how I managed to listen to that much podfic (when really, I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off for school/work) is because I've finally started putting podfic on my mp3 player. It's pretty awesome being able to listen for the 10 minutes between classes, in the car, while cooking dinner, while falling asleep, etc.

I've come to the realization that, you know how a lot of non-podfic listeners say they don't listen because they can read faster? That is totally not true for me. I can listen to a podfic soooo much faster than I can read the fic. Like, I'm sure if I were to read the equivalent of that 40 hours I've gone though, it would have taken me at least 5X as long.
I've also realized that I would happily substituted all my fic reading for podfic listening (well, except, how would I ever find fic to record myself then? Hmmm, dilemma).

But, yes, I've got a foot in the door for bandom now and am trying to enjoy that new fandom love, by consuming all the awesome things (which is such a nice relief after struggling for months to find things I want to read in AI fandom - though, it is weird to see Adam showing up in bandom things. In one story he was even the bad guy! :P).

1 Except not really, please send fic recs! (I don't really need podfic recs; at this point I'll probably listen to them all. I've been trying to contain myself to MCR and really like the stories where they're fighting for a greater good or something [Like I Gave Been All Things Unholy or The Fall and Rise of the Black Parade]. Please and thank you!).
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There have been so many memes going on that I've wanted to do, but I've been so busy this year. I think I might try the make up meme later this week, but in the mean time, I can do this one while at school.

AO3 Hits Meme )
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Guys! [ profile] manifesty made cover art for my podfic From Adam to Kris, written by [personal profile] moirariordan. Isn't it pretty?

If you're the type that likes cover art with your podfic but doesn't know how to attach it yourself, I've re-uploaded the files with cover art attached.
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This year maybe I'll actually get a line or something *rolls eyes*

paraka's Podfic Bingo!
Character VoicesCrackAbridge<10 Minutes LongCharacter of Colour
GenEcho EffectRead SexyOut of OrderRadio Play Style
AngstSlur/MumbleWild Card!Incorporate Physical SoundSing
GossipRead AnimatedlyUnfamiliar GenreRecord While Lying DownRead Deadpan
Read Quickly (for you)Splice Fics TogetherSlashUse a Speed EffectMinor Character
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For Valentine's Day [personal profile] fire_juggler put out the offer to record short ficlets for people. I've seen a couple other people on my flist make similar offers and thought I'd join in.

There's no way I can do this for Valentine's Day, things are crazy busy with school right now but next week's reading week so I can record some when I get back from NYC. I've been kinda in a podfic funk lately and am hoping that this'll help me get back into podficcing so I can finish up some of my larger projects. :S

So, rules:
1) I make no promises that I'll actually get through all the requests. I'll try, but I have no idea how many requests I'll get.

2) Please keep the requested fics under 2500 words. (Fics with permission already give, ie. blanket permission or author's offering up their own fic, are extra appreciated)

3) You can ask about other fandoms or pairings, but my main fandom is American Idol and I tend to be pretty fixed in my ships (Kris/Adam, Kris/Katy/Adam, David/David, David A/Allison). I've also been feeling out Twin Peaks and Warehouse 13 fandoms lately. :)
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Image of unwrapped, multicolored condoms, in rows, facing up. Text on image: Fandom Supports Scarleteen. Sex Ed for the real world.
Fandom Supports Scarleteen!
[dw community profile] scarleteenfans has been the premier online sexuality resource for young people worldwide since 1998. Countless members of various fandoms have used information from Scarleteen when making fanworks, as well as in our own lives. They were there when we needed them. Now they need us.
Offer or bid on fanworks to support the best sex ed site on the web!

I'm not offering anything this round (I have to finish off last year's charity works before I can take on any new ones, god) but there are lots of other awesome podficcers up:

-[personal profile] anatsuno Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: LotRiPS (usually Hobbit actors, not the Men so much), SGA, Inception, dabbling in Dr. Who, Community, Sherlock Holmes (any), Mythbusters, HP. Message / comment / email me if you want something else, I'm not opposed.)

-[personal profile] fire_juggler Offering: podfic up to 8K (Fandoms: Harry Potter, American Idol RPF, Sherlock (BBC), Merlin, Hawaii Five-O, Supernatural, Supernatural RPF)

-[personal profile] flyingthesky Offering: 10K of podfic (Fandoms: My main fandoms are various kinds of RPF, The Social Network (+rpf), High School Musical, Suits, Merlin, and BBC Sherlock. However, if it's some sort of Disney media, it appears on any masterlist and/or it's anywhere in my tags, you can probably ask for it*.)

-[personal profile] flyingthesky Offering: 10K-40K podfic (Fandoms: My main fandoms are various kinds of RPF, The Social Network (+rpf), High School Musical, Suits, Merlin, and BBC Sherlock. However, if it's some sort of Disney media, it appears on any masterlist and/or it's anywhere in my tags, you can probably ask for it*.)

-[ profile] kalakirya Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: supernatural, man from UNCLE, due south, young wizards, sherlock (BBC), good omens, lord of the rings, star trek (any except enterprise), stargate: atlantis, thor, the avengers, white collar, ncis, merlin, xena, vorkosigan, x-men: first class, iron man, psych)

-[personal profile] leish Offering: podfic up to 10K (Fandoms: I'm most familiar with bandom, Merlin, Doctor Who, Sherlock and The Social Network, but I would be willing to make something for Inception, Community, Glee, Harry Potter or Star Trek XI.)

-[personal profile] nickelmountain Offering: podfic up to 5K (Fandoms: Supernatural, Star Trek (any), Fringe, T:SCC, Firefly, BSG, or any other fandom I've already recorded podfic in. Other fandoms are totally negotiable. I'm flexible!)

-[personal profile] tinypinkmouse Offering: podfic up to 15K (Fandoms: Any, really. Though obviously I'm not familiar with ALL the fandoms. :) But I'm okay with recording something in a fandom I'm not familiar with as well.)

-[personal profile] via_ostiense Offering: podfic up to 2K (Fandoms: St. Trinian's, White Collar, Vorkosigan, Coffee Prince, Sherlock (BBC, RDJ movie, canon), Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, or Harry Potter. If you want another fandom, PM me or comment here.)
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Podfic Meme ) 2011 was definitely the year of podfic for me! I hope I can say the same for 2012!
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Letter to the person that made my #InformalTwitterPodficExchange present:

I am spending Christmas at my Nana's, and she doesn't even know how to turn a computer on, let alone have the internet, so I won't be able to properly squee and flail at you when podfics go live. Please know that this will kill me a little, as I'm sure whatever you made me will be perfect and amazing and will fill me with glee!

I can't wait till I have internet again to be able to listen. :D
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So according to my count, I currently have 48 podfics posts. I'm going to be posting one on Saturday (or rather [personal profile] cantarina and/or [ profile] bessyboo will post a podfic of mine on Saturday, since it’s a part of the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange they're running) but after that, the next one will be my 50th podfic, and I believe this is a momentous occasion! I want my 50th to be special, you should help me choose which one it'll be:

Poll #8806 What should my 50th podfic be of?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

Which podfic should I release as my 50th?

View Answers

The really kinky Kradam one.
8 (61.5%)

The Kradam arranged marriage one.
3 (23.1%)

The experimental Cookleta one.
2 (15.4%)

The drunken Kradam mpreg one.
2 (15.4%)

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Guys! Guys, yesterday I tweeted that with yesterday's podfic I was 17 seconds short of having posted 15 hours of podfic so far this year and [personal profile] reena_jenkins, who is awesome made me this:

How awesome is that! Everyone should go listen!!!!

I love podfic fandom so fucking much!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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I had my first exam this morning! 8am on a Saturday morning, awesome. *sarcasm* And now I'm in the lab procrastinating on working on late labs. /o\

But enough about school! I want to talk about podfic, because apparently that's all I do anymore.

So, it's getting close to Christmas and my family has started to bug me about what I want. I'm not an easy person to buy for because there's not a lot that I want and when I do want something I generally just buy it myself. Really, what I want most for Christmas is podfic and it's not like I can ask my family for that.

But then I thought, why not? My dad used to read to me a lot when I was a kid and he's good at it. I would just have to find an appropriate (read: gen) fic and I could ask him to podfic it for me! When I mentioned this on twitter I got equal amounts of revulsion as my friends imagined their family reading them podfic and impressed kudos that I'm just that dedicated to podfic. :P

Last weekend when my mom bugged me again about what I wanted, I broached the subject with her. She kinda laughed at me but it sounded like she thought it was a good idea. Then on Thursday (after a panicked series of phone calls trying to ascertain my family members who attend Virginia Tech were ok) she asked me what Dad had said when I asked him to podfic for me.

I was kinda hoping she'd handle that side of things. :S And when I mentioned it, she said, no, I'd have to ask him myself. She then called Dad over to put him on the phone but I told her no because it's something I'd rather do in person.

I guess she mentioned it to him anyway though, because when I mentioned it to my dad yesterday he was all, "yeah sure." \o/ \o/ \o/

But then he asked me if it was my story, and how long it was through the ensuing conversation it became really clear he had no idea what he'd agreed to. When I said my mom mentioned the idea to him, I think it really was just a mention. Like, "Hey, Lindsay wants you to read her a story" which my dad misheard as "Lindsay wants you to read her story" which he interpreted as "Lindsay wants you to proofread a story she wrote."

Yeah, not quite.

When I properly explained what it was I wanted him to do he was a lot more hesitant so it may or may not happen. I think I might have to choose a different fic than the one I currently have in mind. I had wanted a Terminator gen fic (which I think my dad would actually enjoy reading) but it's almost 61K. Although the story is told from 3 POVs, so maybe if I break it down and only give him one POV and take the others it won't be as bad (she doesn't know this yet, but I want to ask [personal profile] nickelmountain if she'd be willing to take on one of the POVs if this happens, that way there can be a different voice for each POV). But I really really want this to happen. XD
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Podfic as a fan art is still relatively small, even if it's growing quickly. There are positive steps that can be taken to help podfic as a fan art grow. To learn how check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

Today is the last day of [community profile] pod_aware and the theme is encouraging podfic. Know what I think would be awesome for encouraging podfic? PODFIC CONS!!!

Back in August, the amazing [personal profile] general_jinjur posted a poll about a European podfic con (if you're interested in going to European con and haven't already done so, you should go fill out [personal profile] general_jinjur's poll and let her know!) but now I'd like to talk about a North American con. First, a poll:

Poll #8539 North American Podfic Con
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27

Would you attend a podfic con in Toronto, Ont. Canada around May 2012?

View Answers

5 (18.5%)

I'd try.
17 (63.0%)

Maybe next year?
4 (14.8%)

1 (3.7%)

The vision I have of the con right now is a smaller affair. I'm imagining 3 rooms, one for panels, one for hanging out and one for group podfic recordings (think how much easier it would be to collaborate with everyone in the same room! When you can have a full cast!) and other fun stuff like that.

I'm thinking about doing it in May since university students should be out of school at that time but it's before the summer rush of vacations happen (also, last I heard the Euro con is aiming for the end of summer and I don't want to overlap so people can go to both if they want to/can).

So what do people think? What would you like to see at a podfic con? What kinds of events, panels, parties? Would you be willing to volunteer to help out (tentatively, I'm not going to hold anyone to this if they say yes)?

Would you be interested in getting more information if I move forward with this?

(Also posted on LJ)

ETA #1: I've gotten a couple comments so far that May isn't that great of a month for people. Keeping in mind that there's no one time that'll work work for everyone, feel free to suggest when a better time for you would be.
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So, as some of you will remember, I'm running a comm in November called [community profile] pod_aware.

After doing that birthday podmeta for [ profile] brimtoast, I thought it would be a really cool idea to do daily podcast for [community profile] pod_aware! But for that, I need people who can meta with me!

I asked on Twitter and have some volunteers, but I'm hoping for more. I need at least one person to join me per day (with a maximum of two others - I don't want us all talking over each other).

Each podcast would correspond to the daily theme at [community profile] pod_aware. Here are the themes and the cohosts I have lined up so far:

Edit: All full now, thanks!
November 7: Podfic 101/Why We Podfic - [ profile] bessyboo, [ profile] podklb
November 8: Blanket Permission [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [ profile] jenepel, [personal profile] fishpatrol
November 9: Author/Podficcer Relationships - [ profile] podklb, [ profile] weimar27
November 10: Accents [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [ profile] greedy_dancer
November 11: Feedback - [personal profile] anatsuno, [ profile] knight_tracer
November 12: Repodding - [ profile] bessyboo, [ profile] knight_tracer
November 13: Encouraging Podfic - [personal profile] cantarina, [ profile] weimar27

Anyone else want to join in? Recordings would be done over Skype (accounts are free).

ETA: To clarify, the dates shown are the days the podcast would air, I'm actually starting the recordings now and plan to have them all recorded before November. *hopfully* I'm trying to work out a flexible schedule that everyone interested can meet. :)
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Come join us here at [community profile] podfic_request to request and create Fall & Winter Holiday-themed podfics!

If you're someone who listens to podfic and have ever though "wow, I really wish someone would podfic story X" of if you're a podficcer whose ever wondered what project you should take on next, [community profile] podfic_request can help.

They have themed requests (like this Fall & Winder Holiday theme) but they also have a general request post too.

If you were one of the people that saw this comm when it first came out and were scared away by some of the rules/policies, I'd suggest giving the comm a second look. The mods of the comm have proven themselves more than will to listen to the concerns of their members (or potential members) and have changed a lot of the rules of the comm to make it more comfortable for participants.
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Help spread the word on podfic (you don't need to be a podficcer to join in!).
[community profile] pod_aware (Info | Sign Ups) || [community profile] pod_aware (Info | Sign Ups)

There are so many people out there that have never heard of podfic or only vaguely know what it is. This comm is designed to spread awareness of podfic and help us share our love with others.

How are we going to do this? For one week (November 7-13) every day there will be a topic to talk about regarding podfic. But! We're not just going to talk about podfic, to help spread awareness we're going to make stuff!

You can make whatever you'd like, it can be a podfic of course but it doesn't have to have anything to do with podfic. It could be a fic, art, icons, pic spam, meta, rec list, vid, anything you'd like! Feel free to get creative in whatever it is you do or would like to do.

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