Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts.
How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform
So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.
As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi, azriona!) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.
I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E.
( Collapse ) So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.
Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.
Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.
Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”
You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”
You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”
You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.
The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.
Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.) And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!
EDIT as of 22 April, 2019: It appears as if gdurl.com no longer provides the http://gdurl.com/ section of the code when it creates your permalink. Don't despair. Take the admittedly confusing very short piece of code you get when you hit "create permalink" - it'll be something like RbKx - and simply put in the http://gdurl.com/ in front. I'm not sure why gdurl is only providing the latter half of the URL,, nor can I guess whether this change will disappear and things will go back to what they were, but this is how to deal with it
( Collapse ) So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.
This year I decided I'd take part in snowflake_challenge, in part because I want to keep active in fandom, tell people how much I value them and, (probably more than) occasionally, talk about who I am and why I do what I do.
The first challenge asked me to introduce myself to people. So here goes, but I've put it under a cut because it goes on and on and on.
I am so bloody tired. There's so much going on in my head, and I wish to god there wasn't.
Every time I think I've got it handled, I don't. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffy-r.dreamwidth.org/803867.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
And one kaffy_r absolutely dragged. I can't think of much to say that actually requires brain cells to rub together. That's good, because I don't have any cells worth rubbing together.
More tomorrow, possibly. I know I have some folks to reply to. This entry was originally posted at https://kaffy-r.dreamwidth.org/803458.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.
... before we head off to Seattle. I spent much of today doing some necessary prep - arranging for cars to pick us up here on Tuesday and then at O'Hare on the 7th. It's expensive, but we've learned that hoping for taxis, Ubers or Lyfts to get us to the airport on time isn't worth the dollar savings. That's especially true when takeoff or landing times are at various versions of ogodo-clock, which is very true this trip; our plane to Seattle is wheels up at 7 a.m., god help us, and our flight from Seattle lands at O'Hare at 11:49 p.m. on the 7th.
I checked three limo companies, and had to do it on the phone because none of their websites were user friendly. I didn't mind; speaking with people is still something I can do. We got the round trip reservations for $20 above what my self-imposed ceiling was, but it included the gratuities and all the taxes, so there's that.
I also pre-ordered food for both flights, since Alaska Air lets you do that (probably a lot of airlines let you do it). I like making sure we will have something to nosh on, since the flight time will be 4+ hours, and neither of us is going to be happy without that.
After all that, we had to climb into our very hot car, go to thee local PetSmart, and buy a new cat tree for the two feline maniacs who managed to break one of the load bearing pillars on their current one. Seriously, cat-dudes - why u do that to yer kittehmomz?
And yes, it wasn't fixable, which is what we'd really hoped, but they managed to tear holes in the particle board that the column was bolted into, and we couldn't just shore it up - it kept twisting out of alignment. So yes, go ahead cats; add some last minute pressure on our bank book. Little furry assholes.
Wow. Such trivial, so superficial. Wow.
Also, I am, perhaps, listening to more Dimash than I expected to. Thanks, elisi!
I'm heading off to bed early tonight, after another warm and humid day. I'll probably be asleep, if and when a potential derecho -a chain of severe stormsthat can cause even more severe windstorms - blows across or near the Chicago landscape sometime starting around 1 a.m. tomorrow. We had a nasty one blow through here last August 10, one that generated the tornado that hit my block just south of our alley.
I'm feeling more than a bit guilty about looking forward to a big storm - but I think I'd like it to stop at "really cool thunderstorm", well south of any tornado or tornado-like weather.
Frankenstein Meme, Day 20 What fandom broke your heart?
No fandom has broken my heart. There are some stories within my chosen fandoms that have made me cry, but I assume this question has to do with members of the fandom, and not the creators, or the stories that comprise what I love in each fandom.