Crystal Fires

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Has anyone used Piwigo instead of Coppermine for a gallery? I’ve been playing with it today, and really like it. The download is less than 4MB instead of 17 like with Coppermine, and there’s a plugin to upgrade it automatically that if it works as well as the other plugins, will be sweet. And the plugin install is a lot easier than in Coppermine. They also have some nice themes on offer, although not maybe in what’s thought of as “fansite style”. I haven’t looked at making themes yet so that might be a problem but so far it’s the only minus I can think of. 

Here is my test Piwigo: 

I’m very tempted to switch to Piwigo on at least some of my sites to see how I like it in real use because there’s also one other thing that makes this software look very attractive to me personally: a plugin for WordPress called PiwigoMedia that works (unlike every Coppermine plugin for WordPress I have found) and doesn’t produce shortcodes but real image URLs instead.

But before I do any decisions, I’m curious about others Piwigo experiences.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

There were problems with the server, and are hosted on, and that’s why there were some errors showing. The server has been fixed, and everything should be loading normally again!

Monday, August 29, 2011

2156 DVD screencaps from Xena episode 1.09 Death In Chains are up. Bad ones weeded out.

The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink!

Gallery: Home > Xena: Warrior Princess > Season 1 > 1.09 Death In Chains

Saturday, August 27, 2011

So I’ve now had all the tests ordered by the infections specialist; nothing was found and no reason for the chronic diarrhea. Removing the two bad teeth has had no effect at all on the CRP levels which continue to be slightly elevated. They decided to refer me to Gastro in case they think they should check me. I was checked by the Gastro but that was about 5 months before the chronic diarrhea started, and was because of the bad hemoglobin.

So now I’m in line for the MRI of the small intestine in October. Yay fun. I guess I should hope they’ll find someting that explains the chronic diarrhea and that can be treated, no matter what it is. I’m pretty sure I’ve this particular thing done already once, but I can’t remember whether it was for the hemoglobin or the diarrhea. But if they want to keep examining me, let them… it’d be nice to have a real explanation.

Huh. I just noticed that categories on the right don’t work. I’ll look into that. EDIT: and now they have disappeared???

Friday, August 26, 2011

I know I’ve ranted about this before but it keeps coming up every once in a while so…

Is it so damn hard to crasp that people actually exist who don’t give a flying fuck about shipping and pairings and OTPs – and to consider that just maybe not all wallpapers featuring two characters in it mean that I, the maker, must ship that pairing? Oh, and better yet, then get apoplectic because I have dared to make wallpapers pairing  – your word, not mine – Character A not only with Character B but also with other people????????? Stupid shippers. Oh, and while we’re at it… no, “Todd smut” doesn’t automatically mean it’s Todd/Sheppard. There are other characters than Sheppard (and McKay), you know, or I can even make up !GASP! an OC or two if I want to. I don’t like Sheppard (yes !GASP! that is possible!)  You don’t want me to write Sheppard; you would not like the result. And nor would I.

On other news. Watched Rachel Weisz’s The Whistleblower today. A very good, but hard movie to watch. But also a very necessary one.

Amazing Rachel Weisz was closed by its owner a few days ago due to personal reasons. She first gave me the chance to download everything I wanted. Which I did, and have uploaded to my Rachel site. It was a fabulous RW site,and I’m so glad Natalie didn’t just close it – it’d been a huge loss to fandom.

But it made me feel like a Borg – AMR was the fifth fansite (although 1st RW fansite) I have taken over when the original owner could not maintain it anymore. I’m very glad to be trusted and able to do that, but at the same time I’m feeling like I’m the Borg and take over all my favorite fansites/subjects. Sometimes it would be great to just be one of many, not the only, fan producing content (by which I mean photos, video clips, wallpapers, screencaps, icons etc. things that require actually making or scanning content). Luckily there is at least one still  more or less up-to-date fansite for Rachel. So at least I’m not literally the only one this time. But yeah.

Monday, August 22, 2011

DVD caps from Xena episode 1.08 Prometheus are up!

The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Made these for landofart’s “Top 5 favorite characters”.

So, in order of preference (at the moment, anyway!)

  1. Todd the Wraith (Stargate Atlantis)
  2. Ardeth Bay (The Mummy & The Mummy Returns)
  3. Juliet Stuart (Dark Skies)
  4. Phil Albano (Dark Skies
  5. Seven Of Nine (Star Trek Voyager)


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Screencaps from Xena episode 1.07 The Titans are up!

The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I have uploaded 6 new Stargate Atlantis wallpapers; all Wraith.


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