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Link to my site!

No hotlinking! I don't think neocities will let you... but they'll let you upload it :)


My shrines:

I have a bunch of tumblrs which function as shrines for Fallout, Star Trek and Dragon Age :)


Webrings:

the geekring: previous site - random site - next site

retronaut webring: previous site - random site - next site


Links!!!

Interesting things to subscribe to Interesting articles Useful programs

RSS/Atom Feeds & Mailing Lists

I read all these in my excellent email client Thunderbird.

Feeds

The feed links are not really designed for clicking on - copy them and subscribe to them in whatever feed-reader you use. When you set up your subscriptions, take care with the update frequency. For most blogs and small sites, once a day is more than enough.

Archive of Our Own tag feeds - this isn't a link to a particular feed, but instructions on how to subscribe to any tag you want! Here is the Natalia Dubrovhsky feed, for example.

You can subscribe to any wordpress-based blog or tumblr by whacking a /rss on the end; a /data/atom on to a dreamwidth; youtube channels are a bit more complicated: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=[get this long random id by clicking the channel name from a video]

Subscribing to feeds is fun! I got the tumblr and youtube tips here, and I'm always looking for more. For now, here's some of my personal recommendations:

Ginnie's Sims Community Finds - I actually follow this through my dreamwidth reading page, but you can subscribe to the feed instead. She posts new cc for Sims 1, 2, 3 and 4. I play TS1 and TS3 and I would never find the TS1 stuff without her. The TS3 coverage is very thorough, too!

Slashdot - this is the main news feed. Slashdot used to call itself "news for nerds". Idk if that is the best description any more (they don't seem to think so?), but it's mostly tech-related news. Sometimes the summarising is very lazy, and it's worth reading the comments just to get a better view, but they're a bit of minefield. That's categorically better than a cesspit, FWIW. If you venture on to the main site from the feed - the nested quotes don't render properly, which makes it sometimes worth clicking through - I recommend blocking all the 'Here's what's making other people angry:' "suggested" crap. It's fairly easy

I find gHacks a good way to keep up with email- and Firefox- related news. No actual ads in the feed, but they promote some odd stuff sometimes. But, one woman's odd is another woman's lifesaver, ofc.

Low-tech Magazine's solar powered blog feed - obviously the meaning of "low tech" here is not really low tech, but this blog has some great articles about both technologies and our concepts of technology

CRPG Addict - fun blog about old CRPGs

OS/2 Museum - not just about OS/2, but old computers in general

Two-Bit History - more computer history, with more recent history too

Computers Are Bad - this is a great blog for technology criticism

Feed for The Cheapskate's Guide to Computers and the Internet which is pretty self-explanatory. There's also more general articles about the web and other technology

The Aesthetics of Joy - articles about, well, joy. And its necessity, and its accessibility.


Mailing Lists

The Writer's Almanac - a poem and an On This Day writing-related roundup every day. The highlighted personalities and events are generally from the US, but not at all exclusively. There's a fair amount of promotional stuff both in the email, and occasional extra emails, but if you load it as html it's not too annoying.

The Full Helping - a vegan recipe blog I've been reading for a long time. There's also a focus on eating disorder recovery and mental health in general. Apart from Gena's new recipes, there's usually a weekly newsletter with a little roundup of other people's recipes and health- and nature-related news. The whole thing is very interesting and thoughtful. Sometimes recipes are sponsored, but it's not too intrusive.

The Public Domain Review - pretty self-explanatory, it's a look at works in the public domain, and news relating to the public domain laws. (I can't work out what schedule the emails are sent on - I think it's fortnightly?)

Maangchi's newsletter - monthly, recipes by Maangchi along with her responses to readers and a few personal thoughts. I love Maangchi, and this email always makes me smile.

LibraryThing's State of the Thing - I think you need to be a LT member to get this monthly email, but it's not just about the site. There's news about books: bookshops, publishing, conferences, awards, and so on.

Pen International's newsletter - updates from the association for writers' rights

NHBS newsletters - these are pretty much all adverts, as NHBS is a shop. The main newsletter also covers some nature/conservation news (probably totally UK-specific), but my favourite is the monthly edition for nature book releases and reprints! They have a great mix of extremely specific textbooks through to popular science paperbacks. They sell things other than books, too, and thanks to these newsletters I'm bizarrely and unnecessarily well-informed on bat survey equipment. I bought my hand lens from there :)

D B Borton's mailing list - to keep up with her new releases mainly. I love her Cat Caliban mystery series.


I love to subscribe to things!!!


Articles

Rediscovering the Small Web - an essay about the web I remember, which we can recreate!

This article about bloated web design is very funny, and I like its recommended balanced web pyramid very much.

Digital Wellbeing - a page with a lot of useful information on getting a healthier relationship with social media and the internet. I don't think all the suggestions are practicable or even necessarily helpful but there's lots of food for thought here.


Useful programs

I write my fanfics, as well as attempts at original fiction, in SmartEdit Writer. It's free and I recommend it to all Windows users who think they might benefit from the ability to rearrange scenes, and to be able to write directly into their plan. It also has great note-attaching behaviours.

I made this site with Notepad++, a free text editor for Windows. Everyone needs a program like this and this is mine!

I use LibreOffice for all kinds of things, mostly making drafts of my fics to email to my poor husband, huge 'spreadsheet' tables to plan my erotic fanfiction, and fictional family tree 'flowcharts'. I'm sure you can use these programs for other things, too.

I have a complicated upload process to AO3 where I paste things repeatedly in and out of SmartEdit Writer, LibreOffice Writer, Notepad++ and AO3 until I start to cry, toggling AO3 between HTML and rich text as I go. It sounds really good and fun and easy right? So maybe I will write a tutorial some day so you can do the same.