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Dec. 10th, 2014


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[info]affictitious
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CDJ Comm


[info]affictitious
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Thank you to everyone that commented and expressed interest for this community and tool. I'm happy to announce that [info]hellomycdjis is open and ready for you to use. :) I hope you all find it useful!

Aug. 8th, 2012


[info]tessisamess
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[info]tessisamess
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Code Tester


[info]tessisamess
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Hey guys! So, normally, I send people to DRAAC to live-test their HTML and div styled codes but, recently, they've added, uh.

This really ugly sidebar. )

And, idk about you guys, but for me it's super distracting. I was getting a bit sick of all the text on the page anyway, so here you go. A new code tester based on their code (because I'm lazy lmao), with a clean, un-distracting page layout.

Just like DRAAC's, my code tester is good for HTML codes, div styled codes, and full HTML/CSS pages (but not CSS alone). Oh and, even after previewing, CTRL+Z still works, which is always a big bonus for me.

Apr. 11th, 2012


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[info]tellthenight
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Firefox Aurora


[info]tellthenight
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I just discovered this in my web design II class, and after playing with it some, I have to post about it. This may not help everyone, but it can be a great asset for those of us who design or tweak layouts, or just play with any of those design or coding languages.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION: This is a pre-beta release, so it's not perfect and there will be bugs. If this bothers you, I would strongly recommend waiting.

Resized Screenshot of Welcome Page


Firefox Aurora is a recently-released pre-beta build of Firefox. It may not be interesting for general users, but for those of us who RP and play around with web design/development, this is a pretty awesome tool. Supposedly, Aurora is going to incorporate HTML5, which is beyond cool. It also has some awesome new features, like a 3D view of problem areas in your website/layout. Like so:

See a screenshot (and more about this really awesome new tool) below the link. )


Anyway, this was so cool I had to share. I hope somebody else finds it useful! (If this isn't appropriate here, I'll be more than happy to take it down. <3 I may also have overtagged, so please correct me if I did!)

EDIT: My server is performing maintenance, so the pictures got temporarily moved to Photobucket. They were resized by Photobucket, so when they go back to my server, the full-size images will be big again, I promise. Sorry to anyone else who couldn't see them because of the server issue! ):

Nov. 17th, 2011


[info]wastintime
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[info]wastintime
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I'm feelin' SASSy...


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What is SASS? SASS stands for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. SASS is a command-line script that you can run while you're editing a SASS file and it will generate a corresponding CSS file. Why is SASS awesome? Because it allows you to use VARIABLES (yay) and FUNCTIONS (yay yay yay) to generate stylesheets. So, basically, what this means is that, say, for a color you use repeatedly? You can store it in a variable and use that in your SASS stylesheet and then the script will place the color in every spot you desire. So, if you want to change, say, an accent color, you only have to do it ONCE. \o/ I've been playing with it all morning and it is the sexiest thing I've seen in a while.

So, how to do you use it? Well, first of all you need to get SASS and its available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here's the Download Page.

For Windows users, you'll have to install the RubyInstaller and after that is install THEN open your command line prompt (Start → Run "cmd") and simply use "gem install sass". Then you can start using SASS files. A tutorial about SASS files and how they work is located here.

So, if you're like me and are building gigantic style sheets for layouts, this makes life SO much easier. There are other scripts that can help you with CSS, but SASS is the first one I've tried and it's rocking my face.

If you don't use stylesheets regularly, you probably didn't understand a word of what I just said, but thanks for reading anyway. If you have any questions about using SASS or installing SASS, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do to help!

Oct. 22nd, 2011


[info]wastintime
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[info]wastintime
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Random Image Grabber


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Refresh this page and this image will change to a random pick of nine images.

The first thing you need to do is rename all of your files of the same file type to be a file prefix (optional) followed by a incrementing number. Then, upload them to a directory online the preserves the file name (Photobucket, FileDen, etc.) Finally, use the following code to fetch the random image script which will return the URL of a random image.

The Code


YOUR_DIRECTORY → the directory where you've uploaded your image files
YOUR_FILE_PREFIX → the prefix you've put on each file (optional)
YOUR_BEGINNING_NUMBER → the lowest/highest number in your series of images
YOUR_ENDING_NUMBER → the highest/lowest number in your series of images
YOUR_FILE_EXTENSION → the file extension on your files

What can you do with this? Well, my purpose for it was to make a header on a journal that changes every time you refresh. You can see an example here, but I'm sure you can find oodles of other uses for the trick. Have fun! If anyone wants the actual PHP script file, let me know in the comments.

Questions/Feedback? Leave a comment to this post.

Apr. 19th, 2011


[info]devilbear
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[info]devilbear
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Link - Striped Background Generator


[info]devilbear
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When looking for backgrounds, I came across the Stripe Generator. I figured it might be useful to those who'd rather make their own background, so I'm sharing.

You can choose thickness, angle, shadow, and colour of the stripes as well as style and colour of the background. Javascript seems to be required, but I just use temporary permissions with NoScript. (So far, I've encountered no problems.)

Mar. 18th, 2011


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[info]tetris
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[No Subject]


[info]tetris
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Hi there!

I just started at another MWPP game ([info]drainingmod), and the moderator there showed me this really nifty resource. I suggested to her that she should post it, but she doesn't have a permanent IJ, or she would have. So, I present you with LOCATIONWORKS. Location Works is a website that pretty much gives you every style of house ever, with photos of the inside, surrounding gardens, etc. This is really great for working out how your characters live. For example, here is a beach house. Here is a studio apartment. And, perhaps the best for HP players, HERE is an old-style cottage where a pureblood/rich character could absolutely live.

So, there you have it. http://locationworks.com!

Feb. 27th, 2011


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[info]bee_charmer
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CSS Drive: Image to Colors Palette Generator


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First of all, I'd like to start off this post by saying that you know me from such journals as [info]ambancroft, [info]hrstanton, and [info]colloquialisms; however, from now on, I'm just going to post using this journal to avoid confusion.

Today, I'm here to bring attention to a nifty little tool I discovered was linked to by a fellow roleplayer while participating in some forum roleplay on GaiaOnline.

Feb. 4th, 2011


[info]megsrevolution
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[info]megsrevolution
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[No Subject]


[info]megsrevolution
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Hello everyone. Just a quick question, a while back I found a post that dealt with designing floor plans. And I tried to find it again this morning and for the life of me, I can't find it again. I'd appreciate some help locating it again, or a suggestion of where maybe to look on the net or something along those lines.

Thank you!

Dec. 17th, 2010


[info]wastintime
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[info]wastintime
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Videoless YouTube Player


[info]wastintime
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Do you want your YouTube player without the video?

For example:


Here's How... )

Jul. 17th, 2010


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Mod Tool: Nudge


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There's an Insanejournal feature I've come to love, but I don't think many other people have noticed it, decided to use it, or have thought about its potential application. I showed a friend of mine who mods how to do this, and he thought it was great. After the cut learn how to Nudge and what to use it for.

Nudging & Its Uses )

May. 6th, 2010


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[info]igpayatinlay
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[info]igpayatinlay
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Role Playing Games for the Beginner )

A temporary note:
If you guys feel like I've misrepresented something or have anything you think would be key for new players, I'm more than open to editing this! :D Hit me up with your suggestions in a comment. ♥

May. 5th, 2010


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journal question!


[info]assailant
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So I hope its fine posting this here, but -- I'm pretty sure there is a way through the admin console where you can change a community to a journal, and vice versa? I remember doing this for a game a long ass time ago... can anyone point me in the right direction of what the code is? :)

Apr. 19th, 2010

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[info]keepon
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[info]keepon
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I know this is a really ridiculous question, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to make an asylum friends only all around. I want all posts to default to "friends only" regardless of what the user selects from the security list. Can someone tell me what I need to do?

Apr. 18th, 2010

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[info]gluegirls
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[info]gluegirls
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Hi, guys! This is probably a stupid question... but, can someone tell me how to remove usernames that have friended me from my friends list? For example, a handful of characters were removed from a community that I was also a part of, and while I have unfriended them, they haven't unfriended me, so I have a large amount of blue arrows that I'd like to get rid of. Does that make any sense at all? Am I making this more complicated than it should be?

Any help would be appreciated.

Apr. 11th, 2010


[info]igpayatinlay
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[info]igpayatinlay
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[No Subject]


[info]igpayatinlay
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How to change your journal's tiny icons

So if you find the icons that link to profile pages ([info]t_quibbler and [info]quibblercons, respectively) as ugly as I do, here is how you can change them!

This code transforms the usericons on your Bloggish journal layout:

You can change the image, obviously, and can change the width, height, and padding to suit if you need to. This piece of code goes in with the rest of your CSS code on the Customize Options page.

The result should look like this: t_quibbler and quibblercons

You don't need to credit me for the tinyicons unless you want to, if you do want to or if you're in need of journal layouts, icons, or accessories, check out Quibblercons!

If anyone has a quick trick for doing it in an entry, rather than manually linking the image and the name of the journal, let me know? :D

Feb. 10th, 2009


[info]splott
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[info]splott
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MAC - LJ Migrate tutorial


[info]splott
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THIS TUTORIAL FOR MAC Tiger/Leopard. (FOR Windows XP go here: http://karma-apple.insanejournal.com/8329.html#cutid1)
You can download the .tarball here.
You also need to download Python and have that installed first.

Antennapedia has instructions in the README file, but they're kind of confusing.

Picture Heavy )

If you need more help, go Here and read some of the comments, before you ask here. I don't know exactly how this works, just how to use it, so there may be a point where I don't know how to answer.