Read the story here: All The Streets Are Empty (And the Cars on Fire)
Castiel -- alone and lost, trying to find his way back to Sam and Bobby.
Sam amid the wreckage of the world. (I know, these two are practically the same, but I couldn't decide which one was better ...)
Title: If You Can't Beat 'em ...
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Word Count: ~1700
Summary: This year Crowley’s not gonna let those monsters get one over on him, even if that means participating in their silly holiday.
A/N: For the spn_bigpretzel Halloween Reverse Micro Bang based on this picture prompt that was too funny to pass up:
( If You Can't Beat 'em ... )
So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.
A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via lj_releases).
They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.
LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).
Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.
(Click for big)
I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.
Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile
Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist
New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters
One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).
All friendslists will look the same.
Snippet from the locked post at lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.
PUBLIC POST AT lj_releases ABOUT THE NEW FRIENDSLIST: http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/
You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.
You can easily switch back to the old version.
Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.
ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!
ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test: http://lj-ru-beta.livejournal.com/7013.
ETA3: Added more screenshots.
ETA4: Additional info at ruljautonews: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/
ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.
ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.
ETA7 (really?): RUSSIAN NEWS POSTS CONFIRM PAGINATION AND ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE FONT AND BACKGROUND IN THE FUTURE, ruljautonews HAS MORE: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/
For SPN Gen Big Bang
Summary: Sometimes it’s not the monsters, ghosts or demons the Winchesters should fear the most, sometimes their worst enemy is nature itself. Preseries, hurt!Sam (17), hurt!Dean(21), angsty!John and his questionable parenting skills.
Big, Big thanks to twisted_slinky for her lovely art that has added so much to this story. Check out her masterpost here: http://twisted-slinky.livejournal.com/
( Part One )
Part Two Part Three Part Four Epilogue
Title: Death Becomes Him
Genre: Gen, H/C, angst
Warnings: Horror, Gore, talk of the icky things that happen during decomposition, violence, language
Summary: AU re-telling of ‘All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2’: Dean makes the deal to bring Sam back, but he should have been more specific and said he wanted Sam back alive.
Big Thanks to lolaann1 who did one hell of a job betaing this and turning this story into something coherent. Thanks, girl! YOU ARE AWESOME!