February 15th, 2007

marcus 2013

Sainsbury's vouchers, Gmail

If anyone I'm likely to run into at Eastercon etc. shops at Sainsburys and doesn't have a better use for them, my school is collecting their "Active Kids" vouchers to buy sports equipment etc.

The mystique has finally worn off Gmail, I think - you don't need an invitation to sign up any more, there's a little "try Google Mail beta" box below the main entry thingy on Google these days. Since it says "Google Mail" rather than "Gmail" this may be a UK-only thing - there was a UK company making their own Gmail product (and languishing in total obscurity) which wanted umpty million pounds for the use of their name in the UK, the result of the eventual settlement was that Google gave them about five quid and now use the Google Mail name in the UK.

So anyone signing up via this route will be xxx.xxx@mail.google.com (I think), not gmail.com

But it's still the same service as Gmail, and in the unlikely event that anyone reading this still wants to sign up and hasn't done so already, that's one way to get an account.

later: Sorry, xxx.xxx@googlemail.co.uk, but messages sent to xxx.xxx@gmail.com will also reach you - it's an alias for the normal gmail service.

BtVS crossover fanfics - Tales from the Barman...

I think that anyone who has ever written fanfic has probably written a "characters X and Y walk into character Z's bar and talk" story. Tales from the Barman... is basically a Buffyverse round robin crossover story collection along these lines in which Xander opens a bar in Cleveland. The first chapter was posted a week ago, and as of twenty minutes ago has 102 chapters! Some are very good, some so-so, and a few crap, but it's a well-nigh perfect place to dump all those lost plot bunnies that don't quite work as straight stories.

I've posted several chapters, the links are:

That's Be Telling - The Prisoner
Going Platinum - Six Feet Under
Gremlins? - Dead Like Me
Freak Out - Harry Potter, Highlander, West Wing
Another Slow Night On The Hellmouth - Sandman, Discworld
Illogical Commands - Pulp Fiction

Don't think there are any others so far, but if this keeps going at this rate they may well be more - it may end up the largest Round Robin (or whatever you call this sort of thing) ever.

Later: 119 chapters and rising. Added another ficlet:
Good Dog - Dr. Who, Sarah-Jane Adventures.