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This is me making use of LJ's new sticky posts to put a Welcome message at the top of my LJ.

To all those new to my LJ, my name is Tasha (aka Beren for fanfic purposes). I am a full time author and run a small publishing company (Wittegen Press) with my sister thwax. On this journal you will find me talking about my books, my fanfic, my favourite movies, my favourite bands, recipes and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Check out my user info or the links down the side for my fanfic listings and below are all my books.

I welcome all friends, but please don't be offended if I don't friend you back if you have nothing on your LJ or your don't post much or you're under 16. If you are new to LJ, so your LJ is empty, drop me a comment here so I know you're not a troll/spam bot. 98% of all my posts are public, so it makes no difference.

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A page full of links to resources for Bloggers, Designers and Illustrators at my blog Tasha's Thinkings
So I thought this might interest a few of my follows here, so I'm reposting from my Tasha's Thinkings Blog.

Welcome to Fan Fridays 16 and another chance for me to share with you some of my geeky nature. Today is about a recent discovery of mine that I just have to share. :)

Vampire Prosecutor
Korean Drama with Fangs!

So I have recently begun to try out Asian drama as well as Asian films, which I have been a fan of for a long time, and I am so glad I started down this road. Some of them just fit me to a tee :). Vampire Prosecutor is a South Korean television show staring Yeon Jung-hoon as Min Tae-yeon a prosecutor who leads a team that solve the most bizarre murders.

Seven years ago Tae-yeon was investigating a series of murders and caught up with the perpetrator, only to nearly be killed and ultimately turned into a vampire. He is still trying to solve that crime and he uses his vampire powers to solve other cases. These powers all revolve around blood:
  • At a crime scene he can trace back where blood evidence came from and how the crime occurred.

  • If he drinks the blood of the victim he experiences their death and sees what they saw.

Of course this leads to questions about his investigation technique.

Yoo Jung-In and Min Tae-yeon
The only person in the know is detective Hwang Soon-bom (Lee Won-jong) who runs interference for Tae-yeon when necessary. The other two members of the team are Yoo Jung-in (Lee Young-ah) a rookie prosecutor and Choi Dong-man (Kim Joo-young) their intern. Trouble arises as Jung-in starts to question Tae-yeon's methods, even though they keep bringing in the bad guys.

From the first episode of this I was hooked - I love it. This is a police procedural, like CSI, but with a vampire as the lead investigator. The team solve murders and the crimes are whodunnits just like your average cop show, but with an extra edge that makes it for me.

The characters are great too.

Tae-yeon tries to be all aloof with most of his team, keeping himself emotionally unavailable because of his secret and yet they begin to get to him. He had to care about them.

Soon-bom is loud and a forthright detective with a side of funny. He sometimes plays the fool, but there is a brain working away in his head.

Yoo Jung-In and Hwang Soon-bom

I have to admit I found Jung-in a little annoying to begin with, but she has really grown on me, just as her character has grown. She's a good investigator and keeps Tae-yeon on his toes.

Dong-man is underpaid and often overworked and something of a dork, but also highly entertaining.

The vampire effects are beautiful and understated and, yes, I'm not going to lie, incredibly sexy. These are my kinds of vampires.

If I could get my hands on the DVDs of this I would, but unfortunately Amazon UK only seem to have season 1 and that is ridiculously expensive. If you're in the US you can see both on Amazon Video with a DramaFever Instant add on (and there is a 7 day free trial period if you feel like main-lineing it) and while s1 is also ridiculous on DVD, s2 is a reasonable price.

Do you have any Asian drama recommendations?

This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/337052.html.
04 February 2016 @ 12:06 Memories
03 February 2016 @ 12:03 Memories
03 February 2016 @ 08:37 Memories
So Google are planning to implement a strategy that down rates your website in their searches and marks it unsafe if it isn't HTTPS, i.e. uses SSL so it is secure when talking to your browser.

In some ways this is good, in many, many ways, very, very bad. You should hear what some of my network and security expert friends have to say about it. There are so many problems with this when it comes to legacy systems.

Now really the only thing I can think of that needs to be secure on WittegenPress.com is possibly the comments section, but thanks to Google I now have to change over anyway. Luckily a company called Let's Encrypt are giving out free SSL certificates and Dreamhost have signed up to their scheme so they will automatically put one on your domain if you ask them to, making it much easier than it used to be. We used to have to pay for one if we wanted it to work without showing messages about the SSL certificate being self-signed, which is why we've never done anything about it before.

Still, changing over is a royal pain. Getting the host to use HTTPS is easy - I just change the base URL of the WordPress site, but now I am having to trawl through the whole site checking for mixed content. For those not in the know that means plugins or images that are being served over HTTP because they were put in with full URLs.

Our book table plugin is already showing a bug where some of the content is blocked thanks to the fact they didn't think of this. So we are waiting for them to fix it. It will be in the next update thank heavens. Still means I have to go through every single book and edit it - so not what I wanted to be doing today.

Thank you for listening to me rant, this post has been brought to you by the letters HTTPS and the number billion (as in the number of links I have to change). :P

For anyone interested I used this post to help me switch over: 
This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/336668.html.
01 February 2016 @ 10:36 Memories

Happy Birthday to:
1st: kaylafic
2nd: kittyfisher
3rd: amythystluna,[personal profile] demi_de_melee/demi_de_melee
4th: saphicwicca, taibhrigh/[personal profile] taibhrigh
6th: shikokudarkstar,[personal profile] kindigo, [personal profile] mischiefcat
7th: cyberdigi/[personal profile] cyberdigi

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.

This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/336452.html.
01 February 2016 @ 03:10 Memories
25 January 2016 @ 19:16 Memories
25 January 2016 @ 09:44 Memories

Happy Birthday to:
25th: mandragora1/[personal profile] mandragora, klo_the_hobbit, matrix_hack
26th: peachdancer82
27th: starr_falling/[personal profile] starr_falling
28th: isinuyasha, separatrix, ihlanya
29th: pinkelephant42,[personal profile] krichardson, xyverz, meeshy/[personal profile] meesh
30th: chriseis, phenix_tears
31st: snugglemint, mhalachaiswords, clevermanka

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.

This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/336290.html.
22 January 2016 @ 21:10 Memories
20 January 2016 @ 12:04 Memories
19 January 2016 @ 12:05 Memories
  • Mon, 14:01: Both cats are having a mad half hour and chasing each other all over the house. So far a cat tree and a coffee table have gone over. #sigh
  • Mon, 14:03: Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a Signed Paperback or eBooks from Bestselling Author Ryan Hill https://t.co/Yn04mB4mFT via @LVVampireNovels
  • Tue, 11:32: Oh the shame, I have been seen outside in my shall-never-be-worn-in-public trousers. They're so warm, but have shrunk lengthwise in the wash
18 January 2016 @ 12:04 Memories
  • Mon, 11:27: Just caught Ruby drinking peppermint tea from my mug using her paw because she can't get her mouth to the liquid #cats
15 January 2016 @ 12:05 Memories
14 January 2016 @ 12:04 Memories
13 January 2016 @ 11:22 Memories