So long, and thanks for all the fish.

It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s time to make it official: I’m shuttering this blog.

The askbox and submissions page are now closed. The blog itself will remain as an archive.

Going forward, I recommend visiting [Digital Art Tablet Guides], [Graphics Tablet Guru], and/or [draw2much’s FAQ that started it all, way-back-when] for your tablet reviewing and/or troubleshooting needs.

You may find me on Tumblr ( / ), [DeviantArt], etc.

Thank you all for sticking with me for the six years TMM was operational. <3


Ever wondered about what a graphics tablet’s guts look like? Here’s a peek.

Why do I have my poor Huion opened up here? Because I was a clumsy idiot and spilled coffee on it.



Ideally, we’d all avoid drinking at our desks. Or have sippy cups or something. But nobody is perfect, and shit happens. In the event that you’re clumsy like me, I humbly present:



蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载*a screwdriver, preferably from an electronics-geared screwdriver set (my tablet had little Philips-head screws)

*a container to gather your screws so you don’t lose them

*nitrile gloves (the kind your dentist uses)

*isopropyl alcohol (I used 99% concentration; you can use 91% if that’s what you have access to, but it won’t evaporate as quickly)

*eye protection (woodshop glasses, lab goggles, etc)

*cotton swabs / paper towels / an old or cheap toothbrush


Work in a well-ventilated area. Isopropyl alcohol gives off fumes you Do Not Want To Inhale A Lot Of™. If you have any form of lung protection, now is the time to wear it.

Similarly, you don’t want highly-concentrated isopropyl alcohol on your skin. That’s what the gloves are for. You may also want to wear an apron, in case you spill it down your front.

You might cut yourself on plastic / metal edges of your tablet, or have a piece of plastic snap off and try to ping you in the eye. The latter is what the eye protection is for. As for the former: go slow and be careful during disassembly.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载If you’re not comfortable with working on electronics, find someone in your circles who is. This procedure is theoretically safe, but if your tablet has a rechargeable battery in it, there runs the risk of electrical shock.

This WILL蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载 void your warranty. In an ideal world, you’d only do this if your warranty is expired anyway, like mine is, or else on a tablet you can afford to replace. Once you open up your tablet, the manufacturer / retailer can no longer help you with it.

In short: YOU and YOU ALONE are responsible for your safety, and for the results of your work. I have informed you of the risks, and therefore I am not responsible for any errors you may make. If you screw up and hurt yourself / wreck your tablet / rip a hole in space-time, that’s your problem.

With that all said, let’s hop to it! ☆゚°˖* ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ


Step 1: unplug tablet as soon as something spills on it. Tilt the tablet so the liquid flows AWAY from the hotkeys and USB port; you don’t want that circuitry to pick up any more of the spill than necessary. Drain as much liquid as will flow out of the tablet.

In my case, however, I wasn’t quick enough to get to step 2 while the spill was fresh; I got my tablet apart after the coffee got to dry and leave syrupy residue behind. I shall henceforth refer to this residue as “sticky crap”.

Step 2: Pop the back off the tablet. The screws are likely to be under any rubber feet the tablet may have (as in my case), but they might be exposed, depending on the model. In addition, my tablet had little pressure clips along the sides, holding the panel in; I pried one side open with my screwdriver (although something like a butter / palette knife may have worked better) and pulled the panel off.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 3: If your tablet has a battery, unplug it from the circuit board. (If it’s not unpluggable, then your tablet manufacturer is a jerk. Desoldering, unfortunately, is beyond the scope of this guide.)

Step 4: Undo all the screws holding the circuit board in place. At this point, I was faced with a metal plate - likely an RF shield. That will lift off once all the screws are out, and when any tape holding the edges is removed.

Be smarter than I was - take a photo of your assembly BEFORE you start taking out screws, so you know where they all go back. Not all of my tablet’s screw holes had screws in them.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Wipe up any remaining standing liquid with a paper towel as you find it.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 5: My metal plate had a plastic sheet between it and the circuit board. They both lifted off easily.

Chances are, depending on the nature of the spill, these metal and plastic sheets will have sticky crap on them. Mine sure did. Apply isopropyl alcohol and scrub off whatever sticky crap has accumulated. Do the same for the back of the circuit board, the big part that corresponds to the active area of your tablet. Let the isopropyl alcohol evaporate.

Step 6: You’ll likely see some foil tape covering up a small part of the board to the side of the active area. Peel that up gently. (Try not to get hairs / lint / etc stuck to it. You can get them off with isopropyl alcohol, but it will reduce the stickiness.) Clean up the sticky crap off the part of the back of the board where the circuitry is. The cotton swabs are invaluable here for a gentler touch.

Step 7: Gently remove the circuit board from the case plastic and set it aside somewhere safe. Clean any sticky crap off the front of the board / the circuitry / in the USB port / the back of the buttons in the case.

Step 8: Examine the plastic case pieces for any sticky crap, and clean it off as needed.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 9: Reassemble tablet. Press back down any foil tape you peeled up from the circuitry, as neatly as possible; lay down the circuit board; lay the plastic sheet between the circuit board and the metal sheet; ensure everything lines up with the screw holes; refer to the picture you hopefully took in step 4 so you can remember where all the screws go.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 10: Walk away for like 10-15 minutes so any remaining isopropyl alcohol can dissipate.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 11: Plug in your tablet and pray.

My tablet has survived 2 courses of this treatment, from 2 different spills, and still works as well as it did before said spills. This is what worked for me; I do not guarantee it will work for every kind of spill, or for everyone who tries this. Your mileage may vary.

Apologies for the dash-eating post. I wrote this from my phone because my internet’s acting up.

deviantART, Google, etc’s TOS


蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Everyone is panicking over TOS-es right now as they find a new home as Tumblr gets flushed down the toilet. I don’t like those random TOS breakdowns because the analysis is always wrong. 

Anyway this is what people pay me to do and I will now do it for $0 because I’m tired of everyone spreading misinformation. This post is not a substitute for legal advice etc. Reblogs are appreciated because I literally see TOS nonsense on my dash every day. 

Any more experienced copyright lawyers please feel free to weigh in - it’s part of my field yes, but my wheelhouse is more film production COT rather than derivative works.

Google Drive (TOS)

  • Google doesn’t have rights to do whatever they want to files you upload to Google Drive
  • Their TOSes are annoyingly broad in drafting but essentially boilerplate clauses that they need to host your work, use google translate on it, make it searchable etc. They cannot steal your fanfic. They cannot modify your art and use it for whatever.
  • Your work MAY be threatened (that is, deleted) thanks to FOSTA/SESTA, which imo is a clown provision signed by a clown that sent safe harbour down the toilet. This and this has more information (I’ve skimmed but not perused both), but the tl;dr is: similar to Tumblr, there was a ham-fisted attempt to protect victims of sex trafficking and all it really did was make cloud based services start deleting user files whether relevant or not. 

deviantART (Submission Policy) (TOS)


  • Yum. I like this one. Easy to read and clearly explained for most people with basic reading comprehension. Section G - What We Do With Content will tell you everything you need to know.
  • Basically, they have the same clauses about you granting AO3 a license to modify/etc your work, but they take the trouble to explain to you exactly what that means, and how they use it to improve accessibility etc. 
  • No history of content purges as far as I know. Explicit content is allowed with limits eg. no child porn. 

Wordpress (TOS)

  • Same deal - you’re looking for 1. Wordpress - Responsibility of Contributors, with the exact same thing as everybody else. They also do a decent job of explaining what they use the license for (though once again, it’s standard), albeit not as beautifully as AO3. 
  • However, images of sexual acts (including fanart) are against TOS.
  • I found no history of content purges.

Dreamwidth (TOS)

  • Same old standard licensing clause, again doesn’t let them steal your stuff.
  • Incredibly…open content policies…you can basically do whatever you want so long as you don’t break laws or commit fraud it seems? If I’m wrong, feel free to correct.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Hope this helps. Feel free to force me to read and explain any other site TOS documents. Again, more experienced copyright lawyers, feel free to correct me if I clowned up somewhere.

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u ever think about how these huge restrictions on tumblr and facebook n shit are primarily centered around ads, and like, in essence, we have become a product that these social media sites sell to their advertisers? its like, that facebook policy update is like “you better not even INSINUATE you have tits, you sick fuck”. shit even saidd you weren’t allowed to specify sexual attraction.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载we’re too rowdy for like, lays potato chips or whatever. gays are TOO rowdy to be nestle customers, so are any sort of women that feel at peace or liberated enough w/their bodies to talk about them, the little debbie cakes foul in my gross tranny presence, right? 

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载facebook, tumblr, all shit like that, they’re Quality-Assuring their product, which is us, pal. They’re weeding out anyone that isn’t a homogenized boring shit that is cleared to ship to the corporate customer.

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with like a baby duck in it that hates the concept of money

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PSA: Stuff You Maybe Didn’t Realize You Can Back Up To AO3, And How To Tag it



Tumblr seems to be in potential death throes or at least, incredibly volatile and unreliable lately, but we’ve done some pretty good and informative work on canon analysis and reference guides so I was looking for ways to back it up without losing it…and the solution became obvious to me:

Archive of Our Own, aka AO3. 

“What?” you might ask if you are less familiar with their TOS. “Isn’t that just a fanfic archive??”

No! It’s a fanWORK archive. It is an archive for fanworks in general! “Fanwork” is a broad term that encompasses a lot of things, but it doesn’t just include fanfic and fanart, vids etc; it also includes “fannish” essays and articles that fall under what’s often called “meta” (from the word for “beyond” or “above”, referencing that it goes beyond the original exact text)! The defining factor of whether Archive of Our Own is the appropriate place to post it is not whether or not it’s a fictional expansion of canon (fanfic), though that is definitely included - no, it’s literally just “is this a work by a ‘fan’ intended for other ‘fannish’ folks/of ‘fannish’ interest?” 

The articles we’ve written as a handy reference to the period-appropriate Japanese clothing worn by Inuyasha characters?  The analyses of characters? The delineations of concrete canon (the original work) vs common “fanon” (common misconceptions within the fandom)? Even the discussion of broader cultural, historical, and geographic context that applies to the series and many potential fanworks? 

All of those are fannish nonfiction!

Which means they absolutely can (and will) have a home on AO3, and I encourage anybody who is wanting to back up similar works of “fannish interest” - ranging from research they’ve done for a fic, to character analyses and headcanons - to use AO3 for it, because it’s a stable, smooth-running platform that is ad-free and unlike tumblr, is run by a nonprofit (The OTW) that itself is run by and for the benefit of, fellow fans. 

Of course, that begs the question of how to tag your work if you do cross-post it, eh? So on that note, here’s a quick run-down of tags we’re finding useful and applicable, which I’ve figured out through a combination of trial and error and actually asking a tag wrangler (shoutout to for their invaluable help!):

First, the Very Broad:

“ Nonfiction ”. This helps separate it from fanfic on the archive, so people who aren’t looking for anything but fanfic are less likely to have to skim past it, whereas people looking for exactly that content are more likely to find it.

- while “Meta” and “Essay” and even “Information” are all sometimes used for the kinds of nonfiction and analytical works we post, I’ve been told “ Meta Essay ” is the advisable specific tag for such works. This would apply to character analyses, reference guides to canon, and even reference guides to real-world things that are reflected in the canon (such as our articles on Japanese clothing as worn by the characters).  The other three tags are usable, and I’ve been using them as well to cover my bases, but they’ll also tend to bring up content such as “essay format” fanfic or fanfic with titles with those words in them - something that does not happen with “Meta Essay”.

- I’ve also found by poking around in suggested tags, that “ Fanwork Research & Reference Guides ” is consistently used (even by casual users) for: nonfiction fannish works relating to analyses of canon materials; analyses of and meta on fandom-specific or fanwork-specific tropes; information on or guides to writing real-world stuff that applies to or is reflected in specific fandoms’ media (e.g. articles on period-appropriate culture-specific costuming and how to describe it); and expanded background materials for specific fans’ fanworks (such as how a given AU’s worldbuilding is supposed to be set up) that didn’t fit within the narrative proper and is separated out as a reference for interested readers.

Basically, if it’s an original fan-made reference for something specific to one or more fanworks, or a research aid for writing certain things applicable to fanworks or fannish interests in general, then it can fall under that latter tag. 

- You should also mark it with any appropriate fandom(s) in the “Fandom” field. Just like you would for a fanfic, because of course, the work is specifically relevant to fans of X canon, right?

If it discusses sensitive topics, or particular characters, etc., you should probably tag for those. E.g. “death” or “mental illness”, “Kagome Higurashi”, etc. 

Additionally, if you are backing it up from a Tumblr you may wish to add:

- “ Archived From Tumblr “ and/or “ Cross-Posted From Tumblr ” to reference the original place of publication, for works originally posted to tumblr. (I advise this if only because someday, there might not be “tumblr” as we know it, and someone might be specifically looking for content that was originally on it, you never know)

- “ Archived From [blog name] Blog ”; this marks it as an archived work from a specific blog. And yes, I recommend adding the word “blog” in there for clarity- Wrangletangle was actually delighted that I bothered to tag our first archived work with “Archived From Inu-Fiction Blog” because being EXTREMLY specific about things like that is super helpful to the tag wranglers on AO3, who have to decide how to categorize/”syn” (synonym) various new tags from alphabetized lists without context of the original posting right in front of them.  In other words, including the name AND the word “blog” in it, helps them categorize the tag on the back end without having to spend extra time googling what the heck “[Insert Name Here]” was originally

Overall, you should be as specific and clear as possible, but those tags/tag formats should prove useful in tagging it correctly should you choose to put fannish essays and articles up on AO3 :)

Oh, and protip sidebar for those posting, especially works that are more than plain text: you can make archiving things quicker and easier for yourself, but remember to plan ahead for tumblr’s potential demise/disabling/service interruptions.

The good news: You can literally copy and paste the ENTIRE text of a tumblr post from say, an “edit” window, on tumblr, straight into AO3′s Rich Text Format editor, and it will preserve pretty much all or almost all of the formatting - such as bold, italics, embedded links, etc!

But the bad news: keep in mind that while AO3 allows for embedded images and it WILL transfer those embedded images with a quick copy-paste like that, AO3 itself doesn’t host the images for embedding; those are still external images. This means that whether or not they continue to load/display for users, depends entirely on whether the file is still on the original external server! As I quickly discovered, in the case of posts copied from the Edit window of a tumblr post, the images will still point to the copies of the images ON tumblr’s servers.

What this means is that you should back up (save copies elsewhere of) any embedded images that you consider vital to such posts, in case you need to upload them elsewhere and fiddle with where the external image is being pulled from, later. 

Personally, I’m doing that AND adding image descriptions underneath them, just to be on the safe side (and in fairness, this makes it more accessible to people who cannot view the images anyway, such as sight-impaired people who use screen readers or people who have images set to not automatically display on their browser, so it’s win-win)

This has been in our queue since before ~Tumblr’s big reveal~ but post-reveal….! Please share widely. Those not-quite-fic headcanon posts, drabbles, ficlets from prompts, meta of all shapes and sizes: the AO3 is not just for traditional short and long fiction. And, of course, visual art of all kinds! 

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?





A former staff engineer, who recently left Tumblr and asked to remain anonymous for professional reasons, tells Vox that the NSFW ban was “in the works for about six months as an official project,” adding that it was given additional resources and named “Project X” in September, shortly before it was announced to the rest of the company at an all-hands meeting. “[The NSFW ban] was going to happen anyway,” the former engineer told me. “Verizon pushed it out the door after the child pornography thing and made the deadline sooner,” but the real problem was always that Verizon couldn’t sell ads next to porn.

Porn on Tumblr is something Verizon needs to wipe out if it’s going to make any money off what it thinks is actually valuable about the platform — enormous fandom and social justice communities that, just before the Verizon acquisition, Khalaf was insisting the staff figure out how to better monetize.

On that note-

Two former Tumblr employees said they were alarmed when Khalaf chose Black Lives Matter as an example of a community that the company should focus on converting into Yahoo media consumers. One told The Verge, “Simon explicitly said that Black Lives Matter was an opportunity to [make] a ton of money.”

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Capitalism is disgusting and ruins everything.

cool! unsurprising!

Please read this whole article. If you’re still clinging to the vague hope that it’ll all settle down and it’s gonna be business as usual, it isn’t. It can’t.

Export your blog



if you run a NSFW blog or post NSFW content, here’s how to export your blog 

Just a note on this - IT DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK. I lost the entire content of my old blog (thecheshirecass) and my writing blog because the whopping 65gig file was corrupted.

The larger the file (and a lot of blogs are HUGE) the greater the chance for corruption. Some important info/advice from Twitter:


IF you can get the backup function to actually work (and keep in mind it took literal DAYS for the file to be created) be sure to check everything to make sure it works. I know there are other programs/sites that will do this as well, but I have no insight on how they work. I’m also not sure how it works on Apple systems so YMMV.

could you please share this since your following is so much bigger than mine? I’m hoping it can help some folks from suffering through major disappointment.