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30 May 2014 @ 09:37 pm
Has anyone else's custom background images disappeared, if you had any?
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18 March 2014 @ 03:02 pm
If you remember my last post, I talked about trying to find a mannequin head called "P6," which seemed to be discontinued. (see user icon for this post)

You Can Haz Update.Collapse )


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18 January 2014 @ 05:09 pm
It all began with me looking for an emerald cut Smoky Quartz pendant. You would think this would be relatively common and easy to find, but noooo.... In my searching, I came across this image:

image I found searching for a necklace

Wow, I love that face, I thought. I decided this was a great way to display jewelry for photography, such that people could see how it would look without someone actually trying it on first. This is a thing on Etsy.

Adventures in Head Hunting!Collapse )

my_little_teal_deer_by_nonemouse-d494wt0: I do Dance of Joy.
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23 November 2013 @ 08:48 pm
Did anyone record the Dr. Who special or know where I can find it?
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25 June 2013 @ 04:44 pm
At this rate, you'll be enjoying these until well into the next couple of years. I really should keep up with this thing more.

The other night we were pretty bored and not feeling so hot. Even the cats were bored; one draped over a chair, the other with only a tail sticking out from behind the vertical blinds.

In a fit ennui, I waxed rhetorical:  "Well, what should I do now, paint myself with chocolate and run about the house naked?"

We turned our heads to the rustling blinds. Kitten emerges, throws the perfect "glass cat" pose, and proceeds to give us the most shock and indignation a cat face can muster.

"I guess not, then."
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25 June 2013 @ 04:31 pm
New home page, eh?

I don't really have an opinion on it just yet, save that geethankslj now I can fully quantify my LJ experience with lots of statistics and pretty charts that spy on every single visitor to my page. And now anyone who's page I passed in passing is now going "who the hell is that?" or "why is SHE looking at my page??" *sigh* Ever want to say hello and can't? Now LJ will do it for you!


Picture 5

Seems like if this were true, more people would be adding me.
It's okay, I'm just really: skeptical
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10 June 2013 @ 05:12 pm
If you have my email address already, please let me know which one I gave you in a comment (screened) below, thanks! (Really important, as I might be changing services on one of them!)
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20 March 2013 @ 02:43 pm
I am still here.

So much has happened that I get that "can't figure out where to start" thing to catch up.

My head has been in a bad space, so I haven't even posted the funny things.

BUT. This year is my year of Getting Things Done, so post more often, tell the story...I must.
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07 January 2013 @ 01:29 pm
Such that I'm a week overdue summing it up and filing it "done."

Sooo...last year. Right.

I started my year with the good intention of cleaning this place into something presentable instead of marginally functional. I made some progress on that.

Then I freaked out for a minute. No other way to put that. I pulled in tight and went nuts on at least two people. I have no excuse for this. I've never talked that way before to anyone, I don't think, and I haven't since. No hard feelings in one direction, a tangle mass of odd wires in the other... Sometimes my halo is on a little tight.

Other than that, I don't remember anything before...popfiend's wife Lisa Died. That's right. It was what I would call the first event of the year (in a series) that Shocked Me Awake. I just sat there and stared at the monitor in disbelief.

It was not but a few minutes after, it so seems, that we lost Beans.

I was trying, at that point, to cling to anything and everything positive I could find, shying away from people who were angry, or cold, or verbally violent without any humor or love underneath or besides.

In one extraordinary moment, it backfired.

One of my good friends on here...someone who I witnessed go through a lot...one of the few people I had on all three networks I use (four at one point) and actually knew my last name...ran into a point in life where the stress of having a life online was too much, and therefore not worth it. I won't really give details because that's not fair, and it sort of detracts from the points I'm making. An old illness struck again hard due to the stress of People on the Internet being...People on the Internet. A sensitive soul with a lot on the plate already, that was just enough to hit the overwhelm button. What got me was...their spouse made a quick post to sum up the situation, right before deleting their online presence completely. Like they never existed. To anyone. Their spouse gave a place to send final emails, and I sent a note that went (understandably) unanswered. I had no other contact info and as it stands, to this day I do not know if they're even still alive.

They saw fit that there was no other way for them to handle it, and I don't begrudge it a bit. It's what happened to me afterward that broke my brain. I went through all the stages of grieving. I was angry at the spouse. I was just sure they were coming back. I cried. I felt helpless. I worried. All into silence. There was nothing I could do.

This was not just an ordinary person to me. I looked forward to their posts. Their stories, the way they looked at the world. The photos. Their determination, deep devotion to their family....I looked to this person as one of the few I consider to know what love actually means. Their ability to see good in people and situations was so strong...I suppose that was one of the things that made it hard to be online, if I think about it.

Someone who could see the light side of dark was something I needed so much when I was reading those posts. The stories gave me hope for humanity some days. No matter what they were going through themselves, they always stopped to comment and offer support when I was so sick and/or down. And the photos...they're such good photographers. When I realized I'd never see those faces anymore, I hurt.

And I'd never met any of them.


I was just sort of dumbfounded at my reactions...all 900 of them. I never realized how tenuous connections in these communities can be. Or how much you connect on various levels to people and never realize it. What happens in your head when you don't get to say goodbye and you never find out what happened. If they will ever know what they meant to you. How lonely I've been (that I also didn't realize) for real friends and interaction outside of this house. And what did anyone think of this journal? The whole thing rattled me a lot.

I haven't had the courage to sit here nearly as much since then.

You never know what you mean to someone. You post here, however often you do, and you never really know what happens when people read it.

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25 December 2012 @ 07:17 am
For some, it's just not Christmas unless something gives you the sniffles in some way.

Holy Cow, Pearls Before Swine, Holyyyy Cow.
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23 December 2012 @ 03:28 am
I'm cooking Christmas dinner for myself in shifts.

I know, sounds odd, but it's just for me (Alex doesn't get any, neener), and I can't eat all that at once. So far, I have polished off the dressing, and I'm on to making the broccoli casserole.

I decided to give this one a go. In reading the reviews, I cannot fathom how a recipe that calls for a can of condensed salt lick soup, a cup of mayonnaise*, and 2 cups of Ritz crackers (if you do it right) could ever be considered to "need salt." People out there have let their taste buds wander and they haven't returned, have they?

I think I liked this dish more before I knew what went in it.

So I've gotten to the part, and I love this, where it says "pour the melted butter evenly over the crackers."

You know what I'm thinking. How am I supposed to do that? This is a thirteen by nine pan. You're asking too much from 2 tablespoons of melted butter...I mean, do I look like I have a butter draping machine? I--* OH GOD WHAT DID I JUST DO.

Later, at BAKON, USA FOOD EQUIPMENT: "Yes, Ma'am, we sell those, they're called 'enrobing machines.' Can you run butter through it? Should be able to, yes, if kept it at the right--yes Ma'am, we can send you one. How big is your production line? Pardon? Um, please hold..."

Casserole came out okay in spite of a lack of perfectly even butter coatage. *twitch* (Me, OCD? Bwahahahahyes.)


*Never ponder this. Ever. Especially when confronted with it. See? Don't say I didn't warn you.
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01 November 2012 @ 12:49 am
On Graphics planet, it's our job to point out places where spacing can help keep things from getting misconstrued.

OMG Cholesterol

Why have "No-Cholesterol" when you can skip to the end and have OMGcholesterol!

Oh heck, who needs kerning, what could go wrong?

Kerning lights
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31 October 2012 @ 05:17 pm
For those using DW, how do you shrink things?

Compared to this page, everything on that page is HUGE.

And I only have 15 icons...wow, how to narrow this down...
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30 October 2012 @ 09:15 pm
As you might have seen in my previous post, LJ is asking many of us change our passwords in a "server message" that appears when we make a post, not when we first log in.

Someone just pointed out to me that if the server is "reading" our passwords to see if they're too easy to crack, this means they are possibly being transferred, and perhaps even stored, unencrypted.

If you're not familiar with that, here is what it ultimately means to you:

If you use the same password for here that you use anywhere else, you need to change one of the two right now. I'd say use new one for this journal.

Accounts are clearly getting hacked to the point they felt the need to say something to us, and if they really are doing an unencrypted thing...it is no surprise. (Is this another Russian government thing?) Therefore, if you have any information in the entirety of your journal that is meaningful to you, "secret", or otherwise not backed up yet, do it now. (Consider what might happen if someone did get in.)

(I tried LJ Book again last night and couldn't get it to go, I'll try it again with a different browser tonight. This saves your images and icons and posts all into one nice PDF.)
It's okay, I'm just really: aggravatedaggravated
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29 October 2012 @ 11:55 pm
If you are one of those that is jumping ship if the new Friends Page is implemented, please leave me a comment here (screened) as to what your username is elsewhere, or some way of finding you, if you're so inclined.

It's not so much how I will or won't feel about the page myself (I refuse to click the preview link), it's more how many more people I will lose from my list from this decision.

LJ isn't Tumblr, you are shouting.

"The < lj-like > feature now includes a button to share your entries on Tumblr" they said.

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22 September 2012 @ 01:55 pm
No, really:

Click picture for larger image.

Alex got up at the crack of dawn yesterday to go sit in a parking deck at LAX for 7 hours. Can you tell?
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14 August 2012 @ 11:53 am
Rough year to be a cat.
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09 August 2012 @ 01:22 am
Holmes on Homes types should look away now.