October 7th, 2013

2013, cyd, new

eureka!

i don't know why it took a nap to come up with it, but it did. i have a brilliant idea staring me in the face, and i'll bet there's at least one of you out there wondering when i would come up with this solution.

i have two computers. one doesn't work. hard drive dead. (it breathed its last, last night) disk drives outdated and dead. another computer with a partially shorted out motherboard so there is no USB support, working disk drives and perfectly good and large hard drive. simply take them apart and put the pieces that work together. it's like legos with electricity. and hopefully by the end, come out of it with one nice, working machine. slow as shit. sure. i can live with that. i only need it for the cams (i found all my old cams last night) and the scanner. i use it for Word documents and HTML editing, but not much else. i use it when doc is on the laptop.

and speaking of laptops, i'm going to fix my old one and set it up with a cam. i found my Windows XP master disk buried at the bottom of a huge box with nothing else computer related, way to pack. all i need to do is pick up a cheap USB keyboard and i'll be set up. that will give me the same net amount of computers, while allowing me to get rid of a tower and get a dead laptop off my dresser. and it solves my missing monitor dilemma.

now i'm just waiting for it to get light out so i can do this. spread out on the floor of the living room and pillage the shit out of the two towers. the sun will rise in 30 minutes. surely i can keep myself busy until then.

i'm loving the little moon phase widget i got for my site's home page. i don't always get to see the moon, but this lets me know when to go look at it.

okay, now i'm all dressed (tight, faded boot cut 501's; black "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" t-shirt). cologned (Black Orchid by Tom Ford) and lotioned (Mario Badascu Super Rich Olive Body Lotion). my hair is straight and my bed is made. my room is clean, but for some clutter doc has left in there, which he is going to take out today and deal with because i will not have him crapping up my room. i let him sleep there because he has no bed, but that is where my largess disintegrates. and it still isn't light enough out to light up the living room.

i was just going through my closet, looking for a shirt to wear and i realized two things: 1. i never unpacked my gargoyles; and, 2. i only have three button down shirts. no, they aren't related, and they aren't supposed to be. i have a real affinity for tshirts. and as my flannels have worn out, i haven't replaced them, so i have one left. the sleeveless one. i should get a couple from the thrift store for winter.

now that the truck is paid off, finances should be a bit looser. we have this week to get through with tight belts, and after that, it's clear sailing.

i also located all the jewelry i made so long ago and never sold. those get photographed today. and with any luck, put up for sale. i'll have to balance them with the happy meal toys because i'm only allowed 100 listings per month, and the sales are "Buy It Now", so they go month to month. i'll fill my quota and then list new stuff when something sells. of course it is a lofty goal to have 100 sales going on at once, but i plan to do it, or come close to it.

the recent sales and purchases have left me with a slew of positive feedback. which is good, i didn't have any for the past 12 months, because i haven't sold for two or three years. ooh, i just got an email. the dog sweater has been shipped and will be here in 10-30 days. i don't mind waiting that long, it's a Union Jack sweater, i want him to have it. and it was so cheap!!! okay, enough about ebay.

according to the tracking, today should be hip pack day. this will be a busy day. i'm sitting here and i have so much to do. i'm telling myself i'm still getting my head together. truth is, once i have my shit assembled enough to dress myself, i'm ready for the day. it used to be so easy. grab what was on top of the pile, or just leave the same clothes on for days at a time. now, every day it's decide-what-pants, which decided-which-shirts. and then getting one of the many shirts. and i'm trying to wear stuff i haven't worn for years. mainly as a means to purge. if something isn't comfortable and flattering around the house, it won't be out of the house and i get rid of it. so i'm slowly whittling down my clothes.

and i have two pair of shoes in my closet. my electric blue doc marten's and my mid-calf lace up steampunk boots. i also have a pair of grey converse low tops i keep in the mud room for dog walks. my other shoes, all five pair of them, are in an orange crate in the garage under a bunch of stuff. i have no need for cowboy boots or neon green doc marten's right now, so they can stay there for a while. it's not like they're going to go bad.

i'm in a mood today, i keep skipping through my play list. maybe i'll listen to some Mozart while i do the computer pillaging. speaking of which, it is time for one more cigarette and a refill of coffee, morning meds, and then time to start on the computer project. i want that part of my tasks done by the time doc gets home at 10:30. it's 7 now. that should be enough time to swap out parts and install the software and drivers i need to make everything go vroom.

have a good morning!
2013, cyd, new

shit to do

unpack:
- gargoyles
- books
- toys
clean off dresser
get laundry together
computer project
label for Real Genius
order usb keyboard
check and hang lights
dust
dishes
vacuum
litter boxes
clean bathroom
straighten up house
sweep front porch
work on spread sheet
start reformatting books for distribution
set up Lulu ISBNs
photograph jewelry and HM toys
list jewelry and HM toys
clean out drawers in bedroom

that should do it for today. we'll see if i can actually get this stuff done. heh.
2013, cyd, new

My tweets

  • Sun, 12:57: see who joins me in bed http://t.co/yUhLtKVDWL
  • Sun, 19:12: i try . . . but you just make no. damn. sense. i can't work with that.
  • Sun, 19:24: i like to listen to Zydeco while i munch on grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Sun, 19:30: RT @JustCallMeFrank: Sometimes you just have to set the first thing you see on fire.
  • Sun, 19:39: oh the excitement! the cam is working and on! http://t.co/VzS4ASh7EG
  • Sun, 19:44: you have once again arrived at a battle of wits woefully unarmed.
  • Sun, 19:46: RT @ella__fraser: Just because someone loves you unconditionally, it doesn't give you a free pass to treat them like shit
  • Sun, 19:47: RT @samsteinhp: people really think Obama is looking over government functions and maniacally deciding which ones to close and how mean to …
  • Sun, 19:53: while i was looking through my garage for boxes i still hadn't unpacked, i found one marked: if it doesn't go there, it goes in here. scary.
  • Sun, 20:41: a bit of the classics: Sigue Sigue Sputnik, 21st Century Boy http://t.co/0MKSwKqWBJ
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2013, cyd, new

four hour story short . . .

the motherboard of computer1 is too old to work with the hard drive from computer2. there is just no way with the brands that i have and the age difference, and believe me i have tried. so i plugged in the old hard drive just for shits and giggles and the damn thing booted right up. good news is i got the floppy drive reconnected, which is useless, but something accomplished; and i got a DVD ROM installed on computer1 and found the best working copy of windows xp and a list of keys for it. printed those out and put them with the disk. can fix the old laptop with that, too.

much much later . . .

okay, computer1 won't work for more than a few minutes and it won't even ask for a boot disk anymore. i guess it doesn't want to impose, just die quietly. computer2 is a paperweight with its motherboard issues and now it is missing its DVD drive, which is now in computer1. i guess i could put it back together, but without USB support . . . well, paperweight is being kind. and i'm still having issues with ChillCam and the laptop. it works one out of about 12 restarts. so my only hope for the cam is the old laptop. i think if i put just a basic windowsXP on there and nothing else but the cam, it should work for that. so when i get paid in a couple of weeks, i will pick myself up a USB keyboard/mouse situation from Frys and call it a win.

in the meantime, i don't want to be without a desktop. call me insecure, i like having a big machine at my feet purring and growling at me while i work. and we can't live with just one computer, this laptop. doc will die because i will never let him have the laptop to play on. and he's not a serious gamer, just plays on miniclip.com, pool and something called Zombotron. and he watches movies and such. i need a computer i can work on while he plays on this. if i wait a few months, i can pick one up at walmart. i wonder if i could put one on layaway . . . just something simple. something i can immediately get windows8 off of. i looked at building one, but i can buy a cheapo one for far less than i can build one. because if i build one, i'm going to want it to be the best. if i get something ready made, i'll be happy with whatever i can get.

so that is on the to-earn-for list. after a wireless router. though that is mainly doc's wish. he's trying to eliminate any cord he can. especially now that i've got the USB hub hooked up to the laptop. heh. that and porn from the privacy of one's own bedroom, but that is hardly a priority for either of us, just a running inside joke.

some good things came out of today: if anyone i ever know with this problem and a hard drive made by someone other than Seagate, i know how to fix it. i know what programs i need and what tweaks i need to do. learning a new process like that isn't easy for me anymore. not after the ECT and all the meds, learning anything is hard, especially computer stuff. but i learned it. three websites and two youtube tutorials later, i know what to do. it's called a slip stream install.

i may have a hard drive in better condition that i can put in there that isn't a SATA. i don't need something big because i don't store anything on it. so that is tomorrow's project. the motherboard is still good and i just got the drives working, it would be a real feather in my cap if i could get another hard drive in there and get it working. if only for a little while. i only need a few months to get the money together.

oh! and taking pictures of stuff for ebay! i completely spaced that. i did most of the other stuff on my list, but that one escaped me. it would have helped if i had looked at the list i wrote. duh. that's kind of integral to getting the money together, huh? i'll end up buying a computer off ebay. well, why not. better them than walmart. if i'm going to buy sweatshop goods, some little guy somewhere should benefit.

my hip pack came today and it is fabulous! it has all manner of hidden pockets inside of it to stash things in an organized manner. it is well constructed and stitched and the faux leather is as soft as leather. i was amazed. i expected it to be stiff because it wasn't real worn leather. but it is so soft. i wore it on my and Chewy's walk tonight and actually got a compliment on it! how cool is that? i'm really starting to love this little community where i live. the neighbors spend their evenings in their front yards socializing and i get waves and hello's on my walks that make me feel loved and welcome. it's a great community. and there's a lot of cops that live here. mostly retired, but there's a presence all the time in the neighborhood, and not an oppressive one (except for that little traffic kerfluffle the other day with Death Metal and doc and The Cop With The Hunch About The Brown Guys). it's enough to make you feel safe. and no one ever seems to call the police about noise and such. for noise is rare. when it happens, it happens big, like bands in back yards or 6am mariachi records at full volume. everyone just lets it go. great place. i want to stay here.

if the house didn't have issues with the electrical and plumbing systems, i would be pushing to working toward buying it. but, alas, it does. all the older houses with character do. they weren't made to last this long. now you are meant to buy one of those stucco cookie cutter homes. one of the ones with two huge air conditioning units because it has a two story open floor plan and you need them to cool all the dead air space.

i have the idea for a book or short story brewing in my head. i'm not sure how it's going to go. i think i'm just going to sit down with a bottle of vodka and a couple of grams of chronic and write one night. no outline or character bios, just write and see what i come up with. i guess i could do that next month for NaNoWriMo, spend the rest of this month on poetry and then next month just plow into it as a personal challenge.

tonight i added B52's, George Michael and INXS to my play list. i'm now over 600 songs. well over 40 hours. i keep making mini-playlists in Windows Media Player from it. i have decided never to go without music again. i stopped listening for a while because i didn't have . . . the motivation, really. yes, it takes motivation to listen to music. everything but lying in a lump requires motivation. i discovered that the hard way. nothing happens automatically, you have to have the inspiration to stand the fuck up and do something.

What composer should i add to my classical list next? i've pretty much worn out the Mozart LP i downloaded, it's time for something new. who is your favorite composer? why? what should i look for to listen to? i'm open to symphony, chamber music and opera.

Leia has had a relapse. she had a bloody nose this morning from sniffing and pawing at it all night. so she got cleaned up, saline rinsed, lotioned (on the tip of her tender wittle nose) and medicated before getting locked back up in the bathroom with her favorite towel, tshirt and food dish. not her favorite litter box, but she'll get over that. two more days in quarantine and then we have to take her back to the shelter for a check-up and see if she is ready to spay yet. i feel really guilty because i didn't get her medicine to her until really late one night. i hope that didn't set her back. i'm thinking it's more the dry air and exertion from being a kitten here. she's been running around like a mad thing. trying to keep up with Vader and Chewy. and keeping up with Chewy is a chore. when he decides to be active, he is a maniac. and she brings it out in him, a couple of nuzzles and licks on the snout from her and he's off and running and pouncing like a cat on speed. and he's a dog, not on speed. strange happenings here.

oh, shite, it's time to go wake doc up. i got into writing and the time slipped away from me. that's been happening a lot. that's what makes me think i can write a book now, i have the concentration i've been lacking the past decade.