I've just made the switch from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice 4.3. I needed something to handle spreadsheets and something to handle random document files I deal with. I couldn't find an effectively hacked MS Office from a trusted source, basically. I thought LibreOffice would have less baggage than MS, but it seems to take the same time to load and respond to commands, which on this laptop is feeling a bit wanting.
Aside from the time waste, there is no real reason why I shouldn't wipe/restore. I have working copies of all the software I need, and it would enable us to re-setup the wifi router, which on the current Windows 7 install seems impossible. At least, that is what the computer says. And it is pretty insistent about it.
88 views of my "Secret Door" to my site, explaining audience participation. Crickets on the actual text pages of work. So they aren't interested in the task. I guess it takes more than the offer of free poetry to attract a crowd. Yes, I said that ironically. I would probably do better asking for money. BTRIPP retweeted me, we love him.
Oh drat, you may not get this missive. The cable modem seems to have taken a break. I don't know if it will sync back up. It's been having issues lately. It's 8 or 9 years old, so it's about time. However we don't have the funding for it. There was a $300 screw up with Doc's pay. He's getting it sorted for next week's pay. But it surprised us. I swear to god, it's always something with money. It isn't like we live above our means. Okay, we kind of do. Our rent is a big percentage of our income, because we insist on living in this gorgeous house and not giving it up. But we don't have credit cards, don't believe in them. Feel like they are chains that can be used to enhance or completely ruin your life.
One of the computer stores is having an "open box" sale on laptops with windows 8. He doesn't know if he can trust an open box, though. Do we need another laptop, or do we need a desktop? If we could get one with a parallel port for my scanner, that would be great. Right now I have it running on a mindless drone of a dinosaur of a laptop with Photoshop 7, that's the most it can handle. Can't surf the web, can't network it. Oh, and I can run the cam on it since it is running Windows XP. But that's all it is good for. I don't know. I guess another laptop would be a good idea, since the desk faces the wall. I just want to be able to work in my studio, I want for the wifi to work. Then I'll move the printer out there and do most of my work out there with the stereo and the fresh air.
I should go out into the garage tomorrow and devote two solid hours to sorting things out and getting all the crap out of my studio that has accumulated there. A mountain bike, a space heater, two large boxes, various tools that we have a tool table for, but it isn't in reach. Need to change that. And the glass work table is covered with art supplies. Doc has two lights that were meant to be grow lights, but somehow found their way to us. He also got a couple of replacement bulbs for them the other day. For what? To turn my glass table into a light table.
Okay, that will so rock. Especially when I'm working on those panes of glass he scavenged me. I was going to sacrifice one to make a light box, with him doing the carpentry. But a whole light table! I am too excited.
I found a bunch of transparency film for printers, I'm going to see if they work in my new one. I could make some cool shit with that.
I have to go through amazon.com tonight and put all the materials I am going to need on my wishlist so I don't lose track of them and their prices. I figure I need 4 things. I can afford 1, maybe 2 per month. So while that is being gathered I will be doing what hundreds of twitter and facebook users refuse to do, go in and pick apart my poetry. Oh, wait, 5 things. But the 5th can be got at Fry's cheap enough.
I just reset the modem, left it off for ten minutes, then plugged it back in. Same two light solidly on, one blinking spastically. No one is home inside this modem. And I can't call to check about it, I know they got paid today. But I can't call because of Major's stealth chewing drills for Meowssad. Dead phone. And Doc spent two hours getting his phone to work today, no way I'm touching that.
I'm watching Titanic. An old friend from high school is in one scene and I want to see him. So I have to watch the whole fecking movie to catch it. I loathe Leonardo DiCaprio. Love the scene where he just sinks into the black ocean. Oh, ick, it's the Car Scene. "You're trembling." Ack! Oogie sex stuff.
Have you ever heard of "trampling"? It's a sexual fetish of being walked on, usually men being trod upon by women in evil heels. Yeah, I did that for a Fetish Magazine photo shoot in the early 90s, before I even got online. You won't see it in "50 Shades of Stupid", you will find it pretty often in the BSDM scene. I chose it for my shoot because it involved the least amount of physical contact with the Sub. I was not cut out for Dom work, no matter how many men I worked with ended up cowtowing to me and calling me Mistress. Do you know how distracting that is in a kitchen? While you're making 800 shredded apricot duck filo packets for a party the next day somewhere in New Jersey known as the Governor's Mansion? I never did my own dishes. So there was that.
Funny story, my first girlfriend is now a professional Dom in NYC. We don't talk anymore. I was really obnoxious to her about a decade ago. I was obnoxious to everyone about a decade ago. She sent me an invitation to her wedding, which didn't happen until after we moved out of driving range, and couldn't attend. I would have liked to have gone.
I have no more intention to watch "50 Shades" than I did to read the books. A tragic story of fanfic gone bad. And then made worse by Hollywood somehow. I've done my time with kink, I'm beyond over it. And the movie sounds like a really bad, rapey interpretation of kink. A very unhealthy view of straight people and sex. It could have been done with Republican oversight if it weren't for the blatant use of condoms and frequency of sexy stuff. But the Republicans want to see it, I'll tell you what. Tupelo, Miss. sold out the first three showings. They have made the most money as of this point than any other region. And that's where there is some Uppity White Christian Group who says the movie is "50 Shades of Evil" and should not be shown in Tupelo. But that's where the biggest demand is. You can't tell me that these are all holy people just going to see how evil Evil is before they start screaming about it.
Those three lights are still on, but I have connectivity now. How strange.