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Exhausted from traveling.  Tatra Puppy is sleeping in guest room.   Gotta shop for new camera now to share the pics.
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Need 'prosumer' Digital SLR camera recs (or warnings!) for photographing small animals, artistic photography, and video.   Previous camera was a Canon PowerShot S5 I1 that lasted me just over 6 yrs.  Cost to repair it is quoted ~$250-$300 which is around what it cost at the time :-(

RIP susan

Jul. 20th, 2014 12:31 am
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RIP Susan, bugland's (and mine, but mostly bug's) little black cat. She was at least 20 (years, not lbs.   in lbs the most she ever got was a bit over 5 I believe).

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Need a recommendation for internet provider in chicagoland area, specifically dupage county.  bug's family ruined AT&T for us (after years of refusing contact, bug contacted them (after i pushed them too) out of desperation for help with a dental emergancy- they passed around the phone number and people called day and night despite her asking them not to, racking up a phone bill that was more than the initial dental cost bug asked help with >:(  (and of course that was just the 1st dental visit; bug needed several ore due to an aggressive infection that was threatening a bunch of teeth, and couldn't see just any ol'dentist thru the county's program due to the way bug's medical conditions interact with the anethasia and the tilting back of the head due to crumbing vertebrae from.... gosh i wonder what. >:(  So we ended up loosing the phone service we had, the internet service we had, and have creditors after us for the $500+ phone bill and the several thousand $ dental bill 

Sorry I'm rambling and ranting, grrr grrr grrr.  It was MY stupid idea, so it is really all my fault >:(

We Tried Comcast since my mother "loves it", but she has cable too and also always has enough $ in her bank account to just have her bills auto-deduct from it on time.  For us, it is too expensive for what quality is no better than what we got for half the price with AT&T, and with less leeway and  stiffer penelties for people like us who live 'hand-to-mouth' and are sometimes a couple days late due to illness or waiting to be payed (AT&T just charged us $5.95 late fee on our next bill and would disconnect if we were late a 2nd month in a row. I think that was reasonable.   Comcast hiked our bill up $15 and threatened disconnection when just 1 week late (1st time).  And they charge for the modem of course too- which I know I could provide myself, but when paying bills like this every month, I can't afford to buy the modem in the first place in order to get the discount on the bill... grrrr.  So I have to come up with $79-something in 2 days to stay online, and another $70-something that is also due very soon, but not in 2 days (the letter didn't say when)  so I need to find an alternative ASAP!

We need an ISP only- No phone, No Cable/TV, and reasonably priced! 

Going to cafe's for wifi is not an option, and there aren't any open signals strong enough near our house (and I don't have a wireless modem on my desktop anyhow).

(still haven't gotten around to pruning my reading/friends list, let alone actually reading it, so my apologies for ranting/dumping without at the least interacting....)
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I need to edit my reading list / friends list...

Seeing so many posts of new fandoms (some I've never even heard of....), and much less of the only one I'm involved with (if i'm still even counted as involved at this point) is depressing....

And I've so little energy these days, if I'm going to try to get back to DW/LJ & fandom, I've got to cut out some of the other communities and people I friended/followed for other things which although still interests of mine, I just don't have time/energy for, like say food/cooking or photography or animation etc.; or even disability related ones, while very relevant, also just depress me even more right now to see.  Please don't be offended if I end up removing/unfriending you or leaving your community/group.

If you think I made a mistake though, please let me know.  I am tired and dyslexic, and often do make errors in marking the wrong boxes.  Just ask any teacher of mine who ever gave a scantron test (do they still have those, or have they gone the way of mimiographs... Im feeling old and useless just knowing I know what a mimiograph is :-( and I still haven't accomplished anything even slightly important/useful...)

As I know some of you have changed names... and as I suck at remembering names anyway.... Please comment if you think I should keep you on....  I'd appreciate knowing the following:

1. If you changed your name recently (which means, like, in the past few years (ashamed)) please let me know who I might remember you as (If you used to use a specific user icon back when, and no longer use it,  I might remember that better too)

2. Do you have accounts on another journal site ( LJ and/or DW ); iif so- same or different name?

3. What do you tend to post about?

4. If applicable: your fandoms (and pairings) if relevant?

5. If you have any recommendations for me of people/places to read/friend/follow/join- esp Snarry or Meta fandom related.

If you want to comment anything else, feel free....

 

 

 

 

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I only NOW remembered (by seeing the msg in my inbox here) that I had signed up for Snarry-A-Thon and never even started the damn thing. Thank goodness it wasn't an exchange.  Still depressed/ashamed.

still haven't written to people I owe replies to, like a simple fucking thank you to the lawyer who helped us (free) deal with the county so we could keep out chickens/sheep, or my cousin who doing missionary work in vietnam and can't access facebook to talk to me there.  Still haven't replaced the doorknob on the bathroom door, or insert countless other chores i can't remember....

I got a new pain dr at a supposedly good pain clinic.  So far, the only good things about it are that 1. I got my fentynal raised from 50 to 75mcg, and 2. I got a TENs unit.  Otherwise, visits usually involve being lectured about things I already know and would be do if I could do it and/or if it actually worked for me.

Cracked another tooth- half came out, half stayed in.  Had to get it pulled.  Have to go get another cracked tooth looked at before the same happens to it too.

Bugland has been without a working computer/laptop/smartphone for months.  My mother finally offered to get them a tablet until I can rebuild a broken laptop someone gave us, soon as I find the $ to buy the parts for it.  Bug's still trying to figure out how the tablet works; it has Windows 8 and isn't as intuitive as one would hope; but a better choice for bug than anything apple, or android even.

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Always thought waterbears (tardigrades) were rather cute in all the (still) photographs and drawings I saw.

Until I saw this animated Gif.

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The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary

High school drop out Arunachalam Muruganantham has helped bring cheap sanitary pads to rural India, and a way for women to earn money, by inventing a simple machine to make them - but it nearly cost him his marriage.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26260978


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This is horribly late, but much thanks to [personal profile] ceci - I don't know if that is their name on LJ, DW, IJ, or some other HP / Fansite, but hopefully the right person sees this.   Both Bug and I have enjoyed The Annotated Brothers' Grimm, and Dawkin's Unweaving the Rainbow; both are also good inspirations for story writing.
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Our B&W tuxedo cat, Toby, (who, in combination with Scottie, a maincoon cat who died several year back, combined in part to give us an initial image of Harry!Cat) died the other day.  He is survived by: Susan the Cranky and Elderly, Cello the cow-spotted terror (She was also Toby's Dom), and MahJongg the hasn't been a kitten for years but we still think of her as one.
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Alchemia will never forget the day another customer at the petshop asked to pet his dog, Mikołaj, and Mikołaj then pee'd on her leg.
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Looking forward to Snarry-a-Thon.  I have art planned. 

Damn.  Using facebook for so long has made me tend towards short posts.  Could be worse; I could have been using twitter.

 

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Damn it. I've spent too much time on facebook and not enough in LJ-clone land.  I keep looking for the 'like' button.
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My wife is nearly housebound due to MS and other illnesses; is on Medicaid/medicare. There is a service that sends DRs to the house. For the past several months, the Dr we have had has been verbally abusive, doesn't listen to her, demands her aide dog is not in the house, and even then, refuses to treat her. Her health has seriously deteriorated during this time. Does that count as "malpractice" or something else? The company they work for takes the side of the Drs. What legal recourses do we have? We are in Illinois.

ETA: We have asked for different drs and they claim to send them out but they never came. Or they came and so were very very very quiet that our dogs didn't even hear them to alert us (and they alert us to things we don't even hear at the other end of the block, so I doubt that).

Sims4

Dec. 2nd, 2013 12:25 am
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I never played the original Sims, but we got the 2nd one included with a computer system and got hooked.  Sims3 was an obvious improvement being "3-D", but it was also harder to custom make objects and outfits etc (imho).  Do we need a Sims4 already?  I'm having trouble seeing how it would be worth whatever "improvements" they've made to it (apparently solitary woohoo is one.  But have they brought back alien babies and mpreg??? Disabled sims would be nice too (eg with wheelchairs or white canes), but i suspect the mpreg is more likely)

honeywellsims4news.tumblr.com/post/65881856354/honeywells-2014-giveaway-win-the-sims-4-for

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I came across this page at the Smithsonian magazine site: link.

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