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theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • I now follow both a Kakapo and Simon's Cat twittering ... I should probably find a twittering dog to complete the set, really.

The kakapo is @SiroccoKakapo, ie the rare bird who had altogether too much fun with Stephen Fry and a wildlife expert recently.  Evidently the keepers have been letting him at the computer too often and he's taken to promoting New Zealand wildlife.  I find it all too cute.

  • RT @TelegraphPics Bodypainting art by Andy Golub - Telegraph retwt.me/Vtme -- Not SFW but beautiful/odd and not lascivious.

Seriously, worth checking out, but if you found the bodypainting cover of Esquire too racy, it's not for you.

  • Amazing Race's Justin Takes the Blame for Losing Zev's Passport TVGuide.com ow.ly/uxNz -- couldn't love these guys more!

What a damn shame, I will say more than once!  Occasionally there are eliminations that are just heart-breaking, because TAR is a game played fair and square for the most part, and sheer chance (or mild player error) can knock the best players out.  These guys are a class act, and so are at least "winners at real life" in my book.

  • Starting my UPS delivery vigil. I don't want my TiVo delayed because I didn't hear them! I have a note on the door and the LR shades up.
  • Still waiting for the UPS man or someone like him.

And I waited from like 9 AM to 5 PM when it finally showed up!  Well, it meant that I stayed downstairs near the door, read, played with my laptop and job-searched on it, straightened the living room, watched TV and all that.  Not exactly a too-strenuous effort.  It's just that I've been burned by "deliveries" where the total effort by the driver was to slap a prewritten "you weren't home" slip on the door without attempting to knock.

  • @TeresaKopec -- yes, on the not joking. The boy worked on the balloon w/ his dad, if he's a bright kid, he may have his fear under control.
  • The balloon is on the ground! Now to see if the kid is OK.
  • Please don't let him have fallen out -- no one in the balloon? #balloonkid
  • RT @tomtomorrow Reality check about what ppl are joking about here: possibility that a small boy fell to his death. -- Hear, hear.
  • @TeresaKopec -- FoaF says that a balloon that size could maybe lift 30lbs with the volume of helium involved -- reason for hope?
  • UPS finally arrived -- now if they just find the balloon kid safe and sound my day will be made.
  • CNN SAYS FOUND ALIVE!!! woohoo!

Heh -- I'll preserve the rest of my afternoon's twittering as it developed, because against my better judgment I got caught up in the story as much as anybody could.  Although, I never did get my theory that the kid was hiding written into a tweet (I did, on Facebook!) well before it was found that the kid was indeed doing the entirely-6yo-logic dodge of hiding out until his parents weren't mad.

I SHOULD have been suspicious because of the size of the balloon -- I remember the Mythbusters episode where they put together enough regular-sized balloons to lift a small child, which was, um, a huge number that almost filled a warehouse, and the saucer-balloon wasn't nearly as big as that, though in my defense, when I first saw it flying along, there wasn't much reference for how big it really wasn't.

I honestly don't believe it was a hoax, and this is one reason why: the local cops who spent the most time with the parents and other kids weren't suspicious, before or after the kid was found.  Cops do really get good at reading suspects' emotions, so if there was some hinky hoaxing for attention, I think they would have twigged.

  • Now getting the new TiVo working -- it's doing a long download of programming info, but it's already watchable!

This is a Series 3!  I've got a WiFi connector for broadband, so bye bye telephone line, hello cool stuff like Netflixing and watching on my computers upstairs!  And when we get a cable card installed, we can get rid of the cable box AND be able to record two shows at once.

I love tech toys.  Shouldn't have spent the money now, when Unemployment is soon running out and I'm looking for a 'survival job', but I do have enough savings that I'm not criminally negligent, AND its a good pickmeup for right now, right?

theodosia: (wet cat)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[personal profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (fandom likes threesomes)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[livejournal.com profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (art!)
It's as simple as four lines added to your CSS, seriously!

Dreamwidth Instructions here! )
theodosia: (doctor)
It's as simple as five lines added to your CSS, seriously!

Yes, you have to have a .JPG file ready to use. It should be at least 900px wide, and you also have to know how tall (height) it is. The random banner I link to below is 949px x 140px, therefore, I added a height specification in the second line.

If you'd like to try it with my random banner for a lark, go to the Organize section of your profile, and choose 'Customize Style'. In the bottom tab of the sections of things you can change there's 'Custom CSS' area.

Go directly to the Use Embedded CSS text area, and paste in the following four lines:

#header {
background-image: url(http://home.comcast.net/~fauxpaws/random_banner.jpg);
height: 140px;
}

Then Save Changes and see how it looks.

The best thing is, you can't hurt anything by this. You can get rid of the banner by going back and erasing those four lines! Or, having proved you can change the header, you can put your JPG file up on some safe and proper location that won't mind you linking to it, all you have to do is substitute the URL inside the parentheses in the CSS code and also the height in px. And then you will have a custom banner.

Note: I haven't tried this on anything but my own personal base Theme which is Transmogrified, but I believe the principle will work on any of the available themes.

Banner

May. 1st, 2009 08:41 pm
theodosia: (Dodo)
Heh. I've managed to put a banner (at least temporary) on my journal via the magic of CSS. It's one that Daughtershade (::sniffs sadly for a friend gone to happier fields o' fun::) made for me yoinks ago. Maybe I'll make up one that's more along my interest these days... but in the meantime, Good Ol' Hugh can keep my Dreamwidth journal safe.

Err.. that's my Dreamwidth journal I'm talking about! This post got crossposted because I left it checked over there. Hmmm.

Banner

May. 1st, 2009 08:41 pm
theodosia: (wet cat)
Heh. I've managed to put a banner (at least temporary) on my journal via the magic of CSS. It's one that Daughtershade (::sniffs sadly for a friend gone to happier fields o' fun::) made for me yoinks ago. Maybe I'll make up one that's more along my interest these days... but in the meantime, Good Ol' Hugh can keep my Dreamwidth journal safe.
theodosia: (stargate by thefakeheadline)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

FTR, Spare cat is perfectly fine with sitting in my lap and forcing me to pet her ALL DAY, w/ short food excursions & hissing at other cats

The Chumley situation has gotten worse, if anything -- he comes into the study a couple times a day just to bother Spare Cat, and/or look for her food and water. Sometimes she stares from a safe place, sometimes she cuts and runs to a safer place. I gave him a Time Out this morning, locked out onto the back porch whence he can observe squirrels and birds.

RT @MitchWagner: TootSuite would be a good name for an ERP app for cocaine dealers.

applied for some jobs. Now I can have ice cream....

Still not hearing back from the jobs I applied for last week, but why am I surprised? At least there was ice cream, excuse me non-dairy frozen dessert bars to console myself with.

I can haz Dreamwidth account!

...which I mentioned here yesterday. If there's a general fannish exodus from LJ, I have my claim staked for the Gold Rush, plus maybe their journal display system could be more customized...?

is vowing a terrible vow that CSS will be her BITCH

... by bashing my brain against the code for as long as necessary. Also, by taking apart some of the CSS and code at CSSZenGarden.comand doing the equivalent of examing it under a microscope. For instance, I figured out how to make CSS suppress an HTML headline with a JPG file with the text all pretty.

The point of this is that the HTML file can still be read simply if you're on a device like an iPhone that may not allow certain kinds of CSS, or handle certain markups in a special way. Also, there are a whole bunch of really cool things that you can do with advanced CSS and cool graphics and stuff like Flash, and the only way I'm going to learn them is to get my neurons wrapped around this stuff.

Anyway, gave myself a headache AND a neckache yesterday, hunched over the keyboard and cursing and whatnot. Could hardly get to sleep for thinking about it and all, but I got enough of the problems ironed out that I could show off a draft version that made me happy. Now today I can try to finish it up, and then start applying what I've learned to a CSSZenGarden page!


Who said that Unemployment has to be unpleasant or lazy? Well, the lack of money is sad, and there's enough times when I'm at loose ends, but on the whole I think I'm doing pretty well.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:30 was making elaborate plans to create a blog about gardening last night. This morning, not quite as attractive an idea.... #
  • 09:11 The house next door -- separated by a 10' alley -- is getting its roof replaced today. 8 guy crew, so it will be TODAY, I think! #
  • 10:26 Watching: YouTube - Steam. Punk. Cork. Screw. -- via my friend Jessica. Oh, this is so beautiful! tinyurl.com/ch9o8c//www.google ... #
  • 11:42 www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/04/madoff200904 (via @addthis) #
  • 14:03 Roofers are beavering away like champions. They're nearly done! #
  • 15:10 Playing, playing with Dreamweaver and pretty pretty pages #
  • 15:10 Next up, doing a Flash logo with buttons for the site. #
  • 15:24 You know what I just found in a plastic bag on the study floor? My YakTrax which have been MIA all winter. Holy black hole, Batman! #


  • Such a miscellaneous collection yesterday, I guess there wasn't much of a theme at that. Some days are like that.

    The thoughts about a gardening blog was triggered last night by listening to the podcast of Science Friday's interview with a guy who is setting up an Internet Phenology database which tracks stuff like plant flowering times, so you can participate with data from your own backyard/neighborhood quite easily. They're also looking for historical data, so if you have a maiden aunt who kept track of 20 years worth of her elaborate garden, they're looking for that, too. (They call those shoebox archives.)

    That naturally led me to thinking about my garden this spring, which is more like an organized weedpatch, and being motivated to Do More with it if I had to be honest and blog about bits of it. Like, take time to investigate each plant that shows up in it, both the ones that I've planted and the ones that have volunteered, the bugs I see and whatnot.

    Of course, that would be a lot like real work.

    Links that I included yesterday -- the Steam Punk Corkscrew is just a wonderful device, like unto the mechanical wonders of the 18th & 19th centuries. It's so very totally impractical, but delightful just the same -- the illegitimate offspring of Rube Goldberg crossed with Jules Verne.

    And I recommend the Madoff article in Vanity Fair, which makes the good point of what a capital-B Bastard the guy was and is, because while it may sound amusing that he ripped off so many smart people, he did it to people he'd known for years, been staunch friends with (two of the biggest losers are guys that publically called him "like a son to me" many many times), or accepted the investments of charitable foundations which depended on the money for their good works.

    In other news -- the roofers are back, putting on gutters and finishing off the little bits of roof -- on porch extensions, and so on. And I started work on a completely for-spec rewrite of a website for a new local consignment shop (which is SO AWFUL), which I may try bartering to the owners for a nice rhinestone pin. Even if they don't go for it, it will be worthwhile for a portfolio piece.
theodosia: (rhino brain in a box)
From my MORE OR LESS current Twitter stream:

  • 15:53 Muppet makes the evening's first request for food. #
  • 19:32 entered a Worth1000 competition, woohoo! #
  • 07:04 Looking at: Worth1000.com Photoshop Contests GUESS WHICH ONE IS MINE! :-) tinyurl.com/b9vwl4 #
  • 08:32 Looking at: Diabetes-monitoring Nanoparticle Tattoos - Neatorama tinyurl.com/auhbqe #
  • 10:49 checking Boskone schedule, which doesn't start until 6 PM. ::checks clock again:: #


Bizarre -- LoudTwitter didn't post yesterday morning's usual lot until nearly 10 at night, and now it repeats some of them, only it postdates them TO THE FUTURE, and still hours later than their usual time.

LoudTwitter is free, so I suppose I'm getting my money's worth.

But perhaps it is my urgency for Boskone to be starting up that is driving this posting into the future. You never know.
theodosia: (art!)
is up, at least for Beta... and of course general wonderment and praise (always happily accepted) because I think it could be a good project to show off my general cleverness and especially my Actionscript and Flash chops.

So go gaze in wonder, already!

So Tired

Mar. 18th, 2008 10:28 pm
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
I may post some more 3D pictures later -- we're done more with the pirate woman, and I've been putting together a model to use on my portfolio site, too, but our web design projects are due next Monday, so I'm elbows-deep in half-completed page designs. Not to mention that I've barely given a thought to content! -- though most of it will be recycled from my digital design portfolio, which thank goodness already has most of it rendered as JPG files, with appropriate labels and paragraphs of explanation.

I feel like I've been running and running for the past two+ months. And I've got until May 8th until the madness stops, which is just too damn far away.

I'm seriously considering postponing the Flash animation module in the afternoon class (which starts next Wednesday), which will give me my weekday afternoons back -- enough time to get my animation project started, catch up on the programming projects I've had to let slide, and so on. The Web design classes are very popular and there are even evening classes, so waiting for the Flash section to come around again is only a matter of a couple months at most, and should I get extraordinarily lucky and land a job sooner than later, I should still be able to finish out that portion.

My biggest concern at the moment is that if I drop the section, that might mean the class would shuffled in with another section at a less advantageous time for my remaining classmates -- and having spent time since September with them, I like and respect them too much to feel comfortable cavalierly screwing them over.

I can't tell you how much I want to get a break, a serious and substantial break from this treadmill. It's a really interesting treadmill where I'm getting to do a lot of neat stuff, but at the same time I feel like I'm wearing my mental legs down to nubs.
theodosia: (art!)
I went for a sloow animated GIF rather than having it flash at you.


Fiction Banner
Done in my Web Design class. Coming soon to a fan fiction site near your computer....
Fiction Banner

theodosia: (bride of)
Actually not really thinking this will sell any, but hey, I wanted to try it out to see if I could make a couple t-shirts for family and friends. I wonder if they have a bulk discount...?


theodosia: (bride of)

Bride picture, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Playing around with Photoshop tonight, trying to use some of the masking and manipulation tools we learned this week....

theodosia: (art!)
I'm not Thankgiving-ing today on account of a cold (though I've got a fridge stuffed with Good Stuff, so I'm not suffering the lack of good food), but I do seem to be able to sit up long enough to play around a little with Photoshop and my slender skills with the same.

Here are a couple before-and-after comparisons. We did a set of "product" shots, which were supposed to be set up to showcase items for ads. I grabbed a couple of knitted things that I haven't documented, and took pictures using the light over my kitchen table and a very slow shutter on the camera which was on a tiny tripod for stability. The pictures came out a bit dark, which I kind of planned on, since the light was not great, so it's better to undershoot (or so I'm told).

We spent the past couple days in class getting instructed in the basics of how to adjust and correct (they're not the same thing, you know) pictures, so here is my maiden efforts to fix up pictures that were otherwise not what they could have been....

Pictures under here! )
theodosia: (art!)

Danehy Park Trashcan copy, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Everything but blood on the keyboard, I swear. Making every mistake, possibly inventing a few on the spot, very near tears a couple of times. Today much better than yesterday, which seems to be a hopeful sort of trend.

Here's one sample picture -- two more over on Flickr if you're interested. This one I did some selective masking (whee! brush tool!), some monochrome color mixing, some tinkering with levels. I wish it were on a better picture, but this one gave me some neat stuff to work upon, so.

theodosia: (art!)

pictorial_logos, originally uploaded by moxie58.

More school work -- the assignment this week was to come up with several different kinds of logos for a company or companies, among them initials, word art, abstracts, pictorials. These are some of my writing-related ideas, using a handy piece of clipart for a base.

scribblesun

Nov. 6th, 2007 01:26 pm
theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))

scribblesun, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Between lectures and stuff, some more playing around with Illustrator. The hardest part is sometimes knowing when to stop, because I can easily come up with a half-dozen variations, all of which seem so neat....

theremin

Nov. 5th, 2007 01:46 pm
theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))

theremin, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Using some of the 3D effects in Illustrator -- the instructor wanted us to create a musical instrument, so....