Where the Sane Should Fear to Tread

Therapy Sessions on File


Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 924pm
My son is asleep. Under one arm is the precious stuffed doggie. Under the other arm is *wipes away tear of joy* a computer video card! Oh the joy!

After two days of playing musical mice and keyboards, I grew a brain and tried swapping out the video cards on ol' BU. Sure enough (to this point, and my fingers are tightly crossed) that appeared to be the problem. Thank you goddesses of computers! I really would have been farked if the ps/2 ports had been tits-up.

Since the new server has arrived, it should have a new keyboard and (because I adore the things) a track-ball mouse. Riiight. I want a simple, non-specialized ergonomic keyboard with a ps/2 connection. May as well wish for snow in the middle of August. I do not need, nor want, the fancy-ass keyboards on the market today.

As for the mice... forget the track-ball unless I special order it from Atic - if they still have listed.

So no keyboard or mouse, but instead picked up a new set of speakers for the 'puter. Couldn't argue with the price and I've been idly looking for a replacement set for a couple months.

In a fit of pissed off-edness at not finding what I really wanted, we drove into town and hit Cal's. Holy crap, it's a 'puter lovers candy store. Used bits and bobs as far as the eye can see. There were a couple keyboards that would have worked, but I'm not sure I could have ever returned them to a semi-clean state. I'm not into cleaning off what looked like some else's bodily fluids *shiver*. And no track-ball mice.

However, they do have laptop parts. I may yet be able to resurrect the old Fujitsu from the dead and I may be able to find some parts for Trafalga.

Squirmy had his first dentist visit today. He hopped on the chair, sat down and opened his mouth, ready to go.

Having never been to the dentist with other small children, I don't know how other three year-olds act there. All through the polishing, flossing and flouride, Squirmy didn't fuss or fidget one bit. Is this normal? Granted the TV in the ceiling may have helped, but come on! That kid of mine is constantly amazing me and knocking my socks off.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 903pm
Fics Read 10/22 - 10/27

West Wing - Finesse  by Yana
West Wing - Summer Spray  by Yana
NCIS - Special Delivery   by kelly_girl
BSG - In Your Dreams  by sanssong
BSG - Little Girl Lost  by sanssong
BSG - (The) Mind's Eye  by sanssong
BSG - (The) Towel  by sanssong
Sentinel - Falling  by Deborah Wright
Sentinel - (A) Little Lesson in Self-defense  by Deborah Wright
Sentinel - Film at 11  by Deborah Wright
Sentinel - Never Let Go  by Veronica
NCIS - Uncertainty Principle  by twoweevils
NCIS - Paideia  by twoweevils
NCIS - (The) Second B is for Belonging  by Juli
NCIS - Why Intimidation Never Works Anymore  by JP
NCIS - Transitions and Follow Through  by Nix
Wednesay, October 25, 2006
Ever so slowly, and ever so painfully, I'm slowing learning the in-and-outs of CSS, rounded corners, how much IE sucks, and how to beat code into validating. I'm going to look for a book on CSS; preferably a 'For Dummies' style. All the talk about 'levels' and 'child' and 'inheriting'... I understand the basics, but a more in-depth understanding can only help in the long run. Besides, I really really like how minimal HTML can be used when CSS is employed in the background.

Big-D has okayed the new (version 2) layout so now it's cut-and-paste time, edit, then run everything through spell-check and the validators. I cannot wait to get this site off my to-do list.

Of course, once the site comes off, the office reno's move up a notch. Talked to Big-D about what Lab-boy (and me) want, time-lines, etc, and it appears we're looking at more than just easy, cosmetic changes. The reno's are, from what we discussed, sounding like two steps above a complete gutting. However, since it's been over seventeen years since anything major was done in here, the office is overdue for major work.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 924pm
Every once in a while I need a Harlequin-type fix. They're sweet, romantic, exciting, totally unrealistic, smutty and easy to pick up and put down. The latter is the primary reason for reading them.

After reading about a dozen romance-trashes over the last three months (thank you used bookstore on the main drag), and the thousands I've read since I was fifteen, I have finally found one that makes most of the crap!fic on FF.N look good. There was nothing wrong with the grammar or spelling (thank the gods) but the characters, plot, execution was the absolute worst I have ever seen in a professional, published novel. And, given the amount I read (professional and amatuer) that's saying something. I'm seriously considering writing to the company and asking them how the piece of dreck made it past the editorial staff.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I found a sub-series I'm gonna be hunting more of - Harlequin Blaze. Apart from out-right porn books, this sub-series has to be the most explicit romance books I've ever read. Must find more!!!

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Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 813pm
Fics read 10/15 - 10/20

Sentinel - Sideline  by Mab
CSI - Back Home Tonight  by shamelessOne
CSI - Twenty-One Breaths  by RurouniHime
NCIS - Nothing You Want  by rebecca
NCIS - One on One  by rebecca
NCIS - Please (Don't) Pet the Tony  by rebecca
NCIS - Razor Dance  by rebecca
NCIS - Sunlight  by rebecca
NCIS - Wake-up Call  by rebecca
Sentinel - Restoration  by Veronica
NCIS - Distraction  by kelly_girl
NCIS - Reflections and Refelctions2  by Angelise
NCIS - Slow  by Nix
Sentinel - Accepted series by Nancy
  Inauspicious Beginnings
  Accepted: Complications
Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 904pm
Face vs Road - Face loses (dur!).

Stepping of a curb (jay-walking, of course) I slipped. I assume I did, since it happened so bloody fast and I have no recollection of the event. Twas one of those "one minute you're up, the next you're down" moments and, as one is sprawled on the roadway, one is left wondering... wha? Since the incident happened so fast and unexpectedly, there was no time to brace for it - my face took the brunt of the fall. If I'd been looking straight ahead, instead of to the right checking out where the cars were, I would have broken my nose and some teeth. As it was, my left cheek and chin took the hit, leaving me with road-rash and a beauty of a shiner. And, of course, my glasses were toasted. The left lens doesn't have scrapes, it has gouges.

The pluses are new glasses (which were really needed) and a living lesson for Squirmy (always look where you're going, or you could have big face owies). Really like the new glasses (hubby thinks frames are a little large for my face, but nothing is perfect) - the new 'script is a big improvement and having new lenses (not scratched from daily use and small child) makes all the difference. Ended up with regular glasses (completed rather quickly too, thank the stars) and prescription sunglasses. Tad more inconvenient than the clip-on's, but a larger coverage area is worth it.

In other news, office reno/refurbish work is moving along. Accomplished some minor (more cosmetic than anything else) changes that have made quite a difference. New cabinets have not been ordered and probably won't until one wall is changed, new carpet and paint are chosen and implemented and the current cabinets have a hunt-and-turf performed on them. The latter I'm saving for when everyone else is at the convention.

The updated/revamped web site is slowly coming along. Version 3 should be ready to launch tomorrow. This will be followed by v 3.1 once I figure out the CSS coding and v 3.2 when all the releases are in order. Big-D has been a big help in terms of cleaning text up, rewording and reorganizing various aspects and (whether she knows it or not) pissing me off to the point where I start thinking more critically and hunting for things that "can't be done". Atta girl!

Home 'puter room is looking (moderately) better. Pitched a bunch of useless crap: Win95 boot disc and CD; software for the 28.8 modem (for win3.1 and 95); enough paper to reforest the back yard. Also reclaimed (or still reclaiming) almost a dozen CD R/W discs. Looks like I won't have to buy more after all.

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October 13, 2006 at 943pm
Fics Read 10/09 - 10/13

NCIS - Shadow Boxing  by ksl
NCIS - Gone Away Again  by Keyla Sheppard
NCIS - Gift Box pts 1-2 (tbc)  by ksl
NCIS - He series by Xanfan
&nbps; He Pretends
  He Remembers
  He Knows
NCIS - Pursuing the Horizon  by Shade_Shifter
NCIS - Woodworking 101 and Plumbing 300 - Advanced Course  by CPWatcher
NCIS - Who Would Have Thought  by Juli
NCIS - Affirmation  by rebecca
NCIS - Discovery  by rebecca
NCIS - Do-Over  by rebecca
NCIS - Identity  by rebecca
NCIS - Ninety-Three Degrees  by rebecca
Friday, October 6, 2006 at 936pm
Just a tad busy at work this week.

Realized the manual was missing a crucial section on the computers. As in what programs are crucial to operations, how to recover from a crash, etc. Dur!

In the last two days, I have booked more work than in the last three weeks. Boss-man won't know what hit him in the weeks to come.

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Friday, October 6, 2006
Fics Read 10/02 - 10/06

PotC - (A) Sea Such as This  by Haleth
PotC - Education  by pir8fancier
Monday, October 2, 2006 at 843
Fics Read 9/25 - 10/02

PotC - The Pirate Way