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My new blog

The server my  new blog lives on was to undergo an upgrade last night.  Unfortunately, the server is still down, and my new site is inaccessible at the moment.

(As is http://www.mqresource.com, my site for machine quilters)

I hope it will be back up SOONER than SOON, but I don’t really know.

Because of the downtime this week, I’ll be extending the QUILT giveaway that I was running on my new blog.

I hpoe you’ll be patient and come back again later to see me:



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Feeling like Goldilocks

Just once, I’d like for things to go according to plan.

Like today, for instance.  I needed to arrive at the shop early enough to finish up some packages and take them to the Post Office, before I open the doors at 10.

That included printing a couple copies of my books.  I didn’t get them printed last night because the toner cartridge I had just installed was leaving spots on the edge of the page, and I wasn’t able to fuss around with at the time.

Mind you, the toner cartridge I was replacing was leaving faint black lines on the pages, so it wasn’t like I could just throw that one back in.

My recent toner shipment had included 3 black toner cartridges, so I thought I’d just stick another new one in, get the stuff printed, and then deal with replacing the 2 bad cartridges later.


You see where this is going?

The replacement replacement had a big ole strip of NOTHING down the right side of the page.

This one leaves spots.

This one leaves stripes.

This one leaves blanks.

Thankfully (for my sanity) the FINAL new one I installed is Just Right.

I’m actually quite surprised, I’ve been using toner from this particular company for some time now, and this is only the 2nd?  3rd? (ok, 3rd, 4th, and 5th) times I’ve gotten a defective cartridge from them.  As you can imagine, I’ll be calling in a bit to see about getting replacements.  But that means I’ll have to package up the bad ones and take THOSE to the post office, and all I really want to do right now is QUILT.

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Shortly after I wrote my earlier post, I decided to actually attempt to do a little troubleshooting, and fired up my laptop.  Network worked just fine on it, so now I don’t know what to think.  I’ll have to try moving the laptop to the front counter to see if it is locational, and if it’s not…well, then, I guess we’ll know it’s the computer (which happens to be the new Mac, and…I guess I’m going to learn a lot more about how my Mac works!)

Photos from yesterday and today:

january 21, 2009

I cheated a tiny bit. I took a number of photos last night, I wasn’t looking through the eye-piece, just holding the camera at about my stomach, snapping pictures. The picture I took that captured the word Lost on the TV — the knitting was blurry. So, I cut the TV screen out of that one, pasted on top of the TV in this picture and VOILA!  (I worked on my sweater some last night.  Long way to go yet.)

Yes, I’m weird. And geeky. And just the slightest bit addicted to several TV shows right now. I got to choir last night at 7 and informed the choir director that I HAD to be home before 8. I didn’t tell him why, but my Mom knew. Thankfully, she didn’t give me away.

january 22, 2009

I took about 25 pictures of Katie. She basically ignored me. The lighting in here tonight is terrible, which means the camera takes longer to expose the pictures. Holding it by hand gave me very blurry pictures. I set some books down on the floor, the camera on top and got some great pictures. So there’s your photography tip for today. Actually, two tips. Get down on the same level as your subject and use something to balance your camera (it was sitting off the floor as far as Don Quixote and a Moleskine journal would lift it). Books, tables, chairs, counters all work as stand-ins for tripods.

And on that note, it’s time to stop letting the sleeping dog lie and send her out for her last trip of the day to the great outdoors.

Come on Katie, time to wake up so we can go to bed!

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Actually, it’s not so much the computer as it is the network. I don’t know what the problem is exactly, but there is something going on in this building that interferes with my wireless network. Over Christmas break, when the chiropractor next door was closed, everything worked great, but now that they are back, something is interfering again.  Only, it doesn’t get better during the afternoons they are closed, so I’m still not sure it is them.  Or their equipment.

Some times it’ll work great, and the rest of the time, not so much.

In a previous life, (before children…), it was my job to figure stuff like this out.  Actually, it’s still my job, but at that time, the computer networking stuff was what I got paid for.  I do not miss those days.  I bet a lot of you didn’t even know that about me.  Or don’t know that I have a degree in computer science and used to be a Certified Novell Engineer.

Now, I’m just Certifiable.

And, I’m wishing I could call tech support and say “FIX IT.”

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I went searching for radio on the Internet yesterday and discovered Pandora:


You give it a song name or an artist and it goes out and creates a “radio station” for you based on that song and others like it.  If it plays something you don’t like, you can click on the thumbs down and it won’t play it again.

Is it wrong that I’m loving the boy bands this morning?  Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Westlife, and a bunch of other guys that I’ve never heard of before.  Maybe I shouldn’t be admitting that sort of thing.

The website is pretty cool, though.

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Stupid spammers

In general, I think spammers are stupid, but in this case, I’m referring to a spammer that was specifically stupid:

The subject line reads:  Tax Refound (25372131) $620.50

(emphasis mine)

Every reference in the e-mail refers to my REFOUND.  Lord, you’d think they could at least spell the word properly.

Plus, usually when you get a spam e-mail like this with a spurious link in it, they make the link LOOK like it is a going to lead you to the real place (i.e. the IRS), but when you click on it, it turns out the underlying code of the link is actually taking you somewhere completely different.

In this particular case they didn’t even try to disguise their link, so I can see right away that they are sending me somewhere stupid.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

What scares me is that there are people out their that are even stupider (is that a word?) and will actually CLICK on these spammer’s links.  Someone must be clicking, else the spammers wouldn’t keep trying.  Right?

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First, thanks to those who have gone to the site and reported on their experiences.  I’ve traded e-mails with tech support and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  It works for some and not others (and of course it works just fine for the tech support guy…)

Second, exciting news:  the boys’ football team WON today.  12-0.  Woohoo!!!  They looked awesome today and Joe had THE coolest pass interception.  It was amazing.  Will had some awesome plays too, he’s our center and all of his snaps were great, plus he had some good tackles.

And the irony?  I decided to work on my socks today and was anxious to get to the toe of the first sock.  I was knitting away in the car, and decided I should probably check the length of the foot.

I’ve gone too far.  I have to rip back about 4 rows.  Sheesh.

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