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Sep. 19th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Home sick from work. Why does that always seem to make you feel a thousand times worse? Really can't afford to take time off, mom's been leaning on me more and more for money, but it's like my body decided it knew what I needed and shut the fuck down overnight.

On the plus side, I've watched an entire season of BoJack Horseman and Cars 3, and managed to get Quicksilver in Future Fight, that's totally better than making money, right?

Next up: Comics! I think I'm too out of it for vidya games, which feels unfortunate.

I want to be an architect.

They All Went Through

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:35 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Mina covets the ring)
[personal profile] calliopes_pen
The rest of the nominations have been approved for Yuletide.

✔ Count Dracula (1977)
✔ Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

✔ Dracula (TV 1968)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)
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Not everyone had a Trinket, Vex thought during a lazy afternoon tickle fight-turned-cuddle session with her most excellent bear. In fact, most people wouldn't want a Trinket, but that was because they lacked appreciation for the finest things in life. They probably would've liked him better when he was still a cub.

Aaaaaw, Trink had been so fucking cute when he was a baby.

Baby animals were always cute. Even the dangerous ones.

Whether it was a harmless twist to her brother's penchant for pranks or a desire to shake things up a little in this resort prison that was way too quiet or hint of boredom and curiosity about the limited magic Vex had, she couldn't say, but one Conjure Animals later, and her room was full of small, fluffy, cuddly baby animals... and one much larger bear sniffing at them in confusion.

Looking very pleased with herself – and okay, a little surprised at just how many fuzzballs there were – Vex opened the door to her room. "There are lots of people here. Go make friends and have some fun."

The animals tumbled, stalk-pounced, and hopped out of her room and all over the inn looking for people to play with, and just before they were out of her sight, Vex added, "And if you see my brother... you can pee on him if you want."

[OOC: fey creatures in the form of baby animals invade the inn for an hour. have fun. feel free to link to pics or gifs of the cuteness in your tags if you'd like.]

One Fandom So Far, Two To Go

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:11 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
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My nomination list for Yuletide has partially been reviewed. So as of right now, I can confirm this one. I'll let people know when the others make it through.

✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
✔ Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Xena life before coffee)
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I found out what my computer model is. Until now, all I knew (since what was once written was lost to the mists of time, as the sticker wore off at some point) was it was just HP Compaq, since we hadn’t found the old paperwork for it as of yet. So I’m posting this mainly for my own sake, should I lose track of where I made a note of that.

HP Compaq dx2450 Microtower. I went to the support page for HP, and found the method for determining the type a particular model is.

So how did I find out? First, hit the plus sign around the Option 2 section. Their way didn’t work for me, and we never had HP Support Assistant in this computer, for whatever reason even back when it was still XP and would have had those original files. However, figure 1 mentions System Information. Typed in that, and the window that came up had everything, including a section for System Model. And there we have it.

Judging by this press release, it came out around April of 2008, if not earlier. Granted, my model was 32 bit, not the 64 bit they’re announcing. If that’s accurate, that means that the date I previously estimated is off by a few years. Should it make it another few months to 2018 prior to it being replaced, this one’s still going to have made it at least a decade. And should it still survive, we'll have it around as a spare, should its replacement have issues, or should Dad's laptop have problems down the line.

No More HP Printers For Me

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:38 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook enough necromancy)
[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Thanks to a firmware update from HP that was pushed yesterday, I believe I can safely cross off HP printers from my list of potential printer purchases.

Basically, the update blocks all non-HP ink from functioning correctly. There weren’t that many from HP that I had included on my list just yet, thanks to everybody's recommendations and advice (thank you for it, by the way) along the lines of Canon, Epson, and Brother.

This merely narrows the field a little more for me.

Note To Self

Sep. 13th, 2017 12:51 pm
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Next year, I will try to remember to nominate Dracula The Undead, by Freda Warrington. (Not the Dacre Stoker novel of the same name) I love that unofficial continuation of the novel, and I have a prompt I'd love to see written someday. I just never have room and/or never think to nominate it until I've already done my nominations.

The Quest For A Printer Continues

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:50 pm
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
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For when I eventually replace the printer that I had to toss out, I have a question for those on my reading/friends list. I’ve only had inkjets from HP up until now (I don’t know the names right now) and that last one never really worked right, while the first lasted about 15 years before it died.

Would anyone recommend any particular Epson or Brother printer models? I only recently heard of them for the first time during my research, so I don't know much about those brands. Or is HP still a good one to stick with for inkjet printers, despite that last one? I considered the HP Envy 7640, but was turned away by bad reviews I was reading for that particular model.

What I'm looking for is a reliable color inkjet printer, even if it's primarily documents I would be printing.

Is laser better/cheaper in the long run?

EP - A real sprite (OTA)

Sep. 10th, 2017 05:34 pm
st_oneswidow: (Hair)
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The water in the pool smelled funny and stung her eyes a bit, but it was the first water she'd come across and all Curnen knew when she'd left her room was she couldn't sleep and she wanted to go swimming.

She tended to make most decisions on a whim, these days. That was a scar left behind by Rockhouse's magic. There was barely a breath of space between wanting a thing and doing a thing, if it was possible to do. Riding the night wind was impossible, but most other things she gave in at once. Usually, it had to do with eating. Her body and mind still had not gotten used to the idea that food was readily available, so whenever she was offered something, she'd take it even if she wasn't hungry.

When she'd arrived at the pool, it had crossed her mind briefly that she had no bathing suit. It had barely flitted across her mind that she could go get one right now in the one of the hotel's shops. But she wanted to be in the water right at that moment, and between that and the promise of the night wind on her skin--even if she could not ride!--she stripped, left her clothes on the deck, and slipped into the water so smoothly there was barely a ripple.

Much as she wanted to be a person again, it was hard. Speech was hard. Walking upright all the time was hard. Clothes were hard. Shoes were hardest, she hadn't even bothered with them. The water had no fish, plants, no life to flutter against her skin, but it would do just fine.

She came up after a long moment, taking in a full, deep gulp of air. Her hair hung in her face like weed and she pushed it out of the way.

Someone was nearby, and she smiled without shame. "H'lo," she said.

Yuletide Nominations Are Open

Sep. 8th, 2017 02:32 pm
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook borrowing Dracula's shadow)
[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Yuletide nominations are open. My nominations look like this--and I will let people know when they are either accepted or rejected, should that occur at all. The "?!" mark was what it looked like before either happened.

?! Count Dracula (1977)
?! Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

Dracula (TV 1968)
?! Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
?! Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
?! John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
?! Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)

?! Dracula - Bram Stoker
?! Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)


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