Apr. 9th, 2011 08:14 pm
avanta7: (Bubble Wrap)
I've been sort of taking a break from blogging/internet and trying to get more reading and yarn stuff done. But I've missed so much. And I've missed you all.

Balance is difficult.
avanta7: (Computer Friends)
Anyone still out there? I'm sorry. I've been away. Between work, yarn, TV, puppy, family, and (mumblemumblethatrhymeswithTraceLook), LJ has been neglected. Actually, both my blogs have been neglected. Lots of started projects. None finished. *sigh*

Thankfully, nothing spectacular has happened. Of course, if it had, I'd have been here. Well, maybe not. There is that other place that shall not be named. *hangs head with shame*

I'll do better.

(Many thanks to [ profile] shendoah for the userpic. I hope it's still true!)
avanta7: (Wrath)
So not only do I have to figure out where to move my knitblog due to Vox shutting its figurative doors, I may have to bail on my permanent LJ account because its owners have made it possible to spread my sometimes highly personal journal entries all over the damn 'net.

If it weren't for the fact the vast majority of my social interaction takes place on the internet, I'd bail on the whole web presence thing in protest.

Not that it would make any difference, but it's the principle of the thing.

Regardless whether I stay here or move to Dreamwidth (thanks for the invite, Heather) or some other blogging site, I'm also making the statement already made by many LJ friends:

If anyone on my friends list crossposts a comment on a protected entry to Facebook or Twitter through this Connect thing, I will almost certainly remove them from my friends list. (Public entries, of which I make few, I will take on a case-by-case basis.)

BTW, if comments are crossposted from protected entries in other people's journals, I will take that as an indication that you are likely to do the same with mine, and act accordingly.

I'm pretty sure that most of you reading this wouldn't dream of doing any such thing, but I ought to say it just in case.
avanta7: (Normal is Boring)
I've been uploading new userpics like mad, and still have space for at least 75 more. Oh, the pressure!
avanta7: (Default)
Since spouse and I bought each other new laptops for Christmas, and now have really nifty and powerful toys to play with, I'm considering adding Photoshop or something similar to my software arsenal. Mainly, I want a program that will allow me to add captions to or word balloons to photos; and then animate them for LJ userpic purposes. (Isn't that pathetic?)

Currently installed photo/graphics programs are: HP PhotoMovieMaker, HP Photosmart Essential, Microsoft Publisher, Windows Movie Maker, and Muvee6, all of which came with the new toy, and none of which seems to do what I want to do (i.e., make animated icons).

This may be due to operator incompetence, of course, and so I present to you, O Great and Powerful LJ Reading Public, my request for assistance: Which program(s) named above will make nifty animated icons and how does it perform such function; or, if none, which software program(s) do you recommend to do such tasks?
avanta7: (Yarn)
Remember that afghan I spent a large part of last winter crocheting? It turned out really nice and cozy, and spouse and I shared many happy hours cuddled up beneath it, watching TV and saving on our heating bills. The cats liked it too, so much so that yesterday, with cooler weather approaching, I pulled the blanket off the foot of the bed where it had been residing and threw it in the washer.

When I pulled it out of the washer, I realized I had not used washable wool yarn. Yep, it felted. The blanket now has felted woolen squares interspersed with unaffected crocheted linen squares. Luckily, I had the presence of mind NOT to throw the thing in the dryer, thus compounding the felting and making the shrinkage worse. It's not so bad that the afghan is completely unusable, but still...I am a doofus.

In our ritual Sunday morning telephone call, Mom told me her right knee has gotten so much worse that the pain medication no longer provides any sustained relief. She needs knee replacement surgery in the very near future. Unfortunately, this is surgery that requires a three-day hospital stay, and then remaining off her feet for two solid weeks afterward. In other words, something completely impossible while she is the primary care provider to her ailing mother. My father's job requires him to travel several weeks at a time with only about a week at home between jaunts, and neither of my siblings hold jobs that accrue the kind of vacation time mine does. They're lucky if they get to take two weeks off in a whole year. So I told Mom that, if for some reason she can't put off taking care of herself until Grandma is gone, I'll take three weeks leave to come out there and take care of both of them. (Won't that just frost my manager's cookies. I feel soooo bad about it, too.)

As for planned activities today: Our bank's website is down for maintenance. *huff* So much for balancing the checkbook this morning. However, the week's menu is done, the larder is inspected, and the grocery list is made. Now I must make myself presentable for public view and do the shopping. The usual household maintenance tasks also await my attention: laundry, vacuuming, mopping, dishes, cleaning the soap scum and hard water marks from the glass shower enclosure. Naturally, all I really want to do is read. I'll make a concerted effort not to be a complete slug after the grocery store; I make no promises.

But I've added several new LJ user-pics in recent days! I'm still nowhere near filling all the slots I have available. Permanent account--I likes it. I'm a doofus and an LJ-nerd.
avanta7: (Not Your LJ)
I have several icon images that I would like to combine into a single animated icon, but I haven't the faintest idea how to go about it. Is there a particular program that does this? Will someone do me the favor of pointing me in the right direction?
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)
With a permanent account, I have room for 97 more userpics. I have some serious userpic-shopping to do. As if I needed another time suck.
avanta7: (Axiom Testing)
I've trimmed my friends list.

If I've removed you it's for at least one of the following:

  • You never or rarely comment on my journal
  • I never or rarely comment on yours
  • We have little in common, really
  • We just don't know one another that well
  • You never or rarely reply to comments I've made

It's NOT because I dislike you.

I wish you all the very best, and perhaps our paths will cross again in the future.
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)
...especially when I don't pay attention.

Two years (and one week) ago today, I joined LiveJournal.
Happy LJ anniversary to me!
avanta7: (Gingerbread Dream)
I'm interested in learning to make animated icons, but haven't a clue where to start. Any suggestions for programs or pointers?
avanta7: (Leonardo)
A while ago a friend emailed this cute little movie loop in a .gif file that's perfect for an LJ icon. And I can't figure out how to save it in a way that keeps the animation loop. If I email it to one of you technogods, will you iconize it for me? Any volunteers?
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)
LJ just doubled the userpics for paid accounts! I can have more icons now!
*happy dance*
*goes in search of icon goodness*


Mar. 13th, 2006 08:36 pm
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)
It just dawned on me that my new LJ layout uses a Lenten color scheme.


Mar. 11th, 2006 04:09 pm
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)
I found an S2 layout for spring that I like much better than the pink day lily Generator style. We're set until summer now.


Dec. 7th, 2005 08:59 pm
avanta7: (Leonardo)
The e-mailed comments to days-ago journal entries keep showing up in my inbox.
Some of them I hadn't seen before.
I am mildly amused.
avanta7: (Leonardo)
In a test of the sign up process for automated payments, the system says it will bill me a prorated amount right now to bring me current. If I understand the automated concept correctly, my paid journal status will then expire 15 months from now because of the sign-up 3-month bonus offer, and I'll be billed again. Right?

Can anyone answer this for me? Anyone? Bueller?
avanta7: (Default)
The [ profile] christianleft community and posts like this one.

I only wish I could be so eloquent.
avanta7: (Default)
The Jon Carroll column posted a couple of days ago has spawned an LJ community: [ profile] unitarian_jihad
Join, if you dare.

(Me, I'm staying home.)
avanta7: (Default)
I have completed one full year (plus one day) on LJ! Bow before my awesome journalness!

Seriously, you all have been great. Much love to you for putting up with me.

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