byslantedlight: (Doyle Camera)
I thought I was so sleepy last night, and then I couldn't sleep at all, so that I woke up all slow and unslept this morning (except that I obviously had slept, since I woke up, but you know what I mean!) So today started behind, and I knew I had a long-ish document and then another medium-sized one, adding up to more than the average bear for one day, and I'd rather stupidly booked a haircut today, cos I kept swiping hair out of my eyes yesterday and it really bugged me, and... ack! But actually, even though I only just finished work a wee while ago (and it's dot-on-midnight as I type this), things turned out okay... My long document turned out to be about dinosaurs - wheeee! And I got to my hair appointment on time.

And when I decided I'd have coffee and tiramisu slice because glump, my coffee came out looking like apple art. *g*
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Then it turned out... )

Ethereal little fairy-floss fluffs, all delicate pink with the sunset...
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...and all curls and waves... I have no idea what they are, but I was rather taken with them!

ETA - it's Traveller's Joy (or Old Man's Beard), the seed-fluffs of the common clematis - thank you [livejournal.com profile] unbelievable2!

And then of course I had to come home and finish work, but actually that was okay too, cos I was looking out for Pros-y things at the same time, and all was good! And now it's le weekend! *g* This weekend there must be writing! And reading. Lots of reading. *sighs happily*

Okay...

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 01:30 pm
byslantedlight: (Doyle thoughtful  (ilywela13))
(Maybe bribery will help)

...a Pros pic or article posted or drabble written (your choice which) for anyone who'll tell me their opinion/thoughts/feelings about Windows 10 compared to Windows 7!

As soon as I decide one way, I change my mind and decide the other way instead.

Who's used Windows 10? Do you like it better or worse than Windows 7? Has it slowed your computer/laptop down? Sped it up? Neither, but you like it anyway? Neither but you hate it anyway?

I know some of you have found yourselves with Windows 10 unexpectedly - now that you've used it for a while, what d'you think?

Please tell meeeeeee!
byslantedlight: (WritingTypewriterKeys (alt_icons))
Finally the day has come - a Writing Wednesday that I haven't filled with other things! I have three things I need to do today - write, finish that bloody CoRtA form, and practice fiddle for tomorrow's lesson. which means that I have so far posted an October fic, downloaded a trial of Aeon Timeline, which I'm loving (and is at least connected to the specific writing that I'm trying to do and I've actually been doing Useful Things on it) and had a Yog Nog bath so that now I smell yummy... *g*

I'm also missing the pic that I spotted of MS in my flist earlier, from a show I didn't watch last night (hello catch-up tv), and since it sadly seems to have vanished, I shall post one of my own (though it'll have to have Bodie as well, cos boys together). So...
Boys on the Town 2 Boys on the Town

Okay - I know I ask for this every now and then, and then don't come through, but... does anyone out there want to give me a prompt for a wee (very wee) Prosfic - maybe three random words, since that's often worked for me in the past? Or a link to a poem or a picture or something? I want to slap all writers who say there's no such thing as writer's block (no, for you there's no such thing as writer's block - lucky you!)... I have lots of things I could be writing, but sometimes it's the freshness of something completely different that's the fresh air needed...

To do
- write! (not just plot - write!)
- download Aeon (to see if it helps with plotting *g*)- liking this!
- fiddle practice
- complete CoRtA application form and prepare for posting tomorrow - get it done now that the bc's arrived! - (at last!)
- post an October Pros fic
- more fiddle practice

Spring morning magic

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 08:22 am
byslantedlight: (MagicWorld-WizardMoon (avalonrain))
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Hmmn, I seem to have lost the ability to upload pictures from my device to LJ - is that just me, or just cos I'm on a device at the moment, I wonder... There does seem to be a handy way to do it from Dropbox now, but no control over size etc from this end, so I'm sorry if the pic has turned out huge in your flist... Let me know if it mucks anything up and I'll delete or cut or summat. (Actually it turned out to be huge, so I mucked about with phone and this and drop box and finally managed to sort it...)

But that wasn't what I meant to say this gorgeous spring morning! The sky is blue here, the sun is all new-risen and golden, and when I went out first thing (the trouble with going to bed early is that I'm awake before 6am) there was the crescent moon and Venus just above it - so very beautiful and totally worth being up at that time! Apparently I'm not the only person to think so, but I haven't figured out how to paste from the clipboard on this thing yet...

"This thing" being an Advent Tetra Note 7, which has good reviews for speed, which I liked for something just about in my budget - because my laptop is in the repair shop - waaah! Worst of all it's playing havoc with my work, when I've only just had 4 days off work, but also I miss its lovely keyboard and screen! This tablet is actually for tutoring, so I'm practising now...

Apart from all that though, happy spring! There's even a touch of frost out there this morning - one of my favourite weathers!

But Monsieur...

Monday, February 25th, 2013 01:49 pm
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
I've just discovered that the new computer I've got here at work (massive screen, bigger than the tv I have at home, harddrive integrated into the flat screen) - has a touch screen! No one told me, I just happened to tap it with my pencil when I was pointing out something on a form, and the cursor was right there with me!

Of course, I can't think of a single use for this, since:

a) it's such a massive, vertical screen that I've had to push it as far back into the corner as it will go, which is just over an arm's length away

b) my job has no requirements for a touch screen (although I do occasionally have to tidy up jpgs/pdfs using Paperport, and I can now use my finger instead of the mouse-moved eraser)

c) I'm rubbish at anything artistic...

But it seems such a waste - there must be something cool I can do with a big fancy touch screen! Any ideas...?
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
So... having a lovely shiny new laptop, and having my files and photos etc safely stored and moved across, the next thing I have to do is re-download the various programmes I've been using. That's fine, except for the programme I use for my palelyloitering website, which was a very old and naughty version of DreamWeaver... Really I needed to deal with the fact that some aspects of it weren't functional any more, so this is perhaps a good kick for doing that, but... waaah - I can't afford to buy a shiny new version of DreamWeaver at all! Which brings me to my question... *g*

Does anyone use a DreamWeaver equivalent for organising and uploading and all their website? One that's nice and free and user-friendly? I do want to be able to access the code and so on, so that I can see what it's doing when I need to, but I liked being able to write pages without the code too (is that called the WYSIWYG function?) I've googled and found things like Aptana and KompoZer and BlueGriffon - two of those seem to me Firefox-oriented, which I don't use by choice, and the other doesn't have WYSIWYG, but perhaps the former shouldn't matter? Anyway - if anyone's got any suggestions, they'd be greatly appreciated, cos I'm slow enough at getting the poor old website updated and all as it is... (I wish I was clever enough to be able to make it searchable, too, but I think that's an entirely different thing, from poking around about it a year or so ago...)

Help? *g*
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
So... having a lovely shiny new laptop, and having my files and photos etc safely stored and moved across, the next thing I have to do is re-download the various programmes I've been using. That's fine, except for the programme I use for my palelyloitering website, which was a very old and naughty version of DreamWeaver... Really I needed to deal with the fact that some aspects of it weren't functional any more, so this is perhaps a good kick for doing that, but... waaah - I can't afford to buy a shiny new version of DreamWeaver at all! Which brings me to my question... *g*

Does anyone use a DreamWeaver equivalent for organising and uploading and all their website? One that's nice and free and user-friendly? I do want to be able to access the code and so on, so that I can see what it's doing when I need to, but I liked being able to write pages without the code too (is that called the WYSIWYG function?) I've googled and found things like Aptana and KompoZer and BlueGriffon - two of those seem to me Firefox-oriented, which I don't use by choice, and the other doesn't have WYSIWYG, but perhaps the former shouldn't matter? Anyway - if anyone's got any suggestions, they'd be greatly appreciated, cos I'm slow enough at getting the poor old website updated and all as it is... (I wish I was clever enough to be able to make it searchable, too, but I think that's an entirely different thing, from poking around about it a year or so ago...)

Help? *g*
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
I did it - I went out and bought a new laptop today, and the only thing I'm not keen on about it so far (apart from Windows 7 *sighs*) is that the up-down-sideways keys are the teeniest ones on the keyboard, and it's going to take some practice until I stop missing them... Oh, and they always take away programmes that you've just got used to using, too... It's very shiny though, and long (as they mostly seem to be these days), and... and I was a very good girl, and did my research, and bought a Which Laptop Shall I Buy type mag to read over coffee this morning, and then I went around shops and I read and I fiddled and I tapped at keyboards, and I compared specs and compared them with what it'd said in the mag, and... I bought another Sony Vaio. *g* It was in my price range, it had pretty much all the specs I'd wanted, and the keyboard felt good to type on. And the touchpad is in the middle of it. Though the teeny weeny need-to-reach-for-them up-down-sideways keys are a bit of a bugger, I'll grant you... Anyway - I've spent the best part of the day transferring my security and stuff over, and it's beginning to feel a bit more like home now - though I'm still sad for my old Vaio, sleeping the sleep of the cannot-turn-on-any-more...

Now I get to catch up on all the stuff I've fallen hugely behind on - eep! And to wonder about things for 2012, and Pros in 2012, and...oh, stuff, as you do at this time of year. There's lots of Pros-y stuff I should be getting on with - palelyloitering (if I can find a Dreamweaver equivalent to use), and lots of Prosfic I haven't read yet, and wondering whether to carry on with [livejournal.com profile] discoveredinalj after the Christmas challenge, and/or my own writings, and/or... oh, you know. Stuff... And there's non-Pros stuff, of course...

...and by the time I've faffed around more with getting things into order on this laptop (have I mentioned the lovely keypad, by the way? *g*), it's time for bed! So here instead of my potential rambling, is the solstice sunset...


And for now, goodnight... until work again tomorrow morning - yuck! I'd much rather stay at home and organise my new laptop... *g*

Oh and I nearly forgot - I liked Sherlock very much, last night, I think they did a great job! Anyone else see it?
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
I did it - I went out and bought a new laptop today, and the only thing I'm not keen on about it so far (apart from Windows 7 *sighs*) is that the up-down-sideways keys are the teeniest ones on the keyboard, and it's going to take some practice until I stop missing them... Oh, and they always take away programmes that you've just got used to using, too... It's very shiny though, and long (as they mostly seem to be these days), and... and I was a very good girl, and did my research, and bought a Which Laptop Shall I Buy type mag to read over coffee this morning, and then I went around shops and I read and I fiddled and I tapped at keyboards, and I compared specs and compared them with what it'd said in the mag, and... I bought another Sony Vaio. *g* It was in my price range, it had pretty much all the specs I'd wanted, and the keyboard felt good to type on. And the touchpad is in the middle of it. Though the teeny weeny need-to-reach-for-them up-down-sideways keys are a bit of a bugger, I'll grant you... Anyway - I've spent the best part of the day transferring my security and stuff over, and it's beginning to feel a bit more like home now - though I'm still sad for my old Vaio, sleeping the sleep of the cannot-turn-on-any-more...

Now I get to catch up on all the stuff I've fallen hugely behind on - eep! And to wonder about things for 2012, and Pros in 2012, and...oh, stuff, as you do at this time of year. There's lots of Pros-y stuff I should be getting on with - palelyloitering (if I can find a Dreamweaver equivalent to use), and lots of Prosfic I haven't read yet, and wondering whether to carry on with [livejournal.com profile] discoveredinalj after the Christmas challenge, and/or my own writings, and/or... oh, you know. Stuff... And there's non-Pros stuff, of course...

...and by the time I've faffed around more with getting things into order on this laptop (have I mentioned the lovely keypad, by the way? *g*), it's time for bed! So here instead of my potential rambling, is the solstice sunset...


And for now, goodnight... until work again tomorrow morning - yuck! I'd much rather stay at home and organise my new laptop... *g*

Oh and I nearly forgot - I liked Sherlock very much, last night, I think they did a great job! Anyone else see it?
byslantedlight: (JJD headdesk (agentxpndble))
Well, I had started out like this...

Today was the traditional Boxing Day Visit to Bodmin Gaol - the old old one which is now all shiny with Christmas decorations around the Execution shed, and where [livejournal.com profile] foxcat74 and I spent the night last year (no - the year before!) in the hunt for ghosties... *g*

And there were gonna be pics, but...

Christmas disaster - my gorgeous laptop has died! It has the black screen of death, and cannot even restore back to an earlier version... My poor baby... So I might be off-line-ish for a while, though at least I have Whizzy Phone...

But - pictures! And we're going to visit my favourite James Brooke today... And Dartmoor, and... Just.... I was going to sort all my photos and do palelyloitering, and... and... and I can't even try to fix poor babe until I get home, but then it's New Year, and... and... *sobs a wee bit*...
byslantedlight: (JJD headdesk (agentxpndble))
Well, I had started out like this...

Today was the traditional Boxing Day Visit to Bodmin Gaol - the old old one which is now all shiny with Christmas decorations around the Execution shed, and where [livejournal.com profile] foxcat74 and I spent the night last year (no - the year before!) in the hunt for ghosties... *g*

And there were gonna be pics, but...

Christmas disaster - my gorgeous laptop has died! It has the black screen of death, and cannot even restore back to an earlier version... My poor baby... So I might be off-line-ish for a while, though at least I have Whizzy Phone...

But - pictures! And we're going to visit my favourite James Brooke today... And Dartmoor, and... Just.... I was going to sort all my photos and do palelyloitering, and... and... and I can't even try to fix poor babe until I get home, but then it's New Year, and... and... *sobs a wee bit*...

Heads up London...

Saturday, December 11th, 2010 12:58 am
byslantedlight: (BDC crossing road  (ilywela13))

Eeeep and sorry - I've not replied to lots of people but it's cos a) I'm in London - Scarsdale weekend, wheeee! and b) my laptop does in fact appear to be dying and c) Norton appears to be dying with it and I'm currently without protection - eeeep!

But I'll try and fix these things tomorrow and write back then... promise!

Heads up London...

Saturday, December 11th, 2010 12:58 am
byslantedlight: (BDC crossing road  (ilywela13))

Eeeep and sorry - I've not replied to lots of people but it's cos a) I'm in London - Scarsdale weekend, wheeee! and b) my laptop does in fact appear to be dying and c) Norton appears to be dying with it and I'm currently without protection - eeeep!

But I'll try and fix these things tomorrow and write back then... promise!

Erm...

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 06:48 pm
byslantedlight: (Doyle thoughtful  (ilywela13))
My laptop is ticking. That's probably not a good thing, is it? (And no, I didn't leave a clock underneath it...) Actually ticking, as regularly as a clock... It never has before... I wonder how worried I should be...

*gulps*

Erm...

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 06:48 pm
byslantedlight: (Doyle thoughtful  (ilywela13))
My laptop is ticking. That's probably not a good thing, is it? (And no, I didn't leave a clock underneath it...) Actually ticking, as regularly as a clock... It never has before... I wonder how worried I should be...

*gulps*
byslantedlight: (Bodie purple writing (probodie))
Google Buzz - gargh! How many different "social networks" are we supposed to be able to cope with?!

But on the bright side - in case there's other people as slow as I am to pick up on things - I tried using Google Calendar to remind me about something via my email, and it's just worked beautifully! And since I have googlemail open all the time, it might even turn out to be more useful than my mobile for that sort of thing - hmmn!
byslantedlight: (Bodie purple writing (probodie))
Google Buzz - gargh! How many different "social networks" are we supposed to be able to cope with?!

But on the bright side - in case there's other people as slow as I am to pick up on things - I tried using Google Calendar to remind me about something via my email, and it's just worked beautifully! And since I have googlemail open all the time, it might even turn out to be more useful than my mobile for that sort of thing - hmmn!
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
Does anyone know how to take underlining off links in an lj post? For just that post? It's driving me maaaaad!

Also - is anyone else having problems with google/mail? Or is it just me?!
byslantedlight: (Doyle FallenAngelFaceClose (EmptyMirrors)
Does anyone know how to take underlining off links in an lj post? For just that post? It's driving me maaaaad!

Also - is anyone else having problems with google/mail? Or is it just me?!
byslantedlight: (BD bed temptation  (norfolkdumpling))
Good morning! Feeling much more alive - now that it's time to go back to work... *headdesk* Actually I did yesterday too, and got lots of sort-y out things done, which was fab. And then just as I was going to settle in to catch up on emails...

Is anyone else having problems with googlemail? My googlemail is ridiculously slow right now - it's sort of pausing before it does anything... Anyone else, or is it just me and I need to be really worried? (A quickscan hasn't picked up anything nasty, I've got a bigscan running right now...)

OTW people - can anyone tell me how the hell you let someone know there's mistaken/misleading info up on a page at Fanlore? I spent an hour surfing around trying to find out how yesterday, to no avail! It's great to see that the person editing the Pros page has included Palelyloitering, but it's neither a list like the Yahoo lists she's grouped it with, nor is it a "gen and slash" list - it's very much slash-based with gen thrown in to help slashers avoid it! Gaaaah! Yes I know I could register and spend hours figuring out how to edit the pages myself etc etc, but I'm already behind with so many fandom things, and if I take on one more thing I'll explode - never mind doing even fewer of them well. And yet I don't like being misrepresented either. Surely there must be somewhere people can point out inaccurate information?

Red Shirt Press posted a very disappointed post the other day about cancelling their forthcoming Pros zine through lack of submissions. Apart from their single post to Safehouse, did anyone see any publicity about it anywhere else? Did anyone think about submitting? They're blaming the internet culture in Pros for lack of submissions (I commented to suggest that more publicity might have helped) but I kind of think a better job might have been done in asking us to submit! After all - who are they?! I even flisted their lj and didn't see any further posts about the zine (reminders, requests, etc) after their first one. Gaaaah!

And finally - ooh, this has turned into a bit of a grump again! - the Amazon thing? I see they're now blaming an employee in France. WTF?! I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt to some extent so far - everyone fucks up now and then, as long as you're honest and you fix it then I can understand and forgive - but why in the world make the point/imply that the employee was French? What relevance does that have to anything except to make a more villainous scapegoat (France still being en vogue as a baddie, I've noticed) and to distance Amazon.com itself from what happened? No, it wasn't us, it was some idiot in France... I don't think so! I'm peeved - I want them to work this out, but they've just made it so much worse in my eyes!

On the bright side - I'm going to catch up on stuff today, I am! Off to [livejournal.com profile] loiteringpalely! *g*

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