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I'm converting Mom's old Gateway desktop PC...well, my uncle's PC, circa 2005...to Linux.
I tried downloading Avast to get rid of the bugs first, but there were too many errors; it's been without anti-viral protection for years. So I went to the Ubuntu website and downloaded the OS. Now I'm burning the OS. I've saved all the files I care about, so next I'll be wiping the drives clean and installing Ubuntu as the operating system.

I think Mum will be pleased with the results. I've been reading up on Ubuntu and it looks snazzy.

EDIT: It appears to have failed. I conclude that the computer I tried it on is a consummate piece of shit. or I just simply have no clue what I'm doing and fucked something major up that I don't know about. I'm tired now. maybe I'll look at it later. at least I have a Ubuntu disc now that appears to function properly.
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Thanks to y'all and your helpful advice, I've got a Lenovo ThinkPad SL Series on its way to me from Newegg now. I'm proud to say that over 60% of it was paid for by proceeds from recent jewelry sales.

4GB memory
500GB hard disk
Intel Core 2 Duo T6670 2.2G
Under $500 even with shipping, whee

This iBook G4 is still useful, though. It's petite and convenient. LINUX BOX? Yes I do think so.
cellomusette: (rainbow brite)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280662848027&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

4GB of RAM.

Windows 7. (I'll need Windows for some things, namely managing my mp3 library which is in an online storage library, and probably to operate Hulu and some other crap. I still plan to try installing Ubuntu on my Mac!)

14 inch screen, a perfect middle ground between "huge monstrosity" and "I can't see the fonts!".

It's about $200 less than I was planning to spend on a laptop, and is $200 over my jewelry sales goal I was working towards. Which leaves me enough money to reasonably purchase a $153 B&W laser printer-copier for Cerulean Sky.

It is not refurbished, it is brand-new, in the retail box.
It has a built-in webcam, a DVD-R drive, all the good stuff.

How I'm going to take good care of it:

Purchase AVG anti-virus protection.
Get an external hard drive for backing up the stuff that matters, in case I need to "return to factory settings."

Anyhow, this feels like a better option than shelling out $1K for a MacBook just because I'm too lazy to do the needed maintenance on a PC.

EDIT: Screw THAT, this is a better deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246097

(thanks [livejournal.com profile] pywaket for pointing out Newegg, huzzah)
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I know I've talked to some of you about this before, but I can't recall specifics.

I need a printer for business things, eventually. Black-and-white will suit me fine. I am considering a basic model Brother printer-copier-fax thing.
I could make my own business cards and tags, print shipping labels, copy original black-and-white art for thankyou notes, print invoices, print out jewelry care instructions (brass and copper have special cleaning methods if you want to keep them bright). Suddenly my jewelry business looks 100% more professional.

What I really want to know is:

How long does laser printer ink LAST???

Something I read said it's composed of powder, which is fused in the printing process. That makes me think it doesn't dry or clog. But I could be wrong.

My main complaint about inkjets is that the stupid liquid ink dries up/gets clogged/goes USELESS after X number of months. I might not need to print for a certain amount of time. Am I going to have the same problem with a laser printer?
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Boston area peeps,

I need a small dresser, or even a set of plastic drawers, for my 4 months in North Reading. I don't care what condition it's in as long as it's movable and you can put clothes in it. Whee!

If you're getting rid of something like this, or know someone who is, please let me know, I will gladly take it off your hands.

I'm not on the GB reuse or freecycle lists, so forwards from those are indeed helpful. My target date for moving is May 1.

Thanks!! :)
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Laptop PC recommendations needed. Tell me your opinion. I'm leaning towards a Hewlett Packard Pavillion. My plan is to set aside all my jewelrymaking money until I save enough for a new computer, and a my best computer experience so far has been with a HP Pavillion. I'm still considering an Apple, but my purposes might best be served by a PC and my iBook G4 is ridiculously slow.
cellomusette: (rainbow brite)
my new dusty-trail shoes, so comfy I don't wanna take 'em off ever ever. yes, yes, I have regular leather ankle-strap Birkenstocks now. I got them at a ridiculous discount.

I will not be forfeiting my Goth card, I will simply be adding a laminated Hippie card to my wallet collection.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639803608/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639803258/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639869844/in/photostream

my beloved black Grenada slides:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639872158/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639871704/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/5639871214/in/photostream/

when Fall gets here, I can get some CLOGS!!! won't that be fun...
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Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
Post them to your journal with these instructions.

I'll do my best with uploading the links! I'm going to cheat and go past 5 songs, calling them "bonuses" because this meme got me on a YouTube kick.

I got the letter R.

5. "Reckoning", by Ani Difranco. The arrangement of the notes is full of longing and hope and is never resolved, which makes it sooo enjoyable to listen to, for me. Plus it's a gorgeous lyrical composition about relationship troubles and how love doesn't die just because things get difficult. One of the most perfect songs ever, in my humble opinion!!

4. Roygbiv" by Boards of Canada. I love most things that BoC does; they are in that genre of nebulous, mood-lifting spacey electronica with a beat. Lately I'm more into Ulrich Schnauss (same basic genre), but I couldn't find any tracks of his starting with R. :)

3. Ribbed And Veined, by Cocteau Twins. From theis Tiny Dynamine EP. Gorgeous atmospheric musical arrangement, even though it's instrumental, so Liz Frasier's vocals aren't featured anywhere in the song. Just goes to show you that the singer wasn't the only thing that made the band great!!

2. Running Up That Hill, cover version by Placebo. While I am forever loyal to the original version of this song by Kate Bush, Placebo's version has the ability to elicit tears from me every time I listen. They slow it down, make it more haunting, add a heartbeat track.

(Unrelated: I put in the link for the official Kate Bush RutH video, and it showcases her enviable modern dance/choreography talents. Highly recommended viewing!)

1. Raspberry Swirl, Tori Amos. This video is from her "Storytellers" segment and it's a live version that is COMPLETELY worth watching and listening to. Love the feminist bisexual vibe of this song, the infectious beat, and Tori's musical skill is of the gods.

--------------extras because I couldn't help myself-----------------------

0. Tori Amos cover of Raining Blood by Slayer. Moody and amazing. I've still never heard the original Slayer song to be perfectly honest, and I don't care if I ever do.

-1. Rock The Casbah by The Clash. I don't care what anyone says, if this song comes on, I AM DANCING. Preferably in a public place, embarrassing my friends. And I would propose to Joe Strummer if he weren't deceased. *sniffle*

-2. Roslin And Adama from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. Mostly strings and piano, composed by Bear McCreary. If you've never watched the series and have NO idea what the theme is related to, it'll still fill your heart with joy and a healing hopeful kind of sadness. Pretty much any musical theme from Battlestar Galactica is worth listening to on its own even if you're not a fan of the series, and "Roslin And Adama" is probably my favorite theme of them all.

-3. Reckless by Crystal Castles. Poppy dancy electronica. I like this band in general for guilty electronica pleasures, and there are better songs than this one, but this started with "R". :)

-4. Run by Air. Mysterious music-box dissonance in the verses, euphoric vocal harmony resolution in the chorus. I always imagine I'm walking through a dark enchanted forest, and at the chorus, I find a clearing with a beautiful sunlit fountain.

-5. Runaway by Ladytron. Electroclash-fest! Goddess bless KORG.
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What's that, body? You're hungry, eh? And you want...fish and chips? Oh and...your legs hurt too? And you're all creaky? Hm. Bugger that. Should I take care of the hurties first, or the hungries? What's that? Can't hear ya...signal's a bit fuzzy...

I could make you some rice pasta marinara, would that do it for you, body? Oh what's this, you want me to put on the water heater for an epsom bath and whip you up a banana smoothie? Geez, you should've just said so!
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The thoughtful ramblings of a sleepy person.

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Hey Boston folks,

It looks like I'm gonna be spending my summer vacation in North Reading. :D A magnanimous friend has offered to rent a room to me by a lovely pond!

The obstacle? I either need to move my bed across MA, or I need to find a bed to put in the room for a few months. I think probably May--->end of August.

Transporting a futon locally in Boston area=easy.
Transporting my plush queen mattress and assorted crap across the state=could be a big pain!

So you see, it would be easier for me, logistically, to get a futon mattress in the Boston area that I can use during that time period with my own memory foam pads. If there's a frame too, that's even better!

If you have an extra futon you're not using right now, or know someone who does, or feel up to signal-boosting, I'd be super-appreciative!

Point of interest, I make jewelry/ornaments out of gems, crystals, wire and sometimes other stuff. While I don't have a lot of cash, I can barter a custom-made piece or pieces in exchange for assistance in this matter. Here's a link to my website with some of my work: http://ceruleansky.artfire.com

GRACIAS!!! :D
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http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/gibxk/i_like_big_butts_and_i_cannot_lie_but_is_there

"I like big butts, and I cannot lie. But is there an evolutionary reason why?"

That is all.
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My first choice would not be a couple at all, but Buffy Summers mom, Joyce Summers. She is the perfect mom, and she manages this as a single parent.
Joyce is utterly kind, compassionate, stable. She has a perfect amount of parenting anxiety; she is not overly relaxed or permissive, but she is not overly strict. Her constancy makes Buffy feel safe. I believe Joyce was the reason Buffy didn't unravel under the weight of her own responsibilities as a Slayer.
Buffy also had a wonderful father figure in her watcher, Giles. While he and her mom were never a couple, their combined efforts made a fantastic set of parents. Actually, the fact that they weren't romantically involved made them a more stable unit. No cheating, no breaking up.

Yup. Joyce Summers for mom, Rupert Giles for dad. Absolutely.
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I just ordered liquid magnesium chloride from Vitacost, 16 oz worth.
I also have a huge tub of DMSO gel.
I also have a lot of emulsifying wax, which is an important ingredient in body creams and lotions.

What does it all mean?

I might be able to make my own magnesium cream for pain! Just need to use the MgCl liquid as the aqueous portion of the cream. Since magnesium cream is 20 bucks for 4 ounces.

Ooo I bet if I crushed up some ibuprofen real good, I could make my own cream with that too!!

I'm really sick of these ointments and rubs that don't actually help my pain. Something with an efficacious active ingredient would be soooo much better.

Uh oh, the lab monkey is loose. Watch out kids.
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I'm deeply unsatisfied with my health care in the Berkshires, so I am looking east for better care.

My current rheumatologist doesn't like to treat my fibromyalgia, using the excuse "fibro is a neurological problem", as if it's not his responsibility.
My current physiatrist haphazardly pokes superficial muscles with a cortisone needle, like he's poking holes in the top of a jar. Since my chronic issues are with deep muscles, the treatments are basically pointless.

I am looking into pain management options in eastern MA.
I'm interested in finding:
-general pain management
-a rheumatologist, probably, to help me deal with fibromyalgia and who understands rheumatoid arthritis too
-a physiatrist who does real trigger point injections
-a holistic nutritionist (I'm interested in creating an organized supplement plan for treating my conditions)

If any of you have information on specialists or pain clinics in the Boston or North Shore area, I would greatly appreciate their contact info!!

Comments are screened. Thanks so much. :)
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I've got a severe muscle spasm in my shoulder/upper back and can hardly move! Ouch. It started yesterday and got worse today. Doctor's appointment tomorrow, though I'm not sure what can possibly be done about a MUSCLE spasm. Gah.
cellomusette: (phiz cats-mope)
can I go back to work somehow? if so, how?? I don't know what to do. if I keep this up...well clearly the only option left to me is Mom's house and she's making me want to kill myself. literally. it's pathetic but if I want to afford living anywhere else, I will need to increase my income. but I feel sick almost all of the time. did I do something in a past life to warrant all this?
I need answers. I need solutions. I need help, possibly divine intervention. I am at a total loss. and I would be coping a lot more effectively with being stuck here if I weren't regularly bombarded by nagging, monitoring, temper flares and a million stupid fucking rules that don't allow me to live freely, period.
cellomusette: (sexy headset-silly/confident)
I have many many creative hobbies/activities/what-have-you. As a self-affirming exercise I'm going to make a list! This entry covers jewelry design, all parts, because I have so much to say about it.

Jewelrymaking is my obvious creative outlet, since I have a shop on Artfire and a Facebook fan page and a blogger blog that I am not yet accustomed to using. Specialties:

-Wire work of all kinds: wrapping, shaping, coiling, etc.
-Semi-precious gem strands
-Crystal and glass

I also do some of the following, but not as much:
-Polymer clay work; I'd like to do more of this, though I haven't motivated myself yet
-Bead-weaving (brick stitch, like those Navajo-style earrings)
-Macrame with fine, dyed hemp cord

I love everything about jewelry arts. The sparkle of the glass beads, the shine and malleable nature of wire. The depth and rich color and soothing energy of stones. I love searching for supplies online, finding the best deals, making offers at auctions. I love finding tutorials for new skills, and browsing other people's shops for inspiration, or just to oooh and ahh at the talent of other artisans. Seeing what other people can do inspires me to push harder, to develop my skills and find my artistic vision.

One of my favorite parts of being a jewelry designer is when a great idea just -hits- me. The other night, I realized I wanted to make flat, freeform polymer clay beads with marbled clay, to go with the hammered snake shapes I've made from 12-gauge copper. Statement necklaces are all the rage right now, so my elaborate bold neck art should make certain buyers quite happy. *squee*
cellomusette: (rainbow brite)
It was only for 10 minutes, sitting upright on my bed, with Christmas lights on and silence in the background.

I alternated between thinking "breathing in"/"breathing out" on the in/out breath and "I am"/"at peace". I cleared my mind effectively. As I sat there, I got the image of being on the edge of a dark, oily, menacing forest full of snakes. At first I was afraid and felt anxiety about the dark place and wanted to will it away. But I concentrated on my breath and went into it calmly, accepting that it was dark and scary-seeming. I spent several minutes mentally walking around in the dark scary snakey oily forest, feeling calm and comfortable. Somehow this seems like the key to something very important.

I was so inspired afterwards that I pulled on my boots and went out for a walk immediately. It was a short walk; I'm terribly out of shape right now. If I can make a daily habit of this, though, the walks can get longer, and I can get into better shape mentally and physically.

Just in time for spring, too.
cellomusette: (rainbow brite)
http://ceruleanskyjewels.blogspot.com/

I haven't posted anything yet, but I'm hoping to make this a non-Facebook page for posting my jewelry adventures in a pictorial fashion. It's almost 1:30am so that can occur TOMORROW. ;)

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