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What Do You Carry With You? (2018 edition) April 1, 2018

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Not an April Fool’s joke, just a meme, borrowed from jjhunter.

Things I almost always take along when I go out:

  • Glasses
  • Smartphone
  • mp3 player + headphones
  • Keyring (with loyalty cards for Stop’n’Shop, CVS)
  • MBTA pass
  • Chapstick
  • Wallet (with photo ID, credit card, library card, laundry card, debit card, and some cash)
  • Mini health kit (pads, painkillers, bandaids, alcohol wipes, cough drops, in a little Red Cross pouch)

(The last 4 are stashed permanently in my bag, only pulled out for special occasions.)

Things I won’t pack if I’m just running to the store, but will make a point of taking to work, or on a more extended trip:

  • Phone charger (USB, with outlet adapter)
  • Sketchbook
  • Clipboard (for sketchbook sturdiness reinforcement)
  • Assembly of pens, pencils, eraser
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Anyone interested in beta-reading ~4500 words of tentacle sex? March 16, 2018

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Wrote a prospective submission for this anthology, involving a trans male human and a hermaphroditic tentacled alien. (Also incidental cat people and hungry alien flowers. They’re not involved in the sex part.)

I could use someone to look it over and make sure all the imagery is clear, the sentences make sense, the pacing doesn’t throw you, that kind of thing. Plus any SPAG if you catch it. And any brilliant title ideas if you got ’em.

It’s another Leif & Thorn no-canon-knowledge-needed AU, so it would be especially helpful if you haven’t read the comic. In this case “AU” means incredibly AU, but it still can’t hurt to have someone who comes to it with zero preconceptions whatsoever.

If you’re interested, comment with a Google-Drive-enabled email, and I’ll share the file your way!

Yahoo email is…fixed, maybe? February 4, 2018

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Update: I started getting emails again, though some of them are heavily delayed — as of the morning of February 4, I’m still just-getting some things that were sent in the evening of February 1, and there are at least a few still to come.

Tech support said “The engineers let me know that they’ve fixed the issue and everything should be working now.” I kinda suspect this is BS and they have no idea what happened.

But new emails appear to be showing up in realtime. Which is good, because some of the sites where I switched to a Gmail address are still happily sending things to Yahoo.

So, yeah. Go ahead and send things to whichever address you have on record, I guess. They’ll both work, probably.

My Yahoo email just…flat-out stopped working. February 2, 2018

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I haven’t been getting emails since early afternoon, judging by the comments on Leif & Thorn that didn’t make it through.

Figured it out when I tried to send one, and got the error message “Some information below is incorrect. Please double check each field.” In a reply to an email chain where previous replies, same subject and address and everything, had gone through just fine.

Oh, and googling the error gets a ton of abandoned forum posts with long chains of un-addressed users pleading for help to the empty void.

So I’ve spent the better part of the past two hours updating my email with every account I can think of. That includes Leif & Thorn, But I’m A Cat Person, Shine, AO3, ff.net, Lulu, Dreamwidth, Deviantart, Twitter, IFTTT, Tagpacker, Patreon, Project Wonderful, Siteground, 8tracks, this very WordPress account, the NYTimes daily digest, my book club, and my French Word Of The Day. (Still gotta tackle Facebook, TVTropes, ComicRocket, and Neopets…)

The new email is also sailorptah, just on gmail. It’s been around as a backup for a while now. Looks like it’s about to take center stage in a hurry.

So, yeah. If you need to reach me by email for any reason, this would be the time to update your address book.

(Update: Fixed, probably.)

I created a Photobucket account on November 29, 2006. July 28, 2017

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Over the course of more than 10 years, I uploaded almost 6,000 images.

A month ago, Photobucket broke them all and demanded I pay $400 to fix it.

Wish I’d taken a screenshot of my Account stats page before I started deleting, but here’s what it looks like as of right now:

And I’m about to hit “delete” and make it go away entirely.

It took a bunch of exhausting busywork to get to this point, but I gotta say, now that I’m here, it feels pretty good.

One more cat on the couch July 21, 2017

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This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that’s what I’m going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn’t around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow — even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren’t enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.

Petting for a sweet boy.

I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.

A compendium of cats on this couch July 11, 2017

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The couch I’m sitting on to write this, the one I’m usually sitting on when browsing/coloring/ficwriting, is really old. My parents got it (with a matching set of chairs) when I was in high school. It’s the one big piece of furniture I took when I moved to Massachusetts.

More interestingly, it’s been sat on by every cat I’ve ever lived with.

And I have photos!

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Desktop Screenshot Meme July 10, 2017

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Down to the last 399 images in my Photobucket account! Among the randomest of the broken images: desktop-screenshot memes from 8 years ago.

Here’s what it looked like June 2009, two computers ago, running Windows XP:

And here’s September 2009, my previous computer, running the just-released Windows 7:

Picking up the theme, the computer I got during grad school and still have, in July 2017:

That’s the wonderful Desktop Calendar app running in the lower right. And in the second column of icons, you can see the folder with miscellaneous Photobucket rescues.

The slow process of removing all my images from Photobucket July 4, 2017

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Since Photobucket’s “all your image hosting is broken and you’ll have to pay $400 to get it back” stunt, I’m reuploading everything that’s still relevant to my A Small Orange web hosting. Less than a quarter of the price, no fuss about hotlinking, and it lets you make a whole website to go with the photos.

In the process I’ve rediscovered a bunch of old picspams I totally forgot doing:

And a lot of stuff I don’t feel guilty about flat-out deleting:

  • screencaps & doujinshi scans for posts in now-defunct LJ/DW communities
  • long-deprecated TopWebComics incentive art
  • 10-year-old fanart (still findable in my DA scraps, for anyone who’s truly invested)
  • so many random Daily Show photos. Soooo many.
  • memes where I don’t even remember where they came from

All that went quick. The slow & more laborious to re-upload includes all my fic illustrations, fanmix covers, and icons. (Over 800 icons. Fun!)

So there’s a mountain of stuff left to pickaxe through — but it’s an encouragingly dwindled mountain. Last night I had almost 6,000 images on Photobucket. This afternoon, it’s nearly down to 2,000, and still shrinking.

Finally renamed the last couple of accounts. March 15, 2017

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Went from sailorptah to [personal profile] erinptah on DW, and [archiveofourown.org profile] ErinPtah on the AO3.

The first one redirects. The second one doesn’t. But all the fics are still at the same URLs, so I’m sure people will find me if they want to.