Categories Computer Woes

Bluray-Rom Fail

Looks like my Bluray-rom is failing πŸ™ It doesn’t read most CD/DVD/Bluray discs anymore, and the ones that it does read, it takes a longer than usually and with noise πŸ™

I dug up my old X-Box360 HD DVD player from storage, which thankfully still works okay so at least I’m not shit out of luck when it comes to playing/ripping CDs and DVDs. I’m only shit out of luck when it comes the Bluray discs though. Good thing I have most of my Bluray discs backed up on external hard drives, but until I can afford to buy an external Bluray player (which won’t happen until I get a job or the prices come down a lot)… it does present a problem for all new Bluray movies/tv series I might want to rent/buy/get from the library and watch in the meantime. Oh, and I won’t be burning any DVDs either, assumably. Haven’t tested that yet.

Luckily it’s only the Bluray-rom hardware. I can still watch and play with Blurays on my hard drive like normal πŸ™‚

Why is it that they can’t make CD/DVD and now Bluray-roms that doesn’t stop working after a year or two? I’ve had problems with all the CD/DVD-roms in all my computers, resulting in me buy external ones when the one that came with the computer stopped working, and I had hoped Bluray-rom would be different. I guess not.

Categories Fansite news

Possible Downtime

Netfirms, where I bought most of my domains, have finished migrating my account(s) to their new Control Panel platform today. The e-mail I got says that the domain DNS will automatically be pointed to the new platform and I don’t know what that means in my case – I don’t host any site with them, only the domains, and the DNS points to fan-sites.org where my sites are hosted. I don’t know if Netfirms is going change DNS point to their platform even when the site isn’t hosted with Netfirms, or whether the original DNS remains in effect (which frankly is bad customer service if it doesn’t). I just checked my domains on their Admin Panel, and seems the informations aren’t there at all. So I guess it’s going to take some time for all the DNS, domain privacy etc. settings to show up in the new Admin Panel.

So this is a heads-up: if my sites go offline in the next few days, don’t worry! I’ll be keeping an eye everything, and make any changes as necessary.

Categories Star Trek TV & Movie Thoughts

Random Thoughts

I’m liking my hiatus, and it will continue at least the end of this month… I’m even contemplating extending it to the end of May. Maybe.

Star Trek TOS screencapping…

I have capped ALL of Star Trek TOS πŸ˜€ And even uploaded almost all of it – only have The Original, Uncut, Unaired Version of Where No Man Has Gone Before left to upload… should should get all upped this coming night while I’m sleeping, and then I’ll make the final TOS update. I can’t believe I’m finally here! πŸ˜€ VHS, DVD, Bluray screencapping… it’s all been a labor of love, but TPTB had better not come out with an announcement of the release of TOS on whatever-superduperultrahightspecialquolityformat-that-will-replace-bluray-whenever at least for the next 10 years because if I they do, I’m gonna kill someone! πŸ˜‰

On other hand, it’s going to feel weird, not needing/planning/having to/wanting to cap TOS. I’ve lived and breathed TOS screencapping since I got online in 1997 and if taking photos of television counts log before I ever had a computer, something like 1990 (Yep, I’m obsessed! They’d never included photos of characters I wanted in magazines, so I found my own solution! LOL). There’s no other show I’m as much into as TOS. Dark Skies is the closest second, but I don’t feel the compulsion to cap it the same way I feel TOS. It’s going to be weird, and empty, and I hope, great!

About youtube clone video sharing scripts…

As you may or may not know, several of my sites have Media sections – video clips of my actors and tv shows. I’ve never found exactly the kind of program I wanted – one that would be look like the usual youtube clone scripts such as PHPMotion, Clipbucket etc. but that would not re-convert the files upload. That because, no matter how much I messed with the settings, the outcome quality was never good as what I got when I encoded the video clips myself, using whatever program I favored at the time. I’d tested all of the freeware video sharing scripts, over the years, and found them all wanting.

I also contemplated testing vshare, which is not freeware – it costs only 10 USD, but IΒ  read so many people having problems first installing it, and then upgrading it, and quite frankly, I didn’t believe it’d have the feature I was after, that I didn’t want to wasted 10 dollars only to confirm that (they don’t offer a trial version).

Well, I got a copy from somebody to test this weekend, and low and behold, not only was it NOT hard to install, but it also does NOT re-convert FLV files but instead just adds them to the database. And it also does that with also FLVs that are encoded with x/h264 (which is my preferred codec at the moment because of good quality and small file sizes) instead of Sorenson/flash, AND it also plays them!

So what I’ve been desperately looking for and not finding, has been under my nose at least for the past 2 years *head desk* What do I learn from this? Something I should already know: never ever listed to other people when it comes to difficulties with scripts. Always try it out for yourself, and then make your decisions based on your own user experience.

TV Shows…

Started a rewatch of Lost, and been working my way through season 1. And know what? I still love season 1 just as much as I did the first time around. I just… LOVE it!

Lucy Lawless is playing a recurring character in the last three or four episodes of No Ordinary Family. I watched her eps, and they show appeared promising, so I decided to get all the season 1 eps and watch from the beginning. Especially because Julie Benz is in it, and I liked her Buffy/Angel. But it’s just not working… I’m about six or 7 episodes in, and there’s hints and promise there, nothing comes of them. Everything is solved by the end of the ep, anything darkish sizzles out and all is light and hugs and roses and goody-goody and whatever. It’s like the stories try to take a turn for the darker side, but every goddamn time TPTB force it kicking and screaming back into the “for the whole family” mentality. And George/Charlie/Whatever-His-Name-Is, you know, Michael Chiklis’ best friend? Does he have a life? You know, other than being Chiklis’ sidekick? Because so far it sure doesn’t look like that. I think he blinks out of existence whenever he isn’t working with Chiklis on his superheroing. Oh, and speaking of Chiklis – are you telling me nobody sees this short, fat guy jumping around all the bloody time, and making hell of a noise everytime he lands? The sound efffects make it sound like his landings should put him through the rooftops half the time, and the other half, should leave huge dents on the buildings. But whatever.

I was a huge comic books fan in my youth, mostly X-Men and varions of it, but I’ve never really wanted to seem made into movies or tv series. And what happened with Heroes, just confirmed it. And No Ordinary Family isn’t changing my opinion πŸ™

Another new show I’m watching is Body Of Proof, in which Jeri Ryan plays a supporting role as Dana Delany’s boss. It’s about a neuro-surgeon come medical examiner and Dana Delany plays the lead, Dr Megan Hunt. Three episodes have aired now, and so far these are the things I like about the show: the fact that all the main actors/characters are at least in their 35-40s (no teenage doctors etc. here!), women are in charge, and the character interactions are getting better by the episode. So far at least.

These are the things I don’t like so far: Dana Delany doesn’t wear the hair-cover-thingy when she’s examining the bodies in her laboratory! D: And in those scenes, it’s all I can think about how unbelievable that is. I know wearing a hair-cover-thingy tends to make the wearer look less glamorous and sexy, but come on! After shows like Silent Witness, you just look vain and sloppy! And for a show that’s supposed to be all about the bodies giving Dana Delany evidence and leads about their murders, there has been zero shown autopsies. Zero as in I thought she hadn’t done it yet to the corpse in question until I saw the sowed up ‘Y’ incision when the camera panned the upper torso of the body. And even the ‘Y’ incision looked wrong – it was different from all the other hundreds of medical examiner scenes I’ve seen in other shows and movies. Instead of doing medical exam things, Delany’s character spends most of her time running around the city and asking the detectives’ questions for them! And in the first two episodes, she pulled the answer to the age old question “Who did it?” out of her ass rather than any examinaton of the body, IMHO. In the third it wasn’t quite as bad, but not good either. There’s insight, and then there’s insight that is just lazy writing.

It’s a pity, because I LOVE good medical examiner stories and I love stories where grown up women tell the story, so this show should be just up my alley. Sadly not πŸ™ But Body Of Proof has Jeri Ryan. And while I’m not Dana Delany “fan” fan, I’ve enjoyed seeing her in things ever since her China Beach days. So, I’ll keep watching and hope they’ll change up they handling of the cases in future episodes. Continue reading Random Thoughts

Categories Health

Health Update

Had the special dentist’s appointment today.

They took three X-rays, which revealed I have two big holes in two of my teeth, the same place on top left and top down. I had all my wisdom tooth removed when I was a teenager, but my mouth is still cramped, and the last teeth both up and down on both sides are all half under gum and also against the cheeks. The gum was punctured twice after theΒ  removal of my wisdom tooth, but it grew always back and finally, I was told to leave it like that unless they start to bother me. Well, they haven’t and don’t, but now the ones on left have holes underneath there.

The dentist told me that my options very likely will be root canal, or removal. She said it may be technically impossible to repair them because of how cramped my mouth is, and that I can still chew pretty normally without the pair. And there are of course implants, if I want to go that route.

I’ll have to talk with my regular dentist about the options, but I’m leaning towards having them removed altogether. My Mom had root canal done to the same teeth twice but they failed, and it had to be removed in the end. And I’ve been googling and saw that 97% of root canals require repeat performance on the same teeth in the next three years, andΒ  even then half will have to have it removed inside eight years. And that removal is a good option to think about instead of having root canal.

She also said that all this can contribute to the chronix diarrhea, but in her opinion not cause it. So no help there, but I’m glad my mouth was checked anyway because otherwise who knows when the two holes would’ve been discovered because they don’t cause pain (so far, anyway – knock on wood) and are only visible in X-rays.

Categories Fansite news

New Look!

As you can see, we have a new look up here! I visited today the awesome site Aun Existe Amor; I have long loved their designs, and was so happy to see that they have released their first WordPress theme :D I just had to use it immediately!

Categories Writing

Ranting to self / Thoughts On Writing

I feel bad about not writing, or rather writing so little. Writing isn’t easy for me, it takes a long time and more energy and so much more creativity than say, making wallpapers, or avatars. I think a thing contributing to this is that English isn’t my native language, and I try to be too careful to say what I mean to say perfectly the first time – instead of just getting it down, and rewriting and tweaking it later. So it takes a lot of energy. For the last couple of years, ever since I started at my last job in February 2007, I haven’t had that energy, or if I have had the energy haven’t had the creativity. At first the job was so bad and stressfull, and two months after that ended all that health problems/stuff I’ve been writing in my Livejournal started, and is still going on as I write this. I fell out of writing habit.

In case you’ve been wondering why I can keep capping as normal with all this health stuff going on – capping demands very little; uploading is by far the worst part, and even that doesn’t need much effrot. And weeding out the bad caps, even though I hate doing it because it’s boring, is so routine, there’s no thinking involved. So that’s why I’ve been managing capping normally, and wallpapers/avatars almost normally.

Now that things are looking a little better, I hope I can get back to that habit – I miss writing, and I’m writing in my head all the time, every day. It’d be great if there were a device that could read my thoughts and put them on paper but there’s not, so just have to do it hard way…

It doesn’t help that I dread writing Todd – not so much because I don’t think I can write him, but because I haven’t written a canon character other than Ardeth Bay in more than 7 years, I think. I don’t remember dreading writing Ardeth even the first time around. I think Ardeth and The Mummy universe have become my comfort zone, and now I need to write start writing the part with Todd, I’m dreading getting out of that comfort zone. I had no trouble writing in SGA when it was just on OC – granted, there was some direction problems because I didn’t know why she was there and why Todd would want her, but with AKVeronica60′s help, I believe I got that sorted out. So it just remains to write Todd… and I don’t. There’s quite clear in my head, and there’s been times when I’m not tired and feel like I can write… and I don’t. I procrastinate, do anything but write. And I hate that!

Any suggestions as to what to do to brake this rut?

I’d love to try a WC – explanation here – but that’s complicated by my living in the “wrong” time zone for pretty much any fandom real-time online activity. I’m in Finland which makes my time zone GMT+2, and I’m pretty much sleeping when most people I know online are up and vice versa. If you live in a time zone closer to mine, and would like to try a WC out, please e-mail me or leave a reply here.