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Livejournal Unreachable Again

Livejournal is unreachable again 🙁

LiveJournal Status

[en] LiveJournal administrators are aware of current site access issues. Unfortunately, since 01:25 am PST, the site is under DDoS attack. System administrators of LiveJournal are working to resolve them as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we work to restore access to the service, we will keep you informed about changes in the situation. 

Is it just me or is Livejournal unreachable due to whatever reason about a once a month these days? Seems like it happens more often than it used to….

Categories TV & Movie Thoughts

Supernatural – Season 7, Time For A Wedding

These “Chuck’s Supernatural books fans” stories have always been boring, uncomfortable and awful as far as I’m concerned. I guess they’re suppose to be a nod to fandom, in-joke or whatever but I hate them. And this last outing is the worst of them all! Sam’s abducted and abused by a creepy, phychotic woman and… I suppose it’s played as funny??? I think that’s what it’s supposed be, but all I got out of it is that BECKY IS CREEPY AND SCARIER THAN ANY DEMON/GOD/OTHER PARA AND/OR SUPERNATURAL ENTITY in ANYTHING ANYWHERE EVER AND SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY SOMEWHERE  SO THAT SHE CAN’T HURT ANYONE and THIS IS EN EMBARRASING EPISODE IF I WAS PART OF THE CAST AND CREW ETC. I WOULD NOT WANT MY NAME ANYWHERE NEAR IT.

Not even Crowley could save the episode.

And another thing – I hate that casual viewers get yet another distorted presentation of what being a “fan” and part of fandom is. No wonder people not involved in fandom tend to think we are lunatics and loosers.

This episodes goes onto my “avoid at all cost” list. It’s horrible.

Categories Health

Health Update

The same sleep issues continue that I detailed in my previous health post (https://www.crystalfires.net/2011/11/09/health/). It hasn’t gotten any better 🙁

I’m now pretty sure it’s Questran which is causing the problem. I’ve got a phone call appointment with the gastroenterologist today, and unless he can come up with something regarding the problem, I’m going to go off Questran to see if it solves it. It’ll be two weeks on Wednesday, and I need to start sleeping normally again. I also worry that if the sleep problem goes on for much longer, it’ll start to have an effect on the migraine. I’m not going to risk that. So I’m gonna push for the test that will tell for sure if it’s bile acid malabsorption or not. Then if it is, we can try work with Questran again, to find a dosage that allows for normal sleep and still alleviates the diarrhea problem – and cut down some on Imodium – even if it doesn’t end it completely.

EDIT to add:

The gastroenterologist doesn’t think it can be Questran causing the sleep problem. He said it could be that one of  my other meds, Triptyl (an antidepressant which is used among other things, to treat insomnia – but which is also used, at low dosages, to raise pain threshold as in my case), of which am taking a low dosage for migraine prevention every night, isn’t working as it should due to interference from Questran and that I’ve essentially been going through unplanned withdrawal. I think this is a possibility because the sleep problem didn’t start immediately – I’d been taking Questran for nearly two weeks by then, without any side effects.

I’ve been taking Questran 4 times a day, as per instructions, and  the gastroenterologist said that it might be that that schedule, although standard, doesn’t work in me quite as normal, and that taking Questran that often may be preventing Triptyl a chance to absorb normally. So what we are now doing, is change it so that I only take Questran only once a day, in the morning, and Triptyl in the evening. Which puts the time between the two medications to minimum of 12 hours. Hopefully that will be enough for both meds (and all my others!) to do their thing.

So. Yet more experimenting is needed. He also described me a course of light sedative which hopefully will help me to sleep until Triptyl reaches working levels again. If the sleep problem continues despite the changes, he said then I’ll need to see my GP about it. Which should work out well, because I’ve got an appointment with her in 4 weeks and by then I’ll know if the sleep problem is over or not.

Categories Health Personal Stargate Atlantis

Health

It’s 1am and I’m up. Again. I can’t sleep.  This has been going on since about mid-week last week 🙁 At first I couldn’t sleep at all, but the last two nights it got a little better – I still had bitch of a time falling asleep, but once I did – after getting up a couple of times and after rolling around for hours – I slept okay …ish.

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Categories Fansite news

Downtime

Yesterday/today’s downtime was due to hard drive failure on the server this site is hosted on. Everything should be up and working now!

Categories Admin News

Virus Update

My laptop’s clean 😀

Now, only external hard drives left to check. If all goes as planned, I can commence updating late tonight or tomorrow! 🙂 I miss it!

Categories Admin News

Computer Virus

I’ve been dealing with a persistant virus since last Thursday/Friday, and finally had to restore a system image from a few months ago. I believe the virus was eradicated from my laptop (quick scans don’t show anything anymore) by that, but I’m going to let two different antivirus programs as well as Malwarebytes Antimalware and maybe some other antimalware program do full scans of my my laptop and two external hard drives that were plugged when the virus happened before I use FTP or upload any files from my system to my sites. The two external hard drives are really big, so it’ll take several hours (at the very least, 11 hours) to complete one full antivirus/antimalware scan of my system.So it’ll be propably be another couple of days before I do any updates on any sites.

More about the virus: I’m actually unsure whether I had one or two viruses. But whatever, the difficult one was the one called ShortCut virus.What is does is infect USB drives: it hides the folders, creates shortcuts to them but those shortcuts actually lead to the apparently random-named EXE in a new folder called RECYCLER. Luckily I guess, the moment I saw the folders faded and all the shortcuts that shouldn’t be there plus one folder I had not created, so I never did click on any of the shortcuts or anything. Instead I knew I must’ve been hit by a virus and went googling.

No matter what antivirus or antimalware programs I tried to use to remove it, it always was right back after required restart although all the programs had claimed it had been successfully removed, both in Windows Safe Mode and normal mode. It must have resided in the memory or something and the programs didn’t detect all of it properly. In the end, yesterday, I decided to restore the system image I made in June and that seems to have worked because now I could clean up the two USB drives without problems. But like I said, I’m going to let a number of programs make full scans of my system and hard drives  just to be sure.

Categories Personal

Fire!

It’s 3.30am and I just got inside. The carbage can shelter located in the corner of our parking lot burned down completely. No human losses, but one car was completely destroyed and several suffered heat damages. Including mine.

I was sleeping with my window open, and through the sleep heard noise I thought was rain and smelled smoke. Thought there were people smoking near by – but then started to wonder why they took so long to finish and finally woke up completely. I thought the rain sounded weird and there was also the smell of smoke, not very strong but still – I pulled something on and went out to my small back yard to check. It wasn’t raining so I went towards the parking lot, thinking maybe some kids or drunks were playing with fire there,  until I could see around the corner of the building and there was the shelter, completely on fire. Nobody was in sight and I had no idea if it had been called in. So I ran right back in get my cell phone (it was recharging) and called 112 (our 911). Somebody had already called it in and the fire brigade and the police were on their way.

I got some more clothes on (I had only put on a short sleeved shirt and trousers, with bare feet in sandals) and went back out, this time from my front door. Now there were other people gathering there too, watching. My car was only two empty car slots away from the burning building and there was nothing between it and the fire. But it wasn’t on fire. I saw that the car closest to the shelter, only centimeters away from one of the shelter walls, was completely on fire.

I wondered about driving my car away from its slot, along with some other people whose cars were in the other row but a little further away from the fire than mine. In the end none of us dared to. The two slots that were empty usually aren’t, and I think the owners were away from home with their cars because I didn’t see them or their cars anywhere. That’s incredibly lucky, because the first slot is also centimeters away from the wall (you can’t get it from that side because no grown up can fit in between the car and the wall, that’s how small it is on both sides) and if the car had been there, it’d have completely burned down too just like the other car on the other side. And the car in the second slot would have been damaged too.

It took maybe five minutes for the fire brigade to arrive, but it felt like forever. When they did, they got it under control fast, I thought. The walls were still standing, the roof was gone I think, and they pulled down the whole structure I guess for safety reasons. There’s now a pile of wet burned wood where the shelter used to be.

Apparently the fire spread to the whole structure quickly. One girl had come home from work about 10 minutes before, and there were no signs of fire at the time.

I texted the pertinen information to my Mom before I wrote this up; didn’t want to her learn about it in the news in the morning or anything like that and to tell that I’m okay.