Categories Admin News

Life Is Shit = Possible Delays In Updates

Life is shit. Just when my own health problems are getting better and I can pretty much have a normal life now (yay!), my Mom gets sick: first PMR (Polymyalgia rheumatica) diagnosed in March, and this week the regularly made (every 1-2 years for her age group) mammography revelead breast cancer. The oncologist/surgeon’s consultation is on Friday and the preliminary date for the surgery is next week’s Wednesday.

Apprently it “isn’t the most aggressive form of breast cancer”, and as I understand, it was discovered early (I hope!!!), but still. Shit. Why are we having this streak of bad luck with health stuff? Mom hasn’t had any health problems for like 45 years, and I hadn’t had either until suddenly in 2008. And since then, nothing but??! Stupid life. At least Mom’s “boyfriend” (funny calling a 60+ year old man a boyfriend but they aren’t married so)  isn’t having any new developments on health front *knock on wood*

This situation may delay website updates. We don’t know anything about what happens after the surgery yet,  what treatments she’ll need to undergo – chemo I believe no matter what, but the others, no idea. Dad had to have the full range of the treatments for his cancer (brain cancer) and he still died four years after the first diagnosis despite two surgeries and all the cancer treatments. I’ve been doing research on breast cancer, and in Finland, 89% of patients are still alive five years later, and “most of them” are considered healed. So that gives hope, right?

Right now I’m not able to concentrate on website stuff much, don’t know what happens when we know more. So updates will happen when they happen.

 

 

Categories Admin News Hiatus Livejournal Personal

Livejournal, Hiatus, Flu

It’s that time of year again – weather turns to spring and summer, and I whine about it. It’s been very springy the last two weeks or so, weather is almost hot in the sun but still cold in the shade, and I got the flu to prove it πŸ™ And as always in the spring and summer when the sun shines, the inside temperature of my appartment goes up unbearably – it’s already gone up to 27 degrees Celcius… I fucking HATE spring and summer.

Anyway, I I said I got the flu and that pushes my end of hiatus a bit – I had planned to officially come ouf of hiatus in the beginning of May, but now I’m officially pushing it at least mid-May. I’m not going to do anything except script updates (if there are any) until this stupid flu is completely over.

And the last bit of news… I renamed today my LJ account nekhbet_ariane to my original account name ariane179254after the first rush of excitment I never really liked the other name, and what I should’ve done when I quit LJ as personal site was delete all posts & everything on ariane179254 and just keep that name. I kept all the connections/posts/whatever between the new name and the old name, so the change should be seamless and nothing gets lost/deleted etc.

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!