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

(Full details in locked posts -- if you didn't see them, and would like to be on a filter that includes stuff like cat drama, feel free to comment.)

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.
erinptah: Cat in a backpack (cat)
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!

2003-2006: Tabitha )

2009-2010: Ziggy Stardust )

2010: Bingley )

2010 again: Darcy )

2013: Isis )

2017: Molly )
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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.
erinptah: A map. (writing)
Hey folks, I have a hashtag urban living question. Trying to frame it so it's not obvious which person I was....

The scene: a busy laundromat. Person 1 arrives, sets machine to do their laundry, observes how long it's supposed to run, leaves to run a few errands.

Machine finishes its cycle while Person 1 is still gone. No other machines are free.

Person 2 removes Person 1's laundry, sets the machine to do Person 2's laundry. Person 1 returns to find their clothes in one of the handy baskets next to the machine.

So...is Person 1 more inconsiderate, by hogging the machine space while other people are waiting? Or is Person 2 more inconsiderate, by messing with someone else's stuff instead of being more patient?

Short & long answers both welcome. Maybe mention where you're from, in case the standards turn out to vary by country/region.
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Signed the lease for one more year in Boston.

My current job has zero paths for advancement, but at least it's going steady, and I'm making more money than I spend. So I decided to stick with that for now. Save money toward the "move to a swing state" plan, instead of leaping into it earlier than necessary.

(First thing I checked: If you move to Madison or Cleveland in May/June 2018, there's plenty of time to register to vote for November.)
erinptah: Vintage screensaver (computing)
Cheapest lil' model the Best Buy had in stock. Doesn't weigh much more than an actual paper notebook. I haven't worked on a screen this small since the era of the text-only interface. (And/or had the screensaver that this usericon mimics.)

My main computer has the biggest screen a laptop can handle, and a huge chassis to hold it up. It's a tank. It could eat this thing for breakfast.

(All my devices get sci-fi names. The big laptop is Homura. The bitty one is now Nagisa.)

It was advertised as having a 32GB hard drive. Which, in practice, means 28. Which, since it has an operating system installed on it, left 15 for...using. I installed a couple programs and copied over about 2% of my music collection, so within an hour of being started up, it was down to 10.

So, yeah, I'm going to be light on the "new art" front for a week or so. The main laptop is nigh-unusable for art programs when half my keyboard shortcuts are muted, and I'm not even sure the tiny one could handle the weight of a Photoshop install, let alone find space to save the art afterward.

But I can keep on top of the Internet in the meantime, and get a backlog of actual drawing in physical sketchbooks...and maybe do some writing for a change?

Seriously, it feels like I could snap this thing in half with my bare hands if I really tried. It's adorable.
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
  • Drop off bread
  • Budget project doc
  • Home: dishes!
  • Saya stabs Homu in the throat
  • Voicemail
erinptah: Hiding in a box (depression)
Welp, I have finally pushed myself into a "respond to your months-old emails" headspace, and stayed there long enough to make actual progress! Gonna try to make it through one or two more tonight. Wish me strength.

(It helps that the main alternative is a "deal with your health insurance" headspace. Have to do something that feels substantial enough to use as an excuse for not doing that. Yay for positive procrastination.)
erinptah: (space)
I'm going to totally break the chain-meme component of this, but I'll answer the questions on the post I was tagged in anyway.

1. Do you still keep in touch with friends you had before high school?
A few! Mostly in the form of liking each other's Facebook posts.

2. What is one skill or physical ability (within typical human capabilities) that you'd like to acquire?
Composing music. I love writing new lyrics for existing songs, but don't have the talent with notes and instruments to come up with new ones.

3. Do you consider yourself an artist, or rather, someone who happens to do art, and what leads you to this conclusion? (No need to answer if you don't do art at all.)
An artist. Because I do a lot of art, on a regular basis, and would miss it if I wasn't able to. (For contrast: I've knitted a couple of scarves, but I haven't done any knitting in years, and don't feel any pull to get back to it. So I'm not A Knitter, just someone who happens to have knitted.)

4. Do you have a food you like that most people you know hate or won't try? If the latter, do you think their unwillingness is reasonable or not?
Black jelly beans! If other people don't like them, that's fine -- more for me. Regular bags of jelly beans often don't even include them any more...but in exchange, they sell bags that are 100% black jelly beans. I am all over this deal.

5. Suppose that when you die, your soul will reside forever in a place from your past. What would you like that place to be?
If I'm existing in that moment/reliving events: CTY from when I was 16. If I'm just floating around the general area: Christchurch, New Zealand.

6. What's your favorite language and why? (Not necessarily one you understand.)
How am I supposed to pick one? Languages in general are fascinating. IDK, ancient Sumerian seems neat.

7. What would you put on your personal coat of arms?
Cats rampant. Some Sailor-Moon-related motifs. The quartered pattern of the Hellsing coat of arms. Forest green and gold.

8. What artistic medium do you most admire?
I bow to anyone who can create complex, subtle, detailed works in watercolor.

9. Would you rather be poor or unloved?
Depends. Does "unloved" mean I don't get any positive social interaction at all? Or does it just mean nobody will be in love with me, maybe I won't have deep lifelong tell-each-other-everything kinds of friendships, but people will still leave nice comments on my fanart and so on? Because I'd take the latter.

10. Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunrises. They remind you to go to bed.

Friends & followers, if anyone wants to answer these same questions, take the meme and run with it.

Go figure

Feb. 12th, 2015 07:09 pm
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It's been a day where I had four or five different obligations to fill, all to different people/entities, and all time-sensitive, so they had to be pulled off in a specific chronological order to avoid disappointing anyone...

...and I seem to have done it all and stuck the landing.

So naturally, instead of feeling proud and accomplished, now I have a bunch of free-floating anxiety about how clearly I must have done something wrong today, and I just haven't noticed it yet.




On the bright side, I took a typing assessment and clocked in at 107 wpm, and at least my brain is having a hard time ruining that one for me.

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