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Vista downloaded updates and I installed IE8. I barely use IE, but it can have uses. It installed, but took forever to do so. Afterwards, Vista began to run slow. IE8 wasn't even open. I opened Task Manager to see if something was causing problems. Nothing, no apparent reason for the slowdown. I decided to restart, sometimes these things fix themselves. After the computer rebooted, it continued to run slow. I had to go to work, so I turned the computer off.

Hours later, I turned the computer on. It booted fine until the Windows loading screen; the Windows symbol was mysteriously absent. I waited for the log-on screen to appear. Nothing happened. There was nothing but a black screen with a white cursor. Shortcuts did nothing. No Task Manager, no right-click menu. Nothing, and I'm worried.

Still seems moderately fixable, no problem. Windows Updates has a reputation for destroying the lives of innocent young computers everywhere .

Behold, lifesaver System Restore.

Except not. Because according to my computer, I had no restore points. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I had restore turned on (this is not the first time I've fixed my computer with it).  I had restore points. What corruption is this?

I tried Last Known Good Configuration. Doesn't work. Apparently it only judges 'Good' until the log-on screen.  Desperation set in.

Computer CPR was needed, Stat. I tried:
-System Restore
-Last Known Good Configuration
-Startup Repair
-Safe Mode
-Safe Mode with Networking
-Boot Options (was it screwed up? No, all was as it should be.)
-Windows Help Articles
-Google Fu (Apparently this a common problem that there are a myriad of 'help' articles out there. Different causes and fixes.)
-Windows Tech Help (*On hold for a length of time* *Transfers* *Hold* "Did you try all the things on this list? Really? Repeat them again. Still nothing? Do a clean install and lose some your data. PROBLEM SOLVED. Oh? You'd rather not do that? You have no way of making a back-up while poor? You want to make sure nothing goes wrong and you keep your data? What for?" *annoyed sigh goes here*  "Let me put you on hold...." *I ended the call*)
-Registry Editor

I'm pretty sure no virus was involved. I have frequently updated virus protection, but who knows. So on to recovering data and doing a clean install. Yippee.
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I don't really have a problem with any religious viewpoint. Unless you believe you have a right to use that belief/viewpoint to condescend to others.

For instance, debating religion:

The minute anyone starts throwing around ~imaginary friend~ or ~lol, skye-fairy~ in a condescending manner is the minute I can tell that person is a dumbass and should be given a wide berth.  (Looking at you, Joss Whedon. Sorry. I liked Buffy, but you produce too much smug for me to be a fan.* )

It's the same for religious people who tell you they'll 'pray for your poor, hell-bound soul'. (That's nice. Maybe one day I'll be condescending enlightened just like you.)

There is difference between debating religion rationally and 'lol, you're silly'.

It's not about being close-minded, 'open-minded', 'standing up for your beliefs'. It's about claiming you want to debate when all you really want to do is condescend to people you think are wrong.

And I'm not saying people shouldn't be allowed to go 'lol, silly' at anything. Just that it probably shouldn't be used as part of a civil debate.

(Using you in the general sense, of course.)

*Part of this is how 'fuck yes, I'm awesome' you act like, and part of it is your fans. Who can get pretty defensive about you.

~I'm Agnostic~

<Happy 4th of July>


Apr. 10th, 2009 12:26 pm
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I have a dog (and two cats, but this post is about my dog).

He was a 'gift' from 'friends'. I found dog sitting turned into dog owning after a while. :) Worked out for me and the dog, Rusty.

He has some quirks. He dislikes a lot of other animals. He'll tolerate and play with the animals I like, but I get the feeling he's just humoring me. I asked my vet about his behavior and the she just told me some house pets are territorial. Rusty hasn't shown any aggression towards my cats. 

We're a happy family.

I walk Rusty a couple of times a day. There are a lot of empty fields around here for him to do his business in. I clean up after him. I sometimes encounter problems during these walks. These problems have less to do with my dog and more to do with other people.

My dog is normally not aggressive toward people who don't give off skeevy vibes. He is an enthusiastic people lover, so he does like to jump on people. He doesn't get that opportunity because I shorten his leash and go around other people. :) The sidewalks are pretty big around here. There is always a couple a feet between me with my dog and other people so this is usually okay. Until I meet people with odd attitudes.

Story from the other day:
I was taking Rusty on a walk past the corner store. I had an odd interaction with an older women pushing a  shopping cart (Woman with Cart, WWC). She came out of the parking lot of the corner store from behind me. I assumed she was taking the cart to one of the many parked cars close to the store that lined the street. I walked closer to the field and further from the road so she could get to them.
                  Woman With Cart: "Does he bite?"  This question/demand came out of nowhere and I jumped a little. I turned around to reply but didn't get the chance.
                   WWC: "I have been trying to get around you!!!" *GLARE*  (Wow, I've never met someone older than the phrases excuse me and pardon me before.) I was a little confused by her irritation at me. The sidewalk is huge. She could have gone easily around me. ?
                Me: "I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were walking this way." Polite smile, moving into the field.
WWC passes me. I wait until she's gone several yards ahead of me. The dog and I continued on his walk. This apparently personally offended the woman, because she kept looking back at me to give me the evil-stink eye. Over and over again. She'd go a few feet, stop, turn her head, and throw me and my dog a glare. Finally we reached a corner and I was both pissed off and amused. I stopped and waited for WWC to look back at me again. Then I returned her stink eye with one my own. She looked horrified. I smiled politely and then turned the corner before she could recover what little wits she must have had. It was petty and stupid of me, but I felt a little better.

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Part of my 4th of July was spent in a hospital emergency room.


Fingers-Lighter-Lit Flare Sparkler.

My family is having the traditional late dinner barbecue. Neighbors are freely welcome to come over and join in the festivity, which includes firecrackers. We light pretty fountains, flash flares, snakes, smoke bombs, various other flares, and sparklers after we've run out of everything else. It's a time for people to mingle and catch up on summer fun.

Once we run at of good firecrackers, we finish off the barbecue with sparkler play.
I go on light detail for the sparklers using a normal BIC lighter. Some of the neighbors have brought their own sparkles to be lit. This includes our neighbor Tara and her daughter, Ann. Tara gives Ann a sparkler for me to light. She neglects to tell me they are not ordinary sparklers. Tara's sparklers are of the flare variety. Right after being lit, they flare up a trail of colored fire before sparking. No one informed me of this fact. I had to find out for myself.

I lit the flare sparkler and the flare sparkler decided to return the favor for my fingers. :D Thanks, Tara.

Cue me going to the hospital with burns on my hand.

Many others had ended up in the emergency room in various 4th accidents. Most of them involved alcohol.

Me: Minor second degree burns on two of my fingers.
Ann: Not hurt, but shaken up. :/
Tara: Apologetic, but still an idiot. WTF? Ann could have been the one with burnt fingers.
Eric: Hauled his drunken ass home. Probably to have a fight with Jess again.


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