May 31st, 2007
|04:56 pm - Puppies and momma dog looking for new homes|
Do you want a sweet, adorable bundle of joy in your home? My friend hireath has puppies that need new homes. Their momma needs a new home, too. The puppies have had their first visit to the vet, and I think their first vaccination shots. They're not quite yet weaned, but you could still pick one out now.
She's sweet and loving, and wants to please, but needs someone ready to do some training with her.
(or, as I like to call her, "Grunty")
She's got adorable hound-dog style wrinkles around her face
So handsome and fluffy and naps like a champion. The vet thinks his dad might've been a Pyranese, so we expect he'll get big.
Spot is hilarious, sweet, and very affectionate. He's definitely a mama's boy and will do anything to get attention.
She's a little shy, but really coming around quickly and really craves attention. The vet thinks her father may have been a blue heeler, as she has speckled fur.
Even if you can't take a puppy and just want an opportunity to cuddle a few, if you know hireath, she may be able to schedule a viewing. The puppies need to meet new people, so drop her a line!
Please feel free to ask me more about the puppies (although, of course, hireath is the expert). They're very sweet, cuddly, and learning to obey voice commands
October 22nd, 2006
|07:12 am - Burlesque Noir Spooktacular|
Is there any more fabulous way to kick off Halloween season than cheering on friends and acquaintances while they dance the kooch?
The show tonight was spectacular. Starting with a burlesque of Michael Jackson's Thriller (1984). (As I rewatch the video for the first time in over a decade -- two things occur to me:
1. I remember how exciting videos were in the '80s. Even though it was the middle of the night, and I was hunched at the corner of my mother's bed trying to keep the tv volume down low enough not to wake her -- but loud enough to grasp what I was hearing. We didn't have cable -- so the only time I could watch videos was on a Saturday night show devoted them. It was certainly on after my bedtime.
2. 1984 is 22 years ago. That's long enough ago to predate some of the dancers from tonight. And certainly most of them must have seen this video at least a decade after its original release. Did it seem hokey to them at the very beginning?)
This feeling of nostalgia for the eighties was, of course, only re-inforced by the dancing orange barrels in Safety Dance (why? why must everyone look at their hands?)
I know already I can't remember all the pieces, which frustrates me completely. Here's a non-ordered list of my memory shards:
* hot pink rain coats, hot pink umbrellas (swinging in time)
* Isis doing the most sinuous dance ever done in a corset
* Anime II (I'm afraid I was missing some context hee -- it seems to be the battle of good and evil -- whose main goals are to tear the clothes of each other's heros
* the Bollywood-inspired piece complete with silk saris and a sacred cow (was that Vishnu with all the eyes?)
* September Smith's two suspended pieces -- both jaw-dropping. Though, I will admit that I especially loved the one done to Velvet Underground's Shiny Shiny Shiny Boots of Leather
* The wizard of Oz piece -- I wonder how many audience members saw that that tin (wo)man had a shiny red heart-shaped pastie. And Dorothy's were blue checks with red sequin trim -- perfect.
* Duke City Derby contributed a game of roller-musical-chairs. Doom de Doom came out on top, though I'll admit I was cheering for Muffin.
* The Last Boy Scout -- I'm grateful that this piece came back, because I missed it last time.
* Little Red and her basket full of naughtiness
* the finale piece of devils tossing candy -- such adorable pointy tails
Ok, I'm too cold and tired to write any more. Anyway -- Burlesque in this town just gets better and better every show.
June 19th, 2006
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February 13th, 2006
|01:25 pm - Jail time|
I know someone who is currently in the metro jail out on the west side. He was on probation, and he drank alcohol on the day of the Super Bowl (violating his terms of release). I can't defend him, but I can say that he's a good guy, and I feel very sad for him to be locked up right now.
Can anyone here tell me about their experiences being locked up (for more than a few hours). I've temporarily disabled IP logging for the community, so please feel free to tell me about it.
Is there anything I can do to make it a little less awful for him?
(cross-posted to albuquerque
January 5th, 2006
|02:56 pm - Microsoft issues official patch for WMF vulnerability|
A few days ago I posted about a severe Windows security flaw along with some instructions for a temporary patch.
Microsoft has issued their official patch today. You can get the patch by running a standard Windows update, or you can download it directly for Windows XP or for Windows 2000.
If you installed the patch that I mentioned a few days ago, you must uninstall the unofficial patch before installing the Windows patch. Here are the instructions:
1. Click Start->Run, and type in regsvr32 %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll
2. Click Start->Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs
3. Uninstall "Windows WMF Metafile Vulnerability HotFix"
Once you have completed steps 1-4, you can either use one of the links above or Windows Updater to install the official MS patch.
January 1st, 2006
|05:49 pm - Windows image exploit (DANGER!)|
There is a very, very bad Windows image exploit which is going around right now. If you're interested in the nitty gritty details, you can read them here:
In short, there is an operating system level problem. This means that, even if you're running a browser that isn't IE (like Firefox, Opera or Mozilla) you're still vulnerable.
This exploit means that if you view a maliciously crafted image (via IM, email, web, etc.), it could execute arbitrary code on your Windows computer. That is, it could examine any personal data (like credit card or social security numbers), or delete important files (like your master's thesis), or many other things. In other words, this is a Very Bad Thing.
Microsoft has not yet issued a patch which addresses this issue. Antivirus programs cannot fully protect you from it. Right now all Windows users are vulnerable.
And a malicious image could easily be posted via LJ (for example).
In order to reduce your risk, SANS is recommending that you do all three of these things:
- Unregister the related DLL
(To do this, click Start ->Run, and then type:
regsvr32 -u %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll
then click "ok")
- Install the unofficial patch
Microsoft has not yet released a patch. An unofficial patch was made available by Ilfak Guilfanov. Our own Tom Liston reviewed the patch and we tested it. The reviewed and tested version is available here (http://handlers.sans.org/tliston/wmffix_hexblog13.exe) (now at v1.3, MD5: 14d8c937d97572deb9cb07297a87e62a). THANKS to Ilfak Guilfanov for providing the patch!!
- Update and run your virus protection
Virus checkers provide some protection.
Please talk to me or your favorite Windows-knowledgable computer tech if you need help with this.
December 27th, 2005
|03:51 am - homemade chicken broth|
( recipe under the cutCollapse )
This recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen, and is a very fast way to get a homemade chicken broth. The chicken meat itself is lightly salted, tender and delicious.
I think this cost me a total of $4.50 in ingredients. The cooking took about 2 hours (but will be quicker next time, now that I know what I'm doing). Still, it's a good recipe to have company with, since there are many periods of time when you're just waiting. It's also a good time to clean the kitchen.
December 1st, 2005
|11:42 pm - cheap food|
Catholic Charities has a special deal that they offer. If you order their box o' food, they can buy it in bulk. You get cheap food, they raise money.
There are many options, but I'll give you this one as an example:
$21 + $1.50
1 lb. Ground beef
2-12 oz. Pork loin tips
2.6 lb. Chicken thighs
12 oz. Pork sausage links
4 pk. Egg & Cheese omelet
1 lb. Frozen peas
28 oz. Sliced beef dinner with gravy
Plus a variety of 12-17lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables
So, that's almost six pounds of meat, 12-17 pounds of produce, frozen peas, "sliced beef dinner", "egg & cheese omelet" for $22.50.
It seems like a damn good deal to me.
This food must be ordered by Monday, 12/12, and you must commit to pick it up on Saturday, 12/17.
I definitely plan to participate this time around, and consider participating again in the future.
(cross-posted to abq_eats and my journal)
August 10th, 2005
|11:47 am - Science Fiction Convention Cometh|
If you live in my home town, then you may already know that there's only one science fiction convention here. And here it comes:
GUEST OF HONOR: Stephen R. Donaldson
GUEST ARTIST: Mark Ferrari
August 26–28, 2005 • Wyndham Airport Hotel
There will be readings, panels, costume contest, "30 minutes of terror" (otherwise known as SF/F charades), silly hat day, charity auctions, art auction (and there's always some really fantastic art), mass autographing sessions, and bram452, movies, including a trailer for Necroville. And maybe, just maybe, if you're very lucky, there will be True Love.
Discounts available to volunteers (but, you need to sign up for volunteering very, very soon).