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Someone erased my drawing yesterday from the whiteboard (understandable) so of course I had to redo it today :D Pictures are here, three of the new one, the last being the final product. The first pic looked just fine, except every time I went by it I thought about how his right antler looked. *tweak tweak* Then it and other things needed more alterations *tweak tweak* Finally I decided enough was too much and walked away (begrudgingly... you know that stupid song: Know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away?).

I should mention this all started with the 'professionally done' logo looking a lot like a PBS logo for Odd Squad. l showed what I thought was the TV one to the Children's Librarian but I think what I saw was another person's mash up (damn Pinterest). Anyway, Odd Squad uses this logo


Official PBS drawing/logo

and our Librarian wasn't familiar with the show. *sigh* it's been a week of jackalopes, but I don't think I'll re-draw tomorrow.

And this isn't what I do at work all morning, either ;o) I've been doing backups of and updates on various computers this week to assure we can survive a hack-attack like WannaCrypt. Microsoft has some info here, and I used it to update our remaining XP machine. Our Vista wouldn't update but I have copies copies copies of it around.

Now it's off to watch Them! on TCM :D



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With the theme being mystical/mythical creatures, it looks like our Summer Reading mascot will be a jackalope this year! Actually, the State advocated for "Build a Better World" but we wanted this to be a fun program and went our own way.Perhaps "Make the World Great Again!" was seen lurking in that program ;o)

I had to scribble this on the whiteboard this morning after seeing the professionally done critter.



I'm trying to talk the Children's Librarian into buying this plush for her desk as well

1040X time

May. 14th, 2017 09:18 pm
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Seems I screwed up my taxes, and my youngest's, by claiming him as a dependent when I should not have. I will have to pay more but he'll get a little back from this. PitA! I have two 1040X submittals and two RI1040X's on top of these.

Damn tax program let me down by not querying me on his student status: I think it should have done so based on age/income variables. I caught this before the IRS, but I only checked because the State flagged my forms: the State did not notify me, they put a cryptic note on their "Where's my refund?" web check page... I hate these people.

So, one 1040X ready for final entries and then I'll figure out how soon to mail each follow-on! Instructions are clear as mud. And no efile allowed- must paper mail with check in my instance.


https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/track/a-matter-of-simple-deduction
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Yep-yep, it's back again this Sunday. As I did last year, I baked a cake for my wife (a 5X mom!).


These old pans are great! I cheated this year and used a boxed mix, but I did improvise and sub lemon juice for half the water.


Homemade buttercream frosting! I love my Wilton decorating kit though I only do the most basic piping.

This year my two youngest sons are taking mom to see the new Guardians' movie as a treat. I'll have to wait for the disc to see Rocket again.

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I've used almost 14% of my allotted 500 MB of photos on Dreamwidth... since February! It's taken me 7+ years to use only 53% of whatever the quota is on LJ.

Just because I feel I must post the like of these :D


So true! Especially in terrible weather.


This could have been done with a guy just as easily. Poor pup!
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A fraternity brother from two classes after mine died last week. I didn't visit him in hospice, or attend the viewing Sunday or funeral Monday. Truth be said, I hadn't seen this kid in nearly 40 years and even when he was in the house he and I did not chat it up too much.

Eddie was a great guy, though. He was always upbeat and had an infectious smile. Our paths rarely crossed other than meals or house events, particularly because I was two or three years older than he and we had different majors, and pledge classes tend to hang out among themselves. Regardless, I don't do funerals if I can avoid them now.

Heh, I saw a picture of the brothers from various classes who attended the send off, taken at a local restaurant. What a scary bunch of old men! I had to really rack my brains to figure out who some of them were, as again I had not seen most of these since graduation in 1978. Glad I don't look like that... ;o)

I need to write this all down because I want to remember last night- a dream I dreamt. Even now it is fading more and more. The colors were spot on, the scenery accurate...

I was at the Library, at the side entrance to the Circulation Desk, and I was approached by Eddie, but I could not rationalize what was happening because he was as I recalled him looking in college, young and smiling and easy going, but in the back of my mind I knew otherwise. I kept thinking this is someone else, but he spoke to me by name and all I could stammer was "Eddie?" and he smiled and said he had to be going now. He hugged me as he said this, still smiling, then shouldered a backpack, turned, and was gone.

A visitation? I do not feel guilt over not attending, but maybe he wanted to see me, or have me see him, one more time. Which is why I write this down so it doesn't just vanish like so many other dreams.
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This past weekend I watched In the Heat of the Night, 1967, for maybe the fifth time over the years. There's something that catches me with this flick. There's not an actor I don't like, not a scene that doesn't work, and not a line out of place. I don't know, call me nostalgic, this movie is just a good watch for me.
some spoilers )

This movie is currently available (unitl May 4) on tcm.com if you subscribe to a provider that includes the TCM channel in its line up.
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Among some papers I came across yesterday when rummaging about here were the original bill of sale for my old truck, and even the card of the salesman who sold it to my mom.

pics, safe )

A quick look online using the VIN gave me insight to the truck's origin. This site decoded the numbers sufficiently enough to tell me where my old friend started his life: the Mahwah Ford Assembly Plant in New Jersey. The plant closed just six years after my truck was created, but there are of course photos here and there online of it. *sigh* What's happened to this country? This page wasn't too bad for imagery.

And Birthers be damned! ;o)
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The Food and Drug Administration wing:



It's fairly recent but I never saw this one before. My wolf fursona son, the smoker, had seen it: no  impact there :o( I love the whole city with its pig inhabitants that they invented for the ad.

Myself I had my first cigarette when I was 4 or 5. Stupid kid, I asked my mom for matches because my bother had raided a house ashtray and we ran out in our experimentation. We would smoke off and on for years. I remember I liked Parliaments with those recessed tips when I was around 9 or 10.

My favorite brand was Winston. I tried them all, but it was the red and white box that got me in the end. Can I blame Hanna-Barbera for this?


I used to watch this show a lot, even in New York (so that was when the show first came out).

I stopped smoking in 1984.

One for the road...

This song
This guy
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Before FiOS VOD got all HD with their 'free' shows I could watch fun stuff on Adult Swim like Mr. Pickles, Mike Tyson, and Rick and Morty. Well those days are gone because I hate the thought of spending even more money on cable for a high def box just to watch my 'free' programs. To clarify, the best free programs were commercial-free or able to be fast-forwarded through the chaff.

Tonight I happened upon Rick and Morty Season 3 episode 1 on YouTube (you know, that wonderful how-to-fix-your-engine site). I was actually watching Cyanide and Happiness compilations when this appeared in suggestions. Even though I missed all but one of Season 2 this was a great episode. And it explained something I had been seeing lately and wondering what the hub-bub was all about


??
Memes involving this have been popping up all over iFunny.

Here's the responsible episode on YouTube if you haven't caught it yet-


And here's an article discussing the sauce.

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If you don't know about April the Giraffe, well, here is some background:

- Animal Adventure Park set up a live cam to broadcast the birth of April the Giraffe's calf

- April took her time at this, and after watching for a few weeks we finally got to see the baby born!

- Haters gonna hate.. or pranksters gonna prank: there was an outcry at the beginning, maybe a joke, or maybe PETA or some self-righteous individuals, that this was too explicit etc, etc. Some of the early comments are here.

I guess Animal Adventure Park never saw this parody-



because they have now decided to take down the cam in a few days because of all the negative and/or 'helpful' whining comments about how things ought to be!


In any event, the baby is born, and he is pretty damn big. Looking at his stance in this picture, and being a plush loving sort, I posted this on twitter and FB-

starter up

Apr. 15th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Thank you, internet, for possibly saving me $100 today!

Background roundabout:

I had a 1978 Ford E150 Econoline cargo van back in the early 80's. I was going to see the USA in it and had done some interior modifications to make it 'camper ready.' That never happened due to a motorcycle mishap in 1982. I kept the van anyway.

If you've had a van you'll know that you can reach parts of the engine from inside the cab by detaching a large plastic cowl. This is also a handy way to access your starter when the Bendix misbehaves and it needs a good whack with a 2x4. I had this problem one winter and when the 2x4 solution got iffier and iffier I finally had to rebuild the starter.

Jump ahead to present day:

My lawn tractor is 12 years old this year. I finally decided it was a good time to put some Sea Foam treatment in the gasoline and also change the oil on Thursday (perfect weather) and went out to the old shed to look it over. It wouldn't start so I put the battery on the charger and spent an hour removing the traction weights from the truck bed. I went back to the tractor and it started up almost immediately! I let it run a bit in order to let the additive run into the carburetor and then shut it down.I decided to do the oil Friday.

Friday the tractor wouldn't start: the starter whirred but it would not engage. I thought about this and thinking maybe the battery or solenoid was on its last legs I decided to put the charger back on and went about changing the sluggishly cold oil anyway. After getting the oil done the tractor still wouldn't start but just whirred. Okay... memories of the van flashed in my head and finding a suitable hunk of 2x6 (I had no smaller wood handy) I gave the starter some encouragement and damned if it didn't engage the flywheel!

Today I went online and looked up starter prices. The cheapest was about $35 with Prime shipping. The highest was an OEM B&S for $71 plus shipping. My next step was to hit YouTube and see what folks said about starter issues. Rebuilding did not seem a viable option but... seeing a starter pulled out and apart gave me incentive to remove the hood, dismantle the blower housing, and have at the now exposed starter assembly with nothing more than silicone lubricant, cleaning rags, and faith.

Suffice it to say that it worked afterwards. Will it work tomorrow, I don't know. For now I didn't have to replace a battery, solenoid, and/or starter thanks to watching other folks discuss these problems, as well as recalling my old van memories.

I don't have any pictures of this project so I give you our concrete bunny among Spring flowers!


...because every post needs at least one picture :o)

Saw Sing

Apr. 8th, 2017 03:54 pm
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I have to admit this one took me by surprise! I figured it was a quick knock-off/ride-the-coatails of Zootopia's animal city characters' trials and tribulations but Sing was so very unique instead. No spoilers. The animation was incredible, the characters well developed, the music and timing superb, and the story was tearful sweet in so many spots (yeah, I did...). I really liked it and recommend giving it a go.

A favorite character-


Eddie- There's some internet scuttlebutt (heh-heh, butt...) about his relationship with Moon, and that in itself lends a bit of intrigue to this.

The IMDb keyword selection for this movie


Mainstream?
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Deer! The Huntress spooked them away from outside the back corner of her yard only to have them reappear an hour later over by the old truck.


tippity-hoof, tippity-hoof


Ooooh, for me?

There were two that munched the apples I'd thrown for the rabbit, and more pictures can be seen here on my google site: https://goo.gl/photos/Vpja7ZvGPnFaUYb48

The pics aren't great (lighting, focus), but I view these as the equivalent of Polaroids or Instamatic pics anyway. And the deer were constantly moving about: such inconsideration! The smallest one would zoom through the yard, jumping fallen trees and ducking low branches, all-out having fun, while the adults grouped together cautiously and watched all around constantly. In the end, the young'n was all out of breath and panting and just enjoying the thrill of living.
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I'm in the dog yard with The Huntress this morning, and by golly there is the side-yard rabbit in her favorite corner munching wild rose stems and hips like every other day. She stops when I spot her and just stands still waiting for the dog to start the chase. Bunny does her circle around the trees and bushes and easily outdistances the pup, running past me and out through the fence. Fantastic! I was so worried she was the one on the menu previously.

A couple of hours later I realize there is the driveway rabbit by the truck again, lazily eating apples I had tossed there, and totally ignoring the pup and myself in his dining.

Note: I do not believe this is same as the side-yard rabbit because he usually stays by the driveway near the truck (hence I sometimes call him driveway bunny) while the other is always on the other side of the dog yard near my shed and the woods there.

Regardless, he is alive as well! I don't know where the fox found the other bunny but there have been three here on occasion at mating times.

Another note: I call them by their respective pronouns because of where I usually find the kittens nesting.

So happy! I even got some pictures of a very cooperative driveway bunny.


Driveway bunny? I haven't heard that name in years...

A couple of more pics here on my google site: https://goo.gl/photos/GdnNnd2bc4pS73UZ9
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The wayward fox has taken one of the rabbits. I saw this, the silhouetted form of the fox emerging from behind some trees with something rabbit-looking hanging from its mouth. Moments earlier we were watching the fox cross among the shrubs and shadows, and it stopped to rummage in some bushes... I went out to the area later on and there were definite signs of a struggle in the snow. So it goes.



original sketch/blog here )

I do not want to appear callous, I just have to remind myself that this is the way of the world. There had been a rabbit in the fenced part of the yard earlier in the morning and the dog didn't see it right away. I watched it for a bit, standing stock still as The Huntress sniffed about, and then the chase was on. I wonder if this was the same little bunny :o(

*sigh* I even made some bad jokes later, that either the fox would appear dragging a deer next, or vice versa. And then came a trio of hawks, gliding above, and while thinking "Ride of the Valkyries" I imagined them hauling off one of the deer as well.
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Today we had a red fox trotting through the woods out back. It has been quite a while since we saw any foxes hereabouts. There were tracks outside the dog's fence the day before, and The Huntress was quite anxious both yesterday and today when out with me, sniffing the air and listening intently. The tracks led from one of the rabbit thickets to the other's. And funny that this critter appeared so close to the raccoon's arrival as both species are rabies vectors and have had their populations decimated in recent years. This fox looked quite well, fortunately.

And deer! Too bad the camera malfunctioned yesterday as they were gallivanting and gamboling about in the wild winds and cold temps right out next to the driveway. Today I got a shot or two when they crossed the back yard, but these pictures were not so good as the deer were on the move and many trees separated us.


Best I could do. The other shot that came out was basically a butt/flank ;o)

We are due for a large storm Tuesday, so I made sure the snowblower had fuel and the cables were adjusted. Our storm Friday left only a few inches of snow but I used the blower anyway just because it had been almost a month since the last storm. I had gravel shooting 30' because although we had accumulation the driveway was still not frozen after all those 50 degree days.


The calm before the storm.

I had to shop today because tomorrow will be panic at the stores as folks remember they only have limited foods packed away for the 'event.' I also topped off the gasoline in the truck because it adds more weight for traction ;o) We now have our recommended 4+ gallons of milk, four loaves of assorted breads plus English muffins, two dozen eggs, lots of coffee (and Kahlúa, just in case). But this is normal for us anyway.


To hell with French toast!

And in a very loosely related note- Google photo picture search gives a kind of Sesame Street array of results here:


One of these things is not like the other... presented with no more comment :D


Who is Blur anyway? I was actually thinking of this song when I rhymed the subject ;o)
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Snow tomorrow! Every town in Rhode Island has a parking ban in effect ahead of the expected 3-6" expected accumulation. A couple of private schools have posted closings but no public ones as of yet.

Vacation next week :o) The burner tech will be here at the house cleaning the furnace Monday so I decided I deserved the whole week off from work. No plans other than little stuff around the house and yard. I have a stack of Nicholas Oldland illustrated books to go though as well as a couple of random picks that came across the desk. I might also watch the Blu-ray of Summer Wars that I picked up.

A visit from the DEM- I had to call the Environmental Management folks to dispatch an extremely disoriented raccoon on my property that was struggling to stand and walk. It kept falling over and flopping about; it was so very sad to have to do this. I figured it had rabies and I was in fear of other critters having contact with it. After the officer shot it and brought it out to his truck we looked it over and it really didn't look to be unkempt or sickly. I hope it hadn't been poisoned by a neighbor. I even worried that my rusty old truck which it was near might be leaking antifreeze and that the poor thing got into that, but I looked today and there is no evidence of any of that under the engine.

A gift from the Wolfling on Monday, just because-



I haven't written that he has moved out of the house and into rented duplex with four friends. It has been hard to get my head around this as we would still watch shows a few times a week (nice that one's 20 year old still had time for dad) and of course talk about furry stuff and whatnot. Not quite empty nest but this leaves a major hole in my heart nonetheless. I think of all the things we did over the years and like the subtle line in Storks "...blink of an eye." I'll lament over this in a post sometime when I'm feeling more sorry for myself.

I wrote about (fawned over) this bear in my other journal-



I've since asked Gund if they could clarify the size of this guy, whether he is measured seated or standing. I did this on both their website and in their Twitter feed. My only observation here: Don't offer customer service online if you can't follow through. In other words, they never got back to me.

I have loaded a trial version of Faronics Deep Freeze onto my home computer. We use this program at work and I wanted to see how it managed here at the house. I was contacted by Faronics shortly after asking if I liked it and if I had questions. Did I mention my feelings about online customer service ;o) Right, no feedback to my feedback... I like the program except that it lacks the controls the full blown Enterprise version gives you (the difference is about $600 more for that version, of course). Still, I may spring the $45 for this one depending on licensing expiry and whatnot.

Not much else. One of the work computers had a scareware Zeus Trojan alert when I got there this morning. I think the patron was afraid to turn the machine off (the scareware said not to, of course) and there was this blinky "call our toll free number immediately" notice going on. I rebooted and just for safety did a scan. The reboot cleared the garbage out because that's what Deep Freeze does.

A thought for the day



Yes, I sent this to my Wolfling, because yes, he smokes :o)

Big Hugs!

Feb. 28th, 2017 07:44 pm
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Bear hugs, that is :o)

This book by Nicholas Oldland came through the Library the other day, so I had to bring it home!



It's a cute story, and I love the illustration style



What's not to like about a hugging bear holding a flower?

And this



Lucky rabbit!

Of course Amazon has better pictures with their Look Inside feature.
(all of my pictures expand with a click)

Taxes

Feb. 19th, 2017 07:47 pm
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Done! I've been waiting for my program I use to maybe drop in price, and it did on Saturday. I almost bought it for $29 Friday night, but it dropped down to $20 the next day :o)

And heavens, do we owe Federal tax! I knew last March that we'd have a bigger burden this year but failed to take action and have more money deducted each week. The good side is that I didn't line the government pockets with extra dollars of mine all year, and the penalty for underestimating was only $18. I definitely have to change my W4 withholding amounts this year!



At least the State is giving a refund. On the other paw, I may not buy my yearly plush reward now.

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