moonhare: (thumper)
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.

moonhare: (faunus)
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
moonhare: (carrots)
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
moonhare: (carrots)
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?
moonhare: (faunus)
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
moonhare: (faunus)
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
moonhare: (Default)
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
moonhare: (Default)
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.

Memories

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:58 pm
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After finishing taxes today I used my Paint Shop Pro program to browse the files I saved off of my dying portable drive. This was fitting as PSP was my first picture editing software (and a bootleg version it was, in 1997). I'm floored at the information that was on here: my first webpages from both IDS.net (now defunct) and www.tigress.com/moonhare/ :o) So many pics! A lot of computer/mouse drawn and even more sketchy stuff. I'm so happy to see these again.

Like this one-



1997- Someone random in chat asked for a picture of a hug. Can't say if they liked this, but I did.

I had a happy half hour just browsing folders. The files range from 1996 to about 2011. I didn't read the text files but concentrated on the draws and other pictures: I'm a visual kind of fur ;o)

I remember drawing these rabbits during my "Franz Marc" period



I love Marc's use of colors and his mysticism and symbolism. I can't touch that, but at the time I was really into blues and yellows in my coloring and painting.

I used to draw randomly on whatever paper was available: I had it bad! I got the idea along the way to bind up pics in like groups, like this little book of deities-



I have to find that booklet again and look at what is included. I think my angus dei is in it along with my St. Luke draws, but maybe it's just some Babylonian stuff (like the water colored calf on the cover).

As I say to myself frequently, I need to get back into this again!
moonhare: (Default)
It's here, at last! Now we'll see how long it takes me to break it.

Thanks and a tip of the bunny ears to [personal profile] frith for bringing this to my attention.

A pic: No one at work even noticed the little wolfie I put on the board today so I finally had to explain Lupercalia. Not that it mattered...

moonhare: (Default)
Today I can't read comments or use the LJ taskbar drop-down menus on the tablet. I was able to access these at work on a pc this morning, at least.

Full moon is pulling hard. This might be a good night to relax offline :o)
moonhare: (Default)
This was a fun little movie, and gets my "Most misleading title and trailer of 2016, until I find something more so" award!

Trailer aside, it's still a fun little movie in its own right, and the animation is spectacular. I'll watch it again.

And a totally unrelated pic from google as a laptop/insert test... edit: I wondered where my added picture went overnight and re-added it this morning, removing a mess of gibberish code from where the picture had been. Bizarre. I did a re-edit a little while ago, and damned if DW didn't scramble the code once again! I guess I shouldn't edit these in the future if I want my pics to remain.
moonhare: (Default)
So it's been Ages since I posted here, and I'm back to check out the site as LJ has effectively imploded again.

I see I still can't store images on the site, but I now have that Google photos account so I can try using that...


hmmm, that failed. No time this morning, though. Back to work.
moonhare: (ordnance)
One of the most common complaints by new users of the library computers is that their home pcs are 'broken.' This is more frequent than we more savvy users might be aware of.  I say savvy but I could also say 'fortunate' or 'lucky.' It astounds me how many people click bad links and fu@k up their home computers. It amazes me more that there are so f''ing many bad links out here. The malware people have gotten very sophisticated, and it's scary.

I've opened infected email, and luckily I had antivirus software that jumped all over it before anything seeped out. For the most part I can generally spot junk prior to clicking, but there are those mouse over nasties and redirects that sneak in regardless. And then there's that CryptoWare running around the net extorting users to retrieve pictures and files.

I've been backing up my system more frequently and keeping programs patched and updated, but I don't feel as secure as I could. I'm considering buying Faronics Deep Freeze for home (we use it at work, and it is one of the best tools in my kit. And it has that cute bear!).

I spent approximately five hours this week trying to clean up my sister's pc. Spybot, MSE, System Restore, and good old fashioned sleuthing still didn't pull everything out that I would have wanted to eliminate, but it runs faster and cleaner than before. After the first round of cleaning she made the error of clicking a damned java look-alike link and flooded the system with redirect programs and the like. I got to the point of googling every unknown file in the processes and tossing out what files would allow me to dump them. Nasty, invasive stuff.

But I got a nice gift out of it for my helping (aside from some gas money): a Wilton Cake Decorating kit! I also got a bunch of cookies and candies she didn't want as she is on a diet.

moonhare: (Default)
 Well, no, not really... I have a new browser app (AdBlockWeb) that eliminates advertising, but double posts my replies, and probably entries. I try to catch these duplicates and eliminate them, but I found one this morning that 'got away.' 

This browser is strictly for journals/forums: I can imagine my financial woes if I used it for shopping or paying bills! But then, I'd have twice the plush arriving ;o)

Maugre

Feb. 8th, 2013 10:37 pm
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 The wind is rushing through the trees, sounding like a freight train. We've a foot or more of snow on the ground, and it just keeps falling. The power has blinked several times so I've run the heat up to an unprecedented 68°F so that in case we lose electricity the house may stay somewhat warm until it is restored. Nemo is, as predicted, a massive storm. Locals compare this to the  "Blizzard of 1978:" I prefer to remember our 1968 blizzard instead as it sounded just like this one does!

In 1968 I had a poetry assignment where we had to assemble anthologies of favorite poets' works. Among my choices was Emerson's The Snow-Storm. It's a pretty piece, and it's where I first encountered the word maugre. I never use the word, but I remember Emerson's farmer on those rare occasions I see it in print. I wish I still had that folder I submitted: I drew a nice picture to go with the poem. 

Maybe I can post some snow pics tomorrow, and catch up on reading friends' journals. That will be after we shovel out the anticipated 24" of snow.
moonhare: (thumper)
"Look at me *narf*.... I'm a cee-ment deer!"




Animaniacs has returned to TV, on HUB of all places: this is from "Jockey for Position," the episode where Pinky falls in love with Pharfignewton <3



It took me forever to find the episode on YouTube, but my search was all wrong- I was looking for Pinky and the Brain instead of concentrating on Animaniacs. One site listed this as Season 1, episode 117, but the episode turned up as  #27.

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