rose_cat: (missy cat)
...which, under the circumstances, is the best place for her to be. Which I know, but I'm not really feeling it right now.

details )
rose_cat: (RAWR)
This is a repost, quoted from a flister's LJ, with permission:

Somebody with this website is repostings several authors/fanartists fics on there without listing the name of the authors/fanartists on there and apparently in most cases, without permission. I've seen a good number of stories/fanart I'm familar with on the site (all of them most likely swiped from LJ and LJ comms as several LJ links to the original authors LJs are still attached), so if your fic/art [is there] I'd definitely tell this person to take it down immediately.

Website: http://fanfic-journal.com/

I hate plagiarists. I hope they get banned for this ASAP.

(Edited to actually put the site link in. Sorry.)
rose_cat: (pout)
...of keeping on track with rehab.

It's been a little rocky. If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. Only NOT )
rose_cat: (pout)
Still waiting for the damn packet from the orthopaedist. If it doesn't come in tomorrow's mail, I'll be calling them.

Grumpiness ahoy! )

Arglblargh

Aug. 28th, 2013 08:17 pm
rose_cat: (ten eyeroll)
Anyone else having trouble posting?

My last post worked fine. Crossposting to [livejournal.com profile] randompictures was not so fine: the html kept borking in Preview. Paste stopped working. I finally got it to work by typing everything in from the original post. Yes, by hand.

I couldn't get the [livejournal.com profile] splodefromcute crosspost to work at all, despite typing in everything again. By hand. I thought maybe it was just Preview that was screwed up, so I posted anyway. No, still screwed up. All that showed up was the file name for the image. No video. I deleted it.

I tried it again in Safari, which was faster and less temperamental than Firefox has been lately, but the posting was no better.

I've now rebooted the computer and cut-and-paste seems to be working again.

Also, trying to follow the link to "Article" in the last post leads to Zombie Frank saying "file not found." That's why I added the link html.

I'll try the [livejournal.com profile] splodefromcute post again in a while.
rose_cat: (damselfly)
Yesterday's monarch count: 44 eggs, 6 caterpillars. Four cats were 4mm; two, 11mm. The larger ones were both in the more sheltered bed area, on the plant right next to the wall, on leaves as low and close to the wall as they could get. I don't think that's a coincidence.

While I was counting, paper wasps kept showing up and trying to hunt. I had my Safer's insectidal soap and sprayed them. I used the narrow nozzle instead of the wide spray, hoping I'd be less likely to hit a caterpillar. (Safer's is like using very soapy water; it has to get on the insect to kill it, and is ineffective once it dries.) Twice the wasp got away -- hopefully I got enough on it to doom it -- but I managed to knock two to the ground and stomp on them. I wiped the leaves I'd sprayed as well as I could to help protect the cats. Considering the damage the wasps can do, I thought it was worth the risk.

Here are some photos of a wasp I took in summer last year.

two images, and the rest of the post )
rose_cat: (damselfly)
Latest monarch count on Monday, June 17: 50 eggs, 55 caterpillars. That's 38 more cats than on the 14th, but 86 fewer eggs. Obviously not all of the eggs are going to make it to hatching, but considering that adults are still showing up to lay additional eggs, and that most of the cats this time were 3mm or less, it's not a good sign. I hadn't seen any cats last time that would have been big enough to move on to the next stage.

I found three dead caterpillars on the ground next to the pot. They'd clearly died from infection (which can have various causes), and I got rid of the bodies and tore off some milkweed leaves that had nasty infectious caterpillar juice on them. One of them had made it to around 25mm (1") before expiring. Dammit!

Anyway, eight of the cats were newly hatched at about 1mm (1/25"); the rest were around 3mm (1/8"), except for three about 25mm (1"). The larger ones, apparently the only survivors from the earlier group, were in the milkweed patch against the wall, not in the big pot. That area has, in the past, been less affected by disease and whatever else kills off caterpillars. I have no idea why. Perhaps it's got something to do with being more sheltered, even though, with less sun, the plants don't grow as big. Or maybe it's something else.

Although it concerns me that so many caterpillars are newly or recently hatched, at least they are hatching, and chomping away. Whatever killed the older ones off, maybe the second wave will do better. At least I hope so.

While I was crouching over the plants, a Cooper's hawk flew over the yard, pip-pipping, and coasted right past the palm tree where the crows are nesting. Oddly, there wasn't a peep out of them. Maybe the parents were out foraging. And a woodpecker was calling from somewhere in the neighborhood.
rose_cat: (omg aaaah)
I dropped my SLR camera onto the concrete driveway. SHIT.

It may not be that bad. The lens cap was a total loss, but so what. Apparently its lower edge was where the camera hit; it's misshapen enough to be unusuable, but fortunately not so much that I couldn't get it off the lens.

I looked through the viewfinder and -- WRONG. Not focusing, and a line at the top like a crack (OH GOD NO). Maybe just the lens, I thought (not that I'd be happy to lose my precious macro lens either), so I took it off to try another. The focusing screen fell out in my hand. After doing some online research, however, I was able to put it back in. I replaced the lens and now the image looks normal, through the viewfinder, at least. The focusing screen holder still looks like it could be damaged, but the screen is staying put.

I had a scare when it looked like I couldn't open the camera back to change film, but no, it was just my clumsy old fingers. Whew.

I still don't know for sure that the camera body is OK, or, for that matter, the lens. I should take a test roll, with that lens and with another, to see if it still functions properly.

Notes to self: (1) pay attention to where the camera is and make sure I'm actually holding on to it, (2) put the camera strap around my neck where it belongs, thus making (1) a lot less important, and (3) regardless, in the future, drop the goddamn groceries instead.
rose_cat: (Default)
This is a fishing cat, a wildcat native to Southeast Asia, being kept as a pet in a Russian apartment. Which is a Very Bad Idea, for all sorts of reasons. It's a beautiful animal, though.

fishing cat from southeast asia, kept as pet in russia, handome face, posted randompix 10-5-12

More photos. WARNING: dead chicken; there is blood )
rose_cat: (ten glasses)
Well, Photobucket is uploading properly again, for me at least. Fingers crossed that it stays that way.

Does anyone have an alternative hosting site to recommend? I've been happy with Photobucket till now -- despite the occasional minor hiccup -- and I don't really want to go to the trouble of changing if I can help it. But I'd like to know more about what options are available.

In other news, B was about to leave for work today when he noticed smoke from a fire to the east of us. I took a peek, and it looked either really big or really close. But he called from work and said he'd checked it out. It's a house fire, only a few blocks away, but surrounded by firefighters and their fire engines. (It always seems like the fire department responds with more support than they need, but I guess it's good to be sure, especially in this hot dry weather with the threat of further Santa Ana winds. Besides, if it were my house, I would of course want as much as I could get.)

I feel sad for the homeowners and residents, and hope they and their pets got out safely and that they don't lose too much. I also hope, though, that it's contained and out as soon as possible and doesn't spread. In these conditions anything could happen.

I had B show me exactly what and where the hard drive was and how to unplug it (please don't laugh at me), and I'll be keeping an eye on Missy and where she is. Just in case.

B's work is in Escondido, which is about 12.5 mi (20.2 km) east of where we live in Vista (and 17 mi, or 27.4 km, from the coast). So it's that much closer to the backcountry, with its large areas of native chaparral, which is naturally dry as a bone this time of year and really hard to get to in a lot of places. It's the kind of habitat where a fire burns like crazy and can be hell to control. Not only is it a really dangerous situation for the people who live there, but a strong Santa Ana can turn it into an inferno that jumps roads and firebreaks and rushes unchecked into populated areas.

So B will be keeping an eye on things too.
rose_cat: (blergh)
Is anyone else having trouble uploading to Photobucket? I haven't been able to make it work for a couple of days now. ("Unknown error"? That's a big help :p ) Sadly, it seems that I am not alone.

Edited to add: It's working now, as of 9-15-12, 1:27 PST. Guarded happiness, but I'm hopeful.

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