Terry Pratchett – Reaper Man (1991)

Not all of them, Sir Terry. (RIP)

If Ideas Had Shapes

He knew from experience that the living never found out half of what was really happening, because they were too busy being the living. The onlooker sees most of the game, he told himself.

It was the living who ignored the strange and wonderful, because life was too full of the boring and mundane.

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So, it’s mid-October and

it has been quite a long time since I posted anything here. Instead I’ve been posting shorter snippets on Facebook, where people who generally want updates from me will see them. Saves me a few emails. 😛

{Edited to add: Dear thunder lizards that emoticon is godawful. I hope they change the icon set back to something tolerable.}

But here are a few photos that I took in September of a couple of the cats that hang around my block in Philly; there seem to be lots of indoor/outdoor (mostly outdoor) cats around. They have collars, mostly, so they’re not strays, just not cooped up inside. One of the others is another gray & white calico that always seems to be in the middle of a staredown with this one when I see it. Another dark-colored cat is a bit shy and sneaks off between houses as people walk by.

i naps where i wantsjust chilling
"There is a human holding a thing. I must investigate." does not brake for autofocus
"This human is belong to me"

…also, note to self: WordPress.com offers a title field for images you add to a post, but that’s a lie. The “title” you enter is actually coded in as the alt text (title shows when you hover over an image; alt does not).

Shiny new Zazzle store

About a week ago, I finally started a store at Zazzle that’s dedicated to text-based designs. This was prompted by drivers being assholes toward cyclists in my hometown:

Side note, while I was making car-shaming stickers, I made another one because of a tweet I saw from an actor I follow on Twitter, in which he complained about assholes throwing garbage out their car windows in his hometown:

…and he retweeted it. Cool!

Anyway, I’ve also been making some stuff with quotes I like (that are out of copyright),

some store swag (which I think looks pretty awesome),

and latest, a bunch of quasi-Art Deco-style business & profile cards that might be my favorites.


I also set up a Pinterest account just for my various Zazzle stuff – check it out at http://pinterest.com/vyhdesign!

Ansel Adams – The Camera (1980)

Ansel Adams could be every bit as good with words as with images.

If Ideas Had Shapes

Too many people merely do what they are told to do. The greatest satisfaction derives from the realization of your individual potential, perceiving something in your own way and expressing it through adequate understanding of your tools. Take advantage of everything; be dominated by nothing except your convictions. Do not lose sight of the essential importance of craft; every worthwhile human endeavor depends on the highest levels of concentration and mastery of basic tools.

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Microsoft self-sabotage?

Well, I had a fun little adventure in Ways Microsoft Can Break Itself today: I bought my laptop brand new almost 4 years ago. Besides a hard drive replacement almost 2 years ago and the slow but inevitable death of the original battery (replaced ~1/2 a year ago), it’s been blue skies. This morning, all of a sudden, it started saying that my copy of Windows 7 (which, of course, came preinstalled) “is not genuine” and that I need to buy genuine software. Say what?

Avast, Spybot, and Malwarebytes found no baddies besides a few unwanted but mostly harmless cookies. The internet said this has actually happened to quite a number of people. The most informative page (if it’s accurate) said Windows has a hidden function that gives Microsoft a snapshot of the hardware you’re running when you first set up the computer, and if too much changes, especially if it changes all at once, it flags you and thinks you’re trying to pirate/copy the OS onto new computers, or something like that. Suggestions included mostly “call Microsoft (ha ha like they’ll help),” “reinstall Windows (ha ha you lose anything not yet backed up and have to waste a day setting the rest back up)” or “buy a new copy of Windows (ha ha Microsoft just robbed you).”

Someone with apparently more sense suggested re-entering the product key from the sticker on the bottom of the laptop. I did. This seems to have fixed it, but I still have no idea what caused my OS to try to self-destruct or whether it’ll do it again. Hooray. -_-

(If you happen to know what causes this – when no hardware has changed – please tell!)