Heroes: Hiro WooHoo

Jump Back to old shows

I forgot to ask what people are watching. It is frustrating having nothing new.

I am still watching Alias. I stopped briefly. I had to break it up. So I started Lost over. Haven't seen it since origianl airing so I thought it was time. Started OG Roswell with my niece Savannah when she's not busy she comes over and we watch. Watching Lost and Alias you still need something else so I went back to Heroes. I forgot how much I loved Hiro and Peter. So much.

I used to listen to this Podcast called Odd Man Out (it is fantastic but no longer new) and they would do this thing were two people would like something and get the other to try it. One of them was The Quest which aired in 2014 and was a survivor/challenge like show but set in a scripted fantasy world. It is nuts but so awesome. Found it on the NBC app finally so I'm watching that.

Trying to stay caught up on Supernatural (now back), The 100, and  In the Dark (have to finish).

I dumped Homeland because it was so dumb. Same for Handmaid's Tale.

The British Baking Show is back! I love this show. As is Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars and The Haunting (of Bly Manor which was Hill House).

The issue I'm having with DWTS is that Tyra is the worst host and so everything is just bad. It is hard to enjoy the show when it is like this.

Masked Singers first kick off was Mickey Roarke but he outed himself. I'm waitin for The Haunting for Halloween so don't spoil it. If you haven't seen The Haunting of Hill House I suggest it because it is very freaky. Also watch out for hidden ghosts.
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Let's watch TV

I wasn't watching a lot of TV because I've been extremely busy but just recently there has been some time here and there to binge some stuff. And if you are having trouble keeping track of things you are watching or want to make a quick comment on an episode you should try the TV Time app. It is so great that it can keep track of your shows so you know what you are watching and where plus it will alert you to when shows are returning (if you've marked them as your shows). You can keep track of where you are in a show and you can rate episodes, comment on episodes and chat quickly with people. It's pretty great.

Virgin River: I kept seeing this come up on Netflix but had no concept of what it was and the description wasn't great. I knew Alexandra Breckenridge was in it and I really liked her on This Is Us (Sophie). Then listening to my Outlander podcast the hubby was teasing his wife for loving this show. It may have been their This Is Us podcast now that I think about it. Makes sense. Anyways, I watched the first episode which had this Hallmark feel but a little more serious and there was just something about it even though the first episode doesn't scream "keep watching".

I think it is the chemistry between Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson. Plus Martin. I like him but have never been someone who had to watch something because he was on it. I did like him on Grey's Anatomy and a show he did years ago that got cancelled. So I watched.

You guys I've watched this 10 episodes twice and I'm totally in love with it. Shh.. I'm watching it a third time. I even listened to the book that goes with it and some of the rest of the book series. Thankfully it will be getting a season two this year sometime and I can't wait. The chemistry between Mel and Jack (Alexandra and Martin) is crazy and then there is Preacher and Paige. Paige is played by Lexa Doig who I so love. If you at all like romantic movies you have to watch this show.

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105. The Pines in Expressive

Layout Style: S2 Expressive
Features: Header Image, Custom Header Location, Custom Sidebar
Layout Width: Responsive
WARNING: If you like Flexible Squares don't change themes. You could lose it. Read More.

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All special fonts have been embedded into the layout from Google Fonts.
Coding is a real pain to list here because now anything with a # creates tags in our system. So to get around this I'm sharing the coding via a code testing site where you can also see the layout working live.
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    We are the Champions by Queen
Movie: Sadness

Yesterday was a really bad day.

October 2002-November 14, 2019

My mom's cat Sadie, died yesterday. She'd been part of our family for 17 years. She's been around most of my adult life. I lived with her shortly and loved her always. She was the sweetest cat and I remember when she came into our lives.

She crawled through our laundry room window and had babies. So many precious babies. We found all of them except 1 a good home. That last one we let Sadie keep as she was very attached. She loved her little Frankie (a girl we named after Old Blue Eyes on account of her blue eyes). She taught that kitten so much. And having that kitten taught Sadie (a previous unloved kitty) how to play and meow.

Before Sadie came to us she was our Aunt and Uncles cat who existed solely to hunt mice and while Sadie did she wanted human contact that they wouldn't give her. They aren't animal people. And when she moved in with us to have her kittens, of course, we were enamored with her babies and less so her. But that didn't last. She demanded attention and was the perfect little gift. She never scratch people besides the odd flexing her claws into you while she was on her lap (this is innocence).

She only got scolded for taking shiny object like necklaces and Christmas ornaments a few times but she typically left them in the same spot after hoarding them.

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BSG: By Your Command

Livejournal Messes with us again

So I typically do all my layouts in Flexible Squares which LJ has removed from their system. You can see the post below which I created to help those who have lost it. I also recommend if you still are using Flexible Squares that you do not change unless you are willing to lose it.

PG&E has stopped turning off our power which is nice. The most we were without was 45 hours. I know in the grand scheme of things it isn't a huge amount of time but I lost a day of work which I can't really afford right now. My mom and brother lost all their food. Thankfully our chest freezer stayed frozen.

A lot of local people acted like having it turned off was for our safety which was the line PG&E was trying to sell us. However, it is a load of crap. PG&E has been paying off politicians so they didn't have to update lines and do the upkeep they needed. Because of this things aren't great but could be solved by them updating things. However, because of the devestating Camp Fire in Paradise last year they are in trouble and basically told a judge they would shut off power since he was trying to hold them to a standard. It was blackmail and the judge didn't backdown. However, now they are in more trouble because while the power was out THEY started the current fire in Sonoma. It is insane.

Point is all these stupid people who go around telling us we need to get over ourselves because it is for public safety are the sheep that have gotten us in this situation.

See the problem isn't only PG&E. It is also environmentalists who pressured the Forestry Service into leaving things "natural". Natural meaning overgrown. FYI with the indiginous people would leave and area for a season they often set fires to clear land so they didn't have out of control fires later. They knew how to be good stewards of the earth. Leaving things natural is highly dangerous. And it is impossible to defend and area that is overgrown. It is essentially gasoline on a fire.

Logging companies were driven out of California and while I don't want all our trees gone. Something loggers did when they were doing their job is clear large areas of overgrowth. Now that they are gone it is left to the Forestry service who is told they are unable to do it becaue of environmental laws.

Look I'm all for taking care of our planet. I'm all for clean energy and such but you do not sacrifice the lives of people to do it.

Anyways, we survived it. The stress was off the charts. It cost everyone a ton of money including our highly indebt state (2.5 billion dollars). Some stores had generators. Some restaurants did. Several fires were started by generators. Was it worth it? No. Was it necessary? No.
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Non-Paid Users: What theme have you ended up with?

Hey eveyone out there!

I started looking into other base layouts to create from, but quickly realized I didn't know much about them. Did they have perks others didn't? So I'm curious. If you've been switched from Flexible Squares or you have used another theme in the past, let me know which ones you like and why.

The ones still available are:

  • Air

  • Chameleon

  • Expressive

  • Expressive Winter

  • Minimalism

  • Mixit

I started investigating Expressive but again, I've literally done nothing but Flexible Squares for years so you tell me. Any preferences?

Also please share this and the tutorial on keeping your Flexible Squares so we get it out there.

Movie: Captain America Not Free

I live in the 3rd world country called California!

So many of you may have heard about California's power outages due to PG&E's bullying of their customers which is 80% of California. No, you might have heard it is all a necessity to protect us here. It isn't I assure you. Two weeks ago we went without power for 24 hours while many people had it off for up to 4 days.

An old man died during this shutdown because it went off as he was getting up to change his oxygen tank battery. He fell and as a result did't have his oxygen tank. Why did he fall? No light. And yet PG&E is persisting in telling the world it isn't what he died of. You're right PGEvil. He died from his illness which required an oxygen tank for breathing. However, he couldn't get to the batteries to change it because he fell from suddenly being in the dark. Ergo, your fucking fault.

I live in a rural area and when there is no power here you have almost no communication with the outside world. We have a home phone but our cells get little reception at home. We rely on the internet for fire updates and other news. So when they shut off the power we weren't just in the dark literally but figuratively as well. And the worst part was waking up that first day without power to smoke. Yep. Smoke. It was smokey outside just like during our big fire and when fires have been in Yosemite. Turns out that is where the fire was but I learned that after the power came back. So I sat that day praying we weren't going to have a fire coming at us.

My mom is in her 70s and is disabled. When her power goes out she has no water or toilets. She spent most of her time at our offices which still had water and toilets but, of course, no power to operate. That means you lose work and for a large portion of Californians not working means no money for rent. Getting back to my mom, she didn't just lose water and power. She lost phone service because PG&E isn't the only horrible company in California. I'm talking about AT&T. My mom's phone lines are old and they constantly shut off when it rains or their is an outage. So she had no phones to call out. So what happens if she is having an emergency?

I was lucky because my home is mostly gas so when the power goes out; I can shower and cook. But we also have a frigde full of food and a big freezer where we store food. Those are compromised when you shut off power. I don't have a lot of money so I buy food when there is a deal. This means storing things in a freezer at times. I was very concerned about this. Our fridge contents went into coolers but where to put a chest freezer full of food?

The thing that got me was they told us it would go off at midnight that Tuesday. So we did everything we thought we'd need to do before then and were up at midnight to see it go off. It didn't. Then we were told 4 am. When I woke at 8am it wasn't off. Then we were told noon. It didn't go off then either. So the final time was 8pm. It when off at 3:30pm.

When was it supposed to come on we wondered. PG&E's response was 2 days, maybe 4 days, 5 days, it could be a week. Tell me this would't leave you in panic. If it is 2 days a chest freezer can stay cold that long. But anything else and you'll have ruined food. We were lucky we only had it out 1 day but some weren't so lucky and lost tons of food.

And guess what. They want to do it again. So I knew nothing about it until today when my Uncle informed me they got an alert that our town and his would be out. It was the first I'd heard about it. I'm supposed to get an alert. But nothing. I go online and look up the address where I live. No outage planned. And yet someone else posted that they got the aleart with my town on it. The best part of these alerts is the shutoff and on times are undetermined.

What is our idiot and corrupt Governor doing? He wagged his finger at PG&E and told them to do better. WTF!? The proper response is that they are leaving people in danger and they do not get to shut off power. They do this because they haven't kept up the infastructure of our power... why you wonder? Because they are too big to sustain themselves. They shouldn't be in control of 80% of a state when they can't keep up repairs.

We had some nasty fires last year and some were caused by power but the fire we had was caused when PG&E workers messed up and caused a fire. Parts of our country experience far more extreme wind than we do... (TORNADOES) and yet in those areas they keep power on for public safety. And if you watch the news they are propigating the idea it is for the safety and well-being of California but their weather reports got more and more fantastical as you watched. 70mph winds? Surely not. The answer is not. We never had high winds nor are we having the high fire conditions. Our fall has been cool and we've had lots of humidity which all supresses fire.

I acutally saw a fire start here recently and it was moving pretty well but was shutdown very quickly. I thought it moved fast and yet I was told it did not. It was being suppressed by our weather conditions.

And this week's shutdown will mostly effect Placerville which at this time of year means millions in lost revenue. This will literally be their busiest time of the year because of harvest. Families from all over Northern California come to pick pumpkins, apples and more. Our family had planned to head over there this weekend but now we are wondering if we should bother because of power outages.

No matter my disagreement with California's politics I loved my state but more and more I want to live were the people don't believe the sky is falling. Where they don't believe 1 man's life is worth going without power. #PGEpowershutdown #PGEshutdown #PGEoutage
CR: Philo Lanturn

Image Services suggested by you and researched by me

Finding a place to store all your images is a pain. I've been struggling with PhotoBucket since they started charging and have removed their mass download button to keep people there. FYI: I found a way around that.

So where do you store your images if you want to be able to share or just have them somewhere taking up less space on your computer. Below are a few great options.

Thank you to all of you who are suggesting locations. Below are suggested places with things you should know.

1. Flickr
Free accounts available but limit you to 1000 images.

2. Cloudinary
Your free account includes "25 credits". 1 credit is worth 1GB of storage or bandwidth. So if you are just storing image you have 25GB of storage with isn't a lot but it is a good amount. If you are creating icons and sharing this will quickly become and issute for you.

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Are you images on your journal disappearing?


So you might have noticed pictures disappearing from your journal or layout. That is because TinyPic closed down and took everything you uploaded there with it. I know it sucks but think of it as an excuse to clean up a little and if you are looking for a place to put imags try Imgur. It is a little more complicated that TinyPic but they appear to be free for now. PhotoBucket costs now so I've been slowly trying to move everything off there though convienently they don't allow you to download everything you've uploaded to their site.

Imgur is more of a post area but you if you keep a post "private" you can keep adding to it. It doesn't show you the image link but if you right click and pick "Copy Image Location" you can then post your picture to LiveJournal. I've made "posts" for different things: Movies, TV, Random Posting Images, etc.

Believe me I get this is annoying because I just when through all the posts here and updated images and links and now I have to check for TInyPic images. I despise them especially since the first I heard about it was when they were closed.

Tell those who might not know: