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Jill aka Jo
January 01 2017 @ 11:59 pm

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Jill aka Jo
November 15 2019 @ 12:29 pm
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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Jill aka Jo
November 07 2019 @ 05:03 pm
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.
 
 
Jill aka Jo
Originally posted by sireesanwar in layout_lounge. Reposted by sireesanwar at 2019-11-07 16:51:00.



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.

 
 
 
Jill aka Jo
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
 
 
 
Jill aka Jo
Originally posted by sireesanwar in layout_lounge. Reposted by sireesanwar at 2019-10-02 15:03:00.

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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Jill aka Jo
October 02 2019 @ 03:03 pm
Originally posted by sireesanwar in layout_lounge. Reposted by sireesanwar at 2019-10-02 15:03:00.

NOT US... TINYPIC

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:
 
 
Jill aka Jo
October 02 2019 @ 02:54 pm
Originally posted by sireesanwar in layout_lounge. Reposted by sireesanwar at 2019-10-02 14:54:00.

First, DO NOT CHANGE FROM FLEXIBLE SQUARES if you want to use it and are currently using it. You'll lose it unless you are a paid member of LJ.

Okay so I got to thinking about Flexible Squares not being supported and I'm going to work on newer layouts in supported formats but remember Dreamwidth doesn't have Flexible Squares either and we can use it there. It just takes a little finessing. And once my mind got going on that train, we left the station.

So I dug. And so now the dilemma is that you can use Flexible Squares IF you are a PAID member. So to all the free members out there, I'm going to work on some different themed layouts for those who don't want to pay LJ. But for the paid user here is the hoops to jump through.

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Jill aka Jo
September 05 2019 @ 02:40 pm
Originally posted by sireesanwar in graffitigraphic. Reposted by sireesanwar at 2019-09-05 14:40:00.

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Jill aka Jo
September 05 2019 @ 11:44 am

I can't be the only person watching this amazing show. It really speaks to what is wrong in the world and it is a fantastic piece of fantasy. I loved nearly every minute but was actually surprised by Orlando Bloom's portrayal. I really loved him in this show. I saw Lord of the Rings and a few other movies he did but can't say he ever stood out for me until this. And Cara Delevingne is amazing. I mean I've seen her in other stuff but she didn't really stand out to me. I think part of this with both of them is they work very well together and have great on screen chemistry.

I'm totally in love with this show and while the political stuff is a little annoying I can see it is taking us somewhere but I hope they don't drag it out too much. The twist for Philo was great and I was just dying to watch more which is why I've completed the first season and now realize I'll have to wait a long time.

Also, making LJ art for the show. Stay tuned.