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29 January 2011 @ 06:57 pm
Early gifts, Flickr and cute cups  
What a great day today has been. We were very busy. One major thing we did was burn some of the stick pile that's been piling up over the years. It's a giant pile and we made only a small dent in it, but it's better. If we can keep this up it would be great to clean up the whole yard this way without paying someone to haul away all our junk.

I gave Chris his anniversary gift early. I ordered it a few days ago and have been impatiently waiting for it. Though it's early I couldn't wait to give it to him, and last night I told him I had a gift for him. It came in the mail today and I told him he could open it now or wait until next week. He said he wanted to open it now but felt he should wait for the right day. I told him I didn't care and it was killing me too. So we decided to open it today. Here's what I got him.

They are tuning pegs for his classical guitar. Years ago he broke the white pearly part on his D tuning peg and he's been tuning it with a pair of plyers. The only thing is he just got new strings for his classical so we'll have to wait until he wears them out. Although they're the wrong tension because the guy at the store gave us hard when we asked for medium and we didn't notice. So it might be sooner. The only thing I'm worried about is that the turny parts that go inside where the strings go are skinniner than on his original ones. I hope it won't be a problem installing them.

I've noticed a glitch on my LJ posts and I hope it's not just me. When I make a post sometimes the replys get lost. It will say there are 5 replys but only 4 show up. I actually double posted today because I thought my response hadn't gone through and it was doing this. I hope none of your replys are getting lost on my journal. They eventually show up hours later. I don't like it and may have to report it to LJ if it keeps up. PM me if you lose your responses completely.

And I'm having a fun time on Flickr. I looked up to see if there was a community for sphinx moths called Sphingidae. There was one called "Shingidae of the World". But I didn't join because I hated all the stupid rules they had. They make it mandatory to put a map showing where you took the pick, you have to always add certain tags and it's by invite only. That's probably the worst thing. I don't know why but it urks me when there's such exclusivity in clubs. I'm no extrovert, but isn't the point of a club to have a large group of people that like the same stuff? Why wouldn't you want as many people to join, or only people that are "good photographers". Pisses me off. The icon community was like this before I got my hands on it. Now it's public and anyone can join because it bugs me that people had to go through all these steps to join and get the icons when they'll see them in others posts and take them anyway. I wonder if that's just part of my personality that doesn't like that type of thing. I'm ranting. Anyway, so I made my own moth community. The awesome thing is I got the name Sphingidae! That's the taxonomic name of the family and makes mine look like the original while adding "of the world" to the original makes it look like they weren't able to get the original name. Getting the family name of a taxonomic group is difficult on Flickr because almost everything has already been made. So I'm glad I lucked out. Aristolochia was taken for the Pipevine plants. That was my original choice. Mine has way fewer rules and hopefully more people will join and it will be more fun because I don't exclude members. But so far I'm the only one there. Hopefully people will find it and it will grow in time. But yeah now I have power in two commuities there which makes me happy. And I have been uploading pics too.

My left middle finger started hurting last night for no reason. I don't know why. I haven't played my guitar in days so it's not that. I'm thinking it's typing and I probably shouldn't be making this post as it hurts when I type. But I can't help it. I'll have to try to not jam the keys down so hard and sacrifice some speed.

Speaking of photos the next batch I want to upload to flickr is of my cup collection. BTW, Here is my Flickr account. You can view my photos under my name by clicking Photostream. I have a few of those to share here behind the cut.

That's my whole cup collection so far. Gee can you guess my favorite holiday?




Christmas. I want more of these, they just made ugly ones last year so I didn't buy them.


Black light budgie. This is the only still pic that came out decent. I'd like to take more but they are blury because I shake or the budgies move.
Current Mood: dorkydorky
draconisthanos: kittydraconisthanos on January 30th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
I was so surprised by the tuning pegs!!! Thanks baby! When I get new medium strings, we will do this!!

I was so happy to get you those cups over the years. ;)

I know your finger will get better. I'll make sure of that.

Des: Destina and Gomezthagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
I knew you had no clue. I had to find these since I'd never seen them in stores.

Yes, you got me all of those and they make me happy.

Aw, yeah. It is not well right now.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Silvolf Sushisilvolf on January 30th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Those tuning pegs are awesome! I have similar ones but they aren't shaped like that.

I haven't noticed that glitch.

That's an impressive cup collection! Heheh I have two of those that you sent me for Halloween :D
Des: Peep Heartthagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I saw some that were just round, but I wanted these curly ones since they were like the original ones that he has.

Good, glad it hasn't affected you.

Thanks. Yeah, I like to give some out to friends.
BTW, your icon is funny and odd. I don't think you can get fat from Sushi. You'd have to eat tons of it...well the rice will make you fat.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Silvolf Sushisilvolf on January 30th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Lol! It was a commission. My friend was doing these cute little fat icons with "Fat from" and then you put a fave food. I was going to have cheese but my friend already had cheese and someone else had waffles so I had sushi. Yes it's near impossible to get fat from sushi lol!
actipton80actipton80 on January 30th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Cute budgie. I found a black light flashlight at the mall for half price and bought it. Nigel looks absolutely stunning under a black light. He's under a year old so he still has some yellow feathers on his throat that don't glow. When he molts those and grows new ones, he'll be even prettier.

The Halloween cat cup is funny. That cat looks like our cat.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks. Oh that's great. Isn't it fun? Yes he'll be beautiful. Green budgies are best for black light. That's what I have is a flashlight of one.

Glad you like it. I had forgotten you had a cat, despite thinking about it just a few days ago.
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Des: Jelly Shoes!!thagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I got most of them from Wal-Greens. The same Valentine's ones are out now, you should be able to find them. A few I got from Wal-mart, but Wal-Greens is the best for these cute seasonal cups.

Tilly: kaet: carouselxyndarella on January 30th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
What an awesome gift! They look really nice.

I never really got into Flickr. I had photos up there once a long time ago but when Yahoo! announced it would be killing off a lot of it's services, I deleted my stuff and moved back to Photobucket.

People usually have invite-only communities to avoid drama. A lot of people get tired of having to deal with persistant trolls and when it comes to art and graphics, there are those people that are going to blatently rip off your work and say it is your own. Someone has been the victim of art-theft here on LJ and LJ banned them and not the thief. So.. that is part of why they do that. It's not so much to be a pain on joining and the exclusivity really sucks sometimes but it's more to protect the members and what they are sharing more than anything else.

I love your cup collection! Have you tried pulling stills from the video you made with the blacklight for clearer pictures? Screen captures rather but it may be an option if you're unable to get clear pictures. I have the same problem though with either me shaking or the animals moving.
Des: Gourdsthagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah he was very happy.

I didn't either at first. I was using it only to comment to other people. But I have about 10 CD's of backed up photos I realized I should share those somewhere. I saw you're still there and you added me. If it wasn't for your email I wouldn't have known it was you. Thanks for adding me. I added you back. I use photobucket for linking. Flickr sucks for that though it can be done.

That's really stupid that the victim got punished, but on flickr they aren't icon communities. At least not the ones I'm joining and you know I'll defend the person that's right to the very end. I just think it's a hassle and unnecessary. It turns more people away than encouraging them to join. Like that moth place. Big loss on their part.

Hum, yes I could make stills from the video in Sony Vegas. It's the night photos that are hard to take because the shutter closes slower and it gives time for everything to move.
kabuldurkabuldur on January 30th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
What an awesome present for Chris! That was just perfect and I'm sure he will remember this for years to come.

I know that Easter is your favourite holiday, but the cups bear that out!
Des: Happy Easter - Chickthagirion on January 30th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
He was very happy.

Yep, I figured it was obvious since I have more Easter cups than anything else.
Cheezey: Thoughtful Liquidatorcheezey on January 30th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
That's a nice gift! I'm sure he'll put it to good use.

Wow, that's a lot of cups. They are very fun and bright, though!

I haven't noticed that problem with LJ myself. I've gotten delays on email notifications that I have comments, but as far as I know I haven't actually lost any posts or had discrepancies in what's showing vs. the number it says it has. That's definitely something they should look into fixing if it's not just a temporary glitch.
Desthagirion on January 30th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely after four years of a broken peg something needed to be done.

Yeah, I love these things. But I am picky when I see them. If I don't like the designs I don't buy them.

That's good. I'm thinking it's on my end then but it hasn't happened since yesterday. Let's hope it's over.