Ah, crap.

May. 1st, 2011 12:07 am
naamah_darling: A tiny week-old tabby kitten with her paws raised and her eyes half-closed. (Kittens)
Found an absolutely gorgeous longhaired grey tabby cat on our porch tonight. She's got babies somewhere, feels like two to four from the state of her kitty nips. She's thin -- not dangerously, but still too thin for a nursing mother -- but appears in good health otherwise. We fed her two packets of squishy food, which she didn't seem familiar with, but got the hang of pretty quick. She has maybe the longest tail I've ever seen.

Definitely an outdoor cat, she has those sorts of reflexes and responses, but she's not feral. She's maybe a year old. A baby. She's extremely sweet and cuddlesome, but was very aggressive towards Fish when she saw her through the door, which is not good at all. We set up the cat carrier outside the door, in the woodpile, with some towels and such. We might get extremely lucky and find that she moved the babies there. I came in and washed up in case she has anything, but she looked clean.

I'm going to have to find where she's staying, if she belongs to anyone, and if her kittens are outdoors, I am going to have to do something about that. I don't even know what. At the very least, I'm going to have to get her spayed so she doesn't make more.

Fuck.

I don't know if I can handle the hiss-trionics of adding another cat to the household, let alone babies. Snarling, fighting, pissing . . . sigh.

And vet bills. Which I cannot afford.

At least she makes her own kitty formula.

*bangs head on wall*

I don't have any practice at not caring. Goddammit. Sometimes it fucking sucks having a conscience.

Ah, crap.

May. 1st, 2011 12:07 am
naamah_darling: A tiny week-old tabby kitten with her paws raised and her eyes half-closed. (Kittens)
Found an absolutely gorgeous longhaired grey tabby cat on our porch tonight. She's got babies somewhere, feels like two to four from the state of her kitty nips. She's thin -- not dangerously, but still too thin for a nursing mother -- but appears in good health otherwise. We fed her two packets of squishy food, which she didn't seem familiar with, but got the hang of pretty quick. She has maybe the longest tail I've ever seen.

Definitely an outdoor cat, she has those sorts of reflexes and responses, but she's not feral. She's maybe a year old. A baby. She's extremely sweet and cuddlesome, but was very aggressive towards Fish when she saw her through the door, which is not good at all. We set up the cat carrier outside the door, in the woodpile, with some towels and such. We might get extremely lucky and find that she moved the babies there. I came in and washed up in case she has anything, but she looked clean.

I'm going to have to find where she's staying, if she belongs to anyone, and if her kittens are outdoors, I am going to have to do something about that. I don't even know what. At the very least, I'm going to have to get her spayed so she doesn't make more.

Fuck.

I don't know if I can handle the hiss-trionics of adding another cat to the household, let alone babies. Snarling, fighting, pissing . . . sigh.

And vet bills. Which I cannot afford.

At least she makes her own kitty formula.

*bangs head on wall*

I don't have any practice at not caring. Goddammit. Sometimes it fucking sucks having a conscience.
naamah_darling: A wolf with its jaws wide open, and FUCK! written between them. (Fuck!)
I've got a friend in the hospital that I am terribly worried about (the fact that I won't talk more is out of respect for someone else's privacy, not my lack of concern; I'm really fucking worried) and our car just got totaled! We weren't in it at the time, thank goodness. It was parked, and some cowardly and likely drunk asshole creamed it and then drove off. Never even saw them.

This is the car that we just tagged because we got a ticket because they never sent us the renewal notification. So, yeah, we're going to have to pay a ticket for a car we don't have.

So, you know, fuck this shit. I'm going to have a cheeseburger and a root beer and a cookie and then go to bed and hopefully have awesome, awesome dreams about sexing up James Purefoy, like I did last night. And tomorrow I will get up and start sorting through our shit for cool things we can sell, and gather up all the finished art I have and try to take pictures, since I'm still too fucked to be able to make any NEW art. And boy, that makes everything hurt just a little more.

Bright side: looks like we're having a virtual garage sale! I will let you know whatall is going up, but right away I can tell you that I'll be selling a crapton of BPAL, a signed Wendy Pini print, possibly a Goldenwolfen/Christy Grandjean original ink drawing, three or four pirate corsets from Damsel In This Dress, a pair of leather boots, and an antique black seal fur coat. So, you know, lots of pretty cool shit.

As Sargon said: "Jesus Christ, I wish I could spend a hero point and have today NOT HAVE HAPPENED FOR ANYONE."

It could have been a lot worse. My friends had a worse day, I know that, and I feel horrible and so worried. I feel guilty for even complaining, given the shit they're going through. But . . . Jesus. I have under a hundred bucks in my bank account, and no goddamn car, and I can't even guarantee I can help them because . . . no car!

This is a horrible thing to say, but at least my favorite cat is already dead. I miss her. It feels like forever. One month ago today.

Would really, really appreciate good vibes for my friends right now. And maybe a de-cursing on this whole motherfucking year.
naamah_darling: A wolf with its jaws wide open, and FUCK! written between them. (Fuck!)
I've got a friend in the hospital that I am terribly worried about (the fact that I won't talk more is out of respect for someone else's privacy, not my lack of concern; I'm really fucking worried) and our car just got totaled! We weren't in it at the time, thank goodness. It was parked, and some cowardly and likely drunk asshole creamed it and then drove off. Never even saw them.

This is the car that we just tagged because we got a ticket because they never sent us the renewal notification. So, yeah, we're going to have to pay a ticket for a car we don't have.

So, you know, fuck this shit. I'm going to have a cheeseburger and a root beer and a cookie and then go to bed and hopefully have awesome, awesome dreams about sexing up James Purefoy, like I did last night. And tomorrow I will get up and start sorting through our shit for cool things we can sell, and gather up all the finished art I have and try to take pictures, since I'm still too fucked to be able to make any NEW art. And boy, that makes everything hurt just a little more.

Bright side: looks like we're having a virtual garage sale! I will let you know whatall is going up, but right away I can tell you that I'll be selling a crapton of BPAL, a signed Wendy Pini print, possibly a Goldenwolfen/Christy Grandjean original ink drawing, three or four pirate corsets from Damsel In This Dress, a pair of leather boots, and an antique black seal fur coat. So, you know, lots of pretty cool shit.

As Sargon said: "Jesus Christ, I wish I could spend a hero point and have today NOT HAVE HAPPENED FOR ANYONE."

It could have been a lot worse. My friends had a worse day, I know that, and I feel horrible and so worried. I feel guilty for even complaining, given the shit they're going through. But . . . Jesus. I have under a hundred bucks in my bank account, and no goddamn car, and I can't even guarantee I can help them because . . . no car!

This is a horrible thing to say, but at least my favorite cat is already dead. I miss her. It feels like forever. One month ago today.

Would really, really appreciate good vibes for my friends right now. And maybe a de-cursing on this whole motherfucking year.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (El Dorado: Miracle/Cheat)
Dear god, PLEASE tell me I have some Crimson Glory fans reading me.

I have loved Crimson Glory since Sargon introduced me to them almost 20 years ago. Their singer, Midnight, was . . . one of THE voices of metal. IS one of THE voices of metal. Razor-sharp, indescribable. Seriously, indescribable. That trademark wail either earns die-hard fans or drives people off, wincing, but nobody can be indifferent to it. The human voice doesn't really do that kind of thing, so listening to him was always kind of uncanny. Unreal.

They put out an incredible album, Transcendence, and things went downhill from there. Their next album was a flop. Midnight couldn't keep his shit together so he left the band, and they only put out one more album because without Midnight, they were just a really good metal band with a string of stand-in singers trying to fill in for a guy with one voice in a hundred million.

Midnight's death a while back hurt like hell, because it put the last nail in the coffin of hope for a reunion tour and album. Never going to be another voice like him.

Except there totally, totally is.



Shit oh my fucking Christ. My hackles went up and my jaw dropped and I still can't believe I fucking heard that. That is not Midnight. That is some guy named Todd La Torre. And he sounds almost exactly like Midnight. So much so that it is genuinely kind of frightening.

They've taken him on, of course. Crimson Glory have made kind of a career fucking up despite being awesome. Please, please, PLEASE, let them put out just ONE album with this guy. Getting handed second chances like this DOES NOT FUCKING HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. EVER.

Except it did, and it's fucking awesome.

A link to the original version. Just so those of you unfamiliar with Crimson Glory can investigate.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (El Dorado: Miracle/Cheat)
Dear god, PLEASE tell me I have some Crimson Glory fans reading me.

I have loved Crimson Glory since Sargon introduced me to them almost 20 years ago. Their singer, Midnight, was . . . one of THE voices of metal. IS one of THE voices of metal. Razor-sharp, indescribable. Seriously, indescribable. That trademark wail either earns die-hard fans or drives people off, wincing, but nobody can be indifferent to it. The human voice doesn't really do that kind of thing, so listening to him was always kind of uncanny. Unreal.

They put out an incredible album, Transcendence, and things went downhill from there. Their next album was a flop. Midnight couldn't keep his shit together so he left the band, and they only put out one more album because without Midnight, they were just a really good metal band with a string of stand-in singers trying to fill in for a guy with one voice in a hundred million.

Midnight's death a while back hurt like hell, because it put the last nail in the coffin of hope for a reunion tour and album. Never going to be another voice like him.

Except there totally, totally is.



Shit oh my fucking Christ. My hackles went up and my jaw dropped and I still can't believe I fucking heard that. That is not Midnight. That is some guy named Todd La Torre. And he sounds almost exactly like Midnight. So much so that it is genuinely kind of frightening.

They've taken him on, of course. Crimson Glory have made kind of a career fucking up despite being awesome. Please, please, PLEASE, let them put out just ONE album with this guy. Getting handed second chances like this DOES NOT FUCKING HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. EVER.

Except it did, and it's fucking awesome.

A link to the original version. Just so those of you unfamiliar with Crimson Glory can investigate.
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: The incisors and canines of the skull of a gray wolf. (Bones)
So I told you guys I would get pics of the awesome Christmas presents [livejournal.com profile] sargon999 got me. Here's one of them. A full-size cast from a Smilodon fatalis skull, complete with tarpit finish.

It's my favorite present I've gotten in a long, long time. Thank you, darling.

sabertooth 01

I'm also making you look at this picture, because it's pretty much the most excellent picture of Tazendra ever taken. Do yourself a favor and go look at it full-size. I cannot stop laughing about it. Every time I see it I go off again.

Dey Had Teef Like Dif

When asked to list her breed on paperwork, I put "lolcat."

Captions welcome.

Lots more skull and pretty kitty pics under here! )

There are lots more pictures of Tazendra at my Flickr account, so you can just click through and scroll back or forth to see those. These are the best pictures of her I've ever been able to take.

Bone Clones sells many different replicas, and while I don't think resin is much of a stand-in for the various wonderful tactile qualites of real bone, the casts of extinct beasties and endangered beasties are certainly of high enough quality to justify the price. The level of detail on this thing is astounding, down to the sinus cavities and sutures. The only reason I can tell it's a replica is because I'm really, really used to looking at real skulls. From more than a few feet away, you can't tell at all.

Anyway, that's the awesome. Hope you enjoyed!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
Please help spread the word!

Our good friends Elspeth and Dana, who adopted two of the rescue kittens I cared for a while back, have to move out of state in January, and due to the lack of warning they aren't going to be able to take their cats. They need to find a home for Viktor and Emelia ASAP. This is unavoidable, non-negotiable, and sucky.

These are the kittens brought to me at a week old.

The kittens of such adorability that it came with a warning label and made it on Cute Overload.

Emelia Beautiful

The kittens you all helped me take care of so generously, and who owe a lot to you through me.

Six Weeks Old 01

They are no longer tiny little things. They are full-grown cats. These are the most recent pictures of them I can find on my Flickr.

Big Em 04

Big Viktor 01

I still love them, even though I don't see them that often. I really can't, however, take them in right now. We are having behavior/litter box problems as it is. This is not for lack of love, it's just me knowing the limits of my household, and hating those limits.

This is all very sudden, we only found out about the move on Thursday. I am heartbroken; in addition to having two good friends move, I am worried sick about my babies.

The kitties are in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We would prefer they go out together. They have made it so far together, and I have no wish to separate them now.

Snuggling Babies 06

Viktor and Emelia are now Sardine and Anchovy (long story). They live with a beagle, so they can probably cope with dogs. They are not rated for small children, so I don't know how they would perform. They are neutered. They are indoor-only cats, and must remain so.

Please, please spread the word and help us find someone who can adopt both of them. Even if you don't know anyone who lives in Oklahoma, spread the word and ask others to spread it, because you really don't ever know who is watching or where they live or who they might know. That is how we found a home for Gracie, with a person who is not even on LJ.

You helped me with these babies once. I hate to ask again, but nobody was expecting this, and there just isn't another way.

If you can take them in or want more information, you can reach their current mother at elspeth@gmail.com or their daddy at dr.omed.gmail.com. I will be forwarding all enquiries that come to me to them, since I personally really can't do anything.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
Please help spread the word!

Our good friends Elspeth and Dana, who adopted two of the rescue kittens I cared for a while back, have to move out of state in January, and due to the lack of warning they aren't going to be able to take their cats. They need to find a home for Viktor and Emelia ASAP. This is unavoidable, non-negotiable, and sucky.

These are the kittens brought to me at a week old.

The kittens of such adorability that it came with a warning label and made it on Cute Overload.

Emelia Beautiful

The kittens you all helped me take care of so generously, and who owe a lot to you through me.

Six Weeks Old 01

They are no longer tiny little things. They are full-grown cats. These are the most recent pictures of them I can find on my Flickr.

Big Em 04

Big Viktor 01

I still love them, even though I don't see them that often. I really can't, however, take them in right now. We are having behavior/litter box problems as it is. This is not for lack of love, it's just me knowing the limits of my household, and hating those limits.

This is all very sudden, we only found out about the move on Thursday. I am heartbroken; in addition to having two good friends move, I am worried sick about my babies.

The kitties are in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We would prefer they go out together. They have made it so far together, and I have no wish to separate them now.

Snuggling Babies 06

Viktor and Emelia are now Sardine and Anchovy (long story). They live with a beagle, so they can probably cope with dogs. They are not rated for small children, so I don't know how they would perform. They are neutered. They are indoor-only cats, and must remain so.

Please, please spread the word and help us find someone who can adopt both of them. Even if you don't know anyone who lives in Oklahoma, spread the word and ask others to spread it, because you really don't ever know who is watching or where they live or who they might know. That is how we found a home for Gracie, with a person who is not even on LJ.

You helped me with these babies once. I hate to ask again, but nobody was expecting this, and there just isn't another way.

If you can take them in or want more information, you can reach their current mother at elspeth@gmail.com or their daddy at dr.omed.gmail.com. I will be forwarding all enquiries that come to me to them, since I personally really can't do anything.
naamah_darling: Spotted hyena teeth. (Teeth)
I occasionally -- very occasionally -- do line art, and thought I would share one of my favorite recent pieces. It's just a quick RPG visual aid/character sketch that turned out good enough to polish up, but I like it.

I wanted to design the saber-toothed cat to end all saber-toothed cats, the ne plus ultra of raging paleofeline death, but I didn't want to incorporate any fantastical or impossible features. I wanted to take bits and pieces from real animals and combine them in the most nightmarish possible way. I merged what I thought were the most frightening properties of Smilodon populator and Smilodon fatalis, then corrected the only real lack-of-coolness I could see in the cat skulls: a lack of bone-crushing teeth. Then I made it tall enough to look a man in the eye -- the only purely unrealistic thing I did.

The result is something that, if it turned up in the fossil record, would send anyone who knows bones off to find new pants.

Smilodon atrociter

Smilodon atrociter skull, rendered in pencil with ink stippling providing a life outline. I meant to prepare comparison drawings of fatalis and populator, as a life study of the whole animal, but that hasn't happened yet.

The highly-developed meat-shearing carnassials completely occult the lower premolars. These frighteningly stout pyramidal teeth are used to shear flesh and crack bones in much the same way as a hyena's.

The thickened and wide-spread zygomatic arches and long, high sagittal crest provide more anchor space for the powerful biting muscles and compensate for the smaller flange of the lower jaw. The flange is reduced in size to permit the jaws to open wide enough to accommodate the enormous saber teeth.

Bony protrusions at the chin provide lateral stability for the jaws and help to minimize tooth breakage. The backs of the sabers are finely beaded with enamel, producing an irregular serrated edge.

The incisors are enlarged and quite sharp, unsuited to delicately stripping bones of flesh; chunks of meat and bone are simply torn off, crushed, and devoured.

S. atrociter attacks by surprise, chasing its prey down over short distances and often inflicting crippling slashes to the flanks and hind legs before it wrestles its prey to the ground. It holds the struggling animal down with its powerful forelegs and severs the great blood vessels of the neck with a single bite. If the cat misses, the prey will simply suffocate in the vise of its jaws. Like the tiger, it has also been known to simply twist its prey's head around until the neck breaks.

It sometimes hunts in family groups, when several related individuals will cooperate to take down larger prey than a single animal would attempt. It is capable of surprising speed over short distances.

No, these features never coexisted in a single animal, more's the pity. This nightmarish king of carnivorans would've been worse than the worst Smilodon that ever lived.

I had great fun designing -- and playing -- this guy. If my sculpting skills were up to it, I would totally make myself a scale model.
naamah_darling: Spotted hyena teeth. (Teeth)
I occasionally -- very occasionally -- do line art, and thought I would share one of my favorite recent pieces. It's just a quick RPG visual aid/character sketch that turned out good enough to polish up, but I like it.

I wanted to design the saber-toothed cat to end all saber-toothed cats, the ne plus ultra of raging paleofeline death, but I didn't want to incorporate any fantastical or impossible features. I wanted to take bits and pieces from real animals and combine them in the most nightmarish possible way. I merged what I thought were the most frightening properties of Smilodon populator and Smilodon fatalis, then corrected the only real lack-of-coolness I could see in the cat skulls: a lack of bone-crushing teeth. Then I made it tall enough to look a man in the eye -- the only purely unrealistic thing I did.

The result is something that, if it turned up in the fossil record, would send anyone who knows bones off to find new pants.

Smilodon atrociter

Smilodon atrociter skull, rendered in pencil with ink stippling providing a life outline. I meant to prepare comparison drawings of fatalis and populator, as a life study of the whole animal, but that hasn't happened yet.

The highly-developed meat-shearing carnassials completely occult the lower premolars. These frighteningly stout pyramidal teeth are used to shear flesh and crack bones in much the same way as a hyena's.

The thickened and wide-spread zygomatic arches and long, high sagittal crest provide more anchor space for the powerful biting muscles and compensate for the smaller flange of the lower jaw. The flange is reduced in size to permit the jaws to open wide enough to accommodate the enormous saber teeth.

Bony protrusions at the chin provide lateral stability for the jaws and help to minimize tooth breakage. The backs of the sabers are finely beaded with enamel, producing an irregular serrated edge.

The incisors are enlarged and quite sharp, unsuited to delicately stripping bones of flesh; chunks of meat and bone are simply torn off, crushed, and devoured.

S. atrociter attacks by surprise, chasing its prey down over short distances and often inflicting crippling slashes to the flanks and hind legs before it wrestles its prey to the ground. It holds the struggling animal down with its powerful forelegs and severs the great blood vessels of the neck with a single bite. If the cat misses, the prey will simply suffocate in the vise of its jaws. Like the tiger, it has also been known to simply twist its prey's head around until the neck breaks.

It sometimes hunts in family groups, when several related individuals will cooperate to take down larger prey than a single animal would attempt. It is capable of surprising speed over short distances.

No, these features never coexisted in a single animal, more's the pity. This nightmarish king of carnivorans would've been worse than the worst Smilodon that ever lived.

I had great fun designing -- and playing -- this guy. If my sculpting skills were up to it, I would totally make myself a scale model.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (BTiLC Crazy Problem)
I have to say that so far, of the progesterone side effects, I much prefer the dizziness and disorientation to the fits of uncontrollable rage.

My hands feel really far away, and my forehead feels older than the rest of me. I mean, I could look forward to this.

I think I will call my doctor, because this is awesome, but probably not what he intended. And I am still a gore-spewing superhero, so the drug is fail.

RAAAAAAAAAAH!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (BTiLC Crazy Problem)
I have to say that so far, of the progesterone side effects, I much prefer the dizziness and disorientation to the fits of uncontrollable rage.

My hands feel really far away, and my forehead feels older than the rest of me. I mean, I could look forward to this.

I think I will call my doctor, because this is awesome, but probably not what he intended. And I am still a gore-spewing superhero, so the drug is fail.

RAAAAAAAAAAH!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Panic Noodles!)
No people were injured, still no word on the dog. It was definitely arson. As I have heard it, some kids were seen buying gasoline at a nearby convenience store. Assuming that is true, I imagine they will be found very quickly, as it's on film and we know what their truck looked like. They apparently broke in and doused the lower story with gas.

The woman is a counselor who works with troubled young folks, apparently. Doing good work, trying to help people, all that jazz. Some reward. Little bastards.

I did get pictures (there was nothing else to do but stand there and stare in horror; by the time I got outside, it was obvious there could not have been anyone alive inside), though they are pretty inadequate to illustrating the scale. In the first, you can see part of the rear of the house sagging and starting to shear away.

Here. )

I am waylaid with the flu, or I would be out buying fire extinguishers and smoke alarms -- not that either would have helped these people, but it does make one paranoid.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Panic Noodles!)
No people were injured, still no word on the dog. It was definitely arson. As I have heard it, some kids were seen buying gasoline at a nearby convenience store. Assuming that is true, I imagine they will be found very quickly, as it's on film and we know what their truck looked like. They apparently broke in and doused the lower story with gas.

The woman is a counselor who works with troubled young folks, apparently. Doing good work, trying to help people, all that jazz. Some reward. Little bastards.

I did get pictures (there was nothing else to do but stand there and stare in horror; by the time I got outside, it was obvious there could not have been anyone alive inside), though they are pretty inadequate to illustrating the scale. In the first, you can see part of the rear of the house sagging and starting to shear away.

Here. )

I am waylaid with the flu, or I would be out buying fire extinguishers and smoke alarms -- not that either would have helped these people, but it does make one paranoid.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (WTF)
The house behind ours burned to the supporting timbers last night at about 1:30. The flames took hold in minutes -- so fast, so incredibly fast.

Only the far side was on fire when I went into the backyard to see. In the time it took for me to run back to the house, secure the back door, and run out again, it had spread to the rear of the house. When the flames spread onto the roof barely a minute later, I could feel the heat on my face. After about five minutes the back of the house collapsed. No crashing, no groaning of timbers, only the roar of the flames, and that high-pitched keening sound burning wood makes sometimes. It just sagged, then sheared away and fell down in slow motion.

I did not think something so large could burn so quickly and so completely. I have seen tiny campfires that took far, far longer to burn down. There was no wind, so the flame and smoke just billowed up, and the heat shot a fountain of golden, swirling sparks fifty feet in the air or more. Beautiful and horrifying. Once the firemen got to work, the pounding water of the fire hoses and the roaring steam sounded like hooves.

The woman and her son who live there were not home, apparently, so the word so far is that nobody was hurt. Don't know what happened to their dog. I don't want to speculate too much, but a truck was seen hauling ass away from the site. It would not surprise me to learn that it was set, though that would disturb me a great deal. The thought of losing my home to fire has always terrified me.

I will go see what's left tomorrow and see if anyone has heard from the residents. Good thoughts to them. And if someone set it, I hope they catch him fast and lock him away forever.

There's a lot of crimes I can forgive because I understand them, or understand the need that drives a person to commit them. This would not be one of those. Fire is really awesome, but . . . nuh-uh. Fuck a bunch of that.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (WTF)
The house behind ours burned to the supporting timbers last night at about 1:30. The flames took hold in minutes -- so fast, so incredibly fast.

Only the far side was on fire when I went into the backyard to see. In the time it took for me to run back to the house, secure the back door, and run out again, it had spread to the rear of the house. When the flames spread onto the roof barely a minute later, I could feel the heat on my face. After about five minutes the back of the house collapsed. No crashing, no groaning of timbers, only the roar of the flames, and that high-pitched keening sound burning wood makes sometimes. It just sagged, then sheared away and fell down in slow motion.

I did not think something so large could burn so quickly and so completely. I have seen tiny campfires that took far, far longer to burn down. There was no wind, so the flame and smoke just billowed up, and the heat shot a fountain of golden, swirling sparks fifty feet in the air or more. Beautiful and horrifying. Once the firemen got to work, the pounding water of the fire hoses and the roaring steam sounded like hooves.

The woman and her son who live there were not home, apparently, so the word so far is that nobody was hurt. Don't know what happened to their dog. I don't want to speculate too much, but a truck was seen hauling ass away from the site. It would not surprise me to learn that it was set, though that would disturb me a great deal. The thought of losing my home to fire has always terrified me.

I will go see what's left tomorrow and see if anyone has heard from the residents. Good thoughts to them. And if someone set it, I hope they catch him fast and lock him away forever.

There's a lot of crimes I can forgive because I understand them, or understand the need that drives a person to commit them. This would not be one of those. Fire is really awesome, but . . . nuh-uh. Fuck a bunch of that.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Warning: Death Ray)
Okay, guys. I don't think there's reason to panic, but here's the deal.

SUP dumps some US LiveJournal staff.

Nobody has any idea what this means for the future of this site.

There are a number of things you can do if you're worried about LJ folding and you losing all your entries.

A much more comprehensive list can be found here, via [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, including non-Windows-based backups.

There is LJBook, which turns your LJ into a PDF document. Its servers are getting slammed right now so I suggest hitting it during non-peak hours. I also suggest donating to them if you use their service. It works on all security levels. You do have to submit your password. Be aware of that.

There is LJArchive, a downloadable program for Windows that allows you to download a backup of your journal and comments. Supposedly. Doesn't work on private entries.

There is LJBackup, which does the same.

If you are the moderator of a community both LJArchive and LJBook will apparently allow you to back up that community. This is not a bad idea.

There are other communities based on LiveJournal's source code: GreatestJournal, DeadJournal, InsaneJournal, JournalFen, and probably others I am not aware of. Some of these still require invite codes, as LiveJournal did once upon a time, and some are rather difficult to join, seeing as their servers appear to be down almost perpetually. Getting on one or more of these other communities is still not a bad idea.

There is a site called Dreamwidth in development, and it sounds promising, but it isn't there yet. I mention it in passing because I like what I have heard.

If something happens, I am on InsaneJournal and DeadJournal under this username. I will join the others as soon as it is possible to do so, to reserve the name if nothing else. I will not crosspost entries, but will probably switch my regular posting to InsaneJournal. Also remember I have a site at www.morningstarhall.com; I seldom update there, but if things become critically fucked-up over here, I will.

I am contemplating putting together an actual Blogger-type blog so that RSS feeds can be syndicated, but I am very much in love with the nested comments of the open-source LJ software.

Obviously, since we don't know what's going to happen, nothing is set in stone.

If nothing happens, I will simply stay here, no changes, and it will be business as usual.

If anyone has any further sites that may be of use, please speak up. I'll add to the list. We have a great community here, and I don't want people to lose touch with one another because a bunch of assholes decided that we aren't profitable enough.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Warning: Death Ray)
Okay, guys. I don't think there's reason to panic, but here's the deal.

SUP dumps some US LiveJournal staff.

Nobody has any idea what this means for the future of this site.

There are a number of things you can do if you're worried about LJ folding and you losing all your entries.

A much more comprehensive list can be found here, via [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, including non-Windows-based backups.

There is LJBook, which turns your LJ into a PDF document. Its servers are getting slammed right now so I suggest hitting it during non-peak hours. I also suggest donating to them if you use their service. It works on all security levels. You do have to submit your password. Be aware of that.

There is LJArchive, a downloadable program for Windows that allows you to download a backup of your journal and comments. Supposedly. Doesn't work on private entries.

There is LJBackup, which does the same.

If you are the moderator of a community both LJArchive and LJBook will apparently allow you to back up that community. This is not a bad idea.

There are other communities based on LiveJournal's source code: GreatestJournal, DeadJournal, InsaneJournal, JournalFen, and probably others I am not aware of. Some of these still require invite codes, as LiveJournal did once upon a time, and some are rather difficult to join, seeing as their servers appear to be down almost perpetually. Getting on one or more of these other communities is still not a bad idea.

There is a site called Dreamwidth in development, and it sounds promising, but it isn't there yet. I mention it in passing because I like what I have heard.

If something happens, I am on InsaneJournal and DeadJournal under this username. I will join the others as soon as it is possible to do so, to reserve the name if nothing else. I will not crosspost entries, but will probably switch my regular posting to InsaneJournal. Also remember I have a site at www.morningstarhall.com; I seldom update there, but if things become critically fucked-up over here, I will.

I am contemplating putting together an actual Blogger-type blog so that RSS feeds can be syndicated, but I am very much in love with the nested comments of the open-source LJ software.

Obviously, since we don't know what's going to happen, nothing is set in stone.

If nothing happens, I will simply stay here, no changes, and it will be business as usual.

If anyone has any further sites that may be of use, please speak up. I'll add to the list. We have a great community here, and I don't want people to lose touch with one another because a bunch of assholes decided that we aren't profitable enough.

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