Month: June 2004

Australorp Eggs

Here are some egg pictures. The light brown egg is a Wyandotte egg, and the two darker brown eggs are Australorp eggs. These are the first two Australorp eggs, from Monday and Tuesday. Just shy of 22 weeks of age is when they started. Today, Wednesday, June 30, 2004 they are 22 weeks old. πŸ™‚

The first picture has a June 21st Wyandotte egg, and next to it is the second Australorp egg which is from June 22nd.

 

The second picture has three eggs, the from left to right the first two are the same as the above description, with the last egg on the right being the first Australorp egg from June 21st.

 

The last picture is the same configuration with the eggs closer to each other. The crack in the #1 Australorp egg is more visible here.

 

What crack? My egg report talks about that. [This is an old link, still looking to see if I can find the content on my old computer with old, old, old files which need sorted out…)

How to re-install a Sony: clean install with a dedicated OEM Win XP Home Disc

I learned alot yesterday, when re-installing Windows on the laptop.

My recovery cd’s are three. #2 decided it wouldn’t work (cyclic redundancy, lots of scratches that came from WHERE?) I used these very discs in the Summer of 2003 for the first time. They were in there packages since then. That’s the way it goes.

So did it make sense to scrounge for $29 plus change, and have SONY send me a new set of Recovery CD’s?

I decided, “No.”

We have a Win XP Home OEM CD. I installed that, and figured somehow in the next 30-days I would have to figure out how to keep it on the laptop (activate it).

Then I went through a million hoops trying to get SONY drivers to install.

I think that most of them worked best to install via Device Manager: Update Driver, and having it search the designated folder on the Sony driver CD.

I was on Vaio Village, an Easy board, posting under a relevant, to me, thread asking for help. I wanted the apps from the recovery CD’s, like WIN DVD mostly …

This is the place to go: http://www.myplc.com/sony/sony_apps.htm

Command line solution to unpacking the SONY.PAC on each Application Recovery CD. Once they are unpacked, on your harddrive, you can install them at will, with no arguement of “This ain’t a SONY INSTALLATION! Can’t do it!” sort of messages.

So, if you know me, that didn’t satisfy me. I wanted this install of WIN XP to be valid, to hang around (but not hang!) if it could. So I didn’t let go, and tackled that next.

Read, read, read all over the ‘net.

Finally the realization hit me, I DO have a valid key for this SONY PCG-GRV550 laptop. Sony puts a WIN XP sticker on the bottom of the machine. Bless them!

So, can I save this installation? Yes, I could, can, and did.

Bring up the activation dialog and there’s a button to “generate a new key”.

Read about it here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3BQ328874

The above directions will get you going if you just want to change the key your computer will activate with. If you’ve activated already, you can see how to un-activate first.

Future Installs for me will be a breeze. Hope this helps someone else!

Clean re-install of WIN XP on laptop

Today I am going to be re-installing the OS on my laptop (SONY Vaio PCG-GRV550). It’s been in place for many months, close to a year , in fact, nearly just that. I forgot, but searching my archives I recalled that I last reinstalled July 18, 2003. That dratted Coke Spill Incident which pushed my lovely computer over the edge to being a laptop that needed the keyboard replaced, and have at least 1 USB port that didn’t work anymore, if not other elements which I just don’t use so don’t know, like the FireWire port. So, it’s been a long time. Some people feel, even with XP, that Windows should be clean installed every year or twice a year. That’s all windows systems. I tend to agree. Don’t try to fix it if it ain’t broke, but then also, if it’s even a tad sluggish, re-do it, you’ll be happier. We’ll see about that with my laptop, considering all.

In any case, I’ve done so much stuff to it and it’s just not working right. I know it needs some things fixed, but besides that, the thing will, most likely, run better once I re-install, clean install that is, the whole OS and such.

As it is, once it boots up and windows xp logs me in, it takes nearly 10 minutes most times for startup stuff to open and start, and if you want to do anything with a program before that all stops, forget it. This is mainly a problem because the laptop turns itself off suddenly whenever it feels like it. It’s one of those things that needs to be fixed, a daughterboard replacement, or something like that. So, this is an issue if it decides to shut off several times a day and I’m using the machine.

I am not using it most of the time. Full time I’m using the desktop the last couple of months. I get my email on desktop, but not filtered. I keep my email coming in the laptop, saved on the server for one day, and on the desktop I just have it saved on the server forever. This way, I get the mail correctly on both machines. It just goes a bit bad if my laptop isn’t turned on and email downloaded for several days. Since I don’t filter the desktop version of my mail, those very generic messages from my ISP slip by unnoticed until I can’t send myself something, or don’t get any mail when I think I should. That only has gone to the extreme once or twice, usually it has only been at a high water mark, the level of emails on the server being nearly full, but not. That’s alot to download at once. πŸ™‚

So I’m burning my .pst to a CDRW as I type this, and hope to get the drive wiped and reinstalled cleanly and efficiently. Then re-install of all my stuff again. In an organized manner, I am hoping to do that. I won’t just throw stuff back on the drive, I want to rename and rearrange as would be more fitting. I have a goodly organized computer, just that I have many areas organized that could be fitted together instead of having it all spread out. I sometimes forget that I have such and such a folder setup for this or that kind of download, and recreate something similar someplace else, and then I have two or more folders with like stuff, spread out, instead of all of it in the one main folder. Just one little example.

Last week I had to reinstall Frank’s work laptop OS. Something corrupted and it wasn’t going to work to fix it. HP, which is what that laptop is, provides a separate OS CD from the applications and drivers. Sony, which is my laptop, my model at the least, there are three System Recovery CD’s which it takes forever to install, seemingly, and then two CD with applications on them. Oh, for at least a real Win XP install, but no, it’s a SONY PRE-NO-PRACTICAL-CHOICES-DONE-DEAL-CD. Ah, I am so familiar with installing Win XP. I’ve installed it on the desktop, which I’m typing on now, multiple times. It’s gone bad so many times, so frustrating. Well, that was when hubby was working on it. Since I last installed, he has had the HP laptop for work and play. Hmmm, no reinstall here, but I had to reinstall the HP laptop already. Hmmm.

Frank, any comments? πŸ™‚

Homeschooling, what we are

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your reality. You are an unschooler. You will
tolerate a textbook, but only as a last resort.
Mud is your friend. You prefer hands-on
everything. If your school had an anthem, it
would be Dont Worry, Be Happy.

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Ha ha ha! How right! We aren’t unschoolers, though we don’t do “formal school” at all either. Make sense? I don’t like “unschool” as a term for us, for we on purpose don’t do “school” but learn on purpose at the same time. Floating time to time, but not exactly that either. πŸ™‚

Curly Girl Hair


UPDATE: I am seriously re-thinking how this post should be done, and have changed the middle part of it, adding a paragraph and some photos. I really see an entire project in this topic coming about, and so … you will see future changes to this post, and maybe who knows what! It’s own section on my site, or re-tooling some things here so that WP shows this category on it’s own, not intertwining it with everything else en-total. Hard to explain, but I see it as a photo enhanced story of my life with my hair (how vain that sounds!) I mean it to be documentation of the evolution of my hair, and a journal of future happenings. I like hair. And it’s something most people have. I know it’s an important topic to address for so many women have struggles growing hair out, and dealing with curly hair. Combine the two … πŸ™‚ For curly haired people, life is different, everything is so connected to one’s hair. That’s true, whether or not one is a follower of Christ. Our bodies affect life directly πŸ˜‰


I have curly hair. I am a curly girl. I have long hair. I want longer hair. I want longer curlier hair. Tough job.

I didn’t always have curly hair. When I was small it wasn’t curly. But when you know the difference between straight hair and curly hair, you can use hindsight to see the truth. I didn’t have straight hair as a child.

I had some waves in my hair. By the time I was in my early teens I had curly hair. I fought it, like so many other women before me and after me have. (meaning older: generations and younger generations).

A couple of years ago my sister recommended I get the book Curly Girl. I did. It changed the way I look at my hair, and treat my hair. It wasn’t all new news, but a good driver to do something different and so it was nice to see that my experients and findings were right, with new news of HOW to do part of it, how to put it all together right. I haven’t been exactly faithful to that though. I am re-dedicated to the practice of good hair, no bad hair days. I started in this rededication earlier this year, but was sidelined when I lost babyfour on March 30th. Shari, on an email list I’m on, asked me about conditioner, and if I was still washing my hair like I had talked about on the list about 2 years ago. Thanks to her, I dug out my book and today my hair is nicer than it was yesterday. Ever since I started, I have not used shampoo though, it’s been over 2 years. I have put my hair in too many ponytails this last year though. Not ENOUGH conditioner treatments either.

Yummy recipe:

4 Tablespoons olive or almond oil [I use the good stuff: Cold Pressed Virgin, the dark green stuff]
4 Tablespoons of your favorite conditioner (I used Pantene)
2-3 drops Essential oil like musk or another (I use Lavender)

Mix that up in a bowl and it’s a wonderful treat for dry curls, curls always need something every once in awhile.

I put this on my hair, all of it, and wound my hair up and tied it with a bandana. Overnight it worked, and in the morning a warm shower and conditioner wash had my hair happy.

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The Grail

I’m nearly done with the Pendragon series. These books are interesting. The Arthur legend from a Christian viewpoint. The last book, The Grail, is getting a bit weirdo to me, but that’s actually part of the whole series, that The Grail is such an important element of Christianity. I’ll reserve total judgement on this once I have this book read completely.

I must say now though, I’m uncomfortable with the power associated to a cup. That God would actually send healing and peace to a land via a physical cup, giving it metaphysical properties, and that those properties can show up in visions as real, but also that the actual cup is what has these properties. It’s used to heal Arthur once, and before that Myrddin (sorry, that’s Merlin to the non-Lawhead readers).

I love the scope and beauty of the series, and I guess what I’m mostly getting at here is how this is leading to sacramentology of depths not known to actual history of early England, from what I understand, but that as well, this stinks of oddness. There are other seeming miracles in the books, and I take it as a storyform and not exactly meant to parallel our world. It’s most unfortunate that this story is tied to the post-Christ human world – unlike Tolkiens story form. It is highly interesting that it IS set in this world, with Christ as Highest King.

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My New Blue

First off the music. It’s the whole album, the whole thing. I like both Styx “The Grand Illusion” and “Paradise Theater” in particular. Recently I found an old cassette tape of PT and so we went out and found both the above on CD. Ah, the good stuff once again!

Frank went out and got me a new fan. So I only had my green friend for the day. Now I have a new Blue Buddie, it’s actually called Tootsie! the Fan. No cute face, arm, and legs. But it’s bigger. Solid. Three speed settings. And it’s BLUE! Take a look at the pictures.
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Clickable Links and About the Photo Log

I just installed a new thing for making links clickable.

http://www.pastoralfarms.com/photo/

The above link is my Photo Log, done in MT. I’m waiting to know what I want to do with it, convert it to WP as it’s own thing, or incorporate it into this WP installation.

EXHIBIT is a great plugin that’s in development stages, but fully usable at version 1.0b right now. It’s fantastically versatile and has many more possibilities upcoming. That’s what I’m using on this blog to share photos, and it’s what I’ll use with the WP version of a photo log, if I do it that way, or it’ll just live on to higher use here with the old photo blog content imported. Well, it’s just so highly difficult to figure out how to do it. The Photo Log as it is has an individual page for each photo, that’s a full fledged page for one photo. That’s dandy for somethings, but the way I upload pictures EXHIBIT works wonders. I like series of pictures. That’s the shining point of EXHIBIT. Do each post however you like with as many as one to hundreds of photos in one post. Currently hundreds of photos wouldn’t work so well, but pagination is coming in the future which will make that possible. As well, other kinds of gallery features are most likely to come.

Cool stuff!

My Cool Friend

See my new friend? He’s smiling, green and really cool, well, as cool as he can be given the degree of heat πŸ˜‰

The three pictures aren’t exactly the same: one of them you can see the fan moving in. The other two, the fan was moving when the photo was snapped, but the flash was on for them, and that froze the image immensely well. I’m duly impressed by how well that worked with the tempermental Olympus D-520 camera.
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My Very British Name

My very British name is Margaret Chamberlain.
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My very British name is Margaret Salisbury.
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Comment Previews

I’ve implemented a comments preview hack to WP. I’ll work it out to look better later. This forces every commenter to preview their comment before it can be posted. But the nice thing is, you can keep on fixing your post and previewing it on the wp-comments-review.php page, as many times as need be, before the final posting. That can be useful. This is a partial anti-spam technique, but also meant to make comments better for all *good* users. So with that in mind, I will be trying to get it all looking better, and having the info on that page that will help code, and perhaps get some clickable smilies installed.

Let me know how it works for y’all!

WP for All Things

I run our church’s website. I was waiting for MT3 to come up before doing more with it, I’ve been sluggy wuggy about doing anything with it at all. [not wanting to use MT2.6+ forever and ever amen.]

So now I’m trying to decide what to do, what to do, what to do.

I do think that I can use WP for my church’s site, and that’s better since it’s PHP and will get me more into that overall, and that’s part of what’s good with WP for all the people involved in creating better code, the features I’d like to implement and use via PHP are part and parcel in WP or WP Plugins or slated for future input into WP or being made into a WP Plugin.

One of these days I’ll grow to understand PHP better, and then watch out! I’m just not getting there very fast, not cramming manuals at this point. πŸ˜‰

OK so WP isn’t for highlycontented sites … but that’s exactly what’s in a church site for us — I mean it’s not highly contented, like a magazine. Lots of articles, but easily categorized, and a separate entity for member stuff. That’s what will make this work, if I have to put in more than two installation of WP it’ll be harder to WANT to do, but that’s what I’ll try not to do, use just ONE for the main site and ONE for the private site.

I had been considering using TextPattern for this website here, and then using it for the church site too. I think that things will work out to just use good old WP here and there. So that’s that. I’ve thought through it, and come to a decision as I’ve written. Feels fine!

Now it’s all down to implementation: dress, cake, veil, bridesmaids.

LOL. It’s just that it’s similar to getting engaged.

WP and blacklisting spammers

I had a plugin called kittensspamwords installed here in wp, and today saw that comments were throwing errors when one tried to post a comment. The comments posted, but an error page showed instead of redirecting the person back to the page and showing the comment posted, or just the page as it was before posting –if moderation would have taken over for the post.

I spent all evening reloading stuff, looking through code and couldn’t make heads of tails of it. I took out all my plugins but still comments wouldn’t work. I finally put comments on full moderation status, and there were no errors thrown anymore.

I finally realized that it might be the blacklist I had installed, so I tooked all those out, from the admin site, options, discussion, at the bottom of the page. Voila! It all worked again. So I reput the blacklist in, and bam, back to errors. So I took out all the regular expression and less errors were thrown, but still there was something persistent and I sure wasn’t about to look through hundreds to nearly or over a thousand of dirty entries looking for the last offender or two that kept throwing errors. So I took everything out and just input the dumb little list that’s on the wp wiki. Augh. Run of the mill spammers and dirty site owner spammers are incredibly annoying.

Reformed theology says, rightly, that man is totally depraved … and that’s so true and very viewable when one sees the crud that people force on nice little blogs via comments. Ugh! (totally depraved means: corrupt … not entirely unable to do good, but the soul is broken, dead, and not able to respond to God without the heart first being regenerated by God. Man cannot choose to live unless he is first stirred and brought to life, therefore doing right (seemingly choosing to be ‘saved’) is due to the Grace of God, and the salvation He brings through Christ our Lord, His Son. πŸ™‚ and just to finish this little theology lesson, young folk can be regenerated from the womb on up through childhood at any point. Maturity of intellect has nothing to do with regeneration and the point of “personal” salvation. Realization of salvation is something else entirely. Some folks go through life to various adult ages before being regenerated or realizing that they are. So one can be in gross sin, and be cleansed by the Blood of Jesus unto Salvation, so you spammers take note: Read the Bible, John, Romans, Matthew, etc. Read it. Ask God to open your eyes. And know this, we are praying for y’all to come to repentance and turn from your wicked ways of business. Until then, us bloggers unite with Blacklists and spammer defeating utilities. So this blog isn’t unprotected, just slightly less functionally protected from y’all, but will be again one day soon.)

Horrid Things

I’m absolutly horrified. I went to check the bluebird babies just a bit ago, and there were ants streaming up the fence by the box, Continue reading

Testing Meta custom fields

(Update added 06-08-2004 10:50am)

I am testing a WP feature, the meta custom fields. This post will show what I’m reading, eventually, if I can make it work. Does it show up?

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Strider and Dixie


Photos of two cats
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Baby Bluebirds!

I checked the Eastern Bluebird Nestbox yesterday AM, and there were little baby bluebirds in the nest! I’ll check them out today, to be sure it’s four, or another number. I didn’t delve deeply into the nest yesterday.
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