oxfordtweed: Sam Tyler going over paperwork at his desk (Paperwork - Sam)
By the way, if anyone watching this has a tablet they're not using, I'll totally buy it from you.

For the last few years, I've been using an ancient Wacom Sapphire 6x8, which has suited me well. Very well, actually.

I'm looking for something similar in size and design. I don't need extra menus and buttons and junk. Just a tablet that draws, has pressure sensitivity, preferably Wacom (since I've got a billion nibs that fit their pens), and has a friendly working relationship with SAI.

Looking to spend around $100, but am slightly flexible on that. Willing to barter or trade art and/or supplies.

I gave in

Jan. 20th, 2011 05:34 am
oxfordtweed: (OMG - Tim)
Got myself a new netbook yesterday. I'm sick of the desktop, for several reasons. I don't really do anything much beyond muck about on LJ and write, so I think a netbook will be a better fit.

I'm not on it yet. I'm still waiting for UPS' working hours to begin, so they can deliver it. And then I'm off to Best Buy to get a new wireless router so that I'm not confined to the sofa (like I am now, when I use the desktop).

But that's what today will be spent doing. Getting that thing all set up and moving some of my more important stuff over. Luckily, most of it is already on DVDs from my recent adventures in system back-up, so it's mostly just my documents and music, since I can't remember what's new since I backed all that stuff up.

The next thing on my list of things to get is a small kitchen table, to put by the window.
oxfordtweed: (Default)
So. I was never able to get Windows 7 installed. Twice, I went through the process, and twice, it aborted itself halfway through. So, I'm still running Vista.

Annoyingly, I can get into the 'extra' login on the computer, and everything works just fine. The main one, though. Somehow fucked. It blue screens, and freezes, and is trying to give me an aneurysm or something.

Luckily, the second login on the computer is able to do everything except run Trillian or Thunderbird, for reasons I am not even going to begin to try to fathom. It can, however, run virus and malware scans, which is what I've spent the day doing so far. And since I can't run Trillian or Thunderbird, there's very little reason to actually be on the computer. So, my day has been spent largely listening to the Velvets and giving the kitchen a good, deep scrub. The kitchen looks fucking amazing, now. I don't think it's been this shiny since we moved in. I'll probably move onto the bathroom next, depending on how long this system scan takes, and whether or not I'm able to get into the main account afterward. If it is, fantastic! I'll make myself some cucumber sandwiches and spend the rest of the evening pretending to be a vegetable in front of the computer.

If it doesn't work, then.... well, I have a plan. It's a terrible, annoying plan and I loathe to do it, but it's so far the only other plan I have.

I've determined that the issue with installing Windows 7 lies with the install disc I have. There's a flaw, small but visible, in the inner third of the disc. I cannot afford to purchase a copy, because I need to fix the Xbox, which will cost just as much. I do, however, have the means by which to burn every single fucking file I have to DVD, and perform a full system wipe and reinstall. I don't want to do this. It's a nightmare, and I really, really, really don't want to go through the hassle of putting everything BACK onto the computer when I'm done. But, whatever. If I have to, I will.

If I'm not online by tomorrow, this is exactly what's happening.

Also, it would appear that the kitchen tap is now dripping. FANTASTIC.
oxfordtweed: (Futurama - Penn-in-a-jar)
It's not even midday, but today's been fairly interesting.

This morning, I decided that I'm sick of having more DVDs than I have shelves. So, I loaded up as many DVDs as I could manage (still leaving at least half of the collection on the shelves), and took them down to the pawn shop. At 50ยข each, I came home with $130. Holy fuck, that was a lot of DVDs. And now I have space for even more!

lol not. Netflix has eaten our souls, and that's where we've been getting most of our movies from. The only DVDs I've purchased lately are the sorts of things even Netflix won't carry.

On my way to the pawn shop, my dad rang me, because his Blu-Ray player has fucked up, making it impossible to get to Netflix (because I totally got him addicted last month. Whoops). Since I was lugging a bunch of DVDs to the pawn shop, I told him I'd call him when I got home. When that came about, he was apparently still having issues with it. My dad is one of the most technologically inept people on the planet. It so bad. So after about a half hour of getting nowhere, I just told him to turn off his power strip. His modem, as well as the BD Player (amongst a few other things, but they are not important right now) are plugged into it, so we pretty much killed two birds with one stone and rebooted both the modem and the BD Player at once.

I'm not sure which it was, but one of them was the problem. Netflix is working again. And now, he knows why the red button on his power strip is useful.

And now, I am going shopping. I hope that I don't explode.
oxfordtweed: (Lily - Nicholas)
Financial aid still hasn't gone through yet. If it doesn't go through by the 5th then, uhm.... I'm not sure, actually. Well, actually, if it doesn't go through by the 3d, I'm going to go back down there and figure out what my options are. This will happen for me. It will, because I will make it happen.

Also, I just found out today that apparently [livejournal.com profile] less_not_more was nearly arrested in LA earlier this week. For juggling. Good lord, the sorts of people I associate with do amuse me. Yes, this is a veiled attempt at pimping his journal right now. He's doing some pretty cool stuff right now out in California, and documenting it in his journal.
oxfordtweed: (MythBusters - Hold)
Ralph America is closing its doors on the 15th, after being around for decades. It will be sad to see the last remnants of a great label disappear, but the bands have all moved on in their own ways, so there's not much of a point to stick around.

When I heard about them closing a few weeks ago, I bought a dog tag that had an exclusive download code on it, with the intent of going back closer to the end to get a bunch of shirts at (hopefully) great sale prices. Wouldn't you know, the day after I placed my order, that dog tag went on sale. I was a little upset at this, but I was upset at myself. I should have waited until the weekend to make my purchase, but I didn't. It was not Ralph's fault that I ordered on a weekday, and Mama Ralph (as he -- she? -- calls himself) could not have psychically known that I was going to order that dog tag. So, I just ate the loss, and considered myself lucky to have been able to get in on an exclusive album in the first place.

So, you should imagine my surprise when my order arrived in a very large envelope, and quite a bit heavier than a little tiny dog tag and the documentation of the order. Opening it up, I found a Cube-E booklet along with my dog tag. It was not on the order form, and I'd never asked for it. Mama Ralph just sent it to me. Whether Mama Ralph is sending random things to everybody, or just to those who placed an order the day before their item went on sale, I have no idea. Either way, it more than made up for the $5 I spent "extra" on the dog tag.

Early last week, I decided to go get a whole bunch of t-shirts, since the idea of buying clothing from eBay sort of squicks me and I've no idea when I'll be able to get official threads once RA closes. I picked up about four or five different designs, and can only hope that I got the size right. Since my dog tag arrived so quickly, I've been eagerly checking the mailbox downstairs, hoping to see that package and get my t-shirts. But they seemed to be slow in getting here, which was starting to worry me.

By chance, as I was poking around the website to see if there was any news about anything, I happened to notice that the chatroom was active. Better still, Mama Ralph was in there, as was a band member. They were talking with a few people about some of the last-minute things going on, and about how they almost closed up early on account of a few morons spreading bad press. I use the word "moron" because their problem was similar to the one I seem to be having; their stuff never arrived. Well, it turns out that the guy never actually submitted his order, but this was somehow Ralph's fault. I think that's something we've all done at one point, though. Try to put something through on the internet, and miss that final confirmation click, losing everything.

During the ensuing conversation, I'd mentioned how I was eagerly awaiting my own order, and my problem with eBay, and was immediately informed that t-shirt orders are taking forever, because each shirt is custom-printed, I guess so they don't have boxes and boxes of t-shirts taking up space. Also, it's a crazy small shop, and I can't imagine there's too much of a demand for T-shirts featuring a defaced Beatles album cover.

I went to bed shortly after all this, and when I got up later that night (everyone is nocturnal in Vegas, because if you go outside during the day, you will explode) I found an email from Ralph, telling me that my order had shipped, and as of 7:30 last night, it was in Oakland.

In short, doing business with Ralph America has been nothing but wonderful. Thank you, Ralph, for being awesome and helping me fill up my house with music and DVDs that drive my husband crazy.
oxfordtweed: (Joey - Gasp!)
Have you ever had one of those days when you weren't just expecting something unfortunate to happen, but you KNEW it would happen? I'm not talking about how we all "know" something bad's going to happen; that sort of odd paranoia that just comes from being an adult. I mean that you had forewarning of impending badness, and you knew you couldn't stop it, so you just scheduled it into your day.

Today was like that. I had to go out and make a purchase that I knew would overdraw my account. There was just no getting around it. I couldn't magically increase my bank account figures, and the purchase had to be made. So, I went out to the shop, knowing down to the cent exactly how much money was in my account.

And when I got to the check-out counter, I was surprised to find that part of my purchase had been on sale, and by just enough to keep me from overdrawing. I've got about $1.50 in my account, now. But the important point is not at how utterly broke I am now. The point is that I've actually got a positive balance and won't have to pick up an overdraft charge. I can live off $1.50 until pay day. I've survived on less.

Secretly, this is a good thing.

It's still way to goddamn hot, though.


Jul. 9th, 2010 02:57 pm
oxfordtweed: Jeremy Clarkson inside a Peel P50 microcar (Jezza - Peel P50)
I need to find a way to raise about $3000. To quote Jeremy Clarkson's famous "last words," how hard can it be?

(This is not for bills, nor is it for any sort of dire circumstance. Instead, it's for a project which has the potential to either be a LOT of fun, or an incredible disaster.)

Holy crap!

Jun. 12th, 2010 09:39 am
oxfordtweed: (Teller - Cards)
Last I heard, this was never going to happen.

I've damn near worn my video copy down. I think I know what my next DVD purchase is going to be.

Update Post

Jun. 9th, 2010 06:51 am
oxfordtweed: (Nicholas - Melty Ice Cream)
I haven't posted a proper update in a while. So, here's one.

It's summer now, and typically around this time of year I like to make a trip up to Oregon. This year, my plan has encountered many, many hiccups because of scheduling issues between myself and my mum. I'm supposed to give her a ring in a few hours to try to work something out.

Califur was last week. I was supposed to go to that, but the whole thing sort of fell through on me. That's probably a good thing, though, since I wound up getting quite ill and unable to keep anything down. I'm out the price of the ticket for the convention, but that teaches me not to pre-reg, I guess. I'd rather just wait in the queue and pay door price next time, provided I even get that far.

I have been doing a lot of art lately. I finished this one yesterday, but mostly, I've just been working on commissions. I've also been getting a lot of art lately. I just got this one about two minutes ago.

I haven't watched it, and after demanding spoilers from people, I probably won't be watching the final series to Ashes to Ashes. Sorry, but yeah. I'm a little disappointed in what I've been told. I just... I can't.

I've also discovered where most of my hard drive space has gone. Apparently I've got loads of miniseries that I'd totally forgotten about. My plan for today is to burn as much as possible to DVD. Ideally, I'd love to get one of these for my videos, but I don't see that really happening any time soon. I just can't justify a purchase like that right now. D:

This week's been a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. I found a bunch of old Penn & Teller stuff that I'd forgotten about, because the X-Box couldn't see it. So I converted it all, and have been watching all of that. Home Invasion is nearly done, and while I'm waiting for that to finish, I'm watching H2G2 and munching on dill pickle-flavoured sunflower seeds. YUM.
oxfordtweed: (Ramsay - peek-a-boo)
A post about waffles over on [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes got me craving waffles, so I went next door to 7-11, on the recommendation of my flatmate, to get some, and of course, they had none. So, for plan B? French toast. Which also put bread, eggs, and milk into the house, as well as bacon, so we don't seem quite so squalid any more. :D


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oxfordtweed: Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt gazing into the distance (Distant - Sam & Gene)


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