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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I can’t stand Negan and this write up by forbes.com sums up all the reasons why.

I’ve always enjoyed TWD, even the not-so-good seasons had bits and pieces I liked but the current season and all the characters are in every way so tied up with Negan that the whole show is getting ruined. All the eps with Negan have been a chore to get through, and I’m having problems with this last one. For the first time ever I’m tempted to to just drop it, especially now that I just read that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has confirmed that Negan will be appearing in the next season too :/

I’m just so sad that TPTB had to go and ruin a good show 🙁 I’ll miss the characters (who are not Negan) and the world if I give up on it, but Negan annoys me so much.



Friday, October 21, 2016

Everything went smooth and easy, and I got back home about three hours ago. I’m sore but much less than I thought I’d be… though the pain killers they gave me might still be working at a base level so we’ll see what’s tomorrow like. I’m hugely tired but it’s a good tired  :cheer:



Friday, September 2, 2016

The ISP switch didn’t go as planned 😥 Contacted my new ISP today and heard that propably next week it’ll be activated. So I’ll be mostly offline for several days – the mobile phone’s Internet is really only good on the phone’s and the tablet – on the laptop it craps out. Can’t even read text sites on the laptop. So everything is on hold until I get a working ADSL connection again.

Think I’ll look at this as a vacation…



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Nothing much to report on the health front… my Crohn’s Disease symptoms vary wildly and has been doing that since March. I think it was the iron supplement that I have take that set it off after a little more peaceful period. I changed the brand but it didn’t help. Got a check-up coming up in later this month; curious if there’s anything alarming/must-take-action showing up in the blood panels.

Been going to a PPT (psycho-physical therapy) therapist for about two months now. She’s helping me find coping mechanisms and it’s been helpful. Also been going to a nutritionist with experience in inflammatory bowel diseases, apparently I should have been directed there back when I started having chronic bowel problems and erikoissairaanhoito (Special Health Care, the more advanced form of the basic health care which gets involved when the basic health care which is the first step can’t diagnose/treat etc. an ilness) got involved or when I got the Crohn’s Disease diagnosis back in 2012 at the latest, but they didn’t. Also been going there for about two months. So far it hasn’t helped with me the symptoms, but has helped me balance my nutrition better.

And now some random musings…

In the fall of 2015, I decided to wait until the season 2 of Gotham comes out on Bluray before watching it, like I did with season 1, and I’m so glad I did! It just gorgeous on Bluray 🙂 I like it fine but I’m don’t think I’d watch it if Morena Baccarin weren’t in it, Bluray or not. I tried to watch season 1 when it aired and couldn’t maintain interest, even though I think it’s good. There’s just something about it that doesn’t work for me unless I binge it.

Good thing autumn is almost here – it’s been sunny for almost all of last four weeks and I can’t take it anymore. I’ve started avoiding going out because I can’t deal with the unrelenting brightness anymore. I do grocery shopping once a week and my doctor’s appointments if I have any but that’s it.

Re-doing my fanfic site, I realized that all my main female characters have names ending with an “a”  – Angelina, Giulietta, Ella, Carolina, Safiyaah, Tahirah. Huh. Technically, the last two end in “ah” but in my mind it’s the same. What does this mean, if anything?

Trevor Jones’s score for The Last Of The Mohicans is my favorite music. I can happily have those nine tracks on repeat for hours and hours, and literally just listen and do nothing else. I have so many versions of them by various artists downloaded from Youtube it’s ridiculous.

Nutella is horribly, sickly sweet. Do people really love it like I’ve hearing for years? I bought my first jar ever yesterday because I wanted to try a chocolate cake recipe which uses it in the icing. Baked it today, haven’t tasted the cake yet but did taste the Nutella itself and yagh. Too damn sweet Good thing the icing also uses some cream to dilute it but I wonder what the final product tastes like. But unless this cake is amazing, this was the first and last Nutella I’ll ever buy.

That’s it from me for now…



Sunday, May 8, 2016

<sarcasm>Yes, I’m sure that even though the first 100 times of trying to login as “admin123”, or variation there of, failed & got your IP(s) blocked for X amount of time, it’s gonna magically work one of the next 100 times you try it.</sarcasm>

So I’ve been following logs for a couple of months now on all sites of mine, and while there are hacking attempts everyday, they about triple Fridays through Sundays. Some of the sites are more “popular” than others but they all get them every day. It’s… been eye opening.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

So since from about December 29-31, 2015 (the dates people give as start date vary a bit) new reviews don’t show up on the review pages on http://www.fanfiction.net At this point it’s unclear whether the  ff.net admin are aware of the problem or not – it’s been reported lots of times but nobody’s gotten a reaction back, nor is there an update on the front page that yes they’re aware of the problem and working on it. Just… silence.

Most people are worried about people not bothering to review anymore because of it but I’m more worried that http://www.fanfiction.net has been abandoned and soon it’ll bye bye for all those stories only up there, the first time there’s a huge glitch or when the domain expires the latest. That’s how little I have faith in the ff.net admin based on their past actions – that they’re likely to just decide it’s not worth the hassle anymore. I’m not sure how many people are actually working on it these days or if it’s just one. It’s not the first time a problem goes unacknowledged for a long time, and when you own a hugely popular site like this one I think that’s the minimum requirement – to stay up to what’s going on with it every day (read those support e-mails!) and to post a quick note saying you’re aware of the problem (and preferably are working on it, but even if you’re not) when there is one. Not days of silence after your users report a problem that affects one of the main functions of your site.

I wish there was a way to back up entire sections of ff.net, instead of individual stories. Like the entire The Mummy section, as an example. There are a lot of fics on ff.net that it’d be a shame to lose if it really breaks for good.



Friday, October 23, 2015

Today was awful. I woke up at 5am with a migraine and couldn’t go to the PPP Group (more about that later) because of it. I’ve been having cold sweats all the day today, starting with the migraine. Thank God the migraine went away by about midday but the cold sweats persisted so I was a little bewildered by that. Then around 3pm terrible stomach pains set in, thanks to Crohn’s Disease. I had to go number two 7 times between 3pm and 6pm, and the rest of the time rest in the bed. At about 5pm I started to feel dizzy whenever I was up and a little later on one of those trips to the toilet found out my period had started. Which totally explained the unusually awful stomach pains, increased bowel movements, cold sweats and the dizziness and just generally feeling I was about to expire. It’s a pretty normal thing for me that the Crohn’s is a little worse the first day or two of the period. I loath periods but I suppose I should be content – it was 14 days late from the estimated start time. Now to hoping it will end like it should in 5-7 days and not keep on going. It’s near midnight now, I still feel like I might faint I’m up more than a few minutes at a time but at least the stomach pains have dulled down to a blunt ache. Fingers crossed that I won’t feel so weak or be in so much pain tomorrow because I can’t NOT go grocery shopping.

Update on my health & life & car situation behind the cut…

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

If the bio section of your fanfiction.net profile is 19064 words long I can’t help thinking that you’re doing it wrong…



Monday, August 3, 2015

I keep getting e-mails from minhavida@minhavida.com.br which weirds me out. I don’t speak the language, I don’t read it – I’m not even sure whether it’s Spanish or Portuguese. I had never heard of the site until I got the first e-mail. So why are they e-mailing me?! It never goes to the spam folder and I have gmail so I don’t think it’s spam spam ’cause gmail’s good at catching the real spam.

Is anyone else getting e-mails from them without knowing why?



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