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So... I'm on DreamWidth.
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I'm selling my old computer, a dual-processor PowerMac G4. I've made some upgrades to it, as will be listed below.

Here are the specs:

Original Machine:
Power Mac G4/450 Dual-Processor (Gigabit Ethernet)


  • PCI-Slot exhaust fan (easily removable)
  • Replaced interior 120mm fan with whisper-quiet one
  • Removed interior speaker to improve airflow
  • Acoustic foam designed for PCs to minimize noise
  • Missing the front panel over the Zip Drive; missing plates for PCI slots in the back

Package includes:
  • Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (pre-installed and updated)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse (as above)
  • Power cord
  • Original processors
  • Games:
    • Star Trek Elite Force II
    • Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    • Freedom Force
    • Jinni Zeala Pinball
    • No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.s Way
This is an excellent workhorse of a machine that would be good for processor-intenseive tasks like video or sound editing, as well as general desktop or server use. Asking $700 OBO

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Pic of Arwen While I was out today and Eva was home, Arwen defecated on some plastic near the sewing machine. We are convinced that these incidents are emotional issues. The ONE thing that's changed in the apartment is that Eva put up a black curtain by her bedroom door to block light from the living room if I'm watching late-night TV. At first it was in the hall between the living room and the bathroom, and then Eva moved it to her bedroom door frame. This may have scared Arwen and made her nervous about using the litter boxes in that location.

We have her locked in the bathroom right now and taken down the curtain, as she defecated on the carpet back beyond the sofa a little while ago. At this point with the things going on in my life and in Eva's, we can no longer deal with the situation. We cannot abide where if we add a simple curtain or change something else in the apartment that we end up freaking out a cat and causing it to piss and shit all over the place. It's too much stress on Arwen and too much stress on us.

We talked about it tonight, and we have agreed to give Arwen up.

(Please see HISTORY below for more information on what we have done to deal with the situation.)

I will be taking her to the Tompkins County SPCA as soon as possible - tomorrow, Friday, as soon as I can make an appointment. If you or anyone you know can take her, please let me know ASAP.

She is a very sweet and lovable cat, but that living in our small apartment with two other cats - one who has never accepted her - has caused her some emotional distress. She would do well as a single cat or somewhere where she can be an indoor/outdoor cat. (She has been an indoor cat all her life.) She is fixed and has had all her shots. She craves attention and love (which we have given to her in abundance). She is absolutely adorable.

This has been a hard decision for us. We have talked about giving her up before, but we loved her too much and were willing to compromise our quality of life so we could keep her. But we can't do it anymore.

Maybe we didn't do everything we could to fix the situation. Maybe we are responsible for inadvertently encouraging to use plastic as an acceptable secondary bathroom. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of other things we may or may not have tried. I know Eva tried making the boxes more accessible in addition to making sure they were cleaner.

Please don't write comments about us being cruel, making a hasty decision, or not trying everything. If you look at the history section below, you'll see that we HAVE tried if not everything then damn near everything. We don't want to give her up, but there's nothing more we can do. It's breaking our hearts.

If you want her or have someone who can take her IMMEDIATELY, please let me know ASAP.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and cry.

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Info on how we got here is here assuming my computer is up and running. More pix of her are here.

Basically, we got Arwen back in October 2002. Her whiskers were chomped when we got her, so she wasn't welcome by some other cats somewhere (no slight to Rauncie and her loving brood). Kip adored her from the start and loves playing with her. My cat Ember has never liked her and still hisses at her occasionally even today.

After Arwen was fixed she started having litter box issues. She would piss in the litter box occasionally, but if the boxes weren't pristine she would use the tub or the bathroom floor. We put a second box in the bathroom, but the behavior continued. This eventually spread to the carpeted hall outside the bathroom. We would clean the carpet with Nature's Miracle and use another spray whose name I've forgotten to discourage her use of that area, but it didn't help. We would lock her in the bathroom for the day when she did this, visiting her frequently, making sure the boxes in the bathroom were clean. The behavior continued. We tried other techniques to try and discourage the behavior as well; I can't recall all of them.

Eva eventually put a thick plastic sheet and two more litter boxes in the hallway. She would use the boxes occasionally and then piss on the plastic. Eva removed one of the boxes and started using these "doggie diaper" sheets in the box out in the hall, our thought being that she didn't like a dirty box and that this box in the hall would be cleaner and drier (with the absorbent sheet below the grating of the box). We had three boxes for three cats. Arwen continued to use the box occasionally and then use the sheet outside the bathroom to urinate and defecate. Eva would clean the sheet frequently and change the lining in the box even more frequently.

Outside of the litter box behavior, she's also been known to claw at the paneling outside my door and to eat a plant of Eva's by the windowsill.

She is also incredibly cute, loving, playful, and has a wonderful if needy personality. I may complain about her "4am meetings" where she'd wake me up by running over me, mewing, and licking my hand, but a part of me really found this adorable.

We've recently been leaving the door to our apartment open to help keep things cool, as have our neighbors Sarah and Chris. Occasionally Kip or Ember have walked over to our neighbor's apartment. I do not know if Arwen has ventured over there or not. She loves people, especially Sarah who gives her catnip.
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This morning when I got up (thanks to the Lucente Homes "gotta test the smoke alarm" guy) I went into the kitchen to find Arwen eating Eva's plant in the window. I shooed her down. As I sat down at the table to make a batch of pancakes, I saw her squatting down on some plastic grocery bags on the floor. I shooed her away, but not before she pissed on them. I cleaned them up (using some orange-clean kitchen spray) and went back to cooking. Then I heard her scratching on the recyclables box under the table. I looked and she had pissed on some plastic garbage bags under the table. So again with the cleaning.

This is getting to be a really impossible situation. I love her to pieces, but not when she's going around pissing in the KITCHEN. I am at my wits end - which, granted, isn't very far.

Going out in a little while. Hopefully Arwen won't piss on anything else while I'm out.
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So far it's been a typical morning. My car was really unhappy having to drive me in the cold, despite her full winter coat having come in. I remembered to bring down the cat treats, though, so she purred warmly and the drive in wasn't all that bad.

It should be a pretty light day today, so I only took one Green along with my usual Blue and two Whites. Then again, I just had a minor NeurDisp ("Neural Disruptor" for those of you not working directly in the Flow). If I start getting many more, I may have to take a Vibrant Green just to make it until lunchtime.

One of my Alphas is on the fritz, blinking on and off. It's a bit distracting. I'll have to send a note to Maintenance about it.

OK, back to the Flow.
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Oklahoma Senator Wants To Bring Back Cockfighting - By Having Roosters Wear Little Boxing Gloves

You can't make this shite up.

In other news, I am prepared to have patches of skin freeze and break off when I leave the house shortly. Please tell me you'll still love me when I look like Mr. Patches.

Doing OK

Jan. 26th, 2005 03:39 pm
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I was home sick Monday and Tuesday but am back at work and kicking much arse.

But I've hit the wall and am tired and want to go home.

I'm also feeling a bit silly:


Jan. 20th, 2005 08:01 am
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It's snowing. I really, really don't want to go to work today because I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, and to top it all off it's snowing.

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If you have a paid account, LJ is extending it for 14 days due to the service outage:


Jan. 12th, 2005 04:23 pm
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Stolen from [ profile] queenmabwords

Give me the song and artist:

1. "We don't follow fashion. That'd be a joke!" - [ profile] milk_thistle

2. "I walk without a cut right through a stained glass wall." - [ profile] aylinn

3. "I'm not going down on my knees begging you to adore me." - [ profile] mrama

4. "So where are the strong? And who are the trusted? And where is the harmony? Sweet harmony!" - [ profile] acappellasinger

5. "So all alone I keep the wolves at bay. There is only one thing that I can say." - [ profile] milk_thistle

So it looks like [ profile] milk_thistle wins the NoPrize. Congrats!
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...would she end up looking like this?

Alexis in Sin City

(From the upcoming film Frank Miller's Sin City)
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Click here for one of the most disturbing comic strips I've ever seen.
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Taken from [ profile] freakitude:

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January 27th is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alice fell down a rabbit hole into a place where everything had changed and none of the rules could be counted on to apply anymore. I say, let's do the same: January 27th, 2005 should be the First Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day. When you post on that Thursday, instead of the normal daily life and work and news and politics, write about the strange new world you have found yourself in for the day, with its strange new life and work and news and politics. Are your pets talking back at you now? Has your child suddenly grown to full adulthood? Does everyone at work think you're someone else now? Did Bush step down from the White House to become a pro-circuit tap-dancer? Did Zoroastrian missionaries show up on your doorstep with literature in 3-D? Have you been placed under house arrest by bizarre insectoid women wielding clubs made of lunchmeat?

Let's have a day where nobody's life makes sense anymore, where any random LJ you click on will bring you some strange new tale. Let's all fall down the Rabbit Hole for 24 hours and see what's there. It will be beautiful.

For consideration: this only works if you spread the word, of course, but three and a half weeks is forever in LJ Meme Time.

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