As The World Falls Down

Posted 12:13 pm

Well, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy. Two computers, a trip to the Renaissance Festival, a three day cold, Norton Anti-Computer, a two new websites and a revamped TLOT3 later, I think I have some spare time to post a blog entry. Things have been happening fast, so here’s hoping I don’t screw up the order of events too much. Everything’s been a blur for the past month.

As my avid readers may remember, our old computer up and died spontaneously in December, and we completely failed to get it back up and running. But we also bought a new computer. A nice computer. A computer with Norton: the computer hating, money sucking, hypocritical virus eating virus, “anti-computer” on it. Guess what Norton does. Every day it reminds me I’m using a trial version and wants me to renew/upgrade and all that. Well, I figure why not? I do so and guess what the recommended option is? Renew online. It’s fast, easy and secure. Says so. NOT. No, it takes hours just for each step to load, it requires complicated jumping from the program to the website and then you have to do a bunch of steps it only tells you about after you’ve skipped one, and the secure part if a joke. Only I’m not laughing. After the install was “complete” I found my operating system so corrupt the computer was forced to restart every time Norton loaded. Since Norton is a virus itself, the only way to fix the problem was a complete restore of the OS, which meant a nearly complete loss of all our info. Again. Best Buy was nice and fixed everything, for a cost. Now I’m out $300 on top of the cost of renewing Norton. I’m still waiting for my refund, and I dread calling them back. I wish they’d hire people who spoke English better.

In the middle of everything was the Arizona Renaissance Festival. We had planned on taking a hoard of cash for shopping out there, but alas, we had to fix the computer. We did manage to afford a new hat for DeAnna, which she loves. There’s a “magical mime” called Arsene out there that is great! I hate mimes, but this guy is really more of a silent magician, and he’s hilarious. He involves members of the audience, usually to their dismay. The first 5 minutes or so of his act involves him getting annoyed at the constant interruptions, typically all the people who show up late (even though he’s starting early just to be annoyed by them). I love it!

Also on the plus side, I made a huge leap forward on tlot3.net. After a crash course in Dreamweaver and CSS2, and a sudden inspiration of what to do graphically with the site, I have a working template. Some fine tuning still needs to be done. I’m thinking my navigation under the main header is too large. I worry about shrinking those images smaller though. I might just replace them with text, but I really like having images there. I’ll just have to keep tinkering. Check out the look at http://tlot3.net/.

I’ve also got a few new sites. Inspired by one of the Hero System Champions books, I’ve registered and am now hosting foxbattalion.com. Mwahahaha!!! Foxbat is one of the classic villains of the Champions game, remaining pretty much unchanged from his insane perfection in 1st edition.

I also quit smoking.

Well, that’s it for now, time to get back to work.

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