Mauser

Wow

Suddenly a burst of activity in my friend's feed. it's like people are suddenly rediscovering LJ. Weird that it takes a Russian owned company to have a site with less censorship than the leading American social media sites.

(although for a moment there I was looking at what seemed to be a friends of friends feed. Not sure how to get back to that.)

(Also weird that all my replies seem to be screened. I don't recall setting that.)
Mauser

New Year's Post 2021

Going over the resolutions:

Write more: While still not up to my desires on my own projects, I DID sell a story to Chris Kennedy for "Gates of Hell". So Yeah, I actually did some writing I got paid for for the first time ever. This is a good thing. I'm ready for my Campbell award! Oh, right, they don't have that one any more. No thanks, I don't want the Woke version.

Get my comic collection under control: Absolutely nothing done in that regard. Catching up the database is just not happening. I'd be happier to actually READ more of what I've been buying. So perhaps this year is about tackling the To Read stacks (yes, plural, many plural.)

Shoot more. I did go out a couple of times. The steel targets made it a lot more fun, and the Rossi R-92 was a blast. My main concentration was on Reloading, although the Primer Shortage has put a crimp on that. Threw a ton of money at Midway on supplies, although at the end of the year I found out I'd been shorted on some stuff, and their online customer services was "It's been over 90 days, Suck it" but when I sent them snail mail, they actually took care of it. Hopefully the online hacks have been sacked.

BP is still all over the place. Still getting PVCs too. This was a really bad year for my weight. Back in March I even hit 225, but I really put it on in November and December, getting well into the 240's. My morning weight on the 31st was 238.3 (Although it was 237.3 the day before, but that's weaselly).

Financially, I'm in personal record territory. But my next goal is to kill the mortgage. Will probably take, I'm guessing two years, before the savings going up and the balance coming down intersect with some cash left over. I'm targeting $100K. Unless Biden fucks over the tax reform Trump put in where the Standard deduction is greater than my itemized deductions, there's no tax benefit to carrying a mortgage, and owning the title to my home is security you can't beat.

New Business: Clean up the whole damned house. I had gotten a start on the shop when I turned left and started loading up the ammo. But I've been confronted by just how dirty the less accessible parts of the house (Behind the TV, etc.) are thanks to cats throwing up there. I've been neglecting proper housekeeping for too long, and the junk is building up. My lawn really suffered this year too. (What's funny is I told the renters next door how to handle theirs, and they did a really good job, so it's a total reversal.)

With the new 3D Printer, the comment I'd made about the Rolling Ball Sculpture design has taken a new twist. Even now I'm teaching myself FreeCAD and designing a few parts that I originally had in mind for doing with wood.
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Photobucket Relents!

I was looking through my old Cooking topic posts to double check on a recipe (Veggie Stew), and I noticed something. All my pictures were back. It was a couple years ago the PhotoBucket decided to take everyone's embedded pictures hostage to try to force them to pay for their service. They even made it so people couldn't look at your online Gallery without at least getting an account.

You can imagine how well that extortion went. I figured few enough people see these things to warrant getting new hosting and editing all the links. But I didn't go through and delete the whole account either.

Now, magically, they are all back (and if embedded, they don't show a watermark, but if you open the image in a new tab, they do. Interesting.

I never got any kind of announcement about this.