May 24th, 2014

birds, peaceful

Curious mind is curious!

My Mom took lots and lots of childhood photos with a 110 film camera and I'm sorting through some of them. As you might guess, I was born in 1977. I notice that in most of the photos, the subject is always in the left side of the frame, almost to the point of being cropped. Is there an explanation for this, like an eyesight problem, or could it just be just a flaw of the camera? The pictures are not blurry, so it is not as if the camera shifted when the shutter was pressed. Is Mom just a lousy shutterbug? The pattern is so consistent that I am baffled.

I know about the rule of thirds, and that centering the subject is a surefire way to create a bland photos, but I'm not sure cropping, dynamism and tension where what she was going for with a picture of me and my great-grandmother :-D
girl\\cat hair

Cats and Dogs!

My boyfriend asked me to move in with him.  He has a 120lb American Bulldog.  I have a black cat who has a history of being scared of dogs,  and a tabby maine coon.  We already discussed separating the upstairs from the basement (it's a split level ranch),  and  the cats downstairs with my office,  and his dog upstairs where the living room & kitchen &  bedrooms are. 


Any suggestions for how to best separate them?  We are looking at putting up a door,  but I want to explore other options. 


Also best way to help my one cat adjust? 


DK/DC: tell me a story about your pets!


moving mp3 files around

My hard-won DOS 3.3 command line skills are of no use to me! I'm having the hardest time bringing outside .mp3 files into my music library and accessing them usefully in Windows Media Player. Any suggestions or pointers to detailed helpfiles would make me almost obnoxiously grateful.

Example: I'm doing volunteer shifts at a radio station and the on-air product is autosaved in 15 minute blocks as .mp3 files. I download the files from my shift onto a flash drive and bring it home. My goal is to save the files to a folder, then access the files with Windows Media Player, give them useful labels in the title / artist / album / date fields, and listen to them when I like.

So far I can create a desktop folder and put them in it, and have Media Player find it. But the files are being double-listed in Media Player, and appear under the "other" category. I'm having similar problems bringing in and saving a large number of music .mp3s that I backed up onto an external hard drive from my previous computer. I thought I restored from backup okay, but each song appears twice in the player and I can't get them to simply transfer to my current machine and continue working after I disconnect the external drive.


(no subject)

tqc, my apartment recently changed rules and I am now allowed to have a dog! (no breeds like pit bull, rottweiler or anything like that). I am considering getting a pug, since they are adorable and I have a good size studio apartment. I also have a 4 year old cat with IBS.. do you think it'd be best to get a young dog or a puppy so that he or she can grow up around my cat and there might be less of a risk for conflict?

also, if you have ever had a pug, what is their temperament usually like?

Quickly removing hair dye

Does anyone know of any home products that can strip hair dye from hair? (other than washing up liquid which I heard is bad for hair)

I have Stargazer Magenta in my hair (which normally lasts about 2-3 washes) on occasion and I would like to be able to quickly remove it if I get film/tv extra work