• Buddy’s Great Adventure

    I’ve been meaning to post this for over a week now, so here we go.

    The Escape Hole

    Day 1
    On Sunday, May 28th, Buddy escaped.  He ripped a hole in a screen window on my desk.  I got home and discovered the hole not long after it happened, as Mike and I pretty quickly found him underneath the big tree on my front lawn.  I went out with his treats and got down to climb under the tree, but as soon as I shook his treats he bolted.  We proceeded to chase him around the house twice, but realized he was WAY too fast for us.  Last we saw him, he ran down the other side of the neighbor’s house and vanished.

    Day 3
    He turned up again two days later on the the 30th, where he made an appearance in the kitchen.  As soon as he saw Mike, he bolted back out the door.

    Day 5
    On the 1st, I was sitting in my office and I heard the food bowl clank in the kitchen.  By the time I got there to investigate, there was no cat.  I then got devious and rigged the screen door so I could quickly close it from my desk in case I heard him inside again.

    Day 6
    The next night, I kicked it up a notch by setting up a webcam watching the back door so I could see if he came inside.  Saw him twice that night, but both times I didn’t wait for him to get far enough inside and the door made a sound that spooked him before I could trap him.

    Day 7
    On June 3rd, Perry showed up with a live trap for me.  Spent that night with the live trap setup in the kitchen and the webcam watching it.  Saw him come in once, but he took one look at the trap and went into the other room and then right back out.  I fell asleep on the couch that night, and was awoke at 1:30 in the morning when the trap went off.  I caught one of the neighbor cats. He was not very pleased with me.

    The next few nights we kept up with the live trap, and then without and didn’t see much.

    Day 9
    June 6th at 1:31am comes around, and he strolls on in and starts meowing for attention.  He was very happy to see me, and has made no attempt to get back out since.  Poor Buddy had burdocks stuck all through his tail.  We had to cut the worst out with scissors.  He had bug bites all over him, and several days Mike found two ticks on him.  We got them both out and he’s had no signs of rings.  He does have a wound on his tail that he wouldn’t let me get near for about a week.  Then he randomly spent a morning pulling all the hair out from around it on his own, and now its healing nicely.

    A few days after he came back, I made an interesting discovery.  I hadn’t noticed before, but one of the neighbor’s cats looks JUST like Buddy.  Like, from a distance, easily mistakable.  I’m wondering now if the cat I kept seeing indoors on the cam wasn’t Buddy at all?  And the few times we heard the food dish but didn’t see anything could have been ANY of the neighbor cats (there’s a whole gang of them).  It makes me wonder though, as he’s made no attempt to get out again and he was so loving when he got home.

    He’s home and very happy now. He’s much more cuddly than he used to be, and hardly leaves my side 🙂

  • Web Design Weekend

    New WayFar Design Logo

    I spent this weekend doing a ton of web design work.  I’ve made some major updates here on Sethen.com, including making the damn site finally work properly.  I also started work on a website for my latest client.

    My website has been acting up for SOME time now.  Every time I’d go to edit something, I’d get random errors. Server 500 Errors were running rampant, and I had to switch the site out of HTTPS just to edit the menu. Things were out of hand.

    I backed up the entire website, and practically rebuilt it piece by piece to find what was causing my problems.  I also kept running the site through GTMetrix to help me work out my load errors.  In the end, I found that two plugins were behind my woes – the one that auto-posted to Facebook, and the one that connected my site to my Piwik Stats site.

    I found ways to replace the functionality of both of these, and we’ll see how it goes.  I also managed to remove about a dozen plugins I didn’t need anymore, and removed several dozen files from the internal structure of the site that were years out of date.

    All in all, everything is running better now.  I also managed to figure out the built-in mobile version of my theme, instead of using the ugly one that looked nothing like my site.  My site is now truly mobile-friendly.  I also updated the logo for WayFar Design, as seen above 🙂

    Stonington Library
    My newest client is the Stonington Public Library.  I spent a good portion of Saturday setting up and designing their new website.  I’m not ready to show it off publicly yet, so don’t go looking for a link 🙂

  • Adventures in Homeowning

    So last Friday, I ran out of oil.  For once, Heat is not the issue, but I do enjoy the luxury of hot water.  I had to wait till Monday to call and order oil, as they aren’t open on the weekend.  They assured me it would be delivered on Tuesday.  At 4pm on Wednesday, I still had no oil.  I called and they apologized for falling behind, assured me it would be delivered this morning.  On the way to work this morning, they called to make sure someone would be here to let the guy in so he could make sure my furnace started. I said yes, as Mike was sleeping on my couch.

    Turns out they never knocked, never tried to come in.  Furnace has oil, but as best I can tell it needs to be bleed or some shit.  So here I am, still wishing I had goddamned simple HOT WATER.  I’m so done with this shit…..

  • Magekeep & Sagehold Updated

    To finish out my 5th Anniversary projects, I did some major updates to the Sagehold and the Magekeep.  They had gotten quite out of date and needed some upgrades.

    The Sagehold gained a new entrance wing with a new entrance and balcony, as well as some needed office/study space.  It also saw some needed upgrades to the dormitory and the dining hall.

    The Magekeep finally has its own entrance, next to the Imperial City Arena (instead of having to get to it through Cair Denbar).  I also expanded and overhauled the main hall, renaming it Wizard’s Hall.  The final touch was the addition of the Ravenry Tower, which sits atop the fourth and final mountaintop at Cair Denbar.

    Click here for full sets of pictures of both locations.

  • Laptop Woes

    My laptop has been doing worse lately…  rebooted 4 times on me the other night while simply trying to load a website.  Its a known defect in my logic board, etc etc.  I’ve looked it up before, there was even a program from Apple to get it fixed but naturally that expired last April.

    Problem is I need to do something.  I can’t afford to replace the poor thing, as my dream MacBook Pro is FAR too expensive right now, and I don’t want to get a PC Laptop, as my master plan still involves building a PC Desktop for gaming.  The best option I’ve been able to come up with is to replace my logic board, but that isn’t cheap either.

    Logic Board Replacement

    Thats what I’ve found to be my best option.  Its the next level up from what I currently have, which gives me a whopping upgrade in video memory to 512MB!  That would be amazing, so it kinda makes this worth-while.  Problem is now I need to find $400.

    My Birthday is coming up, actually one month from today. Anyone wanna donate to the Seth Needs a Laptop Birthday Fund?

  • Server Frustrations

    So after a long day at work with my coughing fits and congested head, I got to come home and spend over three hours attempting to repair my server.  Apparently the root drive of my Debian install filled up for some reason last night.  Usually its simple to fix, but this time it wasn’t the usual “too many old kernels” issue.  In the end I couldn’t figure out what to remove safely, so I ended up restoring to a backup I had created in November.

    This worked, and actually revealed to me what HAD to have eaten up all the space – Plex.  Now my video library is on a different partition, but the server software itself downloads tons and tons of metadata, in the form of pictures, posters, backgrounds, tv show music, actors, etc etc.  I realized this after loading Plex back up and seeing all the data it had to re-download and regenerate.  I managed to move the storage of all this crap onto the big partition before I spent an hour and a half fixing it all.

    Now I just have to do over 230 updates to get Debian back up to where it was.  On the bright side, there is now plenty of free space on the thing.  Stupid server.