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  • TV Automation Success!

    I had a breakthrough in re-automating my television series downloads today!  A few years back, I was using some random program that would grab torrent files for me and pretty much automated the download process for new TV shows, except for the sorting aspect.

    Yesterday I started looking into a program called Sonarr.  It does exactly what I was looking for, and a lot more!  It integrates with my torrent downloaded, and it even sorts the episode files into the proper directories on the Plex server. It also scans that files I already have and tells me what I’m missing!  I found quite a few random episodes of different shows here and there that I was missing for god knows what reasons.  I love this software!

    Tonight will be its first live test.  There are several shows on tonight that I download, so we’ll see how it works out.  It worked amazing in all my tests, and even helped me get some of the missing episodes.  (I had to go digging manually for some others as they were QUITE old and hard to find.)

  • Financial Madness

    UGH, I’m sick of money. We need to do away with money.  I got payed today, and after paying my bills, filling my gas tank, and buying cigarettes for the week, I have just over $100 left to make it to the next paycheck, which is two damn weeks away.  I hate weeks when my mortgage is due!!! And it doesn’t flipping help that gas has gone through the roof since the damn hurricane in Texas.  Sigh…..

  • Continuing Adventures of Buddy

    As I went to bed last night, I couldn’t find Buddy anywhere.  I even looked, but he’s a cat, and he didn’t want to be found.  I knew he hadn’t gotten out, as the doors hadn’t been opened since I last saw him, and all the windows were secure.  Slept all night, no sign of the cat.  Got up this morning, and found him sitting at the top of the basement stairs waiting for someone to open the door. He must have followed me down when I was doing laundry last night and gotten stuck.

    I really need to get a cat door installed in the basement door.  He’s fine though. He’s sitting in the window beside me having a staring contest with the neighbor cats.

  • Adventures with Hulu

    Yesterday I checked my bank account and noticed a $43.99 charge to Hulu that I had no clue about.  I went to log into my account to investigate, to find I couldn’t log in.  I did the whole “reset password” song and dance, but the email never showed up.  At this point, I was getting quite confused.  I opened up the Hulu app on my phone and found that my email address had been entirely changed.

    I ended up on the phone tonight with Hulu Support.  The nice lady on the other end was very helpful!  She reset my email back to the correct one and helped me reset my password.  She then rolled back the live TV package they had bought and is issuing me a refund.  Unfortunately, she couldn’t reset the connection to whatever device they were using the live tv on, so they would still have access to it for the month.  In the end we closed out my account and I get to go create a new one.

  • 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 🙂