Someone elseNet linked to the end title sequence
from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
, with the comment that this is a fine piece of short animation in its own right. They're not wrong, and furthermore it sent me scurrying over to Amazon for the complete soundtrack. I'm still not sure I want to watch the movie, but the score is by Thomas Newman and it's lovely; a number of the cuts went into various playlists. I do rather wish that the opening title didn't start with a cheesy special effect, because the rest of it is gorgeous but I don't want to hear the effect every time the song comes up. However, that's the only complaint I have.
So, I've been thinking for a while that I needed to get an Instagram account and use it to promote my business, and then my web host sent me a link to an article called "Instagram 101 for Small Business Owners". And a few days ago I sat down to set up an account. This proved to be easier said than done. Getting the account itself set up was no problem. And then...
- The article said the next step in the process was "Make sure you have a business account; this can be set from Settings." Only there was no Settings link anywhere. Not on the front page, not on the Edit Profile page (which was where I expected to find it), not anywhere that I could see. I'm in a Facebook group designed to help artists and artisans use social media, so I asked for help there.
- The Settings link is ONLY IN THE MOBILE APP, not on the desktop version. Okay, past that roadblock.
- A business account MUST be linked to a Facebook page, and to do that I have to turn on Facebook Platform Apps. This is something I've lived without perfectly well for over 7 years, but okay, I'll turn it on. And then go thru the rest of my FB security settings to lock down anything I don't want "platform apps" having access to, which is annoying but necessary.
- Then Instagram keeps telling me "No Facebook Page Detected" and suggests that I contact the page administrator (ME!) for permission to access the page. Back to the advice group, where a chance remark by someone else reveals the root of the problem. I had checked "Facebook" in the Connections section, but then I had to click on the icon -- and then
it gave me a choice of pages to link to. Oy gevelt. This is not quite
as bad as Tumblr, but it's not far from it.
So now I have an Instagram account. Still not sure how useful it's going to be, because apparently I can't upload any of the good pictures from my main photo archive -- only pictures on the cellphone, and the cellphone (bluntly) takes shitty jewelry pictures. But we'll see.
Russ managed to get the lithotripsy appointment to remove the second kidney stone, although not without a certain amount of sturm und drang
and a bit of worry that he'd miss the window and have to wait until November. But it got done, and that's one less potential disaster hanging over our heads.
To no surprise, I didn't get accepted for WHAM. I'll keep applying because it doesn't cost me anything to do so, but they're trying for a balanced mix of merchandise, they get way
more applications than they have room for, and my jewelry isn't that much different from a lot of other people's.
- Yard Cat has disappeared again. Given how bad he looked the last time we saw him, it's very likely that he's gone for good. :-(
- OTOH, we have a new contingent of backyard ferals. There's Brindle, who doesn't have a clipped ear but she's been coming around for close to a year now with no sign of kittens, so we're pretty sure she's spayed. She's a lot like Momcat, but her tail is severely abbreviated from some mishap. There's Mackerel, a pretty grey tabby male who sometimes hangs out with her, and then there's Tuxedo, who we see much more rarely. Occasionally he and Mackerel get into verbal disagreements, but it doesn't seem to reach the actual fighting stage.
- Once, just once
, we ran short of the outdoor cat food while Russ was gone, so I put out some of the indoor cat food just for one day until I could get some more of the other. Ever since then, Brindle will sometimes show up at the door and sit right next to the not-empty food dish, looking up expectantly when a human comes by the door. This means, "C'mon, I want the GOOD stuff!" and if we go get a small amount of the indoor food and put it in the dish she dives right in. That's a smart cat.
- Mackerel is very timid if he sees one of us in the yard. But for the past few days, he's been the one waiting outside the door for whoever comes out in the morning (usually Russ), and he stands up and puts his front feet on the glass
. He backs off just far enough to be out of reach when the door opens, and as soon as it's closed he has his nose down in the dish.
- Kitsune has blossomed. She spends most of her time on the floor now, although she still prefers to eat and drink from her own bowls over by the sticker shelves. She occasionally romps with Spike or Spot as well as with StripeyCat. And... she's not only decided that she likes laps, but she's learned that she can ask
for lap time and generally get it. But she's still a creature of ritual (her nickname is OCD-Kitty); the human has to sit down on the left-hand end of the sofa before she'll get into a lap. Once there, she usually settles in for quite a while; a couple of times one of us has had to get up before she was ready to leave, and she has protested vigorously! And she is every bit as deadly-cute as we knew she would be if she could ever get over being traumatized by Loki and Catgirl.
- I think StripeyCat's eventual name is going to end up being Captain Chaos. He's a climber par excellence
and enjoys gravity-testing things once he's up on top of something. It's obvious at this point that we seriously over-estimated his age at first; apparently he was one of those cats, like Spike, who get a lot of their growth early. He's not going to be a 20-pounder or anything like that, but he's bidding fair to rival Spike when he gets his full growth. And he's a very solid
cat -- there's a lot of muscle under that fur! Also, we found out that he likes feather toys, so I bought a few. There were a couple of days when the living room looked as if a chicken had exploded in it before all the ones that were easily pulled loose had been.
- Winnie has become much more interested in getting attention from me of late. I'll be sitting at the computer, and suddenly there's a little nose poking at my leg or ankle... and then a tongue... and if I still haven't noticed, then a nip
-- not an actual bite, more like just scraping her fangs across the skin to say, "Hey, I'm HERE, pet me dammit!"
- Loki has apparently chewed thru one of my speaker cords, so I'm running on one channel until Russ has enough time to splice the damage.
Schedule: We're going to be moderately busy over the next few months.
Sept 23-25 - FenCon (Hope to see some of you there!)
Sept 29-Oct. 1 - RealmsCon (Russ only, taking this one for Kris who double-booked himself)
Oct. 8 - Trying to arrange a get-together with some friends from Making Light who recently moved to Austin. This may turn into a RenFaire trip.
Oct. 14-16 - Time Eddy (Russ only, for Scott)
Oct. 22 - St. Matthews UMC Fall Festival (Lee only)
(St. Matthews is at North Shepherd and 43rd/Crosstimbers)
Oct. 28-30 - Alamo City Comic Con (Russ only, for Scott)
Oct. 29 - Samhain festival at Pixie's Intent (Lee only)
Nov. 4-6 - Austin Celtic Festival
Nov. 11-13 - Houston Bead Society show (I will be volunteering there if nothing else!)
Nov. 26 - Katy Budget Books Small Business Festival
(Russ is hoping to be off on a trip with Blair that weekend, so I'll be running the booth, but it's only going to be shirts.)
Dec. 3 - Wunderlich Farms Christmas Festival
(We hope -- they were supposed to be sending info soon, but I don't have it yet.)
Dec. 17 - Yule Festival at Pixie's Intent (Lee only)