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I can't stop crying and get get to sleep. My big beautiful black cat, Jessie, was found dead this evening. I went to call him in for bed and he didn't answer. Sicne he is always at my side - sleeps with me, sits with me while I write and follows me from room to room, I knew something was wrong. I called and called, but he didn't come. So, my husbands got out the flashlights and went looking. They found him already dead and cold on the side of the house. He must have been hit by a car and crawled back to our yard, dying literally under the window to our room. I ache that I couldnt' hold my poor Jessie when he was dying. He was such a wonderful loving cat who made my life better in ways that most peope will never get. I am heart broken. I can't imagine how lonely I will be with out him.

This seems so much to take after the week I've had. My mother was in a accident on Thursday, and I have been upset and frightened about her health. Frustrated by how little I can do for her and desparately hoping that she gets better soon. I have been barely holding it together through that, and now this. Jessie has been one of my greatest sources of comfort and joy and I feel like I failed him. He was so young and beautiful, so full of life and he didn't deserve to die like that. I can't stop crying.
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You are invited to my renaming ceremony and birthday party

Saturday, Feb. 13, 3 PM

On this, my 48th Birthday, I will be renamed "Dany" for a year and a day. I welcome people coming to participate in the ceremony and then staying to celebrate my birth and renaming afterwards! Please let me know if you'll be joining us!
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A friend of mine is doing a short anthropology about online dating sites for her college class. If you would give her a little bit of time to answer questions, she's appreciate it.

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Party celebrating Rowan’s 13th Birthday will be Saturday, June 13th.

His actual birthday was May 20th.

General participation for cake and ice cream will be 4-6 PM.

All ages welcome. People are encouraged to bring snacks to share.

The theme for this year’s party is Fairyland.

Guests are encouraged (but not required) to wear fantasy themed outfits.

(Hint: If it was in Midsummer Night's Dream or Lord of the Rings, it would probably work. Rowan will be Oberon, King of Fairyland. Titania and Puck are already spoken for as well.)

Please read the Rabbit Warren house rules to your child before bringing them to the party. Even if they have read the rules before, a refresher is important.

Presents are welcome but not required. Rowan doesn’t have a big need for things at this point. What he wants most is movie passes and other passes for adventures places. This year, Rowan is really into Dungeons and Dragons RPG, 4th Edition, so he would love to end up with a set of the books for that. Contact me if you are willing to buy one of them or contribute toward the set.

For the older kids:

After 6 PM, a smaller group of kids in his age group (ages 9 & up) are invited stay for a slumber party.

If your child would like to be included, please contact me to talk about this. They will need to follow our house rules and take directions from someone not their parent.

Each child will need to bring bedding and night clothes for themselves.

Given the warm temperatures, there may be water play – sprinklers or something. Please, have your child bring a swim suite if they wish to participate.

The sleepover kids will be fed pizza and juice. If this is a problem, please send alternative food with your child.

Sleepover children should be retrieved by their parents by 11 am, Sunday, unless otherwise arranged.

RSVP Requested!

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For those who have bought the story about it being a mistake, a glitch or a hacker causing problems in the Amazon search engines, I suggest you read this: Amazon's Glitch Myth Debunked

My non-fiction titles appear to have their rankings back but are still missing all the reviews left.

I am not just concerned over non-fiction books that have been "accidentally" labelled as "adult." I believe strongly that no censorship should be allowed. The deranking of adult selections is censorship. I have no trouble with them being marked as "adult," but being removed from the fair selection, review, and ranking system is absolutely unacceptable.

Write Amazon, defend your right to read what you want.


Apr. 14th, 2009 01:54 pm
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Is there anyone in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area that could put me up for a night or two on May 2? My son wants me to come see him play in the honor band he is playing in there.
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For those who have (or haven't) been following the Amazon Fail about their blatant censorship not only of "erotic" titles but all LGBT ones, I am chiming in to add that all three of my in print LGBT non-fiction titles are among those stripped of their rankings.


More information: Who moved my rank? Sales rank purged from Amazon

For those who don't understand why this matters. This will drastically hurt sales of the books that are marked this way. It means they will not come up in some of the searches, etc. Many sales on Amazon are from people buying books "like" the other ones they ordered. For more information see: Why do Amazon Ranks matter.
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We have updated our Rabbit Warren Mead page with new information and new flavors. If you would like to get one or more bottles, feel free to email the link there requesting trade rates. And, yes, we can ship it.

And I added cool photos!

Rabbit Warren Mead
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I have a video editing program, Studio Plus (v 10.8). I have been trying to figure out how to copy home movies into digital format so we don't loose them. Turns out the program doesn't work with just sound and S cable. It needs a video capture device to turn analog to digital. I don't know which device to use. Here are four on Amazon. Can anyone give me advice on this? (Or any other advice on this process?)

From least to most expensive:

EasyCap USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter with Video Editor Software

Diamond VC500 One Touch Video Capture Device

Dazzle DVD Recorder

Belkin F5U228 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 DVD Creator

Alternate suggestions welcome too on both hardware and software.
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We are going to see the play, Into the Woods tonight. There are still seats if anyone wanted to come along.

Golden State Theatre Productions Presents
Into The Woods
January 30, 31, February 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.
February 1 & 8 at 2 p.m.

Follow Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and , of course, a witch and more in this story that interweaves familiar fairytales in a most unfamiliar way! Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's brilliant musical explores fulfillment of dreams, dashing of hope, and the admonition to us all: Be careful what you wish for!

You can get more information here: http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/our-district/arts-calendar
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My family are all geeks and we will watch almost anything science fiction or fantasy. We love the "new" Battlestar Galactica series. So imagine my delight at this comic:

Spoilers for the last episdoe. Click here for sexy funny.
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I have joined the cult and now have a face book account. It is under Dawn Atkins and the email for it is purplerabbit13@gmail.com. I also have one under DM Atkins for my writing.

I am finding Facebook good for just the little snippets like what someone is doing now and for loading photos you will find several albums of recent photos of my family there. Feel free to friend me there.
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Was recently send a "more comprehensive" list of Fibromyalgia symptoms and was surprised to find some on the list I though were "separate problems" but didn't know why they were occuring. It's such a weird illness for the number of systems if affects and the way it varies in intensity both over time and between individuals.

Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
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There are a number of programs that can help you maintain multiple journals with mostly the same content. (Please, let me know if you do.) I thought I would post info here for folks who want to know.

Backing up your journals:

LJarchive: The most complete way I know of to back up both Livejournal and Insanejournal accounts, so you have a copy of not only every post but all comments, is with LJarchive. LJarchive is downloadable free but does not have support if you have trouble. There is a an comm [livejournal.com profile] ljarchive, where other users can sometimes help with problems. One of the nice things is that it can back up different journals including insane journal if you go to the "New Archive" option and save each one separately. It can export the journals for WordPress and other formats. Unfortunately, I don't know a way to export from LJ to IJ with this program. For that, I use LJ-Sec.You can download here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ljarchive/

Creating a copy at Insanejournal:

LJ-Sec: This program can also back up copies of multiple journals both at LJ and IJ. It also allows you to copy selected or all posts from one site to another. It does not allow you to copy the comments though. It can be downloaded here: http://www.mp3vcr.com/ljsec/

Posting to Both:

Semagic: This is primarily for posting new material to your journal. You can download the program here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/semagic/ The recent version will even let you post to multiple journals simultaneously such as both LJ and IJ. For information on how to do that, see this post: http://snapetoy.insanejournal.com/133401.html

I have been backing mine up since LJ issues arose back 2007. All of my current accounts are duplicated in both places. I don't think LJ is going away immediately but I don't really trust having everything in one place anyway. I am also planning on creating mirrored WordPress accounts, too. I had started to but ran into trouble with WP. Back to trying to figure that out.
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I don't expect LJ to go anywhere any time soon. But I do have mirrored accounts for all my LJ accounts at both livejournal and insanejournal including [livejournal.com profile] purplerabbit, [livejournal.com profile] rabbitvillage,and [livejournal.com profile] dmatkins.
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Just a reminder for those who might not have heard or might have forgotten:

We have a Rabbit Village LJ community and yahoo mailing list for events and other news of the Rabbit Warren. Both require we approve, so if you apply, please let us know who you are when you do. These lists are restricted to people who we actually kinow since invitations to our house are part of them.

For the LJ see: [livejournal.com profile] rabbitvillage

Subscribe to rabbitvillage

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The trip we were planning on Dec. 31st was cancelled by that company. We are changing to the Sat. Dec. 27 trip run by The Oceanic Society. Anyone who would like to join us is free to register by contacting the Oceanic Soiety. Information can be found at: http://www.oceanicsociety.org/halfmoonbay
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Just a heads up to folks. Please do NOT send text messages to the cell phones of [livejournal.com profile] uncledark, [livejournal.com profile] redhatmary or myself. Our service charges extra for each one.