First, a fast catch-up:
iPodling and I are very happy together, even if she's less than half full with music. I picked up a couple of rubbery iSkins -- one in PINK and one that glows teal in the dark -- and even picked up a car-charger as well as replacing the USB cable I lost (I'm sure it's still in the house somewhere). I'm pretty much replacing the pile of CDs I keep in my car, which is good on many levels.
As some may not know, as susandeer was preparing to get a needed operation, I started plotting (and drawing!) silliness for her
First, a fast catch-up:
iPodling and I are very happy together, even if she's less than half full with music. I picked up a couple of rubbery iSkins -- one in PINK and one that glows <u>teal</u> in the dark -- and even picked up a car-charger as well as replacing the USB cable I lost (I'm sure it's still in the house <i>somewhere</i>). I'm pretty much replacing the pile of CDs I keep in my car, which is good on many levels.
As some may not know, as <lj user="susandeer"> was preparing to get a needed operation, I started plotting (and drawing!) silliness for her <a href="http://www.doemain.com/index.cgi?date=20040628" title="Make sure to read Sue's comic!" target="_blank">webcomic</a>... I got at least the first one done, hopefully I'll have a few more finished in the near future... as well as coloring all them in. (heh, heh, heh...)
<a href="http://www.Anthrocon.org" title="World's largest furry con!" >Anthrocon</a> was a blast... it might've been a bigger blast if I had any new product to sell and if I had managed to get out from my dealers' table more often, but I was busy doing sketchbooks and yapping with friends. And that's a good chunk of what makes these cons so fun, so I did well in that respect. The new <a href="http://www.CopicMarkers.com" title="The best alcohol-based graphic markers to date!" target="_blank">COPIC</a> markers were heavily used at the con (Thanks, <lj user="Kagur">!) and I even made a few custom buttons. I did have one new thing to sell, though: <a href="http://www.wyrmkeep.com/" title="A classic adventure game returns!" target="_blank">Inherit the Earth</a> has returned from the dead!! Better than that, Wyrmkeep sent me copies of both the PC and Mac versions plus the new Adventurers Guide... which I sold out of. Yay!
One of the few downsides to the con was my foot. I already had a date set for surgery, the week after the con, but the darned plantar fasciitis really kicked in during the convention. At least my thumb was behaving -- the orthopedic surgeon gave me a cortisone shot (<b><u>very</u></b> painful!) and I had my hand wrapped for a while, and finally the tendon released (whew! I don't want another operation!) so all is well there, now. How long it'll last is uncertain, hopefully at least a year or two. But back to my foot... I ended up limping about half the time during the con. No fun.
The surgery went well... I didn't feel a thing. :D Even better, I only needed to take the perscribed Percocet for the first 2 days after surgery. Yay!
And so now we're current... my foot is dressed, pressed, cinched, and bound in a 'cam walker' or walking cast. Which I'm not allowed to walk on, at least for another two weeks, when the sutures come out. After that, I don't know how much longer I'll have to hop along with one foot and crutches; it'll depend on the doctor. Once I get the okay to start putting weight on it, though, I get to start physical therapy... and learn to walk all over again.
In the meantime, I'm to keep the foot elevated to my hip level, and I'm on a heavy-duty antibiotic which has its own set of nasty side-effects to deal with (nothing like getting infections because you've killed off all the <i>good</i> bacteria that normally prevents it!) I had an experience getting to see "I, Robot" (never had to keep my foot raised in a car before, let alone in a theater... thankfully, the theater had plenty of space available so I didn't feel guilty taking up a seat on two rows).
So now, I'm teaching myself Dreamweaver, a really good web authoring tool; exploring the coolness that is <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/" title="Mozilla's NextGen browser!" >Firefox</a>; and getting some art done when I'm not wilting from the humid heat (which continues this weekend, darnnit!) I'm plugging away at several projects that don't require a lot of mobility... whee!
You gotta love Mozilla's logo for Firefox, which (by the way) is the translation of the Chinese name for the Red Panda!
<a href="http://getfirefox.com/" title="Get
Firefox - The Browser, Reloaded."><img src="http://www.mozilla.org/products
/firefox/buttons/header.png" width="305" height="150"
border="0" alt="Get Firefox"></a>
Top Ten reasons to grab Firefox:
10. The wonders of open-source: active bug fixes, communication with developers, and extensions!
9. No security holes like some major browsers are known to have (IEeeeeee!!)
8. Built-in privacy, pop-up blocker, and extensions for more...
7. Data migration and importing of bookmarks/favorites from IE and Netscape.
6. Did I mention extensions? I mean they've already got over 100, from adding buttons and mouse movements to chat clients and developer tools!
5. Really cool logo!
4. More extensions, like Themes, and even a LiveJournal client. No way? <a href="http://deepestsender.mozdev.org/" title="Deepest Sender client for Mozilla!" >WAY</a>!!
3. It's Fast... blindingly FAST!
2. Amazingly tiny! Download is only 4.7mb! Heck, my coug'r was running the program from a USB thumb drive!
... and the #1 reason is: Any reason to stick it to Billy Gates is a good one!