calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-07-21 08:35 am

Rest In Peace To Bartusiak, Fasano, And Garner

Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.

John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.

James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.
calliopes_pen: (amberleewriter I was Death)
2014-07-07 06:38 am

Highlander Marathon

If anyone on my friends list is interested, Syfy will be showing various episodes from season 5 of Highlander, beginning at 7 AM CST, and ending around 2 PM. First up: Revelation 6:8.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-29 12:24 pm

Rest In Peace, Meshach Taylor

Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.

calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc and Clara)
2014-06-15 01:43 pm


A meme, taken from a few people on my friends list:

Tell me one thing about me that you see as a defining characteristic or trait, from my personality to my writing.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-15 11:38 am

Rest In Peace, Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.

I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
2014-06-05 12:48 pm

Rest In Peace, Kirsten Bishop

Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)

I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
calliopes_pen: (pureglasscup Shadowcat See Ya)
2014-05-27 10:24 am

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I went to see Days of Future Past by myself yesterday afternoon, at the 1:15 PM 2D Digital showing. Or, rather, 1:45, due to 30 minutes of previews, and random commercials.

Due to a particularly urgent need, (four glasses of tea before going since it was 90 degrees, you figure it out) I left the minute the end credits began. I already knew the gist of what happened in the end credits scene, and I located a low quality version of it a couple hours ago on Youtube.

Without spoiling (spoilers are welcome in the comments, though) anything, I will say that I loved it.

calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon legend blue box TARDIS)
2014-05-23 12:34 pm


Taken from several on my friends list:

If I was a god, what kind of god would I be?

Bonus if you add some mythos about me.

calliopes_pen: (redscharlach Cyberman head grabs ankles)
2014-05-18 10:08 am

Lurker Amnesty Day

Taken from several on my friends list:

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that. Hey, just wave at me, if that's all you want to do and say hi.
calliopes_pen: (dirkdigital Killer Bank Door MST3K)
2014-05-17 10:09 am

Fixing The Site's Format

If you don’t care for the new layout on Livejournal and you haven’t already found the way back, here’s how you can change it back to the old style. Massive kudos go out to [ profile] sallymn for finding it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-04-30 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc magnifying glass)
2014-04-24 01:16 pm

Antivirus Poll

In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Poll #15272 Which Antivirus Should I Switch To?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

Pick One--Or Both, If You Love Them Equally

View Answers

Avira Free Antivirus
0 (0.0%)

Emsisoft Anti-Malware
0 (0.0%)

calliopes_pen: (brown_betty Bad Bat)
2014-04-24 07:46 am

So Much Spam

In the last few days, I have had four spam comments from anonymous journals hit my most recent Livejournal posts. Annoying, but they are being cleaned up within a couple hours of them being posted. Thankfully, I always have it screened for comments if it's someone that hasn't friended me or if it's an anonymous post. It seems to be simply random gibberish.

Edit: And there's another one, to this very entry on LJ as of 10:15 AM. Deleted that one, too.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn disaster of the day Hammond)
2014-04-09 10:31 am

Warning: Heartbleed In OpenSSL--Don't Panic

The Heartbleed security vulnerability seems to be affecting a large portion of sites that use OpenSSL on their platform. If you haven’t already heard of it, here are a few links that explain what Heartbleed is, and how it could expose passwords and other sensitive data, such as credit card information.

Github has a list (last updated 2 hours ago, as I post this) to determine whether or not a particular website is vulnerable to Heartbleed. Dreamwidth has determined that they seem to be okay, and has a good explanation as to what could happen where they’re involved in this [site community profile] dw_maintenance post. I haven’t seen a statement from Livejournal as of yet.

A few tools were posted in this comment that help to determine a site’s vulnerability on an individual basis. If it isn’t vulnerable, feel free to change the passwords if you feel that you need to. If a site I were registered with happened to be affected, the best advice I’ve seen (and that I agree with) is to wait until it is no longer vulnerable.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
2014-03-27 12:12 pm

Importing Could Happen Soon

The old Yuletide archive is scheduled to be imported to Ao3 in May if things go well. If I’ve read everything correctly, once the transfer is complete, the old archive will be deleted. As comments won’t be included in the transfer, those will be gone. So save them if you need to. There was only one where I needed to save any comments, and I’ve already done so in an html file.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2014-02-24 01:00 pm

Rest In Peace, Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis has passed away, at the age of 69, as a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis,” which he had been battling since 2010. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered by his fans as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, as well as being the co-writer of both that, as well as Groundhog Day, in addition to many other great films which I now realize I haven't had the good fortune to see.

He will be greatly missed. And with that news, I’m off to rewatch the first Ghostbusters movie, in his memory. Egon was always my favorite of the team.
calliopes_pen: (tsunderes Oracle is watching)
2014-02-14 09:47 am

Upgrade Complete

Yesterday evening, I installed Windows 7. Today, I am slowly reinstalling all of my programs. I like it so far, even if there's a bit of an issue with the Desktop portion at the moment.

Everything has become so tiny. (It was so big a few icons took up half the screen, but I fixed that--I just don't know how, and now everyone must squint.) I'll figure it out later. I have installed: IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Avast, PC Tools Performance Toolkit, Adfender, Flash for Youtube, Java so a couple sites I use will work right, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I need to install a few more things.

I successfully installed Windows Office 2000, so my ancient Word works okay. It also automatically compensated during the installation, and decided to get rid of the black bars at the edges of the Toshiba television screen--so everything fits the screen now. I need to adjust to it.

And now, a comparison: When Dad accidentally wrecked the computer and had to reinstall everything long ago when I was in college, it took him 12 hours to get XP reinstalled. This doesn't account for the time it took him to reinstall programs, but he says that was the length when he first set it up, too. My installation of Windows 7? Approximately 35 minutes. Although, that may have something to do with not having installed over 100 Windows Updates for it. I'll get on that later. When I've researched which ones could mess something up.

I will eventually delete the windows.old folder, when I'm certain that I have all the right versions of particular programs reinstalled. In my old XP, we couldn't get programs to make icons on the Desktop. Windows 7 does it without any hiccups. It also seems to be successful in creating System Restore points without my direct intervention every morning. XP couldn't (at least not on mine, no matter what was done).

calliopes_pen: (sallymn road to hell paved with adverbs)
2014-02-05 02:55 pm

Upgrade In Progress...Soon

Due to the fact that support for Windows XP ends in April, I have been preparing to upgrade to Windows 7. Dad has 8 on his newer (his old one imploded at long last) laptop, but I think I would prefer Windows 7 Home Premium. So far, based on running Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor*, everything should be okay.

So until I purchase an upgrade from Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Amazon, I’m reading up on all the changes that I can. Since I have Windows XP, I know that I’ll need to wipe out everything via reformatting the hard drive, and reinstall all my programs once I’ve got it in.

However, does anyone know if Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit would be able to run Windows Office 2000 Professional? Because I would like to be able to use that version of Microsoft Word, and not somehow mess up all my files. I’ve already read enough posts across several forums to know that Outlook Express wouldn’t work, and I’m fine with that. I’m just finding conflicting reports on people who were able to get Office up and running.

Windows Professional has XP Mode—however, as I would only need it for Word, I don’t have to have it. I can try to locate an older version of Office that still used the doc extention, and looked similar to 2000.

*I am honestly amused by the fact that my printer from 1997 is still compatible.