I haven't been online terribly much lately due to a couple factors. The first is that we've been having very hot weather, and my laptop has overheating issues and often can't stay cool enough. I am working up the courage to take it apart and see if the cooling system needs cleaning. But for now, most of the day, I don't even try turning it on. Today is a nice, random overcast day, a real treat for early August. Anything less than triple-digit is nice at this time of year.
I just hope it doesn't produce more dry lightning and light more fires... Oregon is already on fire plenty. There are at least two wildfires within about 15 miles of my home, and I'm very grateful to the fire crews out there working so hard to contain and extinguish them. I commiserate with my fellow deviants also living in fire areas.
The other annoying thing is that my laptop's monitor is messed up, and it makes enjoying artwork hard. I do believe that the wires through the hinges to the monitor are damaged, and the result is intermittent glittering green and pink pixels all over the place. It has been messed up for a couple years now (starting one darned week after the one-year factory warranty expired, of course). Years ago, I stopped opening/closing it or adjusting the monitor angle unless absolutely necessary, and that helped. But it's still slowly been getting worse, and now it can be pretty hard to get the glittering pink and green pixels to stop long enough to appreciate somebody's deviation. Thankfully it either doesn't affect or doesn't show on DA's gray-green, but the artworks themselves look pretty bad.
Pretty sure I could fix that by buying new wires for like $14. But I won't, because HP can bite me for building a laptop that could even get this sort of damage from being used normally. I did not do one thing to this HP ProBook 4525s that I did not do to my old Dell Inspiron E1505 for five years, and it has zero monitor problems. Heck, the old Dell is over 8 years old now, being used every day by my father, and still has no monitor issues. Or overheating issues. I doubt I will ever buy another HP model laptop ever again. It processes and runs fine and all (within the constraints of its overheating issues), but physically it is very disappointing after the standard set by my first laptop, the Dell.
In other news, one of our cats, Artichoke, was just diagnosed with cancer. She's currently recovering from surgery to remove a large mass, and has a four-inch incision on her chest to show for it. Plus one of those hilariously adorable Cones of Shame. And a hilariously adorable medical fur clipping. However, the cancer appears to be spread around her thoracic cavity. Given her age and the proximity of the masses to her lungs and heart, we are deciding not to pursue chemotherapy or radiation therapy, feeling that it would just make her miserable and endanger her life without much chance of success to make up for it. We just want her to be happy and comfortable for whatever time she has remaining. Quality of life.
She has another vet appointment in about a week and a half, and I'll find out more about the options then.
Anyway, that's a little update on things. Hope everybody is having a good summer. Take care.