27 thoughts on “Live, Damn You! Live!

  1. DebG February 27, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Kitty’s worryface is priceless.

    • Murray C. February 28, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Same reaction here – so intent!

  2. Caz February 27, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Kitty looks so worried! This is a very common practice in my household! The good thing with having sheepies is i can re-stuff the toys with wool, which seems to have the same effect as catnip 😉

    • Claire February 27, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      You have sheep?! Does that mean you have cute pictures of those sheep to share with us?!

      • Caz February 27, 2017 / 7:03 pm

        I had tried to post a photo in the comment section before, but the file was too big, just like Missy-Moo the sheep, she’s a little too “big” heehee, maybe i can send some to Mike and he can decide if they are cute enough to post 🙂

          • caz February 27, 2017 / 9:37 pm

            Email was blocked, the sheep aren’t dangerous, honest!

        • Claire February 27, 2017 / 7:21 pm

          Oooh yes, please send them. What breed are your sheep? Every year at the state fair I’m always fascinated by all the different types of sheep. They’re all so cute!

        • Blue Footed Booby February 28, 2017 / 9:07 am

          @CAZ
          Folks on the interwebs have wildly varying levels of technical knowledge and skill. I’m a professional nerd (I computer for a living) and procrastinating on actual work, so please allow me to deliver unsolicited advice.

          The file is likely too big in filesize because it’s too big in dimensions. Digital cameras generate enormous images with zillions of pixels, and often use a type of image file that preserves perfect quality at the cost of even huger file size. To get the file size down you need to resize the image, and potentially change the file type.

          Unfortunately, most versions of Windows don’t have built-in software that does a good job of this. The easiest thing to do is download Paint.Net at http://www.getpaint.net/download.html . It’s free image editing software, like a much-expanded version of Microsoft Paint. You can find tutorials on the internet for all sorts of crazy editing, but what you need is simple.

          What you need to do:
          1. Download and install the application. Don’t worry, it’s safe. Trust the Booby.
          2. Run it, and use File->Open to load your image. Or just drag the image from the desktop or the file explorer into the application window.
          3. Click the Image dropdown, two over from File. Select “Resize”
          4. Make sure the “Maintain aspect ratio” box is ticked.
          5. Type whatever size you want into the width or height boxes. That ticked checkbox makes it so you can edit height OR width and the other will update accordingly. If the photo is straight from a camera it will be something huge, several thousand pixels on each side. You want something more like 1000 wide, which is a little bigger than the corgi mom from yesterday.
          6. When you’re done, hit OK.
          7. Click File, then “Save as…”
          8. Select “JPEG” in the filetype dropdown. Choose a name, preferably one different from the full-size original (I like to use the original filename with “resized ” stuck on the end) and hit ok
          9. A new box opens that lets you adjust compression. This lets you trade quality for file size. You’ll see a file size, given in kilobytes (KB) to the right, above the preview. Adjust the slider until that number is under 50.
          10. Hit ok, then post the new version of the file you just saved
          11. If all else fails, just send them to Mike

          This may be more specific instructions than you needed, but hopefully it helps somebody.

          • allein 🐾 February 28, 2017 / 9:20 am

            Hmm…I have paint.net on my computer. I usually use MS Picture Manager and just resize it by a certain percentage (depending on how big the original is), then save and check the file size, and repeat as needed until it’s small enough. Haven’t played with paint.net…I’ll have to try your method next time.

          • Caz February 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

            Thank you! I probably tried to send too many also, i love taking photos but the whole technical side on the old ‘pooter always confuses me 🙂

            • Laura February 28, 2017 / 2:08 pm

              Caz, pictures are big enough that you can usually only send a few, and mail software strictly limits how many megabytes each message + attachments can contain. For Gmail, it’s around 25 megabytes. So if your pictures are 5-6 megs each, you can see how limiting that is in terms of numbers. Your own mail program may allow bigger files, so check to see. It will also be limited by Mike’s email system, of course. I usually only send 2-3 pics per email to anybody just to be safe.

              • Caz February 28, 2017 / 6:07 pm

                Thank you, yeah it’s gmail, usually it will say the files are too big to send, but it sent and i got an automated email back saying it had been blocked 🙁
                I’ll be trying again with just a couple of woolly pics 🙂

          • debg February 28, 2017 / 9:59 am

            BFB, I always trust my booby. Thanks SO much for the instructions.

            • Haha February 28, 2017 / 12:54 pm

              I too, trust the booby.
              Although I don’t have time right now to try and play with this to figure it out, thank you for the directions to try at a future date!
              😉

              • fkaWaldenPond February 28, 2017 / 4:23 pm

                I will trust the Booby too! I will download this, this coming weekend. Thanks Booby! 🙂

          • SoccerSue February 28, 2017 / 11:38 am

            I’ll have to give this a try. I use Adobe Lightroom and have tried saving photos adjusting the file size to 50 kB, but I usually get a message saying it’s not possible to save them at that size. I’m not all that good at lightroom yet, so it may be something I’m doing wrong.

            • Blue Footed Booby March 1, 2017 / 8:18 am

              I’m not familiar with Lightroom, but I’d be surprised if it couldn’t do something similar.

              Though I also wouldn’t be surprised if doing it in Paint.Net were faster, especially if Lightoom isn’t already open.

          • Emsthemonster February 28, 2017 / 2:12 pm

            I appreciate it so much when IT people are able to explain things in a way that even simple monsters can understand it!
            Thank you very much, BFB

            • Blue Footed Booby March 1, 2017 / 8:19 am

              You’re very welcome!

    • ^oo^ February 27, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      It may not be possible to repair the toy the next time. Pre-existing conditions will not be covered under the new administration.

      • allein 🌼 February 27, 2017 / 10:57 pm

        Tee hee 🙂

      • debg February 28, 2017 / 10:00 am

        Sad but true.

      • Faye February 28, 2017 / 11:14 am

        Bingo!

  3. Caz February 27, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    We have 3, all rescued from market, one pure bred Dorset and the other two are cross Suffolk. I will just say that if they’re photos are posted, i’ll have to feed them extra grain with chopped up mangles and beets as payment, they are quite the divas!

    • Claire February 28, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful! Suffolks may be my favorite! They’re so classic with their cartoonish contrasting colors.

  4. allein 🐾 February 27, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    My cats are so boring compared to some of the things I see here.

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