Aby-a-Day – 5 March: “Night” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Night.”

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Every night, Björn and I talk to each other on FaceTime. Sometimes Jacoby joins us.

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He loves to hang out while we just spend time together. And one of his favourite things to do is rub up against the edge of the screen.

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Jake and Tessie both love to rub their jaws against the corner of the screen especially. Sometimes they also bite it, so I’d like to warn everyone who has a MacBook Pro with a Retina screen that they are NOT impervious to cat teeth. They have left bitemarks on my screen! Actual bite marks! So be very careful. I’m actually getting a screen protector to help keep them from damaging it any more. I haven’t had a chance to put it on yet (that is another story entirely, which I will eventually tell), so I can’t vouch for it personally, but it has pretty decent reviews on Amazon.

The people at the Apple Store had no idea that the screens were softer than cats’ teeth though, so I thought I’d let you all know. This has been a public service announcement. 🙂

Aby-a-Day – February 3: Wordless Wednesday (Facetime with Björn)

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Aby-a-Day – December 16: Wordless Wednesday (So…this happened)

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Aby-a-Day – December 15: Lust in my heart (Cartoon Tuesday)

Over the weekend, I had to go to the Apple Store on Boylston Street. While I was there, I had an awesome and fun conversation with two Apple Store guys, Max and Dan. We had an absolute blast talking about everything – especially cats.

At one point in our chat, Max took me over to see the new iPad Pro. Now, I just got an iPad last year, and I really can’t afford one now…but oh…there’s more to it than just the iPad itself. There’s the Pencil that goes with it. And Max also showed me a sweet little app by Adobe called Photoshop Sketch. He quickly showed me how it worked, and then invited me to try it out.

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So, of course I drew Jacoby. Max was impressed, but as you all know, I’ve been drawing cats for a few years now.

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Then, Max had me do a quick watercolour background. Neat thing about watercolours in Sketch: the pigment will spread, just like on paper, unless you turn on this little fan and dry it out.

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Once we had Jake and the background, Max showed me how to put them together…in Pages, a word processing program that reminded me a LOT of my old friend

Aby-a-Day – October 25: Have WiFi, Will Facetime (Selfie Sunday)

The MBTA Commuter Rail system is not the greatest in the world, and its infrastructure could use an overhaul…but it does have free WiFi on most trains.

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So, on the way home from the NEMO show last week, Jacoby and I FaceTimed with Björn while we rode the rail.

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FaceTime is a huge part of our relationship. I shudder to think what we would do without it. Thank you, Roberto Garcia.

Aby-a-Day – September 3: Finishing touches

I finished the iMac cat bed back in April, but it wasn’t really finished.

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It was definitely cat-bed ready…

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But there was still this huge gaping hole in the side where the I/O port and door once was.

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I had the keyboard, and the hockey puck mouse…

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…And I found a replacement I/O panel to fill the hole.

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And as good as that looked, it still didn’t look as good as it would it it had the original door, which would restore the iMac to its full native egg-shaped glory.

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It turns out, that I/O port door is a rare and sought-after item. Apparently, back in the day, these things were wont to fall off and get lost, so they’re kind of hard to find. Somehow, after a LOT of searching all over the world, I found Herb’s RetroTechnology Stuff and he had a deadstock, still-in-the-original-factory-packaging I/O port door with a Bondi blue porthole for sale at a reasonable price. He actually had more than one!

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Oh, what fun it was to peruse Herb’s shop! And then, ordering…well, it was like a trip back in time to 1997, when you used to pay for things you’d won on eBay with a money order, and your purchase wouldn’t ship until the seller received the payment! Good times! And, appropriate to the period of the iMac I was semi-restoring.

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And look how great it looks with the door!

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I love the porthole for the cables.

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I wanted to attach the keyboard and mouse semi-permanently – at least, I wanted the as attached as they’d be on a real computer. Since there was no real USB ports to plug the cable into, I just threaded it through the I/O port where it would have attached.

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Then I used cable holders inside the iMac to fasten the cables. I know it doesn’t really affect the usability of the cat bed as a bed, but I like it.

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I made a cushion for the bed with “Plug and Play” fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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My first bed wasn’t great, but Angel liked it.

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I had read some articles about making a washable pet mattress using shredded old clothes as stuffing, so I tried that.

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It was rather dense and somewhat lumpy, but it still seemed to make a pretty good bed.

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Or so I thought…stay tuned.

Aby-a-Day – September 2: Wordless Wednesday (“You call that a mouse…?!”)

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