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13 December 2007 @ 12:57 pm
On a cold winter day  
Ugh, weather here is awful.  It started hailing this morning, then turned into freezing rain and sleet and snow.  Not sure what it's doing now but it's pretty loud... sounds like sleet possibly.  Supposed to go on until 11pm. 

Had a dentist appt at 3pm which I canceled.  The roads are pretty bad and people out here drive horribly even when the weather is good, so I'm not taking any chances.  Didn't go into work today on account of this, plus the fact that I'm aching something terrible.  Since physical therapy yesterday I've had this awful backache... my right upper back and a bit of my mid back as well.  I think I pulled something in my right thigh too, because that's smarting a bit.  Plus whenever I'm PMSing I get muscle aches anyway, so in some weird way it makes sense.

Arm is fine though, ironically.  I went to the orthopedic surgeon yesterday and was almost embarrassed by how the physician's assistant was acting.  She was amazed at my progress.  She said my posture has improved so much, both shoulders are basically in alignment.  My range of motion, strength and flexibility have all greatly increased as well.  Physical therapist had told me the other day to not let them cut off my therapy yet.  He said I'm about 90% of the way there and he'd like me to get the full 100%, so he would like me to get 4-6 more weeks of therapy.  I told her and she wrote me out a script for more.  I have to go back on January 23rd and she'll probably discharge me then.  So that is some good news.

Oh, question for the icon makers.  I was trying to make an icon with animated snow to match the Supernatural header I have here, but the file size keeps coming out really large.  I should start out by saying that I don't have PS Imageready.  I only have Photoshop Elements at work (and on my laptop), and on my desktop here at home I have Paint Shop Pro and Animation Shop.  Used Animation Shop to make the icon, had 15 frames.  I was making it using this tutorial which I tweaked somewhat for my own purposes.  Whenever I tried to optimize the file in Animation Shop, it ended up being something like 55kb in size.  LJ only lets you have 45kb for a GIF file, apparently.  When I tried to optimize it further, it came out looking really crummy (really basic as far as the colors are concerned).  Unfortunately AS doesn't give you much of choice as far as optimization is concerned. 

Anyone have any tips, pointers, or whatever?
Current Mood: soresore
Suzotchkasuzotchka1 on December 13th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't this weather crappy? It can't make up it's mind. It's snowing, it's sleeting and then it's raining. It's going to be so much fun driving home from work. ugh.

Hope you feel better!
jessm78: Sethjessm78 on December 13th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
It is! I think it stopped for a while, and now it's back to snow again. Then I think tomorrow it's supposed to be partly sunny. Crazy.

ridin' the star mile: jack-scopestargazercmc on December 13th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm using PS and Imageready, so your mileage may vary, but I started out with 16 frames and was able to cut some file size down by removing every third frame and the quality was still OK. Then once I had done that, I increased the lossy a bit and lowered the color quality just a little. It slightly diminished the quality, but with the snow falling, it's not terrifically noticeable.

Not sure if that helps. I used a tutorial for Photoshop and ImageReady here: http://community.livejournal.com/awmpdotnet/14655.html and the icon is posted at the end of the tutorial.
jessm78: Sethjessm78 on December 13th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I think I may try that (removing every third frame or so). The problem with Animation Shop is they don't give you many options for increasing lossy and lowering the color quality. There's about 4 different levels, and after you get past level 3 it looks totally crappy.

I'm going to experiment a little with removing the frames though. Thanks again. :)
[dreamwidth]: text ;; daniel jackson under  mistletoe!riverdresses on December 14th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
EEEK! I LOVE your header! ::glomps it & you:: Snowy!Supernatural! ::twirls in it:: I wish I was better at Photoshop so I could TRY & help you a little! ::hugs you for moral support::

& randomly, did you get a chance to download any of the Sam/Daniel songs I posted in one of my recent entries? :D
jessm78jessm78 on December 15th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
*grin* Heee!! ::glomps you back:: Isn't it kewl? My friend orangeswirl made it. I just love it!! I have another one that I made to show all areas of my fangirlishness (eh is that a word? Well, it is now!!!), but I will use it after the season has passed.

Aww... well I appreciate the hugs all the same!! *hugs you back* I experimented and...eh... still have a ways to go with my original one, but I made another from one of my A Very Supernatural Christmas screencaps! ::points to default avatar:: Heehee.

Oh!!! Ya know I was reading about them and I just LOVED the lyrics... so reminded me of Sam/Daniel... but have not downloaded yet. Making sure to do it before weekend is up! Maybe they will inspire me to do a vid at some point. :D
[dreamwidth]: text ;; daniel jackson under  mistletoe!riverdresses on December 16th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
It is a FABULOUS header! & fangirlishness is TOTALLY a word, despite what Firefox tells me. Use it with pride! :D

I love your avatar - it makes me think of A Christmas Story, which I ADORE so much!

Eeeep, you DID? I hope you enjoy all the ones you download - & I DEFINITELY think some of those would make GREAT Sam/Daniel vids, particularly The Tower. ::cough::


jessm78jessm78 on December 21st, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Teehee... thanks! :D *pets header*

And thanks again! :D Hee... As soon as I saw that final scene I couldn't resist. Wish I'd get a closer up view of the boys, but I wanted to get the window and part of the brick wall, and .... yeah.

They are some cool songs... *grin* Is that a hint I hear?? ;) I would so love to make a vid using that song. I've been planning this Sam/Daniel hurt-comfort vid for ages... Sade's "By Your Side." It's just finding enough time to sit and do it!

I need to though - there aren't enough Sam/Daniel vids out there. I need my fix (even if it just comes from me, heh heh).
vixen_logic: J/E LATvixen_logic on December 14th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Good to hear about your physical therapy progress! :D
jessm78: Sethjessm78 on December 15th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)