Hiiii. I'm Misti
This is my personal page on the web.
21 / F / Earth
Hello! I've probably spent over half my life on the internet. I make web pages and little programs for fun. I have an AAS degree in Web Technology but I'm currently an electronics salesperson. I like computers, nature, and spaaaaace. I have an okay taste in music I guess. I'm not good at writing about myself, so if you're curious about something, just ask. c:
October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween! The pumpkin on the left was carved by my boyfriend and the one on the right by yours truly. Be safe out there tonight, friends!
October 8, 2016
I've started working on a page all about my lovely pets past and present, but I don't want to make it live just yet as I still need to dig out some pictures. It's there, though, lurking in the code, most likely with a lot of grammatical and spelling errors at the moment.
Lastly, I added some links to some interesting Neocities sites as well as some random ones I've come across.
I hope you guys have a spooktacular October. ;)
September 28, 2016
I'm glad I've had some time to update the site recently. I feel like it's better when I can work on a ton of updates and release them all in one big batch. I won't be clogging up your activity feed that way and my updates will have more substance.
I started playing around with the YouTube iframe API on my new music player page to get the play and pause buttons to function like I wanted them to. I fought with it for well over an hour before I could get it to behave. My code feels a little clunky, but it works. There's still an issue that when the page loads, songs with special characters in the name don't display correctly. I'll work on fixing those at some point soon, but for now I can be happy that at least my buttons are working. I also used the YouTube API to change the music player on the main site. If you'll look to your left, you'll see a cute lil iPod-style thingy that lets you move forward and backward through the playlist of songs. I can't get it to autoplay the next song as of now, though. :(
I changed the font again. After loading the site on my secondary (old) monitor, I realized the font + the color I was using were a little difficult to read sometimes. Hopefully the new one will be easier on everyone's eyes.
In more exciting news, I bought tickets to see Panic! at the Disco in April! I am SO SO SO excited. This will be my third concert (following One Direction and Atmosphere in August and November of 2014, respectively). I honestly don't understand how people can afford to buy concert tickets all the time because my bank account is crying.
That's all I've got for now. Byebye~
September 23, 2016
Woop! After a long string of not-so-good events at my job that I'd rather not get into, I was finally able to overcome. Let's just say there are some bad, bad people out there who don't really care if they ruin your life, and it feels very good to show them that you aren't going to let them keep kicking you down.
Anyway, :), I've shuffled some things around the site a bit, most notably the music page. I felt that it detracted from the main site, so I gave it its very own page with a separate layout, which you can see here (it opens in a new tab). The play/pause button I rigged is a bit finicky. I'll try to find a better way to implement it at some point. I also added just a few more songs and cleaned up some broken links. Where the music page was before, I now just have songs that I feel fit my main site's theme. I will, of course, add more as I come across them, but for now it's just the two I've already used on the site.
September 20, 2016
My boyfriend got a new computer to replace his old dinosaur a while back and through a series of complicated events I ended up with his 27-inch monitor, and he with my 19-inch. (The 27-inch doesn't have VGA input which is the only output his new computer has available.) Later, for his birthday, I got him a new 27-inch because I felt bad for being forced to jack his nice, big monitor. I reclaimed my 19-inch as a second monitor recently for no other reason than "why not?" and spent most of yesterday setting up some Rainmeter skins on it:
For the curious, that's very heavily modified Harmattan Transparent skin, modified PlayMusic skin, and Fountain of Colors!
I haven't really played around with Rainmeter (or Conky on Linux) for a while so I was thrilled to have an excuse to do so. In honor of that, I added the Desktop Customizations page, which contains some of my past Rainmeter/Conky/theme setups that I was thoughtful enough to screenshot.
My old "media machine" computer that I had hooked up to my TV for watching movies and such has, I believe, finally kicked the bucket. It's been freezing randomly and showing weird diaganol lines across the screen. I can't access the OS at all and I have to force a shutdown via the power button. Googling produced fingers pointed at everything from the monitor to the motherboard. I ruled out the monitor (TV) and issues with the OS, so I'm thinking it's an inner hardware problem. I'll troubleshoot some more later and see if it's salvageable, but if not... RIP Computer #2, 2008-2016.
June 30, 2016
Just a small personal update. My friend got me an Ancestry DNA test and I got my results back last night. *drumroll*
I am overwhelmingly white. I wasn't surprised. I knew my mom's family migrated from Germany and my dad's family from England and that both had roots in Ireland. It's still interesting to see it all broken down like that.
June 15, 2016
'Sup? First off, I added some Steven Universe buttons! Hooray! I'm really proud of how they turned out. There are a couple small things I don't like, but for the most part they look pretty fly, if I do say so myself.
Also, I moved some things around the site. I combined the Media and Tech pages into one Interests page for now. If it gets too cluttered later on I'll probably break it up again. I created the Goodies page and moved Buttons under that umbrella. I'll be adding more stuff that people can use later on down the road. I'm mostly thinking code snippets, premade layouts, and maaaaaybe a tutorial or two. I moved my link back button to the actual Buttons page. The Links page is pretty bare for now, but I'll fill it up with some interesting sites soon enough.
I changed the main body font used on the site. It's subtle but I think it looks cleaner.
Oh, and new start music. :)
June 13, 2016
Hola amigos! I apologize in advance for the length of this blog post, but I have a lot to say this time around. (It's been, like, two months!) I went in for the job interview, but it turned out to be something I most definitely wasn't interested in. My "unique skills did not equate to a job match" anyway, according to the email I recieved 2 weeks later. I'm honestly pretty relieved. Less than a week after the interview, I was offered an unrelated freelance job that I snatched up immediately. I probably should've charged more for my work, but I gained valuable experience and helped someone out, so it's all chill. :) Plus, my client is recommending me to friends and colleagues, so there should be more work to come.
Do any of you still play Neopets? The Altador Cup is in full swing, so in honor of that, I've added a button I made several years ago to support my favorite team. Eventually I'll make one for the other teams.
Speaking of buttons, I'd be more than willing to take requests if there's one you'd like to see. I can do stills and very simple animations. I'm currently working on some TV show related buttons.
I updated the music page to include an album cover for each band. Still not entirely sure I like it so I'll probably change it again later, but it at least looks better for now. I also added some more music and plan to add more soon. Can you tell what my favorite bands are yet? Haaaaa.
Lastly, I added some links to the about page to give you more ways to get in touch with me.
That's all for now but I'll have another update coming shortly. Oh, and thank you guys for the lovely comments about my site! You have noooo idea how happy it makes me that people enjoy my work.
April 21, 2016
Hiiii! I added the music page, although I'm not sure I entirely like how it looks. It needs images or... something. I thought of adding the floating heads of each artist's vocalist or maybe some colorful music notes. There are also a ton of songs I want to add, but I mostly just wanted to get the page up for now.
My web design skills are kicking me in the leg, telling me I need to make the site mobile-friendly. I have a couple of ideas of how to achieve that without much touching my desktop design if I weren't 900% lazy. The thing I like about my site here is that I can keep evolving it and publish what I want when I want instead of having to have a finished product before I upload the first page.
In other, more personal news, I got a call for a job oppotunity a couple days ago — the first one I've gotten since I graduated with my degree. I took a couple of days to think about it and called back yesterday. The person I need to speak with is currently on vacation or something so I'll have to wait a while before I hear any more about it. It might be the push my career needs to get off the ground or it might be a horribly boring desk job. Not too sure yet. I guess I'll find out if I get an interview. :P
April 17, 2016
I'm so glad spring weather is here! I don't like winter very much at all. Winter's an okay season only when it snows, and where I live now doesn't see much snow. I prefer the warmer months when I can go swimming, usually between May and August. The past couple of days haven't held a single cloud in the sky and the temperature's been just warm enough to enjoy the cool of the shade. I was working all weekend and didn't get to see very much of it, but I managed to snag a few hours of sunlight today. After seeing everything dead all winter, the flowers and green grass always surprise me, like my brain sort of forgets those things exist. On my next few days off I plan to be outside as much as possible.
I had to wake up at 5 today in order to be at work on time so I was kind of expecting a bad day, but I ended up laughing a lot and enjoying the sunlight and eating pizza in bed later on. Today was also my dog's 11th birthday, so she was happy to see a new floppy chew toy when I came home. :)
April 14, 2016
Hello world! I've been meaning to make a personal site here for a while and I, uh, finally got around to it I guess. I'll try to update this thing when I have interesting stuff to share. I intend this site to be a creative outlet and a place for me to talk about whatever. I like what I've seen here on Neocities so far. The rest of the internet feels very formal and bland compared to how things were several years ago with GeoCities, Angelfire, Tripod, MySpace, etc, so it's refreshing to see some creative web design again. I chose Neocities for my personal site because I can't resist being part of the community of people hand-coding HTML.
HP Pavilion p7-1446s
OS: Windows 10
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 1 TB
Processor: AMD A10-5700
Speed: 3.4 GHz
Cores: Quad Core
Pink HP Stream Notebook
OS: Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon
RAM: 2 GB
HDD: 32 GB
Processor: Intel Celeron N2840
Speed: 2.16 GHz
Cores: Dual Core
HTC Desire 816
OS: Android 5.0
RAM: 1.5 GB
Storage: 8 GB (32 GB microSD)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Speed: 1.6 GHz
Cores: Quad Core
Network: 3G/4G LTE
HP Pavilion a6203w
OS: Arch Linux w/ OpenBox
RAM: 1 GB
HDD: 320 GB
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Speed: 2.3 GHz
Cores: Dual Core
Some of the more interesting desktop customizations I've done and remembered to screenshot. These are so much fun to do. Hopefully I'll be able to add more in the future.
Rainmeter for a secondary monitor that's focused on the music player, with the current weather, time, and a launcher at the top. :)
This is still one of my favorites. I cut some mountains out of the wallpaper as PNG images and overlaid them on top of other Rainmeter skins to look like they were behind the mountains.
Inori wasn't part of the wallpaper; I had Conky draw the image onto the desktop so I could move her around if I wanted to.
Probably the best Conky config I've had thus far. It was so clean. ;o; I loved it. I don't know why I replaced it 10 days later with Inori (see above)...
Those fonts make me gag a little now, but at least it's still cute.
Tinkerbell is a miniature schnauzer whom was given to me as a puppy by a friend when I was 10 years old. She's somewhat territorial and likes to bark at anything that isn't myself, my mom, or my dad, even though she's always been around other people and dogs. When away from home she behaves herself slightly better, but she's a spoiled little thing anyway. Her hobbies include finding sticks and bringing them into the yard, eating anything we forget to remove from the kitchen table, and chasing wild rabbits and squirrels (although she never catches them). Her nicknames are Tink, Tinkles, Tinky Stinky, and McTinky.
Buttons joined my family in the summer of 2003 following the death of my mom's cat Rags. She's always been a wild kitty. On the day we brought her home, she tried to escape by crawling under the dashboard in the car. Once we were home, she immediately made a dash for the darkest, farthest place she could find. She stayed in the crawlspace behind the bath tub for a full day before climbing up my dad's arm while he was trying to coax her out. While she was still a kitten, she devleoped a horrible infection, but thanks to the vet, medicine, and a TON of money, we were able to save her life. She used to lurk in the shadows and randomly attack anyone in the house with bare ankles. In the summer of 2014, my entire family, including Tinkerbell, went on vacation and left Buttons alone in the house (with food and water taken care of, of course). When we returned, she meowed and meowed, following me around the house for the next two days. She hasn't bitten or scratched at me since. She obviously missed us and thought we'd abandoned her and now has a new perspective on how she treats those humans that live in her house.
Pearl is a white dove, resuced by a friend of my parents from a parking lot many, many years ago. I was probably somewhere around the age of 7-9 when she was given to us after birdsitting for a week and falling in love with her. Her name was originally Earl, as my parents' friends thought she was a boy until she laid an egg, and thus her name became Pearl. She likes to coo and make that laughing sound that some doves make when she's happy. She enjoys pecking at fingers and flapping her wings at strangers. We aren't really sure how old Pearl is, but I'm thinking she may be immortal.
Pongo was in fact not a dalmation, but a golden retriever! We adopted him as a puppy when I was 5 years old. My parents took me to pick out a puppy and as soon as we drove up, a woman was holding this excited baby in her arms. "I want that one," I said, not even bothering to meet the others. My mind was made up. They told me his name was Red, but child me thought he seemed more like a Pongo, so that was that. He was the happiest, friendliest, most patient dog I have ever met. He knew how to shake hands and liked to do so without being prompted to. He put up with child me giving him bear hugs and chasing him around the yard, spraying him lightly with the hose and attempting to build a sandcastle on top of him in my sandbox. He would roll over onto his back to request belly rubs from anyone willing to give them. He never met a stranger. He would bark at cars as they drove up, and then immediately happily greet whoever stepped out. He was a very large lap dog rather than a guard dog. He accompanied me on many adventures around our farm. Our other dogs, Twister and later Tinkerbell, would growl at him, but he would never growl back or show even the slightest hint of aggression. Only once did I see him show his teeth when Tinkerbell was attempting to steal his favorite stick. He passed of old age in mid 2013. During his final days, we stayed by his side and gave him plenty of love and water. He passed away wagging his tail on the farm he'd known his whole life. Sometimes I still think I can hear him barking late at night.
The same friend of my parents who gave us Pearl also bred rabbits. When we would visit, I always had to go pet the cute bunnies. My parents eventually made the decision to get me a bunny of my own so I got to go pick one out of the bunch. I chose a tan and white colored straight-eared bunny that I named Flippy (left). I don't remember how my parents came to the decision to get a second bunny, but I remember picking him out of the bunch: a flop-eared, brown and white bunny with a turned foot that didn't seem to have any effect on his mobility: Floppy (right). We had a wooden building in the yard that I had used for a play house when I was younger that was perfectly spacious enough for big rabbit cages. It became the "rabbit house" and was home to my bunnies when they weren't hopping around the yard or the living room. The third bunny, Fluffy (not pictured - I couldn't find a decent photo of her but I will update if I do), was a female who looked much like Flippy, only smaller and black and white. My parents' friend gave her to me for my ninth birthday without my parents' permission. I was enthralled; my parents were not. She, too, got her own cage in the rabbit house. Unfortunately, Flippy made a prison break out of his cage and gave Fluffy the gift of child. She and a single baby bunny passed away during labor. My tiny child heart was shattered into a million pieces that day. Flippy and Floppy survived well into my teenage years. Floppy eventually passed of old age, and Flippy too a few years later. I loved those bunnies and I wish I'd had more time to spend with them as a teenager.
My dad used to be a cattle farmer. He'd raise cows and sell them at a livestock auction every year. Occasionally there'd be some reason to have to take extra care of a cow, such as if the mother died or didn't want the baby. In these cases we'd take the cows under our own care and bottle feed them until they were old enough to be sent back into the herd. We gave most of the cows we owned names anyway, but we had a special bond with the bottle fed cows, as they'd grow up and be less shy of us than the others, coming right up to us for treats or be petted. And in some cases, they could convince their friends to come just a little bit closer to the fence. One particular cow my parents had was named Whinny, and one day Whinny became very ill. She laid down next to a tree and didn't want to get up anymore. My mom and I took her big buckets of water and sat with her for a day or two until she eventually passed. I was sad that we couldn't do anything more to help her, so to help ease the pain, my dad got me a calf of my own and we called her Whinnette, after Whinny. She stayed in a pen in our yard where I fed her every morning and night. We'd often let her out to roam around the yard, and once we surprised my mom by bringing her into the kitchen. She grew up and eventually joined the herd, but she was always a bit different. She got allergies every year unlike anything my dad had ever seen and would become rather wheezy. She was extremely friendly and would get excited and hop around whenever she saw one of us coming. One day she came up behind my dad and hooked one of her horns through his belt loop, picking him up off the ground.
Misaki, another cow, was a different story entirely. One morning when I was about 14, my friend had stayed the night at my house and we were both woken up to my mom telling us to get downstairs because there was a calf in the bathroom. Sure enough, a little brown calf was laying on the floor in the bathroom, looking up at us. The mother'd had twins, and like cows often do, chosen to take care of the stronger one and left the smaller of the two to die. My dad had found her in the edge of the pond, making pitiful noises, so he brought her back to the house. Teenage me called her Misaki, and we had to bottle feed her every day as we'd done with Whinette. In fact, she stayed in the same pen that Whinette had stayed in as a baby. She would follow me around the yard like a big ole baby until she was old enough to go back into the herd. She wasn't nearly as goofy as Whinette, but she would come up to the fence to visit almost every evening. While our cows were well taken care of and had a span of two fields to roam around in and eat as much grass, clover and hay as they pleased, I'm aware that after being sold they were probably met with less than ideal conditions. I don't know what became of Whinette or Misaki, but I can only hope it was the best.
Thunder was my first puppy. He was a black lab we adopted when I was 3 years old. There was a storm the day we brought him home, so naturally, I named him Thunder. He chewed on anything he could get his mouth on and had a tendency to wander. I remember having to go search for him around the neighborhood at least twice. He was only with us for a short period of time. My parents waited until I asked where my puppy was to tell me that he'd apparently gotten choked on something while we were away one day and passed away. Even now when I hear a small clap of thunder I think of him and hope he's chewing on the best toys up in doggy heaven.
Rags was my mom's cat who had been with her since long before I was born. She was very tolerant of my child antics, most notably building pillow fort castles for her and carrying her to them from wherever she was sleeping. I called her "Princess Rags". She would lightly bite me, just hard enough to let me know she was done, and then disappear somewhere into the house. One day when I was just a tiny baby, my mom had me in my crib while she was washing dishes when she heard me squealing. She ran into the room to see me laughing and happily kicking my feet while Rags swatted at them. My mom shooed her away and checked me for scratches, but I was completely fine. She was a very lazy cat and much to my dad's dismay, was not fond of catching mice. For some reason she would beg at the table like a dog if we were eating anything with cooked tomatoes in it, so much that it was to the point we had to send her outside during dinner. Rags passed away at the age of 16 a few months before we adopted Buttons.
Twister belonged to my parents before I was born. He was a medium-sized mutt and the toughest dog ever. He'd been accidentally run over more than once by various people and always seemed to come out of it okay. My mom said she'd called him Twister because his favorite hobby was laying on his back and twisting all around. He was the old man of all the dogs we had as I was growing up. When we adopted Pongo, he'd growl at him to let him know "I'm the boss around here and you do what I say". When Pongo was around, Twister would sit on our feet and claim us as his property. Once when I was a small child, a snake was slithering in my general direction and Twister jumped in front of me and scared it off. He would whine when no one was giving him attention. One day in his old age, he disappeared, and we were sure he'd gone off to die. My mom stood at the edge of the woods calling for him forever, but he didn't return. Almost a month later, I came home from school one day to find my grandmother sitting on the porch with Twister at her feet, wagging his tail. We couldn't believe it. He stayed with us several more months before disappearing again, this time for good. He'd been determined to give us one last goodbye, I guess.
Sassy was some kind of terrier that belonged to my grandmother. I didn't know her very long before she went off to die, but I remember going on walks with her and my grandmother with her little legs trying to keep up. One of her ears was always flipped back and no matter how many times we'd fix it for her, it would always end up that way again. She was mostly an outside dog, but in the winter my grandmother would bring her inside and give her a warm bath to get the ice off her paws and let her dry out by the fireplace.
Welcome to my goodies page! Everything here is free for you to use, but please don't claim anything here as your own.
I'd also appreciate it if you link back to me to let others know where you found the stuff.
Now that that's out of the way, on to the goodies!
Here's some music that I think matches my site's theme. Click on a title to switch between them.
If you want to know what other music I like to listen to, check out my spiffy music player page!