brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
You know what? Fuck each and every one of you who thinks that quoting MLK and talking about how sad it is that someone got killed and poo-pooing the people celebrating in DC and New York is the only proper reaction to what happened last night. It is *not* the case that every time someone acts as if they're not even the slightest bit glad that Osama Bin Laden is dead, an angel gets their wings.

This is me killing the Buddha in the road: humans are complex beings who can and do feel jubilation and sorrow simultaneously, and holding one emotion up as a shining beacon while casting the other emotion into the dust does not make you enlightened.

So obviously, if sorrow is truly what you feel, that's fine. But if you've got joy in your heart that that asshole no longer walks on this beautiful blue-green ball, it doesn't make you a bad person. I too feel that joy in my heart, with a fierceness reserved for someone who maybe could have redeemed himself. . . but never even tried.

I could also mourn his passing. . . but right now, I have no desire to do so. The innocent men and women who died on that day nearly a decade ago, the innocent men and women who have been and still are caught up in wars not of their making, the heroes who try to help the innocents, and the heroes who fight to chose their own destiny rather than having destiny roll over them - they will have my mourning. Osama Bin Laden will have to wait his turn.

ETA: The MLK quote going around is almost definitely fake. Another reminder to check your sources. . .
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I went home for the holidays, which meant that my Fast Lane account needed to be automatically replenished twice, once going down and once coming back. Apparently this means the Fast Lane system decided to take $50, that I *can not afford*, out of my bank account, where it will sit in my Fast Lane account for God knows how long collecting interest for someone else (I will not rack up $50 in tolls until my next driving trip to MD). I was not informed of such behavior ahead of time - the only reference to suchness even in the fine print is "You acknowledge that MassDOT may review periodically the activity in your account and adjust your replenishment amount, if applicable, to more accurately reflect the average monthly costs and fees incurred by you." A single holiday trip is *not* a change in "average monthly costs". It was suggested to me by their customer service rep that I add money in advance next time I do a trip like this, but the use of such a thing was not indicated to me *before* they charged me $50, only after I complained about it, and since they're not refunding me back the difference it doesn't help me in the slightest.

So I'm canceling my Fast Lane, because it's little better than a scam. But I'm not getting my $50 back for 3 goddamn weeks even if I hand them the transponders in person. So I revise my previous statement: it is not one whit better than a scam. Don't use Fast Lane if you're not a commuter whose usage patterns never waver.
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I went home for the holidays, which meant that my Fast Lane account needed to be automatically replenished twice, once going down and once coming back. Apparently this means the Fast Lane system decided to take $50, that I *can not afford*, out of my bank account, where it will sit in my Fast Lane account for God knows how long collecting interest for someone else (I will not rack up $50 in tolls until my next driving trip to MD). I was not informed of such behavior ahead of time - the only reference to suchness even in the fine print is "You acknowledge that MassDOT may review periodically the activity in your account and adjust your replenishment amount, if applicable, to more accurately reflect the average monthly costs and fees incurred by you." A single holiday trip is *not* a change in "average monthly costs". It was suggested to me by their customer service rep that I add money in advance next time I do a trip like this, but the use of such a thing was not indicated to me *before* they charged me $50, only after I complained about it, and since they're not refunding me back the difference it doesn't help me in the slightest.

So I'm canceling my Fast Lane, because it's little better than a scam. But I'm not getting my $50 back for 3 goddamn weeks even if I hand them the transponders in person. So I revise my previous statement: it is not one whit better than a scam. Don't use Fast Lane if you're not a commuter whose usage patterns never waver.
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So, A Tale in the Desert is not a game you can play if you're not willing to put in at least an hour or three a day. I hadn't been able to play during the week and came back to find that everything I had gained and made since the game began had degraded into being either inaccessible or unusable. That medium stone I got for spending two hours on a dig for research? That onion seed I got from a neighbor? My one jug for water? Can't get to them at all. A nice Catch 22: I could get to learning the skill needed to repair those things if I could get to/use the things.

That's plenty enough to make me uninterested in playing anymore. I'm going to stick to Rune Factory, which doesn't punish me for having to do homework and see patients.
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So, A Tale in the Desert is not a game you can play if you're not willing to put in at least an hour or three a day. I hadn't been able to play during the week and came back to find that everything I had gained and made since the game began had degraded into being either inaccessible or unusable. That medium stone I got for spending two hours on a dig for research? That onion seed I got from a neighbor? My one jug for water? Can't get to them at all. A nice Catch 22: I could get to learning the skill needed to repair those things if I could get to/use the things.

That's plenty enough to make me uninterested in playing anymore. I'm going to stick to Rune Factory, which doesn't punish me for having to do homework and see patients.
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First off, disclaimer: IANAParent, and thus anything I say on the subject should be taken with a mine's worth of salt.

So, I ran across this story of pretty significant over-reaction to something a mom did to her kids. For those who don't have time for link-clicking: she kicked her two daughters (10 and 12) out of the car for excessive bickering in the backseat in downtown upscale-suburbia about three miles from home; one of them walked home while the other got picked up by a Good Samaritan and brought home. So the mom was arrested and a protection order (meaning "no contact with your kids") filed against her.

So what they're teaching those kids is, if you let anyone know that your mommy did something even a little bit bad, she will be taken away from you by the cops and thrown in jail and you won't be able to see her or hug her or talk to her. Is it just me or is that a great recipe for teaching kids not to trust cops or other authority figures, particularly when bad things are happening on the homefront? Seriously, whatever trauma the kids might have experienced from having been left in a shopping area a few miles from home[1] has been completely overwhelmed by the trauma of what those in authority have done to that family since then. Yeesh.

[1] When I was in elementary school, my parents got involved in a flaky carpool that resulted in me being left to fend for myself a few miles from home for hours on multiple occasions. I tried pretty much everything in the book to get home: get a ride with a Good Samaritan, walking along the sidewalkless country road to go home (twice; once I got picked up by a school bus, the other time by a cop who didn't arrest anyone), going to the house of the kids who also got off at that stop (didn't call home because I was too busy playing with them, otherwise it might've been a good plan), going to a random nearby house to use the phone to call my mom. None of those plans turned out particularly poorly and I don't think any of those events traumatized me in any serious fashion. The only lasting effect is if someone/thing is significantly late and I have no idea when they'll get (t/here)/it'll happen I get cranky right until it/they show up and then it's all good, and frankly I could easily be that way anyway ;P.
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First off, disclaimer: IANAParent, and thus anything I say on the subject should be taken with a mine's worth of salt.

So, I ran across this story of pretty significant over-reaction to something a mom did to her kids. For those who don't have time for link-clicking: she kicked her two daughters (10 and 12) out of the car for excessive bickering in the backseat in downtown upscale-suburbia about three miles from home; one of them walked home while the other got picked up by a Good Samaritan and brought home. So the mom was arrested and a protection order (meaning "no contact with your kids") filed against her.

So what they're teaching those kids is, if you let anyone know that your mommy did something even a little bit bad, she will be taken away from you by the cops and thrown in jail and you won't be able to see her or hug her or talk to her. Is it just me or is that a great recipe for teaching kids not to trust cops or other authority figures, particularly when bad things are happening on the homefront? Seriously, whatever trauma the kids might have experienced from having been left in a shopping area a few miles from home[1] has been completely overwhelmed by the trauma of what those in authority have done to that family since then. Yeesh.

[1] When I was in elementary school, my parents got involved in a flaky carpool that resulted in me being left to fend for myself a few miles from home for hours on multiple occasions. I tried pretty much everything in the book to get home: get a ride with a Good Samaritan, walking along the sidewalkless country road to go home (twice; once I got picked up by a school bus, the other time by a cop who didn't arrest anyone), going to the house of the kids who also got off at that stop (didn't call home because I was too busy playing with them, otherwise it might've been a good plan), going to a random nearby house to use the phone to call my mom. None of those plans turned out particularly poorly and I don't think any of those events traumatized me in any serious fashion. The only lasting effect is if someone/thing is significantly late and I have no idea when they'll get (t/here)/it'll happen I get cranky right until it/they show up and then it's all good, and frankly I could easily be that way anyway ;P.
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Since when is 24mpg sufficiently impressive it deserves not merely mention but focus in ads? Does the average family need a 7-person SUV that badly? What the hell are you guys hauling around all the time? Look, if you get yourself a 30+mpg *car* and rent the SUV only when you actually need the extra room, you will save $$$ given a) how much less the car will cost and b) how expensive gas is and will continue to be in the future.

Actually, most people have figured that out already. It's the car makers that are in denial about the end of the age of SUV profits. . . .
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
Since when is 24mpg sufficiently impressive it deserves not merely mention but focus in ads? Does the average family need a 7-person SUV that badly? What the hell are you guys hauling around all the time? Look, if you get yourself a 30+mpg *car* and rent the SUV only when you actually need the extra room, you will save $$$ given a) how much less the car will cost and b) how expensive gas is and will continue to be in the future.

Actually, most people have figured that out already. It's the car makers that are in denial about the end of the age of SUV profits. . . .
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
What happens when that chik in high school who would start vicious rumors about her best friend to make herself more popular becomes a small-town mayor?

Rape victims charged for their own exams

I swear, any women who supported Hillary who votes for McCain is giving herself a female circumcision out of spite - that'll show those men they can't keep a woman down!
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What happens when that chik in high school who would start vicious rumors about her best friend to make herself more popular becomes a small-town mayor?

Rape victims charged for their own exams

I swear, any women who supported Hillary who votes for McCain is giving herself a female circumcision out of spite - that'll show those men they can't keep a woman down!
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I drives me up a wall that talking about hormones or PMS symptoms seems to require an LJ cut for being "too much information". I can see cutting the details about bleeding from one's genitalia (even though more than half of us deal with it on a monthly basis for about 40 years of our lives, which means that the other less-than-half of us really need to get a clue about it; but talking about genitals in general is taboo so I can understand this), but since when is it required that we hide other aspects of our bodies in our own freakin' journals? If someone can't handle the fact that I have a female body they really ought not be reading this journal at all. . .
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I drives me up a wall that talking about hormones or PMS symptoms seems to require an LJ cut for being "too much information". I can see cutting the details about bleeding from one's genitalia (even though more than half of us deal with it on a monthly basis for about 40 years of our lives, which means that the other less-than-half of us really need to get a clue about it; but talking about genitals in general is taboo so I can understand this), but since when is it required that we hide other aspects of our bodies in our own freakin' journals? If someone can't handle the fact that I have a female body they really ought not be reading this journal at all. . .
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As you might or might not have heard by now, LJ is no longer giving out Basic accounts. Because this was done silently I have no idea exactly when the change happened. But I have been hearing about it for a couple of days and silently fumed to myself.

Then this news post about it came into being and I don't want to be silent anymore. "We don’t intend to undermine the culture of LiveJournal, we intend to invest in it"?!? What the fuck?!? Damn you SUP for being profiteering asswipes who haven't clue one how to run a community site! (a hint: corporate double-speak goes over extremely poorly with people who are paying you rather than people you are paying)
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As you might or might not have heard by now, LJ is no longer giving out Basic accounts. Because this was done silently I have no idea exactly when the change happened. But I have been hearing about it for a couple of days and silently fumed to myself.

Then this news post about it came into being and I don't want to be silent anymore. "We don’t intend to undermine the culture of LiveJournal, we intend to invest in it"?!? What the fuck?!? Damn you SUP for being profiteering asswipes who haven't clue one how to run a community site! (a hint: corporate double-speak goes over extremely poorly with people who are paying you rather than people you are paying)
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How the fuck do I do a legal name change? I tried calling to ask for help but all I get is "the person at extension $foo is not available" every single freakin' time. I have the "Change of Name(s)" form filled out, I have an official copy of my birth certificate, I have a checkbook with which t write a check for the filing fees (also cash, if it matters). What the hell do I do now?!?
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How the fuck do I do a legal name change? I tried calling to ask for help but all I get is "the person at extension $foo is not available" every single freakin' time. I have the "Change of Name(s)" form filled out, I have an official copy of my birth certificate, I have a checkbook with which t write a check for the filing fees (also cash, if it matters). What the hell do I do now?!?

Fuck the T!

Oct. 9th, 2007 01:54 am
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Back when I was commuting daily on the red line I got used to delays with absolutely no information about what the fuck was going on. But this little incident really takes the taco. They spent how much on a new system for taking our money but they can't be arsed to have useful communication systems for delays or emergencies and their reaction to people needing to self-evacuate is to sneer "it was unauthorized"? That is such bullshit!

Fuck the T!

Oct. 9th, 2007 01:54 am
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Back when I was commuting daily on the red line I got used to delays with absolutely no information about what the fuck was going on. But this little incident really takes the taco. They spent how much on a new system for taking our money but they can't be arsed to have useful communication systems for delays or emergencies and their reaction to people needing to self-evacuate is to sneer "it was unauthorized"? That is such bullshit!

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