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Last night I discovered that HR 358, the aptly-nicknamed "Let Women Die" act, passed the House, 251 to 172. All of the Republicans - minus two women, and seven who were probably out campaigning - voted for it.

I cried for about an hour.

For my Canadian friends - our healthcare system is a total mess, and in the mid 80s we enacted a law that says you have the right to emergency treatment, even if you can't pay. If you come into an emergency room on the brink of death, they are legally obligated to stabilize you, even if they are gonna lose thousands of dollars doing so. Unless, now, you are a pregnant woman and that saving you would make some shitty anti-choice doctor or nurse or tech feel bad. Then they can let you bleed to death without lifting a finger. Legally.

I have known for a long time that I am not represented by, or even valued by the House. But I guess this was the final slap in the face. To have the House overwhelmingly declare that it is right and just and moral to let women die, to let me die -- and let's be clear folks, this is about women who try to terminate their pregnancies alone and then require medical attention, because doing so is extremely fucking dangerous, and to hell with "innocent" women with ectopic pregnancies caught up in this -- just broke my heart. And I realized, this is not going to get better. I have been waiting for it to get better for ten years now and it just keeps getting worse, and it broke my heart.

So I cried for an hour.

Dave was here, and he held me, which was good of him, because the thing that scares him most in life is crying women. He told me that as a direct result of our relationship, he now considers pro-life anti-choice policies to be a dealbreaker in a candidate, and that he considers voting for Romney to be an enormous mistake that he will not repeat in the future.

Then my dad texted me out of the blue at midnight: "Damn fine daughter" and also that I am a good kid/employee and I should feel good.

So it got better.

I still fucking hate Republicans though.

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Oct. 4th, 2011 11:13 am
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So back in March my laptop started to freeze up and die. Also, a couple keys broke. After trying unsuccessfully to troubleshoot it for a while I gave up and bought the current laptop.

My current laptop is a beast of a machine, at least a portable one. At 15 inches it's big enough that it can have some horsepower under the hood, but it's small enough to be (somewhat) portable. It has 8 GB of RAM! On a laptop! It has dedicated video memory! 2 GB of it! Wow!

It also would freeze like a scared bunny when playing video games, awful irritating crashes that would make the computer ignore interrupts like CTRL+ALT+DEL or, on the super rare cases when you did manage to get the Task Manager up, would make the game you were playing an unkillable task and make you force shutdown the computer using the power button. Okay, irritating: a gaming laptop that can't play games.

I updated the BIOS. I updated the video card driver. I even updated the sound card driver, because the sound stutters before it freezes. Nothing.

And then I googled "xps l502x game crash"

WELP

so I guess it's a motherboard issue, because lots of people said that their issue was resolved by replacing the motherboard. So I put in to Dell support, put down my foot when they tried to blame it on software and direct me to the (paid) software support part of their site, and had a new motherboard put in last Tuesday.

And it worked! For two days, or until I shut the system down for the first time. When it woke back up, out of nowhere it was freezing constantly, there were constant access violation errors, programs (most particularly Windows Explorer) would stop responding and need to be closed -- nightmare. Dell taught me that the Fn + Power when booting up puts you in supermajorheavyduty diagnostic mode, so we did that and discovered that my hard drive was failing tests left and right. Okay, so they put in an order for a new hard drive.

Sometime yesterday it occurred to me to run a CHKDSK/attempted repair on it. BRILLIANT! It found 162 bad sectors, dozens of bad clusters, jillions of orphaned files... the result of force-powering-off my laptop hundreds of times, I guess. It's working (for now), though it did just freeze on me. =/ Also yesterday Dell canceled my order for the disk with WIndows on it and shipped me a blank hard drive without asking if I had the OS disk. I don't.

So today the technician came and I was forced to send him away because lol it's ALMOST working right now, I don't want to put a formatted hard drive in the damn thing and then sit on my thumbs for two days while waiting for the Windows install disk. AUGH. Also apparently swapping hard drives on this thing is a royal goddamn pain that requires going down through the keyboard. The M1530 had two screws holding the hard drive in. TWO SCREWS.

I just wanna play video games, guys :(
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+ I paid Conjure Oils $26 bucks for a set of samples 3 weeks ago. Nary a peep since then. I understand that it's the Christmas season and all but um, it was November when I ordered these, what if they were a Christmas gift? (Well, they were, just. To me)

+ My nook has gone batshit fucking insane. They released a new firmware update recently and now it loses 10% of its battery power an hour (HELLO WHAT), it cannot open any of my books which means it fucking lost my library (oops lol!) and when I checked its storage capacity in the settings I found that it was using 78%!!!! of its disk space, which it thought was around 250 MB. UMMMMMMMMMMMMM actually the HDD is something like 1.28 GB so what is this being off by a fucking factor of five, hello. Anyway I called customer support and the customer support person told me very patiently that downloading books decreases the amount of storage space left on the Nook, so that was a lot of help. She asked me if I was near a Barnes and Noble store and I was like "well, I am actually at Boston's Logan Airport and they're gonna call my flight in like 20 minutes so let's go with 'no' and the quickfix solutions' which was apparently a factory reset.

Fun fact: you factory reset a nook by holding down the power button for 20 seconds. Six times. That was practically impossible to do on purpose (how can I not count to six and to twenty at the same time, omg my multitasking is so bad), I can see why they'd select it as something you couldn't possibly fuck up doing on your own.

So now I am downloading the next firmware update but this stupid hotel is totally incapable of wifi (like, I had to dick around with all sorts of things in order to force it to work on my laptop, no way am I gonna get the nook online), so I will have to download all the books over again myself? I guess? THAT'S COOL DUDES.

+ Also like what the fuck Violet Markette, let's talk about how cheap it is to make a perfume basically directly meant for me (honey, cream, vanilla, frankincense, and two types of pepper? ffffuuuuuuuu) (I learned her honey actually is awesome on me after it ages forever), name it after a dog, and then DONATE HALF THE PROCEEDS TO KEEPING PUPPIES WARM THIS WINTER. I am so fucking hopeless.

WHAGARBL

On the plus side, my boyfriend is awesome and amazing. He bought me a watch :,)

no matter what happens in our future or when we go our sperate ways you can know that right now in this moment i loved you // 3:15 pm

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