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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.

ongoing

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 :(

work work

Sep. 15th, 2011 12:45 pm
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So I am going to Quebec tomorrow WHO KNEW oh everyone at the office except me. I need a week's worth of "business nice-casual" clothes and lmao I have like two day's worth so I have to go shopping, uh, tonight, and buy pants because at this stage I have one pair of pants that is not jeans and not a suit. I come back from Quebec and then go to Baltimore and then to Orlando for a show where I do get to wear a suit (I should get a new suit at some point too, hmmm) and then Cincinnati and then I collapse in a panic because I always fall behind on my email when I travel and right now I'm staring in the face of 127 emails tagged open and a huge percentage of them are additionally tagged "major project" help

Even Mass Effect is becoming tinged with work. I found myself wondering yesterday what Garrus' cone distribution/pigmentation is. I have a feeling, as irradiated as his home planet is, that he can probably see UV. Maybe he can't see red. I wonder what Shepard looks like to him.

aaaaaaaa

Nov. 29th, 2010 04:24 pm
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HOKAY.

So [livejournal.com profile] kryptongirl alluded to this in my second-to-last post about my flight home. The Boston-LA-Sydney-Perth-Sydney-San Francisco-Boston trip went through so many goddamn revisions that I maybe accidentally brought along the wrong rev of my itinerary and arrived at the airport about twenty minutes after my flight took off. OOPS. Seventy five dollars (and a milkshake) and some stress about how United needs to get over themselves w/r/t suitcase weight (ffs I will pay more for a bag over 50 pounds! WAY MORE! I have lived out of this for a month!) I arrived at home kind of sheepish about that mixup.

I have had social plans every day since I came home last Monday and I'm starting to burn out sort of spectacularly. The Boy, Andrew, family, family, The Boy, The Boy's family, Andrew... Saturday the boy's family was in town from AZ so now only did I get to run the gauntlet of meeting the family again, we walked all over Boston. All my flats were at mom's for some reason though so I walked like 3 miles in 2-inch heels, my thighs will never forgive me as long as I live and breathe. I don't have plans tomorrow but I DO have a dr's appt and they're probably going to draw blood so I am going to zonk myself out on valium and have my brother drive me home. Wednesday I have plans and then Thursday and Friday I am back in Maryland, will this job never end I lie I kind of love how hectic my life is. Thank god I don't have a dog.

[livejournal.com profile] mythrai & other perfume peeps I need to know if Conjure Oils is bottleworthy because there are like 2 scents that are ABSOLUTELY ME and if it is I'm gonna pop 'em on the Xmas list. Or is it chancy and I should start with all the pips?

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