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The 8th anniversary of this account's creation was 6 days ago. I have been a paid user for most of that time (I am currently paid up until next October). I also run a community of almost 9000 members (wow_ladies) which is a paid account expiring in approximately four months.

I am extremely unhappy with almost all of the changes in release 88. )
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stop hiring high school students to for coding and user interface design

this is the worst fucking thing


Dec. 6th, 2011 07:52 pm
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Me *via text*: Bb what on earth possesed Herman Cain to not only quote the Pokemon movie repeatedly but to properly attribute the quote?
Boyfriend: He wanted to be the very best.

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Nov. 21st, 2011 09:02 pm
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two things i learned just now:

1) microwave popcorn expires

2) the microwave popcorn i just found in my cabinet expired three years ago

also, i cannot find my soup spoon :(
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So I am reading about what Angela Merkel, the German PM did last night, and I am just in awe. She is my hero, no kidding. I want to be this woman. I want to sit at her feet and learn.

Greece is in financial crisis right now, and Germany (which is not) is going to bear a large part of the expense of bailing them out. They have been trying to get the banks to "agree" to take a loss on some percent of their Greek holdings, and they had agreed to a 21% loss, and then they dug their heels in.

And then the German PM steps in and says, in so many words, "actually, you'll take 50 percent, and you'll do it with a smile, or I won't bail you out. The entire European financial system will come crashing down, like Lehman in the US in '08, and it will be entirely your fault."

And the banks said "yes ma'am" and that was that.



Oct. 26th, 2011 07:02 pm
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The good: I am in Miami, where it is a nice 82 degrees. (It is supposed to snow tomorrow in Boston.) I am in a bayview suite on the fifteenth floor, and there is a room service order of margaritas and conch fritters en route.

The bad: I am about to buckle down and get some work done.

The ugly: I am back up to 150 open emails. :(

Still I think this averages out to /awesome/
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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.


Oct. 7th, 2011 01:23 pm
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Remember how my boyfriend asked me recently if I owned any spoons, and I got all huffy?

Yeah last night I discovered that I own exactly one soup spoon, so. I guess he did have a point :(

eta: OMG I just realized this makes it sound like I have only one spoon!! I do have teaspoons!!


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"


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 :(


Sep. 25th, 2011 07:35 pm
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From this article about how one man who was discharged as 'undesirable' from the US Navy in the 40s when they discovered he was gay-

he was removed from officer training school at the University of South Carolina, where the instructor told the class that if he were Dworkin's father, he would castrate him.

...the man's last name, which appears five other times in the article, is actually Dwork. Fruedian slip much?

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.
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next time, using tape as a guide rule

my god i need to go back to work, i am going out of my mind

eta: i think it looks better when you slap a sloppy coat of black on the silver, you get the sort of battered gunmetal-gray like shep's actual armor :X


Sep. 13th, 2011 03:27 pm
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Yesterday I woke up with a scratchy throat. It turned into the throat monster of doom and after 2 sprays of Cepacol failed to tame it I wound up taking a valium at 3 am to try and brute force myself to sleep. I woke up at 730 this morning in misery anyway.

Now i am on real cold meds and in that infuriating state where I feel almost totally fine as long as I am completely prone. If I dare sit up I get weak and dizzy and stagger a bit. Yesterday I winded myself walking from my car to my apartment - grand total of 6 steps and maybe 20 yards. I feel useless.

I finished the ME1 save file I've been working on since May (or March? an M month, at least). It's captured my attention again in a big way and I have spent a lot of time fleshing out my headcanon. I really want to start 2 again but it's a matter of energy which is in short supply at the moment.



Sep. 10th, 2011 02:06 pm
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My boyfriend just asked me if I have spoons in my apartment. Spoons. I have lived here for three years.

When I pointed that out, he got defensive and said "well, you never eat here, you always eat out. It's plausible."

IT'S PLAUSIBLE. holy shit i am so bad at homemaking.

oh my

Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:24 pm
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This is the most tempted I have ever been by a tattoo.

the best

Aug. 12th, 2011 08:40 pm
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Dinner tonight: wine, mac 'n' cheese, brie (no crackers), rainier cherries, and black salt & burned sugar caramel chocolate.

I can't figure out if I am terrible at being an adult, or the best at being an adult.


Aug. 1st, 2011 09:02 pm
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My dentist called me at 5:15 this morning. On purpose.


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