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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
9:03 pm
Quotes, Don't Know Much About Algebra Edition
When they write the official history of 2016, it should be titled Second Time Farce.

It's hard for me to imagine what the official history of 2016 would be like... say, a hundred years from now.

With any luck, it will be "404-Page not found" or whatever they are using for that purpose a hundred years from now.
-- LA Julian, Buddy McCue, and PersonaAuGratin, Alicublog, comments

[L]ong ago I took a short (3 day) survival course at an AFB. Our trainers stated that we must do anything needed to survive. So we stole their steaks from their comfy cabin.
-- Rich Bly, Respectful Insolence, comments

Yes, I'd like to order one Smackdown, size Epic, to go.
-- Steven Chaba, Facebook, comments

Six comics present the testimony of anti-Catholic activist Alberto Rivera, who said that, as a Jesuit priest, he had become privy to many secrets about the Roman Catholic Church. Among Rivera's statements: He says the Catholic Church created Islam,The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the Jehovah's Witnesses. He also says the Catholic Church was responsible for the Holocaust, the founding of Communism, Nazism, and the Ku Klux Klan; starting the World Wars; masterminding the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Great Depression and the assassinations of U.S. Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy.
-- from Jack Chick's Wikipedia page

Don"t know much trigenometry either.Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
1:30 am
Add a Word, Change a Title
So a friend of mine over on the Book of Faces posted a challenge to his readers, asking them to add a word to a movie title that completely changes it. I can do this sort of thing all day and half the night...

The Band's Unannounced Visit :D
Mephisto Waltz With Bashir
And The Mariachi Band Played On
Deepwater Artificial Horizon
The China White Syndrome
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Water
Planes, Trains, Streetcars, and Automobiles
A Little League of Their Own
Red Star Wars (a military history of the USSR, of course)
The Right Wing Stuff
Bowling for Columbine Seeds
Good Night and Good Fucking Luck
Roger Waters & Me
All About Eve Ensler
Singin' in the Acid Rain
Battleship Potemkin Village
12 Angry Black Men
The Ghostly Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The Harry Truman Show
Look Who's Talking Back (a twofer!)
Taking Sophie's Choice (a documentary about abortion rights in the US, obviously)
The A-Bomb Team
The Handmaid's Knight's Tale
The Line Terminator/The Solar Terminator
The Pelican Brief Panty
The Help File
Moscow's Red Dragon
The Hunt for Red October Surprises
The Fairy Godfather
The Perfect Storm Shelter
The Perfect Endocrine Storm
The Nearly Perfect Storm
The Man Who Almost Wasn't There
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold Weather
The Spy Who Went Into the Cold Water
Introduction to the Enemy Agents
The Martian Rover
Capsule Summary
Dr. No Way
The Almost Incredibles
Leaving Zootopia
Out of Africa Bambaataa
Prince Charming of Egypt
Zero Fucking Motivation
Empire Records History

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
4:15 pm
Quotes, Automatic Pushbutton, Remote Control Edition
There is nothing creepier than a church in the dark at night. No idea why. And I'm a pastor.
-- StPatch, Reddit, comments

Try telling people you're taking the afternoon off to polish your futtock and see what looks they give you.

I'm gonna polish the buck out of my futtock!
-- BigHank53 and jennofark, Alicublog, comments

I wait every day for the taco trucks to come far, far to the north and east, to this land where there are no friggin’ taco trucks, and bring their delicious pollo ranchero with them…
-- Pat, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Residency doesn’t prepare you for listening to someone you have never met pleading over the phone for help, their breathless desperation as they try to tell their sad story between sobs, intertwined with intimate details. They would say random, heart breaking things like, “What do we do with the crib?”
-- Dr. Jen Gunter, "What you learn doing abortions after 20 weeks," Dr. Jen Gunter

"Zeinab, I understand you're a feminist but you can't end your dua with 'awomen' instead of 'amen'"
-- @halalyouth, in Gena-mour Barrett, "23 Real AF Jokes That Will Make All Feminists Laugh," BuzzFeed

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Current Mood: tired
Friday, October 21st, 2016
1:24 pm
Art Car: Beware the Fish!

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
12:32 pm
Fever and Grossness
So, I have a fever and my arm aches from getting the flu shot, but I REGRET NOTHING. (Non, non, je regrette rien...)

Must be something in there that I am really immunologically naive to, because my immune system is just cranking today. Which is good, because whatever that is in there, I probably won't get it now. That doesn't make me feel much better physically, but then again, when I'm well and have my life more or less together, I still go to the gym and work out, and that tends to hurt a lot, but I do it anyway because it's good for me. So, there you go.

This Is the Part About Why You Don't Want the Real Influenza

I had the actual genuine-article H1N1 INFLUENZA (it was so obvious they didn't even bother to lab test at the Emerg), and I haven't been so miserable with an illness since I got that Creeping Death pneumonia-sinus-ear-throat infection in grad school and wound up almost in the hospital or dead (thanks, Sian, for saving my bacon!). Incidentally, I got the H1N1 before the vaccine was available that year.

First 30 hours, high fever, intense fatigue, total body migraine, lymph nodes swollen all over my body (including across my belly -- that's when I was like, "Uh oh, this isn't good..."), generally feeling like I'd been hit by a train. Second 30 hours, fever, headache, vomiting from the heels every few minutes. Seriously felt like I barfed up everything I'd eaten since childhood. Third 30 hours, went within 4 hours from a tickle in the throat to bronchitis so bad I couldn't breathe hardly at all and had to dash for the ER in the middle of the night. That lasted for another two weeks beyond. I never, ever want to be that sick (especially like that) again. Since I've also had bronchitis twice since April of 2014 (the second time with the charmingly old-timey-sounding pleurisy on top -- Who's for consumption?* Anyone?), I don't need influenza yet again.

This is not something you want to have happen to you. And even though in some years, the strain of the flu shot doesn't match up well with the circulating strain, even if it's of the same type (like an H1 flu or an A3 flu or whatever), it'll most likely give you *partial* immunity, which will probably mean that instead of being seriously ill, you'll be mildly ill, which is much better. (Trust me on this.)

Fun Fact Time!

2010's H1N1 influenza was a direct lineal descendant of the 1918-1919 Great Influenza that killed so many millions of people. One of the odd symptoms physicians of the time noticed with people who got it was something called "heliotrope cyanosis," which meant that people who were ill with it or coming down with it would turn a sort of greyish blue colour (like the colour of a blue heliotrope flower), particularly at the extremities and in the face, as their lungs stopped being able to absorb oxygen very well. I actually saw this happen to a friend of mine in August of 2010. Later that night, he wound up in the Emerg on oxygen because he (finally) noticed that his fingernails were turning (heliotrope) blue.

* Yes, I know consumption is the old-timey word for tuberculosis. That's the point. Since we're talking old-timey-sounding diseases and all...

Current Mood: sick
2:20 am
Quotes, Penny Loafers Without Pennies Edition
best thing I've seen today kid points at woman in niqab: mom! look! ninja! mom: uhh…errrr… niqab wearing woman: *strikes awesome ninja pose*
-- @adamjmartin, Twitter, h/t anton_p_nym

I don’t know what to call it, but this belief that the way you think is the way everybody thinks, and anyone who disagrees with you is lying because they secretly agree, is something I’ve run into before ... I think that it’s a cousin to the lack of empathy that is a characteristic of the “conservative”, the disbelief that there can even be such a thing as “empathy”. And it’s also in some deep way related to their love of and need for authoritarianism.
-- Ceci n'est pas mon nym, Balloon Juice, comments

If you want fewer abortions, as so many of us do:
1) give young women the self esteem to say no to "if you loved me you would"
2) help young men to stand up to the macho rape culture
3) provide information on and access to contraception
4) provide affordable childcare and other support for women who would happily carry an unplanned pregnancy if only they believed they could give the child (along with other children they already might have) the full measure of love and support that child would deserve.
5) don't insult single mothers
-- Lynn, New York Times, comments

Given that the UN is a pseudo-diplomatic body that accommodates its own hijacking at the hands of cynicism, the nations behind the world’s largest and most ancient effort of cynicism, anti-Semitism, have institutionally emphasized anti-Semitic thought in a forum where leaders are expected to sit in the same room and sometimes make eye contact with Israelis and Jews alike. The initial Rooseveltian dream of an international body being created for the betterment of human lives around the world has begun to make it seem as if internationally sanctioned anti-Semitism is itself a fundamental and basic human right. If the UN put a quarter of the effort it puts and has put into calling emergency meetings and shaping anti-Semitic resolutions, like the history-denying UNESCO resolution’s ratification or the infamous ‘Zionism is Racism’ resolution passed by the General Assembly in 1975, maybe genocide would only be a hypothetical as opposed to an actualized reality in places like Syria. Instead of the UN abiding by its founding mission statement, the institution has made what it can do nightmarish and what it cannot do, as a result of its cynical hijacking, dreamlike.
-- Ryan Greenspoon, "Anti-Semitism at the UN, Again," Times of Israel Blogs

Extreme hedonism is much more complicated than I realized.
-- mds, Alicublog, comments

Loonie loafers?Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
9:37 pm

Stuff like this is part of the reason why I don't seem to read as much science fiction as I used to.
Image h/t P.Z. Myers

Please, please, please, please, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE can I borrow someone's time machine and take it back to the late 1950s and show all the Birchers and McCarthyites?

And then get to tell them that all modern astronauts now have to learn Russian? Even the American ones?!

And then tell them that the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989???

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAASE??! I wanna watch some heads asplode!

Current Mood: amused
8:59 pm
Arthitis and Tumours and Snot, Oh My!
(Post contains assorted health bitching.)

So. A Day. As in "One of Those..."

Got up early because I had to be somewhere in the northeast end of the city for 9:30. Left around 12:20 to try to get to my doctor's appointment at 1:30 in the extreme central-west part of the city...I don't drive, so this required taking a bus. Stupidly decided to try to do it in one transfer (from the bus going south to the bus going west) instead of trying a three-stage trip (south-west-further west) even though the bus that serves the middle leg of that trip comes every 10 minutes or so during peak times. I thought that'd just be awkward. Point is, though, that an hour and 10 minutes should have been plenty of time. Theoretically.

Waited 40 minutes for a bus that was supposed to come every 30 minutes, then three showed up together. I got to my doctor's at 2PM, but Dr. BMN II graciously agreed to see me anyway.

The good news: Apparently I don't still have a sinus infection, but...

The bad news: He says that my nasal passages from my nostrils to the back of my throat are abnormally narrow, and that's probably why I'm still congested. My CT scans show a couple of minor abnormalities, including an osteoma (benign outgrowth of bone) projecting into my one sinus cavity, a bone bruise elsewhere in the sinus (how the fuck?!), and a couple new air cells. So it's a good thing I'm going to the ENT on 1 November.

Further bad news: The x-rays of my left foot show that I have arthritis not just in my big and small toes, but also on all my toes, and in my mediotarsal joint (across the ball of the foot), and around my cuboid bone (Lisfranc's joint). No wonder my foot hurts so much all the time.

And that bump thing at the end of my fifth metatarsal doesn't show up on an x-ray, so it's not a bunion or a bone spur, but we're not really sure what it is. Dr. McK. seemed to think it was a ganglion cyst, but ganglion cysts are usually squishy, and this isn't; it's hard like bone.

Dr. BMN II has referred me to see the best foot surgeons in Canada (who happen to be right here in little ole Whitebreadville), but he says a) the waitlist is really long, and b) there's a better-than-average chance they might just refuse to see me on the grounds they say there's nothing they can do for me. I told Dr. BMN II to tell them I want my feet completely rebuilt so they work, and Dr. Kim said, "Bionic feet, huh?" I said, "Yeah, that works."

So, yeah. If anyone wants to put a complaint in on my behalf to the management about being stuck with a lemon body, now's the time. Jeez, this middle aged thing sucks. I don't know what I'm gonna do about being actually old, assuming I get there, of course.

Oh, a little good news -- I did get my flu shot today. NOW GO THOU AND DO LIKEWISE.

Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, October 16th, 2016
12:11 am
The Canadian National* Identity**
* Wait, define "nation."
** Wait, define "identity."

So, over on the Book of Faces, James Nicoll's wall exploded in a discussion of the War of 1812-14 and what that meant for Canada as a nation (define "nation") and strayed off into a long discussion in comments about when Canada could conceivably be considered to be a country, or an independent country, or something like that. Between james_nicoll and myself, I think five (or hypothetically maybe six) different dates were floated:

1 July 1867: Official, government-recognised Confederation Day, the day on which Canada officially became a confederated nation, Canada gets the right to self-government.

11 December 1931: Statute of Westminster signed, granting Canada full legal autonomy, except for a unilateral right to amend the Constitution (this still required the UK Parliament's approval, by Canadian request).

29 May 1953: Queen Elizabeth II styled Queen of Canada, becoming the official Canadian head of state, and separating Canada's head of state officially from the UK's head of state. (A future monarch of Canada wouldn't have to be similarly the monarch of the UK, although it remains likely.)

31 March 1949: Newfoundland joins Confederation, leaving no dependent British colonies in North America, and bringing Canada to its current size and shape on the map, although we did split the Northwest Territories into the Northwest Territories and Nunavut on 1 April 1999, so the map changed, even if the jurisdictional boundaries didn't.

17 April 1982: The Canada Act 1982 is passed in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, patriating Canada's Constitution to Canada, and allowing the types of Constitutional amendments previously retained by the UK under the Statute of Westminster to be made by Canada on its own, without approval from the British Parliament. Also, as Wikipedia notes, "The Act also formally ended the "request and consent" provisions of the Statute of Westminster 1931 in relation to Canada, whereby the British parliament had a general power to pass laws extending to Canada at its own request."

I think another contender might be the first time Canadian troops fought in a war under Canadian command, rather than merely as an adjunct of the British army, which would probably be 9 April 1917... Brigadier-General A.E. Ross seemed to think so, when he said, "In those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation."

So you tell me... (And any of you who have any other ideas, let me know. )

Current Mood: sick
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
11:51 pm
Quotes, A Spectre is Haunting Europe, North America, and Everywhere Else Edition
My gob is officially out of smacks.
-- SiubhanDuinne, liberal mob enforcer bitch, Balloon Juice, comments

Today, Ibid discovered some transparent liquid is vinegar.


Since he seemed to steeling himself up for try three, I put it where he could not get at it.
-- james_nicoll, Facebook

"Don't have strong feelings about this thing that had a major effect in your life, man! It makes you look all crazy when you relate your own experiences!"
-- Fizyx, Salon, comments

The success of the Trump campaign just proves that our views  resonate with millions. They may not be ready for the Ku Klux Klan yet, but as anti-white hatred escalates, they will.
-- white supremacist activist Rachel Pendergraft (daughter of David Duke), in Sarah Posner and David Neiwert, "How Trump Took Hate Groups Mainstream," Mother Jones

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
-- Australian Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, in "Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison message about unacceptable behaviour," YouTube

Except it"s a different one this time.Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
Friday, October 14th, 2016
12:21 am
Quotes, Let's Get Together and Do It Again
I'm convinced that on the planet cats originated from, their only natural predator was the wild Electrolux.
-- Peter Dougherty, Facebook, comments

There's always more squish in the sea.
-- Bekabot, Alicublog, comments

Got up, filled a bowl with milk, put the cereal in the fridge, threw the milk in the garbage and pissed on it. It was a great day.
-- Tethalmin, Reddit, comments, on an AskReddit thread, "What is the dumbest thing you've done while half asleep first thing in the morning?"

I am not misanthropic, I detest those who squander the attributes that mark them as human.
-- Windriven, Science-Based Medicine, comments

Critics have been giving me a hard time since Day One. Critics say I can't sing. I croak. Sound like a frog. Why don't critics say that same thing about Tom Waits? Critics say my voice is shot. That I have no voice. What don't they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment? Critics say I can't carry a tune and I talk my way through a song. Really? I've never heard that said about Lou Reed. Why does he get to go scot-free?

What have I done to deserve this special attention? No vocal range? When's the last time you heard Dr. John? Why don't you say that about him? Slur my words, got no diction. Have you people ever listened to Charley Patton or Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters. Talk about slurred words and no diction. [Inaudible] doesn't even matter.
-- Bob Dylan, MusiCares Person of Year speech, printed in the LA Times, proving his critics' point [FWIW, I think Leonard Cohen has a spectacular 2-note range and uses all of 1.25 notes of it. I have never heard a professional singer -- let alone someone with so many awards -- be so consistently flat as Leonard Cohen. -- ?!]

These are the songs I"ll never get to sing you...Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
12:03 am
Quotes, Automagical for the Peephole Edition
Some people, you just want to scream "Get off our side -- you're letting it down!"
-- LA Julian, Alicublog, comments

petition to make an angry latina superhero whose catchphrase is "you got la chancla'd"
-- Izzy Manzo, BuzzFeed, comments

My name is Catrina. My husband's name is Matthew. We've had to endure the stupid comments all week.
-- IrrelevantPancake, Reddit, comments

They're feeding people a bunch of hogwash. And I think that most people would accept that you can't run a democracy and make it function on a public informed with B.S..
-- environmental researcher Dr. David Schindler, interviewed in "The Fifth Estate: Silence of the Labs"

I cite Biblical references because it makes Republican Jesus cry.
-- Craig Mattson, Facebook, comments

I can see four Miles...Collapse )

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
1:20 am
Quotes, Meteor Dribble Edition
America is a place where people are told to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But not everyone can afford the boots. Canada is a place where you still have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, but the boots are provided to you as a courtesy and the straps have a handle built in.
-- psinguine, Reddit, comments

Overheard: "There are clowns terrorizing the streets. And a billionaire arch villain running for president. WE NEED YOU, BATMAN."
-- @GeorgeTakei, Twitter, h/t anton_p_nym

Also: shit.

Name the topic about which, in 2016, we couldn’t say “Also: shit.”
-- BiloSagdiyev, and N__B, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments, on plumbing, et cetera

[T]he just-launched USS Zumwalt has the smallest crew on a destroyer since the '30s. It's called technology And it's commanded by James Kirk. No, really. Captain James A. Kirk..
-- LittlePig, Alicublog, comments

A long time ago, in a lifetime far, far away, I was a hippie-wannabe at UC Berkeley. I had a good friend who was also a Young Republican of the more committed variety. We were together in an Honors English Composition class. We had an assignment to produce some sort of position paper. He created an amazing parody of right-wing paranoia and scare-mongering, "proving" that Crane Plumbing and American Standard were Communist front organizations (this was the late 1960s). brainwashing American men utilizing the urinals those companies produced. It was a tour-de-force! Wish I had a copy of that paper.
-- Al Dowd, Facebook, comments

We only saw a couple.Collapse )

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
7:02 pm
No, really, SQUEEE!

It's a horse petting a cat, you guys!

Of course, h/t anton_p_nym. :)

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
1:53 am
Quotes, Water-Loading Edition
I had a teacher in high school who emphasized that she was happy to be paying taxes. Her backstory was that she fled East Germany after the Berlin Wall went up.
-- wapiti, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

When my kids said "I hate you!", my response was always "Well, that sucks, because I love you." For some reason that always seemed to take a little wind out of their sails.
-- Moneygrowsontrees, Reddit, comments

As a child, in 1964, in Louisiana, I saw black children riding in open pick up truck beds to their allegedly "separate but equal school" -- as equal as their "bus" one supposes? Our teacher opened class with the Pledge to the flag and the order for "All you children who hate N......s, raise your hands." I dropped out of school as a fourth grader, unable to stand it after about 12 weeks.
-- Labrys/Syrbal, Stonekettle Station, comments

The Tory party is now so regressive I'm semi-seriously expecting a call to bring back Queen Victoria.
-- @StripeyCaptain, Twitter h/t dglenn

Freedom of speech in a democratic society is a precious thing and should be protected. But when it’s exploited to create racial animosity and foster genocide, a red line has been definitely crossed.
-- Sheldon Kirshner, "Antisemite’s website should be closed," Times of Israel blogs

I wanna rock and roll all night...Collapse )

Current Mood: grumpy
Friday, September 30th, 2016
4:27 pm
[Minnesota Nerd Accent] That was really fun...
I just applied for a technical writer job with a social media company that put up a posting saying "Create your own dream job!" So I used the opportunity to tell them why they might need a tech writer. Well, if nothing else, I hope I amused them.

I said:

I’m an awesomesauce local technical writer looking for a new gig. I know you’re probably thinking, “We’re a social media company; what do we need with a technical writer?”, but you probably do need a technical writer around. See, we’re not just boring people who write boring software manuals (I do my best to try to make software manuals interesting), but we do all kinds of useful stuff, and I’d really like to do that useful stuff for [Company], since I love your site, and I’m local and ready to go. For instance, I can

• Do information- and content-management stuff that involves databases and content/document management systems. I have super-user administrated CMSs at multiple past positions, including with [VLITC].
• Make sure all your procedures and processes are documented and up to date, reducing any “bus factor” issues you might have (which is to say, the impact to [Company] if – perish forbid – someone gets hit by a bus). Yes, this is a real term in IT.
• Help train employees to use your software and systems. I’m an excellent presenter and trainer with real classroom experience (TA at the University of [Grad School], and taught Business Writing at [Local] College for a semester), as well as tons of workplace training experience, and I’m also seriously hands-on about software;
• Keep your writers’ guidelines and templates up to date and accurate, leaving your marketing team to do marketing;
• Provide peer mentoring to colleagues on many subjects. For example, while I was working at [Posh/VLITC], I helped one colleague study for her PMP (project management certification), and gave a class to other technical writers on how to optimize metadata for better information retrieval and how to get the most out of search engines (I am also a Google-fu black belt);
• Fill in as a content writer when needed (I particularly like to write about the old-school nerd classics – planes, trains, and automobiles), and I love combing obscure parts of the web looking for neat stuff;

But most importantly, what I do best is take the pressure off other staff to do tasks they don’t enjoy and I do enjoy (like managing digital content, adding metadata, and doing documentation). For instance, if you have developers who have to write manuals, what you wind up with is cranky programmers and bad manuals. Hire someone like me, and suddenly your manuals are better, support calls go down, and your developers are much happier. Everyone wins!

So that’s my pitch. Please have a look at my resume and my LinkedIn Profile, and let me know what you think. Thanks very much for taking a look, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Current Mood: sick
1:30 am
Quotes, It's Raining, I'm Broke, and a Job Evaporated Edition
Note: Lotsa Facebook quotes in this one. Deal.

I have always assumed Churchill's dread revanent is in Number 10's basement, sustained by the souls of back benchers who disappointed their Prime Ministers.
-- James Nicoll, Facebook, comments

I think we can thank fucking Reagan and his seditionist crew for 35 years of banging the drum, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Thirty five fucking years.
-- Mo, Gin and Tacos, comments

[B]ullying students to avoid majoring in theater or Spanish is fun! And really, what would the knowledge of a foreign language or the ability to write effectively add to a employer?
-- Erik Loomis, "Shorter STEM Experts: Please Invest in the Humanities!", Lawyers, Guns, and Money

Horses are man's other best friend.
-- MidevalExponents, imgur, comments

A cop pulls me over for doing 10 (km/h) over the speed limit. Trying to come up with a witty line he says, "Let me see your pilot's license." So, I took out my wallet and produced my pilot's license. He let me go.
-- Anonymous Reddit user, in David Karrel, "29 People Share Their Worst 'Ask A Stupid Question, Get A Stupid Response' Moments.", Knowable

And I"m getting a headache. Goodnight.Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
Monday, September 26th, 2016
5:06 pm
Quotes, Trying to Think of Other Things Edition
I was born on a US Air Force base in Tokyo in 1964. My father was a fighter pilot and the planes his squadron flew were the F-105, a fighter/bomber designed to carry a nuclear payload. Years ago I asked him why he was stationed there, and he said the plan was that if the Russians or the Chinese nuked the USA, he and his squadron would fly to Vladivistok or some other target and drop their nukes on it. "Then what?" I asked. He just shrugged his shoulders. And there would've been no wife and kiddies to go home to even if they'd made it back, by the way. That was the plan. Fucking madness.
-- Dave Rock, Facebook, comments

"I'm white enough. I'm racist enough. And doggone it, people like me."
-- Brother Yam, Alicublog, comments

What I wish to do, is actually just be me. If something bothers me, I say so. If something is wrong, I speak up no matter what. I simply began refusing to allow racist bullshit to fly. Or walk. I’m practically functioning as a NYC Cop on racist bullshit; racist bullshit get stopped and frisked when I’m around. Racist bullshit gets profiled and stopped for near-petty reasons, and gets beat up and maybe killed for it’s failure to comply.
-- Johnny Silvercloud, "I'm Losing Tons of Friends Fighting Racism. And I'm Totally OK With That.", Afrosapiophile

using microsoft word

*moves an image 1mm to the left*

all text and images shift. 4 new pages appear. in the distance, sirens.
-- Twitter user @gossipgrill, spotted at imgur

Medievalism is no match for modernity.
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speech to the UN General Assembly, September 22, 2016

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Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
4:03 pm
Glad my landlady lives 200km away right now...
...because it's saving me from assault charges.

Having had a chance now to inspect the garden up close, the damage is much worse than I thought. About 99.9% of all the mint is gone, looks to have been torn out by the roots. (I had spearmint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint, and orange mint.) According to my housemate, she tore it out because she was "trying to make room for other plants," never mind that I was growing the mint for reasons. (I like mint, it's edible, I use it in tons of things, the flowers attract and feed bees, it smells nice, I can give it to cabdrivers of Indian and Middle Eastern descent to get into their good books...)

She left the grawlixin' ivy alone, and that stuff is neither edible nor aromatic nor particularly butterfly- or bee-friendly, but grows like, well, like ground-cover ivy. (It's basically there to deter [other] weeds.) Fucking hell. Two days ago there was a huge mint patch there with a lot of new green growth on it. Today, there's a bunch of straggly ivy, a lot of broken stems, and fuck all else. I'm not even sure it'll even grow back by next spring, but fuck it, with luck, G-d willing, insha'allah, I won't be living here then and she can do whatever the fuck she likes with it without inconveniencing me and depriving me of the produce of my kitchen garden.

I don't know whether I want to punch something or cry, to be honest. Fuuuuuuuuuuck...I am sooooooooo pissed off.

Current Mood: angry
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
9:53 pm
And Happy Harvest to You, Too!
Landlady came over today and cut my mint down almost to the ground, in the guise of "tidying up the garden," I guess because she thought it looked untidy or something (but didn't trim back the ivy that's trying to eat the house again). I was waiting for a good crop of new growth after I had picked most of the earlier new growth off, as I wanted to make more mint chutney. I was hoping to do that this week, but now probably won't get any more this fall unless we have a lot of rain + unseasonably warm temperatures + late frost...

I hope she left my grapevine alone. I have plans for it...plans that involve rice and lemon juice.

Current Mood: pissed off
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