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 If a property sold last July? TAKE IT THE FUCK OFF YOUR SEARCH RESULTS.

I spent the last two weeks day dreaming about this PERFECT place, contacted a real estate agent, and then was told it’s been off the market for almost a year. Did I want to see similar properties in the area?

NO! I WANTED TO SEE THAT PROPERTY.

Guys, I didn’t even WANT to buy a house until I saw this one. Four bedrooms! Pool! Less than a mile to my favorite restaurant! Bike-safe commutes for me and my boyfriend!

But no.

It’s off the market. Do I want to see similar properties?

Nope. I wanted that one. 

Ugh.

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I just got this in my morning blast of timed corporate emails:



I can't tell if this means McD's has hit a certain desperation, or if Living Social has. Either way...wtf?

FUCK NO

Oct. 18th, 2011 10:56 pm
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So this just came across my tumblr dash:


ARE THEY FUCKING SERIOUS RIGHT NOW?!?

I mean, I'd heard they were doing that, but...but...



With a side helping of

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Cut for spoilers )



ETA: I wrote this post in the first five minutes of the episode. Please keep in mind I wrote this *before* the big reveal.

Hmmm

Jun. 28th, 2011 01:42 pm
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In.gredients, a zero-packaging grocery store will be opening in Austin soon.

I AM FILLED WITH CONFLICT OVER THIS.

On the one hand: awesome. Less waste, and goods are usually cheaper when you can buy them in as-needed amounts and without having to pay for packaging that will only get thrown away.

On the other hand...

Was there ever a wankier, greener than thou piece of shit to come down the pike?!?

I'll probably go to see what it's all about, but...

Honestly, who has the time to plan out their grocery trips, gather the necessary containers, and shop like this?

I'm both impressed and baffled.

Anyone else got anything?
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So there's been a lovely kerfuffle going on this week, the simple summary of which is, Can you be a hot girl and a nerd?

Leaving aside the irritating use of "girl" to describe adult women, I haven't really had any commentary other than a side-eye.

I finally figured out my response, left as a comment on the above linked post.

Here it is. Ready?

If you can’t be a hot girl and a nerd, what the hell have my best girl friends and I been doing since childhood?

Sheesh.

That’s really all I have to say on the subject, with a healthy punctuation of a full-body eyeroll.


There you go. There's my soundbite.

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If given the option between the backscatter scan and the enhanced patdown, I'll take the scan. I'm willing to subject myself to the continually-argued-to-be-safe level of radiation, and I'm willing to have my naked image saved on a hard drive somewhere in perpetuity. I'm really not thrilled at the thought of a stranger touching me while I'm trying to catch a flight and wondering if I have time for a beer first. At least the scan I imagine to be quick. (Please correct me if I'm wrong!)

One of the chestnuts being trotted around comment threads is that "by purchasing the ticket, you've agreed to the security protocols." Except, I didn't.

See, when I purchased our tickets for Thanksgiving, the introduction of the scans and the searches hadn't yet been announced. Or at least, their start date hadn't been. So I had no way of knowing in September that I was consenting to policy about to be enacted. If we're talking "consent," that's a whole lot of dub-con.

Now, making that argument for tickets yet-to-be-purchased for Christmas? Totally valid. By buying those tickets (which I haven't yet done, I know, I'm dumb), I'm acknowledging what the policies now are and passively consenting to them. Even if they really sketch me out.

Now, one more thing.

For the people who have problems being touched by strangers for whatever reason? This isn't going to go so well for them.

I'm really looking forward to (in a sarcastic, I'm really angry this has to happen, but I know it will way) the issues the airports have as people have meltdowns in the security lines. It's going to happen. They may not all be full-blown terror fits with screaming and thrashing, but I'm fairly sure that at least once a day at every airport with these protocols, someone will React BadlyTM. Someone will miss a flight. Or cause others to miss a flight. Or miss work. And then the lawsuits will start. Oh wait! That last already happened!

And to do all this right before the busiest travel season? To scores of passengers who bought their tickets long before they knew they'd be subjected to Hobson's Choice?

I smell Impending Doom for the TSA and related agencies.

This will not go well.

>^_^

Oct. 29th, 2010 04:19 pm
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Via [personal profile] manycolored: A pair of kitties have been abandoned in the "Troy-bany" area. Anyone want two gorgeous loves? http://bit.ly/cjaCpS

Whoops

Oct. 16th, 2010 11:31 pm
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Josh and I passed out for about four hours earlier.

I learned that it's not a great plan to watch an episode of Being Erica and then pass out like that: I had a bizarre dream in which I had a therapist who looked just like Michael Riley (Dr Tom), and it confused the hell out of me.

LOL, whoops.
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In my previous post, I linked to the Dragon*Con shenanigans.

The thing that I kept seeing in a lot of the comments were sentence fragments like, "I wasn't even showing much skin" or "I was totally covered" or "I had been wearing a far skimpier costume earlier..."

WHAT YOU WEAR DOES NOT EXCUSE SHITBAGGERY DIRECTED AT YOU BY OTHER HUMANS.

It's Dragon*Con! You're there to wear skin-tight spandex and run around like you're Power Girl. Or wear a corset and bustle and be a Steampunk explorer.

OR WHATEVER.

What you wear, no matter how skimpy, no matter how much alcohol you or others drink, does not give a single solitary person the right to touch, grab, or even talk to you if you don't want to deal with them.

By all means, please, please report incidents of harassment, but can the meme of what you were wearing at the time die?
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Diana Gabaldon got the idea for Jamie from watching Doctor Who and seeing another kilted redhead named Jamie.

At heart, in some form, everything she has written in that universe has been a transformative work.

Also, her sex scenes are so dirty, they would make Jean M. Auel blush.

She is pissing on the roots of her own tree, and it isn't cool.
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Diana Gabaldon got the idea for Jamie from watching Doctor Who and seeing another kilted redhead named Jamie.

At heart, in some form, everything she has written in that universe has been a transformative work.

Also, her sex scenes are so dirty, they would make Jean M. Auel blush.

She is pissing on the roots of her own tree, and it isn't cool.
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EDIT: I'm reposting this with some new links, including another SWA blog post, and Kevin Smith's reply.

While waiting for my connecting flight out of Atlanta last Tuesday (a rant of its own), I briefly spoke to a lovely young woman as we all tried to scout out the ever-elusive working outlet for our phones, laptops, etc. I say lovely because I thought she was pretty, and I really liked the shade of green she was wearing. Anyway, that's not important. What's important is she was heavy set. Once we boarded the plane I witnessed the following exchange:

Douchehat: Excuse me, flight attendant?

Flight Attendant: Yes?

Douchehat: Can I switch seats? The girl next to me is big. Really big.

Flight Attendant: Sorry, sir, you'll have to wait until the flight has boarded completely, and then you can switch seats if there is one available.

I must also note the flight attendant said this with her voice dripping with irritation. She sounded just as shocked and offended and I probably looked. Oh, and he was referring to that same woman I'd spoken to at the gate. Also, he said all of this loud enough that the back half of the plane heard him.

Nice, Douchehat.

The flight boarded, and there were a lot of empty seats (it was a late flight), and he ended up having the entire row right behind me to himself.

I almost wish I'd farted in his face.

So by now, you've probably all heard about Kevin Smith getting thrown off a Southwest Air flight on Saturday. (Link goes to the round up and discussion on Shapely Prose.)



I managed to catch the beginnings of this in almost-real time that night, thanks to Twitter. I was absolutely AGOG at what was happening. It was kind of a thing of beauty.

Here's a few other links you may want to check out, if you're interested in the unfolding of this beautiful PR nightmare:



So yeah.

There's a lot of discussion to be had over a lot of the stuff being said by both parties. Kevin Smith doesn't apologize for being fat, but he'll often use misogynist or fat-shaming language in his ranting. But then he'll also go on to tell the story of the heavy woman on the flight he was allowed to stay on, who was sitting in his row. The flight attendant came by and tried to take the woman off the flight. Hearing Kevin Smith's ire over that situation was amazing. He also acknowledged his privilege as a man, and a rich one at that. He acknowledged that the average fat woman experiences harassment and discrimination that a fat man never would.

I can't wait to see how Southwest weathers this. It sounds like a LOT of people are taking their business elsewhere.

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EDIT: I'm reposting this with some new links, including another SWA blog post, and Kevin Smith's reply.

While waiting for my connecting flight out of Atlanta last Tuesday (a rant of its own), I briefly spoke to a lovely young woman as we all tried to scout out the ever-elusive working outlet for our phones, laptops, etc. I say lovely because I thought she was pretty, and I really liked the shade of green she was wearing. Anyway, that's not important. What's important is she was heavy set. Once we boarded the plane I witnessed the following exchange:

Douchehat: Excuse me, flight attendant?

Flight Attendant: Yes?

Douchehat: Can I switch seats? The girl next to me is big. Really big.

Flight Attendant: Sorry, sir, you'll have to wait until the flight has boarded completely, and then you can switch seats if there is one available.

I must also note the flight attendant said this with her voice dripping with irritation. She sounded just as shocked and offended and I probably looked. Oh, and he was referring to that same woman I'd spoken to at the gate. Also, he said all of this loud enough that the back half of the plane heard him.

Nice, Douchehat.

The flight boarded, and there were a lot of empty seats (it was a late flight), and he ended up having the entire row right behind me to himself.

I almost wish I'd farted in his face.

So by now, you've probably all heard about Kevin Smith getting thrown off a Southwest Air flight on Saturday. (Link goes to the round up and discussion on Shapely Prose.)



I managed to catch the beginnings of this in almost-real time that night, thanks to Twitter. I was absolutely AGOG at what was happening. It was kind of a thing of beauty.

Here's a few other links you may want to check out, if you're interested in the unfolding of this beautiful PR nightmare:



So yeah.

There's a lot of discussion to be had over a lot of the stuff being said by both parties. Kevin Smith doesn't apologize for being fat, but he'll often use misogynist or fat-shaming language in his ranting. But then he'll also go on to tell the story of the heavy woman on the flight he was allowed to stay on, who was sitting in his row. The flight attendant came by and tried to take the woman off the flight. Hearing Kevin Smith's ire over that situation was amazing. He also acknowledged his privilege as a man, and a rich one at that. He acknowledged that the average fat woman experiences harassment and discrimination that a fat man never would.

I can't wait to see how Southwest weathers this. It sounds like a LOT of people are taking their business elsewhere.

IDEFK

Jan. 19th, 2010 02:17 pm
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I'm reposting this for the like, three of you who don't also read [livejournal.com profile] rm's LJ.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda explains what good fan behavior isn't.

Good god, the stupid. It burns.

IDEFK

Jan. 19th, 2010 02:17 pm
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I'm reposting this for the like, three of you who don't also read [livejournal.com profile] rm's LJ.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda explains what good fan behavior isn't.

Good god, the stupid. It burns.
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Disney purchases Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock.

FTA: It said the boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the transaction, but it requires an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.

This should be good.
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Disney purchases Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock.

FTA: It said the boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the transaction, but it requires an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.

This should be good.

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