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Headed to Chicago for work today. Woo! Here are some interesting things to read while I'm gone:

* Live blog of the Agents of SHIELD panel at the TCA Press Tour.

* New trailer for Thor: The Dark World.

* Tom Hiddleston and Cookie Monster.

* Jason Dohring will be appearing on The Tomorrow People (aka Julie Plec's OTHER new show this season).

* Okay, the casting for the Into the Woods movie was already pretty side-eye worthy, but this just took it into full WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCKING FUCK ARE YOU FUCKING THINKING territory. I am legit disturbed thinking about Johnny Depp and this little kid singing "Hello Little Girl." She's like EIGHT. SO SKEEVY.

* Damon Lindelof has some interesting things to say about the state of Hollywood blockbusters and how they've gotten themselves into this self-perpetuating downward spiral by always needing to top the last big thing.

* By now, everyone should have heard about the casting for the next Doctor, but if you didn't follow the BBC live blog of the announcement, it's totally worth a read. The snark is just OFF THE CHARTS.

* 27 Problems Only Introverts Will Understand. Because yes.

next_to_normal: (Britta has feelings)
So, right on the heels of the happy news of Community's improbable 4th season, it turns out it's happening without Dan Harmon. As you might expect, he is not happy about it.

I would comment, but my parents are coming to pick me up to go out to breakfast. Talk amongst yourselves.
next_to_normal: (Britta has feelings)
Gabs has gotten a fantastic response on LJ, but I haven't really seen it making the rounds on DW, so reposting it here and hoping I don't screw up the cool repost button thingy...

Originally posted by [info]gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Sadly, the repost button doesn't seem to work with DW. :( Y'all will just have to C&P the old-fashioned way.
next_to_normal: (Buffy punchy)
AAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH (aka who wants to hear about my condo woes?)

A story in gifs )
next_to_normal: (Cordy WTF)
I didn't want this to be my first post back, but oh well. I just received an email from Photobucket that my bandwidth usage is close to the monthly limit. My account resets on the 11th of the month. IT IS THE THIRTEENTH. Somehow, 80% of my bandwidth got used in two days??? In three years of having a Photobucket account, I have never even gotten close to the limit. And yet, after a weekend in which I was hardly online at all, we have crazy usage spikes.

Anyone wanna make a go at an explanation? I mean, I know I'm kinda addicted to GIFs, but... THREE YEARS. NO PROBLEMS. TWO DAYS. WTF?
next_to_normal: (Buffy punchy)
UGH. The organization that I work for decided to switch insurance plans, undoubtedly because it's cheaper for them. They didn't give us any choice of plans, but our HR lady's all, "Our premiums have been reduced, isn't that nice for everyone!"

Well, sure, as long as you don't actually use your insurance.

Because while the premiums have been reduced, all the co-pays have gone up, and some of them have DOUBLED. But hey, as long as you don't go to the doctor, you're saving money! Isn't that NICE?

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next_to_normal: (TV good thing)
* Kal Penn is leaving the White House again for a role on HIMYM. Memo to President Obama: Even though you have continually overlooked me and rehired Kal, like, six times, I would still be happy to replace him.

* Interview with Nestor Carbonell, everyone's favorite eyeliner-wearing immortal, who is SMG's costar in Ringer.

* Netflix is screwing everyone with ridiculous price hikes. I'll probably end up canceling either the DVDs or the streaming, but I haven't decided which one yet.

* With Friday Night Lights airing its series finale on NBC tomorrow, I have been completely torn between wanting to watch it as soon as possible and not wanting to because then it'll be over. Fortunately, you can relive the magic (or watch for the first time, if you're one of the unfortunate people who hasn't seen it) on ESPN.

* You can also catch up on Mad Men this summer if you're an early bird or have a DVR.

* Speaking of Mad Men, this What Would Don Draper Do? flowchart cracks me up.

* Emmy nominations have been announced. Things that are relevant to my interests under the cut.

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next_to_normal: (WTFery)
Ah, my grad school never ceases to let me down as a major source of fail. Today's shining example:

We were having a hypothetical discussion of the soda tax, which is supposed to raise revenue and cut down on health care costs by encouraging people to drink fewer sugary beverages. This is all fine and inoffensive until SOME DUDE decides to chime in with, "Why don't we just tax fat people for being fat?"

YES LET'S DO THAT. Because clearly only fat people need to be penalized for being unhealthy. I mean, really, health is all about how you look, not what you eat or how much you exercise, right? OF COURSE IT IS.

"But shouldn't unhealthy people pay more, because their treatment costs more?" this dude asks. That would be why we have INSURANCE PREMIUMS, dumbass. And let me tell you, they will charge you a higher premium for anything even remotely close to a symptom or predisposition for a condition.

Undeterred, his next suggestion is, "Well, has anyone considered raising the Medicaid and Medicare premiums for unhealthy people, the way private insurance does?" Fortunately, the dude sitting next to him (who I think was ready to slug him, lol) fielded this one by pointing out that the ENTIRE PURPOSE of Medicare and Medicaid is to provide affordable insurance to people because NO ONE ELSE WOULD INSURE THEM. Old people in particular are not cost-effective - their health is pretty much guaranteed to deteriorate, which will inevitably end up costing a crapload of money. This is why we HAVE Medicare. Making them pay more pretty much defeats the purpose of the program.

But the best part? Douchey McDumbass is in my group for the final project for this class. AWESOME.

(Also, for those who were wondering, no, I did not finish my homework for tonight, and no, it did not matter. We spent the entire class on our presentations - which were just as redundant and boring as I anticipated. I totally winged mine and did fine. And so the reading and discussion questions we were supposed to have done for this week is now due next week. See? Laziness totally pays off.)

next_to_normal: (Annie scream)
All I wanted was one snow day. ONE SNOW DAY. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so, because here I am in work, and more importantly, presumably will have class tonight, which I was really hoping to get out of because our professor decided to be ridiculous and assign 200 pages of reading (for which we have to submit 5 discussion questions), plus a 5-minute presentation, and only told us YESTERDAY. Because we don't have full-time jobs or anything and can devote all our free time to homework so we don't need more than a 24-hour turnaround. OH WAIT.

Well, at least I had hot water in my apartment this morning, which is more than I can say for the rest of this week. Good thing, too, because if I went any longer without showering, people might've started to complain. :-P
next_to_normal: (facepalm)
Oh, wait. I was. :-P

And I managed to spill all manner of things in the year and a half I worked in a lab (I still have one or two shirts with acid holes in them), but you'd think "don't put corrosive substances in your eye" would be the kind of lesson you don't need to learn by doing.

Why is this relevant? Well, the last time I went to the eye doctor, he recommended I switch to a new contact solution called Clear Care, which is, in fact, hydrogen peroxide. It seems counterintuitive, but there's a little metal doohickey in the contact case that neutralizes the peroxide so you don't burn your retinas off. Good. Okay.

Now, they claim that you can put the contacts directly in your eyes once you've soaked them for at least six hours, but I like to rinse them off with regular contact solution, just to be safe. Except this morning I reached for the wrong bottle and accidentally rinsed them with MORE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. OMG THE BURNING! BUUUUUUUURN.

Don't worry, my eyes are fine. I re-rinsed the contacts with the correct solution and flushed out my eyes, and they looked puffy and bloodshot for a while, but they seem okay now. Also, I googled it, and I probably won't go blind or anything from a 3% concentration. But if you'd ever wondered what would happen if you put hydrogen peroxide in your eyes, well, now you know.

next_to_normal: (Whatever)
All right, I figure just about everyone has seen the news by now (and in case you haven't, read it and weep), but I don't want to grumble alone, so come join me! Who wants to go first?

It is ironic to me that, at this point, I don't think I actually want Joss anywhere near any sort of TV/movie continuation, given what he's chosen to do with the comics. But I still think Buffy with Joss is better than Buffy without Joss. Just... leave it the hell alone, won't you? Let us enjoy what we have without something new coming along to ruin the franchise more than it already is.

ETA: And we have responses from Joss and David Boreanaz.
next_to_normal: (Cordy WTF)
Not much to do in work today, so I've been chatting with Kelly, and she gave me the most awful "what will your career be?" quiz from Facebook. It is SO AWFUL that I needed to repost it here in order to mock it. (I would link to it, but I don't actually have a Facebook account anymore, so she had to take it for me.)

All spelling and grammatical errors are copied from the original.

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next_to_normal: (Dawn wtf)
So, I tried to change the font of my header, and... I don't understand. Somehow, every time I try to change the font, the text gets more and more off-center. Um... what?

I could probably fix it with CSS, but since I didn't change it with CSS, it seems like I should be able to change it back without it. But if that's the case, I have no idea how, since there's no option in the basic customization to center or not center the header text.

I've also noticed that the font for my comments is suddenly bigger than the font for my entries, which is annoying. I don't know why randomly that changed on its own, either.

Don't make me cranky, DW. Be less buggy.

ETA: Played with it a bit, and managed to get it back to center by making the font size bigger. Whatever. I still don't really like this font, but now that it's back to normal, I'm afraid to try something else.
next_to_normal: (Annie scream)
Well, here's the capper on my really bad day week month I've lost count: Huge is officially canceled. :( :( :( ABC Family, you are dead to me.

In other news, did we know about this? It's an old post, but I don't remember seeing anyone else talk about it. Jennifer Morrison never struck me as particularly (or at all) funny on House, but she's also a big name with "a huge arc" (pause to sob over Huge some more... okay, moving on), which always gets the "mother" speculation going.

Oh, and I have a love/hate relationship with the Senate, but this amused me, because loud commercials really freakin' piss me off. (Now if we could get some sort of budget passed this year, that would be just dandy.)
next_to_normal: (kitty reading)
Boy, am I ever glad I don't have a Whedonesque account, because I'm pretty sure I'd get banned today. :) Instead, I will be channeling my rage into another really disappointing pile of crap. Read on for the review!

Fair warning - this entire book should come with a massive trigger warning stamped on the cover, which means the review is also potentially triggering.

Read more... )
next_to_normal: (James rar!)
DO NOT WANT anything from my LJ being posted on Facebook or Twitter. If I did, I'd have a Facebook and/or Twitter account and do it my own goddamned self. Actually, I am copying [livejournal.com profile] ladyofthelog's post verbatim because she's snarky:

If I find that someone has been crossposting comments they made to my entries to Facebook or Twitter, I will defriend with extreme prejudice.

If you said something that is so witty you have to share it with the world, that is why God/ess gave us Copy and Paste.
next_to_normal: (slayer barbie)
I saw a link posted for The Men's Ficathon, and I was all ready to post a rant (using one of my WTF icons naturally, lol) asking why on earth someone would think we needed a men-only ficathon. It's not like men aren't already the overwhelming focus of fic in just about every fandom or anything. :\ But then it turns out other people beat me to it. Good job, other people!
next_to_normal: (Buffy grr)
1. I wanted to buy new headphones. Nothing fancy, just those cheap little earbuds. Between the cat using them as a chew toy and me accidentally stepping on them, I go through headphones like most people go through underwear, so there's really no point in getting expensive stuff.

In CVS (actually, I think it's most places, Rite Aid does it, too), for some reason, the headphones are kept in a locked display case, which requires the assistance of a customer service assistant to open. And not only that, but the CSA then escorted me to the pharmacy counter, because apparently I can't be trusted to walk there on my own and not to run off with the loot.

Seriously? I mean, I can understand locking up the electronics, but these are $10 headphones. I absolutely guarantee you there are more expensive things in the store that are NOT locked up. WTF? Are we discriminating against music lovers now?

2. I also picked up a prescription today, and when I got back to the office, I opened it up and realized they'd given me a different medicine than usual. So back I go to CVS, where they explain to me that it's a generic version of the one I usually get. Fine, but do you think it might've been helpful to tell me that before you gave it to me? This is my third refill on this prescription; there's absolutely no reason I'd be expecting them to switch medicines now.

Also, this pharmacy is notorious for not filling my orders properly. I have had orders not filled on time, or only received half the amount of pills I was supposed to get. So when I open the bag and see some random medicine I've never heard of, of course I'm going to come back and make sure it's not a(nother) screw-up. But apparently it would be too much effort to think ahead and tell me that so I don't have to make another trip back to the store.

*sigh* If it weren't the only pharmacy that's convenient, I'd totally stop going there.

RAAAAAAGE

Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:08 pm
next_to_normal: (James rar!)
So, I had my Remicade treatment today, which meant I was out of the office for the whole morning. While I was out, my boss apparently used my computer and CLOSED ALL MY FIREFOX TABS.

What the actual fucking fuck???



This is not the first time this has happened.

I wish he would a.) learn how to use a fucking computer, and b.) NOT USE MINE!!!!!!
next_to_normal: (Buffy grr)
Looks like it will be six more weeks before inactive journals start getting purged. But yay! Drop-down tags! (It's the little things.)

In other news, my summer class is driving me really freakin' nuts. I think this year's Army fellows must be dumber than the last batch or something. Did they lower the entrance requirements for the program? Last year's guys were nice and intelligent and said interesting things in class. These fuckheads waste HOURS of class time by arguing with the professor over stuff that is obvious to the rest of the class - and refuse to let it go, even after being flat-out told they're wrong multiple times.

Dude, when your basis for economic theory comes from watching A Beautiful Mind, it's time to SHUT THE FUCK UP, mmmkay? You are clearly full of shit. No one is impressed.

And then the other dude whipped out the evo psych and I almost threw my notebook at him. I still don't even know how that was relevant to the conversation. I don't think the professor did, either, judging by his reaction, lol. (Fuckhead: "DNA... evolution... blah blah blah... and that's why we have grandmas and menopause." Everyone else: ".........")

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