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If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.


(And you know, I guess my other friends here are important too... :-P )

Dreamwidth

Sep. 5th, 2010 04:49 pm
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Anyone want a code? I've got some. I have an account over there that I've yet to do anything with. I've had it for months now and I'm not using it as a replacement for LJ (Yet. I'm determined to make it to the ten-year mark and I've only got eight months to go, dammit!) so don't expect a big bunch of posting from me there- at least until I figure out what I want to use it for. LJ, for me, is primarily my bitch and random blather outlet. That's just pretty much how it's always been.

Anyway...if you want a code, let me know. Priority given to people who don't already have one.
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Something I've noticed here in Eugene that rather confounds me- there seem to be a lot of University of Texas fans around here. Practically every time I go out, I see someone in an orange Longhorn shirt or hat. I haven't seen this many since...I lived in Texas.

Just a few mintues ago, I ran to the grocery store. There are a couple of guys at the grocery store down the block from us who are Longhorn fans and wear their tshirts pretty much every weekend. One of them was at the cash register today. I was wearing an old, beat-up, paint-stained Southern Methodist tshirt. The conversation went like this:

Him: Hi, how are you today? (looks at the print on my shirt) Oh, SMU? Gee, I'm sorry.

Me: Hey, I wasn't there for the football! But you know, they did have Dickerson once upon a time.

Him: That was a very long time ago.

Me: Maybe, but hey I could have done worse, you know. I could have-

Him -been an Aggie?

Me: Exactly.

And we both had a good laugh.

In other news, the weather is wonderful and I should have another job interview coming up this week. In yet other news, I'm working on a "suggested reading" page for my blog.
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Does there exist a single web site anymore that isn't filled with buttons for Twitter and Facebook?

Please, please please tell me there is because right now, I'm seriously thinking about exiting the internet altogether. There are plenty of websites that don't interest me, or that I actively don't like, that I can avoid. I'm sick of having these two forced on me everywhere.

That said, if I find out that anyone's posted anything I write here to Facebook or twitter, you're gone.

If LJ does too much more shit like this, I might very well be gone.

I know that I don't have any reasonably expectation of privacy on the internet. But I do expect to trust people to whom I give access to anything that's locked or filtered. If something gets leaked to the world because of a technical malfunction, a hacker or a mistake on my part, that's one thing. But if I give you that trust and you violate it, that's a whole other ball of wax.

Do not get into the other ball of wax.
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Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] brontosproximo

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] beren_writes at LJ Facebook/Twitter work around to get rid of the annoying boxes
stolen from [info]pombagira who pulled it from someone else who pulled it from yet another person :) Yes, this is signal boosting.

Passing this along from my flist.

Thanks to [info]midniterose, here is how to stop the crossposting of comments/entries from LJ to sites like Facebook:

There is a way to disable everything. Here is what you have to do:

1. Go to your "Journal" menu, and select "Journal Style"
2. To the right, you'll see what theme you're using, with a link stating "Customize Your Theme". Click that link.
3. Scroll down a little ways, and you'll see that on the left side of your screen, you have multiple options to modify your theme. Click on the "Custom CSS" link, and it should load the options for doing Custom CSS.
4. From here, all you have to do is go to the "Custom Stylesheet", and put in that line.

.b-repost-item {display:none}

once you have it pasted in there, save changes.

Feel free to PASS THIS ON!!

ETA: This prevents the "repost to FB/Twitter" ticky boxes from being displayed when someone comments on one of your posts. It seems to work, UNLESS the person is viewing your page in their own journal style, in which case it might not work.

ETA2: Inserting the code below in your custom CSS box reportedly works for more kinds of journal styles, including custom ones (this courtesy of xnguard):

.b-repost-item, FORM#qrform > TABLE[style="border: 1px solid black;"]:last-child TD[style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;"]:first-child { display: none !important; }



Note: this hasn't worked for me so far, tried both options. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or what. I can, however, say that the boxes are at least disabled so they can't be checked.

I hate facebook. I hate twitter. A large part of me, right now, is sorely tempted to just get off the internet altogether. I'm so sick of being unable to go to a website anymore and not be slammed in the face with twitter and facebook links.
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So the county fair thing didn't work out so well...I made it three out of five days. It was utter hell and on the fourth day, I decided not to go because I had almost no sleep the night before and it was Saturday. The way it went the previous three days on full sleep, I barely made it through and on no sleep, and knowing that it would be far more busy on a Saturday, I was either going to have a massive panic attack or haul off and rail someone in the first hour- both of which very nearly happened the day before. Not wanting to deal with a massive panic attack or assault charges (seriously, it was a matter of "when", not "if") I decided to forgo the last two days. I still made some money, I just can't put this on a resume.

How bad was it? Okay, I don't feel like going into all the details (maybe later, maybe not) butput it this way: I would rather do three months of black friday in retail...or a year's worth of tech support where Apple launched a new version of it's OS every day than another week of this.

I've had three interviews for jobs this week (woohoo) and I think that makes it six since I've gotten here- not counting the "interview" at Kelly Services which is absolutely useless. I call from time to time to check with them and it goes something like this:

Me: Hi, I was just calling to check and see if you have any positions available for which I'm qualified?"

Them: "We don't have any tech support work."

Me: "Okay, what about anyhting else that I might be able to do?"

Them: "We don't have any tech support positions."

Me: "Customer service? Data entry? I know technical support was the last thing I did but I am willing and able to do other things. Can I come in and take some of your assessments for Microsoft Office and other such software?"

Them: "We don't have any tech support work. Sorry. You can try calling back some other time if you want." *click*

(either that, or they tell me everyone's in a meeting and someone will call me back in an hour or so and I never hear from them.)

Then there's Office Team. They list jobs on some of the big sites like Career Builder, and they also have them on their own website. I call to ask about something that I found on Careerbuilder and get told that they hired for that position a week ago and that their web site is the most up to date source of information. But they don't get a lot of technical support work, so they might not be of much help to me. They get customer service work, but I've never done that so I wouldn't qualify for most positions.

I had to sit there and explain to the woman that I have done customer service work at my previous employer- it's there on my resume. And technical support IS customer service work. you know, someone calls up with a problem or a question and you help them with it. (What I didn't say was "Lady, listen, do you realize that tech support is just your basic customer service phone jockeying with about eleventy-eight times the headache?")

She says "Oh...okay, well I guess we can consider you for other call center positions then.

Yesterday I was looking over their job listings for the area. I didn't have a lot of luck finding anyhting until I just started clicking all the keywords to see what there was to see. I found three customer service jobs listed under "secretary-junior" I called in to ask about them and got a call back a few hours later...and am told that these jobs are all telemarketing positions (sadly, at this point, I would be willing to take a telemarketing job until I could find something else) but...they all want someone with immediate recent telemarketing experience. Which I don't have.

I point out that it's really difficult to tell what anything is supposed to be when a job titled "customer service" only shows up under the "secretary-junior" keyword and turns out to be a telemarketing position. The job descriptions mentioned nothing about telemarketing- in fact they specifically mentioned fielding inbound calls. I was told that this was because sometimes the employer changes their mind about what they want the position to be after the posting has already been made. It's your stupid website, you're telling me you can't be bothered to update it so people know what they're looking at?

*sigh*

On an amusing note, I was looking at the phone book this morning and saw that the local Yellow Pages have a heading for, of all things, yurts. There's a company in a nearby town that uh- sells? builds? yurts. This made both myself and Gavin happy. (Not that we particularly want a yurt. It just amused us.)
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I've got temporary employment for this week. The Lane County fair is only about eight blocks from our place, and takes place this week. I'm going to be a ride operator.

Woohoo...employment, even if it is only for five days. I didn't really enjoy waiting in line for hours this morning to get in, but hey, they're gonna pay me...

Oh, and I had two interviews last week at a *grumble grumble* local fast food place. Sad, isn't it? It was a total waste of time too. Both times I walked in and talked to them, and every question that was asked, including my name, was on the application in their hands in front of me. Both times I waited fifteen minutes or more to talk to someone for less than two minutes (not an exaggeration). If they don't hire me, I'm seriously considering calling them up and demanding that they give me back the $6 that I spent on bus fare to get there and back twice.

And this is still better than I did in the entire time I was unemployed in Baltimore.
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To start off, let me be clear: I generally loathe politicians on an equal opportunity basis. Okay, maybe there's a slightly more special place of loathing in my heart for the Constitution Party, those folks are kinda scary. But otherwise, Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian...whatever. I tend to be especially annoyed by party-line voters, be they constituents voting for candidates or politicians voting on...well, whatever they're voting on. Because party-line voting is pretty much synonymous with "I can't think for myself and don't really care about the people I represent" if you ask me. (Note: Just because one agrees with the party doesn't automatically make it party-line in my mind. Fine, blurry lines and all that.)

But right now, I have a general hatred towards Republicans. Read on.

That said...

So, as you might know, before we moved to Oregon, I talked to several people in Maryland's unemployment to verify that if I were to move, I would have continued eligibility, that leaving the state wasn't going to hurt me and all that. No, I was told. I would have continued eligibility. I just had to keep complying with the rules- you know, look for a job, file every two weeks, all that nonsense. And I was told not only that, but I was already approved to have unemployment eligibility through at least sometime in February- longer, if any more extensions were put into effect, but no less than that. Three different people told me this. Each time I asked, very carefully, if there was anyhting else I needed to take into account, was there anyhtign else that could affect or interrupt my unemployment eligibility?

I was told no, absolutely not. I would just need to remember that when I got notice of one tier of my extended unemployment ending, that I would need to call in and talk to them, whereupon they would hit a button in the system, and I would roll over to the next tier. Nothing else? Nope, that's it, good luck to you.

Except, they were wrong. You see, what all these fine people FAILED TO TELL ME was that my continued eligibility was dependent on congress periodically voting to renew the extension. Now, I saw a number of notices about this on the Maryland unemployment website, but until the most recent one, those things have been VERY misleadingly worded- there was nothing in any of the notices to make me think that they applied to anyone who has already even approved for the extended unemployment. What's there now is only slightly better- it's only obvious that it applies to you if it's already happened to you.

So anyway...I went to pick up my unemployment payment last week...and it wasn't there. I called Maryland, and found out that it was suspended because congress hadn't voted to extend it yet, but if they do, it will be released shortly. Did I mention that I never got a letter saying "Oh, by the way, they haven't renewed the bill so you're going to lose your benefits in a couple of weeks".

Was that too fucking much to ask? Well, I did get a letter- later the day that I found out that it was gone.

Long story short, we've got a bit of money saved so far. We ended up going and applying for food stamps. Gavin's disability overs our rent, so we didn't have a whole lot to worry about- but still, we had to worry about it.

Thankfully, it was passed earlier this week to renew the bill. I might not get my money for filed weeks until sometime next week, but hey, at least I'm going to get it.

Which brings me to the subject of my rant. See...I've been reading news articles about this now that I have the internet again, and I've seen clips of stuff in the news. The bill passed by what...one vote? Two? Because every single member of the Republican party, except for two voted against it.

Some of them have been in the news whining that they're being portrayed as heartless meanies and they don't understand why people are so upset. They only opposed the bill because they disagreed with the source of the unemployment funds.

Is that all it is now? Well gee whiz sparky, why in the fuck didn't you try to introduce your own bill suggesting that? Why don't you publicly denounce some of the shit your colleagues are saying?

Or are you completely clueless to the other members of your party who have been shown on the news saying things like...


Several Republicans have suggested that extending the benefits would give workers less cause to seek jobs. "Continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work," Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said earlier this spring.

(From here: http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/taxes/democrats-unemployment-benefits/19561761/)

Some additional gems:

During a door-to-door tour of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County businesses today, Corbett said “the jobs are there,” but that many people are purposely remaining unemployed, in order to collect benefits. He says he’s heard this from business owners across Pennsylvania. “One of the issues, and I hear it repeatedly – one of the individuals said, ‘I can’t get workers. People don’t want to come back to work while they still have unemployment.’’ He said. “They’re literally telling him, ‘I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out.’ That’s becoming a problem.” Found here, complete with sound recording

And from Rand Paul (R-KY) "As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again," he said. "Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen." Here, again with recording.

And then there's Last Friday, Bauer told an audience in South Carolina that his grandmother told him "as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed."

He compared this to receiving assistance from the government, which he said is "facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better."
from Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer of South Carolina. He's since made some vague gestures that are supposed to look like an apology, I guess. It seems, Andre that people who are poor or unemployed really don't like being compared to animals who don't know any better. Shocker, that, eh? But you know, what should a rich asshole like you have to be surprised about when your comments aren't met favorably?

A clip from his apology is almost as good: "I never intended to tie people to animals," he said, before...tying people to animals: "If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?"

The fuck????? Sir, I hope you have no pets. Because if you do, and you can't reach the logical conclusion of getting someone to come and feed your cat, or boarding it at a kennel when you're going to be away, you should be immediately charged with endangering animals. Oh, and by the way, unemployment- it's like a pet-sitter. When you're out of work, unemployment feeds you while you look for work. See what I did there? I'd brag about out-clevering a politician, but that's not much to brag about.

In June, Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle said that "what has happened is the system of entitlement has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job." She added: "They keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does."

Also from the same site:

Back in May, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) said that Congress needs to think twice about continuing unemployment benefits "because you're out of the recession, you're starting to see growth and you're clearly going to dampen the capacity of that growth if you basically keep an economy that encourages people to, rather than go out and look for work, to stay on unemployment. Yes, it's important to do that up to a certain level, but at some point you've got to acknowledge that we're not Europe." (Found here)

And from Tom DeLay: DeLay praised Bunning, and added that "there's some studies that have been done that shows that people stay on unemployment compensation and they don't look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out."

Crowley pointed out that saying "people are unemployed because they want to be" is a "hard sell."

DeLay responded: "Well, it is the truth."
(Here, with video)

You know, it must be so nice to be so easily able to pass judgment on people's economic situation when you've never been there yourself. I know that not all American politicians are particularly rich, and some even come from a working class background but I also know that plenty of them have never had to work or wonder where their next meal, or next week's meals were going to come from.

I know that there are some people who take advantage of the system, but you know, things can be done about that. You can, say, require people to keep records of their job hunt in order to maintain benefits and verify them- to a certain extent anyway, employers only keep applications and resumes on file for so long, but, you know, spot-checking can go a long way to dealing with this. Requiring people to register with the states department of labor workforce development office- or whatever you call it in each state- and spend a certain amount of time in those offices, or on their website looking for suitable jobs is something else that can be done.

I'm also really pissed off about the ones who are all "You should just take a job, any job and shut up and get off unemployment!" you know, in Baltimore, I couldn't even apply for most jobs that I cam across because they didn't pay enough? Well I could have...if I wanted to live in a hole in the wall in Coppin Heights with no electricity. And I don't mean "I want more money!" I mean I wouldn't have been able to pay my rent and the few bills that Gavin and I have or buy groceries. And we don't have a car, or kids or credit cards or medical bills or any other extra expenses. Nevermind what other people may have. I can tell you that it's a different story now- Minimum wage in Oregon is higher and living expenses are lower, so there are a LOT more jobs that I can apply for- and am. Don't fucking assume that people aren't taking jobs because they just want more money.

And the crack about unemployment paying more than jobs- in a lot of cases, no, it really doesn't. How much you get is dependent on how much you've made in the last four fiscal quarters, with the highest quarter thrown out and the other three averaged out. Or something like that.

Don't you people even fucking know how this unemployment thing works? guess not.

Gawds. As Gavin has said, even if Obama does everything else wrong for the rest of his presidency, I will be continually grateful that he made the assholes in congress go back and re-vote on this.

If you think this is unfounded and I'm just a republican-hating bleeding heart liberal whatever, please find me a democrat who's had shit like this to say. Please.
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So one day early this week I dropped a stack of applications off at the mall. Today, I got an email from The Duck Store (an off-campus branch of a store owned by the University of Oregon) to arrange an interview.

I got it a little too late to actually be abe to talk to someone, but I did call and leave a message. Hopefully, I'll be able to talk to someone on Monday.

Cross your fingers for me, folks. This would be the first job interview I've even managed to get since I've been laid off- nearly a year ago now- (unless you want to count the couple of failed contacts with recruiters that went nowhere.)

I needs me some employments, dammit!
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Got internet access at home now. It only cost me about a hundred bucks, not to mention a truly brain-melting marathon phone session with Hewlett Packard to get the part number for the computer power cord. Now to file the claim against the moving company...

To give you a sample of the joy I experienced in talking to technical support, I offer you a snippet of dialog:

Me: Hello, yes I'm calling because I have an older desktop computer. I recently moved across the country and the power cord was thrown out by the movers, so I need to know if I can get a new one.

Tech support: "Okay, so you're calling because you're computer won't start up? Tell me, is the power cord plugged in?"

I think we had three different versions of this exchange before he got what I was asking. Why oh why is this so difficult? It's not exactly brain surgery. Hell, it isn't even putting a bandaid on a paper cut. I was also transferred to roughly five different people and given no fewer than three different part numbers before I got someone who could just say "Okay, this is the computer you got, based on teh serial number, this is the part that you need. We don't have it, but here are the phone numbers for two different places where you can order it."

Why couldn't I just have that guy first?

In other news...I'm still looking for a job, but as lacking as I still am in the job department, it's looking a lot better thyan it was in Baltimore. Hell, there are far more jobs I can even just apply for since we can live on a lot less money here.

In the meantime, we just had a week of headache as my unemployment was pulled with no warning as congress, in all its infinite er, congressional capacity, hemmed, hawed, took a vacation and then filibustered on whether or not to continue emergency unemployment extensions. There will probably be a forthcoming rant no this subject. For the moment, let me just say that I fucking hate party-line voters, and at the moment, the republican party as a whole (don't bitch me out til you've heard my rant on this. Across-the-board large-group loathing is not generally my thing and this includes political parties. Oh, wait, I do generally loathe politicians across the board. Anyway...hold your fire. I've been in the mood to bitch about this subject for a while, and now I have a broader audience again, I don't need to worry that I'm just going to drive poor Gavin nuts :-P There may also be bitching about my mother. Maybe.)

So anyway, that's the general idea for the immediate moment. More later.
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We have internet service at home. Really! We uh...just don't have a computer right now. Or a monitor. Well, we have a computer. And a monitor. But we sorta don't have power cords for them.

Why is that you ask? *kill kill kill*

The moving company continues to screw us, even a month after our move. See, we only just unpacked the computer when we got internet service installed and wouldn'tchaknowit, the asstards somehow managed to NOT pack the power cords that were CONNECTED to the computer and monitor- as in, they removed them and didn't put them in the box. No way this is an accident- especially on the computer, there is a catch on the power adapter that you have to press it to relase it, and then you have to give it a really good pull because that thing had a tight connection.

And then when I called to file a claim, the butthead of a dispatcher tried to blaim it on me, suggesting that I might have thrown the cords out with the packing material. Nevermind that the packing material was all sitting next to me and the fucking power brick weighs several pounds- it would be kinda hard to just accidentally get mixed in with some cardboard and padding materials and not be noticed.

Erg, so I have to replace the monitor cord- which will be about seven bucks, and the computer power adapter- which as far as I can tell, right now I can get from one supplier in Florida and is going to run me about a hundred and twenty-five- and I'm not counting on it being easy to get reimbursed by the moving company- if they ever do at all. (Yes, complaints will be filed with the Better Business Bureau. No need to tell me.)

This is only one of the minor details in how this supposedly great moving company has screwed us. Then there's our futon...

Will be ordering the new adapter early next week. Hopefully, will have everything hooked up again by the end of next week.

Oh, and I'm getting a new cell phone number. I should be letting anyone who needs to know about the new number as soon as I have the phone, but, like my new address, if you think you have reason to have the number and I don't contact you myself, drop me an email.

That's all for the moment.
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..and on the west coast!

Don't have internet at home yet- probably waiting another few weeks for that, until then...library! Moving was a rather spectacular clusterfuck- everything fell to pieces in the final hours. But we're here.

I'll check thigns as I can. If there's anything anyone wants to draw attention to, leave a comment or drop me an email. Otherwise, I'll go back through my friends list as soon as I can.

Phone number is the same for the time being, if you think you have reason for me to give you my new address, drop me an email and I'll review your request :-P
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Loathe it. I've dropped people from my friends list because they posted nothing but fanfic. I won't join any communities that allow fanfic. I have friends who write and read it, and tend to have a lot more tolerance for people who either put it on a filter that I can opt out of, put it all behind a cut, or very clearly label it so that I can just pretend it's not there.

It's really disturbing though, when I can't tell if you're talking about your fandoms or talking about real life- and I've known a few people like that. You start reading an entry, and it looks like an account of something going on in real life until three paragraphs in, you suddenly realize that it's not real.

Won't get started on slash fic...I don't have the time. Maybe after I've made my way across the country and have some time to rant at leisure. If I start now, I'll probably still be going when the movers get here tomorrow.

In short, I hate it.

Disclamer: If you're on my friends list and you post fanfic, clearly, I don't have a problem with how you do it because you're still here, so none of this is commentary on you.
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We've found a place. For those of you who follow [livejournal.com profile] chironcentaur's journal, you know how we...sorta had some issues. Namely, almost not having the money to move at all...and then having, er, fun finding a place.

for serious, folks, it was one big clusterfuck after another. We applied for one place- one that we were told wasn't on the market, no one was being told about it, we just happened to be looking for a place that matched its description. Then after applying, we were told that it was given to someone else. They said "Hey, no big deal! We'll have other apartments available, should know more in a few days!"

Calls went unanswered and unreturned. No fee to apply there, so it cost us aggravation, but not money.

Then I found an ad for another place tat we ended up applying for. Said right up front that we had three cats, were told that it was cool, no problemo and wouldn't disqualify us. The guy didn't have a computer to email the application, so we printed it out and overnighted it with the application fee. All told, we spent nearly $100 to apply to this place. A week later, we FINALLY find out that the cats are a problem after all. Gaaaaah.

The third apartment that we applied for is, most thankfully, ours. Now we just have to get out there. We're looking at leaving in about a week. Waiting for confirmation on the apartment number, then I'll put out a call for anyone who needs the address to email me.

I've been avoiding posting about all this mostly because I'm trying to keep my stress level as low as possible, and I'm sorta afraid that writing endless bitchings online will just make it worse. So far, with a few minor spikes, I'm pretty calm.

I'll post more when there's more to post.
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Probably bad: They're making a movie adaptation of Kerouac's On The Road.

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt in the world bad: That twit from the fucking sparkle-sparkle-weenie vampire movies is gonna be in it.

*cries*

This will not end well.

I've read I think six of Kerouac's books, and with the exception of Maggie Cassidy which featured one of the most annoyingly boring main characters I can ever remember reading about, I loved them. For the record though, On the Road isn't my favorite of his books- it's The Town and The City, which I have been seriously considering rereading. I think that that one would make for a better film adaptation, but it would never happen- how many people have heard of on the Road? Yeah, now how many people have heard of the Town and The City?

(Of course, a film adaptation would probably still suck.)
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Does anyone know where I might find a copy of the works of the Vatican Mythographers- that doesn't cost $65?
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Just made a new post over at the blog. http://painandlight.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/fluidity-of-theisms/

Just a little bit of me musing about my beliefs, and how there is a certain fluidity to them that I don't quite understand.
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Is anyone else having a problem getting to google and/or gmail today?
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So...it's official (okay, it was official before but now it's officially official, okay?) Gavn and I are moving to Oregon.

We don't have an exact date yet, but it should be early next month. We're hoping to have an approval tomorrow on an apartment. But we've got a pretty good idea of how we're going to work things.

We were going to rent a car and trailer and get someone to drive out and buy her a plane ticket back...but that sorta fell through when we realized that you're not allowed to hook up trailers to rental vehicles. So um...yeah.

So plan B involves a moving company (costing a whole lot less than we expected it to- we're going to be able to get most of our stuff out there for about $1200, and that's with a BBB accredited moving company with an A- rating.)

We're going to have to ship out our bed separately because we NEED a bed, and it will take at least ten days for our stuff to get out there- possibly as much as three weeks, but they tell me that that's a very rare instance, usually only happening in a case of a truck breaking down and needing to transfer things to other trucks) Sending our mattress and box spring will also cost less than we expected- the estimate was $150 with UPS- and I think it's going to be a bit less than that, as I overestimated the size, and I'm also pretty sure I overestimated the weight of the mattress and box spring. But that has a five-day guaranteed delivery, if we ship it out a day or two before we leave, and sleep on the futon mattress for the last night or two, we should have it when we get out there.

The cats we're going to have to fly out. Also costing a lot less than we expected, at $421 for all three cats. The cost for carriers will be separate. And we'll have to take them to the vet, but nothing we can't handle. We're going to ship them ahead of us, and [livejournal.com profile] bluedolfyn and [livejournal.com profile] gallowsqueen have offered to house them on the other end until we get out there a couple of days later.

Gavin and I are going to go out by train. Three days on a train, should be interesting. We're also going to end up taking some stuff with us on the train- this will reduce the amount of stuff that we need to send with the movers, thus reducing the cost of using the moving company. We can each check three pieces of luggage for free (and you can check boxes as luggage) and up to three additional for $10 each- so there's up to six pieces each, and we'll probably use some of the big Rubbermaid storage containers that we have for that- they're under the maximum size, and we just have to make sure they weigh less than fifty pounds- that shouldn't be a problem.

This move has been far too long in coming, but it's almost here. It's a little overwhelming, and the last couple of days have been far too stressful, but at least it's happening.
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As I mentioned the other day, I've set up a dreamwidth account. I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with it just yet- I initially set it up mostly to check out the site and its service, but fear not I've got no plans to abandon LJ.

It is very likely that anything I post there will be cross-posted to LJ as well. I have been playing around with it this morning, and found that I can cross-post entries and make use of LJ filters after posting.

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