Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Marry Whomever You Want!

Why is this even an issue??

CONSENTING ADULTS. I don't care if you are a man and a woman, two men, two women, three women and a man, three men, twelve women, etc.
I don't care! Why should ANYONE care?

People against gay marriage (Bill O'asshole Reilly for one) are using the argument, "If gay people can marry then so can three people!" (they are using this argument along with their old standard, "OMGZ IF GAYEZ MARREE THEN ANY1 CAN MARRY ANYTHING. A DUCK, A TURTEL, A DOG, A LOLCAT!!")

Why NOT three people? It's a contract that has NOTHING to do with your church. Why do you care who anyone marries? It has nothing to do with you or your god. (Well, Mormons will love it so I suppose it has something to do with THEIR god.)

The dog, duck whatever argument has been shot down numerous times and I can't believe it's even used anymore. A DOG IS NOT A CONSENTING ADULT. Neither is a child, or a tree, or your toaster.

People are just moronic and their need to control what others do is so freaking weird to me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Starbucks people are nice. :)

I wandered into Starbucks today, my mouth watering at the thought of a nice, cool, sweet & bitter iced mocha latte.
Months ago I had gone in to get one and my check card wouldn't scan and I didn't have my credit card on me. The barista was sweet and said, "Don't worry about it, it's on us!". I felt bad about it though and called later, trying to give her my credit card # over the phone. She wouldn't take it, insisting that it was ok. I figured she was busy and didn't want to take the time.

So today I asked them to charge me double since I wanted to pay for the "free" one I got a few months ago. They still wouldn't let me, which was really nice. As I waited for my drink, I heard one of the other baristas say to the one making my coffe, "These are all expired from last month, do you want to take them?" as she held up chocolate graham cracker packages. I said to my barista, "Hey, nice little perk, huh? Free chocolate, yay! Funny that they even have an expiration date, it's graham crackers and chocolate, that stuff keeps forever!" and the barista agreed and smiled. Then as I was walking out she ran over and handed me a package of the chocolate covered graham crackers with a grin. I said with a laugh, "Ack! Not only do I not get to pay for my old latte but now you're handing me free stuff!" She replied, "It's because you wanted to pay! Thanks!"

So that was nice. Sometimes even just trying to be honest creates good "karma". :)

Religion vs Medicine

A mother testified that religious beliefs prevent her son from taking chemo. Doctors said he will likely die without it.

By MAURA LERNER, Star Tribune
Last update: May 8, 2009 - 11:03 PM

The mother of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser testified Friday that she and her son would refuse to comply with any court order requiring the boy to resume chemotherapy for his cancer.

"Danny clearly made up his mind. He's not doing it,'' Colleen Hauser, of Sleepy Eye, Minn., testified on the opening day of a trial over whether a court should order the boy into medical treatment against the family's wishes.

Hauser, whose son was diagnosed in January with Hodgkin's lymphoma, said conventional treatments such as chemotherapy conflict with the family's religious beliefs. She said they prefer natural remedies such as herbs and vitamins.

Asked where she learned about the alternative healing techniques, Hauser said, "on the Internet.''

Daniel sat stoically through the opening part of the trial as his first oncologist, Dr. Bruce Bostrom of Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, testified that his chances of survival would drop to 5 percent without treatment.

The boy left shortly afterward and never returned to the courtroom. He is scheduled to testify this morning in a closed session before the judge, after his lawyer said he was uncomfortable talking in open court. The case is expected to be finished today, and the judge said he didn't expect to issue a ruling this weekend.

As a day of tense testimony began, dozens of family friends and supporters lined the courtroom, but the mood was subdued. At one point, a handful of natural-health advocates arrived with signs to show their support for the Hausers. But they were ordered to leave their placards outside the courthouse.

The Hausers declined to speak to reporters after Friday's court session. But Dan Zwakman, a member of the Nemenhah religious group to which they belong, acted as the family spokesman. He argued that this is a case about religious freedom, noting that the group's motto is "our religion is our medicine."

Link to original article: HERE

I'm trying to figure out where I would stand on something like this. Obviously the parents are clinically insane for believing prayer or their religion (or some "natural" remedies) will cure their child of cancer. Dangerously insane since their child will likely die without chemotherapy.

I suppose the horrible question is... do I care?

Of course I would feel bad for the kid. He's been raised to trust his parents and he believes what they are telling him. That's not his fault, he's just a kid and kids (as I well know. I AM the one who almost jumped from a 19th story balcony when I was 8 because I was thinking if I believed it enough, I would fly. I guess you would call that, "throwing myself at the ground and missing" :P) have great imaginations and a huge capacity for belief.
I do believe in the freedom to do what you think is right for yourself as long as it doesn't harm others. In this case, the parents would be harming a young child but he is THEIR young child. If he passes away that is really just natural selection at work, is it not? Their genes will not live on because they were maladaptive. Bad for the kid, better for humanity.
Yet if they were physically abusing him through beatings and neglect I WOULD advocate removing him from their home, so how is this any different? I suppose that is the fine line here.

My other thought was, "What if they are doing this to force the issue so they won't have to pay for treatment?" That really would be some evil genius right there. Imagine: Parents take the kid for chemo once (the article clearly states he won't "resume chemotherapy"), spend their savings, the kid's college fund, their 401K - then decide they just can't afford any more. What to do? Refuse treatment so the courts force the issue and make the kid get chemo! Then the parents can argue, "We never wanted chemo, you don't know if he would have gotten better with our INTERNET remedies - WE AIN'T PAYING!" and then the payment can be forced onto the taxpayers. Brilliant.

So I suppose at the end, I hope they take that kid away from the parents all together - not that they will. They are allowed to be as religiously kooky as they like and everyone else will continue to pay the price, including their children.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Shirt.Woot is Awesome.

Shirt.Woot sells wonderful, clever t-shirts for just $10. Different shirt every day - but you can ofetn go back and order older ones for $15.
I finally bought something from them (http://shirt.woot.com/) after lurking around a while. It was this:

I love that colour!

Anyway, my shirt arrived and it was the wrong size. I looked back at what my receipt said and either I put in the wrong size to begin with or some snafu happened when I clicked "order" because the size was incorrect.
I emailed Woot to ask if there was anything that could be done. I sent the email Friday afternoon and it got answered Monday. (they don't work on the weekends which was perfectly fine with me. It's a t-shirt, not insulin)
They asked what size I wanted and promptly sent me a new shirt in the correct size.
I asked how they wanted the original shirt returned and they said to keep it! Normally (even if it costs them money to restock or something) companies won't do that kind of thing just on principle.
Their customer service was wonderful and they were extremely friendly and personable in their emails to me.

How can you beat a beautiful $10 t-shirt (no shipping, no tax) and great customer service? They rule!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My 10 Seconds.

Steve Agee promised to read the names of all of his Twitter followers if he hit the 5k mark before a certain date. He did. He read about 7,800 names total over 6 hours. This is my 10 seconds of fame!

So beautiful.

Super slo-mo with a gorgeous camera.

I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel from David Coiffier on Vimeo.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Puppy Hat Series # 1-3

What would Jesus not do?

This is almost TOO good, awesome. :D
Until it's all put together like this you don't realize just HOW FUCKING SILLY it all is, even if you think it's silly in the first place.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Letter to Fox.

(EDIT: It MAY not be being cancelled after all! YAY!)

There is a petition to save Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Some choice quotes and VERY good points:

"This is one of the best sci-fi shows on TV. Now that Battlestar Galactica is done, it will attract new viewers."

"Please renew Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles.

It is a great science fiction show, of which there are far too little of on television right now.

Take advantage of keeping the 'smart crowd' (IE: the science fiction watchers) pleased, they are the ones with the money to spend on products advertised by your sponsors. Intelligent Sci-Fi is efficient business. Just because American idol had 5 times the people watching does not mean 5 times the spenders.

Stop canceling the good sci-fi!"

"This show has higher ratings than most of your FX programs. Don't let the Terminator fans down when you're so close to potentially expanding the fanbase with the upcoming movie."

"Fox cannot live on "The Simpsons" alone.... TSCC is a great show and can only continue to grow in popularity once the new Terminator movie comes out. Please reconsider! Thank you!"

"It is an intelligent show with a lot of potential if marketed correctly. The BSG viewers (and there are MANY) are looking for a new show. Many are unaware of T:SCC. Find a way to market to them and you have a hot commodity."


Moving the show to another night when TEENAGERS are home (you are really missing out, having this show on Friday nights. You don't need the few sci-fi geeks that are geeky enough to be home on a Friday night - me, for example :P - you need the hordes of kids that grew up with computers, the ones that GET this stuff like it's second nature to them. Sci-fi is fast becoming a mainstream genre. It is no longer "dorky" to love it.) will guarantee you more viewers and with the movie coming out it's a slam dunk!

Please don't cancel T:TSSC. Not only for the sake of your wallets but for the sake of good television. Think of the human race! There need to be more shows that deal with deep issues of love, redemption, terror, fear of the "other", loyalty, heroism, war and family bonds. This show has moved me with it's ability to see to the heart of humanity.
What kind of society would we be if we always appealed to the lowest common denominator?

Thank you for your consideration, Fox.

Nikki Smith

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Let my Amanda go.....

This was filmed (not by me) at Amanda's concert at the Culture Room we attended last night. :)

(and kissed me, by the way! Sure I had to ask but hey! A kiss is a kiss)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

On a Lighter Note...

Tee heeeeeeee!


People...You Suck. Mostly.

Mini rant time!

So, one of the guys at work is having a 50th birthday party at his house on an upcoming Saturday. I was invited to come along but as John works till 10 pm and I really wouldn't go without him I'm not going to go. I said thanks but no thanks. They know why, too. It's not like I'm not up-front about my antisocial tendencies.
But the arguments and the incredulity begin; "But you know US, you can come 'cause it's US" "You LIKE us, it's not strangers, it's US"
I'm really very sorry people. I may like you (most of you) but I wouldn't hang out with any of you outside of work on any kind of regular basis. I like you, you are basically nice people but that DOES NOT exempt you from my antisocial shit. People always think THEY are the special ones, they are the ones I will want to hang out with - they never believe that I could include them in my "I DON'T LIKE HANGING OUT WITH ANYONE" routine. Just because I like you doesn't mean I want to be around you. :P
John is special, he's the only one who is exempt from this. Even my family is subject to it.

It's not like I am being elitist or picky or putting you down if I don't love spending time with you - I'm also very aware that it's no prize to spend time with me. I'm just saying I don't like spending time with people. It is very rare that a person will come along that is an exception to that rule.
So stop being surprised.

Then they go on and on about it and I end up feeling like a shit because I don't want to go to the party. Now I'm some big asshole who "hates" them and thinks I'm too good to hang out with them.
You can never be comfortable and just be who you are without feeling like a shit for it. I always have to worry that I am hurting people's feelings or I am letting someone down or that I am annoying them in some way.
Because the way I am makes it soooo much worse, you see. I worry. I WANT people to like me so I worry that they are angry, or disappointed or think I'm stupid. That's why it is so FUCKING EXHAUSTING to be around people. I'm always disappointing someone or feeling guilty for not doing what they want.

So oddly - I am antisocial because I like people too much?

I feel better now, having typed this rant. Did I mention I have my period? :P

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday. Breakfast, Rich Old People and Laziness.

So, I really, really should be cleaning the house right now but I am feeling so damn lazy. I suppose the house won't get clean this week. I will have to do the dishes and go to Publix at least, le sigh.

Anyways, went to breakfast with Mom and some family up in Boynton Beach. I swear if you have to be old, be rich. If you are rich and old - live in Boynton Beach!
This development our relatives live in is huge and they have a fancy country club with an awesome buffet brunch on Sundays. They also have a dinner restaurant in there. When my Mom said "They have a restaurant right in their clubhouse and we are going to eat there." I totally thought it would be like those halfway decent hotels that have that shitty breakfast buffet in the mornings, you know? Where the bacon is all burnt and greasy at the same time and everything makes you feel a bit sick.

Not at all the case! I was so pleasantly surprised. There was a huge room with all these tables that reminded me of the restaurant in "Dirty Dancing". The buffet was enormous with every kind of brunchy food you could think of to eat and all of it delectable! If I lived there I would gain 50 pounds in a year, lol.

There were even food sculptures! A mermaid and a swan. I've never been anywhere there were food sculptures, I was totally amazed. Kind of makes me sad to have grown up without money. I am feeling extra poor today but still happy I got to experience a nice place.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's ugly at the moment, I know.

The blog is a work in progress right now. Trying to customize it the way I like and make a new header for myself so ignore the mess, please!

EDIT: All fixed, yay!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Nice long weekend. :)

Yay for a few days off work! Having a lovely weekend. Saturday I saw mom and got my hair cut (badly needed) and cleaned up the house a bit. Sunday went to the Japanese candy tasting event at Tate's comics with Dan which was a lot of fun. I noticed I am now pretty adventurous in my tasting of unusual food. I was never, ever like that before - in fact I was the opposite! I owe my newfound sense of adventure all to SUSHI! Thank you sushi! I love it so much and I suppose my brain says, "Well, I can eat raw fish and adore it so I may as well try anything once!"
We saw a Dalek I want, and a Predator face that looks awesome. I love Dan's shirt so I will put a pic of him up, too.

Oh, I also saw this really weird VW bus looking thingy that was cut in half like a truck! It was odd, I'll post a pic.
Today was a nice, lazy day of watching Jekyll with John.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Boo on Kellogg's!

Kellogg's is really stupid.

Guess I won't buy anymore "Special K With Red Berries" just on principle.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guilty, your honor. Also nicknames.

What did my Mother do to me as I was growing up that makes me looks ridiculously guilty when I am totally innocent? :)
Ken (aka "Big Papa" as he likes to be called) brought in some girl scout cookies ( I bought a box "for John" that I'm going to try and stay away from but forgot to bring it home) and left one of the boxes on his desk.
Later in the day they were nowhere to be found.
Rance (Aka "Rancy Fancy Pants" as I like to call him) thought I took them as a joke and immediately accused me of the thievery! Of course I instantly turned bright red and denied it while a huge grin overtook my face. Yeah, I looked totally innocent... :P
I AM innocent but dammed if I don't look guilty as sin. He is still convinced I took them.

What's the deal with me and nicknames? If I like you and spend any time with you, you usually get one.
The drivers at work are:
Rance: Rancy Fancy Pants
Shmiklas: Pickles
Sally: Sally-Mander
Ken: Big Papa
Claudio: Papi Chulo

David gets his name pronounced silly - Day veed - or I just call him "you rat bastard"

Mary Anne usually ends up as a simple "Mary Annie"

Sometimes I'll just add "face" or "girl" (if you are a girl, of course) to your name.
Like, Calley-face or Stacy-girl.
No idea why I do that.

Ok, I'm bored with writing now.

Best. Poem. Ever. (Thanks, John)

Storm by Tim Minchin
(audio only)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A day at the park.

Went to the dog park today and River had some fun getting ever so slightly sociable. I forgot to get pics of her getting a bath but maybe next time, it's adorable. Here are some pics from the day:
1. Digging in the dirt
2. John barely tolerating being outside of the cave...er, house.
3. Explained within the picture.
4. John's favourite pic of the day of me. He likes goofy faces.
5. Cuteness in profile.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Just a normal day.

Boring day for people to read about but hey, who's reading? :P

Took River (aka, "little girl" or just "little") to the vet for some shots and a nail clipping. 
Pictures of said supermodel shall be posted along with this blog entry - mostly from my iPhone's camera so not the best quality. (Though great for a phone! I love you, iPhone)

Here she is looking fucking sexy, at the park and reading the interwebs over Daddy's shoulder.

She is a ridiculously gorgeous dog. People stop their cars in the street to ask what breed she is. (Keeshond, incidentally)
Anyways, there were people adopting a kitten at the vet so that was nice. The kids seemed happy and a kitty found a home. :D
I see all the "LOST DOG" pictures at the vet and wonder what I would do if that were Riv. I would be tearing my hair out with worry, she's so timid and slightly retarded in some ways. 
After the vet (where she was a very good girl for the most part) we went to the pet store to get her rabies tag. River almost knocked over a few kids as usual (she loves 'em but is a jumper) but luckily these kids were brave and didn't cry. :P

Stopped at DD on the way home to get a (they hate me for this order) iced mocha latte no whipped cream, no sugar, extra shot, skim milk. 

Got home and started working on an entry for a Worth1000 contest but as usual I didn't save as I went along (WHEN WILL I LEARN!?) and Elements crashed and I lost everything. So screw that contest. :P
Meant to clean but got lazy. Perhaps tomorrow after the dog park. :)

EDIT: Why does this shit not publish the way the preview looks for Christ's sake?!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Holy Crap! :D

So, John (henceforth to be known as The Bestest Boyfriend Ever) - took some tests at his work to enter a contest to win Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium and he won one! :D For me! 
It's also about time to go buy my new computer. I've been paying off my credit card and for Christmas, Mom gave me a lot of money towards it too so I'm ready. 
Now I'll have a new MacBook Pro AND CS4! 
I've had a really great beginning of the new year, it's almost too good to be true. I feel like I'm being set up for something horrible. >,<.
I'm trying to just accept my good fortune and be happy, dammit! :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The pretty ones will destroy you.

Newest Worth1000 entry, won the gold - yay! 
Everyone really seemed to like this one and it's funny because John had to convince me I wasn't embarrassing myself by entering it. 
My self esteem is through the roof, yes. :P

Starting again!

Figured I would try again to keep up with a blog. 
Nobody cares to read about my boring life - and the interesting parts are much to difficult for me to express so I erased my last blog. 
It's funny, I don't like people yet I feel this affection for them and want to be able to connect even though I can never open up enough to really let them know who I am. I didn't have this problem in high school. I was an open book then and way more interesting things were happening, heh. Things I should have kept quiet!

Ah well - let me make my first post something wonderful:



I love, love, love her.