timepiece: (Madame X)
You know, Joss Whedon is awesome not just for his creativity, but also for his worldview and the way he expresses it:

What is wrong with women?

I mean wrong. Physically. Spiritually. Something unnatural, something destructive, something that needs to be corrected.

How did more than half the people in the world come out incorrectly? I have spent a good part of my life trying to do that math, and I’m no closer to a viable equation. And I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t buy into it. Women’s inferiority -– in fact, their malevolence -- is as ingrained in American popular culture as it is anywhere they’re sporting burkhas. I find it in movies, I hear it in the jokes of colleagues, I see it plastered on billboards, and not just the ones for horror movies. Women are weak. Women are manipulative. Women are somehow morally unfinished. (Objectification: another tangential rant avoided.) And the logical extension of this line of thinking is that women are, at the very least, expendable.


(edited to add a quote)
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
That's it. Evidently everyone in America thinks that everyone else in America is an idiot who cannot think or make judgments for themselves. They want to issue a R rating to movies that have people smoking. OK, movies that "appear to glamorize smoking".

I think most people in America the world know at this point that smoking is bad for you. Seeing someone smoking in a movie is not going to make them decide to take it up. And face it, movies set in certain eras need to have people smoking for verisimilitude, even the good guys!

And don't even get me started about how sex gets an R rating easier than violence. Um, wouldn't you rather your child see something sexual than something violent?
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
Of all people, a sex blogger has best summarized why I hate video on the internet:

People keep sending me videos (mostly YouTube) and links to podcasts, videoblogs, all that stuff. And I almost never post them. Why not?

Because they are so inexorably linear. I love the internet because the data flows at my speed. I can skimread, jump around, consume the bits I like and move on (next!) when I've got boring bits in my face. For that, I need text. Audio and video, compelling as they are, require me to slow down, focus on one thing on one of my three computer screens, and wait for the information to flow at whatever glacial pace the creator chose. That's fine for porn clips, but for pretty much anything else, I've already got 180 channels of narrowcast video programming on a big screen eight feet away that I never watch.

Some people say that my distaste for audio and video blogging makes me a crusty old fart who just doesn’t "get" the cool new thing. Me, I say I'm a hypermodern info consumer, moving too fast for linear data modes of the old twentieth century. I've been known to argue that audio and video blogging are reactionary trends, vain attempts to rescue the doomed and tired viewer/listener audience model. Whatever, maybe I am just an old fart. Doesn't matter. Vlogs and podcasts are dead to me, I just don't have the patience to sit through 'em.


Here's the most relevent part:

I love the internet because the data flows at my speed. I can skimread, jump around, consume the bits I like and move on (next!) when I've got boring bits in my face. For that, I need text.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows I speed-read. That is why video drives me insane - it's just such an inefficient way of transmitting information. I'd much rather read. I just don't understand the current mania for podcasts and videoblogs.

And I'm really amused that a sex blog explained it best.

timepiece: (OMG)
Note to self:

Next time you need to renew a passport, put a travel date much earlier than actual date.

The passport office says they put my new passport in the mail, and it should be here by the 4th. My plane leaves on the 8th. I would have liked it to get here MUCH earlier, especially since I shelled out for expedited service.

[bites nails]

It does not help that the tracking number they provided says only:
"U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on April 2, 2007 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date."

This has happened to me before. What it probably means is that it is in the mail, but they neglected to actually scan it in when they picked it up. Which means tracking will not tell me anything until I've received it, WHICH KIND OF LOSES THE FREAKING POINT OF TRACKING, NOW, DOESN'T IT?

I just need to think positive.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
I would like to review one of the cardinal rules of polite society:

Never, ever ask a woman if she is pregnant, no matter how sure you are that you can see a bulge. EVER.

Someone asked me if I was pregnant this morning, and I am a little less happy with my new dress than I was before.

Who does that?
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (musician in rain)
You know, I could see the torrential rain (and the backup on the Cross-County Expressway) this morning, so I very carefully listened to the traffic report. There appeared to be problems on Long Island, and in Manhattan, and with the trains, but no problems were mentioned for Westchester.

So imagine my surprise to find that the Hutchinson Parkway was closed for flooding! Why was this not part of the 1010 WINS traffic report?! Is Westchester not part of the metro area?

If I had known that, I would have taken a different route from the beginning. But by the time I saw the traffic cones, it would have taken too much time to go back to that other route, and I just had to follow other cars and trust that they were headed where I wanted to go (since of course there were no detour signs).

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.
timepiece: (sweatergirl)
I have seen this too many times lately - I can't hold it in anymore.

You graduate FROM college, people. FROM. It is not a transitive verb. And frankly, if you did (graduate from college), you should know that.

So, the next person who utters the phrase "graduate[d] college" (or high school, or any other school) in my presence is going to be strangled by a crazy woman. Fair warning.
timepiece: (hourglass)
Make them go away! I don't want to buy them, wear them, or see them on other people:

long shorts, or short pants, as office wear - new york times



What the heck is wrong with a skirt, if it's too hot for pants? I don't get it. Then again, I wore full-length jeans to Key West, because I don't. do. shorts. Or even capris. Pants or skirts. That's all we need, really.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
Outing your real feelings in a nutshell: "If anyone believes that gay men can actually become ex-gay men, I have just one question for you: Would you want your daughter to marry one? (NY Times Op-Ed piece)
timepiece: (tattoo)
I love Mark Morford. A liberal somehow retaining both his optimism and his sense of humor.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
You know that saying, "there are no stupid questions"? Well, I'm sorry, but there are. When it is 91 degrees (F) inside a public building, "Why isn't your air conditioning on?" is a stupid question. It isn't on because it's broken. There is literally no other reason on this earth why it would not be on if it were working.

ush

Aug. 5th, 2005 11:19 am
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
The AC at work is STILL broken. It is miserable here - 89 degrees, 52 percent humidity last time I checked. Plus, no patrons are coming in anyway, so tell me again why we're open? I hate feeling sweaty and sticky. The branch should close and all the staff should be sent to other branches.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
This is especially good for dealing with librarians, but can be applied to almost any situation:

If you are asking me a question, please do not interrupt me while I am trying to answer you. If you want to provide additional information, fine - wait until I'm FREAKING FINISHED WITH MY SENTENCE!

Some guy just kept interrupting me, and I already knew the answer to his question - I just couldn't manage to get it out! He kept telling me more stuff that I didn't need to know in order to answer the question, which, if he'd waited, he would have known.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
Pet peeve: ironic means something that is the opposite of what is said (similar to sarcasm, but more subtle), or opposite to what is appropriate or wanted. Or, in the case of dramatic irony, when onlookers have knowledge that the people taking action do not, which casts those actions in a different light.

People using "ironic" nowadays actually seem to mean "weirdly apropos" or "poetic justice." It's teeth-grindingly annoying. I was just reading a book of rock and roll legends, and the author uses ironic constantly. Two band members dying at the same intersection is not ironic, it's an eerie coincidence.

Just had to get that off my chest. Yeah, I have weird pet peeves. Just watch, I'm sure a lot of people agree with me.

One more for free: one does not graduate college. One graduates *from* college. Or, even more strictly appropriate, one is graduated from college (rarely used anymore, but you do see it). If were able to do it, you should be able to announce the fact correctly. Please.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
You know, I really love being accused of racism just because I am trying to enforce a rule on someone who happens to have a different skin tone than I do. I would have done the same thing to my own brother - it was the rule (incidentally, the rule was computers must be muted unless you have headphones plugged in - I don't feel it's unreasonable).

Now ageism - I might have agreed that I was discriminating against teenagers, because yes, they do tend to cause more problems than the adults. But not racism. I treat them all the same. Just because there did not happen to be any white teenagers there to prove that point is not my fault.
timepiece: Page of Pentacles from Tarot of the Cat Poeple Deck (Default)
So I had a friend and her friend visit this weekend, and we did some of the touristy stuff in NYC. Unfortunately, it was mega-hazy all weekend, so we did not do the Statue of the Empire State Building. But the day I joined them (Friday, I had to work Saturday), we spent several hours at the natural history museum.

For some reason, it surprised us that the people in the human evolution section were quite obviously anatomically correct. I guess we're just too used to being "shielded" from the unpleasant fact that MEN HAVE PENISES! and WOMEN HAVE NIPPLES! (No one seems to feel the need to shield from the full breast, just the nipples). It's a sad world where people are shielded from knowing about their own bodies. I mean, in sex ed I remember being taught all the internal anatomy, but we never saw an external picture of anything - what kind of sex ed is that? Sorry, pet peeve.

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