01 August 2016

Op-Ed: Some elections are about making tough choices between qualified candidates. This ain’t that.

I don’t post much about politics. I generally find the subject distasteful and divisive.
I don’t want to debate you. And I won’t.

I just need to make something perfectly clear:

I am voting for Hillary Clinton. Because I’m not an an irresponsible jerk.
Donald Trump is a vile and incompetent excuse for a human being. He is the most unqualified and dangerous “serious” candidate for our country’s highest office (or for any public office, for that matter - I would not vote for this man for local dog catcher) that I have seen in my entire adult life - and that timeline includes more than a few elections and at least two Republican presidents. 
He’s a bad man and he would be the worst President. Full Stop. 
If you honestly think Trump is not only intellectually and morally fit to hold public office, but the best candidate for the job … I can’t help you. I can only politely excuse myself from your company and hope for all our sakes that we never have to live with the consequences of your terrible decision. 
But, honestly, this message is not for you.
(And should you choose to unfriend/unfollow/block, etc. me because of my opinion, I will … well, let’s be honest, I’m gonna judge the hell out of you. I’m just not that enlightened. But I’ll probably still love you and wish you the best. Personal relationships are complicated like that. Namaste. And ‘Bye.)
No, this rant is for those who know in your heart and your mind, as I do, that the human dumpster fire that the Republican Party has nominated is the worst possible thing that could happen to our country and our world.
I refuse to believe that the majority of the American people are stupid enough to allow this ignorant, hateful, narcissistic parody of an American any closer to the Oval Office than he is at this very moment. 
We simply cannot allow that happen. Okay? Okay.
So, what are YOU going to do about it?
Because if your answer is anything other than “Elect Clinton” then you are part of the problem right now.
Oh, Clinton wasn’t your first choice? Cool. Guess what, she wasn’t even my third choice. 
But, flawed as it is, we have a process. And that process has brought us to this point in time. You need to take a minute and deal with that. And then you need to man up and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Because the reality is that a vote for anyone other than Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump.
Your choice is no longer about who will be nominated. That moment has passed.  Your choice is not currently about whether a two-party system is the best process. That’s a different battle. Your choice is not a philosophical exercise on the nature of the electoral vote or political corruption or American democracy. That’s a whole ‘nother set of discussions.
Your choice isn’t even about the lesser of two evils.
It’s the choice between an intelligent, highly qualified Democratic candidate with whom you might disagree on some, maybe even many, issues… and the walking embodiment of stupidity, hatred and narcissism that has been propped up by the proudly ignorant and vocally racist arm of a flop-sweating Republican party desperately trying to Final Girl it’s way past the monster it has birthed. 
That’s your choice. 
When you know there really is no choice: 
Welcome to the Light Side, we have cookies Sanity. 
Go vote. 

19 July 2016

Why, yes, I AM that OCD. 😝 #pokemongo #bulletjounal #pogobujo...



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22 January 2016

The Zen of Tidy, a book review

I just finished my second read of this much-touted “life-changing” organizational book.
I still can’t quite get on board with her over-anthropomorphism (your clothes “feel better” if you fold them the “right” way? Um, okay. *backs away slowly*)
BUT, overall I like her almost-minimalist approach to purging clutter and I think she has a lot of good points and an overall method that could really work for some people.
I’m probably going to break one of her very first rules by adopting *some* of her methods into my own approach. (I get why she says not to modify: It’s like giving someone a recipe and they come back and say hey that cake totally sucked and then they admit they substituted soy for milk and only used half the baking soda. Well, yeah, that’s not the cake I recommended to you! But, hey, I’m a rebel. If my application of her philosophy doesn’t have the promised “magic” end, I won’t hold her responsible.) ;)
Overall, I’d recommend this book above most “organizing” books/articles I’ve read. Even if - like me - you can’t embrace her entire “art of tidying up”, it’s a quick read (which, honestly could have been an even shorter read if she’d had a better editor: There was a lot of repetition. But I suppose that was intentional.) and I think most people can take away something of value.
3.5 of 5 stars

Zen

31 August 2015

Book Review: Breakout, by Ann Aguirre

Breakout (book three of the Dred Chronicles trilogy by Anne Aguirre) picks up pretty much right where book 2, Havoc, ended and, in keeping with the rest of the series, is pretty much action-packed all the way through.

Our heroes (Can you refer to a group of murderous convicts as heroes? In this series, yes, yes you can.) are in dire peril from page one and the tension barely lets up *at all* until at least ¾ of the way through the book. That last ¼ is largely epilogue-ish and that is completely okay with me. Readers *needed* that well-paced resolution and closure after going through so much physical and emotional trauma with these characters.

And these characters. I love them. People: She made me love hardened killers. What else is there to say about how great this series is?


If you’ve already read Perdition and Havoc, I can’t imagine any reason you wouldn’t be picking up Breakout and, like me, devouring it as soon as possible. 

But for anyone who hasn’t started the series yet … if you’re into action-packed (violent) Space Opera with thought-provoking subtext on human nature and peppered with dark humor and unexpected turns … The Dred Chronicles will satisfy.



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01 July 2015

Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes

Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock JokesHarley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes

by Karl Kesel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun read. The art was great, the stories were fun and interesting and had more depth than I was expecting, in some cases (and a little less in others.) And Harley was ... Harley.

Though she's been portrayed as a much darker character in other series (which I've also enjoyed), I really had fun with this return to a lighter, funnier version of Harley. This Harley is very similar to the Harley of B:TAS, visually and personality wise. Though this Harley gets a little more depth and credit for her brains. Which is one of it's points of appeal to me.

One of my favorite things about Harley is that, yeah, she's totally crazy (and has terrible taste in men), but she's also smart. I think it's a disservice when writers "forget" her backstory as a brilliant psychiatrist - there's so much more meat to her when it's acknowledged and integrated that Harley "gets" people: She understands their damage and how they think and she plays on that to her advantage. She even understands her own damage, though she chooses not to acknowledge it. Those traits make for a more interesting character with opportunity for real depth, even when it's played "light".

There are some neat, subtle moments in this volume that touch on Harley's personal psychology and backstory and speak to the fact that she's smarter and deeper than others give her credit for. I'm hoping for more of that in the next volume, which I'll be reading asap.

Overall, I liked seeing Harley "take a break" from her Mistah J and step up from sidekick status in these not-always-entirely light-hearted stories. There were some very funny moments mixed in with some great scenes of Harley just being a totally kick-ass chick, which is always one of my favorite character traits. What's not to love?

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  Zen

15 June 2015

Tech Support Blues


Technically, I don't actually do "tech support".

But the reality is, when you have a tiny department, you do a bit of everything. So, as much as I'd love to just hide in my office all day doing my happily antisocial, introverted admin stuff... I end up having to actually *gasp* talk to our staff users pretty frequently.

I thought it might be fun (or at least cathartic) to jot down some of the more interesting and frequent conversations I have as an in-house “IT Guy”. (And by “interesting” I mean, “aaaaarrrrrggghhh” and by “frequent” I mean, “OMFSM IF I HAVE THIS CONVERSATION ONE MORE TIME, MY HEAD MIGHT EXPLODE.”)

So, counting down the Top 5 conversations I have pretty much every week, ranked on a scale of 1 to I-Will-Cut-You:


5) If it was a snake ...

User: I know I asked you this before, but ... (insert very simple question or task here)

Seriously, would it KILL you to just save the answer/instructions from the LAST 10 times I sent it to you? No, hey, it's cool. I totally have nothing better to do than to Google stuff for you allllll day long.





4) The Accuser

User: My password doesn’t work. It worked yesterday. *side eye* Did you change something?

Me: Is your capslock on? Did you accidentally type a comma instead of a period in your email address? Can you try carefully typing your email address and password one more time?

User: Oh, it’s working now. What did you do?

Yes, dear, it's a conspiracy. I get off on logging in and changing passwords at night, just to fuck with you.





3) I have no idea how this happened.

User: I’m getting all these funny pop-ups?

Me: Turn it off. Don’t touch anything. I’m sending someone.

Again. 




2) Just Make It Happen 

Manager: I want X.

Me: OK, here’s a few questions we need to answer to make that purchase.

Manager: *provides partial answers to half the questions*

Me: Okaaaay. How about I give you a call and we can have a chat and figure this out?

Manager: OMG why are you making this so hard? I told you everything you need to know.

You filled in the line next to "Quantity?" with the answer "Sure". How is that even a thing?



Just Make It Happen 2.0

Manager: I want THIS device.

Me: Okay. You know that can't do X, right?

Manager: Yes, yes. I want THIS one.

Me: Here you go.

Manager: Good. Now make it do X.

Me: Um, remember when we told you it can't do X? That was because it can't actually do X.

Manager: OMG WHY DID YOU EVEN BUY ME THIS DEVICE THEN?!

Okay, are you just gaslighting me now, or what?





And in the coveted #1 spot: 

1) I AM THE IT GUY! 

Less frequent, but still highly stab-worthy, are the occasional men (and it's almost always men), either of the vendor/sales flavor or the new-to-our-organization variety, who don't realize the feminine voice on the other end of the phone is, in fact, the friendly neighborhood "IT Guy".

THAT conversation usually follows some variation of them assuming I’m a secretary and asking me to get a “real” IT guy for them.

Yeah. I’ll get right on that, Sport. You totally just moved to the top of the list. Probably not the list you were expecting, but it's a list.