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  1. nishioka says:

    Awwww kittah :3

  2. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

    Liking birds and cats seems counter-intuitive.

  3. Mimbla says:

    Kitteh looks pleased. :3

  4. The Lone Gunman says:

    Kitteh says everything’s ducky!

  5. DJ Charlie says:

    My week was frustrating, but ended up resolving nicely.

    Now I’m elbow deep in some new programming for the station, and it’s driving me nuts.

    Anyone familiar with sed around here?

  6. chizu says:

    Such fowl play.

  7. Jules Noctambule says:

    Sleepy kitty!

    Had an interesting week at my studio space; apparently, a group of ~real artists~ (people who consider painting to be the only kind of art) in the building are so upset by the inclusion of sculptors, metalsmiths, a bicycle designer and three retail shops being allowed into the privately-owned, mixed-use building that they’re taking their toys and going home. I’m told it’s because we non-painting ruffians ‘lower the tone’, which amuses the rest of us to no end.

    This same group has been paying under 1K a month for a nearly 700 sq ft space located on one of the city’s busiest destination streets, with all utilities, WiFi and private parking included (the same family has owned this building for three generations, so there’s no mortgage to consider). I have a feeling they’re in for a nasty, nasty shock when they see what other people are charging for shells with nothing included. Guess us tone-lowers will just have to enjoy our prime real estate with lots of pedestrian traffic all by ourselves!

    • HSVhockey says:

      Set up a metal sculpture made of tuning forks and then raise the tone.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      That’s hilarious. I mean, how is a sculptor not an artist? Or a metalsmith? I suppose they would consider a bicycle designer to be a craftsman rather than an artist, (which is a whole ‘nother argument), but it’s not like painting is the be-all and end-all.
      Well, have fun and hopefully you get less snooty replacements. =)

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      I hope the gallery takes the opportunity to raise their rates on these sanctimonious snobs to something closer to the going rate. You know, still a great deal, but not as good as they were getting before they copped an attitude.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Paint a picture of one of the Sculptures, then display it right next to the sculpture. Heh heh.

      I believe ART to be an expression of an idea in any medium – spoken word, found art, dance, even graffiti.
      They can take their toys and go home- all they’ll be doing is playing alone.

    • Misha says:

      Hm, I think I remember reading that you’re in Indianapolis, trying to figure out where this studio is – all I can think of offhand is the gallery at 1 North, but I’m guessing what you’re describing is in Mass Ave or Broad Ripple or something instead of downtown.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      What elitist dinks. I hope someone spills coffee on all their canvases and their oils dry up.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      empty space huh? maybe i should see if i could REALLY lower the tone with my toy butchered barbies.

  8. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I just spent about $50 (w/ shipping) on DVDs this past week. I was on a kick. It’s great because they are so much cheaper than before thanks to Blu-Ray being more popular.

    I still gotta get around to getting a Blu-Ray player though.

  9. Dallas_shopper says:

    Went to doc for a second opinion about my thyroid. Had levels checked again. Doc said they were “all normal” but of course didn’t send me a copy of my labs.

    Then she said I have “reactivated” Epstein Barr, which she says explains all of my symptoms. I disagree, but I’m also tired of getting the runaround and spending 3 hours in a damn doctor’s office for 5 minutes of face time.

    • chizu says:

      I’m sorry that you still haven’t figured out what’s wrong with you! This seems to be a bad year for… A lot of things for a lot of people.

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        Relatively speaking I have it pretty good, though whatever is wrong with me is making me feel like I’m 80 years old and exhausted all the time. It’s a battle to maintain my fitness level and my weight. It sucks. But it could be worse.

        I just wish I was better.

        • chizu says:

          Maybe you are secretly an 80 year old living in your current body??? Have you thought about that possibility?

          • Dallas_shopper says:

            Heh…what hell would that be.

            I’d rather be a 36 year-old in an 80 year old’s body. At least then this boring hell would be over soon. I hate to sound immature, but I didn’t fucking ask to be born. In a lot of ways I’m blessed; I have a job, a roof over my head, food in my belly.

            On the other hand, I don’t have friends because people are so fucking flaky and self-centered. I don’t have a family because nobody ever wanted to have one with me. I’m quiet and passive in real life and am largely ignored most places by most people…and if I do get attention, it’s almost always negative. I don’t know what it is and I’ve spend tons of time and money in therapy trying to figure it out, but I put people off. Knowing that, I don’t even try to make friends anymore. I just watch TV. Even my own family invites me to family gatherings as an afterthought.

            My “career” sucks; it’s in a field I don’t enjoy and I’m surrounded by people who, quite frankly, annoy the piss out of me. I don’t say anything because there’s nothing to be gained by saying anything. But I will admit the words “fucking immigrants” and “goddamn sausage-fest” have been muttered darkly by me in the elevator on more than one occasion. I’m good at what I do, but it bores the shit out of me and I want to do something else. Can’t figure out what that “something else” is, so I’m stuck here for now.

            Basically I’m lonely and bored. Bored and lonely. It’s a waste of a life. I’m sure my parents would trade me in for a better daughter if they could, but they’re stuck with the one they made. Unfortunately, so am I. And I have to fucking pay for her now. Her and her stupid cigarettes and Netflix subscription.

            • AstroPig7 says:

              Woah, woah, woah. Some of us like hearing from you, and we‚Äôd hate to lose you. I know you’re a vegetarian, so have you tried any of the groups on Meetup? It won‚Äôt change your job situation, but it might put you in touch with new people. I probably don’t have any real connection to your situation, but I think I do, and I’m willing to listen if you want to talk.

              • Dallas_shopper says:

                Lose me? I’m not going anywhere, I’m just running down the clock.
                I’ve tried meetup but around here it’s mostly pyramid schemes or meat markets. I did look into the vegetarian ones around here but a former friend of mine who ended our friendship abruptly several years ago is very active in them. :-(

                Right now I’m searching for a weekend fitness class at 24 Hour Fitness and not finding much. The aqua class looks promising but it’s probably nothing but little old ladies. Still, nothing ventured….

                • AstroPig7 says:

                  I was hesitant to mention Meetup, because I found the people I met to be kind of strange, but I thought that was just me being anti-social. I normally work out alone, so I unfortunately don’t have any suggestions for fitness clubs. I was serious about listening if you ever need to talk, though. I have a strange belief that people deserve to be happy.

                • HogwartsProfessor says:

                  I really hope they find out what is the problem. Could be an autoimmune disorder of some kind. Perhaps a referral to a specialist is in order.

                  As far as the life stuff, I know EXACTLY how you feel! I’m living in a city where, if you’re not thumping a bible every two seconds or have seventy-nine rugrats or aren’t in college or aren’t a Walcreature, there is NO ONE to hang out with! Seriously; I’m the same in my family, sort of the outsider, but I’ve never ever lived anywhere where I had such a hard time making friends.

                  Hometown as an adult: 5,000 people, dated, had friends.
                  Current city: 150,000 people, NOTHING. I had to go online to meet my bf.

                  My plan is to get the hell out of here. I seriously thought it was all me, but I really think part of it is where I am. I’ve run into many people who say the same shit: “[City] is clique-ish, etc.” There was even an article in the paper a few years ago about how hard it is for older singles to find dates here.

                  Perhaps that is something you should consider. As far as the career is concerned, I read an article once that had some great advice. Think back to when you were a kid and what you wanted to be when you grew up. Even if it is something really unrealistic like “a fairy princess” or “a famous opera singer,” there will be aspects of that career that appealed to you when you were still dreaming. You may be able to find a field that satisfies those aspects, perhaps not in the way you thought. It’s worth thinking about at any rate.

                  For me, it’s writing. I had the perennial notebook as a kid. Now I’m really seriously trying. Sure, I still have to work while I do it, but now I’m only looking for a decent day job, not a damn career. I like administrative work but the company is more important. I don’t want another shitty one.

                  Don’t give up!

            • chizu says:

              Oh… Woah… Are you sure we don’t know each other already? I have a friend who sounds exactly like that. It’s too bad you’re not in Jersey, or we’d be hanging out already. By hanging out, I mean, I’d cook something new every week and force feed it to you and everyone else… And then we sit around and drink wine and complain about the world, men, family, and just about everything else…

    • Jane_Gage says:

      My mom has EB and abnormal thyroid function too (and she even hates everyone she comes into contact with at work). She also said she has this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert's_syndrome and that everyone in our family has it and I probably have it too. I was reading about it this afternoon. I think it may be like Sickle Cell Anemia is to black people (protecting against malaria), but rather it helps people of Eastern European decent not die of coronaries after living off lard soaked potatoes all their lives.

  10. Straspey says:

    “Consumerist Articles Of The Future”

    Monday March 12, 2012

    Janice was all excited about the prospect of singing her solo with the church choir this past Sunday. She had won an audition for the opportunity and was selected among the entire choir to sing the solo for the concert to honor the bishop, who was visiting their church this week.

    In preparation for the big event, Janice wanted to make sure and get a good night’s rest – so she decided to go to bed early in order to wake up rested,
    refreshed, and ready for the big day.

    Unfortunately, Janice overlooked one very important detail…

    SATURDAY NIGHT WAS THE SWITCH TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME !

    Poor Janice – She awoke to her alarm, got out of bed – showered, had a good breakfast, fixed her hair and put on the dress she had bought just for this occasion.

    Imagine her horror and shock when she arrived at Church at what she honestly believed to be 10:00 am — when it was really 11:00.

    Unable to delay the service and festivities for an hour, they had to proceed without Janice and the choir gave their performance, while simply eliminating Janice’s solo from the program.

    Needless to say, besides being disappointed and broken-hearted, Janice was incredibly embarrassed and ashamed, and – considering the fact that she has probably lost any future opportunity to sing a solo with the choir – she is now planning on bringing a lawsuit against the Church for not reminding her beforehand about the impending time change.

    Have you ever missed an important appointment because you forgot to “Spring Ahead” ?

    • Coffee says:

      Hw s ths rltd t cnsmrsm?

    • HSVhockey says:

      You forgot the three bullets.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Hee hee…nice. :)

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME SHOULD ALWAYS BE STRICTLY OBSERVED AND PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO SET THEIR CLOCKS AHEAD SHOULD BE INCARCERATED OR OTHERWISE REMOVED FROM THE GENE POOL. THE CLOCKS SHOULD BE UTILITARIAN PIECES ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND NOT BE DESIGNED FOR FUN OR VANITY.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I wish they would just leave the damned time alone, one way or the other. Now get off my lawn!!

  11. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Quincy and Dragnet on Netflix instant streaming was a cruel hoax. For some reason my queue showed the blue “play” box next to them, but when I went into the Roku channel, they flashed up and then disappeared. And “coming soon” is back on the queue. Boo. I’m enjoying Downton Abbey. Thanks to whoever mentioned it.

    I’m happy with my Tracfone. it does what it says it’s supposed to do, and works sometimes in my house just like the Verizon phone.

    I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection, and I’m trying to better my situation. Need to get all the taxes done and submitted (that’s my job too…just like everything else). My Dad’s surgery is rescheduled for April 16, so I don’t want to move to a new place until after that. I’ve decided to get in touch with realtors in my area to see if there are any reasonable rental units that will accept pets. If I can’t find one, I’ll have to make a really hard decision about my beloved animals.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      if you like really vintage stuff you might enjoy pub-d-hub – even without the incredibly inexpensive gold membership there are a lot of shows available.
      also loads of classic tv under the archive.org section of nowhereTV. i’m currently watching episodes of the betty white show from 1958

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I love Pub-d-hub! Did you ever watch the old health films and stuff from the 50’s about hygiene and stuff? Hilarious! And the old commercials are awesome too. I watched a film about ‘Duck and Cover’. As if any of that would save you from a nuclear warhead. Another memorable one was about blasting caps. I really didn’t know they were so common as to be a problem :)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I hear you about the animals. If I have to move to find a job, I don’t know WHAT I’m going to do about my OC. She would be miserable inside and miserable if I moved her. She’s not socialized to anyone but me. Stupid cat. If she would just come inside, I wouldn’t have a problem.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Update – now Quincy and Dragnet don’t even have the “coming soon” tag next to them.

      Keeps reminding myself…first world problems…first world problems…ugh.

  12. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Comfy kitteh! I love the purple blankey!

    Still nothing on the job front. Tomorrow I go to take the MERIT exam for a state job I applied for. Here’s hoping… On other applications I’ve gotten three “No” answers and the rest no replies. I did get offered a job working for a comic dealer who bought some old Fangoria magazines from me, but it paid in cash and that made me very uncomfortable. I’d rather not get into a tax snafu, thanks very much.

    I’m trying to apply for a county weatherization program that might replace my old floor furnace. I hope I get on it; it’s very old and I can’t get anyone to even work on it, plus I”m super worried about carbon monoxide. This house also needs new windows (I don’t know if they do that or not). There’s no ductwork, so I couldn’t get a new furnace even when I was working. I hate doing this, but with energy costs set to go up around here I have to do SOMETHING. The entire bathroom is falling apart but I can’t do anything about that either. I’m about ready to paint a target on my roof and put up a sign “Tornadoes apply here.”

    On the bright side, I did manage to get some paint from Walmart for the kitchen. I’m going to paint the entire house inside, all the woodwork and everything, finally. It’s long past due and if I have to sell it, that will help a little bit. I got a pretty light spring-y green (walls are already green but yucky 50s color) and some nice white for the cabinets. :)

    Also I’m taking a community enrichment course in Spanish. Hopefully I can keep going and get bilingual at some point. That will not only improve my employability, but it’s fun. :)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      yay for new paint. do you NEED new windows or can you improve the current ones with some caulk and lubricating the tracks?
      what’s falling apart in the bathroom? some bathroom repairs can be easy if it’s loose tiles or something

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        No, I need new ones. They’re very old wooden frames and some of them are falling apart. When I put plastic over them to block out the cold they get damp and well, you get the idea. Also, in the bathroom, this old house has one IN THE TUB. Now I ask you, who ever thought that was a good idea!? Stupid old 1952 tract house cardboard bungalow.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Also, bathroom is LITERALLY falling apart. ALL the fixtures are going and the floor and the tub and the water heater and…and…and I don’t want to think about it any more. :'(

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          ooh, that does suck. any chance of semi permanent repair with wood putty and sealing them with new paint to keep the moisture out?
          i’m not good at disintegrating floors, sorry

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            I may have to do that for the time being. One window in the kitchen, the pane fell out! It was in one piece so I put it in the garage until I could put it back in, but when I was getting ready for my sale, I broke it. :(

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      In PA, my electric company PPL has a weatherization program. Maybe yours does too? This is in addition to any city/county programs that are in place. Hope this helps!!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I think they give you credit if you improve stuff, but the point is, I don’t have a job and no way of doing it now. I’m really worried about that furnace. It comes on and makes a horrible noise. I tried to get someone to work on it but no one will. What if it’s smothering me?

        PLEASE, tornado, eat my house! I want to take the insurance money and LEAVE! *but do it when I’m here so I can rescue my computer kthxbai*

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          Yeah, that’s what makes arson so hard. If you somehow figure out how to make your house catch on fire, in a sneaky fashion, and the firemen figure out you were magically at the vet with your pets, with your computer in tow ’cause it has to be repaired & you thought you’d drop it off on the same trip, and all your best clothes are stuffed in the car (laundramat you know), and all your important documents were in the car too…even the thickest person would quickly figure that out.

          I wished for a tornado too, but one of my friends said but what if it hits your neighbors too? Oh dang.

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Yeah, I know….but tornadoes can drop something on the back of my house, without actually hitting it or my neighbors….so that would work. :)

            I feel bad for joking about this after the tornado in Branson (and the one in Joplin) but at the same time, I don’t.

  13. MaytagRepairman says:

    This week at work I had about 3 weeks worth of stuff fall into my Inbox. I’m spending Thursday and Friday working from home because of a leaky drain pipe in the crawlspace.

    We decided it might also be a good super cautious time to get the septic tank inspected and pumped. The last time we had that done was 4 years ago when I purchased the house. Wanted to see how we were doing with it before the plumber tried to fix the pipe.

    Had a hard time locating the buried lid to the septic tank. I ended up doing way too much digging. It was supposed to be under a flag stone but there are over a dozen of them in the back yard forming a sort of sidewalk in the gravel. Risers are a bit pricey for the hunk of plastic that they are and markers can get moved by children thinking it is a toy or an adult who just doesn’t know what it is.

    I have the idea of getting a concrete drill bit and try to put a J bolt in the flag stone with the J on the bottom side. Then I would maybe run a chain or cable through the handle of the lid and hook the ends to the J bolt. That way I (and any future owner of the house) would be able to see right away which flag stone it is and it can’t be moved unless it is unhooked first.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That’s a good idea. Many times people don’t mark that thing and then the next person can’t find it.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I marked mine with a garden plant marker – about 3 feet high and a fancy metal thing with a copper butterfly on it. It can be pulled out and put back quickly for mowing, but at least I know exactly where the lid is if I need to dig it up.

  14. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    biopsy results: benign. yay! also, since most of the problem area was removed during the biopsy, the pain has been gone. you know it hurt when i tell you that it felt better after the lidocaine wore off from the surgery than it had since september.

    taking a long weekend that was originally to help my roommate/best friend buy a car since hers died this week. her credit sucks, all medical bills in collections from her insurance declining some hospital bills.
    her ex husband did all the car buying before and she’s never made a major purchase in her life. a couple of days of internet research. a consumer reports membership and a lot of kelly blue book values later and she’s traded in her old SUV for a 4 year old sedan with good mpg.
    after attempting to deal at a couple of places and being treated rudely [“if you’re looking at cars at another dealership too then you can just LEAVE!”] she marched into carmax and said “i don’t have great credit, i can afford this payment after all the taxes and fees included, now please help me find a reliable car that i can afford”
    it was pretty cool to watch
    now i am hoping nothing exciting happens this weekend because the last three weekends i had my plans interrupted by last minute emergencies either medical or for the cat rescue.
    hope everyone has a good weekend!

    • Cat says:

      [“if you’re looking at cars at another dealership too then you can just LEAVE!”]

      Wow, just wow. The dealership deserves a public shaming for that behavior.

      Glad you’re feeling better. See you out on the Internets!

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        Well, think about those dealerships this way: it’s kind of like going on a blind date with someone who is nasty and abusive to the server. Sure, it’s a little uncomfortable, but it’s like they have a big sign around their neck saying “STAY AWAY!!!!”.

        I called and e-mailed around for bottom-line prices on the specific make and model and options I wanted. A few of the dealerships tried to give me the runaround, but I cut them off and asked if they were going to give me a price or not, because I was ready to buy. I got enough prices to compare, and learned which dealerships treated their customers like idiots or marks to boot.

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          Here’s my favorite car dealership story: my Dad was looking to buy a new Ford extended cab truck. He had cash to pay for said truck. He was dressed in his welding clothes as he was helping a friend weld, and stopped by the dealership in town afterward to get a price on the new truck he wanted. They showed him the used smaller trucks and insinuated it would be more within his price range.

          He went to a dealership in the county next door, bought the truck, and made sure to stop by the one in town to show it off.

          They judged him by how he was dressed, and never gave him a chance to explain he could pay cash.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      oh and we got to see something both horrible and cool [no one was hurt]
      during a test drive at one dealership we saw a fire truck at carmax
      when we went to carmax we saw this
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6967605963/in/photostream
      some poor woman pulled into carmax to trade in her car and it caught on fire right when she got there. ouch!

  15. thomwithanh says:

    Just one problem with this picture… the cat isn’t curled up in MY lap. Mrow!

  16. Jane_Gage says:

    I was thinking today (if you’re the sue happy type) it would better to sue an airport over mercenary prices rather than a movie theater. They make you throw your drink and some types of food away, and you could be diabetic or something.

  17. SugarMag says:

    I called Consumer reports today over a phantom subscription that keeps appearing at my door. I told the rep like ten times that I adore consumerist so I like the mag but I didnt order it! She completely ignored my proclamations of love for consumerist.

    PS: If you want to knw the exciting conclusion – a friend bought me a gift subscription and I never knew it.

  18. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    I’ve been temping at this place for about two years now (govt hiring freeze) and have grown into my position so much that I’m considered a normal employee, even though I get paid differently. At a meeting earlier this week I voiced some of my frustrations with a situation that’s been developing for awhile now and left the meeting thinking everything was fine. Turns out my boss’s boss was infuriated with me for going “above my place” because I’m “just a temp.” Wow. I honestly don’t know what I did wrong, and am lucky I still have my job (though it was close yesterday.) I’ve never had anyone treat me this way before and am pretty sure I know the real reason they’ve never been able to “hire” me.

    • SugarMag says:

      That is the story of my (work) life. Eventually I became a sheep to save my sanity and hang out with like-minded powerless ppl like me. I don’t often find employers that want anyone but Yes Men – even if it means an entire company will fall. (or economy. Or gov’t). I recently read Bright Side by Barbara Ehrenreich, who put this exact notion into words.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I love her. I’ll have to check that out. Nickeled and Dimed made me almost nod my head off.