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  1. SonarTech52 says:

    …That dog’s eyes are hypnotizing me… and piercing into my soul…

  2. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    been building monster parts for a short film.
    final filming this weekend.
    what is everyone else up to this weekend?

  3. UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

    Man, I need this weekend. Not only have I actually had to do a lot of work this week, I’ve also had a bunch of stuff to deal with at home.

  4. pop top says:

    Going to a friend’s wedding in a richy rich suburb of Detroit this weekend; the reception is at a very ritzy country club. I bought silver sequin flats just to match the glamourosity of the event. :D Part of the wedding present we got for the couple was a new hamster cage, since she was residing in a 10 gal. aquarium. We’re babysitting the hamster for them while they’re on their honeymoon, so when we return her, she’ll be in a big new cage with tubes galore!

  5. ArcanaJ says:

    Happy Friday everyone! I am now a contributing writer to the site: MMOCrunch! My first post should go live later today.

  6. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Oooh cute goggie!

    I don’t really have any plans this weekend. It’s kind of open. I think I’ll spend some time doing garage sale prep, which I didn’t get done last week. Next weekend I’m supposed to do a photo shoot with someone, in an attempt to get a good picture of me for my blog, writer bio, etc. Since I don’t photograph well, that should be a challenge. :P

    I’m cute in real life, I swear!!! 0_o

    • ArcanaJ says:

      I hare your unphotogenic pain. So, where might one find this blog of yours, hmm?

      • MostlyHarmless says:

        I’ll do you one better. I RABBIT her unphotogenic pain.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Weeeeeeellll you might find it here…
        Thas my pen name. 8)

        I’m about to whee it up with some plug-ins I discovered. That is another project this weekend. I listened to a marketing teleseminar last night and there were some good suggestions about building one’s platform. I would like to make some neat content people can sign up for. Then when my dream agent calls and asks, “Do you have a platform?” I can say “Why, yes, look at all the many readers of my blog who are on my list, blahblahblah.” It’s all about marketing these days. And I’m learning as I go!

        If you have one, I would love to read it. :)

        • ArcanaJ says:


          As it happens, I have two blogs. I have a g-rated game blog:

          And I have my newish grown-up blog: (in which I also sometimes talk about gaming, but with swears.)

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Yay! I will bookmark when I get home, since I’m not on my own ‘puter right now. I just started playing PS2 (bf let me have his, since he got a PS3). I only have two games right now – Katamari Demacy, which I’m stuck at Level 4, and a Spyro game I haven’t looked at yet. I love the little Katamari Prince. He’s the cutest character ever!

            The last katamari I made at L4 was 44 cm. I can’t get out of the way of those dumb cats!

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

    I’m waiting to hear if I will still have a job. Our management can’t/won’t tell us anything, and we little people have figured out there is either a merger or acquisition in the works. I don’t know whether to wait and see what happens, or to use my banked vacation time to try to find another job – any job – before the shoe drops. I feel so helpless.

    Note to executives visiting other companies to observe the workers – don’t use your real names on the visitor’s log. If you’re listed anywhere on the internet, like LinkedIn, people can figure out who you are and where you’re from.

    • areaman says:

      From my experience with mergers or acquisitions, I noticed they keep the “little people” around the longest.

      Usually management are the first to go. But it depends on what you mean by “little people”. You may have middle management in mind when you said little people.

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

        Oh no, I wish I was middle management – I’m pretty much on the bottom of the totem pole with lots of work to do on an hourly rate. At least middle management are on salary and get paid more. But in this case, this may be to my advantage!

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          likely. it’s more expensive in training usually to replace the little people as long as they are keeping your job category around

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ick. That stinks.

      For the job hunt that I hope you don’t have to do, I JUST TWO SECONDS AGO read this article. I wish I’d read it before I took the terrible job I had before this one.

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

        Thank you for this – I haven’t been on a job interview in years and this is the first time in my working life that I am facing unemployment. It’s scary. But I have started to put together an updated resume and am quietly contacting a few colleagues for references. I’m finding it’s better to be busy and proactive than to worry and fret over something I have absolutely no control over. I still have a knot in my stomach, though.

  8. dragonfire81 says:

    Any advice on how to deal with the fatigue from working two jobs? I am running about 57 hours a week between the two of them and sometimes have to go straight from one to the other. I have been managing ok thus far but I am having to improve my time management skills since I have so little of it to myself these days.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      When I was in college, I would keep a notebook with me and write down everything I had to do for the day and add to it as the day went on…I started a new job (yay!) and I’m having to do the same thing now because there’s a lot more work to do.

      Do you have a smartphone? Some of the companies I use have apps and you can pay your bills through them. It helps me a lot when I can pay some bills during my commute to work (using 3G, not public wi-fi) because I’m just waiting. At work I’m at a computer, but if you aren’t, paying bills through your phone might be an option.

      Eat healthy foods before you start work. Fatty foods tend to make the body lethargic, and that can decrease the amount of work you can do. If you can finish your projects or at least get to a good stopping point, you’re more likely to be satisfied with the work you’ve done and feel happy that you don’t have as much tomorrow.

      Balance your temperature – it’s easy to get distracted if you’re really cold or really hot.

    • mac-phisto says:

      g/l. i worked a 65-70hr/wk schedule for close to 4 years – looks like i’ll be going back to that lifestyle as soon as i can find some p/t work – bills are a little out of control lately.

      my recommendations? coffee. lots of it. like get an IV. & catnaps. i used to have ~30 minutes between jobs & i would just shut my eyes in the parking lot of the 2nd job w/ my phone’s alarm set to wake me up. it’s amazing how alert & productive you are even after just a few moments of sleep.

      the other thing i’ve discovered is most helpful is to eat a decent breakfast & then light snacks/meals during the day, instead of a heavy lunch of local takeout.

      finally, make sure you get at least a full day – or at least an unbroken 24 hour period – to yourself. i was working pretty much every day for quite some time & found myself getting very irritable, short with friends/family/coworkers & generally just felt completely overburdened. i adjusted my schedule to make sure i had that unbroken “me” time & it improved my attitude immensely.

  9. SonarTech52 says:

    Next week we are having concrete poured to start a new addition to our house. Adding ~750 sq ft, going to use it as a day-care for my wife for now. Later we will turn it into a great room/bar/entertainment room (future mancave.) It’s gonna be sweet!

  10. Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

    We’re going to the Highland Games & Celtic Festival in central VA this weekend. It was originally a “maybe” thing, but since our plans to go to an anime convention in a couple weeks fell through, we want to do something fun before it gets too cold.

    I’ve also been trying my damnedest to finish a Sackboy for my brother-in-law. His birthday was two weeks ago, and he’s still waiting for his present.

  11. Dustbunny says:

    Woman at work just showed me the tattoo she got last night. it’s a very large bird on her upper arm. It’s…really…big. What’s the proper etiquette when someone shows off their new ugly tattoo? Did I mention it’s big?

    • pop top says:

      Just act like it’s an ugly baby photo: lie through your teeth. Use words like “unique” or “interesting”.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      It’s like anything; find something nice to say about it, like “The colors really go well with your complexion, nice detail,” etc.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Wow.. uh.. good luck with that. Hopefully if you said anything she thought was offensive, she’ll just write it off to your usual crankyness ; )

      • Dustbunny says:

        A coworker just described me as “feisty”. Not sure if that’s better than cranky, LOL. In any case, FeistyOwl just doesn’t have the same ring as CrankyOwl :-)

    • haggis for the soul says:

      “Wow, that’s really something.”

  12. JulesNoctambule says:

    Been invited to a pre-Halloween party this weekend, so I’ve raided my vintage collection and put together a costume — I’m going to be a time traveler from the post-war 1940s. Everything but my knickers, shoes and skirt will be vintage, the first for obvious reasons, the second because my feet are too big for the 1940s shoes I have, and the third because the skirt original to the outfit is unlined wool and I’m allergic to wool. If it were colder, I’d wear the necessary undergarments to carry it off but as it is I’m already wearing more than enough! Now I just have to figure out how to get my non-’40s bob haircut to play along.

  13. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Thanks to Consumerist, Gizmodo, and a bunch of other sources, in two days, I got over 150k views of my McDonalds Experiment. Sadly, while Sallie Davies got on TV, I didn’t. My Ego was both ecstatic and devastated at the same time.

  14. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    I met Alton Brown on Sunday.. it was… so awesome.. omg. My Aunt and I got to the Costco right when they opened and there were already 4 people in line! Those 4 people were the most awesome people though, and so much fun to talk to that we didn’t even feel like we were bored while waiting the 3 hours.

    He was actually about 15 minutes early and he came around the wall and I saw him first!!! I pointed and screamed “ALTON!!” and then started waving like a doofus, and he waved back at me and said “Let us commence the signing!!” I was so nervous.. omg.. and when I get like that, I can respond to questions but I can’t innitiate anything. When I got up to him, he said “Hi, I’m Alton” and all I could say was “I KNOW!!” My Aunt purchased 3 books for him to sign and I had 2, so we got to talk to him for a while. I was wearing my Carbon Atom shirt ( ) from Woot, and he said “I like your shirt.. it’s very atomic” and I said “It’s carbon!” and he said, “I know *counts electrons* it IS carbon! And the electrons are sad… because they’re negative! I’m an electron.. I’m always negative,” and I said, “But hopefully not to day!!” and he smiled and said, “No, not today.”

    Oh guys, it was so awesome.. I am still full of Nerdy Reverence for him.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I wish you could have gotten my Alton Zippo signed…

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww! I’m glad you had a good experience. I met Clive Barker at a horror con one time and he was VERY nice. That’s always great.

      I also met Michael Berryman (an actor) at a previous con and then at that one, and he remembered me! :D

  15. mac-phisto says:

    maybe it’s just me (i’ve been especially ornery lately), but it seems almost everywhere i go i’m being greeted with exceptionally poor quality of service lately. it’s really starting to get to me. have we all just given up?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I haven’t given up.. but I have a very limited membership (I work at a CU too) and can’t spread my good service very far.

      Other than that.. probably : / I’ve noticed it too. Blerh.

      We all need to work for and learn how to do it right.

  16. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Also, I decided to forgo sleep last night/this morning and visit the flea market near me “in the dark”, when the public usually isn’t there yet, and the vendors can shop amongst themselves. While there, I found a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 and WRT54GS v4 new in the box for $5 each. They’re apparently for a company called FON, but from what I read, it’s very easy to log in over Ethernet and erase their custom firmware, and reflash it with the default firmware. From there, it’s REAL easy to upgrade them to DD-WRT and other fun Firmwares.

  17. katia802 says:

    Has anyone else noticed that DIET orange Crush has HFCS listed as the second ingredient? Surprised the heck out of me! Now I’m wondering if it’s just lazy labelling, a mistake, or really in there?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      apparently this has come up in another place at another time

      so if it was a mistake, seems they’d have had time to fix it

      and it’s on the nutritional info on their website

      • katia802 says:

        okay, that’s just weird. Won’t be buying that again, doesn’t seem to be adversely effecting my sugars, but it’s just too weird for me to want to buy it again. Thanks for the link, thought I was going nuts for a bit there :)

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          you know. i even once saw a can of vienna sausage with HFCS in it. if they can’t get it to us in food, maybe it’ll start getting pumped into the municipal water supply eventually

          • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

            Which HFCS? If it was in sausage, it was probably HFCS 42.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              you know, there’s not a lot of room on a can of vienna sausages for details like that. also, i didn’t buy it, i was just taking pictures of canned meat products and i saw that when i went to turn it with the front facing out for the photo.

          • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

            Which would be bad for you. You should be looking for products using HFCS 55, which is 45% glucose and 55% fructose, and not HFCS 42.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      That would explain the non-diet-y flavor it had when I consumed it a bit back.
      I even remarked “This Doesn’t taste like Diet at all!”

      Mind you i tend to drink diet, so I’m not hating.

  18. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Probably no one is checking this anymore but in case I’m wrong…

    Death of the V Train:

    Since Consumerist had an article about the MTA budget cuts in New York City I figure this video about the silliness that went down on the last night the V train was running is relevant to your interests.

  19. Cantras says:

    So I noticed today that my little “include this slip with your payment” thinger from AmEx requests that I print clearly. Being one of few people my age who can actually read/write cursive, I *like* using cursive on checks like a proper adult… and I remember being told to use cursive on checks because it was more secure. Harder to add or change letters. Can’t turn fifty into sixty even by the most creative means, for example.

    I highly doubt Amex will get snippy with me about it — they haven’t yet — but that seems odd to me. Sortof like the envelopes-with-holes from a previous post.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Maybe they only meant that it should be readable, not that it should literally be print letters instead of cursive. As long as it doesn’t look like a doctor writing a prescription it should be OK.

      Besides, you have to put the amount on checks in both letters and numbers so the people the “print clearly” instruction is aimed at must have bad handwriting all around.