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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Really slow comments day today. I guess I’m the only one at work!

    • slyabney says:

      Nah, I’m just choosing to go talk to others so I don’t have to answer e-mails! But now I have to do my self-assessment for the year.

      • CrankyOwl says:

        I did my self-assessment yesterday. I work for an engineering company so a lot of the goals don’t apply to me because I’m in Accounts Payable. For “met safety goals” I wrote that I managed to mostly avoid paper cuts this year. I have a feeling my manager is going to rewrite the whole thing for me.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i’m at work but not many other people are so the rest of us are having to work harder

  2. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    What do banks do with old withdrawal slips? I ask because my bank makes the tellers write my DL#, state issued, and other info on the slip, which when combined with the name, account number, and signature on the slip I have to write, makes it seem like a ID thiefs wet dream.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Kitties! That one in the middle seems really perturbed.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Well, to counter balance that, I’ll give you an extremely confused cat:

      and an extremely happy cat:

    • CrankyOwl says:

      I’m wondering if there was any major blood loss involved in putting those Christmas outfits on the kittehs.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      We put our Clare in a Christmas tree onesie on Christmas day. She’d taken it off and hidden it within an hour. We still haven’t found it! I was tempted to add a Santa hat, but I haven’t had my booster shots recently.

  4. Bativac says:

    Nah, our office is running on half a skeleton crew today. A few of us are piloting our cubicles alongside you.

  5. DJ Charlie says:

    Working here too. Getting ready for the big NYE show at 11 tonight.

  6. qbubbles says:

    I always knew that my friends would have to get used to the fact that my husband and I and our new kid are a package deal… but I never knew the argument would get so damn heated. On top of things, you cannot insult me and my family one day and then demand that I come over and patch things up the next. diaf. When I said we should chill for a while, I meant it. That means LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE. If I get on the phone with you, right now, I’m going to call you an elitist moron and your wife a stupid cunt. I think it would be best if you DONT TALK TO ME.


    • nbs2 says:

      Whoa! Enquiring minds want to know what happened there. Sensible minds know not to ask.

      I do have to ask, though, what kind of idiot doesn’t get that the spouse/kids aren’t part of the friendship package deal? I mean, I suppose a work friend may not need to include them, but in that case you are only talking to them at work.

    • pop top says:

      On the one hand, I can see how childless friends would want some “alone time” with your and your husband (or just you, depending on who’s friends they are), but on the other, it’s not easy to get a babysitter (or afford one in some cases) on a moment’s notice, and you don’t want to leave your husband alone with the kid all the time either. I can’t see why it would be such a huge argument though, that’s terrible. Have you tried talking to your friends to see why they’re angry about having a baby around? Would it be possible for you to make non-baby time for your friends to spend with you?

      I know this is a personal anecdote, but my hubby and I don’t have kids, and when we go over to visit my best friend and her husband, we’re reminded why we don’t right now. She has a two-year old and a three-month old and while I love her, we can’t have any fun “adult time” because the kids need to be fed and changed and watered and told not to touch things and to be quiet and fed again and changed and please don’t scream in the house and don’t hit the kitty and so on…

    • ArcanaJ says:

      My sympathies, I’ve been through it too.

  7. pop top says:

    Excited for the NYE party tonight! Going to the local watering hole and hanging out with friends. Free Lebanese food, champagne for the toast and cheap drinks. I need to go out and buy some holiday crackers to share with everyone. Maybe some noisemakers and silly hats as well. :D

    Happy New Year everyone!

  8. D0rk says:

    So, apparently around June of this year, my Capital One credit card expired, and I was never sent a new one. I did not realize this until last month, as I haven’t used the card in close to 2 years (higher interest rate and lower limit than my other CC). I called Capital One, explained the situation, and was told a card would be mailed to me. Surprise, never got it. I can still access my card account via their website. I just called again, phone system said I had zero credit, but the rep said that was for security reasons with expired cards and said he’d send me a new card.

    I guess my tl:dr question is, could C.O. be trying to kill off my account for inactivity and will it mess with my credit at all?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      it’s capital one, they might not even know what they are doing

    • slyabney says:

      I had this twice with Capital One. Tell them you wanted overnighted because then it’s delievered with signature required. Solved my problem but I went through 3 new card numbers since the other ones never made it.

  9. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOHOOO. I’m off today. Hehe. And Monday too. The only thing that sucks about it is that it’s not paid time off. Boooo.

    Christmas was allright. I got some movies, a scarf, and some checks that I used to buy a Blu-Ray player.

    I wish I had something more interesting to say, but I don’t. : /

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      LOL I’m off today too, and I got a giant green pashmina for Christmas that I will never wear. It’s now a tablecloth on my coffee table and looks awesome.

  10. Ihaveasmartpuppy says:

    Here’s a question: I do work as an independent contractor for a well known consumer publication. At the close of each project I send in my completed files and an expense report. Most times i get paid (mailed check) a few weeks later. But a couple times a year they just don’t pay me for a job. Then I have to keep asking for it, they keep saying it will or has been sent out, and it ends up taking a few months of this to get the damn check in my hands. These are not big checks, they’re normally under $100. I enjoy doing the contract work but this check situation is getting ridiculous. What does it take to get paid promptly for work done?

    • Bativac says:

      I do freelance artwork for large corporations on occasion, and sometimes I have similar problems. Most of the time, I know whether it’s a company that pays on receipt of an invoice or processes payments once a month or whatever.

      When I run into a problem, I’ll usually send a followup email and that takes care of it. If not, I place a follow up phone call and send a “2nd notice” invoice. That resolves any problems I’m still having. I’ve never had it go beyond that with corporate work.

    • Not Given says:

      Send them a ‘past due’ invoice, threaten to charge interest if payment is not received by a certain date or set your fees higher and offer a discount if paid by a certain date.

  11. JulesNoctambule says:

    We’re having NewWho Year’s Eve tonight with some friends, which will consist of however many episodes of the new Doctor Who series we can get through accompanied by champagne and numerous tasty snacks. The spouse works tomorrow, so we figured a low-key evening was our best bet.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      stand alone episodes or exciting cliffhangers with conclusions? i mean a big party event kind of calls for davros and the master, right?

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        RTD’s take on the Master doesn’t exactly leave me speechless, I have to admit. The spouse and I actually skipped the second half of that one the first time around! The whole ‘clap your hands if you believe in Tenkerbelle’ was just too much for me.

        We have some friends coming over who, despite being fans of Torchwood, have never seen Doctor Who. I know, I know! We’re going to start with Nine, and then set them up with some old-school Four later on; I think we’ll go with ‘The Pirate Planet’ if we don’t start at the beginning.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Sounds fun! I’m working my way through Doctor Who on Netflix right now. Up to season 4 and I’m addicted. HOW did I ever miss this show?!

  12. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    Given the dearth of commenters today, I’m assuming that the people who need to know this won’t read this, but I took the time to write it up yesterday (thinking open thread would happen yesterday….), so here it is.

    Using a “less than sign” (aka “left angle bracket”) in a comment makes your browser think some html is coming its way. Thus, you can’t type something like “I <3 Bank of America”, or “My cable bill is < $4 per month!” Well yes, you can type those things, but the results would be “I” and “My cable bill is”. Once the browser starts looking for a tag, it won’t stop until it sees a >; thus everything after the < disappears.

    But wait, you say, how did you get those examples to show up?

    Enter the mysterious “HTML entity”. Entities are used to display special characters that might otherwise be swallowed up by the browser. They begin with an ampersand and end with a semi-colon, and the bit inbetween is a mnemonic for the character to be displayed. So for our friend the less-than sign, use &lt;

    There are many entities available, for example &cent; gives ¢. Full lists are easily found using your favorite search engine, but the ol’ < is the one that seems to cause the most confusion.

    Carry on.

  13. CrankyOwl says:

    So I was on the bus this a.m. with an older guy in his 70s who said he used to play for the Yankees. He was wearing a World Series ring & said he was Yogi Berra’s roommate at one point. I could kick myself for not asking him his name! This is going to bug me now, not knowing who he is :(

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Google books result says it could be Bobby Brown, Spec Shea, Whitey Ford, Clint Courtney, Bill Sukey, Don Drysdale, or possibly others.

      • CrankyOwl says:

        Shea & Courtney have passed away, and I know what Don Drysdale looks like. He also mentioned he’s an alcoholic which doesn’t narrow it down — I have a feeling half of the old-time Yankees players were ;-)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ride the same bus again on the same day at the same time and see if you see him again!

  14. HogwartsProfessor says:


    I hope you all have fun and be safe tonight. Not going anywhere myself, just going to watch movies with the bf. Tomorrow is the anniversary of our first meeting. The Christmas package I sent him, which I thought was lost/stolen, turned up, so we might open our presents over Skype then. Unless I can’t wait, because the ones he sent me are still under the tree!!!!!!!

    I wish we were together to open presents, but maybe by next year…*makes a wish*

  15. MaytagRepairman says:

    Ugggh. Having a relative who is an electrician help you with kitchen remodeling is joy and anguish. New lighting fixtures in the kitchen and dining room. Under cabinet lighting in the kitchen. New wall heaters and programmable thermostats throughout the house. =)

    New holes and gaps in the dry wall where things didn’t quite fit or little mistakes happened. =(

  16. notlazyjustdontcare says:

    I got this shirt for Christmas and I can’t figure out what the characters are from. Do they look familiar to anyone?

    • Cyniconvention says:

      I have that shirt too…I just thought they were just background emoticons, like ones in a Kanye West video.

  17. Cyniconvention says:

    *puts on robe and birthday hat*

  18. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    Is it really necessary to have three hideously ugly cats as the photo for this story?