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  1. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Work is kicking my ass today. But, as always, I’m thankful for my job.

  2. HogwartsProfessor says:


    I have nothing new to report. Except for an eerily creepy “It’s all right” type of feeling that I don’t know where it’s coming from.

    Went to a damn career fair yesterday that was worth nothing but a coaster, a purple stress ball and one of those reusable drink cups with the straw.

    I did have an interview earlier this week, for a job that would be an exact copy of my old job, with no chance for advancement and no backup. Thrill. If it pays decently I’ll have to take it if offered (It can’t be less than $10-11 an hour because of the distance I’d have to drive.) If I get an interview for Dreamjob, I’ll just fake a doctor’s appointment and go interview. If I get offered Dreamjob, once that is firm, I’ll quit. I really don’t want to do that, but last time I turned something down thinking I would get something better paying soon, nothing happened.

    I’m not really expecting to be offered the job. I think my lack of enthusiasm is taking over. Also, next week is the trip. I’m just trying not to think about it.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Do it. Don’t feel guilty about it! Good luck :)

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Jobs with no chance for advancement probably look for people with no enthusiasm. Sad people don’t quit their crappy job with no advancement.

      True fact.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I will, if I get the other thing. If I had seen that and was still at Exjob, I would have applied in a hot minute. Unfortunately I was laid off long before they posted it. The only reason I was still there was because there wasn’t really anything else open.

      • Overheal says:

        Reminds me of Best Buy in fact. They have built a science around dangling a carrot in front of a part timer to get you to look at it like a career path. I’m like “who is falling for this?” But sadly, there was a guy or two like that, and every time they talked about the fourth time they’ve been given some BS excuse about why they can’t be given a FT position I just hang my head while they talk about their plan to become a Manager some day… It’s a job. It’s not a career. If Schulze wanted to go back in and actually say differently I’d be mildly intrigued, but this is nothing but a way to afford rent and to go to college. They have, currently, no real interest in providing careers, they’re just interested in keeping talent for as long as possible with the least amount of expense.

        • wackydan says:

          Anyone who honestly thinks retail is a career path is setting their sights pretty low. Very few people actually get to any level of decent management pay in retail and as all have seen it is only a matter of time before the location closes or the company goes bankrupt. Retail has always been and remains a stepping stone job for most.

  3. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    I got to attend a responsive web conference for work this week and I learned A LOT. So I’m excited to dig in on a lot of my older websites and redesign them to be responsive to all screen sizes and work better on mobile.
    This weekend I have an appointment to get my wedding dress fitted and engagement ring resized… its all coming down to the wire. I can’t believe I’m getting married O_O

  4. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Wife is unsuccessfully job hunting. Her last paycheck is the end of them month, for working the previous school year. After that I will have to help pay for her CC bills or she has to default.


  5. El_Fez says:

    Not worthy of it’s own news story here, I thought I’d mention it here at least:

    Company CEO Antonio M. Perez said today:

    We are reshaping Kodak. We continue to rebalance our company toward commercial, packaging and functional printing – in which we have the broadest portfolio solutions – and enterprise services. These businesses have substantial long-term growth prospects worldwide and are core to the future of Kodak. We are confident that our competitive advantages in materials science and deposition technologies, as well as our know-how in digital imaging, will enable us to capitalize on those opportunities and extend our leadership in key growth markets.

    Specifically, Kodak is planning to sell its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging divisions by the first half of 2013. The Personalized Imaging division includes 105,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks around the world (the ones at drugs stores that help you easily make prints), photographic paper, still camera films, and souvenir photo products that are sold at places like theme parks.

    Kodak out of the film business? That’s sad on so many levels. So, no film, no cameras, no digital processing – what is left? Mind you, much like Atari, the Kodak name will live on. The brand is just way too valuable to let go of for whomever buys the film division.

    • scoosdad says:

      Unfortunately the Kodak name will start showing up on crappy consumer electronics, much like Polaroid, Westinghouse, RCA, etc. All great corporate names of the past, and now their names on a product does nothing to make me feel good about it.

      I’d bet that it will be sold to Fujifilm. They’re about the only ones out there right now in that field with enough ongoing business to take it on.

      • El_Fez says:

        Ilford might be big enough to buy the brand – while not so well known in the states, they’re well established in Europe. But yeah, if I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Fuji.

        (It’s a long shot, but I hope whoever winds up with the brand brings back Kodachrome, too.)

      • JediZombie says:

        I remember when AV cables were ONLY known as RCA cables.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I still went with Kodak for a replacement digital camera. Yeah, I know they’re not making them anymore, but if I hadn’t dropped mine and broken the LCD screen, it would still work. It was the best option I had in a pinch.

  6. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    Really good news, the Md Ren Fest starts tomorrow, I can already taste the cider and hear the bad jokes.

    Bad news, we lost a warehouse building to foreclosure. The people that owned the loan foreclosed on it because no one would refi a bridge loan (5 lenders said the numbers work, but we are not lending now).

    The worse part is the mortgage company is a little on the shady side. We have been negotiating with them for an orderly turn over of the keys and a clean 60,000 sq ft building in exchange for some small financial considerations. However, every step of the negotiating has not been in good faith. They say one thing with all the lawyers on the phone during a conference call, then send something completely counter to what was said as a written proposal.

    If they don’t come up with an acceptable 11th hour and 58 minute proposal, my brother and I are looking at bankruptcy.

    As the famous line by Louis XVI from the Mel Brooks film History of the World, part 1 states just as the peasants revolt and behead him: “Sometimes its good to be the king, and sometimes…”

  7. kataisa says:

    what a sweet doggyyyyy. <3 <3

  8. The Upright Man mk2 says:

    My heavy metal music meetup group is having a cookout/listening party tomorrow. I’m coming through my music library for stuff to take right now.

    Should be fun.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      I’m coming through my music library for stuff to take right now

      Sounds like you’ve got some cleaning up to do

    • Greg Ohio says:

      Meetup is really cool. I belong to hiking and biking groups. The established groups all have hordes attending their events. The meetups tend to have 6-10 people.

  9. axhandler1 says:

    Heading back out to the beach this weekend, thankfully. I’ve only been able to get there twice this summer, and it’s nearly over! Hopefully this weekend’s weather will be better than last weekend, which was a non-stop deluge. Anyone else going to the beach this weekend?

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      No beach for me this weekend( I can’t stand the NJ shore) however I am headed up to Brooklyn for a kick ass rooftop pool party so hopefully that’ll be cool. Have fun @ the beach

      • axhandler1 says:

        Nice! I’m not a fan of going down the shore either, I go out to LI instead. Far out. I just want to relax on the the beach and read my book, thanks. Brooklyn is sweet, and rooftop pool parties are just awesome, so I’m sure you’ll have a good weekend. Enjoy!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I wish.

      I’m probably going to take the pool down in the next few days. I haven’t been using it at all, despite the temperature going back into the 90s. I just don’t want to get in it.

      • axhandler1 says:

        Why not? This has been like perfect pool weather. You just need to set up a hammock next to it.

  10. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    I’ve discovered I have 12 skeins of blue wool-blend yarn, and have decided to make this blanket: Because I’m a total geek like that. Of course, I don’t need another blanket, so I’ll have to figure out if I’m gifting it or sending it to Project Linus. Well, that’s a decision for when the thing is finally made.

    Slightly busy weekend – Shadowrun tonight, midnight cult movie tomorrow night, film discussion Meetup group Sunday. Hope to fit some sleep in there.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      that’s an awesome pattern, i hope it turns out well. that would be a great throw for the tardis library i am making

    • legotech says:

      When I worked for a video game company and one of the ladies was having a baby I got my mom to knit an 8bit Mario for her…was super cool :)

  11. eturowski says:

    Laura, any time you need more cute animal pics, please let me know. I have a very cute orange kitty who loves to pose! Thank you for featuring Lilly this week.

    Lilly has a story, by the way. My friend is a vet in Michigan, and someone threw this sweet little puppy out of a moving vehicle on the side of the road. :( She fractured her right radius, ulna, metacarpals, and femur. My friend took her into her clinic and performed her fracture fixation surgery free of charge, and now Lilly lives with my friend’s parents in a playpen until her limbs heal. She can still get around pretty well, though – she has figured out how to hold up BOTH of her right legs at once and just walk on the left ones!

    She is a special little girl, so thank you for showing her off! :)

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Why would anyone throw a dog out of a car? I hate when people abandon animals but if you’re going to abandon them, just do it already, don’t hurt them.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        the rescue had a kitten that someone threw out of their car on a highway into the concrete barrier. he’s ok, although a little cross eyed and with a funny lip after facial reconstruction. people suck

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Excellent. E-mail them to me! Or put them in the Flickr pool.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Poor little puppeh. :(

    • Jane_Gage says:

      WTH is wrong with people. : (

  12. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:


    Did the editors go home early today?

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

    I’ve been enjoying Breaking Bad on Netflix streaming, just caught some episodes of “Justified” on DVD, and plan to watch at least one episode of “Hell on Wheels” this weekend.

    I have absolutely nothing else to contribute, except that if I figure out who “Airville PA” at 717-862-4238 is, they’re getting a talking to. They keep calling. Do Not Call List, blah blah blah, don’t follow it, etc. I really wish there was a way to chase these clowns down and sue them for calling. I could use the extra money.

    • Not Given says:
      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        Yes, but I’m still not sure who they really are. My thought is – who owns this phone number? Verizon, maybe? I think maybe that’s the way to make these people stop calling. If Verizon provides the number to someone who is using it to violate the law, then maybe Verizon should be responsible.

        Now back to grumbling about people on my lawn.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I had no interest in Hell of Wheels, until someone told me Colm Meaney was in it.

      Will be watching now.

      (I always will try a show with a former Star Trek cast member. Out of respect.)

  14. scoosdad says:

    Is it just me or did Consumerist take off early for the weekend? No new posts Friday afternoon, is that something new?

    And yes, that puppy’s picture is very cute.

    • CanadianDominic says:

      So many blog software platforms have the ability to schedule posts. I dont know why they dont schedule 1 or 2 fluff pieces for the weekend. It would be so easy.

  15. eprod says:

    Living Well Today “magazine” taking money from clients for shoddy advertisement. Do not, I repeat: Do Not sign a contract with Living Well Today. The advertisement they provide for businesses is horrible. They promise your ad to be placed in an area of high walk-in and out business and then fail to deliver. They give excuse after excuse when you call for answers and your problem is never solved in a timely manner. They threaten with horrible debt collective tactics to try and scare you to pay for something you were promised and never received. This company is locate in Chatsworth, California. There are many complaints against them. They have an “F” rating with the BBB.