atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5762: Man, what a day it's been.

So, Maki is home, with a cone on his head and two pins in his femur. They shaved his entire leg, leaving that entire hindquarter looking like it came from a sick chicken. First round of PT was done in the office there, showing me how to do it, so he's good until this evening when I'll do it again.

The leg is, naturally, stiff, but he can put his weight on it. He's hobbling around right now, but a few days from now we'll be struggling to keep him from running. He can't be allowed to run until the fracture is healed.

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That was written about five hours ago. While sitting here at the computer I started suffering from the old googly-eyes, where I can't keep them open. I got a blanket and pillow and laid on the floor in here until Maki settled down and went to sleep, after which I went to bed for three hours and slept like a stone. Like two stones. This business of getting up at 5:20 and driving for two hours is horseshit.

In four weeks he has to go back to get looked at, but otherwise I think we're done with the downstate biz. I hope so.

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You won't be getting that load to where it's supposed to go today. Seriously, how hard is it to wait until the crossing is totally clear before you enter it?

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"Why is it that the people who complain the most about 'privilege' are the most privileged?"

You don't see white ivy-league students giving up their slots in ivy-league schools to people of color, do you? Hell no. They just yell at you to check your privilege while they continue going to schools that guarantee they'll be members of the 1% a few years after they graduate. (If it takes that long.)
Much of dissatisfaction with life arises because people expect the world, or at least their neighbors, to be perfectible. If only we created the correct incentives, if only we created communes, if only we eliminated private property. Such thought too often results in piles of skulls.
Indeed it does. A pile of 100,000,000 of them represents the result of that thinking in the 20th century.

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Minor bumped from overbooked flight. You know, instead of having procedures in place to make sure minors aren't bumped from flights why don't you just stop overbooking flights, you asshats?

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I have been wondering about this myself. Proctor and Gamble cut $100 million out of their digital advertising budget, and the result was...no change to their sales figures at all.

Here's where my thoughts come in: I don't look at ads on my computer. Wherever possible, I use AdBlock to keep them off the machine. The few times that I do see ads, I see them as an irritation or an annoyance rather than something important, and a long life of exposure to commercial media has given me a rather good filter against commercials. I literally could not tell you what the last ad I saw was for unless I had something to remind me, and that goes double for anything appearing on my computer.

Take the Fungus, for example. As a content creator, when I'm logged in I don't see ads. I'm not logged into the blog on my tablet, so ads will pop up when I'm reading it that way, but I don't look at them. There's a space above the content where an ad goes, and literally I don't see what's in it because I know what it is and I don't care.

So when I hear people talk about the lucrative world of on-line advertising, I have to wonder about that. I mean, do people see an ad for laundry detergent and say, "Hey, I need to know more about that product!" I will sometimes click on an ad if it seems interesting to me, but the ads I would click on are far removed from the world of tooth pastes and laundry detergents and household products. I might click on ads for things like electronics or computer products, or automotive goods, or tools, but soap? No.

And I know I'm not the only one.

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$56 million per kilometer for high speed fail in California. And for that, congestion where the rail route crosses roads will increase, and the trains will have to slow down for regular commuter traffic at either end of the line where it shares its route with slower trains, and because the terminals will be out in BFE there will have to be bus service, and-and-and.

Basically, it all adds up to "USELESS WASTE OF MONEY SOLVING A PROBLEM NOBODY HAS".

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So, map shows Antarctica without ice. The map was made sometime in the 16th century, using both contemporary and older source maps. And so we have evidence that sometime within the scope of written history--within the last 5,000 years--we have evidence that men have seen Antarctica without ice covering its shoreline.

Kind of shoots that whole "if Antarctica melts we're all doomed!" thing in the foot, doesn't it?

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Today is gorgeously cool and clear, and I am still so blasted tired all I want to do is go back to bed and sleep some more.

Plus side, Maki seems to tolerate being in the computer room, and there's nothing in here he can climb on or get into trouble over. I've put a gate across the door to keep him in here, but there's plenty of food and water, and there's a litter box, so he'll be fine.

Well, the vet thinks that in about four weeks he'll be right as rain. That's not too bad. An adult cat, we'd be looking at two months. As long as we do his PT and keep him clean, everything should be just fine. It's going to take some doing, but we can do it.
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