February 24th, 2017

#5465: Errands and stuff, part 389.9824

Gotta go pick up brother-in-law from airport in a couple hours. Probably need to leave here around 3-ish to get there by 4, but no information on when his flight gets in or anything else. I only know I have to be there around 4.

Then it'll be a day spent at Dad's house, helping B-I-L with what he's loading into Dad's Honda and taking home with him. B-I-L's family is taking the car, a 1997 Civic, as a first car for their oldest son. 20 years old, it's got under 60k on it, and because Dad was a car guy you know it was cared for correctly. Still going to advise B-I-L to change (or have changed) the timing belt. 60k is where that needs to be done, most cars, and given the age of this one I would do that sooner rather than later, good maintenance or not. And Hondas are almost exclusively interference engines, so breaking the timing belt would result in an awfully spendy fix.

So, that's my big plan for the day.

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State of Illinois has sent me a prepaid credit card for unemployment benefits. They scheduled a phone interview (because I was terminated "for cause") but the fact that they sent me the card indicates to me it's probably mere formality. That's on the first; no idea when the actual benefits themselves kick in.

Not yet because--holy crap--it's barely been eleven days since I lost my job. Seems like it's been a lot longer than that! But it's been a very busy eleven days.

I lost half of yesterday to depression; I ran my errands but didn't get anything else done at all, too blue to do anything other than sit at the computer in a funk. Eventually I took a nap, which didn't really help matters any. Well, it's to be expected; losing a job is one of the big stress-causing "life changes" and--especially under these kinds of circumstances--it's not easy to bounce right back up to your feet. Still, I've managed all right, getting a few resumes out here and there, and doing what business needs doing.

Hey, on Monster.com, I see that the National Guard needs a 13B Cannon crewmember! Think of the benefits! *sigh* But besides that, I found three other jobs that are likely winners. Job hunting and blogging at the same time! I can multitask! And maybe one of them will call me. (And if you need to ask why I'm depressed....)

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In my depression, yesterday, I finally gave up trying to do anything constructive and sat in front of the TV and watched Kimi ni Todoke. It's still just as charming as it ever was, though I noticed something which bothered me.

The scene where Ayane and Chizuru confront Kurumi takes place in a kind of side yard, a strip of grass a few meters wide with the occasional small tree, alongside the school. The other side is fenced in with chain-link fence, and I couldn't help but notice that the fence was drawn wrong.

Chain-link fence is installed so that it's stretched horizontally:

But nearly all the scenes set at this location showed it stretched vertically:

And I have never seen chain-link fencing installed that way. Ever.

But then, watching the show, suddenly in one scene it's installed correctly! Just in that one scene; and thereafter it's wrong again. Kind of like this:

So--for the sake of continuity--the one scene in this entire act that shows the fence installed correctly ought to have shown it installed wrong, because then that would be setting rather than some kind of mistake.

...all of which proves that otaku gonna otaku. *sigh*





...because I was laughing too hard to type "fatuous and risible" in the title bar.

Witches are going to cast a spell on Donald Trump! Did you hear that? They're going to cast a spell! on Trump!! CAST. A. SPELL.

Apparently this has been a thing since before the election; various pagans and heretics have attempted to curse Trump with various maladies, such that the first thing I saw when I Googed an image search with the terms "wiccans curse trump" was this stupidity.

A bunch of fat bastards who took Harry Potter too seriously are going to CAST A SPELL to curse Trump. It's the great attack of the batshit insane!

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If you don't agree with my self-definition, you're a bigot. That's what this whole "transgender" horseshit boils down to. If a fat, middle-aged, bald man decides he's a woman, and identifies as such, you're not allowed to tell him he's a lunatic because that makes you wrong and a bigot.

The people who "fucking love science" are telling us this. Even though science states rather unequivocally that sex is a biological fact.
If we can subvert the reality of not only ourselves, but demand everyone else conform to our version of reality, where exactly is the line? If you can declare your sex to be whatever you'd like, why not age? Why not height? Can reality be subverted for just biological identity or social status?
It's lunacy.

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In fact, I would like to identify as a disgraced former congressman, please. Because my former congresscritter, the not-so-honorable Jesse Jackson Junior, collects one hundred and thirty eight thousand dollars a year to sit on his ass.

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The White House press corps is screaming and crying because fake news outlets are barred. The nicest thing about this is that it doesn't matter how much they kvetch, because Trump's supporters are all cheering. It's about time we saw the President treat the press like the bitch it is.

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Oh, and people allegedly engaged in felony rioting on inauguration day are unhappy that they face jail time.
"Black bloc" protest tactics, which have been used by some protesters for decades, include dressing in black or dark colored clothing while concealing one's face using scarves, masks and sunglasses. Some of the protesters brought with them hammers, crowbars, bricks, rocks, flares and firecrackers.
These are the people who are facing felony convictions: the people who were there not to protest but to turn protest into riot.

And those assholes should face jail time. You don't bring a hammer or a crowbar to a "peaceful protest". You don't need to obscure or hide your identity if you intend only to protest peacefully. These are the earmarks of someone who is there to commit violence and destroy property, and we need to stop tolerating that horseshit.

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...post turned from hilarity to schadenfreude there at the end, but I can't help it. Like many people in this country I am sick and tired of rule of law being turned on its ear. I'm sick of leftists getting away with this kind of crap. I am not alone.

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Mrs. Fungus bought The Arrival on a recent foray to Target. Can't wait to watch that one again.