atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1010: Can't we just let kids be kids?

How much body hair does an eight-year-old have, anyway? When I was 8 I don't recall having any visible hair on my body. (32 years later I'm fuzzy.) Why do 8-9-10 year old girls need a "bikini wax"?

What the crap.


Because I apparently like shouting at the wind, let me repeat myself: STOP BURNING FOOD! Food does not make good fuel!


Expect civil war in Zimbabwe soon. I'm not kidding. Despite losing a recent election Mugabe is clinging to power.


I'm beginning to understand that "all will be revealed" is the tagline for the last season of Battlestar Galactica.

While we're at it, could we please not abbreviate it "BSG"? If we must use the "S", could we at least make it lower case? "BsG"? Because it's not "Battle Star Galactica". "Battlestar" is a compound word and it's not even written "BattleStar". It annoys the piss out of me. "BG" is correct; "BsG" is mostly correct. "BSG" is wrong.

I mean, I'm no stranger to acronymizing (?) the names of things so I don't have to type them--"O!MG!" and "LotR:FotK" being but two examples--but using the method which gives us "BSG" would lead to things like "FEW" for Haldeman's Forever War.



Sitting on my desk is an unsolicited DVD from Model Railroader magazine. It's the first volume of their "Dream-Plan-Build" series. They sent it to me with a letter explaining that I could watch it and if I didn't want it, I could send back the DVD to them. The letter also explained that I could consider it a gift and keep it, but laid on thick the "we can send it to someone else if you don't want it" rhetoric.

Except I'm pretty sure I know what would happen to the DVD if I sent it back: it would be dropped into a landfill. Considering how cheap it is to manufacture DVDs these days, I fail to see how there could be any percentage in taking a DVD out of an envelope, inspecting it, and putting it into a new case. (If you don't want the DVD, they ask you just to send back the disk, not the whole package.) In bulk the case probably cost as much as the DVD did.

So I'm on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, I don't want to pay for the DVD. I didn't order it, and if asked I would have refused it. They just sent it to me. On the other hand, it's a waste to send it back to them only to have them throw it away; it's a waste of their money and my time.

And I haven't watched it yet, either.

So I guess it'll stay on my desk until I have a chance to take a look at it. Maybe then I can decide what I'm going to do with the thing.

Fast forward 5 years: Ed finds the DVD while cleaning his bedroom. "Oh, yeah, I forgot about this...."

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