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Word of the Day

Posted 2010.11.07 15.09 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Embiggening your vocabumalary!

Spontaneous Auto-Defenestration

Definition: The event in which a person or thing suddenly ejects himself / herself / itself out through a window.

(Yes, I know it’s a phrase rather than a word. It’s more fun this way.)

2 plus 2 Can equal 5…

Posted 2010.06.06 17.26 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

…for very large values of two.

About Ready to Give Up

Posted 2009.09.17 9.27 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

There are times when you work hard and even though things are tough you know that you’ll get through it and past it and everything will work out at the end. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and the clouds have a silver lining and if you just stay positive and work hard and persevere, it will all be ok.

Then you realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually a freight train coming your way, the silver lining on the clouds is actually acid rain, and you realize that if you work hard and persevere, all that awaits you is more hard work and more difficult times.

When life reaches the point where it consists of waking, going to work, working, going home, having dinner, going to bed, lather, rinse, repeat. And you realize that wow, if I do this for the next 20 or 30 years, maybe I’ll be able to afford to continue to do this for the next 20 or 30 years. What’s the point? I work so that I continue to have a job so that I can continue to work?

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Fragile

Posted 2009.08.03 14.23 in Family/Friends, Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

It’s a good word to describe how I feel, frequently. Fragile. I don’t mean physically fragile (although I do feel that way too at times.) I mean emotionally, mentally fragile. Like, easily-damaged, handle with care. Between the various stresses, the depression, the anti-depressants, feeling like I’m being pulled in a couple dozen different directions, and not often not having anyone I can talk to about everything. So I can talk here, right? Well, no, not always. See, anything posted in a blog or on a website is essentially published in a public forum. So there’s entire topics I can’t even touch upon here. I have to watch what I say.

These are difficult times. Between the economy and the ever-increasing pace of life, a lot of people are feeling the stress get to them. Knowing that, I will say that one of the dumbest ‘games’ people can get into is the Who’s Life Sucks More? game. Also known as the My Problems are Bigger Than Yours game, the My Hurt’s More Than Yours game, and the I’m the Most Depressed game. Any time you and your friend/family start playing these games (unintentionally or otherwise) there are no winners, only losers. Now, most people don’t play these games on purpose. Maybe the occasional person is compelled to one-up-manship. But typically if someone mentions to you how shitty their life is at the moment, they aren’t trying to win at anything, they might want some sympathy, but that’s about it. And if you tell someone how shitty your life is and they respond with how crappy their own life is, that probably isn’t a ‘challenge’ or ‘throwdown’. They could just be comiserating. As in “I know what you mean, my life sucks too.” — although if you’re already feeling like crap, it’s easy to misinterpret their response as them trying to belittle your pain by saying how much worse theirs is.

Ultimately, everyone’s personal pain is the worst pain there is. None of us can know what the other is going through.

I’m going to pop in the ‘read more’ button here and warn you, if you want to keep reading, it is going to get a tad dark as I allow myself to wallow around a bit in some self pity.

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Always Bet on Bureaucracy

Posted 2009.07.30 13.23 in Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

This is the true origin of the mythical Hydra. The seven-headed monster was actually just a euphamism for government bureaucracy. When you’re trying to get them to admit they made a mistake, when you’re trying to get a problem sorted out… every time you think you’ve beat them, two more challenges spring up before you, and the battle starts anew.

Of course, the drones with whom you communicate on the phone aren’t the actual enemy. They are merely pawns, and while they may put up a valiant fight, they may just as easily throw themselves on your sword. The outcome doesn’t really matter to them, and they know it’s hard to swing a sword if it’s got a bunch of drones stuck on it. Their job is to merely slow you down, wear you out, grind down your resolve by exhausting your ire and indignation. Like punching an enormous pillow – you never, ever hurt it and never get hurt yourself, but eventually you just can’t go on.

As difficult as it can be to engage one department in battle, when your task requires you to face two departments at once, you may as well forget it. You can’t turn them against each other, instead they each take turns playing you off the other. They won’t even talk to each other, so you end up having to run messages between them. It is a cruel, sick game, I believe.

I actually have a point to all this, a specific situation that I was going to rant about. But I’m truly exhausted after wasting another 2 hours with them this morning. Suffice to say that the process of getting them to correct their mistake is excruciating, and they’ll never, ever apologize for making the mistake, nor for wasting an hour or two of my life every week.

If they were a business, I’d take my business elsewhere.

Update Hell

Posted 2009.07.20 10.38 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Damnit to hell and back! Every time I update something WordPress related, there’s about a day of peace and quiet, then something else is nagging me to update.

It’s a plugin! No it’s a widget! Now it’s bloody WordPress itself!

There needs to be a setting where you can turn off the gods-damn update nags!

This is the sort of shit that will make me snap one day and delete the whole nagging mess!

AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHH!

No I will not update now, I will do it when I am gosh darn ready! PISS OFF WITH THE NAGGING!

Undo Button, Take 2

Posted 2009.07.15 7.17 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Have you ever done something that started out as just a minor chore that you thought would take a few minutes and make things better, but then the further you got into it the bigger the job got? And by the time you realize it’s going to be a major endeavor, you’re too far into it and you can’t just stop or ‘put it all back’ so you have no choice but to carry on?

So I have live plants in my aquarium. I hate “fake” stuff, and just as important, live plants help with the nitrogen cycle by absorbing some of the nitrates in the water. However, I’ve been getting more aggravated with the fact that it seems nigh-impossible to keep some of them ‘planted’ in the gravel. They come loose, float around, or bits break off, or for the worst offenders, they continually shed bits that then sink, die, decay, and pollute the water. ¬†Grrr! ¬†Plus it’s impossible to get the gravel vacuum in around them without dislodging them all over again, so you can’t even clean up after them! They’re messier than the snails – and believe me, snails are little poop-machines with supercharged poop engines.

So I got the idea to take the plants out of the gravel, and plant them in wee little plant pots that I could fill with a substrate that is better-suited for holding plants down. Then I could put the wee little plant pots in the aquarium, and (in theory) that would hold the plants down, keep them from floating around, and make it easier to clean around them without knocking them loose. In theory.

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