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Found the user manual for our swamp cooler (and thanks again, britgeekgrrl, for the gift lo these many years ago); managed to take off the rear casing (which was its own challenge, as the only screwdriver we had with a narrow enough shaft to fit in the holes was on one of our multi-tools); opened the interior door to access the drive belt; and successfully untangled said drive belt from around the fan blades and replaced it in the correct position.

Of course, now that it's open, we see just how desperately the filter needs to be cleaned, and the reservoir is definitely putting the swamp into swamp cooler. But that can all wait until daylight. For now, I am relaxing with a Diet Dr Pepper and trying not to strain too many muscles patting myself on the back. ;-)

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Warren Ellis as spiritual guru

I hope your day isn't horrible, and I hope next week, hard as it sometimes might be, doesn't use you up completely. And if it feels like it's going to? Walk away for a bit. What happens will happen whether you're right there or not, so defend your own strength and sanity and get some time away from it.

--from the 7 Jun 2015 edition of his newsletter. Subscribe at http://orbitaloperations.com/

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Shared for my fellow Sorkinverse fans

From warrenellis's weekly email newsletter, which amused me at least as much as the content.

[...]I have done a ridiculous thing that may prove to be an amusing metric for you. How many of you remember the tv series STUDIO 60? The one wih the generally wonderful pilot and the appalling everything else? Well, when the protagonists enter the office of the fired head writer/showrunner of the show-within-the-show, they discover a clock on the wall. The show-within-the-show was a weekly comedy show in the style of America's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. The clock counted down from seven days. The clock restarted when each Saturday's edition ended. The writer/showrunner had seven days to generate the next show. The characters look at it and say, "well, no wonder he went crazy." So I just bought a cheap countdown clock to mount on top of the big screen in the office. It's going to be set to count down from thirty days. This will either bring me focus and intent or it will drive me nuts or it will be in the bin by autumn. Let's find out together!

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Originally posted by [personal profile] jimhines

  • Depression lurks in the corner.
  • Depression waits for an opening.
  • Depression is exhausting.
  • Depression has little patience for others, and even less for you.
  • Depression remembers every mistake, real and imagined.
  • Depression is afraid of change.
  • Depression is “fine.”
  • Depression teaches you to lie.
  • Depression is ashamed of you.
  • Depression is forgetful.
  • Depression doesn’t want you to go out tonight.
  • Depression thinks you deserve it.
  • Depression tells you not to talk about it.
  • Depression is abusive.
  • Depression is seductive.
  • Depression disguises itself.
  • Depression is always tired.
  • Depression thinks you’re weak.
  • Depression wants you to read the comments.
  • Depression doesn’t care about the good things that happened yesterday.
  • Depression expects you to fail.
  • Depression doesn’t believe things will get better.
  • Depression is overwhelmed.
  • Depression wants you to think you’re the only one.
  • Depression knows you more intimately than any lover.
  • Depression is a glutton, and depression can’t stand the thought of food.
  • Depression demands perfection.
  • Depression undermines success, and magnifies failure.
  • Depression is comfortable.
  • Depression is a bully.
  • Depression lies.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Dear LiveJournal:

If I have a bookmark set for a custom-filtered version of my friends page, there is NO REASON ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH for you to forward me to your stupid fucking Feed page when I click on that bookmark. If I wanted to look at my Feed, I am perfectly capable of going there myself. STOP HELPING.

No love,
Someone who is starting to regret the permanent account someone bought her years ago

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Whaddya know...it worked!

I copied yesterday's rant to my FB, and just got the following reply:

Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding the City's new My Utilities Account web portal. We are working to address the areas that you referenced to make them more intuitive and easier to navigate. Specifically, we expect to have the browser message on the Login page updated by the end of next week. In addition, we are planning to change our account registration page in the near future to make the process smoother for new customers. We have incorporated your feedback as part of these efforts, and we have additional system enhancements in process. Thank you for your understanding and patience as our new system evolves. Please feel free to contact our utility billing department at [email] or [phone] if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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UX fail

I just sent the following message to Silicon Valley Power through their comment page. I wish I didn't feel like I was shouting down a well.

I am singularly unimpressed by the new, allegedly improved My Utilities Account thus far. The Account creation page is not intuitive; I should not have to mouse over help balloons to find out what specific combination of alphanumeric characters my password has to have, nor to find out that the box labeled "Social Security Number" only wants the last four digits of my SSN and not the entire number. (Moreover, the dependency on help balloons is not accessible for the visually impaired or others who may use screen-reader software to access the web.) Finally, having the login screen merely state "If you are using Firefox, you may experience viewing problems" without stating which browser(s) the site is optimized FOR is incredibly short-sighted.

Guys, you've got Silicon Valley in your NAME. You should really do tech better than this.

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...no, fuck YOU.

(copied from email)

On 12/26/2014 12:50 AM, Fandango Help wrote:

We have not heard from you concerning your request for support in the 48 hours since we sent you a response. Consequently, we have changed the status of your question to Solved.

You may also update this question by replying to this message. Because your reply will be automatically processed, you MUST enter your reply in the space below. Text entered into any other part of this message will be discarded.

[===> Please enter your reply below this line <===]

No, this issue is NOT solved. Please take a look at the time stamp on your automated reply: shortly before 1am on THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. If there was a human being involved with this process anywhere, you would realize how completely asinine this timeline was. Indeed, I would be willing to wager that the majority of the customers who purchased tickets this week through your site have NOT been checking email on more than a cursory basis, and if they have been, have had much more pressing engagements than determining more than six hours in advance whether or not they were going to be going to another movie.

I must also take issue with the statement that your partner theatres have a No Refund policy. I can tell you from personal experience that, had I been able to go to the theatre, collect my purchased tickets, and then approached their Customer Service desk with the same information I provided in the chat log shown below, I would have received re-admission passes on the spot, assuming that they were unable to refund the purchase outright. In fact, I was able to do this very thing with the tickets I purchased for The Lego Movie through Fandango back in March of this year (confirmation # [redacted]).

I stated at the very beginning of the chat log below that my husband was ill, and closed the chat abruptly, saying that I *needed* to go. What if the reason I needed to go was because my husband was so very ill that we were taking him to the hospital? Frankly, it's none of your damn business whether he was or not, but if your policy is so completely inflexible that nothing short of dire emergency will get you to consider waiving it, then your company is not one I am interested in patronizing further.

Seeing as my response is being sent to you outside of business hours, I'll offer you more consideration than your service offered me, and give you an additional 24 hours to respond to me. If Fandango has not contacted me by close of business Tuesday, December 30, with an offer to make this right, I will be deleting my account and encouraging everyone I know to do the same. There are plenty of theatres I can give my money to without using your services.

...sonofabitch. I just went back through the chat log and see where I said I would repurchase within 48hrs. I may be out the money on this one - but seriously, what kind of fucking company holds your feet to the fire like that?

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I can't help financially, but I can spread the word.

Originally posted by [personal profile] itsamellama at Raising Funds to Move Out (Sooner)
(TW: suicidal ideation, mental illness (depression/anxiety), emotional abuse, financial anxiety)

Hello. Most of you know me as Mel. I don't have many words, but the gist is this: I have badly wanted to move out of my current place of residence for several years now due to constant emotional abuse, a negative environment, and physically unsafe/unhygienic housing conditions. I have tried my best to endure, delaying my moving out year by year, but I believe I am now at my utmost limit as tonight, I had the most intense suicidal thoughts I have had in a long time, and I am afraid of what may happen if this continues.

I want to stress that I will still try my best to save up for moving out on my own. I do have a part-time day job, and sometimes I get some tiny extra income here and there freelancing. However, anything I receive will help me get one step closer to moving out - and helping my mental and emotional health - sooner.

My original plan was to move out December 2015 (July 2015 at the earliest) but my goal now is to move out within December 2014 or by January-February 2015 at most. My goal is to save a minimum of $1000 to survive on a tight budget for three months where I live. $2000 would cover six months of living expenses. And so on.

I will keep a counter, here, of how much I've earned so far.

I know I have asked help from you all before - for my mental health therapy funds, in particular - and I am still so, so grateful for all the help that you have given me. I am so, so sorry to have to ask again - and most of all I don't want anybody to feel pressured or obligated. But if you would like to...

- donate via PayPal [or send to: mel.g.cabral[AT]gmail[DOT]com]
- donate via Gumroad
- donate via other means (bank deposit? etc.?)
- support monthly via my Patreon
- commission me for art and design
- hire me to edit your written work
- hire me to write for you (fiction/non-fiction, essays/articles/short stories/etc.)
- buy something from our RedBubble (or the FanDomination RedBubble) (we receive a small percentage of sales
- buy a pre-hand-painted notebook (or commission me for one)
- buy some ACEOs or paper bead jewelry
- buy some semi-precious stone and/or faux pearl jewelry
- buy some second hand books (I might put up more soon)
- commission me to record audio (readings?) or video of myself for you (for whatever reason)
- signal boost

... or something else, or anything at all, I would be so, so, so grateful. Every dollar, every peso helps. Thank you for reading.

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Starting to look up

As I noted to [personal profile] gridlore this morning as I staggered out of the bedroom, I certainly don't sound any better today, not least because this cold has moved out of my head and into my chest, but I feel significantly more functional than I have all week. And my holiday_wishes presents have started to arrive, which has been keeping my spirits up when I've been otherwise miserable.

Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes.

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"...I wasn't supposed to take both?"

I restarted ALL my medication* this week after a lapse in compliance, and I'm feeling a little like Jed Bartlet today:

*two antidepressants, a statin, metformin, and a diuretic

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Boosting the signal

madelineusher/[tumblr.com profile] sailorcipher lost their* job about six weeks ago. Aisu qualified for unemployment, but the payments don't cover rent, to say nothing of food. They have a couple of really good job prospects, but neither of them is likely to come through before they run out of funds, unfortunately, so if any of you know of queer-friendly, transit-accessible transitional housing on the SF Peninsula (even just a couch they can surf for a week or two), that would be HUGE.

If any of you would be interested in sponsoring a transit pass for Aisu (they currently live in VTA's service area, but SamTrans/MUNI/BART could all be beneficial), drop me a line and I'll help arrange getting it to them. And if anyone would like to contribute directly, their PayPal address is prussia(at)ucla(dot)edu.

*genderqueer, requests singular they pronouns

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I wasn't the only one...

...who thought I deserved a medal.

There was an envelope on my chair when I got to the office today, with a CD from my Amazon wishlist and one of these.

You know who you are. Thank you. <3

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A bout of very public drama on Facebook TuesdayCollapse ) has done nothing to help my overall mental state. On top of this, I'm badly overdue for a replacement mask for my facehugger, so I've been waking up several times a night when the vents pop open and the pressure changes (to say nothing of the extra noise). And it's been more than 12 months since I got the machine, so my prescription has expired, and the company I got it from can't send me any new supplies until the scrip has been renewed. I found a store online that would sell me one without it, and I should have it by Monday, but having to pay out of pocket for it annoys me.

It's been a real struggle not to eat my feelings every night.

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Long overdue

Just emailed my old therapist in SF to see if she might have a recommendation for someone in the area. (I'd go back to her in a heartbeat, but the cost and logistics of getting to the City on a weekly basis on top of the session fee preclude that.)

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I'm sick of this.

Get paid Friday.

Wake up overdrawn Tuesday.

Because we spent a third of my check on GROCERIES, for fuck's sake.

And now [personal profile] gridlore and I are arguing over my going back to therapy. (Figure out how I'm going to pay for it, universe, and I'll be there tomorrow.)

This is going to be an awesome fucking day, I can just tell.

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Permission Slip

Originally posted by ursulav at Permission Slip


A friend requested I make this, and so here it is, and I offer it to anyone who needs it, with all the authority vested in me by whoever vests these things. Print it out if you need to.

The best art advice ever given to me—ever, ever—was "Don't be afraid to make bad art."

You will make a whole lot of crap in your time. Some will be truly awful and some will be merely mediocre. And that is totally normal and totally fine and for the love of little green apples, just keep going, because that's the only way I know to get to the good stuff eventually.

(99% of the time I feel horribly egotistical mentioning the Hugo, but I think this counts as using that power for good, if anything does.)

(Incidentally, I recently issued a certificate of permission to make comics at a con, to someone who said they needed one, and Kevin was all "You really need to make one of those people can print out," and I sort of back-burnered it and now I am realizing that apparently there is a demand there.)

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Checking in briefly to let everyone know that [personal profile] gridlore and I survived Monday's apocalypse on-playa; our tent isn't quite as waterproof as I might have hoped, but nothing was damaged. Doug is recording daily video blogs that we'll upload when we get back.

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T-23ish hrs before departure

(x-posted from the bookfaces)

Last night sucked. Realized earlier in the evening that I was having an optic migraine; I sent myself to bed early because the visual effects were starting to make me dizzy, then woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep until almost 4 (not least because I was lying there thinking "Damnit, I can't get up and pack because it'd be too noisy").

Once I was up this morning, I finished getting the rest of my clothes packed, including my post-event bag, then had to grab myself by the scruff of the neck and drag myself out to the car, or I would've been even later getting to work. (I kept looking around the house and thinking "Shit, that's gotta go in a box...that needs to go in my backpack...damnit, did we pack those already?")

If we had to just seal our boxes right now and go with what's already packed, we would be fine for the week, but there are a few more "fiddly bits and fjords" that will make the event a more comfortable one.

I'm SO ready to be on-playa. Contrary to the last time I said that in public, I'm almost ready to make the trip.

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Black and White in the U.S.

Originally posted by [personal profile] jimhines at Black and White in the U.S.

A few data points for anyone who thinks what’s been happening in Ferguson, MO is an isolated incident as opposed to an ongoing, systemic problem.

It’s not just Ferguson.

There’s a lot more data out there, but I hope this will help people who are watching events in Ferguson and throughout the country, and having trouble understanding where all of the anger is coming from.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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