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Real Life / Re: Good Tiiiiiimessss
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:30:40 PM »
I won nanowrimo this year.

My story is unfinished and a huge fucking mess, but I crested 50k words in 30 days. Considering that I literally spent nine of those days playing videogames and procrastinating, I feel pretty good about it!


Well, they were playing their music really loud and I felt threatened. After I confronted them. About playing their music too loud.

In public.

At a gas station.

That I voluntarily chose to go to, and voluntarily chose to get confrontational with someone at.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: It's the economy, stupid!
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:34:55 PM »
In predictable news, even as the SS Hostess Snackcakes sinks below the cold november waves, they are asking their bankruptcy court judge to approve paying out bonuses to their executives.

You know, the executives that presided over the company going bankrupt and being forced to liquidate. Because they couldn't afford to pay their workers a fair wage.


Hurray for our corporate culture.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:27:13 AM »
"Kickin'". What is this, 1996?

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: It's the economy, stupid!
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:17:33 AM »
I'm honestly a little miffed at the Baker's union for creating a new weapon to use against labor unions in the future. This isn't going to make unions any more favorable in the eyes of the public, which is going to enable legislators to erode more and more of the rights that employees have to form them and leverage their control.

They also managed to effectively screw the other 70% of the company that was dependent on Hostess for employment, not to mention that the pensions - the entire reason they went on strike in the first place - are now gone for everybody. It's just not a winning equation. It sends a message to businesses that unions have the power to drive them out of business, but in the capitalist friendly government of today and the easily manipulated voting public, I don't see this doing any good for the average union member. Instead, it's going to intensify lobbying by businesses who are trying to outlaw the union once and for all.

If anything, it's just going to encourage people to not sign on with the unions in R2W states, further defanging union workforces. This is a loss across the board for workers, and the executives at Hostess are going to get to just pocket everything. don't have to pay out pensions, don't have to worry about sagging profits, but they sure as fuck are going to make a fortune out of selling off their brands.

And now, the next plant that makes Twinkies is probably going to be doing it at a minimum wage factory in the right to work heartland. ::(:

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Don't you know there's a war on?
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:06:52 AM »
McCain, you fucking Partisan hack.

If there was any illusions before about the Republican interest in Benghazi being 100% political, a huge number of them skipped briefings about Benghazi from the intelligence community so they could hold press conferences about the administration not doing enough to make people aware of what happened in Benghazi.

The media (for once) is actually calling out the hypocrisy, and McCain's response was (of course) to angrily chew out the reporters for asking him why he skipped the briefing. Couldn't you have at least made something up?


Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Time to Oil Up!
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:58:18 AM »

Real Life / Re: Good Tiiiiiimessss
« on: November 15, 2012, 03:47:55 AM »
holy shit dude thank you D:

Real Life / Re: Gettin' In Shape!
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:03:23 PM »
I haven't been doing much exercise but I am now really committed to losing weight. My wife and I have some atrocious eating habits and are both sedentary. I work at a helpdesk, she works super part-time at a daycare, and neither of us get much opportunity to do anything particularly exhausting (except the obv am i rite guys) so we've put on a ton of weight in the last couple of years. I was at about 285 at the end of september and wasn't feeling terribly fucking great about it. We did some research and decided to go for a ketogenic diet, which has some problems and tends to have some proponents that treat it like a religion / excuse to go to golden corral and just eat 8 steaks wrapped in bacon, but it's worked out well for us. I'm down to 255 as of today, putting my weight loss at a whopping 30 pounds in 6 weeks. I feel great about it.

Real Life / Re: Good Tiiiiiimessss
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:30:04 PM »
Early this week we went over to my in-law's place to see them we, as we hadn't been over that way in a while. We get there and my father in law shows us this huge cyst in his armpit, basically he's got a staph infection like I had last year and it's pretty bad news. He can't get in to see the doctor because of an outstanding bill and he's dead broke, they're both on fixed incomes with social security and drowning in debt.

So I pay my bills the next day and I find that I'm flush with cash, so I'm browsing around on amazon and ebay and thinking about buying a mechanical keyboard. I've been wanting one for a while that was better than my shitty Dell ALPS mechanical and you can get Razer Blackwidows for about 60-70 bucks. But as I thought about it I realized it would be kind of selfish for me to get this for myself while my father in law is sick and can't afford to go to the doctor, so I sucked it up and gave him the money I would have spent.

Today I walked into one of those OPEN BOX DISCOUNT CLEARANCE stores where everything is at rock bottom prices because it's probably broken. And there on the table was a Razer blackwidow keyboard, marked down to 40 dollars, open box. I haggled them down to 20. It works perfectly and judging by the complete lack of wear, it has never been used. Today, Karma feels very real.

More like Chris Christie.

But yeah, this makes official the fact that Romney did not take a single swing state.  That's what Republicans are worried about: they have very effectively made themselves unpalatable to EVERYONE but the deep red (which is what generally happens when you tell them they don't matter), and those sectors are diminishing in power every year.  That's their challenge now - reaching out to the middle after 12 years of for-us-or-go-die.  And it probably won't happen until they manage to excise the elements within themselves that still think that way.

Technically North Carolina was a swing state, but only in the same sense Wisconsin was, really. By the same standards the media used to frame the Bush re-election, this is a mandate. I suspect a large part of the reason that the mainstream media isn't as quick to play the mandate card probably has something to do with more than half of Obama's voters not being white men.

From everything I've seen outside of the obscurer republican strategists, everybody including (esp) Karl Rove seems to agree that the only reason Mitt lost was because he wasn't conservative enough and stayed on defense too much. Considering these two things are the opposite of what is true, barring a mass epiphany it looks like we will see a repeat of their 2012 performance in 2016, but maybe with a token minority as their guy. Rubio seems likely. He's Cuban, and all hispanics like all other hispanics, right? Automatically!

The GOP formula for voters seems to be "only white people are smart" and "of smart people, only men matter". The funny thing is, if they nominate Rubio I imagine a lot of their baked in white voterbase will vote for a white Democrat over "that damn Mexican". I seriously doubt they're going to manage 60% of the white vote again without a black guy as the other choice.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Winter Storms
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:14:37 PM »
Anyway, to answer the actual question put forth: the NWS's panty-bunching is probably due to the fact that its their responsibility, not The Weather Channel's, to communicate what the hell is happening to people quickly and clearly.  It doesn't make things any easier for them if they have to coordinate with a corporate news network to figure out what to call stuff so that people will recognize it.

I get the feeling that their reaction is akin to a group of firefighters addressing a line of volunteers with buckets.  We appreciate what you're TRYING to do, and we don't want to be rude, but please... lives are at stake here, and you're in the way.

I don't know, I feel more like it's the firefighters are on foot and volunteers are offering rides to the fire, and the firefighters are getting orders to not take rides because we don't use cars in our products.

I could understand if the weather channel was deciding what was and wasn;t going to be a storm and waving people down, but giving the storm an identifiable, trendable name is useful - I mean, aren't all of TWC's naming reasons the same ones the NWS used for naming Hurricanes?

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Legalize It!
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:49:45 PM »
So how long before states bordering CO/WA start setting up checkpoints and border crossings to prevent the inevitable stream of pounds and pounds of marijuana?

I understand there's limits to how much you can technically obtain but legalization is going to make that shit a lot more accessible in those states. People already drive out of Oklahoma to buy high % beer, trips in to Colorado would be inevitable.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Winter Storms
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:38:24 PM »
it is absolutely habitual for me to capitalize blizzard now. I'm surprised I didn't replace the Zs with $s.

The loss to Obama isn't what's surprising. What comes as more of a shock is that the GOP failed to not only take the Senate but actually managed to lose seats to the Dems. Plus it looks like they're going to narrow the gap just a little bit in the House.

What really surprises me is how little of a difference huge amounts of superpac money made in this election. A lot of candidates who outspent their opponents by 2:1 or more ended up losing handily.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Winter Storms
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:51:32 PM »
So, at the start of October the Weather channel made the decision to begin naming Winter storms. The idea is that by naming the storm they have something catchy and memorable to call the event while also likening it to a hurricane, which in theory should prompt people to take the storms more seriously. Given that we've gotten swamped by a few huge blizzards in the last couple of years (the '10 hurricane that flattened the midwest comes to mind) this is probably a good idea. Critics have said that this is just a marketing ploy by the Weather channel to draw in more viewers, and while this is probably very true, making people more aware of the Weather should be a good thing, right?

Well, the first major winter storm of the season is hitting in the aftermath of Sandy, and they've named it Athena. The Blizzards are all named after mythological figures, a contrast to the more mundane naming scheme of Hurricanes, to differentiate the two. Also, probably marketing. I like it, myself. Maybe we'll see Winter Storm Eris this year. And twitter, conforming to TWC's wildest hopes and dreams, have made #athena a trending hashtag for people to spread news about the Blizzard and link back to TWC.

All this added Blizzard awareness is a great thing, right? Everybody knows the storm is coming and can see how severe it is without having to rely slavishly on terms like "a blizzard" or "a noreaster". Great job, TWC. A round of applause from everyone...

Except for the National Weather Service, who is throwing a huge goddamn hissy fit over it.


Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Legalize It!
« on: November 07, 2012, 12:07:40 PM »
How do you guys think the Obama administration is going to respond to legalization in CO/WA? If at all?

Daily Kos has a nice little breakdown along identity lines. The grand takeaway? There are not enough men or white people to control the nation anymore.

There's a lot of people that could have defeated Obama in an election right now. It's just that none of them are Republican.

Marco Rubio could have done it, or Romney could have done it if he hadn't repeatedly sided on the hardline against immigration. This year was the best chance they had to deseat Obama, and instead of looking at it as an opportunity to embrace people disillusioned after the Bush years towards conservatism, they convinced themselves this election was just going to be about turnout, and swung so far to the right that their only hope was white men.

In four years, though, depending on how recovery goes, you might be absolutely right. Without major, sweeping changes to the Republican party they might be irrelevant for some time. I think the right is going to have a hard time convincing their new tea party members that embracing moderate and reasonable policies is the only way they're going to survive.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:52:31 AM »
It's a shame they never have anything worth stealing.

Well, they're white upper middle class and mostly male. Obviously, their privilege is going to override their personal values and if someone robs them they are going to dial 911 faster than anybody.

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