Cease! Desist!

Ok, ok. I know I sometimes complain about being bored. This is not even close to one of those times.

I’m asking the Universe: Please, nothing else that needs to take up my time before, say, August 6th. And even then, you only get a week, because after that, I’m on vacation for a week. Ok? Ok.

Some days, my body can just go to hell.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years coming to terms with what my body can and can’t do now, and it’s pretty much required redefining myself. It’s been hard, but I mostly have a handle on it.

Except right this moment, I’m incredibly pissed off at my body, because there’s something that I very much want to do tomorrow, and I’m not sure if there’s any way I can pull it off.

(And no, it isn’t something you can help with. I’m just incredibly angry and frustrated, and needed to vent it somehow.)

Getting down to the wire. (Google Reader)

Ok, I know that I’ve posted about this before, but now that July 1st is looming on the horizon, I figured maybe some of you have already made the leap elsewhere and might want to share what you’ve chosen as your Google Reader replacement.

So, speak up! Guide me! Save me from creating a dozen accounts and trying out different services. 🙂

Do not approve.

It seems that summer has arrived, and I (for one) do not approve.

I have problems enough with overheating when it’s a reasonable temperature outside. Now that it isn’t, life is getting very unpleasant. I am in a well air-conditioned house, and spend most of my time in the basement of same, with a ceiling fan running, and still find myself sweating. I’m hoping this is mostly due to the high level of humidity. (I’m hoping this because G’s just ordered a dehumidifier, so hope may be in sight.)

But that’s indoors. Going outdoors is just … untenable. I can’t breathe, I immediately break out into a sweat, and my *#&%)$ glasses fog up.

And it’s only June.

This is not a post about politics.

[This post pertains almost exclusively to Facebook.]

[Also: This is not a post about politics. This is a post about human behavior, and language, and my hurting head.]

It’s kind of amazing how much of my ‘news’ feed is going by unread (thank you SocialFixer), simply because of the vitriol used by the people making the posts. Yes, you are completely free to say whatever you want, in whatever language you want. I am completely free to mark your post as something that I don’t want to see, and let my software take care of the rest.

I guess I don’t understand the motivations of these people. (And, trust me, the people in question here includes the full spectrum of liberal to conservative to weapons rights (or wrongs) to religion to reproductive rights to … just about anything a person can feel passionate about, really.) It’s clear that the people in question have no intention of actually trying to change someone’s mind, or they would use language conducive to that outcome. So, are they really just preaching to the choir, and hoping that the simple levels of noise pollution will get others to pay attention?

Because that’s what it is. Noise pollution. It’s clear that the system is on, but any signal is rapidly getting lost in the noise.

I’m all for rational debate. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one on Facebook. (I was about to say “the internet” but would have been lying. I’ve been on the internet for a long time, and there used to be actual discourse out there.)

Finally, if this post makes you want to remove me as a friend, then, well, it’s probably for the best. If it drives you to tell me how wrong and pigheaded and close-minded I am, then it may compel me to learn how to remove you as a friend, because my friends simply don’t behave that way.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled $SOCIAL_MEDIA_PLATFORM.

Ask LazyWeb: Post Google-Reader world?

As you all know by now (because I’m always the last one to find out these things), Google Reader is going away. Now, I rarely use Reader directly, but all of the RSS clients I’ve used in the last couple of years have used Reader as their backends.

So now I ask you, dear Interwebs: What are you going to do after July 1st? How are you going to get your RSS fix? More importantly, how are you going to get your RSS fix across all of your devices without re-reading / re-marking articles?

My wishlist is pretty simple, I think: web interface, iDevice (iPhone, iPad) interface, ability to keep everything in sync.

It’s almost enough for me to want to set up my own RSS aggregator, which is just dumb. Save me from my own stupidity, please, and help me figure out a better solution.

Second verse, same as the first.

This has been one of those weeks that seems to be designed to make me feel inadequate. (Wow, and it took me about 5 minutes to remember the word inadequate.) Professionally (such as it is), personally, financially, and in just about every other way, things just have not been going my way, usually due to some lack or limitation on my part.

This really isn’t a “poor meri, pity me,” post. Honestly, I’d almost be amused by the sheer amount of wheel spinning I’ve done this week, if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve completed none of the things I wanted to do this week.

Maybe today will be the day things turn around, and I’m able to jump-start a productive weekend! Wish me luck. 🙂

Clearly, it’s going to be one of those days.

All the signs point to it being one of Those™ days.

  • I put my slippers on… the wrong feet.
  • I tripped over a cat coming down the stairs (though I did manage to not actually fall down the stairs).
  • I burned my tongue on my coffee.
  • My left knee tried to give out.
  • I have YAMA.
  • I was stymied by a graphics project until G came to the rescue.

All before 9 AM! Grar!

Ah, daylight saving.

I hope you all are enjoying your extra hour of sleep. For me, instead of taking that extra hour, my brain and body said, “Nope! 4 AM! Time to get up!” This, of course, means that I’ve been up since 3 AM, thanks to the time shift.

Still not king.