Tuesday Vibes

After a lot of effort, I finally cleared out my Gmail account. It’s down to just under fifty messages. Finally.

I had to re-unsubscribe to fucking Disqus since it didn’t save the changes I made earlier in the week. I honestly don’t know why it didn’t, as I hit “Save” in the tab and it said that everything had been updated. Weird, but whatever. At least it’s done now and I don’t have to deal with it later. So no more email notifications from them.

Saturday was an absolute shitshow and that’s putting it mildly. My schedule said that I was due in at 730 and would be off at 1600. Apparently, it was wrong: I was actually supposed to be in at 1000 and done at 1830, but the online schedule had never been updated, so a supervisor basically had to update it after I had punched in and was on the clock. Cas hadn’t changed anything, which screwed everything up massively, upset me and the supervisor, and damn near screwed us out of a person for the door! Although I wasn’t happy, I rolled with the punches anyway, which basically makes me look calm, cool, collected and professional. Cas, on the other hand? Since this was her mistake, it reflects poorly on her, and since she’s trying to get another promotion, this just shows she’s not competent enough for it. I’ll just keep quiet and let her measure out all the rope she needs to hang herself; I don’t think it’s going to take long.

It gets worse: we had two call-ins at the door. We were without Mary and Kelly for the entire day. In the case of Mary, this isn’t new, as she pretty much just calls in if she’s scheduled to work on Saturday. Apparently, she still wants her Saturdays off and is doing this to keep them.

She’s also the one who got the full-time position in Member Service. Management backed her. This is what they’re getting in return for their investment.

I really want to tell them to go ahead and shove a dozen rolls of quarters up their ass because they fucking played themselves. Good job.

Congratulations, guys! You backed the wrong pony and now you’re completely fucked! Hey, I would have taken that full-time position. I would show up every weekend. Happily. I don’t call in unless things are really bad and I can’t get out of bed. But you guys decided that you absolutely needed somebody with a driver’s license and car, so you picked Mary. Look where this has gotten you. Shortstaffed at the door. That’s it. That’s what you got. Way to go! Excellent work on failing!

Oh well. Not my fucking problem. I wash my hands of it. They can figure it out for once. To that I say: Good luck with that bullshit.

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Sea of Memes

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

“Take My Breath Away ” by Berlin. Nothing says “summer movie season” like an Eighties power ballad. This is probably one of the best known.

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Outside the Box

It’s been another shitty week, so we’re gonna make it a kitty week. So here’s a cat, with her new favorite box. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Unofficial Start Edition

1) Current mood:

2) This is your weekly reminder that Twitter is an absolute Dumpster fire. Personally, I’ve been having a blast on Mastodon.

3) Thought for the Week: I really need another day off between my usual days off.

4) Just a friendly reminder: it’s Pride Month and there’s nothing better than to make the hetero upsetero than right now.

5) Last Sunday, Kathy decided to “come in” early and was rolling the door…while not clocked in for work. Her excuse? That Kelly was scheduled but “nobody knows for certain” if Kelly would come to work. She said that in earshot of Kelly. So now Kelly is not happy with Kathy and I’m afraid we’re going to have even more static at the door.

6) I need this in my life right now. Do not question the awesomeness. It’s a dilophosaur. The Jeep has a Barbasol can in its hand. Just, don’t question this, for it is pure, distilled awesomeness.

7) Rise of the Beasts is out this month and there’s a lot of theatre tie-in merchandise. Between seeing the movie, getting the toys, and trying to get all of this merchandise, I am going to be broke. Go me.

With that said, we’ll take a break. But I’ll be back again with observations from my life or lack thereof. Until then, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 30

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s time for another Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something that you want to share, drop a link in the comments section!

‘Trump Bucks’ promise wealth for MAGA loyalty. Some lose thousands. (from NBC News): “But on social media and in promotional videos — many featuring faked celebrity endorsements — the sellers have tapped an audience that believes Trump’s ouster was part of a great conspiracy and that by investing in the Trump Rebate Banking System, or TRB for short, Trump will reward their loyalty by making them rich.”

A year after Buffalo supermarket massacre: ‘It’s such a level of tension’ (from Politico): “Since the mass shooting, Jamari notices emptier basketball courts in his neighborhood. People seem to stay inside more. He feels a hesitancy to drop into Tops now to get water or Gatorade before sports practice like he used to — a gnawing feeling of danger anywhere, from anyone.”

Uvalde school shooting survivors, families still seek answers 1 year later: “It just goes in my mind in loops” (from CBS News): “”If I stop, I’m useless,” Cross said. “Uvalde doesn’t want to be known as Uvalde anymore, you know they don’t want it to be, ‘Oh, we’re known for Robb Elementary.’ But the fact is, is that you are, because our school failed. Because our cops failed. Because our government failed. And you want me to stop? I’ve lost the kid. I ain’t got anything else to lose.””

Scientists Might Have Found the Best Way to Catcall a Cat (from Gizmodo): “The cats approached de Mouzon the fastest when she used both vocal and visual cues to catcall them, compared to the control condition—a finding that wasn’t too unexpected. But the team was surprised by the fact that the cats responded quicker to the visual cues alone than they did to the vocal cues. De Mouzon points out that owners routinely love to adopt a “cat talk voice” with their pets, so they figured that cafe cats would respond better to vocalizations. They now theorize that this preference might be different for cats interacting with human strangers than it would be for their owners.”

Optimus Prime rises up against bullies at elementary school (from WNEP): “”Optimus is a very strong, courageous character. He’s always trying to do the right thing, and these students know who that is, so pulling in a surprising them right away, we try to get them to understand that bullies aren’t going to do away, but you always have the strength that Optimus does, and you can rise above anyone who tries to bring you down,” said Fiduccia.”

Hurricanes and climate change: What’s the connection? (from CBS News): “Corbosiero said one reason is that they base their predictions for the future by looking at patterns from the past, and they just don’t have enough historical data to do that yet.”

Indiana doctor reprimanded for speaking about abortion provided to 10-year-old rape victim (from PBS): “Indiana’s state medical board fined a doctor who made national headlines last year after she provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio. The girl traveled across state lines for the procedure as a result of Ohio’s restrictive abortion laws. Ali Rogin discussed the decision with Brandon Smith of Indiana Public Broadcasting.”

‘Murderers’ and ‘criminals’: Meteorologists face unprecedented harassment from conspiracy theorists (from CNN): “National weather services, meteorologists and climate communicators in countries from the US to Australia say they’re experiencing an increase in threats and abuse, often around accusations they are overstating, lying about or even controlling the weather.”

Florida mother behind ban on Amanda Gorman poem has Proud Boys links (from The Guardian): “Reporting by various outlets into social media accounts appearing to be Salinas’s shows that she posted antisemitic content online, and appeared to have been present at Proud Boys events, and at a protest attended by the far-right organization Moms for Liberty.”

Beatrix Potter’s famous tales are rooted in stories told by enslaved Africans – but she was very quiet about their origins (from The Conversation): “These stories had not been published in the UK when Beatrix Potter was a child. It is therefore likely that her early contact with the Brer Rabbit tales (in comparison with the rest of the British public) was a result of her family roots in the cotton industry.”

Optimus Prime Speaks To Defend Georgetown Transformers Sculptures, But Suffers Defeat (from DCist): “That almost surreal exchange followed an even more surreal moment in the city’s regulatory history: A sentient robot known for transforming into a truck and battling the evil Decepticons spoke at a public hearing on Thursday in defense of a controversial sculpture of his likeness outside a Georgetown home.”

That’s all for this edition. But I’ll be back again with more links you just might want to bookmark, so until then, have a great rest of your week and happy reading!

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Happy Pride!

This includes transphobes as well. Bigotry not allowed here!

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A Passing Meme

Because work was too freaking much.

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The Day After

Over the weekend, I did a little cleaning up in my Gmail inbox. I had a lot of stuff in there and most of it was absolutely useless. There were Disqus notices, Google Play offers, and more YouTube emails than I could count. So something had to give.

I shut down email notifications for YouTube and Disqus. I’m not reading them, so there’s no point in me getting them. Especially the ones from YouTube; that site has become far more trouble than it’s worth and I’m done with it. It doesn’t help that I listened to Behind the Bastards and found out that the YouTube algorithm is basically set up to radicalize people. I’ve noticed that myself just scrolling through the shorts. So yeah, not going to spend a lot of time on YouTube.

My memes are almost completely organized now. There are still some that need to find a particular album but not that many. Afterward, I’ll go through my albums and delete any extras to free up some space. I’m just irritated at myself for letting it go this long.

I looked through some of my screenshots from Facebook. It’s been at least two years since I’ve had an account and honestly, I don’t miss it. Far too much drama and idiocy there. Twitter is bad enough but it has been fun toasting marshmallows over its smoldering corpse. I wonder how much longer I’ll have to enjoy that schadenfreude.

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Sea of Memes

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