so I guess I can voice my opinion and it's one of sheer disgust at the gamble of buying your way into power by promising a referendum that you assumed would go your way.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

And coming out of the EU was deeply stupid.

Devastated. The implications are huge and scary. Scotland is now unhappy; I'm guessing if they could vote today the result would be different than last time; they'd pull out of the UK and join the EU as a separate nation.

Oh, this year. I can't even.

Comments off. I'm venting from 4000 miles away.
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We were in the supermarket yesterday and David was browsing the meat section. Remember how we got a pork leg for $7 and butchered it down into chops, sausages, kebab bits etc?

No chance of us buying from this section.

8 star wagyu beef striploin steaks at $132.26 a kilo.

One steak was $53.57, another over sixty, marbled with fat.

Just obscene prices for a small piece of meat for one person.

steak )
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( Jun. 24th, 2014 08:01 pm)
I swear, but I'm almost glad England are out of this fiasco of a World Cup. It's got to the point where we're fast forwarding through the games not to the goals but the latest point of controversy.

Suarez is dead to me. Period. And the Greek player who stumbled over his own feet and was given a penalty that put his team through...are no words. The list of injustices, poor decisions and disgraceful behaviour is a long one. So sorry for Bosnia, put out in part by a goal disallowed for off-side that clearly wasn't. It's time the refs used the video evidence. I don't want it like American football, stopping every five seconds, no, but if a goal is scored then disallowed, take a second to watch the replay, then decide. It wouldn't hold the game up as long as the ridiculously extended celebrations of goals.

I'm done.
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( Apr. 23rd, 2014 11:21 am)
but Eleanor got her grades and she had a B, B+, 2 As, 2 A+s and an overall grade of 93.75%.

And she still didn't get into Animation because her portfolio, including pieces of coursework, got a C.

EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THAT WORKS.

Gah.
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( Mar. 18th, 2014 11:37 am)
Mum pointed me at this in a town near her; some total loser had posted a photo of a mum breastfeeding her child in public and labelled it 'tramp'. Very properly annoyed, the mum organized a mass breastfeeding in the market square.

The hypocrisy surrounding breastfeeding in public coupled with things like the Sun's page 3 girl (if they still do that) never ceases to enrage me.

Breasts are sources of sexual pleasure for both genders, yes, but their primary function is to suckle the young. Using them for what they're intended is appropriate in any setting with any audience. I breastfed both my babies in public. I was never criticized or stared at in anything but an 'aww, how cute' way. Guess I was lucky.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/mums-support-emily-slough-breastfeed-6836463
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( Mar. 11th, 2014 03:32 pm)
This article about, and I quote, 'Fan Fiction' is utter crap, but the comments are so marvelous I added one of my own.

What a plonker.

Article.

Thanks to [personal profile] wneleh for linking to the article originally.
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( Dec. 4th, 2013 08:58 am)
I'm resigned to the inevitability of my books turning up on torrent sites the day they're released but I've been alerted to a site this morning that looks all legit and stuff -- and is selling my books, among many many others, for $1.50 -- including some available for free.

Sheesh.

Reported them to my publishers and sent an email for all the good it'll do.

Way to rip off the publisher, the author AND the reader.
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( Aug. 12th, 2013 01:34 pm)
My Kobo updated itself yesterday and everything changed (whhhhhhy?) I ended up calling the help desk so for anyone with a Kobo who might run into the same problem as me, since the update the way you add a book to a custom shelf has changed. Used to be, there were three horizontal lines next to the book and you clicked them, selected 'add to shelf' and chose a shelf.

Now you press down on the title of the book. Not touch it; that opens it. Press down.

I registered my complete and utter lack of enthusiasm for this with customer support. Am I supposed to be a mind reader and intuit this new method?

I suppose I should be glad I persisted long enough that she went away and found out how to add books to shelves post upgrade; at one point I was told that updates do get rid of features we like and we have to live with it (why should I?)

I pointed out that Kobo doesn't do much and removing the ability to add a book to a shelf is one of those few things so why take it away?

She said maybe the three lines made the page look cluttered.

You can take minimalism too far.
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( Nov. 26th, 2012 05:46 pm)
Kobo sent me an email saying there was 80% off bestsellers. I haven't read the new J D Robb yet and at that price, why not? So I went to their site, got the book up, code ready to go. I wasn't sure if it'd apply to that book, so I figured I'd get to the page where the code was input and if it was rejected, no biggie, I'd click on the x.

Except I never got the chance. There was a page with no provision I could see to put in a code and a 'purchase now' button.

On Amazon you go through a lot of pages to get to the final, this is it click, so (like an idiot) I clicked it and was told that my credit card would be charged $18.07.

EIGHTEEN FRICKING DOLLARS, PEOPLE.

Even though the US dollar is at par with ours, or weaker, it's $14.99 on Amazon which also seems exorbitant.

I didn't download it, but shot off an email asking for a refund.

Got one back (very poorly written);

Hello Jane
Thank you for contacting kobo customer care. We apologies that you bought a book which you supposed to get discount but it didn't. Now you want to cancel the purchase. There is info for refund/credit, we hope that will help you to understand.

Kobo is a global eBook retailer that only sells eBooks. Kobo does not sell any print books.

You can read a Kobo eBook on many different devices including your computer, smart phone, eReader, the Kobo website, and the Kobo Desktop app. Please check out this link for more information:

http://www.kobobooks.com/getting_started

Kobo cannot provide a refund unless there is something wrong with the eBook in question as all sales are final.
Our Terms of Sales states "Cancellation Policy: All Sales are final. The Kobo Service commences immediately when you begin to download content from the Kobo Service and you will not have a right to cancel your contract once the service commences."

Please follow this link for more information:
http://www.kobobooks.com/termsofsales

Sincerely,
The Kobo Team


I replied saying that since I hadn't downloaded it, I didn't consider anything had 'begun' and that if I didn't get a refund it'd be the last time I bought from them.

And yes, it's my fault for clicking the button assuming there'd be more steps to go through but they can see I haven't downloaded it so what's the big deal about cancelling it?
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( May. 16th, 2012 03:24 pm)
I'm catching up on H 50 and I'm watching the first episode that the NCIS LA people are in.

THE BACKGROUND MUSIC IS KILLING ME.

I never noticed it before, but I'm twelve minutes in and it hasn't stopped, apart from two blissful periods of approximately five seconds each.

I can't hear what they're SAYING, for heaven's sake.

When did this become a thing?

I don't need a soundtrack to an episode. The odd bit of background music here and there at dramatic moments is fine, but non-stop is annoying to the point where I can barely stand to watch.

Gah.
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( Jan. 17th, 2012 07:40 am)
I just timed that Subway infommercial that took place during the actual episode of Hawaii Five-0, masquerading as a Steve/Kono/Kamekona scene.

It starts at 16.23, finishes at 17.13.

That's a minute, give or take.

A WHOLE FREAKING MINUTE.

The episode is only 43.14.

I resent this trend so much of subtly (hahahhahah) working in a plug for something and having the characters endorse it. I'm seeing it on lots of shows now and I want it stopped before people stop minding it.

I like Subway. I love their foot-long deals that give me two lunches.

I don't love them in the middle of an episode, shoehorned unnaturally in making me lose all respect for the show and pity the writers/actors.

It really rubs it in that the commercials are the juicy meat and the show just the moldy bread as far as the networks care.
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David and I went to the LCBO (place you buy wine/spirits/beer from in Ontario; there's also The Beer Store. Three guesses.) tonight.

A display by the door caught my eye and I peered curiously at a bottle of bubble flavored vodka by Three Olives (page here.

Bubble flavor? My first thought was bubble tea, but then a more horrible thought occurred to me.

"If this is BUBBLEGUM flavor," I told David through my teeth, "I'm smashing every bottle as a service to humanity."

It was.

I restrained myself.

Last visit, I was left reeling by sweet tea flavor vodka. Tonight, in addition to the atrocity of which I will not speak, there was COCONUT flavored.

What madness is this? Vodka tastes of nothing much (well, it does, but...) and that is why it's an excellent mixer. Muddying it with clementine, apricot, blueberry and all the other stuff people like Smirnoff have been shoving in them over the past few years is reaching levels of pure silliness.

Some of them might taste nice; I have tried a few though, and the bottles languish, barely touched, on the shelf.

Vodka has its own subtle taste, one I cheerfully drown with coke mostly, but I appreciate its clarity, its kick.

Bubblegum? BUBBLEGUM?

No. A world of no.
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( Aug. 17th, 2011 03:03 pm)
Don't read my review if you're a fan who'd be bothered by me ranting. And don't say, 'but Jane, why do you keep borrowing them from the library and wasting two hours of your life skimming through them' because it's an unholy compulsion I cannot fight, 'kay?


review, major spoilers for book )
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( Jul. 15th, 2011 10:30 pm)
I watched Shelter last night and enjoyed it a lot (those kisses....nnngh. So hot.) One thing that I did feel out of step with though was the graffiti, sorry, street art.

I didn't blame the shop owner for painting over Zach's painting. Whatever its artistic merits, he hadn't asked for it to be there and he might not've liked it.

Then today David told me that there's a big fuss being made in Bristol because of a man innocently painting over a wall he owned that had a painting by someone I've never heard of called 'Banksy'. (Okay, I just looked him up. Famous, rebellious, sneaks into museums in disguise. Eh. Whatevs. And, yes, I've seen the kissing policemen one).It's apparently worth thousands and they're contemplating spending that much to strip the paint off to reveal it again ::boggles::. Story here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jul/15/banksy-gorilla-mask-painted-over

I'm sorry, but, a. it's vandalism, and b. if it's that special and iconic, why isn't there a nice little label on the wall, and why wasn't the owner of the wall alerted to the fact that the daub defacing it is considered valuable? And c. Street art, by its nature is transient and temporary. Painting over it seems fitting; the provision of a new blank canvas with the wall becoming a palimpsest.

The poor guy's apologizing for painting over it.

Me, I'd pay for his can of Dulux and offer to wash out his brushes.

You want to paint a wall?

Ask first.

Or use your own house.

/philistine rant.
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( Apr. 27th, 2011 07:48 pm)
It was taking off before I went to yoga and gathering steam.

Basically, a small-minded idiot of a mother found out her son's teacher writes for Ellora's Cave and freaked out. An irresponsible online news channel picked it up, drooling salciously, and acted like she was making snuff movies in her spare time not writing romance novels with some sexual content the likes of which are on any local library shelf. They also published her real name. No words.

http://snydercounty.wnep.com/news/news/parents-english-teacher-writes-racy-novels/58743

The comments, apart from the original complainant's sister, are overwhelmingly supportive of the teacher -- as well they might be -- and a facebook page was set up to show support, which is here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Judy-Mays-Mrs-Buranich/125856067491517?sk=info

I have nothing but disgust and contempt for the parent who complained (she seems to be constantly doing things like this for the publicity). She says her ten-year old son is now upset about what his teacher writes -- well, who told him? You did, you stupid woman.

GAH.

The implications of this witch hunt are appalling. I hope the author's sales rocket and I hope she sues people. Lots of people.

ETA: Apology; her son's in tenth grade, not ten; my eyes read it wrong. So he's Eleanor's age, 15-16. Give me a break ::rolls eyes::

And the comments on the article have all disappeared but the messages of support are rolling in on the FB page for the news channel but you have to do a few clicks to get to them from the main page...

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=176126507500&topic=19606
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I mean, his stance on goal line technology (he doesn't want it) had me classifying him as an idiot but his reaction to concerns about gay fans (and footballers, though there aren't any out ones that I know of, I wonder why) at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 has my lip curling.

Here it is

"When asked about the issues facing gay fans, Blatter, apparently joking, said: "I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities." He continued then on a more serious note, saying: "We are definitely living in a world of freedom and I'm sure when the World Cup will be in Qatar in 2022, there will be no problems.

***

Apparently, the journalists all broke out into laughter, but not at the idea that in twelve years Qatar will be a land of rainbows and kittens.

And no alcohol allowed either? I doubt they'll think that's so amusing.

It's such a stupid place to hold it given the extreme temperatures, too, though they've promised air-conditioned stadiums.

In a response here, the openly gay basketball player John Amaechi said to a BBC radio show:

"It's not about people having sex in public and being sanctioned for it, it's the fact that Qatar was one of 79 countries to sanction executing gays at the United Nations [where a vote in November removed sexual orientation from a UN resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions].

"One of the first things you notice is that it would actually be an insult to year seven students to say that their reactions, the giggling of grown men, sports reporters and members of Fifa, on this issue, when asked a perfectly simple and reasonable question given the worries about Qatar, that the whole room burst into laughter.

"It is the most childish response I could imagine.

"This does make it harder for footballers that are gay but let's not limit this.

"You have to understand that this story is big enough, his influence is big enough, to impact young people in school, people in workplaces, anybody who is perceived to be gay or is gay, hears these comments and once again realises that the seat of power, straight white men normally, are very, very clearly uncomfortable with this issue and certainly not interested in taking it seriously."

ETA Another gem from him in the past:

It is far from the first time the 74-year-old Fifa president, who intends to stand for another four-year term in 2011 despite the recent corruption allegations levelled at his organisation, has caused outrage. In 2004 he suggested that, to raise the profile of their sport, female footballers should wear tighter shorts.
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( Dec. 3rd, 2010 01:22 pm)
I'm amused by the way a proposed FW report about a drabble wank instantly repeated the wank in the comments.

And people say it doesn't matter how many words a drabble has?

CLEARLY IT DOES.

ETA For utmost clarity, I am a diehard believer that they're 100 words exactly, not counting title. That's what a drabble IS.


I shall post a short essay I did about them many years ago to relieve my feelings and then stop being a cranky fandom ranter.

And here are some links about the history:

http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/drabbles.html
http://www.meades.org/drabble.html

In Defence of Drabbles )
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( Nov. 23rd, 2010 11:43 am)
I've calmed down now but I'm still annoyed and I've found myself thinking about this as I've flitted about the house doing my daily chores.

Why am I annoyed? It's because these people aren't remaking the original (average at best) movie for that movie's fanbase (and I'm sure it has one, who view SMG as a pale copy of the original, but they wouldn't fill many cinemas). To say that they are is disingenuous of them.

No. They're remaking Buffy, fine, but for most people (well, okay, I'm talking about me here) that means the show. I've seen and own the movie but I've never read a comic and the movie differs canonically from the show (Slayers get incapacitating cramps when they see a vampire? Really?) in a few places. Or the other way around, to be fair.

Anyway, my meandering point (I was way more concise when I head-wrote this filling the tumble dryer) is that these people are using the cachet and critically acclaimed clout of the show to lend credibility to their attempts to remake the movie, thus neatly doing away with any need to credit Joss while using what he created. Like saying you invented the iPod when all you did was take an iPod and glue sparkly glitter on it.

That's so bloody cheeky.

I'm seething. See me seethe.

Then I remember that movie-not-show rights means they won't have Giles, the Scoobies, Spike and Angel, hell, they won't even have Sunnydale, and I snicker. Hell, they're not even doing it in high school; what's left but the title?

I'm also aware of the fact that there's the implication that they need to make Buffy cool and hip because the show's dated now and that implies that I'm old and past it too which makes my lip curl.

Excuse me, I'm just going to read a few more pages of other people seething in the comments to the articles. I find it soothing.
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This one was 'Bullet'. I can't remember the last one I actually bought, but I usually get them from the library with a weird mixture of impending disappointment and annoyance to the fore. I shouldn't do it. I know I'm going to get pouty remembering how fresh and good the first two or three were and how unutterably dire the series is these days, but it's classic train-wreck syndrome and I can't help myself.

And she did it again ::sigh:: Whole book covered 24 hours or so, Anita bonked everything that moved, and the exciting bit, you know, the actual PLOT was covered in a two page epilogue where she casually tossed out lines along the lines of 'After that, we all flew out to city X and defeated Y'.

I'm not making that up. Hundreds of pages telling us what new leather outfit or tarty dress Anita's changed into or the color of the silk sheets and then an actual exciting, important battle gets ONE FRIGGING SENTENCE.

The most annoying thing though was the frankly appalling editing. At least three times, I had to go back over a chunk of dialog only to realize that Anita said something twice and no one editing noticed and punctuated accordingly. So a phone conversation looks like this:

"Hi, how are you?"

"I'm fine, Anita, how are you and your harem?"

"Just dandy, thank you."

"I just killed a man."

"Did you, Anita? I hope it didn't interfere with the orgy?"


See what happened there in the middle? The editor didn't.
Just catching up on [personal profile] toft ([profile] toft_froggy on LJ) who thought it'd be oh so amusing to waste time by posting absolutely hilariously witty fake requests to a fic-finding comm.

http://toft.dreamwidth.org/548369.html

http://toft.dreamwidth.org/548954.html

Umm. Yeah. Not seeing the funny.

I smiled when I defriended her, though...does that count?

I mean, yes, sometimes the requests in fic-finder comms make my eyebrows shoot up because people are asking for the kind of fics I'd run a mile to AVOID reading. I can also see the funny in making some up and posting them in your own LJ as examples of how weird things can get and people saying, hey, I've read that!, but actually posting them to a real comm and getting people, kind people, to run around looking for them while you smirk to yourself and then wet your knickers laughing when it turns out there really are fics that fit your spoofed criteria?

God, it's this kind of elitist arrogance that makes my lip curl. I loathe humor that hurts people. It seems a contradiction in terms.

Fandom is a place where people are endlessly helpful. Abusing that for a laugh, just...no.

I'm also disgusted by the pages of comments with people applauding her for her actions. I guess they think if they laugh too they're safe from being laughed AT?

Whatever.
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