Dear Trader Joe's...

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:10 pm
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PRODUCT: Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins

Don't you think it's rather sneaky and misleading to trumpet these (delicious) muffins as "120 Calories per Serving" at the top of the label as well as in the Nutrition Facts, while defining a serving as half a muffin? By that logic you could just as well claim "80 Calories per [1/3 muffin] Serving" or even "60 Calories per [1/4 muffin] Serving"... although those would be suspicious enough to prompt us customers to look closer.

Black cats matter

Aug. 23rd, 2017 03:14 pm
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Aquarius and SagittariusI've heard that black cats don't get adopted as readily, and it seems to be true. Placido and Domingo are still there. They're shyer than some other kittens, but very playful and energetic, and it surprises me that they've been at the shelter so long. I'm even more surprised that Hootenanny, who's extremely friendly, is also still there. She's sometimes hostile to other cats, so that could be a factor. Aquarius and Sagittarius (in the picture) are still there too.

We had a sick kitten today. Baratheon was dribbling seriously, to the point that the shelf he was on was wet. Sansa was in the same cage and was exposed if it's contagious. We're constantly afraid of upper respiratory epidemics in the shelter. I hope we don't have one on our hands.

Bongo kept finding himself in our way as we were cleaning, and he patiently moved each time. I think it's that he's so big that there's a lot of him to get in the way. Salinger is still hissing but found a refuge on a high shelf.

Video of Shiva Ayyadurai

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:58 am
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Sorry to keep harping on this topic, but the more I find out, the worse it gets. I was just pointed at this video of Shiva Ayyadurai, one of the speakers at the Free Speech Rally. His statements sound entirely reasonable to me. What's horrible is the blatantly racist booing that he gets. He gets booed for saying he's a low-caste Indian and is told to "go home." Someone yells "Fuck that!" when he mentions his parents leaving India.

I'll confess I haven't made it all the way through the video. It's more than I can take.

Cat post soon.

Future tech

Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:35 am
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That's tech all right! According to Google, the Tech video was last viewed 9 hours, 43 minutes, 54 seconds in the future!

Screenshot from Google for Mashable. Under Tech, it says "-35034 seconds ago".

Chapter 2 of...

Aug. 23rd, 2017 07:12 am
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... Princess Holy Aura is up, and our protagonist learns what they're up against! 

Fig and Ibid

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:40 pm
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Are surrounded by cats used to other cats and thus not necessarily alarmed to see new ones. Ibid is content to sniff noses with the bolder of his new housemates, whereas I think Fig is affronted by their lack of timidity.

I still have not seen the orange kitten I was warned could be an issue. It's afraid of people but likes to tussle with older cats. I expect Ibid will like this and Fig will not.

Another statement

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:42 am
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Harvey Silverglate put it much better than I did. This isn't surprising.

I offered the mob too many excuses. Saturday was just a terrible day for free speech in Boston.

Dear Miller Medical...

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:36 am
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(which is the name my address book has for this number), or Montgomery Medical Equipment (which is what your voice menu thanks me for calling), or whoever you are:

I missed a call from you at 10:21 this morning. I have been trying to call back for the last 10 minutes, but your voice menu always assumes that I know what your call was about, and hangs up when I press zero for operator. CALL ME BACK, and if I am unable to answer please LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE.
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... and in Chapter 1 we see how an ordinary day can go downhill fast! 

Seeking a book for someone.

Aug. 21st, 2017 02:07 am
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I just saw a request on a community called findthatbook, which I am pasting below. I don't remember if nonmembers can read posts, but they can't post. Since I know that a number of LGBTQ people read my blog, rather than link to there I told the OP I would ask here and pass the information on to them.

gay novel from the early 80s?

I recently remembered a book I last read in the early 80s, but can't recall the exact title (or author) - I *think* it was called something like The Stairs on Avenue C but googling that and some keywords like 'book' 'novel' or 'gay' got me nowhere. it was a paperback about a gay guy in New York City (who lived on Avenue C?); and I vaguely remember the cover illustration was a doubling-back staircase - I think the cover was greenish. It was definitely no masterpiece and I think relatively negatively slanted; I can't remember if the protagonist turned out to be a serial killer or died, but that's the sort of impression I have. it was early in my discovery of gay lit, and I was gulping down anything I could lay my hands upon. and now I'm vaguely curious about it but unable to gratify that curiosity.

anyone have any pointers for where I might look?

Done last week (20170813Su - 19Sa)

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:44 pm
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The last pod has been emptied -- it will be hauled off on Wednesday -- so I guess that means we're officially moved in. So many things we really shouldn't have taken! (And a few we should have, but gave away instead...)

We decided not to go to Oregon to see the eclipse. Just didn't start soon enough; maybe we can get to 2024? Tough decision, but we hadn't planned far enough ahead; with the expected traffic we probably wouldn't have made it, we would have had to scramble to find someone to care for the cats, and the room was expensive.

A lot of overload/stress/depression/anxiety problems, especially Monday and yesterday. Yesterday was particularly bad -- I felt drained pretty much all day after a morning meltdown. I probably need to bunny more.

There are continuing problems with the cats. Bronx is still pretty sick, and Ticia spent much of the week hiding under the bed. We finally set Colleen up in the brown recliner, with her usual bowls of water and treats. That seems to have worked, or at least helped. She's still awfully skittish. May have to do with the kittens. Especially Bronx.

Notes & links, as usual )

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The Best Trick U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Ever Pulled on a Criminal
A particularly glorious example of “fake it ‘til you make it.”

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by Eric Grundhauser
August 08, 2017

The American Old West was a fertile cauldron for myth and legend, producing such fantastical figures as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. But while many folk heroes of the era may have been embellished-unto-fable, or completely dreamt up, the legendary Wild West figure Bass Reeves was absolutely real, even if his exploits sound like tall tales.

Reeves was one of the most remarkable figures of the Old West, serving as a deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875 to 1907, mostly in and around the regrettable Indian Territory, which once made up much of what is now Oklahoma.

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