I sit here typing at 4am EST...

Feb. 17th, 2019 04:14 am
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 Why? No particular reason... I may go back to bed shortly.. I just like the solitude of being up while everyone else is slumbering... 

I need to rebook my appointment with Angelique bc I totally forgot my visit with her. It was on Friday and I thought it was either this past Friday or this coming... graaagh!!! You'd think I'd remember but holy fuck, Friday was super busy for me. :( So... but I explained to Er-bear that this was a one time thing but I don't think she believed me. DAMN.

Why me?

Anyways, I want to get in more sleep... talk to you later.
Here is a suggestion, have xposting ability to WP.
Sam
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OMFG.

So a million years ago last December, I decided I was Done with BoA, and signed up for a fresh business bank account with a new bank. This one is with Webster.

Not much happened in the account in December, what with the various challenges of setting it up (about which I have failed to regale you, o my readers), but starting with the new (fiscal) year, I converted over to using it.

So I just got what is effectively my first statement, covering the month of January. The first month in which I actually ran money through it.

Turns out, the way Webster accounts deposits made at ATMs is that it batches all the checks put in at once as one transaction, and it batches all the cash put in at the same time as another transaction.

So, if you you go to an ATM and deposit a check for $100, a check for $91 and $7 cash, it will appear on your statement as a transaction for $191 and a separate transaction for $7.

Oh hello, this makes my checkbook unbalanceable.

I, like a normal human, record transactions in my checkbook in one of two ways. Either all the money going into the machine at once is one transaction (e.g. of $198) or I break each of the checks out separately (e.g. three transactions: $100, $91, and $7). What I do not do is lump just the checks.

At first, as I started trying to use this statement to reconcile my account, I thought it was merely highly unfortunate. I had been using the batch-everything approach (which is how the previous bank did things), so I was having to add transactions mentally on the statement to figure out which things to mark as cleared in my digital checkbook. Having to do mental arithmetic to balance a digital checkbook is asinine - it's error prone and time consuming, and exactly what I am trying to avoid by having a digital checkbook in the first place.

Then I got to the last deposit I had made, on Jan 31st. The bank only registered part of it - the cash part. The checks I deposited? Don't appear at all. So now I have an entry on 1/31 for $459.00, of which $240 has cleared. I have absolutely no way to indicate that on my register – except to edit in two transactions, one for the cash and one for the checks.

I'm very strongly inclined to close this account rather than change how I keep my books to be compatable with this. I am completely aghast.

This is the first I've ever seen of this practice. Generally "first I've ever seen of this practice" in banking makes me think it maybe is illegal. Certainly it's ridiculous.

Anybody else's banks do this? Apparently I'm back in the business bank account market, and I'd like to know what companies to avoid.
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Apropos of the previous, is the sheilding in coax good enough that you can wrap a cord of fairy lights around it, without impairing the internet-conveying functioning of coax or otherwise leading to unfortunate outcomes?

Today was oddly satisfying...

Feb. 16th, 2019 05:40 pm
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 Spent it giggling like mad and reminiscing about baseball, old flames and just generally having fun with my sister. This is what Saturdays are made for I guess. Tomorrow is Colleen and Justin's 2nd anniversary... not marriage but just as bf and gf. They want to get married. I think that they make a cute couple. Here they are...


Doesn't he look like Vincent van Gogh? :o 

They are going to Timmy's and Coll told me that she will pick me up a wee nibble. She is the sweetest sister. :D 

We had chicken penne bake for supper. Twas excellent.

Oh! And I am taking up pursuing Justin J. Clements, an old crush. I ain't going to stop until he is mine. When I set something in my sights, that's it. Nothing can stop me.

Sammy

[domesticity, tech] Coax and Corners

Feb. 16th, 2019 03:52 pm
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Okay, I could use some help on this one.

The first question is a terminology question. What is the right term for "cable TV and internet"? Because I don't do cable TV, I have cable internet. Consequently, I find myself referring to the coaxial cable which delivers my bits as the "cable internet cable", or, worse, "the cable cable". Or sometimes just "the coax" which bothers me because it is describing the service by one property its medium (and I'm guessing that there are actually multiple forms of coax.) I mean, I refer to "ethernet cable" when I'm talking about what one typically uses cat5 for, because I'm pouring ethernet down the cat5.

Okay, whatever the answer to that is:

As previously mentioned, the cable cable enters the main room of my new apartment in an unfortunate corner. I would like my networking system – at least my router – to be on my desk, which will be ~ in the opposite corner of the room. Call these cable-corner and desk-corner.

My desk, which will be in desk-corner, is where my cable modem and router currentlylive. I even have made a nifty shelf on my desk for the cable modem.

As I see it, I have three options:

• Put cable modem and router in cable-corner, and just use wifi for my devices. I do not want to do this. I want to be able to plug my laptop into a wired connect when at my desk, to (as [personal profile] tn3270 put it) make the cat videos load faster.

• Put cable modem in cable-corner and router in desk-corner, and cross the room with cat5.

• Put cable modem and router in desk-corner, and cross the room with coax.

Just, right here, before we get to the interesting part of the problem, I'd like to know if there is some reason to prefer crossing the room with either the cat5 or the coax.

But here's what makes this interesting. I have two design constraints that make this much more challenging.

Let's get our engineer on, shall we? [cut for length] )

Book Reading.......

Feb. 16th, 2019 09:48 am
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Hey, I finally finished up book No. 3 for the year a couple of nights ago. :)
I made really good progress with all the airport/airplane time on vacation, and then I came home and didn't pick it up for a week. lol...

I read "The Harlequin" by Laurell K. Hamiltion.
It's the next book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. And I Have to say that it was so much better then the last book in the series. The last book was seriously one sex scene after another and barely any real storyline, and this book did not have any sex until page 150. YAY....... :) It was so much nicer having a real story to read.
The story consisted of The Harlequin, who are kind of like a secret police for the Vampire Council. They show up in St. Louis and things start going wrong, and not how they should, according to the "rules".
It seems some of The Harlequin have gone rouge, and it's up to Anita and her growing list of "monster" boyfriends to fix the problem. Anita called in her "Friend" Edward, who is also a monster hunter for help. Unfortunately one of the backup he brings is Olaf who is a crazy psycho who has a thing for Anita and his possible step son who wants to be a monster hunter too, and because of terrible things in his life has some big time issues too. Two of the good guys get killed and it hit Anita pretty hard. One said something odd as he was dying in her arms and you have to wonder if that will come back in another story or not.

I can only hope that the next book will continue to be as good or if we go back to being soft porn novels. :o


Book List 2019
January
1. Eric Idle Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle
2. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
3. The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton
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It's been awhile so there is a whole lotta WTF!!!!!!!!!!!

Bodycam records white Florida woman threatening black cop: ‘My KKK friends will burn your family'

Walter Einenkel


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/14/1834763/-Bodycam-records-white-Florida-woman-threatening-black-cop-My-KKK-friends-will-burn-your-family?detail=emaildkre
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Darla Shine, Wife of Top Trump Official Bill Shine, Goes on Pro-Measles, Anti-Vax Rant

‘Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases,’ wrote the former Fox News executive’s wife, ‘they keep you healthy & fight cancer.’ Surprise: she’s dangerously wrong.

Tanya Basu


https://www.thedailybeast.com/darla-shine-wife-of-top-trump-official-goes-on-pro-measles-anti-vaccine-rant?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon
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NC substitute teacher resigns after berating 10-year-old black kids, saying MLK committed suicide

Walter Einenkel


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/12/1834239/-NC-teaching-sub-resigns-after-berating-black-10-year-old-students-and-saying-MLK-committed-suicide?detail=emaildkre
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Trump supporter jumped onto media platform and attacked a BBC cameraman at MAGA rally

Jen Hayden


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/12/1834127/-Trump-supporter-jumped-onto-media-platform-and-attacked-a-BBC-cameraman-at-MAGA-rally?detail=emaildkre
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They shot 180 bullets and only 8 of them hit the gunman, and none of them hit anybody else? Seriously???
And this is also more evidence that we do not need more people running around with guns. If the cops can shoot 180 times and only hit their target 8 times, what is Joe Blow on the street going to do?

In Pulse Massacre, Cops Fired Over 180 Bullets, Only Hit Gunman Omar Mateen: State Attorney

The officers who responded to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre fired more than 180 rounds, but only struck the gunman, according to a report from the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties cited Wednesday by The Miami Herald. The report claims that eight of those shots struck the gunman, Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 people after firing more than 200 rounds, and that no bullets from law enforcement hit civilians. The Herald notes that the reviews are standard practice, and are conducted every time an officer fires a gun.

[domesticity] Moving Along

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:37 am
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I finally decided what I'm doing with rugs, at least in the main room, and ordered them, and also rug pags. I'm ordering from Overstock.com, which feels like something of a gamble, but a good gamble. I'm not sure I made the right choice, but I feel good that I made a choice, and can now move onto the next things on my list.

It abruptly dawned on me in the middle of checking out – at the point where it proposed to ship the rugs to my old address, not yet knowing about my new address – that, omg, my credit card company was going to see all these largish purchases on my card being shipped to an address that, as far as they know, isn't mine.

So I called my credit card company at five to midnight to explain that I was moving and to please not screw up my rug order, and, while I have you here, here's my new mailing address.

[domesticity] Got the Keys

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:55 pm
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I went by my new place today and got the keys.

I brought a roll of toilet paper, because priorities, but there was one already there.

I hung out and did more measuring. The doors have a 3/4th inch clearance so a rug should be fine. There's no jambs for the closet doors, so there's no obvious way to sneak coax in front of them.

The broken blind was replaced. The heat is still wonky; according to the thermostat it was 74degF in there, despite the thermostat being set to 65. Will nudge the super on it. This may not actually be a thermostat malfunction (though the radiator in the bathroon is Doing It's Part For Global Warming(tm)) as much as it's a function of being on about the third floor (depending on whether or not you count the basement, which is where the laundry room is) and heat rising.

I've filed my change of address with USPS.
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Alright, I'm a silly girl and watches too many mobster movies.


Meet Violetta. Scorpio, and family sim. Likes well dressed, well groomed men and hates stinky people.


Having fun getting high on gas fumes there Lunch lady???

This is for Sammy-bo-bammy [personal profile] sammyfrog  who likes face 18.


Meet Reuben Leives.... Violetta's significant other. *ahem*


Since I suck majorly at weddings... a trash bin wedding... DON'T THINK I DON'T SEE YOU THERE BIN!

More later... nooboos too. :D
 

To my LJ readers, I post to my DW so... I rarely get comments from LJ so.. I have to check manually which sucks but...
My DW is http://shneyele.dreamwidth.org ok?

Love yas!
Sam 

Good mornthing!

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:54 am
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I'm having some leftover feels from Valentines/Galentines day, mostly surrounding the fact that I moved away from where I built my meatspace friends network almost a decade ago, and their lives have moved on, and I have not built much of a new network in the here. Not that I wish to replace those relationships, but I need somebodies who are close to me to spend time with, to support and be supported by, to have a life that is something other than just me and a selection of little glowing screens.

The obvious answer is to poke the fine folks who ARE local to me and do the making of concrete plans. I did it in December AND January, and I need to keep it up despite the fact that my most recent attempt fell through.

Today is Boomerang Celebration; SALM was in NJ with his mom for a few days and only just came back last night. Yesterday was my long day at work. None of this was conducive to schmancy togetherness. Instead we did basic togetherness: we went for an Ingress Drive, picked up chinese food to feed the family, and watched an episode of Z Nation before we each had to go do some Intensive Parenting for two different Spawn.

Today, though! Today he is off work due to dental stuff, and it's my regular day off. He is already in Boston, and I am shortly going to go hop on a train to join him. We're meeting up for hot pot, and then possibly some shenanigans - perhaps going to the Common for a walk. Perhaps not. Whatever we do, it'll be nice because it's some time together. That, I've been realizing, is why yesterday didn't really have much importance/impact. No flowers, no chocolates - no big deal, because we spend time taking care of each other and fostering our individual and shared contentment on the regular. No big gestures required, to know that we are loved.

::sudden topic switch::

I still haven't ordered a fountain/calligraphy pen. I should do that soon. I've gotten two InCoWriMo letters, and I'm going to work on my replies to them on the train.

I'm wearing a perfume called Kathmandu today. I'm trying to work my way through a bunch of the sample vials I've had for a while and haven't touched. The site says is is made of: Saffron, blessed sandalwood, Himalayan cedar and the miraculous lotus of the Buddha with chiuri bark and Nepalese spices. That explains why I am liking it so much; woody and spicy scents tend to sit well with the chemistry of my skin.

Time to get ready to catch my train. I hope you're doing well. Sorry I vanished for a while. Sometimes I go Big Turtle.

<3

Damn.

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:51 am
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 Things like this are enough to really bring one down. She was reported missing and then, the unthinkable happened. Two words. Custody battles. It disgusts me to the core. It's a skating rink outside so... no bowling.

I have the Sims though.. and I am going to see about putting my screenies up. Caroly's cell is driving me bonkers. It has this air raid alarm on it... and it is just... nerve grinding.. goes off every 15 minutes.

Anyways...
Sam

Hello...

Feb. 15th, 2019 06:54 am
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So, I thought that I'd start off the day with the Beatles.. seems like a good idea right? I remember on Threes Company the Ropers had the Revolver mural thing on their bedroom wall... I know that 3C is not really a show for children which I was in the mid to late 70's when that show was on... but it was something funny to watch.. even though I didn't get the sexual innuendo... I was told that I loved the Sonny & Cher Show, and the Brady Bunch too... I was a weird kid. I'd watch those shows and my own childrens tv, but not Dr. Who. At least not the 70's one.. the theme really freaked me out.... haha!!

I think I will go bowling today... Rich will be there but, I can't be jumping at shadows... y'know? IDK.. he's an arse and I could care less. Bees and I FB'd each other last night. It was fun. :D Anyways..

Sam
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Imagine being one of the last hundred speakers of your language in all the world, and, having been asked by one of your elders to learn the songs of your people, deciding to try to save them by making an album of them so beautiful that all the world would hear it, and come to treasure them.

Via Metafilter: Jeremy Dutcher's album "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa" [Youtube playlist]. A shockingly beautiful and heartbreakingly heroic work of cultural preservation and propagation. From Metafilter:
Jeremy Dutcher is a First Nations classically trained tenor, musician, and composer whose debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, sung entirely in the "severely endangered" language of Wolastoqey, won the 2018 Polaris Prize, which is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian music album. [...] Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation, and his album is based on traditional Wolastoqiyik songs, often sampling century-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' singing, to devastatingly beautiful effect.
Glorious, glorious. Highly recommended.

[domesticity, music] Oh, hey!

Feb. 15th, 2019 12:53 am
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So I'm packing (and washing, but not in that order) my CDs (or rather their jewel cases) and discovered a whole little cache of CDs I had little to recollection of, which aren't ripped to my computer. And then I remembered that my laptop's CD/DVD drive was out of order for a while, and I wound up with a backlog of media that I had either purchased or been gifted that I had no way to play. By the time I got the device straightened out, I had forgotten I had them.

It's like Christmas!

I'm not ripping them all now, but maybe I can take some time on unpacking to get it done.

Tangentially related: I have been saving almost every box from every delivery for about a year, in anticipation of moving. Turns out the box that my nifty new boots were shipped in is almost exactly the size of my remaining CD collection. (Of course, now that they're all packed, I'm now going to find another little cache of CDs somewhere in my apartment. Let me enjoy my illusions for the moment.)

New lappy...

Feb. 14th, 2019 08:14 pm
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My old one went kaput... so I bought a good Dell Inspiron. That's why the radio silence. I haven't been up to much... I got my hair freshened and bobbed. I look like Dana Scully. Look!

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See? We both are intelligent redheads. :)

Dayum.
Sam

 

[domesticity] Unbelieveable

Feb. 14th, 2019 02:30 pm
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And yet entirely believeable.

I woke to a voicemail from my (old) landlord asking when he can have the keys back to start cleaning the place out.

What part of "THIRTY DAYS NOTICE" does he not understand? I texted him back that I'm here to the 28th, and will be happy to give him the keys then.

Christ.

[law] Upcoming SCOTUS case?

Feb. 14th, 2019 12:02 am
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Ugh, sorry, this is the vaguest possible question, but maybe somebody here is a SCOTUS-fan and just knows.

I had a very brief conversation with a lawyer the other day when he dropped the jem that the SCOTUS is hearing a case this term that could be hugely important for my particular flavor of therapist. The case itself does not however involve therapists. Presumably, given the context of the conversation, it concerns the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution and possibly the authority of state licensure boards. Maybe.

He then scampered off before I could ask for further deets.

Does anybody happen to know a case like that coming up before the Supremes? Or that has been recently heard? I'd like to know the name of the case so I can read more.

ETA: Nevermind, I think I figured it out for myself. Apparently the only case this term involving the Commerce Clause is Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd. Wow, that is not obviously applicable, but I can see how, depending on just which way the SCOTUS jumps, this might turn out to be pertinent. At stake is just what constitutes dormant Commerce Clause violating discrimination against extra-state business. In this case, at issue is a residency requirement for a liquor vendors license.

I doubt the Supremes are going to get all frisky with this and decide anything more extreme than "no residency requirements for licensure" (and even that doesn't look hugely plausibe to me), but you never know.

ETA2: OTOH, I am reading the oral arguments [PDF] and the dude tasked with arguing for the residency requirement is doing what seems to me to be a singularly terrible job of it - at this point in the proceedings, it's beginning to sound like Sotomayor and Alito are going to tear him in two and each devour their respective halves of his corpse. Unfortunately for us, Alito has headed right for the role of protecting public health and safety as a legitimate exemption from dormant Commerce Clause scrutiny, questioning how a residency requirement qualifies as protecting publice health and safety. There is, as always, a non-zero possibility that whatever they decide, they will do it on a premise that makes things worse for us, like "protecting public health and safety is a Get Out Of Commerce Clause Scrutiny card for states" which turns into "you can have whatever protectionistic garbage in your laws you want so long as you do it to healthcare providers, because that's definitionally always about public health and safety."

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Feb. 13th, 2019 09:07 pm
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So my vehicle went into the shop this morning to get repaired from the rearend collision I had last December.
I decided to rent a vehicle, especially with the weatehr we have been having, instead of relying on my dad's old car.
So I booked a "standard suv", that according to the website was like a Ford Edge or similar.
What kind of vehicle did I get?
They gave me a GMC Yukon with the Denali package.
This thing is HUGE and has all the bells and whistles on it.
It's a total shame I only have it for two days and using it to go back and forth to work.
Of course when I was leaving the airport with this thing, I got down on the highway and the first thing to happen was the pickup in front of me started to fish tail on the ice on the highway. :o I slowed way down to a crawl. :o Me paranoid? LOL...............

[domesticity] For the record

Feb. 13th, 2019 03:50 am
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Apparently this building is determined to give me a tour of all the awful things about it before I leave.

Four and a half years ago, a tree fell against the building. The landlord had the roof repaired, except the tree had dented the gutter, and he didn't bother to fix that, so now, when there's adequate rain, the gutter overflows at the dent. The gutter is on an extremely long eave, so it can collect quite a bit of water. The dent is right over my wall-mounted air conditioner - or rather its steel enclosure. So when the gutter overflows, it pours down onto what is basically a sheet of steel, mounted over a hole in my wall.

This is loud.

It is also right next to my bed. The end at which my pillow goes.

After this started happening, after much sleep deprivation and suffering, I gradually developed some ways to mitigate the din.

Also, two and a half years ago, after the great evacuation, I took the occasion of moving back in to move my bed across the apartment, away from the AC. That was very helpful with the rain-gutter-overflow noise problem.

Alas, after the problem with the severe vibrations began last summer, I moved my bed back, in the hopes that the bed being near a load bearing wall might reduce the misery.

It's been quite a while since we had rain heavy enough to overflow the gutter, but tonight was such a night.

For kicks and giggles, I removed all noise mitigation, and put my cell phone on my pillow, and had it record what it sounds like from where my head is when I sleep.

This is that recording.

(That's not particularly heavy rain, either, or a particularly heavy overflow. It got worse later, and I bundled everything back up because it was driving me nuts.)

The sound meter app on my phone told me it was around the upper 40dB, occasionally going over 50dB.

My earplugs are good for -33dB, which is good, but not at all sufficient for something that percussive, especially if it really gets going. The commerical foam-lined AC cover turns out to be surprisingly useless for noise abatement. Not entirely, it does take the edge off some of the higher frequencies – but that's it.

The crucial solution was gizmo I made that I call my rain pillow. It's a foam structure I throw (by leaning out the window) on top of the AC, where it holds on with magnets, and absorbs the impact of the water streaming from the dent. It knocks a good (estimated) 20 to 30dB right off. The problem is that high winds can catch the rain pillow and blow it off. And then you're stalking the neighborhood in your nightgown and a rain coat with a flashlight looking for the errant rain pillow - which when not fixed in one place with magnets can blow anywhere, because I made it very light so if it fell off the AC it wouldn't kill someone – so you can go back to bed.

So that in combination with the earplugs worked - well, for the noise. The AC cover (when not AC-using season) and moving the bed away (when the bed was moved away) were also nice additions.

Technically, hanging anything outside my windows is in violation of my lease/rental terms. The landlord didn't care, so long as I stopped complaining about him not fixing the gutter.

Which I did. The fact that the rainwater overflowing the gutter is also rotting out the underside of the eave by the dent doesn't seem to bother him, and I gave up mentioning it.

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