kaffyr: (NaruOMG)
 When You Just Can't Get Enough Stupid ...

... I'm here to point you in the direction of more. With much thanks to Anu Garg's delightful A Word A Day, who pointed this out; one writer's contemplation about the reaction one school community had to hearing the Pledge of Allegiance spoken in Arabic. 

kaffyr: A stupid comment about gender (No gender)
Boosting the Signal

Just so you folks know, I sent this email to the Wikimedia Foundation earlier tonight.

To Whom It May Concern,

This year, for the first time, I donated money to support the Wikimedia Foundation, and I thought I had done a good thing in doing so.

However, the recent news that your Arbitration Committee has made a decision to permanently ban five writers and editors, in response to pressure from members of the so-called Gamergate community, has decreased my respect for, and confidence in, your organization and its policies.

I hope someday to be able to donate to your organization again. For now, however, I join other members of the Internet community in saying that, until you fix Wikipedia's systemic bias against women, you will not get another penny from me.

And please do not indulge in the traditional defense of the disingenuous and cowardly; do not say, "We are not responsible." Of course you are, because you are financing and supporting the toxic atmosphere of its administrative and cultural infrastructure.

The buck stops with you.

Most sincerely,
Kathryn J. Routliffe

With many thanks to [personal profile] kerravonsen 


kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
The Far Less Swozzled Update

I have a rather busy day ahead of me, seeing as how I'm going to get the chance to meet and have coffee with the delightful [personal profile] marence  this afternoon, but I wanted to drop by and do at least a couple of things: 

I'm sending belated birthday wishes to a longtime friend, once from Chicago and now from Minneapolis, [livejournal.com profile] doclnghair, who celebrated on Sept. 21. I hope your year is filled with creative joy, many friends, love, and music.

I also wanted to wish the erudite [personal profile] selenak  - world traveller extraordinaire, Beatle fan and scholar, thoughtful television commentator and excellent fic writer - a happy birthday, as of yesterday. I hope the day was excellent; may the coming year be just as fulfilling!

Other things: Here, under the cut to spare those of you who want to avoid [personal profile] kaffyr 's job-related angst, is a description of the meeting that actually sparked my previous post. In describing the meeting to[personal profile] yamx , I managed to encapsulate the entire bad craziness of that little corporate get-together.
Oh, and I forgot to mention earlier that Rory and the Doctor arrived about five or six days ago, and The Family Pond is now complete. I plan to bring them to the next set of union negotiations, put them out in front of me, and tell the guys across the table that if they can deal in fantasy scenarios affecting my livelihood, I can provide them with more fulfilling fantasy scenarios.

And that, for the moment, is all.

Oh, snap!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:52 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Beautiful Nine)
I Love This Woman.
No, really. She rocks. Courtesy of HuffPost, via BB.

Oh, snap!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:52 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Beautiful Nine)
I Love This Woman.
No, really. She rocks. Courtesy of HuffPost, via BB.

NOT Doctor Who

Monday, 7 July 2008 11:53 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Blogging)
Oh, look - she's posting something that isn't about Doctor Who. About damned time.

I finally got back to work today, starting my return by walking into the newsroom with a shiny set of new Illinois license plates for my car. Which is now my car, following 1.5 days of remarkable adventure at the Secretary of State's office. (That is, for all intents and purposes, analogous to the DMV in most other corners of This Fair Land.) And no, I shall not tell you all about those 1.5 days of remarkable adventure because they were, in fact, not remarkable. Therefore, I shall not remark upon them.

Getting back to work was less difficult than it sometimes is, although less productive than I really wanted it to be.  That was, possibly, because of the miserably hot and muggy weather with which Chicago was visited today. I love this city, I love nearly everything about it. The summer climate is not one of those things.

Having helped made real one of lj's more diabolical purposes - that of recording the most banal of my daily activities for worldwide consumption and thereby nurturing vast growing fields of stupid - I shall retreat to my bedroom, for a triumphant sleep. (Any sleep I get prior to 2 a.m. is vastly triumphant. Or triumphal.)



NOT Doctor Who

Monday, 7 July 2008 11:53 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Blogging)
Oh, look - she's posting something that isn't about Doctor Who. About damned time.

I finally got back to work today, starting my return by walking into the newsroom with a shiny set of new Illinois license plates for my car. Which is now my car, following 1.5 days of remarkable adventure at the Secretary of State's office. (That is, for all intents and purposes, analogous to the DMV in most other corners of This Fair Land.) And no, I shall not tell you all about those 1.5 days of remarkable adventure because they were, in fact, not remarkable. Therefore, I shall not remark upon them.

Getting back to work was less difficult than it sometimes is, although less productive than I really wanted it to be.  That was, possibly, because of the miserably hot and muggy weather with which Chicago was visited today. I love this city, I love nearly everything about it. The summer climate is not one of those things.

Having helped made real one of lj's more diabolical purposes - that of recording the most banal of my daily activities for worldwide consumption and thereby nurturing vast growing fields of stupid - I shall retreat to my bedroom, for a triumphant sleep. (Any sleep I get prior to 2 a.m. is vastly triumphant. Or triumphal.)



Grumpiness, Dept. of

Sunday, 22 June 2008 11:57 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Attack of the 50-foot Protestant Work Ethic
    When you think that you've done nothing of a weekend, then look at your to-do list and realize you have, in fact, done something -- well, what does that tell you about yourself?
    Ah, unrealistic expectation, thy name is, uhm...me.

Grumpiness, Dept. of

Sunday, 22 June 2008 11:57 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Attack of the 50-foot Protestant Work Ethic
    When you think that you've done nothing of a weekend, then look at your to-do list and realize you have, in fact, done something -- well, what does that tell you about yourself?
    Ah, unrealistic expectation, thy name is, uhm...me.
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Alright!
I am royalty!
(thanks to [profile] mack_the_spoon)


NerdTests.com says I'm a Nerd Queen.  What are you?  Click here!
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Alright!
I am royalty!
(thanks to [profile] mack_the_spoon)


NerdTests.com says I'm a Nerd Queen.  What are you?  Click here!
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (fuck with me gun)
Things I Learned Today
  1. Do not, as an accidental animist, expect to say goodbye to your 1993 Mercury Tracer without feeling as if you have just told a beloved pet it was going to go to a nice farmer in the country.
  2. Do not (make a note of this, now) pick up a AA battery, put it in your front jeans pocket with a car key, then sit down at your desk and expect nothing bad to happen. What actually will occur - ah, the wonder of battery-to-metal chemistry, a thing of which you have not, heretofore, been aware - is that you will shortly realize that the tender skin of your upper leg, just where it disappears into your torso, is burning. You will then jump up from your desk in a most undignified manner, whilst fishing about in said pocket, burning your fingers and cursing, then throwing both battery and car key onto your desk. Your leg will hurt ever so slightly for the rest of the afternoon, and your colleagues will laugh at you.
  3. Do not attempt to figure out why your faux-pod (hereinafter known as Portable Disk Drive K) persists in telling the PC from which you wish to import music that it is write-protected, at least not without the wisdom of BB beside you. When BB is bed-ridden and recuperating from emergency tooth extraction surgery, be patient, and wait for the morrow.
  4. Do not - do not - forge ahead with your reckless, unknowing voyage into computer country, and think that you can get rid of Portable Disk Drive K  - no matter how convinced you are that this is a perfectly reasonable method of solving your problem - without potentially dire consequences. Previous admonishments involving the presence of BB still obtain.
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (fuck with me gun)
Things I Learned Today
  1. Do not, as an accidental animist, expect to say goodbye to your 1993 Mercury Tracer without feeling as if you have just told a beloved pet it was going to go to a nice farmer in the country.
  2. Do not (make a note of this, now) pick up a AA battery, put it in your front jeans pocket with a car key, then sit down at your desk and expect nothing bad to happen. What actually will occur - ah, the wonder of battery-to-metal chemistry, a thing of which you have not, heretofore, been aware - is that you will shortly realize that the tender skin of your upper leg, just where it disappears into your torso, is burning. You will then jump up from your desk in a most undignified manner, whilst fishing about in said pocket, burning your fingers and cursing, then throwing both battery and car key onto your desk. Your leg will hurt ever so slightly for the rest of the afternoon, and your colleagues will laugh at you.
  3. Do not attempt to figure out why your faux-pod (hereinafter known as Portable Disk Drive K) persists in telling the PC from which you wish to import music that it is write-protected, at least not without the wisdom of BB beside you. When BB is bed-ridden and recuperating from emergency tooth extraction surgery, be patient, and wait for the morrow.
  4. Do not - do not - forge ahead with your reckless, unknowing voyage into computer country, and think that you can get rid of Portable Disk Drive K  - no matter how convinced you are that this is a perfectly reasonable method of solving your problem - without potentially dire consequences. Previous admonishments involving the presence of BB still obtain.

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