I probably should have remembered to mention before
that my cat recovered after the day or so of puking everywhere and having bowel issues. So, hooray! :D No emergency Christmas-day vet trips. He still seems a little mellow for his normal self, but he’s eating and otherwise functioning normally.
I have to say as someone who was raised Catholic that this drives me nuts. Maybe it’s just a Catholic thing and no other Christian sects celebrate it (I don’t know at all, to be completely honest) but the Twelve Days of Christmas actually come after Christmas (Christmas being the first day… of Christmas) and go through the Epiphany (the supposed arrival of the three magi).
Even though I’m not religious anymore it still drives me crazy that people get up in arms over the “War Against Christmas” and still can’t manage to correctly handle the religious meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas nor the abbreviation Xmas. (Often written as a “slashed P”, it’s actually the Greek letters Chi Rho as in… Christ.)
and a brief discussion about gendered slurs yesterday, while I do like the sound/rhythm of “man up”, I obviously find it problematic. The suggested alternate was “ovary up”, but it’s just not the same (I was born to be a lyricist I think, I have poetic sensitivities). I then remembered that Betty White quote about how sensitive balls are and how carefully they have to be watched out for, yet vaginas take a real beating (to paraphrase). So in light of that, VAG UP. Which means toughen up in the sense that I am trying to silly-ly offer you advice and not demean or dismiss your problems at all (I’m assuming in this situation I would have already honestly addressed them first). :) (My friends and I give eachother a lot of shit, for reference.)
Not that anyone needed to toughen up, I just like to exercise my expletive vocabulary and we find it entertaining.
2011 is a douchebag. “Hey, it’s gonna be the best year ever!” “JUST KIDDING, FUCK IT ALL UP.”
So my cat has a blockage. He’s puked up everything he hate today and is dribbling diarrhea out his butt, and he can’t go to the bathroom. He’s kind of an idiot so he probably ate part of the (fake) tree, but holy crap. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BIOLOGICAL HAZMATS I’VE CLEANED UP TODAY.
I believe the total sits above a baker’s dozen. AUGH
I had a terrible dream, I’m tired of dealing with people’s bullshit, the ignorance in the ONE HOUR I’ve been awake is astounding, and now LJ is apparently the new Facebook (a.k.a. “don’t give a shit about our userbase, make the website tacky and unusable!”).
FUCK TODAY. Universe, balance this bullshit out and owe me a good one. I need it, today needs it, and just FUCK IT ALL.
I would like one (1) Solstice Gift, please, universe, and “more sunlight” isn’t going to cut it. Because I’m moving to Hawaii in a week… I have solved that problem myself.
I’m a civil engineer and THIS IS WHY I NOT ONLY SUPPORT TAXES BUT TAKE PRIDE IN PAYING THEM, YOU IDIOTS
Fuck yeah, ASCE B|
P.S. Remember that catastrophic failure of the Minnesota bridge? Yeah, they did a study right after that and something like 70% of our nation’s bridges are due to “expire” in the next 10-15 years or something like that.
P.P.S. I’d say “ENGINEERS FOR POLITICAL POSITIONS!” except I remember taking humanities and ethics class with a lot of these folks. Many of them are intelligent but can’t ethics their way out of a paper bag. It’s depressing, really… :C
[EDIT] This may actually be that study or at least reflect it, the pdf says the numbers are from 2009 and confirms my thoughts that approximately 30% (inside the 70%, but not 30% of the 70% —FUCKING PERCENTAGES) were already outside of their designed lifetime. (The pdf here says 26%.)
That doesn’t mean they are necessarily due to fail, as everything is overdesigned with the intention of preventing failure. However, it does mean it was designed for a certain capacity and certain materials with a certain lifetime that was recommended for safety. Capacity has definitely gone up almost everywhere, and even if we’re hoping things can last a little longer (which they likely will, I’m thinking minimum safety factor is usually 1.5, although I don’t know exactly how that translates to lifetime calculations), it’s still costly to just even go out and check whether a crack is surface damage only or a critical structural point that could collapse any moment.
And it’s not exactly like replacement bridges, highways, or any sort of public system like this gets a replacement quickly.
Hadley Fraser: “I dreamed a dream”.. Right, if you’re dreaming then of course you’re dreaming a dream. You aren’t doing anything else- a nightmare is only a sub genre of a dream. Caroline sings it very well, don’t get me wrong.
Chris Key: What are you suggesting ?
Hadley Fraser: Cut the song.
Ahahaha I don’t know what this is from but I have had similar thoughts about Les Mis before. (It’s a decent muscial, but not my favorite. However I do love the book so don’t kill me!)