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Jenny H.
Helen is making me work on my research.
She is all about the tough love ;) - Pete
No doubt, Pete. She told me to get off my duff! - Jenny H. from Android
What's your working title/hypothesis, if it's ok to ask? - Halil
Two separate pieces: 1) Effects of human disturbance on prairie dog colony persistence 2) Efficacy of using remote imaging to survey prairie dog colonies. - Jenny H.
You have prairie dogs in Norway??? - Uli
By remote imaging, do you mean motion triggered cameras or something? - Halil
I think it means satellite photos of opportunity, Halil. Or maybe I'm confusing it with something else :) - Eivind
We have lemmings, Uli. That's basically the same thing :) - Eivind
But no prairie dog has ever jumped off a cliff. Tsk. - Uli
Ja. Remote imaging is using satellite photos of a chosen resolution to investigate some phenomenon from a larger scale. Uli, I am pretty sure no lemmings willingly jumped off a cliff- that was a Disney-enhanced fabrication. This is my ongoing personal research that I was given a grant to complete (back in 2010). I am finally getting around to finishing my report. Helen is a tough cookie. She won't let me sit on my arse anymore. :D - Jenny H.
*tries not to picture Jenny's BadAss's arse ... because that would be "improper"* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I think it's okay if you picture it just as it is- covered in unflattering sweat pants and planted on the couch. ;) - Jenny H.
Way to bring the room down, Jenny BadAss. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
LOL! - Jenny H. from Android
I'm glad Helen has been encouraging you. That's a perfect project while you're waiting until you can work in Norway. (And good on its own merits.) - Spidra Webster
Always finding out via Facebook about my brother & sister in law coming to Oakland to take my mom & her dog on hikes but neither me nor Jayden being invited.
ouch. sorry Mandy. personally I'd love to go hiking with you and your son. though I'd have to watch the potty mouth while cursing my smoking habit for the most of the way. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
that sounds like a fun hike ^ - Steve C
Lame :( - Tamara J. B.
You & me both, T Ra. And cussing is fine. Jayden's heard it all and uses none, lol. <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
rooooooooooooooooooooooood! - YvonneM
I'm the kid who takes her to the grocery store, picks up her prescriptions; cleans her house & walks her dog when she's in the hospital. etc. He's the kid who takes her to lunch & on fun outings. So I get this ugly, ugly resentment that I'm not comfortable bringing up because I get shit because I'm "always so negative". - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Would asking to go next time backfire on you? - Yvonne from FFHound!
Had a really good convo today with my therapist about being a 'good daughter'. She reminded me that whatever I do, I am a good daughter and the dysfunction of my family is that no one may ever know but me. So do it for myself and be right with it. It was a helpful reminder for me so I offer it here only as that. And yes it sucks. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I don't find out until they check in on Facebook, or post pics the next day. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
T, that is pretty much how I've been dealing with this kind of thing, and the resentment, for a long time. Also because of therapists' help :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And, of course, venting here. When unwelcome thoughts start repeating in my head, I can get them out here without feeling judged or creating unnecessary conflict or discomfort. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm sorry, Starmama. :( - Jenny H. from Android
I assume you find out after the fact (which sucks), but sometimes commenting on the photos or checkin with a "looks like fun. I'd love to come with you next time" can make a difference. Or could you plan a hike and invite them? Family can be hard but I'm a bit of a Pollyanna sometimes. <3 - Yvonne from FFHound!
I've thought about that but feel kinda weird putting it on a public Facebook post. Like, I might sound whiny or something. I'd rather stay at home than hike, most days, and going out to eat feels funny because I'm never able to contribute to the check. But maybe I'll say "Jayden would love to go" because he definitely would. & being the only kid in the family, he oughta be getting way more family time & attention than he does. He's lucky if he gets a birthday phone call. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Your pollyannaness is absolutely appreciated :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
=) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Thank you, disgusting neighbors, for leaving your garbage bags out today when garbage pickup is Thursday. I'm sure that after two days in 90+ degree weather they will smell just delightful.
Feral animal bait? - Janet from FFHound!
Possibly. After two days they will probably smell much like the skunks they will inevitably attract. - Jessie
What is the response of management? - Anne Bouey
I don't think there's much they can do since there aren't any surveillance cameras outside. They emailed everyone previously to remind them of the garbage policy and they've said they will start fining residents $50/bag if they're caught, but I don't think they have a method for catching them. - Jessie
Trash digging should find the source. Mask, gloves, and Hazmat suit---priceless. - Janet from FFHound!
Critters will probably expose their identity. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Garbage is it's own evidence. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Ick! - Jenny H. from Android
Corinne L
Another item to file under "So Unhelpful We Need a New Word for Unhelpful:" telling the social media manager for an event that you didn't see any promotion for it on social media.
vicster: full-bodied
Wow. You have created a world where, not only can no one win with you, it is impossible for anyone to not lose. Having the ability to find offense with just about everything is not an enviable trait.
Corinne L
Reply all with "sorry, not my department" when the person you're responding to has already contacted the original sender is so unhelpful that we need a new word for "unhelpful."
Fomentor of strife, or really, fomenting strife. Spreading the seeds of anti-helpfulness in their wake. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, this offender is already on my boss' shit list. I cannot wait to hear his response later to this recent development. - Corinne L
Stephen Mack
This is selective perception in action, but Microsoft crap is crashing and failing on me like crazy this week.
The above is from my laptop at work, running Win 7 Enterprise, and it's generally pretty stable. But I just lost network connection, which caused PowerPoint to freak out so bad it crashed. - Stephen Mack
Much more serious is that my home PC running Windows 8 just fell apart, and I had to refresh it. Mad that it deleted all app data, including all my son's Minecraft worlds. Which weren't part of the backups somehow. - Stephen Mack
(And this follows on from to complete the self-perceived rule of three.) - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Once again, Microsoft FUckign Outlook is the worse fucking piece of bullshit crap in the fucking universe. FUCK I hate that crap. FUCK.
Exec meeting at 2pm. Last minute request to cancel. I open up the meeting to cancel it, and explain why it's canceled. It errors out (complains I'm not connected to Outlook). It then deletes the meeting from my calendar without putting it in trash or any way to undo, but doesn't cancel it for anyone else. So now there's zero way to cancel the meeting. - Stephen Mack
If you go to the "Recover Deleted Items" folder (usually from the 'folder' tab, or right clicking the deleted items) it might be there. If you can recover it, you should be able to give it another go. Sorry I'm seeing this so late. - Jennifer Dittrich
Thanks, Jennifer. I'll check. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Well, in mail view, under the Folder toolbar, there's a Recover Deleted Items button, which brings up a crapload of ancient crap, and it did have my meeting at the bottom, so I selected it and clicked the "Recover Selected Items" button, at which point... nothing happened. The item did not come back to the Deleted Items Folder, and the meeting did not reappear on Calendar view. - Stephen Mack
I stand by my assertion: Outlook is the absolute worst piece of shit software in general use in the world. As terrible as iTunes is, Outlook is twenty times worse. - Stephen Mack
Ugh, I am so sorry. And, agreed. - Jennifer Dittrich
Can your IT dept recover it? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Zu, nope, they tried. And too late now. - Stephen Mack
At the risk of alienating some, a few (not all) young millenials I encounter seem to be way more self-confident than necessary. Like, mucho. But conversely, they also don't handle constructive criticism well. Huh?
Me at a meeting today : "So Thing X is this, this, this." Pause. Newbie: "OK, but what is Thing X?" Really??
ugh - Shevonne
People who make other plans instead of confirming their original plans can suck it. At least now we have a free day.
This makes me mad, "Didn't hear back from you so didn't think we were on". Just ASK next time! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Yeesh. If I've made plans with someone, but haven't heard back in a few days, I'll call/text/email quickly a couple of days before to confirm that we're still on. I wouldn't just assume that it's not happening. - vicster: full-bodied
Boo! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jed rocks the party.
Just found out that another former student from when I long-term substitute taught got a full-time teaching job. Sweet girl and I'm happy for her. But still disheartening.
I know what you're going through because Elena went through that as well at her level. You're doing good work though. Keep it up. - Eric
Thanks, Eric. Trying not to get frustrated. - Jed rocks the party.
It's hard not to get frustrated. I substitute taught for 3 years before this job came along. Biggest downside of my job is that if the school runs out of Title 1 funds, I am out of a job since I am non-contract, which, some days, makes me feel like I'm not working towards anything, but I love what I'm doing. - Elena
This guy at work spends all day on the phone and even puts one call on hold to answer the other. Did I tell you he always misses deadlines?
Yesterday, bringing Jayden home from my play-sister's house, I decided to take the streets home instead of the freeway, for no other reason than I turned right instead of left. Hella happy I didn't take the freeway, because we would've gotten off at Edwards & taken that 73rd Ave hill. And driving home on Bancroft, the brakes failed. YIKES.
We're okay, car is okay, didn't hit anyone & made it home carefully & safely. But DAMN SON now we fucked. Cue the Richard Dimples Fields song: If it ain't one thing, it's another... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh wow. That's good you weren't on the freeway, but really sucks you now have to get the brakes fixed. - Anika
Glad you made it home safely. Bummer about the repairs. :( - Anne Bouey
Yep & I just spent all our $$ on bills & groceries so now I gotta figure out once again how to make something outta nothing. Fortunately my next-door neighbor has been helping me maintain my car on the cheap. He charges me so little for the work he does I often give him from $5 to $20 more than he asks for. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So, so glad you weren't on the freeway! What timing. - Kirsten
I'm glad for my neighbor, he got a new job with more regular hours & more pay. He deserves it. Unfortunately, it means he's no longer home during the day! I'ma talk to him this evening & see when he can look at my car so I can start to figure out what to do. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Aw man, that sucks. Hopefully it's easily fixable. *hugs* - Yvonne from FFHound!
Corinne L
As someone I know once said, "Today was a stupid day."
Mo Kargas
This world is a very dark place indeed. Under guises of freedom and democracy we bomb children in their beds, put them in internment camps "for their own protection", take food from their mouths and enforce our right to lie to ourselves that it's good and moral and just with an iron fist.
We've built empires and machinations that enable and promote the taking of life, food and land, and we glory in its murderous excesses in movies and culture, while minimizing any humanity the disenfranchised and destroyed had left in reality. If there's such a thing as "peak civilization", we are well and truly past it. - Mo Kargas
I just want people to imagine it. Imagine seeing your own children, rendered limb from limb, by a bomb or tank shell. Kids with eyes bright with the promise of tomorrow, kids you raised from day one. You shared all their first moments, joy, pain, learning. Perhaps your wife and your grandparents are there too. There is no *item* such as money or land, political influence or ounce of... more... - Mo Kargas
I want people to imagine what sort of civilization creates mentality that it's OK to shove children in detention centers for seeking something to eat. I want to know what civilization makes a navy officer gun down kids playing soccer on a beach, or an pilot bomb a UN shelter or hospital as children cower in terror beneath fragile ceilings and walls. I want to know what civilization can... more... - Mo Kargas
Institutions who are supposed to protect us are killing us, killing others. The media peddles hate and division. Companies charged with providing for us play geopolitical, genocidal games with us, poison us, kill us. Governments do the opposite of whatever they're elected for. We're closer together as a planet than any other time in human history,but we look inwards, fractured and... more... - Mo Kargas
We don't resist because we're scared. We pay our taxes and hope to forget because we're frightened. We don't speak up, march or talk about it because we're worried we'll lose our careers, or our friends or the little tiny occasional piece of life or serenity or happiness we have. And so we'll remain until fear eventually ends us all. - Mo Kargas
Big Joe Silence
just did a Google image search for "thumbtack" and it came back with almost all pushpin shots. WTF? is it really THAT difficult to call something by the correct name? GAH!! *IMPOTENT RAGE*
this misuse of terminology has been a pet peeve of mine for several decades. sad, i know. - Big Joe Silence
thumbtack, pushpin, can't we all just get along! :P to be honest though i confuse the two in my head all of the time. - Sir Shuping is just sir
what-! you-! *foams at mouth* - Big Joe Silence
Oh, you mean a drawing pin? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I've always called them thumb tracks, but Office Works lumps them all together as drawing pins! - Melly
@WOH: the flat-headed short ones? - Big Joe Silence
@Melly: I KNOW! *clenches fists and bellows at sky* - Big Joe Silence
Big Joe Silence
AT&T soliciting door to door again while claiming that they aren't. fsck them with a barge pole.
the attitude and bullshit in response to my quoting them the city ordinance was as usual. - Big Joe Silence
Jed rocks the party.
Sometimes, this "work hard with no payoff" thing makes me want to throw up. Way too many years. At least today, I feel extremely ill thinking about all the time and money I've funneled into college and work applications.
Don't put up with that mate. You can't get that time back - Mo Kargas
I know. The college time and money are already gone. Can't get those back now. I just wish I saw some payoff for all of the work. - Jed rocks the party.
Understandable frustration - Steve C
April Russo
HTML tables can bite my ass!
Worked on a site today that is almost nothing but tables full of names & numbers. :( - April Russo
Blech! - Mo Kargas
Let me put that in a frame for you. - Joe
Joe, bite your tongue (or fingers). I went out of my way to learn about php includes, years ago, specifically to avoid frames. - April Russo
Big Joe Silence
"Call me when you're ready to meet for dinner!" ...and then you switch off your phone for the rest of the day?!?
i'm a little miffed. goddammit. - Big Joe Silence
ugh - Steve C
Our help desk ain't helping for shit. I swear it's like Groundhog Day. They ask the same questions every day. No damned sense in their heads.
I spent 20 minutes explaining how the spam filter works. I sent an email with a procedure. Anyone want to bet me $20 that they will forget everything I said and not read their email? - Eric
Someone in our apartment building has been putting their trash bags out on the walkway in front of the building, the day BEFORE trash pickup, in 100+ degree heat. Despite an email and now a paper notice from the leasing office asking people to please stop doing that, because it's disgusting.
Literally, paper notices were attached to everyone's doors on Friday and by late Friday afternoon, the trash bags were out there again. - Jessie
I want to find out who it is so I can move the trash bags directly in front of their door. Oh you don't like stepping in warm, smelly garbage? Neither do those of us who follow basic sanitation rules. - Jessie
I should mention that the apartment community trash compactor is <2 minutes' walk away. It's literally on the other side of the building. - Jessie
Blech. - Yvonne from FFHound!
All I'm gonna say about drainage/plumbing explosions is it's a good thing we have an outdoor full bath NOT connected to interior house plumbing.
Wait. What?? - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Oh no! - Katy S
Something's gone wrong inside house plumbing. Garage is stinky and wet... We have a pool bathroom that's not connected to house plumbing until it meets at street. So we'll all (5) have to use it. And eat out. I'm not trusting any water drains until a plumber comes. Maybe tmrw. :/ - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Gah. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'd actually like to do dishes. And maybe some laundry. My day to day chores/life are getting screwy. Sighhhh - Lnorigb from FFHound!
What a bummer. Has the plumber turned up yet? - Marie
he came ysday to dx. then left. Ideally we don't have to bust up any walls! just a major snaking needs to happen and cleanout. I think he'll come back today or send an asst. Plumbing is definitely a recession proof job, he stays busy. - Lnorigb
Big Joe Silence
AT&T, where they only want to talk to you about getting U-verse and hang up on you or send you to an automated menu dead-end for everything else, ESPECIALLY repairs.
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
If you are cold EVERY DAY you come to work and YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE, that doesn't mean you can adjust the temp of the office to suit YOU! I came into the office and someone (during a gap between supervisors) had jacked the temperature up to 77(!) IN AN OFFICE OF MANY PEOPLE. I'm 90% sure who did it, too. First, I must calm down. So frustrated.
vicster: full-bodied
Tourist season in the Bay Area.
Got to the Ferry Bldg. to catch my usual 16:30 ferry. It's already been luck of the draw because we have the smaller ferries (our larger ferry has been in dry dock for about 6 or 8 weeks) and I've been one of the last to get on before the boat is full. Welp. Today they filled up completely over at Pier 41 and the only thing the captain could do was schlep them straight to the East Bay, then come back to the FB and get us. We finally left around 17:00. Grateful to be home and that the wait wasn't worse than 1/2 hour, but GRRRRR! They need to not pick up at Pier 41 between 16:00 - 18:00. - vicster: full-bodied
Tourists are the reason I eventually moved away from the Fisherman's Wharf area. I loved being so close to the water, but I couldn't handle all the wandering people! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Some days I feel like I live in the middle of a used car lot. Neighbor on one side of us has 8 cars parked in front of his house and in his driveway. People across the street have 5 cars parked in front of their house making it so any visitors they have park in front of my house. People next to them have cars coming & going constantly.
It's virtually impossible to see any cars coming up or down the street making pulling out of my driveway a nightmare. I can't tell you how many times I have almost been hit because I can't see around all these cars. - Elena
Can you file a complaint with the police dept? - Yvonne from FFHound!
I called code enforcement about it awhile ago and they said as long as the cars are operational it is perfectly legal. It's a bunch of BS because 2 of the cars next door are surrounded by weeds that filter over into my yard and they don't do anything about those either! - Elena
So frustrating! Sorry your neighbors suck. - Yvonne from FFHound!
What do you say to a friend who keeps texting you about how much her husband hates his life? I'm sorry and things will get better just don't seem to cut it.
helpful info, like info @ support groups, etc? - chaz2b
Hope the Twitter import isn't brokened for months n months this time.
Without a computer, it's the easiest way to share a link. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It's my go-to for jotting down thoughts & I like when they show up here - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
My bitching worked, whoo hoo! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
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