I've been laid off. The end of my notice period is at the end of this month. Yes I get severance, but it won't last long.

The West Coast is burning, but the Federal government under Trump doesn't give a shit. Multiple hurricanes are threatening the South, and my mother lives in Florida. Schools are opening for in person instruction in spite of advice from medical experts so we're sacrificing our youth for political appearances.

Every fucking day, more and more malfeasance by Trump, his appointees and surrogates surfaces, but with the complicit GOP, corrupt Barr in the DoJ and the traitor McConnell having a stranglehold on the Senate none of this shit will be brought to justice or corrected.

Worse, even if the Dems win in November, they will probably just all sing Kumbaya and sweep it under the rug as "history", and there will be no accounting for the corruption and crime of this administration. IMO, it's the mistake that they made after Watergate that helped set the stage for the current corruption of the once loyal GOP.

To say that I'm feeling cynical and depressed is putting it mildly. It seems like there will be no end to the right-wing shit-storm that is enveloping our nation, and that a Dem admin will have to spend all of it's time once again fixing the godawful mess that the GOP left, rather than moving our nation ahead into the 21st century. Every time the GOP gets into power they sabotage our institutions, shit on our ideals, and then pretend like it is patriotic or something. Each time is worse than the last.

It will be a cold day in hell before I knowingly vote for a Republican again, even on a local level. They have lost all claim to patriotism and loyalty to American ideals.

Laid Off, Again

Stanford eliminated my position. I kind of worked myself out of a job. I'm not the only one - they had to cut the budget by 10%, and the easiest way to do that was to cut positions. I get a few months notice and severance.

Still, it's a drag. I tend to hate the whole interview charade these days. It used to be a lot easier, but there are so many fake people out there, with fake resumes, that there is more effort putting on screening fakes out than trying to find someone who can actually do the job.


If you ask me, a 20+ year computer professional, and others for a tool to "put a file on a website", I'm going to send you to an upload tool. Because to get the fucking thing from your computer onto the site, you have to transfer (upload) the fucking file. So don't fucking ask me for a tool to "put a file on a website" then bitch at me like I was a moron for pointing you at an upload tool.

There are lots of protocols for copying a file from one computer to another: ftp, sftp, scp, rsync, rsync over ssh, hell even dd. However, if you can't hack the command line, or write your own scripts, or even search the web yourself for what you think you want, then you use an upload tool. You can even find upload tools to make thumbnails of graphic files.

But don't throw a badly worded request for a solution out to people who "know the difference between ftp and rsync", which I can definitely assure you I do, then bitch that the suggestions are not what you want like I was AN IDIOT FOR NOT READING YOUR MOTHER FUCKING MIND!!

If it wasn't for your decent knowledge in other things, I'd block your bitchy little ass right now.

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Coronavirus Meme/Quiz

Via [personal profile] siderea

1. Are you an Essential Worker?

No. My University employer started allowing me to work from home (WFH) a week before the CA lockdown.

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine has started?

One, for the Spring Equinox.

3. If you have kids... Are they driving you nuts?

Hahahaha... No. My cats are entertainment enough.

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this?

I've been making masks in my spare time...

5. How many grocery runs have you done?

Grocery or hardware store, about one a week, since we can't get any delivery times and stuff is always sold out.

6. What are you spending your stimulus check on?

Most went into savings, but some is going toward a new water heater to go into our garage for the washing machine.

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine?

Two of our SF&F conventions have been canceled already.

8. Are you keeping your housework done?

No, but then I wasn't before all this started.

9a. What movie have you watched during this quarantine?

None, really. Just a few youtube shorts

9b. What are you reading right now?

Twitter, Reddit, FarceBook, DreamWidth

9c. What video game are you playing?

My usual MMOs, plus Toon Blast and Toy Blast

10. What are you streaming with?

I am paying for a Netflix subscription, which I haven't done anything with in ages, plus we get Prime Video. But I don't watch TV.

11. Nine months from now is there any chance of you having a baby?

No. All of the AFAB eople in my house have either had hists or have gone through menopause

12. What's your go-to quarantine meal?

Whatever is in the freezer ready to nuke. (We cook in large lots, then portion it out and freeze it.)

13. Is this whole situation making you paranoid?

No, paranoia is about irrational fears:

A) It's not paranoia if it's about inanimate things.

B) It's not paranoia if you don't think the bad thing is personally aimed at you.

C) It's not paranoia if it's a conclusion you have come to through evaluating evidence and reasoning about it (even if your evidence sucks and your reasoning is lousy) so long as its responsive to further evidence and reasoning.

D) It's not paranoia if people really are out to get people like you, like the folks willing to sacrifice old people for the sake of "getting the economy going again".

14. Has your internet gone out on you during this time?

No. We got a new head end in February

15. What month do you predict this all ends?

September, 2021

16. First thing you're gonna do when you get off quarantine?

Evaluate if it is actually safe to go out without a mask, etc.

17. Where do you wish you were right now?

Not sure.

18. What free-from-quarantine activity are you missing the most?

Fabric shopping.

19. Have you run out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer?

No, but I had to scramble because Amazon has refused to ship my regular order for two months now. I am using more TP now that I'm WFH. I've made some of my own hand sanitizer, in case I need it, from 90% IPA, aloe & glycerine, plus I have some small bottles I bought in February.

20. Do you have enough food to last a month?

Easily, although one roomie will complain about lack of fresh leafy greens, eggs and mushrooms if she can't go shopping for them every week. We have powdered egg, IIRC, powdered milk and freeze dried spinach. But she can go through a two pound bag of fresh spinach in a week, and she won't freeze it.

Red Death

Yep. "Go out, go to church, go to the club, hug and shake hands - to own the libs!"

This is what we've come to: Courting death by a highly infectious disease that your lying news organization said was a hoax, but is busy killing people all over the world, just to upset "liberals".

Nevermind that these idiots will infect family members, including their elders, and the hospital workers that will try to save their lives.

A couple of pastors have already died of it, after telling their in-person congregations that it was Just a hoax, God would protect them.
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