keeping up with the Joneses

Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:28 am
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give me gratitude or give me debt
In terms of parenting, marriage, home, clothes – I will not be a slave to the Tyranny of Trend any longer. I am almost 40 years old and no catalog is the Boss of Me anymore. I am free. I am not bound to spend my precious days on Earth trying to keep up with the Joneses- because the Joneses are really just a bunch of folks in conference rooms changing "trends" rapidly to create fake monthly emergencies for us. OH NO! NOW IT'S A SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH WE NEED! No, thank you. Life offers plenty of REAL emergencies to handle, thank you very much.

I'm a grown up now. I know what looks good on me, and that doesn't change every three months. I know how I like my house. I like it cute and cozy and a little funky and I like it to feel lived in and worn and I like the things inside of it to work. That's all. And for me - it's fine that my house's interior suggests that I might not spend every waking moment thinking about how it looks.

Sometimes it seems that our entire economy is based on distracting women from their blessings. Producers of STUFF NEED to find 10,000 ways to make women feel less than about our clothes, kitchens, selves so that we will keep buying more. So maybe freeing ourselves just a little from the Tyranny of Trend is a women's issue – because we certainly aren't going to get much world changing done if we spend all of our time and money on wardrobe and kitchen changing.

more Momastery:
*share this with all the schools, please
*quit pointing your avocado at me
*a mountain I'm willing to die on (previously)
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Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”

Shut up already.

The ALS Association has a 4-star rating from Charity Watchdog. 

And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection. 

As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…

A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier.  Her dad has ALS.  The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.

This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp.  And they did.  She posted pics.

So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.


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what’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and a lobster with breast implants ?

one’s a crusty bus station and one’s a busty crustacean

#i’ve told this joke a million times and it NEVER fails
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EW’s Hard Rock Hotel San Diego photo studio - The Orphan Black cast; behind the scenes and final photo.
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Favorite Movies: 

Inception (2010)
"Building a dream from your memory is the easiest way to lose your grasp on what’s real and what is a dream."

Music meme, no arms

Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:14 pm
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via [personal profile] cyphomandra

You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on!

We Close Our Eyes - Go West
Beautiful Collision - Bic Runga
Sunshine - Wheatus
Horses - Greg Johnson
Whatever (I Had a Dream) - Butthold Surfers (Romeo + Juliet soundtrack)
All Connected - The Feelers
Beautiful World - Colin Hay
Without a Sound - Headstones
The Whole of the Moon - Peter Mulvey
Hard - Grey Eye Glances


*resumes radio silence to conserve arms*
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I complained at LinkedIn last week about one sub-set of their e-mails. Most of their e-mails have reasonably good text/plain and text/html parts - this one sub-set (which is pointers to what might be the second-most interesting stuff on the set) is pure html. AsYouKnowBob, I use mutt to read my personal e-mail, using bash over ssh. The hand-off for the html mime type is to lynx, which I haven't bothered to learn how to coerce into https & log-in required yet. So, I complained about the lack of a proper text/plain part.

My complaint got handed off to 'the group in charge of that area'. And then I got a reply of 'I don't understand what you're talking about'!


Here's my reply:

It is frustrating to me that someone who is apparently tasked with providing help on e-mail does not understand what multi-part e-mail is.

An e-mail is frequently composed of multiple parts - most frequently, a plain-text part and an html part, although there are other possible parts. Talk to your e-mail administrators, or look at these few results from googling "multi-part e-mail" =,, and

You might especially note the fact that not having a plain-text portion gets your e-mails lots of points when using the default spamassassin rules - in other words, it greatly increases the chances that your e-mail will get marked as spam.

Do you understand that whatever is generating your e-mails is generating something formatted as pure HTML? Do you understand the concept of a plain-text e-mail client?

Try saving one of the automatic e-mails your system generates to a file, and then open it in something like NotePad. THAT should be what I see when I open one of your e-mails. In a multi-part e-mail, there would be a plain-text portion that has no formatting - no bold, no italics, no HREF links - just the text and explicit http links.


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