RIP Prince Rogers Nelson
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eta: wow.


So. Wow.
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I bid on a story by [personal profile] siria  for the fandomaid Nepal fundraiser, and it's posted, and it's a really amazing post-Ultron Natasha story, and I don't think I've plumbed its layers well enough to describe it in any useful way but you should read it if you haven't already.

You're a Different Kind of Danger in the Daylight 

something to start the weekend
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Misha Collins and what appears to be a slightly tipsy William Shatner discuss charity and amphibian wine.

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be it ever so humble...
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We've been trapped in a family-owned house for literally-by-which-I-mean-not-extremely-figuratively decades because of reasons. Which (naturally at the worst possible time) no longer apply. So, we nadded up (this is not something I was raised to think I was capable of) and went shopping for a co-op.

As of yesterday afternoon, this is the view from my new home.

livingroom
breakfastnook

It's not perfect, but it's beautiful and it's ours.

Yay.

oh, Time Warner Cable
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I never wanted them. Their internet is expensive and not reliable, and their bundle prices are excessive for what you get, which isn't actually what I wanted. Service, not so great. The customer service representatives lie kind of a lot (my favorite: I had one tell me the day CNN was talking about their network going down for the entire east coast that there were no known issues so the problem was with my machine). Unfortunately, it's the only high speed internet my neighborhood was wired for.

But I don't think I quite got how they got to be one of the most hated companies in America until the day after I cancelled my service, when I got a phone call from a retention specialist who identified himself as "a lawyer with Time Warner Cable" who wanted to talk about "issues with my cancellation."

I've been paying extra for service for the last five months because renewing our bundle would have left us paying a penalty when we cancelled, so there were actually no issues with my cancellation. Other than, apparently, Time Warner Cable's willingness to implicitly threaten me with legal action if I don't change my mind.

it's all totally random
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There is seriously nothing on because it's all hours of the morning, so I'm watching a show called Second Acts on geezer TV.

She's an interior designer who won't admit that she can't accomplish a limitless amount because she firmly believes it's just a matter of effort and purpose. She just brought her husband into the firm.

Her husband is a former construction executive who was forced out of his job after a takeover, and he wants to steamroller their (female) clients and his wife into accepting his snap decisions (which the show repeatedly frames as "alpha male") and meeting his deadlines.

Her name is Meredith. His name is Rodney.

The world is an impressively strange place.

Pterry Pratchett, RIP
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Sir Terry is gone.

I'm glad for him that he didn't outlive his mind, since he was so insistent on that, but I'm a little heartbroken now.

not for nothing
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The picture on the left is the infamous black and blue dress. The picture on the right is what happens to the picture on the left when you adjust the lightest point of the dress to white (which would also explain the completely burned out background of the original picture).

WADR to all the really interesting things people have had to say about the science of perception, I'm going to vote for an instagram filter error.

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FYI
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I discovered while I was looking for something else that all seasons of Atlantis and SG1 are back on Hulu.

oh dear.
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ita's gone.

That's not right. There are people who should live forever in a wash of golden light, and she was one of them.

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