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Old 05-06-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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What's the only cloud in your otherwise blue skies today?

Yeah.

Lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Decided ahead of time that i was taking the full three days and not doing any work (as in academic work or teaching prep - I have been doing odds and sods around the house).

It's been delightful and we're only just into the afternoon of the third day. Sunshine, and good food, and Carrot in a good mood (he had a lovely play with his bro yesterday) and the village buzzing with activity outside.

It's great. But I have the lurghi. It's been gatherng all weekend and now it's hit me full on. Can't talk properly, head full of cotton wool and a dull ache, weak muscles, temperature all over the place etc.

I'm almost staving it off with Beechams powders and getting on with the day, and actually having quite a nice time. But it's a bit of a bugger and I'm probably going to end up having a nap. Which is a shame given the glorious sunshine.

So there.

What's the only cloud in your otherwise blue skies today?
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Mine is a similar problem Dani. Today looks like it will be a good day but I'm still weak, bronchitis is still acting up and my voice is still very rough, in fact its worse these past 2 days than the previous ones. I may have to call the doctor.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:53 AM   #3
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The sun has not yet come up in PDX, so the day is expected to be good all day.
But then, here comes Google's camel poking it's no$e under the tent again...


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YouTube Launching Paid Subscriptions to Some Video Channels: Report

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its specialist video channels as early as this week, according to a report.

The move, which has been in development for months, aims to help channels finance
a wider range of content such as television shows and films, and will serve as
another source of revenue, according to the Financial Times.

The service will include up to 50 YouTube channels, and subscriptions to each channel
will start as low a $1.99 per month, the newspaper reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:58 AM   #4
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:41 AM   #5
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No blue skies.
Only clouds.
Family friends visiting tomorrow.
I'll be good and clean and wash and dress up. Not invited out with them, but at least I won't look fat.

Can't bear dying slowly but I couldn't bear to survive a botched attempt.
I can't get rehab, I can't get medication, I have no job and my Mum hates my addiction. Well, so do I.
Right now I think I'll just wait for the cirrhosis verdict.
Then I got nothing to lose.
I either get taken seriously by the NHS or just end up giving up on myself.

Family and friends don't get left with confusion and upset if they know there's nothing they could have done anyway.

Right now just going for a kip.
Nothing sinister.
I just had some lovely dreams last night. To sleep perchance to dream?
Dinner tonight is steak anyway, so it's not my bag.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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I had some relatively free time yesterday, and found myself looking at my Google drive. I had never done that before. I don't even know where the stuff on there comes from. But anyway, I found that I had an old directory of people who were on a study abroad program with me in college. So of course I started Googling them to see what they were up to now. And that led me to a vanity search. Have to do the vanity search every once in a while. And then I wondered what sort of web footprint my kids have, so I Googled them, but there was rightfully nothing, so then I wondered what sort of web presence my college aged niece has. So I Googled her.

That was where my snooping took me too far. The first couple pictures of her were mugshots. Apparently she was arrested last spring for underage drinking, and was arrested a couple months ago for shoplifting. Her mom lost a long battle with cancer last fall, and I've been a little worried about her since then. Just a gut feeling, but apparently I was right to be a little worried. This young woman is going through a rough patch. I hope she gets herself straightened out.

But the big thing that's bugging me is that these mug shots are on the internet. You search her name, and it's one of the first things you find. And it will probably be there forever. The newspaper in her college town has a website that puts up the mugshots of everyone booked in the county. They have tens of thousands of mugshots up since they started this website in 2010. Kids today have it so much harder than we had it when we were growing up. Before 2010, and you get a pass in that county. After 2010 and you don't. Seems so arbitrary. There was at least one time that I should have been arrested for underage drinking and public drunkenness, but the cops just told us to stop making a racquet and go home.

I get lolz at celebrity mugshots because they are celebrities, but there are a lot of people who are being booked across this country and the information is being shared like it never was in past generations. I wonder if we're going to get to a point where nobody cares when you have a mugshot. I can't imagine it will help her future job prospects though. Especially that shoplifting one. Theft is hard to explain away.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
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black flies and wood ticks - I'm kinda bug phobic so both of them squick me pretty good.... and I love gardening, I love hanging out on my beautiful verandah and watching the setting sun - but the damn bugs are spoiling it for me
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:46 PM   #8
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My meno is apparently not pausing at the moment.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:38 AM   #9
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Still feeling manky as fuck with this cold. And my back's gone. Gone where I hear you ask? Very fucking funny I reply.

Which is all a bit of a bugger, because I have a nice, easy weekend ahead and it would be great to spend some of it properly playing with Carrot.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:41 AM   #10
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I had some relatively free time yesterday, and found myself looking at my Google drive. I had never done that before. I don't even know where the stuff on there comes from. But anyway, I found that I had an old directory of people who were on a study abroad program with me in college. So of course I started Googling them to see what they were up to now. And that led me to a vanity search. Have to do the vanity search every once in a while. And then I wondered what sort of web footprint my kids have, so I Googled them, but there was rightfully nothing, so then I wondered what sort of web presence my college aged niece has. So I Googled her.

That was where my snooping took me too far. The first couple pictures of her were mugshots. Apparently she was arrested last spring for underage drinking, and was arrested a couple months ago for shoplifting. Her mom lost a long battle with cancer last fall, and I've been a little worried about her since then. Just a gut feeling, but apparently I was right to be a little worried. This young woman is going through a rough patch. I hope she gets herself straightened out.

But the big thing that's bugging me is that these mug shots are on the internet. You search her name, and it's one of the first things you find. And it will probably be there forever. The newspaper in her college town has a website that puts up the mugshots of everyone booked in the county. They have tens of thousands of mugshots up since they started this website in 2010. Kids today have it so much harder than we had it when we were growing up. Before 2010, and you get a pass in that county. After 2010 and you don't. Seems so arbitrary. There was at least one time that I should have been arrested for underage drinking and public drunkenness, but the cops just told us to stop making a racquet and go home.

I get lolz at celebrity mugshots because they are celebrities, but there are a lot of people who are being booked across this country and the information is being shared like it never was in past generations. I wonder if we're going to get to a point where nobody cares when you have a mugshot. I can't imagine it will help her future job prospects though. Especially that shoplifting one. Theft is hard to explain away.
That's harsh. Poor kid.

There's a real problem with criminalising youth in our society these days too. Stuff that would have warranted a telling off and maybe even a knock at the front door and parents being told (the horror, the horror!) nowadays ends up in an official caution and entry into the legal system.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:15 AM   #11
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Something like that should be allowed to disappear into time. I don't get where we're going with all this information collection and distribution. The younger generation seems cool with it, but I don't know if they're being clear-eyed or naive.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:36 AM   #12
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Still feeling manky as fuck with this cold. And my back's gone. Gone where I hear you ask? Very fucking funny I reply.

Which is all a bit of a bugger, because I have a nice, easy weekend ahead and it would be great to spend some of it properly playing with Carrot.
New mattress time?
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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The younger generation seems cool with it, but I don't know if they're being clear-eyed or naive.
They're cool with it because they're thinking that if/when they are in charge, no one will think it's a big deal. And by then, that will be true. But I believe the interim is going to be very rough on the clear-eyed pioneers, like it is with any social transition.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:16 PM   #14
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Without going into too much detail, a conversation I had today prompted me to wonder if something being 'illegal' (or not) still carries as much weight as if it has a potential financial impact/reward. As if the shift of what 'matters' is away from legal authority, towards effect on material resources.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:50 AM   #15
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Between the wars on drugs and file sharing a lot of people have been pushed out of the law-abiding column so many probably look at material effect.
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