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Ever have one of those "What the hell did I just watch moments?" I do have to say that I actually like this and might be interested in seeing / hearing more. (Admittedly, I have no idea what's being sung and although one of my sweeties does speak some German, it's a bit too fast for her to really translate.)  #music   #musicvideo   #peterfox   #german  
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And you're adding me to your circles because ...?

OK, new policy here. If you have no information in your profile, no common users with me, no pictures, and no posts, I'm just going to go ahead and block you without hesitation. I don't know what benefit you think you're getting out of adding me to your circle, but if we have absolutely no connection at all, I really don't care who you are, so piss off.

#cranky   #random   #spam  
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Sign from Dallas comic book shop today: I guess they opened a bit late today! Yay!
We salute you, happy gay people of Red Pegasus Comics in Dallas, Texas. [IMGUR, and you can support them at redpegasusgamesandcomics.com]
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It's about damned time! No, it's not going to solve all the LGBTQ social issues, but it's a good step anyway.
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I literally applauded the trainee towards the end of this story. I'm also a vet and while I do appreciate stores that give me a discount or some other perk based on that, I just can't imagine acting like the customer did. It was great to read this comeuppance.
(The store where I work just hired a new employee. I am training her. We have a huge sale going on so she is running the second register next to me. A man steps up to her station, tossing a few car pa...
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Wonderful lessons from Sir Terry. Reading his works opened up my world in ways I can’t completely express.
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I really wish this was available for Linux. No, I'm not really going to run allow Windows into my computer just to run a game, but this is one of those rare moments when I'm tempted to dual-boot.
I can't tell you how excited I was when Molly signed up for a guest strip. Molly clear knocked it out of the park with today's comic and I think you should be following this mad talent. Send some l...
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"Oops."

Good thing I have backups, huh?
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During some downtime at work here, I was playing around with a WINE setup that I'm trying to configure on my Linux laptop. Here at work I've got a VirtualBox on my Win 7 desktop so to test an idea, I installed WINE (well, actually, PlayOnLinux, but same idea ...). This means that I was running a Windows compatibility layer on Linux in a virtual box in Windows. I'm pretty sure this violates some state laws, but it made me laugh.

(Also I think it helped me solve my problem, so yay!)

#linux   #geek  
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This story really touches me. I had a cat who's preferred location when I took her to the vet was on my shoulders. I usually had to kneel down so the vet could examine her, but the vets very much understood and acknowledged it as part of caring for her (and us spoiling her as much as we spoil any of our cats.)

Personally, I think I would have stopped the visit as soon as the vet said "Yes, I know what I’m doing here. Now please step away from your dog." No, you obviously don't know what you're doing. The vet that came out and treated the dog (and patient) correctly? Yeah, that almost brought tears to my eyes. That's the right way to do things.
(I take my dog in to my regular vet office on an emergency basis because he has a bad eye infection. He's had eye infections before, owing to genetic tear duct problems, and has always tolerated exami...
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Pippin, our 40-lb husky mix, snapped at/toward one of our vets who was feeling his tummy on one of his first visits (resulting in me scolding and scruffing him), so his chart has a "will bite" sticker and he gets a similar neckband when he boards. Despite that, our vets don't have any problem treating Pippin, and the kennel staff are fine with him. They clearly understand dog behavior, and are capable of rational risk evaluation.
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An interesting comic discussion about the many aspects of coming out.

I agree with almost all of it, but I have to note that I do think heterosexual and cis people "coming out" can be a good thing. While it is true that these individuals aren't exactly risking anything by doing this, it does challenge the idea of straight and cis as being the default. (In other words, if you don't come out as anything else, it's safe to assume that you're straight and cis. If straight / cis people can't come out, then it only encourages this assumption of hetero- and gender- normative.)

Additionally, I think that it is fair to encourage everyone to come out, regardless of their gender or orientation. Coming out isn't just a process by which you announce this information to others, it usually involves a lot of self-reflection and consideration of your own feelings, desires, identity, and yes, assumptions we make about ourselves. Is it not valuable to us all to examine these ideas, even if the person concludes that they are straight and cis?
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And, to your note: panromantic polyamorus (polyfi) cisgender (currently!)
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It's great to have a positive story from this site. (OK, I enjoy the stories on this site a lot, but many of them do make me weep for humanity.)
(I'm a secretary/receptionist for a nursery. I'm dealing with a VERY upset parent whose husband has just left her. Another parent approaches my desk to pay, hears what's going on and backs up to give ...
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Lillington, North Carolina, USA - Surf City, North Carolina, USA - Mildenhall, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - Chicago, Illinois, USA - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
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After you've been online for a while, you've filled out a lot of profiles. I've been online since 1991. No, that's not a typo. I've been online longer than some of my classmates have been alive! No wonder I'm so cranky some days.

Anyway, as I say in other profiles ...

I'm just a garden variety bi, poly, Pagan / agnostic, geek. Physically I'm fandom type Male #3 - bearded guy with long hair and glasses.

I'm a freelance computer programmer with a heavy background in databases. Lately, I've been doing a lot more Web-based interfaces and all the cool stuff you can do with HTML5, jQuery, and CSS3. For my 40th birthday, I returned to school to finally get my IT degree, majoring in Software Development. I'm increasingly glad I did, even if it is a lot of work!

One of the joys of programming and IT work is that there's always something new. Sometimes it feels overwhelming -- I'll never know everything! Most of the time, it satisfies a much larger priority in my Maslow's hierarchy: I learned something new today (and applied it in a useful manner.)

Yeah, I'll take that!

Woof!
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A happy, healthy relationship with my family of choice.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
    CS Major / Web Dev Minor, 2012 - present
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Software Development, 2010 - 2012
  • Transylvania Polygnostic University
    Mad Computer Science, 1982 - 2012
  • Harnett Central High School
    1984 - 1988
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