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Todd Vierling
"I'm normal. Everyone else is insane." (Me, age 11)
"I'm normal. Everyone else is insane." (Me, age 11)
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This is a public service announcement directed to any U.S. citizen interacting with me. This goes for anyone: even long-time close friends and family members. If you want to talk to me, read all of it.

(Edited after the election results to clarify intent.)

For the better part of a year, I have gone out of my way to be civil, educating (even mentoring), and sympathetic to all those people who were duped by Trump's rhetoric and piles of lies, or who bought into memes and other propaganda that is provably untrue. I have gone out of my way not to shove an agenda in your face, instead to talk reasonably about real issues, and understand your problems surrounding Clinton's candidacy.

Maybe I was wrong not to be a screaming, blabbering mess and should have tried to steamroll you?-- But that goes against being a decent human being, so I just can't do it. I firmly believe that reasonable and rational discussion is fundamental.

The existence of an inappropriate e-mail server is the only thing which anyone can reasonably pin on Clinton as a very bad problem. (Any other fact checking is now an exercise for the reader unless you feel like having a rational, calm discussion. There are plenty of resources out there to explain it all to you.)

That e-mail transgression does not forgive Trump's misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, tax dodging, brazenly ripping people off, outright contempt for most Americans, and other overt nastiness he has demonstrated for months.

So, if you are a U.S. citizen and any of:

* female
* LGBT+
* African-American
* Hispanic
* a naturalized citizen
* a self-professed "progressive"
* a college-educated person
* a decent human being who cares about other people different from yourself

...and you voted for Trump and see no problem with it at all, please save me the trouble of blocking you, and block me instead. Your vote has shit on me, my direct family, and my future. If you see no reason to question your reasoning for your vote, then I would like you out of my life, fuck-you-very-much.

NOTE: If you do actually have regrets -- or even just reservations -- about having voted for Trump, or you did a hipster protest vote for a third party or write-in, or you chose not to vote for President at all, I believe education and redemption are possible. Maybe you were too young to vote in 2000 and forgot the hell that brought us; maybe you just didn't have all the facts and fact-checks and drowned in fake news or false propaganda. I'd love to talk to you more about all that if you're willing to learn.

Anyway... The W years bankrupted me, completely devastated my life, and drove me to attempt suicide. We're heading into a likely worse era of American history and political policy. Maybe I'll weather that period better than 2001-2009, but those are already eight years wasted. I'm 40 now and I don't feel like barely staying afloat for four years again. The least I can do is exclude those people who unashamedly made it happen, and don't give one whit how much it will hurt themselves... never mind people around them.

(On discovery of missed opportunities)

Don't regret what might have been. Smile to encourage what might still be.

There's not much quite like restoring your rsync backup of Android's /sdcard via a hospital's crappy wifi because the filesystem got unrepairably corrupted and needed a reformat, but you're stuck at the hospital tending to a husband who had a really big GI infection scare.

My phone's going to be limping along for the next three hours, I think. Whee.

And yes, this marks my tentative return from social media coma. Not quite back with-it yet, but working on it.

As happens periodically for me, I'm going back into social hibernation for personal reasons which can be summed up as "I'm going to have too little time for this for a while".

I'm still here, but if you want to get my attention, you'll need to hit me up on e-mail, via SMS text, or by phone. You can find that info in my profile's "About" page. I just won't be posting here much, if at all, while I'm concentrating on other things.

As happens periodically for me, I'm going back into social hibernation for personal reasons which can be summed up as "I'm going to have too little time for this for a while".

I'm still here, but if you want to get my attention, you'll need to hit me up on e-mail, via SMS text, or by phone. You can find that info in my profile's "About" page. I just won't be posting here much, if at all, while I'm concentrating on other things.

As happens periodically for me, I'm going back into social hibernation for personal reasons which can be summed up as "I'm going to have too little time for this for a while".

I'm still here, but if you want to get my attention, you'll need to hit me up on e-mail, via SMS text, or by phone. You can find that info in my profile's "About" page. I just won't be posting here much, if at all, while I'm concentrating on other things.

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March 12, 2017. Sorry for the late post… I kicked off spring cleaning today with the help of a waist-high stack of IKEA FRAKTA zipper storage bags (a $4 duffel-size Tyvek bag), and a trip to the self-service car wash. Getting some organizing and cleaning done that are long overdue. Dancy songs (disco included!) are great for this sort of thing.

(Google Play Music playlist for collection: https://goo.gl/vxh6Df -- suggestions for future posts are always welcome. If you find this collection interesting, please let me know!)

#WeWillRiseAbove #CarWash

Karaoke version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXOnvqU4-uI
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Rose Royce - “Car Wash”

Ooooh...
You might not ever get rich
But let me tell you it's better than digging a ditch
There ain't no telling who you might meet
A moviestar or maybe even an Indian chief

Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me, car wash
Sing it with the feeling now, car wash yeah

Come some of the work get's kind of hard
This ain't no place to be if you planned on being a star
Let me tell you it's always cool
And the boss don't mind sometimes if you act a fool

At the car wash, woooh
Talking about the car wash, yeah
Come on y'all and sing it for me
Car wash, woh, car wash yeah

(Work and work) Well those cars never seem to stop coming
(Work and work) Keep those waxin' machines humming
(Work and work) My fingers to the bone
(Work and work) Keep up, I can't wait till it's time to go home

Hey, get your car washed today
Fill up and you don't have to pay
Come on and give us a play
(Working at, working at the)

Car wash
Talking about the car wash yeah
Car wash yeah
Come on y'all and sing it with me
Car wash
Sing it with feeling
Car wash yeah [Repeat till fade]

Wowowoh
Those cars never seem to stop coming
Keeps those rags and machines coming
Let me tell you it's always cool,
And the boss don't mind sometimes if you, act the fool


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March 11, 2017. It’s that time of year again, when the U.S. does its twice-yearly, questionably justified adjustment of clocks. Tonight, there is no 2⁚00 a.m. in most of the country… 1⁚59⁚59 is followed immediately by 3⁚00⁚00. It’s creepy.¹

Allegedly, the extra sunlight at night is a good thing. Instead of, say, making it easier to wake up in the morning and be more alert at work? Whoever in politics still thinks this is a good idea in the modern age of energy-saving lights, appliances, computers, and vehicles must have way too much time on their hands.

(¹ “I NEED MY EIGHT HOURS!” https://plus.google.com/+ToddVierling/posts/EXHbEvCUKRU )

(Google Play Music playlist for collection: https://goo.gl/vxh6Df -- suggestions for future posts are always welcome. If you find this collection interesting, please let me know!)

#WeWillRiseAbove #TooMuchTimeOnMyHands

If the music video is geofenced (blocked) from your country, an alternative is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMpW2dBeeUg

Karaoke version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MB7Yw6pDkw
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Styx - “Too Much Time On My Hands”

Yeah, here I am sitting on this bar stool
Talking like a damn fool
Got the twelve o'clock news blues
And I've given up hope
For the afternoon soaps
And a bottle of cold brew
Is it any wonder I'm not crazy?
Is it any wonder I'm sane at all?

Well I'm so tired of losing
I've got nothing to do
And all day to do it
Well I'd go out cruising
But I've no place to go
And all night to get there
Is it any wonder I'm not a criminal?
Is it any wonder I'm not in jail?

Is it any wonder I've got too much… time on my hands?
It's ticking away with my sanity
I've got too much… time on my hands
It's hard to believe such a calamity
I've got too much… time on my hands
And it's ticking away, ticking away from me

(Too much time on my hands)
It's tick tick tick tick ticking away
(Too much time on my hands)
And I don't know what to do with myself
(Too much time on my hands)

(Too much time on my hands)
(Too much time on my hands)
(Too much time on my hands)

Now I'm a genuine genius
I can solve the world's problems
Without even trying
I've got dozens of friends
And the fun never ends
That is, as long as I'm buying
Is it any wonder I'm not the President?
Is it any wonder I'm null and void?

Is it any wonder I've got too much… time on my hands?
It's ticking away with my sanity
I've got too much... time on my hands
It's hard to believe such a calamity
I've got too much... time on my hands
And it's ticking away, ticking away from me

(Too much time on my hands)
Ticky tick tick tick tick ticking away
(Too much time on my hands)
And I don't know what to do with myself
(Too much time on my hands)
Umm mmm
(Too much time on my hands)
Tick tick tick ticking away
(Too much time on my hands)
Umm mmm
(Too much time on my hands)
Too much time on my hands
Too much time on my


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I NEED MY EIGHT HOURS!!

And for the "original" ... coming in November! ... see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4EUTMPuvHo


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#CheckedIntoFacebook
I discovered a non-millennial, supposedly tech savvy person who had no idea what a "goatse" is.

WARNING: Don't Google that unless you want to go down a very deep and disturbing (rabbit?) hole. #NSFW doesn't begin to cover the impact.

For those who know the legend, I happen to have a copy of the original image set posted to USENET (before the website immortalized one of those images). Trust me... they get worse. :P
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