I Am Very Close to Going Postal!

Last week we got our new furnace, and it was great! Monday we started getting our new floor in. Here we are Thursday night, and we still don’t have a completed kitchen floor, and to top it all off, our brand new furnace is not working anymore, it just puts out very cold air. So now we get to deal with a house that is a mess, and freezing cold on top of it all!

My work is starting to wear thin with my having to leave early, come in late, and most of the time this week it has been for nothing. I really want this week to be over now!

I have to get up at 4am because that is the soonest they can come out to fix our heat! I can’t even begin to describe the anger I am feeling at this point!

By qphayes Posted in Rant

Boycott the Peacock! How Can I Do It?

nbc_no.jpgApple, today, announced that they will be dropping NBC from its offerings on the iTunes Store. NBC is up for renewal in Dec with their contract with Apple. In order to continue, they have demanded that Apple pay more than double their current wholesale price to offer NBC shows. That increase would mean that episodes would go from $1.99 to $4.99 on iTunes. That is a very hefty price just to watch a show that is free on their website (if you want to watch it at your computer).

I am sure that Universal/Vivendi is behind this move, as Universal Music has long since wanted to raise their prices in iTunes as well. Is it time for the world to start a boycott of this behemouth that seems to feel they need to rip their customers a new one to have access to their material? I would love to do this, save for 2 problems! Eureka and Heroes. These are two of my absolute favorite shows on TV right now. Both of them attached to the NBC label of networks. If I want to truly boycott NBC, I would have to give up two of the three shows I make a point of watching every week. Damn them for having me in their clutches!

I give Apple the thumbs up for standing up for what is right. They don’t want to raise prices on their customers, and it is good to see that they will fight for that over the profit they will loose. Let’s hope that this doesn’t become a trend for other networks that want to raise their prices. It will be interesting to see if Amazon’s Unbox raises their prices, currently at $1.99 like Apple’s. If they are given the same stipulation that Apple has been given, will they turn on NBC, or will they decide they want the profit more? Or will they still be able to get the same deal with NBC that they are currently being given?

I don’t fully understand why it is that Universal/NBC feels that they want to do this, as I am sure many others don’t. Do they really want to send everyone running back to piracy to get the content they are after? I can certainly guarantee that if the price had gone to $4.99 per episode, that there are a large number of people that would have looked that way. Now that NBC Will be absent from iTunes, that may very well be where those people end up anyway. What’s better there Universal? A loss of revenue becuase of prices going up, or a loss of profit from the loss of the largest online retailer of music and video? Either way, this is going to send people right back to piracy that Apple has opened the iTunes store to fight.

Will, I fully boycott NBC? I don’t know… Heroes is the best show to come along on TV in a very long time. I guess it will be time to just go back to recording the show and having to put up with forwarding through commercials.

By qphayes Posted in Rant

I Guess I’ve Been Driving to Fast in Our Driveway

speedlimit.jpgDan and I awoke yesterday, and left for our brunch. Upon exiting the driveway, I noticed that sometime overnight, the city decided we needed a speed limit sign on our block… Where did it end up? Right in front of my house! No warning, no nothing, it just appeared overnight. The house in the same spot across the street at the other end of the block also got one.

It’s quite an eyesore to have sitting in front of my house… I am not looking forward to the neighborhood hoodlums that decide that it will be fun to vandalize the sign, be it shooting at or spray painting… Ugh, why couldn’t it go in front of the house next door to me? 😦

Anyone else had to deal with this? Is it something that you can do about? Or am I just flat out stuck with this thing in my front yard for the rest of the time I live there? I guess I will have to contact the city and find out.

By qphayes Posted in Rant

Aqua De Troit

aquadetroit.jpgPepsi, today, announced what we have long suspected. They announced that Aquafina water comes from the same tap as the water in your home. New bottles of Aquafina will be labeled as P.W.S. (Public Water Source) after much criticism over making it seem like the water comes from mountain springs.

I have been in many discussions with people over paying the high price for something we can get for free out of taps everywhere. One friend of mine said she could tell the difference between bottled waters almost as if choosing a fine wine. While it probably goes through some kind of purification before being bottled, you can accomplish the same thing with a water filter. Why do people continue to pay upwards of $3.00 a bottle for this stuff? As with the Tootsie Pop, The world may never know!

Spoiled Rotten Little Rich Bitch! – UPDATED! x2

UPDATE 06/08/07 1:01pm: She is headed back to jail! The judge has ordered her back to her cell to serve out the rest of her 45 day sentance! Good for him! Not caving into the family!

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As many of you have probably already heard, that sniveling little beyotch, Paris, has been released from jail today. And for what? She had a “Medical Condition?!?!” A nervous break Don’t they have doctors at jails to take care of sick people? Oh, wait, I forgot… She’s got money!

This is a huge slap in the face of a justice system that already has proven to be corrupt and unfair. If this had ben joan schmoe crying and not eating and having a nervous break down, they’d be told to suck it up, they’re in jail for Crap’s Sake!

I am so tired of this spoiled brat… She says she has learned a valuable lesson, and hopes others learn from her. Yeah, they all just learned that money will buy you freedom! That’s not cool! I hope there is more fallout from this decision! Idealy, her back in jail, but I know that will never happen!

And, so now she is in house arrest for the next 40 days… And where? At the Hilton Mansion with servents, fresh air, and all the ammenities she could possibly want. That’s not house arrest… That is most people’s heaven! If you ask me, house arrest should be at a slum in East LA for the next 40 days, or a pig farm where she has to sleep with the swine!

So, what does a person do on her first night of house arrest do? Why throw a “Sprung from Jail” party. She can’t go to the clubs, so why not bring the party to her? If you couldn’t tell, this has me more than riled up!

Rant over

UPDATE 06/07/07 7pm:
Paris has been ordered by the same judge that put her behind bars to appear before him tomorrow morning in court. He has apparently questioned whether Sheriff Baca should be held in contempt of court for letting Hilton leave this morning. He is going to determine if she is to go back to jail… Given the past decisions from the judge, I expect to see her back in jail by tomorrow evening!

Blog-O-Sphere Tid-Bits – March 11, 2007

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I have a few comments on the “From the Archive” feature, so I have put up a poll in the sidebar to get your feedback. I will leave it up for a couple weeks to see what people’s thoughts are.

On with the tid-Bits! πŸ™‚

Kevin answers the question about which one was a lie… and, well, I was wrong. 😦

Howard has posted his rant on the whole Ann Coulter controversy. And it isn’t necessarily the stance that most have been taking, but I would have to say I agree with him. Looks like Best Gay Blogs thought it was a worthy article as well!

My boyfriend, Dan, tells of a great story about a co-worker that seems to not be able to control her hands… Meet Giggle Crotch!

Spooky brings us a cute picture of their newest little one.

What happens when you are in a car and it’s hit by lightning? Gizmodo brings us a video from UK’s Top Gear.

Life After Coffee brings another great video. This time it is a video showing just how much effort one guy put into being able to be extra lazy at the big games.

I guess that is it for this week. πŸ™‚

Happy Anti-V-Day!

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Dan and I always get strange looks and comments from people when they find out that neither of us celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s true, neither of us see the value in this “holiday” except for people to give their money frivilously to the card and candy companies.

I don’t need a card company mandating that I tell Dan that I choose this one day that I love him. I do that everyday! He and I do little things all throughout the year to show our love for each other… Bringing a random gift home just because it struck our fancy that day or what not.

All this day really does is make people who are single feel more depressed that they don’t have someone in their life. It serves to make them feel that they are indeed a loser for being single. Which in all reality is not true.

Unfortunately, now the card companies have realized that there is a huge group of us that don’t support this day, and have started selling Anti-Valentine’s cards. While they might be humorous, they once again serve as another excuse to get money from us. People, we need to just say NO! No More Valentine’s, No More Candy Hearts, No More Bright Pink Isles in the stores lulling people into feeling guilty they don’t say I Love You enough, No more making single people feel they are loosers.

This is something that we should be letting our loved ones know all year long as opposed to just one day out of the year!

By qphayes Posted in Rant

The Vagi… Uh, I Mean, the HooHaa Monologues

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I have said it before, and I am here to say it again… We are too sensitive a society anymore! With three commercials from the Super B… (uh wait, don’t want to get slapped with a fine) The BIG Game a few weeks ago being pulled for offending… It comes as little surprise that Florida is undergoing another big stink over a title.

A theater in Atlantic Beach, Florida gave into complaints from people over the title of their current play “The Vagina Monologues,” changing the name to the “Less Offensive” childlike name of “The HooHaa Monologues.” From the article:

They did this after a driver who saw it complained to the theater, saying she was upset that her niece saw it. “I’m on the phone and asked ‘What did you tell her?’ She’s like, ‘I’m offended I had to answer the question,'” Pfanenstiel said.”

What does this woman do when she drives by a strip club that says in big bold letters “NUDE FEMALE DANCERS?” How is she going to explain that to her child? Is she going to expect that club to change the sign on their marquee to say something like: “Women doing, well you know what guys!”? For that matter, what does she do when commercials come on TV for the Vaginal yeast infection? I know the subject isn’t going to be easy to approach with a little one… but, the fact is they are going to find out about these things wether you are with them or not. Better they get the facts from someone they know and trust, then someone else. And, being her niece, if she was really uncomfortable, she could have just told her to let her parents answer that one.

America really needs to give up it’s prudishness on this kind of thing. The vagina, like the penis, in and of itself is not vulgar, and if you are afraid to talk about it, it becomes vulgar. It is a natural part of the body, and a child is entitled to know what it is. You can explain to a child what the sexual organs are without having to tell them all the sordid details about it.

There was as much an outcry over changing the name, as there was over the name being there. Ultimately, thankfully, the artist complained about the name change, and the theater has since changed the title back to the original name. Of course the only reason they did so, is that the lawyers stepped in, and in order to be able to put on the production, it is under the condition there be no censorship involved whatsoever. So it was either cancel the production or change the name back.

No matter what you do, someone is always going to be offended. She better hope that “Puppetry of the Penis” doesn’t make it’s way to Atlantic Beach! πŸ˜‰

The Vagi… Uh, I Mean, the HooHaa Monologues

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I have said it before, and I am here to say it again… We are too sensitive a society anymore! With three commercials from the Super B… (uh wait, don’t want to get slapped with a fine) The BIG Game a few weeks ago being pulled for offending… It comes as little surprise that Florida is undergoing another big stink over a title.

A theater in Atlantic Beach, Florida gave into complaints from people over the title of their current play “The Vagina Monologues,” changing the name to the “Less Offensive” childlike name of “The HooHaa Monologues.” From the article:

They did this after a driver who saw it complained to the theater, saying she was upset that her niece saw it. “I’m on the phone and asked ‘What did you tell her?’ She’s like, ‘I’m offended I had to answer the question,'” Pfanenstiel said.”

What does this woman do when she drives by a strip club that says in big bold letters “NUDE FEMALE DANCERS?” How is she going to explain that to her child? Is she going to expect that club to change the sign on their marquee to say something like: “Women doing, well you know what guys!”? For that matter, what does she do when commercials come on TV for the Vaginal yeast infection? I know the subject isn’t going to be easy to approach with a little one… but, the fact is they are going to find out about these things wether you are with them or not. Better they get the facts from someone they know and trust, then someone else. And, being her niece, if she was really uncomfortable, she could have just told her to let her parents answer that one.

America really needs to give up it’s prudishness on this kind of thing. The vagina, like the penis, in and of itself is not vulgar, and if you are afraid to talk about it, it becomes vulgar. It is a natural part of the body, and a child is entitled to know what it is. You can explain to a child what the sexual organs are without having to tell them all the sordid details about it.

There was as much an outcry over changing the name, as there was over the name being there. Ultimately, thankfully, the artist complained about the name change, and the theater has since changed the title back to the original name. Of course the only reason they did so, is that the lawyers stepped in, and in order to be able to put on the production, it is under the condition there be no censorship involved whatsoever. So it was either cancel the production or change the name back.

No matter what you do, someone is always going to be offended. She better hope that “Puppetry of the Penis” doesn’t make it’s way to Atlantic Beach! πŸ˜‰

PetSpa Update – The Company Responds

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Well, the video I posted earlier this week has been removed by request of the manufacturer. They feel this is unrepresentitive of their product and have asked youtube to take all copies down. Here is the article for your read on their product. I especially love how they show humans in there to show how safe it is… Of course it’s safe for a human! They know what is about to happen!

Of interest though, is PETA’s response, so I would say the answer would be NO, it’s nto PETA approved:

“PETA thinks this hideous contraption belongs in a litter box, where every cat we know would gladly cover it up with sand. Cats need our companionship inside our homes: a window seat, lots of food and plenty of love – not to be shoved into a terrifying and claustrophobic water-soaked machine devised by some cat-loathing, profit-hungry jerks,” Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA, said in an email.

Andres Diaz, one of the inventors of PetSpa insists that this is more humane than many other methods of bathing an animal. He says that the cat used in the video is not indicitive of the type of animal that should be put in there. He says that cat should have been sedated and washed by a trained veterinarian.

I am sorry Diaz, but having many cats over the years and seeing how they have reacted to getting wet… I have yet to see any cat that would not react the same way in that machine as the one in the video! I still stand by the fact that it is not a humane way to take care of your pet!