If Bob Ross was alive today

If Bob Ross was alive today he would have a youtube channel and then a Twitch channel. He would post pictures of trees and creeks and mountains on Instagram. He’d use crowd funding websites to continue his seasons of painting lessons. People would expect him to help them become famous as artists. Some people would learn a lot from him.

I imagine that people would make comments about how Bob seems to be on drugs, or question why Bob couldn’t button a few more buttons. There’d be comments of how drugs are bad and how he’s bad for children. Other people would use his shows to teach their children or themselves to pain. I already know thanks to Twitch that people would comment RUINED when Bob added a large tree in the foreground of a painting. There would be so many more Bob Ross memes…and people would make Bob Ross wallpapers for computers and phones and tablets. Maybe Bob Ross would be like Weird Al?

Writing and Unemployment

So far I’ve been unemployed for 2 weeks. I quit my job willingly for a number of reasons. I felt the economy was better and I was safe to start looking for a job that uses my masters degree – instead of being stuck in a two parts customer service one part technical support job that was sapping the time and energy needed to search for a job. The job I quit was slowly sucking my soul – also for a number of reasons. I’m not going to gripe about the job I no longer have because I’m not going to dwell on the past.

I haven’t started going crazy, yet. It probably helped that my first week of unemployment was spent recovering from a double vaccination. I got the flu vaccination and the pneumonia vaccination at the same time. My knitting has also helped me. I’ve finished two small projects in the last 2-3 weeks.

The federal government shutdown is also making me nervous. I’m hoping to find a job in nonprofit – which could be hampered by this shutdown of government funds. I’m hoping – illogically? – that this will be taken care of before the United States defaults and so it will not hurt the economy and job market too terribly much.

I’ve been searching for jobs on multiple sites almost daily. I’ve applied for lots of jobs too – not all of them in nonprofit. I finally got around to reading this blog post on freelance writing earlier this morning, which affirms that I need to get back to writing daily. My blog is an easy way to do that!

Unfortunately that means I need content – unless I’m going to use writing prompts. Writing prompts haven’t worked for me in the past, so that brings me back to needing content. Content, content, content.

This first post was easy, writing and unemployment! Come November, writing daily will be easy because of NaNoWriMo. No reason to wait until then to write though! Reading that blog post also reminded me of my (old) idea to review a TV show through a sociological lens. I’m thinking that might work better with a current show though. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. perhaps?

Finally, I’m debating paying for this. I think I’ll go ahead and disable comments on this post because I see it attracting a lot of SPAM. Also, why did I say also so much here?

Learning Code or Trying

I’ve been trying to learn again. Turns out I’m happier when learning something. Regularly. Turns out I’d also rather learn something that is an applicable skill – as compared to theory.

There are plenty of useful and free sources on the Internet – you just need to filter out the crap. There’s plenty of crap. I was thinking I want to learn html/css/javascript. That applies directly to my current job (which I’m otherwise overqualified for.) Turns out html is easy unless you specifically have something to WRITE or DO. I don’t. For now I pick up html as I got. Learning some CSS would be useful – but I haven’t found a source yet. Javascript is a better thing for me to attempt learning – outside of work. I think. Or more specifically, learning the logic of how code works is a good place to start. Maybe after this I’ll see about learning R.

So I’ve been learning off of a site called Code Academy. It has badges and achievements. That automatically makes it fun, right? I’ve also been trying to work through the exercises in Learning Python the Hard Way. I haven’t had as much time and energy as I’d like to spend on the Python book. If you have interest in learning code I definitely recommend either of these sources.

Random cats: blame the Internet

Friend recently linked me this picture.

I had to go searching for it because it seemed relevant to a silly conversation in an irc channel. So then I decided to post it on my blog. And then when searching it I remembered the source of the picture. Good blog. Jenny Lawson is awesome. I’m almost done reading her book. (FINALLY!! It’s taken me too long to finish such a good book!)

Also. This.

Kittens seem to love boobs don’t they? But hey, what’s not to love about boobs? Soft, warm…uh. yea. Anyways. We recently adopted 2 kittens from the local animal shelter (city run) so maybe I’ll use kittens for reasons to make blog posts. Want. to. write. more.

Censorship is bad

Collection of information on SOPA and sites that blacked out in protest:

Check your voter registration.

Supporters and Opponents in Congress

Open Letter to Congress from Artists and Creators

Do it for the kittens

http://www.explosm.net/sopa.html

Why is SOPA Bad?

http://sopastrike.com/

https://www.eff.org/

End Piracy, Not Liberty

http://vimeo.com/31100268

http://mashable.com/2012/01/18/sopa-dark-ages/#43905Wired

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CongressLookup

Why ████ Censoring Wired █████

Plz to be shutting up now, kthxbai

This idiot makes me sick.

Freedom of religion does not mean freedom for any who claim membership to a Christian faith to practice their religion, other we wouldn’t call it freedom of religion. We’d call it something like freedom for Christians…. or a national religion of Christianity.

Why do so many people think that all Muslims are the same? Many American Muslims have more education, are more civic minded, and more involved in their community than many “American Americans.”

Tea Party members should consider the idea that perhaps some Muslims have moved to America so that they might practice their religion with more freedom and less fear.

Good part of the article I think:

Of course, community leaders in Tennessee are not alone in their inability to distinguish between violent extremists and most Muslims. In recent statements on Twitter and to Fox News, politicians like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich have objected to plans for an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, not far from the site of the World Trade Center.

What will Apple do about biology and health text books?

This leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m all for removing apps that are degrading to women. I’m fine with that. However. Apple doesn’t know what that is, especially based on the SG app being removed. And. They are doing it *now* when the iPad is on it’s way? That’s just marketing, that’s not caring. That’s Unilever selling Dove AND Axe.

Also, are we going to have a kid-friendly iPad for school and a not-intelligent-adult-friendly iPad instead? The iPad is supposed to have books. Well, we can’t have anything that just might be arousing. So, that means, let’s see. No comics. No graphic novels. No romance. Not a lot of sci-fi. And none of the porn disguised as books like some of the things Laurell Hamilton writes.

I like my macbook pro, a lot. It’s great for being a student, it’s great for someone who does research, it’s lighter than the DELL laptop – with a smaller screen – that I used to carry around. I mostly like my iphone. I was planning on getting an iPad for the functionality of iPhone apps and an ereader (and a music player and etc) all in one. (I don’t have an ereader like a kindle right now.) This crap makes me hesitant.

Is this reflecting the general Puritanical nature of American mainstream society or is this someone at Apple being stupid and not thinking this through? And I’m not even going to go into the whole Internet and porn thing. One last thing…

How many upskirt pictures have been shot with an iPhone camera?

HP doesn’t trust their customers

So I bought a brand new (from amazon.com) HP P1006 LaserJet printer back in February because my first HP LaserJet printer suddenly stopped printing. It turned on, but that’s about it. The printer I bought back in February stopped turning on this week. Digging around on HPs website I found I had a 1 year warranty since I had registered my printer.

I played email tag for a few days, making the Indian* on the other end realize that I had troubleshooted everything and it wasn’t the outlet, it was the printer. So next I get a new cord shipped to me because maybe it’s the cord. Cord comes pretty quick. But, it was shipped by Fed Ex so that means it was left at my front door and I’m lucky I got it.

Cord didn’t fix anything. No I wasn’t surprised. More emails. Then I have to wait for a call before I can get my printer. Yay! Talking on the phone with an easily confused Indian*! So much fun! I find out HP will send me a new printer and by new I mean refurbished. And, I have to send the old one back. Ok, that’s standard-ish. Then I find out I need to provide my credit card info in case I don’t send the old printer back they will charge me for the new one.

179.00 for a refurbished printer. Right. Oh and the 1 year warranty? It turns into a 90 day warranty (or the rest of the 1 year warranty, whatever ends first).

Lovely.

So assuming Fed Ex doesn’t fuck up anything I get a “new” HP printer. (I had an APC battery backup replaced once, the Fed Ex delivery person didn’t bother knocking on my door, he tossed it over the banister of my patio. I know this because I was home at the time.) At the end of the call I was asked if there was anything else HP could do. I said “don’t outsource their customer service.” The person I was talking to was very confused.

I should add I maybe had the chance to get a new printer instead of a refurbished one but it would have taken at least one more phone call with at least one more confused outsourced Indian. I didn’t want to deal with that. (Ever called DELL?) And I don’t have to pay to ship the old one back; supposedly I’ll be getting the appropriate labels.

I’ll probably never buy another HP printer. Even though HP printers are pretty damn nice.

*When I say Indian I mean poorly trained person with poor English stuck working for a foreign company in a customer service call center shit hole who happens to also have an Indian accent and based on when he/she replies to my emails also lives on the other side of the planet.  (Can you tell I worked in a call center?)

gah. forgot a few things. There is one other option, don’t get anything low end from HP anymore. Like DELL’s business customer service is better than their personal/residential/regular people. Also, I can dispute charges with my credit card if necessary. I made sure to provide a credit card and NOT the debit/visa card/bank card. Also, I maybe should have bought the printer through newegg. Or look at RMA options with newegg before deciding where to buy my next printer.

Blogs

So I have an addiction to reading other blogs/etc on the Internet. Web-comics included. This blog is a gem I fell upon recently. It might be better than FML. Might. No, actually, on second thought, you can’t compare the two. (FML) It’s scary. I know it’s possible these are made up… but they don’t sound made up. They do sound like assholes. This has got to be one of the worst (best?) so far.

News from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America newsletter

I’m glad to see this. It’s a new site from AAFA.  But again, as usual, I question how many people will actually see the site?I know about it because I get emails/newsletters from AAFA. Someone without asthma or allergies probably doesn’t. And people without asthma or allergies need to know about dangers of allergies and asthma.

Basics from the site:

Asthma basics

Asthma is a chronic disease — that means, once you have it, you’ll most likely have it for life. It’s not your fault.

Asthma affects the airways of the lungs and causes them to become swollen and irritated. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be treated. That’s important. If asthma is not managed, symptoms can worsen and lead to limitations on your activities, missed days of work, and future asthma episodes — even if your asthma is mild.

And still, there needs to be a way to get asthma awareness to college campuses. And May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. I’ll have to keep up with that. I’m not sure it’s worth trying to get an “event” scheduled on my campus since May is finals and end of semester and graduate and omg for many! Wish I was graduating!

Bullshit (with update)

Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy D&D games in any shape or form? Do you read OOTS? (If you know D&D and don’t read OOTS, you should.) Do you donate to charities? Anyways… if you answered yes to all of these. Don’t contribute to this charity anymore. The just mentioned charity refused the money raised during GenCon 2008 because it was partly raised through the selling of horrible, evil, scary D&D materials.

Simply based on the prevalency of the Internet, video games, computer games, and, well, who knows what else, this is stupid. Especially when it’s money for starving children. This is, bullshit. I can’t hope this charity doesn’t receive less money since they help starving children, but I do have to wonder whether other charities that help starving children deserve the money more. There does definitely seem to be similar charities that work more efficiently.

Originally found most of this, here.

Update (November 6, 2008) found here (same place as original here from above)

A to Z Meme thingy!

I got this meme from a famous person, read his books! (Well, I guess he’s not famous but hey, he’s at least a published writer who (in theory) gets asked for his autograph.)

Sadly, I’ve been planning this thing/post and the (sorta) homage to EE Knight but school has been keeping me busy that I’m just now getting around to this…

♥A is for age: 28
♥B is for beer of choice: Shiner Bock. From tap preferred.
♥C is for career right now: Freeloading college student.
♥D is for your dog’s name: My cat that sometimes acts like a dog is named Tank, does that count?
♥E is for essential item you use everyday: My cell phone. A Blackjack that has been dropped one to many times.
♥F is for favorite TV show: This is tough since we don’t have cable but, how about CSI. Gotta love Grissom. Going to miss him when he leaves the show.
♥G is for favorite game to watch: Bah. Sports are not for watching. Though I would like to go to another ice hockey game.
♥H is for Home town: small-town-you-haven’t-heard-of, PA
♥I is for instruments you play: I sorta know how to play the clarinet.
♥J is for favorite juice: Organic apple juice.
♥K is for whose butt you’d like to be kicking: My archaeology professor who seems to think his class is more important than anything else I’m taking.
♥L is for last place you ate at: um. Let me think. Chili’s.
♥M is for marriage: Yes. married. second time, hopefully my last, meaning hopefully this one lasts. (grin)
♥N is for your name: Ofia :p
♥O is for overnight hospital stay: Technically I have stayed over night in the ER because I made the mistake of mentioning chest and pain in the same sentence after having an asthma attack.
♥P is for people you were with today: Husband, classmates.
♥Q is for what’s your best quality: Um. Today maybe my organization skills.
♥R is for what are you currently reading: Just finished People of the Nightland for class. Also reading Ain’t No Makin’ It for another class. (Sorry, don’t feel like making links for those.)
♥S is for relationship status: Married, yup.
♥T is for time you woke up today: 8 am ish?
♥U is for the type of underwear you have on: basic cotton, not granny panties though.
♥V is for vegetable you love: hmm. that depends on what I’m doing with the vegetables, cooked or raw? Raw: cucumbers and tomatoes. Cooked: acorn or spaghetti squash maybe.
♥W is for worst habits: my sweet tooth, is that a habit?
♥X is for x-rays you’ve had recently: Recently = in the last few months? Knee. Teeth next week.
♥Y is for something candy : Smarties! Peeps! Candy Corn!
♥Z is for zodiac sign: Virgo. I match pretty well with organization/anal characteristics and loyalty characteristics… on most days anyways.