elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
If I were a creature of impulse, my CPAP unit would be lying on the concrete beneath my balcony.

Before the weather warmed up, the CPAP was condensing ridiculous amounts of water in the hose, even if I'd used it only briefly and even though I have the hose insulated with a fleece sleeve. I would have to hang it up over the shower doors, and when the hose dropped down, I could hear drops of water spattering into the bathtub. If I ever forgot to hang the thing up in the morning, it would dribble quantities of cold water all over my face when I put it on at night.

Then I started having problems with the mask on my skin. I would put the mask on, and within minutes my face would start itching. I decided maybe the silicon interface was harboring too much skin oil and bacteria, so I replaced it. Yeah, not so much with the solution.

The mask is frequently leaky, a problem not apparently solved by my replacing the interface, and it's started hurting the bridge of my nose and my eye sockets. If I try to wear it, I start getting that rubber-band-around-my-head feeling you get with a tension headache; if I leave it on, it just gets worse. I've tried to adjust the headgear straps and it hasn't helped. To top it off, the hose drags on the mask and exacerbates the problems with fit and leakage.

CPAP therapy is supposed to help with the oxy deprivation that is supposedly causing my nightmares, but that's a pile of horseshit, because even with the fucking thing running I still have nightmares and I still scream loud enough to wake Hardi in the next room, even with a mask over my face.

So tell me again how this piece of crap is going to make my life better? Because so far it's a waste of time, money, and precious space on my nightstand. Trying to use it just makes me angry and miserable. Because that's restful.
elbales: (Grumpy Zoe - Sluggy Freelance)
Dear American packaged food industry:

Fuck you sideways with a rusty chainsaw that every goddamn thing you make is somehow unhealthy. Fuck you for dumping sugar and HFCS and GM soy and wheat products into every. Fucking. Thing. Fuck you for helping make healthful eating into a laborious, inconvenient slog in which people can walk into a grocery store and literally be unable to eat ANYTHING IN THE STORE except for the pathetically tiny selection of organic produce. Fuck you for quite literally sitting in meeting rooms for the past 40 or 50 years and purposefully plotting HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE FAT so that your execs and stockholders can make ungodly amounts of money (and helping your buddies in Big Pharma make ungodly amounts of money on medications for the illnesses brought on by YOUR FUCKING PRODUCTS).

Die in a fucking FIRE.

With piss, vinegar, and bile,
Not your friend,
elbales: (Please please please!Nine)
So this was me on Facebook about four hours ago:


Seriously? If you want people to use your tools, those tools have to 1. do what you say they're supposed to do and 2. not suck.

I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS, I'M ON A SHORT TIMETABLE AND MY MATERIALS ARE ALREADY COPIED AND I CANNOT CHANGE THE URL NOW BECAUSE, HELLO, ALREADY COPIED. My presentation is *tomorrow morning*, Google, and only my deep commitment to nonviolence is saving your offices from an actual firebombing. (No, I'd never actually, Mr. FBI Guy.)

And then I commented (on my own entry, yes) to add:

(Like, it is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS, GOOGLE, that deleted tabs STILL APPEAR ON THE SITE even though if you click them you get a message that says PAGE WAS DELETED N00B LOL and you actually have to go to Manage Site > Deleted items and click the ticky box and choose Delete Permanently and then click FUCK YES WHAT DID I JUST TELL YOU, AGAIN, and THEN the item is finally gone. Even though you would think that if you have the chance to undo a deletion that the item would at least not, you know, APPEAR PUBLICLY, because you, you know, DELETED IT.)

So... yeah. But I made some people laugh, so, you know, all good. Or something like that.
elbales: (DO NOT WANT cat)

Briefly, some people at a con came up with this marvelous idea of asking women, "May I touch your breasts?" It really does sound like it was a positive experience for the original, very small group of people, but there is just so much potential for huge ugliness inherent in the idea. At least the original poster followed up to say that he realized this was potentially a Very Bad Thing and please do not do this, because. But still. Yuck.

Personally, anyone asking this question of me would get a basilisk glare and an icy "How dare you!", followed by an irate call to Security. As [livejournal.com profile] lizbee put it, if you have any desire to father children, you'd best not ask.

. . . And then someone linked to OH JOHN RINGO NO in the comments and my head exploded. Srsly. I am appalled that anyone would publish such revolting, pig-ignorant, misogynist tripe. I must be sadly sheltered.

Also, I now have a strong urge to fly to New York and bitchslap Jim Baen. I will refrain only because his company has recently bought work from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and they are pure win.

I have to go to work now.

Goddammit, I NEED BLEACH.
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)


This is one reason I am probably never having kids. Resenting your children is poison, and I have no desire ever to poison a small developing being.
elbales: (Impeach Bush)
to thank him for verbally bitchslapping the President on live TV.

Go watch it. It is a thing of pure beauty. Uh. Probably not quite safe for work. I seem to recall a couple of cuss words in there. I mean, the ones you can say on TV, anyway.
elbales: (Impeach Bush)
Stop Defending; Stop Apologizing

WORD. Why the hell should I, or anyone, apologize for condemning the man who's been using our Constitution for toilet paper since Day One?
elbales: (Can of wup-ass)
So first we got Driving While Black, which is heinous enough.

Now we're getting Recyling While Dark-Skinned?


Cut to spare you the rant )
elbales: (Bitch please - BSG)
White House Privacy Board Says It's All Good

The White House's hand-picked Privacy and Civil Liberty Oversight Board released its first-ever report to Congress Monday, finding that controversial programs such as government watch lists and the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping program do not impinge on Americans' civil liberties.

. . .


Hand... picked... foxhenhousea;lsdihfadshfalud

Yup, that there Patriot Act was sure well written.

elbales: (Impeach Bush)
Donald Rumsfeld should be burned at the stake.
Court Asked to Limit Lawyers at Guantánamo

Published: April 26, 2007

The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to impose tighter restrictions on the hundreds of lawyers who represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the request has become a central issue in a new legal battle over the administration’s detention policies.

Saying that visits by civilian lawyers and attorney-client mail have caused “intractable problems and threats to security at Guantánamo,” a Justice Department filing proposes new limits on the lawyers’ contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases that would replace more expansive rules that have governed them since they began visiting Guantánamo detainees in large numbers in 2004.

My favorite is this quote from the DOJ: "There is no right on the part of counsel to access to detained aliens on a secure military base in a foreign country."

Yeah. Just wait until an American citizen is detained on a secure military base in a foreign country and see if DOJ says, "Oh, well, there is no right on the part of counsel to access to--" Yeah, I don't believe it either.

And while we're at it, throw another vice president on the fire.

(Obligatory warning to the irony impaired: NOT SERIOUS.)

We have got to get that military tribunal/no habeas corpus law off the books. Write your Representative! Write your Senators! Work on getting someone elected to the White House who doesn't actually want to be King! Commit no violent acts!

More info courtesy of this nifty habeas website. Nifty website courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] litgoddess.
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
Oh, yes. Have you read the news today? Thanks to the Supreme Court of the United States, I am well on the way to becoming a second-class citizen. Thanks, Supreme Court!
Even if you disapprove of abortion, you should fear the precedent )
Anthony Kennedy? FUCK YOU.


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