estirose: The words "Chophead Tinybits" in a speech bubble. (Chophead Tinybits - Girl Genius)
I've either got two very persistent people or one person over two platforms wanting to read more of "Song in a Painting", which I worked on for NaNoWriMo 2008 but never completed. (It's a Kamen Rider Kiva fanfic with genderbending and an incestual, currently one-sided relationship.)

Now, I'm generally pretty easy-going, but I have a few things that aren't exactly berserk buttons, but still annoy me. Bugging me repeatedly about a fic is a good way to really irritate me. Bugging me several times over the course of 48 hours is a good way to piss me off. And to make sure a fic never gets completed, or may take several years to do so.

(In the customer service world, acting like you must must have something to the point of driving the clerk/representative crazy is called "being an Entitlement B*", and it's *not* a compliment. I deal with this kind of person regularly at work, and I don't want to deal with the fan equivalent after I get home. I have limited time to do things fan-wise, and right now, that's prepping for Yuletide and archiving fic.)

ETA: "Song in a Painting" is not going to be updated anytime soon, because the above people would not stop bugging me about it.
estirose: A blank book (Otoya catches Nago's Fist)

In the “something that irritates me” department….

At work, I am stuck using IE6. I get messages all the time about “upgrading my browser”, and there are a few sites that don’t allow me on at all (thankfully none work-related, just sites I run across at lunch or on breaks). It’s a well-meaning attempt to get people to upgrade, but sometimes, for various reasons, the end-user has no choice but to use an elderly browser.

With me, for example, if I have to access something on the internet during work hours, I can either use my work computer, or I can use Dolphin, my current browser-of-choice, on my cellphone. Dolphin is pretty good for a mobile browser, but it has the same limitation as any mobile browser, which is a small screen. It has limited-to-no-flash support. My work IE is outdated (and has censorware to boot), but I don’t have to squint.

(And as an aside to Google? It’s more than a bit sucky that phones running Android, your own operating system, cannot edit word processing documents in Google Docs. And I would have embraced Wave had it been way more mobile-friendly.)

But this is not the first time where I’ve been stuck on an older program. I remember that for the longest time, I was stuck on dialup on an elderly Mac Color Classic. I was forever going nuts because Eudora did not like HTML email and my computer did not not do then-modern browsers. (I also was tying up the phone line and annoying relatives until I convinced them to do broadband.) Thing is, for one reason or another, people and companies forget that not everybody can use the latest browser. I don’t mind a small reminder, but I get tired of the large banners and the sites I can’t use because of choices I can’t make.

Crossposted from Ramblings Yet Once More here.
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Look. Collection agencies. I’m sure you’re all thrilled with your new Automatic Dialer messages which say that if I’m not (name of person) to hang up, but I think you’d actually get better results if I could find out who you are and call you up to tell you that Mr. C hasn’t actually had this phone number for x years?!? I could actually save you some time in dialing the number of people unfortunate enough to end up with a debtor’s phone number.

(It’s not like I don’t know that you’re a debt collection agency, sheesh. I’ve only had like 20+ of you guys looking for this idiot.)

Crossposted from Ramblings Yet Once More here.
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estirose: A blank book (waterfall)
When you're on a very small bus, and it's crowded, don't take up two seats. Thanks.
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Okay, am having a very crappy day, please excuse my language.

One, my managers/supervisors should know better than to discuss personnel matters where people can hear them. This, on top of a rather bad call where my lead was of absolutely *no* help, caused me to break down for almost an hour this morning. (I have anxiety disorder - one of the triggers is managers/supervisors discussing personnel matters where I can hear them.)

Two, one of our newbies has a Kender-ish idea of what belongs to people. She poked around *everything* on my desk. Including my notebook, which I'd left on my desk because I wanted to have it handy. Which I wouldn't have minded had she not been a psychology major and I had my CBT steps listed there. (That's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, not Computer-Based Training.) I mean, I don't mind if the newbies are generally curious. But a casual glance would have indicated that my notebook had nothing to do with my job, and flipping through it is definitely out of line. (Yes, I'm having a little *talk* with one of the supervisors tomorrow about this.)

Three, I got my rejection letter from the JET program. This would have been more of a shock had I not known that I didn't get an email, and had already started working on plan B (finding a new job within state service).

Four, I accidentally closed a fic that I was writing (to help recover from the first problem) and so I am now having to reconstruct said fic.

estirose: A blank book (glare)
I was reading a discussion on Slashdot, and I would have commented, except that someone beat me to it.

What bothers me is that, even though I really want a legal copy of Hurricanger on DVD (and there's also a release of the first 10 episodes of Mirai Sentai TimeRanger - the basis for Power Rangers Time Force - available for preorder on cdjapan as well), I won't be able to see it.

Why? Because of region encoding! America is Region 1 - Japan is Region 2. Apart from getting a multi-region player (not sure if those are quite legal), I have no chance of seeing these things legally.

A lot of problems would be solved if the region coding system was abolished. While I see the reasons behind it, how many people are likely to want to watch Sentai series in region 1, especially since the Sentai series for the last decade have all been adapted into Power Rangers?

I'm willing to pay the prices to import the darn things - now how about giving me the ability to see them?


Aug. 4th, 2003 08:00 am
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1. We have no Outlook at work this morning.

2. I forgot to upload my stuff that I was going to upload last night. So, the 1 drabble, 5 recs, and 10 things that I was going to upload are not up yet. (I slept very soundly last night- almost missed my train this morning!) Will upload tonight, along with the incoherent vignette.
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Let me preface this rant with the fact that I *am* a Christian (my denomination wavers) and that I don't believe most Christians on the conservative side act like this. But when someone makes us look bad, then I want to rant.

I was on our area's public transit, our light rail train. I was coming home from work. So far, so good. It was a Friday afternoon. Most people were tired. I was, especially, because we'd just had a very busy day on Thursday, and so I was looking forward to getting home, closing the door, and just playing with my computer for the rest of the evening.

That is... until these two idiots board my car, started proclaiming loudly about Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and then started a hard-to-miss recitation of scripture nearby. One read, one repeated. Not being able to stand it any longer a train stop or two later (I'd fortunately had this guy who had been thrown out of his girlfriend's house right across from me, and he drowned them out until he got off), I got off and waited for the next train. I could have gotten on a car further back, but I wanted to not chance having them read on the next car.

Now, I understand that God made a call to make disciples of all nations. But I feel embarrassed by my Christian bretheren who think that making a production on a train or a bus will help gather souls to God. My preference is that of living a Christian life by example and letting people know my beliefs when they ask. That way, I can practice my religion and they can practice theirs.

Do these people *understand* how blasted stupid they were? I bet not. If you want to save souls, folks, don't embarass your God-loving neighbors while at it. Thanks.


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