I've been procrastinating lately about writing anything because I'm, well, lazy. However, I'm almost done completely redoing my entire iTunes library, which includes correcting files and deleting bad ones and removing the ones that I only deleted out of the library and not off the hard drive. (I had almost 10gb of extra material and am now down to probably less than a gig of stuff I don't want.)
This post is going to be primarily a links post - I'll write a real post about life in a little bit, and post some photos, because yay photos. But now, here are links I've been gathering since September 5th.
I complained about Pepperberry earlier this week in this post, but while I was writing that post (and looking at all the links that I used when I wrote it), I came across an article that pointed out that when Pepperberry was launched, they sized all of their stuff down just enough that the Super Curvy size now fits like a Really Curvy, which presumably means that no one above an F or G cup will be able to shop at Pepperberry now unless they want to buy overpriced clothes that are in a size that is too large everywhere else. If I'm going to be forced to buy something that doesn't fit me well, I may as well just get it from Wal-Mart for five bucks instead of thirty at Pepperberry. So disappointed - I was really looking forward to buying some clothes from them after I get a job and lose about 10 inches.
Square Enix is doing a remake of Final Fantasy X, which is only my most favorite video game ever. I'm hoping and praying that the battle system goes unchanged, since I'll probably be unable to play it if it does change. (I'm hilariously bad at real-time battle and most other turn-based systems are too quick for me to keep up with because I'm a rather methodical player.) But oh god oh god the graphicsgasm I shall have! Can't wait, can't wait! (I think they're just making it prettier for the PS3 so it can be in HD, but maybe there'll be new content, too.)
Vladimir Putin is pretty much the coolest leader of a country ever. Dude. Seriously, go look at these photos.
For the last several years, I've noticed that teachers are getting blamed more and more for things that are actually the fault of the parents and students. It's definitely not a profession I intend to go into anymore (I used to want to be a teacher when I was a kid), mostly because there's too much stress and bullshit for the low pay teachers receive. Until teachers are valued for the vital keystone to our world's future that they are, we are going to have nothing but the people who chose teaching because it was easier to become a teacher than it would have been to go into the profession they really wanted. I found an article written by a teacher that tells parents what teachers really would like to say, if they weren't terrified of going to jail, being sued, or otherwise losing their livelihood.
Scientists studied a group of 60 four year olds taking mental function tests, and found that watching nine minutes of Spongebob Squarepants right before taking the test caused them to do measurably worse than the children who watched nine minutes of Caillou or drew pictures for nine minutes. All right then.
Well, now I don't want to live in England anymore. What the hell kind of country rations tests designed to detect cancer early?!
In the rainforests in the Indian state of Meghalaya, there are living bridges. Made of tree roots. And they are pretty.
I really like Obama, and I think most of the country is being a little impatient with him - how is he supposed to fix everything George Bush broke in just four years, when Bush had eight to break it all? (Not that it was just Bush, since it was also the entire Congress being rich, pampered assholes.) Anyway, I really liked seeing him be angry with Congress, and I hope that this does something, whether it lights a fire under Congress's collective ass or just gets Obama elected for a second term so that he can finish what he started. I feel proud of him, and I really hope that jobs bill gets passed, because maybe that will finally help me find a job. (Of course, then everyone reading this will probably never hear from me again... :P)
This is just horrifying.
NPR made a chart that shows where the Republican contenders stand on climate change and evolution. This is like a week old, but still relevant if you haven't seen it.
I have made it no secret in the past that I at best look upon Michele Bachmann with disdain, and at worst make fun of her mercilessly. And, of course, there's the recent bit about her in the news that, unless you live under a rock, you know about - the Republican debate where Michele Bachmann yelled at Rick Perry for trying to push through legislation forcing girls to get the HPV vaccination as the Governor of Texas. I think it's hilarious that the American Academy of Pediatrics debunked everything she said about how the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation. It's even funnier that she tried to defend this, saying that she's not a doctor. Because when you're a public figure, it's totally okay to make completely fallacious statements about something just because you don't agree with its use.
I decided after the whole Toyota fiasco a few years ago that I was never going to buy a Toyota that was made after the 1990s, and after seeing what their idea of an ad campaign is, I don't ever want to own a Toyota ever. Ever ever ever. What the fucking fuckety fuck, Toyota?!
I found this video hilarious. Beware, you may find it mentally raping. S did. (This is all C's fault, he sent it to me!) Also, I really want to find the song that plays during the video, because it's really, really catchy. And I want it.
I was sent this recently, because apparently this is what I should be giving to my boyfriends. Ha.
I read Crazy Things Parents Say a lot, and I saw this the other day and thought it was really cute.
A murder suspect was called for jury duty... in his own trial.
Can't tell if trolling or legitimate... Seriously, I can't tell if this is a joke or if it's an article that was really written in the 90's by some old curmudgeon who didn't trust that new-fangled World Wide Web thing.
This morning, J was reading some statistics to S and me about Fox News viewers. Since we're a household of people who think people who legitimately go to Fox News for their news and political information are stupid, this was just more evidence of the kind of shit this country is going to. I asked him for the link, intending to post it here and freak out about how the whole country is just going to implode, and noticed that he hadn't really paid attention to the website, which is actually a satire website, like The Onion. Yep, that's right, it was a huge joke, and more hilarious for that.