June 29th, 2007


Stupid People Stories

Who the hell puts their dog in a carrier on top of the car in the heat of summer? And then spins that story to try to get elected?

To create a bad situation, and then fix it as best as the situation allows is not "emotion-free crisis management." It's thoughtlessness and bad planning (and in this case, cruelty to animals, which should have its own special circle in Hell). For shame.
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    I cursed twice in an entry. I really need some sleep!
rubbah and horns

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Gah, I'm getting no love from newegg. Still "we don't have a ship date so we can't tell you if you'll get it by Friday."

Um, hello, it IS Friday. I think my chances are pretty slim, don't you?

So we're off to the races to Amazon. I'm not going to pay a lot for this muffler card-- $200, tops.

So something between $100 & $200, preferably Amazon prime, so I can get it Saturday.

This is a little more than I wanted to spend, but good bang for the buck:

eVGA e-GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB PCI-Express 256-P2-N761-AR Graphics Card

This one's a little cheaper:


Any thoughts?

I wrote this early this morning before work intruded. As I was about to post this, my newegg order shipped. So nevermind. :/

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I'm just in tears now.

Even though I'm not technically working Fridays, I always get Friday morning phone calls from the office. This last one* just prevented me from canceling my newegg order and buying something through amazon. So now I'm spending $20 to get a card expedited for delivery Monday, two days after I need it. Meanwhile, my crappy computer is still making me crazy and preventing me from doing my job.

I just hate my life right now. Every last bit of it.

I want to go home, but I don't know where that is.

* Or maybe it happened during the call that immediately followed it, in which Paul was yelling at me and calling me irrational for wanting to cancel my order and buy something from Amazon for delivery Saturday. I may be at the end of my rope right now, but there really wasn't anything irrational about that decision, so wtf?
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rubbah and horns

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Oh, hell. My boss just called to tell me that I'm on indepedent contractor basis.

Which means I'm no longer on payroll and I no longer have health insurance (not that I was able to use it much down here anyway).

Which means I either have to accept random payment for random projects (with unemployment), or get another job.

I don't want to ask if this day could get any worse, because I'm sure that it could.

I would like to stop crying now, please.

I have never felt more alone in my life.

In other news, I DID get my Sunday paper today. Ha! Take THAT, Universe!

Hey, I take small victories where I can.
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rubbah and horns

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Whee, 14 years at a company, and I am effectively laid off, effective Monday.

I don't think I'm going to go the Independent Contractor route. Too many headaches for too little pay.

I feel terrible for my boss. He's like family to me. I don't know how he'll pull this together without me, or even fulfill client obligations.

I guess I should worry more about me and less about the guy who just laid me off, but whatever.

Paul says ths is G-d's way of saying I should go back to school. He's got a good point.

If we can downsize a bit, UF is a great school, and cheap for residents.

Choosing a major would take a great deal of thought.

(I still don't know what to be when I grow up.)

Jooc, what do you think I'd be good at?
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    I'm gonna take a shower-- I'm good at that!

Bacterial Genome Transplantation

Holy smokes, this is huge.

ROCKVILLE, MD — June 28, 2007 — Researchers at the J.Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced the results of work ongenome transplantation methods allowing them to transform one type ofbacteria into another type dictated by the transplanted chromosome. Thework, published online in the journal Science, by JCVI’s Carole Lartigue, Ph.D. and colleagues, outlines the methods and techniques used to change one bacterial species, Mycoplasma capricolum into another, Mycoplasma mycoides Large Colony (LC), by replacing one organism’s genome with the other one’s genome.

Continued at: http://www.jcvi.org/press/news/news_2007_06_28.php

This is amazing. They changed one type of bacteria into another type, with the change being dictated by the transplanted chromosome. This means that development of synthetic organisms is close. Very close. Breathing-down-our-collective-necks close.

Holy smokes. This is so huge that it's probably going to fly under most people's radar.
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