April 15th, 2003


Slow week

No progress yet on getting hired anywhere. I've gotten encouraging words from my first choice of consulting companies, but until it turns into an actual offer, I'm not counting my chickens. I did go put in an application at Weigh-Tronix this morning. We'll see if that turns into anything.

In the meantime, we're refinancing the house note. I got a commitment today for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.875% with only 1/2 point origination fee. That's the best deal we got, and it's one hell of a deal. I don't remember my parents ever getting a mortgage that low, and more than a few a lot higher.

I spent too much money at the Madison hamfest, but did get several things that will be quite useful, and for much less than they normally sell for.

I got tired of getting catalogs from the spammers at TigerDirect.com, so today, after getting the third from them since calling them and asking to be removed from the mailing list, I took it to the post office with a completed Form 1500. Take that.

I dunno what else is happening...kinda lack the energy to do much at the moment.
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Journalistic pet peeve

I'd originally posted this as a comment to nonethewiser's journal, but she apparently deleted it. (First she asks me to comment in her journal, not in mine, then she deletes the comment when I do. Bleagh.)

I'd commented that her article, in http://www.toasted-cheese.com/absoluteblank.htm, was good overall, but it tripped my pet peeve detector.

The question, "How does that make you feel?" and its variants, is THE SINGLE MOST IDIOTIC QUESTION IN JOURNALISM! Every time I hear it, it's in a context where the subject's feelings on the matter are 1) manifestly obvious and 2) what anyone else would feel in similar circumstances. "Your 6-year-old son just got sucked up into a running jet engine and is now a red smear on the compressor blades. How does that make you feel?"

I swear, if I'm asked that kind of question in similar circumstances, I'll beat the offending journalist to death with his camera and tell God he died. No jury would convict me.

(Re the mood: If you ask me to comment in your LJ instead of mine when replying to a post, please don't get mad when I do exactly that. And no, it's neither silly, self-serving, nor untrue. If it's offensive, perhaps you should examine why it offends you: too close to home, perhaps? Journalists have this tendency to see themselves and all that they do as being just this side of saving mankind. The rest of the world doesn't quite agree.)
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On commenting in others' journals

nonethewiser had this to say about my commenting in her journal:

You're very free to post *topical* non-attacking comments or arguments.

Frankly, if you made even *one* positive comment to anything I ever wrote, I could overlook the nastiness. But since you can't argue without it, and only post to argue...

Let's face it. We're not going to agree. I'm OK with that. It's why I don't comment in your journal. Maybe we should just agree that's the best state of affairs.

So, that means I'm free to post, as long as I agree? Pfaugh.

I have made positive comments; unfortunately, it is the nature of such things that they're forgotten in the heat of discussion. I still consider Rhia a friend, as I can separate my opinion of her as a person from my opinions of her opinions. The same applies to many of the folks on my LJ friends list.

I doubt she considers me a friend, however.

No, we're not going to agree. Life would be boring as hell if we all agreed all the time on everything, and there would be precious little in the way of subjects on which to have discussions. We'd all be poorer for it.

Rhia, you (and wbwolf, who has locked me out of posting to his LJ completely), and anyone else, are welcome to comment in my LJ at any time. I don't demand that comments agree with my views, even partially. Don't like what I've said? Tell me about it. I promise I won't think poorly of you for it.
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