Jill's Place
7 days worth of rants & raves

2 things

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Hilarious and cool.

10/28/2004 11:25:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Back in the day

Way back when, during my days as a social worker, I grew to appreciate hip-hop. At first, I didn't much care for it, but it's practically all my kids wanted to listen to, so I got in the habit. I've kind of gotten out of that habit in recent years, but then again I don't listen to much music at all. Some jazz, some blues, some classical, some indie-folk. Depends on my mood. I think that listening to hip-hop takes me back, and not in a good way. Some of my kids were so desperately needy, for safety, for affection, for caring, for honesty. It makes me sad to think about it. I haven't ever listened to Eminem. If I thought anything about him, it was just scattered impressions from his bad p.r. My immediate thought about him would be that he's a misogynistic, violent little punk. His new video gives me a different impression. I still won't listen to much hip-hop, because of my own memories, but this is a powerful statement. Apparently it's #1 on MTV, so it's getting a lot of play. Here's the video, Mosh, in RealPlayer format. Huh, I didn't even know that MTV played videos anymore . . . Here are the lyrics.
Let the president answer a higher anarchy Strap him with an Ak-47, let him go, fight his own war Let him impress daddy that way No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil No more psychological warfare, to trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal If we don't serve our own country, we're patronizing a hero Look in his eyes its all lies

10/28/2004 08:56:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Check it

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Boing Boing has a post up with a link to download Fahrenheit 911, if you're interested.

10/27/2004 01:52:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Go read

The Pink Bunny of Battle Here's a taste:
These days, it seems, I cannot close my eyes without remembering a 1964 news broadcast that I watched with my parents. It's showing a film from Birmingham, Alabama. The police unleashed dogs on the peaceful protesters. My mother, a Southerner, knew what those dogs meant. She wept quietly. That newscast changed my life. I knew then that if the rights of African-Americans cannot be protected in this country, then the rights of all the rest of us mean nothing.
For myself, I would also include the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Americans. A society should be judged by how it treats its minorities. We ain't doing so hot so far, but I have hope for the future.

10/27/2004 09:41:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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The stupidity

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Goodness, some people do seem to have a hard time differentiating between .org and .com sites, don't they? The result is that e-mails sent to the wrong domain could be posted for all to see. Schadenfreude is fun!

10/26/2004 01:47:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Heads up!

A new Get Your War On is out.

10/26/2004 10:52:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Great idea

How completely cool. If you like Wikipedia (and I certainly do!), you may appreciate the idea of Wikinews.

10/26/2004 09:56:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Odd picture

Friday, October 22, 2004
OK, so here's the latest story about Bunning's seeming decline. The man is so out of touch it's scary. I especially love this quote:
"Let me explain something: I don't watch the national news, and I don't read the paper. I haven't done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information."
I love it. Finally, a republican admits that watching Fox isn't the same thing as watching real news!!! But here's my question. In the picture accompanying this story, why does that reporter (Greg Stotelmyer?) look so incredibly pissed? Seriously, he looks like he's about to punch someone. Maybe he's taking Bunning's utter rejection of the media really personally or something . . . Oh, and this link is making the rounds today. The writeup at Kos is especially effective. Here's the original (it's a pdf) if you're interested in reading the report.

10/22/2004 02:39:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Yep, that's about right

Fafblog brings it all home, for the idiots among us. Where are our priorities? Why are they so fucked up? What is wrong with some of the people of this country and this world?

10/22/2004 09:38:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Yippee ki yoh ki yay!

Thursday, October 21, 2004
Republican Survivor is back.

10/21/2004 01:09:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Oh so funny

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
This site just launched, and it's hilarious so far. I hope you enjoy it. That assumes that you appreciate satire, of course.

10/20/2004 02:59:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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More Jon Stewart

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Because last night's intro was hilarious, following up on the Crossfire brouhaha. (Quicktime link).

10/19/2004 01:04:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Monday, October 18, 2004
I'm late to this party, but I sure do hope you've seen this. And in case you're in the mood for more Jon Stewart, take a listen to this.

10/18/2004 11:38:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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And the winner is . . .

Thursday, October 14, 2004
I'm having a little contest today, in an attempt to identify the best snarky response to the idiot president's performance in the debate last night. Competition is tough, but this may be the best yet, referencing the incessant rambling on about the No Child Left Behind Act:
NCLB is the answer to all of life's difficult problems. It slices, it dices, it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping. It's the only domestic policy you need!

10/14/2004 01:48:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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I would vote for this guy

Tim Ryan of Ohio gave an amazing short speech during the debate on Rangel's draft bill. Go watch.

10/14/2004 01:42:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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good things happening?

Monday, October 11, 2004
Another good news/bad news thing. I got a response from the resume I sent out last week. Turns out their deadline was the 1st, and I was well past it. However, they will hold my resume, and call me if they do not find the right person in the group of interviews they're doing this week. I'm not holding my breath, let's just say. But the good news. A while back, I got on the register for some state positions. Of course, the state has a hiring freeze, and only critical positions are being filled. Very few of them, at that. However, this afternoon, I got a voice mail from a lady with the state. She wants to set up an interview with me for a Systems Analyst position. I can do that, I speak and translate geek pretty well. As always, I'll keep you posted here.

10/11/2004 03:00:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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R.I.P., Superman.

10/11/2004 08:34:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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My, oh, my

Saturday, October 09, 2004
This is just stunningly good. Found it on BoingBoing.

10/09/2004 01:04:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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oh, yeah

Friday, October 08, 2004
Forgot to update on the job thing. (Damned job really gets in the way of blogging) It's a good news/bad news kind of deal. I am 100% sure I would have been offered the job, but the salary was way too low. Like a 15 K cut. I can't be doing that. That's the bad news. It's especially bad because I loved the environment, the people, my potential boss, the job itself, the new challenges - well, everything. The good news is that the woman who interviewed me was so impressed, and was very distressed that they wouldn't be able to hire me. Really nice things she said to me, too. I decided to deflate my head before I headed through any doorways. Heh. So the good news, really, is that she is looking for higher paying positions for me, and said she will recommend me strongly. I believe her; she's a straight-shooter, plus she knows just about everybody in the field in this area, or they know of her. That's a very good thing. She's already contacted one person who has a Director position open, and recommended me to her. In the small world category, I also know this lady, from years gone by. I sent her my resume and cover letter last night. We'll see what comes of that, if anything . . .

10/08/2004 02:11:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Well, I thought this ad was hilarious. Go to Americablog for the link.

10/06/2004 02:32:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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New ad from the DNC. Requires Real Player, but they have it in Windows Media too. Via Atrios.

10/06/2004 01:14:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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3 things

First, there's a cool new search engine called Snap that's in beta. I found it on BoingBoing. Secondly, the debate last night was close enough to a tie that I can't call it a win for either. Of course, I'm biased, so I'm of the opinion that Edwards came across better. Too biased to be objective, I suppose. Third, job interview went great, she said they are very interested in me, but as expected, I don't know if the money will work out. It was nice, though. She said that she could guess what my current salary might be, and figured their range was lower than that. So they were already working to find funds to increase the salary range. That makes me believe she wasn't just feeding me a line, and it sure was nice to hear. Plus they came to me, in a sense. She told me I was perfect for the position, had the right attitude, right experience, would fit in great with the rest of the staff. But that pesky money . . . I'm waiting to hear from her about the revised salary range. Ya know, I might just do it if it's not too huge a pay cut. There's more to a career than money. Mark is very supportive of that idea - he wants me to be happy in my work, and we could make do with a little less if we needed to do that. The only critical things are the house payment, Lauren's tuition, her KAPT payments, and food/clothing for her. For us too, I suppose. I'd really like to feel good about my work, know that my work makes a real difference to kids and families, and feel proud of my employer. None of those things are currently true for me, and they're worth an awful lot. She was also very clear that it's a family-friendly environment. Lots of the staff have small kids, they offer excellent family insurance plans, solid benefits, flexible work hours, etc. Will keep you posted.

10/06/2004 10:28:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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SO worth your time

Monday, October 04, 2004
I've seen this video linked all over the place today, so I can't give credit to any one place. It's terrific.

10/04/2004 09:28:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Definitely worth reading

Digby rules.

10/04/2004 01:57:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Blogger's being funky this morning. It won't let me log out. Does anyone have any ideas on how to track down an open source alternative with some of the functionality of Macromedia Breeze? I love my job, NOT. Job interview tomorrow, details as I can. My current job is kicking my ass today.

10/04/2004 10:11:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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