Random thing you loathe right now.

While I'm a big fan of people's potential, you seem to have run into a good couple dozen of the biggest wastrels and asshats on earth.

A couple of weeks back, I woke up with a stiff shoulder. Wrote it off initially as muscle strain from going back to the gym after a long time. 2 weeks later, the pain hasn't improved so I finally go & see my ortho - turns out I've irritated a spinal disc in my neck. So now I have two disc-related problems in one year

Also annoying, I made a poor choice when picking out a drink at a juice bar and wound up with a migarine last evening. Wake up this morning and my nose is completely stuffed up and I've got an annoying tickle in the back of my throat - so I'll be ending this year probably strung out on antibiotics and cold-medication.

avggeek wrote:

A couple of weeks back, I woke up with a stiff shoulder. Wrote it off initially as muscle strain from going back to the gym after a long time. 2 weeks later, the pain hasn't improved so I finally go & see my ortho - turns out I've irritated a spinal disc in my neck. So now I have two disc-related problems in one year

Also annoying, I made a poor choice when picking out a drink at a juice bar and wound up with a migarine last evening. Wake up this morning and my nose is completely stuffed up and I've got an annoying tickle in the back of my throat - so I'll be ending this year probably strung out on antibiotics and cold-medication.

Generally not a good idea to order a vodka and strep chaser at the juice bar..

Having to go back to Ireland yet again. While I've had a wonderful Christmas with my fiancee and her family, having to go back sucks. I cannot wait for the immigration authorities to finally sort out a date for my interview so I can convince them I am not a security risk (no, I'm only interested in stealing your wimminz and jobz, I couldn't care less about your state secrets, kthxbai).

Tanglebones wrote:

Generally not a good idea to order a vodka and strep chaser at the juice bar..

But but they said the alcohol would kill all the bugs!

Looking back now though, I should have known that having a kiwi fruit & lime drink just before spending a couple of hours in arctic environment that passes for air-conditioning in Singapore malls was a bad idea...

Sounds delicious, actually... Want!

Knitting.

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

Katy wrote:

Knitting.

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

But knitted socks are awesome and cozy though...

I bought my wife an original Donkey Kong game and watch off eBay for Christmas, thereby healing a 30 year rift she's had with computer games in general.

The guy I bought it off dicked me around on payment details (posted the sale from one account, requested payment to another). After a lot of back and forth and insistence on going via eBay's system I finally got the thing on Xmas day only to find out a bunch of the upper screen elements are missing. He insists it was shipped in GWO, as listed.

Meh. I really don't want to have to go through all this crap.

AnimeJ wrote:
Katy wrote:

Knitting.

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

But knitted socks are awesome and cozy though... :(

Let's chronicle my knitting goals, shall we?

Oooh, knitting is cool! You can make socks! And cool looking mittens! And you can do fun things with colors!

(Katy convinces an aunt to teach her to knit.)

(Katy drops a stitch.)

Aieee! Panic! Too many stitches at once! (Frantically hands the test swatch to the aunt.) Fix it!

This isn't so hard. She told me I have nice even tension. I'll be making socks in no time! Maybe even knit a baby blanket for a friend!

(some time passes. Other projects are worked on.)

Er... how do I cast on again?

Well, OK, this isn't too bad.

I'm doing this myself, so I'll start with a cool scarf.

Changing from knit to purl I do what, then?

Maybe a simpler scarf, then.

I seem to go twice as slowly when I purl a row, don't I?

Wait, where did *that* loop come from?

Hey, I learned how to tediously undo stitches one by one.

Oops, there's a mistake four rows back. I'll just pull out the needle and rip back. What could go wrong?

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

So goals went: Cool socks -> a hat -> fancy scarf -> simple scarf -> more than 200 stitches without making a mistake I can't fix myself without ripping everything out -> maybe I should finish that crochet blanket I was making for my daughter...

Sounds about like knitting. Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, Socks were not darned on day one.

The Internet. It's starting to get to me. I'm seeing sarcasm everywhere. I can't understand what people are trying to say. I think... I think I'm changing.

Oh, and it's 7:30am but I haven't slept yet. Someone hit me with a mallet, please.

Thanks to that damn video, I keep calling it Cataca-lysm in my internal monologue.

Katy wrote:

Er... how do I cast on again?

Just click the notes on your distaff.

Katy wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Katy wrote:

Knitting.

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

But knitted socks are awesome and cozy though... :(

Let's chronicle my knitting goals, shall we?

Oooh, knitting is cool! You can make socks! And cool looking mittens! And you can do fun things with colors!

(Katy convinces an aunt to teach her to knit.)

(Katy drops a stitch.)

Aieee! Panic! Too many stitches at once! (Frantically hands the test swatch to the aunt.) Fix it!

This isn't so hard. She told me I have nice even tension. I'll be making socks in no time! Maybe even knit a baby blanket for a friend!

(some time passes. Other projects are worked on.)

Er... how do I cast on again?

Well, OK, this isn't too bad.

I'm doing this myself, so I'll start with a cool scarf.

Changing from knit to purl I do what, then?

Maybe a simpler scarf, then.

I seem to go twice as slowly when I purl a row, don't I?

Wait, where did *that* loop come from?

Hey, I learned how to tediously undo stitches one by one.

Oops, there's a mistake four rows back. I'll just pull out the needle and rip back. What could go wrong?

Stupid string. Stupid sticks.

So goals went: Cool socks -> a hat -> fancy scarf -> simple scarf -> more than 200 stitches without making a mistake I can't fix myself without ripping everything out -> maybe I should finish that crochet blanket I was making for my daughter...

Kind of how I feel lately while trying finish a scarf I started 2 years ago. I have a new project picked out, a blanket made out of a bunch of scarfs. Sounds like an easy enough idea minus the fact the pattern calls for small yarn and large needles. I just can't seem to figure it out.

Spent 2 years at work getting everything in place for my team to work from home almost full-time. Changed our source control system, set up a VPN, got our development environment kinks worked out, and once everything was done, I get told I can only work from home one day a week.

I've had to beg for the last three months to work more than one day a week from home because my wife has a torn rotator cuff and needs help with pretty much everything. I don't want to take FMLA leave, because I'm unsure if it'll affect my retention contract that'll give me a 25% bonus if I don't quit before Feb 1st, and I need that bonus for a down payment on a new house so we can get out of the nightmare situation we're in with this house.

The one-day-a-week thing and a new, forced dress code they started in October have really made me dissatisfied, but today, in the middle of my vacation, I checked my work email, only to find that without even bothering to include me in the discussion, my team lead (and only other programmer on our team of 2) has switched us to a new source control system (MS Team Foundation Server).

I'm sure it's a fine product, and I have no beef with it on technical grounds, but I went through hell to get us off of SourceSafe and on to SourceGear Vault over a period of months, and apparently, we can just switch to something else without my knowledge the first time I leave for a few days.

If it weren't for that bonus, I'd quit today. It's become all too clear they no longer respect me. 33 days left to polish up my resume.

My 15 month old niece who loves to run around had to get a half body cast to fix a hip problem that could degenerate into a permanent limp. She can't even sit up.

Maq wrote:

I bought my wife an original Donkey Kong game and watch off eBay for Christmas, thereby healing a 30 year rift she's had with computer games in general.

The guy I bought it off dicked me around on payment details (posted the sale from one account, requested payment to another). After a lot of back and forth and insistence on going via eBay's system I finally got the thing on Xmas day only to find out a bunch of the upper screen elements are missing. He insists it was shipped in GWO, as listed.

Meh. I really don't want to have to go through all this crap.

Worse than I thought. eBay flat refuse to open a case on it. Basically I've been ripped off and there doesn't appear to be anything I can do about it.

Really, really, really pissed off about this.

That everyone in town is sick (including my wife) and can't come to my birthday party tonight. Oh well, more booze for the rest of us.

The Internet took a dump on me while in the middle of a battle against a Klingon cruiser. "Gee, why are they stopping? Wait, why am I stopping?"

Rat Boy wrote:

The Internet took a dump on me while in the middle of a battle against a Klingon cruiser. "Gee, why are they stopping? Wait, why am I stopping?"

Ahh, yes. That's always a fun situation. I remember having that happen to me a lot during the last month or two of my WoW addiction. It's especially not fun when one is the tank or healer. >_< Ended up being part of why I decided to quit.

Maq wrote:
Maq wrote:

I bought my wife an original Donkey Kong game and watch off eBay for Christmas, thereby healing a 30 year rift she's had with computer games in general.

The guy I bought it off dicked me around on payment details (posted the sale from one account, requested payment to another). After a lot of back and forth and insistence on going via eBay's system I finally got the thing on Xmas day only to find out a bunch of the upper screen elements are missing. He insists it was shipped in GWO, as listed.

Meh. I really don't want to have to go through all this crap.

Worse than I thought. eBay flat refuse to open a case on it. Basically I've been ripped off and there doesn't appear to be anything I can do about it.

Really, really, really pissed off about this.

How'd you pay? If it was through your CC, chargeback. If it was with PayPal, dispute the charge with them.

Personally, I loathe this week. Here's the short list of the last 7 days:

Sat: Roomate hits head around 2am, complains about a/c setting. He's had it at 5C(41F), which is freaking ridiculous in my opinion, and I've been bumping it to 20C(68F), which is completely reasonable. He does not agree, and blows up, yelling and swearing at me. I reiterate my point that 5C is friggin ridiculous, but he bumps it back down and storms off. This kicks off a week of uneasy silence and random douchery on his part, such as stowing the converter strip in the room away somewhere in his stuff during the days when he's not here. $3.50 fixes that, but irritating nonetheless.

So this morning, I'm on my way home by bike, get about halfway home, and get a snap from behind me. I look down, and find that the derailler has broken a link on the chain.

Granted, the level of suck previously listed does not mean the week has been completely in the hole...

Katy wrote:

Knitting.

Stupid string that worked perfectly fine for the 6 foot long awesome blanket I crocheted and then shredded itself into strings thinner than a spider's web when I tried to knit a baby blanket with it. Stupid sticks.

FTFY

I hate having dreams that make me feel alone and depressed...

AnimeJ wrote:

How'd you pay? If it was through your CC, chargeback. If it was with PayPal, dispute the charge with them.

Personally, I loathe this week. Here's the short list of the last 7 days:

Sat: Roomate hits head around 2am, complains about a/c setting. He's had it at 5C(41F), which is freaking ridiculous in my opinion, and I've been bumping it to 20C(68F), which is completely reasonable. He does not agree, and blows up, yelling and swearing at me. I reiterate my point that 5C is friggin ridiculous, but he bumps it back down and storms off. This kicks off a week of uneasy silence and random douchery on his part, such as stowing the converter strip in the room away somewhere in his stuff during the days when he's not here. $3.50 fixes that, but irritating nonetheless.

So this morning, I'm on my way home by bike, get about halfway home, and get a snap from behind me. I look down, and find that the derailler has broken a link on the chain.

Granted, the level of suck previously listed does not mean the week has been completely in the hole...

That sucks. While 68 might be a bit high for some people 41 seems utterly insane. Can you get a new roommate?

He's gone in about a month.

NathanialG wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

Sat: Roomate hits head around 2am, complains about a/c setting. He's had it at 5C(41F), which is freaking ridiculous in my opinion, and I've been bumping it to 20C(68F), which is completely reasonable. He does not agree, and blows up, yelling and swearing at me. I reiterate my point that 5C is friggin ridiculous, but he bumps it back down and storms off. This kicks off a week of uneasy silence and random douchery on his part, such as stowing the converter strip in the room away somewhere in his stuff during the days when he's not here. $3.50 fixes that, but irritating nonetheless.

That sucks. While 68 might be a bit high for some people 41 seems utterly insane. Can you get a new roommate?

5°C is marginally warmer than my fridge. Is your roomie a pasty, lumpy, scarf-wearing, coal-for-eyes, kind of guy?

FatConan wrote:
NathanialG wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

Sat: Roomate hits head around 2am, complains about a/c setting. He's had it at 5C(41F), which is freaking ridiculous in my opinion, and I've been bumping it to 20C(68F), which is completely reasonable. He does not agree, and blows up, yelling and swearing at me. I reiterate my point that 5C is friggin ridiculous, but he bumps it back down and storms off. This kicks off a week of uneasy silence and random douchery on his part, such as stowing the converter strip in the room away somewhere in his stuff during the days when he's not here. $3.50 fixes that, but irritating nonetheless.

That sucks. While 68 might be a bit high for some people 41 seems utterly insane. Can you get a new roommate?

5°C is marginally warmer than my fridge. Is your roomie a pasty, lumpy, scarf-wearing, coal-for-eyes, kind of guy?

No crap. Is he a skinny dude with shiny eyes? Might want to get his thyroid levels checked.

Coldstream wrote:
FatConan wrote:
NathanialG wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

Sat: Roomate hits head around 2am, complains about a/c setting. He's had it at 5C(41F), which is freaking ridiculous in my opinion, and I've been bumping it to 20C(68F), which is completely reasonable. He does not agree, and blows up, yelling and swearing at me. I reiterate my point that 5C is friggin ridiculous, but he bumps it back down and storms off. This kicks off a week of uneasy silence and random douchery on his part, such as stowing the converter strip in the room away somewhere in his stuff during the days when he's not here. $3.50 fixes that, but irritating nonetheless.

That sucks. While 68 might be a bit high for some people 41 seems utterly insane. Can you get a new roommate?

5°C is marginally warmer than my fridge. Is your roomie a pasty, lumpy, scarf-wearing, coal-for-eyes, kind of guy?

No crap. Is he a skinny dude with shiny eyes? Might want to get his thyroid levels checked.

Nah, I think his roommate is probably

A Spanish physician of "striking intelligence and superior blood and breeding"