Random thing you loathe right now.

I share your sentiments, oilypenguin.

Polliwog wrote:

I share your sentiments, oilypenguin.

Skepticism. It's not just for the supernatural! On a less snarky note, I agree completely with Oilypenguin too.

Allergies.

My son's peanut allergy.

People giving my son peanut-y things.

...me giving my son peanut-y things.

(Thankfully it's not an anaphylactic reaction - if it was, we wouldn't have any peanuts in the house.)

I was eating some long-forgotten peanut butter chips (like chocolate chips) that my youngest has pulled randomly out of the freezer. My oldest asked for some, and I gave him 2 without thinking about it. His face fell about 15 seconds later, we raced for the Benedryl, and waited for the inevitable throwing up.

Oh, one other thing: not quite making it to the sink when your son throws up.

evilseed wrote:

My W & D keys died tonight while playing L4D2.

He's not an ambi-turner.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
evilseed wrote:

My W & D keys died tonight while playing L4D2.

Good to know that you always turn right.

Not any more.

Wouldn't losing your D key always make you strafe left (as A is all that's left to you)?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Wouldn't losing your D key always make you strafe left (as A is all that's left to you)?

Right, Pants was saying that this break implies that in normal gameplay Evilseed strafes right much more than left. Muttonchop was making your observation that he will now have to strafe left instead, due to the broken board.

Yonder wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Wouldn't losing your D key always make you strafe left (as A is all that's left to you)?

Right, Pants was saying that this break implies that in normal gameplay Evilseed strafes right much more than left. Muttonchop was making your observation that he will now have to strafe left instead, due to the broken board.

Yes, I was commenting on his non-broken keyboard behavior. Although, while he will now only be able to strafe left, he will appear to be going right because he can only move backwards.

Yonder wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Wouldn't losing your D key always make you strafe left (as A is all that's left to you)?

Right, Pants was saying that this break implies that in normal gameplay Evilseed strafes right much more than left. Muttonchop was making your observation that he will now have to strafe left instead, due to the broken board.

I assumed that his D key broke because he was Googling "dangling donkey diddles" so often. That's five Ds for every A.

Like a Bizarro NASCAR driver, evilseed will now have to make 3 lefts to strafe right. I'll bet he whips around 180 degrees and strafes left from now on.

Today has been annoying. All I'm trying to do is reserve a f*cking seat for my flight home in 2 weeks. Yet people had to give me a complete runaround, and I had to stand at the airport for ages and call all these different people, and race back and forth between the airport and my grandparents house. And the best part, after I finally got everything done with and was making my way out of the airport, I had to dodge a wave of people coming in to catch their flights, and I smacked my hip really hard on a low counter. I swear that thing came out of nowhere. Not only did it hurt like a sonofabitch, but my phone happened to be in that pocket, so now the screen is completely cracked.

I'm really tired of air travel in general. I got caught in a bunch of weather-related delays flying back home from Christmas with my family (ending up getting home over 24 hours later than I'd planned -- at least the airline paid for the hotel room), and then a week after that, had to fly out again for a conference.

Miraculously, my flights today were all on time, but I've still spent way more time on planes and in airports in the last few weeks than is good for me.

Really loud and repetitive bass lines from music that appears to have no source.

Two+ hours today and I cannot figure out where it's coming from - but it's the same song on repeat. It's driving me crazy.

did you check the ear buds your wearing?

Mimble wrote:

Really loud and repetitive bass lines from music that appears to have no source.

Two+ hours today and I cannot figure out where it's coming from - but it's the same song on repeat. It's driving me crazy.

It'd the goddamned rave-fairies, again. I think it's time to release the hounds! The baroque opera hounds.

Having been quacked out of chiropractic care.

Cayne wrote:

did you check the ear buds your wearing?

I wish it was just me annoying myself!

Amoebic wrote:

It'd the goddamned rave-fairies, again. I think it's time to release the hounds! The baroque opera hounds.

Those rave-fairies are going to get a kick in the pants. Irritating little buggers.

- My housemates have been taking more drugs, making more noise, and doing both at stupider times of day lately (let's bring a bunch of people home from the pub at 5am to keep partying and have some more coke! Why not?)
- Me asking them to do this elsewhere had them doing so for just over a week
- This has led me to to look for a new place
- This is a massive headache in Canberra
- Stupid Canberra housing shortage
- Today we got a letter from our property manager saying if we get one more complaint we'll be issued a notice to vacate
- I have zero faith in them having the sense to tone it down
- I now have time pressure to find a new place
- I have no idea how much time pressure this is, since it's entirely based on the behaviour patterns of people who take fair amount of drugs

Sorry about that. Needed to vent.

On the bright side, far and away the worst offender of the lot is in south america for another week or two, so I probably have that long...

Sonicator wrote:

- My housemates have been taking more drugs.....

On the bright side, far and away the worst offender of the lot is in south america for another week or two, so I probably have that long...

Don't know about that bright side matey, maybe he's moving up to industrial scale commerce...

For the first time in over seven years, I'm no longer in a band or a music project. I also got kicked out of the new band my old band plans on starting before the band even began. I understand the direction the guys are taking, and totally am ok with the decision they made. All of us are at different points in our lives and I don't have near as much free time to dedicate to the project being newly married, having a house to fix up, and talking about babies. I just am bummed out about not getting to play on stage with my buddies on a semi-regular basis.

Dragonfly wrote:

Having been quacked out of chiropractic care.

It got too weird for you to keep going?

Dragonfly wrote:

I could write a whole rant about this... the office, while being run by very nice, clearly well-meaning folks, became quack-tastic, insisting chiropractic care could cure a number of non-back afflictions... including infertility, and they were even circulating documents that suggested the link between autism and vaccinations (and encouraging parents to re-think many vaccinations).

I know the type, and it's put me off the practice entirely.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

It got too weird for you to keep going?

Oh yes. I was going to the same group/office for almost 10 years, and when the business changed over, the new owner/primary chiropractor began getting more and more new-agey. I'm open to the ideas of various natural health concepts, but I'm also somewhat skeptical and do research on new quackery. When she started trying to sell me on Amway-style holistic health products in the office, I started to wonder.

But this last six months, she, and the other chiropractor I saw, both went off the deep end. The final straws: first being told that my biopsy for carcinoma would be negative - it wouldn't be cancer (which is certainly was!)... and subsequently being advised during my surgical recovery that sunscreen is a scam, that sunlight protects against skin cancer, and that she doesn't recommend sunblock nor use it on her children when they're outdoors.

I could write a whole rant about this... the office, while being run by very nice, clearly well-meaning folks, became quack-tastic, insisting chiropractic care could cure a number of non-spinal afflictions... including infertility. They were even circulating documents that suggested the link between autism and vaccinations (and encouraging parents to re-think many vaccinations).

Yep. So done. Now looking for a replacement...

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I know the type, and it's put me off the practice entirely.

Me as well. I'm now searching for a medical massage therapist to help me with my back and neck pain.

davet010 wrote:
Sonicator wrote:

- My housemates have been taking more drugs.....

On the bright side, far and away the worst offender of the lot is in south america for another week or two, so I probably have that long...

Don't know about that bright side matey, maybe he's moving up to industrial scale commerce...

At this point, it wouldn't shock me.

Man, I just got my NCEA level 1 results (My first High school exams affecting university applications, for those living out in the civilised world).

I was 4 credits off an excellence endorsement (Which is roughly one paper's worth of credits)

The thing is, I was whole-heartedly expecting Merit (The second-best overall mark), but I didn't think I would come this close, and now I feel like I should've tried a little harder :P.

Still, I can live with it.

I keep finding more and more things to add to the giant to do list for my house. I love living in a home, but the multitude of things that one has to do is staggering. It wouldn't be so bad if other things didn't keep on breaking. Tonight I take apart the garage door opener and put new headlights in my car, both chores that I did not have to do until they both broke.

Dragonfly wrote:

...sunscreen is a scam, that sunlight protects against skin cancer, and that she doesn't recommend sunblock nor use it on her children when they're outdoors.

I could write a whole rant about this... the office, while being run by very nice, clearly well-meaning folks, became quack-tastic, insisting chiropractic care could cure a number of non-spinal afflictions... including infertility. They were even circulating documents that suggested the link between autism and vaccinations (and encouraging parents to re-think many vaccinations).

This is nothing short of malpractice. It will be a dark day for chiropractic "doctors" if they're ever held up to the same standards as the rest of the medical community. The best evidence we currently have demonstrates that chiropractic manipulation is beneficial for back pain but that the whole subluxation-as-disease concept is demonstrably false. A healthcare provider selling what they're prescribing is unethical at best. The pushing of non-evidence based treatments irritates me. The skin cancer thing makes me angry. And the vaccine/autism thing absolutely makes me see red.

The chiropractic community really needs to clean house, kick out the lunatics and quacks, and concentrate on evidence-based chiropractic treatments. Until then, you're damned right I'll steer patients away from it.

Dragonfly wrote:

. and subsequently being advised during my surgical recovery that sunscreen is a scam, that sunlight protects against skin cancer, and that she doesn't recommend sunblock nor use it on her children when they're outdoors.

I could write a whole rant about this... the office, while being run by very nice, clearly well-meaning folks, became quack-tastic, insisting chiropractic care could cure a number of non-spinal afflictions... including infertility. They were even circulating documents that suggested the link between autism and vaccinations (and encouraging parents to re-think many vaccinations).

That's screwed up. Let people have their NONSENSE healthcare, but allowing your (totally nutty) medical beliefs to affect the way others treat their kids is just sick. Even if I didn't believe in the flu I wouldn't risk letting children get it.

The chiropractic community really needs to clean house, kick out the lunatics and quacks, and concentrate on evidence-based chiropractic treatments. Until then, you're damned right I'll steer patients away from it.

Completely with you. They've always pushed the subluxation hype heavily. I do believe the science that says yes: chiropractic care can help with back and some neck pain. It worked for me rather well. At the same time, the same science points out that good massage therapy can do the exact same thing.

I read an interesting perspective from a chiropractor tired of watching the quackery abound. He believes that the way chiropractic care should have evolved would be akin to podiatry. Which is also a very specialized field, but scientific and still helpful/needed. Instead, chiro care went new-age. It forked the wrong way. I wish they could get it back on track, but finding a non-quack chiropractor... it has been nigh impossible for me.

I could go on and on with some of the stories from this office. I always ask myself why I didn't leave earlier... and honestly, the chiropractors were usually sincerely nice. And I have trouble rejecting sincerity. The cancer/sunscreen thing hit me at just the right point to say 'screw nice'. After a surgeon spends hours cutting a chunk out of your forehead, hearing absolutely irresponsible medical garbage can be met with a lot less gentility. I'd like to say that I was brave enough to get visibly angry, or to write a letter. I simply disagreed politely, left, and never went back.

I don't want to argue with people who freebase the kool-aid through their bodies into their genuinely warm hearts. It's only come up again because I got a flier from them pushing yet another tonic, this time for weight loss: the Isagenix Cleanse program.