Random thing you loathe right now.

McIrishJihad wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

While that is convenient for you...that's just awful fraud management. Someone has your number and they don't even change it? Who knows how many other people also have it?

You should request it be changed anyway. Do their job for them.

Changing the expiration and CVV is, to me, enough. Sure, someone has my 15/16 digits, but they don't have the valid expiration and CVV, so they don't have a valid card any more.

Not all places require a CVV, and the new expiration won't be that hard to figure out. You want a new set of 15/16 digits.

Maq wrote:

< rant >

So we've decided to pick up and move to Sweden. It was a tough decision to choose between my wife's hometown: Stockholm, and my hometown: Sydney. The biggest deciding factor was family - my wife has a large family in Sweden whereas in Sydney it's only my mother and brother. I do, however, have a large number of friends I've known for decades whom I miss dearly. It was also a hell of a thing to tell my mother that her only grandson would be growing up on the other side of the planet. Despite her own obvious sadness and disappointment she's been nothing but supportive. She's emptying her savings into our bank account to help give us a good start and is making plans to fly out as soon as she can.

We're back in London at the moment getting ready for the removalists and working out what we can take in bags on the last trip over. We're going to be loaded down with suitcases and a baby buggy. We don't have a car at the far end and will have to get all our luggage up a long winding hill in the middle of a Stockholm winter. Needless to say, we asked for help.

The response to that from the in-laws has been spectacularly underwhelming. Bit too much of a hassle to take a few hours off work to help, but here's a cab number. Let us know when you've moved.

I don't think it's too much to ask at this point that at the very least they break out the f*cking bunting and a marching band. We've turned our lives upside down here. I'm giving up my family and friends and the warmth of the sun. Whenever they've come to visit our country we've burnt precious holiday allowance from work making sure they're well attended to and they can't even be bothered to do it for us when we're moving our family to theirs. My mother had built an extension to the back of her house so that, should we have chosen to move to Sydney, we'd have somewhere to land. We'd be lucky to find someone waiting with a cup of coffee this time around.

Right now we're feeling like we've made a huge mistake. We're scared and stressed beyond recognition and could use some support, a friendly face, and a soft landing and it doesn't feel like we're getting it. We've not even moved there and it already feels like we've put the whole thing on notice and might be doing this all over again in a year.

< /rant >

Cup of tea and a biscuit I think.

I'm half-tempted to fly to Sweden to help you move. I was under the impression, however, that London was the place with no sun.

Minarchist wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Minarchist and ClockworkHouse are the same person anyway.

True story. Why do you think only "Minarchist" could make it to PenCon?

I'm the half of the brain who's good at Mario games. ;)

I'm the half that's nice to people.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

I'm half-tempted to fly to Sweden to help you move. I was under the impression, however, that London was the place with no sun.

London's greyer, to be sure. It's the whole "sun goes down at 3pm" thing that's taken some adjustment.

Some cousins are showing up to help, which is great. Just notably not the immediate family. Without airing too much laundry, lets just say this isn't going to go down without consequences. If family wants to show they can be counted on and they don't come through the one time you ask, the one time you really need them? Well you've drawn your own boundaries as far as that's concerned, haven't you?

Stengah wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

While that is convenient for you...that's just awful fraud management. Someone has your number and they don't even change it? Who knows how many other people also have it?

You should request it be changed anyway. Do their job for them.

Changing the expiration and CVV is, to me, enough. Sure, someone has my 15/16 digits, but they don't have the valid expiration and CVV, so they don't have a valid card any more.

Not all places require a CVV, and the new expiration won't be that hard to figure out. You want a new set of 15/16 digits.

And now you've got me strongly considering giving up my ability to order pizza and Chinese without having my wallet on me against criminals using my credit card...

Stengah wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

While that is convenient for you...that's just awful fraud management. Someone has your number and they don't even change it? Who knows how many other people also have it?

You should request it be changed anyway. Do their job for them.

Changing the expiration and CVV is, to me, enough. Sure, someone has my 15/16 digits, but they don't have the valid expiration and CVV, so they don't have a valid card any more.

Not all places require a CVV, and the new expiration won't be that hard to figure out. You want a new set of 15/16 digits.

Bolded for truth. I work with a very large broadband corporation and they don't require this info to take in payments, just the number and the expiration.

Maq wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

I'm half-tempted to fly to Sweden to help you move. I was under the impression, however, that London was the place with no sun.

London's greyer, to be sure. It's the whole "sun goes down at 3pm" thing that's taken some adjustment.

Some cousins are showing up to help, which is great. Just notably not the immediate family. Without airing too much laundry, lets just say this isn't going to go down without consequences. If family wants to show they can be counted on and they don't come through the one time you ask, the one time you really need them? Well you've drawn your own boundaries as far as that's concerned, haven't you?

I suggest using an excuse similar to theirs next time they want to see their grandson. Tell them you're too busy to visit them or have them visit you, and send them a picture of him in place of he cab number.

McIrishJihad wrote:

And now you've got me strongly considering giving up my ability to order pizza and Chinese without having my wallet on me against criminals using my credit card...

It won't take that long for you to memorize the new number, so you won't be giving it up for good.

A shooting at one of the neighborhood bars that I frequent here in Seattle, that's just around the corner from several friend's house.

At this point, you can shove your second amendment where the sun don't shine. I no longer give a flying f*ck about "the rights of responsible gun-owners". Their good behavior and doing all the "right things" does f*ck all to prevent asshole disgruntled ex-boyfriends from feeling entitled to wave their metal dicks around.

< /rant >

Which bar?

SixteenBlue wrote:

Which bar?

Twilight Exit in the Central District.

Sorry to hear that Maq. I know something of self-obsessed in-laws, and I really hope that they will be more supportive in future. I think you are dead right about the consequences too, fwiw.

Maq, this is something you're going to have to try:

NSMike wrote:

Maq, this is something you're going to have to try:

Jättebra =)

Man. that's so weird but so cool. I did that in my neighbourhood, they'd call the cops thinking a murder had taken place.

Our flat in Hackney is in the middle of a particularly rough council estate (for council estates read: projects) so I think it'd be novel to know why people are screaming. Not to mention it not being, you know, constant.

Maq wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

I'm half-tempted to fly to Sweden to help you move. I was under the impression, however, that London was the place with no sun.

London's greyer, to be sure. It's the whole "sun goes down at 3pm" thing that's taken some adjustment.

Some cousins are showing up to help, which is great. Just notably not the immediate family. Without airing too much laundry, lets just say this isn't going to go down without consequences. If family wants to show they can be counted on and they don't come through the one time you ask, the one time you really need them? Well you've drawn your own boundaries as far as that's concerned, haven't you?

Just wait until summer when its reversed and your drinking outside at midnight under a sunny sky.

And yes they drew their own boundaries, and now they will have to live with it. At least the extended family seems nice. I hope your wife has some friends around as well that you can get along with.

Trying to explain my undergrad grades on this grad school application. Spoiler alert: I'm not counting on getting into grad school.

But you know, nothing ventured. Besides, what else was I going to do with all this money for application and transcript fees?

Gravey wrote:

Trying to explain my undergrad grades on this grad school application. Spoiler alert: I'm not counting on getting into grad school.

But you know, nothing ventured. Besides, what else was I going to do with all this money for application and transcript fees?

STEAM!

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

One of our favourite places to eat and west Ottawa/Carp community staples The Cheshire Cat Pub burned down last night. The place is legendary in this city and was run by two of the nicest, hardest working people on the planet. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. My girlfriend and I went somewhere for dinner Friday night and it was packed to we went here instead. We're really sad it's gone but we're glad we got to go one last time. If you live in West Ottawa, please consider giving some business to Alice's Village Cafe in Carp. It's owned by the same people and they deserve the business while they assess if their insurance will allow The Cat to get back on its feet. This is a really sh*tty way to start the week.

I was planning on going to perhaps the only fantastic BBQ place in the area last weekend, only to discover that the owner/chef had died of a heart attack a few months ago

soonerjudd wrote:

I was planning on going to perhaps the only fantastic BBQ place in the area last weekend, only to discover that the owner/chef had died of a heart attack a few months ago :(

Maybe it's a good thing you aren't able to eat his food any more.

Gravey wrote:

Trying to explain my undergrad grades on this grad school application. Spoiler alert: I'm not counting on getting into grad school.

But you know, nothing ventured. Besides, what else was I going to do with all this money for application and transcript fees?

From the chemistry/science side of things, the interview that you have with the prospective professors counts *way* more than your marks.

Nevermind

I am in a bit of a rut at the minute.

The last couple of weeks have been quite tough mentally. I've been catching up with a lot of my uni friends almost all of them are now in committed relationships and are purchasing houses and such.

Now I realise I'm not really in a bad position, being 26 with no appreciable debt and obligations, but it's been tough not thinking I'm being left behind.

Part of this is the recent (early Dec) demise of my last relationship and that's been quite frustrating and disheartening to come to terms with. The other major part is my housemates are getting married later this year so being exposed to all the excited wedding planning is wearing thin.

I know it'll get better, but it's just tough atm.

Why can I concentrate on live-blogging an alumni event for a company I used to work for, but can't bring myself to bang through this stupid Word document detailing what my current role should be doing at my current company?

Aw man AP. 26 is no time to be sweating that sh*t man. You've got plenty of time, so relax and enjoy the ride and/or rides (ifyouknowwhatimean)

McIrishJihad wrote:

Why can I concentrate on live-blogging an alumni event for a company I used to work for, but can't bring myself to bang through this stupid Word document detailing what my current role should be doing at my current company?

It's all about productive procrastination. You need to set yourself a task that's clearly more unpleasant or daunting than the stupid Word document. Then you do the Word document so you can put off that other task.

LarryC wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

Why can I concentrate on live-blogging an alumni event for a company I used to work for, but can't bring myself to bang through this stupid Word document detailing what my current role should be doing at my current company?

It's all about productive procrastination. You need to set yourself a task that's clearly more unpleasant or daunting than the stupid Word document. Then you do the Word document so you can put off that other task.

Ugh, been putting this off for 4 days now :/

Suggest installing Runtastic on your device and assign yourself 16 km of running. So you either do the document, or you do something healthy. Win-win. I usually put off the run, myself. I really should stop doing that. Tell me to stop doing that!

mudbunny wrote:
Gravey wrote:

Trying to explain my undergrad grades on this grad school application. Spoiler alert: I'm not counting on getting into grad school.

But you know, nothing ventured. Besides, what else was I going to do with all this money for application and transcript fees?

From the chemistry/science side of things, the interview that you have with the prospective professors counts *way* more than your marks.

I'm assuming you went to school in Canada, right? Interviews aren't really common for chemistry departments in the US. I don't know of a department that does.

From what I've been told, it's fairly common to explain low grades in you personal statement. But, that's assuming that your transcript is ok enough for them to read your personal statement in the first place.

Having my first ER visit. Luckily it wasn't too terrible, just an accident in the kitchen that ended with me getting very hot oil all over my hand. My left thumb, index finger, and middle finger are all very red and forming some pretty nasty blisters. They gave me something to reduce the swelling and pain, and a cream for the burn itself, and I have to go back to the doctor in a few days. At this exact moment, I'm doing alright. It really hurts if I bend my fingers too much, and it definitely feels overly warm, but it could be worse.
I'm afraid to see my fingers in the morning, I'm sure it will not be pretty.