Jareth "Bah"

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The dentist's appointment being out of the way takes a decent chunk of stress off of my mind. Lupa was right- he's good. I was in and out in under twenty minutes. Despite not using anasthesia, the worst I felt was a few seconds of dull, vague ache.
Jareth "Bah"

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Many of my friends refuse to believe that the stories from veteran tech support workers are true. That large a percentage of the American population couldn't be that stupid. One of my coworkers reminded me of a number of things that one in five Americans believe. For those of you who have ever doubted our tech support stories:

One in five Americans cannot locate the United States on a map.

One in five Americans do not know what country the US declared its independence from. (source: Gallup)

One in five Americans believes in Witches. (Gallup) The pagan population in the country just isn't high enough to account for that one- most of those are probably the crazy scary fundies who believe that witchcraft entails late nights with Dungeons and Dragons, drugs, and blood sacrifice.

One in five Americans believes that the sun revolves around the earth. (Northwestern University)


Ladies and gentleman of my friends list, meet the fine people who call tech support. And we wonder why so many refuse to believe that desktop computers need power to function.
Jareth "Bah"

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Veronica got up bright and early with me yesterday to go book buying. This time it wasn't for sale, it was for my personal collection. Literally the day it was announced that the tax cuts to the rich were going away, my rare book sales slowed to a trickle. As such, I really haven't been buying- it's something I'll do again when the economy is better.
However, the other day I was walking down Hawthorne, and saw a flyer for a private library being sold off. There were 4000 books, with fixed rates between $2-$3, depending on the type, and a breakdown of the number in each subject. I looked at the number on Russian history, and did a double take- it would be extremely difficult to have a Russian history library that large, which included a lot of pre-revolutionary history, and not have a significant number of rare books. The west just wasn't as interested in Russia up until the soviet era.
I was not disappointed when I went with Veronica. While I didn't find anything ultra-rare in the history section, I did find a number of Imperial Russian history books which I've been wanting for myself, and could never have afforded otherwise.
I also did find something which, though I haven't verified it yet, may be reasonably rare for my own collection. I'll have to check up on it to see exactly what it is. However, there was a copy of The Three Musketeers, obviously old, but in good condition. It had a number of little mistranslations in it, of the sort that you see a lot of in French books being translated to English for the first time. Some of the early Jules Verne translations are good examples of this. At any rate, I love Dumas, so I picked it up.
Jareth "Bah"

Hello Internets!

O mighty friendslist- are any of you looking for a roommate in the PDX area? I have a friend who needs to move back to town for school. He'll do the Craiglist thing, but would prefer friends of someone he knows.
He's one of those genuinely nice people, who is going to school to be a teacher because he wants to make the world a better place.
Jareth "Bah"

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Plenty to report, but not enough energy to write it all.

I spent yesterday with ambershadedlens and Marie, for baking and movie watching. We did rosewater cupcakes with grenadine frosting, and bitter chocolate cookies.
Jareth "Bah"

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ThinkGeek now has a "People For the Ethical Treatment of Zombies" tee shirt.
Given how many times my D&D character has had the "undead are people, too!" chat with the party, I may have to get this.
Jareth "Bah"

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Friday night, Marie's place.
Lots of wine, coupled with some absolutely delicious math lectures which Marie found.
If you're the sort of person who enjoys working technical support, this constitutes a fun Friday night.
Jareth "Bah"

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Skye showed this video to me, about nuclear testing done in the cold war. It's one of those things that I can't believe anyone tried, even just to see what would happen.

Jareth "Bah"

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Someone of my acquaintance recently mentioned a friend of theirs who works as a phone psychic. It came up in an economics discussion tonight- which one of you was it who'd mentioned that?