I’ll start this on a positive note: There’s a new chapter of Avatar up, and I rather like this one and the next one (which I’m not posting yet.). My writing speed hasn’t improved, but I have a few things I’ve started that have promise. Plus, I’m going to try a new tack with Avatar, and hope that helps me finish Establishment. It was much easier when I could write everyday, and I was concentrating on writing a single thing. Now on to the not so good stuff. I’m just venting, so if’n ya don’t wanna read it, feel free to skip the bitching.
Well, the summer’s all but over. Bummer. I hate the winter time. Snow. Ice. Cold. Of course, I still have a few more months before I have to deal with that shit. Thank the Gods.
I wish I could say I had a great summer, but the truth is, it mostly just sucked. The job has gotten even worse as I’m stuck with a cement head for a tech lead, and my hopes of getting a new job slip further away every day. I’m not employable in my field of choice (or any other field) because, despite my knowledge, all the little college kiddies, and all the East Indians work for far less than I do. And hell, it’s not like a company would value fifteen years of experience, now would they? Why did I ever think a tech job would be a good idea?
My stress is sky high (and with my health, that’s not a good thing), and I can’t seem to get a handle on it. Almost nothing is going well. I haven’t been to a BDSM club in forever (there just aren’t any around here). There’s little to inspire the good scenes in Avatar. I was at an event recently, but well, it was kinda slow, to say the least. And while it was kink friendly, it wasn’t a play space and even if it had been, it wouldn’t have mattered because my wife wasn’t with me.
Comcast, the low life motherfuckers that they are, have deployed Sandvine, which kills torrent uploading. They deny this, but the tobacco companies denied that smoking is bad for you for years. Lot’s of helpful people on various forums (read assholes who are about ten) give the amazingly insightful advice: “Just change providers ya dork.” Did they think I’d stay with Comcrap if I had a choice? Fucking idiots.
There will come a time when FIOS is available in this area, and when it is, I’ll dump Comcrap in seconds. Not, mind you, that I think that Verizon will be any better. There’s not a large company in the US that doesn’t treat its customers like shit — or criminals — or both, and not a fucking one of them is run by someone who isn’t a short sighted, greedy and very rich asshole. But hey, they got their money, so who cares right?
And speaking of idiots, let’s talk about Bioshock for a moment. The game wasn’t even on my radar, and when I heard that they’d deployed it using Steam and DRM cripple-ware called SecuRom, I was like, no thanks. Are these people stupid or what? They treat the customers like crooks, install root kits that fuck your system up, and we’re still supposed to pay $50 for the privilege of buying their buggy product? Get fucking real — no wonder people just download the things. Here’s a hint to the game companies: It’s my computer not yours. You may not install something on it that fucks it up!
Fanboys of crippleware, DRM or especially Steam need not respond. I know I don’t have to put the shit on my computer, but you’re not always told that they’ve installed malware until it’s too late. If someone dumped SecuRom, or Goddess forbid Starforce on your computer, you might as well just restore from backup.
A quick shotout to the Science Fiction Writers of America: Your president is a fucking ASSHOLE (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/30/science-fiction-writ-1.html)
I was once thinking of joining that, but never mind. I’ll go with creative commons. What the hell is it with all these fucking losers that grab onto something, usually something that someone else created, and think they fucking own it?
We all know that Microsoft is a megalithic entity comprised of mostly assholes, at least at the top. They are a monopoly and can do what they want. In this case, what they wanted was to shut down AutopatcherXP. Thanks, you assholes. Soon enough, between the shit that Microsoft pulls and the destruction of PC gaming (thanks to companies like MS and EA and the malware they insist you use to ‘protect’ their product), I’ll be able to just stay with Linux. Of course, the greedy corporate types will still try and destroy that. Asswipes.
Well, if you’ve gotten this far, congratulations. And, to whatever fans I have left out there, thanks for continuing to read. I have another story that I’m hoping to complete, and I’ll post that when/if I do. And no, it’s not the second SG69 one. I might finish that someday.