commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?
Yes, but I think the Dvorak layout should be the default. There is a learning curve, but it's not steep. Switching is a bit of a pain, but it's not that big a deal. The quarter inch architectural stick on letters are the cheapest way to relabel your keyboard and fairly durable. The keyboard is installed in Windows, so you're looking at maybe an hour's time to swap the keyboard and if you hate it with the blazing passion of a thousand suns you can be switched back in 15 minutes (way faster to take the letters off).
commented on Video from the War on Thanksgiving: Mall CEO Gets $120 Million Bonus as Workers Are Forced to Work on Thanksgiving
@2 It's probably subsumed by the fact that proportionally to their contribution to the financial success of the film, that's about the correct pay ratio. Plus the grip is in a union that protects his interests (like not having to work on federal holidays--well, I guess theoretically it's possible he'd be called in to work, but it'd be insane since it would turn a 100K shooting day into a 300K shooting day, so no one in their right mind would do it and if he chose not to for some reason, he'd still work the next week), 50K is a livable wage, and if he wants to move up the chain in production, there are options.
commented on It's Been a Bad Year for Television
I'm to the point every month when I look at my cable bill and seriously question what I'm paying for (and the amount is always different and always a few cents higher). Most of the channels I watch have instituted DVR blocks, so I can't watch them when I want (bye Toonami--I can't stay up for six hours through Saturday night even if I wanted to). The cable digital delivery is spotty on a good night (after using the in-box DVR to stay current on a few shows--except Bleach, which for some reason is only available on Hulu; that's fine, I'm okay with sub versions from here on out-- I'm decidedly NOT motivated to purchase a pay movie through them). The commercials are awful. Plus, I don't want to rent content. If I'm putting down money, I want something on media I can access when I choose (old fashioned that way).
The net effect is Cable (Comcast) has made it as inconvenient as possible to access their content. And I still can't clear up the issues using my account on devices other than my television. Theoretically, I should be able to access content on my laptop or phone, but the process so far has been impenetrable. If I were trying to watch stuff on my commute, I'd probably be more proactive about it, but as it stands, it's one more reason for me not to bother watching anything that doesn't grab me and hold me. If I have to be out one night, I have to be sure to catch it on the in-box DVR before the episode becomes unavailable and keep track if that's one, four, or more episodes that stay up week to week. Right now, Archer is worth it (I'll even put up with the no fast forward). That's about it.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Model Behavior
You know, I'm tempted to jump on the dog pile here. But I'm not.
That's it. Listen to what Dan and 95% of the rest of the commentators are saying to you. You have a wonderful opportunity here.
Learn. From. Your. Error.
First, most vital step, owning up to having made the error.
I'm not sure if you have issues or a full subscription, but you have some serious shit to work through. I recommend finding a kink-aware professional with solid credentials, at least a decade of practice, and excellent recommendations (hey, what's Fet-life for if not that?) .
You didn't lose her. You never had her. There is, however, a slight chance if you do the hard work you need to to get your head screwed back on straight you might actually got a chance to have a date with her at some undetermined point in the future and have a good laugh with each other about this. But perhaps by that point you won't need to.
commented on Press Release of the Day
Point one: Boycotting Ender's Game isn't about Ender's Game. That's sunk cost. It's made (and one can hardly hurt "hundreds of artists" who worked on it by boycotting it. They cashed their checks months ago. It's about the rest of OSC's catalog (14 in the Ender series alone) and whether those movies get the green light.
Point two: This film has all the makings of a "Lone Ranger" style boycott: i.e., It sucks. Really, the way they're marketing it all smacks of extreme desperation (8 making of videos in one day? The final poster with the video game faceless Ender figure and the tiny squares of the cast headshots all the same color? Ugh.)
commented on It Took The GOP Almost Exactly Five Years to Face the Truth
Obama held fast because he had no other option. Giving in wouldn't have been just a personal defeat but also diminished the office of the Presidency. He was not going to let that happen.
I am curious about what pressure finally made Boehner act so that Obama didn't have to either invoke the 14th or have the Treasury mint the coins, but I doubt I'll be alive when that makes it out.
commented on You Won't Be Able to Hide on Facebook Anymore
You never could hide on Facebook. Their privacy settings change with the wind. Deleted stuff isn't actually deleted. You are the product on Facebook, not the customer.
Also, water is wet, the sun rises in the east, and objects tend to fall when dropped.
commented on The Customer Is Often Mute
Yelp is a useless cesspit of every bad Gen Y/Millennial false stereotype brought into vivid reality through the anonymity of the internet and the mafiaesque business Yelp model that buries good reviews for companies that decline to participate in their premium listing services.
I've watched people pick restaurants I know to be more expensive and less tasty than another because they read their thrice-damned smart phones and figured that someplace with an 87% (and an advertising budget) had to be so much better than a place with an 84% approval.