sarah's monkey
I had some weird dreams last night. One involved a really large alligator in a surgical mask and ice skates. The other was about the fourth season of Orange is the New Black. It began with the ending, like a flash foward. Piper was free and looking for the first season of Orange is the New Black on DVD from the video rental place. Then Angie appeared and got really mad at Piper for leaving her with some crazy guy who they stole the rented DVD from and started beating her up. They were around some weird abandoned building. Then the camera panned out and we saw that it was Litchfield that had closed. And we went back in time a bit to see that the inmates had taken over the prison, then just covered up the building with cardboard boxes and left.

sarah's monkey
meme from jesatria via hamsterwoman (wanting to give everyone credit...like it's some sort of chainletter or something).

Give me a character [or a couple] and I will tell you:
- How I feel about this character:
- All the people I ship romantically with this character:
- My non-romantic OTP for this character:
- My unpopular opinion about this character:
- One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon:
- My OTP:
- My cross over ship:
- A headcanon fact:

Things I like: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Once Upon a Time, Kindred, Kushiel's Legacy, Agent of Hel, Sherlock

Do you think she gave him that shirt just to piss off Cash?
sarah's monkey
I'm rewatching Kindred: the Embraced because it's one of those things that I can have on and not think about when I work. While my problems with it are numerous, I still love it. But today I realized that Zane wears Sasha's shirt. I don't know why I think this is so hilarious.

Exhibit a:


Exhibit b:


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sarah's monkey
I had an icky when watching Up with Steve Kornacki this morning during the middle of a feed. Actually, I had two ickies. The first was when they were talking about potential Republican candidates for 2016, and people were talking about how much everyone hates Bush II, and someone said, well, say what you will about him, but he did win two elections. I screamed at my computer, no he fucking didn't.

And the second icky was when they were talking about the Super Bowl and how one player's girlfriend is due in a few days and will he play if his girlfriend goes into labor early. They all talked about how, well, if it was something for you, if you had a big job interview or something important for your career and you're wife's water just broke (which apparently happens more in the movies than in real life because usually the head is blocking the birth canal, so when the water breaks, it doesn't all dripple out...unless the baby is seated oddly, so, shows their ignorance), what would you do? And I just felt, wow, how fucking privileged you are to have this conversation. And that no one on their death bed said I wish I had spent more time at the office. Yet we're talking about how this guy should miss the birth of his kid.

have you ever blocked a part of a book completely out of your memory?
sarah's monkey
Spoiler for American Gods and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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I'll teach the lot and treat them all the same
dayna's monkey
I'll just preface this with letting people know I have one Jewish and one Catholic parent. If you don't already know that. As such, religious pluralism is very important to me. I go all Hulk when someone is excluded because of their faith. Or who they are. (Which is kind of also why I hated Cody in the Agent of Hel series, but I digress.)

Her tweet didn't bother me. Whatever, she didn't picture Wiccans there. That just shows her lack of imagination. But her explanation pissed the hell out of me. To the point of I'm lumping her with Orson Scott Card as in she is able to write a pretty book about tolerance even though that's not what she believes. I'm shaking as I write this.

To explain her tweet, she wrote: "It's a different concept of magic to the one laid out in the books, so I don't really see how they can co-exist." I find this to be incredibly offensive. She used the term "co-exist" to exclude people based on their faith. Co-exist is that bumper sticker word we use to encourage religious tolerance. But there is something inherently different or flawed about a Wiccan's concept of magic that would make them unable, in Rowling's mind, to "co-exist" with her world. This tells me that she is either bigoted or ignorant. What is it about Wiccan magic that is so different from magic in Judaism or Islam that makes their magic incompatible with a fictional universe? Does she not know about Kabbalah or Sufism and that magic exists in these faiths as well? Or is it just that Wiccans use the term "witch" and "magic"? Because I use the word "charm," "spell," or "summon," to name a few in a way completely different than Harry does. Because I'm a lawyer and ask the court to issue a "summons," does that mean my concept of language is incompatible with Hogwarts?

I cannot comprehend how a practitioner of a faith that teaches "thou shall not allow a witch to live" is ok to go to Hogwarts, but one who's faith teaches "an if it harm none, do as ye will" cannot "co-exist" with other at Hogwarts.

My parents grew up only a few miles from each other. There was a swim club that my dad's family went to all the time. It was a lot of fun. He took me there when I was older. It had ropes you could swing across the lake on like Tarzan. It had a zip line and high diving boards. It had floating piers. My dad learned to swim there and spent his summers there. My mother never went as a child because it had a sign out front saying "no Jews, blacks, or dogs."

So don't fucking tell me that it's ok that one of the world's best selling authors decided to marginalize a group of people because of her ignorance of that faith (and others). Your privilege is showing.

Poison Fruit
sarah's monkey
I finished Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey, and I really, really loved it (except for one thing)!

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sarah's monkey
I just started reading Poison Fruit. Please let there be some Daisy/Stefan!

random rant
sarah's monkey
I know this is just ridiculous and meaningless but I really just have to rant about this. I hate HR people. Really, really hate them. Maybe this is because I've never had a job in a company where there was an HR department and had a need that could be resolved by an HR department, so in my perception, they are gatekeepers for work and are holier than thou. They think they are superior than the masses who don't have jobs and are sending in their resumes.

Ok, so, today on my facebook feed, I read this from a friend of a friend:

"PSA: When you are applying for a job, do not _attach_ your cover letter. Your email _is_ your cover letter. I need to process hundreds of these things, and I'm not even going to look at the resume if your cover letter doesn't suggest you can do the job. Why? Because opening the file takes time. And now you see what I don't want to open yet another file to tell me why I should open the other file.
Oh, and by the way, if you forgot to attach the resume, I'm not going to hold it against you if you immediately send a second email. I rather like that. It says you're big enough to admit when you made a mistake, and that you don't let mistakes ruin your whole day. We all screw up. I'd rather know now that you can handle it with grace."

Good to know that you're so generous to people who are sloppy. But I can't tell you how many times I've applied for a job via email and wondered, do I send an cover letter? Do I not send a cover letter? Because the fucking ad asked for a cover letter and I don't know if the email counts as a cover letter. Probably because the HR person who posted the ad is a moron.

So someone responds: "The fault is usually on the HR person, who says "include cover letter and resume" or whatever. Be clearer obvi"

Yeah. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. This is a good explanation for why people would be confused or why they would attach a cover letter in addition to the text of the email.

Bitchy McBitcherson responded with: "Good try, [], but ours just says "send resume." No, this happens because people want to use the same cover letter for every job they apply for, so they use the same word file with just a few names changed. (Or not. Sometimes they don't even bother putting my company's name in the right field, and I get stuff addressed to other companies.) They don't want to copy and paste from word, because the formatting will look sketchy. So they just attach it.

Uh uh. No. It's sloppy, and it screams that you don't care about this job, you're applying everywhere and you don't care where you land. That's totally fine, by the way, but not if you're trying to break into a studio that went to a lot of trouble on the website to explain the culture, the team, the history, what freedoms you'll have, and what the bonus structure is."

Ok, yes, I agree with her that just using the same cover letter is sloppy and I understand that []'s explanation doesn't apply to her situation, BUT SHE IS SO FUCKING CONDESCENDING about it all! And her company went through so much trouble to talk about how great they are on their website! Wah! Like every other fucking company! And people who are applying for jobs have to send out zillions of resumes and cover letters because do you know the statistics about how many applicants there are per job opening? I don't know if they don't have the time to research in such great detail the nuances of every place they apply.

I heard something on NPR a while ago about software that HR people use that scans resumes for certain buzz words that have to do with the job. Only applicants don't know if the company they are applying to use that software or what the buzz words are even if they are qualified. So their resumes are getting thrown out without being read. So they use white text to insert those words so the resume doesn't look sloppy and won't get thrown out. So now the software is updated to throw out resumes that use white text. Or HR reps use their fine intellect to highlight text to resumes to see if anything new appears then throw it out.

Some of this is bitterness about not being able to find a job after so many years. It fucking sucks. But this bitchy person on facebook totally affirmed everything I believed about bitchy HR people. Fuck her.

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sarah's monkey
Can someone please recommend to me a good British history book? I know that "British history" emcompasses a lot, so anything wide in scope would be good. Or if there's something you really like that's more narrow, that's fine too. I just want to know more about the place I live.


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