Handicapped parking abuse – How to tell you are a douchebag:
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

Handicapped Sign

  1. Your car has no handicapped license plate.
  2. Your car has no handicapped placard.
  3. You are parked in a handicapped space.

Bonus points if you were the persons today that got into the handicapped spot just before I did at the Savannah PetSmart in a yellow SUV with the Ware County license plate asking for a dog stroller. I know I shouldn’t judge you, but you didn’t have the proper handicapped items for your car. I saw you park in that spot. I didn’t see your handicapped tag.  I didn’t see your handicapped placard. I saw you get out of your car and saw you walk into the store. That’s what made you douchebags – what I listed above.  Both of you. However, some will claim the dog stroller alone makes you douchebags.

As to why I was in a handicapped spot? My poor father. Since his surgery, he’s in pain. It hurts to walk. For his surgery, it’s going to be a while until he’s somewhat normal. He had doctors’ appointments today I took him to. Like my mother taking care of my grandmother, I took car of my dad using a walker and a wheelchair. He can’t drive for at least another month, so I asked if we could get him a handicapped placard. If we kids are taking care of him, then the least we can do it use the handicapped spots to help him. The doctors agreed and we got him one after we left the doctors’ offices.

If you, the douchebags, need a handicapped spot, just do what I did today.  Visit a doctor and apply for the placard or plate.  The plate cost $20 and the placard was free. All you need in the State of Georgia is MV-9D.  It took less than 10 minutes for a doctor to get his office to write it up and the visit to the tag office was just as long as any other for me using their services.  In total, today, it took us about 30 minutes to get his tag.

I have always felt this way about handicapped spot abuse.  I was 14 when my grandmother had a stroke.  We had to get a handicapped placard for her. She had to use a walker. It would suck when we would see people that didn’t need the spot using it as their own personal spot.  No, it’s not your personal spot.  It’s for those that really are immobile or do suffer from chronic pain.  If you have the tag, then I can’t begrudge you. Denying my grandmother the ability to enjoy life because you are a selfish pork-faced pig does anger me.

Mary Ellen had a tag due to her COPD. When I would hang out with her and Harold, we’d park in the handicapped spot so she go enjoy life. She did all she could do, even drive, but had to have oxygen.  However, if she wasn’t with us, Harold and I didn’t park in those spots. We weren’t going to abuse them, even if Harold looked as if could use the tag, too.

So yeah, if you park handicapped spot and aren’t cleared to use it, you are a douchebag.

As for my father, at the moment, the tag is temporary one.  We’ll revisit it in 6 months if he needs another one. He’s suffering nerve pain from his surgery in the leg they had to pull some veins from.  Other than being miserable from that, as well as still weak, everyone says he’s looking good for just having the surgery he had. People don’t believe he’s as old as he is.  He would rather be healthy and not need the tag. Until then, he’ll use it.

Sadly, there will be douchebags like the ones I’ve encountered.


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Tim Gunn, did you hear me?
Posted on September 9th, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

I saw this article circulating on Facebook this morning: Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace. As I read it, I was mentally giving Tim Gunn a high five.

I made this same tirade 4 years ago after seeing this crap:

My 2 comments at the time were from men wondering the same thing.

2 weeks ago, I went shopping with my sister and later met up with a friend. That day was a disaster:

Mall induced depression.

The TR;DR of the photo caption: Shopping made me depressed because I couldn’t find my size, nor saw something I wanted in my size.

Now, I know I need to lose weight. I need to get to the gym this weekend. I am trying to do what I can with the time and energy provided to me when I’m not working 50+ hours weeks. However, the weight isn’t going to magically fall off me. My friends that have a significant amount of weight can attest to that. Weight loss takes time. In fact, I am going to take a walk after this posts.

Yet, I do want to enjoy cute clothes when I can.  Maybe I do want to splurge on myself and buy The Mayfair Tee-jama set from Victoria’s Secret.  But when you don’t have it in store, in my size, you’ve lost a sale. And you’ve broken my heart.


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Why can’t inhalers have flavors?
Posted on August 2nd, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

No, really.

I have asthma.  It’s not severe as it could be.  It only becomes a problem if I try to run.  I can swim with no problem, but running has me huffing and puffing.  This is why I walk when I’m at the gym.

I was placed on two inhalers for asthma.  One is Symbacort.  It’s gag me with a spoon horrible.  Maybe I’m taking it incorrectly.  I just know when I took the breathing treatment to determine how and when I would need medication, it was in the mist.  I could taste it and it was not pleasant.  It is this that I wish was flavored to mask the horrible taste.

The second medication, ProAir, is a much better one.  I can’t taste it.  It’s just albuterol,  which I know is nasty from trying it in the past. I don’t know how they did it, but I’d be happy if the Symbacort was the same.

Just griping for now.


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Flickr Coders Anger Me
Posted on December 6th, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

Warning, angry post ahead.

Yesterday, I was going to look at my Flickr archives to look at some photos for a certain day. Flickr at least hadn’t fucked that up yet.

Well guess what, the coders did!

They decided to FORCE everyone to use the Camera Roll for looking at their archives. Personally, I think this is a dumb as fuck move.

First off, the Camera Roll is in Beta. It still has bugs. That’s cool. It’s in Beta. I didn’t have to use Camera Roll unless I want to. KEY WORDS THERE PEOPLE! IF I WANTED TO. If I didn’t want to use it, but use another interface instead, I could do it.

This is what the Camera Roll looks like:

My new archives
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This is the interface I wanted to use:
Other People's Archives
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Now don’t get me wrong, Camera Roll has is good points. I like I can take a batch of photos and see if they all have the tag I want them to have, and if not, add the tag.

However, I don’t want to use it to see my archives. I want it to look like the calendar above.

Seems I wasn’t the only one that wanted this look. There is a thread about it: Clicking Archives Takes Me To My Camera Roll.

However, one of their “genius” developers (or customer service reps) said of the old code that some of the users asked about:

Ahh, the Archive pages! A brilliant piece of code from the early dawn of civilization. First Prometheus gave fire to man and then shortly thereafter, he gave us the Archive pages. That being said, we are going to be deprecating them in favor of the Camera Roll for date-based photo navigation.

Lest we forget the Camera Roll is STILL IN BETA!

I get paid to customize and quality test software as a living. However, using beta software in my personal life should be a choice, not something forced onto me.  My using the Camera Roll to edit photos and look at archives should be my choice.  However, if I want to use the calendar, until that Camera Roll is out of beta, then let me use the calendar.

Also, most website applications are made of AJAX-like code and can be processed on-the-fly.   Why can’t Flickr do the same for the calendar? I rather use old code that functions as it should than new code that doesn’t work.

Oh year, and the Camera Roll didn’t work for me last night.  I went to open a photo using the icon for photo opening.  For EVERY photos posted that specific day, the opening the photo in a new page did not work.  Now, again, I can accept that in beta code.  However, all I wanted was an alternative view where I could open that photo properly.

I think that got me the most angry about this is how Flicrk staff responds to all the concerns and questions when people ask about their new and improved! code that doesn’t work. Instead of listening to feedback, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and try to find a compromise to improve the functionality of Flickr, without alienating users, these developers do  something else.  They blame the users for not being receptive to the changes.  It’s like we’re dumb for not having the ability to to envision that the crap they provide us is wonderful.  A shiny turd is still a turd. I feel they harbor contempt for the end user.

Oh, and just because I CAN and WILL revisit this entry: Remember this quote of a #FlickrFail

They were saying we didn’t need Flickr Pro anymore 2 years ago? Well, guess what’s back: FLICKR PRO! They raised the prices for new users, but it’s funny how the CEO of Yahoo! said they didn’t need it.  For being such a smart and savvy businesswoman, clearly Marissa Meyer didn’t understand what made Flickr Flickr.

I laughed my head off when they brought Pro back.  Clearly someone somewhere realized they needed to bring it back and the service they provided when they terminated Pro wasn’t getting people to bite.

Also, in looking back at that post and the screenshots I provided, I am laughing at the fact that they had to go back and redo the design.  That crap they offered in 2013 is not what it offered now.  Again, they had to go back and clean it up.  Back in 2013 they removed the maps.  In 2015, the maps are back.  Personally, I think the 2015 design is better.  Maybe someone back there does have a clue, after all.

I can only hope that the people that realized some features should have never been removed and brought them back in a cleaner, just as intuitive version, will read the complaints and bring back the calendar.  No need to reinvent the wheels here, Flickr. When you’ve tweaked the wheel enough that it’s become a square block, then you’ve gone wrong somewhere.


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Back to the Future Day
Posted on October 21st, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

Everyone is celebrating it. And yes, I got a taste of it, I guess.

I got the following e-mail today:

An odd e-mail

So today is October 21, 2015. This e-mail was for a product that shipped May 15, 2012.  Let’s do the math.  That’s 3 years, 5 months since this order was shipped.  I was still living in Atlanta.

As I write this post, I just got a letter explaining as to why I got this letter.  Due to this error, I have a 30% coupon for my next purchase.

One thing I learned in college working for my degree is that some times, information packets get lost.  I thought maybe this e-mail was really from 2012 and the packets finally found their way home to each other. 😆


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Another one of those weird dreams.
Posted on March 31st, 2015 @ 8:06 am

I was going to a NASCAR race with a friend from Australia that loves it.  On the way there, we were tying to avoid some idiot in a pick up truck that was as orange as the General Lee.

I get the NASCAR and the orange pick up truck.  Something I like and someone I was trying to avoid.  However, I don’t get the Aussie.


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The Participant Ribbon
Posted on May 25th, 2014 @ 10:41 am

I only caught part of this video the other day, but enough that I did want to make a comment about its core principle. I am not going to talk about the video itself.

You see, when I was a kid, way back in the late 1980s, my school had a Field Day each year. I loved field day. It meant summer was near and it was an excuse to get out of the class room. Our field day was always held at the affiliated Catholic high school. Mothers would come out and cheer us on.

In first and second grade, I always got 2 ribbons. One was a white third place ribbon and the other was a green participant ribbon. They were jokes to me. Everyone got that green ribbon. The third place ribbon was a way for the volunteer moms could give every one a ribbon for at least the relay race. My class would be broken into teams, usually 4 teams. The first place team got a blue ribbon; second place would get the red ribbon, and all the other teams placed third. And ALL the kids had to run the relay. So yes, I knew that white ribbon was a pity ribbon.

I remember in second grade, I was crying because my sister, Nicki, who was only in first grade, had a red second place ribbon in an event other than relay. I think it was the Potato Race  It sucked knowing you weren’t that great at athletics. My mother consoled me about it, told me I was a winner anyways, and then promptly took us to McDonald’s for the other part of the field day ritual.

The next year, for Field Day, I was not expecting much for ribbons in count.  I knew I was going to get the relay ribbon and the participant ribbon.  This year, I was entered into the Potato Race.  I remember racing my heart out.  I thought I had won second place.  I finally got a ribbon of my own.  When I saw my classmate Melissa get the red ribbon, my heart was broken.  I thought I hadn’t placed.  I felt dejected.  I walked away to cry.  Next thing I know, Vic’s mother came over, asked me my name, and promptly wrote it on a ribbon, and then pinned it to me.  Maybe I had placed third, after all?  A white third place ribbon in something other than relay would be a big deal to me.

I looked down at the ribbon.  It was a blue ribbon.  A BLUE RIBBON! This was better than that red ribbon my sister won the year before.  I also remember my class walking by the bleachers where the parents were sitting to observe.  Next thing I know, I hear my mother clapping and jumping up and down.  She could see I had a blue ribbon on my chest, and she was proud and relieved.  Proud that I earned that ribbon.  Relieved that I wasn’t going to be crying after the end of the day.

As I got older, I cherished only the blue ribbon.  I got the white and green one for merely showing up.  I had to earn that blue one.  So I carried a potato on a spoon across 10 yards.  I did it and I did it before the rest of my classmates.  It was mine!

Yes, the blue ribbon, not the white and green ribbons, taught me about earning things and how earning things are rewarding.  Well that, and all the stuff I earned in school.  In first grade, if were earned the most amount of stars each week, we got a certificate.  Once I learned how to get one, I did everything I can to get one.  I think my mother ran out of wall space in my room at year.  I did the BookIt program because I loved getting free pizza.

Other the years, it has encouraged me. In college, I worked hard in school to keep my grades up.  It kept me on scholarship.  I was able to pay for a majority of my schooling via grants and scholarships.  I got a degree and my parents didn’t have the burden of paying for it.  My parents told me when I was 14 and I toured Fayetteville State University as a part of the National Junior Honor Society field trip that I would have to pay for my college.

And now, at my age, I am going to grad school.  How I am paying for it while paying for a car and a house? Again, the reward system.  My job has a tuition program.  For as long as I’ve been there, my employer will pay for the bulk of my degree, provided the degree is related to my line of work.  As long as I do well at work, I can get this reimbursement if I go well in school.  I have been working my tail off at work, and school.  It’s hard, but it was worth it when I got that A in that class.  However, I know if my work starts suffering, the degree goes on the back burner.  The degree won’t pay for my car and house at the moment.

To loop back to the participant ribbon again.  I know people that took the participant ribbon in their lives.  Those people expect the world to give them everything. They get mad when they don’t get what they think the deserve.  They are miserable.  They don’t appreciate what good they have in there lives.  A lesson in winning, as well as losing, is what field day is about.  It’s not the ribbon in the potato race that matters; it’s the lesson one received in getting the ribbon in the potato race that we all need.

 


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I’m Not Too Football Smart…
Posted on February 2nd, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

…but I think that the Broncos lost that game as soon as it started. I think they were so fluster at that safety, they couldn’t get it out of their minds.

Commercials were mostly a bust, too. Radio Shack, the Muppets, and the Stud were funny. Nearly everything else bored me.


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Remember this quote of a #FlickrFail
Posted on May 21st, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

“…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”

– Marissa Mayer,Yahoo! CEO

HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? Sorry, that’s my frustration talking.

I must say I am NOT happy with this Flickr revamp. They redesigned it yesterday and it looks like Tumblr threw up on it. It’s not user friendly.

Let me explain what I find wrong with the redesign:

What I find wrong with Flickr #1

What I find wrong with Flickr #1
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On this first image, my problems are labeled #1 and #2.  For  issue #1, my problem is the three dots is not intuitive.  I had to click around before I figured out that where the rest of the menu of options was located.  I think for this, a small down arrow would have made more sense.

Issue #2’s problem is that I do use collections.  I have a collection of sets of photos taken in Georgia.  I have another collection of photos just taken in Savannah.  Sure, there is overlap, but for a person looking for Savannah photos, they don’t have to bother scrolling in sets or the Georgia collection on non-Savannah photos.  Instead of putting collections in the drop down menu, place a link next to the Sets button.

What I find wrong with Flickr #2

What I find wrong with Flickr #2
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In this second image, I am now in the sets. The box labeled 3 shows an example of what Flickr ruined with its new look.  It is hiding the details of the photo.  I chose that photo to represent that set because it’s a rabbit in Christmas lights.  You can’t tell what it is now.

What I find wrong with Flickr #3

What I find wrong with Flickr #3
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However, if you go into the set, you’ll see the thumbnail is now showing all of the bunny.  Why can’t it be consistent? And if you look at what I have labeled 4a, you’ll see that I have images and nothing else.  Maybe I have a story with that photo?  I can’t display it with an excerpt, unless I use this type of URL with Flickr:

Flickr Backdoor

Flickr Backdoor

Shouldn’t I have the option to use that style as my default. By the way, it only works for the photostream and nothing else:

What I find wrong with Flickr #4

What I find wrong with Flickr #4
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In this shot, I can have an excerpt display if I had one, but take a look at note 4b. Even using this URL, the site is wrong in saying I have NO PHOTOS!

But wait! There’s more!

What I find wrong with Flickr #5

What I find wrong with Flickr #5
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Take a look at the item labeled 5. It simply says where the photo was taken. In the old Flickr layout, it had it displayed on the map. What is someone saw this photo and wanted to visit Babyland General. Did you know it has since moved since I took this photo? By taking away the maps for those that like and uses the geomapping feature, this new layout has taken that feature from us.

And back to sets again. What if you had a long description that featured HTML? Well, this new layout doesn’t comply:

What I find wrong with Flickr #6

What I find wrong with Flickr #6
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Take a look at that! You can’t read the FULL DESCRIPTION without a hover over. And what about my other pet sets? I am trying to help you. This REALLY ruins the link I have handy for my Historical Markers collection.

These are just the little things I have noted for now. There is MORE wrong with this new layout than I have noted. They taught me in my IT class that form follows function. An impressive graphical user interface is worth nothing if your program doesn’t work. What good was this redesign if it broke what was working with Flickr?

And then let’s go back to Ms. Meyer’s quote?  According to that logic, this is a professional photo:

Bad picture of an otter

I KNOW this is a horrible photo.  The point being that some of use, even as amateurs, adopted a Pro account because we like sharing our photos with family, friends, and strangers. We know our photos aren’t that great.  As for those that are professionals, are you really going to tell me my shot of foot taken with my old cell phone from 2004 is just as great as my professional quality photos? Or can even compare to my friends of professional quality?

I told my little sister to assume that Yahoo! would ruin Tumblr based on its past with Flickr.  And that was before this redesign.

Let’s just say I am disgusted.  And if you read the Feedback on the Help Forum, you’ll see I’m not alone.


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Some widgets should be more selective.
Posted on February 3rd, 2011 @ 9:19 pm


So, I just checked my referrer log and see I’m getting hits from CNN about my little opinion piece on Savannah’s City Manager Search.  So, I took a browse and found a little widget on the side of the screen.

I pulled up the Local Weather & News tab and plugged in my dad’s zip code.  And low and behold, I see my blog entry as a local news for Savannah, GA.

😆

The first thing is that my blog is not a source of news.  It’s a place for my opinions.  I may reference news articles, but I am not providing the news. Anyone relying on my site as a news source, other than news about me and my thoughts, needs a better filter.

That includes CNN’s widget. I think the programmer of this widget could have been more selective in what to use as a news feed.

And what processing this widget uses, seems WSAV uses the same type processing.  I got a hit from WSAV as well.


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