December 17, 2010

Why People Can't Drive

Yes, you idiot, I understand that it's raining - there are some sprinkles coming down so that my windshield wipers are going. Big fat hairy deal. But why the living fuck are you merging onto the freeway at 35 mph when the traffic is going 60? It's not like it impedes visibility - I can still see that the lane is clear for hundreds of feet in front of you. If you are so fucking worried about the trivial amount of rain that has been coming down sporadically for the last day, why in the hell aren't your damned headlights on? Did you forget that it's the law? So I end up with a semi truck crawling up my ass because you are afraid of the freeway in a little rain, but won't put on your damned headlights, so you nearly fade into the roadway. Seriously, douchebag, if you can't drive over 40, get off the fucking freeway, you're gonna cause a wreck, and I don't want to be in the sandwich.

    It's the rainy season:
  • Check your tire pressure, windshield wipers, and headlights.
  • Make sure that when your wipers are running, your headlights are on.
  • Do not make sudden stops or slowdowns, and don't make people behind you do it either.

Posted by ljl at 06:15 PM | Comments (0)

September 01, 2006

The Mommy Blog Bog

Oh Christ on a crutch, the Daily Kos started up a new site, Mother Talkers. It's a fucking mommy blogger heaven (see Blogs, Women, and Mommies), boring as all hell, and just another ghetto for women to get shoved into and ignored.

I mean, why in the fuck have entire blogs to talk about kids, poop, snot, breastfeeding and other mundanity? It would be like if I blogged about my daily life with:

"I took a really big dump this morning. The toilet even clogged! Even the cat said it stank.

I gotta buy a new plunger. What do you think is the best type of toilet plunger to get for breaking up really big logs? The internationally award winning Toilet Blog suggests a plastic plunger, but a recent article in American Toilet Maintenance suggested using only rubber plungers for their durability.

My friend Juliet said that I need to eat more fiber, stuff like oatmeal and celery. But I hate that stuff, it clogs me up and my poops are even bigger. Would losing weight solve my problem? I sometimes get afraid I'll have to call a plumber to drill my stools out of the pipes. I mean these are really big and stinky.

Would chemicals work better? I did a bit of research on the web, but all the sites I found were about the environmental hazards of the chemicals. What if part of the plunger breaks off when I'm using it? Can I get RSI's from having to plunger my toilet too often when I take a dump?"

Who in the fuck wants to read that kind of inane drivel? Yet that what diaper changing, breastfeeding, preschool wanking, mommy blogging boils down to - boring, mundane drivel. I mean they have an article about "Study: Last Born Just As Smart As First Born"! Who the fuck cares, and why is this even an issue? Crap, my cats are more interesting, and you don't see me blogging at length about them!

I wish that all of those self absorbed bints who think that motherhood is so fucking unique and special would grow up, and get a god damned life!! You know, one that has more than poop and preschool, one that doesn't center around their overindulged, spoilt, bratty, entitled progeny. Men and women have been having and raising kids as long as the human race has existed. Being a mommy is not unique or special, except maybe to your kids. Get over yourselves, for fucks sake, and come back into the real world, not daycare fantasyland.

Oh, for mothers whose kids get too much underfoot while they are trying to focus, may I suggest The Babykeeper. Hang it from the door, insert kid, and your toddler won't be running all over the place.

Posted by ljl at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2006

They Never Learn

They really never fucking learn. I have all three of my blogs set to comment moderation. This means that comment spam is never seen by the readers. Wasted time and electrons. But some "Mike Furir nnn" person using a bot net seems to think that he can inundate me with enough crap that I'll publish it.

Sorry, dickwad. Every comment spam I delete, sight unseen by my adoring readership (all one of them), is just one more piece of proof that you are a stupid jerk with too much time on your hands.

It must suck to be such a lame weinie that you spend your life acquiring botnets just so you can spam random blogs. I guess the money must be good, or at least the pizza. Still, when it doesn't take a lot of effort to eliminate your crap from my comments, I guess there are even more stupid people out there that don't, and that click on your stupid links, otherwise you couldn't make anything off of it.

PT Barnum was right, I guess. Some days I'd love to get in on that kind of racket, but then I wouldn't be able to look myself in a mirror, no matter how much cash I had.

Posted by ljl at 01:50 PM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2005


I've been too nice lately. It's downright scary. In fact, it's been months since I had a work related rant, or even a foaming geek rant in general.

Oh, I could wax ballistic about the annoyances of supporting Win XP for the perennially clueless, of which we have a few here at $job. Thing is, most of our tech clueless know that they are tech challeged, and so don't have a chip on their shoulder about asking for help.

But there are a couple, including one administrative person whose job revolves around being able to use the MS Office suite, who regularly has to ask how to use Outlook, Word and Excel. This is an office manager? Oh, and she's bitchy about it too, like it's the IT people's fault that she doesn't know how to do her job use her software.

Still, other than that, I'm downright mellow. What a change from the boneheaded idiots I worked with two years ago, where cluelessness and asshattery was the rule, rather than the exception.

Thank you, $job, for reducing my stress levels.

All I have to rant about is bad drivers, yuppification, and rude parentoids who can't be bothered to civilize their brats. Downright dull, I fear.

Well, that and politics... Do you want to read my snarling about that? Other people do it better, I fear. Since I'm not a pure liberal, pure conservative, or pure big L Libertarian (the LP has been hijacked by fundies, IMO), my stuff is socially liberal (not pinko, new deal), fiscal conservative (not neoconservative, real conservative) and probably ridiculed by purists on all sides.

Posted by ljl at 12:12 PM | Comments (1)

December 20, 2004

Disclaimer and Stuff

It should be obvious, but needs to be said:

Anything I post on here is my opinion, or is reported as data on which I may or may not have formed an opinion. It is not the opinion of my employer or any other company (unless quoted or paraphrased and attributed) or even any other person, and should not be construed as such, legally or otherwise.

I usually use $JOB, $BOSS, and $COWORKER type notation to refer to workplace issues, to protect both my confidentiality and that of others. This is the blog where I rant and rave. I may exaggerate, blow things out of proportion, and say really nasty things out of anger and frustration. Never take these things as the literal opinion of my employer, or as anything other than my own skewed perception of matters. I will make crude comments, wonder about my coworkers taste in clothing or even sexual habits, but never by name. I suppose you could cross reference my resume and posting dates to get a clue as to who is what, although by the time I update a resume I'm already gone from the company. But seriously, don't ask for names if it's not in the article. They won't be forthcoming.

Posted by ljl at 10:47 AM | Comments (0)

November 02, 2004

Getting Tough

...With blog comment spammers, of course. I first put all of my blogs on comment moderation. I still ended up deleting *TWENTY* damn pieces of drug, porn, or gambling spam *per* *week*. It's just that now none of my readers had to put up with them. You would think that the idiots would figure out that none of their shit was seeing the light of day.

Then the asswipes started leaving porno trackbacks, so I put trackback links on email notify, and started whacking them as well. The time required has been rising, and the combined putrescence was getting very old.

So I have now instituted phase three. After 1-2 weeks, I am closing the comments on an entry. Let's see how those cheesy little spammer scripts do when the thing won't take the shit and links input by it.

What pisses me off most about it is they wouldn't do this type of crap, essentially relieving themselves in someone else's kitchen, if it didn't make them more money. This means that some AOL using bubba moron is patronizing their "services".

I am really starting to miss the days when you had to know how to use a basic Unix shell and text-based client to use the internet. It seems that all of these "easy to use" GUI things have just provided more access to idiots and twits, and ease of abuse to the world's parasites.

Posted by ljl at 02:05 PM | Comments (1)

August 19, 2004

Stupid Blog Link Spammers

Dumb fuckers. Don't they realize that I'm not publishing their shit anymore? I delete, unpublished, at least a dozen drug and sleazy sex pushing "comments" a week. They never see the light of the web.

OTOH, this guy had to shut off comments entirely until he can get software that will let him screen stuff.

MT 3.0 may be very limited in the "free" single user version, but the ability to whack v**gr* and f**r*c*t add, t**n sl*ts garbage, and other disturbed sites and links pollution from my blog (and my web space, hence my disk space) is priceless.

Maybe it will come up as a topic at BloggerCon

Posted by ljl at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)

August 02, 2004

Domain Damnation

I administer a bunch of domains: mine, my roomies', plus for our friends and relatives. Ordinarily it isn't a problem. Today it was.

It started saturday. I had three domains remaining to transfer off of our old hosting - you know, the people who "migrated" to BSD from Linux and didn't think it would change anything, and fucked up my blogs in the process? Two went fine. The one where we'd carefully set up everything at the new provider first so there'd be NO loss of service - is still down. The whois records weren't updating. They've finally updated, but the old host still manages to try to point it to them, or something, because a "host" on the domain sometimes gives a "server fail" and sometimes gives the old hosting IP. Support at the new host says to give it a(nother) day for their records to update.

WTF?? I transferred 3 domains, all registered with the same provider, all hosted on csoft, to all being hosted at dreamhost. The domain that mattered didn't get its NS switched until last night, because something screwed up in either my hitting "save" or the registrar's server not taking it. Then that same domain took 24 hours to update whois at internic, and the change hasn't completely propagated, and now the new provider tells me to give it another day until their records update and propagate!

AAAAAAAUUUGGHHHHH!!! I did my best to make it seamless, but the last, but most critical domain is in fucking limbo, probably due to the old hosting provider not being competent, or maliciously trying to screw me up!

Why is it that I can send email three times around the world in an hour, but updating DNS takes two to three days??

Posted by ljl at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

July 07, 2004


PCL, PJL, PS and filters. Aaaargh! This shit should fit together, but nobody has built a roadmap, just big, fat perl scripts to sweep the problem under the rug.

Then, of course, there's $KID at $JOB who can read an entire document, then append stuff to the document that indicates that a) he hasn't read it through, b) hasn't comprehended what he's read, and c) is damned near outright insulting, condescending, and attempting to establish workplace dominance. Needless to say, I'm not pleased with this PFY. Everything he writes in terms of documentation sets my teeth on edge. His email doesn't, surprisingly enough. It's just slightly frustrating in not providing the info I need, probably because he doesn't have it either.

Add to that I seem to have some chronic summer cold or something that isn't kept at bay by my allergy meds, and I'm seriously cranky. I probably should see the damned doctor.

Posted by ljl at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2004

Windows Sux

Again, I have to go to Sacramento. Apparently the only thing we didn't swap, the hard drive, has something majorly corrupted or something. He's going to do a backup, and we are simply going to swap the entire damn box.


Posted by ljl at 11:32 PM | Comments (1)

June 20, 2004

No, You Can't Print

Why in the hell is it that all of the latest Linux printing tools are friggin' HUGE. Cups is huge, foomatic is huge, and wants Perl, which is even bigger. Even simple LPRng is a massive piece of crap that won't leave out all of the kerberos crap if you are compiling it on a system that has it!!

I'm doing this for an embedded Thin Client, folks! That means small code, minimal libraries, and no friggin bloat! It has to be compiled on a seperate development system, but the stupid config and Makefile checks to see what the system it's compiled on has, and expands to that capacity. Even the options won't let you whack cruft.

BTW, pivot root with NFS never did work quite right, so we shelved it.

Posted by ljl at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2004

Mail Down

What is it with hosting providers? I've been trying to log in to my https webmail for the last hour, and it's down - just does the stupid loading go round thing in the tab. I almost have all of my sites moved over - I hope these guys don't go craptacious on me too.

Posted by ljl at 07:08 PM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2004

Tech Support

Murphy's Law. Whenever you plan on a purely vegetative weekend to get over the sinus attack that has been plagueing you for the past week, you have to go out of town on a tech support run. This week, it's Sacramento, to do a videocard-ectomy and transplant on my roomie's brother's computer. *sigh* And I couldn't afford the $1400 it would take to get my air conditioning working again on my Jeep. Argh!!

I've got to get going soon, and I'm gonna melt.

Posted by ljl at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)

June 11, 2004

I Hate Sh!t That Doesn't Work

Grrr. Ther is a routine that is part of network booting Linux called "pivot_root", that gets called in the "linuxrc" script (nash) in the initrd file. It is supposed to swap your root filesystem to the one that you will run on, rather that the one you booted from. Even using the instructions and examples in the 2.6.5 kernel Documentation, it doesn't friggin work!

It's bad enough that a lot of the older tools won't compile in things usefull with a 2.6 kernel because it's "too new". But this is annoyance making.

At least I'm getting paid, but my boss is starting to get impatient.

Posted by ljl at 05:53 PM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2004

Revived Blistering Blog

My hosting provider terminally fucked up my blogs with a supposed "upgrade". I now have a new provider, but my databases were so screwed up that I have to start over!

Since there were very few entries in my old blog (only 28), I am simply going to link to the archived entries here: Previous Incarnation of the Blistering Blog

Posted by ljl at 09:40 PM | Comments (0)