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[personal profile] libitina commented that the original Bubble Wrap is not going away - apparently, enough readers were upset that the company had to tweet a clarification.
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Revamped Bubble Wrap Loses Its Pop
Sealed Air Corp. , the original seller of Bubble Wrap since 1960, is rolling out a revamped version of its signature product. Dubbed iBubble Wrap, the new packaging is sold in flat plastic sheets that the shipper fills with air using a custom-made pump. The inflated bubbles look much like traditional Bubble Wrap, with one key difference: They don’t burst when pressure is applied.
What the hell, Sealed Air? Why do you want to take joy from my life?
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KKK chapter to hold rally on South Carolina Statehouse grounds
James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took down for all the wrong reasons.”
Hey, I'm all for the rally - it'll only make it that much harder for politicians to resist removing it.
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I never really paid attention to the facts involved in the gay marriage cases - i.e., I knew what the legal issue was, but I didn't focus on the specific couples involved in the cases.

When you bring these kinds of cases, though - where you're a lawyer, strategizing what to case bring to the Supreme Court to work a dramatic change in law - you want the most sympathetic people you can find. I.e., even if it's not relevant to the legal issues, you want to find the saint who has spent their lives saving children and puppies.

And man, I gotta say, the gay marriage plaintiffs are amazing on that metric. One man is suing to be recognized as the surviving spouse of his deceased partner. The two were together for 20 years, and when the now-deceased man fell ill, he flew in a medical transport plane from Ohio to Maryland so the couple could marry before the ill one died. Another plaintiff fought in Afghanistan. A lesbian couple has adopted not one, but two special needs children, and they fostered, then adopted, a third.

I mean, it's so over the top as to be hilarious

But it worked!
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Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP
The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month. It could eventually grow to be as large as $30,842,980 by 2017.

The funds will pay for Microsoft to provide custom security support to up to 100,000 Windows XP machines used by the Navy. Microsoft has abandoned supporting the system for users who don’t pay for the custom services. The contract will also provide support for other older Microsoft products, including Office 2003.
I still use a computer running XP and Office 2003, and I deeply resent the newer systems I have to use for work computers, my tablet, etc. Sooner or later my old computer's going to give out, and that's when the darkness wins.
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Gmail develops an "undo send" feature. You can set emails to delay sending by a few seconds, so that you can use the extra time to make a mad leap for the keyboard and divert misdirected messages.
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I periodically see stories/news columns in mainstream media about trigger warning movements on university campuses. Typically, the writer is offering some argument to the effect that trigger warnings are ridiculous, suppress speech, students need to toughen up and be exposed to challenging ideas, etc.

Universally, however, when I see these arguments, the author gives examples of situations where students/schools have put trigger warnings on things that ... well, I would not ordinarily consider trigger-warning material. I.e., I think of trigger warnings as very specific things, and while of course everyone has different traumas and I'm sure lots of people can be triggered by a variety of random things, it seems - from the media accounts - that at least some of the time, campuses are really broadening the concept to anything politically offensive, which of course then makes the entire idea of trigger warnings vulnerable to attack.

Is it just me? I mean, have other people gotten the same impression?

(Now, tbh, the columnists who decry trigger warnings as an affront to free speech typically say "students have to be exposed to challenging ideas" when what they mean is "POC students/women students have to suck up racism and misogyny" - which is the weakness in their argument - but I do tend to think they're right in that if the examples they give are argument, the trigger warning concept is being expanded beyond its original intention, i.e., triggering for PTSD flashbacks and similar kinds of symptoms)
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I've mentioned before that I have this terrible weakness for those shitty basic cable TV romance movies - usually they're a Christmas phenomenon but there are nonseasonal ones as well. I can't stay away.

Now I'm watching one called Perfect Match, about a wedding planner who has to team up with an event planner to plan a wedding. It's horrible. The premise is that the (male) event planner has never planned a wedding, and keeps suggesting hypermasculine themes that the groom loves (let's have it in a football stadium! With barbecue!) while the wedding planner suggests girly things that the bride loves (winter wonderland princess theme!). Ha ha! Men are like this and women are like that! And the professional wedding planner has no idea how to manage grooms who are afraid of girly themes! And the event planner has no idea how to choose a venue that's even physically accessible to attendees (let's have it in the mountains so you hike first!).

And then the event planner keeps blindsiding the wedding planner, which is adorable and shows the wedding planner has no spontaneity! She brings in a baker for a cake tasting, and the event planner invites his own baker along for a competition, even though the original baker thought she had a gig - what charming rascal!! (Did you know dulce de leche cake is more masculine than coconut? Also chocolate with chocolate ganache is more masculine than Black Forest. Keep that in mind if you want to avoid emasculating someone.)

I don't know why I'm continuing to watch except I admit to morbid curiosity as to how the wedding actually turns out. I mean, I presume the punchline is a perfect wedding that blends the two styles, and I have to admit I really want to see what they come up with (though I don't know why - I hated the wedding dress that the movie told us was perfect - it was all wrong for the bride's figure, especially as compared to the other choices).
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I bought [livejournal.com profile] buffyann in the VidUkon auction to make a Helena vid - and she delivered in spades. She's created a gorgeous, spooky character study, and I urge everyone to watch and comment at LJ or Dreamwidth.
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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Tiger Encounters

They let you cuddle the tiger kittens by appointment!! I have finally found a reason to set foot in Alabama!

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