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Posts in July 2007

Job Security

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-07-27 00:00:00
Often, I think fondly back to the days when I had a job that allowed me to regularly engage in office pranks and Friday Twister and DDR Tournaments.

But alas, those days are gone.

Three months ago, I moved up to the buying department at my company in the hopes to get a foot in the door. People kept touting about the necessity of a "five-year plan" and practicality and such and I bought into it. I took the corporate sell-out gig, and if I play my cards right, maybe just MAYBE I can get into publishing . . . in about 5-10 years.

But yesterday, 8 people in the department I just came from were laid off. Now I feel sick to my stomach.Read more...

Harry Potter and what happens next.

by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-07-26 00:00:00
Ms. Rowling did her first interview and reveals what happens next. She also said she will be penning an encyclopedia of sorts. Thought you all would like to know if you hadn't heard already.

Why I Disappeared

by: Justin Mills | on: 2007-07-26 00:00:00
Our only options for broadband internet service where I live is DSL through Embarq or satellite service through HughesNet. I got the Embarq service almost a year ago and the service progressively deteriorated to the point where I was unable to surf the net at peak hours for more than two or through minutes without ten or more minutes of complete interruption. Embarq was aware of this problem, as they apparently overloaded the network in our area, and tech support told me that it wouldn't be fixed until NOVEMBER at the earliest. [Emphasis intentional]Read more...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-07-22 00:00:00
I finished reading it at 4am this morning. I would have finished sooner but for a road trip that I was on yesterday.

The End is Nigh

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-07-20 00:00:00
Alright, we're in the final moments. In a matter of hours, we'll all be holding the book, finding out just how "The Boy Who Lived" completes his adventure.

I for one have opened the flood-gates once again. My "Harry Potter" fast has been lifted, and I'll be spending the next 14 hours listening to Mugglecast, Rereading chapters, and theorizing with friends. But soon enough, we'll know just who will be vindicated, and who will be eating their words.

Something hit me with pretty full force yesterday however. JK Rowling was my age when she began the ideas and writings that would spurn the most significant book of our time. I may not be a single mother scraping by on a pathetic teacher's salary, but recently I've come to know just how important pressure and anxiety is when it comes to creating a story that can alleviate such things in others. I've had some pretty interesting people running around my head for the past decade. I guess it's time for me to admit that I need to get crackin'Read more...

The Fred Thompson issue

by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-07-19 00:00:00
I was so very hopeful I would be able to support Fred Thompson in the Republican Primary Race; however, I can no longer in good conscience support him. There is nothing wrong with him politically, that I know of, but something about his health was pointed out to me last night. A good friend of mine is a radiologist. Thompson's diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma should, according to my friend, hold him back from running for President. This friend explained though it has been downplayed by Thompson and the media, the diagnosis is extremely serious, and could in fact severly effect him if the disease were to take an ill turn. Though right now he is fine, what happens if he wins and 4 months into his presidency the disease goes into overdrive. Not fair to the American public. So, I am again with out a Republican to support. I'm with the "none of the above" crowd in the recent Rassmussen poll.

What are they thinking!!?!!???!?!?!!!!!!!!!

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-07-19 00:00:00
It's insanity, really. Sheer chaos in my mind. The NY Times happens to get a hold of a copy of "Deathly Hallows" by what they deem to be "perfectly legal means" and run a review a mere DAY before the book is released. Though it doesn't give the entire game away, it does contain spoilers, and I'm not even going to let on as to the nature of them. This coming in shortly after some idiot takes the time to photograph every single page of a book that may or may not be the real thing and leak it on the internet.

But honestly, why would you do that? Regardless of a bad or rave review, nobody wants the nature of the book that's been a decade in the making hinted at! It's like, getting excited to see a movie you've waited all summer to see, and ten minutes before the show a friend calls to tell you they've just seen it, and despite your pleas to be quiet about the movie, they go on to divulge their opinion with subtle hints at important plot points.

NOBODY likes that guy! I for one HATE that guy! So why the freak go out of your way to make yourself that guy (stupid NY Times)!!Read more...


by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2007-07-17 00:00:00
I turned in my 2 weeks at my job, we'll call "StupidCuts". I can't tell you the burden that feels lifted from me now that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I do, however, have an interview in 15 minutes for another job.

Seeing that I must plunge back into the same thing makes me wonder...Why can't we just raise our own cows, plant our crops and work the land? Who says we all must put in 8 hours a day just to make money for the BOSS MAN? I think this system stinks.

Lets grow our own food, make our own clothes and go swimming whenever we feel like it. Forget this having to ask for the day off. We will answer to nobody. We will eat when we are hungry, we will sleep when we are tired. No more bosses. No more commutes, no more slaving away for other people. We will not find the fruits of our labors on paper, but on the tree we planted.

Ranters, get your shovels!

What is it about Harry Potter?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-07-14 00:00:00
What is it about Harry Potter that makes Rant Fever go nuts? I don't know, but I like it.

Y'all should check out the poll that Melanie put up on her blog about HP. Afterward, make sure and leave a comment about your choice(s) in the related post.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-07-10 00:00:00
Tonight I go see Harry Potter.

UPDATE:

Michael Yon

by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-07-06 00:00:00
So I was out surfing the web, when On Fox News I came across this entrenched reporter's name. Michael Yon is a former Green Beret, who is now an independent reporter. Check out his site. Apparently FoxNews is the only Major Media outlet willing to post his dispatches. Go figure.


by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-07-02 00:00:00
I recently returned from a trip in England and France. In Paris I had an interesting epiphany that explained years of confusion. The word sortie, first the English definition:

sor·tie (sôr'tē, sôr-tē') n.
1. An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
2. A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.