Holiday Blues Version 2.0.1.8

Hah, see what I did there? It’s almost like a program in my internal operating system that upgrades itself and boots up mid-November. Well it’s now started rearing its ugly head.

I’ll be the first to admit it: I absolutely hate the holidays. They suck something fierce for me. I realize the holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but not here. As the “reject child” as it were I am usually the one pushed to the side in my family. I’m worse than the redheaded stepchild. I’m the autistic, weirdo, unmarried/single, childless, atheist, tatted, pierced, Davy Dukes and Meggings wearing, Trump-hating black sheep. Not so much in terms of my immediate family (who all tolerate me pretty well), but more my extended family. Me being as I am in an extended family that is by and large a conservative/far-right, Bible-thumping Southern Baptist family is not exactly conducive to holiday gatherings. The last one I went to several years ago I was rudely asked to say grace with them knowing full well I don’t believe in Bible bullshit. That was kind of the last straw with me.

As such, I usually just keep to myself during the holidays. I do my own thing. Hell, it’s obvious even what few friends I have (with the exception of one who did take time out of her day yesterday to join me for a cigar and spiked coffee yesterday afternoon) don’t want to be around me right now. I know I get insufferably crabby during this time and I understand it’s not pleasant to be around someone who is chronically crabby but maybe I wouldn’t be so crabby if I had some kind of a support net. I just feel like I’m being brushed off as it were. I also know that my friends have families to tend to during the holidays and I respect that, but it remains that being hung out to dry is miserable.

I’ll get through it. I always do, but it’s never easy. I realize 2019 is only about seven weeks away, but this next month and a half is going to be rough. Obviously as a hardcore atheist and self-professed antitheist none of the religious holidays mean anything to me (be it Christmyass, Hanukkrap, etc.) and even as an existential nihilist and a Benatarian Antinatalist it seems to me that would run counter to the notion of Thanksgiving. If, in my view, it is a harm to come into existence, why should I actually be thankful for anything? I’m stuck in an existence that is, from my perspective, a harm to me. As such, are even the things that make my life go better than it otherwise would deserving of thanks? That’s up to debate I think.

Whatever. I’m rambling and ranting. All I know is I feel like shit and will for the next several weeks. I’ll try to continue blogging as I can, but just know this isn’t something to just “snap out of.” At least I have this as an outlet to release my frustration.

Fuck the holidays.

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Criminal Cyberharassment Charges?

So apparently for my little troll the threat of being reported to his university’s administration was not enough to deter him. He’s still being a thorn in my side. I’ve blacklisted three IP addressees now but he just keeps on getting around them. It is to the point I am now considering legal action.

Have any of my followers ever had this problem? Have you pressed cyberharassment charges on anyone? If so, how did you go about it? What was the outcome? This guy is stressing me out and I can’t keep up with his various IP addresses. All I know is that this person is either student or faculty at the University of Arkansas Medical School, lives in Little Rock, AR, his cell network is T-Mobile and his home ISP is Comcast. Yes, all of this is tracked by the WordPress software, so I have something to go on.

Any advice (legal or otherwise) would be appreciated. Thank you. And to said troll, I ask you kindly to please cease commenting your bullshit on my blog. If you cease I will drop this. If you continue, I will explore legal options against you and I will notify your home ISP in addition to your University that has already been notified.

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EDIT: The thorn in my side has informed me that he will leave me alone moving forward:

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However I want it to be known that I can handle a difference of opinion, as long as that opinion is expressed in a respectful tone. What I cannot handle is demeaning language, insults, namecalling, etc. – that will NEVER be tolerated on this blog, ever. Period.

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A Brief Word About the US Election…

At the end of the day, regardless of the results of the vote, I will still retire to bed, go to sleep and have dreams in which I’m dying, because they are still the best I’ve ever had. It changes little about the human predicament in all its horror. I’ll still find it hard to tell you and find it hard to take, because at the end of the day we will all still run in circles in this very, very mad, Halargian world. The truly lucky ones are still the ones who will never be burdened with life.

“As we have seen, nobody is lucky enough not to be born, everybody is unlucky enough to have been born – and particularly bad luck it is.” – Dr. David Benatar; Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence.

An Update to the Comment Policy

Again, I really don’t like to have to institute formal comment policies, but I’ve had to once before and it’s mostly kept the assholes at bay. Alas, I still get one every now and then (such as the current one) so I need to make a modification to said policy to tighten it up and impose harsher penalties for the relentless ones.

In case those outside of WordPress didn’t know, the blogging software tracks IP addresses from all commenters. The most recent thorn in my side is a little odd – it’s someone (probably a student) from the University of Arkansas Medical School. See here:

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Which brings me to the update to the policy. The same three strikes rule will still apply as previously listed on the page Comments: Read Me First. However, this will also apply: to those who comment through an educational institution or through a company email/ISP, your institution or company will be notified of your harassment. For those who are through a regular ISP, depending on the severity of the offense, your ISP will be notified.

In the case of the offender above, UAMS has already been notified so they can take the disciplinary action they see fit to dish out for the abuse of their electronic communication conduct standards, if applicable. We’ll see who gets the last laugh here.

So with that, let’s all be nice and get along. Most of you are great. It’s just the few bad apples that make me have to implement such policy.

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Song Lyric Sunday (Monday) 11/4/18 (11/5/18) – Take the Long Way Home

So, as promised, here’s my Song Lyric Sunday post, a day late due to attending NASCAR Playoffs Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in the legendary No Limits, Texas. My default pick for this week’s theme of take was predictably already used (“Take on Me” by A-Ha – I only dream of hitting the E5 at the end of the chorus; no way!) so here is my secondary pick and I didn’t see it already used, though it might have been.

I’m going back-to-back weeks with the same band, something I’ve never done with a band other than my old reliable standby, but nonetheless it’s what we get this week. So this week’s pick is “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp (written by Richard Davies and Roger Hodgson):

 So you think you’re a Romeo
Playing a part in a picture-show
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

‘Cause you’re the joke of the neighborhood
Why should you care if you’re feeling good
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

But there are times that you feel you’re part of the scenery
All the greenery is comin’ down, boy
And then your wife seems to think you’re part of the furniture
Oh, it’s peculiar, she used to be so nice

When lonely days turn to lonely nights
You take a trip to the city lights
And take the long way home
Take the long way home

You never see what you want to see
Forever playing to the gallery
You take the long way home
Take the long way home

And when you’re up on the stage, it’s so unbelievable,
Oh unforgettable, how they adore you,
But then your wife seems to think you’re losing your sanity,
Oh, calamity, is there no way out, oh yeah
Ooh, take it, take it out
Take it, take it out
Oh yeah

Does it feel that your life’s become a catastrophe?
Oh, it has to be for you to grow, boy
When you look through the years and see what you could have been
Oh, what you might have been,
If you’d had more time

So, when the day comes to settle down,
Who’s to blame if you’re not around?
You took the long way home
You took the long way home
Took the long way home
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, so long
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, uh yeah
You took the long way home

Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Source: Google Search Result.

Ironically appropriate as I wound up taking a bit of a scenic route home from the race track last night to avoid traffic. Hah. Oh well. Back to our regularly scheduled programming now!

Walking for Diabetes Research

Lynn reporting to you again from Texas Motor Speedway. This morning, before the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race, I participated in the NASCAR Fitness Challenge sponsored by Lilly Diabetes. It was awesome to walk for a good cause and actually get a good view from on the track. You don’t realize how big it is until you get down on it and actually look up. Here’s some pics.

And here’s something you just do not see on TV. This is how steeply banked the turns are. I took this of my feet in turn 1. See the height difference in my feet? Yeah, the grade is that steep. You sure feel it.

Anyway, I’m back home as of the time of this post going up (intended for it to be this morning but didn’t have adequate bandwidth to upload the photos) after watching Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick win an overtime thriller of a race. Hope to get back to your regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, hopefully with what was supposed to be this week’s SLS submission. For now, I need some sleep before I go back to prison (ahem) I mean work tomorrow.

Catch you soon!

Hello From Texas Motor Speedway!

Hi all, Lynn here reporting to you directly from Texas Motor Speedway here in No Limits, TX! A triple header this weekend with the Camping World Truck Series race last night, the Xfinity series race about to go down and the Monster Energy Cup Series tomorrow!

While we’ve got some downtime, I figured I would share with you some pictures from the Xfinity Series garage. For the first time, NASCAR has opened up the garage to all those with infield access (just for a couple of hours but still) so I of course took advantage of it. Got some photos, hope you enjoy:

Of course no trip is without its mishaps and I’ve already had two this weekend. Yesterday I dropped my regular glasses somewhere along the way. After looking in the car and freaking out, I called the lost and found and lo and behold someone found them and turned them in! I guess some people are honest after all.

The other issue, well let’s just say I had a wardrobe malfunction. Somehow something caught on the fringe of my light pair of “Davy” Dukes and split them right up the leg vertically. I was lucky that I saw it before anyone else did because that could have had bad results. Luckily I had a few safety pins in the car and was able to get out to the car and address the situation. My temporary repair looks a little ridiculous…

…but at least it will prevent the free end of the tear from being blown up in the wind and giving everyone a glimpse of my skivvies. Hah.

Oh well. Fun times anyway. Hope you all are having a great weekend. I’m heading out for a little Minuto sized cigar before the race gets going. Have a good weekend all, and sorry I’ll be late with SLS this weekend.