jo

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I applied to do more federal work at my job (keep your fingers crossed) and am getting heavily into Fringe - more on that later.

I have an issue. I got a dog. She's adorable, she's very trainable, for the most part. The biggest issue is house training - she won't go outside when it's raining. And we are having the wettest summer on record in Philadelphia. Which means frustration and anger in my house because no one likes a dog going inside.

That's not my issue (she's a rescue, I don't know her history, she probably has good reason). My issue is every resource designed for house training a dog somehow assumes that someone will be home with her 24/7. I work a regular job. My roommate works a regular job. On top of that, because of those regular jobs, we both sleep. (Happily, she doesn't go at night.) But... nothing explains what you can do when you can't watch your dog all the time.

Also, fyi, if I did have a job that I could do from home, I would need to be paying attention to that job, not watching my dog for every minute of every day. That cannot be healthy. It cannot be conducive to an income. I don't know what planet these people live on, but it's not the one where my 9-5 pays my rent.

That said, if you know of a better resource, please link me.
you've got to be kidding

Dogs

I'd been looking at adopting a dog for a while.

As of this evening, I'm the proud owner of a little Yorkie named Deirdre. (The no-kill shelter where I got her says they think she might be about a year and half, some friends who've raised dogs since puppyhood think she might be a bit younger.)

At some point I will probably post pictures of her little Yorkie face.
kiss the cook

Thing

So there's this thing where I'm crippled and I'm poor.

I'm also taking testosterone which is causing some amazing repetitive muscle cramping. (This is apparently normal as a side effect, but my body, as usual, won't let the cramps go.) The sore spots that cause me difficulty are in my trapezius muscle and between my spine/shoulder blade. I can't reach that. Our bathe tub isn't shaped for me to soak that without contorting my spine.

I'm also poor. (Not so poor. But when my insurance + meds = more than rent, I am poor.)

Does anyone know a good way to deal with this, especially as my roommate has no desire to punch my back daily *and* I need to be at work and not asleep because of relaxants?

*Note: I'm also entertaining the possibility that this isn't T but the doctor seems to assume this is.
they want revenge

Leverage

SO LEVERAGE IS THE BEST THING EVER AND I'M CAPLOCKING BECAUSE I HAVE FEELINGS.

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OKAY, THE FIRST PERSON TO GET ME THE BOXED SET OF LEVERAGE SO I CAN CREEPILY CUDDLE IT WHILE I SLEEP AND THEN FORCE EVERYONE I KNOW TO WATCH IT GETS A PRIZE.
they want revenge

Firefly Universe

So it's 2013, I'm putting off buying the stuff for orange-curried chicken and packing to bring you my issues with the Firefly universe.

The Sino-American Empire is creepy. It's like 1984 and Stalin's Russia had terrifying sex and produced an evil space baby. They're creepy motherfuckers and you don't want to be on the wrong side of them and that's their job in the universe. They do it very well.

But our heroes, the Sturmabtielung CSA are really - Oh, whoops, they're not actually Confederate Brown Shirts... Our heroes just call themselves Browncoats (please note that the Wikipedia article offers a redirect to the Sturmatielang). And recently lost a "war for freedom." So failed freedom fighters with a weird Nazi fetish?

Except they, ostensibly, live in the Sino-American Empire. But we never see them do business with anyone of East Asian descent. Hell, they never even talk to anyone of Chinese or East Asian descent except for when she's a prostitute. So, they live in an empire where they're avoiding what's likely at least half the population (unless she's a prostitute at a brothel where someone's friends with the madam). And they call themselves Brownshirts- I mean, Coats. So our heroes are just racist freedom fighters with a Nazi fetish?

Except, more implicitly, Captain Reynolds and his lot are the Confederates. They're the cowboys of all our Westerns - the ones who lost the war and hang out on the fringe and want to rise again and have some racism problems. Whelp. Shit. Now we've got a world where our options are Confederates with a Nazi Fetish and 1984 in Space.

There are further, worse, implications about Reavers if Browncoats are the CSA. But if our options are Browncoats and Purplebellies - I think I'm taking the Reavers.

Also:
Joss Whedon, when asked about maybe actually casting some folks of Asian descent, replied with "Cultures inevitably blend even if it's through conquest and violence, even if one country invades another, eventually they're incorporated." If that's the basic idea driving his concept, I'm more uncomfortable with the universe.