August 2nd, 2002

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I'm such a snob...

I have to admit (people keep interrupting my attempts to go to sleep, leave me alone damnit) that I'm an incredible snob. When people don't write or speak at least moderately well, I immediately think less of them. I don't mean to, but I do. I was reminded of this by a post I just read in a community I'm in; the person was probably perfectly nice, and was talking about something I do care about, but the way the person wrote in the post just made me assume "idiot".

Is that bad? I'm not even sure. It just bothers me. I can't stand when people abbreviate words pointlessly, like to(o) -> 2, or for -> 4, or misspell things intentionally to be cute or cool or trendy or whatever.

(Incidentally, if this post is guilty of sounding somewhat incoherent itself, I'm blaming it on the 4 hours of sleep a night I've been averaging recently, and the fact that I'm on the verge of passing out. Bleh.)
  • Current Mood: grumpy grumpy
  • Current Music: pizzicato five - twiggy vs james bond
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Kidnapping for fun and profit

I was talking about this yesterday w/ S, but didn't know the url to the story.

Well, here it is: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2163666.stm

Found it on jwz's livejournal. Basically, some guy is offering his services in kidnapping you. You pay him, he kidnaps you, videotaping the entire thing, and then releases you after an agreed upon time. ... Yeah, that's really freaky, and really stupid. What the hell is wrong with people?

It's one thing to have paid doms and such, that's fine - it's private, it doesn't involve anyone else, and it's a controlled situation. A faked kidnapping bothers me, you're getting into dangerous waters when you pay someone to re-enact a dangerous and violent crime upon your person. What happens when someone gets hurt for real, even if it is by accident? Or what happens when people start trying to use it as a prank on their friends - even if this guy won't do it, what happens if someone else does? Jesus, this is so stupid... sometimes, people amaze me.
  • Current Music: Moulin Rouge soundtrack - David Bowie and Massive Attack / Nature Boy
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Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service

...BRONX NY-KINGS (BROOKLYN) NY-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) NY-QUEENS NY- RICHMOND (STATEN IS.) NY-

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY FOR TODAY...

TEMPERATURES RISING INTO THE LOWER TO MID 90S COMBINED WITH HIGH HUMIDITY WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDICES OF AROUND 100 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON.

THIS WILL BE THE 6TH DAY IN A ROW OF 90+ DEGREE TEMPERATURES. RESIDENTS NEED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT FROM BECOMING A VICTIM OF THIS HEAT WAVE.

HEAT WAVES...SUCH AS THE ONE WE'RE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING...DO KILL. AMONG THE FIRST TO SUFFER FROM THE HEAT ARE CHILDREN...THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS.

IN GENERAL THOUGH PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES...

1. NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN OR PETS IN THE CAR ALONE...EVEN IF IT JUST FOR A FEW MINUTES. TEMPERATURES INSIDE CLOSED UP CARS CAN RISE RAPIDLY LEADING TO HEAT STROKE AND DEATH.

2. STAY IN THE SHAPE.

3. SLOW DOWN AND AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES...ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON.

4. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...PARTICULARLY WATER...EVEN IF YOU DO NOT FEEL THIRSTY.

5. STAY IN AN AIR CONDITIONED LOCATION LOCATION WHEN POSSIBLE.