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18 April 2012 @ 11:22 am
The IRS is laid to rest...  
Finally finished the taxes, and just took the hit on the $90 from the mystery stock sale. I Googled this mess yesterday, and found some other people who'd gotten "how-tos" on figuring out the cost-basis of the multiple splits/spinoffs... both of them had reached my decision from last week: sell all the stock except for the original parent company, just to forgo more future "weirding." *sigh*

Leftover Spring Break memories: Driving along the coast on the way to the San Francisco Zoo, I spotted a "soaring" bird that looked like a 3D kite (so windy, it wasn't really moving). There was also a sign that, via tampering or ancietude, said "PEOPLE HAVE OWNED HERE". Not the drowning warning the city had in mind, I'm sure.

Lauren's iPhone parking app helped us find good parking in Chinatown, but other apps led us to questionable eateries near the hotel. As a parent, I worry about her map-reading abilities. She got frustrated when I kept asking her to zoom out of the map so that I could orient us, but after muliple false directions affecting HalfshellHusband's arthritic hip, I was not satisfied with her directions! I worry, because her father cannot read maps. He calls it Geographic Dyslexia, which is essentially true. He cannot navigate from a visual basis. I'd hate to see Lauren inherit that. :(

Other news: We've started watching The Walking Dead. We're undecided on it, because neither of us likes zombies and we hate gore. But others of similar bents have liked the suspense. Regarding Torrenting other (unnamed) shows: does anyone know why everything has suddenly gone over to mp4-format downloads? I want my AVI files, damnit!

I'm slowly reading this week's LJ Idol entries, and still really hating LJ's new scissor graphic on the lj-cut. I tried the standard workaround, but for my style it just superimposes the scissors and dots BEHIND my cut-text, and doesn't restore the parens. FREE DRABBLE of your choice to anyone who can successfully tell me how to get around that stupid thing in a way that works with my journal layout (hint: it's an older layout). \o/

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she said mysteriously: brava brava bravissimaresounding_echo on April 18th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Regarding the Walking Dead: I'm indifferent to zombies, but that's slowly turning to dislike given how faddish it is currently. But what sucked me into the first season were the characters and relationships. But I've always like stories where people had to survive some huge event and/or natural disaster (why I loved Swiss Family Robinson as a kid and I wanted to love Lost). I also hate gore and, unfortunately, I feel like the gore only gets more gratuitous as the show progresses. I've only seen the second ep of season two, but it was distractingly more gory. To the point where I think my mom will have to stop watching it (which is a shame because she was invested in the relationships).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Awww. I know a lot of people don't mind gore, but I've always hated it. I hate gratuitous violence, sex, or gore, and 2.5 episodes in this show has hit 2/3. It's not that the violence isn't necessary, it's how graphically it's depicted that gets to me. Quit sooner, or pull back the camera, or something. Yuck!

and I wanted to love Lost
Me too, for exactly that reason! I'd hoped for all sorts of awesomeness from it, and I liked a lot of S1 (except for the polar bear stupidity). It had much of the appeal of Survivor, but without voting and contrived competitions. Basically, I like ingenuity, and that condition is the perfect opportunity for it. But no....
Vice Captain of the Universe: bluehoessweeny_todd on April 19th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I am not a real fan of the scissor graphic either.

I am... ok... with maps. And I am someone who struggles with left and right (those brain pathways just don't seem to exist in my brain - and I think of myself as a smart person!) You get better the more you do it, and it is ok if other people are better :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
And I am someone who struggles with left and right

I do, too. It afflicts my Dad, me, and two of my sisters. I don't know about my brother or oldest sister, but all of us who are kind of (or a lot) ambidextrous are plagued by this. I not only don't process L and R very well, but what comes out of my mouth when I'm trying to specify one of those might as well be random-word-generator-provided. :0

I AM good at reading maps, though. I don't think of those as R/L so much, as orienting yourself against a visual representation. I can visualize the direction to turn. The label for it, though? That's a completely unrelated issue!