May 17th, 2013

Aergern von MimiSoliel

The End is Near?

Oh TQC prognosticators, can you all grab your seeing eyes and gaze into whatever aether-like portal you use to master the dimensions and see what cannot be seen?

Is Livejournal doomed? Is this latest clusterbuck just yet another sign that the Livejournal BlogPocalypse™, when we lose all of our accounts and entries and the entire site goes dark, is just around the corner? Just a few years away? Mere months away?

Between clueless code monkeys humping our clusters, the DDoS attacks that the site cannot withstand, and the massive sucking sounds created by Facebook, Tumblr, and other sites, is it only a matter of time before the wheels come off, or that so many people will leave LJ that it will be functionally worthless?

Or is that just paranoia talking? (Still blogging here when we're old n' gray?)
  • oxalic

Where Do Y'All Do Your Banking?

Which no-fees credit card do you use when you travel (i.e. low/nonexistent ATM fees)? Alternatively, which no-fees card would you recommend for banking in general? I am talking about no monthly or annual fees, no hidden charges, etc.

I think Charles Schwab is great for the no ATM fees worldwide (they reimburse you anything you pay), but I am not sure what other account to use when traveling since my college checking account from Chase will end soon.

Question: Do you think traveling with just one credit card is sufficient? I am mostly interested in a 2nd card in case the first is lost or stolen.
  • lutine

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It feels unlikely that I'll find this but sometimes you guys work miracles. Will you help me find a replacement ornament for one that was stolen?

It was purchased in November or December 2009. My sister /thinks/ she bought it at Hallmark, but she's not positive. The ornament was about 3.5 inches tall and was made to look like a frosted gingerbread cookie in the shape of a lowercase letter J. I've been googling with no relevant results. Does anyone else have better luck? I've emailed Hallmark but their website says they don't help with past keepsake ornaments so I'm not holding my breath.

ETA: I'm 99% sure it's the "St. Nicholas Square" brand but cannot find a photo of the J or any online for sale. Still trying to find a replacement.
Spirited Away, Chihiro rain

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Where is a good place to look for xrays? Animal or human would work. I'm on ebay, but not finding exactly what I want. Does anyone have xrays they'd be willing to sell? I don't have a lot of money but if you're willing to work something out...

God I hate these things.....

I'm not good around people, especially ones I don't really know and I have been invited to a bridal shower and I have no clue what to wear or what to bring as a gift.

What sort of gift does one bring to a bridal shower?
Is a summer dress too casual for an event like this?
How do I get over my awkwardness around people 10 years younger than myself?
or people in general?

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I'm going to Baltimore for 5 days over Memorial Day Weekend. Any one have any good suggestions on what to see/do/eat in the city? Any events in Baltimore/DC for the holiday weekend? Anything to avoid?

Also, we're thinking of taking a day trip to somewhere fun, but we're trying to weigh potential fun with the drive/train ride to get there. We don't want to spend a ton of time in DC since the friend we're staying with lives half way between the two really, and we've been to DC numerous times. . We're thinking Philly, Hershey, or somewhere like that. Any ideas? we'd love to go to NYC but I don't think the 12hr roundtrip travel time would be worth it.
Grumpy Angel

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I'm turning 30 in 3 months, and my husband has been asking me what I would like to do for my birthday.  What you do for a big milestone birthday, both realistically (i.e., physically possible, affordable in your circumstances, etc.), and fantastically?

Why does my brain do this to me?

I just failed a few tests. The tests were to determine if I would progress to an interview for a new job, with better money, and better prospects. I've pretty much just thrown it out the flippin' window.

I had 4 coloured pens. The person doing the tests gave everyone simple instructions. First one was to put your name in the centre of the paper with a blue pen. At the time, I completely forgot where he told me to put my name... and I spelled my name wrong. My NAME. So I had to guess where to put my name... and I got it wrong. I couldn't distinguish what colour the pens were after a while, even though it was blatantly obvious. My brain couldn't process anything. It was a complete and utter mess. This is why I failed most of my GCSE's. My brain goes into meltdown. I had to put the numbers 1 to 10 across the page and couldn't remember that basic number sequence. The HELL!

Why does my brain do this to me? Everyone I spoke to was all "It's just a test, why are you nervous?"

Because I know my brain will turn to mush, that's why.

By the end I was having nervous tics, couldn't stop shaking, and came out in a red rash over my face chest and arms. I just end up getting so nervous about everything. Was it a panic attack? Panic attacks aren't good in tests so what can I do to overcome this?

I feel so embarrassed. Everyone else passed with full marks, except me! I feel so utterly stupid.

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1. What is the WORST book you have ever read?
2. Did you finish it?
3. What is one goal you have for yourself over the next year?
4. Describe your BEST ever birthday or holiday experience?
5. What about your worst?
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roy mustang

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Let's say you're at the store and the customer in front of you is trying to buy something that requires an ID, such as alcohol or tobacco. He says he doesn't have one on him, but after some persuading, the cashier eventually decides to sell it to him anyway. Would you say anything in this situation (to the cashier and/or the customer)? If it makes a difference, it's not apparently obvious whether the customer is a minor.

eta my answer: I'm going to go out on a limb and assume I'm the only one, lol.
This situation happened recently and I almost did say something. Mainly because the cashier seemed insecure and the customer was being persistent and annoying about it. It isn't any of my business, yes, but I do hate when people act like assholes to get what they want, especially if it could be at the expense of others. This might be because I live with a manipulative kid who will say anything to get his way because his parents let him. And also because I had to deal with customers who would do things like this when I worked in retail.
  • vulora

Ways to stay sane...

Hey TQC, I work two different jobs, pretty much from 8 AM to 11 PM every day, including alternating weekends. I also live with roommates who are obnoxious and I often don't get to sleep very well. Anyway, I was wondering what you guys do to stay sane and not get totally burnt out on work? Do you go to events? Do you lock yourself in your room? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, thank you!