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26th-Apr-2009 09:45 pm - More escapism.
appalling_cynicism: (From one life to the next)
The funeral was yesterday. Somehow, I was the one who kept it together. Not sure how that happened. Soon it'll hit me I guess. I don't know how Jen's going to go. She's decided that she's coming back to uni tomorrow. I can't even imagine what she must be going through. He was her little brother, he was 8 months younger than my little sister. I know they knew it was coming, but I don't think that makes it any easier.

I'm glad I am not in the flat on my own this weekend.

My plans for tonight involve Grey's Anatomy. I really wish I hadn't lost the first two seasons in the great hard drive death. I guess I'll start at season 3.
18th-Apr-2009 12:32 pm - It's a strange world
appalling_cynicism: (Guns and cigarettes)
Holy fuck, America, your conservative movement is fricking insane. Seriously, they've just gone completely off the deep end after being booted out. It kind of boggles my little Australian brain. Sure, we have a conservative movement, but they are much quieter and at least a little less batshit.

I've put my essay aside for a while to start cramming for my Monday exam. Fun times.
30th-Mar-2009 03:09 pm - Can we get a new Communications Minister, please?
appalling_cynicism: (Default)
Oh, Stephen Conroy, you really are a fucking idiot. After many months of bleating about how mandatory ISP filtering was necessary to stop kiddie porn, you can't now turn around and tell us you never said that. Okay, you never said it would stop P2P file sharing, but you ignored everyone who warned you that that was the primary method of distribution. It amounts to the same thing. Also, blocking web sites is censorship; it doesn't matter how you try to dress it up.

I'm not saying that kiddie porn shouldn't be blocked. It is highly illegal for a very good reason. I am saying that having a secret blacklist that covers not just kiddie porn, but regular porn and political content (anti-abortion sites and sites about suicide) is absolutely not on. I mean, make it optional, sure. Parents should be allowed to control what their children see, and more, er, sensitive people would probably appreciate such an option as well. However, some of us are grown up and know what is out there, and choose to brave the big wide web anyway. The government should not be able to make our viewing decisions for us.
6th-Mar-2009 03:23 pm - Economic Update
appalling_cynicism: (WTF world?!)
Labor did not cause the recession, people are going to lose their jobs, big business is actively screwing us all over, executives are earning stupid amounts of money but still firing people to protect profits, and not all blue-collar workers are walking stereotypes. That is about the sum of my frustration at the moment.

Seriously, Labor did not cause the recession. That may be the stupidest thing I've heard said about the GFC. Okay, second stupidest after finding out that most Australians thought it would 'pass us by'. That would be the stupidest thing. Work Choices and a Liberal government would not have prevented this, all it would have done is make sure the employees have minimal rights. Anyway, our current IR legislation is Work Choices Lite, it more Work Choices than not. Furthermore, all the studies done have indicated that a race to the bottom would have been the most likely outcome, rather than the much trumpeted claims that it would set wages at the fairest, most cost efficient rate. The free market is not infallible, as can be seen by opening a damn newspaper.

I wish people would actually think about things, rather than just automatically blaming the guys they didn't vote for.
2nd-Mar-2009 01:07 am - State elections suck
appalling_cynicism: (Guns and cigarettes)
New theme to go with a new season. Well, officially it is autumn, but I haven't seen any proof yet. True, Brisbane is not great for seasons, they pretty much just meld together into hot season and less hot season, but it was over 30C today. That is hot. Also, sticky.

Uni starts again tomorrow. This makes me sad. While I am glad that I am not job searching at the moment, I don't really want to be studying either. This is my fifth year. I have been doing the exact same things every semester for four years. I don't want to do them any more.

Also, I don't want to have to vote in the upcoming election. Both the major parties suck. Hard. Seriously. I don't want either of them in power. Labor keeps fucking up and LNP is just plain inept. None of these people are fit to run the state! I am very frustrated by this, I want someone to produce a bit of policy so I can make a proper choice. I am leaning towards Labor at this point not because of any policy, but because they tend to be the slightly more socially liberal party and I am nothing if not socially liberal. At the moment, it is just vicious attacks like 'don't vote for the other party because they eat babies' and ridiculous, fluffy "vote winners" like 'choose your own state motto!'. This is not good politicking, it is just irritating. Give me a reason to vote for you, rather than a reason not to vote for the other party.

I don't want to wait for my shows to come back. I want to fangirl them now. Also, I want more MattMo.
30th-Dec-2008 12:32 am - Look at me whine.
appalling_cynicism: (A house of cards)
All things considered, I am reasonable well adjusted. I mean, with the obvious exception of my inability to function without regular bouts of physical contact with other people. I need the physical affection of another, be it a resting a hand on my shoulder, leaning on someone while we watch a movie, or full blown hugs. I just don't function without physical reassurance of affection. Anyway, my point is that I am basically permanently single (I'm twenty-one years old and have never been on a date) and I am mostly okay with that. I am loved and I love those around me, that is usually enough. Tonight, however, I am just lonely. Ridiculously lonely. I just want someone to want me, which is stupid and vain, but I don't care. I know that it won't happen if I just keep doing what I'm doing, but I am terrified of trying and failing. So I just keep hanging out with friends in my comfort zone, and keeping to myself at uni, and generally avoiding leaving my flat if I don't have to, none of which is in the least bit helpful.
30th-Aug-2008 01:00 am - Finally shaken the flu!
appalling_cynicism: (The sun after the shadowlands)
I have a hugely bruised hand because I managed to throw up for a week and ended up on a drip for 5 hours. I also managed a couple of fevers high enough to cause hallucinations. Now we're back to exhaustion, headaches, and a sore throat. I figure lots of sleep will fix it right up...that and learning to eat again. A week of no food and now I can't eat any significant amount of food.

I am passing the time between naps and studying with Grey's Anatomy. I love Grey's Anatomy. It's trash, but so very good. I can even stand the faux-losophic narration, if I can sit through Mohinder's in Heroes I can certainly sit through Meredith's. His is much, much worse because the horrible butchering of science that goes with the poor attempts psychology. I'd kind of forgotten how awesome some the characters (mostly Burke and Izzie) were in season 1. Bailey has always been awesome and may actually be entirely made of awesome. There is no Addison yet, which makes me sad. Everything is better with Kate Walsh. I suppose I can make do with my slight crushes on most of the female cast. The boys...not so much.

I've been thinking about Japan next year. It's quite scary and I have no idea what I'm doing. Everything I've read has told me something different about the eikaiwa and being an ALT. Ideally I would rather avoid teaching adults, but kindy through high school would be good. I think I'd be good with the little kids. I think I'd like to go to Kobe. I love Tokyo and Kyoto, but cannot afford to live in either of them. I am not fond of Osaka, except for Takarazuka. I've never been to Kobe, but I kind of want to. I want somewhere I can actually have holidays, I am going to live there but when all is said and done, I'll still be playing tourist. I am more concerned with holidays and hours than wages. Minimum wage is more than acceptable.

I am back to seriously considering a paid account now they are on sale. Given current trends, I'll wait and see what happens with the Aussie dollar. It seems to be getting better.
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