Category Archives: consumer warfare

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Another List of Five: Foods you can keep yourself (and others) alive with

Here's some dead useful knowledge I've accumulated, half-deliberately and without really realizing that's what I've been doing, but hey, useful! Basic Foods to Keep You Alive AND Healthy (When sick, when poor, when in an apocalypse, etc.) 1.  Congee.  Cook … Continue reading

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Travails of tech & tits: the good ones are out there

A recentlyish-previous tech job hired me for a management position because, as they told me, their computerized test labeled me as "100% assertive".  I giggled, even though I had serious reservations about a company that uses computerized tests to get … Continue reading

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Chicken soup for kicking winter’s butt

Because, come on.  CHICKEN SOUP.  A good chicken soup can slay even the nastiest physical or mental cold-weather malaise.  It also freezes great, and is the perfect thing to grab and run over to a sick friend's house.  (Also, I've noticed that … Continue reading

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Also, I love the band

If you have no idea what Mastodon is (not the band, the social platform), then this article is a great place to start.  Move on to the official FAQ here, if you like.  I've been reading about it all morning.  … Continue reading

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A sweet little fiction

So one time this culture discovered that a readily-available plant had a really tasty component, and they began harvesting, and then cultivating and later, processing and refining and making all kinds of analogs and variations on the tasty stuff. Everyone … Continue reading

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Required Online Etiquette for Businesses 101

We make a lot of fuss about when a commenter or blogger is violating some spoken or unspoken rule of conduct, but MAN do we let companies off the hook for some obvious things that are just terribly rude and inconsiderate! … Continue reading

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Give Me A DRM-Free World

Lulu Blog » Living in a DRM-Free World. Count me among the authors who feel that DRM did nothing to benefit us, and who're frankly relieved that it's on the way out. Has the book been torrented?  Yup.  Does this … Continue reading

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Spend Wisely: Buying vs. DRMRenting

It's yet another example of the kind of imprecise language that gives me hives: Companies and their customers refer to purchasing rights to controlled content as "buying", when it's emphatically not. A perfect example showed up in the news today: … Continue reading

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The TSA: actually *worse* than you thought

Completely awesome infographic: Image Source: FloorGem …And two things to say about it: 1.  When people get frothy about "government spending", wastefulness, and inefficiency, why do they never seem to be talking about things like the TSA?  Why is it … Continue reading

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You all DO know that SOPA is about the worst idea ever, right?

…Of course you do.  But just in case you don't, or haven't been motivated enough to do anything about it, here's a lovely little metaphor to hammer it home. (You know why corporations have more freedoms than you do?  Because … Continue reading

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