July 15, 2021

Meanwhile: At Work

Art by Hiromu 

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May 27, 2021

Side Effects Update.

As mentioned a few posts back, yesterday morning I got my second restraining order against Coronachan.

I think I now have every non-respiratory flu symptom. 

I misspelled 3 words in the previous sentence. 

I have not, thrown up yet, but I foresee it in the near future. 

It's 03:30 and I cannot sleep. 

Hololive should not be watched while running a fever. 

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May 26, 2021


Banality is below the fold. The pic is just a placeholder, but some of you may glean more from it. 

Art is by Taiwanese Artist Ikaridon, who can also be found on Pixiv Sketch, and you can also support her on Fanbox

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April 10, 2021


Just a brief rundown of various IRL issues. As usual at such times, the picture is unrelated and the banality is below the fold . 

Genshin Impact's Fischl, the high priestess of asymmetry, chunni, and crazy is by Shichijou Natori. Support their work on Fanbox!

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January 26, 2021

My Baby Sister Just Had a Heart Attack

She's 40 and has 2 kids. 

I've let work know I'm going down to look after the children. 

UPDATE: Well she's been released on her own recognizance and has a series of stress tests and such today and tomorrow.  I called work while at the gas station and told them I can come in but they said that staffing was fine and I was already listed as off for the day. My FMLA application is obviously on hold. I'll know more tomorrow. 

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December 06, 2020

Programming Note

If I die of a heart attack buried under a mountain of boxes, blogging at this url will cease. 

Art by Sun 3 (also here and on Twitter, Pixiv and Pixiv Sketch)

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November 18, 2020

On the Wisdom of Grip Safeties

So, one of the trees in the front yard had grown to where it was in the same time and space as my roof. 

This was not readily apparent from the ground. However, during the weekend windstorm, I heard it dragging against the roof and after closer inspection realized what was going on. 

So I borrowed a polesaw from my brother-in law, got on the ladder, and, after determining both that I wasn't underneath or in the swinging path of the branch, and that said branch would not damage my roof or my car, I started chewing away at it. The polesaw is like a chainsaw greave, and as I cut away at the first, and then second branches, I could not help but imagine how awesome this would be as a polearm in a minimally realistic martial arts film.  

At this point in the process, the tree decided that it had had enough and that physics did not apply to it and the branch fell, not directly down, not to the side that I was cutting on, but, as near as I can tell twisted the cut out towards me, swung towards me  and swatted me off the ladder. The polesaw made a long arc through the sky before deciding on the ballistic trajectory that would place it on me. I caught a gimps of it just before it impacted. My heart skipped a beat and I now have a much greater appreciation for the final moments of Elric of Melniboné. However,  because I was not holding the grip safety, it was not running, thus I was not disemboweled; escaping with some scrapes bruises and a coating of sawdust and dirt. 

Nothing of value was lost.

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October 29, 2020


You can get it on Amazon

The last time I tried to get a Japanese beverage off Amazon it was 212 dollars a bottle.  

I demurred. 

Relevant art is by Huwari. Support him on Fanbox.

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October 15, 2020


Banality is below the fold. As a contrast to that, here is some cheesecake rendered by Jun (@navigavi). 

  He's taking commissions on Skeb

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June 22, 2020

Wait. There's a TAG for That?

Someone sent this J-List link to me saying, "I found that game you got that cute snake girl from!" 

Uhh? What? 
Actually, I've never played the game and got the image from Danbooro, which was how I was able to credit the artist when I used Hygieia the cute snekgrrl as a reaction image or something....years ago.

But that's not important now. We live in a world where there's actually a category for Tsundere Lamias. I don't know how to think about that. 

Note: November Sierra Foxtrot Whiskey


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June 01, 2020

Various Things

Do I stop and film the many many clusters of many police cars with their blinky lights on, or speed away?

I've consistently chosen "B".

Last night was the first night since Thursday that I haven't heard prolonged gunfire, including automatic gunfire, near my house so that's a plus. 

Internet's been better today though.

I was on vacation this month, but I'm only taking today and tomorrow, because we're working basically double shifts and are shorthanded at work. 

Here, have a sack of cute:

Cheer up. This too will pass.  And there's now a dinosaur on the space station

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May 10, 2020

Dispatches From the Shipping Industry

I'm frequently working more overtime than straight time. Our building has been consistently breaking its all time record for volume. On a personal note, I'm handling over 10,000 parcels a day. This is problematic due to the fact that both my plantar facitis and kidney stones have been acting up in a big way, though I have not called out since the 10th of April

With higher than Christmas volume and what was initially March level staffing, work has been rather hectic. Eventually the company became convinced that this was a long term issue and began hiring new people about a week ago. 12 people have been hired for our building over the last two weeks of which four lasted one full day and three are still with us. This has not caught us up from the attrition of those who quit due to the workload. 

We have the worst economy since the great depression and jobs starting at ~$16.00 with annual pay increases, full medical coverage, actual sick leave (unlike some places) and opportunities for advancement can't get filled because people come in and are horrified by physical labor...or they cant past the drug test or background check. 

What is wrong with these kids today? 


Anyway, I got the grass cut. I have to be to work in 6 hours so I should probably eat or go to bed or something. 

Blogging may remain spartan for a bit. 

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April 10, 2020

It Ends

Just a quick update on last night's post.  In lieu of actual content here is something pleasantly disturbing by Tokyo Gensou. Buy his art book here.


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April 08, 2020

Perhaps Surviving in Post-Apocalyptia is Going to Prove More Challenging Than Video Games Have Led Me to Believe


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February 01, 2020

Adventures in Boomerism

Last night, I finally got my twitch, Discord, and Steam accounts to sync up in both Epic, and New Moon.

No big feat that, however, in keeping with established theories regarding the Dunning-Kruger Effect; this morning, thus emboldened by this junior varsity facsimile of "productivity", I resolved to sync and tether the Kyocera Smartphone and my iMac.

Well, that was non-intuitive.

Most every online guide I found turned out to date from before Mojave and 'Grea' is using the newest iteration of Android. I get the impression that Apple and Google really don't want you to do this.

That aside, Holo and Grea are now talking to one another, ALL of my pictures from the old Blackberry's SD card are saved  and I can begin the process of deleting unwanted/obnoxious apps, and possibly installing new browser.

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December 31, 2019

The Plumbers Have Left

This is the second time (the first time they had to have the city come in and do some things on the city side of the line). They've all left again now, but THIS time everything flushes. The bathroom is now clean and the poo smell is leaving.

I'm letting the nominally clean tub soak in bleach water for a few more minutes, but soon I will take a shower for the first time since Saturday.

This, has been hell.

Out of consideration for our readers the picture is unrelated to the recent unpleasantness and instead looks forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Timely Art by Hagane Akagashi

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December 24, 2019

It's Over

This young lady exquisitely exemplifies how I and most of my coworkers feel this evening....

Art by is by Itou,who understands what Christmas is like today.

I believe I personally lifted over 10,000 parcels today, mostly in 50 pound bags of small packages. This was a light day compared to previous weeks. I got home, sat down in the chair to take off my shoes and...suddenly it was six hours later. I am SO tired of all the winning, but can take solace from the fact that the hurting will soon fade.

Blogging will resume shortly.

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December 14, 2019

A Few Christmas Anecdotes

I've been an employee at U.P.S. for 27 years. In all that time I've never seen a Christmas like this one. I've seen it get heavy, but I'd never seen every day for over a week be higher than our peak day last year, nor heard the belts grinding from too much volume all day for three days. I have never, ever, until Tuesday, seen a 53 foot trailer come onto our lot bulging like a can with botulism. The other day one of the drivers from one of the big sort hubs came in to help after dropping off a load. He said that the hub was so packed that it took him 25 minutes to get from the bay door where the trailer was parked to the guard shack at the gate.

Young lady who understands what Christmas means to me is by Itou.

I honestly don't think I've been this sore every day since basic training.

Frankly, this is not any failure on the company's part, we're just experiencing the biggest Christmas EVER and our physical plant wasn't designed for an economy this good. It does bring a smile to my face to see all the Amazon packages coming through though. It seems that after declaring that they didn't need us and were never going to ship with us again...well... it looks from my modest vantage point that the Bezos brigade completely choked, as we've been getting trailer upon trailer of Amazon boxes that Amazon couldn't handle, and, despite this unexpected surfeit of cardboard, at least at my building, we haven't rolled anything over to the next day yet. Everything's gotten delivered. The hours are quite insane though.A few years ago I worked some double shifts and still didn't make as much overtime as I have this week. Today was odd, we actually finished early, however, as a result Monday's start time has been moved up to Sunday.

Monday's gonna suck.

On the other hand, I've lost 13 pounds and my pants are threatening to fall off.

Meanwhile, my current mastery of basic household chores, web-presence and Christmas preparations can be described thussly...

Blogging may remain light for a bit.

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October 11, 2019

If I Vanish Mysteriously, Please Avenge Me

When I got in from work this morning, there was part of a dead animal on my porch. I think the parts used to belong to a rabbit. I'm not sure,

I'm not an important member of the blogosphere, haven't posted anything involving actionable evidence about the Clintons, and in any event, there was no note attached

So for now I'm going to blame a hawk or coyote.

Why on my porch though?

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September 30, 2019

A WinRar is Me

Last week I received an E-mail apologizing and informing me that me that my confirmation E-mail had gone to spam and that the snacks were in the mail.

Allow me to explain...

BILLY VERSUS SNAKEMAN is one of the many less than productive slices on the time allocation pie-graph of the Walter Mitty LARP that is my life.

 It's a fun little anime themed browser game where one vicariously lives the life of a text based ninja living in a text based ninja village working with one's fellow ninja villagers to protect the village from attacks by other ninja villages, rampaging Kaiju, zombies, snowstorms, petitioners, sketchy peddlers, gambling schoolgirls and renegade tattoo artists, all the while going on quests and missions (to other anime genres) that pit you against the malign elder deity that is The Random Encounter Table. There's a TV Tropes page for it.

The game is actually surprisingly well designed. It's fun and despite the limitations of a text based browser game, it  affords considerable freedom and a surprising ability to cooperate with other players in your village, and occasionally others villages as well.

 It's  run by Hammergirl Anime in Rochester New York which is relevant to this explanation because on the very day I had it confirmed that I'd graduated from college, I was informed that I had won "25 Dollars in Weird Japanese Snacks From Hammergirl".

And today...


This box from Hammergirl Anime contained a whole bunch of 'Weird Japanese Snacks'.

But that's exactly what was promised!

"So. As a video game company Hammergirl is already way ahead of Bethesda."

If you're interested, you can play Billy Versus Snakeman here. Pixy and I are in Snowflake Village. Which is...totally not for snowflakes. Hopefully,  we will be accepting memberships again this evening or tomorrow.
: Snowflake Village is accepting new members. Thanks Pixy.


Now I must deal with these Weird snacks.

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