Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The nervous breakdown will have to be rescheduled, there is too much to do this week.

Monday was supposed to be the day Sweetie and #1 Son both went to the DMV to get replacement driver's licenses.  Then #1 Son broke the news that he has broken his driving glasses (kid has eyes like mine, only needs glasses to drive).  So there is no way for him to get a license, he can't "read the top line" which they ask you to do if you walk in there to breathe.

So i set off to take Bigger Girl to the campus to fill out her paperwork so she could go to work.  When i got there, i got as close to the correct building as i could, and asked  a campus police officer where i could park.  He pointed me toward a marked lot, but i parked there anyway, hoping that since it's between semesters and that is a commuter student lot, i wouldn't get towed, even with his permission.  (No, i didn't).

When we got to the building, a nice lady led us in to the correct office, where the person who does this paperwork asked us to wait.  She then proceeded to joke, laugh, and talk to another person in the office for almost an hour.  She called us in, looked Bigger Girl up on the computer, filled out one small page online that Bigger Girl could have done last week, then told us she was done, she needed nothing else.  It took all of 5 minutes.

Bigger Girl was dropped at work, then i went home to put out fires and schedule tons of things -- kittens need surgeries, eye doctor, getting started on transferring stuff to #1 Son's name.

A good bit of it can't be done until his glasses come in, a week to 10 days.

In totally different news, the web seems to be becoming less anonymous, and i'm not sure whether this will play out as a good idea or bad.

There was a woman in England who was harassed on Facebook by trolls, who accused her of heinous things she hadn't done.

She sued to find out the IP addresses of those involved, so they could be taken to court themselves and sued.

She won, and now it will be part of British law that, if someone is truly abusing you and committing libel, you can get the IP without having to sue.

While i'm glad that mean people will no longer be able to hide behind a made up name and say what they please, no matter whom it hurts or whose reputation it tarnishes, i'm afraid of abuses to the system.   Yes, the website has to turn over the information if the posts are obviously trying to tarnish someone's reputation.  Supposedly, the websites don't have to remove posts and turn over the information unless it really meets that definition, so it won't amount to censorship.

That actually remains to be seen, but i hope it works.

Today is

Callynteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (Feast of Adorning, a special festival for Athena; date approximate)

Crowded Nest Awareness Day -- for those whose problem is the opposite of the Empty Nest, a day to remind you to keep your sense of humor and get support when you need it

Dia dos Namorados -- Brazil (Lover's Day, celebrated on St. Anthony's Eve)

Festival of Mut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Ghost in the Machine Day -- the internet holiday that explains everything!

Helsinki Day -- Finland

Independence Day -- Philippines

Loving Day -- US (commemoration of Loving vs. Virginia decision by the Supreme Court which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws)

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Peace of Chaco Day / Chaco Armistice Day -- Paraguay and Bolivia (commemorates the end of a war between the two)

Russia Day -- Russia

St. Anthony's Eve -- Brazil; Portugal

St. Onuphrius' Day (Patron of weavers; Centrache, Catanzaro, Italy)

World Day Against Child Labour -- as sanctioned by the International Labour Organization

Birthdays Today:

Marv Albert, 1941
Chick Corea, 1941
Jim Nabors, 1932
Anne Frank, 1929
Vic Damone, 1928
George Bush, 1924
Alexandre Tansman, 1897

Today in History:

Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau, 1429
The French begin their colonization of Algeria with the landing of 34,000 troops, 1830
The world's first Fingerprint Bureau opens in Calcutta, India, after the Council of the Governor General approves a committee report that fingerprints should be used for classification of criminal records, 1897
Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor, 1939
Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present, 1942
The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, 1967
The first man powered flight across the English Channel is performed by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Albatross designed by Paul MacCready, 1979
At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, 1987
Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declares its sovereignty, 1990
Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London, 1997
A disputed presidential election in Iran leads to widespread protests, 2009


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