Don’t spend it all in 1 place! [NOT 1/2/23]

Who'd like another slice of lemon cake?

Hi, friends!

How is your day going?

I finally got my Equifax data breach settlement check this week.


Wow! Such a huge amount of cash to offset the damage their breach did!

I got $11 for shampoo that wasn’t *gasp* actually sulfate-free. You can get like $20 for Celsius energy drink apparently having citric acid in it despite saying no preservatives.

But my personal data including my social security number! Well now, that’s not even worth enough to cover a Crunchwrap Supreme meal at Taco Bell.



    • That sucks because many of NüGawker’s stories were very intelligently written and very funny. Sort of like Gawker from the earlier part of this century. Their coverage of the British Royal Family was thorough to the point of being obsessive, and snarky, but never unfair and always on point. I also liked their coverage of movie people I’ve never heard of in films I’d never seen, nor would I ever see, that’s how good the writing was. They even did a few book reviews which went beyond the usual lazy plot summaries.

      Sigh. Oh well. I wish them all success in their new ventures.

  1. TWD update that nobody should care about. I’m on season 9 and they have fast forward a couple of years. Rick Grimes has been spirited away. The zombies are now the talking dead and there’s a new teen angst noble hearted fuckwit who may cause me to rage stroke. I can’t believe I’m thinking Carl wasn’t so terrible after all. I wish they left this new kid to die in the woods last season. Sigh. He hails from the Kingdom and his parents are the king and queen so I guess I should have seen his nepo-baby story arc coming. I hope he gets burned alive by the duplicitous damsel in distress that he so desperately wants to save. Why am I still watching this show, you ask? Because Negan is still alive. You better fuck shit up Negan. I’m counting on your chaos factor.

      • It’s okay, you aren’t missing out on much.

        I’m working my way through TWD because for the most part it is a pretty quiet show. Lest they want zombies to chomp their tired starved asses. It’s perfect for when I’m holding a sleeping baby which is most of the day/night. The hoards of snarling zombies are quite soothing for my little one 😉

        • One of my earliest childhood memories is being sick and conscious of being sick, knowing that I wasn’t feeling right, snuggled up on the living room couch with my mother and watching a new episode of “Star Trek” (the original, from the late 60s.) Captain Kirk and the crew were on a planet being menaced by some alien creature and my mother said to me, “How’d you like to have something like that coming after you?” I must have been about three. I knew then that she loved me very much.

  2. I had a list of items I needed to purchase for meal-prep preparation and of fresh provisions I only needed celery to blanch and freeze in portions.

    You don’t need to look into Galen Weston Jr. or the price-gouging duopoly that is grocery (or LifeLabs/Shopper’s/privatisation of health care) in Canada but FUCK…WHY NOT?


    $6.99 for a celery stalk at Fortino’s.

    There will be no celery in my soups in the near future.


    • Whenever I go up to Canada (and now it’s been years) I’m always surprised by how expensive food is in the grocery stores but how cheap the restaurant meals can be. I’ve had so many Michelin-3-star quality meals in Montréal for half what you’d pay in New York, and then I’d go to suburban supermarkets with my relatives and gasp at how much a loaf of bread or a pound of potatoes cost. I once said to one of my distant cousins, “You should really call La Côte Bleue [or whatever the restaurant I was thinking of was called] in Montréal and ask them where they buy their food, because it can’t be this expensive…”

    • 6,99?


      it’s like…1,50 here… for a crop? bouquet? whatever the fuck you call a bunch of stalks

      then again….fresh veg and flowers are about the only things that are cheap here

      • Here’s some interesting linguistic trivia. A “faggot” used to be the British term for a bundle of sticks, or firewood, and how it transferred over to become a pejorative term for gay men I don’t know. It comes from the French term “fagot,” which still means a collection of firewood. I wonder if the term “a faggot of celery” was ever a thing.

        In Italian the related term “fasci” means bundle, usually of sticks, and Mussolini adopted the term to describe his adherents, and then ultimately all of Italy, united in a single purpose. That’s where the term Fascism comes from.

        Just FYI.

        • …not for nothing…but it was quite a particular bundle of sticks that underlay the fascism thing…& it probably helps to know it had an axe poking out of it?

          Fasces – a plurale tantum, from the Latin word fascis, meaning “bundle”; Italian: fascio littorio) is a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe (occasionally two axes) with its blade emerging. The fasces is an Italian symbol that had its origin in the Etruscan civilization and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate‘s power and jurisdiction. The axe originally associated with the symbol, the Labrys (Greek: λάβρυς, lábrys) the double-bitted axe, originally from Crete, is one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization.[…]The image has survived in the modern world as a representation of magisterial or collective power, law, and governance. The fasces frequently occurs as a charge in heraldry: it is present on the reverse of the U.S. Mercury dime coin and behind the podium in the United States House of Representatives; and it was the origin of the name of the National Fascist Party in Italy (from which the term fascism is derived).
          The fasces remained in use in many societies after World War II due to its already having been adopted and incorporated into the iconography of numerous governments outside Italy, prior to Mussolini. Such iconographical use persists in governmental and various other contexts. In contrast, the swastika remains in common usage only in Asia, where it originated as an ancient Hindu symbol, and in Navajo iconography, where its religious significance is entirely unrelated to, and predates, early 20th-century European fascism.

          The fasces, as bundle of rods with an axe, was a grouping of all the equipment needed to inflict corporal or capital punishment.

          • THAT I did not know. Or did and forgot. I just remember the concept of a bunch of sticks lying on a forest floor being bundled together to, as a group, achieve a greater purpose (to light a hearth) and the same could be done if you united a people in a common cause. Which in Mussolini’s case eventually involved invading Ethiopia and Albania, but in the 1920s the half-mad ex-con Adolf Hitler was a great admirer of what was going on in the Bel Paese and by adopting Faschismus, well, we all know what happened next.

            • …it’s one of those things that sort of stuck when I heard it in school…& shortly after I stopped quoting the wikipedia page goes on to mention the part where the original bearers of these bundles would pull out a stave & beat people with it in order to enforce the rulings of the magistrate if there was resistance…which I’m pretty sure is very much the kind of inspiration benito & his chums were drawing on…but it also mentions that latterly the use of the iconography is more likely to be justified by reference to a greek fable from somewhere around the 2nd century (A.D. in old money) about how a lone stick can be snapped with relative ease but bundled together they’re stronger

              …which I’m sure was a comfort to the folks being beaten with the single stave back in the day…until it occurred to them that with a whole bundle even if they beat you until they broke their stick…the beatings would no doubt continue until morale “improved”?

  3. turns out the doc misdiagnosed me with shin splints…after a week of limping and ice packs i decided to give my leg a good stretch yesterday when something made a fairly satisfying pop and *poof* no more pain

    sooo…guess something was out of socket

    still rocking the ice pack for the swollen shin but walking is no problem again


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