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This whole "I shouldn't be forced to supply health care with my health care package to my employees because I'm Catholic" debacle has got to stop. Let me explain things to you (as I understand them) real quick:

You have a first amendment right to not take birth control and to tell people of your delusion that your sky fairy doesn't care about your health.

You have a first amendment right to stick your head up your ass and tell other people how to live their lives (who have the right to tell you to shut the fuck up).

But I'm pretty sure you're religion doesn't say "thou shalt not pay for hormonal birth control for people you employee who have nothing to do with my crazy ass shit." Thus, you're not practicing your religion when you are forcing other people to live by your rules. So no first amendment right to be a dictator.
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 I got a Macy's gift card for my birthday and just bought this dress http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-pleated-a-line?ID=635260&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results in light blue. I have to toot my own horn, but I look fabulous in it. So fabulous I asked the sales lady if they used skinny mirrors in the dressing room. Now that I'm home I'll have to try it on again to see.
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 I'm about to file a grievance against another attorney. I am very sad about this.


Jan. 25th, 2012 02:20 pm
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I totally just cried on the phone to the IRS. This is not because I pay a greater tax rate than Mittens (north of 30%) but because after being on hold for an hour and being bounced around, the women told me this wasn't my problem or her problem and that I should call another number. She was kind enough to give me an email address and ask me: well, have you had a problem filing taxes before? Yes. Was it because we needed more information about your clients? No. Then you're probably ok. It made me feel kind of stupid, but it answered my question. Sort of.

Here is my problem: I do not think your tax rate should depend on how you earn your money. I listened to NPR this morning and this one stupid bitch (that is what she was) emailed Diane Rehm because she was offended when another caller/emailer said something about one higher rate for people who "work hard for their money" and a lower rate for investment. The stupid bitch (because that is what she was) said she worked hard for the money she invested in her Roth IRA. Yes, stupid bitch, you did, but to earn the interest on your non-tax deferred IRA, you did nothing but talk to an investor. That is not working hard. So I realized, the harder you work for your money, the greater the tax rate you pay. If you invest and do jack shit, you have to pay a lower rate. If you work, you pay a slightly higher rate. But if you are self-employed and have to work hard to promote yourself AND work hard for income, you pay an even higher rate.

Fuck that.

Don't get me wrong. I love paying for the social safety net and schools and roads and disaster recovery in unfortunate places and all the things that the government does (except for wars fought on bad intelligence). But there is no reason why the people who work the hardest have to pay the highest rate. And if you pay a lower rate, complaining that other people are annoyed about it is just stupid and bitchy.
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 A kid named Suraj Parthasarathy was cast as Alai in the upcoming Ender's Game movie. Though I can't find much information on the guy, I'm guessing this is a massive race fail. As was the casting of Ben Kingsley as Rackham.

OSC is an asshole, and I will not be paying any money to see this movie if it means a penny will go to him. (I know he's not responsible for the casting. He's an asshole for other reasons.)

A good day

Jan. 18th, 2012 04:27 pm
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 Today started out rough. Q woke up crying about a bad dream (about dinosaurs or monsters or both). Then he wanted to feed the cats by pouring a large amount of cat food in their water bowl. (Which means I need to go buy more cat food because we were almost out before.) Then E over slept and made us late getting out of the house, which almost made me late to meet my client.

But the day turned around! I met up with my client and felt really good and confidant about giving her advice. I drove down to Annapolis to file things with the court to move her case along (because the Annapolis clerk's office doesn't like to get things by mail, which is a pain in the ass). But while in Annapolis, I met up with a law school friend and had great hot chocolate and (finally) gave him bar prep books. I also got hit on in the subway home from downtown. Sue me, I'm shallow. It made me feel good about myself. And I got to see one of my crushes at the copy store! I also thought of a new blog idea to promote my business!


Jan. 12th, 2012 03:42 pm
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 Does anyone else hate freecycle? I seriously can't stand it! I once complained to a family member about it, and he said "what do you expect? It's free." Here is what I expect:

No free-cycle-Nazis. I want to give away my crap. Don't make me go through a huge song and dance before you deign to post my "I have crap I want to give away" message.

Pick up the crap you say you want. If you say you are going to pick something up, pick it up promptly. Don't come a few days later, after it sat in the rain, and then complain that the item (this time, cardboard boxes) were damaged. Ya think? You left them sitting in the rain before checking them out.
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 Bob Anderson died on Sunday. I have to admit, I haven't heard of this guy until today. He was the fight choreographer for a lot of Hollywood movies (including Star Wars, the Princess Bride, LotR, and Pirates of the Caribbean).  He was also Darth's stunt double. (You idiot! These are not them! You've captures their stunt doubles!) So what are your favorite movie fight scenes? Here are mine.

5. Will versus Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean. I love the creative use of crap.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFVX-JKdYVo 

4. Darth Maul versus Obi Wan and whathisface from the Phantom Menace. I love the double light saber (yes, a light saber counts as a sword for my purposes). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XwGhrnwHDk 

3. Ziyi Zhang versus Michelle Yeoh from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I think some of the cinematography is beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxQ-2gR1DU (I love Ziyi Zhang!)

2. Inigo versus the Man in Black from the Princess Bride. I love it also for it's dialogue.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6dgtBU6Gs  

1. Ziyi Zhang versus Andy Lau from House of Flying Daggers. Damn I love this movie. And it makes me incredibly sad that animals were harmed in the production of this movie. This (along with Hurricane Katrina and my PTSD) is probably what changed me to not being able to handle it in movies or anything. Other than that (which is a big fucking that), this is a beautiful movie with great fight scenes. I love the one at the beginning. I couldn't find a great clip of it though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42zDoIi6M60 

Honorable mention to Mani takes on everyone in Brotherhood of the Wolf. It's probably my favorite fight scene in a movie, but it's not a sword fight. I wish I could find a youtube clip, but I cannot.

Dishonrable mention to Zorro versus Eleana from the Mask of Zorro. Sorry Bob. It's his work. I really hate that scene. I think it's demeaning.

Another honorable mention to Eowyn versus the Witch King from Return of the Kinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSNPeJAgBzo  Honorable mention because what makes it great, in my opinion, is not the fight and the action but "I am no man!" Here it is again as a cartoon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWjt6LGhHsI  watch her hit her shield with her sword at 1:58, like she saying "come on and get some, Bitch King!"
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My husband and I have a weird obsession with the actor Michael Ironside. But honestly, we didn't know his name until a few days ago and just called him Rasczak (and sometimes, Roughnecks, Rasczack's Roughnecks). We didn't understand how he is in every movie and plays the same character. My thoughts on learning his name were "fuck yeah, you name is Ironside!" We each have our favorite Michael Ironside quote that we will say to each other when the mood strikes us. His is "Come on you apes, you want to live forever!" from Starship Troopers, and mine is "Some kid drops a candy wrapper. You make him pick it up...and eat it!" from the Next Karate Kid.

The only reason why I am thinking about this is because I recently learned about the remake of Total Recall, which totally baffles me. First, I hate Colin Farrell. Second, why? Third, PG-13, what the fuck! There are three things about Total Recall that you cannot change, and my guess is that it will be changed if it has a PG-13 rating.

I think I'm going to make my husband watch a Michael Ironside marathon with me. This movie looks awful: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/killing_man/ 
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This is kind of my least favorite holiday. I think it's kind of pointless and arbitrary. (I could also rant about something I learned in college about Christians setting the calendar in such a way so that it will always be the age of Picses and never the age of Aquarius and so a new messiah will never be born, but I won't. That pretty much concludes it anyway.) I also got my alumni magazine and started flipping through it and feeling inferior.

But no! I'm going to try to be more positive! Instead of focusing on what I don't have, I'm going to focus on trying to get it. I've never made new years resolutions before (see above about pointless and arbitrary) but I'm going to now. And I'm telling you all so you can try to help hold me to them.

1. Lose weight/get more healthy. No clear weight set, so it's an amorphous goal (which according to things I've read online are harder to keep). But, since the summer, I lost about 10 pounds (depending on the scale), dropped one jeans size, and definitely became more tone. I started running. Right now (well, right now I'm getting over a nasty cold, but before I got sick) I was running about 4-6 miles a week. I want to increase that and run a 5k before the end of the year. I also want to go down another jeans size, but that might not happen because we are planning on having another kid.

2. Get at least one Maryland paying client. Either an attorney client doing more freelance associate stuff or a for realsie client. Go to more networking things in Maryland (in particular in criminal law and immigration).

3. Finish my novel. I feel lame for saying that I'm working on a novel, but damn it, I'm working on a novel. It's completely stupid and lame, but whatever, it's mine. More realistically, it's might be two novellas, in which case, the goal is to finish two novellas (one, or the first half of the novel, is almost complete. I just need to edit and sew it together).

4. Become more organized. Again with the amorphous goal. Maybe I should post before and after pics of my desk. But trust me, it's bad. The good thing is I can find everything I need, but it's a mess and it might irritate other people. I'm also hoping that if I keep it neater, I can stay more productive.

5. Be more productive. I want to have 25% more billable hours this year than I did last year. I did a lot of pro bono last year that should be ending this year, but I might want to take on more pro bono. I also feel like this is kind of a low barrier. From 2009-2010, I increased productivity over 100%. But again, since we are planning on trying to a new kid, setting anything higher might be unrealistic.
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Ok, so I know it doesn't matter and no one was hurt in the production of this video, but this disturbed me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to5znws7mvU

Not the video itself, the concept. In short, when you unsubscribe from Groupon, you are taken to a page that says they are sorry to see you go. How sorry are they? They want to introduce you to "Derrick," the purported guy who thought you would enjoy receiving offers for 71% off teeth whitening every single day. Under the picture of "Derrick" is a button that says "punish Derrick."

I know it's a joke, but it makes me think of the Milgram experiment. And makes me glad I ditched Groupon.


Dec. 20th, 2011 10:56 pm
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because i needed a new blog...?


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