May. 29th, 2008 @ 02:39 am
Holy crap! Trent Reznor released an album under creative commons.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slip_%28album%29
"thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me"
Now, I think I will buy a ticket to his concert.
Feb. 16th, 2008 @ 02:33 pm
I have a massive extended family. Some I know more than others. I use to stay with my maternal grandmother over the summer in South Carolina sometimes, so I got to know more on my mom's side of the family than my dad's. I also use to spend time at with Jim and Joyce's family. Jim is my mom's brother. Joyce gave me some of my first exposure to computers, which my family never had until I reached high school.
Joyce died on Thursday.
She developed invasive inflammatory breast cancer, and was diagnosed with it at the start of January.
This type of breast cancer is rarer and very aggressive. More importantly though, it doesn't present a lump. Instead, you're skin turns red and hot and you develop a sort of rash. She was initially diagnosed with Shingles until it got worse.
I'm gonna miss Joyce. She was always cheerful and very nice to me when I visited her.http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=DATA04&pagename=obittext&id=105168
I took the chicken out of that shitty casserole. I scraped off the fake cheese. I bought some good cheese, baby spinach, and a raspberry dressing and made salad.
This worked out.
Also, I have a window cube now ^_^
Current Music: Lacuna Coil - Heaven's a Lie
Current Music: Nightwish - Eva
My mom's been pretty depressed over losing Oscar. I've been too kinda. We were all pretty attached to him. I know it seems silly, but still.|
Mom and Dad decided to get a new dog to kinda fill that gap.
Meet Petie (pronounced Pete-y or Peaty).
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He's 7 weeks old. He narcoleptic and bitey, but cute. I wanted to name him "Darwin" because he likes to chew on everything, including plug-in power cords. He's very cute, but it's still hard to get over Oscar. Mom still cries when she thinks about him. I feel bad for the pup, but he doesn't know what going on. I hope over time, things get better.
 I say he's narcoleptic because he'll play for 30 minutes, then pass out randomly. He also like to bite everything (fingers, toys, socks, power cords, shoes, folds in clothing, sheets, my hair)
 I think if I ever do get a dog, I will name him "Darwin." It seems like a fitting name.
|» RIP Oscar|
Born: July 7, 1994
Died: December 6, 2007
I'm gonna miss him so much.
There's a bottle of this in my old room, where my brother use to live.
Monty Python's Holy
Tempered over burning witches
|» Hostile Takeover|
12 years ago or so, my family's neighbor and friend along with 2 partners (I think related to him), started an assisted living home called Brookside Assisted Living. Our neighbor offered my mother a job there. She's been there the whole time, and now makes $15 per hour. The residents and employees love my mom, and one of the managers, Sharon, is now the mother-in-law of my sister and grandmother to my niece. |
About a year ago, my neighbor's 2 partner's wanted out. They entered into negotiations with a despicable company called "Sunwest Management." They are a corporation that owns a lot of retirement homes across the country. Last week, the company took over Brookside. My neighbor tried everything, from prayer (including letters to Pat Robertson) to getting the company banned from the city of Buford and the state of GA (they are already banned in California) to searching for legal loopholes. But he couldn't do anything to stop them from taking over. Everyone was under an NDA, so no one could give any notice to the residents or the employees. My mom found out this week when Sunwest took over. Brookside offered all of it's employees severance packages if they chose not to resume employment under Sunwest.
The new Sunwest managers pointed out that all the employees were being paid too much and that if they want to stay they could (with no reduction in salary - HA), but if they wanted out not to "let the door him them on the backside on the way out."
When Datapath purchased ILC, they came in, told us it was happening (gave 45 day notice before the acquisition was finised) and welcomed us all. According, to my mom this was not the case with Sunwest. No one could tell anyone anything until the deal was closed. Employees had no time to consider their options. Residents had no time to decide if they wanted to do business with Sunwest. It makes me fucking sick. We're fucking talking about elderly people and people with Alzheimer's. Their families had every right to know so that they could make informed decisions about the care of their loved ones, and it was fucking irresponsible of those 2 partners to fucking sell out like that.
Sharon quit that day.
Mom gets the impression that they want to pay their employees about what I made at Target ($8.25 per hour), which means they'll get shitty unskilled employees. They also like understaffing to reduce their overhead. They made it clear that they are in it for the money, and they are ruthless.
Since my mom no longer has anyone close to her there, they are probably going to see her as a replacable overpaid employee. Mom doesn't think they will let her go because they would have to give her severance, Mom thinks they will either a) cut her hours or b) make her life unbearable there so that she will quit on her own. I'm gonna guess that they will reduce her hours so that she's not working full time.
I think my mom is likely to find a new a job, though she probably won't get $15 per hour anywhere else.
As for Sunwest:
Lawsuit - Dead Rat Found in Alzheimer's Patient's Mouth - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17988869/
Lawsuit - Understaffed its homes and failed to provide services paid for by residents - http://blog.oregonlive.com/business/2007/03/lawsuit_filed_against_sunwest.html
Lawsuit - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Violations - http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2004/03/01/story1.html
Lawsuit - Failure to provide services - http://www.eastvalleynews.com/mail/article.cfm?i=9324
Banned from the State of California - http://www.topix.net/content/smalltown/1601854076062548192816238864730628711080 (from what I hear, this went through)
Here just do a fucking google search on the damn company. It's terrible.
I feel disgusted, angry, and sad about the entire thing.
I love Pandora|
I've been introduced to a lot of good music I want to buy, but can't find (and can't afford all at once).
Including: Nightwish, Xandria, Lacuna Coil, Plumb (maybe), Within Temptation, and Leaves' Eyes.
Yes, there is a trend here. >_>
I got all this stuff by tell Pandora I liked Evanescence. Also, I've changed my mind about Flyleaf. I hate "I'm So Sick," but I like everything else I've heard from them.