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So. If you were in charge of the James Bond movies, and you knew Pierce Brosnan was retiring from the title role, which of the following actors would you choose to replace him?

  1. Ewan "Obi Wan" McGregor,
  2. Jude "Gigolo Joe/Sky Captain" Law,

    or:
  3. Eric "The Hulk/Troy" Bana?

Answer, and ranting, here. )

Argh!

Apr. 8th, 2004 03:58 pm
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Where, if anywhere, am I supposed to attach the 1099-MISC? I've got everything else filled out: the forms for profit or loss from a business, self-employment tax, and the fuckin' 1040 itself, which I swear gets more hateful every time I look its way, and I can't find any instructions pertaining to whether I even have to enclose the 1099-MISC, let alone staple it to some crucial piece of paper or whatever. So far the two most sensible solutions I've come up with are:

  1. I don't have to enclose the 1099-MISC, just the business and self-employment tax forms.
  2. I should just stick an extra copy of the 1099-MISC in the envelope with my 1040 and all that other crap, just in case.

I think I'm gonna go with option #2 unless I meet someone who knows better in my quest to photocopy everything and get it all in the mail. Argle-bargle!

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This just in: mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, is a drug that induces abortion if administered early in a pregnancy. Emergency contraception, such as Plan B or just high doses of regular birth control pills, prevents ovulation and fertilization, or sometimes implantation of a fertilized egg 1 )

if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex (in the best of all possible worlds, when a condom breaks). They are not the same thing, but the phrase "morning after pill" keeps getting used to describe both, and it makes me grumpy. First of all I hate it when writers don't bother to get their facts right, and second of all, even if abortion and contraception weren't hugely controversial issues, confusing the two is still dangerous, if only from a public health perspective. Right now, the FDA is stalling on a decision whether to make emergency contraception available over the counter (by which I hope they mean "over the counter if you ask a pharmacist who double-checks to make sure you know what you're taking and what it does", if only because that's useful in my experience). They are not trying to make the abortion pill available over the counter, and rightly so. But already we've got pharmacists who refuse to dispense EC for ethical reasons, and hospitals who won't offer it to rape victims, and a public that's rampantly confused about these issues, judging by the frequency with which I hear people call mifepristone the "morning after pill", when it isn't! (For one thing, it's effective for the first 63 days of pregnancy, which is much longer than just the 72 hours after unprotected sex that might conceivably be called "the morning after", and it really does induce an abortion no matter how you slice it. Grumblegrump.)

I suspect that writers on both sides of the issue fuck this up because "morning after pill" is less harsh-sounding than "abortion pill" to the pro-choice side, and on the anti-abortion side the distinction is less important because emergency contraception can arguably be said to induce an abortion. I don't care. I just want people to get their damn facts right.

Oh, and here's a link to the article that got me ranting first thing this morning. I can't finish reading it, let alone trust what I've read in it, because of this stupid factual error. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a letter to the editor to compose.

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Okay, so one of my students is a high school sophomore taking algebra and geometry in one year to catch up with her class. We're about halfway through the algebra course and she's got a quiz due tomorrow that she's going to submit online. One of the questions, though, has us both stumped --- mostly because it's so poorly worded. So here's the question, and a poll so you can tell me what you think the answer is/should be. I thought about adding a fifth possible answer, 'This is a really stupidly vague question, and all of these answers might be right since the wording of the problem is so bad', but I decided to give you guys the option of choosing multiple possible correct answers instead. )

I just emailed the independent study people to say "What the fuck?" and ask if answer D is a typo and it's meant to say "Both A and C are possible..." although that's not very satisfying, either.

Argle-bargle. She's hoping to submit this quiz tomorrow. Hopefully I hear back from somebody in independent-study land before then. Sigh.

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The idea of a John Constantine movie starring Keanu Reeves as the title character makes me grumpy in a very petty, childish way (although that's no doubt helped by the fact that I'm up way past my bedtime, and yes I know it's stupid early, but I digress). I mean, what the felch? Constantine's modeled after Sting, for chrissakes, the least they could do is have him played by a blond Brit, not a pan-Asian California boy! Grumpitty grump grump grump. I think I'll go drown my disgruntlement in dessert and then sleep. Argle-bargle!

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"WASHINGTON, July 30 — President Bush said today that federal government lawyers are working on legislation that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman."

So much for states' rights, let alone recognizing other countries' laws.... though really, people who really want to reap government benefits for their relationships should just incorporate. There's no restriction on gender or number of people involved in a limited-liability corporation, either... and the law says it's a person. I know that's oversimplifying things grossly, but on the other hand it merges two of my hot-button issues in a gloriously perverse way. If loopholes in corporate law could take down both marriage discrimination and corporate personhood, that would pretty much make my day, yep.

I fuckin' hate the law, but stuff like this makes me wish I knew more about it. Grumblegrump.

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I skip one day of LJ, and I get all out of control, I tell you! Although I did write a nice long paper journal entry yesterday, which was fun (and some of it has spilled out here, of course).

Palm death and tech support suckiness, in much more detail than any of you care to read about but I might need it for future reference )

I should probably check my email to see if I've heard from Palm yet. Sigh.

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