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Hump day - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 20th, 2010

10:03 am - Hump day

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Wow, I sure woke up with my crankypants on this morning. I decided to put my Unreasonable Hat on when dealing with Mercury Energy and it made me feel good.

Backstory: They failed to send bills for the three months since Mum died, but then they sent a threatening letter over unpaid bills. After 45 minutes on hold I told my story to the CS representative who then put me on hold again. I gave up and emailed them. This morning I got an email back saying they'd waived the overdue charges, saving me a total of $8, but that the bill needed to be paid immediately (the bills were attached to the email). They also claimed that they'd sent out the bills for the three months in question.


"Thanks for your reply. I will pay the invoice when I receive a bill in the mail.

I have not received any invoices from Mercury energy in the time since Mum died. If your records show them having been mailed, your records are wrong. This is evidenced by the fact that the threatening letter I received made it to my address just fine so there is no problem with the post, yet - no actual bills. I realise that she had a direct debit set up and I suspect the mistake has happened when the debit was cancelled but nothing was put in the system to ensure an actual paper copy would be mailed out.

I want reassurance that in future, the bills actually will be mailed. I expect one to arrive monthly. In the interest of making sure this will happen, I undertake to pay the bill once there's a demonstration to me that future paper copies will get to me, evidenced by the copies of bills for July, August and September arriving in my mailbox. Emailing copies to me after the fact is not good enough. Please mail these bills immediately."


Normally I'd just take the emailed bills and pay them. This would be the reasonable thing to do. But for some reason, I don't want to be reasonable about this. They fucked up and it caused me upset at a time when I really don't need it, and they can bloody well show me they are going to get it right in future before I give them any money.

Nyah.

Meanwhile, the IRD has had a letter letting them know that I won't be paying their $900 until I see some money being retrieved on the back amount owing for Child Support, I've told the IT department that I'm not psychic and that firing random numbers at me and expecting me to provide information about the stuff attached to these numbers (which, it turns out, have nothing to do with anything under my jurisdiction anyway) will achieve nothing except to piss me off, and suggested that the Art Grants Team deny any further requests for extensions since the deadline for contacting us was 5 days ago*.

Hi, I'm grumpy. Plz2b sending me Happies, it seems like I need them.

* We received complaints last year that the notifications for grants were given out too late to be useful to some people. This year, the notifications are going to be later still. This is because our closing dates for applications were later and we allowed extensions (and about half of the applications so far have been people asking for extensions). Given that it takes about 2 weeks to assess the applications and make decisions, this pushes the notification date back too. So to allow people to ignore the deadlines and go for extensions after submissions close, disadvantages everyone else who actually got their shit together in time. Next year we're gonna have to move things at least two weeks earlier I think. Oh noes! However with the procrastinator burner community cope? Well I guess they could use the 7 months between the burn and the deadline to sort their application out instead of the 2 weeks between the deadline and the extension deadline. *mutter*


Twitter seems to have sensed my mood and is hiding from me. Probably a good call on Twitter's part.

Entertain me, internet!

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From:vernacularity
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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See now that's the sort of thing that comes to mind when I see the term "Tatsplaining": complaining Tats-style. That's a written style, of polite fury.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
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The angrier I am, the more polite my writing gets. I suspect there's hundreds of generations of Yorkshire types donating their genetics to that particular trait.

(except that time I yelled at the bank manager and told them to get fucked. but the relationship was done by then anyway)
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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I didn't realise you had Yorkie blood. Explains a lot.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Nowt bu' Yorkshire blood 'ere, going back at least 300 years. They were based in Stillington, then moved to Dunnington, then Elvington where I was born.
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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Lancashire stock here going back a ways. Grandmother was a Cheetham. I lived in West Yorkshire as a child and can still produce bits of dialect to the distinct fuzzlement of anyone in these parts. My Hull born roomie and I once tried to draw a map of Yorkshire showing the various dialect words for the back alley between two rows of terraced housing; snicket, ginnel, tenfoot etc.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Ginnel! When I was little I thought this was a little narrow alley that a dog runs through. This was logical to me.

Also, apeth.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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If I were a different sort of person I'd send you a polite letter about copyright protection.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)

Speaking of which

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Do you own the copyright to this image that I happened to find on my camera? ;-p
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of which

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Yes. But I can only use it with the permission of the subject.

Do I have to tell the subject what I plan to use it for? *lascivious drool*

(i love that when i say i'm cranky, the internet provides me with pictures of shirtless men)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 19th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Nice to know I'm not the only one who misread that...
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From:rivet
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm short on entertainment, but if you like I could lull you into a deep sleep by describing the project I'm currently working on.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)

physics jokes

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Einstein's favorite limerick was:
There was an old lady called Wright
who could travel much faster than light.
She departed one day
in a relative way
and returned on the previous night.

Also, my favourite:
A neutron walked into a bar and asked, "How much for a drink?" The bartender replied, "For you, no charge."

... hey, they entertain me ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)

Re: physics jokes

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"Are you an electron?"

"I'm not positive.."
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From:megapope
Date:October 19th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)

Re: physics jokes

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*groan!*
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 19th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)

Re: physics jokes

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/yatima/519099660/in/pool-philolsophers
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From:richdrich
Date:October 19th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Basically, I didn't get round to applying for an art grant because I'm fully occupied with (a) earning money to pay the rent. (b) working on a project that might bring in dollars and let me cut down on (b).

Then there's the fact that a previous large project got pinched from the domain over the winter, suggesting that any future projects will need to be either one year wonders, or include a large budget for storage and transport.

I'm also getting the feeling that Kiwiburn is evolving and a lot of people are giving up on it.

On the positive side Phat are bringing their Madagascar sound camp, which means 5 days of non-stop doof.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 19th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
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This will be my last year on the AGC, and it's likely I won't even be at the festival this year. If I'm honest, I don't really like the direction KB is evolving in, and also I think I need a break so that if I do go back I'll be able to just participate and not actually care.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 19th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm internets entertainment:

There's XKCD of course but you already know that (although random xkcd comics keep me happy for hours)

Have you done the inevitable and started reading Girl Genius? That's a full day's worth of happy right there

There's also, as a last resort TV tropes( but that's the hotel california of websites
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage
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From:bekitty
Date:October 20th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
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Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other, "You fire the guns while I drive."
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From:helianthas
Date:October 20th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
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The dog I'm babysitting goes apeshit when I masturbate.
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