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There's something about AI generated images that makes me feel kind of sad. Usually art feels kind of like a conversation with the person who made it, but AI stuff feels like trying to start a conversation and realizing you're talking to an empty room.

Software interviewing feedback (-) 

It wasn't the rejection that stung. The interview process itself made me disillusioned with the job anyway. It was the "we forwarded you to a PHP job" (in 2022; I checked the calendar we hadn't spun back to 2002 somehow) that felt like a huge damn insult.

Food 

I don't understand Subway's new menu. It's a bunch of prepackagable sandwiches (with no veggies 😿), I guess to make the Doordash delivery/takeout orderers happier with an alternative to Jimmy John's, but they made it take up so much of the physical menu space in store shrinking the real "Build Your Own" menu (the only reason to physically GO to Subway!) hidden into a corner.

Seems dumb. I don't get it.

Passenger trains (US 😿) 

Today Indianapolis' Union Station is a "rustic" Crowne Plaza Hotel. I always find it a depressing reminder of passenger train lines this country built and then let rot.

I turned a corner I don't regularly turn when I'm in the building and discovered a tiny exhibit for one of the last passenger trains that pased through the building (the National Limited, ain't that a metaphor) which Congress killed (via Amtrak) DURING the 70s oil crisis. WTAF?! Depression becomes Anger

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Dumb Media Hot Takes 

All these products for "The Dark Knight Returns" and when has he EVER left? Like a hundred continuous years of comics and a new movie every roughly 3-5 years. Hard to miss Batman if he never leaves.

Food 

Rolling my eyes at the Auntie Anne's cashier when asked the second time if I was sure I wanted a fresh pretzel because that might take five whole minutes. The sign says fresh pretzels not day old warmer pretzel bites, my friend. I want what I want

That realization that you forgot to pack a second pair of shoes for a long weekend and you are expecting your feet to be very unhappy very soon

Tuca & Bertie 

I'm so glad this show got more seasons after cancelation. It's so good.

Last Night in Soho 

It had a good runtime at least because that last bit didn't turn into watching the clock boredom like the last hour of Knives Out felt to me (or all of The Sixth Sense, for a throwback comparison). This really is just not my genre of film, sorry.

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Last Night in Soho 

It was fine. I guess. Came out of it feeling like how I felt about Baby Driver: a lot of the lego pieces were fantastic but the overall thing felt I don't know sloppy? In this case it was partly the fault of my usual problems with thrillers/mystery. I didn't enjoy some of the early parts because I was too busy solving it, I solved it too early, and I didn't enjoy some of the parts after that because I just wanted it to get past red herrings and admit I was right. My problem

Hulu ads 

I already miss Hulu's old "fewer political ads" policy. Fucking political ads, ruining everything

Food 

I made Chicken Casserole Ramen again. (Stupid cheap filling meal from the soup aisle: packet of chicken ramen made per usual instructions inc. flavor packet finished off stirring in a can of [unsalted] Campbells Condensed Cream of Mushroom.)

Today I spiced it up with a ton of smoked Paprika, further sending it into Grandma's Chicken Casserole Nostalgia brain, and Gochujang for a slight confusing asian kick back out. This amuses me

Forza Horizon 

They added Hot Wheels Spectraflame ™️ and I'm pretty sure there isn't a car in the game whose looks aren't immediately improved by Spectraflame Lavender paint job. (It's very sparkly hot pink.)

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Forza Horizon thoughts that would be weird out of context 

Also, I still childishly believe these are real roads in Australia and Mexico.

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Forza Horizon thoughts that would be weird out of context 

Mexico's Hot Wheels tracks are a definite improvement over Australia's.

iOS quirks (-) 

I don't know why I'm so vexed with this.

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iOS quirks (-) 

Hellfire! iOS keeps doing these super annoying word swaps even with everything disabled and switched to SwiftKey. Doesn't seem to be a SwiftKey feature, just iOS being iOS. Ugh. Stop thinking you are better than me predictive text. You are not!

Maybe I just need to go back to typing in all words letter at a time like some sort of a savage.

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VB6 headache of the day 

I guess to keep things DRY there is a single Private i as Long declaration at the top of the file for all 812 uses of an i variable.

Guess how that falls down? Did you guess that FunctionA in a loop tries to set a Checkbox value vbCheck which automatically calls the Click handler on the Checkbox with its own loops means that the FunctionA loop logic doesn't work because i changed out from under it?

Scope variables should be easier than this nonsense.

The Orville S3E8 

I can't help but be delighted at the women from a species that has no traditions of feminity left unsmashed by its gender norms just creatively repurposing Dolly Parton into new traditions. Pan flute "Jolene" as a traditional ancient ribbon dance song? Delightful

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