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Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Dave!Everything sucks today! E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G-!!

I woke up this morning sick to my stomach and wanting to puke my guts out. It only went downhill from there.

I got to work and had to use Microsoft PowerPoint most of the day. MICROSOFT POWERPOINT SUCKS ASS! After using the sublime elegance of Apple Keynote for Macintosh, being forced to use PowerPoint is the equivalent of getting kicked in the balls by a lumberjack in steel-toed boots. All the little niceties that Keynote provides to make work so easy are gone. And, adding insult to injury, PowerPoint creates the ugliest, most horrifying, most boring slideshows imaginable. Hard to work with. Nasty results. Somebody remind me once again why people use Microsoft shit when something so much better is available? Insanity.

During my overindulgent 15-minute lunch hour, I got to fill out forms for an immigration visa application. PAPERWORK SUCKS ASS! Ultimately, I had a hard time figuring out which blows more... the inconvenience of filling out the forms, or the abhorrent photo of myself I had to attach to the application. I don't envy the person at the embassy who has to open the envelope. I envision them pulling out the papers, seeing the photo, and then running screaming from the room. After a Xanax and a bottle of Abolut Vodka, they return to their desk and deny me a visa based of the fact that I am just too heinous to enter the country. Does ANYBODY take good passport photos?

Dave Passport

Once I finished up my PowerPoint ordeal, I then spent the next half-hour digging through loads of spam and other crap that had piled up in my email "In Box" during the day. Then I noticed an email from a friend telling me that Depeche Mode American tour dates had been released. This doesn't suck. This is the best news I've had all day. Until I look at the actual dates... only to learn that Depeche Mode lands in Seattle on November 16th. Of course, I'm not here on the 16th. I'm a couple of thousand miles away that day. NOVEMBER 16th SUCKS ASS! WTF? Am I not entitled to ANYTHING going right today? The best band in the universe, who I've been waiting to see on tour for a decade, finally comes to town and I won't be able to go. WAAAAAAAAAHHH!

Depeche Mode Tour

Once I get home. I check on my blog only to find I have a shit-load of spam comments waiting for me. Turns out that SixApart's much-vaunted "SpamLookup" feature in the new version 3.2 of Movable Type doesn't work very well. In fact, it doesn't work at all, and makes things much more difficult than using good old MT-Blacklist (there's no one-click "mark as junk" anymore... oh no, now you have to navigate a drop-down menu and then click "Save Changes", which is lame). Banning commenters doesn't seem to work (no big surprise, I can't seem to get "trust commenters" to work either). It could be that I'm doing something wrong, but when I click on the "documentation" link to find out, there is no documentation. MOVABLE TYPE SUCKS ASS! Who the f#@% ships a product with essential... nay, F#@&%ING CRITICAL... documentation not available? It's like "here's your blog, good luck with that spam shit, because we've got better things to do than tell you how to deal with it... like adding features to non-paying LiveJournal users or something." This is lame. Manually marking up spam is not fun. Especially when it is so obviously spam in the first place.

Movable Type Spam

You'd think after a day like this, I'd get to go home and relax for a bit. You'd be wrong. By the time I'm done, I'll have spent 6 hours trying to get my scheule for the next two months figured out. MAKING TRAVEL PLANS SUCKS ASS! Trying to coordinate flights from one side of the planet to the other, along with hotels, trains, tickets, and all the other crap that goes along with it is exhausting work. Right now, I have hotels without flights, flights without hotels, and a few days where I don't even know where I'll be, or how I'm getting to where I need to be going. I decided to take a break from the chaos to blog my day, but talking about it is only making me feel worse. If I make it to bed by midnight tonight, I'll consider myself very, very lucky.

Things had better be better tomorrow, or else I cannot be held responsible for my actions.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "We'd have more luck playing pick-up-sticks with our butt cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak!"
Yesterday's Answer: Clueless (1995) with Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd.

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  1. Patrick says:

    “After a Xanax and a bottle of Abolut Vodka, they return to their desk and deny me a visa[…]”

    This could only mean that you’re emigrating to Sweden? 🙂

  2. Dave2 says:

    Relocate to Sweden?

    I wish!

    Though I’d settle for a trip to Gothenburg to see the new Hard Rock there. 🙂

  3. kazza says:

    About all I can say is *hugs*
    Hope your tomorrow is better than your today.

  4. karla says:

    I hear you, Dave.

    I’m in the same sort of hell right now, myself, only i can’t blog about it because much of it is stuff I can’t write about yet (Evil Dominatrix World Spy type stuff) and it’s PISSING me off because I feel hamstrung. And frustrated. Grrr….Let’s go vanquish something shall we? Shoot some guns at some annoying guys? Something?

  5. Anthony says:

    Man I’m hungover. 🙁 Sorry to hear you had a shitty day chief. A good band you may want to check out is Editors. I saw them last night in Dublin and they were fantastic.

  6. SJ says:

    Geez, now I feel guilty for having such a good day yesterday. Sure hope your today is blessed with many Zen moments.

    If it’s any comfort, remember that it is against the law for anyone to be in possession of a visa with a picture that actually flatters them. It has to look like you AFTER a 12-hour flight on Air Tran, not BEFORE.

  7. Kevin says:

    When’s DM coming to Chicago? Plan some business and I’ll go with you, man. I’ve never seen DM live and I love their music.

    Granted it’s not exactly as far away as Washington, a friend of mine took a Greyhound from Iowa just to see an INXS show with me here in the city some years back.

    Hey! My personal info saved this time! Woo hoo! There’s some semi-decent news for you. The cookies be bakin’!

  8. lizriz says:


    Hope things are looking up as you sail into the weekend. 🙂


  9. Dave2 says:

    Kazza: And what does Stu think about you going around sending virtual hugs to other men? Hmmmm?

    Karla: Being evil does have it’s drawbacks! Don’t ever let anybody tell you different.

    Anthony: Sigh. It must be horrible to live in a cool city like Dublin where there’s always something fantastic going on! I really must get back there again sometime soon.

    SJ: Try a 15 hour flight on United in coach! Then even my passport photo doesn’t look bad enough! 🙂

    Kevin:Depeche Mode is in Chicago on the 29th of November… I’m in Milwaukee, a mere 2 hours away, at that time. Hmmm…

    Lizriz: Thanks! For some reason, a little Planes, Trains, and Automobiles seemed appropriate.

  10. kazza says:

    Stu would be fine with it. He’s quite an affectionate sort of person himself and gives out plenty of hugs to other people too 🙂 You can never share too many hugs, the world needs more of them 🙂

    And an extra long *hug* for your Friday suckiness as well.

  11. Sarkastik says:

    Found this site by accident and cute characters btw hehe

    I can empathise with you, I was getting way too much comment and pingback spam on my MT blog. Then when I switched to WordPress I thought it might stop. But noo, texas holdem and viagra came back with a fury 😀

    You might consider installing a captcha, there was one made for MT, I forget what it was called though. I installed WP-Gatekeeper at my blog but you’ll probably need to tweak it a lot as it’s for WordPress. :/

  12. Dave2 says:

    Since installing C-Code, I have had zero, zed, zip, nada, NO spam. It’s a miracle! At least, until spammers find a way around it!

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