Gong xi fat choi! — Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!
Traditionally, Rabbit years are supposed to provide a respite from the turbulence of the preceding Tiger years’ political unrest and environmental catastrophes. Social, intellectual, and creative activities are favored and those who live by such activities will prosper. And as might be expected from such a change of emphasis, “Justice is everywhere. Nobody escapes the long arm of the law in Rabbit years. Stay away from clandestine acitivity.” We can but hope.
Commentor Redshift sent me .mov files of the baby bunnies they’re fostering, but I couldn’t figure out how to embed them here. So you get generic Youtube…
… and for something completely different, commentor Riggsveda suggested this animation by Edouard Sailer:
And then there’s this cartoon to ring in the Year of the Rabbit. Can’t see how the CCP found anything political in it, nosiree.
I posted below as an OT, but Radley Balko and DougJ seem to be in a feud, and they’re talking past each other. (Though, I think DougJ was just finding a way to be meta and funny.)
PS. I didn’t link to Balko because I don’t want to exacerbate sentiments. You can find him and his latest post by simply Googling “The Agitator”. Talk about Meta.
Xin xi quai le, bitchez. Let’s hope the Rabbit’s Year hold does bring peace and prosperity (but I highly doubt it).
Right now, I am listening to Cat Stevens. Why? Why not? h/t JK many moons ago for hooking me up with this song. Cat eats rabbit. I’m just sayin’.
Xanadu – Sarah Blasko
Dang. I guess I’m going to have to figure out that whole YouTube thing…
You can find several of them (along with enough other rabbit stuff for a whole year) at our House Rabbit Society chapter facebook page.
@asiangrrlMN: In some Asian calendars, the wabbit is replaced by the cat. So kinda yes, but kinda not so much.
Hi hon. Noshing on a BLT and light housework. Get to do my taxes this weekend. Fun shtuff.
@Tattoosydney: Hi hon to thee as well. You buckling down for Yasi?
J. Michael Neal
My job interview went well. I think. I can’t really tell. I probably talked too much, but who knows. I really want this job. It seems like a good place to work, and it sounds interesting.
Gung hay fat chance! It’s something we say in San Francisco. Usually after the 3rd bottle of rice wine.
@J. Michael Neal: Crossing every single digit I can for you! Hopefully this comes together neatly.
@J. Michael Neal:
Best of luck, JMN, Master of Accounting. They’re fools if they don’t scoop you up.
You funny. I hope those storms in New England don’t impact on you too badly.
@Yutsano: Good to see you, hon. Was wondering if you’d show up before I logged off for the night (trying to get to sleep earlier. Or something). And, those much be fake-Asian calendars. Sniff.
@J. Michael Neal: Good luck to you!
Yusuf Islam. Ignore the comments (per usual with YouTube).
@Tattoosydney: Bwahahahahahahah. You funnier.
@elmertfudd: Just don’t shoot them all!
It’s a widicuwous rampage of wascawwy wabbits!
@Tattoosydney: Other than increasing my workload because half the damn East is closed? Not so much. Point taken.
@asiangrrlMN:I iz here. I iz trying to wear out Lexie with her new favorite toy (a cloth mouse, she LURVES carrying it around) and debating cereal consumption before the night is over.
@J. Michael Neal:
Best of luck JMN.
Of course, don’t feel you have to answer if it’s too personal, but I used to work a lot in the area of discrimination law, and my employment lawyery brain wanted to ask a question after the thread where you discussed your feelings before the interview.
Are you up front about your Asperger’s in your interviews?
/Edited to recognize that you probably have no idea what reactions you get from the interviewer
I used to point to Youtube comments as a paragon of ignorance and utter stupidity. I think local news websites and their stories have overtaken them by leaps and bounds.
@Tattoosydney: To butt in here (disclaimer: IANAL but I have done hiring):
FWIW, they cannot legally ask him any questions related to this. And they cannot refuse to hire him simply on this basis. So even if he did bring it up, they can’t use it as a point either in favour or against. And if they did, he could sue them into oblivion.
@J. Michael Neal:
You all have to read this. I know it’s Townhall and Dennis Prager, but it is a very thought provoking article–
Of course I’m bullshitting, but it does contain such priceless lines as:
“Through the use of public opprobrium, laws and lawsuits, Americans today are less free than at any time since the abolition of slavery (with the obvious exception of blacks under Jim Crow).”
“Why does the name Florida State Seminoles offend Indians? One caller to my radio show once responded to that question by asking me how I would feel as a Jew if some team took the name “Jews.” I told him that I would be thrilled. For nearly 4,000 years, Jews have been looking for fans”
“Now, the left has announced that words such as “target” and “cross hairs” are offensive — on the idiotic pretense that such imagery causes people to murder. If I were the CEO of Target stores, I would be concerned — will my company be sued because of its name and logo?”
As Insty would say, go read the whole thing! Indeed.
@Mark S.: No thanks. I’ve reached my stupid quota for the evening.
@Mark S.: I read that article before…in 1989 in my college newspaper. I wish someone would have made them grow up and get real jobs.
Yep. It’s much the same here, although our courts don’t hand out the massive amounts of money yours do.
I’m interested in the more practical issue of what one does in interviews. For example, I would always mention (or at least clearly infer) that I am gay in any job interview, simply because I wouldn’t want to work for anyone who didn’t want to hire me on that basis.
If you’re blind (for example), then you can’t get away with not mentioning it at some point, because your employer needs to know in order to undertake reasonable accommodations for your disability (under the law here, anyway).
I imagine (perhaps incorrectly) that Asperger’s falls into a slightly different category – that it is at least conceivable that a person might not want/need to mention it in the first (or subsequent) interviews.
A rabbit-themed Youtube link
I’m lost – you seem to be quoting something there but don’t link it. I’m not going blindly into Radley’s libertarian cesspool so help a brother out!
There is also the issue that in some professions, Asperger’s may not come with any perceived stigma.
It’s certainly not a negative factor if you are, to pull an entirely random example, a tax lawyer.
@Tattoosydney: The law here is very similar, mostly due to Ted Kennedy and his championing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even if JMN were to mention the fact, the employer would be subject to reasonably accommodate him up to the point where it would cause major economic impact or the accommodation would render the job function useless. I don’t think there’s very much that JMN couldn’t do because of his condition, so there would be little down side in not even bringing it up unless he thought it were necessary.
I’m on a Hallelujah kick.
A few weeks ago, a friend emailed me a YouTube video, “Free Hugs.” Some people in Italy – I’m not sure which city – went out and about holding signs offering (in Italian and English) Free Hugs. The video is beautifully edited to show how very few people took them up on the offer at first – suspecting a trick, or a sales pitch, or something creepy – and then, more and more people start hugging. Hugging the folks with the signs, then each other, then there are group hugs.
The video was touching, but what really got to me, and had me crying my eyes out, was the music. Didn’t know what it was and had no way to find out. But it stuck in my mind.
Fast forward to last week, visiting my friend Rita, who put a CD on and said “You don’t have to listen to anything but the first song, but for that song, I not only want you to listen; I want you to not say anything until it’s done.”
And the music started, and within seconds I was a soggy mess because… I recognized that song! It was the one from the Free Hugs video! And it’s called “Hallelujah”!
The song on the CD was sung by the Canadian Tenors; the version on the Free Hugs video was sung by Alexandra Burke (who won one of those reality TV shows singing it).
I have since become obsessed with the song, trying to track down every version of it ever. I must be, like, the last person in the Western World to “discover” it. (And, no, I didn’t remember that they played the Jeff Buckley version over the last few minutes of that West Wing episode where the Secret Service agent gets killed in a convenience store.)
I can’t decide which version is my favorite. But I love, love, love this song, and can’t listen to it when anyone’s around, because I always, always, always, cry when I hear it.
Here ya go.
Now go read Prager instead!
Since this is very close to his field of expertise, your stab in the dark isn’t so wild. And I do know an RCMP constable with Asperger’s, so there are certainly many examples where those with the condition can succeed and thrive.
When I bartended in college my boss was a huge Prager fan. So From shutdown time to leaving I watched him every day for two years. It was brutal but he was much more reasonable then (mid-90s). I read him now on occasion that he is linked here and come to the realization that 1) he has lost his mind in the last 15 years or 2) he is really opportunistic.
J. Michael Neal
This falls into the category of true, but . . .
They cannot refuse to hire me because of my Asperger’s. Or my history of depression. However, they can decide not to hire me, and if they can come up with any plausible reason for not doing so, I’d never be able to prove discrimination.
I’m pretty sure that that’s exactly what’s been happening with my age. They aren’t allowed to discriminate on the basis of age, but it is very strange that all of the non-Chinese 24-year olds in my class got hired pretty quickly, and I didn’t.
In this case, I almost decided to mention the Asperger’s. I’m pretty sure that it would have been dumb to do so, but being really open about things is typical of aspies. It really bugs me not to mention it, because it seems like something that is relevant to all of us deciding whether a particular job is a good fit. However, the tendency of employers to automatically decide that it means that we’d be a bad fit certainly discourages anyone from bringing it up.
There is absolutely nothing about the job search process that rewards honesty.
I loves me some Cat Stevens.
Did any of y’all know he’s half Greek?
I didn’t link it so that he didn’t get a trackback and start inundating this site with BS defenses in the comments whilst our glorious and infallible Front Pagers are asleep and have a chance to credibly respond and make their opinions known. In short, I didn’t want to invite a spar before Doug and John had a chance to see the mêlée for themselves before they jumped in. It’s the second post at his site right now.
Just google “The Agitator” and you can go from there. I swear, I haven’t exaggerated what he says about this site, and I’m fairly confident that I haven’t misrepresented his position.
@J. Michael Neal: I am guessing (from your mentioning that this was a first interview) that you will hopefully have another chance to impress them. You’re really not legally obligated to say anything about a potential disability until you’re hired. So if you feel it’s appropriate to hold it in until then, you can. But if you feel you might need reasonable accommodation, then mentioning that fact sooner rather than later is more honest. It’s your call here of course.
In Silicon valley everybody either has Asperger’s or think they do. In geeks single mindedness is something they look for, and people on the Aspie end of the spectrum tend to gravitate towards geekery too.
The firecrackers have started at the Asian stores down the street. My neighbors in the complex will probably set theirs off soon. I hope it doesn’t go on all night, but it usually does on the first night of the new year. I keep saying that I’ll store some away for Guy Fawkes Day, but I never do.
Edit: The neighbors have started. Gung hay fat choy!
J. Michael Neal
@Yutsano: It’s not a question of legal obligation, and it isn’t really about my needing an accommodation. I just have a very strong impulse to be open about things. To me, it doesn’t feel right not to mention it.
I’ve gotten better about learning to squash that impulse in some situations where it could be a big negative. Some. Job interviews are one. I still feel uncomfortable, but I can do it.
Given that I went 42 years without being diagnosed, my guess is that I could fake it just fine indefinitely without telling. I’m just not very likely to do so.
@J. Michael Neal:
This is absolutely true, unfortunately.
@CaseyL: I’ve got a copy of John Cale doing it. It was on a LC tribute album that came out in the early 90s.
@J. Michael Neal: As I said, it’s your call. I would personally keep it under wraps unless you find that situation untenable. You have to live in your skin after all. :)
Oh yeah, almost fergot:
AKEMASHITE O OMEDETO GOZAIMASU!!
Angry Black Lady
i have a lot of books. a shit ton of books. i’m never going to read the entire v.c. andrews series. why do i need my nancy drew books from 6th grade? i keep thinking i should get rid of some, but i can’t.
that’s right. i just barged on in with a completely random thought.
that’s how i roll, bitches.
Angry Black Lady
@asiangrrlMN: because he’s fucking awesome, that’s why.
ruby love is one of my favorite songs in the history of the world.
According to the latest Guardian update the army is taking it to the thugs and Mubarak is rumored to be out by tomorrow, per ex general interviewed by BBC.
Off to bed, hope this good news continues when I wake up.
@Angry Black Lady:
Becuz u iz a pack rat? I’m the opposite: I never have more stuff than I can comfortably pack and move within 24 hours. It means limiting the book supply however.
@Angry Black Lady:
I have the same problem. Too many books. But can never get rid of them. Which is why except for work and some classics I now get most of them digitally, less crowding around the house!
ETA–hi Yutsano! Long time no speak. Hope all is well.
Angry Black Lady
@Yutsano: i can’t comfortably pack for a long weekend within 24 hours.
@Valdivia: that’s how i rationlized keeping them. it’s rare that i buy nondigital books these days. i’m thinking about incorporating them into my wacky interior re-decoration thing i’ve got going on right now. like stacking them against a wall or something. i like old bookstores and how the books are all crammed in every which way. i have to make messy look cool. that’s the trick of it.
@Valdivia: Hi sweets! All is quite well, my kitteh is an adorable terror and I might actually be impressing my bosses at work. So hopefully I get to stick around this place for a bit.
@Angry Black Lady: Old Navy brat skill. We got the 48 hour move notice when I was growing up more than once. Cramming it all in or leaving it behind were your two options. And if you left it, it wasn’t getting replaced any time soon.
I’ve always loved the haunting melody of Sad Lisa.
@Angry Black Lady:
I love havng books around and have always made them part of the decor both in the living room and in my room so I totally get that. I even used to, before the digital thing, take a few books too many in trips, Amy the suitcases a little heavy!
So glad go hear that! May the year of the rabbit bring only good things.
Ok peeps really heading for bed now. Buenas noches. :)
@Valdivia: I will definitely keep you posted if I end up taking over 1111 Constitution. Dunno if I’ll end up working there, but a Marine thinks it’s a decent idea.
I’ve always liked that one too.
My rule is “I don’t own more than I can move in a $19.99 van”.
My Rabbit Proof Fence post got deleted!
@stuckinred – I have 2 of the Howard County bunnies. They are about 3 months old and doing well. Thanks for bringing them to my attention!
Puppy got up in the middle of the night and pooped all over the living room floor. I didn’t wake up. *SIGH* Guess I will have to crate him at night.
I need to move so I can get a new bunny. I have one right now and he’s awesome, but my household is supposed to be a two-rabbit household and it feels lonely with just one.
Chicagoland peoples, HRS Chicago is OK, but the Red Door Animal Shelter on Chicago’s north side rescues rabbits and they are absolutely phenomenal.
actually I think it’s the year of the parrot.