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YouTube is Pissing Me Off

Youtube_logoI recently put up a second YouTube channel specifically for this blog and while I’m enjoying making videos and they’re getting relatively successful, one thing is driving me absolutely crazy.  YouTube seems unable to decide, no matter where I actually put the videos, where they will actually end up.  On more than one occasion, I have uploaded to the Bitchspot channel and it has ended up on the podcast channel and vice versa.  For those of you who have found a video in the wrong place, I apologize but it’s not my fault.  I’m careful to be signed into the correct account at the time I’m uploading, this seems to be a crazy glitch in the YouTube software.

What’s worse is the amount of time some of these videos are taking to process once uploaded because I can’t even tell what they’re going to do until it’s actually processed and published.  Everything uploads relatively quickly, but then I get the message “It’s taking an unusually long time to process…”  No it isn’t.  It’s unusual when it takes less than an hour or so these days.  It’s taking the usual long time to process.  Yes, I know that YouTube has an absurd amount of content being uploaded every minute of the day, it’s still annoying.  I can’t just sit and watch it spin its wheels processing, I just hit publish and figure I’ll go back later to see if it did it right.  Sometimes it does.  Far too often it doesn’t.  Because when it ever does eventually publish, it announces itself on Twitter and Google+, when I find it’s done something wrong and have to delete it off of one channel and re-upload it to the other, those links stop working and there are more announcements made.  If that has affected anyone, I’m sorry.

I’ve opened a ticket with YouTube to see what’s going on but haven’t heard anything back yet.  With my last Bitchspot Channel video, it uploaded to the wrong side, not once, but twice and I just deleted those.  Currently, I’m uploading the video version of the latest podcast and have my fingers crossed that this is going to work out.  I wish the YouTube system was better designed for people with multiple channels where it just asked you where you wanted it without having to sign in and sign out of everything all the time.  But such is life, right?

When Do You Give Up?

IgiveupkittyIn a recent forum discussion, on a totally different topic, someone started talking about why he loved living in Texas so much.  One of his reasons, and I quote:  “Texas provides an alternative to evolution in it’s schools that you can’t get anywhere else.”  I sat there and stared at that for a minute and then ignored pretty much anything more this individual said because clearly, they have a tenuous grasp on reality.  It just wasn’t worth my time to argue with him, or to even acknowledge that he had said anything, because his position simply does not match up with the real world.

I’ve found myself just giving up in situations like that more and more often lately, people say things that are unbelievably dumb and betray an inability to grasp reality.  Maybe I’m just getting older, I know that I would have leapt right in and disagreed just a few short years ago, but now, there’s a point at which I realize I’m fighting a losing battle so why bother to continue?  That point is coming earlier and earlier as the years wear on.  I suppose it’s because my purpose in engaging people isn’t just to have a discussion, it’s to make a difference and where it’s clear I cannot make a difference, I typically don’t bother.

Maybe that’s because I’ve fought the same fights so many times, I can do it in my sleep.  I know that nothing will ever come of it, it really doesn’t matter what I say, what evidence I present, how well I phrase my arguments, the other side isn’t even listening.  These discussions largely aren’t between two curious parties, both after the truth, it’s between one side with the facts, evidence and reason to back up their claims and the other with a fanatical obsession with their beliefs and no interest in listening to anything that doesn’t fit into their agenda.  Discussions with the reasonable religious seem to be a thing of the past.

So maybe it is time to just give up having these talks, they never go anywhere and they always end in frustration.  After all, in light of my last post, it doesn’t seem like this will be a problem for all that much longer anyhow.  So where do you give up?  When do you realize that it’s just a waste of time?  Is that time getting shorter for you like it is for me?  I’d like to know.

Banging My Head on the Wall

Sorry I haven’t been around much in the past couple of days but I’ve been slamming my head into a pole for a bit now.  I just finished a project that I’ve been working on for a bit, made it perfect and then realized that all the data that I needed for that project… doesn’t work.  I have it at the ready, but there’s so many changes from the last system that, in all honesty, it’s easier to manually input all the data that I’ve got than it is to come up with a solution that will modify all of the existing data into something useable.

And that’s frustrating.  I just can’t figure out a good way to get from Point A to Point B that isn’t more labor intensive and difficult than just scrapping it all and beginning again.

So if anyone wonders, that’s what I’ve been doing, 8+ hours a day, for the last couple of days and probably for the next week.  It doesn’t leave a lot of time for posting pithy commentary but I will try to jump in as often as I can.

Thanks for being understanding.


I Hate Buying Cars

Last week, my car took a dump.  I’d been having problems with it for a couple of months, had replaced the water pump, the timing chain, the radiator and several other parts and it still didn’t run right.  The “Coolant” light kept coming on randomly, even though the coolant level never changed.  My mechanic, who I dearly love, checked it and couldn’t figure out what the problem was, it was intermittent and could have been a faulty sensor, but so long as there wasn’t a physical problem, we decided to watch it and see.

So I was doing some driving at work and the engine started making some noises.  I pulled it into a parking lot near work and it wouldn’t start again.  I checked the radiator and it was bone dry, even though neither the temperature sensor or the coolant sensor showed anything wrong.  In fact, it showed that the engine was in the perfect temperature range.  My mechanic, once I towed it down there, said the engine was dead and it simply wasn’t worth it to replace it.  Pick-a-Part can have it for $350.

See, it was an old car that I only used to drive back and forth to work.  It does 10 miles a day.  That’s it.  We bought a brand new car less than a year ago that gets used for everything else.  The funny thing is, in the 11 months we’ve had it, it’s only done 5700 miles.  We just don’t do a lot of driving.  Therefore, instead of buying a new car to do that 10 miles a day, I figured I’d just get a late model used car.  After all, we’re thinking about buying a new house later this year, having $800 in car payments would generally suck.  Luckily, I’m taking a vacation this week already so I’ve got plenty of time.

And so… off to the local car dealers.  I really love the Chevy Cruze that we have, it’s the highest-end model with all the extras and to be honest, I’m spoiled.  Automatic everything.  I absolutely want some of those features, especially since the old car I had had none of them.  So I did my research and decided on a couple of models that I could get.  I also knew I wanted only certified used cars, I’ve had far too many lemons in my life.  That’s where the problems started.

When did used-car dealers stop carrying used cars?  Seriously, every lot we went to, they had 10-15 cars period.  It took us mere minutes to walk from one end of the lot to the other, find they had nothing, all the while fighting off the vultures.  I hate car salesmen with a passion, they’re just obnoxious and won’t leave you alone, even when told to.  Sorry, if you’re going to hover, I won’t be buying from you and I’ve told them as much.  If I want your help, I know where you are.  Until then, go the fuck away.

When the local dealerships came up empty, I hopped online and did some searches.  There are quite a few cars supposedly available, although the majority are low-end models that I don’t want.  However, this online stuff now caused even more headaches.  Apparently, car dealers are stuck in the stone ages.  Why?  Because I’d call a dealer out of the area and ask if they had a particular car on their web site available and none of them had any clue.  Seriously guys, you’re in the used car department, you have 15 cars on your lot and you have no idea what any of them are?  These guys always have to go look and call you back an hour later.  Where are your cars?  Las Vegas?  Why don’t any of them have computerized inventories?  Nobody  can look anything up, they have to walk out and look at the sticker on the side of the car!  This isn’t the dark ages!

And when they did that, they can’t be honest about it.  We drove about 50 miles to see what seemed like the perfect car online, only to find that they entirely misrepresented the car.  It’s supposed to have blutooth connectivity, we get there, we test drive it, then I’m poking through the computer and it has none.  It’s listed as a feature on the side of the car, but it isn’t actually on the car.  Too bad but that’s a deal breaker, I want that, and even if I could live without it, I won’t go to a dealer I can’t trust and they’ve proven I can’t trust them.  So… 50 miles back home.

This is 4 days of looking now and I’m frustrated.  I may have found the perfect car online last night, I e-mailed them to see if it’s still available and if so, I’ll go get it.  Otherwise, I’m seriously about to throw in the towel and just buy a new car.  It’s a waste, it’s like buying expensive running shoes to walk to the mailbox, but my time is worth more than this.

One way or another, I’m going to have a car today.  I’m tired of this.  It shouldn’t be this hard or this frustrating and you shouldn’t have to deal with complete asshats to get something you want.

Update:  that “perfect car” I found… well, it was a former rental with Hertz and I was supposed to pick it up about 100 miles from my house.  It was the only one available anywhere and, of course, they don’t transfer cars.  So I make the appointment, have a confirmation and they’re supposed to call me before I go to get it.  They don’t.  So I call them, about an hour before I’m supposed to leave the house.  Oh, not only can I not go get it, it’s been damaged and no longer available.  When were they going to let me know?  Who knows?  Bunch of fucking assholes.  I complained, they were supposed to get back to me within 24 hours.  This is 5 days later, still nothing.

Luckily, I did find a fantastic car, much closer to home, and am loving driving it.