May 19th, 2013

Castle GIF

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming, an inch at a time.

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Prior to this week I'd been hearing doomy-sounding rumblings of predictions about Castle's finale, which I was trying to ignore as the delusions of paranoid people who don't watch enough TV to realize that Castle-the-show's romance arc is a rare and special breed, so as soon as it aired I lost my self control and cracked open the TV Line recap.[avast, ye spoilers. I also mention a significant thing from Numb3rs that aired in 2009. just fyi.]Flicked my eyes over it without taking in much detail, waiting for the dreaded bad news at the end...



HEYYYYYY, I AM PRETTY OKAY WITH THIS! Also I am going to assume that this blatant ripoff of the season 5 Numb3rs finale cliffhanger means they are going to open season 6 all shiny and happy and engaged, like there was ever a doubt (possibly after spending 95% of the first episode making you doubt the end result).

I mean, Castle is basically Numb3rs' full sibling. Married showrunners who interact a lot with fans, an OTP fated to be, actors who love their characters with a passion, a crime drama exploding with cute personal moments everywhere and a strong focus on family. The Numb3rs proposal was also presented at a time where you thought she might not say yes due to extenuating circumstances. In conclusion, I expect to be proven right. There is so much story to tell, and Numb3rs got cut off long before they finished. Backtracking here would only waste time and not add anything relevant.

I may have mentioned to you that I tend to type up my random thoughts each day in a Notepad file or two. What you may not realize is how many of these I create, especially since after I close one, I tend to just open a new one, thinking it'll be temporary, until there's something I need to save in THAT and it's faster to scribble a random new file name than to open my document library and copy/paste into an existing file. Let me show you what kind of digital pack rat's nest I am hoarding - just a taste of it, just documents that were edited sometime in the past 4 and a half months:

The reason so many of them have angry names is because I have anger issues. And also because I usually start my document for the day copying info I need for shopper contacts for work, and usually they're doing something irritating, either by being dumb or being stubborn, and usually the reason I end up saving that document the first time is notes for future coaching that I don't want to write at the current moment.

My goal this year is to weed through my endless number of .txt files and try to purge or at least condense some of them. Part of that goal is that I would like to just throw them out in "Grab Bag Livejournal" posts, where I'll have like 20 short topics. It wouldn't be any more organized, I suppose, but it would FEEL that way. Most of the content is stuff I planned to post here for discussion anyway, but then it got outdated before I had a post that had room for random comments, so I gave up. At this point, instead of merely "late," it can quality as "charmingly retro. Here's one to get us started:

1. Working Families Flexibility Act: the rationale behind this?

[I can understand the reason for most bills, whether I agree or not. I cannot understand this one.](please explain the actual Republican rationale, and not 'BECAUSE EMPLOYERS THINK IT WOULD BE HILARIOUS TO SEE POOR PEOPLE STARVE.'  I assume it's somehow a cost-cutting measure but I can't see how they're trying to sell it as simultaneously beneficial to workers. Are there any theoretical advantages to comp time vs. overtime pay?)

Because frankly this just seems like a bizarrely terrible idea to even be brought up; how did it ever pass anywhere? Like, this is a summary I found, and it's not neutral but it sounds as plain as a news article instead of carrying the usual overtone of liberal hysteria. My comments in italics:

What this bill really means is more work and less pay for workers, not flexibility:
-Workers will not get paid for hours that exceed 40 hours per week. That pay will instead go into an employer-controlled pot to be paid later.

-An employer can refuse to allow a worker to take time off to deal with a family member or attend a parent-teacher conference. This is not real flexibility for workers.
(frankly that's a fair refusal on the employer's part, since you agree to work certain hours, but NOT when your time off is being offered as the incentive to delayed wage payment)

-Employers could schedule excessive overtime hours and only offer overtime work to workers who agree to take comp time instead of overtime wages.
(right? Like that seems like the very most obvious thing that would happen here)

-Since unused comp time will not be paid to workers until the end of the year, this amounts to an interest-free loan out of workers’ pockets to the employer.
(seriously. There is no clear benefit to hoarding the salary, but a clear way to hurt the worker having less in their pocket each month. And based on my experience as a student worker, when you get paid in a lump sum, aren't you taxed at a higher rate? A couple of times I would forget to turn my time card in on time, and no taxes were taken out when I made like $300 a month, but with 2 months' worth in one paycheck it bit into it.)

2. (bonus) For no reason at all, I'm having a day where I feel very emotional about Taylor Swift's "Long Live." I think it's my all-time favorite of hers, actually. (it maybe doesn't hurt how proud I am of the way I used its lyrics for two of my season 3 Glee review post titles/cut texts)