Friday, March 09, 2018

Amazon Merch, Maybe

Well I signed up for my Amazon Merch account, and everything seemed to be going great.  I had to get an online savings account, because apparently Amazon will take PayPal as a form of payment (well only my debit card), but they will not pay out to a PayPal account.  So after about a week of faffing around with the bank, I finally got the account set up.

Now my account is all set up with Amazon, not with PayPal yet, as the deposits haven't hit the bank account so I can make the deposits to PayPal, or some such nonsense.  This is all such BS, so much faffing around when I know there is no such thing as security, and the rest is all red tape crap for the government.  Anyway, the accounts are set up and I thought I was on my way.  Thought I would have a T-shirt to present to my readers, just a basic T-shirt with blog title on it, something to get the ball rolling.

Nope, not yet, now Amazon is holding my T-shirt hostage for some unknown reason.  More delays, more faffing around.  I really do not get it.  They get most of the money for the sale.  Hell I only get less than a dollar for each T-shirt sold, so why are they holding the whole thing up.

So yea, here was the plan, I was going to post the shirt and a coffee cup here, let people buy them and help out the blog and get something in return.  I was going to pull some of the good stuff out of the blog and put that up, and see what would come of it.  It seemed to me to be the best way to do things.  This way the people who help support the blog get something in return, and I get a small amount of money (really small) for putting stuff on a shirt for the readers.

Already a week into this little foray and I have just about had enough.  I am going to give Amazon another day to release my T-shirt, and if they do not, well I am done with that too.  I know it sounds like I am giving up too easily, but really why all the BS over something so simple.  Whatever, I will report back tomorrow one way or the other.


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Swell Thing and New Blog colors

Awesome, I just kind of, sort of made a few minor changes to my blog.  Mostly I changed a few of the sidebar things (took out the redundancy), and changed the colors of the backgrounds and text so it suits me a little more.  It is not perfect yet, I still do not like the colors quite, and now my links are all broken.  I do not know how changing the colors broke all the links, but it did, swell.

So for the next few days I am going through every single blog post and changing the links so that they all work properly again.  I may toy with the colors some more to get it closer to my desired design, but for the most part I am done there.

I do not foresee the link fixing as being all that enjoyable, or for that matter useful, but there is this thing about me, that I want the links to work, even if they will never be used by anyone.

One bonus to this is that now I can go through all my post and insert Amazon affiliate links where appropriate, so maybe that will at least help me some.  Ah, who am I kidding, I have had Amazon affiliate links in my post for years and I have earned nothing from them.  Still it is worth a try.  I will only be using text links though now, so there will not be any graphic links, unless it is necessary to the post.

I know, no one cares, and this is more a post for my own edification, but there it is.


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Legalize it All

At some point you were all expecting this post, so here it is.

I have been, and remain an advocate for the decriminalization and outright abatement of all laws pertaining to the use of drugs.  That is to say, I have some personal limits, I feel no need to disclose such here, as my use is my own issue, past and present.  However, that said, my stance has not changed on the use of all substances, considered to be illegal.  This really stems to a deeper level of my stance on the legislation of morality, but that is a ball I am not going to unravel at the moment, too much.

In this "great" country of ours, currently there is this wave of debate as to the legality of cannabis use.  I have read extensive articles, treatises, and scholarly documents on both sides of this debate, and for me there is usually too much passion in either side.  This leads me to take either with a very large dose of skepticism.

First let me state right from the beginning that I advocate for all substances, and do not think that any one of them are better or worse, but that like any substance considered dangerous it is in the user, not the substance.  To much of anything that is toxic can cause issues, to little and it has no effect, so it is the dosage that is important.  Morphine was a boon to medicine, just ask those poor bastards that had to have their limbs cut off before such opiates were used to numb the pain.  It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, like penicillin, too much of a good thing, can be as bad as too little of nothing.  Now some Buddhist is saying, oh no, the body can handle anything if one just gets into the right place.  That would be good, if we could somehow control our baser reactions, and somehow stop running into an open field and seeing if we can eliminate each other for whatever cracked reason some greedy bastard has decided was appropriate.

I say fuck that, as long as we are human, we will be stupid, and we might as well stop trying to protect the ignorant from themselves.  I have heard the arguments about other people that get hurt, how the drunk driver kills some innocent victim, and so on and so forth.  It goes without saying that I am of the mind that most people are too dam dumb to drive a car, and that we need smarter cars because people keep getting dumber with every wave of idiots that get licenses.

Here's my answer, legalize everything, tax the shit out of it, and then funnel the money into research and education, useful education (if that is possible, but that is another story), and at least that way maybe, just maybe, the problems will solve themselves, or at least we will have found a different way to decrease the surplus population that does not involve sending a bunch of kids out to fight for some pig sluts profit.


Monday, March 05, 2018

7 Principles of Highly Effective Conspirators

7 Principles of Highly Effective Conspirators

  1. Plan everything
  2. Commit plan to memory
  3. Destroy all evidence of plan or planning
  4. Speak to no one of plan, not even closest allies
  5. Forget plan completely
  6. Initiate plan accordingly
  7. Claim failure was due to “them” that conspired against you