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Books Read in 2019 # 1-2 SPIDERMAN!!!!!! And other people, because Peter Parker is boring. [Jan. 16th, 2019|08:07 pm]
Tim Lieder
1. Deck the Malls! by Mackenzie Cadenhead & Sean Ryan - The full title of this one is An Early Chapter Book: Marvel Superhero Adventures, Deck The Malls and the cover has Venom menacing Spiderman while Spider Gwen swings around in the background. I made this one into my first review for my youtube channel and even though it's public, I'm not linking to it. Find it on your own (the name of the channel is Cannibal Teddy - and I might actually try making some book trailers - because it's 2007 and that's a thing).

Go on look at the video -

Subscribe to my crap - not because I'm doing anything particularly earth shattering (unless you want multiple views of the same Washington Heights apartment and sidewalks) but because when I load up those videos I get Ted Talks after them, and I really don't want that to be the youtube algorithm for my videos.

And I promise that if I keep doing them, I will be posting stuff that you actually want to see by at least August. I bought a microphone and camera (cheapest I could find - man, those youtube instructional videos really don't understand the meaning of "most affordable" when they are recommending $500 equipment) and downloaded Movie Maker.

So yeah, if you find my review of the book on youtube, expect a lot of pauses and mumbling. Just really need to work on the editing of that thing - and the actual speaking. Also maybe I should have written down my thoughts first. It really sucks.

And I titled one youtube clip "Not Masturbating" mostly because I tried shaking the phone. That has gotten the most views.

Anyhow, this book takes place in an alternate universe where Gwen Stacy became Spider Gwen and Peter Parker became Spiderman and they are both 10 or 11 years old. Or maybe 12. And they are friends - who haven't killed each other. This is really part that I find compelling because in the Marvel universe - whichever one you are in - either Gwen kills Peter or Peter fails to stop Green Goblin from killing Gwen.

Mostly I find this fascinating in the fact that I vaguely remember reading books like this one when I was a kid. Something about Aquaman and his family - only to later learn that the son was dead. I think there was another one that re-told Captain America and Falcon beating up on Zemo who was Red Skull's son. Or anther son of Red Skull. Either way, that one was pretty morose.

So they have been making comic book stories for kids for years and for comic books that are considered juvenile, it's interesting to know that many of the parts of comic books that teenagers can handle are kept out of the kid versions (of course, comic books are not for children and fuck Bill Maher - and if you ever find the video, this is where I start stumbling over my words the most because I realized that I didn't actually have a decision concerning how I wanted to approach that issue and so it flubbed into a "hey comic books but for kids - that's kind of weird, right?")

So the plot is pretty standard. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy are in the mall. Venom causes problems. Gwen Stacy gets in with her band and plays the drum and that's it for Venom. The differences from canon are what make it interesting. Not only are Peter and Gwen younger and both alive but Peter is a materialistic little cretin who makes his Aunt May wait in line for a Stark company playstation. The police officers are called Officer Ditko and Officer Stanley. This is how these things go.

It's cute.

2. Spiderman/Deadpool: Serious Business by Joshua Corin and Will Robsin - I loved the art in this one. I like Deadpool as a character. Making Spiderman the straight man to Deadpool's antics was great fun and yet, I'm holding the book in front of me and there's not much I can remember without referring to the actual text of the book. Years from now when I'm reading this review, I will wonder if I ever did read anything in the Spiderman/Deadpool genre.

The artwork is amazing. I'm going to say that again. The artwork is amazing. The stories are low stakes and not compelling. In the first story, they add Slapstick because if Deadpool is hilarious, Deadpool and Mayhem are even more funny. Only the ultimate joke of the story and the reason why everyone is running around is because a widow is seeking information about her husband who faked his death. That's really the whole thing. The not-dead husband is a scary mobster but he is so afraid of his wife that he fakes his death to get away from her.

That story ends with Deadpool shooting Slapstick and chopping off his head. Spiderman and Deadpool do a bit where Spiderman is the stern father figure and Deadpool is a misbehaving brat and then the next story is Madripoor where Wolverine shows up but he's a robot because this was written when Wolverine was still dead and then it's up to Arcade.

I just read a Gwenpool with Arcade and Deadpool was also in that one. The over-exposure to Arcade has made me realize why this character never clicked for me. He should have been great. He should have been one of the best but there are no stakes. He always puts the heroes in the murder maze and they always escape. He doesn't seem to be killing civilians, just failing to kill superheroes. Once you stick the X-Men or Spiderman in the Arcade murder maze, you know that nothing is going to change.

Granted, that's all villains. Rarely do the villains actually get to kill the main characters or their friends. Only Arcade is more obvious about it because he always brings up the possibility that he's going to kill someone. That's his entire thing is to murder people in a whacky maze.

Only instead of the Joker, he's a bargain basement version of the Riddler and even his tricks don't work.

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Maybe Book Tube is not for me [Jan. 11th, 2019|11:14 am]
Tim Lieder
I'm looking at those "Book Tube" videos and they are all so damn chipper. And seriously, there is not a chance in hell that I'm going to review most of the books that they are reviewing. Hate to be that guy but I know a lot of these people. I remember the contempt I felt for a guy live tweeting the Academy Awards at his apartment and saying that he would not say anything mean about the boring best song because he wanted to get into this industry and shit talking about his contemporaries is a bad idea. They weren't his contemporaries really but he was still worried (so if you want to know why R. Kelly and the rest could get away with it, know that the entertainment industry is even more stuck on the "don't say anything about anyone" track than the most obnoxious Chofetz Chaim fan.

Anyhow, I can't really talk about many new books because I know too many writers. I am a writer. And there are two things that bother me -
1. Horrible people who write great books (less problematic unless they are alive - currently I'm loving Burr by Gore Vidal - it's so good. He's so shitty).

2. Really sweet people who write books that I hate.

Note the qualification on that last one. Jay Lake helped me out a great deal when I was starting out Dybbuk Press and he didn't have to answer any of my questions. I hated his books. I thought he was a great guy but I'm not going to be going on some Book Tube either lying about his books or saying how much I hate them.

That feels safe because he's not alive and won't get his feelings hurt, but I still feel bad about it.

Also I don't really want to get into the whole extra stuff that goes on - the book hauls, the book shelves, the fan gushing over modern authors who follow the tubes, the advice on how to make a book tube (ok I watched those).

Of course, this is all academic as I don't have the time, equipment or skills to make videos like that yet. So right now I'm like I was back in my 20s, an unpublished author sending shit out to markets that were rejecting it fast while feeling a little weird talking shit about books that I hated because damnit, at least Piers Anthony could finish a fucking book.

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testing this thing [Jan. 11th, 2019|03:20 am]
Tim Lieder
One of the problems of having a Wordpress and a patreon blog is that i'm going to have to cross post everything manually. Of course, Patreon is really selling the blogs and the secret blogs. But I really need to put it all together.

Of course, another thing I could do would be a channel where I read old blog posts and point out some really shitty attitudes based on misogyny, racism, transphobia, etc.

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They call it Book Tube [Jan. 11th, 2019|03:08 am]
Tim Lieder
What am I not doing? My actual job. The thing that I get hired for. I am not helping a client with a paper by either editing or writing it. Instead I just discovered that I can use my phone for videos and upload them on youtube. So this past week, you can go to the Cannibal Teddy channel on youtube and find dozens of minute long videos of the sidewalk as I walk along.

But I don't think that's going to make me money. Actually very little is going to make me money but holy shit, I am sick of term papers. I need more money.

Anyhow, I don't like my voice. So what the hell am I doing thinking of actually trying to make a youtube channel that will eventually make money (right now I cannot guarantee that the 14 views on the one video were not just me). And so I have two options (in my head, until something better comes along)

1. Reading Public Domain Poetry as the images show people getting killed
2. Book Reviews - I mean it's 2019 and I'm going to review every book I read this year anyhow. Might as well review the books that I read.

And review the books that I don't read. But I tried to do that already and I couldn't say much about the books that I couldn't finish beyond being bored with them. I mean there was the odd book that shit out an infodump in the first paragraph but mostly, I was just bored with these books. The characters were nothing and the story wasn't going anywhere.

That would get repetitive.

One thing about the book review channels is that a lot of them involve women (according to one of these reviewers the ratio is 40 women to every 1 man on these things) talking about how they do their videos. A lot of stuff about tags and sponsorship will be noted.

Apparently there's also a community.

Of course, if I want to review books it would not be current books. I don't get ARCs anymore. I have some ARCs from Amazon Vine but those are old.

No clue if that would work out.

Also timlieder.com - finally got my own damn website.

patreon.com/timlieder - just testing
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Again fair warning - Manal Elkhoshkhany is a shit tutor [Jan. 6th, 2019|10:08 pm]
Tim Lieder
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Because of Manal Elkhoshkhany I had to write to the client's teachers and tell them that the client was cheating. Manal Elkhoshkhany didn't give a fuck. Manal Elkhoshkhany whined and bitched and complained about being in bad health. Now there's a chance that Manal Elkhoshkhany had meningitis and is currently dying of a brain fever which would excuse the radio silence from Manal Elkhoshkhany but I doubt it. Really Manal Elkhoshkhany is a shit tutor who doesn't help the clients and gets the clients fucked over because that's what Manal Elkhoshkhany

Also don't work for Manal Elkhoshkhany because will cheat you out of the money that Manal Elkhoshkhany owes you. Manal Elkhoshkhany is a shitty businessman and the fact that Manal Elkhoshkhany tutors business is rather laughable. Of course, Manal Elkhoshkhany fucked over Ahmed ELkady who goes to an online bsueinss school but then again Ahmed's main ambition is to clean up hotel guest vomit so maybe Manal Elkhoshkhany did him a favor by fucking him over so much.

Granted, Manal Elkhoshkhany should have just paid me and let it go away, but Manal Elkhoshkhany decided to be a fucking asshole about it.

And thus I had to write to l.stokoe@herts.ac.uk
d.badeen@herts.ac.uk in order to let them know that l.stokoe@herts.ac.uk
d.badeen@herts.ac.uk don't have to grade the paper of Ahmad Elkady because Manal Elkhoshkhany couldn't be bothered to take care of the client.
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Well it has finally come to this [Dec. 30th, 2018|06:13 pm]
Tim Lieder
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I've had a few clients not pay me. Just disappear. I know of two clients who still owe me money. Lachelle Lee who was my email client who wanted to go to grad school (so her dad would continue to pay money) and had me write her personal statements and then had another group tell her that the things I was writing in her personal statements were shit and that I was awful. She was a fun client until then. Hell, I went all the way to the UES to write her emails which were along the lines of "thanks for coming to my party. too bad I didn't get laid. LOL" - no really. I thought I was writing business letters for her (her English is also fine) and yet I was telling creepy roommates of boyfriends never to talk to her again, getting involved in Yoga studio fights, sending emails to current girlfriends of manipulative ex-boyfriends and thanking doctors for telking her out of getting the tattoo removed from her butt (and from there I learned that you shouldn't use white ink for tattoos no matter how drunk you are).

And then there's Mark who had me edit an asthma book. I still have faith that Mark will get me the $300 he owes me.

When I post a client's paper, I usually get paid. Only this time I got hired through a third party and I made the mistake of not talking to the client directly. I got the paper in on time but the client wanted me to get it in an hour or two early (the assignment said 11pm - and that was from Hertfordshire time which means that i finished that assignment by 7:30pm so that damn client had even more time). The third party kept fucking things up.

Anyhow here's the email I sent
Dear Lynn, Tracy and Dennis,

Attached is a paper that I wrote for one of your students - Ahmed Elkady for the class
Coursework 2 - Portfolio Template – Industry Practice 6BUS1146/1149

I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that Ahmed is hiring outside sources to write his papers. This means some annoying paperwork when it comes to what you want to do about him. Also it means that there is a failure in the education system that makes students think that they can just hire anyone. I know the pain. I live with the guilt from taking these jobs (but sadly not many people are buying Dybbuk Press books these days).

The good news is that you have one fewer paper to grade for this class. Just look over the attached paper and compare it to the paper that he turned in and you can see that it has been plagiarized.

For documentation of this academic fraud, I have uploaded the page and the story here - https://marlowe1.livejournal.com/2300928.html
The email chain here - On working through third party people

On working through third party people
This is the email chain that led to me wasting an entire day writing a paper for Ahmed Elkady who goes to Hertfo...

I apologize for the language. I was trying to get the client (or the third party that hired me) to pay me. So really, they don't belong in business school anyhow. If you are going to do something sketchy and hire someone to do something that you were supposed to do, I would think that it would be a no brainer to pay that person especially when you sent them the actual assignment with the name of the people who are grading it.

But well, cheaters are never known for their brains. I get a few clients who are just overwhelmed, but quite a few are just idiots. I really feel sympathy for the fact that you have to teach these people.
So hoppefully Manal wasn't lying about Ahmed being the son of a friend because this makes life so much more fun.

And now i have a lot of blog posts to let people know that it's a bad idea to fuck with me.

Still going into 2019 broker than I've ever been. Maybe my acting check will come in.
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Rakhi Vasavada is another name for Manal? Weird. [Dec. 30th, 2018|05:03 pm]
Tim Lieder
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So how does Manal deal with being a lying prick? More bitching and moaning. He owes me $200 because he guaranteed that. ANd because he doesn't communicate well with the client and decided to not let the client know that the Ahmed Elkady is truly and beautifully fucked if I am not paid, then he is a shitty tutor that no one should hire.

Manal Elkhoshkhany
Tim Lieder

Dec 30 at 3:43 PM

I believe I was clear telling you not to email me again, and why did you have to mention D---’s name at all in your post? D--- has nothing to do with this, I asked her if she knows someone who writes papers and she referred you so please do not drag her into this. You are twisting everything so that you look like a victim, well, you are not. You were LATE and I have assured you of the payment “If all is well”, that would mean “good paper delivered ON TIME”.

I do not want to hear back from you again. Is that clear? You made a mistake and you were late, now it is between you and the client, so stop emailing me. And remember I put you in contact with the client so that you communicate faster (and that was before the issue of payment came along). I really cannot believe it that you are trying to make yourself look innocent when it was all your fault. You first promised to deliver on Wednesday night, then I told you Thursday night was ok, but you delivered on Friday at 10:00 P.M. Egypt’s time which is the deadline and now you keep claiming that you were cheated out of your money. Not a professional attitude at all but anyway, I do not care at all about your threats. Yes, it is your fault because you were late, and again, if you had delivered on Thursday night as promised, I would have made sure you got paid even if I had to pay you myself, but you were late so it is now between you and the client.

Manal Elkhoshkhany
I delievered a good paper on time. Manal is just lying in order to make himself feel better.
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On working through third party people [Dec. 30th, 2018|04:22 pm]
Tim Lieder
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This is the email chain that led to me wasting an entire day writing a paper for Ahmed Elkady who goes to Hertfordshire for some business administration. You can judge for yourself if I am entitled to feel just a bit miffed at this guy who also claims to be a friend of a friend (who claims to not really know him that well). He said 3pm. The paper said 4pm.
Hi Tim,

This is Manal Elkhoshkhany, and I am referred to you by D----- A. The son of a friend of mine had requested my help, but I do not write papers and actually do not have the time to even explore it given that he has a tight deadline (it is due on Friday, December 21st 10:00 P.M. Egypt’s time which is 3:00 P.M. EST

Would you please check if you can help with that? If, yes, please give me a quote and tell me if paypal would be ok. I am attaching 2 documents I have received from him; the one titled “Port 23” is his attempt and the one titled “CW22” includes the requirements. You can just use any situation and write about it.

Please try to get back to me as soon as you can

Thanks a million.

P.S. If this does not work out, do not worry, but I am glad I got your contact as many students require help with papers and I turn them down (I tutor Finance and Accounting myself), so now at least I know I can send those your way as D---- speaks so highly of you.

Manal Elkhoshkhany

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2019 Books to Read - Books being read [Dec. 30th, 2018|01:45 am]
Tim Lieder
For some reason I think I can keep this blog going long after everyone has gravitated to Facebook and hell, there even seems to be a revival with Facebook being shitty and Tumblr deciding that Sesta/Fosta means that no porn is allowed. Still don't fully explore Dreamwidth, but I think I might keep going. Hell, I want to whine about New Year's Eve - even as I am thinking that staying in would be best. But then my neighbors might have a party. And they will all be too young to hang out with and so I'm just going to FOMO regardless of whether I am staying in or going next door.

So the books I'm reading going into 2019 are

1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - Halfway through this thing and I'm not quite sure what is going on, but I quite love the journey. It's either magical realism or unreliable third person perspective. There's a farm with two brothers and their Polish friend who used to live there but is now kidnapped. None of it could be happening or everything is happening.

2. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer - This was starts out a little slow, but it really gets going and the mysteries are piling on mysteries. Beautiful prose and intriguing characters as well as a political scene that is building up.

3. Burr by Gore Vidal - This one surprised me by how good it is. I swear I don't love everything I read (actually I do at least like every book I finish reading - I have way too many books to waste my time and books that bore me). I rather wish that I didn't have to keep up that negotiation between liking the artist and enjoying his work. Reading this book and loving it is reminding me of Alice Walker, only I loved The Color Purple and Temple of My Familiar before Alice Walker decided to go full Nazi. With Gore Vidal, I read his book on presidents (they all suck) and his WWII book where he claims that FDR engineered Pearl Harbor. I also read his conspiracy theories and his dismissal of the rape allegations against Roman Polanski.

Yet this book is amazing. It's an exploration of Aaron Burr and his life through the eyes of a uptight lawyer who does not necessarily approve. Aaron Burr is wonderfully rendered and the prose is great.

4. The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon - Sketches of the Japanese court, full of poetry, observations and gossip. In one chapter, she's talking about who is leaving each other's apartments. In another chapter she is talking about love but then another one she is talking about what a drag it is for a non-lover to take up your time. I'm even quite enamored with her description of foliage.

5. The Life of Samuel Johnson by Boswell - I grabbed a bunch of the GREAT BOOKS from a free book shelf. This was one of them. I'm annoyed that it has two columns on every page and small writing. Boswell wrote a pretty good biography of a man I never read, but you know, two columns and small writing. This one might take awhile. Still it's pretty cool to check out the 18th century.

So there you go, 18th century England, Revolutionary America (up until 1830s), 10th century Japan and two contemporary novels.

These are books that I will not write about in 2019. I'm also reading a lot of graphic novels - mostly Adventure Time.
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The student is still not paying so here you go - a very long blog post [Dec. 28th, 2018|11:45 am]
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The client's name is Ahmed Elkady. The client's name is Ahmed Elkady. The client's name is Ahmed Elkady.

Ahmed Elkady is not paying me. Ahmed Elkady hired me (through Manal) to write up a paper. Even though the paper was for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater - Coursework 2 - Portfolio Template – Industry Practice 6BUS1146/1149 - Ahmed Elkady cannot write his own term papers.

Ahmed Elkady who goes to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater - https://uww.studioabroad.com/ - decided that because he wasn't happy with my work coming in later than he wanted (but still on time to turn it in) would just shut me out and not pay me. Ahmed Elkady should not be in school, nor should Ahmed Elkady ever work in any industry that depends on this. Everything written in his portfolio is written by me. If Ahmed Elkady moves up beyond bell boy in the hotel industry, he will fuck everything up.

Edit - actually it looks like it's the university of Hertfordshire - https://uww.studioabroad.com/_customtags/ct_FileRetrieve.cfm?File_ID=010E747570743F06027700740204051C0D09030F1A7B7074721C740101777476727474007A7402017171

So my bad. There might still be the possibility that the paper was late, but I am giving the guy a discount and rarely do these places not allow late papers.

When I had questions about the assignment, I got this -
Hussam Tubanzada

Dec 21 at 1:28 PM

Hi Tim
What do you want to know ,

Sent from my iPhone
And that's all I got out of him. I asked my questions. I then asked Manal who was getting very cranky at this time (but then assured me that I was going to get paid. I'm not terribly impressed with Manal)

But before I go on to talk about Manal (and then post the assignment), let me against say that Ahmed Elkady is cheating. Ahmed Elkady of the UWW is a dirtbag who doesn't pay his writers.

Take note - Lynne Stokoe, Tracy Turner and Dennis Badeen - who are grading the papers of Ahmed Elkady of the UWW who are in charge of grading the assignment for 6BUS1149-0901 which is called Industry Practice in Business - Ahmed Elkady is not going to give you an original paper. I would expel him if I were you.

But also I'm not happy with Manal because he volunteered to be the go-between up until it was time to get paid. I could have had this conversation with Ahmed Elkady and the people in charge instead of having to deal with Manal who is pretty cool with getting screwed over by clients.

Ok. Here's why Tim should have learned his lesson a few years ago about going through an intermediary. This is my last email from Manal who contacted me because of a former client, said that he would take care of the client as I just did the work. And then conveyed all of the client's issues to me and did not pay me as he assured me that he would.

I post this as a warning to other term paper writers to not deal with Manal because he's not reliable as either an agent or someone that can get money from the work that he contracts you to do.
Hi Tim,

I do not have except that email address, but I am sure they got all your emails and I advised a common friend today of what happened and I asked her to tell them that if he has used the paper, he would fail as the instructor would probably do a Plagiarism Check, and I have also asked her to tell them to contact you and clear this mess.

I truly understand your anger because it happens to me all the time (that people get their assignments completed and they do not pay me), but they have a point when they say the assignment was late. I hope you get into an agreement with them.

Thank you

Manal Elkhoshkhany

I actually don't know if he's a decent tutor or not, but if you want a term paper written don't go to him.

I told the student what I would do. My name is Tim Lieder. I am a writer. I write a lot of stuff. SOmetimes I write term papers for lazy college students who do not write their own papers.

I have the student's name, the name of the college and the name of the people who are grading the paper. If I do not receive payment by tomorrow, I will post all of that.

I really hope that they are reading this because otherwise, they are going to get kicked out of the school over being too cheap to pay $200.

Portfolio of Evidence
Your portfolio should contain examples and evidence from the workplace for each of the nine key skills.


As I grow and learn about myself, I realize that one of the things I need to work on is my belief that I need to do everything on my own. In the hotel where I work, I am part of a team and I am happy to help out my teammates when they are having difficulties. I also take great pride in being able to fix mistakes like when a guest is booked for the wrong room. I do not judge my fellow workers too harshly because mistakes happen, but when I make a mistake I can fall into a self-defeating pattern where I only think about the mistake and then make other mistakes. I try too hard to be the superhero. I’m learning. One time a convention was using the hotel and the lobby was full of guests. After a half hour of non-stop booking, I reached out to other departments to help with reception. I also called other departments to find people who could help the guests to their rooms. I realized then that not only is asking for help not a failure but it also benefits everyone.

Please attach your evidence in this space

Problem solving and numeracy
Problem solving is essential to the hotel receptionist. Whether guests need towels or there’s an emergency on the third floor, the hotel is full of problems that need to be solved. Usually problem solving involves soft skills combined with numeracy. In one case, a guest reserved two rooms and made the specific request to put the rooms next to each other. The individual who had taken the reservation booked two rooms next to each other, but one of them was already booked due to a misreading of dates. The guests were disappointed and I needed to think on my feet. I looked through the rooms, found a vacant suite on the next floor which was more expensive, but could be offered at a discounted rate with a complementary dinner. Numeracy came in later as adequate follow-up required numeracy as I needed to make certain that the guests received the price they initially wanted to pay for two rooms. This meant not charging for the dinner and charging the suite at the regular room rate. In the end the guests were more than satisfied with their stay.

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There's a University of Wisconsin White Water [Dec. 27th, 2018|07:05 pm]
Tim Lieder
Or whitewater. I guess they are doing online classes. Which is strange because that means that not only did I turn in the paper at 2:30pm which would give me an hour and a half by the 11pm due date via Egyptian time, but it would also mean that I had way more hours.


Unless the client just needs that paper for a job application which is weird.

Anyhow, gathering up the information. HOpefully I won't have to do it. I really need that $200 to pay my dental insurance and cable.
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Have to do this again - hopefully the client isn't playing games. [Dec. 27th, 2018|06:42 pm]
Tim Lieder
Ok, stop me if you heard this before (oh wait, you can't). I get hired by a client and for whatever reason the client doesn't like something about the assignment. I turn it in on time. But the client wanted more time to look it over (even though the client really was never going to write as well). So it's been almost a week and I still haven't been paid. Even though I gave the client a discount (I said $300 but I am charging only $200), nothing.

Actually this one has a variation. I didn't get hired by the client. I got hired by a tutor who didn't want to just write a paper, because he's a tutor and he doesn't want people asking him to just write their term papers (which is why I used to advertise my term paper writing services under tutoring because that's where people are searching for people to just write their papers).

The paper is due by 4pm my time. The client says 3pm which is kind of funny. So I finish most of it by 2pm giving everyone an hour to look over what I did. And then I do the rest by 2:30pm. THere's some freaking out over saying that I'm going to crank out 1000 words, which I don't usually do but in this case everything is personal and already there. So by 2:30pm, I'm done. I send it to the client (who has emailed me in this time) and send it to the tutor.

The tutor complains that I turned it in too late for the client to do anything but turn it in (which is not true again because the deadline was actually 4pm my time) and then the tutor tells me that I should not worry. He will take care of payment.

I assume that since I gave a $300 quote and a $200 invoice, the tutor would invoice the client the $300 and then give me $200, taking a $100 profit (that's what I would do if I was acting like the go-between for a client and writer). So I wait. I turn off the computer on Friday. I come back on Saturday night. No payment. I figure that there might be a delay because even though these are Egyptian clients, it's still Christmas. I hope for money on Monday and Tuesday. Nothing. I have a couple bills that need to be paid and I'm depending on that Monday.

I send the tutor reminders. I get nothing.

I finally ask if I should contact the client directly.

The tutor writes back and claims that he HAD A COLD (one of those colds that keep people from checking their email apparently) and that I should write to the client directly. He then bitched because the client gave him grief because it was "late" (it wasn't later but it was later than I estimated it would get there. I did not promise anything except to get the paper to the client before the deadline). He sent all their complaints and then he complained because he defended me to the client and then said that he would still send me clients but those clients would all deal with me directly.

Of course, that doesn't help NOW because while he ran interference between me and the clients (he stated that the clients would drive me nuts) throughout the job, he decided that when it came to PAYMENT that then he would get out of the way. That's not professional. If you want to refer me to lazy college students who can't be bothered to write their own papers, either be the go between ALL THE WAY or just get out of the way at once.

Anyhow, the tutor did not convey that the money is owed right away. Or the tutor did convey this and did not bother to get the money. Or the tutor FORGOT that he said he was going to pay me and decided to wait until the client paid him to pay me.

(THis is a problem of working for those paper mills. The jobs may come in more frequently, but those fuckers always find reasons not to pay you).

Regardless. I turned that paper in on Friday. It's the following Thursday.

So this is the first thing I'm going to post. I also have the name of the client and the name of the tutor. One of those people better put $200 in my account.

Note also that this names the course and the names of the people who are teaching the course, so it should be very easy to contact them so that they know that there's a plagiarized paper in their queue. It will be a late Xmas gift as they don't have to grade the thing and they can even kick this student out.

Module Title: Industry Practice in Business Module Code: 6BUS1149-0901
Assignment Format & Maximum Word count COURSEWORK 2

An INDIVIDUAL portfolio comprising skills evidence, personal reflection and personal development plan.
Weighting: 70%
Coursework Submission: Time: 11pm
Date: Friday 21st December 2018 Method: Online via Canvas Module Assignment portal
Coursework return Date returned to students: 1st February 2019

Module leader Lynne Stokoe/Tracy Turner First marker Lynne Stokoe
Tracy Turner
Dennis Badeen

Internal Moderator Approved ☐
Date: Module Board name BS Strategic Management Group

External Examiner Approved ☐
Module Board date TBA

Assessment Criteria
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding tested in this assignment:
1. Professionalism and ethics in the chosen field of business
2. Health and safety in the workplace
3. Mission, objectives and values of the organisation
Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes tested in this assignment:
5. Demonstrate the use of skills in the workplace using a variety of communication tools
7. Reflect on own learning and skill development and plan appropriate action
Feedback/Marking criteria for this Assignment
Performance will be assessed using HBS Grading Criteria and Mark scheme.
Guidance for improvement will be given in writing on the Assessment Feedback Form or on the StudyNet Feedback Form within 4 weeks of submission.
Assignments submitted up to one week late will receive a maximum numeric grade of:
Levels 4, 5 and 6 (UG) – 40 Level 7 (PG) – 50
Plagiarism offences will receive standard penalties.

Detailed Brief for Individual/Group Assessment

Description of the assignment: This assessment provides an opportunity for critical self-awareness, and the compilation of a reflective account for use in preparing job applications or for job interviews. You will present a critical evaluation of your skills that draws on evidence collected by you, together with a personal reflection on how your skills have developed, and a personal development plan that sets out any further skills development required for your chosen career.

Introduction to the work/Scope/Context: Imagine that you have identified a job that you wish to apply for. The application form requires you to evidence examples of 9 key skills and 3 business skills. You also consider the types of questions you are likely to be asked at an interview such as what future skills do you feel you may need in your career, which are your 3 strongest skills and which 3 skills need the most development, what further training and development would you like to complete in the future.

Any specific instructions: Using the template provided on Canvas (see Module Information Assignment Templates) please provide well written, balanced and self-critical examples of:
a) 9 key skills: self-awareness, problem solving and numeracy, enterprising, team player, commercial awareness, business judgement, communication, technology appreciation and self-management (200 – 300 words per skill)
b) 3 business skills/Learning Outcomes (LOs): applying health and safety at work, demonstrating professionalism and ethics, and knowledge and understanding of missions and objectives for the organisation
c) Personal reflection (2000 words (+/- 10%)
d) Personal development plan (500 words in table format)

Approach/steps to follow:
a) Using the template provided on Canvas construct your skills examples using the STAR model (situation, task, action, result)
b) Provide relevant evidence to match the skill example, i.e. photo of self in uniform/smartly dressed for professionalism and ethics, or image of corporate objectives for mission and objectives for the organisation.
c) In the personal reflection try to focus on your 3 strongest skills and the 3 requiring further development. Identify these by constructing a spider diagram using the guidance provided on the module site. In your reflection highlight how your skill levels have changed and developed during any work experience you have undertaken and your academic study. Research the skills required for your future career. How do your current skill levels match these?
d) Drawing on the analysis you have undertaken in the personal reflection, identify the actions you need to take and draw up your personal development plan (PDP). This plan should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Based). Your PDP should span forward five years.
e) Work to be compressed into one pdf file prior to uploading to Canvas.
f) Submission online via Canvas Assignments before 11pm Friday 21st December 2018.

It is essential that you cover all sections of this assessment to ensure a PASS grade.

Mark scheme:
Presentation and Structure 10
Portfolio of 9 Key Skills and 3 LOs 30
Skills evaluation from level 4 to current 25
Analysis of skills gap 15
Personal Development Planning 20
Total 100

Student Support and Guidance
• For further help, contact your coach or module leader in their drop-in hours or by email.
• Use the Grading Criteria and Mark Scheme to help improve your work.
• Go to CASE workshops, use the CASE website and drop-in hours www.studynet.herts.ac.uk/go/CASE/
• Academic English for Business support is available through daily drop-ins from the CASE office. See the CASE workshop timetable on the CASE main website page for details.
• Make full use of Library search to identify relevant academic material and the ‘Subject Toolkit for Business’ which contains links to other Information Databases and the Information Management contact details. (http://www.studynet1.herts.ac.uk/ptl/common/LIS.nsf/lis/4DAF5390094771C2802575ED004212BF)
• Some tutors allow students to test their work using Turnitin. Guidance on submission to Turnitin via StudyNet can be found by using the following link. http://www.studynet1.herts.ac.uk/ptl/common/asu.nsf/resource+library/TURNITIN+FOR+STUDENTS+2016+USER+GUIDE.pdf/$FILE/TURNITIN+FOR+STUDENTS+2016+USER+GUIDE.pdf
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Rape Culture and the Shitty Balancing Act [Dec. 6th, 2018|08:09 pm]
Tim Lieder
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I posted about Neil DeGrasse Tyson whom I wanted to believe is innocent and may still be innocent of the rape (but definitely not the sexual harassment) and as much as I'm valiantly resisting trying to act like his defense attorney because he has entertained me, I am pretty raw about the whole thing. Not every #metoo is going to be someone I hate (Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose) or someone that I'm pretty indifferent towards (Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. in the last year when he was losing it). There will be people that I genuinely like acting like shitbags. The last one was Bill Cosby and wow, did I ever want that one to be false. Hell, I heard about the rape trial like everyone else. And ignored it when it was dismissed (the first one). If Cosby never made the pound cake speech would he have ever been caught?

So I post that and my friend Ian (no last name) goes "what did he do that was so wrong" and that's the kind of conversation that I do not want to have. I say that even if he wasn't being harassing, he was being creepy and as much as we want to give him the benefit of the doubt, that shit is not acceptable. I kind of left it at that.

This is not the usual way I deal with people (friends and friends of friends especially) getting all rape apologist. I spent most of September yelling at Kavanaugh supporters including George Murray who was the guy I once talked to about converting to Judaism in Saint Louis Park because he did it first. Anyone else and I would have been nasty and then blocked him or gotten blocked.

But with Ian, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I decided to believe that this wasn't Ian. Ian would make these arguments because he wanted to believe in the goodness of Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He would act like the defense attorney, doing all he could to dismiss the original rape allegation (which are still in that he said/she said place) and get into some pretty sketchy territory that betrayed how many of these rape culture attitudes he's absorbed. Then after he argued it out he could reflect and feel ashamed of his thoughts.

Usually my SOP for these situations is "ok, fine, MAYBE you will repent and get out of that shitty mind set but I don't have the time." With Ian, we've been friends since high school. I like Ian. In many years of friendship this is the FIRST time I encountered him talking like this. So I'm giving an old friend who decided to be shitty rape apologist the benefit of the doubt. My patience is not infinite, but there are some people that you put up with.

Does this make me a hypocrite? Maybe. After all, I constantly tell my friends on Facebook that they shouldn't have racist friends if they don't want me calling out their racist friends. I also have little patience for the argument that people should be friends with human dumpster fires in order to bring them around. When you allow your Facebook friends to be racists and rape apologists, you are making things miserable for your non-dumpster fire FB friends who have to argue with that.

So back to Ian. I don't go full fuckyou on him because I know Ian and I like Ian. I say a couple things that I think he can accept and then let my friends argue with him. He's wrong, but I do not have the time or the energy to spend all night arguing with him and that's the kind of mood he's in. Hell, half of my year in therapy was spent talking about how I should NOT be fighting with people online (Is the Required Hate story about how I talked shit at her at 2 in the morning still one of my first hits on Google? I haven't googled myself for a time. And that evil asshole was clever in going after my tweets in support of one of the bombing campaigns against Gaza first).

But of course, I then leave the door open for my friends to argue with Ian. And it went on and on. I wake up to I don't know how many comments in the comment thread but by that point Ian is trying to say that NDGT couldn't have roofied the woman and my friend M getting increasingly exasperated as she tried to explain that there were many other drugs that could cause blackouts.

I probably shouldn't have put a sarcastic gif in response to Ian because then M tags me and tells me to come for my boy (when you've been arguing rape culture all night, that phrase is not out of bounds) and I simply say that I don't want to spend all night fighting with Ian and that she seems to be doing fine.

So now while I'm annoyed with Ian for going rape apologist, M is pissed at me for not doing anything. Or for accepting rape apologists. So I try to say that I think she's got it and that I give him the benefit of the doubt. She says fuck this shit and makes a Facebook post calling me out (without saying my name) and going that you cannot be an ally if you accept your friends being rape apologists.

Probably true.

But I never call myself an ally. Too easy to fuck up when you think of yourself as an ally. And this was not a situation that I was going to get out of unscathed. I deleted the thread and then she got very condescending saying that I shouldn't delete the thread and that she didn't have the time to tell me how I'm wrong.

Thank G-d for the 30 day timeout.

But what the fuck does she want me to do? I disagreed with him. I encouraged my friends to fight with him. THe only thing I didn't do was go full fuckyou on him (as I usually do) and/or block him. Am I supposed to spend all night trying to explain to someone who is perfectly well versed in rape culture as to why he shouldn't be defending Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Should I fly out to his house and punch him in the face?

Usually I'm the other side of this issue, asking my Facebook friends to talk to their dumpster fire friends who are spouting the nastiest racist rape apologist shit. I'm also telling my friends that if they don't want me calling out their friends that they shouldn't have racist friends in the first place. I also strongly suggest that they drop these assholes so their friends don't have to block this shit all the time.

What I don't do is blame my friends for their shitty friends because we all have shitty friends. And many of our shitty friends are saying the kind of shitty things that we once thought and if they want to put in the emotional work of dealing with those people, I'm not going to call them out and say that they are total hypocrites for the one fucking time out of thousand when they didn't go "fuck you, you fucking rape apologist asshole here's a 1000 word essay on why you don't know shit".

Seriously, I get that M was frustrated with Ian, but she chose to fight him. She chose to get into it with a FOAF that was saying dumb rape apologist bullshit. Long after it should have been obvious that he was not listening to reason (at least not last night) she kept going. And then she blamed me for it. Because she knew Ian as this shitty guy who was so stubborn about wanting Neil degrasse Tyson to be innocent that he was going to go into conspiracy theory logic. I know him as a friend from high school who also went to my college. And someone that I've been happy to talk with and fight with (about GMOs for a time there) for years.

So I'm not going to abandon Ian at least not at this point. If he keeps this shit up, sure I will reconsider it. And M shaming me for having shitty friends is only going to piss me off.
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Poor Poor stupid Harmon Devos. Poor stupid Harmon De Vos [Nov. 27th, 2018|02:55 pm]
Tim Lieder
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So Tim leider is so butthurt that i called his book toiletpapper that he made this post on a different platform to insult me 😆 this so called writer came on my facebook attacked me and then when i roasted the hell out of him he reported me an got me banned from facebook lolol.. also he thinks i work for kfc fml buddy you wish! I have a Degree in Computer Science i get 180k+ a year, i have a hot blonde wife and we both drive luxery Nissans.. this Tim leider has a small apartment that his cats shit and piss all over and he dont even clean. As for having a gf or wife lol tim looks like he would steal a child and lock them in his basement!! Oh and btw if you look up his book on amazon every who got tricked into buying that toilet paper has left bad reviews and is trying so sell it for 5 dollers just to recover some of the loss 🤣 So yea in tims world he is a winner and i am a loser lmfao
So this was Harmon De Vos response. Briefly Harmon is a the kind of guy who sends random death threats to people via Facebook. Harmon De Vos gets very pissy when you call him on it and when attacked he will go straight to the white supremacist ranting.

So this is Harmon De Vos trying to hurt my feelings by proclaiming that he's beautiful damnit and also rich with a "hot blonde wife" and they both drive shitty cars that are supposed to impress me. Harmon De Vos' imaginary wife doesn't drive a car. Harmon De Vos is a shitty little man with a shitty little brain who can't quite get that stalking and death threats via Facebook are going to get him banned.

If you ever meet Harmon De Vos, keep on walking because the Hobbit tour doesn't have time to sit and chat.
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Why was this in my "papers" file? Josie Perkins annoyed me. I wonder if I care now. [Nov. 21st, 2018|09:29 pm]
Tim Lieder
I am writing a paper and as I do when I write a paper, I dig up old papers to grab the quotes and references from them. Not too many - never a good idea to plagiarize yourself especially when you are writing for a different student, but for some reason this was in my file of papers.
It’s a strange experience to read an article like Josie Pickens’ “We need to acknowledge genocides outside the European/Jewish Holocaust” where one can wholeheartedly agree with the central premise while feeling repulsion with almost every point. Pickens’ decision to open the article with a discussion of Palestinian causes is suspect. Israel in general and the Netanyahu government have been terrible in regards to Palestinian. Displacement of peoples, security measures that punish civilians and militants alike, a legal limbo where Palestinians neither have sovereignty nor citizenship and the expanding settlements have all been marks against Israel on the world stage. Israel is still not committing genocide and when someone like Pickens draws a parallel between the IDF and the SS, the stench of anti-Semitism starts wafting through the discourse.
I have a litmus test for discussions about Israel. Syria. Eight years ago, the Syrian government reacted to peaceful protests by kidnapping, torturing and murdering the protesters. Within months, the country was in the middle of a bloody civil war with Saudi Arabia and Iran supporting opposing sides and Bashar al-Assad’s government bombing civilian populations wholesale. Only a gas attack managed to spur the European and American politicians to talk about doing something. They decided against it and Assad’s decision to release all of the religious zealots resulted in the rise of ISIS. Today, Syria is still at war and Assad is still murdering civilians. If someone condemns Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, yet also argues that Syria is a sovereign nation that should be left alone, I know that person is not only anti-Semitic but also racist.
I do not know how Josie Pickens feels about Syria. I find it puzzling that in an article that discusses the Congo, Palestinian rights and Rwanda and decries enforced ignorance, Josie Pickens chooses to purposefully ignore the wholesale slaughter of millions of people. Technically it might not be genocide since Assad is a Syrian murdering other Syrians, but it’s a pretty glaring omission.
However, in the spirit of free inquiry, I will assume that Josie Pickens is not malevolent. Apparently, she has never taken a Holocaust studies class else she would know that we do discuss genocides ranging from the Congo to the Armenian genocide to Rwanda and Bosnia. I will assume that she only knew about Rwanda and she didn’t mention it to the exclusion of Bosnia had nothing to do with the fact that she could find an article blaming America for Rwanda, but not Bosnia. The Serbs and the Croats of the former Yugoslavia joined militias with the express purpose of murdering their Muslim neighbors. It did not stop until Tony Blair pushed the UN and the U.S. into an intervention. Since Tony Blair’s pro-intervention position also led to the invasion of Iraq, I can see why a writer would not want to give Blair any credit, but I do hope that Pickens is not editing the genocide of Bosnian Muslims for that reason.
So yes, the Holocaust is not as unique as we as humans wish. The reaction of “Never Again” has proven to be an empty slogan. We ignored the Holocaust when it was happening. Most westerners ignored both Rwanda and Bosnia genocides when they were happening. Tonya Harding and O.J. Simpson just made for more compelling television apparently. And today, we are ignoring the wholesale slaughter of Syrians especially now that ISIS is no longer available to scare evangelical Christians in America. We are also ignoring the genocide in Malaysia and a host of massacres and atrocities that don’t fit our easy narratives.
Yet, Josie Perkins chooses to frame this argument in such a way that Jews are trying to hog all the genocides for themselves. She argues spuriously that we are ignoring the five million victims of the Holocaust who weren’t Jewish. We aren’t. She argues that Jews don’t care about other victims of genocide. That’s generally not true. Jews have just as many racist uncles as any group, but for the most part, we acknowledge these genocides and we lobby to either stop them or at very least publicize them. Yes, Israel acknowledging the Armenian genocide is more concerned with political power over Turkey than pure motivations, but at least Israel is recognizing the murder of a million people, which is more than you can say for the United States or any other country that is doing business with Turkey.
And yet, Jews don’t want to hear Holocaust or even Shoah attributed to any other genocide than the murder of eleven million people that Germany deemed undesirable between 1939 and 1945. Are Jews defensive? Are Jews just crying anti-Semitism because they are racist? No. The Holocaust was not unique in terms of mass slaughter but it was unique in terms of motivation and resources. When Germany understood that it was losing the war, it put more resources into murdering Jews and other victims (homosexuals, Romany, etc.) Most other genocides have a point beyond genocide. The Middle Passage was stealing humans for free labor. King Leopold was making a great deal of money from the Congo. Even the Armenians were viewed as an impediment to the Turkish war effort. By contrast, Germany built up their armies, spent millions on infrastructure and camps, and invaded Poland in order to “cleanse” Europe of Jews. Rwanda and Bosnia were also characterized by purposeful murders, but they did not spend years planning to murder Tutsis and Muslims. They just took the opportunity when it arose.
Yes, the Holocaust was not the only genocide. Yes, we need to publicize and acknowledge every genocide including Congo, Armenian and Rwanda in hopes that maybe we can prevent them from happening again. There are also many massacres and human rights violations that fall short of genocide and if we are not outraged by these atrocities, we become less human.
Had Josie Pickens made that argument, I would have read it, shared it and liked it. Instead Pickens needs to use genocide in order to push an agenda that comes down to putting one genocide up against another as if genocide education is a zero sum game.
Was I trying to write a letter to an editor? Did I find too many people sharing the Josie Pickens article and felt the need to respond? I wonder where it was from in the first place. Not going to google it because I got to get 2 papers done by tonight, but I strongly suspect that it was one of those articles that you find in Forward.

Forward is good for the antisemitic garbage articles.
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Harmon De Vos - Internet Stalker, White Nationalist and All Around New Zealand SHithead [Nov. 13th, 2018|09:42 pm]
Tim Lieder
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harmon de vos

I just want to make certain that we can all see the wonders of Harmon De Vos, a man who outright posted his arrest for criminal trespass before we move on to the shining glory and personality that is Harmon De Vos. Harmon De Vos is a mediocre white dude, 30 years old whom you can find on Facebook. And if he thinks that you are insufficiently respectful of hte white race then Harmon De Vos will send you death threats. Now Harmon De Vos who cannot get a job above fry cook at KFC is a special kind of loyalist to white people as he will never move out of New Zealand. But Harmon De Vos doesn't understand the Hobbit.

That's right. Harmon De Vos lives in New Zealand but he doesn't get the prime New Zealand export which is the The Lord of the Rings. Troll him with Bilbo, Frodo, magic rings, Gollum, etc. and he won't understand you. Harmon De Vos is not really a smart guy, but he is a toxic guy, a toxic Harmon De Vos who likes to send death threats against random strangers over Facebook - of course, Facebook is cool with Harmon De Vos being a fucking Nazi because they are cool with Richard Spencer, Lauren (not Laura) Southern and a hose of other Nazi cunts like Harmon De Vos.

Harmon De Vos is proud that he can make chicken. That's the only thing that he will ever be proud of. Harmon De Vos works at KFC and that's the only place where he's going. He will never leave New Zealand and he will be very afraid of Muslims while he lives in New Zealand.

As you can see from the above statement, Harmon De Vos is a stupid criminal so when Harmon De Vos attempts to fire bomb a mosque, you can tell that he will drop the molotov cocktail and burn his dick off. But that's ok, because no one really will agree to fuck Harmon De Vos. Oh sure, there's a scared woman in that pictures next to him on Facebook, but it's very obvious that Harmon De Vos is coasting by on once being the shittiest bully in high school.

So if you are ever in New Zealand, drop by and visit Harmon De Vos. He's a very stupid man and he will think that you want to recruit him for the local Nazis. Poor stupid ugly Harmon De Vos. Maybe he should just die already. I think that will be for the best.

Don't you?

Harmon. SNort. Some assholes went and named their kid Harmon. I bet they didn't have much expectations.
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Veronica Mars - Let it die [Sep. 20th, 2018|06:57 pm]
Tim Lieder
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Please don't bring back Veronica Mars. I know that I'm shouting into the void, but as a fan of Veronica Mars, as someone who tried to get all of his friends to watch that show, who spammed everyone he knew to watch the first episode of the third scene in hopes that the thing kept going, please don't.

I get that we are in the era of resurrected television shows, some worthy of their late renewals - Twin Peaks, Doctor Who (well the first few years) and that new Star Trek I hear. And most are just ugly attempts to cash in on nostalgia - Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, The Anita Hill hearings, Norm MacDonald acting like an asshole, X-Files, Full House, Will & Grace. The weird thing about these new seasons of old shows is that the old shows ran their initial premises into the ground. And then continued on after they were no longer interesting or even current. Murphy Brown talked shit about Dan Quayle after he talked shit about her, but then the show just kept going. Gilmore Girls had three good seasons and then a couple seasons that were ok but not really the same and then two seasons that were just so fucking sad, there was really no getting around just how depressing everything was.

But what about Veronica Mars? Veronica Mars didn't have musical episodes. It didn't make us all sad that it was still on the air. It was canceled too soon. It was just getting an audience. There was a fourth season where she was in the FBI. How cool would that have been?

Only it did have that sad season, the one that said that everything was over and while the brilliance of the first couple seasons was still there, it would never be the same.

Let's back up.

Most of us did not discover Veronica Mars right away. When the ratings on television channels mattered, it was almost always at the bottom of the list. I found it when they were showing reruns on Sunday night. This was halfway during season 2 and before I knew what to make of anyone on the show (it's a little confusing to jump into the middle of) I had spoiled the first season for myself (thankfully I don't care too much about spoilers but for mysteries it might be better to go into blind). I fell in love with the show, watched all the first season and tuned in for the surprising end of the second season and was ready to preach the VM gospel to everyone who would listen. I kept up the enthusiasm for most of that third season but I remember thinking at the end that I didn't really mind if it got canceled because it told most of the story it needed to tell. But for that year and a half Veronica Mars was THE show to push on friends. I still love the soundtrack and would still want everyone to watch the first and maybe the second season.

The first season was special. Joss Whedon called it the romantic comedy of the decade after noting that her best friend gets her head bashed in and she gets roofied and raped in the premiere episode. Still not sure what to make of that introduction to the series, but Whedon did touch upon why the show was special. It was a show that took a long hard look at rape culture (the sheriff just dismisses her rape report without even looking into it), classism, child abuse, spousal abuse and Hollywood narcissism all with the high school setting that worked surprisingly well for a detective series. Where Brick made the Raymond Chandler tropes into a highly stylized joke, Veronica Mars updated it so these were believable characters but ultimately high school is a place where no one knows anyone else, not really. Unlike crime stories where everyone is hiding nefarious secrets and past lives, high school settings are full of people who are hiding from themselves. This becomes even more obvious now that Facebook has replaced the high school reunion and we get see how our friends and acquaintances have developed - for better or worse. At very least you are friends with someone whom you wouldn't have talked to in high school and have stopped talking to at least 3 people who turned out to be just awful.

Veronica Mars as the character who lost her status as one of the cool kids shortly after her best friend is murdered (a murder that forms the first season's main mystery) forms a more independent group of friends and associates as many of the mysteries and stories are intensely honest about the ways that growing up in a classist society can destroy people. In one episode, a teenage girl is blackmailed by her boyfriend into staying with him because of a video made when she was under the influence. Another story has a cult that is actually not a bad place, just a little too earnest for the rich kid's parents. Everyone grows and changes. Logan starts out as the psycho but he is believably changed into someone that VM could start a relationship with.

The second season had the same formula. Large mystery at the beginning (in this case, a bus goes over a cliff in the first episode) with discoveries about all the characters including new characters. Tessa Thomson is in this season as the "bitchy" girlfriend for Wallace (who admits to being a single mother in the very last episode which seems like more of a weird way to write her out of the show). Kristin Ritter is also in this season but she's not given nearly as much to do as she could.

These might not be perfect seasons. No show is. But most of the issues were understandable. Paris Hilton guest star could have gone much worse. There might have been too many mysteries in that first season and the second season seemed hell bent on undoing the few happy endings from the first season. There was a little too much softening of the characters just because they got the funnier lines.

And then the third season happened.

First off, Sheriff Lamb is the guy that dismissed Veronica's rape allegation in the first episode. So naturally that guy becomes a series regular.

At this point, Rob Thomas decided that instead of one overarching mystery, he would have three different mysteries. Only the writers seemed like they really wanted to kill all the good will. The first story was a campus serial rapist story that felt like a desecration of the original story of the kind. In the original story, Veronica Mars was traumatized but she kept going. She wasn't defined by the rape. Nor was the rape treated like a fun little lark (yes, I know that's a weird thing to be impressed by but 80s movies were very popular once). Even when they brought it back in the second season, they helped to undo some of the ick factor of the first season's resolution (when it was her very dumb boyfriend who didn't know the difference between drunk & horny and unable to give consent). It was proof that people could write about rape without getting it so damn wrong.

But the rape story in season 3? No. Seriously, this is why writers should avoid writing about rape. Too many use it as a plot point without understanding it. Oh sure at first there was some support for the victim - she's not a slut, she shouldn't drop out of college, it's something that happened to her, not who she is. That's great, but then the story turns quickly into shit. The feminists are all humorless assholes while the douchebag guys are depicted as dumb but basically ok. Dick, the dumb blond dude that was the antagonist the first couple seasons, becomes just a regular guy right?

Divorced from the high school setting Veronica Mars no longer has anything meaningful to say. In college, people start figuring themselves out away from their parents and peers. There's a great deal of experimentation and refining. Yet, nothing in Veronica Mars gives the impression that anyone is changing in any significant way. Veronica is still hanging out with the same cast. Logan is still a "bad boy" and at its most shitty, there's ANOTHER ending where Veronica needs to get rescued. In the first season, that made sense. She got in over her head. In the second season, it was straining credibility as the murderer was a guy that she could have pushed around easily up until the point that the script called for her to scream and cry and get rescued by Logan.

Even better, the answer to the serial rapist story line was based on the college allowing one professor to do a Stanford Prison Experiment on an annual basis.

The season gets no better. The second story is a dean getting murdered which is mostly blamed on straw feminists until Veronica discovers that it's the douchey TA who is trying to frame the professor. At least this time she confronts the guy without him trying to kill her.

Oh yeah and also throughout this Logan and Veronica break up but then they get back together but then Veronica finds out that he fucked Madison who was the evil mean girl in the first season and kind of stuck around to be a foil but never really had much of a character and then there's Piz who's the really nice guy that VM should be with but then that would be boring for the writers because television writers don't believe in healthy functional relationships and prefer the Joss Whedon solution where the happy coupling means that someone is going to die and holy fuck Piz is the boring character, he's badly written but also that actor brought nothing to the table.

The mysteries stopped using seemingly small stuff to make large points and just became small. Veronica's dad needs to find out whose making the fake IDs. It's her friends. Paul Rudd plays a nice version of Noah Gallagher and his tapes are missing. Someone is breaking into houses and it might have something to do with the security systems.

The whole damn season just fizzled out with Veronica voting for her dad for sheriff in one of those television elections where people really care about who gets elected sheriff or judge (still annoyed that HIMYM actually had them sitting around the bar waiting for the election return for Marshall running for "judge" - not DA or anything important but judge).

And now the movie (I swear I thought this would be a short post when I started it) where the common wisdom was that the third season was trying too hard to be all things to all people and bring in new audiences and lost its way by making more one-off episodes.

The movie decided to be SOLELY for the fans, the hardcore fans, the fans who paid for it through kickstarter, the fans who knew the name of the student that accused Adam Scott's "cool teacher" character of statutory rape in class (turns out it was her friend who got pregnant) in that one episode where Adam Scott played a cool teacher. She dies. Mostly off camera. Also Krysten Ritter is in it because she's a star now. And Marvin Starr is in it because why not just pull a Law & Order? The movie is a series of "look, hey that's that guy!" fan service. It even has Piz for Veronica to dump at the beginning because that was totally the relationship that everyone was rooting for. And then Logan calls her and she comes back to solve a murder.

Not until Darth Maul showed up to imply that he was going to fuck Daenerys in Solo: The Star Wars Movie that No One Cared About was there such an egregious fan service as Veronica Mars: The Movie. Only Veronica Mars movie was full of so many boring minor characters that you needed to actually look up the Wiki to even get who everyone was. And of course, if you look up the Wiki you get to find out who the killer is - but yeah, it's Martin Starr.

And that's where we leave it. Two decent seasons. One season that seemed ok at the time but just got steadily worse in repetition and then a movie that was so much fucking fan service that there might as well have been a test afterwards.

There are places that Veronica Mars could have gone. Sure the third season was awful but maybe the movie could have actually caught up with the characters and shown them going off in different directions. Maybe the characters could have changed and grown in that time. Ok, I'm just wishing that the Veronica Mars movie was like Trainspotting 2 where the characters were recognizable but also older and different.

Instead, Veronica Mars the movie was depressing because unlike the first two seasons grounded in high school where everyone is mysterious even to themselves, the movie continued the trajectory of being tone deaf about college by making all of the characters depressingly the same. Weevil is still getting in trouble and being the tough guy with more brawn than brains. Logan is the "bad boy" and all of the other high school students at the class reunion are having the same rivalries and same bullshit. There's even a new scene with Madison because why not have the exact same dynamic that you had in high school? That's not boring at all.

That's why I'm avoiding season 5 and wish that everyone involved would just give up. Rob Thomas has had hits. Kristen Bell is on the Good Place. The rest of the actors - well they aren't that good really. I'm sorry but the actors that you see all the time from the show have careers. The rest of the actors are just going to be happy to be working and it will be sad like American Reunion bringing back all the actors from American Pie and you can see who still has careers by how they've aged.

Also Firefly is just not as good as you remember it.
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So again I'm a shitty person [Sep. 18th, 2018|01:11 pm]
Tim Lieder
I almost took $100 from a stranger to take down blog posts about her. She called me an asshole when I gave a price quote for writing blog posts (the irony here is not lost) and she preferred $50/week for five posts. That's too little but I can see why $50 apiece would be took much (actually it would probably be $25 apiece so I could have actually negotiated) especially if it's over the course of five days. But I said "ok do them yourself. Good luck."

I didn't mean to be a dismissive asshole then. I kind of was, but you know, it was morning. I don't want to work with clients who are not prepared to pay for the work. I also tend to give quotes that are a little high so I don't have to ask for more money if I go over. It's better to give a $200 quote and only charge $100 than vice versa (not that it's ever that much of a discount).

Anyhow, she called me an asshole. I called her cheap. She got defensive. I posted the emails. She threatened to sue. I posted that one.

All because I couldn't deal with being called an asshole, which is not the worst thing I've been called this morning.

So she offered to pay me to take them down. I actually considered it. I didn't just consider it. I gave her my Venmo account so she could transfer money. But holy shit I am not THAT much of an asshole. I couldn't take it.

People are shitty to me online. I'm shitty to them online. I post stuff because yeah, I'm a broke writer who keeps putting up CL ads to get more money but the rent is always late and the situation is always desperate. No. I just feel like I have to protect myself.

But I'm not going to take money. I mean not take it without refunding it. Or damnit, I feel bad about this.

Anyhow, the person that is not going to be my client. I'm not going to name her, but she has some really cool fashion stuff.
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Ooh I pissed off Misha Kaura - some fashion asshole who has more than enough money [Sep. 18th, 2018|12:17 pm]
Tim Lieder
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Ok. You would think that this would be nothing and it really wasn't. The
1-2 hours a post so $50 max per post.

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On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 11:40 PM, Misha Kaura
I’m not writing in solicitation of term writing services, but I need an affordable writer to churn out several blog posts for my website since I’m very swamped with work and school. Please let me know how much you charge for 200-500 word blog posts. I need roughly 60 of them, with a tight turnaround. For information on styling, it’s very similar to ToryDaily.

Kind regards,

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She said that it was too much so I said, ok you can write your own posts and she responded by calling me an asshole and she owns a company (with her parent's or dead husband's money of course) and she can't do everything.
So I responded with
You cheap motherfucker. You ask me for a quote. You tell me that you are too cheap to pay for an actual writer and you call me an asshole. Fuck you. Fuck you and your stupid fucking company that is just going to die out anyhow. Blog posts? Really? You think that's a marketing scheme? That's 2005 weak shit. But hey, enjoy whatever high school student is dumb enough to take your cheap jobs.

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Misha Kaura
Tim Lieder

Sep 18 at 11:10 AM

It’s called SEO.

At least I’m not the bum who has to beg for jobs. I responded politely, and you showed contempt. I wish you good luck in your future endeavors, because you’ll need it. You’re a horrible writer with an awful vocabulary.

And I’m not cheap, I’m just fiscally responsible.
So all you blog writers, Misha Kaura thinks that you are bums. Yes, you freelancers advertising for your services who want to get paid for your work, Misha Kaura is going to rip you off because Misha Kaura is "fiscally responsible" which means that she is a snob who thinks that freelancers should pay to sniff her farts. Oh Misha Kaura, you are such an icon of shitty worker relations. Misha Kaura probably has a personal assistant who is stuffing diet pills in her wine and hoping that she dies of the inevitable cocaine overdose.

Poor stupid Misha Kaura. But then again she is working in the industry that thinks that slave labor in sweatshops is really cool.

EDIT: She paid me $100 to take it down. That made me feel bad and I took it down for free. But now I'm not so sure I want to do that.
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More stuff about Mom [Aug. 26th, 2018|09:18 pm]
Tim Lieder
I guess Dreamwidth is where I go when I want to vent about Mom but don't want to broadcast it on Facebook. Livejournal is where I go when I want to talk shit about bad clients or Vince Crandon. But ok, Mom is better. I guess. She's out of Long Term Care and back to the Assisted Living place.

She went back when I was back home in Minnesota.

One part that is the sticking point - the agreement is that she has to take care of herself, do her exercises and walk down to the eating area to get food. She doesn't even have to stay there. She just has to walk down. First, she was complaining about the diarrhea but now she is complaining about the pain that is suddenly coming back in a big way. It very well could, which is why I called the office and asked about massage therapy, accupuncture, etc. that could help her in ways that the medication can't (and I don't want her to get addicted to the meds even as she is very careful about making certain she doesn't get too much tramodol after the hallucinations in May).

I really hate to be that guy who dismisses the complaints because yes, we live in a sexist society. Women aren't listened to and their concerns are dismissed as hysteria (which is already a gendered word). So Mom being in too much pain to walk down to the cafeteria is eminently possible.

But it's also possible that Mom is just angry that she is being told what to do and doing everything in her power to resist. She's even insisting that she's wheeled down instead of walks down. And it gets even more painful as I got to hear about it. I keep trying to get her to find better ways to manage but instead she is going into the maximum resistance where she is talking about suing everyone because they are starving her (they aren't starving her. She has more than enough food in her refrigerator) and making her do things she doesn't want to do.

And so I call. And they are going to do everything possible to get her to walk, but she has to ACTUALLY walk. They can take her by the arm. They can make sure she doesn't fall.

But instead she wants to play her fucking games and get worse.

The whole reason why she ended up in the hospital and then long term care was because she let herself get weaker when she made them take her meals up to her room. And the main reason why she is back is because the plan was that she actually walks and takes care of herself.

Instead she would prefer to cry about it. And I know it's depression (that she refuses to treat) and I know it's a lot of factors and that there's pain, but I'm angry about this. I knkow i shouldn't be angry, but it's fucking exhausting hearing this day after day and being worried about my mom doing her damnest to resist all therapy.
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