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So Cyber Monday was all over the place today:
(I'm pretty sure one or both of these requires registration)
A Gimmick Becomes a Real Trend
(I don't know that I'm really convinced it's a "real trend" - I do think they've succeeded in getting people talking about it.)
Holiday shopping continues on Cyber Monday
and....
Yahoo’s Cyber Monday Meltdown

Wow, I'd be pissed if I had a Yahoo Store. Can you sue your shopping cart company if they lose you money?

Also? I said I hadn't heard the term before this year, but actually I bookmarked CyberMonday.com on del.icio.us last year. Obviously it didn't make much of an impression, though.


Remember "Baby Grace"? The toddler Jane Doe I was talking about a couple of weeks ago? Well, they finally found out who she is. It's a hugely depressing story and frankly, I wouldn't read it if I were you - I sort of wish I hadn't, except that it's a local story and I was bound to hear it all eventually, no matter what. The piece of it I wanted to touch on here, though, concerns how her mother and stepfather (who have apparently confessed to killing her) met: playing World of Warcraft. I'm expecting another round of hysteria about video game violence next, although I seriously doubt that that really had anything to do with it. (The news reports I saw originally just said they met "online.")


I went back to Matthew Yglesias' site to look for the article that was the reason I went there in the first place - and I still haven't found that one, but I found a factoid that's rather, well, alarming. And enlightening. Nearly 3/4 of all farm subsidies go to the meat and dairy industries? Wow.

He also points out elsewhere that there is such a thing as a Gucci baby carrier, at $850, seen recently on Gwen Stefani. And I mean, we're not talking about a stroller here - I gather from the parenting circles I intersect with that there a good many strollers that run into the hundreds of dollars. We're talking just a, well, backpack - or possibly frontpack, I am unclear on that point. (And I am not providing a link; I'm sure if you want to see the thing, it should be easy enough to find!) I don't really know why this annoys me so much; it's just... I don't know... such conspicuous consumption. I seem to recall getting worked up about a Prada diaper bag once, too. Apparently there's something about the intersection of babies and ridiculously-expensive designer gear that bothers me.



Um, ok.
These memes that cherry-pick from your interests list are usually sort of amusingly nonsensical, but...

In 2008, mellificent resolves to...
Spend more time with my star wars.
Start an erotica fund.
Lose ten reproductive rights by March.
Get back in contact with some old equal rights.
Ask my boss for a tolkien.
Be nicer to troy.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

"Lose ten reproductive rights by March" seems entirely possible, unfortunately.

Date: 2007-11-28 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
Did you see the photos of the mother and stepfather? What utter mooks. They so need to get the needle for this.

Shouldn't those resolutions be for 2008?

Date: 2007-11-28 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Well, if they try them in Harris County (which is Houston), they hold the record for giving out death penalties nationwide. I'm not sure which county Spring, where they lived, is - it'd have to be either Harris or Montgomery, and Montgomery is if anything more conservative than Harris. Galveston just got involved because that's where they dumped the poor kid's body.

And yeah, I guess they haven't updated that thing from last year. I didn't even notice.

Date: 2007-11-28 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslilly.livejournal.com
Sadly, one of the ladies I knit with said the stepfather worked for her husband.Blug.

Date: 2007-11-29 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Yeah, I can see the ick factor - but on the other hand, I don't guess that knowing somebody who knows the guy refects badly on your friend! Or for that matter, on his employer, unless the employer had reason to know something was going on and ignored it, or something like that. (And most employers probably wouldn't.)

Date: 2007-11-29 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslilly.livejournal.com
oh, i wasn't icked at her, just icked in general.

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