Rant Corner #6

I’ve been sitting on this for close to a week, but it just has to come out. So here goes.

Ever since 2004, I have used this picture storage site called Photobucket. I just uploaded my pictures and hot link the to my web site to save space because I am so broke at the moment. Everything’s been going go.

Until this month.

For some reason, some “genius” decided to stop allow hot linking to third-party sites. This blocked out pictures with an image saying you need to go to this link to upgrade your account. In order to have your pictures back on your site/forum/blog, you have to pay up to $400 a year.

Are you kidding me?! This is a joke, right?! NOBODY WANTS TO PAY $400 TO HOT LINK THEIR PICTURES! What makes it worse is that Photobucket changed their terms of service without any warning whatsoever. People are pissed! There are many complaints on their Facebook and Twitter pages. I even signed a petition for them to change their policy back. Photobucket has done nothing to address their problem or fix it. Now, I understand needing money to keep the site open, but $400 is not a reasonable price to charge for ANYTHING online. $50 or lower is reasonable, but not $400. It would be one thing if Photobucket said, “Hey everybody, we’re going to be doing this” ahead of time. But they didn’t even do that.

I’m on Imgur now and will have time fixing all the pictures on my site. (Even more so since the files on Webs won’t load and I can’t get the upload function to work. I keep asking for tech support to help, I haven’t heard anything back from them since last week. I might go into that for another rant if nothing changes.) I even have my pictures backed up on various CD’s. But the problem is figuring out where the hell everything goes on my massive and forever-growing site. Argh! Photobucket and Webs keep creating more work for me and tech fail that are driving me crazy! Can I just have one day without tech fail and have my web running and functioning how I want it?! Is that too much to ask for?! IS IT?!

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Rant Corner #4

It’s been a long time since I have done this. I had to let this one stew for two days before I had to collect my thoughts on this. So here this…

Two weeks ago, my aunt and uncle-in-law bought a lizard from PetSmart.  They named him Yoshi. Last week, their baby “dragon” died. Turns out, he had a Metabolic Bone Disease before we got him due to a lack of calcium and UVB light. By the time my aunt and uncle-in-law realized there was a problem, it was too late. In other words, their dragon was sick when they bought him.

Now running a pet shop, you would think that PetSmart would run checks on their animals before selling them. My aunt had to get serious to get her money back. I heard that PetSmart doesn’t really take good care of their pets in their stores. That’s not good business practices. I am so glad that I didn’t get a job there. Don’t buy your pets from PetSmart!

Rant Over!

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A Little Public Service Announcement

Yesterday, I have to ban somebody from my author page. This guy was clearly a homophobe. He claimed that gay marriage will never be a marriage. I started to list all of the bible marriages (man and rape victim, prisoner of war, etc.), but I was like screw it and banned him instead.

So, I will say this: If you come on my page with racist, sexist, homophobic shit, I will ban you. No arguments, just straight up ban you. My page is gay-friendly and is open for equality. I will not tolerate bigots! That is all.

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R.I.P. Grooveshark and Fun with Facebook Stupidity

Yesterday, the music web site, Grooveshark, shut down. Apparently, they couldn’t get the right licenses and had to close. This is a pain for me because I’m going to have to go and replace a good majority of music that I embedded on the pages. Currently, I am using Spotify for my music on my web site. It’s good so far, but I am disappointed with the lack of Japanese and anime music on it. They are also missing certain albums from the artists that I had saved on Grooveshark. Looks like I’m going to have wait until the record labels decide to be nice and let the music be streamed on the internet. Why do record labels have to be so greedy?

On another note, welcome to the first edition of the Pleasure Lotus’: “Facebook Stupidity.”

The story: http://www.refinery29.com/2015/04/86447/single-mom-fired-because-of-facebook-post#.ns9z7m:LQef

Keep this in mind: EVERYONE can see what you post online. Don’t do crap like this! Just remember this: Businesses and potential hirers look at your Facebook/social media. They have an image to keep up with for their company. They don’t want someone that’s going to make them look bad.

I rest my case.

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