… when Sith happens. Not as in Revenge of the Sith, but as in a big steaming pile of Sith…
The last 24 hours has seen a lot of Sith hitting the AFN.
After Silver Tiger reported that some unsavoury person had swiped entire posts from their blog, photos and all, and then posted them on another site as if they were the author, I was moved to see whether anything similar had happened to me.
As it turned out, it had. A version of the document I posted on EofC entitled So Long And Thanks For All The Pancakes had been swiped by someone called “bokegood” and posted as a public domain document on a site called Docstoc. This document has been around on the ‘Net since 2002 so I’m not sure how recently the theft occurred.
I reported the issue and within 24 hours the offending item had been taken down.
In part this was due to the fact that I had strong evidence to prove that the document was mine. Luckily for me, I’d registered an electronic copy (PDF) with WriteSafe.com (which seems, alarmingly, to be down right now, with no indication if or when it will rise again, and email bounces from key addresses such as postmaster and admin) so I had electronic receipts from a third party as a reference. I also had my original copy, which matched the copy that had been stolen.
That and my name on the front page of the stolen material 🙂
Next, a “bot” (piece of software programmed to do a specific set of tasks in an environment) took out some graphics from an article I’m rewriting for Wikipedia, claiming the materials were not free to be used.
This is despite the fact that they’re in the original Wikipedia article, so if they’re not free for me, they’re not free for Wikipedia either. I think that one’s now resolved. I hope so.
Next, I was in the middle of doing some laundry in another building (our apartment building has no laundry room, no elevator and no mailbox area so we have to use the mailbox area in one building, the laundry room in another, and the elevator in yet another if we want to get Casey down to the car) when the water was shut off.
It turned out to be a scheduled shut-off that had been notified – but only to the residents of the buildings concerned (and not ours). Luckily it was only for four hours, but three machineloads of laundry are now being redone as I write. We have to absorb the cost, of course.
We tend to get scheduled water shut-offs and power outages fairly often (like every month, sometimes every week), which is not something you’d expect for an apartment complex on the border of Los Angeles and Burbank. It’s because there’s been no investment in modernising the infrastructure (windows, water and sewage piping, insulation) in decades.
My family of origin think we’re living in the lap of luxury :). They should see the expanded polystyrene and chicken wire that adorn our buildings!
There are a bunch of other, lesser, annoyances that have all cropped up within the last 24 hours (including some bureaucratic cockup that might cost us some $$$ if it’s not resolved ASAP), but the bigger annoyance is the fact that I have some middle ear problem on my right side and as a result I’ve basically lost the hearing in my right ear.
It’s very weird – I can still get some hearing out of my left ear, but now the internal noises transmitted by my jaw and skull supersede the sound coming in my left lughole, so if I chew gum (supposed to help with Eustachian Tube problems) I can’t hear anything said to me.
This also happened over Christmas (gosh, thanks Santa!) but it’s come back with a vengeance this time. It’ll resolve itself, I’m sure – it had better; I don’t have medical insurance (not since 2001) and without a new contract we don’t have the $$$ necessary to pay upfront fees to specialists right now.
That’s not to mention that I ran out of my Diovan HCT and Lipitor a week ago so those are contributing their own little set of problems into the mix.
But at least I still have my health. Oh, wait, I don’t. Dang. I’ll have to find something else to fall back on. Hair. No, that’s a non-starter. Wealth. Nope, never had that. Happiness. Well, OK, there’s that. I do tend to have a stupid grin on my face when no-one’s looking.
At least I hope no-one was looking…