Thursday, October 16, 2014

Random Roundup - Its been a while Edition

Ear is still stuffed up but I had a lot more energy today. Maybe I'm getting better :D

Here is a bunch of stuff I want to talk about today:


Formerly Underperforming Coleus went back to underperforming after a week in the basement. The internet says bringing coleus in for winter is a death knell and if I want to save some for next year I need to clip branches and root them in water. I don't have space for a bunch of vases and I think they were 6 plants for $2 months ago. I'd rather just pay $2 again next year. In the meantime I put the coleus back outside to enjoy the rest of the unseasonably warm weather.


I went to the Salvation Army and bought this one marble tea light holder for .49. Its a great price and lovely but was the only worthwhile thing I saw. The garage sale crowd must be back to shopping at the SA and buying the stuff I want!


I put it on the left side of my desk. I really need to hang up artwork.


My desk is full of thrifted tchokes. Here is that Dartington heart from last year.


On the right is that unidentified ram on that rock I bought the other day. Check out my useful stamp dispenser being useful! Ahh memories.


I swung by Home Depot to buy tulips - man they are overpriced compared to Lowes! I did find these outdoor pillows clearanced down to $1. You can't even find pillow fills for $1 and trust me - I've checked!


If you have a sweet tooth you have to try these cookies. Crunchy caramel, white chocolate chips - need I say more? They are on sale for $1.50 at ShopRite this week.

After complaining about not reading enough yesterday I made time to read my leather bound "Halloween Decor" Jeckyll and Hyde. I'd forgotten how hard it was for Jeckyll to give up Hyde. Stevenson said Hyde never regretted not being the pious Jeckyll but he always thought of Hyde with wistfulness. The last time I read this story was probably twenty years ago and I was much more optimistic of people's natures then. The line didn't jump out at all.


Speaking of diminished optimism - did you guys see the new TOS for eBay last night!?

They now own all our photos and text and can use them whenever, however they want:
"When providing us with content or causing content to be posted using our Services, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and other intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or developed in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights or any other intellectual property or publicity rights against us, our sublicensees, or our assignees."

By agreeing to the TOS we waive our right to ever enter a class action suit against them.
"YOU AND EBAY AGREE THAT EACH OF US MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING."
(They caps locked this one so it would be more yell-y)

They finally admit listings are hidden from buyers for various reasons:
"Accordingly, to drive a positive user experience, a listing may not appear in some search and browse results regardless of the sort order chosen by the buyer."

There was a lot more and none good but what can we do? eBay doesn't have competition.

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