Bless my sweet tea and biscuits, y’all are trying my patience

I’m sitting on hold…having deep thoughts. We’ve been watching Hell On Wheels…I’d never heard of it until earlier this week when it popped up on Netflix. It was timely given all the tension lately. The lead male, Cullen Bohannon, was a Confederate soldier and slave owner. They call him a greyback, Johnny Reb, traitor, etc. Last, but not least, there’s the tension between Cullen and his all black cut crew. Most days it’s hard to be a proud southerner. Hazing from people when they find out you’re from the south is still a thing. Southern accent = stupid, uneducated, and backward so lots of us have become master code switchers. We still harbor some of the same feelings of ill will towards Yankees. It’s cultural. It’s probably here to stay. There’s a tiny little group of us here on my FB feed…we’re Proud to be Southerners but we want that flag gone. The majority, though, love that flag and are super pissed off about The Dukes of Hazard. We’re all good people…I wouldn’t have you on here if you weren’t, you can believe that. My friend Sean posted something that’s been haunting my thoughts…to the effect of “if you’re so proud of that flag, shut up and make it something to be proud of.” Something that isn’t sweet tea, 4 wheelers, unending revolution against evolution, trite music, and everything fried. Something that isn’t 300+ years of rape, torture, dehumanization, or treason, neo nazis, and the KKK. Something substantial because your current interpretation of it being all about dirt roads and clean living is a coat of cheap revisionist paint.... read more

Hard Times Gazelle Folk, lend me your gaze

When I get in the car after The Mister has been in it, the radio is almost always changed to newstalk/conservative radio. I tend to leave it on my FM transmitter or NPR. I’m saying this to preface the conversation regarding Dave Ramsey we’re about to have and how I have never gone out of my way to listen to him but I have listened to him. His approach is interesting and it works. Obviously it works. Families have been saved by Financial Peace University. The radio show, though. Debt-free screaming. Ew. I just can’t. If it’s not someone with a HUGE income, just pissing it away, it’s someone with a huge income following his guidelines and celebrating. This is fine. Yay people making money and getting out of debt. Unfortunately, our buddy Dave doesn’t seem to understand poverty, living in it, or struggling to get and stay out of it. His advice on how to get out of debt is sound and it works for a lot of people. But he’s rich and he’s made his fortune telling rich-to-middle-class Christians how to escape their debt and build wealth. I’m sure he’s a good man. I’m willing to bet money (that I don’t currently have) that he donates to charity and he’s made the lives of many families so much better by doing the work he does. However. Things I have heard him say about being poor in the American economy are along the lines of “grow up”, “make more money”, and “you reap what you sow.” To those struggling, this evangelical capitalist sounds like a smug butthole. The... read more

Clean Up Microsoft Word in Vim for HTML

Sometimes I get these Word docs that need to be used in WordPress or PHPlist. Sending out mass attachments is a huge no-no so I needed a way to quickly clean these things up in vim. I’m sure there are other tools out there that could do this in one or two clicks but vim is now a major part of my workflow. :set fileencoding=utf-8 " Leave Latin-1 behind, set to UTF-8 :%s/[\u0026]\{1}/\&/g " Convert ampersands :%s/[\u2026]\{1}/\…/g " Convert elipses :%s/[\u201C]/\“/g " Convert double quotes, left :%s/[\u201D]/\”/g " Convert double quotes, right :%s/[\u2018]/\‘/g " Convert single quotes, left :%s/[\u2019]/\’/g " Convert single quotes, right :%s/[\u2013]/\–/g " Convert N Dashes :%s/--/\–/g " Convert double dashes to N Dashes :%s/. /. /g " Remove double spaces after periods :%s/. /. /g " Remove triple spaces after periods :%s/.[\uA0]\{2}/./g " Remove double non-breaking spaces after periods :%s/.[\uA0]\{1}/./g " Remove single non-breaking spaces after... read more

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