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I am angry about subscriptions

Sep. 15th, 2017 01:13 pm
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When I rule the world the mechanism for cancelling a subscription will have to be at least as easy as the mechanism for setting one up.

So, for example*, if you can take out a subscription to the Financial Times online in about 30 seconds online, by clicking on a few options, then you should be able to cancel your subscription by clicking on something on your subscription details on their site. And they should not require you to email their support desk, reply with a second email explaining why you don't want it any more, and then answer a phone call wherein they offer it to you cheaper and then have to insist that, no, really, you don't want it any more.

The rule shall, instead, be that if ten random people take longer to unsubscribe than they did to subscribe that your home page will be replaced by a big flashing sign reading "We will treat you badly in the hope of holding on to your money."

Secondary rule: No introductory offers. Free trials are allowed (but must be easily cancellable, as above), but you can't offer new people a better deal than your existing customers. Introductory offers are a way of tricking people into signing up, and then hanging onto them when inertia stops them from cancelling/moving. Instead you must offer a good deal in the first place, which is sustainable, and which is easily compared to your competitors. I know this makes life harder for companies who are trying to hide long-term costs from their customers. I really, really, don't care.


*Or, possibly, exactly what happened to me at lunchtime.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 12:00 pm
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This is the Secret Empire story I was trying to finish before Omega came out. Here it is anyway!

Retrograde (9085 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Janet Van Dyne
Additional Tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Crying, Consequences, Confessions, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Fix-It of Sorts, Hopeful Ending, Civil War II (Marvel), Secret Empire (Marvel), Avengers Vol. 7 (2017), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary:After Hydra falls, Tony wakes. The world is broken. And Steve won't talk to him anymore.

I am counting this for the Cap-IM Bingo square "confession in desperate situation." There are definitely confessions. Also tears.

Yay. Back to the fanfiction mines. *opens Big Bang draft again*

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Wednesday Reading Meme

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:11 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing! Because I was trying to write a Secret Empire story before Omega came out today and I didn't quite make it. (Okay, I finished the story itself. But it's still in beta.)

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday! Reviews are brief; I am tired.

Defenders #5, Generations Captain Marvel And Captain Mar-Vell #1, Ms. Marvel #22, Runaways #1, Secret Empire Omega #1, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #24, Uncanny Avengers #27, X-Men Blue #11 )

What I'm Reading Next

Dunno. Probably nothing.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Fish fish fish and more

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:40 pm
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We got an aquarium at the August Bank Holiday - Saturday was the trip where we chose the tank and listened to a knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic and child-friendly member of staff at the Goldfish Bowl as he helped us through all the choices to be made and told us how to set it all up. On Bank Holiday Monday we were back to buy the fish themselves (you have to leave the initial water to settle for 48 hours or so) and since then we've been back once more to buy extras like a couple of water plants (additional to the plastic coral and plant-substitutes we bought on the first visit) and a hatchery plus baby food. Yes, we were told that the fish we chose (black and white spotted Mollys) are live-bearers, and it was only 10 days or so after we bought them that we spotted the first little tiny small fry darting around!

New pets: spotted lyretail mollys

The internet had told me that fry are liable to get eaten by the grownup fish and I did warn the kids not to get too attached to the first one, just in case - and then we didn't see it except for sporadically over the next few days. I think maybe that first one perhaps did survive after all, but at any rate we now have 4 grown Mollys (3 females, 1 male), 5 babies in the hatchery where the adults can't snaffle them, and two hardy-seeming small fish darting around in the main tank doing good hiding and dodging. It's all rather cool (if a bit pricey every time you need to pop back to the shop for a bit more equipment or specialist food).

Fishes! Black and white spotted Mollys and small fry to boot

The grown ups are already named - Marina (Kid A's name choice - the silvery one), Judy (my choice, one out of the many girls comics names I could have used), Goldie (R's choice, in a nod to Peppa Pig's goldfish and Data's choice of an inappropriately-named pet), and Tunip Mikey (Kid B's choice in a mash up between one of the characters from Octonauts and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). We will have to see how many of the babies we keep and therefore name, and how many we take back to the fish shop as is apparently something people do.

Fishes! Black and white spotted Mollys and small fry to boot
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Kate G took me to see Fleabag at the Fringe. It was incredibly well written, as you can tell from the Guardian's write-up of a different production. And the performance I saw, although not performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was still magnificent. Bleak, funny, touching, and at one point had me cringing horribly in my seat. Totally worth seeing if any productions come anywhere near you.

And then Jane and I watched the TV series. Which was not _quite_ as bleak at the play, but did a fantastic job of turning a 1-hour play into two and a half hours of TV. Well worth tracking down, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with season two.

The Galloway Hoard at the National Museum of Scotland. Jane and I have memberships, so we went to see a talk on this, and then went back a few days later to see the hoard itself. It's a remarkable find, and one of the most significant Viking finds ever in Scotland. They're trying to raise the money to keep it in public hands, so if you'd like to help with that click here. While we were there we also went to see the Bonnie Prince Charlie exhibition, which made me realise how little I knew about that chunk of Scottish history. Fascinating stuff, particularly starting from a position of no knowledge. I must do some reading.

The Great British Bake-Off. Scandalously, I'd never watched any of this, so Jane introduced me to season two before we watched the new season, so I could see what it was like before it moved to Channel 4. I enjoyed it, and am now enjoying the new season just as much. I know that the faithful will be missing Mel and Sue dreadfully, but I'm quite enjoying the Sandi Toskvig/Noel Fielding relationship, and the only real negative to me is having to fast-forward through the advertising.

Wind River. Gorgeously shot and acted, this is a solid thriller/crime story set in beautiful countryside. A death in a Native American reservation in snow-covered Wyoming provides an excuse to dig under the surface of what the bleak surroundings do to people lives and relationships. It's not quite as good as it could be, but it's solidly entertaining. The main drawback is that they've dropped two white people into the central roles, and the female roles are all weaker than the male ones. I was hoping, at least, for Elizabeth Olsen's FBI agent to be an equal partner with Jeremy Renner's tracker, and for the two of them to fill in each other's weaknesses. As it was, you could have removed her from the film and not lost a huge amount of the plot. And you could have made him a Native American without losing anything from the plot. Still worth seeing, but could have been done better.

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Wednesday Reading Meme

Sep. 6th, 2017 06:47 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics. Only ever comics.

I was very tired reading these this morning and I might not have followed the plot as well as I could have.

Champions #12, Generations Iron Man And Ironheart #1, Iceman #5, Jessica Jones #12, X-Men Gold #11 )

What I'm Reading Next

Probably still nothing.

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