Thomas Galvin
Purveyor of Fine Pulp Fiction

Remember: if you see something, say nothing, and drink to forget. -Welcome to Night Vale

This Week on the Web brings you more of our wedding photos, how PayPal stole Christmas, a bunch of Top Three moments of TVD Season Three (they’re all wrong of course, because internet), the trailer for Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods, a fifteen inch MacBook Air, the Obamacare Bomb, and more!

Shameless Self Promotion

Pagan weddings and unholy dance parties: The Lady’s continuing expose on our (quite fabulous) wedding festivities.

You’re A Mean One, Mister Grinch

How PayPal stole Christmas: Well, that settles it. My plan to integrate PayPal into my web site? Canceled. Update: PayPal claims to have released the funds to Regretsy. Not sure if this satisfies me or not. Update: Never mind, from what I hear on The Twitters, PayPal are still being shits about this whole thing.

Pop Culture

Erin Frazee’s top three moments of TVD Season Three: Erin is a regular in the recap roundup, and her top three moments are filled with unicorns. Yes, unicorns.

Kristen and David’s top three moments of TVD Season Three: A special video installment.

Jessica Rae’s top three moments of TVD Season Three: Vampire Barbie FTW

French couple in court for naming their son after Damon Salvatore: Okay, there are two pieces of stupid going on here. One is naming our kid after your favorite vampire. Another is the fucking government worrying that this kid’s name will make him the fucking antichrist.

Bryan Singer to Direct, Executive Produce Munsters Reboot: An “edgier and slightly darker take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster…” Sigh.

Sara Canning gets to date Dean Winchester: That’ll teach you to murder her character.

Helena Bonham Carter: no one is going to know what the fuck Dark Shadows is about: “It’s a soap opera, but it’s very, very subtle. I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s a ghost story, but then it’s an unhappy vampire story.”

Live action Catwoman fight scene: a fan film inspired by Arkham City.

Cabin in the Woods trailer: Joss Whedon = my ass in a seat.

Computers and Technology

The promise of the 15-inch Macbook Air: Want. So. Bad. I need to write more books so I can afford all of the things.

Kindle Fire v Nook Tablet: which should you buy: A pretty detailed comparison that will help you make an informed choice.

Nook Tablet fastest selling Nook in history: Also of interest (to me, anyway) is that sales of nook products (eReaders, tablets, and digital content) increased 85% in just three months. Digital books are the wave of the future, friends. Also also: B&N is still operating in the red, but they’re working their way back to profitability. I think by this time next year, they’ll be back in the black.


Kidnapper sues victims for escaping: The fact that these people had to hire a lawyer to deal with this is a travesty.


Comment of the week: On Slashdot, this is what the scientific method is all about.

Politics and Religion

Why you shouldn’t donate to the Salvation Army: Religious charities: just say no.

The Obamacare Bomb goes off today: Because this is good for the middle class, the insurance companies are of course livid about it. On the other hand, fuck them, right?

0 responses to “This Week on the Web”

  1. Brian in Shortsville says:

    I’ve always thought PayPal was an extra, unnecessary step in getting things from the internet. I don’t now why vendors pay a vig to them, when VeriSign is perfectly sufficient.

    You’re just pissed that someone got into your safe deposit box and robbed the Damon Salvatore Galvin you were saving for a rainy day.

    Do NOT fuck up Barnabas Collins. I remember watching Dark Shadows in black and white after school. Repeat, do NOT fuck up Barnabas Collins.

    Stupid kidnaper goes into the stupid criminal hall-of-fame. Running from a capital crime, in the process of committing another capital crime, you take a NAP? Discouraging that the kidnapped couldn’t ge this suit dismissed as frivolous without hiring an attorney. I could’ve beaten that in five minutes, representing myself. “Under duress” are two words that work in a lot of situations.

    We live in a time when our technological capacity to learn new things, and specifically to test whether what we’ve long accepted as conventional wisdom holds any sand, but it’s too much in the interest of the people who gain influence and funding (looking at YOU Pastor /spits) to encourage us to maintain the status quo and stay ignorant. Remember, Galileo was once excommunicated for proving the sun was at the center of the solar system when the bible said the sun rotated around the Earth. There’s MONEY and status in teaching “intelligent design.” /spits again.

    Bottom line, if your doctor comes into your room and says “I prayed on it, and God/Allah/Jehova/Vishnu told me to… ” fire him and get a new doctor.

    The “Bomb” is one of the few provisions in the ACA (a.k.a. “Obamacare) I actually LIKE. Just getting HR 676 off the ventilator and making it the law of the land would be less confusing and expensive, and do the job MUCH better, but politically, well, there’s a reason it’s on the ventilator.

    Having worked for both, I can tell you with as absolute certainty as I’ll ever claim that, as bad as government red-tape is, the human race has never devised so wasteful, frustrating and inefficient a system as the uniquely American, private for-profit health-care insurer system that’s evolved since de-regulation.

    They ought to shut up and take they’re 15-20% built-in, allowed-for waste under the ACA. Before de-regulation, they were tightly regulated to a profit margin of 1%.

  2. Thomas says:

    PayPal has two things going for it: Mind share and integration. People are used to paying with PayPal, so people are more likely to give you money through them than through Shady Joe’s Money Swap, LLC, and it’s built into a shitton of things already; chances are, if you use a off-the-shelf shopping cart software, it comes with PayPal built in.

    I don’t use off-the-shelf software, so I was going to have to hand-write the code myself. But now, I’ll go with Google Checkout or Amazon… whatever they call their payment system.

    If my doctor wanted to incorporate spiritual aspects into a healing plan … I would fire her ass on the spot. Same thing if she came out as an evolution denier. Instant end to our professional relationship.

    I think I’m going to write up a post on why health insurance is a giant scam.

  3. Brian in Shortsville says:

    OOH! Let me know if I can help with that! Although it’s essence is pretty simple. Your premiums = profit. Paying your doctor for making you well = debt. ergo, they LIKE collecting premiums, and hate doing to the job you pay them to do. And they will go to RIDICULOUSLY expensive, even MORE COSTLY extremes to avoid doing just that. Like they don’t want to set the precedent of actually performing the function they were created to do. That fact is one of very few reasons I went into nursing in the first place. I saw myself as the enema I saw the “industry” needing so badly. Hard to believe I was that naive.

    Also, mad props to Rick Unger for writing that piece. That had to give his editor at Forbes Magazine hives to assign it, and approve it.

  4. Brian in Shortsville says:

    And not for nothing, Dark Shadows (upon memory refreshment) was set in Collinsport, on the rocky coast of… wait for it… Maine.

  5. Thomas says:

    Hey Brian,

    I’ve got the post sketched out all ready … and that’s the basic tact I’m taking with it. If you want to do another guest post, though, I’d be happy to run it.

    Maine is just a great place to set spooky shit, apparently.

  6. Dayna Barter says:

    If only Maine were half as interesting as the world of genre fiction would make it out to be…

  7. Thomas says:

    Just imagine how the people in Forks, Washington feel.

  8. There was a Nancy Drew book set in the town where I grew up! That place wasn’t nearly as mysterious as Nan, George and Bess would have one believe, either.

  9. Thomas says:

    Barnes & Noble used to have a whole section on the interesting things that happened in this area, until they realized no one believed them.

  10. Brian in Shortsville says:

    More ammo against the argument that a “government takeover” of health care would raise costs because of bureaucracy. Here’s a private provider taking advantage of the bureaucracy to defraud Medicaid out of nine figures.

    Disclosure: I’ve dealt twice with Maxim Healthcare’s local offices. I’ve run the opposite direction both times. I didn’t have a favorable opinion of that operation before this news came out.

  11. Brian in Shortsville says:

    And most of the reasons that Americans Northwest of Albany speak English instead of French happened right in your backyard during the French and Indian Wars. The Mohawk Valley is LOADED with fascinating history. Visiting Fort Johnson is on my bucket list.

  12. Dear Brian,
    If you ever visit Fort Stanwicks, you should tell us and we’ll meet for drinks 🙂
    – Lady

  13. Stanwix*. Jeez, I drive by it enough, you’d think I’dlearn how to spell it.

  14. Brian in Shortsville says:

    M’lady, I believe, regardless of the pretext, drinks are an inevitability I look forward to. And likewise should y’all ever wander Canandaigua way.

  15. Ellyria says:

    The Lady: gets an automatic win for mentioning Nancy Drew. I love Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mystery novels as a kid (and still do *whistles*)

    Paypal is evil. I used it once for an Ebay auction, then cancelled my account and never used it again. Hooray for foresight.

  16. Brian in Shortsville says:

    Early returns on the ACA: Consumers saved an aggregate $1.5B in their health care expenses, and 24 million Medicare recipients took advantage of the provision that gave them a free annual checkup (which, depending on what their family doctor found, and was able to treat early in his office -as opposed to later, when it’s serious in an ED- that might have been missed if they hadn’t; is going to save them and the taxpayers more money).

  17. fortyseven says:

    My best TVD moments:

    1. One with Caroline:(A) Caroline saving her dad from Damon B) “This is sexy”, “No it’s bad” C) “It says you’re human…Elena”
    2. Damon/Stefan at the bar
    3. Klaus/Mikael from the confrontation until Klaus killing Mikael

  18. Thomas says:

    Hi fortyseven 🙂

    What was the context for “This is sexy”, “No it’s bad”? I don’t remember that scene.

  19. fortyseven says:


    It’s from Disturbing Behavior

  20. Thomas says:

    Oh right! That is a fun scene lol

  21. Brian in Shortsville says:


    I was minding my own business for a change, deleting a bunch of crap I haven’t clicked on my computer in (literally) years, when I ran across this in my “Nursing —> Ethics” folder (sorry original link is long lost. I copied/pasted it into a word.doc.):

    Doctors’ personal beliefs can hinder care
    Survey: Many religious physicians stay mum on controversial treatments
    MSNBC News Services
    Updated: 5:44 p.m. ET Feb 7, 2007

    Do not always expect straight talk from your doctor about treatments he or she disapproves of — 14 percent of physicians believe it is acceptable to withhold information about medical options they oppose morally, such as teen birth control, abortion and sedating dying patients, according to a survey published Wednesday.

    In addition, 29 percent feel no duty to refer patients elsewhere for such treatments.

    The survey of 1,144 doctors around the country is the first major look at how physicians’ religious or moral beliefs might affect patients’ care. Most of the doctors who responded to the poll, conducted by University of Chicago researchers, supported full disclosure and referral to another health care provider if they had moral objections to a treatment or procedure.

    According to an American Medical Association policy statement, doctors can decline to give a treatment sought by an individual that is “incompatible with the physician’s personal, religious or moral beliefs.” But the physician should try to ensure the patient has “access to adequate health care.”

    “If physicians’ ideas translate into their practices, then 14 percent of patients — more than 40 million Americans — may be cared for by physicians who do not believe they are obligated to disclose information about medically available treatments they consider objectionable,” study author Dr. Farr Curlin of the University of Chicago and colleagues wrote.

    “In addition, 29 percent of patients — or nearly 100 million Americans — may be cared for by physicians who do not believe they have an obligation to refer the patient to another provider for such treatments.”
    The survey did not examine whether these doctors act on their beliefs — that is, whether they actually withhold information or refuse to refer patients.

    “Conscientious objection is fine … as long as it doesn’t conflict with the rights of the patient,” said David Magnus, director of Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. “You can’t abandon the patient or essentially coerce the patient by saying you won’t do the procedure or refer them to someone else.”

    The study was published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine and led by Curlin, an ethicist and internist. The findings were based on a survey mailed to 1,820 practicing U.S. family doctors and specialists, chosen randomly from a national database; more than 60 percent responded.
    Religion plays major role

    Doctors describing themselves as very religious, particularly Protestants and Catholics, were much less likely than others to feel obligated to tell patients about controversial treatments or refer them to other doctors, and were far more likely to tell patients if they had moral objections.

    Plenty of doctors object to something, the survey found.

    Overall, 52 percent said they oppose abortion, 42 percent opposed prescribing birth control to 14- to 16-year-olds without parental approval, and 17 percent objected to sedating patients near death.
    Female doctors were much more likely than male ones to feel obligated to refer patients for treatments they personally oppose, far less likely to present their own objections to a patient and slightly more likely to disclose all treatment options.

    Dr. Jeffrey Ecker, chairman of the committee on ethics at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said he was encouraged that most doctors agreed patients deserve to be told about all appropriate medical options and referred to other doctors when needed.

    “There is reason to be concerned about those that don’t do it,” Ecker said. He added that it is possible many doctors in the survey who opposed such disclosures and referrals may be practicing in specialties where they don’t face those issues.

    He said doctors must let patients explicitly know if they are opposed to particular services.

    Rape victims could be denied help

    One big problem area, Magnus said, involves emergency room doctors and emergency contraception for rape victims. He said it is considered standard care to offer the morning-after pill, but that is not done in some Catholic hospitals, according to one small study. Ecker said doctors opposed to emergency contraception should avoid working in an ER for that reason.

    Curlin noted prior research by his team found doctors may be a bit more religious than others — 46 percent of doctors said they attend religious services at least twice a month, compared with 40 percent of the general public. But he found doctors are less likely to carry their religious beliefs into their daily work, with 58 percent saying they do so, versus 73 percent of the general public.

    Curlin said that in light of the new survey findings, if a patient “anticipates wanting a controversial treatment and they don’t know already if their physician opposes it, then they should ask.”

    “I hope it leads to more substantive conversations between doctors and their patients,” he said.

    The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

  22. fortyseven says:

    Disturbing Behavior is my favorite episode for Season 3 so far. It’s probably in my Top 5 but definitely in my Top 10. Have you ever wrote a post on your favorite episodes of TVD?

  23. Thomas says:

    Hi fortyseven,

    I kind of don’t have favorite episodes. I tried to do a top five list once, and just couldn’t. Too much happens in too many episodes for me to chose.

  24. Thomas says:

    Hi Brian,

    Just rescued you from the spam trap.

    That article absolutely disgusts me. I can see it from the doctor’s perspective, but I’m not paying them to give me moral advice, I’m paying them to fix what ails me.

    I guess that’s just one more reason we all need to stay up to speed on what’s happening in the medical world, and be ready to advocate for ourselves.