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Jul 26

valaaia:

privateai:

I went to a McDonald’s drive thru today and there were Mariokart toys in the happy meals and I wasn’t that hungry anyway so I ordered one and was asked “for a girl or a boy” like… not “which toy would they like, the doe-eyed plushie thing or the cute cartoon race cars with stickers” but actually phrased like “which gender of child are you ordering this for, we decide which toy they get”.

No lie when I was a kid in the late 80s I remember them asking the *brand* of toy, i.e. “Barbie Meal or Hot Wheels Meal?” Because they thought it was good marketing to actually mention the brand I think? Kids know brands, they know what they like, don’t fucking tell them what to play with during dinner. Also they totally nerfed the fries. I mean I know why but seriously it’s now like a shotglass worth of fries.

Anyway all I said was “…uh… is Mariokart a boy’s toy?” and he said “…yeah?” and I didn’t want to unload my entire gendered toy rant on a hapless minimum wage teenager while holding up a line in the drive thru so I just said “that one” and handed him money.

So I’ll unload it here Bitch I grew up on Mariokart do not try tell me little girls don’t like Mariokart there is Princess Peach on a pink motorcycle with pink stickers in that toy collection and when I was little I would have killed for Bowser or Yoshi for fuck’s sake ASK THE BRAND NOT THE GENDER.

Having worked at my local McDonalds for a few months, let me tell you a little story about how the store manager put up neat little stickers on all the tills. “11=Boy/12=Girl”. We were no longer supposed to ask people which specific toys the kids wanted. Instead, we had to ask the customer if it was “for a boy or a girl” and then type in the corresponding number - a random (gender-divided ofc) toy would then be picked and put with the kid’s meal. And predictably this led to angry and upset children and completely frustrated parents. Afaik those stickers are still there, and any complaints about that system went unheard.

[Me not following that new rule probably helped in the managers’ decision to fire me during the trial period, I assume. B)]

So ye, most of the service staff don’t actually agree with it either bc it only creates more stress on everyone. “Simplifying and speeding up the ordering process” my ass.

What you mean corporate management is clueless about customer needs because they don’t respect or listen to their service employees who have constant daily contact with them?

I wonder what that’s like *sarcasmIworkretail*

guestuser341 said: SERIOUSLY. I think that there must be a protocol/rule for workers to ask “boy or girl” because they are always SO unmoving about it. the boxes that the toys come in are marked “boy/girl” and the cash register has separate labels for “boy/girl” toys.

I understand if that’s just how they label and record stuff for inventory purposes and to simplify things for employees, but don’t force that on your customers’ kids jeez, give them some credit. They started the gendered meal choices in the first place so they could partner with toy licenses that were largely marketed to one gender or another and still give kids a choice so they wouldn’t be disappointed by something they weren’t interested in. That phrasing isn’t giving them a choice.

And if it’s because they do have employees who need things simplified that much because they can’t remember that “this particular brand is the ‘boy’ toy, just use the ‘boy’ button when they order it” without making inventory errors a lot… well maybe that’s a statement on how complex and arbitrary gendered marketing is, hmm?

dead rat continued

ashatteringofstars said: That was a beautiful eulogy and I really good your neighbors aren’t using poisons too. :(

After thinking about it I’m now very much hoping that he’s just died of old age; so far there’s been no other random animal corpses lying around, and as mentioned he was much larger than his comrades and today I discovered his paws and muzzle were quite grey, which is probably quite an accomplishment for a rat in an area densely populated with cats and dogs and humans. I was sad when I found him (after the passing squick of realizing I had to clean him up somehow) and thought he deserved some respect. 

For his part, that means he more likely chose to die in my yard, rather than being tossed there. I am assuming then it’s normal, beneficial behavior for a rat stay out in the open when dying so flies and carrion animals aren’t attracted to the colony and it stays clear of parasites, but mine is the yard with the birds and seeds, without the mean dachshund or the shrieking children and damned if he didn’t pick the prettiest square yard of my garden to expire in. The bit that’s shaded by the tree where things grow the best, under my vivacious crocosmia and the scrappy blue rescue hydrangea which is now thriving despite its hardships, on top of my new bed of soft green wildflower sproutlings. A few of which he squashed, but I won’t begrudge him that because he would have fertilized them if I’d left him there (except I can’t tolerate looking at maggots for weeks just so a rat can add some natural poetic license to his death sorry buddy.)

Anyway how often does a rat get a pretty death and a funeral. At least I will always have my severely chewed up hummingbird feeder to remember him by.

I went to a McDonald’s drive thru today and there were Mariokart toys in the happy meals and I wasn’t that hungry anyway so I ordered one and was asked “for a girl or a boy” like… not “which toy would they like, the doe-eyed plushie thing or the cute cartoon race cars with stickers” but actually phrased like “which gender of child are you ordering this for, we decide which toy they get”.

No lie when I was a kid in the late 80s I remember them asking the *brand* of toy, i.e. “Barbie Meal or Hot Wheels Meal?” Because they thought it was good marketing to actually mention the brand I think? Kids know brands, they know what they like, don’t fucking tell them what to play with during dinner. Also they totally nerfed the fries. I mean I know why but seriously it’s now like a shotglass worth of fries.

Anyway all I said was “…uh… is Mariokart a boy’s toy?” and he said “…yeah?” and I didn’t want to unload my entire gendered toy rant on a hapless minimum wage teenager while holding up a line in the drive thru so I just said “that one” and handed him money.

So I’ll unload it here Bitch I grew up on Mariokart do not try tell me little girls don’t like Mariokart there is Princess Peach on a pink motorcycle with pink stickers in that toy collection and when I was little I would have killed for Bowser or Yoshi for fuck’s sake ASK THE BRAND NOT THE GENDER.

I just buried a body in my backyard.

A eulogy for the massive patriarch of the 4th Pl. Norwegian Brown Rat Colony, who was found gracefully draped over the brickwork at the edge of my eastern flower bed earlier this evening, likely after being unceremoniously hucked over the fence by asshole neighbors who think their yard is better than mine.

Ahem. He were a big rat - being over a foot long minus his tail and weighing at least 2 lbs or so from what I could tell from lifting His Furriness on the end of my shovel - and a good rat, who never invaded the household nor encouraged his family to do so, who never left a squirrel-mess untidied, who for some reason dug a tunnel under my fence despite there being a gate with six inch ground clearance a foot to the left of it.

He was buried at 8pm this evening under the Big Tree, largely to discourage flies and to discourage his brethren from cannibalizing him in case the asshole neighbors did in fact poison him, and though I would have liked to honor him by making a cool necklace or curio display out of his relatively huge skull, I again weighed in the possibility of my eviction during the process of obtaining said skull and decided against it.

He is mourned, apparently, by the neighborhood Brown Rabbit, who I’ve only seen once before across the street but who was sitting in the middle of my footpath when I came home from work staring forlornly at my gate minutes before I discovered the body. (Gosh for real I hope someone in this neighborhood isn’t using poison, there are buns and birds and cats here. :((( )

Rest in Peace then, may your hereafter be full of tall grass and sunflower seeds and free of annoying squirrels and angry birds and mean dachshunds.

Jul 19

A Study in Purple and Glowy Blue and Grumpy.
Warm up sketch I colored because I don’t know what “warm up sketch” means, but do know what “procrastination” means.

A Study in Purple and Glowy Blue and Grumpy.

Warm up sketch I colored because I don’t know what “warm up sketch” means, but do know what “procrastination” means.

Jul 16

URGENT -

seabastion:

reminder to mmo tags that if your game has dealt with recent shutdowns it may not be their fault. this twitter user claims/may be the cause. Shutting them down (via DDoSing) for fun. signal boost please.

games claimed to be affected:

elsword
archeage
wildstar
everquest

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Jul 15

Man I hadn’t even thought about Fire Emblem since taking it out of my ds to put in Bravely Default but after that Sm4sh announcement I spent all day with military breeding sim feels. D:

I think there’s a ton of dlc I havent played?

Jul 14

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