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...Did I leave the gas on? -- No! I'm a fucking squirrel! - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
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...Did I leave the gas on? -- No! I'm a fucking squirrel!
In the end, I gave in and resorted to the brute-force "physical" transfer via the external USB drive, which since it's the same size as the one in Formerly and hasn't really been used for much in the last two years turned out to be relatively easy to "find" space enough on for the files that needed to make the spacewalk. Note to Self: for future reference, try to remember before initiating a 3-gig file transfer that you did, after all, come home from the shop with an external-drive-case fit for USB 2.0 speeds, and that said 2.0 drive works at a much higher percentage of its rated speed when it's not trying to cram itself through the old 1.1 hub that it was still connected to. (The same sized transfer, once I had figured this out, dropping from two hours to about five minutes.) Files arrived safely, and the house is now festooned with backup CDs of the Manuscript and all its little friends. Mm, catching up on technology.

And then, I fired up Safari to discover that my custom flist filters wouldn't let me log in to them. This was so not the night for LJ to play practical jokes with their cookies, after everything I've been through computerwise this week...



Random Thing to Worry About for 01/24/2006: thanks to unhipster, I have learned that there is apparently a sex offender living across the hall. Will raise this issue as discreetly as I can with the Landlord at next opportunity.
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polyfrog From: polyfrog Date: January 24th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Ahem.
Consider the following scenario:
Two siblings, 13 and 15 are found inappropriately touching each other. They're kids, and they're curious, and neither one can now say whose idea it was.
But because the 15 year old is male, he is convicted of child molestation and branded a "sex offender." For life. Forever. He has to tell the police when he moves, so that that database you just checked can be updated.
Fast forward 10 years. He has his own apartment. It happens to be in your building. Now you are going to "raise this issue" with the landlord...and he'll have to move again.
I'm not saying you should not be concerned; the person across the hall from you could just as easily be a serial rapist. All I'm saying is that "Sex offender" is much too broad a label to be useful, and I think that database, especially being so easily publicly accessible, is a gross invasion of it's subject's privacy.

(That 15 year old kid? I know his father. He's actually 17 now, and is still under a court order not to ever be alone with his own sibling. Who (the sibling) still maintains that it was as much her idea as his.)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 24th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Considering that one of the previous tenants in that unit was a bonafide drug dealer, it doesn't exactly give me confidence in our landlady's screening procedures; I do see your point about painting with a broad brush, it's just that in my particular scenario I'd like to have some more details about who I may bump into as I'm unlocking my front door. (FWIW, Mum says that the picture given doesn't ring a bell, so the database may already be out of date -- also something one would like to look into, one way or the other.) I wouldn't agitate to drive the guy out -- hell, I've already been wanting to move for a good while -- it's just that as freakish neighbors go, I've had about enough out of this place to last me, and having to wonder if I've got one now who may even be in the habit of pushing women into their own apartments and doing lord knows what to them gets my hackles up. 'S a girl thing, I know, but there you are.
polyfrog From: polyfrog Date: January 24th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
My point is that "Sex Offender" is such a scarlet letter that bringing the question up with your landlady may be enough to get your neighbor thrown out. Especially if your landlady has had "problem tenants" in the past.

Again; feeling safe in your own home is important. I'm not saying you shouldn't do this. I'm only trying to point out some of the issues hidden in the background that you may not have considered before you do so.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 25th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Yeah, I've been mulling it over all day considering what it is that I really need out of the landlady as such; what I've come up with is that, either the registry came up when the alleged SO applied for the apartment, in which case I'm a wee bit peeved that the LL didn't at least mention it to the two single women and the elderly lady sharing his landing (so we can make our own informed decisions about our continued tenancy in that cluster), or, it didn't come up when the alleged SO applied for the apartment, in which case I want to have a word with the LL about some of her ideas about the security in this joint (like doing something to address the rocket-scientists who leave the back door open in the dead of winter, for example). Chiefly, I want to know if she has any information about the nature of the case that she's at liberty to share with the other tenants in the immediate vicinity (IE we who have doors opening onto that landing), and if she didn't know about it at all, after the incident with the drug-dealer, why not. Because coming across this sort of thing at random on the internet doesn't strike me as the original intent of the registry, you see? My primary beef isn't even with the guy at this point (whom I've never personally run into so far, the unit's only been occupied for a few months) so much as with the landlady's overall handling of the building, which as I'm frequently bitching here is lax at best.

And anyway it took her a year to throw out Roach Ranch Lady and nearly two to get around to booting the dealer (even after he/she/they wrecked up the laundry room to steal the quarters... three times), so I don't think the SO would have all that much to worry about... :)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 25th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
(Oo, found the local part of the site that has more specifics: "violent criminal sexual assault against a victim over the age of 18", gee, how nice... {grumble} I was already afraid to go down to the laundry room alone...)
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unhipster From: unhipster Date: January 25th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
You noticed that, too? Creepy.
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robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 25th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Living on my block, enh -- like you say, I'm an adult, and it's not like we didn't know cities are full of crazies, even violent sex offenders have to live somewhere -- it's the "five feet away" part of this particular guy that's got me concerned, especially since it's what one would consider 'inside the perimeter' so far as Alleged Security goes (past the gate and the downstairs door, not that those are much help with these Rocket Scientists around here). Too many news stories out there that go, "and then he pushed into her apartment..." for my taste.
unhipster From: unhipster Date: January 26th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Weird.
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