Our computers were 'updated' to make them more accesable and friendly. To make the check-out faster and more effective, to make things more enjoyable for our guests. Let me tell ya, it ain't working. shakes head I just don't know, they are...difficult and temperamental. They shut you out when you lest expect them to and then you have to relog in, which takes up quite a lot of time.
I hate it. I absolutely despire, revile, detest, and hate this new programing, though I do like having a scanner b/c it does reduce a bit of the searching for the items on the many (many) numerous menus on the computer. But the print is impossibly tiny and the colors they used, not the best. Grey on black, oh yeah, like that makes sense.
It's annoying. That's what it is.
This new system has made things more difficult, even if the scanner has relieved us of some of the pressure of actually typing in the numbers on it. We still end up having to type in numbers in order to give discounts, because who works and carries their card with them at all times? Especially if you're only going on a 15 minute break? Those cards are thin paper, not made for constant carrying around in one's pocket. It ain't a credit card, people. Easily damanged-and harder to replace
But being at butt monkey status means that I don't have a voice to express my displeasure.
Of course, I am not the only one upset with. Most of the people I work with are annoyed by it b/c it means that they have to carry their card. Or give us their number for us to type in. Either way, its time consuming b/c we've got to open another menu for that option and then another one when we've selected the appropiate option. And it takes forever to warn up and sometimes doubles up on orders when we only needed one item. Of course, we can't void the order-we have to void the item, bit by bit.
Yeah, this is really saving us time. (sarcastic tone)
And now for the quote, which is what I'm sure people would rather hear about.
"Labyrinth of Evil" by James Luceno, pg. 170-171:
"Sidious turned to Dooku, grinning malevolently. "Their single mindedness will deliver them into our hands, Lord Tyrannus. We will set our trap for them on Naos Three."
Dooku allowed his skepticism to show. "As remote a world as can be found in known space, my lord."
"Nevertheless, Kenobi and young Skywalker will find their way to it."
Dooku decided to take it on faith. "What would you have me do"
"Nothing more than make arrangements-for you are needed elsewhere. Employ outsiders."
Dooku nodded. "Is is done."
"One small addendum. See to it that Obi-Wan Kenobi ceases to be an irritant." Sidious sneered the name.
"He represents so forceful a threat to our plans?"
Sidious shook his head. "But Skywalker does. And Kenobi...Kenobi has been a father to him. Orphan Skywalker once and for all, and he will shift."
"To the Dark Side."
Sidious gazed at him. "In good time, Lord Tyrannus. All in good time."
Two things struck me about this particular passage in the book.
First off, for all of Sidious "amazing" farsighted abilities, he sure didn't get the bond between Anakin and Obi-Wan did he?
The true extent of it that Dooku began to grasp later on while watching them on Tythe searching for him. While watching them fight the droids he'd sent after them, the unity of their motions that perfectly complimented each other, that compensated for the others weaknesses. He saw the true extent of their partnersip-the depth and breadth of it-that they were balanced together.
And yet, SIdious saw more than others did.
He realized that if you take Obi-Wan out of the equation, you leave Anakin completely vulnerable. That the bond between them was keeping Anakin on the side of the Jedi. Thus, the continual orders to kill Obi-Wan. (Not to mention, he wanted to make him pay for killing Maul.) He wanted Anakin orphaned and alone-I firmly believe that he got the Tusken Raiders to kidnap and torment Anakin's mother knowing that it would make him vulnerable. He knew that it would deeply affect Anakin-especially since he couldn't help her out.
He encouraged a bitterness in him towards the Jedi Order, towards the restrictions they placed upon him.
And yet, Sidious did not take into account Anakin's determination to keep Obi-Wan alive and at his side. It was not until much later-in "RotS" to be precise-when Anakin made it quite clear that he valued Obi-Wan over everything that Sidious realized he had to do something else. ("His fate will be the same as ours" "And drop Obi-Wan? Not in this milenium.) He had to separate them before he could tempt Anakin to fall to the Dark Side.
Because as long as Obi-Wan was with him, Anakin would stay strong. Stay firmly on the side with the Jedi.
And secondly, the start of Sidious' betrayal of Dooku has begun here-or at least, this is were I started to twig to it. He never outright agrees or disagrees with Dooku about Anakin becoming his-meaning Tyrannus'-apprentice. We know from the "RotS" novelization that Dooku was expecting to become Anakin's Master. Yet, that is not the way of the SIth. There can only be two-and the fact that Dooku does not know this-or acknowledge it-reveals his own naiveness in the business of being a Sith.
Interesting that all of SIdious' apprentices are innocent and naive in some way. They all believe in what they are doing for him and with him. They believe that Sidious is on their side-that he will help them. That he will teach them all that he knows, that he will guide them along the path towards achieving their goals.
For Maul, it was simply this-revenge on the Jedi. Very single minded is Maul. There is no questioning him about it. He is Sith, they are the Jedi and his enemies. Therefore, they must be disposed of.
For Dooku, it was the reorganization of the Galaxy-making it a government of man and to no longer live simply by the way of the Force, to allow it to dictate the path one should take. He no longer wants to live complacently.
For Anakin, it was merely to save Padme and Obi-Wan. To a lesser extent, he wished to preserve the Republic, to bring peace to the Galaxy.
Yet, all of them were betrayed.
All were decieved.
Sidious is only interested in Sidious' welfare.
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