I’m on vacation this week, and it’s a beautiful Tuesday morning. Bright sunshine, slight breeze, 76 degrees of perfection. My wife has just left for work, and I decide to buzz over to McDonalds and procure some breakfast to consume on my backyard deck. But before I go, I realize that Yoshi, “World’s Cutest Puppy”, would like to go for a walk. Thinking this can only improve my appetite, I oblige him (08:30-ish).
Our block is long and lozenge shaped, and a course we know well. We’re padding along clockwise, between turns 1 and 2, when I spy a woman jogging along from our left to right, on the street we’re perpendicular to. Then, to my amazement- and great trepidation- I see she’s got not one, or two, but THREE un-leashed dogs padding along with her. Seriously??? Read the rest of this entry →
I recently had an incident where I was dinged on a Capital One credit card for a 40$ late fee, which put me over-limit and generated another 40$ fee. This caused my minimum due to be more than double the usual, and the whole thing came as a complete shock as I’d sent the payment for that month (or so I believed). This set my blood to boiling, as I knew there was going to be some arcane term under which Capital One would declare a right to impose these fees, and my pleas that they are unfair and excessive and should be removed would fall on deaf ears… or so I thought. Read the rest of this entry →
So I was wondering if I could edit and post from my new, X-mas-ey Nintendo DSi while watching the DAL v. MIN Divisional playoff game. Turns out that I can!
As neither myself nor my fairlady wife are required- by prior arrangement, and not due to any socio-economic dis-shevelment- to report to our places of work for the rest of the decade, let me just say;
“We’re on vay-kay-shun,
We’re on vay-kay-shun…” (so where’s my 18 inches of snow?)
For the past year and a half or so I’ve been exploring the applications and virtues of various Belgian ales, which began appearing at market with great frequency. In my humble opinion, Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, with a pricey ribeye and warm cheddar cheese bread from Whole Foods, is sex in a bottle. Just wish they would stock it more regularly (for the record, there’s a domestic outfit called Ommegang that does a decent facsimile)! Read the rest of this entry →
There’s been quite a bit of ballyhoo in the world of tech media lately regarding the disbursement of the $1.000,000 “Netflix Prize”, awarded “to the first person or group to improve the accuracy of their movie recommendations by 10 percent. Specifically, the winning team had to come closer than Netflix in calculating how many stars each user would give to a particular flick”.
That article begins by describing a “top rater” who supposedly rated in excess of 5000 movies in a single day (an average of 5 a minute for 16 hours). Leaving off that on its face such a stunt can’t possibly produce evaluations of any true merit, but is more the evidence of obsessive status-seeking within a particular online community, it does speak to the popularity of some of the more esoteric services Netflix provides. I know there are folks out there who place a lot of importance not only on their lovingly-crafted queues, but also on what others think of them, and their filmic opinions. That’s all fine and dandy, good on’em, but I’m the exact opposite, and if Netflix really valued me as a consumer, they would provide a “Leave Me The Fuck Alone” button.
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Was discussing this older photo with me mate SteveTheBrit the other morning, and decided to use it as an excuse to post something, as I’ve been particularly slack of late.
It isn’t a technically great photo, but it tells a very clear story. It also keenly demonstrates the uses and particular joys of ‘serendipity’ for the amateur photographer. Interesting candid shots on crowded streets are difficult to get in the best of times; more often than not there’s someone in shot looking directly into the lens, and usually glaring as if you’d caught them coming out of the shower (you know about shrinkage, don’t you?) Read the rest of this entry →
Below is the text of an email I sent to some Target bigwigs (thanks to an “EECB” link to their email addresses at The Consumerist blog), after an un-satisfying shopping experience yesterday. My complaint is duly detailed in the missive, so I’ll just cut-n-paste that here-
I just had the most surprising and unpleasant experience this morning, at your store located at 60 Yorktown Shopping Center, in Lombard, IL 60148. Having just been paid, and flush with disposable income, I ventured into the electronics department to peruse the ‘clearance’ items there. I’ve often found great bargains on video games, and to my delight there was a copy of “Ninja Blade” for the XBOX360, reduced to a mere 27$. As this game was released only a month or so ago, and I’d nearly paid full price elsewhere for it, I grabbed it. I also picked up several other sundries, and proceeded to the checkout. Read the rest of this entry →
It was never my intention to make this site about my car, but then again, I haven’t been so motivated to work on a project as much as I have been to pimp this ride. After the new air intake, the next logical step is to open up the back end and relieve some of the sluggishness Chrysler built into the vehicle to keep it attractive to it’s core demo of ‘Sunday Drivers’.
So, once more into the toolbox we delve…
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I wrote about all the things I love about HULU here, and I wrote about all the things I hate about ABC Online (and their other glaring content delivery failures) here, so imagine my chagrin when I read in the elevator at work this morning that the proverbial twain was in danger of actually meeting. According to Peter Kafka at All Things Digital the rat-bastards at Disney are trying to seduce my beloved Hulu.
For weeks now, I’ve been hearing chatter that Disney was close to doing a distribution deal with Hulu. Disney would give Hulu exclusive access to at least some of its online video in exchange for an equity stake alongside GE’s (GE) NBC and News Corp.’s (NWS) Fox. And accompanying said chatter was this refrain: Why?
He proceeds to speculate that Disney CEO Bob Iger’s intent is to roil the innards of other potential beaus, e.g. Google & ComCast, and personally I’d rather belive that’s the case. It leaves open the possibility that Disney won’t ravage Hulu with its hyper-suck. But I’m more inclined to believe that Disney sees in Hulu a content-delivery mechanism far more innovative, far more stream-lined, and by obvious extension immeasurably more popular than their own horrible offerings, and they won’t be able to sleep until they’ve wrecked it with the same endless loops of Disney commercials they subject us to in their two-week-late HD offerings “On Demand”.
And just to be sure my earlier impressions of ABC Online weren’t tainted by a glitch at the time I blasted them, I went back this morning and tried to watch “Lost” again, using their Streaming HD Player. Well they’ve upgraded the top level go-dot-abc-dot-com page- it now AUTO-PLAYS a fucking BofA commercial when you access it. And the stream quality of the alleged HD Player is still pathetic and awful, like a mouthful of cold stewed tomatoes from a dumpster.
Oh, and for good measure, I’d like to point out that Disney is run by right-wing corporationalists tools, so they suck for that too.
HULU, do NOT partner with Disney. Please, don’t make me hate you too.
Before I delve into the installation of the Weapon*R Secret Weapon intake, let me define myself in terms of automotive and mechanical understanding and facility. I am by no means a “gear-head”, though I do like to drive cars that perform above stock. I grasp that controlled explosions impel pistons to turn a crankshaft that eventually rotates the drive axle, and we roll away. I do not understand compression ratios and gearing and timing, and the more sublime aspects of engine and transmission operation. I can and have repaired and/or replaced brakes, starters, exhaust parts, and all of the usual “tune-up” suspects (plugs, filters, fluids, etc). In other words, the typical “weekend warrior” stuff.
Normally, it’s been in avoidance of 3rd-party labor rates when a repair was needed; not since my early twenties have I had- or cared to have- what could be considered a “project” car, that I’ve desired to work on for the sake of it. That’s recently changed, however, as I’ve aquired a 2001 Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible that’s so clean and so mechanically sound that it causes me to lose sleep thinking of all the ways I want to show her my bolt-on love. So for all intents and purposes, this is a layman’s review. There will be no useful technical evaluation, but rather I will descibe my experience installing it, and tell you if the Weapon*R seems a genuine “go-faster” or not.
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