Let's compare recent email trends that I've been seeing a lot of.
Cool Email Trend: Gmail's ability to keep emails together leading people to send quick emails. Example email:
In emailing with my D&D group to coordinate a time when we could get together, Angie mentioned that her art gallery opening was soon but didn't mention a time. I emailed back with "what time" and then she did a quick reply with the correct time. Anyone in the group viewing the email afterword would have that conversation preserved and anyone that needed to figure out what time we could meet could have all the information in one easy to read email conversation, rather than 43 (the final number of emails in the thread).
Uncool Email Trend: Quick email replies in any other context.
I emailed the local Comcast rep to get a business account set up for a corporate suite and he emailed me back to let me know the potential time we could schedule it for. I wrote him back, saying,
Hi [Name] and thanks for your helpHere is his email response in it's entirety:
That would work out great, but we are open 10am-4pm on Saturday. Could we perhaps move the install date to Friday 5/8?
Also, way to totally overburn the edges of that photo, NYTimes.
No Springs Monday, April 27, 2009 | comments
in other news, Hulu needs a less processing-intensive flash player.
Money please, AT&T Friday, April 24, 2009 | comments
1) Today I received a letter in the mail that told me in order to get my reward, I would have to log onto their website and get it
2) I had to relookup my AT&T acct number
3) I then had to go through a two screen process in which I picked the only option: $100 check. This check will be mailed to me.
4) I hit submit on this screen and ended up back at the first screen. Just to double check that it went through, I tried redeeming it and it says it was "In cart, not redeemed"
5) So I redeemed it
6) My reward is expected to be shipped by 5/24 (a month from now)
7) Then it's off to the bank to cash it.
I'm guessing that someone figured out the more steps you put in, the more likely someone is not to redeem their reward? Our credit card rewards work in the same way. If you're getting back $50, they can do it as a credit on your account. If you are getting less, they send it back as a check (only in increments of $10) which you then have to take to the bank (the same company that issued it) in order to get the money.
The red graph shows data uploaded. The plateau is me sending an email with a few differnt attachments. The yellow spike (data downloaded) is when I checked my sent items folder and my email client had to download that same email I just sent from the server.
The graph doesn't ever zero out because I have Windows Picture Manager open on a file on the network and for whatever reason that constantly uses a small amount of bandwidth.
If you thought that was exciting, you should watch CPU usage! If you didn't think that was exciting, you probably weren't the only reader out there with that thought.
"A pair of friends in Pennsylvania decided to pursue the world record for text messaging. After they reached 217,000 texts, they learned that one of their providers, T-Mobile, really had an upper limit to "unlimited" texting, and sending 217,000 texts led to a $26,000 phone bill that cost $27 just to mail.
Theoretically, the plan is unlimited, but T-Mobile's system does technically have a limit of 100,000 messages. Procedures for what to do when a customer exceeds that limit didn't exist, since no customer ever had."
A Heinous Use of Comic Sans Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | comments
C3PO Jeans Monday, April 20, 2009 | comments
And there. I've now been able to get rid of all my open tabs. That's all the posts for today. See you tomorrow.
During a screening of "Zoolander," audience members could heckle the movie via text, then watch as their comments appeared onscreen with the film: "I want a comb-over like Trump" and "Breakdance fighting is becoming more popular in UFC."http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0416-twitter-moviesapr16,0,3057577.story
A young woman's hoax call about an armed robbery designed to distract police so she could drive home after drinking backfired on her.
A young couple who had been out drinking around 1am this morning thought they could outsmart police with a hoax call after they were told not to drive home, North Shore area commander inspector Les Paterson says.
After telling police they would walk to a nearby taxi stand, they instead they called 111 and reported a bogus incident of masked men with guns on the forecourt of a service station about 500 metres away.
"They had the brief pleasure of watching a bunch of police cars whiz past, they then jumped in their car intending to drive off in the opposite direction but a police officer took a detour on a 'hunch' and located them."
The pair denied making the call so the police communications centre redialled the number that had rung 111 and to the young woman's embarrassment the phone she was holding started ringing.
She then admitted her actions, Mr Paterson says.
A 22 year old east Auckland woman was arrested for making a false complaint and attempting to drive with excess breath alcohol and will appear in the North Shore District Court next week.
From this point on everything happened really fast. Rory appeared at the point where the noise came from. One of the man saw her and pointed his gun in her direction. Luke noticed it and made a movement to her. Then a bullet crossed the room…Lorelai was screaming “NO!”…and it hit Luke in the back. In the aftermath the two man grabbed the money and escaped.Luke may be dead, but at least Rory is still alive to love Jess.
Alright then, so what is up in other TV universes? What ever happened on Boy Meets World? What is Eric up to?
"He stroked his gray hair with tender, loving fingers, his worried eyes fixated upon his handsome face. His love's face twitched, and Eric's breath caught in his throat. He did not want to wake him. He needed his sleep, but just as badly, he needed to be here with him, touching him, reassuring himself that he still lived and was all right."
But it's not just TV sitcoms that get fanfics...
She made her way up to Bill, then took his hand into hers, and he could see a light, 100 watts of perfection, glowing in their midst. Life was good.OH IT'S ON NOW
“Do you, Bill Nye, the science guy, take Jill Hurl, the science girl, as your wife?”
Bill was choking with tears. “I just…yes!” he exclaimed, looking into Jill’s eyes.
Jill also gazed into his eyes as well.
“And do you, Jill Hurl, the science girl, take Bill Nye, the science guy, as your husband?”
“I do! I do! But on one exception-“ she pronounced.
“And what’s that, Jill, anything for you!” Bill smiled.
“We’re taking my last name. I don’t want people to know I’m married to THE Bill Nye. After all, everyone knows I’m too smart for you!”
“Wha-what? I AM NOT STUPID!” Bill screamed.
“Oh yes you are!” Jill taunted.
“NO I AM NOT!”
“Well I bet I can create a better science show than you!” Jill challenged.
Prophecy Mailer Saturday, April 18, 2009 | comments
Dear Adobe Acrobat, Friday, April 17, 2009 | comments
Stuck in prison? Thursday, April 16, 2009 | comments
More than drymouth Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | comments
me: who wrote the caption! tell me the entire glorious backstory
Amber: a couple weeks ago i was playing on their lolcat builder
and i couldn't think of a caption to submit it with, so i just scratched the idea
but i guess if you load it onto the builder they have the photo still
so someone added the caption and it was just randomly on there when i looked today!!!!
If there can be one girl-cat-named-after-a-boy-person on ICHC with Ozzie, then Zooey needs a piece of the fame. I'm looking at you, Joel.
But unlike your newspaper variety, this puzzle is more than 100ft high and fills the entire external wall of a tall building in the historic city of Lvov.
Clues to the massive puzzle, which is 19 squares across and 34 squares high, have been scattered around the city's major landmarks and attractions including parks, fountains, and theatres.
The brainteaser is too big to be penned by hand, so fluorescent letters are placed inside every square and turned on at night revealing the complete solution."
It was a giant empty box that Comcast had sent us to send back our old cable boxes in.
Time saving alert: nothing happens at the end of the video.
A case of the blues Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | comments
"AN architect has painted his entire house, and everything in it, bright blue as part of a barmy experiment.
Not even the pot plants have escaped an airbrushing.
Arty Peter Kaschnig said he wanted to see the psychological effects of living surrounded by just one colour."
Well, what did you expect would happen? Monday, April 13, 2009 | comments
One adult polar bit her several times after she plunged into the moat, police said."
But then their email will be something like JDoe83@website.com
Digg declares this the best halloween costume of the year Sunday, April 12, 2009 | comments
"Sioux City's finest practiced their cat-herding skills Friday afternoon after pulling over a woman driving on Interstate 29 with approximately 20 cats roaming her Dodge Neon.http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2009/04/11/news/local/d09db42c89bc240b86257595000bdc50.txt
Sioux City Police Sgt. David Bishop said Patricia Edwards, of Garland, Texas, was pulled over just as she crossed from Iowa into South Dakota, because the sheer number of uncaged cats in the car was a driving hazard.
"She's got so many cats she can barely see out the back of the car," Bishop said.
Things got interesting when four of the cats crawled out of the car while Edwards was standing outside the vehicle talking to police. She quickly grabbed one of the cats, but the other three made a break for it."
[watching this was like watching the end of a movie]
Anyhow, back when we were getting our AT&T appointment set up, I mentioned how it was nice because now I could call Comcast and schedule our turn off date. The AT&T rep told me that I shouldn't do that yet because they "wouldn't want any interruptions of service" and AT&T's email confirming my appointment told me the same thing. I ended up not calling Comcast anyhow just because I knew our appointment time may have needed to change.
So Saturday I called Comcast to get service shut off. They took me through the usual stuff ("We're sorry to lose you as a customer" etc) and then got to the part that I knew was coming: they offered me deals (in fact they offered me the triple play for $10 below list price). I turned them down and was happy with the service rep who did her job without being a jerk about it.
Anyhow, I realized that that's the reason why AT&T didn't want me to call and cancel service: if I called before I had AT&T service, Comcast would have the opportunity to try and get me to reconsider and could point out that AT&T has a long installation. So in "making sure I have uninterrupted service" AT&T is also making sure that I don't get to talk to Comcast until Comcast has already lost me. Pretty smart.
I like Giovanni Bellinni's Pieta because it's one of the few death of Jesus ones where you look at his face and He truly looks dead and like He has suffered greatly in death. He doesn't look like he is sleeping and there aren't little cherubs floating about. I think it gives better perspective to the whole suffering and really makes you think more about the time on earth between His death and His ascension and makes you wonder what dark times those must have been between the time He died and came back. It makes the resurrection all the more miraculous.
Worst National Anthem Saturday, April 11, 2009 | comments
"Soul Makossa" is a 1972 single by Cameroonian makossa saxophonist Manu Dibango. [...] It is probably best remembered for the chanted vocal refrain "Mama-ko, mama-sa, ma-ka-ma-ko-ssa", which was also used in Michael Jackson's 1983 "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (albeit in a different key with a not-so-monophonic melody) during the song's final bridge. It is also sampled in the hip hop song "Face Off" by artist Jay-Z on his album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 as well as the single "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna. "Makossa" means "(I) dance" in Duala, a Cameroonian language."
I don't get $30 of enjoyment out of being able to check my email from anywhere, but it's crazy how you get accustomed to it. Karen's laptop lives very near the bed, but she would find herself checking for emails on her phone instead. And when I would go to bed, even though I was at my computer 20 minutes ago, I would check to see if any new emails came in. If I woke up before my alarm, I'd always check my emails right after I checked the time.
In the end though, I like having money more than I like looking at lolcats on the go via mobile Google Reader. But only slightly.
Let this be a lesson, parents. This is what happens when youth are IN shows that have too much violence in them. Who's next? Leonardo?
Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”I think it's the article's last paragraph that really makes it.
“This is not sustainable,” he said.
Cat Shirt 2 Friday, April 10, 2009 | comments
Someone out there sees this shirt and says "This shirt says so much about me! I must have it!"
According to USA Today, Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, accounts for 16 percent of all book sales so far this year. Sixteen percent! In other words, just under 1 in 6 of all books sold had "Stephenie Meyer" on the cover.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh [and one myspace]In an unrelated note, I canceled my myspace account today. I can't even keep up with facebook, let alone the same people friending me on myspace (and I can't even remember why I made a myspace acct). Cancelling is a multi step process that involves myspace saying "are you SURE you want to do this?" every step of the way. So now I can just behind on keeping up with one site rather than two.
While I have you reading, if you are my facebook friend, please allow me to wish you a happy early/late birthday.
Easter Bunny Dissected Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | comments
10 Star Wars Characters with More History Than You'd Think Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | comments
I know I'm not the first blogger to point this out, but Nintendo needs to get some new games out there. And by new games I don't mean "Release the same Pikmin game but this time with motion controls".
It's funny how many of the Wii's top games have already been done before. When Nintendo does put out an original game, it does great (see: Wii Fit, Wii Sports).
The weird thing is, despite the wild success of Miis, Nintendo hasn't done anything with them since, what, Wii play? I'm of course not counting the fact that Miis show up on the sidelines in Mario Kart.
There was a letter in the most recent issue of Nintendo Power in which the reader suggested that they make a Mii RPG in which, at the start of the game, you get to pick who is in your party and who the evil bad guy is. So I could play the game being the lead w/ Karen as the cleric and together we could try to overcome Steven Colbert. Genius. Everyone would buy this.
I'm not sure why the wii is so short on innovative games. The DS gets great titles like Elite Beat Agents, Professor Layton, and Brain Age, but they just keep working on the same old franchises on Wii. As the letter shows, it's not like there's a shortage of good ideas out there
p.s. Nintendo, if you want ideas on how to make Animal Crossing 2, I would happily tell you how to make the game different and new
In the end, I think the next game that Karen and I are most looking forward to for the Wii would be the virtual console release of Super Mario World 2 from the SNES.
E3 is coming up, but so far the rumors about what's going to be shown include a new Zelda and the new Punchout. Punchout features the same character as the NES version.
Hey, why not drink soda off the floor? Monday, April 6, 2009 | comments
Edit: Also, Karen suggested that this was perhaps someone doing a voiceover, but the exact same video plays on their website.
I am going to make a product called the SmartCrazyStraw that you use to suck spilled liquids right off the floor. Only $1! And you call now I'll give you 2 for the price of one (just pay separate processing and handling).
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It's one thing to pay $1250/mo plus utilities to live at your own one bedroom apartment, but it seems like it would be really hard to find another person that wants to do that so you get a two bedroom together. And I realize that people get 6 bedroom houses together, but they do that to save money because it's cheaper when you split something six ways.
Another intersting thing about this place is they allow people to sign individual leases. Everyone's responsible for their own rent rather than being jointly responsible. It sounds good if you think about the "what if a roommate skips town and we are responsible for his rent" scenario, but at the same time if that roommate did skip town, the Zaragon people would be able to fill that vacancy themselves and you could end up with a random living with you.
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