Work order: "The bulb for the light in the kitchen over the sink is out"
Maintenance closing comment: "Resident realized switch on light was off"
They had some really great special effects and had things pretty well planned out. They had spikes that looked like they were going to crush you, faces that appeared out of nowhere, bookcases that looked like they were going to fall down, a hall of mirrors, and all sorts of other neat stuff.
For me, one of the coolest things was the gimmick that they run where if you answer the Wizard's riddle at the end, you get double your money back. Supposedly only twelve people have done it, and unfortunately we weren't one of them. We didn't even get to see the wizard.
How it works is, there will be different things that happen throughout the event. Someone asked us what the phone number was at the beginning, and we remembered that and got a magic gem/glass bead. Then later there was guy that was like "stick your hand in this corpse" and I did and there was a gem in there. We failed at a part where there was a guy that asked us what his name was so somewhere we must have missed seeing a labeled picture of him or something. We got a third gem from a treasure room and then turned them in to a sea hag who sent us on through the exit (where someone chased us out with a chainsaw). I'm assuming if we had the right number of gems, we would have gone to the wizard to get one final riddle.
We had a lot of fun though despite not besting the wizard. We were in a group with a high school guy and two girls, so me and the other guy covered the front and back while everyone else squeezed together in the middle. All participants made it out alive.
I think it would be fun to conduct the interviews for the haunted house actors where you say "Ok, now you're in an asylum and there's someone that's breaking through that door. Give me your best terrified scream." I'm not sure how they have any voice left after screaming all day.
Usually these companies call us as telemarketing calls where they say that they are "just calling to update your listing". "Are you still located at [Address]?" they ask, "Is your preferred phone number still [phone number they called you on]?".
If you put up with them that long, they're very careful to try and get you to say that you're the owner of the business or able to act on behalf of the owner and then they tell you that the call is about to be recorded and then they transfer you to someone that talks very quickly. All so later, when you say, "I didn't sign up for your service!" they can play the call back to you.
I, of course, realized what they were doing and said that I wasn't interested. "But updating your listing is free!" they protest. "Click" says my phone.
Anyhow, so now we have this fax that came in under the guise of "hey, time to update your listing!"
Excerpts from the fine print: "The company listed about gives approval for the above given date and orders registration at YellowPage-Michigan.com by Yellow Publishing Ltd. Registration in the directory is for a term of two years at a cost of $89 per month payable one year in advance with 14 day payment terms. [...] This agreement automatically renews for one year if it is not terminated at least three months before the agreement end."
And then twice they want to remind you "Yellow Publishing Ltd. is not responsible for any errors, omissions or other erroneous data appearing in the company's directory listing. All errors are the sole responsibility of the customer."
Then they go on to say how payment is still required even if you ask to be removed. Not only that, but if you sue them, you're responsible for their attorney and legal fees. That's even in there.
No amount of doublechecking will fix that Thursday, October 29, 2009 | comments
I felt bad, especially because I thought I had double-checked the spelling.
After she left, I checked her application. It turns out, printed very clearly on the application, she had spelled her own name wrong.
In case you haven't seen it, this is kind of a classic internet video Monday, October 26, 2009 | comments
And a lesser-known video: turns out a 600lb octopus can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter
Poorly-photoshopped house from Lovely Listing Saturday, October 24, 2009 | comments
The realtor also seems to have found a variety of flower that can hang onto windows where there aren't window boxes.
Awesome Microscopic Photography Friday, October 23, 2009 | comments
When is good? Tuesday at 3pm. [quick link] Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | comments
"Meeting scheduling service When is Good looked at 100,000 responses to 34,000 events logged to their service over 2 years and found that 3pm—specifically Tuesday at 3pm—seems to be the most agreeable time for a meeting."
Check out the full lifehacker post to find out how they figured this out and other stats:
In related news, I'm currently reading: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett [a book about building an 11th century cathedral] followed by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith [Pride and Prejudice with zombies added in. I'm too curious to not read it].
Followup: Guy with huge arm Sunday, October 18, 2009 | comments
Grand Theft Auto is Corrupting the Bear Youths Friday, October 16, 2009 | comments
"The car alarm was blaring, and there was a light moving around inside.
A couple in the Colorado Mountain Estates subdivision near Florissant thought someone was trying to steal their car early Wednesday.
When deputies from the Teller County Sheriff's Office responded at about 2:30 a.m., they discovered a young bear in the car.
According to Baker and Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty, this bear was very smart and had learned how to open car doors."
Pixar Movies are Corrupting the Youth [not really] Thursday, October 15, 2009 | comments
"Officials are trying to rescue a 6-year-old boy who climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the sky over eastern Colorado. [...]http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/15/colorado.boy.balloon/index.html
The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to track the aircraft on radar and has notified the Denver International Airport. Shortly after noon (2 p.m. ET), the balloon was sighted two miles south of Evans.
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers estimated the wind would keep the vessel moving at 30 mph. Authorities say the craft is about 7,000 feet above the ground."
Edit: A sad update: from the NYTimes
"At 11 a.m. Mountain time, Falcon Heene, the 6-year-old son of Richard Heene accidentally lifted off in his father’s helium balloon. After flying for more than two hours, the half-deflated aircraft landed in an empty field.:-/
But when the balloon landed, according to KUSA-TV, the boy was not in the balloon, deepening the mystery.
Edit 2: Hooray! He's alive. Ciara just posted on google reader that "he was hiding in a box in the attic over the garage." The NYTimes story above has been updated with what happened.
Karen and I are trying to make dinner plans for our anniversary and we end up finding the situation still hasn't changed since last year. Has anyone else ever noticed that there is a lack of restaurants that fall into the red area? If your goal is to go somewhere nice to eat, you don't really want to go to Applebees and sit next to someone there to watch the Red Wings. Yet, look for anything nicer and you're paying $40 a plate. Somewhere in the area, there must be a restaurant that is nicer than Olive Garden (though I'm a fan of TOG) but not as fancy as The Chop House. We took a drive out in Dexter yesterday and saw a place that may prove promising. Perhaps Depot Town has something as well.
Graph courtesy of my MSPaint skills.
The next thing she said, she said like she was shocked--like I was doing something that was hurting her. I'm not sure if it was an act, but it seems like it would have to be given that I was polite and friendly.
She, before hanging up on with without saying anything further, said "Well I'd never!" which is pretty awesome because no one's ever said that to me before.
1 Million Frozen Fruit Pies on eBay Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | comments
Auction is here and still had 6 days to go. Here's the item description:
ONE MILLION, AND NINETY THOUSAND FROZEN FRUIT PIES!!
YES, 1,090,000 frozen fruit pies!
We have 13,000 cases of 84 pies. Each weighing 70g.
This equates to 130 pallets, or 5 articulated lorries.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire yourself a huge amount of frozen pies, all with a sell by date over a year.
The pies are currently situated in frozen storage in the central England.
Buyer is to collect.
This is a cancelled order from a major supermarket, they are high quality pies!
The pie's the limit!
Yup. Really. From the article:
A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,565520,00.html
Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School, says he follows the Boy Scout motto and is always prepared, stocking his car with a sleeping bag, water, a ready-to-eat meal — and the knife, which was given to him by his grandfather, a police chief in a nearby town.
Saw this in the Meijer parking lot Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | comments
Spellcheck people. Spellcheck. Oh and don't violate fair housing Monday, October 12, 2009 | comments
That's pretty much the story, but the full article is at the NYTimes website.
Self Portrait in Self Sunday, October 11, 2009 | comments
"...a frozen sculpture of the artist's head made from 4.5 litres of the artist's own frozen blood taken from his body over a period of five months. This work is repeated every five years and will result in a unique record of the artist aging."
Apparently the flu is everywhere Thursday, October 8, 2009 | comments
Google Trends has gone and made a Google-Analytics style map that plots searches for "flu" and flu symptoms with their originating regions. Check out their site to check it out for yourself.
It would seem that this year already has flu all over the place, but I'm curious if the data is skewed by people searching for information on the swine flu.
Crime and Pun-ishment. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | comments
It also comes with a knitting pattern so that you can knit the same hat as the main character.
More puns at the original post.
So in the name of chronicling my ascent to nerddom, I give you Las Fetchlands son aburridas.
Core77 has information about a site of movie title stills like these
Twitter is your new [mute] best friend Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | comments
Stick with me here. As you may remember, I have like, maybe 7-10 friends that I follow on twitter (and some people that I follow but don't know personally). A few Sundays ago, I was at the Magic tournament after church, and I texted the following to twitter:
Switched decks minutes before match 1 and glad I did. Went 2-0 v time warp deck w my crappy red deck. Other matchups look hard. Expect 1-2 overall[incidentally, I went 2-1]
Now, how many people on my twitter friend list care about that, much less understand it? I would say 0. Yet, still I kept Twitter posted with periodic tournament updates.
I think one reason Twitter is popular is that it's basically like always having a friend to text that cares that you are eating pancakes for breakfast two days in a row. Twitter is up at 4am to hear that you don't feel tired. Twitter is there to hear that you don't like waiting in line. Twitter is there to tell funny things that happened during the day. When no one on your Twitter friend list would care, Twitter wants to hear more of your stories.
Edit: as Val points outs in the comments, despite being mute, Twitter has no problem broadcasting everything that you're up to to the whole internet and potential employers.
I had some people from Australia though that had rented their apartment from overseas sight-unseen. When I took them through their apartment for the first time, they said "Oh wow! It comes with the refridgerator? Now we won't have to buy one!"
I always answer the phone with the name of our apartment community, but half the people don't listen (and the other half hangs up without saying anything).
Another popular phone call is the conference call. Once every two weeks or so, I'll get 20-40 people calling all at once because their supervisor gave them the wrong number.
This morning, however, my phone somehow ended up on a conference call. That is, I had a voicemail message when I got into work, went to listen to it, and heard the first minute or so of a conference call about health benefits (a.k.a the part of the conference call where you say hello and tell people to mute their phones).
I'm not sure how or why my phone can get in on a conference call in the middle of the night.
Make your choice Friday, October 2, 2009 | comments
Or you can stay here, where you will learn that there was once an RPG based on the Street Fighter video game. It included supplementary characters like these. Yes really.
I know that I don't need to point out the ridiculousness of this, but--as the source website points out--I hope that her mom wasn't wearing jeans at the time.
And I also hope they were fighting in a soft mattress store.
1) bad CG
2) that "Danger Zone" song from Top Gun
and trust that will be enough to get you through the kinda long intro.
Also--and Jake can probably help me out on this one--isn't that bear sound at 1:06 stolen from Warcraft 3?
That video is like they hired Colin to make their animation video and it is kinda awesome
Money turned art Thursday, October 1, 2009 | comments
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