I don't get tired of seeing old photos overlayed on their present day locations Friday, July 30, 2010 | comments
The Hogwash Center of Ann Arbor Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | comments
The claims were so lofty that I figured it had to be it. Anti aging? Fights cancer and HIV? And isn't "medical doctor" kinda redundant?
Sadly, this is not the fake ad.
Mila's Daydreams / Overhead Engagement Photography Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | comments
Projector Ring: Perfect for photos of your spouse or for signaling Batman Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | comments
I say, I do believe that I'm about to run you through Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | comments
We actually own a hangar like that Monday, July 19, 2010 | comments
Give people an inch Sunday, July 18, 2010 | comments
In winter we typically have some pretty amazing specials to try and capture the few people looking for apartments that time of year. I'll get people that are getting a full $180 off the regular price per month. Later, when the come in to apply they want me to still give them the additional special we give people off their first month if they apply within 24 hours despite the fact that they waited a week and a half to apply. "Oh come on" they say "you can do that"
We decided to start providing people with free wireless internet and I've had multiple people ask me if we plan to offer free cable soon too and suggest that it would be a great thing to draw people in.
Just before I started working here, the regular manager was gone on hiatus and the temp one basically permitted anything. Want to dig up the grass and plant flowers? Sure, go ahead, I don't see why not. I started not long after the manager came back. In walking the community, we discovered that residents had taken it a step further and now were growing watermelons whose vines were starting to climb onto the parking lot pavement. The watermelons were pretty good size for growing in such a short time too: like the size of a cantaloupe.
My love for bad stock photography has not faded over time Friday, July 16, 2010 | comments
This week in hidden cameraology Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | comments
In other hidden camera news, Improv Everywhere went on subway cars and reenacted the opening scene from episode IV of Star Wars. Maybe they have set the bar too high for themselves but I was disappointed that while they got the lines right, they didn't deliver them correctly. Nerds are so hard to please, aren't they?
Anyhow, that's not what he was in to ask about: "They said that now that every resident is allowed to keep up to four chickens."
I tried to gauge if he was putting me on, but he seemed serious so I said "Well, not here. We've got pet policies and chickens are definitely not in there."
I knew he was serious when he said "Well is there a place outside that could be designated for them around here? Hens only--no roosters--and they don't crow."
"No," I said, "we just don't have anywhere they would go" and we went on to the next thing he had come in to ask about.
Can you imagine? We don't even allow dogs here, let alone chickens. Who would take care of them? Who would pay for the chicken coops? And, most importantly, who would clean up after them?
Guy beats the Price is Right system Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | comments
Esquire calls it TV's Crowning Moment of Awesome [NSFW]:
Yes, they've changed how they get products now to prevent this from happening again.
Maybe they make onesies with carry handles Monday, July 12, 2010 | comments
But no matter what, you can't skimp on car seats since you've gotta keep baby safe while driving. Ok, well get this. Car seats have an expiration date. That's right. My boss at work said she bought an expensive $300 car seat for her kid and that her daughter said that she wouldn't use it if she had another kid now (less than 3 years that) because it expires.
Are these car seats made out of banana peels or something?
Let me quote one site: "If the car seat of your dreams is on sale for $175 instead of the regular $200 make sure you check it. It isn’t unusual to find that even the latest and greatest car seat has been sitting on the shelves for 6 months before you bring it home. [...] That $25 off sale price may not be such a savings after all. [...] You wouldn’t let your children drink milk that was 2 weeks past its expiration date, and you probably at least glance at the date on a bottle of medicine before you give your child a dose. Shouldn’t you take the same care with your child’s car seat?"
Yeah, ok, I get that safety advancements have been made and that it's worth your while to maybe buy a recent seat, but I'm not going to buy a new car for baby too just because that's more than six years old. I think I can be satisfied that sufficient technology existed a few years ago to keep Baby Bus safe. I mean come on.
I had a mom call me the other day to ask questions about the apartments. I would answer her questions and she would occasionally hand the phone to her son who didn't really seem to care, so he would hand the phone back to the mom whenever she, in the background, would instruct him what to say: "ask if they have a clubhouse" or "ask if they have break ins" and then he would hand the phone back to her and she would continue the conversation.
I had another person that same day whose mom called in because her daughter, a grad student, was busy at work and couldn't call me directly at that very moment. The mom wanted her daughter to come in for an appointment, so she set one up and said she would call back if the daughter couldn't make it. Also, when the daughter came in later, I was to tell her "your mom told me to tell you that she wants you to take this apartment" which felt weird saying a 24 year old.
p.s. I find it funny how the stock photo of the helicopter is meant to make it look like it's flying when really it's just a helicopter sitting on the ground
Transformer Owl turns evil when he needs to Saturday, July 10, 2010 | comments
Also, that music sounds like a remix of sandstorm from Joel's techno tape.
"When motorists wish to turn off the road, they have to pull over to replace the map with another map that corresponds to a number on the junction.
I saw this on MAKE but there's a whole article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-564133/Fancy-driving--earliest-wind-sat-nav.html#ixzz0tKA63xEB
Gee, can't imagine what problems people might have with having their credit card numbers on display Friday, July 9, 2010 | comments
Shoot, who needs complicated ATM phishing equipment when you can sit and eat a sandwich while harvesting people's personal data?
I did, however, have two apartments of the same floor plan available for the middle of the month and they were still second floor apartments. She said she really needed the 1st but wanted to look anyway. So, after 45 minutes of questioning about things she could find out herself (what school would my kids go to, does the bus pick them up? where is the bus stop? what ages is the school for?) we went to go look at apartments.
I don't have many apartments to rent right now and so (since the current residents haven't moved out of the soon-to-be-available apartments) we went to look at an example apartment that a resident was going to move into.
We also went and visited where the available apartments were. As much as I explained the floor plans are the same and how we wouldn't have her sign a lease until she saw her actual apartment and how I got my apartment the same away, she couldn't believe I would ask her to pick an apartment without seeing it. But that's how it works when I'm full and don't have apartments just sitting around.
So she asked that, when she applied, that I hold both apartments for her and then when they move out 25 days later, she could look at both of them, and pick which one she liked the best.
"When we run your application it has to be on a specific apartment; we can't hold both," I said.
"How am I supposed to pick if I haven't seen it?"
"Imagine if you came in and I said 'I have an apartment available for you, but I can't tell you which one because someone else is picking which one she likes best weeks from now. You can rent the one that she likes the lease' "
"Ok, I guess you're right," she said, and she left basically all set to apply and so I figured the whole thing was worth my time.
After all that work, she emailed me the next day to say that she wouldn't be renting here: she needed an apartment by the 1st.
Boy's eyesight saved by prescription of Mario Kart 2 hrs a day Thursday, July 1, 2010 | comments
A six-year-old boy who nearly went blind in one eye can now see again after he was told to play on a Nintendo games console.Keep at it pal; eventually you'll not only be on target but also be able to make the mushroom shortcut on rainbow road.
Ben Michaels suffered from amblyopia, or severe lazy eye syndrome in his right eye from the age of four.
His vision had decreased gradually in one eye and without treatment his sight loss could have become permanent.
[His mom] said: 'When he started he could not identify our faces with his weak eye. Now he can read with it although he is still a way off where he ought to be.'
Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1289186/Boys-eyesight-saved-prescribed-daily-dose-Nintendo-Mario-game.html#ixzz0sOnW4ZuW