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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Archer Drinking Game

drinking game
  • When someone gets shot 
  • When someone drinks 
  • When someone starts a sentence with "He said," or "She said." 
  • When someone swears - bleeped or not bleeped 
  • When someone has sex - Two drinks if it involves people of the same sex 
  • When someone references Lana's huge hands or feet 
  • When Malory uses Archer's full name "Sterling Malory Archer" 
  • When Archer says, "Danger Zone" 
  • Whenever Lana loses an article of clothing

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where Were All the Women in November?

It is interesting to note that with inauguration day this weekend that we have since seen protesters all over the world, mostly women, protesting President Trump. I'm curious where all these women were before he was elected? Yes, there were some protests before he was elected but not to this number? 

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If millions of women and a few men were out this week protesting him, how many of these women actually voted this year? In fact in the United States the ratio of women to men his higher, with approximately 51% women to 49% men. And in key states like Florida it is  51.1% women to 48.9% male, according to the 2010 census. So women, if you suddenly care so much where were you?

I would imagine that a large number of these protesters did in fact vote, as political activists, but it would be interesting to know how many didn't. As a male who voted for Hillary, I am a bit annoyed at all these women who didn't vote and are now suddenly against the pussy grabbing, multiple times married, wife cheating, prostitute using president of the United States. Although I was already annoyed at any women who actually did vote and voted for Trump. 

Even Trump is calling out these protester...


I don't know if celebrities hurt causes but in a country where we are always hearing about the pay gap, the glass ceiling, spousal abuse, and more when it comes to men and women, it is crazy to think that nearly half of the women voters voted against their own best interests.Yes, actual women who voted nearly half voted for him.  

When I rant on how the country is getting dumber, I want the women out there to know that it's not just men getting dumber, it's you as well! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Star Trek Beyond Review

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I should start by saying their might be spoilers in this review but that is under the assumption that something happens in this movie that isn't totally predictable and hasn't already been done before.

The movies starts with a joke. Not an action moment of much, but a low quality CGI moment between Kirk and a new race. But I knew what I was getting into when I decided to go see this movie. Which is low quality action. From there we have a touching moment between Kirk and Bones and a nice moment with Spock and the films acknowledging the passing of Leanord Nemoy.

Of course, this is supposed to setup the emotional story arc of the film. Instead it turns into a typical CGI filled action flick that rotates and rotates more from one scene to the next. Watching this movie is like riding a roller coaster for hours! Of course they have to cut to the Jason Born inspired  shaky camera extreme close-up fight scenes as everything rotates into the same movie tropes we have become to expect from the latest iteration of this franchise. And by that I mean doing everything that has been done before just with bigger special effects.

And of course… Big surprise since it's been a few movies since they last blew up the enterprise, it is time to do it again.

The bad guy is the same bad guy we have seen before bent on destroying worlds or people. And…. Well you get the point. Nothing new to see here either.

The movie does have a few redeeming qualities, like Karl Urban's portrail of Dr. McCoy. The only one of the crew that seems to have any actual acting talent. Well, him and Sofia Boutella as Jaylah. I'm slowly becoming a fan of hers, after Kingsman and this. But Urban's and Boutella's performances aren't enough to makeup up for a copy and paste script co-written by Simon Pegg. He clearly was heavily influenced by the check and what the previous Abrams produced movies have done and that's copy previous Star Trek movies. It worked before so might as well keep doing it right?

The movie jumps from one unbelievable action scene to the next and expects us to buy into a 100 year old spaceship that crash landed on a planet and was never meant to fly in an atmosphere can suddenly fly again. Yes, just like an airplane built in 1916 can keep up with a modern jetliner.

The movie does eventually end with… big surprise… a fight scene between Kirk and the bad guy and Kirk winning…. There's your spoiler. Or was the enterprise blowing up the spoiler? Oh and the emotional arc setup at the beginning with Kirk and Spock… it doesn't really pay off.

Justin Lin's directing works for the Fast and Furious franchise because it doesn't try to be something it's not. Star Trek used to be something more than it currently is. Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek this is not. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Impressive Attempted E-Mail Scam

I received an email from this guy Mike Browning (mkbrowning87@gmail.com) with a request for photography at a wedding anniversary. I often get requests for event photography services, I am a photographer after all. So I reply asking for more information on what he is after, I sent him a quote.

He then replies with this:

The price is fine by me and I’m ready to make full payment of the service now with my credit card so I can be rest assured the date is secured for the event.

I need you to render me a favor regarding the event planner that is handling the event for me. The favor is that the event planner is currently not authorized to accept credit card so I want you to help coordinate his fee on my card along with your payment.

I will give you my card to charge for your service and the event planner fee (You will charge your fee then charge an additional €2,550 for the event planner), As soon as you charge it through and it approves you will forward it to him so everything can be set for the event.

Reason I’m asking you for the favor is cause I just got out of Intensive care and currently and My Psychiatrist strongly  advice me to minimize the stress I go through else I might develop severe weakness and tiredness.

I am willing to offer you an extra €100 as tip for your assistance, Bear with me I will be authorizing and responsible for all the charges on my credit card.

Below is the breakdown of the charges you will be running on my credit card:

Photo-shoot : €300
Event Planner : €2,550
Tip: €100
CC Charges: 3.5%


Regards,
Mike.

What's impressive about this scam is that he takes the time to contact a business about legitimate services they offer, versus asking for help from the king of Nigeria or his sick grandmother. He even they tries to sweeten the offer with a tip to feed on my greed.

I thought about playing along, taking the charge, then never going along with the rest of the scam to the event planner part but the reality is I do have an actual business to run so instead decided to write a blog post about it. But good attempt Mike or whatever your real name is. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Men's Room Etiquette Rule #1 - Space

Tips for appropriate behavior when using the men's room. In this tip, we provide advice on spacing between you and the next guy.

 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

4Team Corp Sync2 Review

Last year I bought this service from a company called 4Team that allows people using outlook to sync email calendars with the software. It worked okay and cost 40 bucks at the time and included one year of support. 

I'm assuming you can see where this is going. 

So I used the product for a year with no issues and then bought a new computer. I went to move everything to the new computer and of course wasn't able to activate the software. Thinking I simply needed to deactivate it on the old computer I contacted support.

Me : Hi. i'm moving from one computer to another and when i enter my activation code i get an error that the activation has failed. I'm assuming this means it needs to be deactivated on the old computer in some way?

Support: Please hold on, I will transfer you to our sales department as they are dealing with activations. You will not need to retype your query.
Please wait while I transfer the chat to the best suited site operator.
Support 2 : As I can see from your account, your subscription for the software updates and technical support expired on 9/29/2016. In order to activate the newest version, license must be valid. You can extend it by purchasing a license upgrade. Extension price is 24.98 EUR. Would you like to acquire it and receive a purchase quote?

Me : I'd prefer not to as i don't really consider moving from one computer to another a necessary reason to pay for support. you would think that would be something that is a common task people would do. I'm fine with my current version. i don't need the new one i just want it to work on my new computer in the same way it works on the old one

He goes on to tell me that they are only supporting the current version of the software. If I happened to save the original version I had I could use that (without support of course), but since I didn't save the original downloaded installation file I'm S.O.L. 

Support 2: Sorry for the inconvenience, but our licensing policy as well as EULA states that we provide free support and software updates free for one year after the purchase. Your scenario is considered support case, therefore it's necessary to purchase a license upgrade.

Me Like i said i don't want to new version, just to use the one i already have.

Support 2 : I completely understand how this can be a tough situation for you and I sincerely apologize for this. However, policies are determined at a higher level and we are left with the enforcement of it. Here is a direct link to our licensing policy: http://4team.biz/Help.aspx#Licensing.

Many years ago I worked customer service at AT&T and whenever we found a customer annoying about stuff like this we would respond with, "It's in our terms and conditions. Did you read the terms and conditions?" because of course no one ever had. But I would rarely ever do this and often try to help my customers out. Sometimes this would involve creative workarounds, because as they say a happy customer sometimes tells people about the good service but are way more likely to tell people about the bad service. It seems more and more that the point of having customer service is less and less necessarily as there is no service involved, there is only, "the policy in front of me tells me to do this, and the people in charge say to only do this." As AI becomes better I can see this being one of the areas it will move into, as it is not like an actual person does anything different than a machine would. 

So instead of providing some type of workaround or more than 10% off the subscription price they lost a customer. As there are more companies out there that do the same thing, and for the creative free workarounds. And it gives a cranky monkey something to blog about. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Rough Year for Celebrity Death

celebrity deaths
I've heard this joke going around about all the celebrity deaths we had this year that they were being smart and getting out before Trump took office. I know probably not a good joke, but hey I didn't come up with it. The year has been a rough one for some great entertainers however.

Personally I've never been a huge Prince fan but I can recognize his talent as a musician. For me the big one was David Bowie. I've always been a fan of his and found enjoyment in almost everything he has done, from music to acting to even his person style and character. Alan Rickman who played one of the best villains in Die Hard. Leonard Cohen who lived an amazing life that many of us could only dream. And of course Gene Wilder who's performances were like watching a dream. Of course we had many more than the ones listed here along with  writers, athletes, and more. The end of the year is only a few days away and we are still losing them with  Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds ending out the year.

Its been a rough year and we lost a lot of good people and a few not so good. the American public has proven that we are actually getting dumber with the election of Donald Trump. But on the plus side, the Cubs did win the world series. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nifty List of Business to Avoid for Trump

donald trump
If you haven't heard about it people are putting together lists of business that work with Donald Trump. If you are me and not a fan, here is the list to help you avoid doing business with them.


the list also has alternative “Trump-free” places to shop

Friday, December 09, 2016

My Nifty New Dell and The Blue Screen of Death

I was in the market for a new desktop computer, yes I know that people don't buy desktops anymore, and was looking at just building my own. I use it for work so didn't need a laptop and wanted something powerful without spending a bunch of money. After doing some research and finding all the parts I decided instead to just buy a Dell XPS 8910.  For the price it was about the same as the one I was going to build without the hassle of me having to order all the parts and build it.

The computer arrived two days ago, I set it up, started using it and then this….


DPC_Watchdog_Violation

And this….

Critical_Process_Died


After some forums and driver updates and other troubleshooting I get the same errors plus a new one that I haven't taken a picture of yet.


Best of all a friend came over last night to work on a project, he pulled out his nifty new MacBook which was working perfectly. He was very happy with his purchase over mind.

Thanks Dell and Microsoft! Now comes the pleasure of contacting customer support. Something I doubt I will find pleasurable at all.

Update 12/15 after a week of back and forth troubleshooting I've decided to return the computer and go with a different company. Great work Dell! Asus or HP here I come. 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Republicans Finally Offended by Trump?!?!

This week in the crazy train news of Donald Trump it came out that Cinnamon Hitler said a series of negative hostile things about women in an interview such as "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." What amazes me about this is that now some Republicans are not supporting him anymore! seriously, the things that we have on record of him saying so far were fine for John McCain and Paul Ryan such as him referring to a model contestant as a pig and making up a story about her staring in a porn. The list goes on, "It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees." to a contestant on his show. "I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her." The list goes on. But now, after all the negative things he has said about women and in general, now they decide not to support him. WTF is wrong with the Republican party?


Read the full transcript of what he said here... 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Great Trump Win

Yes that's right I would love to see Donald Trump win the election. Why you might be wondering? Look at Britain with the EU exit. There were three kinds of voters. Some of the ones who wanted it to happen are now second guessing it as it might have been a bad idea. The second group that voted for it but didn't think it would actually pass. They are the ones who wanted to send a message and  realized after the vote that it was a very bad idea to send that message. Then the third group, the ones that didn't vote. They are now realizing that they should have.  
Now we have a new term in the UK called Regrexit. The reality of what they have done is setting in and the negative consequences just like what will happen in the US when we see Trump win. The EPA will be rolled back and more situations like what happen in Flint Michigan will happen. The rich will get more tax breaks that will have to be picked up by the rest of us. The supreme court will get a crazy right wing judge that will influence policy. And the county will get taken back like his supporters want. It will get taken back to the days of conservative racism and environmental destruction and industry growing on the backs of everyone else.  

Sunday, September 04, 2016

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


drinking game
  • When anyone takes a drink 
  • When someone swears 
  • When anyone insults Dee such as telling her she's ugly or untalented
  • Whenever we see the waitress 
  • When Dennis has sex with someone 
  • When cricket shows up 
  • When Frank brandishes a gun 
  • When Dee's back brace is referenced 
  • When sniffing glue is mentioned 
  • When Mac demonstrates one of his karate movies 
  • When someone says, "Hayo" 
  • When someone points out that someone else is being racist

Monday, July 18, 2016

How Europecar Ireland Cheats Tourists out of Money

I often rent a car with my US credit card which covers me for auto insurance. This is the main reason I do that versus paying in euros locally. On my recent visit to Europecar at the Dublin city center location the agent told me that I need to have a letter from the bank proving my insurance coverage.  I responded the way I always do when rental companies ask this, that it is covered by my credit card company. This is very common for card companies to do in the US. It is one of the perks they offer to get people using the cards for rentals. This time however the agent working at the counter didn't accept that as an answer. He told me that when I received the confirmation from the booking it said that I need to bring it. It didn't say anything about insurance proof as you can see by the screenshot here. 

europecar sucks
Nothing here about bringing proof of insurance


He also said it was in the terms and conditions. If you are interested in searching through the T&Cs here is the link https://www.europcar.com/terms-and-conditions I couldn't find any reference to that.

He then told me, "It's probably because you booked through the US europcar site not the Irish one." Well no shit dude! Since I booked through a different site, it is a different company, so the information provided is different and enforced as per whoever the agent is. 

 I had him pull up my rental record and he could see I rented there numerous times before and when I pointed out that I had never been asked for that letter before he couldn't answer why. Either way, he forced me to pay for the insurance even though I didn't need it and could pull up my credit card benefits website on my phone to show him that it's included as a benefit. He told me he needed an actual letter from the bank. The most recent visit I brought in an actual letter from my bank dated and everything, but the guy didn't like it because it didn't have an actual value amount covered on the letter. 

What I really think this comes down to is a business practice of intentionally hiding information so as to charge people more. The majority of the renters are tourists and by not clearly providing this information but making it a policy they can then say at the day of picking up the car it's needed and "well, it is there buried in the terms and conditions somewhere, so now you have to pay if you want a car for the rest of your vacation." What can a tourist do? They already have reservations, a route planned out for driving around the country, and because of a car company wanting to weasel people out of a little more money they have to pay for it. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Top Gear Drinking Game


drinking games
  • Whenever anyone calls James "Captain Slow" 
  • Whenever Jeremy is referred to as old 
  • Whenever Richard is called "Hamster" 
  • Whenever someone mentions the Bugatti Veyron 
  • When the Stig crosses the finish line on any drive 
  • When ones of the guys hits another's car 
  • When Jeremy says "power" 
  • When anyone says "cock" 
  • When Jeremy places a car picture on the cool wall higher than Richard can reach 
  • When Jeremy ends the show with "and on that bombshell"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bad Snohomish PUD Customer Service Experience

If you've read this blog much you will know one of the reasons I have it is the curse of bad customer service. And before you say, "Maybe it's me." it's not. I always start off nice and friendly.

For example I recently decided to sell my house that I have been renting out the past couple of years. So last month, I moved the renters out, cleaned the place up, and put it on the market. I figured it would be a good idea to have electricity in the place while waiting for the sale to go through.

So I called Snohomish PUD in Washington State to setup the service for a month. When speaking to the agent I asked if I could have the bill sent to an international address which I gave her. She put me on hold and came back saying that wasn't possible. Fine I thought, I really only wanted the service for a month. She gave me the account number so I figured I could just look it up online and pay it that way. During our conversation she looked up the account I had with them previously so I assumed everything was fine.

About a week after my conversation with them, I received a bill in the mail at my Irish address for a deposit. Three things that bothered me about this. First of course that they wanted a deposit. I lived in that place for 10 years, had service with them for 8 of those 10 and paid the bill on time just fine. The second thing is that they spelled my name wrong. And finally, the obvious one is that they were, in fact, able to mail a bill to an international address.

So I called customer service, waited online for 20 minutes to speak to someone who wasn't all that friendly and gave me three options. The first was to pay the deposit. The second to send them a copy of a utility bill proving my good service with a utility. And finally to get a copy of my credit report and fax that in to prove my worthiness of having service with them.

Here's the thing, yes I could do all that. I could just pay the deposit, cancel the service in a month, get the deposit back. Now that I know they mail to an international address, I'd get the refund check. But I'd have to get it deposited and all that hassle.  I could find a copy of my utility bill in Ireland, which they probably won't accept because it's international and that's the way companies like this work. I could also go online get a copy of my credit score and fax it to them. But I don't want to do any of that. To lookup my credit score dings the score as we all know. And it's just a lot of hassle. Then after doing that I'd have to print it, fax it, etc.

I just wanted to have the service for a month while the place is on the market. So fine, I told her just cancel it. They don’t want to make money from me, even though it's only a month, then they won't. prospective viewers of the place will just need to look at it during the day. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Drinking Games Disclaimer

I've posted a few drinking games on here so I want to make a disclaimer for them...

 These games are intended for entertainment purposes only and recommended for non-alcoholic drinks. If you choose to drink alcohol please do so responsibility as the creator of this app will have no liability In your poor decision making.