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Thursday, November 30, 2006

People Who Hide From the Camera

Ok people, for those of you who think you look bad in pictures. You want to know why you look bad? It’s your fucking attitude. When someone goes to take your picture and you turn away, hold your hand up, or make some face because you don’t photograph well, that’s why you look like shit in pictures! You want to look good? Try looking at the photographer and smiling! 30 years from now when your grandchildren are sitting around looking at old pictures, you might appreciate actually having some to show them. But by running and hiding from the camera, the only thing you are doing is being a big mother fucking baby. When I take your picture, it’s your attitude that makes you ugly, not the camera.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Snow Article

The Seattle PI did an interesting article on the typical Seattle snow driver. They pretty well sum up what I would have blogged about it today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Seattle Snows

One of the funny things about living on the west coast is how people freak out when it snows. I grew up in Eastern Washington, so I’m relatively comfortable driving in the snow. The rest of Seattle and the surrounding area, not so much. I think the total over the past few days has been about three inches. And from the sounds of the news, it’s amazing people have managed to survive, they’ve been dramatizing the snow quit a bit. And apparently the people are listening. On my drive, I decided to count the number of cars on the side of the road, on I-405 for a two mile radius. I counted a total of 24 vehicles on the side of the highway. Some looked like they spun out but others, just looked like the drive pulled over and walked home.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Damn You PS3

As I'm sure everyone knows, they released the PS3 this last weekend and although I didn't sit in line for days to buy one, I'm already a little disappointed in it. I currently have the PS2 and unfortunately will probably switch to the 360. Why? One reason only, Windows Media Center. I love the idea of being able to download movies onto my computers hard drive and play them on my tv. Unfortunately PS3 doesn't offer a similar option, leaving me with only one choice. Damn you Sony!!! Damn you to hell!!!

I know, this is a lame post and not really bitchy. But, it's the day before a holiday, maybe next week will be better.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

marijuanaburgers

First one all, what kind of dumbass puts marijuana in a cops hamburger? These idiots deserve to be castrated so they never produce children. But you know what’s
really f**d up about it, the cops are suing Burger King. They should be suing the people who did it but no, they are going after the big corporate money.
Jackasses! Fucking law enforcement. Read any number of other reports and it’s about how the judicial system is being caught up in frivolous lawsuits, yet when they get a chance, our police force does the exact same thing.

Look people, you are going to a Burger King, obviously they hire the lowest of the low, the retards and incompetent, and in many cases the ones who can’t speak enough English to get real jobs. What do you want someone to stand over every employee’s shoulders and watch them work? It can happen but keep in mind you will then be paying $100.00 for that Whopper. Oh and on another note, “then went to a hospital for medical evaluations.” Give me a break. A little weed isn’t going to hurt you but then again, the hospital visit help with the lawsuit.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Interest Rate Up = No Reason

Last night I get my bill for my MasterCard and go to pay it. In the process I notice that they raised the interest rate from 9.9% to 17.9%. If you are wondering, I always pay my bill on time, I always pay more then the minimum due, and I use the card quite a bit so I do normally have a balance. I’ve had the card for years and have always been a good customer.

I call in this morning to ask them why they raised the rate, on my third attempt (the first two calls, I was disconnected by the automated system) I finally managed to speak to someone. I explained everything and she transferred me to someone else. I then of course had to repeat all my verification information with her and wait exactly 7 minutes for her to leave me on hold and review my account. I know this from the timer on my phone. Anyway, she came back and told me she could reduce it to 15.9%. My response being of course, “no, I want it back to where it was.” She then agrees to go down to 13.9%. She then explains that they did notify me back on August that it was going up. I don’t recall the mail, so if I did receive it (don’t get me started on the postal service) I must have just assumed it was junk mail. Anyway, the reason my rate went up, is apparently there is something that came up on my credit report. Does this mean they randomly run my credit without notifying me? And it’s also going up because I have to high of a balance. Which is true, even though I’ve never exceeded my limit, I did charge a few large items this summer that I have been slowly paying off.

First, it’s fucked up that they will raise my rate, even though I have been a good customer with them, just because I have a high yet never exceeded balance. You would think that would be a good thing, since it is more money they make each month off me. Second, it’s Fucked up that they would use something on my credit as an excuse even though I have been a customer. Third, they have crappy customers service. Finally and most importantly, now I have to deal with contacting Equifax and finding out what the delinquency is and dispute it. Knowing my luck, and anyone who has read this blog knows what my luck is like, someone has probably stolen my information and now I have to deal with the hassle of fraud and disputing stuff on my credit report.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Walmart vs UFCW

I read a news article talking about the fight between Wal-Mart and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. I’m not going to link to the article because it’s not really all that relevant to what I’m going to say.

On one hand we have Wal-Mart, a company known for paying low wages, with low benefits, and who tends to move in and force others out of business. On the other hand we have the UFCW union who’s known for doing nothing that actually benefits its members. I’ve never worked for Wal-Mart and I don’t shop there, so it’s hard for me to speak on how they treat employees. I have on the other hand, worked for a grocery store that required membership in the UFCW. I can tell you from experience that the only thing they did was collect money from the workers. I at no point did I feel I was making decent money due to the union. I did however fully understand that if I didn’t pay money each month, I would loose the privilege of standing at a cashier counter watching people buy food I couldn’t afford.

In my final analysis of who’s right and who’s wrong here, I’ve decided there is no right or wrong. They are both large entities trying to make as much money as possible for the people who have control. No matter who wins, the worker looses

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

One of Those Days...

I normally wait till after work to do my posting but I can tell it’s going to be, “one of those days”. It’s now 3 hours since my alarm went off and here’s the breakdown.

  • Woke up to a bad dream. I won’t go into the details.
  • Looked into the mirror before showering to see the nice cut in my cheek where my dog nipped me about 6 o’clock last night.
  • I then had to take her for her morning walk in the cold rain.
  • There was a car wreck on the way to work, took about an hour and half to get here.
    (This is actually pretty typical.)
  • Noticed that my boss/bosses delegate hasn’t approved my timecard for last
    week yet. (Usually needs to be approved by Tuesday to get paid by Friday) Actually wasn't their fault, problem with the system.
  • Received some responses to an e-mail sent yesterday, had to correct the
    person on what the e-mail was about. (it’s no wonder it takes Microsoft so
    long to get things done) And yes the original e-mail was
  • They are remolding the break room with the vending machine so I had t go the
    cafeteria to grab some food. They have little egg McMiffin type things, the
    lady said the back ones where ham and front was sausage. I grabbed the back
    one only to find out after getting back to my desk that it wasn’t ham but
    sausage.
  • Before leaving the lunchroom a guy cut in front of me in line and didn’t
    apologies.
    The guy actually running the register was borderline retarded.
  • Just a few minutes ago, went to one of our other break rooms for some tea, (yes I
    wanted tea instead of coffee) so all I needed was hot water. A couple of
    guys decided to take their sweet ass time using the fancy new Starbucks
    coffee maker before I could finally get my water.
  • And yes, I know people are dying, starving, and living in poverty around the world… But come on, I’m a white America male, it’s all about me!

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Web of Trust?

    Occasionally when I’m bored with nothing else to do I might write a review of a product, book, or whatever on epinions.com. Lately, I’ve actually started paying a little more attention to the other reviewers on the site, I have noticed something, and it’s that a large number of the reviews are full of crap!

    This is probably no surprise, as the general population is full of crap, but let’s take a look at the one who motivated me to do this posting. three_ster, has written 1082 reviews as of the time I’m writing this. First, what kind of geeky no life looser has the time to write 1082 reviews since June 26th of 2000. let’s do the math, roughly 6 years gives us 72 months. 1082 / 72 months equals 15 reviews per month. Not a huge number once it’s broken down. To put it in prospective, I’ve had my account since December of 2004 and I’ve done 13 reviews total. Then again, I have a life, work, friends, girlfriends, a dog, etc. But even having a life I could probably come up with 15 reviews a month and I’ll tell you how… Plagiarize. I looked at some of this persons reviews and a few are opinions on college life, movies, and other crap. But others are obvious rip offs. I can’t prove this as I don’t have the time or desire to search for the sources. But I can say that when I was in college, (which is what appears this person was during the majority of the reviews) I didn’t have the time or money to go purchase and play with a bunch of electronic devices. It could be some of the electronics are borrowed or loaned to this person but somehow I doubt. One review I read even stated, “I never went here but this is what my friends have told me.” When at least this person was somewhat honest in that one.

    Why the hell am I being so cranky over some hack on the internet? First, this person gave me a “Somewhat Helpful” instead of a “Helpful” or “Very Helpful” like everyone else did on one of my reviews. The other and obvious reason is money. epinions does provide a stipend on reviews. It’s a small one and not really worth the effort. To give you an idea in 2 years and 13 reviews I’m up to 78 cents. But, should I happen to start copying other people’s reviews and work my way up to 1082 over 6 years, heck I’d be rolling in the dough.

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    Roommate moving out?

    You might have read a few of my previous postings about my roommate. In my attempts to motivate her to move out, I raised her rent this month. Only by a hundred bucks, I figured it would help buy some patience in dealing with her and I figure the money would help in going towards replacing all the crap in my condo her and her cat have trashed.

    I gave her three months notice that I was raising it but for some reason I don’t think she realized I was serous. So she tried just paying the old amount at which point I was like, “no you owe an extra $100" She got pissed argued and attempted to get me to change my mind. After I said it’s not going to happen she goes to her room, looks online, and apparently finds a new place to live. If I only would have known earlier that's all I needed to do. She called me the day after and told me she was moving out. Even better she was moving out the following weekend, ie tomorrow.

    She moved a bunch of the junk and other crap that has filled my attack and home to the garage earlier this week in preparation. As I see all this happening, of course I start to get a little happy. Unfortunately, I am The Cranky Monkey for a reason. Nothing good ever happens as it’s supposed to. Last night she goes to sign the lease. It turns out there was some issue and she’s not getting the place. Even after I lied when the guy called me and I told him she was a great tenant.

    Now, I’m in the same situation as before except for I now have a garage so full of junk you can’t see the walls.

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Fox vs Limbaugh

    Recently Michael J. Fox did some political spots promoting politicians who support stem cell research. I haven’t seen the ads, in them he is pretty clearly showing the signs of his Parkinson’s. Rush Limbaugh, Americas loud mouth conservative blow hard, spouted off about how it seemed like Michael was shaking a little more then usual. Yeah Rush, how dare Michal J. Fox use his real life disease, that most of us can’t even imagine dealing with, to promote candidates who support research that might help find a cure. I mean really, how dare anyone use there illness to promote people who believe in finding a cures for any diseases or illness. They should be ashamed for wanting to live normal lives.

    The fact that people still listen and even believe some of the crap that comes out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth, just goes to show how ignorant and narrow minded the conservative right winged really are.

    And Rush, because I’m sure you read this blog, instead of picking on actors with diseases why don’t you come out here to Seattle and pick on something more equal. We have a few Orcas in Puget Sound you are probably well suited to interacting with.

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Product Release, Delays, and Bad Managers

    I just realized I haven't posted in a while, so here's something on life in the office.

    It’s interesting that a company that has been around for as long as Microsoft and has released so many products still can’t release things on time? As we all know windows Vista has been delayed for what seems like forever. I’m sure we all hope that it will work properly on release and we won’t need to wait for various service packs to fix issues. Personally I’m not working on that project but I think we can pretty much all agree it won’t work well on initial launch. This then leads us to upgrades and the release process.

    I’m working in a different group and different product but it is Microsoft which means, I have to deal with upgrades and releases. I’m working on one scheduled for early next month. I say early because the release date is tentative. This isn’t a new experience, coming from AT&T/Cingular it was the same thing. Very rarely can I recall a time when an upgrade or new product was released on time. For the most part I don’t really care about stuff being released on time or not as I get paid either way. But, sometimes it does affect my life and that’s when it gets irritating.

    For example, at Cingular I was working on an internal tool scheduled to be released on a Sunday over the summer. The first day that was scheduled I couldn’t take off and had to be available in case any issues came up. This of course means, over the summer I wasn’t able to take a camping trip or make any plans with the expectation I had to work that Sunday. Another note here, the people in charge usually don’t decide to postpone a system release until the day before it’s scheduled. Anyway, at Cingular I had to cover for this system release that kept getting pushed back until it got to a weekend that I did have something planned a trip to New York. Instead of pretending to be sick, which is what I should have done, I told my boss that I needed to have that weekend off and a couple days after. I made it clear that my knowledge of the product was equal to my co-workers and they could easily cover for me. My boss at the time, unfortunately was a totally bitch. We will call her Chrissy for the purpose of this article. So, I asked Chrissy if I could have those days off. She isn’t the kind of manager who can make decisions on her own, so she took it to her boss. They both decided the answer was no, I couldn’t take those days off. We argued over it, but of course, I lost and didn’t go on the trip.

    Here’s the kicker… As you can probably guess the release was postponed and I could have gone on the trip anyway. As I’m sure you can also guess, the notification went out to late for me to actually go on the trip. And to add icing on the cake, my boss at no point apologized or expressed sympathy about not allowing me to go on a trip and forcing me to stay home for a system release that didn’t happen.

    To all of you office workers out there involved in system releases that interfere with having a life outside of work. On behalf of the management that doesn’t even know I exist, I apologies, since I know they won’t.