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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness Movie Review

I generally don't do a lot of movie reviews on this blog. Mostly because I'm just that lazy, but I have to post something about the worst thing I have seen in months. Star Trek Into Darkness. I would say this review will include some spoilers, but that is impossible since the movie is a complete rip-off of all previous Star Trek movies and a few others. And by rip-off I mean, a copy and paste of those movies. 

I can understand throwing in a few references to previous movies as people usually get a kick out of getting those references, but to cut and paste previous movies is a little much. Since this movie is picking up where the last one left off, with the Star Trek universe starting over, it makes sense that they would have a some of those references. So, fine Dr. McCoy now has a Tribble in his lab. In the series they have a story about how the Tribble showed up. In this movie he just happens to have one and everyone knows about it and accepts it. Khan, the villain who is generally accepted to  be the best villain in the previous movies, shows up as a static pointless character not even remotely close to Ricardo Montalbans performance. The dialog is ripped off to the point that the only change is this  time Spok yells "Khan!" towards the end instead of Kirk. The action sequences were all parodies of sequences for Star Wars. Apparently JJ. Abrams was trying to prove to the studios as to why he should direct the new Star Wars series by copying sequences scene for scene from Star Wars. Down to a shuttle they are flying, which looks remarkably like the Millennium Falcon, is doing the exact same movies while being chased by one of the bad guys ships.

I could go on, and on, about each sequence in this movie and where it was stolen from in previous Star Trek movies, and Star Wars movies, and The Lord of the Rings, and Blade Runner, and Indiana Jones, and even JJ Abrams own TV series Alias. Literally there is nothing original about this movie.

What do you get when JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman,and  Damon Lindelof are sitting in a room snorting coke off a hookers ass while the SyFy channel plays in the background? You get Star Trek Into Darkness.

I realize this review is poorly written by the way, but I can't see strait after forcing my eyes to watch that trash, nor can I think straight after experiencing the worst two hours of my life. 

If you want a better review by someone who spent some time writing it out, read this guys... 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BMW Still In The Shop

And another Seattle area weekend goes by without a motorcycle. On the plus side, I have to give the guys and Ride West props for actually working on it this time. Sounds like it might be the fuel pump and not just the injectors. And another plus, when I go to sell it as soon as I get the POS back, it will have some nice new parts for the new owner.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chase Finally Cancelling a Canceled Account

I logged on this weekend to access my Chase mortgage and received an error:

You're unable to log on for one of these reasons:

  • This website is temporarily unavailable
  • Your User ID is invalid
  • Your profile is locked

Along with a list of phone numbers to contact, depending on which service I am trying to access.

Knowing my user ID isn't invalid I decided to give it a day or two and give it another try, receiving the same error when I did. So the only logical conclusion is that my profile is locked for some reason. So, I call the number listed. I enter the automated validation information and sit on hold for a minute or two before the call is dropped.

I then call back and go through the same process, this time reaching a person. I explain my issue, and she transfers me to another department. Because, the online service department number was not one of the numbers listed in the 12 to choose from at the error page.

I enter my information again, select a few options, and get the next person. She verifies my address and other information before informing me that there was a business account associated to this account which has been deactivated. Which is true, there also was a personal checking account associated that has also been deactivated. Both of those accounts were closed a couple of years ago and can be read about here.

Anyway, she explains to me that they are going to need to set me up with a new online account and login, but first I need to verify some randomly selected questions.

  • The first question: "Out of these names can you tell me which one you have gone by before…." Since only one was my actual name, that was an easy question to respond too.
  • The Second question: "Which of these companies have you worked for…" With a lost of companies.
  • The Third Question:  "Can you verify the age of Twila?"   (name I've never heard of) so I went with the non of the above option.

Luckily I guessed right answer to these lame-ass questions, completely unrelated to the questions I already answered.

And this is where she tells me, "now that I've verified that information, I will be conferencing in someone else. But before I do that, can I verify your address again?"

And on to the next person. "Thanks, can I have your first and last name?" After answering that, she asks me to verify my e-mail address. If there is one thing I can give them credit for, it's Keeping my account secure.

I explain that I want to access my account online again, and that I do not want a personal or business checking account again so they can remove that association. 20 minutes later I can access my account with the new login I now have to use.

Thanks Chase for finally deciding to break the association to my business account I canceled years ago, and not telling me until I tried to actually login to your website.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Beemer Back in the Shop

Last weekend the weather reached the upper 70's, which, anyone who lives in the PNW knows is not something that happens often, and is great weather for taking the motorcycle out for a ride. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with the BMW, it wouldn't start. After cranking it quite a bit it eventually started but ran like crap. So, back to the dealer it went along with another video of the problem.

On the plus side, a couple of days later when they called me, there wasn't any question of the issue like before, and lack of belief in was it was telling them. This time the guys at Ride West knew exactly what the problem was, another bad injector. So they replaced it and took the bike out for a few shakedown rides and told me I could pick it up today. I brought my helmet and jacket in to work, ready to bus on over to the dealer after and get the bike. That was until they called me today. Today, I received another call that after the shakedown ride they found they also need to replace the fuel pump, which they ordered later in the day yesterday, and now the bike won't be ready until next week. So, I get another nice weekend in Seattle without a motorcycle. A motorcycle that I now only want to get running so I can sell it and stop having to deal with the piece of junk.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Disabled couple denied chance to live together by group homes

sent to me from FoxyNick

This is so wrong, why would they deny people this? I mean I can understand why disabled people are undesired people because at some point society deemed them undesirables, but some how they survived evolution. And they are here demanding rights, they are a community just like gay, lesbians, feminists, blacks, Jews, Catholics, etc... I have a few friends who are disabled and I don't see them as any less of a couple

Hava Samuels and Paul Forziano, who are mentally disabled, say the group homes where they live are blocking their request to live together as husband and wife. They are suing for the right to do so.

Ready the full story here...http://news.msn.com/us/disabled-couple-denied-chance-to-live-together-by-group-homes