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09 January 2008 @ 05:07 pm
Seriously, do people REALLY fall for these phishing scams? It looks like Borat wrote this.
From "service.alert@banksofamerica.com":

"Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on you account, we had to believe that, their might be some security problem on you account.

So we have decided to put an extra verification process to ensure your identity and your account security.

Please click on continue to the verification process and ensure your account security. It is all about your security.

Thank you."


Thank goodness those guys at Banks of America are looking out for me account!



27 October 2007 @ 12:31 am
Quid pro quo - an anti-Gore Prickly City strip for my favorite wingnut! :)

24 October 2007 @ 11:05 pm
Today's "Prickly City":

31 August 2007 @ 01:08 pm
I've been a loyal Dell customer pretty much since they began offering catalog sales in the mid-90s. I've never had a problem with a Dell computer, and their customer service has always been top-notch.

But now?

Dell seems to have grown too large for its own good. They're having some serious delivery issues with several of their laptop products, including one I ordered as a replacement to my 3-year-old Inspiron which blew out its motherboard early in July. Thanks to the skillz/knowledge of queso, he diagnosed the problem and helped me pick out a replacement Inspiron 1520 from Dell's offerings. I added on a few more bells & whistles that I needed, scoured the web for a good online coupon code, and placed an order on July 17.

Here it is, a month and a half later, and the laptop has yet to appear.

The delay is bordering on ridiculous. Dell has pushed back my delivery date three times already and currently, it's due to ship on September 10. Recent articles I've found suggest it could be up to November for some customers to receive their laptops. Plenty of pissed off customers have been griping to customer support, but most of them have been talking to uncaring reps in India call centers, and the largest compensation I've heard Dell offering is upgrading delivery to next-day. Which won't help me, because I'm out of town Sept 7-14. I'll take advantage of it, though, if... i mean *when* Dell postpones my order yet again.

Dell, why hast thou forsaken me?
Current Mood: sadsad
23 August 2007 @ 06:44 pm
Most mornings on my commute, as I cruise through the city, I tend to have to deal with bad drivers, jaywalkers, the odd bicyclist or two...

Today? I stopped in the middle of Golden Gate Park to let a coyote cross the road in front of me.

Now *that's* something you just don't see every day!
12 July 2007 @ 09:11 am
Isn't it sad to think that when I hear a report on "increased risk of terrorist attack"... I automatically think, "What news embarrassing to the administration is forthcoming?"
So Chertoff's vague "gut feeling" announcement on Tuesday... oh, yes. Just before today's mixed results announcement on the Iraqi benchmarks.

Keith Olbermann, as always, says it best - from Tuesday's Countdown:

KEITH OLBERMANN: Lastly, Richard, just as the President is trying to defend his strategy in Iraq and invoking people's grandchildren and children and their security, the Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff reveals this "gut feeling" about an increased risk of terrorist activity here this summer. His "gut feeling." How about my gut feeling that Mr. Chertoff said this so that the lead story on the newscast on ABC would not be Iraq or Alberto Gonzales or that USA Today poll, but that it would be this, you know, "gut feeling" of his, plus a vague sky-is-falling story about an al-Qaeda cell, which even the people in Homeland Security say is just nonsense? And this stuff about Mr. Chertoff's guess, am I, is my gut reaction here better than his or as worthwhile as his?

RICHARD WOLFFE, Newsweek: There may be another explanation, which is that he's trying to cover his rear end because he doesn't have real intelligence about what these people are up to, but they're just a vague feeling. Look, we've gone from color coded warnings to the intestinal rumblings of Michael Chertoff. It's amazing what you get for all those billions that they spend on Homeland Security.

OLBERMANN: Yeah, the "gut feeling" has been described as "breaking news." Actually, a "gut feeling" would be closer to "breaking wind."

24 June 2007 @ 09:12 pm
It's near the end of olallieberry season right now, and I'm jonesing to go to Duarte's in Pescadero for some fresh olallieberry pie before the season ends. Damn it all, I have to work every day! Maybe this coming weekend, I can catch a break and head out to Pescadero. If I can't make it, at least I'm letting you all know, so you have a chance to try some of California's best berries while they're all gone. Mmm!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
07 June 2007 @ 02:27 pm
I'm sorry, but sometimes new technology amazes the crap out of me.

Consider Microsoft's Photosynth project as shown in this 7:42 demo video from the TED conference in March of this year.

In the example, Photosynth compiles images from thousands of Flickr postings of Notre Dame Cathedral. From this, a 3D, scalable model is built by analyzing the angles and common features of the images. In itself, that's amazing enough, but then the software allows you to fly/zoom/scale in this construct to view the smallest details, or to see where the building can be seen in a Paris city skyline.

Damn. Amazing.

Demo of Photosynth found here.
21 May 2007 @ 02:21 pm
I know many people on my friends list like taking quizzes. And many of you have political bents. Normally, I don't post memes, but I think this is interesting enough and short enough for even gopackgo  to complete on a coffee break. And it seems pretty legit, too. No tween-inspired questions such as "which person on your friends list do you have a secret crush on?" (like, omg!!!1!1one!!eleven)

 World's Smallest Political Quiz

There's no goofy gif to post on your LJ after you're done. The quiz says I'm a left-leaning centrist. Which is pretty smack-dab accurate.
Current Mood: why not
17 May 2007 @ 07:54 pm
So yesterday, I got that mailer from the Social Security Office. You know, the one that tells you what your benefits will be when you retire (yeah, right!)

My income has varied so widely over the past few years, and I wanted to get a visual, so I plotted out my net earnings since I began earning taxable income, 20 years ago. With a little help from the National Center for Education Statistics, of all places, I conjured up this graph of relative value.

I'm not the kind of guy who cares to keep his earnings private, but regardless... I've removed all the dollar amounts. But you can see how much I'm earning now, relative to when I was unemployed for much of 2002, following the dot-com bust and my company going bankrupt... and how much less I'm earning than my first job out of college (waiting tables in Austin!)