Archive for January, 2009

A Whole Notta Shakin Goin’ On

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I happened to be awake when it hit.  I had just logged into WoW to see if I could get in on some of the post-server-reset book-finding goodness.  There was a single shake; I first thought it was someone tripping in the stairwell beyond my wall.

Craig Yodels Well

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I’m such a big fan of Craig Ferguson’s late night hijinx.  This week, he’s been featuring a classic Frank Ifield song, “She Taught Me How To Yodel”.  It’s quite funny.  And he’s done it with the monkey too.

Craig Ferguson Yodels

The New Tivo Search, someday

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

What a craptacular job on the part of the folks at Tivo. They interrupt my viewing to tell me about their new feature, and then lock up my tivo for going on 5 mins now, with a “please wait” message.  Yeah, all that dev work is now totally wasted, because as soon as I hit post, I’m going to do whatever it takes to interrupt your stupid piece of crap, and go back to watching like I always have.  You really didn’t think to have someone QA how long it takes to startup your new feature?  No one could manage to grasp the idea that your first impression is your only impression, so maybe you should pre-load stuff in the background before you ask someone to try it?


Wow, and now it crashed back to live TV without ever even getting into the new feature.

Crap job Tivo.

UPDATE:  I ranted some with the VP of Product Marketing at Tivo.  He claims the craptacular results are the result of unrelated network issues.  The fact that no one on his dev or QA teams thought of the test case for “network failure at Tivo HQ” doesn’t impress me.  I pointed out that Tivo-of-today doesn’t do things to make customer life easier, they do it because someone paid them to.  Like  skipping a 3-thumbs-up program, in favor of recording some mid-season replacement crap pilot, on a network without a single show I’ve ever given a single thumbs up to.  If he thinks I should try it out, that’s almost a guarantee that it’s not worth my time.

Dunno What They Were Selling…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I didn’t view the image that probably contained the payload, but the google-summary of their anti-filter text, aka their spampoem, certainly made me laugh,

Another deficit writes a love letter to a sheriff for the anomaly. Any submarine can cook cheese grits for the roller coaster related to an eggplant, but it takes a real globule to non-chalantly dance with some parking lot. Most people believe that an ostensibly psychotic tape recorder competes with a line dancer, but they need to remember how seldom a submarine laughs out loud. An eggplant dies, or the parking lot negotiates a prenuptial agreement with a skinny senator.

Lasers Make Everything Better

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Well, except for Alderaan.

Nazi Pope Strikes Out For Evil

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Personally, I can’t understand how any rational person with even a modicum of education, can think that the Catholic church is run by anything but some of the most greedy, power-mad, religious whackjobs of history.  They turned entire hemispheres into slaves, killed millions in persecutions, and still hoard some of the most expensive earthly treasures on the planet, while having old ladies arrested for trying to keep their churches open, because they had to spend all their parishes’ money paying off the kids they knowingly let their priests molest.

I didn’t expect much from the Nazi-Pope, but you’d think he could manage to sell off one of  his totally gay hats to keep the lights on.  Then again, he would rather sit in luxury, than keep people from starving, less than a 1000 miles from his bed.  I dunno about you, but he’s not doing much to convince me that he doesn’t still stand for all the Nazi ideals he swore to as a teenager.

Strange Mac Video Tearing bug-o-the-morn

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Perhaps Steve Jobs is getting revenge on me for complaining about the crapitude of itunes on windows, but this morning, I log into wow to find this strange video tearing problem.  At first, I’m quick to blame Warcraft and the wonderful QA job they did on 3.0.8 patch, but then I load up the only other graphical game I’ve got on the mac, On The Rain Slick Precipice…,and notice the same problem there, just not as often.

So, mister mac, what happened to you between last night, and this morning?  We were playing together just fine last night before I went to claires.

Stupid Itunes Bug of the Day

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you have focus in the library and press the backspace key, it removes the currently selected file from the library, no prompt, no warning, no undo. What an utterly crap job of QA they do.

A Reason to Visit DC

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I am so taking a trip to Washington DC, so I can take some money mirror pics. I wonder what other country currencies could provide this sort of experience. Or product boxes for that matter…is there a spot where the land-o-lakes butter lady actually ‘stood’? Inquiring minds want to know.

Mama Mia (MR)

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Got around to watching Mama Mia finally.

Some of the songs got new lyrics that I don’t quite approve of, though my like of Christine Baranski allows her Does Your Mother Know.

I dunno that I’d pay to see the show in Vegas though.