Archive for March, 2013

Scroogled WTF

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Why would you spend millions on a national ad campaign, encouraging people to switch from gmail to outlook, but not provide any links to resources on how to manage the switch over?  It’s not like MS doesn’t have a specific site setup for helping you do the move process, they just deliberately decided against linking to any useful resources.

Seriously, WTF?


I wish I could read japanese

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I stopped by the Daiso store near the new workplace, today.  Was mostly expecting to fill a few minutes wandering about, but ended up finding two things I had been already in the market for.   One of the, reflective bands to cinch your pants while biking, has some interesting English on it, and I can’t help but wonder what the Japanese text says.


For example, one line reads

SIZE Approx 8.66″ ~ 15.75″ SIZE FREE

I don’t get why you’d put SIZE in twice, or the word FREE.

Some of the phrases are pure poetry.

This heightens the safety effect in the night, but it is not a perfect thing.

Indeed, what in life is perfect?

We DO NOT guarantee any claim about the accidents caused by using it.

This one seems like they got the intended meaning all backwards.  Surely they meant prevented, not caused.

Please use it after confirming that a reflect side is font side.

OK, this one’s just a typo =p  If it had a brand label though….

This is not a permanent band.  It may get decrepit by a use situation and external factors, such as ultraviolet rays.

And people say Americans paste everything with liability lawsuit waiver language.  I find it amusing that someone felt the possibility of people thinking this product can last forever, was such a risk factor, it deserved it’s own disclaimer line.  On a product in a dollar store.

Please be careful not to hurt things around you by velcro tape.

This one is funny for two reasons.  First, the idea that you could hurt something with Velcro (OK, I can see pantyhose type materials being adversely affected by brushing up against the wrong part, but who wears pantyhose, slacks, and rides a bike, all at the same time?  But that’s not the part that makes me giggle most.  It’s that earlier on the package, they use “Hook-and-Loop” as a capitalized phrase, yet here they use the trademarked name Velcro, as an un-capitalized generic.

It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it makes me smile.

To the traffic safety measure at nigh-time

Grammar aside, I’m not sure if this one is a typo or an actual bad translation.


As long as they don’t decrepify too quickly, I’m sure I’ll be happy with them.  When the japanese localization guys gets back in the office, I’m going to ask him what the package says.


Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It’s hard to care about marriage, when you can’t get a second date.

Who to blame?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Is it the LG Double Play, or is it T-Mobile?

What’s certain is that I can have 4 bars of service, but no internet, for long periods of time, all throughout the city of Seattle.

And of course, t-mobile support is useless in trying to solve the problem.  If you try to call 611 from your phone, their crapware intercepts the call, puts you on speaker phone, and tries to suggest some completely useless and poorly written FAQs that are usually full of incorrect information, before allowing your call to go through, which puts you into the limbo zone where no one ever bothers to pick up the ringing phone at their desk.

Then there’s their website’s support section, with a poorly written chat-now app that fails to work 90% of the time you try it, and when it does, you are just connected to a useless jerk that asks you to repeat the same information 20 times, and never bothers to try and solve the problem; it appears their only interest is in trying to find an excuse to ignore your support request.

I’ve put up with a lot of annoyance from T-Mobile over the years, but stuck with the local underdog.  I don’t think I’m going to much longer.

Two days in a row

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

I have now bicycled to work, two days in a row.

If you knew me in high school, when I biked to school every day, this wouldn’t sound that impressive.


I think I may have to return the rear-view mirror I picked up last weekend.  It hangs off my glasses, and after minor adjustment, that works surprisingly well.  But when the mirror is off, it seems to have created a weird zone-of-confusion in my visual processing, and I think might be causing my left eye to go lazy.

VegFest Volunteer patience

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I stopped by VegFest over the weekend.  Was very easy to score way more than my admission price, in free Odwalla’s alone, so already totally worth going before I walked past booth one.  And there were lots of booths, and people.   Some of the freebies on offer were tasty, some were not.  The most amusing feature of the weekend was watching/listening, and coming to the realization that there wasn’t a single product there that someone couldn’t find some reason to pooh-pooh.

“yeah, but are the bees raised under organic sunshine?”

“I heard you used to have casein in this, and sure the person who invented it is in the booth, telling me No, never, it’s made from soy, casein wouldn’t serve any purpose, but I still assume the worst of everyone, so I’m going to assume you are a liar, or don’t know how you make your own product, based on something I think I ‘heard’ 5 years ago.”

It was funny for me, standing in line behind these people, always finding some reason to disapprove of a food item.  I can only imagine how annoying it would be to be volunteering to give away free food, and listening to such constant whining.  And none of it was coming from people with medical related worries, it was all philosophical better-than-thou-isms.

That said, the experience was worthwhile.  I picked up a ton of samples, plus the aforementioned juices, and more than covered the price of admission and membership, without counting the prices for things I won’t eat, like the peanut butter replacement spread, made from biscotti.

Differences in style

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Yeah, no.  If the tests failed for the exact same reason, with the exact same error messages, as the last 10 times they’ve run, I will NOT copy-paste all the same stack-traces into today’s report.

Dinner at Wotan’s (Teatro Zinzanni review)

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Having still not found a suitable friday night Karaoke venue, I went out and let other people entertain me with their singing.

I saw a note in the Seattle PI, about how they were having a new show, and when I checked for tickets, there was a table for 2 still empty, so I grabbed a seat.  I understand the desire to avoid confusion while people are trying to get seated, but it is still kind of annoying when one of these places calls up and does the whole, “Are you really such a loser that you are coming to a show by yourself?” questionings.  Oh well, life goes on.

When I arrived, the hostess person who brought me to my table went out of her way to make me feel as welcome as any table-of-six, giving me the full historical facts spiel about the tent and whatnot.  As the night went on, my waitress was equally attentive to me, noticing when I let my 2nd drink sit until all the ice had melted, and worrying that I wasn’t drinking it because I didn’t like it (The drink was fine, but I was waiting to get the main course down, before getting more alcohol in my system).  The food was just OK.  Most of it wasn’t of a style that I’m generally a fan of.  The steak was cooked exactly to order, and tasty, but the potatoes, while prepared ‘correctly’ for what they were, just didn’t appeal at all, with a sour/vinegar taste that I couldn’t stand, and the veggies on the main plate were all forms of squash, again prepared ‘correctly’, but due-to-personal-preference-still-inedible-to-me.  The salad was tasty, and the soup left me wishing for a bigger bowl.  The desert was just so-so in my book.

The performance numbers were entertaining, and made good use of  the space.    A fair number were aloft, many were at ground level.  It should go without saying, but obviously a musical performance based somewhat around the Ring cycle is going to have a bombastic, full-figured female singer involved, and they cast well their Broomhilde, who could certainly fill the room with sound, without needing to lean on the mic.  Thor was a very sexy sky-high-tall statue of muscles and long hair.

It is amusing how they integrate the change in course, with the musical numbers.

The biggest disappointment of the night was in how character-staff treated a single diner.   Now, I’ve only been there once, but it sure seemed like at least 2, sometimes all, of the characters would visit with each table in the inner ring, and at least 1 person visited every table in the outer ring…except mine.  Every character, and even the photographer, looked at me, and then moved on to chat with someone else.  Add in the way they exhort the crowd twice, once to dance with someone from your table, and once to kiss someone at your table, and the whole night gets tinged with a bit of “why are you here, loser”.

I also noted that at least one of the major characters seemed to be having a really bad night, full on glowering, every time he wasn’t ‘in focus’, out of character with his character’s motivations during the scene.


Overall, I’d say the Can Can is a much better value for the money, and a much more enthusiastic show.  The size of Teatro’s space allows for more impressive acrobatics, but at least for my tastes, the music, food, and people, are much more inviting down in the Market.

The Michelle Shocked thing

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

So, now we have the audio of the event in question, and an accurate transcript, and it appears, to this someone, who’s seen her live before, that whatever long standing issues of she may have around gay people/rights, what she said, and how she said it in particular, do not jibe with the level of animosity ascribed to it.

“I was in a prayer meeting yesterday and you gotta appreciate how scared, how scared, folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point, and I really shouldn’t say ‘their,’ ‘cause it’s mine, too, we are nearly at the end of time”

Clearly, she is trying to describe how she feels like the religious people around her are feeling…I suspect that when she joins herself with ‘their vantage point’, her similarities of feelings aren’t 100% parallel, in every respect, and she didn’t expect people to think that she meant she agreed with everything in that mindset.  Knowing how much she is aware of how different each individual is, especially inside the head, I just can’t imagine her actually believing that any group of people, no matter how superficially related they are, as a group, will not have strong differences on the specifics.

She continues on,

“from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, uh, I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method, once Prop 8 gets instated and once preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back.”

Again, it seems clear to me she is describing a hypothetical outlook on why things like gay marriage are so frightening to evangelicals, BECAUSE if gay people getting married isn’t the key that opens the door to the second coming, imagine how much worse what actually brings about the end times would be…from their vantage point.

The fact that biblically, gay marriage isn’t even close to a sign of the second coming is irrelevant to the fear some people feel.

Now the question of why an evangelical would be afraid of the second coming is an interesting one.  Is it fear that you are a fraud, and not really saved?  Is it fear that you have so many people you want to save, and think they are going to hell because you didn’t have enough time to convert them?  Is it something else?

There have been groups of people, entire denominations of Christianity, that have been certain they lived in the end-of-days, since Jesus died.  The arrogance it takes to think that your certainty means anything more to God, than the certainty of the millions…probably Billions, who have lived and died with the same strength of conviction, seems extremely un-Christian.

In me, such certainty evokes the same kind of pity I feel for people who tell me, “I have a feeling” about a lottery ticket purchase.  It is a strange moment of self-centered-ness, in people that are often usually much better than that.  But I totally understand it, emotionally.

Anywho, on to the ‘worst’ of it….

“If someone would be so gracious as to tweet out that Michelle Shocked just said from stage, ‘God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?”

As written text, it looks pretty bad.  But if you listen to the audio, she is obviously joking, giggling, and trying to recover from having the previous statement misunderstood, and didn’t in any way seem to actually mean she had just said that, but that having not gotten her point across that she was speaking about the “vantage point” she had observed at the prayer meeting, someone was going to misquote her, and she might as well get it out of the way now.  Unfortunately, I don’t think people in the venue were listening to anything she actually said anymore, by then, and it spiraled down from there.

So, it would seem that what was said she said, some was not quite what she said, and what was said she said that was accurate, wasn’t re-said in context.  However, having learned about a lot of other incidents, where she’s been equally troubling, the entire picture is not pretty.   Having been to many of her shows, and witnessed her speaking style, and thinking on how similar it is, in many respects, to another artist I respect for their work.  He is a visual artist, very altered takes on reality sort of paintings and sculptures.  A friend once observed that while we may live in the same physical world as the artist, what he paints IS the world he sees.  He doesn’t look at a straight line and imagine the curves he paints, they are always there.  Those curves in the physical world, that he perceives but I don’t, he also perceives in the spiritual and emotional worlds, and I suspect Michelle lives in a similarly unique and distinct universe, parallel and enmeshed with ours, but seen through radically different eyes.  The point being, it does not surprise me when either of them fail to get their point across….it amazes me that they ever do at all.

I don’t know how I feel about supporting her work in the future, knowing about some other incidents, but I feel reasonably certain that THIS incident doesn’t seem to be what I had initially feared, nor what was reported.

Eggs into Dildos

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Someone has finally gotten around to making a machine that turns eggs, into steaming warm dildos.  Just what the world has been waiting for.

Surely a bar in the Castro will step up to the plate, and make a Sunday brunch special out of these….