Posts Tagged ‘free’

Malice or incompetence irrelevant

Monday, September 16th, 2013

It has long been a pet peeve of mine, that phone developers refuse to implement number-blocking at the base level. The reasons are obvious, if you offer the ability to block known bad numbers for free, no one would pay $5/month to their provider for the same ‘feature’. Given how frequently it’s asked for, it’s hard to imagine the lack is anything but deliberate malice. But even if it is just incredible arrogant incompetence by both Apple and Android developers, there are solutions.

I’m ashamed to admit, I didn’t think of this one before, creating a silent ringtone to assign to unwanted callers. Creating your own ringtones for current generation i-devices is more annoying that it has to be, but still within the realm of even the least technical person, so it really should have occurred to me sooner.

Now I’m just annoyed that I can’t make the silent ringtone till I get home, and some idiot spammer will call me who knows how many more times today, before I can get it set up.

Sunday Gay Day

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The sun was seriously out this Sunday, and the queer scooter group was getting together for a ride.  My scooter is just not appropriate for any sort of rally riding, but they are OK with sharing the ride with a motorcycle, and I joined in.  The starbucks (yes, it’s seattle, they make for universal neighborhood landmarks) was overflowing with bicycle riders, as I waited for the group.  In the end, we had six people, scattered across 4 bikes, and headed out for a trip out to Alki.   It was really nice, not being the underpowered-bike-holding-everyone-up, especially when we got onto the west seattle bridge where, despite a 35 mph speed limit, most people were doing 60 past us.

We drove all the way out, and after a short pause on the beach, along half the backside of Alki, before splitting up, with 5 of us going back down the beach to have lunch at Cactus.  Man, I do love the salsa at that place.  All the food was tasty.

After lunch, I went home, with the intent of getting out on the water while the sun was so nice.  Ended up spending an hour with a not-worth-it guy instead, but oh well.

For dinner, headed down to the Can Can for the yearly Easter event which is The Bunny Bounce.  As it is a free first-come-first-served event, there were no set table-spaces, and I grabbed a seat at an empty table in the back, but quickly ended up with an overflowing table of joiners.  Turns out they are all drag performers, there to support one of their friend’s in the cast, so got to hear lots of catty gossip all night long, a sort of secondary, private-at-my-table show.  They were all very polite and occasionally sociable, but I went home alone, so it wasn’t THAT gay of a day.  The Bunny Bounce show was fun.    I think only one of the performers was in drag, or else they are on hormones.  They all were fun.  And the poutine is always worth getting at the Can Can.

 

Excess Food Day

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Today is going to be a bad day at our office, for anyone on a diet. We’ve already had bagels and fruit for breakfast, plus the VP wandering around the office with a little red cart full of donuts, and there’s still lunch and the 3pm party yet to go.

I’m glad I did an extra set of crunches this morning. Not enough to make a difference, really, but still a feel-good-exercise =p

Free Yellow Submarine in iBook

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

There’s a multimedia remix of the Yellow Submarine movie, as an ebook, in the iTunes store currently, and it’s free even. Looks pretty cool so far, but I always loved that movie.

Free Lost Fingers

Friday, November 12th, 2010

A big thanks to the Kirkland Performance Center for giving me free tickets, front row center, to a Lost Fingers show tonight. They do an energetic cross of 80’s pop with Django Reinhardt-esque acoustic guitar freakishness. And sometimes straight-up franco jazz swing standards I’d heard before from Frank Vignola. I came down with the start of a headache on the drive over, but once the show started, I was too entertained to notice. Three guys, two guitar and one stand-up bass. One of the guitarists was primary singer, the other was primary talker. The speed at which they all could play was quite impressive. The banter was witty, and the crowd receptive. There was one change of outfits during the intermission, and one encore. I think I heard they were staying around to sign and chat, but I really wanted to make sure I got to Chocolati before it closed, and the headache was making itself known again.

Free Ike Reilly at Amazon

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Amazon has a free album of Ike mp3’s, you should get on that.

Ike’s Digital Collection [Amazon Exclusive] [Explicit]

Free “Fuck Dog”

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Opening night of this year’s production of “Poona the Fuck Dog” will be free.  I dunno how good the play is, but with a name like that, it’s gotta be up my alley, right? =p

Free From Amazon

Friday, March 13th, 2009

I’ve been harping on Jeff Bezos, the kindle, and the lack of wishlist support (still not there), and swearing I wasn’t going to buy another paid book till they fixed it.  And indeed, I’ve been using Project Gutenberg, and manybooks.net, to get my books for free, reading lots of classic lit that I never was willing to pay to read.

Anna K is a good book.  Madame Bovary has been mostly underwhelming so far.

But today, I discovered the amazon tag “kindle freebies”.  There are 24 pages of actual books, and a few sorta-cliff-notes-esque summary/bibliography collections.  And they appear to really be free, though you have to assign a credit card to the transaction anyways.  Apart from the summary collections, they appear  to be decent quality and unabridged.  I bought at least 2 dozen, including stuff like The Jungle, Treasure Island, and even some modern stuff like Red Mars.  Of course, one of the first books I bought was the combo of Red Mars/Green Mars, so that one was more a curiosity.

There are a couple of romance novels by current authors, that seem to be available for free to get you hooked on the author.  Hopefully more authors will try this.

free flight

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

So, it turns out that all the United mileage program mails I’ve been throwing out, unopened, have been trying to tell me that I have enough miles for a round-trip flight.  Thinking I should try to take my balloon flight again somewhere, or maybe go visit Dad and play golf once the weather cools down a little…after the summer we’ve had in Seattle this year, I don’t think I could take shifting to Vega weather all at once.