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Random Post for 2 September 2016

A while back, M was having a bad day at work and sent this to me.

Some "Shining" stuff going on here.

Some “Shining” stuff going on here.


Yesterday, I put in a request via the “one stop shop” email for tech support.
I *thought* I was being clear that I needed help with the form.

I *thought* I was being clear that I needed help with the form.


The response today.
Nope.  Holy $#@!, where's the Tylenol?

Nope. Holy $#@!, where’s the Tylenol?


I understand now… the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the catin the hat the cati nthe hatthe cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hatthe cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat the cat in the hat


Here’s a picture of us with John Waters in 2012 taken with M’s Powershot SD1000.
He takes a Polaroid of everyone who enters his house.

He takes a Polaroid of everyone who enters his house.

Random Post For 27 July 2016

This was in a cyber security thing at work. I love how clip art and stock photos mash up something computer-y and an old school caricature of a thief, usually a mask and gloves, to represent cyber crimes. This one is extra funny because touchscreens don’t work with these $2.00 a pair drugstore gloves.

"Smartphone in hand with gloves" by Adam Radosavljevic - GettyImages/iStockphoto

“Smartphone in hand with gloves” by Adam Radosavljevic – GettyImages/iStockphoto




Just got off of a phone call with Toyota Financial. Does everyone just put “Wait times may be longer than normal” at the beginning of their message now? It was an 18 minute call, with literally, 1 minute spent speaking to a human to get the information I needed. No touch tone — voice menu only. It got right up to the part I needed, payoff information (mysteriously under “something else” and not “payment information”), before deciding to not understand me. I could hang up or suck it up and hold. I really needed the information so I held.

Not to be too Seinfeld but, what is the deal with hold music? It wasn’t a particularly hideous mix but why does digital hold music always sound like a stretched cassette tape with the tempo and volume wobbling in and out? Is it mixed into the “please have your account number ready, blah blah” (that I already gave to the voice menu bot) from an outsourced service?

I can see some telco room in Mumbai with a 90s MP3 player jacked into the sound card of an even older PC. Not one of those cool, tidy, color coded telcos either. A working room with fans, extension cords, and cables everywhere and a UPS that died years ago beeping away — still used to get more outlets. A profitable room. The kind of room that would make an OSHA nerd weep.

Toyota really doesn’t want you to pay off early. There’s no place on the coupon for extra principal. One time I sent extra and the next bill was reduced by the extra amount. I wondered why the payoff is more than the “outstanding balance” on the bill. Sneaky buggers, the balance on the bill is just principal owed. The bill amount times the number of payments to go is considerably more.



On a more up note, I found this card for my sister’s birthday. I really like it. The card is available in the “Mischievous Menagerie” box from Pomegranate. I may try and find a print.

"Barry and Pumpkin On the Way Up" by Kathy DeZarn Beynette

“Barry and Pumpkin On the Way Up” by Kathy DeZarn Beynette

Random Post for 11 July 2016

It started with a meeting. Simultaneously resisting the urge to kill and fighting to stay awake, I thought of a haiku:

Want me to listen?
Perhaps you should have a point
And then get to it

I doodled and sort of liked it so I redid it in pencil and inked it. Then off to the scanner and a bit of color in Photoshop.

Meetings

Meetings

Random Post for 6 June 2016

I found the printout of my ticket for the Patti Smith concert on 29 December 2015 and that prompted me to make this post

Not as cool as a real ticket stub but this is a scan of the actual piece of paper I handed to the ticket-taker at the Fillmore.

Still a souvenir of sorts.

Still a souvenir of sorts.

I’ve wanted to see Patti Smith forever.

Right attitude.

Right attitude.

Cool horses lights on the walls before the show.

Cool horses lights on the walls before the show.

There were a couple of nice surprises in addition to seeing a great artist with a great band at a classic venue. First, by the time the show was over, it was her birthday!

Second, “Hey, that dude looks like Michael Stipe”.

Holy sh!t!  It is Michael Stipe!

Holy sh!t! It is Michael Stipe!


He wasn’t on the bill. He had opened (also unannounced) for Patti Smith when they kicked off the tour for the 40th anniversary of the release of “Horses” at the Beacon Theatre in NY.

    He did a short set with no REM songs:

  • Neil Young’s Old Man
  • The Crying Game (written by Dave Berry)
  • The Doors’ People Are Strange
  • John Lennon’s Imagine
  • All The Young Dudes (written by David Bowie for Mott the Hoople)

The show was freaking amazing! They did the entire “Horses” album and more. She let the band show off without her for a cover of Velvet Underground’s Rock & Roll / I’m Waiting for the Man. I still get chills when I hear Because The Night.

Stipe came back out for People Have The Power.

Stipe came back out for People Have The Power.

A complete set list from Vintage Vinyl News.

Tough lighting conditions for the iPhone 4s but I’m glad I got what I got. I have some video snips I’m still editing together. I’ll post that soon.

Random stuff for 6 May 2016

While I finish a roll in the current camera I’ve been scanning manuals in the evenings. I’ve had a stack of other stuff to scan forever so since I have it fired up without the film adapter…

A scan of my Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.  Thanks Mom!

A scan of my Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Thanks Mom!

Me and M's first real date.  My friend Ellen scored us tickets.

Me and M’s first real date. My friend Ellen scored us tickets.

Kinda looks like my sweetie.

Out of print but still available from Poster Pop.  Thanks Mike!

Out of print but still available from Poster Pop. Thanks Mike!

52 Cameras: Camera 89 part 2 — Mamiya 135 EE

I’m still shooting a roll of Fuji print film in this camera. More images as soon as I finish the roll.

Colorful tree for winter time.

Colorful tree for winter time.

Pretty!  The ristras aren't bad either.

Pretty! The ristras aren’t bad either.

Our Christmas tree.

Our Christmas tree.

Ye Olde rotting pumpkin.

Ye Olde rotting pumpkin.

Update 3 February 2016 — images from the Fuji 400 print film.

Lamp at Maria's in Santa Fe.

Lamp at Maria’s in Santa Fe.

I'm not sure why but this sign is funny.

I’m not sure why but this sign is funny.

Low light at Il Vicino in Santa Fe.

Low light at Il Vicino in Santa Fe.

Lone raven flying under the storm.

Lone raven flying under the storm.

End of roll double exposure.  If I could just figure out how to do it on purpose.

End of roll double exposure. If I could just figure out how to do it on purpose.

Fail — Or Is It?

Another morning, a quick check of Gmail. Nothing out of the ordinary until I want to log out.

The little head-and-shoulders person icon isn't there.

The little head-and-shoulders person icon isn’t there.

I close the browser and kill all of the history. I don’t leave the “Stay logged in” box checked on purpose. Maybe Firefox is being weird — I check using Safari and it’s the same. I can kill the Firefox Gmail session but then I will be leaving the Safari session in limbo. Oh well, I kill the FF session, close Safari, and clear its history too. I’ll have to try to figure it out later when I have time.

Later…

Hovering, the space/link is there, just no icon.

Hovering, the space/link is there, just no icon.

Click…

Evil shits. Too many people not letting you track their every move?

Evil shits. Too many people not letting you track their every move?

Now a couple of hours later…

... The icon has magically returned.

… The icon has magically returned.

Perhaps I was hasty in my judgement. Hanlon’s razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” although some versions add “but don’t rule out malice“.