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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 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 Fails – Catching Up Edition

People I spam regularly have seen these. If something isn’t original or a derivative of an original (meme graphics mostly) I’ll credit when the source is known. Some have been posted to Fail Blog.

The bill is too damn complex!

The bill is too damn complex!

This was a self-fail - no elections in Santa Fe

This was a self-fail – no elections in Santa Fe

From 2010.  The scariest thing the Smog Monster could be for Halloween?  Tony Hayward.

From 2010. The scariest thing the Smog Monster could be for Halloween? Tony Hayward.

Just staple the package to the postcard - problem solved!

Just staple the package to the postcard – problem solved!

Update your updater to update your updates

Update your updater to update your updates

In Los Alamos, land of a thousand geniuses

In Los Alamos, land of a thousand geniuses

This restaurant had an awesome kludge on a thermostat using a fork. They freaked when they saw me trying to get a picture of it and took it down. I guess they thought I’d turn them in for a safety violation. I just thought it was funny. Good food. We go there a lot and they recognize us now.

Would you like a fry with that? - La Maldita

Would you like a fry with that? – La Maldita

Apple spellcheck, you so silly

Apple spellcheck, you so silly