captpackrat: (MLP Lazor)

Simply unique, indeed.



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  At least at Costco.



You're hired!  You're fired!



U-turn fail.  It might not be immediately obvious, but the front of the trailer is sitting on the roadway.



Pony pulls the wagon or it gets the hose again!

I had to explain to my roommate why it was absurd that a pegasus pony would be pulling a wagon.  I've succumbed to the brony side.
captpackrat: (Stamp)
 

So, for my convenience, instead of putting the package outside the gate, or even, heaven forbid, getting out of his car, walking 2 feet to the button and ringing the bell, the mail carrier decided to return the package to the post office 15 minutes away?  And I can't go get it until tomorrow?  Gee, thanks!
captpackrat: (Camera)

Bike chain fail.

If you're going to chain your bike to something useless like this ashtray, at least run the chain through the wheels so someone can't just ride off with it.



Sounds like it should be a Furry show.  It's not.



A few weeks ago my roommate's dog somehow tore a nail and had to go to the vet for surgery.  Now she's missing the nail and it shows no signs of growing back.



We got lucky the other day after that really bad thunderstorm and had only minor damage to the fence.  Others weren't so lucky.



Woodchuck!  (aka Groundhog or Marmot)  He was just staring off into space when I snapped the photo.  I tried to get his attention so he'd look at me, but that scared him off.  They're almost as cute as bunnies when they run away.



I saw this license plate in town and had to snap a photo.

Dumb Spam

Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:56 pm
captpackrat: (Fail - Bob Barker)



They've been saving 10 Nissan Altimas for 5 years just for this contest!

captpackrat: (Animal Crossing)
From Ars Technica:


Online task force: Adults shouldn't play Animal Crossing

An online Missouri task force has suggested that adults who play Animal Crossing should be viewed with suspicion, as they are likely up to no good.

By Andrew Webster | Last updated March 17, 2009 3:00 PM CT

One of the great things about the majority of Nintendo developed games is that they appeal to such a wide variety of gamers. Take Animal Crossing, for instance. While it is suitable for younger and casual gamers thanks to its adorable characters and setting, more than one so-called hardcore gamer has lost plenty of hours trying to pay off the nefarious Tom Nook. However, in spite of this, the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force believes that AC is not a game that should be played by adults.

"There is no reason an adult should have this game," Andy Anderson told ABC News, via GamePolitics. Anderson believes that any adults playing Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii are most likely doing it for the wrong reasons, suggesting that the majority of these adult gamers are actually child predators.

It's a curious decision to select AC:CF as an example of a dangerous online game, especially considering the limited online interactions players can have, something that is aided by the use of Nintendo's infamous friend code system. While parents should most certainly be aware of what their children are doing online, to suggest that this means that adults can't enjoy specific forms of entertainment is ludicrous.


captpackrat: (Size-Case)
I was making a package of Cashew Chicken for dinner tonight.  Inside the package was a small packet made of clear plastic, so you can clearly see the contents, cashews.  Printed in half-inch high letters all over the packet is the warning:  "Contains Cashews".

Duh?
captpackrat: (Argh!)
I ordered a Dell laptop for my SO, since he needed one for work.  Since his new job involves a lot of travel, he specced out a system that he could use for gaming, TV and movies as well as work, a system almost as good as my desktop, with a price to match.  Since he needed it quickly, I paid extra (a lot extra) for next business day delivery.  Dell chose to use DHL for this.  I got an e-mail Sunday saying that the laptop had shipped and would arrive Monday.

Around noon today, I decided to check the Dell web site to make sure that it was indeed scheduled to arrive today.  It said the package had already been delivered.  I checked the tracking number with DHL and indeed, it had been delivered and signed for, by someone I'd never heard of.

I put in calls to Dell and DHL, and come to find out that the driver delivered the package to someone else, on a different street, on the other side of town.  The addresses aren't even remotely similar.  I managed to get an address for the house it was delivered to, and drove over there but nobody was home.  The house stank of cigarette smoke, even from the outside.  I waited around for a while, then left a note with my phone number.  Nobody has called.

The driver is supposed to retreive the package and redeliver it tomorrow.  If it's been opened or if it stinks of smoke, there's gonna be hell to pay.

At least Dell has already promised to refund the shipping.
captpackrat: (Argh!)
Whoever decided that the default behavior of Windows Update is to suddenly reboot the computer with absolutely no warning needs to be fed feet first into a wood chipper.
captpackrat: (Argh!)
I was wondering why every so often all the web sites I normally visit, like LJ and FA, would lose all my custom settings.  Apparently when AVG 8 detects a "tracking cookie", it helpfully DELETES THE ENTIRE COOKIES.TXT FILE!  That means every single cookie in Firefox gets wiped out, not just the tracking cookie.  Thanks, Grisoft!
captpackrat: (Professor Frink)
From the Letters to the Editor in today's San Jose Mercury News:

"In order to stimulate the economy, President Bush wants to give individuals $600 at a total cost of $150 billion. Now, since the war in Iraq is costing us approximately $250 million a day, adding up to that $150 billion every six days, why not leave the Iraqis to solve their own problems themselves, and instead of spending our money there, give everyone $600 once a week? That will save us $250 million a week, stimulate the economy big time and save lives as well."

250,000,000 x 6 = 150,000,000,000?

Maybe this should have been included in the Reader's Digest article last month on teachers helping students in California cheat on achievement tests.
captpackrat: (Windows uber alles)
I guess I'm going to be dragged kicking and screaming into upgrading my PC.

Microsoft has all but abandoned Windows 2000.  Logitech and many other companies no longer produce products for 2000.  The newest iPods won't work under 2000,.

And now, I'm going to end up having to upgrade, not because of hardware failure, lack of capacity or a desire for something faster.  No.  It's because I can't get an anti-virus for a reasonable price that will work with 2000 Server.

Eset used to sell a single user license of NOD32 for Windows 2000 Server that cost the same as the regular home user version, about $35 a year.  All the other AV makers only sell multi-user license packs, running around $250-500 for 5-10 users.  I don't need that many licenses, and there is no way in hell I'll pay $250 for ONE YEAR of anti-virus.  Now Eset has jumped on the bandwagon, they don't sell single licenses either.

So I guess I've got no choice now but to upgrade.
captpackrat: (Argh!)
The case for the Dr. Demento CD was cracked, but I wasn't going to complain, CD cases are a dime a dozen.

But then I noticed that the case for The White Seal was cracked.  This is a bit annoying, as DVD cases are a bit harder to come by.  But the damage didn't appear to be too bad (until I looked inside), so I was still about to let things slide.

Then I noticed that the third item I'd ordered, Meet the Feebles, also had a broken case.  A badly broken case.  With chunks missing.

The shmucks apparently didn't understand that putting fragile plastic cases into a box with a VERY HEAVY SET OF BOOKS just might result in some damage.

I'm exchanging all three items.  At least they will be paying the postage on it.

I've ripped the Dr. Demento CD so that I can at least listen to it while it is being replaced.

There is some scoring on the slipcase the books came in.  It's not noticeable unless you look for it.  I'm halfway tempted to force them to replace the whole order, but they'd probably ship the replacements in the same box again.

1+1=3

Nov. 4th, 2007 12:19 pm
captpackrat: (Professor Frink)
From a 16.9 ounce bottle of Propel Lemonade Fitness Water:


Serving size:  8 fl oz.
Servings per container:  about 2

Calories, 8 fl oz:  10
Calories per bottle:  25



So if one serving is 10 calories, 2 servings is...  25?
captpackrat: (Cletus)
I've ordered an iced coffee from McDonald's 4 times now.  Only once have they actually gotten the order correct.  This time around I ordered a vanilla coffee and they gave me hazelnut.

I don't particularly care for hazelnuts.  :P

Schmucks

Jun. 15th, 2007 03:42 pm
captpackrat: (Fail - Bob Barker)
I quit my last job because they refused to give me a raise even though I hadn't had a raise in 2 years, they'd more than quadrupled my work load and they were paying way below what I could be making elsewhere.

Judging by the appearance of their web site, it looks like they've gotten what they paid for in hiring my replacement.

I'd used the DIA diagram editor to create several templates of the organization charts for the various company divisions.  I would then export them as bitmaps, then use GIMP to combine them into a single large JPEG for the company web site.  That way I could make changes and have a finished product with a consistent appearance.

My successor just took the JPEG and edited it in MS Paint.  As you can imagine. it looks like crap.

I was also tasked with updating the Flash version of the org chart which they had paid another company thousands of dollars to create.  When I started, I knew nothing about Flash, and it took me about 2 weeks to figure out how to do the updates.

Nearly 12 months after I quit, my successor finally figured out how to deal with the obsolete Flash chart.  He deleted it

I also created a nifty page showing the logos of all our major clients, and I used Javascript so when you moused over a logo, a tooltip would appear showing the work we did.

Given that company was one of the largest construction companies in California, I find it amazing that they haven't had any new customers in the past year.   Or maybe my successor just doesn't understand simple Javascript.

The original designer had created this elegant curved line motif than transitioned into a globe in the center of the page.  I took great pains to preserve this appearance.

My successor doesn't seem to care, there are now several obvious breaks in the lines were he's added or deleted something without fixing the backgrounds.



Thanks to their refusal to give me a raise, I was able to invest my inheritance in the stock market instead of buying a house, and now I'm making almost as much money sitting on my ass at home all day as I did working for them 40 hours a week.

ARGH!

Mar. 5th, 2007 05:22 pm
captpackrat: (Sim Billy on Fire)
Yesterday I called AAA to get some assistance in getting my SO's car out of the ditch.  They said a tow truck from Cass Towing would arrive some time before 8 am the next morning, so I took our friend with the pickup truck to Outback Steakhouse to thank him for his help.  Halfway through our meal, I get a call that the tow truck is on its way and will arrive on scene in 10 minutes.  We were about 30 minutes away, so we rush through our meal and just as we get on the road, I get a call that they don't want to drive on that road because they were afraid of getting stuck.  We drove along the road the truck would have taken

So that night, I call AAA again and schedule a new service attempt, which they estimate sometime before noon the next day.  My SO borrowed a ride to work and stopped by the car to hide the ignition key inside, in case the tow driver needed it and I wasn't available (the car is stuck about 3 miles away, too far to walk, and the driveway is too slippery here for a 2 wheel drive car).  That was about 9:30-10:00.

1 pm rolls by and I haven't gotten a call yet, so I call AAA again to find out what's going on and I am informed that the tow driver couldn't find the car and they couldn't reach me by phone.  I know cellphone service sucks out here, but they didn't leave a message on my voice mail, so I was a bit suspicious.

I had AAA schedule yet another service attempt, which they estimated some time before 7 pm.  I got a call around 4 that the driver was in the area and couldn't find the vehicle and that maybe the Sheriff had towed it away.

I called the Sheriff's office, and they didn't have a car matching this description.  So either the car was stolen by someone with a wrecker in the hour or two between Animale leaving for work and the first time the tow truck got there, or the driver is a moron.

I'm leaning towards the latter.

My SO is going to pass through the area tonight and check to see if the car is there.  EDIT:  The car is still there.  I don't know how anyone could possibly miss it, you can see it from a half mile away!
captpackrat: (Mathnet)
I've been reading about the various absurdities committed in the name of airline safety in the past 5 years, but I think this one takes the cake donut.




The War on Terror claims doughnuts
By John Oates - The Register
Published Monday 4th December 2006 12:13 GMT


Airport security is a serious business, but why was a Reg reader refused a Krispy Kreme doughnut at Heathrow airport?

Admittedly, the sugared snacks contain enough cooking oil and sugar to power a trailer park, but who knew they could be fashioned into bombs?

On Saturday afternoon a Reg reader was dropping some friends at Heathrow and stopped off at Krispy Kreme doughnuts outside Terminal 3.

But the reader was directed to the unstuffed ring doughnuts rather than a full-fat, fully stuffed Krispy Kreme special because the fillings fall foul of security restrictions.

"Imagine our confusion when the guy serving us advised that we could only buy ring doughnuts, not filled, circular doughnuts. A moment or two's wrangling in broken English and we discovered that he thought we were outbound passengers.

On further questioning, apparently the liquid contents of a filled doughnut fall foul of the new restrictions on liquids in carry on luggage. Quite how the authorities imagine that a terrorist could blow up a 747 by rubbing two Krispy Kremes together was a bit beyond us.

But a spokesman for BAA denied they were stamping on Homer's favourite food. He said: "Passengers can take liquids in 100ml bottles carrried in a clear plastic bag. But passengers use common sense on foodstuffs. Sandwich fillings and the like are not restricted."

In fact, the only foods still on the restricted list are: "Liquid-based foods, sauces, stews, soups over 100ml in size."

Drinks suffer the same restrictions, but there is no mention of doughnuts.

The real restrictions are available here on BAA's site.
captpackrat: (Argh!)
God DAMN but there are some stupid people in the world!

I'm sitting at a red light, waiting to make a turn onto a road with 3 lanes. There's one car in front of me. The light turns green, and she slowly starts to make her turn. As soon as she's pulled into the right lane, and pull into the middle lane and hit the throttle. There's over a half mile before there's anymore traffic, so I blow past her and forget about it, like the hundreds of other cars I pass every day. I get hundreds of feet ahead of her, and pull into the right lane, which becomes a turn lane. I end up behind a half dozen other cars making that turn.

The road I'm turning onto has 2 lanes, but it narrows down to 1 in under 100 feet. It's clearly marked as a no-passing zone. The car ahead of me pulls wide into the left lane while I pull into the right. I'm tempted to try to pass the slower moving sedan, but there's not quite enough room, so I hang back.

Then this woman I'd passed before comes zooming up in the left lane trying to pass! What the hell? By now I'm already past the point where the lanes merge, and she's trying to shove her way in? She was still behind me so I stick my hand out the window and flip her off while hitting the throttle to scoot up into the space ahead.

She keeps riding on my bumper, so I hit the windshield washer, the overspray drenching her car.

The road then goes up a very steep hill and splits into two lanes. Unfortunately, I pick the one with slower moving traffic so she gets head of me. We get to a red light, and she jumps out of her car and comes storming up at me SCREAMING at me. How dare I pass her! How dare I give her the finger when she does something stupid! WTF?

As she gets closer to my car, I kill the engine and quite obviously pull the 6 inch folding knife from my pocket, though I don't open it, and I don't open the door. She quickly retreats to her car, but keeps up her verbal tirade.

Geez, all I did was pass a slower moving vehicle, then flip off someone trying to pass in a no-passing zone. What the hell? If you're going to blow your top because someone passes you, you've got a one-way ticket to the nut house.


Damn, I forgot my phone could do video! I'd have loved to have recorded that.
captpackrat: (Smug)
These Dell Inspirons that the company president INSISTED on buying are WORTHLESS! We need to use a PCMCIA cellular modem with them, and they don't have PCMCIA slots!

The Latitude laptops that I specced out? They've got a PCMCIA slot, of course.

I'm feeling so freaking smug today I could pop.
captpackrat: (END OF LINE)
The Dell Fairy visited yesterday and left 12 laptops in my office. Not the Latitudes I'd asked for, but absolute bottom of the line Inspirons, which saved the company about $50 each. Riiight.

Latitudes come with just Windows, nothing else installed. The Inspirons get loaded up with as much crap as they can squeeze onto the drive. AOL, Earthlink, Google Desktop, a trial version of McAfee, etc.

These laptops came with XP Home, so I had to go out and buy an XP Home OEM CD ($100) so I could format the hard drive and install a fresh, clean copy of Windows. The amount of time I'm spending screwing around with this could have gotten several of the Latitudes set up.

I got the idea to try saving some time by installing everything onto the first laptop, then use Ghost to make an image and use the image to prep the other laptops. So I put the drive into my desktop and tried to boot to the Ghost floppy. Except I get an error message, the S.M.A.R.T. system has detected that the hard drive is about to fail. Oh goody! It's a Toshiba hard drive, naturally.

I finally managed to make an image of the drive, and popped the second hard drive into the desktop. And I get the same error message, the drive is about to fail. And of course, it's another Toshiba drive.

The imaging process was taking FOREVER, so I'm just going to let it run overnight.

And if the drives fail, oh well. I wasn't the one who insisted on buying the cheapest thing possible.

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